Romantic Fiction Collected

by Norman Lamont

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This is a compilation of two EPs, Romantic Fiction 1 and 2 which I put out in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

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released July 14, 2015

All instruments and vocals by Norman Lamont except:
IOU: Karen Austin, Alison Goodwin, Alison Vasey backing vox
Leaving: Lynsey Hutchinson, bass and vox; Valerie Densmore, oboe
Nicole: Lynsey Hutchinson, vox, bass, drums; Calais Brown, bass; Cynthia Roland, brass
Crying in the Street: Lynsey Hutchinson, vox
When I Went To Your House: Tricia Thom, lead vox, Nathan Webb, piano
The Water Is Wide: Valerie Densmore vox v2 and v5; Mary Robbs, vox v2, violin; Karen Austin, Alison Goodwin, Alison Vasey, vox v4

Photos of Norman by Lillian Hamilton

RF2 mastered by Les Makin

Dedicated to the memory of Alan Edwards, who gave me the cover photos for both CDs. A lovely writer, lover of nature and founder of the Jonathan Richman fan club

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Norman Lamont has been delighting audiences on the Edinburgh songwriter scene since 1990. His trademarks are the diversity of his musical styles, emotionally honest lyrics and a droll sense of humour.

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Track Name: Leaving
Leaving

The way you spoke of him last night
(Oh no, it's not the time)
Saw your eyes reflect his light
(All the way to leaving)

We both knew there'd come a day
(Oh no, it's not the time)
Beauty needs more room to play
(All the way to leaving)


'Try to kiss the joy that flies'
Hard advice to realise
Love is not a compromise
That's the way we'll leave it

In our day this was our town
(Oh no, it's not the time)
Can't there be some winding down?
(All the way to leaving)

'Try to kiss the joy that flies'
If I said that, I apologise
These days I don't feel so wise
That's the way we'll leave it

I brush a hair across your brow
(Oh no, it's not the time)
More than that escapes me now
(All the way to leaving)

If you think you've had your fill
Call me, I'll be waiting still
Just grit your teeth and say you will
That's the way we'll leave it







Norman Lamont
Track Name: At The Harbour
I took myself off to the muddy harbour
To busy myself
To prove to myself
That I was right and you were wrong
To play little mind games
To watch the seagulls
And just to get out of that room.

I touched a cold chain
And followed its rusted length
To the black water.
Then you came by
With your blonde hair and smile.
I began to pull out
Of my dark conclusions

But
You stood at the edge, turned
Faced me, held my eyes
And dropped
Backwards
Hit the water.

I looked down
You were treading water
Untainted and laughing
"Don't worry - I did it on purpose"

You were wearing my jacket
For a moment I fretted about
My wallet and notebooks
Then I smiled.

Back at the yellowing hotel room
The feud laid aside
We laughed and
Dried you in rich
Towels.
Track Name: If You Had Said
If you had only said
What the stars in the early evening
Meant to you

If you had only said


If you had only said
That you need an arm around your shoulder
In the cold

I guess I needed to be told


So many days are lost
So many years have fled
We could have lived them all
If you had only said

If you had only said
How I hurt you and made you feel dead inside
And how you always knew I lied

If I had only known
What it cost you to keep on wearing that
smile for me

If you had let me see
I guess I didn’t want to see

So many days are lost
So many years have fled
We could have lived them all
If you had only said

You're so beautiful
The world has no right
It's for people like me
Who try to grab
Whatever comes inside their range
And then think it's all so strange
When there's nothing in their hands
Nothing in their hands
Track Name: Nicole
I went to the doctor, he said
Where do I begin?
You got this thing about Nicole and it’s getting underneath your skin
I went the next day, he said Where do I start?
You don’t seem to want to fight it and it’s eating up your heart

I went to the priest and he said Man
You are the victim of forces we don’t fully understand
He said From where you're hanging now you ain’t got far to fall
So if you’re gonna burn, well, best burn with Nicole

I went to the analyst
He said That’s fifty quid
If it’s not your superego, man, it’s gotta be your id
I was still there on his couch as the night began to fall
Free associating fantasies about Nicole

I went to my mother and she said Son
You seem to have forgotten that I’m still your number one
I said Mother dear there’s a clock upon the wall
Frozen at the moment when I met Nicole

I went to my wife and she said Joe
If you’re gonna tell me something tell me something I don’t know
She said I’ve got some sympathy for what you’re going through
Cause ever since I saw her, man, I love her too.
Track Name: Crying In The Street
I go down where there's noise and there's people
And maybe a friend to meet
But through all that I do
I'm still talking to you
To the rhythm of my walking feet
.
Walking out was my one little victory
Now I've turned it into defeat
And the shame starts to rise
Till it breaks through my eyes
And I'm crying in the street


How do they do
Whatever they do
All those people rushing past me
And none of them you?
How do they hold on
If they feel this way
How do they keep it in?


I thought when I burned those bridges
Freedom would taste so sweet
So now I'm free in the wild
Like a lost frightened child
I'm crying in the street

How do they do ...

I thought when I burned those bridges ...

Can't go forward or back
I just stop in my tracks
Crying in the street.
Track Name: When I Went To Your House
When I went to your house
All that I said
I was going for a drive
Just to clear my head
And if he believed me
Well I left that behind
When I went to your house I'd made up my mind

When I went to your house
The sun going down
I drove through the suburbs
And out of the town
I clung to that wheel like
A ring of pure gold
When I went to your house my hands were cold

When I got to your house
I had nothing to say
The sight of you drove
All my thoughts away
And I don't know if you were
Surprised that I came
When I got to your house you just said my name

We started an avalanche
As we knew we would
And much was destroyed that was
Precious and good
But we can't help but grab for
The things that we lack
When I went to your house I never went back
Track Name: Submarine Girl
Submarine Girl , yo de yo de yo
Nothing on the surface, danger down below
I cruised my cruiser all over the world
But I've never gone down on a Submarine Girl

Well I told my mama when I was four
I said I don't wanna stay on dry land no more
Somewhere out there on the seven seas
There's a Submarine Girl homing in on me

Submarine girl, yo de yo de yo ...

Smooth and deadly, sleek and black
You never see Submarine Girl attack
You get hit from below, you start to whirl, you go
Down to the bottom with a Submarine Girl

Well Submarine Submarine Submarine Girl
Take me deep down into your Submarine world
I got my periscope up, torpedos live
Submarine Girl, dive dive dive!

yo de yo de yo
yo de yo de yo
Hubbla bubbla bubbla bubbla
yo de yo de yo


You got your North Sea, South Sea, Red Sea and Black
You got your Mediterranean and your Skaggerak
You can warm your bones in the old Gulf Stream
But a Submarine Girl gonna give you wet dreams

Well Submarine Submarine Submarine Girl
Take me deep down into your Submarine world
I got my periscope up, torpedos live
Submarine Girl, dive dive dive!