Rumour Mill

by Duncan Overmeer

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released 29 April 2013
All songs by Duncan Overmeer ©2013 Bruadar Music

Duncan Overmeer - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Melodica
Tom Pybus - Drums, Percussion, Piano, Vocals
Luke Walker - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Alasdair Nesbitt - Acoustic & Electric Bass
Donald Livingstone - Banjo, Mandolin, Piano, Harmonica, Vocals

Recorded & Mixed by Nick Turner, Watercolour Music

Original cover painting by Kate Green kategreenartist.co.uk

Inside cover photo by Mary Overmeer maryovermeer.com

Handmade CD cover design adapted & screen-printed by Emma Noble emmanobleprints.co.uk

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Duncan Overmeer Isle Of Skye, UK

Scottish singer songwriter based in the remote West Highlands. A sound that blends folk, roots music & alt country with the storytelling spirit of the west coast.

The five songs ep has received airplay on Radio Scotland, Cuillin FM, 2Lochs Radio & was named record of the week on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s music show ‘Rapal’

Duncan is currently recording a new album to be released later this summer
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Track Name: Battle Lines
Standing on the front step for the last time / I won’t miss this house, these walls & battle lines / I was only looking for a few precious words / But I’ve said too much

As I cannot leave you with a kind, warm embrace / I’ll just force this sad smile to my face / I was only asking for a few precious words / But you’d none to give.
Track Name: As Our Fathers
Take stock of all you’ve gathered / Look round the flowers all in bloom / And food on the table /Feel tired but don’t be weary / The work’s done, there’s cloth hung over the loom/ And we’re still fit and able

Know as our fathers / This is all we need

Sun down the kids are sleeping / The dog’s out howling over the hill / To the sound of the rails / Sit back and toast the evening / Pour another whisky from the still / Tell our tales and play our tunes

Know as our fathers / This is all we need

They will always be with you...
Track Name: Shoot The Crow
Today I’ll call this my home / Tomorrow I’ll move on / I know you won’t say we ought to go / ‘Til we’re already on the road

Before the lights come on / We all wait for a song / Before the lights come on / Before the lights come on / And we’re all told to go / Shoot the crow

I don’t have to carry on / But where I lay my head I don’t belong / And I know it won’t be too long / Before we’re told we have to move along

Before the lights come on / We all wait for a song / Before the lights come on / Before the lights come on / And we’re all told to go / Shoot the crow

Everything we own / We carry when we go / Everything we own / Ours alone

Before the lights come on / We all wait for a song / Before the lights come on / Before the lights come on / And we’re all told to go / Shoot the crow
Track Name: Riverbed
Your words were a whisper you left in my ear / As time went by the meaning became more clear / You needed money but didn’t know how to ask / Even now I’m not sure I’m up to the task

There’s a cold rushing overhead / Eyes all around you / Staring and dark as lead / You feel like another stone in the riverbed

At first you could manage, but now you know you’re in too deep / Red ink lines keep winding their way through your sleep / Bow your head and work yourself through the day / When the kids start their questions you barely know what to say

There’s a cold rushing overhead / Eyes all around you / Staring and dark as lead / You feel like another stone in the riverbed / You feel like another stone in the riverbed
Track Name: Words On The Wall
Sunlight came through the trees / Your eyes were closed & your hair was down / Hide & seek in the leaves / Finding ourselves on the common ground / Pebbles thrown in the burn / Forgotten about when the rains came down / We were home in a turn / And the look on your face when the lights went down

The winds are lifting the slates / The rains are flooding your father’s well / We felt the ground shake / Testing our faith when the old oak fell / Feel your questioning hand / Slip into mine as I lose my nerve / And all our plans / Fall on the grace of our last reserves

Maps all over the floor / Of the woods and the bay where we first got high / Left our clothes on the shore / And gave ourselves on the rising tide / Memories pulled from the fold / Warming the house when our friends came round / And fearing the cold / Ash in the hearth where the fire’s burned down

All those words on the wall / Of the half-finished house over stalker’s hill / Warnings left as a call / To the grace of the lord and the devil’s pill / Holy words of the wise / With the fear in their hearts and faith in their eyes
Track Name: Promises Overdue
In the stories you told we were both growing old side by side / With nothing to hide / Then you burnt all your books and worked on your looks and starry eyed / You left me behind

But I’m here for you / And all of your promises overdue

Traded water for wine, put your pearls before swine, you used to say / That you’d never change / But that’s all in the past, your colours torn from the mast and tossed away / Hope you find your way

But I’m here for you / And all of your promises overdue

You’re burning your bridges and running away / You’re more like a stranger to us every day / But credit where all credit’s due / There aren’t a lot who can stand next to you

You’re still treading the boards, you’re still working towards that starring role / Still flogging your soul / But when work takes it’s toll and you’re down in the hole just think of me / And all we could be

Then I’m here for you / And all of your promises overdue
Track Name: Last Of June
For the beautiful few / Life is made of photographs, bits of string and glue / In the memories we wrote / Parts were played by time and fate and faded notes

You and me on the last of June / You with your bruises and me with my silver spoon / Finding warmth in feelings we tucked away / Love saved for a rainy day

In the dust on the floor / I tried to draw a line through all I was sorry for / And as I crossed out myself / I turned to face you and found I was laying with someone else

You and me on the last of June / You feeling lonely and me like I’d spoke too soon / Finding hope in feelings we tucked away / Love saved for a rainy day

Do we take to the stage / With a war of art, a bleeding heart or a soothing rage? / For the memory of you / A broken frame held together with string and glue

You and me on the last of June / Both looking happy the beautiful bride and groom / Finding strength in feelings we tucked away / Love saved for a rainy day
Track Name: Mostly The Same
As much as every day is mostly the same / It’s pretty fair to say there’s still hell to pay /
I wasn’t always the man you see today / Before you

As much as every day is mostly like this / The truth you found is worse than the love you miss / It wasn’t always the way it seems today / Before you

And I blame myself for that

As much as every day you tell me you’re fine / It’s getting harder to ignore the feelings we’ve lost this time / It wasn’t always supposed to end this way / Before you

And I blame myself for that
Track Name: Biting My Tongue
Fight your way through the water / Dirty and cold / Try and think of your mother / Calling us home / Think of all that you were / And all you are now / And all that you wanted to be

As you lie quietly counting all the secrets we knew / And I lie mentally tracing the way to your room

Now I’ve found my religion / Though I’ve found no gods / I’ve been buying your bible / Paying over the odds / Though I’ve given up flying / For a life on the ground / I’ve never felt freer than now

As you lie quietly counting all the secrets we knew / And I lie mentally tracing the way to your room / I’m still biting my tongue

I can’t solve any problems / With whisky and words / But I’ll still pour another / And speak out of turn / It’s in your best interest / To just stop me now / Before I say something too apropos

As you lie quietly counting all the secrets we knew / And I lie mentally tracing the way to your room / I’m still biting my tongue
Track Name: The Rumour Mill
Did you hear the girl next door’s walking out? / They say her boyfriend’s messing about / If you believe what they’re saying / Then it’s all over now / But if you ask I think you’ll find / That the rumour mill’s been working over time

They say the old man’s turned to drink / He hides his bottles under the sink / He’s not really bothered / If it’s not what you think / But if you ask I think you’ll find / That the rumour mill’s been working over time /
The rumour mill’s been working over time

Don’t believe everything that you’re told / The small town gossip’s getting old / Like making a fortune / Turning lead into gold / They’re only stories most of the time / And the rumour mill’s been working over time /The rumour mill’s been working over time
Track Name: For Those Who Sing...
For those who sing to us so gently / We light a fire by the shore / Soak the ground around our feet / And long for morning no more

We watch the ash fall from the mountain / A sky that’s streaked with lesser men / Forgotten vanity and virtue / We long for morning no more

Drink until the bottle’s empty / And float a message to yourself / Talk of long abandoned friendship and love/And long for morning no more

For those who sing to us so gently / And speak of love in foreign tongues / And lose all tenderness and pity / And long for morning no more