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in amber

by The Sad Song Co.

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1.
Don’t look to me for fairness The feckless get ahead And the one who comes in third Will run off with the cup You don’t require protection From teeming avarice or Hands held down by your side I know it’s not enough To love If you’re still lonely It’s the touch Of us That draws you homeward I know why you came here And I know how you hurt, it’s Like looking in a mirror 40 years ago You know that you’re just like me You know that I survived My years have taught me that It’s time to straighten up And breathe It’s not too late for everything to change if you believe it When you go, please, take these things with you: You are strong and wise, it won’t defeat you. But it’s harder, harder than ever before Hush, hush Fears can’t hurt you It’s enough My love Will not desert you Days, months Years or longer When I sleep I’ll know I left you stronger
2.
Disturb my peace Shake me awake Fetch me every second Of love and life I've lost A myriad Of memory It's more painful to perceive this ghostly reality in a moment of clarity So I exist perfectly preserved in moments now reduced to just an instant thick The endless nights and time-smeared days where no-one else can see These moments of clarity That waste themselves on me All that I've seen All I've achieved Unrecognised Like those who love me I behold the prison that I am in Until once again my soul's set drifting Cling to vision 'til fog returns And drags me back into my ghastly reality A jet black wave breaks over me I tumble underneath my moment of clarity Why couldn't you let me be? Cruel moment of clarity.
3.
Noisy party Lonely table I watch you approaching me Then you say “Would you permit me the last dance this evening? Please, ma’am, may I have the last dance this evening?” Cheeks will colour Coy and modest I extend you a downturned hand When you say “Would you permit me the last dance this evening? Please, ma’am, may I have the last dance this evening?” The night is young
4.
You’re looking at me, eyes softer than before Bird and sky exist to breathe the air that you will leave I could stare until my eyes grow sore. We touch lock as one within the light and sound Afraid I will never be a lover you will need Now my feet will never touch the ground And even if forever takes my best I can’t be more than beautifully possessed You know I’m dreaming what a life is like with you Final times to test my soul Guessing at my goal My heart leaps and it all falls through I wouldn’t hurt you or try to change a thing Can’t you appreciate the things I dedicate It’s for you I write the songs I sing And even if forever takes my best I was never more than beautifully possessed I know that my heart will never rest Until you see me beautifully possessed
5.
This is peace Generations melting into one It’s just me But division never seemed much fun So come close Let me whisper secrets of good days Legacies of a life lived well There’s always different points of view And deeply held beliefs Seek out what makes us all the same Not what pulls us in two What’s a man to do? Welcome peace Generations melting into one It’s just me But division never seemed much fun So come close Let me whisper secrets of good days Legacies of a life lived well How you’d like to organise the world Is less important than your heart It doesn’t matter what you thought It only matters what you did Beckon peace Generations melting into one Throw wide the shades, let in the sun The legacy of love is love
6.
Is that a look? Would you like to preach? Well, go ahead I’ll be in the next room Do you have a phone? I can call someone who gives a fuck I really couldn’t care. All the things you take away But won’t admit them All that you imagine we should give And never say a fucking word All the things you take away But won’t admit them All that you’re expecting us to give And never say a fucking word Submerged beneath such good intent, *such* high ideals To give a little back A nagging tug to those who would rather forget About the ones who heal We are the ones who heal Order, order gets frightening When values twist and people change The greedy cobra ferried on the meek Shoulder, shoulder what’s frightening Haul the banker’s abandoned load Don’t you dare reveal your feelings Starve the funds that make things easy Send me home at night to cry alone While I’m praying for a life to call my own All the things you take away But won’t admit them All that you imagine we should give And never say a fucking word All the things you take away But won’t admit them All that you’re expecting us to give And never say a fucking word We are the ones who heal
7.
Faithless is the mirror Do you see what I see? Reflected coals of fire Staring back at me Did I sleep at all? Was this episode a dream? Did I spend the night rescinding tragedy? I was unoriginally scared But I did and I dared To take the only revenge worth taking Soon they’ll come to take me away But I know what I’ll say It was the only revenge worth taking It was the only revenge worth taking They can’t take me away from you Can’t keep me from seeing you In my mind I’ll be with you every waking minute Every hour of every day In my mind I’ll fly away In my mind I’ll be the dawn across the ocean.
8.
Unbowed 05:44
You didn’t stop me Greed Grief Sickness Hate Avarice Lust Rage Heartache Fear Pride War Pain Hunger Evil Loss Faith Hope Belief You couldn’t break me You’ll never stop me
9.
Can you hear me? Are you in there? Are you holding on? Will the last thing that you hear be me? Is the warmth from My fingers Seeping through Your paper fleshed hands? Go ahead I will meet you there Pioneering, trailblazing keeper of the flame You ignore the waves you’re wading through ’Til the water closes over your eccentric brow And steals you from my view Go ahead. Go ahead. And I will meet you there You’ve done all that you have to do. Let go. You’ve done all that you came to do. Let go. You’ve done all that you have to do. Let go. It’s all ok. Please just let go. It’s all that’s left to do

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released November 18, 2016

Produced, Played and Sung by Nigel Powell
with Bass Guitar by Jason Moulster

Violin and Viola by Anna Jenkins
Cello by Jo Silverston
Speech on Unbowed by Garrick Hagon

Engineered and Mixed by Graeme Stewart
Vocal Recording by George Shilling
Assistant Engineering by Stuart Jones
Vital Aid on Meet You There by Andy Yorke

Recorded at Woodworm and Bank Cottage Studios
Mastered by Tim Turan @ Turan Audio

All Songs, Lyrics and Text by Nigel Powell, all rights reserved

Photography and cover design by Alyssa Nilsen www.alyssanilsen.com
Booklet design by Adrian Powell @ Asriel Creative

Thanks to Avril Walker, Rolf Nilsen, Mika von Hirsch and Trevor Powell for agreeing to be photographed for the cover

Special Thanks to Jenna Hone for her contribution

Thanks to Chris Merkley @ Merk Asylum for early artwork concepts


Thanks to
Cluny and Jacob Powell;
Trevor Powell;
Adrian Powell;
Alyssa Nilsen;
Tarrant, Ben, Matt and Frank;
Cahir O’Doherty;
Kat Jones

© and ℗ 2016 Nigel Powell

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The Sad Song Co. Oxford, UK

Solo albums from multi-instrumentalist Nigel Powell, previously of Unbelievable Truth, Dive Dive, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.

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