Fragments

by John McGlynn

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20 years after the release of his first critically acclaimed album “Songs For a Fallen Angel” John McGlynn self-releases his second album “Fragments”.
The album is built around McGlynn’s crystal-clear vocals and unique fingerstyle guitar. “Fragments” has been a long time coming. “It wasn’t the right time” is the answer to the question “why did you wait so long to release it?”.
The collaboration with Rebecca Shannon [Chirpy] was a matter of chance and great luck. Her sublime synth work and production have elevated this beautiful album into an artistic masterpiece that closes the door on two decades of work.
John has worked with Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, Barry Manilow, Sinead O’Connor, Sting, Moving Hearts, Jerry Fish and is the co-director of the ground-breaking Irish choral group Anúna.
He has sung on two Grammy Award winning albums [The Chieftains - The Long Journey Home and Riverdance].

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released January 18, 2019

Produced by Rebecca Shannon [Chirpy].
Recorded over the summer of 2018 in Dublin by Greg French [The Brilliant Things] and Darragh Nolan [Sacred Animals]

Guitars - John McGlynn
Synths - Rebecca Shannon
Cello - Laura McCabe
String Arrangement on "The River" by Michael McGlynn

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Track Name: Waterfall
In the darkest night finally there
Through the brightening air
Under sweeping skies
On to a bright new dawn

From the darkest heart of the lake
Gentle waters break
Over sleeping sands
On to a silent shore

Steel that shines on an empty stage
Sweet the life in an open grave
Full of love you gave
Of an endless Spring

In the oldest part of it all
Stands the Waterfall
And the softest sounds that it makes
So the wide wind takes of the best of me
Down to a shining sea

Steel that shines on an empty stage
Sweet the life in an open grave
Full of love you gave
Of an endless Spring
When the gifts you bore
Ended everything
And the gifts you bore
Ended everything
Track Name: Sarah Jane
Listen to me Sarah Jane
Listen to these words that make you live again
Helped me see reality
Be the man I got to be
See the things I got to see

If you hadn't crossed the line
If you hadn't paved the road and made the time
Nothing I would rather do
Than walk the London streets with you
Walk the London streets with you

Listen to me Sarah Jane
Listen to these words that make you live again
All the week you made me see
But Friday got away from me
Friday got away from me

Listen to me Sarah Jane
If you were to have your time and live again
Nothing I would rather do
Than walk the London streets with you
Rainy London streets with you

Listen to these words that make you live again
Helped me see reality
See the things I got to see
Be the man I got to be
See the things I got to see
Be the man I got to be
Track Name: Wake
Wake, my incandescent heart
It's all in your dream
It's all in your dream
Wake to one too beautiful
It's all in your dream
It's all in your dream
If you won't wear a ring
It won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing

And you're the bird that sings
It won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing

And if she sleeps more than than she should
She's just half a world away
She's just half a world away

And if she sleeps more than than she should
More than is good
More than than she should

Wake

If you won't wear a ring my love
It won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing

And if she sleeps more than than she should
She's just half a world away
She's just half a world away

Until today
Until today
And it won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing

She's just half a world away
She's just half a world away
And it won't mean a thing
It won't mean a thing

She's just half a world away
She's just half a world away
She's just half a world away
Track Name: Heavenward
And all of your days you've had something to feel guilty of
Held it there with grim delight
And where are the faces that said heal with your happiness
Surely got to heaven

Around and around and around
Diffident where the wind blows

And there are the places living deep in your memories
All around the fading light
And there where you whispered in a strange kind of reverie
All alone confess it

Around and around and around
Diffident where the wind blows

Around and around and around
Diffident where the wind blows

And where is it prayed for?
And where do you pay for it?
All truth and struggling
Heavenward
Track Name: Montmartre
Here in Montmartre
There are passages of love
I heard you wandering far away
Deep in a place
That can't possibly exist
Put all of your faith in one kiss

Have a lovely time in the sun
In the sun

True to your word
You have given me this one
Lone memory sketch of the two of us
Here is this place
Where the sun can never set
No place no time, just believe in it

Have a lovely time in the sun
In the sun

Here in Montmartre
Under passages of love
I heard you wandering far above
Deep in this place
That can't possibly exist
Put all of your faith in one kiss

Have a lovely time in the sun
In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
In the sun
Track Name: Dreams of Lisa
Early morning 'round Victoria
In the Summer sun
They're waiting for a train to come

Promenading on the river as they've always done
As they've always done
And never bothered anyone

Takes her home and makes the dinner
And their time is run
As if the day has just begun

Dreams of Lisa
Says she'll love him
When the money's gone
And so would anyone
And so would anyone

Dreams of Lisa
Says she'll love him
When the money's gone.
Track Name: Spirited Away
I was the lamb
She absolved for the day
And she rested there in the strangers air
in the sudden night
And her song was delight
And such a lovely way
In a whirlpool of summer rain

It was all she had to give me
And it was all she had to give me
All she had to give
And all the world would know how happy we were then
And she sang for love
And she was beautiful
Yes she was

Admhaim do Dhia uilechumhachtach
agus daoibhse, a bráithe
gur pheacaigh mé go trom
le smaoineamh agus le briathar
le ghiomh agus le faillí
trí mo choir féin
trí mo choir féin
trí mo choir féin
trí mo mhór choir féin

[“I confess to God Almighty
And to you my brothers
That I have sinned heavily
In thought and word
In action and fault
Through my own sins
Through my own sins
Through my own sins
Through my own great sins”]

She couldn't stay away
God she was beautiful
Yes she was

And now we sing
Now we even dance alone
And it was all she had to give me
All she had to give me
And the world would know how happy we were then

But she couldn't stay away
God she was beautiful
Yes she was

Admhaim do Dhia uilechumhachtach
agus daoibhse, a bráithe
gur pheacaigh mé go trom
le smaoineamh agus le briathar
le ghiomh agus le faillí
Track Name: Fragments
When love is not returned
She will enfold you
Temporal memories
Of all her jaded lovers

When love is not returned
She will betray you
With honey sweet lips
And you'll get carried away
Into her modern nightmare

Desperate she remains and so the story goes on
On and on and on

When love is not returned
She holds on tightly
'til nothing's left but fragments
That drift away now
Signifying nothing

She flies away, free as a bird
'til she touched him
They whirl and dance around us

When love is not returned
She holds on tightly
'til nothing's left but fragments
That drift away now
Signifying nothing

That drift away now
Signifying nothing
Track Name: The River
When all of the light in your world has flickered and stilled
And all your time disappears
Can I stay awhile?
I saw you today
I saw you were drifting away

When you're only holding on and every second is lasting a day
It's funny how a little music
Can take you away

You could have been anything
You could have had all this, couldn't you?
You could have been anything

Now only the rain gentled waters carry you still
They'll hold the ones that you've loved
Well maybe they will
I saw you today
I saw you were drifting away

You could have been anything
You could have had all this, couldn't you?
You could have been anything

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