by Neil Burns

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released February 10, 2013

All words and music by Neil Burns. Performed and produced by Neil Burns, with additional production on The Lie of the Land by Paul Fox. Photo by Neil Burns. Design by zoocreative. CD produced with assistance from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.



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Neil Burns Downpatrick, UK

Neil Burns is a composer based in Derry & Down, N. Ireland. His work navigates the cracks between impressionism, minimalism, ambient and contemporary classical, with hints of jazz, and pop culture debris.

He also writes odd pop/jazz/folk songs with Comrade Hat and, more occasionally, electronica as Withneil and I.
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Track Name: Traces
It's traces
As far as I can see
Under every
Remaining unturned stone
Land in translation
Lost and unknown

It's places
As far as the eye can see
But I can't see
Just shadows
In the softening rain
Track Name: The Lie of the Land
I know
The lie of the land
There's no truth in
Where I stand
Track Name: Placenames
Put your ear to the ground
And hear
The tolling of placenames
Ringing in change
They can never comprehend.
So they chime and sing,
Knowing no other way;
Lone songbirds in an empty place
Signposts to loss.
There is no other way.
Track Name: Beaufort's Dyke
Always climbing to reach
The high moral ground
Will leave you
Tired and weary
In a battleground
Where you never wanted to be
Bitter and toxic
Like the poisoned sea.
Beaufort's Dyke is overflowing
Its weapons are washing
Up on the beach -
Best leave them be.
Track Name: Wanderer
The fleeting thoughts
Of a motorist
Lost and driving
Through the mist
Through the starts and ends of days
Down highways and alleyways
Past lives, graveyards.
The sleeping people.

A wanderer
With a wandering mind
And time to wander.
Track Name: All in All
By the water's edge
The sum of days
The rock pools and sedge
The swell and the sway

The ebb and flow
The pride and fall
The here and now
Is here and gone

The salt of the earth
On the rising tide
Washed up on the shore
'Til I am no more
No more
Am 'I', I
I am, and you I am
After all,
And before,
All in all.