Keep it Afloat EP

by Doug Johnstone

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1.
I used to look like you You used to look like me When we danced in The Venue all night We split our first E And danced to The Prodigy In some field in Strathclyde Country Park We can never tell that stuff to him, no Cos to him we'll always be just mum and dad But maybe one day he'll be proud of us Like we are proud of him He looks a bit like you He looks a bit like me But he's got mischief that's all of his own He knows about the birds He knows about the bees But he doesn't know where he comes from We'll have to tell that stuff to him one day Cos we're always gonna be his mum and dad And maybe one day he'll be proud of us Like we are proud of him He looks like no one else He looks just like himself He's been lost since the day he was born And all that we can do Is point his ship the right way And hope that he keep sit afloat Maybe we should since this song for him one day Then we might not seem like just his mum and dad Then maybe one day he'll be proud of us Like we are proud of him He looks a bit like you He looks a bit like me But he's got a life that's all of his own
2.
Driving north to you Four hundred miles from home Listening to Bjork in the car She's violently happy, violently happy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy I drive past an accident Someone looks really hurt in there That could've been me imagine Bjork's crazy voice Calling out from the wreckage Driving north to you Four hundred miles from home Listening to Bjork in the car She's violently happy, violently happy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy I'm losing a lot of blood here She's violently happy Four hundred miles from home Me I just miss you like crazy I'm losing a lot of happy There's violently blood here Four hundred miles from crazy me I just miss you like home I'm losing a lot of home She's violently crazy Four hundred miles from happy Me I just miss you like blood here I'm losing a lot of crazy She's violently home Four hundred miles from happy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy Me I just miss you like crazy I'm four hundred miles from happy There's violently blood here Me I just miss you like home Driving north to you Four hundred miles from home Listening to Bjork in the car
3.
Don’t you know I used to drum in a rock n’ roll band Back in the day Yeah we played the usual toilet gigs Along the way But we never amounted to much And we always screwed things up But that made me into what I am today. Don’t you know I played guitar in a lo-fi band some years ago Yeah we’d get drunk and stoned and se sometimes managed a show But we never amounted to much And we always screwed things up But that made me into what I am today. Don’t you know I did a couple acoustic shows on my own Yeah they didn’t go too well and I felt like going home Then I met with friends and we stayed and had some drinks And the more we talked about it, it made me think That when I drummed in that rock ‘n roll band I had a ball And playing guitar in that lo-fi shambles I loved it all And even those acoustic shows on my own you know they weren’t so bad And the more I thought about it, it made me glad That I never amounted to much And I’m always screwing things up Cos that’s made me into what I am today. Yeah that’s made me into what I am today. Yeah that’s made me into what I am today. Yeah that’s made me into what I am today. Yeah that’s made me into what I am today. Don’t you know I used to drum in a rock n’ roll band Back in the day
4.
This is a song for the end of the set I wanted to write something moving and true On the power of music A message you’ll never forget This is the final song Hopefully life affirming and poignant It might make you cry But at least you’ll feel like you belong I didn’t write a chorus I didn’t want to bore us I didn’t put in any catchy stuff I knew you wouldn’t like that guff This is a song for the end of the set This is a song for the end of the show I wanted to send you away with the feeling Your friends and your family Love you and want you to know This is a song for the end of your life Listen along on your eightieth birthday As you play with the kids and the grandkids And gaze at your beautiful, sexy, intelligent, passionate Seventy-eight year old wife I didn’t write a chorus I didn’t want to bore us I didn’t put in any catchy stuff I knew you wouldn’t like that guff This is a song for the end of the set

about

Doug has been the songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with Scottish lo-fi shamblers and part-time Fence Collective associates Northern Alliance for nine years, in that time releasing four critically acclaimed albums as well as a mini-album by the fictional band The Ossians.

As is their habit, Northern Alliance recently entered an extended period of hibernation and Doug decided to bash on alone for now, this debut EP being the result. The tunes were written on acoustic guitar but fleshed out to a full-band sound, Doug playing all the instruments, as well as engineering and producing the EP himself.

The songs are about parenthood, homesickness, the creative process and having a car crash with Bjork. Compared to Northern Alliance, the music is a smidgen more melodic and a tad less sleepy. There are smatterings of indie, rock, lo-fi, folk and country, but essentially this is what pop music sounds like in Doug’s head, for better or worse.

Doug is also an acclaimed writer with three novels – Smokeheads, The Ossians and Tombstoning – published, as well as being a successful arts journalist for the last decade. He is writer in residence at Strathclyde University and has a PhD in nuclear physics for his sins.

Praise for Northern Alliance:

‘a mesmerising sonic masterpiece’ The Daily Record

‘a near perfect dreamlike album. Blissful listening’ The Skinny

‘Northern Alliance merge the dissolute melancholy of Arab Strap with the smudged alt folk of Sparklehorse… superb’ Scotland on Sunday

‘Gloriously ramshackle, heartbroken and drunkenly swaying, but that’s exactly where their charm lies’ Kerrang

‘This trio are a thing of real texture and beauty’ The List

‘Genuinely affecting with a heart as heavy as the sun’ Metro

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released May 1, 2011

Written, performed and produced by Doug Johnstone, 2011

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Doug Johnstone Edinburgh, UK

Doug has released three solo EPs, as well as four albums with Northern Alliance and one as The Ossians. He's also the drummer in the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers, a band of writers, and has had nine novels published.

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