New Harbour

by Morgan Finlay

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Plucked from the wilds and inspired by the land of Newfoundland, Morgan Finlay's new album, 'New Harbour' was written and recorded in August, 2015 in the Eastern-most province of Canada. Sweeping tributes to love and friendship dovetail with songs of lessons learnt, blended over a landscape of acoustic and traditional instruments.
Featuring talented Newfoundland musicians Aaron Collis and Darren Browne, Brendan Hamley (UK), Stephan Nobis (DE), Norman Kressner (DE) and Nico Rivela (CAN), the album was financed by fans who supported a successful crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo in May & June 2015:
www.indiegogo.com/projects/creating-a-morgan-finlay-album-in-newfoundland#/story

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released December 1, 2015

All music and lyrics ©2015 Morgan Finlay (Brisco Bodai Publishing)

Produced by Morgan Finlay
Executive Producer Michael Reich

Recorded in New Harbour, and St. John's, Newfoundland, and at SoundJack Tonstudios in Chemnitz, Germany

Mixed and mastered at SoundJack Tonstudios in Chemnitz, Germany by Jörg 'Jacko' Adamczak & Norman Kressner (soundjack.de). File assistance by Manuel Laukner

Photography by Ritche Perez, Jennifer Butler, Jessica Roberts, Nico Rivela, Morgan Finlay, and Joan Rumsey

Graphic design by Arno Dmitrieff at Deepop Media (deepop.de)

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Morgan Finlay Vancouver, British Columbia

Traveling the roads of Europe for the last decade, Irish-Canadian singer-songwriter Morgan Finlay has woven his talent for melody, poignant observations and passion for humanity into a fan-made success story. His latest release, ’New Harbour’ showcases a full turn in his writing towards roots and modern folk, over the distinct and hardy flavours of Newfoundland, Canada. ... more

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Track Name: My Good & Noble Friend
Life has been kind, it's how you see it I find
You take away from it what you bring
Meet you at five, we'll drink to being alive
And you'll untangle the state I'm in
My good and noble friend

You've seen me aching when my full brain is breaking
And you helped me somehow find control
All things being said I've got a much clearer head
Than in Toronto a decade ago
My good and noble friend

In these times when my mind races about
Close my eyes, let the words come tumbling out
And come back to the moment we're in right now

Hear me complaining, with your peaceful explaining
You say it could always be worse
I know you're right and by the end of the night
You'll have me laughing until it hurts
My good and noble friend

In these times when my mind races about
Close my eyes, let the words come tumbling out
And come back to the moment we're in right now

Over the years the ring gets worse in my ears
As my memory loses how and when
Long as my heart ticks like it did at the start
Well you can count on me till the end
My good and noble friend

In these times when my mind races about
Close my eyes, let the words come tumbling out
And come back to the moment we're in right now
Track Name: Oh The Good Times
The Father comes out on the bridge
Spies up the bay along the edge
Hears us singing, 'Oh the good times,
Don't abandon me...'

Well it seems b'ye I weren't meant to win
To judge from the troubles I'm in
Take it home now, 'Oh the good times,
Prays you stays with me...'

From far away, I'd be pining for New Harbour
Shame my heart is forever wanting more
When I return to where the Narrows meet the ocean
I'll not wash ashore

From the cuts on the wheelhouse floor
Past the cross on the door
Hail to Mary, 'Oh the good times,
Don’t abandon me...'

From far away, I'd be pining for New Harbour
Shame my heart is forever wanting more
When I return to where the Narrows meet the ocean
I'll not wash ashore

Well I've seen the bad times rain
Over, and over again
If I'm to get there eventually
They'll first have their way with me

Some moments it's hard to say
Where we be leading anyway
Faith so precious, 'Oh the good times,
Don’t abandon me...'

From far away, I'd be pining for New Harbour
Shame my heart is forever wanting more
When I return to where the Narrows meet the ocean
I'll not wash ashore
Track Name: So Courageous
I know this steely feeling
The bolts of self-control
Fall in, my arms and legs and
Stay straight, my curious soul
If I was not so hostage
To all my dreams and goals

I wouldn't have to be so courageous

We made a break from cover
Out to the shore we run
Falling beside you lover
I am the chosen one
If I had less inhibitions
If I was twenty-one

I wouldn't have to be so courageous

If I was not so hostage
To all my dreams and goals

I wouldn't have to be so courageous
Track Name: Quiet Harbour
There's a house upon a hill
Sinking in the sand
Built it up on sheer will
With a thousand hands

Find forgiveness
No no fight in the head
Quiet harbour
I'll sing to you instead

In the burning race for time
He's never gonna win
Where the pressure pushes out
The water rushes in

Find your pardon
It all helps in the end
Quiet harbour
I'll sing to you my friend

It ain't right to walk about
Like the living dead
Things have always turned out
Like the fortune teller said

As the silence sets in
He barricades the door
Little fire starts to burn
As the fever roars

Find your pardon
It all helps in the end
Quiet harbour
I'll sing to you my friend
I'll sing to you my friend
Track Name: Sun Dogs
If something must change
Let it do so
Cherishing the gains
From what you let go

Sun dogs always waiting up for me
Out above the land... over top the sea

If the storm must come
Let it pass through
Clouds release the pressure
Turn the skies blue

Sun dogs always circling 'round me
Sitting close at hand... where they know i see

If the ground does shake
Cover and hold
No need to run
From things you don't know

Sun dogs always pulling at the leash
Every day more patient than they've ever been
Track Name: The One That Got Away
She'd grab me when she'd hear her favorite song
I'd try to keep my feet dancing along
She'd smile to have me all to herself
Even if all this weren't true
The one that got away is still you

She kept a watchful eye on her health
But first she took care of everybody else
You could always find her up to something good
Even if all this weren't true
The one that got away is still you

There was a time when it was simply… meant to be

She'd grab the lucky penny from the ground
And kiss when there’s everybody 'round
The world's greatest optimist was her
Even if all this weren't true
The one that got away is still you

There was a time when it was simply… meant to be

She'd always stop to ask me how I've been
And it's not like me to hide or anything
She'll see me out there playing along
Come give me a talking-to
The one that got away is still you

Even if all this weren't true
The one that got away is still you
Track Name: The Prayer
May common sense guide as our one common will
May we all band together to get over this hill

May humans treat humans in merciful ways
May our good lords and angels be coming one day

May the blessings of friendships and loveships unfurl
To keep us alight in this so heavy world

May humans stand ready to love as they please
And stand for a brother who's down on his knees

May we sleep our computers more of the time
May we leave only smiles and good tears behind

May justice be meted with sensitive hands
May safety and reason come up with a plan

May countries take people who run for their lives
May some talk shrink the divide between you and I

May we see and accept what's outside our control
And allow others' kindness into our souls
Track Name: Pixels
How your white dress glows
In my soundless dream
Tousled in the sun
Perfect as it seems

I can't hold you in
Memories of your face
I might keep them all
But i'm all out of place

Fiery in the night
Fading in the day
Precious frames we shared
Shading out to grey

Time just serves to show
Beauty doesn't change
Resolution dies
But little bytes remain

Angel... nothing more to see here
Nothing but the pixels
Tearing me apart

Angel... nothing left to notice
Details out of focus
Cluttering my heart
Track Name: Until The Next Time
Now a little chapter ends
Great to get to know you my friend
Wish you good winds to keep you strong and bold
From now until the next time

Now here's a little thing I wrote
I picked it out note by note
Good winds to keep you young at heart
From now until the next time

Little changes that appear
Through the seasons and the years
And the big old world would seem to hum along
Well it’s time for me to keep moving on

Now we leave the past behind
Thanks for having me in mind
Good winds to blow away dem’ blues
From now until the next time

Little changes that appear
Through the seasons and the years
And the big old world would seem to hum along
Well it’s time for me to keep moving on

Now a little chapter ends
So great to get to know you my friend
Good winds to keep you strong and bold
From now until the next time

From now until the next time