A Good Year For Sandwich Toasters

by Huey And The Hobgoblins

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about

During the summer of 2013, we had taken residence in a beautiful little 200 year old church in Co. Meath. It was the perfect base for a band of our size, and gave us breathing space to practice and get tight for a fairly hectic summer of gigging.

Come September, things were dying down and we were in good shape after getting pretty tight for a slot at the Electric Picnic at the end of August. So O’Leary, Cluck and Brian locked themselves in St. Columba’s church for 3 days, recording live takes of 17 songs. No click tracks were used and only 3 takes were done of each song, to keep everything sounding as live as possible.

Over the coming months we recorded the brass, vocals, keys, harmonica and percussion. Mostly done in the church, but some parts had to be completed in the Drogheda Brass Band rooms and Brian’s house after the cold and damp set in.

It was so much fun doing this album, and we hope it comes across through the music. We really hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

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released November 12, 2013

Mixed By Dave McCune @ The Ventry
Mastered By Aidan Foley @ Masterlabs

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Huey And The Hobgoblins Drogheda, Ireland

Louth based Huey And The Hobgoblins have spent the last 4 years transforming from a fledgling 3-piece to a venue-packing 12- piece funk/blues/folk/retro-pop band. The band have a big love for great music and good times, and this has become a visible part of the band's live performances. ... more

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Track Name: Come Home
Come Home

I got a little piece of my heart that you wanted to call home
Take me with you every step that you may roam
Tell me so that I can show
Tell me so that I can know
Tell me, because I want to know when you’re coming home
Tell me, so I can let you know if I’m not alone

You got your wires crossed I was always in your plans
Never wished to gain an upper hand
You say you want to understand your man
Well come and see me when you can
Tell me so that I can know
Tell me so that I can show
Tell me, because I want to know when you’re coming home
Tell me, so I can let you know if I’m not alone


Oh little darling, when you going to show
Tell me because I want to know when you’re coming home
Tell me, so I can let you know if I’m not alone
I want to take your back again to that field behind our house
I want to take you back there baby, won’t you oh please let me
Tell me, because I want to know, when you’re coming home, when you’re coming home
Track Name: First Thing Last Thing
Once I fell right from above to land straight into a love of mine
She asked me where I’d come from, I said I guess I fell down from the sky
She showed me all the things that I could not care less about
I stuck around for long enough to realise I must get out
My mind and my body in a battle to break free
She’s the first thing that I’m dreaming of and the last thing I want to see

I thought I sang songs loud enough, I thought I sang her to sleep
A red light at a traffic stop, I could not reduce my speed
Now how could I have loved her when I didn’t even love me
She’s the first thing that I’m dreaming of and the last thing I want to see

I told her no excuses, I gave her only reasons for
For dancing rings around her, then dancing right out her door
Now I’m sorry I never caught her when I swept her off her feet
She’s the first thing that I’m dreaming of and the last thing I want to see
Track Name: Get Ready
We used to worry about our lives
We were worried about this soul
We used to worry about everything in sight
But those days are gone
Nobody’s worrying about anything at all
Because there’s people dropping down every other day

We’re living for the good times
Forget about your bad times
Who knows this might be our last day

So get ready, it won’t be too long
So get ready, it won’t be too long

I know the man
I heard what he say
Make yourself at home
Enjoy your stay
You won’t do nothing unless you do it my way
So what are we to do now?
Throw are hands up?
Bow your head when you have had enough?
Find some soil to bury these dreams that I had?

We’re living for the good times
Forget about your bad times
Who knows this might be our last day

So get ready, it won’t be too long
So get ready, it won’t be too long
Track Name: So Afraid To Love You
So afraid to love you
So afraid to care
So afraid to love you too much
I was afraid I might drive you away
Afraid I might drive you away
Afraid I might drive you away

But now you’re here and gone
Now you’re here and gone
Now you’re here and gone again girl
I’m afraid I’ll never love you again
Afraid I’ll never love you again
Track Name: The Motorbike Song
All in search of a drugless thrill
We took a drive and took a spill
I wouldn’t mind, but there was someone else there
Heaven knows we should take a little care

The day was fine the air was clear
And when you’re young you got no fear
We’re just trying to have some fun
We sure don’t want to hurt no one

Across the grass my engine strains
Adrenaline pumping through my veins
When the wind’s blowing through your hair
You feel like you got no care

Down to the corner, around the bend
A little miracle may heaven send
Down to the corner right towards the stream
Faster and faster the demons scream

Suddenly we’re on the ground
No thump. No sound.
Nothing broken . Nothing bled.
I thinks it best if there was nothing said

I don’t care what you say to me,
a numbed mind accompanies a desperate soul.
And now I resign, I won’t spoil for others what I’d take from mine
Track Name: Saxy Funk
Woman, can you show me?
Do you remember how to treat your man?
Woman, can you show me?
Do you remember how to treat your man?


Because you’ve been away so long
You know so many things gone wrong
Let me tell you
You know I want it
You know I need it
You know it, give me all the love you got inside
Let me tell you
You know I want it
You know I need it
You know it, give me all the love you got inside

She’s the kind of girl that she don’t mind which way she gets her kicks
With marmalade she’s best behaved so spread it good and thick
Track Name: I'll Be Fine
What do you do when you’re torn between your heart and mind?
Just lie in bed all day unaware of the world slipping by
What do you do when you’re torn between your heart and mind?
There’s only one answer and that’s to pretend that you’re fine
And I’ll be fine just give me some time

So I get up and make myself breakfast and search for a light
And turn on the t.v. to make sure the world’s still alright
And it’s the fight in the man not the size of the man in the fight
So let’s open another just to make sure that you’re out of sight
And I’ll be fine just give me some time

Well that’s it, I’m lonely, I’m useless or maybe I’m wrong
I thought that I’d lost the fight but it was there all along
The struggle in my mind is one of my head and my heart
So let’s talk about it please before I fall apart
And I’ll be fine
Track Name: What Colour
Let me tell you a story about a town
Where they build you up so they can try to knock you down
It’s a great old place, the people love you to you face
But just wait until you turn around
In this small town too many words get thrown around

Words like thread, they bend when said to fit into your plans
Friends are lost at little cost
It’s way out of your hands
Truth be told? I wish it could, but you know it probably won’t
You could stand up but you don’t
In this small town too many words get thrown around
And they don’t sound like they used to do
In this small town, too many words get thrown around

What colour are you going to paint me today?
No matter what I do or what I say, they’re going to change the whole thing anyway.
What colour are you going to paint me today?

It’s hard not to be a part, an end, a start, a player or a pawn
You can’t choose to opt out because you’ve been in it all along
Whether the story’s tall, right or wrong, or got no truth at all
It dosen’t matter once they fall
In this small town, too many words get thrown around

Why do you want to be the big fish swimming in this small pond?
Is it so you can shake that magic wand
that tricked a million people into thinking that you’re some kind of god?
In this small town too many words get thrown around
And they don’t sound like they used to do
In this small town, too many words get thrown around

What colour are you going to paint me today?
No matter what I do or what I say, they’re going to change the whole thing anyway.
What colour are you going to paint me today?
Track Name: Lay It On Down
You never will regret anything you choose
All you will remember is just what you didn’t do

Lay it down

Say you don’t want no loving and I’ll be on my way
But if you got a little time to squeeze me in then I’ll be here to stay

Lay it on down good time girl
Lay it on down now we can’t go wrong

If I take you out girl, you got to let me in
You can keep me up all night, you can put my head in a spin

Lay it on down good time girl
Lay it on down now we can’t go wrong
Track Name: Figure It Out
You come into this world
With eyes that burn wild with hope and truth
And everyone can see you want to be you
Try to break you,
make you feel like you’re the only one who can’t figure it out

You think your getting wiser
But you know you’re only getting older
And it don’t quite work out the way you thought it would

Life gets a hold in you
I want to break you
Falling down ain’t part of the plans they made for you
Don’t you tell me that’s not the way
That it never could be that way
Conversation over

You want to try change it up
Want to try something new
Let me be the one to tell you
It’s not the first attempt, it sure won’t be last one
There’s a hundred more behind you in the queue
Trying to figure it out

So when you’re all said and done
At least you’re not the only one
To feel that ice cold hand upon your neck

Life gets a hold in you
I want to break you
Falling down ain’t part of the plans they made for you
Don’t you tell me that’s not the way
That it never could be that way
Conversation over