Start Anew

by Douglas Hinton

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released September 13, 2016

Words and music: Douglas Hinton
Acoustic guitar & lead vocals: Douglas Hinton
Guitars, piano, percussion, vocals, production: Laurent Auffret
Backing vocals: Jimmy Letter
Harmonica: Axel Caudal
Photos: Rachel Saddedine
Album artwork: Madows

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Douglas Hinton Hauts-de-France, France

Acoustic Folk-Rock made and played chez les Ch'tis
(in the north of France) with Scouse-Scottish heart and soul!

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Track Name: Start Anew
START ANEW
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Fallen
But I'll get back up again
Broken
But I'll fix myself again
Lost now
But I'll find my way home
Cast out
But I'm with me not alone

And if you weren't there
When I needed you
Then do not be stunned if you're shunned
When I start anew

Mixed up
In another fine mess again
Learnin'
From mistakes ain't my forte friend
Condemned
While others get off Scot free
Fuck them
I am voting with my feet

And if you weren't there
When I needed you
Then do not be stunned if you're shunned
When I start anew

'Cause I will start anew
No matter what you say or do
Yes I will start anew
And next time I'll avoid the likes of you

Fell down
But I didn't stay down for long
Back now
With a bunch of heartfelt songs
Bear with
While I yell out with righteous rage
Passion
Gets one through the darkest days

And if you weren't there
When I needed you
Then do not be stunned if you're shunned
When I start anew
Yeah if you weren't there
When I needed you
Then do not be stunned if you're shunned
When I start anew

Yeah do not be stunned if you're shunned
When I start anew
Oh do not be stunned if you're shunned
When I start anew
'Cause I will start anew
Woo get it right up you
Track Name: The Jaws Of Victory
THE JAWS OF VICTORY
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Been runnin' so long
I don't know what I am runnin' from any more
Been searchin' for clues
To find keys I can use to unlock certain doors
Don't know what I want
But I know that I don't want or need to bleed
Tryin' to satisfy someone who wants
A very different guy indeed

You know I've tried but I've failed
Several times before
To become the person
My partner seemed to hanker for
But the law of averages
Says I won't make the same old mistakes of yore

So let me try but fail creatively
To meet your expectations of me
Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
The jaws of victory

Been scratchin' around feelin' lost gettin' found
Fallin' down and gettin' back up
If causin' folk pain was a game with a prize
I'd have won the world cup
Tryin' to keep the faith remain calm
And keep pushin' on in song
Not callin' my exes cold
But every time they opened their mouths lights came on

You know I've tried but I've failed
Several times before
To become the person
My partner seemed to hanker for
But the law of averages
Says I won't make the same old mistakes of yore

So let me try but fail creatively
To meet your expectations of me
Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
The jaws of victory

Until you lose all your fear of failure
You will never be free
People don't change so don't try and force them
Or they will take French leave

Been runnin' so long
I once knew what I was runnin' from... not any more
I ran from the pain and the thoughts in my brain
That would not just be gone
Glorious failure and impossible dreams
Clearly are my life themes
I know deep inside if I was a football side
I would be the Scotland team

'Cause you know I've tried but I've failed
Several times before
To become the person
My partner seemed to hanker for
Now is the time to find
New ways to fail even better than before

So let me try but fail creatively
To meet your expectations of me
Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
Victory
Let me try but fail creatively
To meet your expectations of me
Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory
The jaws of victory
Track Name: No Human Being Is Illegal
Instrumental
Track Name: Hard Enough Just Being Human
HARD ENOUGH JUST BEING HUMAN
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

You've heard of Swiss Family Robinson
You know of Robinson Crusoe
Here is another story that you really should know
You really should know
About a racist family I know
In which bigotry is always on show
Every time they meet

They'll respect your opinion
As long as it's the same as theirs
They don't like blacks or gays
And arabs make them scared
They make them scared
'Cause Le Pen said they're everywhere
Imposing muslim values from elsewhere
And they should go back there
Back where ?
Most of them are from here daft square

Well you know it's hard enough just being human
And gettin' through life without committing crime
Without adding on racist baggage
That belongs back in neanderthal times
'Cause those grotty ideas
Born in grottoes and very ill-gotten
Are just rotten mind crimes

Ever heard someone say
« I'm not racist but... » 
Then follow up with a spiel of ignorant racist rot ?
Well that's typical of
A racist family I know
In which reason goes right out the window
Every time they speak

Contradictin' racists is a waste of breath
They'll label you an idealist
Or an outsider at best
I'm sick to death
Of a racist family I know
In which bigotry is always on show
Every time they meet

Well you know it's hard enough just being human
And gettin' through life without committing crime
Without adding on racist baggage
That belongs back in neanderthal times
'Cause those grotty ideas
Born in grottoes and very ill-gotten
Are just rotten mind crimes

Racists pedallin' values make me laugh like a drain
Consumed by hatred and issues
They seek to apportion blame
And guess who they blame
Immigrants they can pick on
And beat like piñata dolls with names
So they can feel strong

It doesn't take any racists
To change a lightbulb here's why
'Cause racists have to desire
To be enlightened that's why I said goodbye
To a racist family I knew
Who like dogs marked their territory with poo
And were thick to boot

Well you know it's hard enough just being human
And gettin' through life without committing crime
Without adding on racist baggage
That belongs back in neanderthal times
'Cause those grotty ideas
Born in grottoes and very ill-gotten
Are just rotten mind crimes

Mustn't criticise too much
Intolerance infects me too
But unlike all those daft racists
Mine is limited to those bigoted fools
And racists without a clue
Whose delusions I can easily see through
As mere crude untruths

Blanc sans haine ça donne quoi ?
Ben blanc sans haine ça donne black
Comme quoi sans haine très clairement
On est tous égaux
So farewell to
Those racists I once knew
Who like dogs marked their territory with poo
And were thick to boot

Well you know it's hard enough just being human
And gettin' through life without committing crime
Without adding on racist baggage
That belongs back in neanderthal times
'Cause those grotty ideas
Born in grottoes and very ill-gotten
Are just rotten mind crimes
Track Name: Lonely At Best
LONELY AT BEST
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Sitting in a flat
Looking up at the moon one night
Thinkin' of what's done and what may be to come
All the wrongs and rights
Gettin' really tired
Of tryin' to pretend everything's alright
When nothin' could be further from the truth
On a cold lonely night

A cold lonely night
When reality bites
And every single failure
Comes to light
And all your certainties get reassessed
On a night for feeling lonely at best

You've been through
What some would construe to be a total disaster
Your girlfriend dumped you
Due to your habit of touching pasta
So now you're feeling cannelloni
Stroking macaroni
Wondering if only you weren't alone
On a cold lonely night

A cold lonely night
When reality bites
And every single failure
Comes to light
And all your certainties get reassessed
On a night for feeling lonely at best

Sanctimonious
Judgemental cretins haunt your days
Pointing fingers and telling you
That you have to change
Denigrating music and anything else
That they can't understand
Time alone's priceless far from the soulless
On a cold lonely night

A cold lonely night
When reality bites
And every single failure
Comes to light
And all your certainties get reassessed
On a night for feeling lonely at best

A cold lonely night
When reality bites
And every single failure
Comes to light
And all your certainties get reassessed
On a night for feeling lonely at best
Track Name: Refugees Welcome
Instrumental
Track Name: Real Soul
REAL SOUL
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Here's a song I wrote
A musical thank you note

From Ho Chi Minh City
West to Brittany
Came a gentle soul
With a lifelong love of rock 'n' roll
Through his ups and downs
He toughed it out and he stayed around
In a shallow world
His values are not easily found

'Cause he's got passion
Real soul
He's one of a kind
With a heart of gold
Real soul
And a diamond mind
In a cutthroat world
Real soul
Where mostly phonies thrive
He's living proof integrity's alive

Here's a song I wrote
A musical thank you note

The first time I
Played in his little bar
What struck me most
Was just how cold other barmen are
They don't have a clue
About anything apart from selling booze
They should watch my friend
He could certainly teach them a thing or two

'Cause he's got passion
Real soul
He's one of a kind
With a heart of gold
Real soul
And a diamond mind
In a cutthroat world
Real soul
Where mostly phonies thrive
He's living proof integrity's alive

Here's a song I wrote
A musical thank you note

Instead of money
He gives humanity
Rather than hype
He likes artists of the genuine type
He swaps fake stars
For real people who share their art
Everything he does
Bears the mark of all his soul and heart

'Cause he's got passion
Real soul
He's one of a kind
With a heart of gold
Real soul
And a diamond mind
In a cutthroat world
Real soul
Where mostly phonies thrive
He's living proof integrity's alive
He's living proof integrity's alive
He's living proof integrity's alive

There's a song I wrote
A musical thank you note
Track Name: This Is Anfield
THIS IS ANFIELD
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Whatever the score
Win lose or draw
One thing can be taken as read
Until I'm in my grave
I will always stay
Loyal to my team the mighty Reds
It's been thirty-odd years
Filled with triumphs and tears
Almost in equal measure it seems
But my spiritual home's
Still down Anfield Road
At the place I call the field of dreams

The sign reads Anfield
This is Anfield
This is Anfield
Welcome to Anfield Road
The famous home of Liverpool FC
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la

Through thick and thin
I've never given in
To the temptation of gloryhunting treason
Trophies come and go
But real supporters know
Clubs with soul
Get through the hardest seasons
Kids today don't get it
And others choose to forget it
But I'll never tire of our inspiring history
So please take my hand and we'll proudly stand
And contemplate the greats at the Shankly gates

The sign reads Anfield
This is Anfield
This is Anfield
Welcome to Anfield Road
The famous home of Liverpool FC
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la

You'll never walk alone
Rings out at Anfield Road
The faithful sing their hymn
With gospel fervour
I think of Phil and Emelyn
Stevie G and Graeme
Captains who gave us Euro joy to savour
Bill Shankly Bob Paisley Joe Fagan King Kenny
Our golden years were a sight to behold
Now we're rising again
As Jurgen inspires his men
To our trophy goals playing with the style of old

The sign reads Anfield
This is Anfield
This is Anfield
Welcome to Anfield Road
The famous home of Liverpool FC
The famous home of Liverpool FC
I will always love Liverpool FC
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la
La la la la la la
Track Name: Feather Duster
FEATHER DUSTER
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Feather duster on the wall
I don't know what to make of you at all
'Cause this lady told me
That you were a scalping device
And ever since then
I've had trouble sleepin' at night
Feather duster look speak to me
Even though you've no mouth or eyes to see
My world has been turned upside down
And I need a hand
To understand at this jucture
Your brand new function

That's the state I'm in
'Cause the lady told me
That to be a man
You had to lose some skin
Mama please tell that quirky lady
To leave us alone
And take her scary theories
About feather dusters home

Oh my soul

Feather duster what are you ?
Everything I was taught seemed so true
I used to believe
That you were simply a dusting device
Then came that lady
With tall tales of torture of vice
Feather duster please help me
I feel lost
Yes I am all at sea
That quirky lady
Told me growing up meant pain
So I never want to hear of growing up again

That's the state I'm in
Because the lady told me
That to be a man
You had to lose some skin
Mama please tell that quirky lady
To leave us alone
And take her scary theories
About feather dusters home

Oh my soul

No housework for me
Since housework equals trauma you see
If doin' housework means
Havin' a feather duster
Anywhere near me
You see ?
Track Name: Best Friend
BEST FRIEND
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

This one's for my Dad
The best friend I've ever had
Who left this earth too young
Too long ago
He never made life sad
And folk were always glad
To listen to his jokes
Both good and bad
And his records and tapes
Were my escape
From so-called songs
Mimed by corporate puppets on the take
On the take
So here's to you Dad

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la
Here's to you Dad
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la
The best friend I've ever had

His folks paid for lessons
So he could learn the guitar
But lack of practice
Stopped him getting far
I got a run through
The few chords that he knew
So Dad my love affair with music's
Thanks to you
'Cause your records and tapes
Were my escape
From so-called songs
Mimed by corporate puppets on the take
On the take
So here's to you Dad

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la
Here's to you Dad
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la
The best friend I've ever had

Gone but not forgotten
That cliché's pretty rotten
But I can't think of a better term to use
As the years go on
My passion stays as strong
As when my Dad's albums
Helped me write songs
He had Bob Dylan
And Bad Company
The Stones The Who
The Quo Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lizzy AC/DC
AC/DC
I studied those LPs

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la
Here's to you Dad
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la
The best friend I've ever had

He had George Thorogood
And Bad Company
The Stones The Who
The Pentangle
Joe Cocker AC/DC
AC/DC
I studied those LPs

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la
Here's to you Dad
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la
The best friend I've ever had

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la la
Here's to you Dad
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la
The best friend I've ever had
Track Name: Artie Fufkin
ARTIE FUFKIN
(Words and music by Douglas Hinton)

Artie Fufkin
King of lousy promotin'
Artie Fufkin
Made an artform out of failin'

Artie Fukin was a promo man
Only he regularly messed up
He once did an album signing session
Where no-one but the band turned up
He took full reponsibility
Inviting the band to kick his ass
Artie may have had no sense of timing
But he certainly had class

Artie Fufkin
King of lousy promotin'
Artie Fufkin
Made an artform out of failin'

Artie promised massive radioplay
To get an album off the ground
But he oversaturated the airwaves
So like a lead balloon the album went down
The band had expected a big hit
'Cause Artie filled their heads with nonsense
Sadly for them Artie was a nitwit
And the album made them roughly ten cents

Artie Fufkin
King of lousy promotin'
Artie Fufkin
Made an artform out of failin'

Where are you now Artie ?
Where do you currently reside ?
In the « where are they now ? » file surely
Still legends never truly die
True legends like Artie never die

Artie Fufkin
King of lousy promotin'
Artie Fufkin
Made an artform out of failin'

So all you budding bands out there
Hoping to be the next big thing
Remember Artie's tache and thinning hair
When the alarm bells start to ring
Don't be taken in by smarmy smoothies
Promising the stars and the moon
'Cause if they're charlatans like Artie
Your careers may be over too soon

Artie Fufkin
King of lousy promotin'
Artie Fufkin
Made an artform out of failin'

Artie Fufkin
King of lousy promotin'
Artie Fufkin
Made an artform out of failin'

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