King of Lies

by The Calvinists

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This album was recorded in the summer of 2013 with band member Taidhg Burke Neff who tragically died in a car accident shortly after it was recorded.

After some time out, the band are now proud to be sharing this album with their fans and honour the work and music they created together.

Since forming in 2010 the calvinists have built a loyal fan base and a reputation for quality and energetic live performances. They have performed live on R.T.E “Saturday Night Show” and have been featured on national and local radio stations.

The band's music has been described as “a wall of sound created by four part harmonies, driving rhythm section and complex lead, all mixed up into The Calvinists' gypsy/blues/folk/rock/mountain/EasternEuropean/fruitloop/nutjob/madness genre” - The Medicine sessions.

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released May 22, 2014

The Calvinists are:

Taidhg Burke Neff: Double Bass,Electric Bass, Vocals, Percussion
Frank Wieler:Guitars, Vocals, Mandolin, Melodica, Yueqin,
Marc de Zoeten: Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Baglama Saz, Kalimba
Darragh Coakley: Drums, Cajon, Vocals, Percussion

Additional Musicians

Paul Dunlea: Trombone
Aaron Dillon: Harmonica
Rajinder Singh: Tablas, Udu, Percussion


Recorded at Jerusalem Studios, Schull, Ireland
Engineered by Stephen Craven
Produced by The Calvinists & Stephen Craven
Mixed by Tony Platt for platinum tones productions ltd at the shop , London
Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, London

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The Calvinists Bantry, Ireland

The Calvinists are an original, energetic gypsy blues & alternative folk band from Ireland. Their songs, laced with infectious harmonies & driving rhythms draw inspiration from the spirit of gypsy music & American troubadours, the energy of punk rockers & the eerie voodoo of the Deep South.
Since their formation in 2010 they built a loyal fan base & a reputation for energetic live performances.
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Track Name: What A Life
Lost & Caught all up in a day,
Losing my tracks & going astray,
Held up by a 2 minute delay,
Is changing everything I do & say,

Since this business I’m your Friend,
My bargain stands until the end,
See sincerity in my smile,
Hold on this could take a while,

What a life, What a life,What a life,What a life,

The Wolves are coming I can hear them howl,
they’ve got my scent, now they’re on the prowl,
They know where I’m going from where I’ve been,
& sooner or later they’ll catch up to me,

Speak of the devil in a tarnished hat,
& he’ll show you the reason they call him that,
Ain’t no respite, Ain’t no peace
Cos the bastard’s always after me

What a life, What a life,What a life,What a life,

So give me a chance I will receive it,
give me a chance I will receive it,
give me a chance I will receive it,
give me a chance I will receive it

What a life, What a life,What a life,What a life
Track Name: Truth
I need no note
For my recent absence
Please let that be understood

It just took a while
To get to grips with your falseness
I knew I eventually would

I’ve come to grips with it now
It no longer brings me down
But I won’t trust a word I’m told

Not by you anyway
Cause your lies take centre stage
You’d leave your own family in the cold
Not a lot I can do
If you won’t tell the truth

I want it all
With no exceptions
Don’t let it take too long to find
I want it all
Uncensored
Don’t make me read between the lines
I want it all
So give it to me straight
for if I hear another lie
Then I will make up my own mind

take it from me
It’s not the way you want to be
All you’re doing

Is running from yourself
If you continue to be blind
And live inside your mind
My attentions will be turned
Somewhere else


I‘ve got that light in my face
And I will not fall from grace
If you’ve no will to make things right
Oh you’re gonna get the boot
If you can’t tell the truth

Give me the truth
oh the truth ya the truth
Give me the truth
oh the truth ya the truth
Give me the truth
oh the truth ya the truth
Give me the truth
oh you know I want it all
With no exceptions
Don’t let it take too long to find
I want it all
Uncensored
Don’t make me read between the lines
I want it all
So give it to me straight
for if I hear another lie
Then I will make up my own mind
Track Name: Anchor
I've been here almost all my years
and all these roads lead back to here
So no-one seems to be aware
This anchor won’t hold me forever

Though this is where I was founded
I began to feel surrounded
Beaten up and shaken down
This anchor holds me to the ground
I was weak but getting stronger
I won’t stay here any longer
when I'm gone then
I'll be gone forever...forever

Its no wonder I feel uneasy
This place I fell won’t release me
Shows me hope but just to tease me
I won’t fall down on my knees
When I'm home from my 9 to 5
Music keeps my soul alive
if I stay here all hope dies
Can't you see the truth in my eyes?

It seems I've spent my life in jail
Now I'm goin' off the rails
This boat is ready let's set sail
This anchor won’t hold me forever
I've dreamed it, I've seen it
This freedom, I've been it
This anchor forsakes me
but it will never break me


I've been here almost all my years
ow at last it all seems clear
I've cut the chains, faced the fear
This anchor won’t hold me again

I wont fall down on my knee
Track Name: Stepping Stones
On and on, up I climb
Living on borrowed time
I won’t stand in your shadow
I won’t stand here on my own
While you burn all of your bridges
I’ll pass you by on stepping stones

All day long all the time
You will drift through my mind
I won’t wait in your shadow
I won’t stand here on my own
While you burn all of your bridges
I’ll pass you by on stepping stones

When the world falls empty
When we are both dead and gone
In a world we’d both have plenty
You want nothing on your own
I won’t stand in your shadow
I won’t stand here on my own
While you burn all of your bridges
I’ll pass you by on stepping stones
Track Name: Jump Into My Arms
Did this ever feel
As if it could be real?
We were destined to be friends
With all that’s since happened
That’s come to an end

You must realize
This is a surprise
I was taken aback
Yeah you know how I feel
It was so pleasin’

So jump into my arms
I will keep you warm
Keep you safe from harm
And when we’re in the mood
You make me feel so good
You know how to get me going

I know that your light
Will shine bright in my life
If we play our cards right somehow
It’s going to be alright
Even better than now
So wipe those tears from your eyes
I know its with you my priorities lie
Your all that I’m needing

So just jump into my arms
I will keep you warm
Keep you safe from harm
And when we’re in the mood
I can be so rude
You know I will get you going

So jump into my arms
I will keep you warm
Keep you safe from harm
And when we’re in the mood
Track Name: Padded Cell
Living in a padded cell
everybody said it would be hell
I don’t mind cos when I’m bored
I bang my head against the floor

Doctors sitting at a table telling me that I’m unstable
I dont mind because I know
They will give me drugs
Make me go

La, la la la, la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la laaaa
Make me go
La, la la la, la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la laaaa
I will break you

Comforts of a padded cell
your company’s imaginary friends
telling jokes all day long
going mad when they wrong

Kicking up a fuss is great
cos the jackets keep you straight
freedom i dont wanna know
cos they give me drugs make me go

La, la la la, la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la laaaa
Make me go
La, la la la, la la la, la la la la la
La la la la la la laaaa
I will break you
Track Name: King of Lies
When I took this job I was a friendless loser with a want to inflict more pain,
than the countless caustic jibes that you sent my way.
But I was perfect for this they said and I thought I’d found it
They’d pass the judgment and I’d take the guilty bound into the pits forever.
But they locked me in too.

And it’s so dark in here
I thought I’d like that.
Forever’s so much longer when you say
it’s for all time.
And hey. I was no solution
Just a pawn in your planned confusion
Say one hundred times, say one hundred times.

(And so they make)
I tore limb from limb
(To raise the stakes)
Those you said had sinned
(Who took the bait)
And now you say
(It was the snake)
It was the snake
(Given the guise)
I’ve burned and maimed
(Of king of Lies)
I’ve slashed and chained
(Brought to shame)
Brought all to shame
Those who would not toe the line

Li da lia la da di da

(But the flock they strayed)
Open the gates
(The fruit they ate)
And let me out
(There’s no more room)
There’s no more room for you
We see what you’re about
(Our end has come)
Though I had my part to play
(Our race is run)
I was made by those who say
Let sinners be our customers
they’ll pay just to get out
Track Name: Branded Cained
Old man Borishniko used to live quite well
His house was made from solid gold
And nobody could tell

His mother was a prostitute, Her body she would sell
every man would buy her
Her economy went well

It must be very strange
To lose all thats gained
When all the games you play
Tend to go the other way

His uncle was an assassin & he owned a well
he would dump the bodies down there
Just to see how fast they fell

His daughter could work miracles with any man in town
she’d take all their money
& leave them there to drown

It must be very strange
To lose all that's gained
When all the games you play
Tend to go the other way

Oh well they all died a sudden death
Brought on by a plague
& the widows of the men they killed
Had cursed them to the grave
oh well the family it reigns no more
forgotten to an age
and the bells of Borishniko
will never ring again
Track Name: At Least I Got A Song Out Of You
There's an earthquake in my mind, I'm heading for destruction
and there's nothing left to bind all those things held high and dear.
The memories that left me scarred,
all that I worked for long and hard
would all fall down in one big heap
if this earthquake reached it's peak.

At least I got a song out of you!
I always gotta write to help me through,
I always gotta sing and share the pain
when all i want is to see your face again.

A tornado's causing havoc in my heart
and your the one who makes it stop and start.
it's ruining everything i love
while your safe in the clouds above,
I thought I had a heart of stone
but now I'm lost and all alone.

There's a fire burning all inside my soul
so sorry if you see me lose control.
I appreciate your concern
but if I don't run I'm gonna burn
already tried to stand my ground
but your too strong for me I found