A World In A Grain Of Sand (2011)

by The Magic Lantern

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Liner Notes:

The total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time. A consequence of this law is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transformed from one state to another. Nothing comes from nothing. Creativity doesn’t exist in a vacuum. We take inspiration and energy from the world around us and transform it into songs, stories, films, photos, paintings, buildings, sculptures, ideas, conversations and every possible hair brained scheme imaginable. But how fragile the creative process and the creators! Once planted, seeds need nurturing and love, lest all their promise, beauty in potential, wilt in the crowding, claustrophobic jostle for the light.

We need support. An oak tree’s roots are twice as long as the tree is high - for every creative project, there’s a root network of friends and lovers, family and fans, teachers and students, who keep us grounded where the wind would have us on our sides. This band, let alone this album wouldn’t exist were it not for the continued love and support of those chemical bonds that bind us together, taking individual atoms to make stronger, more vibrant and creative molecules. To see a world in a grain of sand, each one identical until you really look, is an act of faith. We hope to start repaying that faith here.

This album is dedicated to our friends.

- May 2011.

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released May 1, 2011

The Magic Lantern

Jamie Doe – Vocals
Fred Thomas – Percussion
Lucy Railton – Cello
Dave Shulman – Bass clarinet, Bb clarinet
Phil Stevenson – Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, cavaco

All tracks written by Jamie Doe, arranged by Fred Thomas & Jamie Doe.

Additional instruments:

Jamie played acoustic guitar on tracks 1 and 4 and whistled on track 2.
Fred played additional cello on track 2, double bass and organ on tracks 6 and 11, cavaco on track 4 and sang backing vocals on tracks 3, 4 and 10.
Lucy sang backing vocals on tracks 9 and 10.
Phil sang backing vocals on track 10.

Special thanks to Emilia Martensson who sang backing vocals on tracks 2, 4, 6, 7 & 8 and to Dave De Rose who clapped on tracks 1 and 9, played steel pan on track 5 and helped create the ending to tracks 4 and 9.

All tracks engineered and recorded by Dave De Rose at Box Bred with the exception of track 10 recorded by Alex Bonney in the basement of Railroad Café.
All tracks mixed by Leo Abrahams.
All tracks mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon.

Painting by Nicky Peart
Insert photo by Barbara Anastacio
All design by Ollie Hammick.
www.olliehammick.com

www.the-magic-lantern.co.uk

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The Magic Lantern is an artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in everyone. Currently recording his third album 'To The Islands', Jamie Doe is a rising star of London's diverse music scene.

'To The Islands' was written during a tumultuous journey to Australia, after nearly 10 years away and explores memory, hope and anxiety in a world of near constant uncertainty.
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Track Name: Somebody Told Me
Somebody Told Me

Somebody told me
That you walked all the way here
Just to find me, but now you’re here
We’ve got nothing to say.

Fear and insecurity
Stole away our dreams,
But your face sings songs i’d love to hear
But I don’t know what it means.
Should I take your hand and pick you up
And walk off in the sun?
Or we sit in silence and drink our tea
Then turn our backs to run?

We’ll never know
We’ll never try
We’re growing old and soon we’ll die.

Cos’ somebody told me
That you smile all through the day time
But you cry at night, when you’re alone
Cos’ you’ve got no one to hold.

Life and love can come and go
Or leave us in the cold
But we’ll freeze to death before we see
What can’t be bought and sold.
Should we sing these songs of innocence
Or just close our eyes and hope?
That a better world is possible
If we rise above the smoke?

We’ll never know
We’ll never try
We’re growing old and soon we’ll die.

Somebody told me,
That they saw, you from afar
And that you’d grown old and when you died
That there’d be no one to cry

We move so fast we can hardly see
Where we want to go
But we float like leaves and an autumn breeze
We ebb and then we flow
Should we stamp our feet and raise our fists
And fight against the tide?
Or we bow our heads and slowly drowned
Because we never tried?

We’ll never know
We’ll never try
We’re growing old and soon we’ll die.

We’ll never know
We’ll never try
We’re growing old and soon we’ll die.

Somebody told me,
That you walked
All the way here,
Just to find me,
But now you’re here,
We’ve got nothing to say.
Track Name: Cut From Stone
Cut from Stone

Our hearts are heavy
With weight and woe
No rain in deserts
For love to grow
But come open wide
There’s moisture in the air

Love me, my love
Love me, my love
Let me love you

Our hands are weary
Now day’s work’s through
No sleep till’ morning
All blacks and blues
But come close your eyes
There’s rest in cotton clouds

Love me, my love
Love me, my love
Let me love you

There was a river
Running through here
And you were cut from stone

Time made is passing
The lark held its tongue
The love brought breath to bone

There was blood at the birth
And we were born that day

Love me, my love
Track Name: Laura's Song
Laura’s Song

Oh God, what have you done?
Well you’ve baked a cake
For your own,
Wake

And why won’t you wake up?

Rest in peace my friend
You’ll always be loved.
Track Name: The Ship That Washed Away
The ship that washed away

The boat has left without me
All I can do is wave back
At faces of strangers I thought were my friends
And the love of my life upon deck

As the sun sets behind them
The scene becomes black
And I knew if I’d joined them
I’d never’ve come back

Oh a young man with a little boys heart
Begin at the ending you’ll never reach the start

And wash, wash away

The days bob by listless
In still summer heat
A small town just marking out time
Till’ the radio crackles with news out at sea
The fair Lusitania has drowned

As the clocks all fall silent
The sun makes no sound
And I start to feel seasick
Here on solid ground

If I could start over again
I’d go with my love and I’d sink with my friends

And wash, wash away
Wash, wash away

These crazy forces unleashed in a blink
The salt water stinging my eyes
Blinding the world to the sadness contained
In the hull of that ship and my heart

The terror that followed
They couldn’t have known
And apart from the moon
Well they died all alone

There was no band to play them goodnight
And just the sound of the waves in the morning light

And wash, wash away
Wash, wash away…..
Track Name: Guilty Hearts
Guilty Hearts

I broke all the glass
Just because I could
Just to show who’s boss and why
What you can’t create you can destroy

I fanned the flames
Hoped to see the phoenix rise
Smoke and ashes in your eyes
It’s the quite ones who tell the biggest lies

Now I paid my share
To meet the cost of killing elsewhere
Thought It’d keep me safe at home
Now its time to reap what we have sown

Guilty hearts
Do grieve alone

I met my match
Though I’d won every fight
Saw myself in the light
And terrified I crept into the night

Guilty hearts
Do grieve alone
Track Name: Shine A Light On
Shine a light on

Have you got a place to sleep?
Are you warm or are you cold?

Have you got enough to eat?
What’s the chance you’ll grow old?

Have you shoes upon your feet?
What does the future hold?

Do you struggle to make ends meet?
Has your soul yet been sold?

It’s not fair, I hope you’ll agree
That half of the whole world
Should live in poverty

It’s not fair, I hope you’ll agree
That after we’ve been fed
The rest should all go hungry

But what’s the purpose of this song
If you don’t all sing along?
Well at least I’ve started here

And though it sounds a bit niave
You’ve gotta’ stand up for what you believe
And do it with out fear

When something’s not right
Shine a light on
When something’s not right
Shine a light on
When something’s not right
Shine a light on
But don’t just believe me,
Write your own song.

Have you shoes upon your feet?
What does the future hold?

Do you struggle to make ends meet?
Has your soul yet been sold?

It’s not fair, I hope you’ll agree
That half of the whole world
Should live in poverty

It’s not fair, I hope you’ll agree
That after we’ve been fed
The rest should all go hungry

But what’s the purpose of this song
If you don’t all sing along?
Well at least I’ve started here

And though it sounds a bit niave
You’ve gotta’ stand up for what you believe
And do it with out fear

When something’s not right
Shine a light on
When something’s not right
Shine a light on
When something’s not right
Shine a light on
But don’t just believe me,
Write your own song.
Track Name: Patriots
Patriots

I’m told that I’m lazy
And I ought to be working
But the saints march like soldiers
Always staring at the ground
Always staring at the ground

But the ground
Don’t interest me
I’m a man
I was born to be free

With every new step you move further away
And you tell yourself, you’ll be yourself
After pay day
But before you’re broken you’re fragile like a lake
And as you’re eyes fight the shimmering light
Your face begins to brake

And it dissolves at the faintest touch
The ripples of the question don’t count for much
Cos’ the boat that holds the problem can’t be rocked enough
We’ll need a storm of stones to groan and make the waters rough

Go build your towers
Tumbling through the sky
The bees all die early
But the honey will survive
Year the honey will survive

So sweet
You fight to get your feed
And now you’re done
Perhaps you’ll die of greed

So come on patriots
Come and burn a flag for me
In the ashes you’ll find
What you’re pride hides behind
The myth of an honest country

So come on patriots
Come and burn a flag for me
In the ashes you’ll find
What you’re pride hides behind
The myth of an honest country
Track Name: A Man & His Dog
A Man & His Dog

I’m ready to go to space
Go up there and find a place
Settle down take out a loan
Get a dog and build a home

I told them to come with me
They just thought I was crazy
Didn’t heed the call of the rising seas
Now it’s too late to leave

Cos’ the world is burning down
But I’m not gonna stick around
I’m gonna get out while I can
Gonna grow old like my old man

And from my garden out in space
I’ll sing hymns for the human race
And though my pup is almost grown
Apart from him I’m all alone

Cos’ everyone else has died
They thought they could save it
But they fried

What if we had only listened
To rhythms thrown out of kilter?

Something might have been done

So it’s just me and my dog called Goat
He can’t quite see the joke
But we’ll be fine if you give us time
Man’s best friend and the last man alive.
Track Name: Karachi
Karachi

The sun beat hard on you
Exposed the flesh to angry touch
And you cried out for us
The sweat and pain
And broken cups

So come home in all the pieces
That you have broken into
Come home in all the pieces
That you have broken into

We’ll glue you back together

I promise you,
I promise you
I promise

You’ve never failed me yet

Cos’ its just too hot,
It’s just too hot
It’s just too hot
It’s just too hot for you

And you’ve never failed me,
Not yet.
Track Name: The Bridge
The Bridge

The bridge that we built
Is falling down
Less of a bang, more of a whimper

What’s left on either bank
Is a slowly crumbling start
Distance is the river that
Broke this bridges heart

This bridge was built naively
Without so much as a plan
But believe me when I say
The work was done with honest hands
Oh she’s gone
Oh she’s gone

The bridge that we built
Is falling down
Less of a bang, more of a whimper

What’s left on either bank
Is a slowly crumbling start
Distance is the river that
Broke this bridges heart

With time the bridge it strengthened more
To carry heavy loads
Which in convey we passed over it
Upon newly beaten roads
Oh she’s gone
Oh she’s gone

The bridge that we built
Is falling down
Less of a bang, more of a whimper

What’s left on either bank
Is a slowly crumbling start
Distance is the river that
Broke this bridges heart
Track Name: Romeo & Juliet (III)
Romeo and Juliet*
*song starts from chapter III

I

Well I’ll tell you a story
Oh I’ll sing you a song
I won’t waste your time
No I won’t take long

Two star crossed lovers
Were walking in the bay
Bathing in the moonlight
They made love until the day

But when they awoke
They knew if couldn’t last
Romeo was leaving
And his boat was sailing fast

Now far out sea
In the dark and lonely hours
He thought about his love
And was forced to take cold showers

Our Juliet stayed behind
With a broken heart but fine
Until Little Romeo
Came in nine months time

Now shunned and turned away
From her village in the bay
She took the babe and left
And became a castaway

On and on she walked
Down the dusty, country roads
The babe was a’crying
And the tears stained her clothes

Until she came upon a house
Which was honest in its way
She collapsed in the doorstep
And died the very same day

Now the babe was taken in
By the honest folk inside
While Juliet his mother
Was buried by the cold road side

And she sang…

[Juliette’s voice]

‘Romeo, oh Romeo,
Oh where did you go?
Romeo, oh Romeo
I loved you so

When next we meet
In heavens arms
I know I will resist
Your sailors charms’

II

Little Romeo
Grew up a lonely boy
Playing with the animals
Because he had no toys

Raised by Jack and Jill
In the honest house on the hill
He never knew his mothers bones
Fed the tree he used to talk to

It grew by the side of the road
As the seasons went by Little Romeo growed
From a boy to a man with hair on his face
And he’d sing to the try in his mothers place

Till’ one day our boy left home
Kissed Jill on the cheek for the kindness she had shown
And he set off down the road alone
He was off to find his father

Though Jack was the man
Who held his hand
The first time he’d seen danger
And Jill had rocked and bather him like
A miracle in a manger

But he knew
He did not belong
So he went of to find
Where he was from

So Little Romeo,
Searched for years and years
And every fresh dead ending
Brought him close to tears
So he gave up on his quest
Made his home in a village with boats and fishing nets
But pain remained deep in his breast
For he felt he’d failed his toughest test

Till’ one night he lay away
Thunder like drums outside made the window shake
And he heard a voice he’d longed to hear
Brought to his eyes two perfect tears

[Juliette’s voice]

‘You were born here in the bay
And we’ll meet again some better day
But first this task you must perform
Sail into the heart of this terrible storm……’

[STORM ENSUES]

III*

Romeo's gone, he ran away
Far out to sea, said he couldn't stay
Say's she's better off, this way
But his guilty heart knows he'll have to pay

He's growing old, with a fine gray beard
Captains his ship, respected and feared
But when he's alone, she's on his mind
And when he's alone, he prays that time will unwind

One day the sea, turned from friend to enemy
Captain and crew, bailed as hard as hard could be
But their cause was lost, so they stopped and all shook hands
Knowing they'd all drown, never see the promised land

Some clung to wood, bobbed atop the ocean waves
Knowing that they had, no chance of being saved
So they each gave up, in their own private way
But the captain lived, an angel carried him to a bay

As he awoke, the sun upon his face
He knew he'd been saved, to return to this place
The sand on which he lay, had held him long ago
And his saviours name, was Little Romeo

Soon the angel left, to fix his nets
Honest fisherman, assumed orphan
And he never knew, his mothers grave
Or that they one he'd sought, was the one he'd saved

So the story ends, and so its told
The angel left to grow old
While his father died, where he lay
But their Juliet still sings today…