Across the Border EP (2012)

by Kevin Conor Downey

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On the 12th August 2012, London drew its curtains on the worlds grandest sporting event as spectators returned to far corners of the world. For some, the journey is the most exciting part.

The following day I began a life changing journey from my front door in South East London on a fully laden bike with only my guitar for company. The ongoing cycle will see me circumnavigate the globe, tackling some of the harshest climates on the toughest of terrain. Living on a shoestring, it will be the generosity of locals and calculated risks that will see back in my hometown of Belfast in time for Christmas 2014.

I document each step through the website and online blog. Followers are spoiled with videos, music, photography and an inspiring read. Whilst I'm on the move, you can also enjoy my new EP 'Across the Border'. In return, I ask visitors to make a small donation online to the chosen charity Depaul, using the JustGiving links.

Enjoy the ride and please don't hesitate to get in touch for whichever reason.

Cheers,

Kevin

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released August 13, 2012

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Track Name: Coconut
Coconut cream and oil radiates from your skin
i smell you when I sleep
When I crawl out of bed your wrapped up in sheets
I got to go to work instead

When you smile it takes a while for the milk to boil
I thought I burned my cappuccino
when I stood at the steps counting my regrets

I miss you
Track Name: We're all the same
Life, its a bowling ball
its got holes but it still rolls on
Understand we get knocked down
to get back up again

Yes we're all, we're all the same

Time it takes it tole when we get
grey and old just to find
your 55 with a grandchild now

cause we're all, we're all the same

No I can't make it on my own
I'm just another one waiting
for that next ball
to come and sweep me off my feet
I'm begging lord not me, not me
cause I don't want them to see

that we're all, yes we're all the same
Track Name: Slovenian Fields
As I cross the border I hear an engine purr
from along next to me
A man pulls me aside and asks where am I for tonight
out in these fields

There's darkness overhead and I'm still not in bed
we've got 20k to go
So I jump on his ride, we both hold on to my bike
to try and push it up the hill
it sounds crazy but

I'm not willing to pay
cause I'm willing to stay
about anywhere tonight

It's me with Bagno and Lady
Maurice makes the coffee
as I take photos of his run down motorhome
out in these Slovenian Fields

As Nicholas waits Maurice can only dream
of them both in a place
that they can call their own because a house aint a home
unless there's Bagno and Lady

But she dictates the play whilst he has to wait
and tosses and turns tonight

It's me with Bagno and Lady
Maurice makes the coffee
as I take photos of his run down motorhome
out in these Slovenian Fields
Track Name: Have to wait
Little man if you can
can you spare me some water?
Down here its hotter than
planets circling the sun much closer than us

I miss my mother she's at home
bending the ear of my brother
about how she misses the chords
sounding off the skirting boards in the attic above her

I'll be coming home but for now I just don't know
where I'll stay and for now we'll just
have to wait

My clothes still wet and my tummy rumbles
I can't see bed, still got miles to pedal down
country lanes and across these flat plains
with the world below

I'll be coming home but for now I just don't know
where I'll stay and for now we'll just
have to wait
Track Name: Beyond Neon - Hunger (¡VIVA MÉXICO!)
Beyond Neon - Hunger (2009)

You know I'm lonely
I know you want me to
die of hunger,
my walls smell just like you
You hurt my back when
you held me to my word,
Your hands our clenched when
the letters U D A appear