Dear Johannesburg

by Craig Alan Hughes

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released May 31, 2016

All songs written, produced and performed by Craig A. Hughes. Craig Finnie appears on 'Johannesburg Airport' on vocals and Spanish guitar.

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Craig Alan Hughes Edinburgh, UK

Corstorphine Craig is a songwriter who lives next to a zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sometimes he gets woken up when the lions roar, but all in all it's a satisfactory arrangement. His music has been featured on BBC, XFM and has soundtracked television shows on MTV and Showtime. ... more

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Track Name: Scottish Invasion
Cameras catching every action
Every email checked for details
Total recall for each phonecall
Knock my door if you need some more
Man in high-vis dishing out tickets

Man cut the time give me the fine
Cut the time give me the fine
Cut the time give me the fine
Cut the time give me the fine

Right to ransack every backpack
All those sirens, bright new anthem
Firms chastise me, advertise me
Backlights slake every hour awake and
Got some more wages you can take- hey

Man you found the vein siphon away
You found the vein siphon away
You found the vein siphon away
You found the vein siphon away

Flood perception with mass deception
Force surrender to the agenda
Keep your hand and then salt the land
Rig the game and insist on playing
Slam the door on the weak and poor
Squash their anger with pangs of hunger
Spare the hurricane, blame the breeze
Raise your prices and watch them freeze
You need help now son? You need a home?
Who are you kidding son?
You’re on your own
Well it’s high time that we found our might

ach...
Keep your rain I’m taking the plane
Keep your rain I’m taking the plane
Keep your rain I’m taking the plane
Keep your rain I’m taking the plane
Track Name: Louisa And The Sunrise
Waking up to rise with the sun
She don’t wanna go home she wants to run
And I love her she’s the air that fills my lungs

Packing up the food in the car
If we fall asleep now it won’t seem far
Do these people really understand who we are?

She thinks it’s safe to sleep outside
She didn’t run she couldn’t hide
She came across this foreign land
Without a penny in her hand

Pick a stick to drive out the mice
Between our food and theirs they won’t think twice
Oh the owls are gonna have some feast tonight

And maybe we’ll get lost in the dark
But with my hand in yours it won’t be hard
There is noone else as beautiful as you are

She thinks it’s safe to sleep outside
She didn’t run she couldn’t hide
She came across this foreign land
Without a penny in her hand

(You’ll be waking for me, I’ll be waking for you
They’ll be waiting for us, I’ll come later with you)
Track Name: Darling I'm Drunk
The night’s as late as it’ll be
Company’s good as I have seen
The stage is lit with burning coals
The tent is pitched on open soil

The sky it leaks with little leaves
Whenever the wind hits the trees
And now you’re asking me to go
Darling I’m drunk, I’m going home

Do do do do do do do do do do

The nectar slips down all the throats
The fires burn, the people float
A thousand adventures are born
To be forgotten by the morn

Memories far too pure to keep
A story too good to repeat
And now you’re asking me to go
Darling I’m drunk, I’m going home

Do do do do do do do do do do

The bottles clink with emptiness
The pockets brink on penniless
The band begin their final song
The one we’ve waited for so long

She kissed me once upon the cheek
She kissed me twice upon the cheek
She kissed me once upon the lips
Darling I’m drunk, we’re going home

Do do do do do do do do do do
Track Name: Dominic's Glock
Dominic’s glock hit the winter
The shot rang out through the centre
All those they left in the middle
Were left to work out the riddle

The thief had left in red slivers
and dragged on back to the river
A crimson trail that made us shiver
Some human mail to deliver

Dominic’s glock hit his pocket
Our eyes went back in their sockets
But lying there in a sandal
Was half a foot and an ankle

The thief had sprung he had hobbled
And an escape he had cobbled
Through bush and brush he had broken
To where the river lay open

You said you’d sign this book for me
You said you’d write a song for me
You said you’d reply to emails every night
You said you’d sign this book for me
You said you’d write a song for me
You said you’d reply to emails but you lied

Well things got tough over summer
Guess I forgot to remember
Anyway, the thief decided
To cross the river unguided

Had he known in the riverbed
A crocodile was sat unfed
He might have gone another way
and not have lost both feet that day

You said you’d sign this book for me
You said you’d write a song for me
You said you’d reply to emails every night
You said you’d sign this book for me
You said you’d write a song for me
You said you’d reply to emails but you lied
Track Name: Clare Would Sing Us Off To Sleep
Waited til the nighttime
Hoping for the right time
And this one’s got something to say
Played it for some kind eyes
and listened to the claps die
But her hands sit open today

Please darlin help me out
If you’re sticking around
Cos I’ve waited a lifetime for someone to see
see me

Clare would sing us off to sleep
Rest your eyes don’t weep

Crowded in a bathroom
And listening to her voice bloom
And this one’s got something to sing
Noone leaves without her
The reverb makes it louder
Listen to the echoes spring

Please darlin help me out
If you’re sticking around
Cos I’ve waited a lifetime for someone to see
see me

Clare would sing us off to sleep
Rest your eyes
Rest your eyes
Rest your eyes
Don’t weep, don’t weep...
Track Name: Samango's Lament
Bodies in the back so we can sing without an ounce
Of regret in our pockets and weighing us all down
As lovers we would speak all night
It was alright

But then the boot becomes a burden when you’re trying to lay low
and honesty corrects itself without the need to crow
A mollusc of a man he drives
What a ride

And though it took a long time to get there
There was never any doubt
With honour, fame and money they would all look at her funny
But with nothing, she’d draw crowds

Singing out
OO OOO

Samango’s making noise because his sweetheart’s locked away
a mile down the road inside a battered old ribcage
The mayor of the sleepers cries
Before he lies

For every injustice and prejudice that he’s had to endure
He’ll scream and scream and scream until they’re kicking down his door
He’ll stop when the night is done
Oh what fun!

And though it took a long time to get there
There was never any doubt
With money, money, money they would all look at her funny
But with nothing, she’d draw crowds

Singing out
OO OOO

Ready or not the sun will rise
and we’ll all get the chance to close our eyes

You’ve discovered me, while I was discovering you
Track Name: Lulu On My Shoulder
We could spend the nighttime
Or we could spend a lifetime
Or I could just grow older sat upon your shoulder

Love me til your heart gets cold and
I’ll be on your shoulder
I’ll be on your shoulder
Love me til I’m grey and old and
I’ll be on your shoulder
I’ll be on your shoulder

I don’t know the difference
I don’t know the difference
We’ve been talking
We’ve been talking
We’ve been talking all night along

Love me til your heart gets cold and
I’ll be on your shoulder
I’ll be on your shoulder
Love me til I’m grey and old and
I’ll be on your shoulder
I’ll be on your shoulder
Love me til the setting sun
Track Name: Living In A Hole With Me
David's out sailing on the seven seas
Chris is sipping Yorkshire in the summer breeze
Allen’s in Granton on a motorbike
Michelle is out dancing in Chilli Whites
Grant is up climbing in the sycamore tree
What you doing living in a hole with me?

Phil is in a bothy with a drink in hand
Arron’s in Australia to watch the band
Leon's in the venue to hear Finnie sing
Nicky’s holding Copenhagen by the seams
Sam is up climbing in the Pyrenees
Here you are living in a hole with me

It’s the same as a life
It’s the same as a lead
It’s the same and
I’ve got to hold you close to me
It’s the way that we dive
It’s the way that it takes some time
To feel you in my

Rosie’s drinking wine under Paris stars
Graeme’s reading Joyce in a Dublin bar
Laura’s skipping puddles in a Thailand street
Frazer builds a bridge with everyone he meets
Caroline and Daniel lay upon their beach
Here you are living in a hole with me

It’s the same as a life
It’s the same as a lead
It’s the same and
I’ve got to hold you close to me
It’s the way that we dive
It’s the way that it takes some time
To feel you in my
Track Name: Charleanne, I'm Going Now
Charleanne, I’m going now
Say goodbye
Say goodbye
Into the first aisle
I wonder why
I wonder why

Did you have to be my friend?
Aah aah
Will I see you before the end?
Or carry on
Or carry on

Charleanne, I’m going now
Say goodbye
Say goodbye
Into the first aisle
I wonder why
I wonder why

Never needed any friends
Aah aah
Like a lion to its grave
I’ll carry on
I’ll carry on

Darling don’t weep now
Go inside
Just go inside
You’ll go to sleep now
And I’ll just cry
And I’ll just cry

Never needed any friends
Aah aah
Without a reason to remain
We carry on
We carry on
We carry on
We carry on
Track Name: Johannesburg Airport
Johannesburg airport
With five hours gone, five more to go
I’m feeling like a snow
Is lying still upon my soul

I always lose myself for you
I love you like you want me to
Stay awake to look out for you
While you sleep in the airport queue

I’m whistling Mountain Top
And someone’s asking me to stop
Where is my lucky friend
The one who’d stay until the end

I always lose myself for you
I love you like you want me to
Stay awake to look out for you
While you sleep in the airport queue

Johannesburg feels cold
Though the sun’s shining glitter gold
Wake up my weary one
And we’ll go home to setting sun

And I always lose myself for you
I love you like you want me to
Stay awake to look out for you
While you sleep in the airport queue