Leaves

by The Bookshop Band

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1.
My mother keeps my father’s heart She’s an artist, he’s her guard She paints them colour though it’s dark A smile broke on my brother’s face As the amour dropped, so did the weight To reveal his true shape I hold them up in the light I soak my thoughts in this silence Heading back in the night Perhaps a little too fast My sister smiling and little tipsy It’s time for me to leave this party I walk home with thoughts of my family, with me I hold them up in the light I soak my thoughts in this silence Heading back in the night Perhaps a little too fast On the hill in the headlights As the car breaks the silence They were driving in the night Just a little too fast
2.
Hear the roar, as I take up to the sky And we soar But if the engine fails, well I wont turn back. And we fight And we rolled in unison Then you dive and you swooped my tail in one But the sun hides me But the son hides me Well soon I could be the dust that falls in flames to ashen ground But don’t you please, undercarriage, give way just as I can land We strike the ground As low as we can dare Before we’re bound We can take up to the air Can you come with me? Can you come with me? Well I’d have you take me further on this journey to my heart
3.
I found a way To make time stay Write it down fast, before it floats away My words, all washed up, on the shore Yours, scattered like leaves on the floor And our times, are far apart So I will build a bridge, with words alone And I’ll fill these pages, with moments I’ve known And you have my hand And you have a way to, understand How much time has passed And how old I have grown My time, it won’t stay I see each minute as it floats away Like your golden words Fall to the floor between you and me I’m trying to see These moments of time are lost in rhyme I’m trying to see So I will build a bridge, with words alone And I’ll fill these pages, With moments I’ve known And you have my hand And you have a way to, understand How much time has passed And how old I have grown You are the reader of these words that I write as they happen in time And our times, are far apart But my watch, on your wrist, it still ticks And my watch, on your wrist, it still ticks And these pages are filled with every stitch of the time that I spent But my watch, on your wrist, it still ticks And my watch, on your wrist, it still ticks
4.
In your life 04:18
Some get a baby, get a baby On their first time, on their first time Some have to wait their turn It might not happen, might not happen What to do then, what to do then Take another’s and watch it learn. And what you had in your head for your life What ever you were fed in your life, It’s a new story now. Waited this long to be happy Am I happy, am I happy? Or do I wish to, do I wish to run There’s always something, always someone To bring you back to where you came from To make you know that you’re not alone And what you had in your head for your life What ever you were fed in your life, It’s a new story now. Unexpected and expected It’s a life to be respected however you get to the end And what you had in your head for your life What ever you were fed in your life, It’s a new story now. And what you had in your head for your life What ever you were fed in your life, it’s a new It’s a new story now.
5.
Down is up and up is down Tell me are you going round Down is up and up is down Tell me are you going round Is this your first time or is this your last Can you see the moments as they pass For the time being I will stay For the time being I will stay here For a time, for your time Can you see, how the trees... Growing up and growing down Tell me are we going round? Into the ground Into the sky Into the sea Inside me All in time For the time being For the time... For the time being I will stay For the time being I will stay here For the time being I will stay For the time being I will stay
6.
Father sows the corn We need the snow to fall The father gives us grace This is our father’s place The old ways are fine Slowly we’ll glide Our world carries on In this place we call home Growing, always Sowing, sometimes Knowing, what will be perhaps Learning, from the Ones we love, sometimes Praying to, one above. The family grows The movies will show How to dream, how to dare How to love and to be fair Learn your lessons as you go Your next year could be bad 52 bushels an acre Is the best we’ve ever had Growing, always Sowing, sometimes Knowing, what will be perhaps Learning, from the Ones we love, sometimes Praying to, one above. Extending, for the Corn is in, we are Rotating, we are Rotating Our mother bears a child She’ll be with them for a while They can’t always stay Release their arms and fly away
7.
I have a question in my heart Its one that’s been there from the start And as I make my way through life I try to keep it close to mind And when somebody asks I can only say What it is I’ve learnt Along the way I call you my sister my mother I call you my father my brother To see me, to see me, to see me through Do you see me, well I see you You have a question in your heart Its one that’s been there from the start And as I make my way through life Keep it close, to your mind We all have our different paths Where we end and where we start And it’s not always what we know That takes us where we want to go I call you my sister my mother I call you my father my brother To see me, to see me, to see me through Do you see me, well I see you Sister mother father brother I see you, I see you, I’ll see you through I’ll see you through
8.
A mind can Start to fade Still feeling Endless hate You seem Far away We built a memory From the debris After losing Everything One hand Shows an age One hand Shakes away You seem Far away We built a memory From the debris After losing Everything This house is hoarding Thoughts and talking Through the losing Of everything Dig deep Don’t forget Some thoughts Are better kept Mist all In these eyes Preparing Goodbye We built a memory From the debris After losing Everything This house is hoarding Thoughts and talking Through the losing Of everything
9.
For the view 04:23
Within wires I built a garden To escape Cleared the ground and started planting We’ll be safe, we’ll be safe Boulders moved and limbs were severed For the view Borrow emptiness so that you Can see through, can see through There is peace within this garden Walk around There’s a scene within this garden Then I found, then I found There were many wires growing From the ground, from the ground
10.
Something struck A familiar trust Unwavering love Old eyes to see This broken life, clearly Beneath the depths of all this, Blue emotion that has crept onto Your shore, and are you sure, You’re OK, because I see you’re maybe a little broken, yes But it’s nothing that won’t mend Come on old friend Down to the ocean Come on old friend Follow me But I didn’t see your fear I didn’t see you begin To disappear Underneath the blue But I reached for you Down through the depths And I found your hand And now you safe and on dry land My lad, my boy, young man
11.
All aboard 02:38
Sat in white plastic chairs Facing into the mountains stair What a view, I miss you Sat inside a white wash box Facing out to the sea Such a blue, I miss you All Aboard the blue sky All Aboard the blue sea We’ve all shipped ourselves of to The same dream And I could not see That we were breaking I could not see That we were breaking at the seams Sat in my darkened room Facing the screen of impending doom Nothing new, I miss you Kitchen cupboards looking bare Fathers face filled with despair Why’s he here? I miss you And I could not see That we were breaking I could not see that we were Breaking at the seams Broken cupboard, leaking pool Cat Shit Scavengers start to rule Life’s not fair I miss you
12.
Catherine O’Flynn
13.
Roisin Meaney
14.
Patrick Gale

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Inspired by stories of family and friendships

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released September 9, 2016

All tracks written by Ben Please, Beth Porter and Poppy Pitt, except track 2 which is by Ben Please, Beth Porter and Louis de Bernières. Engineered and mixed by Ben Please, with the exception of track 1 and 7 which were mixed by Marco Migliari. Produced by The Bookshop Band. Tracks 1 and 7 were recorded at Realworld Studios, tracks 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11 were recorded at Ashley Manor, tracks 6 and 9 were recorded at home, track 8 was recorded at The Cloisters (Bath) and track 2 was recorded at Louis de Bernières’ house. Extra recording at Christchurch (Rode), The Open Book (Wigtown), Patrick Gale’s house, Catherine O’Flynn’s house, Caroline’s bathroom, St Brides Foundation (London) and at home. String arrangements by Beth Porter and Ben Please.
Mastered by Marco Migliari
Artwork by Hannah Porter
Inside main photo: Owen Benson
Case design & layout: Ben Please
Cases printed and cut by Opal Print, inserts by Richard Lawrence, disks by Key Production.
Those who added huge value to our recording and mixing process were Marco Migliari, Patrick Gale, Louis de Bernières, Catherine O’Flynn, Roisin Meaney, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, and all the musicians. We’re grateful to Brauner microphones and Louis Austin, Microtech Gefell GmbH microphones and Sound Link Pro Audio, Leigh Haggerwood, James King, Will Cookson, Steve Belgrave, Mike Hillier, Stuart Bruce, and Chris Hughes (Ashley Manor), Universal Audio, UA Digital and Source Distribution, Grace Designs, Nigel and Jackie at Rave Box Studios, Keith Lunt and co. at Opal and Richard Lawrence. Big thank you also to Caroline Waterlow and Ashley Harrow, Owen Benson, Realworld Studios, Anna Botterell and Andrew Hooker Violins (& Binky and Bigfella), Rich Magee and Lucy the studio cat.
Thank you to all our Patreon supporters, past and present, including James J. Patterson and Alan Squire Publishing, and our song sponsors (see tracks for details). Special thank you to artist Hannah Porter for producing the lovely artwork for this album.
Thank you to Nic and Juliette Bottomley and ALL the staff at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights for curating the best reading list in the world, and especially to all the authors that have inspired us to write these songs.

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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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