Into the farthest reaches

by The Bookshop Band

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    This is The Bookshop Band's 4th album of 2012. It represents the songs inspired by Season Four of the author events at Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights, and contains songs inspired by books, including Alexandra Fuller's two autobiographical works - "Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight" & "Cocktail Hour Under The Tree Of Forgetfulness", Carol Birch's seafaring adventure 'Jamrach's Menagerie', Andrew Miller's Costa winning novel 'Pure', and 'Dark Matter' by Michelle Paver.

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released 18 June 2012

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The Bookshop Band Bath, UK

The Bookshop Band write songs inspired by books and play them in bookshops. They started as a collaboration between a group of musicians in Bath and their local independent bookshop, Mr B's Emporium. Now they are about to go on tour, sponsored by Vintage Books and Independent Booksellers Week, around other bookshops and lit fests. Catch them if you can. Details at www.thebookshopband.co.uk ... more

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Track Name: Bobo and the cattle
Bobo and the cattle

Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
Though the chances are high and there’s signs that we might
Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
There’s work to be done and two makes it light

We take the horses and ride on the sand
The cattle are lost and they must be found
They’ll keep a herd but they’ve had years to roam
You know the dogs are thirsty and we should go home

We didn’t plan to drink today
But the path narrows out and I’m starting to sway
I said “I’ll wait here for you” …and now I’m alone
The sun is going and our dogs have gone.

Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
Though I can hear them howling and I think that I might
Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
Though I can hear them howling and I think that I might

You came back just in time
With the dogs and the horses and a cattle line
These days of sweat make the land sown
But that’s just what makes this my home
And that’s what makes this my home

Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
We’ve made it home and now it’s night
Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
I can hear them howling but we’re alright
Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
We got whisky here in the starlight
Don’t let’s go to the dogs tonight
We got whisky here in the starlight
We got whisky here in the starlight
Track Name: Where did we begin?
Where did we begin?

Mountains turn from pink to slate
Outlaw nation, rebel state
Who will remember if the schools won’t write it down
How many die here? As the shots don’t make a sound

Walking round in skin
Where did we begin
Walking round in circles
Don’t blame it on gin

Coloured by the history books
We are proud and off the hooks
Who will remember if the schools have closed their doors
We can do no wrong here, though we break their foreign shores

Aahhh x3

Walking round in skin
Where did we begin
Walking round in circles
Don’t blame it on gin

Mountains turn from pink to slate
Outlaw nation rebel state
Track Name: The Mariner's first smile
The Mariner’s first smile

What, have I been waiting for?
The first, smile I ever saw
Then I, went to sea
With your, smile in me

Go, where the sail’s go
But masts come down, when it really blows
And all the things, that we horde
Are des,tined overboard

Off you go to sea
I hope you’ll think of me
Put on my dancing shoes
And I might think of you
But I just might
Sing my songs at night
Dance the floors and find
Someone new

So I came back to shore
To be with you evermore
I’ve been married to the sea
And you to he

Off you go to sea
I hope you’ll think of me
Put on my dancing shoes
And I might think of you
But I just might
Sing my songs at night
Dance the floors and find
Someone new

Then in the door
The first smile that I ever saw
You looked at me
And I at thee
Track Name: Gold and black
Gold and Black

Born to a cot in Bermondsey
Sailors song for a bedtime story
Reborn in a tigers mouth
Dragged into a brand new land

The Sailors song
Pumping my blood from before I was born
And the big black sea,
Filled, my dreams

Finger tips, shiny black, wrinkled bricks
Rutted horse shit, jagged lanes, bent elbows,
crooked knees streets, heavy smells

Crossed you as you passed
Weighing your senses down

Oh and above all this rang the sound
Of voices wild and dark
Melodies in flight, tiptoeing,
Above the sight of us
And I imagine myself far away
Somewhere hot and strange
Where the cats are painted gold and black
And I am not afraid
Where the cats are painted gold and black
And I am not afraid

And above all this rang the sound
Of voices wild and dark
And it is here, that my future starts
And is to be with the crimson beasts
And the wings that beat
Blood red as the black sea fills my head
And the sailors song pumping my blood
From before I was born
And the black sea, has seen and soaked through me

Oh and above all this rang the sound
Of voices wild and dark
Melodies in flight, tiptoeing,
Above the sight of us
And I imagine myself far away
Somewhere hot and strange
Where the cats are painted gold and black
And I am not afraid
Where the cats are painted gold and black
And I am not afraid
Track Name: The downfall of Les Innocents
How many bones to build a man?
(The Downfall of Les Innocents)

Dig the land to make the man in old Versailles, but I will never clear a thing if I were to fall in.
Clear the graves to make a way, and all who work will be repaid with money left for purpose by the king.

We take the bodies from the soil, before the air begins to spoil, the future will come here in the end
This city has no place for bones, beside the markets, whores and homes, it’s by the church that we have piled them.

Downfall at Les Innocents
Decay and wretched stench
But the love and sweet incense
Cleanse the innocent

Set the fire by the walls, and leave the heat to take the souls, where men’s hammers can’t the flames can.
There is light along the aisles, and men are running for the sun is coming in everywhere I stand.

So I walk in to Versailles, for my year’s money and I, walk against the crowds that come
As they pass I have no doubt, I know more than most about, how, many bones to build a man.
How many bones, to build a man?

Downfall at Les Innocents
Decay and wretched stench
But the love and sweet incense
Cleanse the innocent
Downfall at Les Innocents
Track Name: The Engineer's Paris
The Engineer’s Paris


















Exhausted Earth
Shadowed by an empty church
Lit through the October light
A deathly quiet

Do do do – da da da da

An Auburn Girl
Gently passes through her world
Pressing on the stiffened grass
A well trodden path





But he is led in a merry dance
Through the streets of merry France
A French Parisian
His New acquaintance
And he finds himself a suit to suit the trend
And he finds himself a suit to suit the trend

Deep the men
They dig the earth
Hard and steady as they work
Heavy air and heavy ground

Moving on, the future is, (fast)
The only sound
Immortal
As it fills the ground

And he is led in a merry dance
Through the streets of merry France
A French Parisian
His New acquaintance
And he finds himself a suit to suit the trend
And he finds himself a suit to suit the trend
Track Name: Heart in hand
HEART IN HAND

As I stand still
Like the frozen sea

Beneath my feet

I find myself
Thick in thought

Like the frozen floor
Glassy eyes
As I try
To see

As the fear
Stacks up,
In front of me

As the fear
Stacks up,
In front of me

And the fire in my heart
Well it was almost out
A slow death

But the beauty and the light
And the stillness of the night
And the dark air

Becomes so loud
A roaring sound


But the beauty and the light
And the stillness of the night
Comes in time

And the layers of the ice
A kaliederscope so bright
In my mind

And alone I start to understand
And alone I stand heart in hand
And alone I understand
And alone I stand heart in hand
Track Name: Steady on
STEADY ON

Dark
Shiver
Frozen
Dead Still

Days
Years
Trapped
Fear

Steady on, lost your track, how will you make it back?
Listen hard, nothing there, how did you lose your bearings,
As the snow clings, the wind sings.

Can’t
Shiver
Longing
Over


Steady on, lost your track, how will you make it back?
Listen hard, nothing there, how did you lose your bearings,
As the snow clings, the wind sings.