Sugar Bombs and Shooting Stars

by Sweeney Lee

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From love songs, to laugh out loud, to wrench your heart out, Sugar Bombs and Shooting Stars is full of lyrical melodies, fingerpicked guitar and layered vocal harmony. Sometimes wacky, sometimes delicate, Sweeney´s music manages to be both humorous and poignant. The album has elements of Irish contemporary folk music, alternative, acoustic, indie, and blues. Classical and spanish folk influenced guitar is present throughout and is complimented at times with haunting fiddle and harp, at others with honky tonk piano and kazoo.

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released October 8, 2012

Sweeney Lee: vocals, guitar, clarinet, tiruta, bass,
Christophe Capewell: fiddle,
Morgan Cooke: harp, flute, glockenspiel, piano and backing vocals on by the sea,
Enda Roche: percussion,
Greg Breen: bass on softly,
Hortxa: doggy vocals on so happy.

All songs written and arranged by Sweeney Lee

Recorded in Delta del Ebre Cataluña
Additional recording in The Blue Room: Peters Road Dublin and Sea View Studio: Galway
Mixed by Karl Odlum,
Mastered by Fergal Davis
Art work by Xandra De La Vega,
Cover design by Rachel Sweeney

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Sweeney Lee Dublin, Ireland

Raised in Dublin, I have lived in cities such as Galway, Sydney, Bilbao and Barcelona. Influenced by different cultures, artists and experiences, my music is a bit like me, eclectic and hard to define. Some would say folk, some indie, with maybe a touch of blues
My debut album Sugar Bombs and Shooting Stars is a celebration of adventure, friendships, love found, love lost, and infinite possibility
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Track Name: By the sea
By the sea

she smells like honeysuckle
her eyes are green and soft as the sea
and I feel my heart strings dancing
kite strings on a salt sea breeze
she squeezes her eyes tight laughing
as I paint pictures on her skin
above us small white clouds are playing chasing
as my fingers trace smooth softness without sin

and we will be together
as long as this moment lasts forever

the sun is chasing the horizon
suddenly it smells like rain
we gather up our picnic blanket laughing
and make a mad dash for the train
shivering as I watch the raindrops falling
she reels me in to the warmth of her embrace
soft patter and the train sway lulling
as we drift in honeysuckle dreams

and we will be together
as long as this moment lasts forever
Track Name: Softly
Softly

softly we will fall
like petals off flowers cut in bloom
maybe we will dream
the last star is fading into dawn
gently the tide turns
pulling you closer to the moon
but I, I won´t let go
not at leased until you tell me to

the stars have gone to bed
the sun will rise
and I will watch the sky light in your eyes
time will hold it´s breath and let us be
dust motes dancing in sunbeam memories

softly we will fall
like rain kissed leaves sun setting off the trees
maybe we will dream
the last star has faded into dawn
Track Name: Cold silver
Cold silver

I close my eyes but I can´t sleep
far be it for me to dream
reality cuts too deep
how many tears I can´t remember
when last I fell this deep inside

cold silver on my skin
drawing me in
blood flows from my soul
and I´m free free free
of this

the meaning of life has dropped
behind my bed and
a pillow of sorrow holds my head
I´m looking at a picture hanging on the wall
inside my mind
and in it I am old and dying
and Gabriella´s dead

cold silver on my skin
drawing me in
blood flows from my soul
and I´m free free free
of this
Track Name: Sugar bombs and shooting stars
Sugar bombs and shooting stars

close your eyes
and count to ten and maby
the bloodshed will be over
and flowers will grow
where the earth was stained red

chase the moon
the tide is coming in and we are drowning
this is not the answer
sugar bombs and shooting stars

drowning in unshed tears
the children are outside playing
with guns and bombs
playing dead

if we took those silver spoons
and put them in the mouths of those with nothing
this pain would soon be over
and they could lay down their guns
and go back to school

drowning in unshed tears
the children are outside playing
with guns and bombs
playing dead

close your eyes
and count to ten and maby
the bloodshed will be over
and flowers will grow where the earth
was stained red

this is not the answer
sugar bombs and shooting stars
sugar bombs and shooting stars
Track Name: The softer side of breaking free
The softer side of breaking free

there was nothing left and you said go
but I wasn´t ready was not told
time and indifference had worn us out
and you were always the first
to figure these things out

plastic bags dancing in the breeze
the softer side of breaking free
and I will soar up there alone
breaking clouds, letting go

it doesn´t change the memories
of everything we used to be
precious every breath we took
together will be

and I have lost myself to you
and found myself in your eyes more beautiful
and we have shared more than our due
and I will not hold you down

plastic bags dancing in the breeze
the softer side of breaking free
and I will soar up there alone
breaking clouds, letting go

there was nothing left and you said go
and I am ready for the road
time and indifference has
worn us out
and I will not hold you down
no I will not hold you down
Track Name: Lilly's song
Lilly´s song

en tu vida larga espero que tengas
todo lo bonito y nada de malo
y cuando te caigas hay manos para cojerte
brazos para abrazarte, con besos para darte
que momentos de tristeza, están borrados de tu mente
ahogados con sonrisas y felicidad
espero que aprendas un millón de cosas
que alimentan tu curiosidad

pero ahora lo que espero
es que tengas dulce sueños
porque en este mismo momento
un estrella esta cayendo
por un lado
para ti

espero que nunca tengas miedo de ensuciarte las manos
llenarlas de barro y sentir las plantas crecer
que salgas de la puerta en el medio de la tormenta
para sentir la lluvia caer contra tu piel
espero que vives la salida y puesta del sol mil veces
y notas cada cambio de color
y nunca te olvides del amor de tu familia
no importa a donde andas
alcanzará llegar

pero ahora lo que espero
es que tengas dulce sueños
porque en este mismo momento
un estrella esta cayendo
por un lado
para ti
Track Name: So happy
So happy

sitting here
watching the sun go down on you
waiting
for the stars to fall in your eyes
so blue
like the sea that´s rocking my boat

ooooh so happy to be here with you
ooooh so happy to be here with you

then the sun goes down the stars come out
to say hello
and we laugh at silly jokes
that aren´t really funny
and every time you smile
my heart it jumps a mile

ooooh so happy to be here with you
ooooh so happy to be here with you

then a boy comes in his handsome boat
and whisks you away from me
and I´m sitting all alone again
just me my boat and the sea
and I´m wondering wondering

why why why why
why do I always fall in love with straight girls
why do I always fall in love with straight girls

one day I will find a handsome dike
with short hair and hairy armpits
just like me
and we will buy a little house
with dogs and cats and keep bees
and talk about moterbikes
and drink lots of herbal tea
and I will be so very happy
to know she´ll never leave me
I will be so very happy
to know she´ll never leave me

why why why why
why do I always fall in love with straight girls
why do I always fall in love with straight girls
and I will never fall in love with another straight girl
I´ve got you
Track Name: Borja's song
Borjas song

sitting on a bus watching the night go by
further from you
and memories are floating in my mind
well I am starting fresh again
and everything is new
I´m ready to be born again
but I am missing you
I am missing you

remember when we used to play
down by the bridge
and you would make the people laugh and I would sing
well I have lost a precious thing
further from you
and I have lost the will to sing
now I am missing you
I am missing you

one day we will meet again
down by the sea
and we will jump in off the rocks and swim naked and free
and I will dance barefoot upon the sand
as you salute the setting sun
the fire on the water falls
the elements as one
as we sing the setting sun

so I´m sitting on a bus watching the night go by
closer to you
and memories are floating in my mind
Track Name: Street sweeper
Street sweeper

I´m sitting in your empty room
early hours before the dawn
rain hits the windowsill
reflecting my mood

the silence of the streets
broken by an angry drunk
and the street sweeper´s hum

this empty house echos
with the scent of you
and lonely walls are screaming
whispered memories
all your things are gone and the
warmth is fading
rain hits the windowsill
reflecting my mood

the drunk has gone to bed
and the street sweeper turns a corner
slowly fading hum
Track Name: Sweet dreams may follow
Sweet dreams may follow

leaving soon
like a pretty little wind blown tune
wanting to stay a little longer
with these nice people in this room

time to go
my eyelids are closing
the sound man wants to pack his things

so safe home
sweet dreams may follow
and I hope that you know
I´ve had fun

leaving soon
like a pretty little wind blown tune
floating away on the breeze
with you