A World In A Grain Of Sand (2011) - Album

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1.
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.
2.
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
3.
Laura's Song 06:15
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.
4.
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…..
5.
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
6.
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.
7.
Patriots 05:07
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
8.
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.
9.
Karachi 03:26
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.
10.
The Bridge 02:40
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
11.
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…

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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.

credits

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 London, UK

The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of singer-songwriter Jamie Doe.

Following his stunning third album ‘To The Islands’, his new EP ‘The Life That I Have’ sits with and acknowledges the inevitability of a loss witnessed in slow motion.

Currently recording his fourth album, he finishes the year with a first instrumental release 'My Soul Is A Strange Country' for solo piano, out now.
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