Today’s playlist

The Stone Collector


Song lyrics and background

Ian and Diane Smith, who commissioned this song, said:

This song is wonderful! Like all the really good ones, it improves each time you listen to it. The lyrics are really clever and funny and the tune is embedded in our brains and comes back regularly unannounced! We had no idea what to expect but you really delivered – thank you very much!

Words

geology is a quasi-science / please don’t think me rude / but smashing stones / then storing them / is a stupid waste of food / hey! (x5) / some dogs are picky eaters / they wait until they’re fed / they like to go for walks / or lie around in bed / not me, not at all / the world is full of stones / I’m Hector McGonagall / I’ll eat them ’til my stomach groans / geology is a quasi-science / please don’t think me rude / but smashing stones / then storing them / is a stupid waste of food / Hector rhymes with stone collector / and other words / when stones are not available / I eat rabbit turds / mcgonagall as you may know / was a poet from dundee / the worst-ever poet in the world / a tragi-comedy / geology is a quasi-science / please don’t think me rude / but smashing stones / then storing them / is a stupid waste of food / you think that eating stones / ain’t too clever / but when you sook on them / they last forever / in my greatest-ever haul I swallowed 79 / in the record books it is / and will be remembered for a very long time / geology is a quasi-science / please don’t think me rude / but smashing stones / then storing them / is a stupid waste of food / hey! (x5) / I know that stones make up the earth / upon which you humans live / but think of Hector in his hour of need / pick up stones and give

Beautiful Companion


Song lyrics and background

Nadine McBay, who cimmissioned this song, said:

A 40th birthday song for the very lovely Michaela Noonan please, Sir. I worked at Metro at the same time as her and we would meet once a year to cover the Fringe and have our hearts broken by comedian bad boyfriends. Mick is funny, kind, sensitive, vulnerable, strong, intuitive and sharp as fuck. Mick gets really down a lot like me. She had two cats: Ross and Mark. But now she only has Mark. Ross had an operation in January and his wee ticker packed in a couple of days ago. Mick is heartbroken. He likes Pulp and Nick Cave.

Words

dear michaela you are forty today / as a gift a song from nadine mcbay / you go back years and she misses you / and mick, and mark and dear old ross too / why is this birthday song sounding so grave? / because mcbay said that you’re big fans of nick cave / and anyway this song channels the loss / of your beautiful companion ross / who has gone to a much better place / so mick wipe those tears from your face / dear michaela that’s your song from mcbay / many happy returns of the day

Hippolyte


Song lyrics and background

Sharon Kivland, who commissioned this song said:

He was born in a woodpile, then adopted., with his sister Grisette, by an elderly woman in our village. When she died they were left to be wild. We fed them, but they were very timid. Since then he has started to come into our house, still shy and scared. I love him with all my heart, partly because he resembles my beloved Jean-Balthazar, who was hit by a car. My aim to to develop his confidence. I felt a song would help.

Words

hippolyte / pilou / jean-balthazar / hippolyte / pilou / jean-bathazar / pilou / hippolyte