The Joys Of Modern Life

by Dennis McCalmont

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1.
Another Day is quickly dawning i struggle from my bed still yawning and the mirror i am facing cant see inside my mind is racing I've got schedules to meet Promises to keep I'll be rushed right off my feet, and there isn't time to eat But you bring me to my senses, you pull down my defences And you show me just how Fragile Life can be Oh The Best Days Of My Life I dont understand That the Best Days of my Life you could never plan And The Best Days Of My Life Are in Someone else's hands Oh The Best Days Of My Life You could never plan. I wanna fly forever free for we are prisoners of time you'll see And if by chance that we should meet It's no coincidence we're standing on the same street So let's laugh and smile and talk for a while I can sing my song and you can dance with me I have a message for you You may have a message for me And the Messenger says just let it be Chorus
2.
Suffocate 02:57
SUFFOCATE: Composed & Written By Dennis McCalmont I WAS TRYIN' TO BE A FRIEND TO BE SOMEONE YOU COULD DEPEND UPON AND I WOULD HOLD YOU TILL I BLEED, TO GIVE YOU EVERY THING YOU NEED HEY ITS JUST A TRAIT, A MENTAL STATE, AND I JUST CANT WAIT, NO I JUST CANT WAIT YOU PICK ME UP JUST WHEN YA LIKE AND THEN YOU DROP ME FROM A HEIGHT AND ALL THE LOVING WORDS YOU SAID, THEY ONLY SERVED TO WRECK MY HEAD, AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN HEY ITS JUST A TRAIT, A MENTAL STATE, AND I JUST CANT WAIT, NO I JUST CANT WAIT HEY ITS JUST A TRAIT, A MENTAL STATE, AND I JUST CANT WAIT, NO I JUST CANT WAIT NO THANKS I'VE HAD ENOUGH, NO THANKS I'VE HAD ENOUGH NO THANKS I'VE HAD ENOUGH THANKS I'VE HAD ENOUGH HEY ITS JUST A TRAIT, A MENTAL STATE, AND I JUST CANT WAIT, NO I JUST CANT WAIT HEY, HEY, I JUST CANT WAIT, NO I JUST CANT WAIT SUFFOCATE
3.
Pure 04:26
'Pure' Composed/Written by Dennis McCalmont Floating in the slipstream, drowning in my head Waking from the daydream, lying on my bed Snow is softly falling, a picture postcard view Putting on her makeup, tryin to look her best for you One Star in the Heaven I thought it was You One Star in the Heaven Just outta view Once i was uncertain, but now i'm not so sure I guess the snow that falls is the only thing that's pure I wanna write a letter, but i don't know your name To tell you i feel better, and i hope you feel the same I wanna walk on water, like i saw it in a dream Ask Your Sons & Daughters, 'cos they know about these things One Star in the Heaven I thought it was You One Star in the Heaven Just outta view Once i was uncertain, but now i'm not so sure I guess the snow that falls is the only thing that's pure
4.
Nature Of Life Composed/Written by Dennis McCalmont Lookin' out on a clear blue sky Search my Soul for reasons why? Where is the sunshine she relies on Storm clouds gather on the horizon Your life could change in a moment Your whole life could change in a moment I am lost I'm all at sea Waiting for someone to rescue me Peace to You who understood That even the bad times can bring some good Your life could change in a moment Your whole life could change in a moment Like this... Thats the nature of life One moment good things Next moment sad things And then your phone rings Tell me what does it bring Your life could change in a moment Your whole life could change in a moment
5.
Leave 03:25
Leave... Lay down your sweet head Play down the things he said Like, he never meant to hurt you or desert you Or make you feel like this Building himself taller by making you feel smaller So selfish But tonight we'll take flight and rise above this Yes tonight we'll stand and fight to find what Love is.. Wake up as he arrives Make up just to survive Now he's out of his head seeing red Get the Kids up outta bed and run...keep running Your bags are packed, no turning back This time it's over and done You kid yourself that he still cares Rid yourself of this nightmare Cos tonight we'll take flight and rise above this Yes tonight we'll stand and fight to find what Love is.. What Love is...
6.
If You see my girl Won't you let her know Tell her that I miss her so And if you see my girl Won't you tell her please Tell her that I'm down upon my knees I can't take this anymore Ever since she slammed my door Now it's hard to find something that's worth living for So I get drunk every night Cause a scene Start a fight Just can't live without the light of my life So if you see my girl Won't you tell her? If you see my girl Send her home to me Tell her I'm as lonely as can be And if you see my girl Won't you let her know? Tell her that I never meant for her to go I can't take this anymore Ever since she slammed my door Now it's hard to find something that's worth living for So I get drunk every night Cause a scene Start a fight Just can't live without the light of my life So if you see my girl Won't you tell her? her! her! her! I can't take this anymore Ever since she slammed my door Now it's hard to find something that's worth living for So I get drunk every night Cause a scene Start a fight Just can't live without the light of my life So if you see my girl Won't you tell her? Won't you tell her? Won't you tell her?
7.
Something She Said Throw me a line, i'll take the hook Show me a sign, just one look , and you've got me believing Time after time, you've been there too, a fish out of water, not a clue Funny you're still breathing Oh the tide is rising, and you play dead You got the noise inside your head Was it something that she said I know you're a fake you look so real You get what you take you never feel But i can see right through you The look on your face you're just too late Wrong time wrong place, sealed your fate Sink or swim that's up to you Oh the tide is rising, and you play dead You got the noise inside your head Was it something that she said She said, was it something that she said Got the noise inside your head Was it something that she said Got the noise inside your head Was it something that she said Got the noise inside your head
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Wasted 03:51
WASTED composed/written by Dennis McCalmont Worn Out Wasted, Torn Up Tasted Life's bitterness, Life's emptiness Cast Out, Homeless, Passed Out, Hopeless Even in this Crowd You feel Alone Cos You'll Scream and You'll fight And You'll Dream beneath the Stars Tonight But You won't feel the the fear, till the Morning comes again You'll Start Again, You'll Start Again You once had a Good Life, Children and a Good Wife Now it breaks their Hearts to see You Anymore Lets Drink a Final Toast to Loneliness and The Holy Ghost Then lay like the Dead crashed out on this floor Cos You'll Scream and You'll fight And You'll Dream beneath the Stars Tonight But You won't feel the the fear, when the Morning brings You Rain Sweet Tasting Rain, Life Giving Rain, You'll Start Again.... Cos You'd do Anything, Anything just to Kill The Pain Just to Kill The Pain, Just to Kill The Pain...
9.
Fall 03:48
FALL Staring out my window Looking at the sky I realise there's so much more to this than meets the eye And the Clouds are an illusion messing with the view 'Cause i know there's something Greater out there Than just Me and You We are all just Actors here thrust upon a Stage No-one wants to feel the hurt No-one wants to feel the rage So we pretend that it's not happening and quickly turn the page We may as well be Prisoners locked up in a cage Locked up in a cage God Bless the Man who thinks he has it all God Bless the Man who has nothing at all God Bless the Man who thinks he has it all He's the Man who's gonna Fall, He's the Man who's gonna Fall And the World is in a hurry No-one wants to be alone While i sit and play Guitar for you You play your Mobile Phone Attractions and Distractions keep me on my own But something i have learned- I am not Alone, I'm not Alone Hey 'Look At Me' searching for this thing that they call 'Fame' 'Look At Me' You don't even hardly know my name 'Look At Me' Just like You i wanna shake the Shame 'Look At Me' Just like You Gotta reach beyond the Blame Gotta reach beyond the Blame God Bless the Man who thinks he has it all God Bless the Man who has nothing at all God Bless the Man who thinks he has it all He's the Man that's gonna Fall, He's the Man who's gonna Fall God Bless the Man who thinks he has it all God Bless the Man who has nothing at all God Bless the Man who thinks he has it all He's the Man who's gonna Fall, He's the Man who's gonna Fall He's the Man who's gonna Fall, He's the Man who's gonna Fall He's the Man who's gonna Fall
10.
Time For Truth Take your head out of your hands Stand up straight and be a Man There's no need to scream and shout Speak your Truth and Truth will out 'Cause its time to be seen To say just what you mean Come out of the shadows been there too long Into the light and sing your song Never too late to speak your mind (what are you waiting for?) Never too late to speak your mind (what are you waiting for?) Take your fingers from that gun 'Cause your not scaring any one Take a life to you life's cheap I wonder how you get to sleep? 'Cause its time to be seen To say just what you mean Come out of the shadows been there too long Into the light and sing your song Never too late to speak your mind (what are you waiting for?) Never too late to speak your mind (what are you waiting for?) Blood spill You must Kill Blood spill You must Kill Blood spill You must Kill
11.
When The World Goes Crazy I'm not sure about anything anymore How can i be happy when you're still poor? I wanna know what's real, i wanna know what's true I can't find it in the papers or see it on the Evening News So i trust myself, In this Life, to heal the wrong, to do what's right And i trust my faith in a Loving Power, it's all i need When the World goes crazy, I trust myself... The President well He had to go to War The Money spent on Armaments, could save the Poor I hope someday that Sanity prevails I could'nt face another nightmare Another Tragedy unveiled So i trust myself, In this Life, to heal the wrong, to do what's right And i trust my faith in a Loving Power, it's all i need When the World goes crazy, You gotta trust Yourself... I don't need no man upon a Cross To show me everything We've lost Take away my Sin, for I'm guilty too For Thinking of Me and never Thinking of You... I wanna take Your hand... wanna Pick You Up Try to understand...Let Me fill Your cup I wanna take Your hand...Pick You Up Try to understand...I wanna fill Your cup I feel so helpless, feel so helpless And a Government that couldn't care less Couldn't care less, I feel so helpless In a World Gone Crazy, In a World Gone Crazy You gotta Trust Yourself, You gotta Trust Yourself

about

With a clear commitment to quality on all fronts, Dennis McCalmont’s latest offering, the potentially-ironically titled The Joys of Modern Life is one of the most intimately personal albums I’ve heard in quite some time. McCalmont’s voice is impeccable throughout, and a fine bunch of melodic songs are fleshed out with a consistent contemporary rock/funk sound from his band of inventive musicians. And it’s an all-Irish affair. (Radio stations, please take note).
‘Best Days of My Life’ and ‘Suffocate’ have a very upful, no-nonsense driving sound underpinning some reflective lyrics about life and mis/trust.
‘Pure’ and ‘’Leave’ both ease off the throttle, allowing full space for McCalmont’s soulful vocal and knock-out lyrics. Nature of Life’ has an anthemic intro to kick-start a sturdy funk work-out, and there’s some more heartfelt funk in ‘Something She Said’.
There’s an optimistic knees-up jollity to ‘If You See My Girl’, all about lost love, but there’s a brooding quality to ‘Wasted’ that brings you back to the track time and time again. ‘Fall’ reveals a more reflective side of McCalmont’s worldview. It’s quiet philosophical in its intent and a fine song to boot.
‘Time For Truth’ is a hefty slice of solid rock with an uplifting positivity, and while ‘When The World Goes Crazy’ is slightly more laid back, it enables The Joys of Modern Life to end on an uncertain but ultimately hopeful note. Just like life?

Jackie Hayden (Hot Press)

credits

released July 14, 2016

Dennis McCalmont: Vocals Acoustic/Electric Guitars & Keys
Michael Buckton: Electric Lead Guitar
Craig Donaldson: Bass
Donal Hoban: Drums
Additional Music by
John Flatley Piano
Tony Bambrick Guitar
Mastered by Ciaran Byrne at www.cauldronstudios.com
Artwork & CD Duplication by Ronan Courell
www.duplicationireland.ie
Front Cover Photography by Kate McKeon

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