Dancing Backwards

by Mark Thorburn

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about

As some (or none) of you may know, this is my debut album. It's taken while to get here.

I spent much of my (mis-spent) youth playing in various bands, nearly and not quite getting famous. During those years I hoarded songs I'd written that the majority of the singers in those bands refused to sing.

One day....one day...

This labour of love has been nearly 20 years in the making. Some of these songs were written when I was barely out of school, others were written a couple of months ago. I doubt you'd notice which were which. Suffice to say, this is that album. Make of it what you will.

credits

released August 21, 2014

Mark Thorburn - vocals, guitars, bass, drums (track 11), organ, harmonica and various other bits n bobs
Mason Larkin: Drums and percussion
Rod: Bass, guitars and all-round legend
Dougie Thomson: Awesome piano tickling skills
Scout Beckett, Hannah Marriott, Jen Batchelor, Joanna Banks and Eva Banks - Backing vocals and harmonies and generally making me sound better than I do by myself.
Peter Hampton - one crazy night and some organ
Andy Cronin - last minute, song saving harmonica duties

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Mark Thorburn Edinburgh, UK

Mark Thorburn has been playing the "low-slung-guitar-hero" in his head for longer than he cares to remember

This is his debut album.

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Track Name: Special Friends
If I ever thought I could
Get away with it, you know I would
Cos I'm easily mislead.
Should be using, not receiving, head.
But after all is said and done
Where's the risk without the fun?
And I know what's on your mind
It's the same game I've been playing

Pick me up
I'll put you down again
That's what happens to the "special friends"
It's not over...its not over...it's not over...

If I ever thought I should
Take you down with me
You know I would
But a lot's been said since then
Didn't know if you'd been listening
This is where it's got to end
There's no point in a beginning
Call my bluff and hope to die
You're the one who's left crying
Track Name: Sleazy Does It
Is it true?
You'd like me to see you?
The way I've always wanted to?
And if you do...
I'll do the things to you
You know you've always wanted to

And as the sun sets I would know
You've booked a suite inside my soul
Throw away the key
There'll never be a need for anyone in there but you and me
You know it's true
I said I feel you do
Track Name: If I Only Knew
I'd love to fill your cup
Drink a toast to my bad luck
I feel I've been stitched up
By the one's I'd come to trust

Don't you, want me to...
Take another stand
And fight all night with you?
You don't care what you've done
Or what I'm going to do
If I only knew...

You thank me for my songs
I hope the cheque won't be too long
I feel I've been abused
I've got things I need to do
Track Name: Had To Have It
I saw it and I had to have it
Just another dirty habit
Rack em out and I will dab it
I saw it and I had to have it

She put her hand in my pocket
Felt around for the packet
Palmed it and her fingers grabbed it
She saw it and she had to have it

Don't even try to ask me why
I'll tell you a lie

We pushed our way into the party
Up the stairs, double crafty
Lock the door and check it's empty
Lay it out there to tempt me
Track Name: Stop The World
Take the pill
Sure you will
Bleeding hearted liberal
He's not impressed by the state of the nation
The drunks on the streets have moved into his station
This is never going to work

On and on...

Here they are
Come so far
Working hard
Stealing cars
I'm not impressed by the state of the nation
Think I'm in need of another vacation
What's the point in going to work?

On and on...
Track Name: I Don't Know Why
I don't know why you never call
I don't know why you won't come round at all
I don't know why you let me go
And dig myself an even deeper hole

I don't know why I couldn't see
How disappointed you'd become in me
We had it all, but as you say
I went and threw it all away

I don't know why I keep this song
It brings me pain when I sing along
And all the time I blame the day
You made your mind up and you went away

I don't know why I couldn't see
How disappointed you'd become in me
I don't why you never call
I don't know why I'm here at all
Track Name: Ya Little Liar
I didn't want to end up this way
You couldn't think of a thing to say
Another drink won't make it right
It's your fault, you were out of line

Ya little liar

You keep em coming, I know you will
Another victim will pay the bill
I'll take a cheque if it's all you've got
You cleaned me out girl, you got the lot

Ya little liar

I'm not trying to get at you
I know you're sick, and you know it too
It's just a shame, I'm trying to say
That you had to end up this way

You play upon my sympathy
I've got it bad and it's plain to see
Another girl needs my company
And that is my new philosophy!
Track Name: Let's See How Good You Are
I don't know what you're doing here
But I know who you are
I don't know what you're doing here
But I know who you are
I said, I know who you are

If you think I'll make a sound
When you think I'll hit the ground
C'mon!
Oooh yeah...oooh yeah
Let's see how good you are

I've never met a bigger man
Who talks as much as you
Keep it up, sonny boy
Let's see what you can do
Let's see what you can do

If you think I'll make a sound
When you think I'll hit the ground
C'mon!
Oooh yeah...oooh yeah
Let's see how good you are
Track Name: Firecracker Blues
I was a firecracker
When I was younger, uh huh
I blew up on cue
I lost a friend or two

It's been so long since I've been back home
It's been so long since I've been back...
Home...don't get me wrong
I've been alive since the day I was born
It don't mean nothing can get me out of this place
It don't mean nothing can get me out of this...

I met a girl I called Jo
Yeah she was trouble for sure
High on self esteem and personality

It's been so long since I've been back home
It's been so long since I've been back...
Home...don't get me wrong
I've been alive since the day I was born
It don't mean nothing can get me out of this place
It don't mean nothing can get me out of this...
Track Name: Sing Me Back Home
The warden lead the prisoner down the hallway to his doom
I stood up to say goodbye like all the rest
And I heard him, tell the Warden, just before he reached my cell
Let my guitar playing friend do my request

Let him sing me back home
With a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away, and turn back the years
Sing me back home, before I die

I recall, last Sunday morning, a choir from cross the street
Came to sing a few old gospel songs
And I heard him tell the singers
There's a song my Mama sang
Won't you sing it once before I move along

Won't you sing me back home
With a song I used to hear
Make my old memories come alive
Take me away, and turn back the years
Sing me back home, before I die
Track Name: Where Did You Run To?
I fall on my feet
Most every day
It's the getting back up
That leaves me this way

Just don't try to tame me baby
It never works anyway
But if I pack my bags...will you stay?

I'm not the full deck
I'm a bit of a shoe-in
But if you show me your cards
I'll pay you what I'm owing

Don't try to tame me baby
It never works anyway
But if I pack my bags...will you stay?

Where did you run to baby?
Why'd you treat me this way?
Where did you run to baby?
Why'd you lead me astray?

Where did you run to baby?
Why'd you leave me this way?
If you don't even want me to stay?

So listen to me
Cos I can't hear what you're saying
But you'd better believe
There's an art to complaining

Don't try to tame me baby
It's never worked to this day
But if I pack my bags...will you stay?
Track Name: Cinderella
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey everybody
I'm out looking for a girl
She's the sharpest one
In the whole wide world

I want to be her man
Lord, I'll catch her if I can
I met her at the bar
You know, we danced all night

When I kissed her lips
She even held me tight
Disappeared by herself
When my clock struck 12
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Cinderella
Where have you gone
I got a glass slipper
For you to try on

I want to be your fellow
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Cinderella

She's got a pretty long hair
And she's five-foot-two
When she ran away
I found her glass shoe

Won't somebody tell me
What I am gonna do
Hey Hey Hey Hey Hey Cinderella
Cinderella