The Old Fox of '45

by Calamateur

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about

Here's what we wrote for the original press release:

"The Old Fox of ’45 is the 5th and most recent collection of songs from Calamateur, the band’s 3rd release for Autoclave Records, and it's debut full length album.

Released under his Calamateur moniker, The Old Fox of ’45 is publicity shy Andrew Howie’s most assured and accomplished offering to date. This time he’s even allowed us to see his name on the credits and a relatively distinct photograph of what (we can only assume) is the man himself looking at a CD booklet.

The stylistic range is just as eclectic as ever, taking in underground rock, experimental electronica, post-folk and distressed pastoralism; but there’s no hiding behind effects, no posturing. This is the sound of a man coming out of seclusion."

"...stunning...a work of beauty...Shivering, yearning epics...Buy it. 8/10." - Planet Sound

"...the aim is true and the heart is strong in this beautiful little record. 4/5." - The List

"... Super smashing great..." - Is This Music

credits

released July 5, 2004

All songs written, played, recorded, produced, mixed & mastered by andrew howie, except 'half truth' (written by calamateur & mark russell. drums: pat fagan. guitar: mark russell. contains a sample of the album 'never mind the jerkys' by hangup on godbless records. used with permission - at least, brendan o'hare told me a couple of years ago in the pub it would be ok) and 'automobile noise' (written by p.buchanan & r.bell. published by flag 22).

All songs recorded at fertility doll studios (glasgow & inverness) except 'half truth', 'automobile noise', 'universal rehearsal' & 'desperate days' recorded at badass studios (glasgow). drums on 'half truth' recorded by dochan & andy at north glasgow college .

thanks to lindsay, richard, mark & heather.

for all i know.

design by fatbetti.

(c) 2004 calamateur under license to autoclave records
(p)2004 autoclave records

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Calamateur was the name under which Scottish song-writer and noise-maker Andrew Howie released music from 2000 until 2013.

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Track Name: Half Truth
Sound my name, sound it out
You heard what I said, I don't give up
You've been ignored for far too long
The time is close, it might have come

I can't be assed with your half truce
Go lose yourself, let me fill your shoes
You've been ignored for far too long
The time is close, it might have come

This is all I know
This is all I know
This is all I know

Waiting just for you
Waiting just for you
Waiting just for you
Waiting just for you

This is all I know
This is all I know
This is all I know

Just wait a while
Just wait a while
Wait a while
Track Name: Automobile Noise
Automobile noise
Out in the traffic
Black cars and blue cars go by
Backwards and forward
The names and places I know
Alright I cross the same old ground, yeah

Automobile noise
Exit signs and subway trains
Twenty-four hours, statues in the rain

Walk in the headlights
Walk in the daylight
Automobile noise

Climbing a ladder to all the money in the world
Watching it blow across the wire

Automobile noise
Exit signs and subway trains
Twenty-four hours, statues in the rain

Walk in the headlights
Walk in the daylight
Automobile noise

And I am weary of this fighting
I am weary of surrender

Heat of the moment
Then the unwinding of it all
Saddle the horses and we'll go

Automobile noise
Exit signs and subway trains
Twenty-four hours, statues in the rain

Walk in the headlights, walk into daylight
Automobile noise
Track Name: Hold Your Stare
And any time now your eyes
Will look this way or retreat to the side
And infiltration is impossible
As long as I'm guarded inside

And I can feel this
That I can beat this
That I will see through

You and I never done
And under covers as one
And someday soon I will hold your stare
As long as I am alive

And I can feel this
That I can be this
That I will see through you

And I can feel this
At last I can know this
That I will see you

See you through

Yeah anytime now your eyes
Will look this way or retreat to the side
Track Name: Won't Last Forever
I know it's so hard
Yeah to know where you are
When all you can see
Is our hearts don't agree

And I've been running away
Yeah from all of the things that I think you will say
And I not gonna to do that anymore

And this won't last forever
This won't last forever
This won't last forever
I know

So let's give it a name
Because it can't do us harm when we know it's just pain
And I am not gonna leave you in the lurch

And this won't last forever
This won't last forever
This won't last forever
I know
And I know
And I know
And I know
Track Name: Son Of Everyone
Sunday morning, I am mistaken
'Cause I am nothing, you are nothing
And you don't see my flight through the skylight
And I falling, not fallen

If you are the son of everyone
Then we are the lost and lonely ones

You are there and you are not silent
So say something useful
Don't say that sequence is not important
And that you live and work in slow motion

If you are the son of everyone
Then we are the lost and lonely ones

I'm so tired of all your mistakes
And of you laughing in my face
So tired of this disgraceful world
I'm so tired of all my mistakes
And you living in my father's face
I am so tired of living in this world

If you are the son of everyone
Then we are the lost and lonely ones

If you are the son of everyone
Then we are the lost and lonely ones
Track Name: Here Beside
I care a lot
I don't care at all
My heart is hot
My heart contains nothing at all

And I have been frozen
Since you said this is not a game
But you know my problem
Has always been the same

It's when the educated guess
Is all that's left, is all you've got
And I'm still terrified of pain
And of the cost, the risk of loss

I'm giving up
Never giving in
I'm backing out
I'm backing myself into a corner that I
Can never escape from
That I can never choose to leave
It's the only way that I'll grow
To move myself that I know
'Cause even after all this time
It's you and I and we're still on our own

With the educated guess
That's all that's left, is all you've got
And I'm still terrified of pain
And of the cost, the risk of loss
And when investigation ends
Will I be blameless in your eyes
Will you be here beside
Me tonight

Don't say you won't say a word when it's over
Say that you'll stay here beside
Don't say you won't say goodbye when it's over
Say that you'll stay here beside

And when investigation ends
Will I be blameless in your eyes
Will you be here beside
Me tonight
Here Beside
Me tonight
Track Name: Your Rescue
And I am tired beyond belief
Of hearing you inside of me
Of your quiet critique
Yeah all that you've made me is weak

Yeah and if you

And I see passionate displays
That you are pleased to strip away
You analyse how we behave
But all you've made us is afraid

Yeah and if you
Fall down
Yeah and if you
Call out
Yeah well who would hear you
And come to your rescue

I saw the longing in your eyes
To mock what makes me burn inside
But in naked flame you see no truth, no use
So I've learned to hide my fire from you

Yeah and if you
Fall down
Yeah and if you
Call out
Yeah well who would hear you
And come to your rescue
And come to your rescue
And come to your rescue
Track Name: Universal Rehearsal
This is my
Universal
Plea to you
Not to leave me

This is my
Rehearsal
I know you're not
Ready to go

I'm caught up in
Starlight
I'm drowned out in
Daylight

This is my
Confession
That sometimes
I don't love you at all

I'm caught up in
Starlight
I'm drowned out in
Daylight

Are you anywhere to be seen
Are you anywhere to be seen
Track Name: Desperate Days
I want to run away with you
Out of this low-lit smoke filled room
I want to leave let's make it soon
Open a window let the air through

And we'd wait for desperate days
Before we'd shake ourselves awake
And we'd talk through endless ways
Until the smallest change we'd make

Nicotine lights have left me cold
Car stops at my side of the road
I wanted to leave but it was too soon
I'll walk away if that's OK with you

And we'd wait for desperate days
Before we'd shake ourselves awake
And we'd talk through endless ways
Until the smallest change we'd make

I'm getting tired of you complain
You've been lost and found and lost again
Eyes closed I rarely felt the same
Eyes closed I'll stay this way I'll never change
Track Name: Your Only Friend
I can't wait
Until the final showdown

And cut that wood
Good
And put away your knives

'Cause I can't be
Your only friend

Take twelve stones
Reclaim the throne
And build a wall
To surround it all

And soak that wood
Good
And quench your thirst
And dry your eyes

'Cause I can't be
Your only friend
And I won't leave
You alone again

And I can't be
Your only friend
And I won't leave
You alone again