Travels from your armchair

by The Bookshop Band

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    'Travels from your armchair' is the first album by The Bookshop Band. It contains all the songs written for Season One of the author events at Mr Bs Emporium of Reading Delights. The songs were all inspired by folk tales from around the world.

    The limited edition bespoke case is designed by the band, is numbered, and printed on an old letterpress in Oxford.

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These songs were written and recorded for Season One at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, in Bath.

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released 01 December 2011
All songs written and performed by The Bookshop Band
Produced by Ben Please
Mixed by Marco Migliari

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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: Vasilisa the Beautiful
Wake up, its cold but go
Lace up, for all your worth
Take what your body holds
Step up, you must step up.

She was sent to find light in the darkest of places
Bears might come, but she’ll stay in the forest through all this
For a moment she saw in, as trees started falling
But she’s safe, and she’ll stay in the forest through all this.

Sore hands in fallen leaves
Kneel down by splintered trees
She’ll find all the poppy seeds
To make oil, to make oil.

In the end, she found fire in the coldest of places
She’d been working her way through the forest in all this
Just in time and she’s turning as trees started burning
In this story she escapes from the forest and all this.

Sun rise, in her own eyes
Feel the sun rise, in her own eyes
Feel the sun rise, in her own eyes.
Track Name: Old Man Winter
Child destined to an icy fate
Brave faced and proud
Stoic little girl now
Tell me are you warm
Tell me are you warm
On this winter floor

And the, child only knows to smile
And the, old man replied to her

And he cloaked her in winter fur
He clothed her in silver
And placed her, on a stool
Keeping her from the winter floor

Child with a jealous soul
Is placed in turn, on the winter floor
In a cold hope, of riches to return

And, Old Man Winter comes tell me
Child are you warm but
Child only knows to frown and
Cry and the old man replies

There’s no winter Fur
And there’s no silver
And there’s only, the icy ground
Keeping her, in winters arms.
Track Name: Siren's Island
Cast myself from here
I’ve heard of songs out at sea
I am well prepared, and
My boat’s sturdy

I know this plan of mine is not safe at all
The sound from Siren’s island leads me now

And my course ahead is clear
Sure I’ll pass her by
I hear her singing for me, but then
Watch the water rise

I know this plan of mine is not safe at all
The mass of timber bears all weight as it falls
Below the waterline it’s not safe anymore
Reach out for polystyrene and float for shore.
Track Name: Psyche and Cupid
Three daughters, beauty untold
But one among them, the people held up to behold
A beauty so pure and new.

The people strew her with gifts and praise
They didn’t see a deep anger brewing, a jealous heart
Her admirers parted, for the locks and the curls.
Am I Venus to be eclipsed by a mortal girl.

And she wanders, burdened and alone
Her heart plundered by a jealous god
Her true beauty was lost and left unknown

In her palace she sat, until dark,
Her love, true love, gave her back her heart
And in the morning parted
Darkness keeping their love true

And the people they couldn’t see
They said that he must be revealed
And doubt grew,
In her mind and body,
That knew so well the smell of you

And one fateful night she unveiled Love
And love fell and love fell.

All she had was, falling back from her
All she wanted, keep herself under
In the darkness, their love was strong and true

All she had was falling back from her
And she wanders burdened and alone
Her heart plundered by a jealous God
Her beauty it was lost, left unknown.
Track Name: Faith in Weather
Time is over and I know you’re gone.
See you flying over, held my tongue
Lines I send you only keep you down
Faith in weather as my love is blown.

Wind was very strong today
When seven ravens flew away

See you far upon a hill of glass
I could never climb, but still I start
Build the steps I need to bear our weight
Seven years to make, and six I stayed

Wind was very strong today
When seven ravens flew away

I was taken by the wind and swept away
I could not respond to anything he’d say
I was taken by the wind and swept away
I could not respond to anything he’d say

Time is over for I’m almost done.
See you flying over, held my tongue.
Hope my voice is strong and calls you down.
Faith in weather and my love’s return.

I was taken by the wind and swept away
I could not respond to anything he’d say
Track Name: The Juniper Tree
One winters day, in the snow she lay
There was a tree, a juniper tree
Nine months past and a child at last
Tears were in her eye’s
Of joy, and then she died.

Now, the boy, white as snow, red as blood
A new found love, a wicked love
She cut his head, now he is dead
Tears were in her eyes
Of fear and devil’s lies

Beautiful bird of
Song he sings, for all his loves
People look up above
Below the tree there’s signs of life.

Next winter’s day, now the boy would play
Beneath the tree, the juniper tree.
Track Name: The Stonecutter
Shame that I will live modestly
A poor stonecutter eternally
Grant you a wish now, who would you be?
I’ll be a rich man, then I’ll be happy.

After one year, how does wealth go?
The sun still blinds me, rain wets my clothes.
So I’ll be the sun now, and I’ll be the clouds.
But all outlived by the rock in the ground.
(Endless life I’ve found).

But soon by your rock face you see
A poor man’s hammer breaks off a piece.
Grant you a wish now, who will you be?
Be who you are and then you’ll be happy.
Track Name: The 5th Knight and the Moon Princess
I have hardly known you
And do not know enough to
Fall in love, but I stop in awe of…

I can tend to feel lost
It’s not the timing, it’s just
Love is not the end, but a journey.

Five ships leave in the morning
And I’ll try to join the one you’re in.
So I flew, I flew.

So from here we shall see
But I’m just happy to be
On our way, but what a day
To be stormy.

Five ships left in the morning
And I couldn’t find the one you’re in
To see you I must be bold
But as I climbed, I lost my foothold.
And I flew, I flew.

Your ship sails in the morning
And I can’t keep you from going.
Track Name: Star of the river
There is life on the moon that you might hear of soon if you lean closer
But they are just too far, living among the stars that look close in the water
Then one night one of them shone a light and it reached the heart of Naia
And she spent all her life reaching out for a love that was surely beyond her.

Then she calls and she calls and she calls...
I will meet you, come my love
Reflected on the surface of
The pond, your face so close to touch
I am a lily in your light.

She walked out in the night and suddenly spied his reflection before her
She reached and she tripped off the side and she fell into the water
She almost reached, then she drowned, but he saw as she sank down slowly under
He took pity on her and granted her life, as the star of the river.

Then she calls and she calls and she calls...
I will meet you, come my love.
Reflected on the surface of the pond.
Your face so close to touch.
I am a lily in your light.
I am a lily in your light.
Track Name: Oh Saci!
Open my eyes, the sun was high and bright, blue skies.
I should’ve been up at least three hours ago. Clock broke, no way to tell the time,
New socks to make me feel alright. I ran to the bus only to see it fly by.
How could the day get any worse?
As I stand by the roadside, I walk home, I get in the car,
Wouldn’t start, put the choke on, cover my neighbour in the smoke from...
Only to see the garden gate wide open, and the hutch door high,
As the floor is torn up by hens running loose in the street,
As the dust twists and writhes, up to the sky.

Oh Saci Pererê, Oh Saci! Oh Saci Pererê, Oh Saci!

Finally got into town, I was late, you were soaked. You had to wait in the rain.
We rushed to the play I had tickets for, too late, again.
Stopped to warm up, got some coffee and cake,
As I went to pay my coins fell everywhere, I swear we didn’t find them all.
It’s not how I pictured us on the floor, on our hands and knees,
Searching for pennies that we couldn’t see. You had to pay, oh what a day!

Oh Saci Pererê, Oh Saci! Oh Saci Pererê, Oh Saci!

You caught your train, I drove home in the rain.
Put my hand in my pocket for my house keys,
Found a piece of paper had been slipped inside.
I couldn’t believe, after such a bad day, you’d left a note, what will it say?
Oh but the ink had run, your note was gone.

Oh Saci Pererê, Oh Saci! Oh Saci Pererê, Oh Saci!