The Sad Pursuit

by Tommy Keyes

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Recorded in the same sessions as "An Irish Life", and drawing on the same stellar line-up of musicians, "The Sad Pursuit" is a brilliant collection of songs on the general theme of dreamers and their fruitless pursuit of the unattainable. The would-be starlet in 1930s Hollywood.....the perpetual sucker whose big jackpot is always one hand away......the emigrant who longs to be back home............the washed-up musician who still imagines the roar of the crowd....their stories are set to memorable melodies and beautiful blues-inflected arrangements.

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released July 29, 2016

Tommy Keyes: keyboards, vocals
Dick Farrelly: guitars, bass
Gerard Farrelly: drums, percussion, cello
Richie Buckley: saxes
Dave Fleming: double bass
Ellen O’Mahony, Carla Ryan, Sarah Bass, Cian O'Mahony:: backing vocals


All songs written by Tommy Keyes
Produced by Dick Farrelly
Engineered by Michael Heffernan at Sun Studios, Temple Lane, Dublin 2
Assistant Engineer: Michael Brady
Mastered by FergalDavisMastering.com
Sleeve design by Ken Drakeford

Released on Keyes Records 2016 - KEYES 502

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Tommy Keyes Ireland

After an absence of nearly 40 years, Tommy Keyes returns with a stockpile of great songs that defy categorisation. Rock? Pop? “It’s 1970s singer-songwriter music”, he says, “because that’s what I am.”

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Track Name: The Sad Pursuit
The sad pursuit
Of what will never be
Deny the truth
Ignore reality
It could have been
It should have been
Now I lay me down to dream
Now I lay me down to dream

Rehearse the lines
Learn them all by heart
A thousand times
Never play the part
It could have been
It should have been
Now I lay me down to dream
Now I lay me down to dream
Now I lay me down.
Track Name: This Is The Movies
Hitch a ride to California, make it through the golden wall
Life’s just a long audition, every day’s a casting call
Check check checking checking out everything that’s going down
If you could cash in promises you’d have enough to buy the town
Buy the whole damn town
This is the movies, this is the silver screen
This is the movies, this is the silver screen
Picture machine

Everybody looks familiar, everybody’s from a mould
Every guy is Valentino, every woman is Garbo
Every word is calculated, every attitude’s a pose
Everybody’s got that special touch and every living sinner knows
He’s gonna be a star
This is the movies, this is the silver screen
This is the movies, this is the silver screen
Picture machine
Track Name: Tumbledown Cafe
On a cold December evening
In a tumbledown café
Trying to find the words for leaving
But I don’t know what to say
I don’t know what to say
Sorry I’m sorry I say
Tongue-tied I try to explain
I see you turning away
Away

I am high above the ocean
And I’m never looking down
I am flying in slow motion
And I’m spinning round and round
I’m spinning round and round
Sorry I’m sorry I say
Tongue-tied I try to explain
I see you turning away
Away
Track Name: I Believed In Magic
I believed in magic
But the slip in the conjurer’s hand
Showed me it was a lie
I believed romantics
But the love that was pledged for forever
Turned to goodbye
I believed so many things
Mostly they were untrue
But there’s nothing going to stop me
Believing in you

I believed in healers
But the pills and the potions they gave me
Worsened the pain
I believed in dreamers
But their promises fooled me
Over and over again
I believed so many things
Mostly they were untrue
But there’s nothing going to stop me
Believing in you
Track Name: Send Some Directions
Please send some directions
Help me find my way to you
‘Cause I can’t make the connections
And I don’t know what to do
Believe my good intentions
When I swear my words are true
Won’t you send me some directions
Help me find my way to you

The life I have been living
Has been shallow and untrue
But I know I’ll be forgiven
When I put my trust in you
I search for your reflections
When the light comes shining through
Won’t you send me some directions
Help me find my way to you
Track Name: Mr Bluesman
They’ve cleared the tables, they’re going home
You’re on your barstool, we’re all alone,
They’re locking the doors but I don’t care
Cos there ain’t nowhere I’m going.
I read about you in a magazine
You’re like nothing else that I have seen,
Lines on your face tell the story of your song
Let the night grow long, I’m listening….

Hey Mr Bluesman, play a song for me
Bartender, leave that bottleful of rye;
Hey Mr Bluesman, play a song for me
Such a feelgood, help the night go by.

You sing of hard times, you sing of love
You sing of whiskey and the Lord above,
And we might write ourselves a barstool blues
Just as soon’s the booze starts working…
Track Name: The Boulders That You're Rolling
You’re always chasing rainbows, building castles in the sand
And you’re sure you’ll take the jackpot every time they deal a hand
You rise to every challenge, pushing boulders up a hill
But you’ve never won a battle and you probably never will

And the storm is gathering around and the wind will blow your castles down
And the boulders that you’re rolling are only going to take a toll on you
Take a good look at yourself ‘cause nobody else can help you
The boulders that you’re rolling are only going to take a toll on you

The smart boys on the corner love to see you come and go
‘Cause they suck you in and blow you out and you don’t even know
Someone’s making money from all those clever schemes
But you end up with nothing but a pocketful of dreams
Track Name: Goodbye To Eden
747s trailing vapour in the sky
Fade into the distance where they say that fortunes lie
There among the huddled masses yearning to breathe free
You come to place your trust in the arms of Liberty

You come in search of Eden but you find no paradise
You thought that you'd be happy, you were wrong
You try to ride the rainbow and you have to pay the price
And wish that you were back where you belong

Far from your home, all that you've known
You feel so alone every day
Year after year, tear after tear, longing to hear yourself say
Goodbye

You gather in the mornings where's there's wages to be found
Building roads and houses, digging tunnels in the ground
At night you find the bars because there's nothing else to do
The whiskey flows like water till the tears are flowing too
Track Name: Day and Night
Day and night and night and day
I’m watching you till you’re okay
Your broken wing will heal you’ll fly away
You’ll fly into some lover’s arms
You think will shelter you from harm
I’m watching day and night and night and day

I know how much you’re hurting now
If I could ease your pain somehow
I wouldn’t be the lonely one
Out on the avenue
But you will never see me there
And you will never know just where
I’m watching for the only one
Watching over you

And every soldier knows your name
And every story ends the same
I’m watching day and night and night and day.
Track Name: Complications
Julieanne and Loralie were real good friends of mine
We spent some time together and we shared a little wine
Well I’ve had complications with the women I have known
And I just want some friends around who’ll leave me to my own
I said hello to Julie, I said hello to Loralie
We had ourselves some good times and some real fine company
See I can’t handle complications, all I know is how to sing my song
I can’t handle complications, all I know is how to sing my song

The girls got busted on the street last night, I got a phone call from the jail
Saying get yourself together boy get out and raise some bail
Well I was truly honoured that the one they chose was me
So I did assure them of my deepest sympathy (but you know what I did -)
I said goodbye to Julie, I said goodbye to Loralie
Said thank you for the good times and the real fine company
See I can’t handle complications, all I know is how to sing my song
I can’t handle complications, all I know is how to sing my song
Track Name: Troubadour
It was another town out on the road
I can’t even think of the name
The memories all fade together
Till everything seems like the same
Up on the stage you’re a king for a while
In a wall of sound world of your own
But where do you turn when it’s over
And nobody’s waiting at home
Sometimes the words I say
Don’t sound the way they should
She didn’t turn away
She smiled like she understood

Troubadour are you lonely, spending your nights alone on the road
Troubadour do you need me, just for a while I’ll lighten your load

Later the house lights were all going down
And we walked through the town for a while
And though all the streets were in darkness
Even now I can still see her smile
Wandering minstrel she said as she laughed
Would you carry your harp to the war
For minstrels must come to our calling, You can’t choose the ones you play for
I said that I would choose
Just where my songs were sung
She smiled as she whispered
Oh but you’re still so young

Troubadour are you lonely, spending your nights alone on the road
Troubadour do you need me, just for a while I’ll lighten your load

Driving away in the dead of the night
And her last words were still on my mind
Someday you’ll be so much older
And looking around you you’ll find
You’ve got the music and you’ve got the words
But there’s someone else calling the tune
They’ll pay you the price of your freedom
They’ll promise to give you the moon
Or maybe you’ll stand alone
Or maybe you’ll try
I’ve seen so many now
I’ve watched them all go by.
Track Name: Curtain Call
When the show is over and the curtain falling
The audience applaud, the players take a bow
Standing in the shadows you hear the voices calling
Shouting out your name, they really want you now
And for all who doubted, you want to stand and shout it
Tell the world about it, now you have it all
For every lost tomorrow, for every cent you borrowed
For every night of sorrow, here’s your curtain call

Standing in the spotlight till the encore’s fading
This is your reward, you’re up where you belong
Somewhere in the darkness somebody is waiting
Someone who believed in the singer and the song
And for all who doubted, you want to stand and shout it
Tell the world about it, now you have it all
For every lost tomorrow, for every cent you borrowed
For every night of sorrow, here’s your curtain call
Track Name: Circumstance
When I was young I never wondered what my life would bring
I thought I knew that I could do or be just anything
I had the world in my hands …….but for circumstance
A good career and every year a rise in salary
A pretty wife to share my life, a perfect family
I’d be the lord of the dance….but for circumstance
All that we know and all we can show
Are not what they seemed in all of our hopes and our dreams

I moved around from town to town to find my destiny
But never seemed to turn my dreams into reality
I had it all in my plans…..but for circumstance

Another day goes on its way and leaves no trace behind
I have a drink and sit and think of what I’d hoped to find
I could have taken my chance…..but for circumstance
Track Name: Runout Groove
He draws the blind and locks the door
He drinks the wine and pours some more
And like the embers of the fire he lit today
All he remembers starts to fade away
He puts the needle in the groove
It makes him feel, it makes him move
A blues piano and a tenor saxophone
He leads the band though he’s on his own
All night long, song after song
He plays until the curtains fall
For a while he sees her smile
But she’s just a picture on the wall
He can hear the crowd’s acclaim
They stand and cheer, they call his name
But he just listens to that tenor saxophone
Far in the distance, calling him home
The show is done, the crowd is gone
There is nothing, nothing left to prove
The only sound, going round and round
Is the needle in the runout groove