Live at Very Fine Solutions

by Daniel McBrearty

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An intimate live recording! Daniel performing eight original songs with guitar, accompanied by Jon Birdsong on cornet. Recorded stereo straight to analogue tape in Antwerp, February, 2019, before a warm and appreciative audience.


released October 6, 2019

Daniel McBrearty - guitar/vocals
Jon Birdsong - cornet




Daniel McBrearty Antwerpen, Belgium

Daniel McBrearty (pronounced Dan-ee-ell Mac-Bree-ah-tee), for short DanMcB (Dan Mac-Bee), is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter whose music includes jazz, soul, blues and celtic folk music.

His clarinet and saxophone has featured at festivals and clubs across Europe. His original songs mix jazz influences with a folk-like approach, accompanied by his finger-style guitar playing.
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Track Name: So Far From My Home
“In the age of the atomic clock
I hear the slave atom whisper and rock
Her heart beats deep in the rock
In readiness
Far above me the satellite
Hits the world through the word box of light
Far away from the sweet morning light
In this wilderness

“But I wish that I did not feel
So Far From My Home

“Gonna reach down deep in the rock
Find my way through the rupture and shock
He heart beats deep in the rock
In tenderness
I’m gonna cry out like a prisoner in the dock
I’m gonna break the chain and the lock
Gonna end this deep mental block
In readiness

“But I wish that I did not feel
So Far From My Home

“I’m gonna hold my head to the heights
I’m gonna be like a beacon of light
I’m gonna make my talent shine bright
In this wilderness

“But I wish that I did not feel
So Far From My Home”
Track Name: Uncle Belly's Leaning Shed
“There’s a place that I know
Where only the poor people go.
Every night from the door
You’ll hear the sound of laughter
Until the morning comes

“It’s not fashionable, It’s not chic
And when it rains the roof sometimes leaks
The only light comes from the lamplight
Hanging from the rafter

“Until the morning comes
the drifters and the bums
Let down their hair and put the world to right
Almost every night …


“It don’t matter if you got no money
It’s not the kind of place that you need bread
Come on get yourself a taste of honey
Down at Uncle Belly’s Leaning Shed

“It’s four in the morning and the city slumbers
The office workers safely home in bed
Come on get yourself a game of numbers
Down at Uncle Belly’s Leaning Shed

“If love’s your thing bring your madam, bring your mister
If you’re a wino bring a bottle instead
Prepare to share them with your brother and your sister
Down at Uncle Belly’s Leaning Shed”
Track Name: Hard Edged Little Kissing
“By this time tomorrow I’ll be in a box within your mind
And though the thought may worry you, you’ll never let it blind you
Your life is as you’d have it, your heart keeps you away
From the funny kind of loving You found with me today, so…

“Come on and give me some of your
Hard Edged Little Kissing
Make me want what I can’t have
You know that’s what I’m missing
Worry ‘bout the future or what tomorrow brings
You make it like a daydream
Your kisses, they have wings

“Some day in the future the computers will have me down
As a bad man, unreliable who left his house in town
When I waste my time, or tend my still
Or I’m shaving on the train
You’ll stop to think of this
Hard Edged Kiss
You’ll never feel again, so …

“Come on and give me some of your
Hard Edged Little Kissing …”
Track Name: Where The Dirty River Flows
(Verse 1)
“Take your psychic airplane
High above the city
Look down on the black veins
With their clots of steel
Look down on the money man
Thinks that he gets there faster
Poor Mr Commuter Man
Stuck behind a wheel

“Is there a sweeter feeling hidden in the heart of it
Suppressed in case the water level rose
Is there a deeper healing charity no part of it
Somewhere Where The Dirty Flows

(Verse 2)
“Take your psychic airplane
Take it high up above this country
Look down on the rivers
Flowing through the bitter fields
Look down on the farming man
Ploughing endless furrows
Poor old agricultural
Worrying over yields


(Verse 3)
Take you psychic airplane
Take it high up above this planet
Look down on the rivers
Flowing into seas
And look down on the short love
That we give to the poor and the needy
Given out like wire
To the down at heel

(The dirty river haunts me in my dreams
The dirty river, everywhere it seems)
Track Name: Be Natural
“Back in the eighties I got my fingers burned
Here in the nineties, I’m just touching what I’ve earned
Be Natural, that’s the lesson that I’ve learned

“I’ve had good love, to make me want to shout
And I’ve been lonely, know what jilted’s all about
Be Natural, in the end the truth will out

“Save the time that faking takes up
Without appearances to keep
Nice façades will surely break up
In the mirror, before you go to sleep

“They got an old saying ‘bout diamonds and girls
But nobody’s paying for counterfeited pearls
Be Natural, while this sad old world unfurls
Be Natural, while this sad old world unfurls”
Track Name: Wouldn't That Be A Thing
“I get numb watching the news right now
Rich old white guys do their thing
They don’t speak for us anyhow
Wouldn’t That Be A Thing

“I don’t don’t hold with all the things they say
The madness of a king
Hoping change is on they way
Wouldn’t That Be A Thing

“And I’m wondering about you right now
Tied up in your own string
I don’t get through to you anyhow
Wouldn’t That Be A Thing

“It’s yesterday’s connection now
A sell by date on the tin
Got no use for it anyhow
Wouldn’t That Be A Thing

“I get tired of waiting for you right now
Poisoned by your own sting
Got my own wounds to clean anyhow
Wouldn’t That Be A Thing

“The kids are smarter than the grown-ups now
Showed the whole damn world something
Hoping change will come someday now
Wouldn’t That Be A Thing”
Track Name: Give Thanks For Simple Things
“A cycle ride through the park that takes you homeward after dark
And passes by the benches where a drunken couple sings
You stop to pass the time away, you laugh you drink you talk you play
Enjoy these small adventures and give thanks for simple things.

“You’re standing in your favourite club when all amongst the great hubbub
Of people that are passing, your telephone it rings
Someone you met a while ago but lost their number- ther you go
You’re gonna get connected. Give thanks for simple things.

“Give Thanks For Simple Things …

“The poets and the sages talked philosophy through the ages
Writing many learned pages on the benefits it brings
Their words may be uplifting, but when your mind is drifting
You may find a certain gift in giving thanks for simple things.

“There is a certain need inside to please the senses and the tide
Of dances and romances is a sweet and bitter thing.
Lovers they may come and go, the beauty’s in the ebb and flow
You’ve got to take your chances. Give thanks for simple things.

“Give Thanks For Simple Things …

“Some people think their karma is to act like Dalai Lama.
A kind of spiritual farmer having endless soulful flings.
It may appear outdated, but it’s far less complicated
If the appetite is sated giving thanks for simple things

“We may find ourselves connected, feeling specially selected
The choices we’ve elected making sweet our everything
Feeling free instead of frightened, how our spirits may be brightened
Joyful and enlightened, giving thanks for simple things.

“Give Thanks For Simple Things …”

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