Moonstone

by Joseph Boyle

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Written by Joe Boyle and performed by Joe and staff and people receiving support at Penumbra Milestone.

Penumbra Milestone is an alcohol-free 10-bed step-down unit which provides short-term care for vulnerable men and women, aged 18+, who have a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD).

All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to mental health charity Penumbra (Charity number: SC 010387), which runs Milestone supported by NHS Lothian, City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Council, East Lothian Council and West Lothian Council.

The album takes its name from the Moonstone gemstone, a symbol of hope. The songs fall into three parts - Spirals, Trauma and Recovery - and reflect a common path of addiction and (hopefully) recovery.

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released January 19, 2017

Producer and Director: Dr Matthew Hicks
Recording Director: Kyle Cuthbert
Songs written by Joseph Boyle
Performed by staff and people receiving support at Penumbra Milestone
Recorded at Penumbra Milestone, 2016.

Thanks also go to Edinburgh & Lothian Health Foundation, who provided funding for the project.

Penumbra is a charity (SC 010387) and a company limited by guarantee (SC 091542) registered in Scotland. Registered Office: Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

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Track Name: Gypsy
When I was born September corn lay wasting in the sun
A poverty had ended and another had begun
Too soon the joyful day was seen an answer to their sighs
But before too long the wind blew strong
Fine sand into their eyes

When I was young and bells were rung the sound was wild and free
And boys there were from every fair to rise and follow me
From friends and home they far did roam and heard no silent lies
And before too long the wind blew strong
Fine sand into their eyes

But the chilling haze of December days soon darkened on the sky
And the soul I had became more sad to see the world pass by
From door to door I tried once more but much to my surprise
The wind was wrong and before too long
Fine sand was in my eyes
Track Name: Massquerade
Hand in hand on the esplanade
Looks like love but its only a game that we’ve often played
A meaningless masquerade

Words that sing of a promise made
Sounds like love but its only a song that we’ve often played
A musical masquerade

Through the magical trance the starlight will dance
The nightingale carry you high on its harmony
Then the lighting will change the caste will be strange
The music be lost to the reach of the memory

Catch the rainbow you see displayed
Just like love the rainbow you hold will in time soon fade
In a colourless masquerade

Through the magical trance the starlight will dance
The nightingale carry you high on its harmony
Then the lighting will change the caste will be strange
The music be lost to the reach of the memory

Hand in hand on the esplanade
Looks like love but its only a game that we’ve often played
A meaningless masquerade
A musical masquerade
A colourless masquerade
Track Name: Dance
First I was a beggar
Then I was a thief
Then I found a diamond ring
Well that was my belief
Then I was a prince
Later was a king
But then I lost my golden crown
So let the dance begin

I’ll dance…………..

Then I was a soldier
Fought a hundred wars
Won them all but ninety nine
At least I kept my horse
Met a lively princess
Who later was a queen
But ran off with a gypsy boy
So let the dance begin

I’ll dance……………..

Then I was a sailor
Sailed the seven seas
Rose to be an admiral
Your lordship if you please
Sailed the mighty ocean
My crew on whisky gin
But then the pirates stole my ship
So let the dance begin

I’ll dance………..
Track Name: Harlequin
Love in rhymes and hearts of diamond hard
They learn their lines from a walk-on card
Play their part and walk away

Tricks of light and colours changing scenes
But nothing is quite the way it seems
The eyes conceal and the words betray

Aha cried the Harlequin Oh Lady
When the carnival’s gone with the man on the wire
Can you bring back your soul from the costume hire
When morning comes home out of the night
Can you

Garlands of fire on the river of a long lost cause
Carry love for hire to the endless applause
Of the starving on the streets of the citadel of shame

Dancing to the drums and the cymbols of a fairground fiend
They await what comes or what might be gleaned
From the death of one as yet without a name

Aha cried the Harlequin Oh Lady
When the carnival’s gone with the man on the wire
Can you bring back your soul from the costume hire
When morning comes home out of the night
Can you

Daylight beams on shattered painted eyes
As the raven screams from the morning skies
At a carnival queen in her tattered clothes
Lost and lonely in what’s left of a broken dream
In a world of her own everafter seen
With that look in her eyes everybody knows

Aha cried the Harlequin Oh Lady
When the carnival’s gone with the man on the wire
Can you bring back your soul from the costume hire
When morning comes home out of the night
Can you
Track Name: Travelling Man
Colder than a winter midnight
Run if you still can
Colder than the icy moonlight
The heart of a travelling man

One day he’ll come back again
No warning but even then
His sweet words a lullaby
Will break your soul
Thunder on a summer sky
A cold wind to make you cry
A darkness to swallow you whole

Colder than a winter midnight
Run if you still can
Colder than the icy moonlight
The heart of a travelling man

Rain on any other day
Would never scare you quite the way
It moves aside avoiding him
When he comes near
Deepest black his smiling eyes
Inviting simple compromise
An easy deal with nothing to fear

Colder than a winter midnight
Run if you still can
Colder than the icy moonlight
The heart of a travelling man

Night has come on silent wings
He whispers as the vampire sings
Of love and dreams and happiness
But nothing is real
Laughter and eternal rest
The blessing of infernal quest
A beating heart you can no longer feel

Colder than a winter midnight
Run if you still can
Colder than the icy moonlight
The heart of a travelling man
The heart of a travelling man
Track Name: Flatline
Warning bell approaching danger
Mirror shows a careless stranger
Darkest dawn no need to soldier on
No need to find some new horizon

Day begins despite indifference
Welcome home a form of insolence
Who can care when nothing special’s there
Tumbletown that’s my horizon

Nailed to the mast look fore and aft
Horizon 360 degree
Many a craft has gone down on its draught
And one of those vessels was me

Into cloud vision imperfect
Only white beyond the Perspex
Losing flight and bleeding height
Descending to my last horizon

Timer on the seconds falling
Switching off existence stalling
Life has gone and understanding done
No surprise and no horizon

Nailed to the mast look fore and aft
Horizon 360 degree
Many a craft has gone down on its draught
And one of those vessels was me
Track Name: Song of Angels
Morning comes as no surprise
But still its dawning fills her eyes
The fragrance of its promise faintly familiar
Instills in her its calm

Waiting while the memory closes the distance
Softly letting the silence counter resistance
Ignores her fears
She’s standing still
Sheds no tears
And never will
The time stands frozen
As decision draws near
For the path she has chosen
When she’s had the time to hear
The song of angels
The song of angels

Daydreams warm as eiderdown
Drifting light as thistledown
Remind her of a life that she has forgotten
A time to be reclaimed
Waiting while the memory closes the distance
Softly letting the silence counter resistance
Ignores her fears
She’s standing still
Sheds no tears
And never will
The time stands frozen
As decision draws near
For the path she has chosen
When she’s had the time to hear
The song of angels
The song of angels

Laughter distant echo tone
Voices others and her own
Whisper to her stories she can remember
Paint pictures of her past

Waiting while the memory closes the distance
Softly letting the silence counter resistance
Ignores her fears
She’s standing still
Sheds no tears
And never will
The time stands frozen
As decision draws near
For the path she has chosen
When she’s had the time to hear
The song of angels
The song of angels
Track Name: Moonstone
Silver silence murmur moonlight
Clouds of endless sighs
Light of dawning day too soon
Will coldly drown my eyes

Night is lasting still
Dreaming always will
If the fates must sometimes undermine
All I try to underline
Please don’t stand aside

Moonstone
A new beginning
Moonstone
The way to winning
Moonstone
The hope you’re bringing
When the day begins
You’ll be my guide

Fingers crossed and eyes tight shut
Looking to the future with the cards uncut
Blind to the past and the promised land
Reaching for the warmth of a helping hand

Something waits outside
Let it not be pride
If my tracks lead backward to the end of days
Or point to repetition of my former ways
Please don’t stand aside

Moonstone
A new beginning
Moonstone
The way to winning
Moonstone
The hope you’re bringing
When the day begins
You’ll be my guide

Safe in the dark where the starlights glow
Far from the reach of the devils I know
Far from the pain of the blinding storm
Somewhere in the comfort of the always warm
Front rank forward face
Best foot standard pace
Time for war and marshalling forces
Buckled on steel and charging horses
On from battle base

Moonstone
A new beginning
Moonstone
The way to winning
Moonstone
The hope you’re bringing
When the day begins
You’ll be my guide
Track Name: Card Sharp
Lady Luck got acres low and high
Throw you any colour any card you can choose
But when her dealer is a crooked guy
Even when you win still you will lose

Don’t stop to wonder
Can’t afford to go under
Got to keep control until the end of the day

So though life is a bitch
And you will never be rich
Don’t throw your hand while the game’s still in play

Freeze the river but no-one skates forever
Keep your eyes wide open don’t believe in free lunch
One day soon you will dance on the moon
But till then be ready beware of the crunch

Friends can be nice
But their hearts can be ice
Even while they’re smiling they can blow you away

So though life is a bitch
And you will never be rich
Don’t throw your hand while the game’s still in play

Dealing diamonds is a heart breaking trade
See the gambler shuffle with the queen up his sleeves
Busts your bid wide open with a club or a spade
Calls your king a joker with a smile as he leaves

Blackjack’s for fools
Solitaire rules
Keep your poker face on hold for all of your stay
And though life is a bitch
And you will never be rich
Don’t throw your hand while the games still in play
Track Name: Harbour Lights
When days are dark and skies are torn
When seas run heavy and the sails are worn
When the storm tossed water stings you hard enough to cry
Hold your wheel on steady and your head on high

Till harbour lights can guide you home
When nights are drawn and the stars have gone
When the wing howls angry songs at you and you alone
Don’t worry if your fingertips are cold and numb
Your faith will keep you strong until the morning’s come

Till harbour lights can guide you home
When the rigging and the mast
Are straining hard against the blast
If the gale is ripping pieces from your ship
Put your shoulder to the wheel
And keep that even keel
Scream into the hurricane defiance you can feel

Be strong of heart don’t be afraid
Through thick and thin don’t be dismayed
When future seems impossible and times all wrong
Your courage and your fortitude will keep you strong

Till harbour lights can guide you home
When the rigging and the mast
Are straining hard against the blast
If the gale is ripping pieces from your ship
Put your shoulder to the wheel
And keep that even keel
Scream into the hurricane defiance you can feel

Be strong of heart don’t be afraid
Through thick and thin don’t be dismayed
When future seems impossible and times all wrong
Your courage and your fortitude will keep you strong

Till harbour lights can guide you home
Till harbour lights can guide you home
Track Name: Caravan
A ray of dawn in an endless night
The darkness flees from approaching light
A torch to take us to another height
In times of sorrow we prayed for such a morrow
To open up our eyes

Caravan
Caravan
Caravan in hopeless plight

We see the dawn end each starlit night
Clear and free the sky by day
And more than once I’ve had time to say
Who am I

Alone in a land where I’ve never been
To find a king who’s never been seen
To see a star away too far
To show me all we really are

Caravan
Caravan
Caravan in hopeful quest
Star bewildered till it comes to rest
Peace on Earth goodwill to men
But faithful follow and endure till then

Caravan
Caravan
Caravan