Ican Ican't

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Ican Ican't is the latest musical project by Dermot O'Leary, the singer-songwriter and frontman for now-defunct Dublin band Alanalda. Recorded at various stages during 2010 and 2011 in the farmhouse in which he lives in County Kilkenny this collection is his first ever album release. Using Garageband and free-to-use drum loops downloaded from various free-loop websites the songs are all fully written, arranged and performed by Dermot himself. Lyrically they mostly deal with the human condition but there are also stories about peeping tom characters and recycling.

"a certain immediacy to this record’s melodies but a subtlety to the craft that helps it creep its way under the listeners skin and into their memory."

"a very talented songwriter at the helm who’s also been blessed with a uniquely plaintive voice that captivates as well as it conveys."

"an incredible record that deserves to be heard and deserves a spot in any indie music lover’s collection."

- Playground Misnomer

"an absolute must on anyone’s spring/summer playlist."

- Music That Isn't Bad

"easy-going melodies and guitar playing, they sound familiar without recalling any other artist in particular."

- One In Ten Words

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released December 2, 2011

All songs written, arranged and performed by Dermot O'Leary.
Drum loops from Garageband, Bandmates, ProTools, PowerFX and Beathive.
Track 10 Goodbye Cruel World uses wave/sea sounds from freesound.org: waves.wav by inchadney

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Track Name: I Don't Care What You Think Of Me
I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU THINK OF ME

Intro​ F / F / C / G ] x 2

Verse 1
​F​ C G
I know what you think of me
​ F​ C G
But I don’t care ‘bout what you think
​E
Think about me all you like …yeh
​F​ C G
Tell me what I want to hear
​​ F​ C G
You’re just trying to keep me sweet it’s clear
E
Don’t you know I know you’re lying

Chorus ​
F Am G C G C​F
​I don’t care what you think of me
​F​ Am G C G​ C​ F
​You’re entitled to think what you think
​F​ G
But maybe you should be a little more concerned about yourself

Verse 2​
Used to make myself so sick
​Worrying about what people think
​Didn’t stop to think what I thought
​Kept my opinions to myself
​And agreed with everything you’d say
​But being someone else is just not me


Chorus
​I don’t care what you think of me
​My life is too short to worry about these things
​And maybe you should be a little more concerned about yourself

Mid​
Am / C / F / Em } x 2
​Am / C / G / C / G / C / F
​F / F sharp / G

Verse 3​
So flattering to be in your thoughts
​To be worthy of your higher law
​You should hope I feel so honoured

​I know what you think of me
​But I don’t care ‘bout what you think
​Think about me all you like

Chorus
​I don’t care what you think of me
​My life is too short to worry about these things
​I don’t care what you think of me
​You’re entitled to think what you think

​But then maybe you should be a little more concerned about yourself…

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Never Been Away
NEVER BEEN AWAY

Intro
​C / Am / C / Am

Verse 1
​C​ Am
Just when you think that things have changed
​ Em​ G
You better look again because they’re still the same
​C​ Am
In spite of all the things you’ve done
​ Em​ G
You always return to what feels comfortable

Chorus 1​
F​ G
And tho you took a break
​C​ Am
Tried to make a change
​ F​ G
It feels like you’ve never been away

Verse 2​
You hoped that with a change of scene
​Would come a change within and a new perspective
​A new frame to hang your suit upon
​A sun to wake you up early in the morn

Chorus 2
​But no - inside 3 days
​All colours change to grey
​It feels like you’ve never been away

Mid
​Dm / G / Am / F / F / G / C / Am / F / G / Am / F / F / G

Verse 3​
Just when you think that things have changed
​You better look again because they’re still the same
​In spite of all the things you’ve done
​You always return to what feels comfortable

Chorus 3
​And tho you took a break
​Tried to make a change
​Inside 3 days
​All colours change to grey
You took a break
​And tried to make a change
​It still feels like you’ve never been away

Outro​
C / Am / C / Am / C / Am / C / Am / C

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Good Days Bad Days
GOOD DAYS / BAD DAYS

Verse 1​
D#​ Fm
There are good days and there are bad
​ Bb​ G#
Yeh I get down some - not up to it
​​D#​ Fm
Sometimes I don’t want to be your friend
​ Bb​ G#
But don’t take it personal – it’s just the way I am
​ Gm​ Cm
Always on the point of erupting
​ Fm​ Bb
It’s best to leave me to deal with it
​ Gm​ Cm
I’m so sorry for the way I am
​ Fm​ G#​ D#
But I’ll do my best not to make you upset again

Verse 2
​There are good days and there are bad
​I’ll life my head up in the morning and already know what’s coming
​If only it was as simple as
​But it can creep up unexpected and my thoughts they get infected
​And I can’t pinpoint what triggers it
​Maybe it’s not caused by just one thing
​But it happens – yeh that’s the way I am
​And I’ll do my best not to let it affect us again

Mid​
Cm / Gm / Fm / G# / Bb / Gm / Cm / Fm / G#

​D#

Verse 3
​There are good days and there are bad
​There is pressure and there’s headaches
​ Gm​ Cm
And there’s a spiral that goes down to hell
​ Fm​ G#
But I’ll do my best yeh to stay at the top
​ Fm​ G#
I’ll do my best not to let it affect us
​ Fm​ G#
I’ll do my best not to make you upset again

Outro
​D#

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: I Was Young & I Needed The Money
I WAS YOUNG & I NEEDED THE MONEY

Intro​
Am

Verse 1​
C
The horse grows tired carrying the load
​Em
We stop for a time at the side of the road

Take a drink from the well
​ Dm
But still it follows
​Am​ C
​Not on the run but not going back
​ Em
No wish to relive all the times that were had

Life goes on
​Dm
In spite of the past

Chorus 1
​G​ F​ C​ Dm
Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​G​ F​ C​ Dm
The things you do when you’re hands are tied
​G​ F​ C​ D​ Dmaj7
Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​ C​ ​ Am
The things you do to survive

Verse 2​
She swore blind to me she wouldn’t tell anyone
​When word got out yeh I was gone
​Find somewhere to go
​Where the stink won’t follow

​But the world is much smaller than I thought
​Can’t shake the feeling no matter where I go
​People know
​So I move on

Chorus 2​
Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​The things you do when your hands are tied
​Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​The things you do to survive

Mid​
Em / Em / Em / G#m / Gm } x 6

​Am / C / Em / Dm

Verse 3
​If I could I would I’d take it back
​But life has become a living hell
​And I’d say to you
​What I said to them

Chorus 3​
Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​The things you do when your hands are tied
​Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​The things you do when you need to survive
​Yeh I was young and I needed the money
​When you’re young and in need of the money
​You leave your conscience behind

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Your Move
YOUR MOVE

Intro​
C / A / C / A } x 3

Verse 1​
C​ A​ C​ A
Yeh I’ve been watching for a month or so
​C​ A​ C​ A
I know you know it coz I’ve sent you notes
​ F#
I’m just waiting for your signal
​ F
C’mon and let me know that you know

​I call your telephone at least once a night
​Tho you don’t always answer you know I’m keeping eye
​Been making all of my moves
​ E
C’mon it’s time that you took your go

Chorus 1​
Am
It’s your move
​ F
It’s time we end this stalemate
​ E​ Am
Yeh it’s your move
​ F
I keep giving you keep taking
​​ E ​Am
I can only allude to
​F
What I really want from you
​ G
I’m hoping that you’ll want to take me on

Verse 2​
I’ve been awaiting your response in kind
​Just close your curtains or hang up the line
​If you don’t like that I am spying
​C’mon and put an end to the show

Chorus 2​
It’s your move
​It’s time we end this stalemate
​Yeh it’s your move
​I keep giving you keep taking
​I can only allude to
What I really want from you
​I’m hoping that you’ll want to take me on

Mid​
Am​ Em​ D​ C
I’m so lost, so divorced from my time
​Am ​Em​ D​ E
I just want to watch yours from mine


Chorus 3
​ Am etc..
It’s your move
​It’s time we end this stalemate
​Yeh it’s your move
​I keep giving you keep taking
​Don’t you know you amuse me
​Keep dancing by the window
​I’ll keep hoping that you’ll want to take me on
​It’s your move
​It’s time we end this stalemate
​Yeh it’s your move
​I keep giving you keep taking
​I can only allude to
​What I really want from you
​I’m hoping that you’ll want to take me on

Outro
​C / A etc..

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: To Be Seen
TO BE SEEN

Intro​
D / C / D / C

Verse 1​
D ​C
Jackie bought her ticket from Paddy The Greek
​ D​ C
She paid twice as much as those who had queued up for a week
​ D​ C
But she has to go to boost her profile on the scene
​ D​ C
She needs to be seen

​She’s never heard their music doesn’t own a cd
​Of anyone not just these ones, not really her thing
​But she has to go, she’s in the know, she’s well clued in
​She needs to be seen

Chorus 1​
Em​ G​ D​ A
Don’t be the one who doesn’t know what’s going on
​Em​ G​ D​
Stay well informed on that which you should have
A
opinions on
​Em​ G​ D​ A
Don’t be yourself yeh be one of the clones
​C G​ Em D
You need to be seen
​ C​ G​ Em D
To be someone – to be seen
​ C​ G​ Em D
Justify your life and be seen
​ C ​G​ Em D
Do what they want and be seen

Verse 2
​Jack is captaining the local football team
​He’s been dating coach’s daughter since they were 16
​Tho he doesn’t love her any more he sticks with it
​He needs to be seen

​Coach never reveals he had a secret affair
​With the centre back from ’71 – the one with the red hair
​If the locals knew he’d lose his job he’d lose the team
​He needs to be seen

Chorus 2​
Don’t be yourself yeh be one of the team
​Don’t tell a soul what you’re really thinking
​Upset no-one and keep playing diplomacy
​You need to be seen
​To be someone – to be seen
​Keep the status quo and be seen
Do what they want and be seen

Mid​
Em / Em 7 } x 8

Verse 3​
Billy won’t admit that he hates all of their guts
​But he goes online to vent his spleen and spit out his thoughts
​Coz his blog is called “You Know That I Hate Everyone”
​He needs to be seen

​His readership’s increasing more and more each day
​And they post their comments every time he has his say
​Even if they don’t agree they still appease
​They need to be seen
​Maintain what seems
​Not what is

Outro
​D / C to fade etc..

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Rhino Skin
RHINO SKIN

Verse 1
Em
I wish that I had rhino skin
​ G
Keep out the hurt keep me within
​ A
Protect all of the nerve endings
​ C​ D
Impervious to everything
​ Em
I wish that I had eagles’ wings
G
I’d flee the nest for days on end
A
Get lost above the vales and glens
C​ D
Return when we agree again

Change
​ A
​I wish that I could deal with it
​ C
​And not retreat from all conflict
​A
Give as good as I get
C​ D
I wish that I could take the hit

Verse 2
​I wish I was an activist
​Likes a fight, yeh relishes
​The thought of taking on the man
​No fear of standing up to him

​I wish that I could stand my ground
​Instead of always backing down
​Allowing those with ‘more to say’
​To always get their stupid way

Change​
I wish I felt less apathy
​But I don’t care what people think
​One day I’ll learn that I have been
​The man who wished his life away

Mid​
Em / Bm / A / C / D
​Em / C / G / A / C / Bm

Verse 3​
I wish that I had rhino skin
​Protecting all the nerve endings
​Making me less sensitive
​And giving me more confidence

​I wish I didn’t wish so much
​A man of deed not just of thought
​I think I’d have a lot to say
​But I’m the man who wished his life away


© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Flyspray
FLYSPRAY

Verse 1​
C ​G​ Am​ Am7
Flies pray that flyspray won’t get them in the end
​ C​ G​ Am​ Am7
And I pray that I may be spared from a similar death
​ F​ G​ Em​ Am
On my back, limbs flailing, my world spinning round,
​Dm​ G
Life flashing before my eyes

Verse 2​
Life in the window yeh soaking up the sun
​Might seem to be wanted all along
​But you should be flying out in the open air
​And not waiting for the spray to come

Mid
​ Dm
Look out for the spider’s web
​G
You will get caught
​ Dm
Watch out for the spider’s web
​ G
It’ll take your soul
​ C​ Am Dm
Oh do you want to live at all
​ G
You will get caught
​ Dm
Watch out for the spider’s web
​ G
It’ll take your soul
​ C​ Am G / G7
Oh do you want to live at all

Verse 3
​Why wait for flyspray to get you in the end
​Try take the highway away from the windowsill
​Find a big open meadow with grass that’s green and long
​And border streams that go on and on

Outro​G
On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
​On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
​On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on
​On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on

C
​….and on.

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Backyard (We Don't Need Everything)
BACKYARD (WE DON’T NEED EVERYTHING)

Intro
​G / C / G / C

Verse 1​
G​ C​ G​ C​
Take all the things we don’t need anymore to the
G​ C
backyard
​ G​ C​ G ​C​ G
Possessions that we can’t find a use for that just sit
C
there
​Em​ ​ C​ G
Clothes that won’t fit or have gone out of style
Em ​C​ G
We both lost our passion for fashion a while back
​ Am​ C​ G / C etc
And now we don’t need everything

Verse 2​
It’s time that we emptied out every drawer and then looked hard
​We don’t want, we don’t need all the things that we’ve hoarded for so long
​Keep all the things that keep memories alive
​But throw out the ones we forgot why we kept them
​Oh no we don’t need everything

Mid​
D7​ Am ​Bm​ D
We can sort all of it into what is or isn’t broken
​ D7​ Am
We’ll give what we can to the charity shops
​ Bm​ D
And the rest… we’ll dump it or burn it

Verse 3​
Watch as the flames rise up into the sky in the backyard
​This fire is a farewell, a final goodbye to that which we don’t want
​Burn all the letters from lovers of old
​Burn any bad memory leaves you feeling cold
​Oh you know we don’t need everything

Outro
​G / C / G / C / G / C / G / C / G

© Dermot O’Leary 2010
Track Name: Goodbye Cruel World
GOODBYE CRUEL WORLD

Intro​
F / Am / F / Am

Verse 1
​F​ Am
The waves lap at my feet
​​ Dm
Coming in for me
​​ Bb
To take me out to sea
​F ​Am
But my instinct to survive
​​ Dm
Will keep me well alive
​ Bb
And make me swim back in

Change
​C​ Dm
​Much as I try to
​​ G
​I can’t find the right move
​​C
To do myself in
​ Dm
Much as I’d like to
​ G
Say ‘Goodbye Cruel World’
C C7 F
I’m still here

Verse 2
​I thought that I’d be gone
​When I was twenty-one
​But I stuck with it
​Some subconscious force of will
​Has made me stop and made me feel
​That I’m not ready yet

Change​
Much as I try I
​Can’t find the right time
​To do myself in
​Much as I’d like to
​Say ‘Goodbye Cruel World’
​I’m still here

Mid​
A​ Fsharpm
​I had a dream once
​ Bm
It didn’t come true but
​ E
Maybe it will
​A​ Fsharpm
And maybe this dream is
​ B​ E​ A
The reason I can’t go through with it

Verse 3​
A Csharpm
​The waves come up to my knees
​ Fsharpm
​To drag me further in
D
​And take me out to sea
A Csharpm
​I say ‘Do your worst my friends
Fsharpm
​And I’ll just float back in again
D
​It’s my destiny!’

Change​
E​ Fsharpm
​‘Cause much as I’ve tried to
​ B
​It mustn’t be right to
​ E
​Do myself in
​ Fsharpm
​Yeh much as I’d like to
​ B
​Say ‘Goodbye Cruel World’
​E​ A
​I’m still here


© Dermot O’Leary 2010