Everything Is Simple

by Dan Lyth

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1.
Ben Nevis 01:10
The waves are higher than Ben Nevis on each side And I start to wonder whether I should have stayed inside the boat It floats, unlike my rapidly sinking feet But then I see you
2.
A Few Lines 05:55
Tell me, tell me your last hope Whispered quietly alone That they slowly stole A stranger is writing the script now You're an extra nothing more Maybe a few lines In your mind you claimed the first prize But they won't even let you near To the starting line Call all your friends tell them you're not dead I've had a thought, I've got a great plan Don't give up just yet Promises you won't even speak of Oh it's not anybody's fault But you don't forgive yourself Call me, call and I'll answer Cos I've seen silence in your fight But you still scream inside Call all your friends tell them you're not dead I've had a thought, I've got a great plan Call all your friends tell them we're back on I've had a thought better than you think Don't give up just yet You know I've seen you give your best And now the rest is all that's left Your resolutions mark your fall New solutions feel like old "Oh shake it off with forceful words" Tried it all but it won't go You're feeling like you've lost it On your way out But can you see that in the distance? That's where we'll be I know, I know you don't believe me But it's all I can say All I can say Would you forget your good behaviour Just let it go Stop holding your breath and composure Just let it out You've built a dam to stop your tears Let's break it down Let's burst the banks
3.
When I got there I saw I could hardly hold my breath Had my best velcroes but I could hardly take a step And I saw your name; it was written on his hand Saw your daisy chain couldn't believe that you were found So we asked around about this amazing crazy place Even better than the largest Lego town we made We were thinking of Moscow State Circus in the Glen But this big top sky was a colour I'd never seen Oh does anyone believe love? Have they all just grown up and seriously forgot? When we got there each sound was a mini symphony He gave you your recorder and you turned and smiled at me We were in no rush so we took it kind of slow We just walked; it was a nice night after all We remembered our old dens and shelters in the woods We were pretty sure we had found shelter from the rain Then we saw him, saw his glory over there He's come to take us home, don't be scared, he'll take us home Oh does anyone believe love? Have they all just grown up and seriously forgot? We were in love We were in love when we got there
4.
They've done the arithmetic; theses shoes should fit And I can try them on just as long as I remember my lines The curtain is starting to rise I heard on the car radio last night They've finally decided that everyone was right all along It was everyone else who was wrong And since they're all so enlightened, They think they've got the right and the means to invite us To see things through their eyes The curtain is starting to rise "Watch you trip, trick questions and traps Watch you trip, we won't watch your back" "Don't step over, don't step over that Don't step over, don't step off our track" But then I hear over the sea The voice of my judge and jury If I let their words make me I give them the power to break me They'll place their bets on me and then they'll want some rest from me The tighter their grip the further I'll slip But I'll let your words make me I'll give you the power to break me Cos you've seen the rest of me and yet you see the best in me Your voice will take me to glory Is it man or God we were thinking of? We perform and face a shouting mob And it descends into pantomime The curtain leaves nowhere to hide From the Hebrides to Sydney, everybody's got the remedy But with so many melodies Comes one discordant fallacy "Who are you going to please?"
5.
Holiday 04:32
When I can't pray and I don't know what to say It's ok, you know the score, you've been here before When I wake up and the sky is black on this new day It's ok, you've got the light, you can make it bright You've seen the darkest of trenches in my thoughts But you still hold out for me And make it all beautiful Today I can see and I don't know what to say You made a king out of a thief, how could you choose me? Now I can hear you call from the sidelines: "It's ok, I gave this to you, enjoy it won't you boy!" You've seen the darkest of trenches in my thoughts But you still hold out for me And make it all beautiful And now I feel like... I'm on holiday for a while I'm on holiday
6.
Castles 02:53
I'll leave the when and how to you I think that's safe After all you've made I know you know what you're doing Why must I elevate myself Try and take first place? I claw against my friends And hide behind soft holy tones I've stole other's bricks To build my own castle Oh won't you tear it down It must come down today And if I do not see with my eyes What I see inside I won't cry cos you want me And I want nothing more than you Bring me, bring me down Build me, build me up I won't cry cos you want me And I want nothing more than you
7.
When I'm with you everything is simple There's no worries As we walk in step I know this is how it should be But then I look down on at the things on the ground They get bigger and I forget something again I forget that something again How could I forget it again? I need you Lord I've seen your face And there's not a better place than this I've been caught up giving the world a shot But I've been the fool because You're so beautiful, how could I run from you? You could have finished me It wouldn't have been wrong But instead, instead you chose to take the blame So we could walk together again Oh, if I could give up all my plans Just give them up and go straight to heaven today If I could go, if I could go I would you know I've seen your face And there's not a better place than this I've been caught up giving the world a shot But I've been the fool because You're so beautiful, how could I run from you? I'll give it up I'll give it up, throw it off I will throw it off And I'll fix my eyes on you Lord Let's walk again Let's walk together, together again Let's walk again To the very end You and me all the way home And I won't miss this chance Now I know, yeah I know That there's no better place than this
8.
Colour 05:59
You know you're running short of luck You're feeling out of touch So much for going out alone And doing everything on your own Oh no, now it's all taken away And there's nothing left to say Except- OK, the world disappoints But he does not There'll be colour again He's on a mission to lift you up and out There'll be colour again Oh remember now, yesterday ended last night Knocked out, out of nowhere a blow Like you've never seen or known In monochrome slow-mo you fall to the floor Never seen this place before "Oh Lord, all my hope left without making a sound" Face down, you can't face another round But he sees you now We were out our depth Running out of breath Assumed there was death round the corner We were sunk in debt And with nothing left It seemed it was almost all over Now the curtain's torn Got to sing with soul He ripped up a hole in the silence Everything reborn Got to to sing with soul He lifted me up out of sickness When you feel there's no colour And you know it's not OK Don't break Cos everything's starting again Where did it go? It seems the light's getting dimmer As I travel from four walls to four wheels and back and back It's hard not to feel that the breath is being beaten out of me When I look down will I see rock or sand?
9.
Take Me Up 05:02
I'm waiting here and looking up I'm homesick for somewhere I've never been I've never even seen A place too big to understand But more intimate than I've ever felt I'll be close to you They'll be no more pain No more needless disasters And stormy nights This body of skin and bones is not my home I know I'm a stranger here but I'm not alone And I'm not here for very long you know Take me up there Take me up there Show me things that'll turn my head upside down The sun is just an LED When it's standing next to your great light Your great light It's like going from black and white to colour widescreen Stop and look cos this is heaven Show me things up high Take me up there Take me up there
10.
They say that faith and hope won't float When they carry the cargo of circumstance But I don't want to live comfortable but sad Wait to see what time does to me Where do you go? Where do you go? God help me tonight Cos I'm broken down

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Reviews:
"Not since Damien Rice's 'O' has a debut album been presented with such self-assurance. This collection of gorgeously recorded tracks is simple yet hooky, lo-fi, playful and reflective. Autumn Sunday afternoons were made for this."
Daily Record

"The musicianship is flawless and the production manages to somehow sound sparse and epic at the same time... You won't be disappointed."
Brett Callwood - Acoustic Magazine

"Doing what he says on the tin, Dan creates simple tunes that take the breath away. Everything Is Simple kicks off with Ben Nevis. One minute and 10 seconds of poetry. While Dan sounds like an acoustic Radiohead, he has the bite of singer-songwriter David Ford. This is apparent in A Few Lines with its lyrics, "Call all your friends, tell them you're not dead." Dan throws a curve ball with the Justin Timberlake snap of Oh, No He Isn't! Oh, Yes He Is, which will have you grooving. As will the jerky geek funk of Colour."
Daily Record

"Dan Lyth’s debut has some very engaging tunes and evokes the ambience of a forest clearing on a summer’s morning. Wistfulness, casio beats and light guitar strumming abound. Everything Is Simple earns your affection with repeated listening but best not operate heavy machinery whilst listening to it."
Jeremy Shields - AU Magazine

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released October 20, 2008

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From Fife, Scotland. Recently finished recording an album entirely outdoors.

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