The Other Half of Everything

by Martin John Henry

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Gargleblast Records are extremely proud to announce the release of The Other Half of Everything, the outstanding debut solo album from Scottish songwriter Martin John Henry (ex De Rosa).

Working for over a year with producer Andy Miller (Mogwai, Life Without Buildings, Scout Niblett), Henry has emerged with his most progressive, ambitious and accessible album to date. Sung, plucked and synthesised with painstaking care, the 11 tracks of The Other Half of Everything have a sound and scope that evokes the epic landscape of the cover art, while occasionally dipping into the poetic suburban folk that De Rosa fans adore.

Selected press for Martin John Henry's songwriting...

“Beautifully captures an idyllic nation immersed in fragile contradiction” - The Skinny

“Insidiously compelling contemporary prog-pop” - The Scotsman

"The kind of parochial majesty you might encounter if The Pixies reworked The Go-Betweens "Before Hollywood" for a documentary about the social history of Lanarkshire. Yes, that good." - Mojo

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released 10 October 2011
Martin John Henry - vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, synthesiser, keyboards, piano, programming
James Woodside - mandolin
Susan Appelbe - cello

Produced and engineered by Andy Miller at Gargleblast Studios, UK.

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Gargleblast Records is an independent record label based in Hamilton, Scotland. The label was founded by record producer Andy Miller and Shaun Tallamy in May 2003. Bands on our roster include... De Rosa, Desert Hearts, PAN, Life Without Buildings, Martin John Henry, Kung Fu Jesus, Towers and Foxface. ... more

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Track Name: Breathing Space
Breathing Space

In a land far away
There is hope on a beach
In a broch
In my thoughts
I will feed every day with itself
With my present state
With my heart on a lead
I could fall in a hole
I could drive the circumference
A piano broken up into parts
Is a car that sits still

I am here in a sky
In a lead part that I didn't write
Every word I will feed
With the thought of a home
On a hill
Under trees
All alone
I'll sustain every year
I will grow every hope I have.
Track Name: Span
Span

Weekends were deadly every time
On over to the gaping firth
Filled up the spaces in my mouth
We heard the band and then the drive
Snow on the tar but we survived
I tried to hide my disappointment

My heart is cast in bronze
My skull is cracked

Now that I’m healed, my strength returned
Now every day my stomach churns
What I deserve I haven’t earned
My place on plinth or in museum
Or a stone bed in mausoleum
Hand over yesterday’s per diems

Our hearts are cut in stone
Our lives are lived alone
My heart is cast in bronze
My skull is cracked

See how it turns
How we will survive
All is waltz
All our faults
Show we are alive
We vibrate all at once
Or at our own rate
How we last is how we love
Our time is so fast
See it turn

Tell, tell me rocks won’t break
On my brow
Lines drawn on my face
In our dreams plains curve
Bridges span all our thoughts
Favourite pen on palm
Tell me

Only dreams
Only dreams
Only dreams.
Track Name: I Love Map
I Love Map

From Portree to Brighton
I’m drawing the lines on a map
Wherever your feet fall
I’ll measure the rainfall
I’ll collect every last drop

Lover, cover me
The distance is scaled
Navigation prevailed
Baby, you’re not here
So call me tonight
Multiply my delight

Like our middle names
We may become lost in trees
But my map is such
That you will always
Navigate back to me

Baby, cartography
The contours of us
Beneath the covers
Lover, cover me
The distance is scaled
Navigation prevailed

Here, take this
Come here, take this map
Show me the way
You know I get lost in London
In parks we’ll make something
Plot me the line
Show me the way to your heart
And back to your flat

There I can show you

Ba ba ba ba ba ba
Ba ba ba ba ba ba

Lover, cover me
The distance is scaled
Navigation prevailed
Baby, you’re not here
So call me tonight
Multiply my delight
Baby, cartography
The contours of us
Beneath the covers
Lover, cover me
The distance is scaled
Navigation prevailed.
Track Name: Ribbon on a Bough
Ribbon On A Bough

You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough

You’re a ribbon on a bough
Jumping hares wait for light
And a river running slow
You’re meandering tonight
Through the twilit silver dreams
Every second ripples to
Wooden floors the gap between
Trough, peak, wave to you.

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

You’re a ribbon on a bough
See the apple’s sagging weight
There’s a beast among the flock
There’s a serpent on your plate
But that’s a feature of a bad dream
And to wake is to redeem
In his arms I tell you sister
You’re at safety’s marble feet

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
Sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

Liquid in light, cornered at night
In your room you feel safe
The perfect lit face
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?
I’m the sulphur yellow haze
The sunset stubborn ways
Can you take a heart
And weld a new part?

You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough
You’re a ribbon on a bough.
Track Name: Seventh Song
Seventh Song

Used to seeing you
Not used to re-seeing you
Beneath two ways of thinking
On two different streets
At two separate ends

I'm used to regret
I'm used to feeling upset
And on the seventh day
I will begin to pray

Only so much gone
I'm only so much gone
There's only you and it
You and it
Between the heads of state
Of the state of my head

I'm used to regret
I'm used to feeling upset
I bury my head in a simple prayer
In a simple prayer
Is a prayer a wish to god?
Is a prayer a wish to god?

I'm used to regret
I'm used to feeling upset
The state of my head
When I reach the end of it
Will you say a prayer for it?
Is a prayer a wish to god?
Is a prayer a wish to god?
Track Name: Choose Your Words Carefully
Choose Your Words Carefully

So that’s how we pray
We mumble our way
In binary talk
With wings hot
And that’s how we say
Hello to our graves
And when we free fall
We fall out
So watch what you say
If you come this way
We cut and we curse
And what’s worse
The lines on my face
Are painted that way
A cold concrete punch
For your lunch

I’ve timed out
I’ve timed out
We’ve timed out
We’re timed

(We’re sick of words
We’re sick of saying
Sick and tired of all negotiation
Rather than lift our heads
We’d rather take our beds
We’re just sick of waiting)

Be careful my pet
You’ve not spoken yet
A binary talk
With wings hot
And that’s how you pray
You mumble your way
And when you free fall
We fall out
So watch what you say
If you come my way
A cold concrete punch
For your lunch
The lines on my face
Are painted that way
We kiss and we part
Before dark

Choose your words
Choose your words
Choose your words
I could keep guessing
Choose your words
I could keep guessing
Choose your words
Choose your words
I could keep guessing
Choose your words
I could keep guessing
With care
Choose your words
I could keep guessing
With care
With care
Choose your words
With care.
Track Name: New Maps
New Maps

Fill my heart fill my lungs
With a map of where I'm from
I was there honest
I've been there honest
Chemical pictures stay
I forget how to make
How to build wonder
Out of white paper
Fill my heart fill my lungs
With a map of where I'm from
I was there honest
I've been there honest

Although I know I'm free again
There's bricks smashed and windows caved
I'll be there honest
I'll be there on my feet
Although I know I'm free again
There's just something about my smile
I'll be there honest
I'll be there honest
Soon

Take my heart take my lungs
As a map of where I’m from
I was there honest
I've been there honest
Peel apart pictures fade
I forget how to take
How to build wonder
Out of blank paper
Fill my heart oh fill my lungs
With a map of where I'm from
All your names on this
Every name on this

Although I know I'm free again
There's bricks smashed and windows caved
I'll be there honest
I'll be there on my feet
Although I know I'm free again
There's just something about my smile
I'll be there honest
I'll be there honest
The cracks to hide your teeth
The holes to hold your feet
Back to back with this
Back to back with the ground
Although I know I'm free again
There's just something about my smile
I'll be there honest
I'll be there honest

Tell me lies
Tell me lies
Tell me lies
Tell me lies
There's just something about my smile
Tell me lies
Fill my heart and fill my lungs
With a map of where I’m from
Tell me lies
There's just something about my smile
Tell me lies
Tell me lies
Tell me lies
Tell me lies.
Track Name: Only Colour
Only Colour

Don’t you look at me
There is no matter here
I’m not blood and bone
I’m only colour

Don’t you look at me
I’m only colour
There is no matter here
And I’m not blood and bone
And I’m moving away from here

Under my roof I can think at my own pace
Under my floor there’s a crawl space
Under my stars there’s a loch full of dead cars
Under my stairs there’s a fire in the wires
Fire in the wires
Up on that hill there’s a broch from the old days
And under that shore they’ll be forever more
On top of these words there’s a hand and a hard hat
Above this word there’s a hard heart

No no no, no no no no
No no no, no no no no
No no no, no no no no
No no no, no no no no

I'm not blood and bone
And I'm moving away from here

Don’t you look at me
I’m only colours
There is no matter here
(And I'm moving away from here)
I’m not blood and bones
And I’m moving.
Track Name: First Light
First Light

Every time I come around there
Black boxes full of tar abound
Did you notice when it left you?
No polis came to protect you
Somewhere up the trains
We were only weans
Who died and forgot about this

As a child
I knew that
I would die
As I grew up

Material
It’s all material
Such fine material
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, material

Now every time I come away
Fluorescent strip-lights always say
Here’s your colour temperature kids

Spin me round
And turn it up
Don’t look down
When you come up
Here’s the truth
So listen up
We all died when we grew up

First light is our last
Last light is our first light
First light is our last
Last light is our first light
First light is our last
Last light is our first light
First light is our last
Last light is our first light
First light is our last
Last light is our first light
First light is our last
Last light is our first light.
Track Name: A Perfect Landing
A Perfect Landing

Underpass you are my cradle
Catching me when I fall down
Carry me, I’m no longer able
Hit the floor like a rocket

Now I’m on the pavement
Lucifer is talking
Oriental voices
Call me, call my name

Empty eyes you are the best
Glare at me, give me the rest
I don’t deserve what I’ve puked up
Now I wait for us to make up

Only darkness ruins
My secret undoing
Tweak my understanding
Of the perfect landing

Oh Lucifer
I know the feeling
You've been ignored
Well, prepare for more

Do you expect me to sing when I’m the one in the ring
When I’ve got kids to protect
And they keep falling out
Do you expect me to cheer when I’m the one with the peers
Who spend it all in the bars and fall apart

Now we’re on the pavement
There’s no devil talking
We just like to sit there
With our hands white with chalking
Draw my face on that square of black tarmac
Draw our hands together
Draw their faces there.
Track Name: There's a Phantom Hiding in My Loft
There’s A Phantom Hiding In My Loft

Up in my loft
Breathing is soft
Like birds in my hand
And the air between
Love is the rampart
A fire to stamp out
I can kill men
Over and over again

Oh, my weak heart is in darkness
But it's not my own darkness
It's here that made me like this

A killer instinct
It’s hard to avoid
The urge to destroy
Hurt those around me
So hide in the loft
Beside my pet phantom
He can kill men over and over again

Oh, my weak heart is in darkness
But it's not my own darkness
It's here that made me like this
Oh, my bleak words are revealing
What I need and am feeling
These cuts are too deep for healing

Will you come back to life my love?
Will you come back to life my heart?
Will you come back to me my pet when it’s dark?
Will you came back to me my words?
Will you come back to me my songs?
Will you come back to me at night when they've gone?
They've gone.

Oh, my weak heart is in darkness
But it's not only darkness
It's light that keeps me like this
Oh, my bleak words are revealing
What I need and am feeling
These cuts are too deep for healing
Oh, my weak heart is in darkness
But it's not my own darkness
It's you that left me like this

All I need and am feeling
My cuts are too deep for healing

Oh, my weak heart is in darkness
But it's not my own darkness
It's light that keeps us like this
Oh, my bleak words keep revealing
What I need and am feeling
These cuts are too deep for healing
Oh, my weak heart is in darkness
But it's not my own darkness
It's you that left me like this.