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Watershed 04:49
Cloud breaks, and the rain comes Climbing up Coniston Foot sore, and drunk on the cold clear air Lingmoor was first for me, rising out of the valley The mountain has eternity, but I am here for now, here for now Watershed, here the rain must choose which side to fall Which side to fall Back down the hillside, we take the paths that fit our stride And the river rolls our weary sighs away to the sea Then city streets and traffic flow, crossroads passed we come and go Down paths that only we may know True for now, true for now Chorus In grand old rooms the men all talk Cutting corners, fighting wars Keeping it behind closed doors, swept under the rug But up above there's angry skies, and down below the tides will rise And we will choose our own side, which side to fall Which side to fall Chorus x2
Stones 04:08
Chance your arm, pick a stone Let it fly, let it go When it hits, then it starts, Don't be surprised at the marks Out here on the storm beach In beyond the sea's reach The wind has left it's scatterings It's outlaws and it's broken things Pick a pebble from the beach The sea will leave a few in reach Break it open, play the game Right to it's heart, it's still the same Call it right, call it wrong I cannot sing a different song Though you break me right in two This vein it runs the whole way through Take a throw, pick a stone Cast it well, that first one Make you sure it finds it's mark For you left me standing in the dark Take your sticks and take your stones Tired of breaking weary bones Let them rest and let them love Wherever they may choose to love The umbrellas are all closed you see Against the marriage of the moon and sea, They've decided it's unnatural and Not all love is equal Heavy weather coming down So chase your neighbour out of town Point your finger, lay the blame, Make sure your world stays the same And spit your fear in forked tongues, At anyone it lights upon You're someone borrowed, someone blue Someone borrowed, someone blue Water rising while we wait Who knew that love could lead to hate? Your stones they make the water rise We'll all be lost below the tide Curse the wind, curse the rain Tearing down the weather vanes Blame anybody but yourself For the weather's sickness, and it's health Verse 1 reprise.
Tonight 04:00
We've been fighting We've been striving all our lives I've seen the sorrow I've seen the trouble in your eyes But tonight, there's a moon on the hill Tonight, the horizon is wide Tonight, the earth is warm Tonight our hope lights the sky
Yarrow Mill 05:44
It was windy that day I caught your hat before it blew away You didn't need to thank me We were married next spring The old and the new, the bells did ring How the loom did sing We didn't need to make a fuss Happy with just the two of us Down by Yarrow Mill We'd not long seen a war God only knows what that was for Then it's back to the factory floor And so and sew Cotton it comes, and cotton it goes Better the devil you know We didn't like to make a fuss We'll get by, now, there's three of us Down by Yarrow Mill x2 Time goes by so and sew... Smell the coal smoke and the rain I'm back on South Avenue again But the house is not the same You didn't like to make a fuss But your smile lives on now with all of us Down by Yarrow Mill x4
Conkers 04:45
A breakfast surprise I find on my plate Oh, you found me conkers, out there in the night That I might join in with the game, with the game That I might not be left out of the game They polish up like brass, autumn's finest these Oh had I known, the weapon I had there Would I have smashed them, just as I pleased? Would we have smashed them just as we pleased? Heavy in my palm, treasured gifts from one who leaves Oh had I known, how the years increase the weight Would I have returned them to the tree? Perhaps I'd have returned them to the tree.
December 05:02
January 01:35
January looks both ways The year ahead, the year that's dying, and this, The parting of the ways but not for want of trying We rise to face the day, alone although together, so Kiss me when you leave, and pray for better weather Pray for better weather January comes in cold, and dreams of ice make no suggestions I've heard the crying wind called wise, but he begs only questions I try to turn away, you hand me the white feather, so Tell me when you leave, and pray for better weather And pray for better weather A new year comes again, I hear the revelry beginning But here we find ourselves at the end, and neither of us winning For here the pathway forks, here the ties must sever, Don't look back when you leave but pray for better weather, Pray for better weather.
There were so many craneflies that year, they kept coming indoors And we couldn't remember which albums were mine, which were yours I should've told you to keep every one, Since I don't want to think of you, after you're gone The birds were all flocking to fly away somewhere warm The sky was purple and bruised, ready for the storm Yet a corner of golden, way out to the west Told us that summer had only just left Dust from the fields rises slow, like I can hold back time Mist climbs the hill from the river, just to cover my eyes Last time I saw you, you were running again You said you'd be in touch, but you didn't know when
Foundling 05:44
A cold railway station 1950-something They've never been here before They'll never be here again And the precious load they carry It breaks them, it's so heavy They know they have to set it down Though it is a part of them Foundling, oh foundling Lost at the beginning But you've found that you don't know your own strength And you'll never be lost again They came here for a better life They came here for a secret They came here to leave with hands clean To return, to begin again And who knows what it cost them But we know what it cost you An overcast morning And more than your share of rain Chorus Was your mother very young? Swept up in some first love, Alone, and then you came along And she had to make herself alone again And was your father a gambler? I'm sure he liked the horses But perhaps he kicked the habit When he lost his greatest bet? Chorus And I think I can see your father He's kneeling, yes he's praying To a god in which he does not believe, Who gave him his reason for travelling And I think I can see your mother She follows you through your years In her mind, a phantom life Her eyes are a bit like mine Chorus x3
Lament 01:26
London 08:10
We will go to London Smoke the air, dark the road For London is surely better, In London we will set down the load We will go to London Cold the air, wide the sea It's London or the laundries In London goodbye at least is free We will go to London We will go to London Salt the road, salt the sea The city is for forgetting For the parting of you and me We will go to London West to east and flesh to stone, I'll wash my sins in London I will return alone I could give you nothing but a name And the distance to keep you from The Sisters of Magdalene London can be a cipher For all the things I'd like to say London can hold this message To you after I go away We will go to London Milk in my veins, salt in my eye Blood may thin and names may change For the parting of you and I I could give you nothing but a name And the distance to keep you from The Sisters of Magdalene I once was one, but now am two Best for both to be free and be parted Though the best part of me will stay with you It's best for both to stay free and be parted London is a million futures I can see you now, when you are grown Picking them like flowers Making your way home x4 I once was one...
Taxis 03:44
Walked past all the taxis, waiting at the station Said goodbye to the safe job, to the house I'll never own Got in your battered car, with no destination So here's to the journey love, here's to the road Here's to the road x3 Driving up the m5, with fifty miles before us Thinking I am made of all the things I've lost and I've found The cars hum around me, like some dusty chorus The birds watch us from on high, just hanging around Hanging around x3 Some towns I forget, some towns I remember, I look at the map, count the places I've known Sometimes we're driving, and sometimes we're playing I'm a friend of the west wind, he carries me home Carries me home x3


released September 25, 2015

Recorded by Mark Tucker at The Green Room, Devon, 2015.
Produced by Mark Tucker and Phillip Henry
All lyrics: Hannah Martin, except Yarrow Mill: Hannah Martin and Phillip Henry
Photography and concept by Hannah Martin.
Graphic design by Ken Ansell at Clinic. Artwork by Whitney-Anne Baker.


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