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Loveless Town

by Paul Handyside

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1.
Hey sister can you spare some kindness tonight / I’m battered and broken but still up for the fight / Searching for something that may never be found / Looking for love in a loveless town // Whatever we’re missing the truth lies within / Down at the bottom with the shame and the sin / If you cannot reach me then I’ll surely drown / Looking for love in a loveless town // Love in a loveless town hurts so good / Love wears a hopeless crown and fits like it should // Wherever you come from you’re still going down / Looking for love in a loveless town // Love in a loveless town hurts so good / Love wears a hopeless crown and fits like it should // Now with time to consider and time to reflect / Why my face it don’t fit and I cannot connect / I long to belong on these streets that I pound / Looking for love in a loveless town // Love in a loveless town hurts so good / Love wears a hopeless crown and fits like it should, fits like it should // If you’re looking for someone who won’t let you down / Come looking for love in a loveless town
2.
Be my hopes and my dreams, stiches holding together my seams / You’d make a better man’s wife, be the light of my life // Turn this house into a home, the reason I’m never alone / Rid me of habit and vice, be the light of my life // Melt this ice in my heart; on this desert soul pour a little rain / Be the muse to my song and together refrain // Be the wind in the trees, the flowers and pollen to bees / And everything that makes us feel alive, be the light of my life // Melt this ice in my heart; on this desert soul pour a little rain / Be the muse to my song and together refrain // Cut me diamonds from stones, give me spirit to lift aching bones / Give me kisses that cut like a knife, be the light of my life / Give me one last roll of the dice, be the light of my life // Be the light of my life, give me one last roll of the dice, be the light of my life
3.
No, no, no Lord not in my name / Well your riches shine so brightly but your mind is dark and dim / And your words are barbed and arrowed, belies the emptiness within / Wherever you’re going I’m not going to ride your train / Whatever you’re saying, not in my name / No, no, no Lord not in my name // You’ve got God in your pocket, you’ve got money on your side / But a fall is surely coming from that high and mighty pride / Where are the humble, where is your shame / Whatever you’re doing, not in my name / No, no, no Lord not in my name // Not in my name will you build your walls around / Not in my name will you burn our bridges down // Whatever you’re playing, I’m not a part of your game / Whatever you’re saying, not in my name // Not in my name will you build your walls around / Not in my name will you burn our bridges down // Well the fools they will follow any leader of the herd / And are blindly believing every twisted lying word / But the truth they can’t swallow, not a single honest grain / Whatever you’re doing, not in my name / No, no, no Lord not in my name | No, no, no Lord not in my name
4.
Only You 04:57
Only you can wipe away the tears, only you can wipe away the tears / For this lost cause that St. Jude won’t avow, only you can save me now // And the dark nights are drawing in and the dark thoughts are threatening / For a kiss of sunlight for where art thou, only you can save me now // Yes only you and no one else can save me from myself / Only love and love confessed lays this suffering soul to rest // Through this barren soil I dig and plough, only you can save me now // So won’t you set me on a path let this heart beat freely at last / Come and take me by the hand and we’ll march to promised lands hand in hand // Only you can rescue me from here, only you can rescue me from here / Take me somewhere, away someplace, somehow, only you can save me now / Only you can save me now
5.
The road is clear, the skies are open and as I feared the heavens spoken / Unto my skin I felt a raindrop that landed with a lonesome touch // When nature’s gift lay all before me, I watched it drift in all its glory / And threw myself unto the canvas you’d painted with a lonesome touch // The river’s deep in which we’ve fallen, we’re out of reach or out of time / And through our sleep the future’s calling, out of the past we crawl and climb // We said farewell, you said it better and bade me with a lonesome touch // The days unwind, my head unravels the answers to life’s disarray / I hope you find amongst your travels, this gentle art won’t come your way // And so the sun is setting here now, what we’ve become is coming clear now / You held a tune to which I followed and played it with a lonesome touch / And played me with a lonesome touch
6.
And to the jealous and the hateful, the righteous man inside the hypocrite / And to the willing and the generous, the silent ones with truth upon their lips // Lord show yourself, Lord show yourself // And to the broken and the bashful the hapless drunk a lying in his ditch / And to the selfish hearted privileged, the guilty blood-lined wallets of the rich // Lord show yourself, Lord show yourself // And while you’re standing deep in the shadows, will we ever know, will we ever know / Just what you’re asking us to imagine will you ever show, will you ever show // And to the troubled great world leader, who cannot see his wisdom lets us down / To every soldier caught in conflict, razing your village to the ground // And to the empty headed starlet who holds our gaze adorns every wall / And to the preacher in his fervour who fuels the non-believer in us all // Lord show yourself, Lord show yourself
7.
I’ve dug this mine for four years now to this job I was born / Until disaster came our ways, one cold January morn / A forty odd ton iron beam came crashing down the shaft / At the Harley Pit catastrophe, our only exit dashed // Two older brothers work with me, the same shift if we can / To my mother I am still a child to my father I’m a man / But on that night he cradled me as if I was a bairn / At the Harley Pit catastrophe, is how we’d meet our end // Sweet Mary is my chosen one, she means the world to me / One day I shall marry her and old age we both shall see / But when she hears upon the fact and what may come to pass / At the Hartley Pit catastrophe, well I‘m sorry my bonnie lass // At sixty fathoms down below in darkness and in vain / At the Harley Pit catastrophe, with nowt but horses’ grain // With the tide a coming in and poison in our chest / And if they fail to reach us, well I know they did their best // For three long days our rescuers were beaten back by fumes / At the Hartley Pit catastrophe, our grave to be exhumed // With every effort that was made with sinew, flesh and bone / Has failed to lift this coffin lid, well we did not die alone / And when they dragged us out of here into the crisp, clean air / At the Harley Pit catastrophe, they choked on grim despair / But if you think kindly on us now, two hundred souls and four / Please allow no pit catastrophe, befall us anymore
8.
New Frontier 04:27
You and me babe we’ve got something, something special to belong in / Let’s not waste it just embrace it, there’s a chance for us to taste it / And you know my heart is in a mess but to you, you know I can confess / So let’s find a world to pioneer and make love the new frontier // Some don’t see it, some get frightened some just lose it when they find it / Some don’t make it, then mistake it for something they think can fake it / It’s a world where most have never been, they spend their lives just falling in between / So let’s try and push the barriers here and make love the new frontier // I propose our minds to roam and wander in the great unknown / And build ourselves a better place and live within its open space // You and I we live on borrowed time, so let’s dig deep and open up the mine / And divine through a path that’s clear, to make love the new frontier / Stake our claim whichever way we steer and discard our demons and our fears / To make love the new frontier
9.
I’ve been waiting for so long for a better, brighter day / But the rain still pours and clouds are here to stay / I’m not asking for the world, just the greatest show on earth / Where I can play a part and get to show my worth / But I want nothing, I want nothing but the deepest love from you // You can cast me into hell, make me fly or make me crawl / Just as long as you will be there when I fall / Don’t believe me when I say that I’m glad to be alone / But I know second best won’t get me where I’m going / Cos I want nothing, I want nothing but the deepest love from you // These days it’s getting hard to find a friend / Someone you can trust in ‘til the bitter end // I can’t promise anything but I’ll try to get it right / But all I’ll say is baby hold on tight / Yeah I want nothing, I want nothing but the deepest love from you / I want nothing, I want nothing but the deepest love from you
10.
Don’t let your heart be a hotel, don’t let somebody make you hurt again / They offered you heaven watched you burn in hell, don’t let your heart be a hotel / You gave yourself freely too many times, but the guests they are leaving and your heart still pines / You’re changing the bedclothes but you can’t change the smell, don’t let your heart be a hotel // Don’t let a thief come in the night, don’t let them steal your loving light / Don’t let a kiss break you in two or show what they’ve done to you // Guard all your secrets and guard where they dwell, don’t let your heart be a hotel // Don’t let a thief come in the night, don’t let them steal your loving light / Don’t let a kiss break you in two or show what they’ve done to you // The doormat says welcome your arms open wide, but what you see in them when your love is blind / You’re treading a pathway that you know too well, don’t let your heart be a hotel / Don’t let your heart be a hotel / Don’t let your heart to rent or to sell / Don’t let your heart be a hotel
11.
When I don’t know where I’m going and I’ve lost the will to fight / When I‘m shrouded in my darkest bower you guide me with your light / I have seen you in my dreams at night but dreams they don’t come true / I’ve been waiting for someone like you // When I’m spinning through the bar rooms with a gutter for my bed / You will greet me upon my return, forgive me and forget / I have seen you in the starry skies and in the morning dew / I’ve been waiting for someone like you / I’ve been waiting for someone like you // I’ve made mistakes but I’ll make you mine, now there’s no wasting time // When I don’t know who to turn to and all my trust is gone / You will give me hope to still believe and faith to carry on / I was thinking that my chance had gone, when all along you knew / You were standing by with my rescue, I’ve been waiting for someone like you

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“A very impressive album, beautifully delivered and performed. One that wraps itself around the listener with sensitively played music of real quality” Lonesome Highway

“A terrific album, it's about time the wider world embraced Handyside with open arms.” Fatea

“If there is such a genre as dark country then Paul Handyside must be its master” Folking .com

“He is very much his own man as a singer, writer and performer, and ‘Loveless Town’ is a worthy effort that grows better the more it’s played.”
Americana UK

"Loveless Town is a nicely varied package, which captures his multi-faceted approach to music-making at its most appealing as he blends elements of Americana, folk and pop to excellent effect.” Morning Star

“Handyside seems to have developed a strength and depth of tone which gives him, in places, an almost Gospel sound on songs like ‘Only You’ and ‘Don’t Let Your Heart Be A Hotel’ " Simon J Cross

“this by far; is probably/definitely Handyside’s most complete and finest body of work so far” The Rocking Magpie

"...a little bit Willie Nelson, a little bit Buddy Holly, with a voice as strong as a determined Neil Diamond.” Northern Sky

“The album is a delicious genre blend” NARC

credits

released May 21, 2021

All songs written by Paul Handyside

PAUL HANDYSIDE
Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, Fender
Rhodes, organ, harmonium, harmonica, percussion

ROB TICKELL
Dobro, lap steel, weissenborn, electric guitar,
bass guitar, percussion, backing vocal

DAVID PORTHOUSE
Double bass, melodeon, banjo,
percussion, backing vocal

Produced, engineered and mixed by Rob Tickell

Recorded at Unsound, Newcastle upon Tyne
Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio
Artwork by Malady Graphics
Live photo by Juan Fitzgerald. All other photos by Rob Tickell

Thanks to: Rob Tickell, David Porthouse, Juan Fitzgerald and Alan Tickell

In memory of Ade Evans and John France

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Paul Handyside Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter, formerly of eighties indie darlings Hurrah! whose songs now fuse pop with folk-tinged americana. The fourth album "Loveless Town" is released on the 21st of May 2021.

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