Oxygen 21

by Enda Reilly

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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.

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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 Ireland

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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Track Name: Oxygen 21
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
Track Name: I'm Doin' Fine Just the Way I am
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
Track Name: Hear the Cries
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
Track Name: I'm Not Crazy
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
Track Name: Nut in The Hut
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
Track Name: The Open Highway
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.”
Track Name: Chance 3
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
Track Name: Yesterday How I Cried
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
Track Name: Why Can't We Live in Peace?
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.
Track Name: Henry (Live in Bewley's '07)
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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