Going About This

by Andy McGarvie

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1.
I’d always fallen in love far too easily, and I was worried this was just that again ‘Cause if I’m honest, and these days I’m trying to be, I’ll admit that I was lonely back then I thought I needed something more like a miracle to save me from the impasse that I’d found myself at But it turned out to be something far more simple than that ‘Cause in walks you with that smile on your face And we’re introduced, and I’m transported away We talked like we knew each other thousands of years And I just want to hold on to this moment right here Maybe we meet up just once for a dance and some fun have a nice night then go seperate ways Maybe you end up at mine and we stay up all night and make love for the next couple days Maybe we try this thing out and after a few weeks of doubt both decide it’s worth pursuing I don’t know where this goes babe, but with you I can’t wait to begin I didn’t want to tell you I loved you too soon but I knew I would if that’s what it came too Though most of what I think I second guess myself something told me this one was true I just can’t bear the thought of being without you and I wonder how I ever did it so long before And I’ve come to the point where I think finally maybe I’m sure ‘Cause now I wake up with you and there’s a smile on my face I still worry though, I do, I can’t escape my old ways You tell me it’ll be okay, and I believe you somehow ‘Cause every single one of my mistakes has lead me to right here and now Maybe we fall in love stay together forever and then die in each others arms Maybe we get shacked up and then argue too much and call it off when it all gets too hard Maybe we have a couple of kids but divorce in the end look back with pride though at all that had been I don’t know where this ends babe, but with you I can’t wait to begin ‘Cause you make it easy to love you You make me believe in everything I do Now I no longer care that I don’t know what tomorrow brings You’ve shown me it’s easy And maybe we fall in love stay together forever and then die in each others arms Or maybe we don’t and it ends, and we try to stay friends, either way baby I’m not alarmed ‘Cause wherever this goes and I’ve no way to know, right now it’s as much as I need I don’t know how this ends, babe, I’m just glad that we got to begin I don’t how this ends babe, but with you I can’t wait to begin
2.
I was only human so There was no chance I’d say no When you asked me to stay and to dance with you We’d found ourselves lost on the other side of the world both searching for a moment we might not forget for a while So when our eyes locked across the room Something told me to make the move I swear right then I was in love with you And just for one night I stole your heart too The daybreak seemed to end it all too soon But I knew Though likely nothing would become of it We’d both admit soon to reality Wont stop us pretending we meant something But I knew And you knew And we knew I was only fighting myself so I stopped trying to reason and just let go Let the moon take us wherever it wanted to Then I kissed you and held you and all I heard Was the sound of your heartbeat, your next few words Were like music I’d waited my whole life to hear We spent the night like tomorrow was The last day on earth for both of us I swear right then I was in love with you And just for one night I stole your heart too The daybreak seemed to end it all too soon But I knew Though likely nothing would become of it We’d both admit soon to reality Wont stop us pretending we meant something But I knew And you knew And we knew That morning I walked home on my own We’d both lied to each other when we said we’d phone The truth is baby we never really cared We simply needed each other right then and there I swear right then I was in love with you And just for one night I stole your heart too The daybreak seemed to end it all too soon And its true Though nothing ever did become of it We found our moment that we’d not forget By briefly pretending we’d be something But I knew And you knew And we knew
3.
Holding On 04:57
Old friends, they’ve had too much to drink and one says words to upset the other one Fists fly, and neither stop to think, the two pronounce that their friendship is done Weeks later the two resolve by phone, saying it’s all water under the bridge But both feel that it’s since not quite the same and both are feeling ever more on edge Are they still holding on to it? Are they still holding on to it? Will they ever get past this rift? Are they still holding on An old man looks up suddenly at work and wonders where the decades have all gone Is this the life that he’d set out for himself, or had he made plans bigger than he’s got? Is he resigned to living out the rest of his days in some what of a disguise Or are there dreams inside his head somewhere that he still hopes he’s time to realise Is he still holding on to them? Is he still holding on to them? Does he long for his time again? Is he still holding on All these things make me think of you and I, and how good we were in days now in the past So tell me now do you think of us sometimes, and do you wonder why couldn’t make it last? Are you still holding on to this? Are you still holding on to this? Are you wondering what might have been, if we’d just held on And maybe all these things are linked Like a parallel theme exists I’m just hoping it’s me you miss ‘Cause I’m still holding on Just barely holding on But I’m still holding on
4.
All I Wanted 04:17
This bed that we had made, where we woke warm every day, it got cold And the fights that we had, the fact I made you so mad, it got old We kept making excuses but really just tying nooses for us And when I lost control and lost myself down a hole, you lost trust It’s not that I didn’t try I just see things in different light to you You said I wait til it’s too late to make up for what I didn’t do All the while you just said you had no space left in your head to deal with me And though smiles that we put on we knew our time had come and gone finally All I wanted was to hold you in my arms To shut out everything in each other find calm I wish that’s what we had, but the truth I have to face We felt more alone in there than any other place Maybe I have to call time on this part of my life and move on To accept, and withdraw with humility now your heart is gone And though it’s hard not to speak every day and every week like we did When you love someone when it’s done you must let them run from it All I wanted was to hold you in my arms To shut out everything in each other find calm I wish that’s what we had, but the truth I have to face We felt more alone in there than any other place I had no doubt that we could have been something more But you had a plan that I didn’t fit in at all Yet as each day went by and we kept up the lie Well reality changed us despite all our trying We were looking for something, we thought it might cushion our fall All I wanted was to hold you in my arms To shut out everything in each other find calm Despite our best attempts, the truth I’ve had to face We’re both less alone right now we’re no longer in that place
5.
If I Need To 03:37
Suddenly a light appeared through the trees Put my mind at ease I’d been on this ride for what seemed like weeks Through troughs and peaks So would you stay with me through this Through the twists and turns of it I could wait here for good news But I don’t know if I need to Everybody else seemed to be alright, alright But all that I could see was shapes and lines and through time Colours where they shouldn’t be And just when I thought I was free I noticed the oceans The sky’d traded places with the sea I swear every body else but me was floating, or was I floating? So would you stay with me through this Through the twists and turns of it I could wait here for good news But I don’t know if I need to
6.
Someone once said that he wished he knew then All the things he knows now but where does that end There’s no way to go back so why keep pretending? Maybe I wished that I’d done things different Like listened in school, or not shoplifted But hindsight’s no help when you overthink it Besides where would I be without all these lessons ‘Cause I’ve been going about this all the wrong way I’ve been hoping for some kind of big change I’d only looked backwards and so things stayed the same When it seems there’s nothing wrong with getting older I’d just wrongly blamed it A few drinks mean nothing it’s just calming my mind I’d keep telling myself that and saying ‘everything’s fine’ But if I was honest I knew I’d crossed a line Maybe I could have done this all years before But at least I’ve not waited idle for years more There’s no better feeling than truly resigning free From my old attempts to control the world around me ‘Cause I’ve been going about this all the wrong way I’ve been hoping for some kind of big change I’d only looked backwards and so things stayed the same When it seems there’s nothing wrong with getting sober I’d just been scared of it I was so stoic, so unfazed Or I projected that at least, anyway Really I was fragile but too proud And I’ll keep learning from unpacking all I’ve found There was no second go And there’s no way to know And I guess I am what I am ‘cause of that The future ain’t what it used to be But it’s clearer now than it’s ever been I’ve been going about this all the wrong way I’ve been hoping for some kind of big change I’d only looked backwards and so things stayed the same When it seems there’s nothing wrong with reinvention I’ll no longer resist I’ll no longer blame it And I won’t be scared of it
7.
I was a hero once or so I’m told My family all tell it like I know it all I saved their life they say, but the problem is That I just can’t recall a single part of it Of all of the nights we had that one was the best The boys remember through laughter when we catch our breath They all add to the story, but the problems is I just can’t recall a single part of it We had this talk she says it was just last week Accuses me of not listening so I just let her speak But it’s not selective hearing, it’s just the problem is That I can’t recall a single part of it The one time I’ve been heroic, gone from my head The night no can forget, its like I was never there These things I should remember well the problem is That I just can’t recall a single part of it No I can’t recall a single part of it Are you all really sure that I was even there?
8.
You didn't wanna know me and I guess that's not surprising It's just the way that these things end up So when she came and found me, picked up the pieces all around me he took over the place that you'd kept And though I've told her my secrets, I know she'll keep them, but sometimes I just tell her too much And now I'm telling someone else about my day I'm saying all the things that we used to say And of course it's sad we're over but it's what we had to do Now I'm telling someone else about you I know that you'll tell him about all my imperfections You'll realise you're happier now But please do not forget me, 'cause all we got is the memories We just couldn't make a future work out And though we both say 'I love you' to different people now both new That doesn't mean that ours weren't once true And it doesn't mean I wanna forget you And now I'm telling someone else about my day I'm saying all the things that we used to say And of course it's sad we're over but it's what we had to do Now I'm telling someone else about you And now I'm telling someone else about my day I'm saying all the things we used to say Though my heart is with her now, and for you and him that's true I'm still telling someone else about you It doesn’t mean that ours weren’t true And it doesn’t mean I wanna forget you…
9.
You burst in like a wind that might knock me off my feet Too little, too late and you're far too much for me Yet I can't get away The hard part is to keep sharp in your sphere of indifference When questions are asked the answer always makes no sense When will all of this end? Your lights are on but I don't think anyone is home The face you show is hardly something I'd wanna carve in stone The way you talk seems like you're the only one you've ever cared to know ‘Cause your lights are on but I don't think anyone is home Gift of the gab self righteous and self assured But one size don't fit all and frankly now we're all quite bored Of your opining and your thoughts All I hope is that we don't leave it too long To right your wrongs Your lights are on but I don't think you'll answer the door The facts we all know seem like something you chose to just ignore The scariest thing is that your choices affect generations more And the lights are on but no one's home... The things that I have heard from you Show me exactly what not to do If you just listen and be a patient man you might even learn a thing or two Yet there's something so appealing About this persona you're revealing But when you're turned against Please don't pretend it wasn't Something we we're feeling, 'cause it just seems That your lights are on but I don't think anyone is home The change must come before it's too late and the damage is done It's now up to us 'cause whether we like it or not this is all our fault The lights'll stay on so let's make sure somebody's home ‘Cause nobody's home
10.
Not Perfect 03:37
I could list the ways that I've fucked up and tell everyone I'm sorry Or walk in front of a bus and take it all to the grave and make them all think 'poor Andy' Or I could just go easy on myself Close the book on that and place it high up on the shelf 'Cause no amount of going back and thinking through All the things I wish I didn't do Will change the fact that it's all happened and there are things I wish weren't true But hey, I'm not perfect We're all blemish free, we got enough money and it's always sunny in the images we post But it's the knowing it's fake and still believing it's real and then aspiring to that that goes on to hurt us all the most And this approval seeking perfect beauty faking lie Reveals an ugly part of us that even filters cannot hide 'Cause no amount of retaking the shot Pitch correction, editing, or what Hides the fact that what makes you exactly what you are Is the way you're not perfect I don't have to change people's lives with a song I write today I don't have to be profound every time I have something to say I don't have to convince everyone to see things the way I see I don't have to be right or be brave or be sure or always be carefree And there's strength in that vulnerability 'Cause even though I'm saying this to you Really I'm the one I'm talking to So don't be scared, move on with life, do what you need to do It's OK, we're not perfect

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The sophomore full-length album from Andy McGarvie, Going About This is ten tracks exploring growth and redemption, love and loss, and coming to terms with being in the world as we know it.
It is guitar-driven, blues-tinged, rock-soaked singer-songwriter Americana - straight out of Melbourne, Australia.

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released February 12, 2021

All songs written by Andy McGarvie.

Andy McGarvie - guitars, vocals
Gareth Bowen - drum kit/percussion
Owen Downie - Bass
Brendan Tsui - piano/keyboards
Jimmy Ferguson - Hammond organ (5)

Recorded at Aviary Studios, Melbourne Australia and Silvershark Studios, London, UK
Mixed by Fraser Montgomery
Mastered at Deluxe Mastering by Adam Dempsey

Additional bass/drums/keys, drum loops (7), percussion, synths (9) by A McGarvie.
Artwork - Andy McGarvie
Cover Photograph - Chris Martin

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Andy McGarvie Melbourne, Australia

Andy McGarvie is a Melbourne-based guitarist and bandleader. Along with his band, he takes listeners on a guitar-fuelled journey through blues, soul, funk and rock. Introspective yet inclusive, McGarvie’s music will find resonance with both music aficionados and the casual listener alike. ... more

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