First in a Field of One

by Alan Reed

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about

Alan Reed's debut solo album.

A unique collection of songs that provide the perfect setting for the unmistakeable timbre of Alan's voice. The album embraces a number of musical flavours - through celtic folk, world music, and even jazz; - held together by strong song-writing and a passionate sense of identity.

This is a powerful statement of intent from an artist who knows who he is - and where he is going!

Track-Listing:

1: Begin Again
2: Kingdom of the Blind
3: Never Too Late
4: The Bottom of the Bottle
5: Darkness has Spoken
6: The Real Me
7: Teardrops in the Rain
8: The Usual Suspects

credits

released 08 October 2012

Alan Reed - Vocals, guitars, basses, synth, percussion
Mike Stobbie - Keyboards
Scott Higham - Drums and percussion
Jeff Green - lead guitars on 'Kingdom..' and 'Darkness..'
Kalle Wallner - lead guitar on 'Never Too Late'
Christina Booth - additional vocals

Produced by Mike Stobbie and Alan Reed

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Track Name: Kingdom of the Blind (promo mix)
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND

Every life is like a Highway - we choose the roads we hope are clear
But what can we see?
We can walk towards redemption,  we can run towards our dreams
So why do we fear?

We make believe that we have some control.
We struggle hard and then we find
We're in the Kingdom of the Blind

Every problem has solutions  - Every doorway has its key
But where does it lead?
Always off to some Horizon  -  never quite where we can see
Just out of reach
 
We make believe that we have some control.
We struggle hard and then we find
We're in the Kingdom of the Blind

It's a problem for you - it's a problem for me
It's a problem for everyone.
We lost sight of our dream, chose to feed the machine
That we chased for our whole lives
We gave up the fight, losing sight of the right
To the  last chance to be heard
Track Name: Begin Again
BEGIN AGAIN

My heart belongs to a nation that's lost in self-pity,
Looking back through the factory smoke and the rain.
I can remember the cobble-stone streets and the dark city walls,
 - so I'm more than content to let history books tell it all..

But I'll never surrender this feeling I get when I'm home..
There's a spirit inside, taking pride claiming me as it's own
Legends created from yesterday's black-leaded sorrows,
Fermented in casks to be borne on the emigrant tide.
Forging the links in a brotherhood chain - stretching all around the world
To a homeland that's drowning in tears from expatriate eyes

But I'll never surrender this feeling I get when I'm home..
There's a spirit inside, taking pride claiming me as it's own

Ohh.. Take me away from the hillside and the glen,
Away from the ghosts of the shipyard and foundry men
Why can't we surpass this obsession with the past?
Is it hope beyond reason it might be the season at last
..to begin again

HIding our dreams in the dark of another man's shadow
Pretending to blame him for all of our sadness and pain
When will we learn that our fortunes will turn on the choices that we make  
Let the past be the past,  we must  start down the road once again.

But I'll never surrender this feeling I get when I'm home..
There's a spirit inside, taking pride claiming me as it's own
Ohh.. Take me away from the hillside and the glen,
Away from the ghosts of the shipyard and foundry men
Why can't we surpass this obsession with the past?
Is it hope beyond reason it might be the season at last
..to begin again
Track Name: Kingdom of the Blind
KINGDOM OF THE BLIND

Every life is like a Highway - we choose the roads we hope are clear
But what can we see?
We can walk towards redemption,  we can run towards our dreams
So why do we fear?

We make believe that we have some control.
We struggle hard and then we find
We're in the Kingdom of the Blind

Every problem has solutions  - Every doorway has its key
But where does it lead?
Always off to some Horizon  -  never quite where we can see
Just out of reach
 
We make believe that we have some control.
We struggle hard and then we find
We're in the Kingdom of the Blind

It's a problem for you - it's a problem for me
It's a problem for everyone.
We lost sight of our dream, chose to feed the machine
That we chased for our whole lives
We gave up the fight, losing sight of the right
To the  last chance to be heard
Track Name: Never too Late
NEVER TOO LATE

Sunlight - can we afford to do without the sunlight?
Will we avoid the colours of the rainbow, when they get too bright?
Burning ultraviolet through the skylight

Raindrops - Who will want to catch the falling raindrops?
Bitter taste of acid on the fingers which nothing can wipe away
Eating through the paintwork on the doorway

Tell me when is too late to change the things that we do
To a world full of hunger and pain
Making plans that will last till the end of out days
Don't say it's too late - There must be some kind of way to pull through

Will it be safer, not to turn our back on Mother Nature?
Now that she's bitter and she's twisted - become the enemy of man
And takes revenge whenever she can.

Tell me when is too late to change the things that we do
To a world full of hunger and pain
Making plans that will last till the end of out days
Don't say it's too late - There must be some kind of way to pull through

Will we stand here like fools?
Watch and wait while  our light fades into gloom?
Have  we got what it takes
To put aside our arrongant mistakes?

Don't say it 's too late - it's never too late
We've got what it takes to pull through
Track Name: The Bottom of the Bottle
THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE

Look in the bottle and what do you see?
An end to the struggle to stay as you'd be
Though I know it's not right - the taking of life
I know now I'd have to agree

Leave them a letter; say they're not to blame
Despite all their love ti still worked out the same
Oh, goodbye is so hard, here alone in the dark
But it's not them who's going insane.

What has become of our life?
The promise that once burned so bright?
Now the world has grown old
Left you out in the cold
There's nothing to hold on for now

They won't forget you whatever you say
You can be sure you're remembered this way;
Taking charge of your life - walking tall in the night
Not afraid of the following day

I can't say I think you were right
Can't agree with the waste of a life
But I know you fought long - 
Chose the best of two wrongs
We all have that choice yet to come. 
Track Name: Darkness has Spoken
DARKNESS HAS SPOKEN

Sometimes it's hard to get a handle
Sometimes it's hard to know what's right
You can't tell who is foe or who your friends are
You don't know who to trust or who to fight.

You've never had to question someone's motives
Never looked beyond the public face
Never thought to look beneath the surface
and see the lies behind their cold embrace
     
The sun shines down in its usual way
But it casts no light over me
The sun shines down and has nothing to say
 - Darkness has spoken to me
 
Harsh and unexpected
The blast that  knocked me from my feet
Tear up the past  - that life has ended
Just the bitter taste of shame and  disbelief  

There can be no understanding
There can't be trust where hope has died
I want revenge  -  my soul demands it
My heart turned black as night

The sun shines down in its usual way
But it casts no light over me
The sun shines down and has nothing to say
 - Darkness has spoken to me

My mind is reeling - I have lost control
I'm a cannonball spinning in flight 
No I can't stop  burning - I can't stop  turning, all my hate into talons of spite
I'm a harpie spitting vengeance and spite.

And though the darkness fills my sight
I know that distant rays are warming me  
Calling me to head towards the light
I know that I will not forgive
But I  must learn to grow and give
a better meaning to the days beyond this strife.

Now the sun shines down in a different way
Now it casts it's light over me
The sun shines down and has one thing to say
 - The Darkness has gone

The sun shines down in a different way
Now it casts it's light over me
The sun shines down and there's one thing to say
- The Darkness has gone - long gone...
Track Name: The Real Me
THE REAL ME

Better take care 'cause there's nothing but evil in me,
Better beware of the poisonous, secretive me;
There's a bottomless pit where my conscience should be,
A ravenous Tiger that longs to break free  - 
Eating up all that's wholesome and decent in me

Don't get too close to the flame 'cause you know you will burn;
I have no shame, causing pain every way that I turn;
I take what I wand and I don't make amends - 
Spit bile at the doorstep of foe and of friend;
I'll be heartless and callous and cruel till the end.

You hope and you pray that it all goes away
But it won't keep me from your door;
I know you'd like to believe that good wins in the end....
But it don't!!
Track Name: Teardrops in the Rain
TEARDROPS IN THE RAIN

Catch all the teardrops in the rain
It's only water falling softly to the ground
And in your eyes I see a solitary man
Who waits impatiently in silence for the coldness of your hand

Do you remember the leaves  now diseased in November
Were green like the garden in May
Do you believe that the spring will release
What the winter has taken away?

It's getting cold, it's getting dark
I'm walking homewards with a stranger through the park
A bitter wind pulls at your face
Distorting memories of tenderness with shadows of regret

Do you remember the leaves  now diseased in November
Were green like the garden in May
Do you believe that the problems you leave
Stay behind you when you run away?

And though your life is changing faster than the seasons
That's no reason to hurt those that you've outgrown
I realise there's little chance you saying sorry
But I'm damned if I will let you grind me down.
Track Name: The Usual Suspects
THE USUAL SUSPECTS

He's a man with a plan and you know that it's a rigtheous plan.
Got a head full of dreams and he's got to make them true
Got the zeal to reveal all the chaos burning in his mind
Got a head full of noise that he want to share with you

He's a man with a plan and you know that it's a rigtheous plan.
Got his head in the clouds, talkin' crazy like a clown,
But you know that'll he burst if he doesn't get it down.

He can walk, he can talk but he's doesn't know which way he's aimed
Can't describe what the madness is that's driving him insane
Nothing lost, nothing gained but he's under a tremendous strain
Got to force up the pace if he's gonna ease the pain

He's a man with a plan and you know that it's a rigtheous plan.
Got his head in the clouds, talkin crazy like a clown,
But you know that'll he burst if he doesn't get it down.

The Usual Suspects are in the house
The Usual Suspect are here
The Usual Suspects take what they want
They fill my doubts and my fears

They come for me when I'm alone
They can't be stopped  - they can't be thrown  
They've got a grip upon my heart.....