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about

I recorded this album mainly from 1999 to 2002. It features recordings as far back as 1994 though.
I play everything on it except for the flute parts played by Nancy Serrano.

This album was written when I was fairly politically active. Not saying I'm not now, but then I was on the frontline. My experience at Genoa in 2001 affected me a lot. And the building on a floodplain in Limerick/Clare.

I aim to put lots more earlier stuff here. Better online than not.

This was me then. And very proud of him am I :-).

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released September 9, 2002

Mark O'Connor all instruments except Nancy Serrano Flute.

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Track Name: Come on boys
Steve Albini - Are you the guy that came from Ireland?
Me - I'm that stupid fucker.
S.A. - Alright. You've got balls of iron.
Me - There you go.

Don't have a right to
Don't ever write to

Don't wanna wake up alone
Don't have a right to moan
Looking for changes that'll last
Look into the future, into the past

May it please the court

Oh come on boys
it's only a change
one you're gonna have to live up to some day

Don't wanna live to lie
Don't let Knockrockstock (Batty's) die
Lookin for changes that'll last
Wanna see the future? Look into the past.

May it please this court

Oh come on boys
it's only a change
one you're gonna have to live up to some day
Track Name: Soldier
And every time I see your face well I still crack
And all the obviousness turns black
I wish I had their score, lover
Graphic illustration of mood curves

You know things are better left unsaid
Snakes and ladders in the head
Accurate but don't describe
Never end, end in sight

I used to be that small
I used to know it all
I used to be much older
I was that soldier

And I like to go to the sea side in the summer
And build those sand castles oh, all day
Pointless tragedy braggers
Supports the stretched balanced bar
I'm the weakest link

Things are boilin over

I used to be that small
I used to know it all
I used to be much older
I was that soldier
Track Name: Truth fly
Truth fly, truth fly around here
But I can't care about no truth fly

Tooth died, Tooth died last year
But I can't care about no Tooth diein

Níl aon thintean mar do thintean féin?
Nach ea?
Ní hea!
Track Name: Snowbow
Crazy bitch
laughing in a ditch
A streaker on a pitch
I'm gonna save you

Old dears
piling on the years
wish I could save you from all of your tears

G8
Carlo's head on a plate
Don't take a genius too see what comes next

Lazy bones
Throwin holy stones
Just leave them alone
I'm gonna save you

Suicidal snow
Makes a black rainbow
It's bendin over you
And I can't save you

Suicidal bitch
Carvin up her wrists
Last one on my list
I'm gonna save you
Track Name: Revolution
All the bastards had their way
On the Via Apia
Me and 6,000 slaves met our untimely death

I looked Kirk Douglas in the eye
I said I'm not Spartacus
I never wanted to die
What a fuckin mess!

You and your revolution

All the bastards had their way
On the Genoa day
Carlo's blood spilt all over my nice ice cream

Me and the Genoa alumni still have the scars
And to the Irish Consulate in Rome I have to say
Attaboy, attaboy
Couldn't have done it without you

Revolution

You say you wanna revolution well you know
We all wanna change the world

Raping all rich bitches
They're gonna have to respect you the morning after the
Revolution.

Come on
Aw yeah, you know what motherfuckin time it is
It's revolution time and it will not be televised
Track Name: 3 ships
Aw yeah, this one goes out to all the motherfuckers that were in Genoa, you know what I'm sayin?

I've got 3 ships
Given to me by the king
Gonna set sail
Round the world
Fuck over all the natives

He's got 3 ships
The Stina, the Santa, the Tia Maria
Gonna set sail
Round the world
Give the land back to the natives

This town just like Genoa
My town, just like d'ye know-ah?
Any town just like Genoa
Your town just like Genoa

Ye shouldn't have gone there boys
Ye knew you were only getting yerselves into trouble
The carbinieri laced into ye somethin fuckin terrible,
huh?

Viscious circle, world debt
I'm a fuckin hippy why don't you fuckin kill me?
Arms trade
Sweatshops
Kyoto
Famine
IMF
World Bank
WTO
George W Bush
3rd World debt
The little AIDS pandemic
And the teargas
Storming of the Diaz school

Mr Carbinieri
You been watching too much TV
Berlisconi's TV
Track Name: Loan swan
Loan Swan

note: This was my mum's favourite song on this album. She never heard any of my later albums.

Loan swan
where are you goin?
Loan swan
who do you love?

Your mum, your dad, your sygnets?

Lone swan
Where are you goin?
Loan swan
Who do you love?
Loan swan
Where is your partner?
Loan swan
Who do you love?
Track Name: Oscar and Prince
(child on a megaphone at a demo outside Penney's - "No bridge, save Plassey")

Born to the river under the sun
82 year mother of 1
Kathleen Reale, I can't make sense
A lover of swans winding up dead

Oh I'm giving up,
I'm giving up

On to another pillar of truth
Granduncle's chalet seasons pollute
Dan O'Neil, I can't make sense
And did they kill your dogs,
Oscar and Prince?

Oh I'm giving up,
I'm giving up

This one goes out to all the souls
Who took their lives in a river so cold
Ancient mother, what will you do?
Didn't you know, that I loved you too?
Track Name: The church of latter day anti-Christs
Stop

Stop, look around, take a circus out of your cunt
Relax and see that there's no point,
Joni Mitchell knows the way

You and I belong in love
You and I belong in life

Suicide crystal ball buster

Stained glass cunts will totally look the job
In the windows of our new church of latter day anti-Christs

You and I agree the time we shared is liberty
But no-one's ever really free

You and I belong in love
You and I belong in life

Suicide crystal ball buster
Track Name: Wurst
(a tribute to my wonderful life in Serranoland and also Juan Garcia Esquivel)

Oh mi madre,
Pucha madre,
Oh arriba.

1 time,
2 time,
3 time?
No 3 time?
No senor!
OK, no matter

That our lives may end on the same day
Zu, zu. Zoo, zu, zu, zu.
That our lives may end on the same day
(flowing and flying, flowing and flying)
Zu, zu. Zoo, zu, zu, zu.

I've got you to put on my forklift. Si senor.
I've got you to Ibrahim Ferrer me.
Stop me turning to the worst kind of man

Arriba!

And you're tuned to lost in space AM
Minus infinity to plus infinity
On your AM dial
24 hours a day
7 days a week
363 days a year

I've got you to catch fingers in van doors
I've got you to put up with my shit
Stop me turning to the worst kind of man

Arriba!

Unos, dos, tres, quatroz!
Everybody!
Unos, dos, tres, quatroz!
Estamos in Limerick, Ireland.
Yo soy Mark.
Te quiero.
Track Name: Sun sugar
Can't finger pick for shit
Notes fall from my wrist
Autumn sun finds me out
Swallows headin' south

But I'll follow your sun
There's work to be done
Yes I'll follow your sun
Healing still to be done

I love you
You know it's true

And I'll follow your sun
There's work to be done
Yeah I'll follow your sun
Healing still to be done

I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you