What You Do

by Darren Doherty

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'What You Do' is a new album that is going to be made piece by piece in the public eye. I have started by releasing 2 tracks and for the next few months I am going to add another new track each week. At this point I have many songs I could record and put out but during this process new songs have appeared along the way and I want to have the opportunity to include them also.
As I go, I will want to make sure it feels like a proper record so perhaps the last song will influence what comes next, it's a new idea, probably far from perfect, but I'm doing it anyway.
Everything is written and recorded at my home in Strabane, hopefully I can get some friends on it at some point too.

'What You Do' is essentially 'What I Do' which is write and play music, always have...It's funny how easy it is to be distracted from how vital this is during the day to day slog, but it is..always has been.

Thank you for reading and listening..and yes the picture is actually me, gotta love the 80's.

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released April 14, 2017

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Darren Doherty Belfast, UK

Northern Irish singer-songwriter recording and releasing a track per week until the album is complete.

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Track Name: Tiny Steps
So you were gonna be this rockstar
And watch everybody cheer
But now you’re broken altogether
And you got nobody near.
Yeah there’s numbers in the phonebook
And faces sat at home
But you refuse at all to use them
You’re ashamed of what you’ve done.

Prove
It’s what you wanted
It’s what you do
Cause you are haunted
By time in rooms
Just dissolving and swallowing

You didn’t try
But it’s alright
Just start again
With tiny steps.

(Do please come along)
I float above myself and I, am so depressed at what I see
I spent an era paralysed, paralysed oh can’t you see?
So give it, give it, give it, give it all that you have left and let’s be free.

Prove
It’s what you wanted
It’s what you do
Cause you are haunted
By time in rooms
Just dissolving and swallowing

You didn’t try
But it’s alright
Just start again
With tiny steps.

If I wanna be sick then I gotta get well
If I wanna be sick then I gotta get well
If I wanna be sick then I gotta get well
If I wanna be sick then I gotta get well
Track Name: Knockavoe
Peggy Kelly lived right next door
Rest of the family down a few doors more
And it was commonplace to feel your house was secure
The streetlights turned red ten o’clock sharp
This is no folklore.

And if the sun doesn’t rise
Sing me to sleep on Knockavoe mountainside
Cause I’ve been learning in time,
Thought I seen through it all
But I was blind.

Hughie Blee fixed bikes and played guitar
He’d pass on his knowledge for two quid and it got me far
And every Friday I’d race up the golf links hard
To write shit songs on a stereo,
Man, long before the war.

And if the sun doesn’t rise
Sing me to sleep on Knockavoe mountainside
Cause I’ve been learning in time,
Thought I seen through it all
But I was blind.

One day the sun will not rise
One day the sun will not rise
One day the sun will not rise
And I hope you lie
My beaten body on the hill
These broken wings too used to fly.

And if the sun doesn’t rise
Sing me to sleep on Knockavoe mountainside
Cause I’ve been learning in time,
Thought I seen through it all
But I was blind.
Above the head of the town
Looking down on Melvin Park and friends of mine
Oh just to sleep in the sound
Of one more summer spent
On hallowed ground
Cause all this nothingness
It eats my crown.

Distance Is Getting Me Down
Distance Is Getting Me Down
And I’d love nothing more, than to meet you now
Distance Is Getting Me Down
Distance Is Getting Me Down
And I’d love nothing more, than to meet you now
I’m all cried out today, so hear me shout.
Track Name: Words and Music
I make a wish from a window when you call
Tell me lies, tell me anything at all
I bet you smile when the words run down my chin
Must be funny to hear a fluent man, a boy again
Content dictates memory
And I’ve got substance in me.

Do you like the songs? Do you..
Do you sing along? Do you…
Write your own? Do you…
Scribble little poems? Do you…
Spend hours and days just waiting?
Rearranging nouns, fixating?

And all of this an hour away
And all of this an hour away
And all of this an hour away

It’s kinda sad that I just can’t knock on your door
I’ve never had to try and make it work without eyes before
Distance won’t deter me
Cause I’ve got words and music.

Do you like the songs? Do you..
Do you sing along? Do you…
Write your own? Do you…
Scribble little poems? Do you…
Spend hours and days just waiting?
Rearranging nouns, fixating?

And all of this an hour away
And all of this an hour away
And all of this an hour away

Going back centuries, the finest songs have spoke for love.
Track Name: Deep Breath
The house is quiet in the afternoon
No one should see us if we both move faster
I believe you know your way around
Deep breath on skin says yes to me.
I knew the moment that you spoke too soon
Your eyes dilate and tell the truth

You’ve a reason to be dressed so well
You know I see it but I won’t come easy
I let the jackals and the wolves go play
It’s all fun, faint, wink, then turn away.
There’s not a Caesar sat in every room
You know this too and follow through

There’s a reason why you just can’t stop,
Connect the dots,
And it only ends one way.
There’s a reason why you can’t walk by
Your mouth is dry
And your mind’s on yesterday
I've gotta the feeling that the night won’t end
Without seeing old friends.

There’s nothing better than a reunion
The muscle memory makes it all so simple
Don’t underestimate a fighters chance
We live, learn, grow taste experience
We may be broken by the fist of life
But all we have right now, we sacrifice.

I remember every inch of skin x2
Just close my eyes and I am right there with you
No need for fantasies or dreams tonight
Keep up girl, sins just right this time
And out of every single star that shines
The one we share is ever-bright.

There’s a reason why you just can’t stop,
Connect the dots,
And it only ends one way.
There’s a reason why you can’t walk by
Your mouth is dry
And your mind’s on yesterday
I've gotta the feeling that the night won’t end
Without seeing old friends.
Track Name: Stay The Night
Not starting fights with your friends or your neighbours
You stole a glass from the bar just to say so
But no one stares when your life’s only half wrong
You could leave through the front door, no one would know.

They say that girls love the bad guys
You never understood
But now your balls have fallen off
It is lonely being good
There’s a summer and more
To be practicing your craft
Maybe sing a couple of songs
To the loner at the back
I needed more from the room
I needed more from myself
I needed someone just as cynical
To use me just for kicks

Can I stay? Can I stay the night?
I won’t be difficult, If that’s alright?
I’ve heard these songs before but they never struck a chord
I’m not sure what I need
Suppose I’ve never came back home from war before

If human touch was a red blooded female
She is laughing with her friends at the short man
She quotes a line from the gospel of fuck knows
"Even Jesus made a mess of his white robe.”

They say that girls love the bad guys
You never understood
But now your balls have fallen off
It is lonely being good
There’s a summer and more
To be practicing your craft
Maybe sing a couple of songs
To the loner at the back
I needed more from the room
I needed more from myself
I needed someone just as cynical
To use me just for kicks

Can I stay? Can I stay the night?
I won’t be difficult, If that’s alright?
I’ve heard these songs before but they never struck a chord
I’m not sure what I need
Suppose I’ve never came back home from war before
I’m not sure where to bleed
Suppose I never came back home from war

You can’t see the tourniquet, the worry lines
The bleeding knees or damaged mind
The nights all lost in champaign lust
The excuses made for fucking up
The line of folks who think I’m just a lying, cheating mess
They may be right, where’s all my friends
When I had toxic evil breath?
Today is not a good one, you can tell it from the words
But I will sing my panacea and then go rejoin the world
Cause optimisms fun and it’s sure morish for a while
But the little cunt inside just fancies loneliness.

Can I stay the night?
Track Name: Kitty
Kitty got the cream
Kitty got the cream um-hum
Kitty got the cream
Kitty got the cream um-hum

In the quiet moments, when the world just stops
It requires calmness and a grave degree of thought
What’s missing in this world’s indifferent
And the language is corrupt
In your quiet moments, does the hunger eat you up?

I had a real good rest today
And you were there, just in your place
And there was no one to persuade

In the quiet moments, when the sacrifice is met
The room is not quite vivid, it’s a blur of white and red
The ceiling is leaking and angry
At the space between our lives
In our quiet moments, we cross the great divide.

I had a real good rest today
And you were there, just in your place
And there was no one to persuade

Kitty got the cream
Kitty got the cream um-hum
Kitty got the cream
Kitty got the creme um-hum
The devil he can dream
Devil he can dream um-hum
That kitty got the cream.
Track Name: My Most Recent Prayer
Won’t you come lean forward, come and hear this truth
An angel’s taking names, he’ll be back for you.
Cause you’re a solem star, steady as you go
Rip the night apart, bask in afterglow.
I don’t know whats in your head
A mix of sensitive and dread.
We all hold on as you are taking off
I pray the flight will ease your mind
I pray the night will treat you kind.

And every time a bell goes, someone somewhere else knows.

You’re not ashamed, no fault or blame
Just twelve steep steps for you to crash upon, and
There has to be some sovereignty over your need to bleed and bleed
I’m not the best I must confess, I’m torn in two held together by you.

As we take one leap forward intersteller style
Liquid holds us back, not seen a soul for miles.
We brave the harsh terrain and keep a tune alive
The sun is coming close, we now have fists for eyes.
No one knows how to get back, we sold our maps for vodka snapps,
And with a shaking hand I draw a line in space, I’m not going home as this disgrace.

And every time a phone rings, someone somewhere else sings.
And every time a bell goes, someone somewhere else knows.

You’re not ashamed, no fault or blame
Just twelve steep steps for you to crash upon, and
There has to be some sovereignty over your need to bleed and bleed
I’m not the best I must confess, I’m torn in two held together by you.

Whats the plan?
Whats the plan?
Whats the plan?
Whats the plan?
Track Name: The Agreement (featuring Ruari McCafferty)
Once we have nothing left to say
Who chooses war? Who chooses pain?
Once we have no one left to blame
Who walks the road less tarred with shame?
Our way.

I know a guy who knows a guy
Who struggles badly with the time
He needed someone near
Someone to tell him dear
Those years of living don’t just die.

Yeah they’re fading,
But love is not escaping
They don’t write our ending
No one here’s pretending
We’re not nearly crazy
Baby you’re amazing
I don’t need a drink to think, I know.

If I walk the line with you
Will you, just cry for me?
If I walk the line with you
Will you, just cry for me?
And so it’s agreed
If you bleed, I bleed.

When we have tonnes of stuff to say
We’ll rendezvous somewhere someday
We’ll hold each others eyes
We’ll laugh at classic times
Cause I swear your soul is here to stay.

Yeah we’re fading
But love is only changing
They don’t write our ending
No one here’s pretending
We’re not nearly crazy
Baby you’re amazing
I don’t need a drink, to think I know.

If I walk the line with you
Will you, just cry for me?
If I walk the line with you
Will you, just cry for me?
And so it’s agreed
If you bleed, I bleed.

We kinda like it way up here
We kinda like it way up here
We kinda like it way up here.
Track Name: Kites (featuring Lauren Bird)
Open my eyes and I am torn
I see things different now
It’s as if I was reborn
Open my eyes and I believe
In so much everything
It’s near impossible to breath.

It’s like the last day of the universe
And there’s panic all around
I am standing there in silence
People wailing on the ground
There’s hope but they just can’t see it
It forms an eye above the brow
There's this one soul who believes me
And one is all I need right now.

I cannot miss the sorrow
I cannot miss the rain
I cannot miss tomorrow
I have kite’s to fly today
I cannot miss tomorrow
Won’t you come with me,
Why fight the wave?
Cause we’re not drowning anymore
It’s all happening again.

Open my eyes and I am torn
I say yes to everything
Except to what I need no more
Open my eyes and I agree
The sun brings sustenance
And sexuality.

It’s like the last day of the universe
And there’s no one else around
And we’re climbing down the spiral
Staircase in the clouds
We’re viewing this destruction
And see the beauty in it all
Some eyes are made to look to heaven
Some designed to watch it fall.

You'll get the rhythm to it
You'll get the rhythm to it
You'll get the rhythm to it
You'll get the rhythm to it.
Track Name: Dye Your Heart
(Ode To Spock)

You were afraid to send the message
You were afraid incase they’d laugh
You were afraid of being honest
Cause being honest is being crass

You were afraid they’d hear the yearning
Afraid they’d run a mile
Make hay with empty promises
Poke fun at your style
And you heed the voice of strangers
And you hear them when they speak
Pointing out imperfections
But you can’t hear them when you sleep

There’s a game we’re all at play here
It takes years to learn the rules
And the forfeit never changes
You raise your heart, become the fool
But there’s no cheat, pass or strategy
That I have ever yet to learn
………………………………
Well I just guess this is your turn

You can’t dye your heart
You can’t dye your heart
You can’t dye your heart
Any colour you like
You can’t dye your heart
You can’t dye your heart
You can’t dye your heart
Any colour you like
It won't fold away
Won't just dissipate
But might anticipate the next big chance at love
You can’t dye your heart
Why would you even start?

And it’s hard to take the positives
Cause at the end of every day
It’s just you and the rejection
It doesn’t matter how they say it
It didn’t matter what I said.
Track Name: Patrick Street
I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking ‘bout
I’m sure I don’t know what this song is about
Sure don’t bow my head when I speak your name
All these syllables don’t mean anything

I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking ‘bout
They all claimed we were through when the jury’s out
I’m sure you’re living life in your peaceful ways
Bringing comfort and care and turning dark to light again

I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking ‘bout

But thankfully
You’re scared of me
You told me from the start
But should we meet
On Patrick Street
Fear will grip me too

As it always does
As it always does
As it always does with you.

I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking ‘bout
Sure been a while since I heard that voice around
Sure won’t let this go without a fair hearing
But I don’t think we need say a thing

The silence is leaving
Let’s both be scared together