Oxygen 21

by Enda Reilly

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Oxygen 21 03:01
I like air’s ingredients just the way they are. I like air’s ingredients just the way they are. Oxygen 21 Oxygen 21 Nitrogen 78 CO2 trace gases Great! Inhale, exhale, Inhale, exhale, I love to breathe, I thank the trees, Please don’t cut them all down. Burn the wood, Burn the coal Yeah we burn the gas We burn the oil, Nuclear could be a saviour, Or turn snails’ shells triangular. But what about windmills or the sun’s rays What about people peddling all day Yeah what about windmills or the sun’s rays What about people peddling all day In gyms around the world In gyms around the world In gyms around the world In gyms all around the world Oxygen (oxygen) Let’s keep it at 21(21) Oxygen (oxygen) 21 (21) Nitrogen 78 CO2 we must abate. Inhale (inhale), Exhale (exhale) Inhale (inhale), Exhale (exhale) I love to breathe, I thank the trees, So please don’t cut them all down. Please don’t cut them all down [REPEAT x5] What about windmills or the sun’s rays What about people peddling all day What about windmills or the sun’s rays What about people peddling for days In gyms around the world In gyms around the world In gyms around the world In gyms all around the world © 2007 Enda Reilly
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Hidin' Away 03:11
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I’m Doin’ Fine Just the Way I am, Enda Reilly 2007 Eve is a lonely lady livin’ in town, All the old women yeah, they gather around, “Why don’t you go out and find yourself a man?” She tells them, “I’m doin fine just the way I am I’m doin fine just the way I am” My friend Steve has no mobile phone, Only way to reach him is when he’s at home, “You’re livin’ in the past” I say, “Get with the plan!” He says “Hell , I’m doin fine just the way I am I’m doin fine just the way I am” So why not let other people do What they wanna do If it’s not harming us Or anyone else And maybe do a little thinking We should do a little thinking About ourselves I’m doin fine just the way I am Pat is a poet, sells his books on the street, He used to be famous, had a show on TV, People say he’s crazy (I think he’s gone nuts) He doesn’t give a damn He tells me,” I’m doin’ fine just the way I am I’m doin’ fine just the way I am At least I don’t live with my head in the sand” So why not let other people do What they wanna do If it’s not harming us Or anyone else And maybe do a little thinking We should do a little thinking About ourselves I’m doin fine just the way I am I’m doin fine just the way I am At least I don’t live with my head in the sand I’m doin fine just the way I am I’m doin fine just the way I am
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Hear the Cries, Enda Reilly 2007 Feed the cats Feed the dogs Leave the rats Eat the frogs Breed the bats Free the swine Believe the gnats Heed the lion Fly the kite Be a bus Live a lot Make a fuss Kick a bear Don’t bear all Wear a dictionary to the ball Hit the head Nail me down Feel the pulse Slow slow down Drop the line Line them up Bridge a gap Pick a pup Laugh a mound Breeze for you Bring a friend Crash for two Be a bitch Blame your lies Kill a man Hear the cries Cry aloud Loud is vale Valleys fall into the dale Both are brilliant Brilliant luck Look for peace Find a nut (find a nut) [REPEAT] Find a nut, find a nut… In a house In a hut, In a hut In a house, In a hut
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I’m Not Crazy, Enda Reilly 2007 The news came today The storm is on its way Yes the storm is on the sea The storm on the sea And it’s coming after me It’s coming after me Yeah, the wind it blows The wind it blows And God only knows God only knows why Everybody’s leavin’ Everybody’s leavin’ my neighbourhood Everybody’s leavin’ Everybody’s leavin’ it don’t look good It don’t look good Don’t look good They all think I’m mad Think I’m bloody mad, I’m insane I’M NOT CRAZY They all think I’m mad Think I’m bloody mad, I’m insane I’M NOT CRAZY Tide is on the rise Tide is on the rise Darkness in the skies Darkness in the skies Yes I’m a fighting man I’m staying wear I am Yeah, the wind it blows The wind it blows And God only knows God only knows why Everybody’s leavin’ Everybody’s leavin’ my neighbourhood Everybody’s leavin’ Everybody’s leavin’ it don’t look good It don’t look good Don’t look good They all think I’m mad Think I’m bloody mad, I’m insane I’M NOT CRAZY They all think I’m mad Think I’m bloody mad, I’m insane I’M NOT LEAVIN’ You know I’m not crazy You know I’m not crazy You know I’m not crazy You know I’m not crazy I’m just staying at home At home, at home
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Nut in the Hut, Enda Reilly 2007 I am the nut in hut I’ve lived here for all time Stuck in a bit of a rut Drinking sandy wine for dinner There’s a man in a hut He’s a bit of a nut Spends days listening And his nights writing He drinks beer for breakfast Porridge for his supper He beats a drum At four a.m. I am the nut in hut I’ve lived here for all time Stuck in a bit of a rut Drinking sandy wine for dinner Yes the man in the hut Wears no shoe on his foot When he walks on jagged stones By the desert lake of bones Oh he scuttles and he scurries And he bottles up his worries And he falls to his knees Knows not what he believes I am the nut in hut I’ve lived here for all time Stuck in a bit of a rut Drinking sandy wine My name, my name Was all in vain I cast it aside Now I’m the flowing tide I drink beer for breakfast Porridge for me supper I beat a drum At four a.m. I am the nut in hut I’ve lived here for all time Stuck in a bit of a rut Drinking sandy wine for dinner I, I, I am the nut in the hut I, I, I am the nut in the hut I, I, I am the nut in the hut (in the hut, in the hut) [REPEAT] I am the nut in the hut (in the hut, in the hut) [REPEAT] Nut in the hut (in the hut, in the hut) [REPEAT] I am the nut in the hut (in the hut, in the hut) [REPEAT] I am the nut in hut I’ve lived here for all time Stuck in a bit of a rut But tomorrow I’ll be fine I promise, I promise I promise, I promise I promise
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The Open Highway, Enda Reilly 2007 “Dry your eyes my friend”, she said “Take a stroll along the open highway to where the lonely people go when they don’t know where they’re going.” And all the people travel on til when Their lives find some meaning And in the night I see her face again But I don’t wanna lose that meanin’ No I don’t wanna lose that feelin’ Oh, I’ll take heed of what she said, Of what she said, what she said “So why don’t you try to forget me and carry on with your short life, for we are all so young and free we have no cares, no strifes” What she says it is so right But I don’t wanna lose that feelin’ That I found within her eyes No I don’t wanna lose that meanin’ I don’t wanna lose that feelin’ Oh, I’ll take heed of what she said, Of what she said, what she said Yeah, so “Dry your eyes my friend”, she said “Take a stroll along the open highway to where the lonely people go when they don’t know where they’re going. They don’t know where they’re going. They don’t know where they’re going. They don’t know where they’re going.”
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Chance 3 02:33
Chance 3, Enda Reilly 2006 Such a hollow feeling I have in my breast I didn’t tell you my feelings Because of stupidness You will see If I show you the real me But it’s all f*cked up now And that was Chance 3 I’ve since stopped believing This age-old fallacy Of our child-like notion That we were meant to be You don’t see But you still torture me But it’s all f*cked up now And that was Chance 3
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Yesterday How I Cried, Enda Reilly 2007 She broke up with me a week ago, I woke up with her in bed this morning She broke up with me a week ago, I woke up with her in bed this morning Yesterday how I cried But today I’m cryin’ even more It’s sad that good things seldom last, It’s a life-long play with a changing cast. It’s sad that good things seldom last, It’s a life-long play with a changing cast. Yesterday how I cried But today I’m cryin’ even more Well it’s all messed up now It’s time to give it up now I do, I do I think I’m using you But I thought that you were using me too Yesterday how I cried But today I’m cryin’ even more Even more Even more
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Why Can’t We Live in Peace? Enda Reilly 2007 For peace sake We should love not hate, End all the wars And stop the needless waste, And I hope it’s not too late. We should learn From mistakes of the past, Let’s not use God As a means to make war last. Despite famine and disease We’re still filled with lust and greed, Why can’t we make it cease? Why can’t we live in peace? I hear you say, “We’re all full of greed and hate, There’s always been war, And it’s always gonna be this way.” Despite famine and disease (despite famine and disease) We’re still filled with lust and greed, (filled with lust and greed) Why can’t we make it cease? (why can’t we make it cease?) Oh why can’t we live in peace? For peace sake We should love not hate, End all the wars And stop the needless waste And I hope it’s not too late And I hope it’s not too late For the human race.
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HENRY, Enda Reilly 2007 HENRY was a boy, who lived in school, He faked to make all the teachers drool, He tried so hard to please them, It wasn’t good, For no one helped him to stretch his mind, He was born at the wrong time, His thoughts were full of blood, Teachers didn’t teach what they should. He said, “All the dreams in my life Seem so far from me, I’ve gotta get away, I’m gonna get away, I’ve got to get away from here!” HENRY, HENRY, What are you gonna do? Don’t spend your life feeling like Somebody else’s fool. HENRY, HENRY, What are you gonna do? Don’t spend your life feeling like Somebody else’s fool You’re not somebody else’s fool. Well HENRY had a girl within this school, She was lovely, she was cool, He tried so hard to please her, It wasn’t good, For she had been known to run, jump and fly, To leave him on the ground with a jealous sigh, She loved like a river in flood, He was left to wallow in the mud. He said, “All the dreams in my life, Seem so far from me, I gotta get away, I’m gonna get away, I’ve got to get away from here!” HENRY, HENRY, What are you gonna do? Don’t spend your life feeling like Somebody else’s fool. HENRY, HENRY, What are you gonna do? Don’t spend your life feeling like Somebody else’s fool. So Henry got the call to fight a war Like his father years before, His country needed bodies It wasn’t good Who will care if he lives or dies? He’s a hero to his own demise, He’d come back if he could, But he lies dead in red mud He said, “All the dreams in my life, Seem so far from me, I gotta get away, I’m gonna get away, And I’ve got to get away from here! Got to get away from here!” HENRY, HENRY, What are you gonna do? Don’t spend your life feeling like Somebody else’s fool. HENRY, HENRY, What are you gonna do? Don’t spend your life feeling like Somebody else’s fool, Cause you’re not somebody else’s fool.

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Oxygen 21 from Enda Reilly - different, absorbing songs that demand attention

New is easy – different is hard. With his debut album 'Oxygen 21' Enda Reilly has managed to achieve new and different. He has created an original and eccentric voyage into folk-pop-country influenced music. If you join in you'll find intriguingly arranged songs with stunningly original lyrics. Enda makes idiosyncratic and emotive observations on life, love, the world, the greenhouse effect – including generating power from people pedalling in gyms – now there's a thought. These interpretations reflect the world around us, sadness of lost love, dark human emotions and unpredictable humour.

The title track 'Oxygen 21' is one of the most inventive eco-songs I've heard in a while. Its origin is the 21% oxygen that makes up the air we breathe and the need to protect the trees that produce it. Not simply an 'eco-rant', this intelligent song is full of surprising musical twists and unexpected turns. 'Strangers on a Train' is a dark observation into the dangers of a casual meeting (to understand see the Hitchcock film or read the Patricia Highsmith novel). It's also a trip into Enda's song writing talent with a genial rolling country-inspired tune that belies its scary content. 'Hidin' Away' is beautiful, with a style that reminds me of a W.B. Yeats' poem set to music - familiar ground for Enda from his days with The Mongrels.

Among the other tracks are 'I'm Doin' Fine Just the Way I Am' - you do what you want to do and respect other people for what they want. 'Hear the Cries' and 'Nut in the Hut' are clearly one song separated at birth (reminded me of Country Joe and the Fish) and almost psychedelic in arrangement. Possibly they're stream of consciousness thinking or perhaps unedited, raw folk-rap if there is such a style – whatever they're good.

'I'm Not Crazy' – starts with faint foreboding and sense of gathering fear, and then gains a hard edge of brooding menace - seemingly written after the impact of Hurricane Caitriona – so no wonder. 'Yesterday How I Cried' and 'Chance 3' are introspective, gentle love songs about realising love's transience. 'Why Can't We Live in Peace?' is Enda's plea for deeper understanding of one another. The album closes with a live version of 'Henry' that tells the sad tale of the eponymous hero's life. More great lyrics: "She loved like a river in flood, he was left to wallow in the mud." Brilliant!

Joined by Dave Griffin (keyboard on 'Nut in the Hut') and Peter Keogh (bass and co-writer of 'Chance 3') Enda handles everything else on the album, from writing, to playing and singing, to producing and mastering. This album demands time to get below the surface and appreciate its different, absorbing songs, there's effort involved but make it - this album is worth the investment.

Tim Carroll

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www.folkwords.com

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released July 5, 2009

All songs written, recorded and produced by Enda Reilly.
Mastered by Enda Reilly and Fergal Davis (Suite Studios).
Dave Griffin played keys on Nut in the Hut and Peter Keogh played Bass on Chance 3.
Artwork Enda Reilly/Daniel Costello
Thanks to all who have given support to me over the years, I very much appreciate it.

Visit www.endareilly.com to find out more about the songs and how I recorded them and to leave your comments good or bad happy or sad.

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Enda Reilly Plymouth, Michigan

Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist drawing influences from the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Nick Drake and Dick Gaughan.
Rooted in the past with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song.
Original songs in Irish and English, WB Yeats' poetry and collaborations.
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