After Work

by Dog On A Swing

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released May 25, 2015

All songs written by Ed Ritchie
Other musicians: Emily Kelly, Graeme Mearns, Sandy Power, Martyn Rollo, Heidi Ryter, and James Whyte (individual credits on each song page).

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Graeme Mearns: graememearns.com
Recorded in June and July 2014

Artwork by Nicole Strachan: nicolelovesart.com

Love and thanks to everyone previously thanked for On Love plus: Lach, Donald J Makin, Alan Godsell, Darren Wilkie, Nick Cole-Hamilton, Alison Rose, Michael Clift, Joel Thomas, Adam Donaldson, Billy Watson, Ian Sullivan, Faith Eliott, Miss Annabel Sings, Billy Liar, Mayor Stubbs, Our Smallest Adventures, The Jellyman's Daughter, Salon Venn, Depot Arts, Andy Crowther @ Advosound, Craig & Noru Innes @ Loch Leven Hotel, Claire @ Blue Sky Pilates, and the amazing musicians/artists who helped me make this.

Bookings/press: contact Ed via dogonaswing[at]gmail[dot]com

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Dog On A Swing Edinburgh, UK

3-minute(ish) pop(py?) songs.

Dog On A Swing is the pseudonym under which Ed Ritchie writes and plays music. Sometimes just him, he likes to bring in other musicians on a fluid and flexible basis.

Profile photo taken by Janelle Ralph.

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Track Name: She Kissed Me
I'm trying to breathe
Evenly
Keep my hopes
From getting tangled
In anxieties

I thought I forgot
What to feel and how to speak
But then I remember...

She kissed me
She kissed me, yeah
As the bus arrived
There was no
Second to linger
But she kissed me
She kissed me

She infuses me
With an instant sense of ease
Yet alone I panic
And I wonder
If it was real

But the brush of her hand
Rests my busy mind
And then I remember...

She kissed me
She kissed me, yeah
As the bus arrived
There was no
Second to linger
But she kissed me
She kissed me, yeah

As the bus arrived
There was no
Second to linger
But she kissed me
She kissed me

She kissed me
She kissed me
Yeah
Track Name: Personal Worst
When I'm tired
When I'm at my second-last best
Will you hold me
Even when I've picked a fight?

When I've done
My personal worst
I tried and tried but set
My personal worst

If everyone on the bus
Is talking shop
When I escape
Could you please pick me up?

When the sight of one more person
Fills me up with bile
Can you help me spit it out,
Spit it out?

When I'm at
My personal worst
I tried and tried but set
My personal worst

But in return, I'll see
To your every need
Let us savour
The quiet nights inside

When you're at
Your personal worst
You tried and tried but set
Your personal worst

Can we switch off our phones and dim the lights?
Track Name: Mingling
I need a meaning to be here
I need a reason to talk to people
My purpose has expired
And my feet are tired

Mingling is
The most unnatural thing
For me

The hungry young clap their beaks
And food floods back
The hungry young clink their drinks
And make contacts

Watch where you stand
Don't get in the way
Of the furniture

Mingling is
The most unnatural thing
For me

There's a social deficit
I know it's real
With consequences
I too keenly feel

I wish I could mingle
I want to chat to strangers
But I can't make small talk
I sink my drink and go home
Track Name: Carpe
Seizing the last few hours
Of this brief weekend night
Get your polite request
To fuck- do you want a fight?

I will behave
However I want to
Carpe arsehole
I seize it
And I seize you
Carpe arsehole

Sick of taking orders
From bosses and the public
Stuck all week at work
Now I’m the biggest cock

And I will behave
However I want to
Carpe arsehole
I seize it
And I seize you
Carpe arsehole

Don’t stop me now
I get very angry
Let me get what I want
I get very angry
Face flushed beet
Let me repeat
I get very angry
I get very angry
Mate.

Well, I will behave
However I want to
Carpe arsehole.
Track Name: Attrition
His leaving do was like a wake
With the guest of honour living
We drank into the night
And sent our final blessings

He played bass in a covers band
Every note pre-written
But his gnarled hands
Could no longer hold them

Some people knew, some were unaware
Some people cared, and some didn't
I guess that's the best you can expect
From a quiet retirement
Track Name: Sigh And Smile
Find zen in knowing
So many are arseholes
And the best you can do
Is sigh and smile

Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile

A sigh is a sign of inaction
And this time it means 'relax'
Slide back in your bus seat,
Wring out a wry grin to...

Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile
Sigh and...

[Oh-a-ohs]

Don’t glance at the traffic
It’ll only stress you out
Spot the tiny kindnesses
Amongst the rush-hour ruffians

And please remember to...

Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile
Sigh and smile.