Solo Sessions #2: Old World Dawn // The Afterglow

by Brian McGrath

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This is the second installment of my "Solo Sessions" releases. With this project, all production is stripped back to just voice and guitar, played at the same time, spartanly recorded with one microphone. I hope to showcase some of my previously released work in a way that lets the lyrics, melody, and vocals shine through. Enjoy!

Track #1:
"Old World Dawn"
Originally from the EP "The Devil's Toil"

Track #2:
"The Afterglow"
Originally from the album "Into the Grey"


released March 27, 2019

Words, Music, Performance by Brian McGrath.
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Brian McGrath.
©2019 Brian McGrath


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Brian McGrath Chicago, Illinois

Brian McGrath is an Indie Folk singer/songwriter and Chicago native.

With an intense, honest conviction tempered by Chicago sensibility and grit, the big man with a big voice tells tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and fleeting redemption all along the road connecting Chicago and the Northwoods. ... more

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Track Name: Old World Dawn
There's a cold dawn when the night's gone
Lost our hold on right and wrong
Blood and soil, endless toil
Sing the Old World The Devil's song

I've been smoking fine tobacco
From my burled-walnut pipe

I'm imbibing from my chalice
On fine spirits of the night

Not quite Hell or Heaven
Somewhere in between
We can feel it slipping
No one to believe, to believe

Painted smile, laughing wild
Dagger hiding behind the back
Gone too far now, bleed it out now
The beasts are hungry, it's time to feed

Not quite Hell or Heaven
Somewhere in between
We can feel it slipping
No one to believe, to believe

There's a cold dawn when the night's gone
Losing hold of right and wrong
Sing the Old World, The Devil's toil
The debts come due now, it won't be long
It won't be long...
Track Name: The Afterglow
Young love
Wrought iron and weeds
Two shadow ghosts, two broken souls
Out on the city streets

All things must come to pass
The afterglow of fevered love
It just can't last

Lord, help I've gone astray!
Oh, maybe it's better off this way
And she says, "Wish I could stay darling, you know I have to go"
"I'll see you somewhere there the afterglow"

We've been waiting
For this night to come
Two wounded lovers wandering lost
With no way back home

She said "Free, oh it ain't ever really free"
"And no matter at the end of the day
you know someone's got to bleed"

Lord, help me I have sinned!
Is this the beginning or some end?
She said, "Nothing to say darling, I just don't know"
"We'll make it back again some the afterglow"

Two shadow ghosts, two broken souls
In the afterglow
In the afterglow