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

by Brian McGrath

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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...
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" Afterglow Afterglow Two shadow ghosts, two broken souls In the afterglow In the afterglow


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 Songwriter born and bred in Chicago, Illinois.

With intense, honest conviction tempered by Midwest sensibility and grit, the big man with a big voice tells tales of broken characters, desolate landscapes, and hopeful redemption all along the highways and byways of the American heartland. ... more

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