Foundations: MFCS

by Morgan Finlay

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released 23 April 2015

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Morgan Finlay Vancouver, British Columbia

Morgan Finlay is a Canadian-born, but globally minded singer-songwriter, whose voice and poetic lyrics draw comparisons to Bruce Cockburn and Damien Rice.
His fans recently celebrated a successful campaign on IndieGoGo (www.indiegogo.com/Latitude), raising more than enough funds to produce and tour his fifth album 'Latitude', which features 13 songs chosen by the fans.
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Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - Good Will Running
Summer's been and gone and the rains have set in
We came when tides were low and now they’re out again
Looks as though we’re leaving just as fast as we can make
May our good will outrun our past mistakes

For a certain time the open will bring us peace
But questions always gonna drift on up with the breeze
And it won’t take too long to wonder what we’re fighting for
With our brothers dying despite our trust in the Lord

When cannons cut our sails and the rats have dug in
When rations we’ve been saving ain’t enough for ten men
Skies above turn frightening man, our ghosts are on the prowl
Looking to find us with our weapons down

Now the captain’s aim is any port in the storm
For he says there’ll be pirates coming round the horn
With our luck we’ll harbour in a brave new land
Only time and chance left to bring us in

Good will running down

Summer's been and gone and now the rains have set in
We came when tides were low and now they’re out again
Looks as though we’re leaving just as fast as we can make
May our good will outrun our past mistakes
May our good will outrun our past mistakes
May our good will outrun our past mistakes
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - The Everything About Me
I can't remember falling apart quite like this
Seems the wind was taken from me, before I could gather up my fists
With an empty click i noticed that my blood was running free
Oh angel won't be rescuing me

Even when the gun went off and i turned around to see
Where the killer had been standing, my baby looked at me
In a thousand things I've seen this was the one I won't believe
Oh angel won't be rescuing me

She was a miracle to see
And she loved me, she loved me
When it rained down Yukon Street
She loved me, she loved me
She had a measure of soul, you rarely see
And a heart that understood the everything about me

I leaned against a shady tree and crumpled to a seat
Started praying to someone who might have long abandoned me
When the sun arose the next day, it found me shaking like a leaf
Oh angel won't be rescuing me

She was a miracle to see
And she loved me, she loved me
When it rained down Yukon Street
She loved me, she loved me
She had a measure of soul, you rarely see
And a heart that understood the everything about me

Staring in the firelights, the orange and the gold
I can smile upon the embers, the twinkle of the hope
In the glow of things accomplished by the man I lived to be
Oh my angel won't come rescuing me

She was a miracle to see
And she loved me, she loved me
When it rained down Yukon Street
She loved me, she loved me
She had a measure of soul, you rarely see
And a heart that understood the everything about me
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - The Price of Gold
Crickets creak from the edge of the road
The bonfires light the way
The DJ's rhyme gives the people time
So long to light of day

Behind the eye of a hundred bold
The headline not will say
The price of gold-- the left untold
The poor who left to pay

And tick tock tick goes the baby in the stroller
Wick walk quick in the rain
Ring ring ring goes the telephone line
When the stranger call says your rent no paid

Lord, hold my heart like a little bird
While big man make his choice
Poor like me never known his words
For never known his voice

Lord, strong my legs when the feet must stand
The balance that must come
Walk this world of the common man
Until we all must run

And tick tock tick goes the baby in the stroller
Wick walk quick in the rain
Ring ring ring goes the telephone line
When the stranger call says your rent no paid

Simple man have a simple plan
Arise with the rising sun
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - (in)Security
across a bridge, along a shore
the skies born some years ago
steel fence that holds the cliffs at bay
unlocks the point I’d put away

security, a bolder aim
the roads I run never the same
I’m not sure I’ll get what I paid for

let down my guard to touch her face
gave up my heart to keep my place
I cupped my hands, shielded my eyes
but no big love for me, but no big surprise

security, I’ll be ok
you and my love out of the way
I’m not sure I’ll get what I paid for

a dot in space, a satellite
watch down over me on through the night
longer the train, further apart
know where I am… know where to start

security, you wretched scheme
you’ll break my heart before my dream
I’m not sure I’ll get what I paid for

I’m not sure I’ll get what I paid for
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - Blow By Blow
Lifetimes and memories ago
days when we were the wandering souls
placing bets to never going home
running away from the things we know

Rabbit feet and bags of lucky strokes
carried along down the living road
brought those times an ever-quicker flow
easy come just as easy go

Can't say we were a-wiser then
won't give up on the feeling
still remember who we were when
we bumped through life on the blow by blow

Another springtime and summer come again
to and fro with our faithful friends
there you were, a smile upon your face
sharing all of the things you know

Angel love standing in my frame
why'd you ever wanna learn my name
never felt such a need to grow
build a house to hold the things we know

Can't say we were a-wiser then
won't give up on the feeling
still remember who we were when
we bumped through life on the blow by blow

Bluest skies, ocean down below
looking out from a solid shore
jump and shout, 'cause now you know it's true
it's this man that's got a hold on you

Can't say we were a-wiser then
won't give up on the feeling
still remember who we were when
we bumped through life on the blow by blow
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - Far Beyond Words
If the world could be an open book
My life would be a word
A nice word if you use it gently

And now you see me as I am
Going through another phrase
you’re right there reading over my shoulder

Fortune has its way
Of repaying
The love you give comes back to you
In a way that is far beyond words

If words alone could fix a broken wing
Or mend another heart
Then all this talk could make it better

You brought me back up on the road
You brought my boat on into shore
You know it’s hard to thank you near enough

Fortune has its way
Of repaying
The love you give comes back to you
In a way that is far beyond words

If the world could be an open book
My life would be a word
A nice word if you use it gently

And now you see me as I am
Going through another phrase
You’re right there reading over my shoulder

Fortune has its way
Of repaying
The love you give comes back to you
In a way that is far beyond words
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - Nothing Left To See
Cold, cold hands
Your eyes of silence
Meant when the phone rang, well I knew it wasn't good
And it's coming home
Sitting here in service
It's last Monday night all over again

Tomorrow we'll walk slow through the gardens
To the doorway where your body stays forever
Let the light shine on the good times
Glance across the dark and right into me

Long, long walks
Armfuls of roses
Suntan lotion and girly facial cream
All night talks
Smell of the ocean
All this emotion wouldn't get the best of me

Inside my eyes... you said I was so strong
Now I don't know how to hold myself together
Locked in a car, stuck in a sad song
It's the pain that took the fight out of you-- that's now left for me

I found this picture
I hold it gently
I'd light a candle but there's nothing left to see
My dad says boy,
I feel the pain you're going through
He wants to help but this just ain't helping me

Tomorrow we'll walk slow through the gardens
To the doorway where your body stays forever
Let the light shine on the good times
Glance across the dark and right into me

In eighty years, under a blue sky
You'll wash the doubt away that's grown into me
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - The Hard Way
Thick fog embrace the harbor
It's hard to push off from the shore
I search the white for answers
Come floating back on what I know

It's never time or distance
You can't look back until you go
I see these sad reminders
And wonder how it heals so slow

Oh... well you had to learn the hard way
Oh... well you had to learn the hard way

So shifting from the breakers
I've felt the counter-currents' flow
Vancity's kind reminders
I'm hoping some of them will hold

Oh... well you had to learn the hard way
Oh... well you had to learn the hard way

The end of the spring brought awakening
To the soundtrack of ever-changing things
And never a note before the work was done
Did these green eyes take upon the wing
To love would i raise up a simple glass
Bring a strong tide in upon my coast
A cool headed ease when the chorus sings
And a gale wind when it matters most
Hold out your hand for hope
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - Allez Allez
I came out of the jungle under a steady rain
There were blood trails behind me, and a knife through my brain
And it was on the brilliant river that I ran upon the truth
Where my fault stood beside me, staring out of my cocoon
There is always a reason these things go like they do

I was weeks at the roadhouse, I took shots to kill the pain
I awoke to the lessons I was bound to learn again
Didn't time overtake me, unburden me it's true
I came around a sort of corner, I reached out for things I knew
Now and then came a whisper, but sometimes it screams at you

Through the changing of seasons, I march despite it all
Under cover of darkness, I listen for the call
And it's wonder and torture with every hill I take
What a fortunate soldier, clambers over his mistakes
All these thoughts I consider, as I swim back into the fray

The tattoo of my decision, lead me on to judgement day
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - When This Long Road Ends
Quiet pull of wine, homely scent of pine
When this long road ends
Read those books of mine, dusty and divine
Lovers, foes or friends....
When this long road ends

Panels on the door, shoes I always wore
When this long road ends
Sand between my toes, favorite tv shows
Lovers, foes or friends....
When this long road ends

Fingers through my hair, icy breaths of air
When this long road ends
Warm upon the skin, sun on everything
Lovers, foes or friends....
When this long road ends

Doors without a lock, lonely wooden dock
When this long road ends
Always feeling heard, melodies and words
Lovers, foes or friends....
When this long road ends
Track Name: MFCS (Morgan Finlay & Christoph Schellhorn) - Let Me Down Gently
In this returning dream
I’m running through the trees
Looking around, for someone to stop me

And it’s a kind of hurt
That’s hanging on my sleeve
That’s shaking down love, that won’t forever be

The lonely card is drawn for me
I feel so sorry that I can’t breathe
The moving picture’s catching up you see
Upon the hard ground… let me down gently

Splinters from the cross
Pulling on my skin
Give me back hope, that something is ending

Drying in the sun
I woke up in pain
Won’t blame everyone who didn’t come back again

The lonely card is drawn for me
I feel so sorry that I can’t breathe
The moving picture’s catching up you see
Upon the hard ground… let me down gently

Tapping at your door
pray you’ll let me in
You can have more, just tell me baby how you’ve been

The lonely card is drawn for me
I feel so sorry that I can’t breathe
The moving picture’s catching up you see
Upon the hard ground… let me down gently