No Peace For The Wicked

by James McKean and the Blueberry Moon

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released March 25, 2016

Produced and arranged by Ross Palmer and James McKean
Engineered and mixed by Ross Palmer
Additional engineering by Jon Clayton at One Cat Studio, London
Mastered by Ben Zushi-Rhodes at Metropolis Studios, London
Cover drawing by Chloe Vallance
Design by Oliver Talkes and James McKean

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James McKean and the Blueberry Moon UK

James McKean was born in Oxford and lives in London.

His band the Blueberry Moon's first album proper No Peace For The Wicked is out now.

An earlier EP Where The River Runs Both Ways was released on CD in 2011.

Previously James fronted cult indie group The 'A' Train, with his brother Dan.
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Track Name: Silver City Bound
You can take it as read
You can count down the days
You can bury your head in the words you didn't say
But in your little scarred heart
Can you turn things around?
Yes, I know what you've lost
But do you know what you've found?
Will you carry that cross (far, far away)
Will you carry that cross (far, far away)
Will you carry that cross - the love that you've lost
'Til you're silver city bound?
I've been gathering dust
Somewhere out in a dream
I've been learning to trust
If I know what that means
But now I'm back at the start
My ship's run aground
You could glow in the dark, and still not see what you've found
Will you carry that cross (far, far away)
Will you carry that cross (far, far away)
Will you carry that cross - the love that you've lost
'Til you're silver city bound?
Track Name: I Long To Make Your Dreams Come True
I've been trying to make a dream come true
There's nothing that I wouldn't do
But everything keeps going wrong
No wonder I don't feel strong
I cross my heart and hope to die
As if I'd ever tell you lies
I'm trying to make a dream come true
What else can I do?

Now, somewhere on the silver sands
Far out in another land
We're out beneath the stars so bright
The stillness of a thousand nights
And how we get there, who could know?
But I know we don't have far to go
I long to make your dreams come true
I swear to God I do

But still I don't know who I'm fighting
Or if I'm ever going to win
Through the mist and fog I wander
Lord, take me somewhere I've been

And how we get there, who could know?
But I know we don't have far to go
I long to make your dreams come true
I swear to God I do
Track Name: Let The River Answer
Like a raven with its mind on fire
I hurry up and down the land
I keep looking for something in this dream of mine
A paperback is in my hand
Then I'll see you standing in the yard
And soar up from a sea of lies
I'm trying hard to reason as a child sees things
Maybe that would be unwise
Will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you be baptised?
Now I'm chewing on the things you said
And feeling like a grain of sand
I guess there was a reason why things reached a head
But clearly I don't understand
So will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you let the river answer?
Will you be baptised?
Track Name: When Sleep Escapes
I was black and blue; so confused
When you came upon my evening
And the world stood still
Where it stayed until my heart began to break
Did I see you there, alone and scared?
Did my mind project some meaning?
Now these thoughts are mine, and all is fine
Only never when I wake
Hanging on my breath's a name I'd never dare to say again
But still I try to put it all to tape
Anyone can see that things are tougher than they need to be
Take me to your dreams when sleep escapes
I'd watch you sway, your perfect way
'Til your steps began to falter
Now that world is lost, and our paths still cross
But never so when sleep escapes
Track Name: No Peace I Find
I've been painting in caves since the dawning of time
But still no peace I find
With a heart on the staves and love in your eyes
Still no peace I find
I've been fighting the clock since I knew how to think
But still no peace I find
I've been searching for solace deep in a drink
And still no peace I find
Tell me, what you do when your dreams turn to dust?
You try again, I suppose
In a whirlpool of lies it's not easy to trust
So I'll follow where the time goes
I'm a face in the clouds, now, wouldn't you know?
But still no peace I find
When you've someone to turn to, but nowhere to go
Still no peace you'll find
So what you do when your dreams turn to dust?
You try, try again, I suppose
In a whirlpool of lies it's not easy to trust
So I'll follow where my mind goes
I've been painting in caves since the dawning of time
But still no peace I find
With my heart on the staves and love in your eyes
Still no peace I find
Track Name: On The Crest Of A Wave
I became in a town on a river
Was neither a boy nor a man
Now I'm old, but I couldn't deliver
No, nothing was quite as I planned
Let me be borne and raised, up in a daze
The blackest of thoughts on the darkest of days
As we glide through the night it gets colder
We're further from debts that we've paid
I could carry the world on my shoulders
Decisions leave me afraid
Let me be borne and raised, up in a daze
The blackest of thoughts on the darkest of days
There are games we play, but music will save
Lift me up high on the crest of a wave
When I'm dead and down in my coffin
Or flying as ash on the wind
You can think of this song as an ending
Or maybe a chance to begin
Let me be borne and raised, up in a daze
The blackest of thoughts on the darkest of days
There are games we play, but music will save
Lift me up high on the crest of a wave
Track Name: Huddled Here In The Cold
So far away from my secrets
So misinformed is your smile
So innocent, your reason
So effortless, the trial
I got nothing right when I was younger
And I've nothing left now I'm old
Will you take me back, to when we were huddled here in the cold?
Where was the strength you were promised,
And all the belief I had?
And where should I turn for solace,
When I know you're hurting bad?
I got nothing right when I was younger
And I've nothing left now I'm old
Will you take me back, to when we were huddled here in the cold?
Track Name: May Sunbeams Find You
We walk by the side of the river as the fleet leaves the harbour
It's something to see
In our scarves and coats we shiver, by your mother and father
As you hold on to me
There's blood on your knee, we've been climbing trees
That always was you; too brave
May sunbeams warm your heart I pray
That sunbeams find you everyday
When minutes feel like hours, don't you fray
I'll guard your visions and dreams
In the end we couldn't deliver, the spell that was on us
It wasn't to be
But I dreamt we were there in that river, the moonlight upon us
As you hold on to me
In the silvery blue, you were hungry too
In the waters where we wade
May sunbeams warm your heart I pray
That sunbeams find you everyday
When minutes feel like hours, don't you fray
I'll guard your visions and dreams
Track Name: The Redeemer
I have no clothes
I've barely eaten
No one talks to me at all,
But I get beaten
I'm a stranger in the street, a stranger in the street
I'm the redeemer
Sure I get tired and I get lonely
And, yes, I feel it in my bones when you disown me
And it hurts me to the core
It hurts me to the core of the redeemer
When I look around sometimes, and I watch people live their lives
Living lives they couldn't lead if it hadn't have been for me
But do they know this? Do they even care?
Well it hurts me to the core
It really makes me sore
So here I am
I've been forsaken
Now I'm weary to my soul, my body's aching
I'm a stranger in the street, a stranger in the street
I'm the redeemer
I'm a stranger in the street, maybe someday soon we'll meet
Track Name: Lay Down Your Heart
Lay down your heart
And all your sorrows
Lay down your heart
And all your pain
Lay down your heart
I will follow
To the dawn
Through darkness and rain
Among the mystic chords of memory
Which stretch from field to field
To the grave and yet
In every beating chest will sing a chorus once again
Lay down your heart
And drown your sorrows
Lay down your heart
And all your pain
Lay down your heart
I will follow
To the dawn
Through darkness and rain
Through darkness and rain
For all the eyes upon your windowsill
Your secret is safe with me
To the grave and yet
As sure as any bet, you'll turn to music once again
Lay down your heart
And all your sorrow
Lay down your heart
And all your pain
Lay down your heart
I will follow
To the dawn
Through darkness and rain
To the dawn
Through darkness and rain