Love and Gold

by NICOLETTE MACLEOD

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Love and Gold is a varied collection of original and traditional songs. The original songs I have written and arranged over the last ten years, some of the traditional folk songs I have been singing much longer. I wanted them all to be on this recording as they are part of my singing and performance tapestry.

I recorded them all in Glasgow over the space of 12 days and multi-tracked the whole thing. The title is taken from a poem by Edwin Waugh which I arranged and perform but didn’t include in the album.

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released April 12, 2019

Recorded and co-produced by Luigi Pasquini at Anchor Lane Studio
Mastered by Jon Astley at Close To The Edge

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NICOLETTE MACLEOD Glasgow, UK

Nicolette Macleod is a singer/songwriter, sound-designer, performer & live improvised sound maker. Her voice has been described as 'otherworldly' & 'haunting.' Nicolette writes original material, arranges British Isles' folk songs & popular songs creating a 'witty' & 'engaging' set.
Nicolette writes and performs music for theatre, contemporary dance & film.
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Track Name: Father Father
Father father, come on tell me what to do with my life
Father father, come on tell me what to do with my life
I’ve been walking for what seems so long
I’ve been walking for what seems so long

Father father, come on help me
Give me a reason to hold on
Please surround me and enfold me in your arms Lord
These days are long.

I’ve been yearning for what seems so long
I’ve been yearning for what seems so long

Each day that I am wondering I look for a reason I look for a sign
In the mirror I see before me tired eyes sad sad heart
I’ve been lonely for what seems so long
I’ve been lonely for what seems so long

Take away my fear and loathing all my sadness for those who have gone
Give me hope lord and keep my vision, with Grace to pass on

I’ve been scared Lord
I’ve been scared Lord
Track Name: Opium and Smoke
Opium and smoke
Velvet chairs wooden legs
Silk embroidered flowers
On my naked breast

I wait in the dark
For someone to comfort me
I hold out my hand
And hope you’ll come to me

And in the night I am so
I am so cold
No I’ve been golden
We were golden

And I do not know
Where you roam

And still hope hope hope
For better days to come
And still I want want want
For you to be a honest man

I wait In the dark
For someone to comfort me
I hold out my hand
And hope you’ll come to me

And in the night I am so
I am so cold
No i’ve been golden
Oh we were golden

And I do not know
Where you roam

And with your cold cold cash
I know how small I am
And in your vacant eyes
I see what I’m worth

And I do not know
Where you roam
Track Name: Spider
Catch me
Will you catch me if I fall
Or leave me broken shattered and torn
Like a spider web taken
Leave me helpless

And I will try
And I will try

Make a new home
In a safe world
Where nobody can break me

Make a new home
In a safe world
Where nobody can break me

For you

A new world
A brave heart
A kind world
A safe start

And I will try
And I will try

Make a new home
In a safe world
Where nobody can break me

Make a new home
In a safe world
Where nobody can break me

For you

And I’ll catch you
If you fall
I wont leave you broken
Shattered and torn
Like a spider web taken
I wont leave you
Alone
Track Name: The Moorland Witch
There lives a lass on yonder moor, -
She wears a gown of green;
She’s handsome, young, and sprightly,
With a pair of roguish een:
She’s graceful as the mountain dow
that snuffs the forest air;
And she brings the smell of the heather bell
In the tresses of her hair.

’Twas roaming careless o’er the hills,
As sunlight left the sky,
That first I met this moorland maiden
Bringing home her kye:
Her native grace, her lovely face,
The pride of art outshone; -
I wondered that so sweet a flower
Should blossom thus alone.

Alas, that I should ever meet
Those beaming eyes of blue,
That round about my foolish heart
Their strong enchantment threw.
I could not dream that falsehood liked
In such an angel smile;
I could not fly the fate that lured
With such a lovely wile.

And when she comes into the vale,
To try her beauty’s power,
She’ll leave a spelll on many a heart
That fluttered free before.
But, oh, beware her witching smile, -
’Tis but a fowler’s snare;
She’s fickle as the mountain wind
That frolics with her hair!
Track Name: She Moved Through the Fair
My young love said to me, 'My mother won't mind
And my father won't slight you for your lack of kine,'
And she stepped away from me and this she did say
'It will not be long, love, till our wedding day.’

She went away from me and she moved through the fair
And fondly I watched her move here and move there
And then she went homeward with one star awake
As the swan in the evening moves over the bay

Last night she came to me she came softy in
So softly she entered, her feet made no din;
She laid her hand on me, and this she did say
'It will not be long love, till our wedding day.’
Track Name: Swallow
She's like the swallow that flies so high
She's like the river that never runs dry
She's like the sunshine on the lee shore
She loves her love and love is no more

’Tis out in the meadow this fair maid did go
A-picking the lovely primrose
The more she plucked the more she pulled
Until she got her apron full

She climbed up on yonder hill
To give a rose unto her love
She gave him one, she gave him three
She gave her heart for company

And as they sat on yonder hill
His heart grew hard, so harder still
He has two hearts instead of one
She says, "Young man, what have you done?"

"How foolish, foolish you must be
To think I love no one but thee
This world's not made for one alone
I take delight in every home"
Track Name: 1919
When the morning comes
And the night its gone
And I watch the bay for your ship to come home
And I wait for you stand on the shore
See the light and then no more

Lay me down
Down to rest
I wont take another breath
Lay me down down to rest
I wont take another breath

I watch the morning boat come in
I see your ship and then it sinks
And I wait for you
Stand on the shore
You don’t come home

Lay me down down to rest
I wont take another breath
Lay me down down to rest
I wont take another breath
Track Name: Just a Drop
I don’t want to drink a lot
Just a little bit
I don’t want to drink a lot
Just a little drop

As they say to take the edge off
Maybe I need a lot

I made a gold cage
For me to hide in
Away from myself
And what I’m feeling

I know its bad waking up wanting
I know its bad I need something
I know its bad hating so much

Everyone has addictions whatever they are
Some religion some fast cars

I made a gold cage
For me to hide in
Away from myself
And what I’m feeling

I try to fight myself
Every day every day
I try to fight myself
To hold on to it all
To see what its for

I made a gold cage
For me to hide in
Away from myself
So I couldn’t feel

I don’t want to drink a lot
Just a little bit
I don’t want to drink a lot
Just enough
As they say
To take the edge off
Maybe I need a lot
Track Name: Down by the Sally Gardens
Down by the Salley Gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the Salley Gardens with little snow-white feet.
Down by the salley Gardens my love and I did stand
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow white hand

Down by the Salley Gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the Salley Gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the trees;
But I, being young and foolish, with her did not agree.

In a field by the river my love and I would stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take love easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
Track Name: Mechanical Animal
Put on my shoes
Put on my face
Put on a smile, I look great
Put up my hair so it looks neat
Put on a smile
I am ready

To tell the world what it needs
To fill minds with hopes and dreams

I’ve seen things hard to see
I have honed the gift of forgetting

They’re just mechanical
They are animals
They’re just the numbers
To fill the data

She lay there young, still and cold
I knew her face from the petition
I’d been told they'd been tamed
No force was used, I was lied to

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine hundred bodies counting
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine thousand bodies counting
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine million bodies counting

There just mechanical
They are animals
They just the numbers
To fill the data

Fear, greed and lies built the perfect world
They wont let one small child break it all
They have gone to far to let it fail
But I fear as the walls start to crumble

I am mechanical
I am their animal
I am just a number
To fill their data

I put my shoes on
I do my face
I zip up the dress that I hate

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