Mark McCue

Mark McCue

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Alternative rock and acoustic gems, beautiful, wistful and sometimes dark from this Australian based singer songwriter.

Biography

Mark McCue is a singer-songwriter based in Sydney, Australia.

McCue released his highly praised debut solo album, One Little Burst of Madness in 2006. McCue previously played in Sydney’s indie band scene featuring in such bands as The Trilobites and Native Tongue and producing and writing the material for his band thiRst’s eponymously titled release in 1999.

McCue’s highly regarded songwriting credentials are augmented by his collaborative achievements with US based singer-songwriter extraordinaire sister, Anne McCue, with whom he has co-written songs that have appeared on numerous high profile serialised US television productions.

One Little Burst of Madness features a collection of beautifully rendered and emotion tugging songs. Varied genres are traversed with equal authority from the countryesque "I Miss You" and "Seize the Moment" to the brit pop tinged “You Don’t Have to Go There”, from the dark and foreboding gospel influenced "Where was God?" to the classic ballad, "Turn Your Light On".

McCue’s guitar playing features some beautiful slide guitar on “I Wish”, “I Miss You”, the Beatlesque “Out of Control” and “A Star is Love” where the voices of McCue’s children can be heard speaking and singing. McCue - “I was able to involve my children in the recording process and my little boy was also involved in writing “A Star is Love”. It’s been extremely pleasing to be able to link the two strands of my life in such a way”.

Lyrics

I Miss You

Written By: Mark McCue

Here she comes
Now she’s standing
Amusing
Demanding

She has my
Full attention
She is pure
Pure invention

I miss you
In her smile you go on and on
I miss you
Every day would be a long, long way

She’s so quiet
When I tell her
About how you’ve gone
About forever

She has some
Some kind of knowing
She shines a light
Her light keeps growing

I miss you
In her voice you come back to me
I miss you
Every day would be a long, long way
Without her
And she moves like her mamma taught her
Our little daughter

Here she lies
Now she’s sleeping
A precious soul
Her precious life in my keeping

I miss you
In her eyes you’re alive again
I miss you
Every day would be a long, long way
Without her
And she sings like her mamma taught her
Our little daughter

© M McCue 2007

Seize the Moment

Written By: Mark McCue

Since I met you I feel high
Birds are singing in a sunny sky
The sky has never looked so blue
Maybe it’s happening to you

There’s a fire in my head
Burning wild with things you said
I don’t want to think it through
Maybe it’s happening to you

There’s no time, no time to waste
You know life is short
Let’s make haste and seize the moment
Seize the moment

I don’t know, what we’re creating
We can let it go
Or while we’re waiting seize the moment
Seize the moment

Love can shine
Or it can leave you on the starting line
This is a chance to seize the moment
Seize the moment

There’s a smile on my face
I could kiss the whole human race
And if you’re feeling crazy too
Maybe it’s happening to you

There’s no time, no time to waste
You know that life is short
Let’s make haste and seize the moment
Seize the moment

I don’t know, what we’re creating
We can let it go
Or while we’re waiting seize the moment
Seize the moment

© Mark McCue 2007

Your Ferocious Heart

Written By: Mark McCue

There is no use denying
You are heading for a fall
Your bad days are multiplying

Don’t give up now, don’t you stop
You’re so close to the mountain top
You can try but you cannot ignore
Your ferocious heart

Hollow words won’t keep you going
God knows love can save you now
No one else understands you like I do

You’re bright light, don’t turn it out
You’re crazy mind, don’t fill it up with doubt
My world’s much too cold without the glow
Of your ferocious heart

Throw the past away it’s dated
You don’t need it, you don’t need it anymore
We can step right now into another world
Take our courage and our chances
And be long gone
And be long gone

You’re bright light, don’t turn it out
You’re crazy mind, don’t fill it up with doubt
This world’s much too cold without the glow
Of your ferocious heart

Don’t give up
Don’t give up

© M McCue 2008

A Star is Love

Written By: Mark McCue

I went outside to um, to see, to see lots of shooting stars but
I saw something coming straight toward me now what could that be
It was rocket ship
Didn’t know it was my friend
I’ve always played with him
Didn’t know it was him
I thought it was a shooting star coming past me
Then I noticed it was my friend the rocket

When you’re not here
And the night is clear
I remember how we looked into the sky
We saw satellites
And worlds so far away
You and I together
Two of us together

Ch
A star is love, is love that shines through time
I like to pick a star and make it mine
A star is love, is love that shines through time
I know just where you are, your star is next to mine

Excuse me dad, I really love you

Stars are cool
But that old fool the sun
Thinks that he’s the most important one
But we know, we know that isn’t true
You and I together
Two of us together

Ch
A star is love, is love that shines through time
I like to pick a star and make it mine
A star is love, is love that shines through time
I know just where you are your star is next to mine

Is love, is love, is love, is love

Ch
A star is love, is love that shines through time
I like to pick a star and make it mine
A star is love, is love that shines through time
I know just where you are your star is next to mine

© Oscar McCue & Mark McCue 2008

You Don't Have to Go There

Written By: Mark McCue

You don't have to bleed
To feel for the broken hearted
We were part of this thing
Before it ever started

If you felt anything
Then you could tell
You don't have to go there
To know that war is hell

There's nothing can break it
There are no words can make it go away

What's mine is yours
Yours and mine
Anything, everything
This is not the first time
What's mine is yours
Yours and mine

All the things we've lost
Can still be found
We have another chance
If we can come around

There is a time for us
Our time is here
We can do anything
Everything is clear

There's no lie can break it
All those words can't make it go away

What's mine is yours
Yours and mine
We can do anything
This won't be the last time
What's mine is yours
Yours and mine

You don't have to go there
You don't have to go there
You don't have to go there
You don't have to go there

What's mine is yours
Yours and mine
Anything, everything
This won't be the last time
What's mine is yours
Yours and mine

I Wish

Written By: Mark McCue

I wish I wish I'd never started this
I miss your warm your loving kiss
Who would have thought this thing I started
Could leave us all so broken hearted

Don't wait too long
To take my ghosts away
Don't wait too long

Here I stand I am a sorry man
Reaching out my hand
Hoping that some way you can forgive me
I'd be saintly if I had it in me

Don't wait too long
Please chase my ghosts away
Don't wait too long
One life is all we have
Don't wait too long

I'm waiting, I'll keep waiting

I've made mistakes
My concience aches, karma patiently awaits and
Heaven's likely locked its gates to me
But you can bring me back from hell so perfectly

Don't wait too long
To take my ghosts away
Don't wait too long
One life is all we have
Please take my ghosts away
Let's begin again
Don't wait too long
Don't wait too long
Don't wait too long
I wish I wish
I'd never started this

You Don't Have to Go There

Written By: Mark McCue

You don't have to bleed
To feel for the broken hearted
We were part of this thing
Before it ever started

If you felt anything
Then you could tell
You don't have to go there
To know that war is hell

There's nothing can break it
There are no words can make it go away

What's mine is yours
Yours and mine
Anything, everything
This is not the first time
What's mine is yours
Yours and mine

All the things we've lost
Can still be found
We have another chance
If we can come around

There is a time for us
Our time is here
We can do anything
Everything is clear

There's no lie can break it
All those words can't make it go away

What's mine is yours
Yours and mine
We can do anything
This won't be the last time
What's mine is yours
Yours and mine

You don't have to go there
You don't have to go there
You don't have to go there
You don't have to go there

What's mine is yours
Yours and mine
Anything, everything
This won't be the last time
What's mine is yours
Yours and mine

Discography

Solo Album: One Little Burst of Madness
Band Album: Thirst

Set List

Mark selects songs from the following list of self written material according to the mood of the event and length of the show but generally plays for between 1 and 2 hours subject to the venue's requirements:
Your Ferocious Heart
You Don’t Have to Go There
I Wish
Turn Your Light On
One Little Burst of Madness
A Wise Man Never Knows
A Star is Love
I Miss You
Out of Control
Where was God?
Seize the Moment
Breathing Underwater
Date with Destiny
Holy Water
Little White Boat
No Time At All
All I Want to Do
I Won't Go Back Again
All I Want to Do
Sunlight
I Won't Go Back Again
Holy Water
No Time at All