NEW DAWN BREAKING

by The Walls

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Includes "Drowning Pool" from the 2014 hit movie "Begin Again" starring Kiera Knightley and Marc Ruffalo. New Dawn Breaking is the second album from The Walls and was released in May 2005. It went straight into the Irish charts at number 5. To the Bright and Shining Sun was a huge hit for the band in 2003 but it didn't appear on an album until this one. The singles 'Passing Through', Black and Blue and Drowning Pool also received a lot of airplay which helped draw attention to the album's release.

Recorded live in Studio Black Box in the Loire Valley in France the band's dynamic had changed with the departure of original member Carl Harms on keys and guitar. The band never had a dedicated bassist and instead swopped it around during gigs.

Earlier in 2005 Jon O'Connell joined as a full time bass guitarist and Joe and Steve moved onto playing solely guitar. Jon's baptism of fire was a two week tour of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic where the band tried out a lot of the new material. So by the time they went into the studio they were pretty tight.

David Odlum - formerly the guitarist with The Frames - produced and mixed the album except for Open Road, Ghosts and Highwire which were mixed by Gareth Mannix in Dublin.

THE WALLS – ‘NEW DAWN BREAKING’ - ALBUM REVIEWS

“it contains the best work of their career” – SUNDAY TIMES

“an immediately impressive record on almost every level....well worth the wait” – HOT PRESS

“The Walls have always possessed an organic aura that makes them so darn likeable and they’ve successfully imbued this glow into the making of the record giving it that homely Wilco feeling…an album full of hooks, catchy choruses and stomping tunes”. TOTALLY DUBLIN

“So at an important point in their career, The Walls have made a great album. Two guitarists, bass and drum’s - music just doesn’t get any better than this.”
– SUBCULTURE MAGAZINE

“New Dawn Breaking should put this hard-working band back where they belong - bringing down the house, as well as holding up the ceiling. The Stunning? No way, this is more of a first time buyers' investment”. – ENTERTAINMENT.IE

“Super-charged with the idea of starting afresh, at its best 'New Dawn Breaking' has an urgency about it which proves infectious. The wait was worth it”. RTE.IE
“Long-awaited and highly anticipated, this album is all it was promised to be. The twelve tracks bring us from sheer ecstasy to extreme sadness and right back again”. – LIMERICK EVENT GUIDE.
“A massive return to form..”- SUNDAY WORLD MAGAZINE
“Steve and Joe Wall are nothing if not resilient. Less strong-willed souls might have quit the business had they been confronted with the fact that a former associate stole all their royalties. The Walls have always had a knack for writing rousing, hook-laden songs that appeal to the daytime-radio programmers and booze-soddled gig-goers. New Dawn Breaking won’t disappoint with its mix of the introspective and anthemic. The raw, rocking Drowning Pool proves the band isn’t just raking over old ground, while The Bright and Shining Sun’s quality has survived its near-constant airplay on that AIB ad.” - IRISH INDEPENDENT

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released May 1, 2005

Produced by David Odlum and The Walls. Recorded in Studio Black Box, France and the Bunker, Dublin. Mixed by David Odlum, with additional mixes by Gareth Mannix.

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Track Name: OPEN ROAD
let us find an open road
where all the signs have been erased
it cannot be a road we know
we have to find our way

find that cap you used to wear
take a book you’ve never read
leave the car keys on the shelf
and take the train instead

chorus:
let’s find an open road
it doesn’t matter where it goes
mistakes you made are all behind you babe
from here on you are unknown

leave the phone just let it ring
LET THE BATTERIES RUN DOWN
stop your talking start to sing
it don’t matter how you sound
Track Name: PASSING THROUGH
loose, cut it loose,
break out or nothing changes
sad and confused,
don’t wait until you hate it
time is a lie, fill it up till it spills over
don’t measure life
looking back is gonna get you nowhere

chorus:
are we the ones, have we begun,
are we too good to be true
are we alive, have we arrived
or are we just passing through?

days are ablaze,
the wind blows and the windows rattle
i’m in a place,
where music is the only thing that matters
dance, so we dance, all around there is confusion
i’ve got no plans
so keep moving if that doesn’t suit you

chorus:
are we the ones, have we begun,
are we too good to be true
are we alive, have we arrived
or are we just passing through…..passing through…
Track Name: TO THE BRIGHT AND SHINING SUN
slipping, slip away in space
drifting, a smile upon his face
there’s no turning back what’s done is done
he’s heading for the bright and shining sun

people, on the other side
the people, who passed right through your life
their faces seem to fade away somehow
so when I roll the cameras, come and take a bow
it’s so strange when life extinguishes it’s flame

chorus:
so I run, and I run, to the bright and shining sun
yes I run and I run to the bright and shining sun

walking, through the barrio
stopping for, another carajillo
she covers me in warm and gentle rays
holds me through the night and lights the day
in this place I could escape and change my ways

so I run, and I run, to the bright and shining sun
yes I run and I run, to the bright and shining sun
I won’t let the days melt into a haze,
I want to feel my heart I want to be amazed
so I run and I run to the bright and shining sun
Track Name: BLACK AND BLUE
where’d you go my little amore
with your sad Cleopatra eyes
i wish that happiness would end your strife
i looked for you in campo di fiore
i know that it’s your favourite place
ordinary people going about their day

i wish you’d come back from tomorrow
lie down and rest your head
we’ll sweep those crazy notions from underneath the bed
see the stars up through the skylight
they’re gonna light your way
there’s all this love for you so don’t ever be afraid

chorus:
you’re black and blue and you don’t know
which is up and which is down
you’re black and blue like you’ve been stoned
caught in a crossfire all alone

for some of us nothing comes easy
we have to fight our way
but that can wear you down and leave you in a state
i know it’s hard fighting your corner when it’s just you and a child
this world is tough and yes, this world is wild
Track Name: ROMANTIC IRELAND'S DEAD & GONE
romantic ireland’s dead and gone
(words:s.wall. music:the walls)

cars cruise by, they’re being watched
curtains twitch, a neighbour winds his clock
the old men with their health
stand outside and watch the world revolve
around their neighbourhood
it’s understood that everything must change
no matter where you’re stood
in hollywood or on some dull estate

down at the local bar a jaguar is pulling up outside
inside the musty smell of the clientele
no incense can hide
enter the auctioneer, a pioneer,
a walking bunch of keys
he’s on the money trail sniffing around
for a bargain or a steal
it’s all about the deal

chorus:
Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone
the gombeen sold her for a song
is it too late to right a wrong?
i hate to lose her

they build them quick these days,
apartment space would suit 3 or 4
the walls are paper thin, when in my bed
I can hear my neighbour snore
he dreams of finding pearls and dancing girls
and a fuller head of hair
little does he know, behind the door
there’s a woman crying there
a woman is crying….

…Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone
The gombeen sold her for a song
Is it too late to right a wrong?
I hate to lose her
Romantic Ireland’s in the grave
All that’s left is up for sale
greasy fingers ply their trade
money screwed her

she’s dead and gone……..
Track Name: GHOSTS
in march we got together
a spark struck from the start
come hail, stormy weather
we swore we’d never part

we rock on a rollercoaster
survived the circus in town
but I stood up in the row boat
and both of us nearly drowned

chorus
don’t wake up these old ghosts now
in restless dreams they’ll stay somehow

on a street one night in december
I see you out dressed to kill
You laugh at a story I tell you
And I feel a dangerous thrill

don’t wake up these old ghosts now
in restless dreams they’ll stay somehow

mid 8
you say that we’ll be friends
you say that we can make amends
but now I’m walking out the door
I can’t stand it now

don’t wake up these old ghosts now
this fire still burns for you somehow
for you somehow
Track Name: OUT OF THE FOG
wake up on fire, in a dream you’ve been running
the date won’t expire
and the fruit keeps on growing
time to uncover your eyes,
time to come out of the fog
everyone knows how to lie,
everyone cheats like a dog

chorus:
are you hypnotized, or are you playing dumb?
are you hypnotized, or are you too far gone?

nowhere to run, to be alone, to get undone
you can’t escape your history
though you’ve changed, they can’t see
I’m not a part of the clique,
I like a little mystique
don’t be so easy to solve
or don’t get involved

time to sharpen up the knives,
the hypocrites are on the rise

time to uncover your eyes,
time to come out of the fog
everyone knows how to lie,
everyone cheats like a dog
Track Name: DROWNING POOL
it’s a drowning pool, it’s a drowning pool
this game is cruel and phoney
don’t you ever trust, don’t think you must
the cretin and his cronies
he can press the flesh and you’d never guess
that he likes to spend your money
but his biggest crime is wasting all your time
the very thing you should not hurry

chorus:
it’s a drowning pool, it’s a drowning pool
it can pull you deep down under
it’s a drowning pool, it’s a drowning pool
don’t let it steal your thunder


he becomes a ghost when you need him most
all you get is the secretary
he’s playing golf today or on a holiday
wonder how he feeds that belly
he looked me in the eye, looked me in the eye
gave me all those lies and stories
he’s a one to watch, you’re a one to watch
maybe I should issue a warning

they’ll pull you out alive, pull you out alive
finally you’ll feel the pressure
i won’t kiss the air or a derriere
but I’ll kick your ass with pleasure
Track Name: BIRTHDAY GIRL
birthday girl
(words: s.wall. music: the walls)

here I’m all alone, soaked to the bone,
trekking over the hills
with the sea on every side
and when I get home, I check the phone,
but there’s no signal here.
I was hoping there just might.

chorus:
today you’re the birthday girl
and I wish you could hear these words
i should’ve said it long ago,
now it’s a lump in my throat
i just need to let you know,
I’ve not forgotten

rain spit by the wind, stinging my skin,
now I feel I’m alive
IT’S NOT THE SAME IN THE CITY
here I’m an exile, just for a while,
but I don’t want it to end
from a distance everything’s clear

chorus:
today you’re the birthday girl
and I wish you could hear these words
i should’ve said it long ago,
now it’s a lump in my throat
i just need to let you know,
I’ve not forgotten