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You gave me nothing that I wouldn’t take I gave you something right back thinking you would break You gave me everything and then some more But I passed out on the floor – I couldn’t take it anymore I took a real hard stare penetrating your eyes And found untamed wild youth inside I gambled with my lucky dice As I shift from side to side - As I shift from side to side I’ve got a live wire reaction To everything you say I got a live wire reaction To everything you do I gave you something that you couldn’t dilute An unusual potion to savor You chugged it right down then gave me a stare Now it’s only if I dare – I’m not even sure that I care anymore
I kinda hoped every morning To look over and see you there We’ll wake up to the sound of a sweet voice Playing out by the stairs I miss you more than I imagined Lonely evenings find despair Now I know how much I love you Separated by the ocean - so dark and cold out there The girls are gone now – just for a little while The girls are gone now – just for a little while I spend all of my time with both of you on my mind Disjointed feelings inside me Break out for a while and sing Things too fragile gonna break too easily Decapitation for the head of love is what I sing
Getting harder to come by So easily lost Congratulations my friend You’re something I’m not The congregation watched their minister spill out his guts The factory workers rebelled against authority – demanding a life Stick to your guns now Try to honor your life Loyalty in these times Is gonna surely pay off It gets so hard sometimes these days No matter how hard you try If you’ve got something that you can sacrifice Then maybe you can buy some time
Oil to Blood 02:55
Commanded by deception told to liberate the oppressed But they didn’t tell you that they had no plans to bring you back Scramble through this rubble and you’ll find the enemy’s den Your mission here is Search and Destroy and it’s just like Vietnam Hey there Texas rancher man wake up These games you play they’re not much fun Hey there Texas rancher man you’re out Legacy of a cowboy terrorist Ah you’re so happy - happy at war If you burn this flag you bare would anyone see or care You can step outside the law because there are no laws out there You can lay your weapons down - try to find a peaceful end Perhaps you’d rather hang around and play Russian roulette with your friends It’s all for oil and mud It’s all for oil and mud Then oil turns to blood
Destroyer 04:33
Destroyer of time tell me the reason for your crime Tell me I got to you I ran with the wrong crowd so hang me for treason to be sure I don’t get in your way no more I was sent to kill you by the ones you hold so close Get to know you and win your trust You thought I came to thrill you and hang out for a while Sorry but I don’t have time to stay Destroyer of minds you talk about the seasons changing moods As you’re tearing your life apart I ran with the wrong crowd so hang me for treason to be sure I don’t get in your way no more They’re trying to measure your heartbeat They’re checking for a pulse
Your Story 03:31
Now I know how you’ve been feeling And it really got me thinking I’ve been there for your whole life Watching closely as you stand there Moving gracefully with great care It’s a beautiful thing to me You’ve got to tell your story No matter how it sounds You’ve got to tell your story Shout it out loud How could you possibly know that One day we’d change forever One day we’d wake up in a different time Now that I‘ve been here a long time I’m gathering all of the pieces Memories branded and broken by time We’re making plans for a new life Moving to a different country Where it all started out for me
Teenage Toys 04:08
I don’t feel any pity But I see a whole lot of pain Spend my nights in the city Youthful souls ignite again Grey towers growing higher Casting shadows from east to west Try so hard to see the sunshine In the place that I know best Cause you’re a teenage toy in some town And you’re living in a carefree time All teenage toys of the future Tell me all about your paradise To a rhythm the street lights flicker On and off with your heartbeat Distant brawl sounds too familiar It’s just shit on the street that the garbage man left
In Ruins 03:17
The gang’s all here for another night Hit the streets and let the fun begin We’re all fired up high on squatters white Without a care in the world we opened our doors wide We owned nothing at all and had nothing to hide A sight so unlike all the others…is that what we were then? So many gone sometimes I wonder…just what they would be like now Make no mistake we were no angels…and we knew what we were doing Could leave in peace or we could leave this place…in utter ruins Firmly anchored in the east end streets We never locked our doors at night They came often and they stayed for a while Without a care in the world that’s what we were doing Left some kind of a mess buried deep in the ruins Some guy spinning at my pad one night He didn’t like my record collection He was tossing the vinyl all over the room Without a care in the world that’s what we were doing Left some kind of mess buried deep in the ruins
Her eyes were stranger than the riddles of long ago But somehow she found a way to stare Sometimes her fear it suppressed her right to scream In her courage she really did not care Her feet were rooted in the soil of the earth And her mind it soared so high up above She stood for strength so much stronger than she knew And her attitude it fitted her like a glove Wo oh oh oh oh the goddess of light cries loud Wo oh oh oh oh in time we all must fly If all we do is live and die Let’s take the time To see what’s in between? Sometimes she felt like she couldn’t catch her breath But she never stopped to slow down for a while Got swept away by her thoughts one summer’s day Her life goes on but what’s left in between What’s in between?
Winter minds break and crack so cold with the season Snow piled up on hills too high to climb There’s no changing your mind without reason Thinking ahead you’re gonna wish you had more time But I feel it changing now And there’s something you should know about There’s something I gotta say The seasons crash right down on you And I feel it changing today Spring infusion of color into this dark world Shooting life into the veins of everything Eyes open again or maybe for the first time Cold dark seasonal discharge left behind The air is changing color Ride the train from hell straight through the brain again Close your eyes and jump - crash land and roll Open your eyes up wide - try to recognize yourself Seasonal change shoots color back into life The air is changing color
Gonna breakdown now - try to mellow out Gonna shoot straight up and crush all doubt Maybe wallow in self-pity just for a while Until I swallow a whole city Gonna meet the world and all it has to offer So leave the dregs and let, let, let go of the others And let, go, now, let go of the others – oh yeah Memories keep changing - In Glasgow greens were green In London things aren’t quite what they seem In London things aren’t quite what they seem to be Ask yourself what you really care about Release the fear and change the game Memory serves a need deep inside of you If you bring it out now you’ll live it again Memories keep changing


Volume covers a wide array of topics from the creative mind and life experiences of David McEwan. Topics include squatting in London, drug abuse and prostitution, religion, city life vs. the suburbs, war, love, life and death.

Musically the album takes the listener on a journey through each topic, from the heavy pounding tracks such as Hard to Come By, Destroyer and Live Wire Reaction, to the more subtle Girls are Gone, Seasonal Crash, Teenage Toys, In Ruins and Your Story and on to the full head on fury of Sophie’s Dance, Oil to Blood and What’s In Between, ending with a sonic eruption in Memories Keep Changing.


released September 3, 2011

All songs written 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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