Before and After

by Suzanne Rhatigan

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Well it's kind of an acoustic 'concept' Christmas single. 2 songs. One song for Before... 'Time To Put Things Right', it mentions Christmas a lot but there are no sleigh bells. And one for After... 'Spinner Of Years' which is an acoustic version of the closing track on my 1st album 'To Hell With Love'.

It was a bit of a last minute affair recorded and manufactured over 3 days last week in fact. I'm sure if I had a wonderful band at my disposal or an orchestra and producer and studio and manager and agent and and and I could produce fully realised recordings of the material the way I hear it in my head, but in the absence of any of that I decided to press record and I just played the songs the way I do everyday in my kitchen for my kids, just me singing and playing the guitar and harmonica. Concept? you betcha.

Sounds straight forward enough but it's not.. There's a reason why very few records comprise so little adornment as a voice guitar and harmonica. It's all but impossible to pull it off, I think. It took exactly 203 takes before I finally felt I had a 'performance' with enough going for it to sustain the listener for 3 and 1/2 minutes. I kind of bottled it a few hours before the manufacturing deadline and called in reinforcements by way of my friends Sonja and Charlie to sing along with the end choruses though. Still I almost backed out altogether till my daughter Billie who is wise beyond her years said 'please do it mum cos if you don't you'll be sad and take it out on us'. So in an effort to be a better mother and in order to have any chance of a 'Happy Christmas' I am going to see it through...

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released December 10, 2013

Suzanne Rhatigan.... Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar.
Sonja Kryzanowski and Charlie Stuart... Backing Vocals

PS Special thanks to my niece Jess Fitzsimons for the photo of her 'suicidal shoes' and John Morrison for the ambient shortwave track xx

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Suzanne Rhatigan Dublin, Ireland

Check Suzanne's blog 'Fifty Greatest Misses' for more songs and stories
www.suzannerhatigan.com/blog

Following her debut album on imago, To Hell With Love Suzanne and bass player John Morrison formed Rhatigan and released Late Developer Org.
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Track Name: Time To Put Things Right
Time To Put Things Right

Here it comes again
no way you can escape
Rudolph and Santa and good will out of tune carolers in your face
Counting the pennies up
No credit to take the strain
Shake out the shabby old tinsel and trusty paper chains
Making promises
Don't know if you can keep
looking for ways of doing it on the cheep because...

It's Christmas time
Time to put things right
Even your darkest days
Brighten in the fairy lights because...
It's Christmas time
Don't put up a fight
It's easier to just give in
Buckle up it might be a bumpy ride

Feel the spirit rise
With every brimming glass
Extending heart felt seasonal greetings to every one you pass
Rejoice in Excelsius
Following the herds
Making the annual pilgrimage somewhere I think it's called the church?
Even you can't resist
Hard as you try
Even the die hard hum bugs crack a smile because

It's Christmas time
Time to put things right
Time to feel the love again
maybe more than once or twice because...
It's Christmas time
What have you got to lose
Wear your cheesy jumpers, sparkly dresses and suicidal shoes


Like a child again
Where's the harm in that
Before you know it it's over and you've got to deal with all the crap
Pack it all away do it with good cheer
Along with resolutions you fail to keep next year
Gather the ones you love
And the even ones you don't
Bury the grudges and have some fun because...

It's Christmas time
Time to put things right
Time to forget everything
Leave it all behind because....
It's Christmas time
Time to put things right
Time to feel the love again
maybe more than once or twice........
Track Name: Spinner Of Years (Acoustic 2013)
Please raise your glasses to love life and laughter
Smile for a moment be sad ever after
I'm raising my spirits by drowning my sorrows
Continuing living in all my tomorrows
The future is rosy it's so effervescent
But surprisingly quickly becomes the present
For one singular moment forgetting your fears
Can never allay

The spinner of years

Time keeps on ticking so drink to forget
That you can't remember a person you met
Who made you feel comfortable
Made you be you
Your soul bared and naked
Afresh and anew
Please raise your glasses to love life and laughter
Smile for a moment be sad ever after
Time keeps on ticking
And all of your tears
Will never betray

The spinner of years

I'll pour you a tumbler of good sound advice
A bitter as lemon translucent as ice
The spinner of years
The weaver of life