The Wolf Who Snared The Moon (2015 package)

by Norman Lamont

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released November 17, 2015

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Norman Lamont Edinburgh, UK

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: The Desert Was Better (2012 remaster)
I took a plane
To a faraway country
I knew at once
I had made a mistake

Something in the tired air
Cut me off from my family

No matter how lonely the desert
The desert was better than this

I found my niche
Writing threats and reprisals
My claws were long
And my overheads low
Drinking at the World's End
With some thugs from the borders

No matter how ugly the desert
The desert was better than this


Miles away
I was miles away when it happened
Standing watching the quiet river
Standing watching the quiet river
Freeze

The knives were out
When we came to Linlithgow
The memories long
And the weaknesses few
With the rain and the razor blades
These days I don't get out much
No matter how empty the desert
The desert was better than this
Track Name: This Horse (2013)
I had a horse, she was a real fine mare
She had a power that I grew to love
I used to ride her to the ends of the earth
Where the sky cast wide above
But it's one twist too many in the road
One more dried up river bed
This horse don’t walk no more
This horse is dead
This horse don’t walk no more
This horse is dead

People used to come admire my horse
When I rode her into town
She was high and she was strong
And she put her good foot down
But now everybody’s got their own little pony
Doubts run around my head
This horse don’t walk no more
This horse is dead
This horse don’t walk no more
This horse is dead

I used to wake in the middle of the night
With a nudging in my side
She would take me to the great outdoors
And we would ride baby ride
But all that riding took baby nowhere
And now I just stay in bed
This horse don’t walk no more
Guess it’s dead
This horse don’t walk no more
This horse is dead

I used to sing thesesongs
For the money, for the fun
Now it all seems too much like work
I guess my singing days are done
I just let the wind blow away the tunes
And all the clever things I said
This horse don’t walk no more -
Dead dead dead dead
This horse don’t walk no more
This horse is dead

And I’m not saying you’re to blame
It’s nobody’s fault but mine
A horse can only run so far
And then the horse runs out of time
But you can wave to me baby from the river bank
I’m going to sail my boat instead
This horse don’t walk no more
Bye Bye
This horse don’t walk no more
Bye Bye Bye Bye
Track Name: Polecats (2012 remaster)
Polecats came into my house last night

They rearranged my books

They turned the chairs to face the wall

And I don’t like how that looks

They read my business letters

They helped themselves to wine

And they cast their eyes, their little eyes

Over everything that’s mine.



Now I don’t know where polecats live

In nests or in the ground

I only know I’ll find them

If they can be found

It’s become a debt of honour

And one I must fulfil

Disordered books must be avenged

And they will
Track Name: The Wolf Who Snared The Moon (Monday Crew remaster)
See - in the woods
In a clearing there stretches a wall
Flaking with ages and claimed
By the gently closing hand of ivy
There we stand
As the moon yellow stains on the night
Howling our prayers to the night
Till our shadows
Overshadow us

Night has you
Silence has you
Memory has you
Conversations overheard
Fantasy has you
Heroes have you
And I will have you

And I intend to be the one, the Wolf Who Snared the Moon

Sleep has you
Waking has you
Chance can have you
The fear of death too soon
Longing has you
Shame has you
And I will have you

And I intend to be the one, the Wolf Who Snared the Moon
Track Name: A Forest Trail in Autumn
It was in autumn time
The wind was a dusty line
Shifting the broken leaves
Under my feet

I walked a forest trail
The afternoon sky grew pale
A woman with grey-black hair
I chanced to meet


She had a stranger's eye
Started to pass me by
I reached out and stopped her short
My hand on her arm

The wind whispered through the wood
I knew she understood
Better than me
I'd do her no harm


We held each other's gaze
As daylight began to haze
Maybe an hour had passed
As the light turned to grey

The wind became restless then
I came to myself again
'God protect you' she said
And turned away


All through the winter freeze
Into the late spring breeze
I searched that forest trail
For a glimpse of her face

All through the summer's light
I hid in my room till night
I could not sleep I could not eat
I went back to that place

Under a tree I sat
Close to that very spot
Where I once reached out my hand
I still don't know why

Under the broken moon
Winter is coming soon
Under these falling leaves
I come and I cry.
Track Name: Call Back Fall Back
Why don't you call back, fall back on me?
Why don't you call back, fall back on me?


There was once a time
You didn't seem to mind
Asking for me
And I'd do the best I could
That was understood
You'd just ask for me
The ever open door you could run through ...

Why don't you call back, fall back on me?
Why don't you call back, fall back on me?



Now I don't see you these days
We've gone our separate ways
You've got your man
And we meet from time to time
When you find the time
You've got your man
And the velvet world is closing around you two...

Why don't you call back, fall back on me?
Why don't you call back, fall back on me?


There was once a time
You didn't seem to mind
Asking for me
But when it falls apart
When he breaks your heart
You'll ask for me
When you need all the hands you can
Hold on to...hold on to ...

Why don't you call back, fall back on me?
Why don't you call back, fall back on me?
Track Name: New Eyes
It’s a sunny day
But the sky is grey
There’s nothing really in the weather

I’m still missing you
But that’s nothing new
And I think that might be about to change

I keep on catching glimpses
The way the sunlight falls on things
I keep on catching something new
When I think of how you see


New eyes, new eyes
Made for the sunrise
New eyes, new eyes
Made for the sunrise

Now I’m filling books
With my scribbled looks
At all the things I took for granted

That’s a cup of tea
That’s my old TV
That’s a pair of shoes in the corner

Why can’t I keep on looking
Till the sun no longer shines
I keep on catching something new
When I think of how you see

She left a canvas at my place - she left a lot of things. Some sort of unfinished landscape. Beautiful and pitiless in her new clothes, she left.

One afternoon, nursing the wounds on my chest where she’d torn herself away I picked up the canvas, ran my fingers across it, the surface rough and firm.

I could feel something underneath, so I picked up a tiny silver knife and cut it open.

Very strange - a pair of eyes, blue-grey like hers, glistening and clearly still alive.

I pressed them into my sockets, dry and empty from nights of tears.

It felt strange at first, but slowly over days came a new world of form and ground, of light and shade, of shape and line; colour active, like a conversation unheard by the old eyes.

The way a book lay on a desk

The way a tree leaned in the wind

Like something true

That had been true forever

true forever

true forever

true forever

true forever


Why can’t I keep on looking
Till the sun no longer shines
I keep on catching something new
When I think of how you see

New eyes, new eyes
Made for the sunrise
New eyes, new eyes
Made for the sunrise