Songs written by* or co-written** by Don MacLeod. He played guitar and/or piano on all these tracks except Sheer Bravado and View From The Top.
Other songs on which Don played guitar or :
Other vocals and instruments on all songs listed here were by me. I was always a control freak.
Pete Wilkes and Gail Williams played fiddle and boddhran respectively on ‘The Butterfly’.
Some 1980s recordings (mostly) from the CentreSound studio in Camden originally compiled as a cassette LP called ‘Sheer Bravado’. I recently had the CentreSound master tapes baked (don’t ask!) and transferred to digital media, and those better-quality but slower-loading versions have now been added to the versions originally posted here. Track listing as per the original cassette.
Table of Contents
- Long Stand
- Speak My Heart
- Paper City
- The Weekends (are the Worst)/Dives & Lazarus/The Butterfly
- Sheer Bravado
- View From The Top
- She’s Gone
- So Much For Romance
- Blues For Davy
This was written for a review directed by Margaret Ford in the early 1980s, and subsequently recorded for a cassette album ‘Sheer Bravado’. I mention the date because I recently found out that Sting’s ‘Last Ship’ album includes a song ‘Sky Hooks and Tartan Paint’ on a somewhat related topic – in fact, the first verses of the two songs are surprisingly similar. But I got there first, folks, in fact about 30 years earlier. 🙂
Long Stand From “Sheer Bravado” (Words and Music by David Harley)
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long stand 1 (MP3 converted directly from digitized master)
The day I started work, the foreman said to me,
“I’ve another job for you when you’ve finished brewing tea:
Go down to the stores and when you find old Stan,
Tell him Harry sent you for a long stand.”
Speak My Heart (Words & Music by Don MacLeod)
speak my heart 2 (directly converted from digitized master)
My love’s so many miles away
Makes it so hard to live through every day
Now I’m a watcher, a looker-on
I see my life as lived by someone I hardly know
Paper City (Words and music by David Harley copyright 1982)
paper city 2 (directly converted from digitized master: slower load, better quality)
There’s a rough demo of a new arrangement here.
I woke up with my mind’s eye facing your direction:
I looked hard and I saw you needed help.
You’re choking on paper and tape and legislation,
But you can’t produce one thing to help yourself.
Paper city at the heart of a paper empire:
You’ve got strings to pull, you’ve got wires all over the earth.
Sky-climbing parasite, concrete and paper jungle,
You’ve got money to burn, but I know you’d rather freeze to death.