Long Kesh

by Summer of '92

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    'Long Kesh' features nine original songs including reworked, full band versions of songs from both 2004's 'Bullet' EP and 2007's 'Saskatchewan' EP, older songs that pre-date 'Bullet', brand new songs appearing here for the first time and two cover songs, Dramarama's 'Anything, Anything' and Pete St. John's traditionally inspired Celtic football club anthem 'Fields of Athenry'.

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about

'Long Kesh' marks the debut of Summer of '92 as a full band. A release that took four years with members coming and going, houses were purchased, weddings were had, children were born, members returned, members moved to other cities or aboard. To sum up, life got in the way.

Determined to see it through though and here it is. We think it was worth the wait. Enjoy.

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credits

released 28 July 2012

Summer of '92 on this recording:

Jason Dwyer • vocals, acoustic guitar
Gregg Pearson • electric guitar, vocals
Peter Shaughnessy • bass
Daniel McLean • keys
Ryan Elinsky • drums, percussion
SO92 Crew • hand claps

Additional players on 'Long Kesh':

Martin Matuszczak • trumpet on 'Guns To The Sky'
Dave Dwyer • Harmonica on 'Fields Of Athenry'
SO92 Crew, Dave Dwyer, John DiMarco, Steve Tidy • backing vocals

Produced by Summer of '92. Recorded by Ryan A. Mills, June 2008 at Sleepytown Sound, Scarborough ON. Additional recording by Mike Kehun, September 2010 at Angles Up Studios, Toronto ON. Mixed by Mike Kehun, September 2010 at Mike's place, Toronto ON. Additional mixing by Steve Sherman, February 2011 at Steve Sherman Productions, Scarborough ON. Mastered by Daniel McLean, April 2012, Woodbridge ON.

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Track Name: Green And White
GREEN AND WHITE

We sat there bottle in hand
Singing republican songs
Singing about lost freedoms
In the land that our people are from
Though we lay across the ocean
We never forgot the fight
We’re still here singing rebel songs
Wearing the green and white

Green and white
Track Name: Constantinople
CONSTANTINOPLE

You make me dream like Constantinople
The last rites of these days
Running like devils with angels at our backs
Grant me my rite of passage
Like a tempest I will dance with this fury
To personify the wind and the rain

And maybe I’m to blame
Maybe it’s not always black and white
Maybe I just lost myself
In these shades of grey
And maybe I’m to blame
For these mountains crumbling
And maybe I’m to blame
For these broken hearts

Sad and lonely only time
Could steal your beauty
Sifting through the ruin
Elusive forever luminous
And there’s a quiet that humbles me to silence
Flying through the darkness on angel’s wings
Track Name: This Song Is A Bullet
THIS SONG IS A BULLET

This song is a bullet for a friend
Who was raped repeatedly by four men
When she was only 17 years old
This song is a bullet for what
Jurisprudence and victim counseling
Could never give back to her
This song is a bullet

This song is the bullet
That ripped through
A young friends head
When he was only 16 years old
He left everyone haunted by questions
That could never be answered
By a closet painted in brains and blood
This song is a bullet

This song is a bullet
For a bastard of a man that I never knew
This song is a bullet
For aggression and abandonment
Instilled in a young heart
This song is a bullet
For the memory of you

This song is a bullet
Track Name: Anything, Anything
ANYTHING, ANYTHING

Written by John Easdale.
Published by Binky Music and EMI Longitude Music Inc.
Used with permission.
Originally performed by Dramarama.
Track Name: Guns To The Sky
GUNS TO THE SKY

Adrenalin intoxication let it flow
Like rage and hunger just don’t let go

Like guns to the sky

It’s all that really separates us
From the masses and the mundane
Track Name: Whisky Roads
WHISKY ROADS

Get up off the ground
The bottle’s being passed around
As the morning light comes shining through
One more before I go and than I’m heading home
To crawl in next to you

Been dancing all night long to those rebel songs
I’d swear we’re never going to die
She said, “baby, where you been?”
I said, “Baby, I don’t know where to begin
But I’ve been drinking all night long”

These whisky roads they lead to nowhere
I hope they lead me home to you
These whisky roads they lead to nowhere
Think I’ve been down this road before

Bottle in my hand I’m making one last stand
My knuckles have been scraped
Down to the bone
Another bar room fight
A few more flashing lights
And then I’m heading on home to you
Track Name: Uisge Beatha
UISGE BEATHA (FIRE WATER)

Let the whisky Flow
Uisge beatha and a dram
I’ve got a song in my blood
And the highlands in my heart

Losing control and laughing all the while
Today we’re going down before the sun
Fire water singing songs of the I.R.A.
And hey hey baby it’s ok

Let the whisky flow
Uisge beatha and a dram
I’ve got a song in my blood
And Long Kesh in my heart

Losing control and laughing all the while
Today we’re going down before the sun
Fire water singing songs of the I.N.L.A.
And hey hey baby it’s ok

Let the whisky flow
Uisge beatha and a dram
I’ve got a song in my blood
And a free Ireland in my heart

Losing control and laughing all the while
Today we’re going down before the sun
Fire water singing songs of Sinn Fein
And hey hey baby it’s ok
Track Name: Long Road Back
LONG ROAD BACK

Searching for signs of the sun
Through a twelve by four slot
In a concrete wall
The air so thick with violence
You could almost choke on it

I’ve been down

I open my eyes in the morning
The steel bars remind me
Just how low I can get
I sit on my bunk and read a letter
Sent from rural route number one

You’re too cold to cry
And it’s a fight to get by
I’ve been down but not out
I can’t stop thinking of you,
It’s all that gets me through

I’ve been down but not out

This time is unforgiving
For the first time
My memories mean nothing

This time is unforgiving
For the first time
My memories mean everything

I’ve been down

I can still smell the perfume
You sprayed on those letters
I close my eyes; let your smile take me home
Times like this can kill the best of us
It’s a long road back
Track Name: Prayers In Vegas
PRAYERS IN VEGAS

The seasons are changing again
There’s always something about
This time of year
That makes me feel like
I’m missing something or someone
It’s getting cold and the leaves are turning
I find myself staring into the distance

And I wait
For a change to come
Like a new day dawning
And I wait
Like a prayer in Vegas

It’s getting hard to draw the line
Between living and killing time
And it gets harder to break away
With every passing day
You always swore that we’d end up here
Well lonesome is as lonesome does
Track Name: Song For Aidan
SONG FOR AIDAN

When the days weigh like chains
It’s time to break away
When home calls to your bones
It’s time to settle down

I hope for nothing more than your peace
I hope that you’ll live to be kind
I hope that you’re quick to find your laughter
I hope that you live well
Track Name: The Fields Of Athenry
FIELDS OF ATHENRY

For the Bhoys

Written by Pete St. John.
Published by Celtic Music.
Used with permission.