Beyond The Pale

Here are lyrics and notes to some of Beyond The Pale's Most popular songs:

Catalpa Rescue:

Gordon wrote this song based on the true story of a bold rescue of Fenian rebels imprisoned by the British in Fremantle West Australia in the 1870s. They were rescued by one of their own, the narrator John Boyle O'Reilly, who had escaped previously with the aid of American whalers. He became a successful journalist in Boston, bought a whale ship, "The Catalpa" and sent a team back to Fremantle to rescue the remainder of his fellow prisoners in a daring successful raid. Gordon learned this story from an Irish patron who had hired BTP for a gig last Saint Patrick's Day. This story is also the basis for the popular wine brand, Nineteen Crimes with the famous talking labels. Chorus is a fine blend of harmonies.

Catalpa Rescue Words and music by Gordon McLeod , August, 2018

We were transported, we sixty two
Our crime rebellion, our hopes were few
I was a soldier, O’Reilly was my name
Locked up in Fremantle prison, 10,000 miles from home.

I yearned for freedom more than I feared the rope
I worked outside the walls, so had cause for hope
I swam and boarded the whaling ship Gazelle
Those Yankee whalers saved me form Fremantle's hell
Chorus:
Catalpa Rescue from New Bedford we set sail
To free our brothers from Fremantle jail
We are all soldiers of the fearless Clan na Gael
We dare not falter, tyranny shall not prevail

I sailed to Boston, was free it seemed
But visions of my brothers in chains haunted my dreams
I met John DeVoy, a Fenian like me
We vowed we sail to Australia and set our brothers free

On Good Ship Catalpa we sailed halfway round the world
With bloody hands we rowed and dodged the cannonballs they hurled
Six Fenian captives worked outside Fremantle’s walls
We rescued them in our whaleboat rowing in the squall

Chorus:Catalpa Rescue from New Bedford we set sail
To free our brothers from Fremantle jail
We are all soldiers of the fearless Clan na Gael
We dare not falter, tyranny shall not prevail

Though pursued by Brittania on the waves
Our lust for justice gave us strength to cheat the grave
We beat the Royal Navy at her game
And slipped away across the Australian main

Chorus: Catalpa Rescue from New Bedford we set sail
To free our brothers from Fremantle jail
We are all soldiers of the fearless Clan na Gael
We dare not falter, tyranny shall not prevail

 

Wantin’ Something More 

Wantin’ Something More: This song was written by Christy last summer while on tour in the Rocky Mountains, inspired by her realization that in order to make room for beauty in life one has to make room by moving beyond the mental clutter of past experience.

 

Wantin’ Something More  by Christy McLeod 8/2018

Sinkin’ in the gloom….Feelin’ kinda bored?

Gotta make a little room…  If you’re wantin’ something more

Whatcha hangin’ onto?      Yesterday’s out the door

Gotta let it all go… If you’re wantin’ something more

 

Refrain:

You can only take one breath at a time… The wind only blows one way

All that stuff you’re draggin’ around… Has passed and don’t need to stay

 

Whatcha waitin’ for now?... Bubblin’ outta your core

Know whatcha gotta do…If you’re wantin’ something more

Want to make a change?...Launch your boat from the shore

You gotta widen your range…If you’re wantin’ something more

 

Bridge:

Working your way through your life… Or is Life working you?

Words of wisdom come to mind… “ To thine own self be True”

 

Whatcha waitin’ for now?... Bubblin’ outta your core

Know whatcha gotta do…If you’re wantin’ something more

Want to make a change?...Launch your boat from the shore

You gotta widen your range…If you’re wantin’ something more