Epic in the Ordinary

by The Safires

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Clayton Giles
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Clayton Giles Intelligent, soulful and mellow singer-songwriter duo. Interesting chord changes, lovely voices with beautiful harmonies, great guitar. I'm usually not a fan of these types of lyrics, but there's so much going on musically that the whole thing works for me. An album worth many listenings. Favorite track: Little Annie.
Andrew Dubber
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Andrew Dubber Grown up pop music with a glossy sheen, but with some very clever things going on underneath. Sneaks up on you. Favorite track: Honey Tear.
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Welcome to the Safires universe. Here is our debut album "Epic in the Ordinary".


released April 4, 2010

Bex Mather - Vocals & Lyrics ,Guitar,Piano
Kirk McElhinney - Guitar, Vocals, Lyrics (bitta Piano)
Jason Singh - Beatbox, Drums & Percussion, Turntablo(ism) & Programming
David McEwan - Bass, Vocals, Guitar, Programming & Mixage

Special thanks to the talents and generosity of...

Ian Burdge & Sally Herbert on Strings and arrangements.
Grant Windsor on Piano.
Matt Halsall on Trumpet.
Alies Sluiter on Violin.
Aref Durvesh on Tabla
Chris Kibble on Piano
Mieko Shimizu on Piano Accordian
Reiad Chibah on Viola
Peter Hansen on Violin

UE Nastasi on Mastering


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Track Name: Stray Dogs
Stray dogs (lyrics Bex Mather and Kirk McElhinney)

Breakdown heartache
Stray dog hounding
Retrace opaque
Forsake, for your sake

Pieces, haunt me
Shadows, stalk me
Memories that I cant leave behind
Answers but of the wrong kind
Track Name: Honey Tear
Honey tear (Lyrics Bex Mather)

Go lightly she said, I'm dying young soul
I'm begging of you my sweet heart
Please take off your boots
And mind how you tread
I'm aching and fading things are different now
One hair from your head
Should fall to my skin
I'm battered and bruised, torn black and blue
One sweet honey tear down porcelain cheek
I'll swallow and gulp I'll cough and I'll choke

Till you go
And take your words with you
Go and hurt me no more
Go things are different now

Go lightly she said
I'm fragile and weak now
Blatant mistaken
Foundations shaken
Reflections of figures dancing in water
Disturbing the night as we go
Go lightly she said
Despair cannot live here
Breathless and loveless and loved less and careless
And I'll find my home in the depths of the ocean
Track Name: Sweet Rose
Sweet Rose (Mather/McElhinney)

I look within your eyes
Taken back, through shards of light
Where is this place
I hear within your sighs
A sign there'll be no compromise
Every touch leaves a trace

Open's my mind
Free thinking flows
Open's my mind
To open doors
Close to this earth
Running wild
In the secret of your smile

In the sand
Our future's held
Read the palm of your hand
Dust to dust
We go round
When I see the ocean so blue below
Make's possibilities
They bloom and grow
When I breathe in
Sweet sweet rose

Dreamtime to tell our stories
Let me breathe imagination it carries me
Track Name: 7even
Seven (lyrics Bex Mather and Kirk McElhinney)

Catch my breath
Old familiar
Slip into yer
How did I fall

Silence, sits with me
Fear breeds fear
Reflections show clear
Reflections show

All my passengers rise
Rise up to greet me dance
The terror of your soul
In lies the darkness told
And whisper to me why
All that glitters is not gold
And from this dust I
I will learn how to...

Hold on
Spring comes
Track Name: Mantra & Myth
Mantra and Myth (Lyrics Bex Mather)

I don't make it easy
Wrap it up in knots
All tied up in complicated in the solar places
I know it goes deep
Proving that you mean it
Half measures do not count
I don't deny I've seen it
Turn my insides out

Hand over hand, blindfolded
She waits to hang scratching at your skin
Step by step towards darkness moves
Mantra and myth embracing...sin

Can't iron out these creases
Please just let me crawl inside
Invisible I'll twist and coil, weave with the threads
From this violence I hide
Diligence is draining aching through my veins
But the minotaur wont leave me
He knows my name
Track Name: Daisy Chains
Daisy Chains (lyrics Bex Mather)

Daisy chains
Lying in till midday
Hazy gaze
Summer rains
Sprinklers on the lawn
They sing your name

Something like a sunday
Sweet nothings on a sunday
Till the rain comes
Till the rains come

Boats on lakes
Were woken by the sunrise
The first rays
Birds begin
Sunsets on the tarmac
And crickets sing

Hand in hand
Swimming through the turquoise
Your freckled face
We've left the land
Hopeless and we're helpless
With time to loose
Track Name: One Tooth Down
One Tooth Down (lyrics Mather / McElhinney/ McEwan)

Heart on his sleeve
Through the shadows of no sleep
Kicking up the pavement puddles
Brogues upon his feet
He had it all planned
The dinner, her hand
An SMS don't cut it
When you're left standing on the street

The daylight fades
The Parade
Friday night begins
Shimmering skin
The thin blue flame
And all the shame
Of their fight sets in
No light gets in

Sirens and heels
2 for 1 deals
Knocking back tequila
Till he's tasting his last meal
Arm round a lass
He goes in fast
He doesn't see the freight train
Till he's lying on the tracks

The mirror ball
Show's it all
Spinning round
Up on his feet
He goes to speak
Who moved the ground
He's one tooth down

Please don't hurt me

Staggers off home
No keys and no phone
Stale beer and blood stains
Making patterns on his clothes
Cut's through the park
Unaware of the dark
Get's his head down on a bench
Till the dawn chorus starts

Then fear sets in
The doubt begins
The night before
What was it for?
Track Name: Simple
Simple (lyrics Bex Mather, Kirk McElhinney and Jason Singh)

Started out into this again
Back at the beginning when I should be at the end
It ain't so simple
I know those times when I feel alone
I stay away when I should be here at home
I'm falling keep falling down
I'm fighting from the inside out
Can you teach me how
To go lightly

Started out onto this again
Same old path same old wounds to mend
It ain't so simple
Am I young tell me am I old
cos I've been told I've been here before
It ain't to simple
I hear it, it takes me back
Keep searching I trace the map
I'm breaking, keep falling down
I'm fighting, from the inside out
Can you teach me how
To go lightly
Track Name: Little Annie
Little Annie (lyrics Bex Mather and Kirk McElhinney)

She's torn over coals
Her body shows the blows
Her songs are where it's told
Heart full of darkness, she crafts it into gold

No nightingale...

She, she never fades
Like the stars in the sky
How she plays night by night
Lights blinding her eyes
With the sound of applause
Safe on the stage
Keeping the wolf from the door

Small thoughts, has she of sleep
Her mind will not rest
Carousels round the room
As though precious little else will keep her from the deep
Track Name: Hunting
Hunting (lyrics Bex Mather )

After you've gone
Can't seem to make sense of it
After the thunder
After the flames
I lie still believing
Still believing in you

Hold me up for gold
Wrapped in silks
As good as new
Wash away these scars
Come down
Only you can love me

After you've gone
Empty presence makes no sense
I second guess where when
After you've gone
Fighting off the tide
Watch me slip away

Hunting for your heart
Find me in the dark
Hunting for your heart
Find me in the dark
Hunting for your heart
Find me, only you can love me
Track Name: Salt the Wound
Salt the Wound (lyrics Bex Mather (No more have I the wings to fly line - from trad song)

I say your name
Just to hear it again
Search the crowd for your face
Salt the wound so you stay

The wind still blows the blades
Across the hills are velvet made
And though my cries are lost into the sky
No more have I the wings to fly

No fix and no cure
No promise of Dawn
These cold nights last for years
May the earth keep you warm

I say your name
Just to hear it again
For the echo of flame
Till the birds sing again