LIGHT & SHADE

by Marc Atkinson

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released December 10, 2012

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Marc Atkinson Millom, UK

Im a singer songwriter and have been since I first started singing in 1984. As well as my solo I'm also the vocalist and co- writer with RIVERSEA. I've previously been a member ofNINE STONES CLOSE and MANDALABAND. Before that my early bands were GABRIEL, THE COMPANY, FRONTIER and EXPRESSIONS. I currently play solo acoustic gigs for a living and I'm currently writing songs for a new solo album... ... more

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Track Name: Inside The Man
INSIDE THE MAN

Inside The Man
Inside The Man
I’ll show you
Inside The Man…

All along I gave the song
The freedom to fly
Near or far, out amongst the stars
Or right here where we are
Here for you a rhyme or two
A glimpse Inside The Man
With all my love
With all the love
Inside The Man
(Before the flood)
Inside The Man…
(Before the flood)
Inside The Man…
Track Name: When We Were Five
WHEN WE WERE FIVE

Don’t look back, don’t turn round
You’ll never guess what I’ve found
A picture of you as a child, you look so innocent
And my oh my how you’ve grown
You’ve made that body your own
I hope you’re proud of who you are
You’re everything to me

You’re beautiful and wise
With see right through you eyes that I love
Through laughter and through tears
We’ve shared our darker years
I hope they’re over now…

All we’ve got to do is keep believing
Things are gonna change, Things are gonna change
With you by my side I can keep believing
‘Cos something’s never change
And I’m glad they stay the same
‘Cos here we are painting rainbows in our skies
Like we did When We Were Five
Like we did When We Were Five

I’ll put this photo in a frame
To remind me how you’ve changed
You’ve grown into a mother
My soul mate and my lover
And now we’re starting again
A new house, a new life with new friends
No matter what darkness may come
Please know you are ‘The One’…

You’re beautiful and wise
With see right through you eyes that I love
Through laughter and through tears
We’ve shared our darker years
I hope they’re over now…

All we’ve got to do is keep believing
Things are gonna change, Things are gonna change
With you by my side I can keep believing
‘Cos something’s never change
And I’m glad they stay the same
‘Cos here we are painting rainbows in our skies
Like we did When We Were Five
Like we did When We Were Five…
Track Name: Through A Mirror Darkly
THROUGH A MIRROR DARKLY

Who knows where I would be
If all my life went differently
Would I still be right here now with you?

Who knows what I would do
If I could really know ‘The Truth’
And held it in my heart for you tonight…

Through A Mirror Darkly
Through A Mirror Darkly

Who knows what I would see
If I pulled apart the tapestry
And stared inside the mystery of you

Who knows what I could know
If I let all my conclusions go
Then dived inside the afterglow with you…

Through A Mirror Darkly
Through A Mirror Darkly

I… I can see you…
Staring at me… Seeing right through
And you… You can see me…
Staring at you through A Mirror Darkly…

Through A Mirror Darkly
Through A Mirror Darkly

Who knows where I would be
If all my life went differently
Would I still be right here now with you?
Track Name: Run So Deep
RUN SO DEEP

I can see you now standing right in front of me
That look upon your face that I always love to see
Say you’re gonna stay with me
Always around…

Say you’re gonna stay with me
Say you’re gonna stay with me
I will make this sound if it makes you stick around so
Say you’re gonna stay with me

You know we Run So Deep, Run So Deep,
You know we Run So Deep, Run So Deep,
You know we run…You know we run…

I can hear you now start to sing the melody
Open your voice and let us weave this tapestry
Say you’re gonna sing with me
We’ll make such a sound…

Say you’re gonna sing with me
Say you’re gonna sing with me
I will make this sound if it makes you stick around so
Say you’re gonna sing with me

You know we Run So Deep, Run So Deep,
You know we Run So Deep, Run So Deep,
You know we run…You know we run…
Track Name: The Fear
THE FEAR

These days I’ve heard people claim
‘The End’ is just around the bend
A world at war, who knows what they’re fighting for
There’s nothing left to defend

Everywhere we turn we look and see
The corruption and the greed…

These are the days
And this is the way of the world
Where do we go from here?
How do we turn around?
Turn around The Fear…

These days I’ve heard people claim
There’s nothing we can do
It’s ‘the way it is’, we can’t change a thing
It’s said so much it must be true

Everywhere we turn we look and see
All the signs of apathy…

‘Cos these are the days
And this is the way of the world
Where do we go from here?
How do we turn around?
Turn around The Fear…

These are the days
And this is the way of the world
Where do we go from here?
How do we turn around?
Turn around The Fear…
Track Name: A Beautiful Thing
A BEAUTIFUL THING

The song we sing is A Beautiful Thing
As it spins around our room
In melody with harmony
Waiting for the world to see
How magic we can be…

And then we stop
Then we stop to figure it out
And then we stop
But by then the melody’s come round…

I’m loving the way you play
Though I don’t even know its name
But everybody knows that’s the way it goes
When you sing from your soul
I’m loving the words you say
Even though they fade away
‘Cos everybody knows that’s the way it goes
And to sing is A Beautiful Thing…

The time it takes to write a song
Is equal to the love it takes to sing along
So raise your voices and join with me
Together we can make the perfect harmony…

And then we stop
Then we stop to figure it out
And then we stop
But by then the melody’s come round…

I’m loving the way you play
Though I don’t even know its name
But everybody knows that’s the way it goes
When you sing from your soul
I’m loving the words you say
Even though they fade away
‘Cos everybody knows that’s the way it goes
And to sing is A Beautiful Thing…
Track Name: About You & Me
ABOUT YOU AND ME

Don’t put me down
Don’t turn this round
Don’t say ‘yes’ if you mean ‘no’
Don’t twist the words
Don’t fuel this hurt
We both are wrong
And we know it

Look at us now can you still see me
Fall into you, Fall into me
What’s this shouting about?
Can you not hear me?
Fall out with you, Fall out with me
What shall we do
About You And Me…?

I don’t like what I see
When it’s you against me
Who would of thought
We’d be such strangers?
We talk in through
Make it all brand new
Promises are made
Can we keep them?

Look at us now can you still see me
Fall into you, Fall into me
What’s this shouting about?
Can you not hear me?
Fall out with you, Fall out with me
What shall we do
About You And Me…?

I hurt you… You hurt me…
You hurt me… I hurt you…
Goes around, around, around…
Track Name: The One
THE ONE

Here I go again
Four simple chords and a melody
But I’ve got nothing left to sing for me
So I’m singing just for you

Here we go again
Round and round in circles
That’s really how the song goes
At least so far that’s true…

But your song is The One that I need all along
Your song is The One, it’s The One
Your song is The One and it’s keeping me strong
Your song is The One, it’s The One

Here we go again
Just ‘The Doctor’ and ‘Galadriel’
You’ve got me under your spell
Those three words we say are true…

But your song is The One that I hear all along
Your song is The One, it’s The One
Your song is The One and it’s turning me on
Your song is The One, it’s The One

And while your melody keeps moving me
I can feel your heart in every song we sing
For all the words you ever gave to me
I’ll give you everything
I’ll give you everything…

‘Cos your song is The One that I need all along
Your song is The One, it’s The One
Your song is The One and it’s keeping me strong
Your song is The One, it’s The One

Here we go again
It’s the end of the song now…
Track Name: A Hundred Things
A HUNDRED THINGS

I can hear a ticking
It’s driving me insane
It’s constantly distracting
And tearing through my brain

When all around me are already sleeping tight
All around me have already said ‘goodnight’

I can hear a beeping
It drives me round the bend
And now the birds are singing
When will it ever end?

When all around me are already sleeping tight
All around me have already said ‘goodnight’

But I’ve still got A Hundred Things going round my mind
And I’ve still got A Thousand Things baying for my time
And I’ve still got A Million Things I should’ve done today
And the strange thing is I should’ve done them yesterday…

I can hear a heartbeat
I’m praying that it’s mine
I dream that when sleeps takes me
It’s still kicking out in time

When all around me are already sleeping tight
All around me have already said ‘goodnight’

But I’ve still got A Hundred Things going round my mind
And I’ve still got A Thousand Things baying for my time
And I’ve still got A Million Things I should’ve done today
And the strange thing is I should’ve done them yesterday
I should’ve done them yesterday
Oh oh oh no…
Track Name: Thank You
THANK YOU

When I think of all the times we shared
And all the ways you’ve shown me how you’ve cared
All the laughter all the things you’ve done for me

Then I think of all the love we’ve made
And all the songs we’ve sung in our hit parade
All the miles we’ve known and all the times we’ve flown before

Thank You for all that you are
I miss you when I travel so far
But I want you always to know
You had me… You had me at ‘Hello’

Our big day is just a year away
And by your side I know I’ll always stay
And when you say ‘I do’ you know I’ll say it too… To you…

Thank You for all that you are
I miss you when I travel so far
But I want you always to know
You had me… You had me at ‘Hello’

So wont you just…
Stay with me now… Stay with me now…
Please say you’ll stay with me…
Track Name: Once Upon A Lullaby
ONCE UPON A LULLABY

Once Upon A Lullaby the tale was over
The real world was a harsh surprise
Life took over

She watched her childhood dreams
Float on down the stream
There was no make believe for her now
When life got in the way
The games had all been played
She found it hard to stay in the real world

The time then came to say goodbye
The play was ending
No matter how hard she tried
There was no pretending

The fairy tale was done
It seems the villain won
The light had left the sun for the darkness
Inside the fairy tale
The face behind the veil
The teller of the tale in the mirror

Once Upon A Lullaby
The song was over…
Track Name: No Such Thing
NO SUCH THING

One by one days are turning into years now
The seed is sown and I’m reaping what I sow
Both good and bad they make this life go round…

Line by line I take in information
I seek the divine through quiet contemplation
An inner voice I sometimes feel I hear…

But there’s No Such Thing
I often tell myself
There’s No Such Thing
It must be something else
There’s No Such Thing, No Such Thing, No Such Thing…

The world outside is twisting and it’s turning
Beliefs collide, towers fall, bridges burning
They all think they’re ‘right’
They all think they know ‘The Truth’

But there’s No Such Thing
So don’t fight amongst yourselves
There’s No Such Thing
Put your faith in something else
There’s No Such Thing, No Such Thing, No Such Thing…

All the theologies, ideologies and hypocrisies of the world
They all promise you their way it true ‘salvation’ is the word…
But who will save us from God’s followers?

But if there’s No Such Thing
Why am I feeling something else?
If there’s No Such Thing
Why do I feel it in myself?
If there’s No Such Thing, No Such Thing, No Such Thing
If there’s No Such Thing, No Such Thing
If there’s No Such Thing, No Such Thing, No Such Thing…
Track Name: Her Love Lives On
HER LOVES LIVES ON

Pictures by the fireside, memories on the wall
Photos captured in a frame a story in them all
The love she shared is everywhere to see…

While those that are left behind try to move on
Those that are left behind try to keep strong…

On your Father’s arm you go to see her every night at eight
You meet him by the church yard and walk slowly through the gate
To where she lies come rain or come shine

While those that are left behind try to move on
Those that are left behind keep each other strong

Her loves goes on
Her Love Lives On in you
And all around you
She may be gone
But Her Love Lives On in you
And all around you

From time to time in a sideways glance
You’re sure you see her standing by your side
Then in your Father’s eyes he sees her in your smile
In your smile…

While those that are left behind try to move on
Those that are left behind keep each other strong

Her loves goes on
Her Love Lives On in you
And all around you
She may be gone
But Her Love Lives On in you
Her Love Lives On in you
Her Love Lives On through you
Her Love Lives On in you…
Track Name: Before The Flood
BEFORE THE FLOOD

Every day time slips away
I just see the ripples on the water
Moving so slow unsure of where to go
Floating on the driftwood in the river

Caught sight of my reflection
A face I thought I’d seen before
Watching all my memories
Drifting out to the shore
I see them on the water
I feel them in my blood
I seal my heart, I seal my heart
Before The Flood…

Floating on a breeze
A trail of autumn leaves
Broken by a wind pushing onwards
Searching for dry land
Just a tiny grain of sand
I thought that no man is an island

So who is there to save me?
And who is there to catch my fall?
I’m drowning in the water
But no one seems to hear my call
Waves are crashing in now
They’re merging with my blood
I seal my heart, I seal my heart
Before The Flood… Before The Flood…

Who is there to save me?
And who is there to catch my fall?
I’m drowning in the water
And no one seems to hear my call
Waves are crashing in now
They’re merging with my blood
I seal my heart, I seal my heart
Before The Flood… Before The Flood…