Brother, the Fight is Fixed

by Niall Connolly

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NIALL CONNOLLLY- BROTHER, THE FIGHT IS FIXED/EUROPEAN TOUR
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In 2001, Niall Connolly recorded his debut album using money raised from donating his body for medical research.
In 2010, Niall Connolly funded his fourth album using money from pre-sales to fans across the globe.
Already hailed as a startling new work, Brother, The Fight Is Fixed is Niall Connolly’s fourth studio album. Recorded and mixed in Brooklyn, New York, the album is a remarkable collection of Connolly's most mature, complex, and powerful work to date. Steeped in the richness of his experience, the deftness of his pen, and the strength of his imagination, Connolly's lyrics evidence the well-honed craft of an honest and watchful storyteller. Often blending the personal with the political, Connolly creates imagery that sears its mark onto the consciousness of listeners, set against the backdrop of an urban folk sound.

Hailing from Athens, GA, co-producer E.W. Harris lends his powers of sonic virtuosity and invention to the work. Weaving elements of electronica, americana, alternative percussion and found sounds into the composition, Harris helps bring Connolly' work to new territories.

From New Mexico to Budapest, Niall Connolly has played over 200 concerts in 10 countries in the last year. Performing at festivals, embassies, theaters, cinemas, bookshops, hot springs, rooftops and basement bars, Connolly has built a fanbase as loyal as it is diverse. In fact, this album was funded entirely through an online campaign supported by fans worldwide. He is, at heart, an astonishingly talented storyteller and Brother, The Fight Is Fixed spirals through time from the marshy landscapes of Cork, Ireland to the overspill of the modern metropolis.

Lauded by New York's Death and Taxes as “being at the head of a new breed of politically engaged eloquent singer-songwriters emerging from New York’s most populous borough" , Cork-born Connolly has crafted a highly regarded niche for himself as one of the leading lights in the New York music scene, curating a variety of music nights each week in the city that never sleeps.

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released June 1, 2010

Brother, the Fight is Fixed performed by

Niall Connolly : Vocals, guitar, bicycle wheel, speak and spell, stomping, water bottle, fork.
EW Harris: guitar, singing, moog, casio, piano, programming, tool box, keys, stomping, whistling and more.
Laura Jean Binkley: Backing vocals on 4
Steven Capozzola: bass
Dennis Cronin: Trumpet
Ryan Langlois:guitar on 2 and 8 and backing vocals on 10
David Rynhart: guitar and backing vocals on 3 and 6.
Justin Storer: percussion, cajon, tambourine, shakers, dorector of programming on 4.

The Window of Opportunity: street noises, trains, subliminal random sounds.
Skin and Bones Choir: Kelly Swindall, Kaila Hale- Stern, Warren Malone, Rose Nolan, Ian Hicks, David Rynhart, Casey Black, E.W. Harri, Com McAuliffe.
Layout and Design: Alexis Torres
Cover Photograph: Clare McCarthy
Inside Photographs: Emma Connolly and Suavik Adamkowski
Cd Artwork: Christopher Partellow.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by E.W. Harris
Produced by Niall Connolly and E.W. Harris

This album is dedicated to my grandmother, Philomena Connolly, and my niece, Analie Creagh.

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"Terrific. Disarming and beautifully crafted folk-pop. Connolly is a witty storyteller and a not-to-be-missed songsmith."

- The Chicago Tribune

"Among the most vibrant, poignant, and authentic indie folk artists in New York City."

-No Depression
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Track Name: Don't Go To Canada
Don't Go to Canada

I gave you my pension,
My harbour and my flag,
My harvest and my books,
My numbers and my tax.

I gave you my finger prints,
And my middle name,
My shadows and my stories,
My hope and my cage.

I gave you my roots,
My orchard and my seed,
My passwords and my retina,
My shirt and my spare key.

I gave you my word,
And my five year plan.
You don't make it easy,
To be an honest man.

Don't Go To Canada,
You know I need you here.
Track Name: Jesus Is Coming ( And I Can't Pay The Rent)
Jesus is coming and I can't pay the rent,
The love is in the details
I was there when,
You were sick and you were tired,
Saying "I just need a friend",
You needed me to cry,
Honey, I can never cry,
Now I'm always laughing,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time.

I shook hands with the soldier,
It wasn't his call.
I forgave you everything that was never your fault.
I listened to your lover, I look him in the eye,
I try to do the same for you dear, when i say that he's alright.
I walked the back streets between your memory and the sea,
But I coudn't find a way to be the person that you need.
I gave you everything that I am and am not,
Till I felt like the boy that gravity forgot,
Gravity forgot.

Jesus is coming and I can't pay the rent
The love is in the details
I was there when ,
You were sick and you were tired,
Saying I just need a friend,
You needed me to cry,
Honey, I can never cry,
And now I'm always laughing,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time.


I don't want to fight you, if i have to fight,
I don't want to fight you, but if i have to fight,
I don't want to fight you, but if i have to fight,
You're worth the fight.

Jesus is coming and I can't pay the rent,
The love is in the details,
I was there when ,
You were sick and you were tired,
Saying "I just need a friend",
You needed me to cry,
Honey, I can never cry
And now I'm always laughing,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time..

I shot the messenger in the back of the head,
I knelt before the statue that never felt,
The vibration of the prayer that I'm trying to send,
Now,I'm weak at the knees dear, standing on the ledge,
Weak at the knees dear, standing on the ledge.

Jesus is coming and I can't pay the rent
The love is in the details
I was there when,
You were sick and you were tired,
Saying I just need a friend,
You needed me to cry,
Honey, I can never cry
and now I'm always laughing,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time,
Laughing at the wrong time.


I don't want to fight you, if i have to fight,
I don't want to fight you, but if i have to fight,
I don want to fight you but if i have to fight
I don't want to fight you, if i have to fight,
I don't want to fight you, but if i have to fight,
I don want to fight you, but if i have to fight
You're worth the fight.
Track Name: Be There If I Have To Swim
Be There If I have to Swim

Once upon a time, a long time ago,
We got lost in the woods.
Strayed a little further,
Than a sensible someone else should.
Wasn't looking for trouble, wasn't looking for gold,
I knew it wasn't looking too good.
I lost my compass, I lost my northern star.
Now I'm talking with my best friend,
She's right in front of me,
Says I don't know where you are.

But I'll be there if I have to, be there if I have to,
Be there if I ahve to swim.

I was walking through the wasteland as a child,
I remember well,
Stepping on rusty nail.
Pop up through my shoe,
I was with my father and I cried.
I was young enough for that to be alright,
Old enough to feel like a fool.
She says some times I feel like that,
I feel like that now too.

I'll be there if i have to swim.

You don't have to speak,
Your face tells a story by itself.
I know sometimes you feel,
Like the girl at the bottom of the well.
Listen to the clatter, the chitter, chitter, chatter,
Of the voices overground,
In the overstretched city,
With it's head stuck in the clouds.

Where all the king's horses,
And all the king's men,
Are far too busy helping,
Somebody else.
Yeah you can fix it,
Buut your going to have to stick it,
Stick it back together yourself.

When your backs against the wall,
It's hard to stand tall and raise your voice and sing,
Hey, I know you,
I've seen you at your best,
You can rise above anything,

I'll be there if I have to swim
Track Name: Sum Of Our Parts
Sum of Our Parts

It's good to be back in your town,
I know a lot has happened
Since the last time I was around.
But tonight's gonna be just fine,
We've got friends like family,
And your band are playing real tight.

Breathe in the grafitti, the canals,
Pictures from the window,
My mind so full of gaps.
It doesn't make sense,
But we're doing our best.


Find out in het schoolyard,
Tall boys first, smaller boys you better fight smart.
So you learn to be funny, to be fast,
When to be silent, and you know when to react.

Breathe out, the stranger's kind act,
Like the flowers that somehow,
Grow between the tracks.
It doesn't make sense,
But we're doing our best.


I told the world how I felt,
In six inch letters, wrote the words in wet cement.
Then I weaved your name into my flag,
Sailed the seven seas, and I nailed it to my mast

Breathe in your every need,
Your sad, sad songs,
You can leave the singing to me.
It doesn't make sense,
But We're doing our best.

We're more than the sum of our parts,
More than the sum, more than the sum of our parts.
Track Name: America
America

In the name of all the brave,
and all of the betrayed,
Sand Creek and White Antelope,
The President on the grassy knoll.

In the name of Martin Luther King,
And the beat poet Ali,
In the name of all those giants
On that shore in Normandy.

In the name of all the chapters,
Torn from your history books.
America, I love you,
Won't you tell me the truth.

In the name of Abu Ghraib,
And the protest in Iran,
In the name of Palestine,
And our friends in Vietnam
In the name of every child,
From here to Afghanistan

In the name of every word,
Twisted from the holy book
America,I Iove you,

America I love you,
Won't you tell me the truth.

In the name of all our brothers,
Uninsured on the night shift,
The soldiers and their mothers,
So very sure they're doing the right thing.

In the name of the creep,
Behind the lie on your TV screen
Poisoning the lifeblood,
Of the American dream.

In the name of all the voices,
So Silent on your news.
America, I love you,
Won't you tell me the truth.

In the name of New Orleans,
The abandoned and the damned.
All that's well intended,
In the colors of your flag
I know you know it takes,
More than muscle to be a man.


In the name of all the chapters,
Torn from your history books.
America, I love you,
Won't you tell me the truth.

In the name of every word,
Twisted from the holy book,
America, i Iove you,
Won't you tell me the truth.
Track Name: Lion Tamer
Lion Tamer

Stephanie was a lion tamer,
Before the birth of her first child,
Now she's working three mornings the shelter,
Taking Arabic on Thursday nights.

The prince of confusion grew up,
Met a dancer's daughter,
Red paint on her hands,
Promised him the world,
Left a note on the wall,
That he can't understand.

Enough said the prince,
I'm going sailing.
Without an anchor, a sextant,
Or a semblance of a plan,
God take me or spare me,
If you send me back,
Send me back a man.

It's alright, it's alright, it's aright,
It's learning to talk, it's learning to be,
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright,
It's walking on water, it's learning to breathe

I want to help, but i can't be your safety net.

It's alright, it's alright, it's aright..
it's learning to talk, it's learnign to be,
it's alright, it's alright, it's alright,
it's walking on water it's learning to breathe

It's my breath, it's my breath,
It's my breath, it's my breath.
Track Name: A Child Is A Child
A Chid is a Child.

There's a fire from the harbour to the city,
from the meadow to the mosque on the hill.
He's lying on the television.
If you're not here to say sorry, get off my screen.
The doctor is crying,
"What good, what good is all this hate?
No matter who you praise or blame,
Inside the hospital walls we all bleed and break,
We all bleed and break, the very same."


Here comes the politic,
The age old David and Goliath trick,
You say, "brother the fight is fixed"
Now, the facts and figures are inclined to agree
i've seen you driving,
Your tanks through his house of sticks,
Now say i'm taking sides,
Well, it's just that some things,
Just that some things,
Just that some things can't be justified

No mater what your side,
A child, is a child is a child,
is a child is child.

You has the coordinates,
Now you try to tell me it's an accident.
Well, How many broken bones?
Bombed out schools or bulldozed homes?
Before we call a spade a spade,
And Have the spine to say,
What everyone's afraid,
Everyone's Afraid,
Everyone's afraid to say.




No matter what you side,
A crime is a crime,
Is a crime is crime is a crime ,
Is a crime is a crime.

The doctor is crying,
"What good, what good is all this hate?
No matter who you praise or blame,
Inside the hospital walls we all bleed and break,
We all bleed and break, the very same."
Track Name: 99 Cent Dream
99 c Dream

I'm standing outside 99c Dream,
On a Tuesday in Jersey city.
It's along way from here, along way from there
Anywhere i ever thought i might be.
If you step inside I've got a dollar to spare,
This one's on me.
I'll take my change to the penny arcade,
And a game that i know i can't win.
My love may be lost,
but I'd do it just the same for one chance.

I picture just a few years from now,
In a bright house on top of that hill,
Children colouring outside the lines,
Doing puzzles beneath your feet,
It's a polaroid that i like to watch developing,
Between you and me
and against all odds,
It's a house i'd like to live in,

But my horse is lame,
The jockey's overweight
It's a race i should not be in
Still i'd make the same mistakes again, for one chance

In a million,
in a million

Lover, oh friend, prince on bended knee,
There's no mystery here.
One part makes you rise,
One part makes you kneel,
One part makes you fear what you feel.
Look me in the morning eye,
Tell me what you need.
If you can't see all of these parts,
I can't believe that it's real.

Right hook to the left jaw,
The referee's starting to count.
My fighter is back on his feet
"You'll not take me, before the last round"

I'm standing outside 99c dream,
On a Tuesday in Jersey city,
It's along way from here it's along way from there,
Anywhere I ever wanted to be,
If you step inside, I've got a dollar to spare
This one's on me.

I'll take my change to the penny arcade
and a game that I just might win.
Track Name: Skin And Bones
Skin and Bones

I woke up,
With "go home" written backwards on my cheek.
Feeling like a cryptic crossword clue,
Like a jigsaw's missing piece.

Staying up all night,
Isn't going to make it last.
Worrying about it,
Isn't going to bring it back.
I feel like i am carrying,
Water in my hands
If i could believe you,
Then I'd have a glass,

But i can't.

We are just skin and bones and blood,
Without love, without love.

I want to rest, where the trees grow tall,
Enough for men to feel small,
Enough, to think straight.
I want to say every kind word I've been thinking of
I want to do it without fear,
I want to do it without shame,
I want to do it,
Every single day.

We are just skin and bones,
And blood without love,
Without love.
( I hope my God has a plan for me , for me,
I hope my God has a plan for me, for me.)
We are just skin and bones,
And blood without love,
Without love.
Track Name: Away With The Birds
Darling, when your worries are piling,
And the rent is over due.
When all we own is battered and worn,
That was once bright and new.

I'm still away with the birds,
I'm still wired to the moon.
I'm still in love, I'm still in love,
I'm still in love with you.

I'm still away with the birds,
I'm still wired to the moon.
I'm still in love, I'm still in love,
I'm still in love with you.

And when you're tired and angry.
And the Darkness slips right through.
When you can't bare to be anywhere near me,
And I can't blame it on you.

I'm still on your side, to share the load when you need me to,
I'm still in love, I'm still in love, I'm still in love with you.

I'm still away with the birds,
I'm still wired to the moon.
I'm still in love, I'm still in love,
I'm still in love with you.