The Going Away Album

by Paul Hayworth

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Written and recorded mostly between 2004-2005 comes Paul Hayworth’s ‘The Going Away Album’. A concept album about human desire. Available on ‘electrocuted Wilma tunes’ the journey at the crossroads is ready to start all over again.

Review by IMN England (source deleted):
I could tell as soon as I pressed play on the first track of this album that I was going to fall in love with it. ‘The Going Away Album’ stands out more than any album I have heard in a while. This is the sound of sun-speckled drifting and summer trees. With beautiful lyrics such as ‘All the leaves on the trees were grey, All floating down the river on the boat of life’, the opening song sets you of on a warm-hearted journey through a cacophony of musical gorgeousness. The chorus is repetitive enough to draw you in and offer you something you can take hold of and sing along to at leisure; however, it is not in your face catchy; its hooks are subtler and all the better for it. Just like the ‘Magic Woman’ of the second track, this album will cast a spell on you for the duration of your listen, and this is a very pleasurable listen indeed.The third track, ‘New Virus’, has a particularly infectious and addictive beat and pulse to it, with deep, relaxing thuds punctuating the ever enjoyable vocal melodies. There’s mention in the lyrics of ‘waiting for something to happen’, however there is no sense of waiting around here; this is immediate and wonderful. The next track, ‘Go Away’, sounds different to the first three tracks on the album, with a piano melody and a steadier, gentler tune, with somewhat more agitated, emotional, more raw sounding vocals, and repeated motif of ‘I can’t keep on living this way’.The fifth track, ‘One Way’ is back to a more cheerful sound, although still tinged with ever so slight melancholy, a gentle rippling beat, and the idea that ‘the biggest sound is nothing’, even though this album is proof that Paul has no problem with making a significant impact via sound. ‘Orange’ is a musical piece, and though these sorts of things can often feel lost on an album, this particular piece feels well worth the while, and needs no lyricism to back it up, as the beauty of the lyrics on the rest of the album allow for the mood of the music in this piece to settle in nicely. You almost get the feeling that this track could serve as a long musical outro for the previous track, and an impressively pretty one at that.‘Mountain’, the longest track on the album, coming in at a monumental 11 minutes and 47 seconds, really does stand out musically, with nostalgic sounding lyrics kicking in about halfway through the song. This track is a prime example of how to get energy into a song without pushing or shouting or drumming it into the listener’s ears. The song certainly makes use of the fair amount of time given to it with lustre. The music in penultimate track, ‘Fountain’, sounds as beautiful, sweeping and flowing as the title would suggest, and the final song, ‘Sleepyhead’ is another empathetic sounding beauty.The album as a whole explores concepts of life and humanity, and does so effectively and empathetically, both through the use of words and sound. It reminds me faintly of The Go Betweens, which is possibly why I like it so much, but you will have to decide for yourselves what you think of it. This album is definitely designed for long, leisurely car journeys in the sleepiest, hottest part of summer. It is not one to miss out on, and I would recommend anyone with any interest in music to give it a good, long, rewarding listen.

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released 25 March 2012

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Loopi - Drums on 'One Way'
Phillip Quigley - Extra Guitars on 'Fountain'

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Track Name: Little Mellow
All the drifters find somewhere soon
Like an ocean meets the shore
All floating down the river on the boat of life
Lookin’ out for more
I know when you were young
All the leaves on the trees were grey
All floating down the river on the boat of life
Trying to make their way

Did you change when you were young
By fake friends who led you on
Made you wanna leave this town
When your fears had just begun

So find the road
It’s not far away
With fortune comes the new day
Cut from the wreckage
When you’re stuck in a range

Blind faith leads us on
And I feel a little mellow
Yeah, I feel a little mellow
Blind faith is evolutions way
And I feel a little humble once again

All the drifters find somewhere soon
When the naked leads the blind
And the high impact of a time bomb coming
From drifting too long

I know when you were young
All the leaves on the trees were grey
And the wind blew your cares away
Makes you feel better in a simple way
Track Name: Magic Woman
She told me to sit down
And don’t you fool around

When I’m coming in
I don’t wanna see you around
We build this place up then you raise it to the ground

Magic Woman
And she came to me

She’s so so easy

Come back and touch me
She went right through me
She cast a spell on me
Our backs to the wall but you’re in town again
All this talk but you’re still going down my friend.

Magic Woman
And she came to me
A Magic Woman
She cast a spell on me
Magic Woman
She’s so easy
Come back and touch me

With our backs to the wall
Sit down and don’t you fool around
Track Name: New Virus
I’ve found a new virus
And I’m in shock
It’s turning into the new scare on the block
Can’t fly away now
If I could I might fall
But I’m getting visions of your body that’s all.

I am the new vision
And we make fire
The medication I need
Can’t get any more

We’ve lost our senses
We’re doomed for sure
My only savior
Is to find the cure

Take care of your way now
And we make fire

Just sittin’ around
Waiting for something to happen
Waiting for something
Something to happen

I am a new vision
And I found the perfect flaw
The medication I need
Can’t get any more
We’ve lost our senses
We’re doomed for sure
My only savior
Is to find the cure

Can’t fly away
If I could I might fall
I’m getting visions of your body that’s all
Waiting for something

I can’t take it any more

We can’t take any more as we get higher
Open up the gates and walk into the fire
Can’t fly away as we get higher
We can’t wait any more as this rooms on fire
We’re gonna set alight the funeral pyres
It seems our only savior is to get higher
And we’ve lost our senses
Track Name: Go Away
And I know already what you want to say to me
Everyday that dream you think about all the time
And I know someday it's gotto happen that way
The way you planned and find out how to escape and run away

If you gotta go sometime, why don't you make it today?
If you can't decide and you wanna go why are you feeling that way?
There's a key for the door, a drink in ta fridge and your books on the floor
You gotto decide on something as I can't keep on living this way

And I don't wanna know how it feels when you're gone
I can't play this game, like we're meanin' to go on

Someone's telling me that everything is not so bad
It's just the way you feel at the moment when the future seems so unclear
And someone's telling me that the way we live is the way it's supposed to be
With you at the centre of our energy

If you gotta go sometime, why don't you make it today?
If you can't decide and you wanna go why are you feeling that way?
There's a key for the door, a drink in ta fridge and your books on the floor
You gotto decide on something as I can't keep on living this way

And I don't wanna know how it feels when you're gone
I can't play this game, like we're meanin' to go on
And I don't wanna see you feeling wrong on your own
I can't find the strength to fight alone, find the strength to fight alone.
Track Name: One Way
One way to heaven, yeah one way up
And there’s one way out of this
And one way in
The river flows down the mountain but the path leads high away
When life is a river, the only way is down
We can feel it in our present at the moment you’re comin down
I hope that you’ll come back to me
And you can make a big sound, but the biggest sound is nothing
One way to heaven, yeah one way up
And there’s one way out of this, and one way in
The river flows down the mountain but the path leads high away
And at the moment you come back to me
And you can make a big sound, but the biggest sound is nothing
So fall into the blue sky where the battles are won
Our spirits rise on upwards above the sun
Today I love you maybe like a son
I always want the feelin like it’s just begun
Track Name: Mountain
It seemed such a long time ago
I heard you speak

And I’ll be sitting waiting here for you

It seemed such a long time ago
I was sitting there waiting for you

The sky is red
And the sea maroon

So I swim there
And the water’s deeper than you

‘Cos I can’t wait here so long for you

You had me
Yeah you had me,
You

The fire in the sky
And the mist rising from the deep

And I, No I
Don’t wanna wait here for you.
Track Name: Fountain
Feeling so blue
Me without you
Drinking from a fountain

Where did she go?
I just need to know
Drinking from the fountain

I don’t understand
So underhand
What a shame
Who’s to blame?
It’s not the same
Anyway

The day that we met
Can’t ever forget
Drinking from the fountain
When I know the truth
There’s no excuse
Drinkin’ from the fountain

Tasted so good
Can’t ever forget
Drinking from the fountain
And now that we’re cool
I just need to know
Drinking from the fountain
Track Name: Sleepyhead
Feeling so blue
Me without you
Drinking from a fountain

Where did she go?
I just need to know
Drinking from the fountain

I don’t understand
So underhand
What a shame
Who’s to blame?
It’s not the same
Anyway

The day that we met
Can’t ever forget
Drinking from the fountain
When I know the truth
There’s no excuse
Drinkin’ from the fountain

Tasted so good
Can’t ever forget
Drinking from the fountain
And now that we’re cool
I just need to know
Drinking from the fountain