Here's 2020

by David McEwan

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David McEwan formerly of Skelp has been writing and playing music for over 3 decades. The new release entitled "Here's 2020" is McEwan's first solo release and is a mix of indie rock, power pop punk, Ska and a little celtic added for taste.

McEwan wrote, played and recorded all vocals and instruments. He also produced and mastered the release in his recording studio in Virginia, U.S.A.

The 10 tracks were written within a 3 month period from August to October of 2019. They were recorded in October and November, then produced and mastered by ready to go by mid-December 2019.

The tracks pull from McEwan's life experiences, specifically tuning in on 2017 - 2019.

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released December 31, 2019

All songs written, recorded and produced by David McEwan.
Instruments and vocals by David McEwan

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Skelp Washington, D.C.

Skelp was formed in September of 1995 by singer/guitarist from Glasgow, Scotland David McEwan. Bassist Ted Watts joined soon afterwards. Several drummers came and went but McEwan and Watts remained the band’s nucleus as they regularly gigged around the north east coast of the USA. Ben Azzara who played in numerous Washington D.C Dischord bands joined in Jan 2011 on drums. ... more

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Track Name: Cherry Pie and Cyanide
Cherry Pie and Cyanide
David McEwan

The city lays its head down now; the streets are dead but for the howl
Of singing dogs and breaking dawn oh where have all the people gone?
I love to walk alone at night, fast cars and lovers packed real tight
I love to watch the little things and write about almost anything

This is how you feel alive - Hot cherry pie and cyanide
No more tears just laugh inside
This is how you live your life – flying high fly so high
Is this how you feel alive, hot cherry pie and cyanide, hot cherry pie ‘n’ cyanide

The daylight casts a darker shine that nighttime swallows just in time
For all the people just like me who really have no place to be
The alleyways and trash cans drew a picture that’s both old and new
Oh how it feels to be alive, and walk these city streets at night

So hold my place in line tonight, I might be late but that’s alright
The line begins and ends right here, with jokes and laughter and finally tears
The city lays its head down now; the streets are dead but for the howl
Of singing dogs and breaking dawn oh where have all the people gone?
Track Name: Lady Darkness
Lady Darkness
Written by David McEwan - 12/1/2019

There’s a small child feeling so scared all alone in a dark room
She said she couldn’t sleep - couldn’t sleep well at all
She calls out loud in the night to declare her surrender
Her voice rides high on the darkness all around

She said give me all your light cause it’s something I chew on
Something I do just to pass the time away
She said give me all your light and I’ll play all the games that you’re playing
You gotta teach me all your rules and I’ll forever stay


Lay back down you’re numb and you got no feelings
Lady Darkness has her cold cold hand on your heart
You’re rising up so fast, but only she can see you
Crashing back down real hard, back down to the ground
Track Name: I Don't Know You
I Don’t Know You
David McEwan

Don’t know you very well but I like you – Hey baby I don’t know you at all
I don’t know where you came from - And I don’t know what you do
Now I see you could be a hometown star - Maybe I should get to know you
It’s gonna be a long time coming - Cause that’s just how I play
I never felt the need to jump in blind - Baby until I met you

Don’t know you very well but I like you - Baby I don’t know you at all
I know I’m gonna get to like you – I really wanna see you some more
I’d carry my head high in London - In Glasgow and Paris too
Never let the city leave get me down – I always got something to do

Don’t know you very well but I like you - Baby I don’t know you at all
I know I’m gonna get to like you – I really wanna see you some more
Track Name: Children of the Cold War
Children of the Cold War
David McEwan

Choking on ash and poison - As our hometown disappears
Nothing left to love now – and there’s nothing left round here
Children born in the digital age - What were you taught to fear?
Face to face you don’t want to talk - Social skills disappear

We’re children of the cold war - We were taught to fear before
Atomic bomb lights up the sky - So bright you cannot see it anymore
Children of the cold war - What do you think you’re waiting for?
You’re all grown up it’s time to go, teach the new generation everything you know

Know the cost of downcast eyes - The memory of a dying man
This beautiful world was always here - He couldn’t see through his own fear

We’re children of the cold war - We were taught to fear before
Atomic bomb lights up the sky - So bright you cannot see it anymore

Children of the cold war – feels like you were here before
Track Name: Blind to the Madmen
Blind to the Madmen
David McEwan

Open the cages and set all the animals free
Unlock the asylums and give all the madmen the keys
Some say they were twisted but now they are suddenly clear
In the outside world all the real madmen live here

Here we are now we got something to say, taking root in this place cause we’re here to stay
Blind to the madmen who offered a hand, we’re scared to take cause we don’t understand

This world is the stage where we all dance in the only way we understand

Violence and crime rolling out on the streets tonight
Danger is dancing around with the dangerous type
Slamming down shutters the cold wind piercing the night
Go home to your beds now be safe where you’re1 well out of sight
Track Name: Emotional Rain
Emotional Rain
David McEwan

Here comes emotional rain
Gonna wash right over me
Keep me clean and keep me sane
Turning darkness bright again

I don’t wanna feel no pain
When I’m cheating life and lying
Clear as day she sang to me
Wake now, we’ll set you free

It’s all I ever wanted
To be right here and now
No future and no past
Just here and now at last

I think I saw you in my dream
Most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen
We talked all night right through till dawn
And in the morning, you were gone
Track Name: Your Isolation
Isolation
David McEwan

See the shock on their faces as they’re melting into one
These people asked for sunshine but not this burning kind
We knew the time was coming when everything would shut down
So many fools denied it, and now we’re all going down

Now you know your head’s a lonely place
Come out from your isolation
Find your own tribe
Together fight this desolation
Track Name: T.V Life
T.V. Life
David McEwan

I bet you never thought you had a TV life
You thought nobody knew when you were getting high
Hiding up in your room every day
With a bottle in hand and a bag to spare
A secret stash to give you peace of mind
No more interest in living your life
I bet you never thought you had a TV life

You never knew what she was all about
She’s a sky city girl just fooling around
She’s got rockets fizzing around in her head
And she’s planning on flying away again

I bet you never thought you had a TV life
In your TV life you live a different way
It’s a real hard dream but you can’t let go
So you’re thinking now that everybody knows
You want it all I heard you say
And you want it all right here today
I bet you never thought you had a TV life
Track Name: Party Time
Party Time
David McEwan

Hollow thinking eyes aborted - Never blind but always sorted
Sometimes dead ‘n’ alive again - Sometimes real – but never seen
Out of focus - Blurred by thought - Sometimes clearer - than thought itself
Hello, it’s party time - Hello it’s party time
Higher than a mystic’s plain - Only to crash inside again
Lower than desperate death - To rise up now and kiss its breath

It’s a party time again

Sleeper in your magic dream - Welcome strangers yet unseen
Beware the urge to kill your foe - War is untorn - death untold
Violence like a shattered mind - Steals hope and virtue every time
We all carry a heavy burden – give more respect to everyone

Start slowly….
One breath at a time.
Track Name: Another Day
Another Day
David McEwan

Nothing looks the same now that the stars are all aligned
I can feel the change inside my mind and soul
If the light shone too bright, I could be on the other side
Here I am, I must have something left to say

I don’t hide my shadow - Don’t cover up my soul
Open up my mind, so I can see
I don’t tell no lies now – I never close the door
Let it all flow in now that I’m free

The weekend rolls around, feels like any other day
I can push my old friend misery away
No more lying, no more dying, can’t you see I’m really trying
Now I walk among the living every day

Another Day - Another Way – And we all stay

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