I Am the Singer, You Are the Song

by Randan Discotheque

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"an emotive and evocative record thats displays Craig Coulthard's masterful song-crafting skills, even though tracks like "The Prince Must Go to Iraq" sounds a tad on the preachy side. Nonetheless, Randan Discotheque is surely a talent that deserves greater notoriety." - Stool Pigeon

"Craig Coulthard, the Scot behind Randan Discotheque, has reacted against the notions of immaculate production and string sections with an album of pared-down, lyrically dextrous songs. Coulthard is most interested in matters of the heart (and of the libido) but his pen also castigates the futility of war (Sheets and Scrolls of Paper) and the tabloid press (New Art Sensation). The album's integrity is a welcome change from the throwaway verses of the 'LDN set'" - Lots of Random Words

"Snaking from Johnny Cash train stomp rhythms to delicate love stung paeans to departed muses, Randan Discotheque throws up an occasionally disconcerting musical bag of tricks. Craig Coulthard combines his lyrical candour with delicate strumming, resulting in a wildly varying tone to this record's many high points. This is typified by the excellent "Love Is On the Line", which buzzes and blows into a haunting requiem to a doomed relationship, while "The Prince Must Go to Iraq" is a convincing and humourous protest song on the "expendable royal" not being booted off to Basra.
4/5 - The List

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released August 1, 2007

All songs written and produced by Craig Coulthard, except "Dead Spector" music written by Hugo Paris, lyrics by Craig Coulthard and "Love Is On the Line" produced by Hugo Paris

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Track Name: Courting
Well I went into the chapel with a hatchet and a gun
But with knowledge I would never follow through
See I'm not a psycho-killer, and I'm not a motherless son
Therefore the weapons were put down upon the pew
It was then I saw your Mother from the corner of my eye
And I saw that she saw me from the corner of hers
And I wondered if on occasion, she whispered in her lovers ear
The words that you had whispered into mine

I was only courting you for fun
I was only courting you for fun
You said “I was only courting you for fun”
I was only courting you for fun

All the times that we were laughing, you were in on another joke
And you quickly turned my pleasure into pain
Maybe it was a naïve notion; to be lovers without love
And my desire for more was not to escalate
When you stopped signing the messages, that you sent me with a kiss
I began to realise just what I was
An easy chair for you to sit on, when things became too hard
A patient and an understanding ear

I was only courting you for fun
I was only courting you for fun
She said “I was only courting you for fun”
I was only courting you for fun

When I really started thinking about the times that we had spent
I realised in the end that I wasn’t so badly off
You didn’t really have a sense of humour, though I admit I'm not the funniest guy
And your conversation revolved around yourself
If I had spent any more time with you than was strictly dictated necessary
I think you would have bored me half to death
And im glad I can move on, to bigger, better things
While you’ll be rotting, stagnant in the past

I was only courting you for fun
I was only courting you for fun
You hear me? “I was only courting you for fun”
I was only courting you for fun
Track Name: I'd Like to Be Alone
I don’t mean to be so harsh, I don’t mean to be so cold, but I’d like to be alone
I don’t mean to make you cry, I don’t mean to make you moan, but I’d like to be alone
Only, only, only, I cant seem to stop thinking of you
Youre always there no matter what I do
I just cant seem to push you out of view
And that’s why I think that I love you

I don’t mean to seem so distant, I don’t mean to sound so bitter, but I’d like to be alone
I don’t want to break your heart, I don’t want mine broken too, but I’d like to be alone
Only, only, only, we seem to be such a perfect fit
When our eyes meet you cant deny it
If you weren’t so cautious you’d have to admit
That we’d have such beautiful children
And I would give you at least five

You don’t mean to be so harsh, you don’t mean to be so cold, but you’d like to be alone
You don’t mean to make me cry, you don’t mean to make me moan, but you’d like to be alone
Only, only, only, you cant seem to stop thinking of me
At least that’s the way I’d like it to be
If you’d only look from outside you’d see
That there is no need to be frightened
Some people never ever feel this way
I hope you take the time to consider
These things when we’re many miles away

Cos I’d like to be with you
Track Name: The Prince Must Go to Iraq
The Prince must go, the Prince must go
The Prince must go to Iraq
The Prince must go, the Prince must go
The Prince must go to Iraq
Don’t get my wrong, I hope that he comes back
But the Prince must go, the Prince must go
The Prince must go to Iraq

I feel for a man with such priviledge that its hard to make a living
So he joined the Army like many men, to take the orders he’s been given
Though our blood is red and it’s the colour blue we lack
The Prince must come, the Prince must come
The Prince must come to Iraq

If its such a risk for our young Prince, then it must be for his subjects
A life’s a life, whether yours or mine, the concept’s not so complex
So come on Harry, join the gang, we’re going down a one-way track
The Prince must go, the Prince wont go
The Prince won’t go to Iraq

Maybe I’d cry if you lay down beside me
Maybe I’d cry if that red, white and blue, was draped over you
My dear soldier

A King lay down before with an arrow through his eye
So the Prince must go, the Prince must go
And be prepared to die

Oh yes believe it, oh yes
Oh yes believe it, he comes from the Glorious Kingdom

Insurgents may well target him, for the sake of their own glory,
But you shouldn’t start to read a child a book, if youre not going to finish the story
We’re all targets anyhow, and that’s a concrete fact
So the Prince must go, the Prince must go
The Prince must go to Iraq

Maybe I’d cry if you lay down beside me,
Maybe I’d cry if that red, white and blue, was draped over you
My dear soldier

Don’t get me wrong, I hope that he comes back
But the Prince must go, the Prince must go
The Prince must go to Iraq

Don’t get me wrong, I pray that they all come back
But the Prince must go, the Prince must go
The Prince must go to Iraq
Track Name: You're Not In It
Everybody wants to have a love song written about them
And I choose my subjects very carefully
That’s why, in my new love song
You’re not in it.

Everybody wants to have a love song written about them
But nobodys written me one
And I cant see you doing it
That’s why, in my brand new love song
You’re not in it.

Maybe someday you will be, but I doubt it
You’re starting to cause me concern
I lost my muse not long ago
And them shoes are too big fer your feet

Everybody wants to have a love song written about them
It doesn’t have to be the “song of songs”
Cos’ youre no virgin, and im not your King
That’s why in my forthcoming love song
Youre not in it
Track Name: Love Is On the Line
I was slow riding, when you walked right through
I was lone flying, when you burst right through

I’ve noticed, my time
And chance with you
May have gone

But love is on the line – my tickets not valid but
Love is on the line – the stations closed but
Love is on the line – our trains delayed for
Loves on the line

You were still crying, when I woke to you
We were slow riding, but it meant nothing to you

I’ve noticed, my time
And chance with you
May have gone

But love is on the line – my tickets not valid but
Love is on the line – the stations closed but
Love is on the line – our trains delayed for
Loves on the line

Were your pants still shining
When I gave to you?
Though you were not smiling
When I came in you

I’ve noticed, my time
And chance with you
May have gone

But love is on the line – my tickets not valid but
Love is on the line – the stations closed but
Love is on the line – our trains delayed for
Loves on the line
Track Name: Horizons Evermore
Do that silly dance for me,
Just one more time, on the end of the bed
While I lie under the sheets
Waiting for you to join
Would you laugh that special laugh
Just one more time, while I lie satisfied
That I can make you happy
I could make you smile

What has happened to my beautiful, beautiful muse?
We have parted for we can no longer
Keep sailing on this stormy course
Where once we could see the islands
There came horizons evermore

Put your finger in my ear
Just one more time, while I’m looking away
I’ll cover my face with the cushion
Knowing your smile without seeing it
If we only met a little later
Just a wee while later
We could make us happy
We could make us smile

What has happened to my beautiful, beautiful muse?
We have parted for we can no longer
Keep sailing on this stormy course
Where once we could see the islands ahead
There came horizons evermore
Track Name: The Insecurity
Am I destined to be understanding, but never understood?
Am I destined to walk through the fires, for the raining to begin?
Am I destined to revel in your sunshine, only be left burnt again?

NO! its just the insecurity, its just the insecurity,
Its just the insecurity (& paranoia) its just the insecurity

Am I destined to wallow in self pity, like some greetin’ little bairn?
Am I destined for over expectation, and idealistic thinking?
Am I destined to think of you while sleeping, but for dreams not to begin?
Am I destined to fall in love every other second, only to be pushed out inbetween?

NO! its just the insecurity, its just the insecurity,
Its just the insecurity (& paranoia), its just the insecurity
Cheer up! Its just the insecurity, its just the insecurity

Am I destined to feel so sorry for myself, I feel disgust at my whingeing
Am I destined to be a h o p e l e s s r o m a n t i c, or am making excuses?
Am I destined to focus on my thinking, so much I never begin doing?
Am I destined to worry like a mother, instead of trying relaxing?

NO! its just the insecurity, its just the insecurity,
Its just the insecurity (& paranoia), its just the insecurity
Cheer up! Its just the insecurity, its just the insecurity
Am I destined to be forever wanting, but left unwanted?
Track Name: Stay Back
I waited expectantly for a call that never came
Though you never said you would call me anyway
Its just my desire to be wanted
Pushing its way to the front of the queue
Stay back! Knocking my ankles with your trolley
Calm down! Just you wait your turn

I thought about, writing you a letter
In the hope it would make you do the same
But I realised
Id be waiting, for replies that never would have came
Stay back! Stop pushing me around
Calm down! Just you wait your turn

I know, that you just want to know me
I see, that you don’t waste your time
I know, that youre just so lonely
I know, that you’re just so lonely

Just like me, just like me, just like me
Track Name: New Art Sensation
Hidden in the darkness, hidden in the trees
Waiting for your daughters, waiting there for you?
All you worst nightmares, soon to come true
A nation in mourning, tabloid front page news

I want to go home, I wanna go home,
I want to go home, I wanna go home,
I want to go home, I wanna go home,
I want to go home, I wanna go home!

Paedo’s on the first page, young breasts on the next
Pensioner stabbed and blinded, but where’s your context?
Serialise a killer and glorify his death
Blame asylum seekers and turn blind eyes to the rest

I want to go home, I wanna go home,
I want to go home, I wanna go home,
I want to go home, I wanna go home,
I want to go home, I wanna go home!
Track Name: A Secret Yet Revealed
it wasn’t so long ago, I took you by the hand, in the first dawn light
stopped you in the street, turned your waist 90 degrees, met your mouth with mine
and as our tongues touched, I felt your jaw click, a secret was revealed
I hope to feel that again, but if it cannot be, I know I’m a privileged man

This is how I think
I cant change it now
I hope you can forgive me
For not yet letting go

It wasn’t so long ago, you sank your teeth in me, you know I liked that
And it wasn’t so long ago, I entertained you beneath your sheets, with my right hand
Where do you draw the line, between a lover and a friend? I don’t think I want to know
Cos youre unlike any friend of mine, your wit and humility, I don’t want you to leave

This is how I think
I can’t change it now
I hope you can forgive me
For not yet letting go

I’d hate for you to think that my memories are all bad
Its just the way i….

This is how I feel
I cant change it now
I hope you can forgive me
For not letting go
For opening old wounds
For placing weights around you
But I still believe in us
Though you remain to me
A secret yet revealed
I hope you can forgive me
For my honesty