Fading Fast

by Garret Baker

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"Reviews for 'Fading Fast: 'The debut album from this Irish based singer songwriter. Features 12 rather beautifully crafted haunting folk songs with a slightly jazzy twist from time to time. The album has a lovely haunting sparseness about it with beautifully picked echoing guitars layered behind bakers deep tones which kind of remind me a wee bit of some early red house painters."
Road Records

“..reminded me of the first Young Marble Giants LP with a few nods to Nico and the Velvet Underground thrown in…a threadbare chic.”
Folkbuddy blog.

"…an ethereal touch infuses every nuance and melody…his debut is one of character, class and charm."
Hot Press.

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released May 1, 2009

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Track Name: Wasp and the Butterfly
Oh wasp and the butterfly
Why are you entwined?
Don't you know you both must die
If you can't find flight

Beuty beats its wings
Pain it drives a sting
Neither one can win
And death is all they bring

A girl on James's st
In vain she seeks out change
Her body is broken down
Her eyes they hold no shame

And she longs for flight
As day gives way to night
She closes clouded eyes
And sings a lullaby

Oh wasp and the butterfly
Won't you let me go?
I do not want to die
Won't you let me know
Why you must be entwined
When death is all you bring?
And if you pass her by
You will hear her sing

As beauty beats its wings
Pain it drives a sting
Neither one can win
And death is all they bring

Oh wasp and the butterfly
Why are you entwined?
If one would let the other go
You could both find flight
Track Name: Another Life
I was dreaming of another life
One where I'd become all that I might
Oh I was dreaming of another life
That passed us by

A girl that I knew once had held me fond
A home where once I knew I well belonged
Where all was not broken and weighed down
They world it lay open to our hands
To all of your plans

I was dreaming of another Life
I was dreaming of another Life

Football against the wall, Scully's field
Along the Dodder walk my brother near
Two dark figures loomed on that path
And on our youth that bloomed but soon would pass
A shadow was cast
There is hope yet still don't give in
To their brutish laughs and empty din
There is still beauty
There is gracer
There is a truth to
Their lies efface
There is a place

I was dreaming of another life
I was dreaming of another life
Track Name: Anywhere
I'm not there while you sadly stare
Nor hear to dry your lonely tears
Or catch your eyes and make you laugh
Or heal the wounds that you reveal
Or care for I'm not there
And I don't know where I am
Or if I'm anywhere

My mind drifts apart from time
And finds its own peculiar rhyme
Awake and dreams become one state
There's no room in all this haze for two
No plan I don't know who I am
And I don't know where I am
Or if I'm anywhere
And I don't know where I am
But I'm not there

Don't ask for what I don't have
The shell is empty can't you tell?
Go on before resolve is gone
We'll say that I pushed you away
But I was never by your side
Not there oh not anywhere
And I don't know where I am
Or if I'm anywhere
Track Name: Christchurch
I heard an ode to rain
As I walked along Dame lane
Fine drops like rain on me
My thoughts turned bitterly
Christchurch's bells they pealed
For all whose fate is sealed
And a song sung long ago
All my thoughts yet seemed to know
Here's a hymn for those who may
Fall to sin and fail to pray

An ode to rain
The more things change
The more they stay the same

And on to Wexford street
Some wayward soul to meet
We passed a word or two
But all was misconstrued
And the crowd they cheered so loud
That the light of truth went out
As I walked away alone
All my thoughts the long way home
Were of things not meant to be
Set to that sweet old melody

An ode to rain
The more things change
The more they stay the same

He was around my age
When he first put pen to page
He'd been along this way
And felt he'd had his day
A refrain it fell on him
With the rain that he would sing
So if you feel that hand of fate
On your back till you might break
I'll lead you through this sorry town
And we will sing as others drown

An ode to rain
The more things change
The more they stay the same
Track Name: Garlands of Roses
A house once so open
Is now lying closed
Bars on the windows
Time in repose

Garlands of roses
Lie on the floor
The garden that grew them
Will grow them no more

He'd tended their garden
For she liked to wear
Back in her young days
A rose in her hair
And they'd go walking
With wine to the hills
And whisper sweet nothings
And drink deep their fill

When she died many years back
He'd stayed on alone
The world it kept turning
But the house was no home
As he got older
The years they all blurred
He watched now the closed door
For her safe return
And when he died
He was watching that door
The garlands of roses all fell to the floor