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Moving songs with a stirring sensibility. A superb unique sound, muscular and dynamic, yet capable of great delicacy. Folk, pop and country roots combine, with lyrics inspired by the elements, observations on modern society and feelings of happiness, loss and yearning.

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released November 20, 2015

Marie-Claire Berreen – Vocals, backing vocals and tambourine on all songs / Orchestral sounds (12)
Steven Wattison – Guitar on all songs / Backing vocals (1, 5, 9)
Peter Jennings-Bates – Bass on all songs / Backing vocals (1, 5, 6, 9)
Dan Slade – Drums and percussion on all songs
Tommy Jennings-Bates – Keyboard, piano and orchestral sounds on all tracks / Guitar (3, 5) / Ukulele (8) / Backing vocals (1, 5)
Ted Dwyer – Guitar (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10)
Pippa Trueman – Recorders (9, 10)

Lyrics by Marie-Claire Berreen except Happy Song by Steven Wattison
All songs recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by
Steven Wattison at Idlebone Studios.

Nature photography – Ana Paula – www.instagram.com/anapaula_c_
Owl illustration - Laura Pettit www.facebook.com/LaurasIllustrations

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Track Name: Come home
Come home
lower your anchor down
we’re worried you’ll run aground
and stay on a faraway shore

The waves they surround you now
and the boat drifts towards the horizon
we can see that the water keeps rising

Come home
lower your anchor down
we’re worried you’ll run aground
and stay on a faraway shore

The creatures beneath you they’re calling,
calling, singing, singing, sinking,
sinking you down in the water

And the moon pulls the ocean towards her
and a whirlpool is swirling before her
it drags you away from the harbour

Come home
lower your anchor down
we’re worried you’ll run aground
and stay on a faraway shore
Track Name: Fury of the storm
All will be punished
the land will drown in days and days of rain
the trees rooted firmly
will be whipped and broken
tortured by the gale

We must keep up this pace
prepare to embrace the fury of the storm

The gulls leave the shelter of the cliff
their great protector standing strong
the nests, left unguarded are blown away
and smash against the rocks

We must keep up this pace
prepare to embrace the fury of the storm

The fox will be hunted
by the howling bitter wind that bites his face
No choice but to make a killing
to survive the anger building in the clouds

We must keep up this pace
prepare to embrace the fury of the storm
Track Name: Draw breath
You taught me how to play
turning circles under water
took our ponies from the imaginarium

Izzy don’t go there alone
Izzy you’re never alone
Izzy you’re never alone
as long as we draw breath

You taught me how to listen
how to give you time enough to think
and you counted 20 differences between

Alfie don’t do this along
Alfie you’re never alone
Alfie you’re never alone
as long as we draw breath
Track Name: Happy song
I look upon your peaceful face
as you lie there lost in space
I know you’re here but you can’t see
I know you’re here but you can’t be

I touch your skin and it feels cold
I take the hand I need to hold
it tells me all I need to know
it’s time to go, time to go

You float off to the wondrous light
you spread your wings and you take flight
a shooting star that fills the sky
your parting gift, your last goodbye

And so you left us to reflect
and they all came to pay respects
for the memories are so strong
now all tomorrows with you are gone
you are gone, you are gone, you are gone

You float off to the wondrous light
you spread your wings and you take flight
a shooting star that fills the sky
your parting gift, your last goodbye

We will sing your happy song
Track Name: Never enough for her
You’ve got your health, you’ve got your youth
you’ve got the lot (it wasn’t enough for her)
others came and told you you were beautiful
on a daily basis you have love and we remind you all the time
it wasn’t enough, not enough for her, no it is never enough for her

Just imagine how you’d feel if the sky was tumbling down
time to live out all your dreams like the sky is tumbling

A lovely house, a lovely garden in the countryside
endless parties drunken nights
fifteen holidays a year and children grinning ear to ear
it wasn’t enough, not enough for her, no it is never enough for her

Just imagine how you’d feel if the sky was tumbling down
time to live out all your dreams like the sky is tumbling down

It’s never enough for her
not enough for her, no it is never enough for her
Track Name: Darkness of the day
The alarm, it wakes you rudely to the morning
and you blink your tired eyes against the sun
you’re surprised to find the body that you woke in
doesn’t feel like your own
so you drag your tired limbs across the carpet
and slam your body up against the bathroom door
and the tiles they feel so cold against your feet
frozen still, you are frozen still, you are frozen still

In the darkness of the day

The mirror paints a cruel and haunting picture
of a face you never thought would be your own
and the lines around your eyes they frame the torture
of a soul that’s younger, you’re younger, you are younger

In the darkness of the day

The years are passing by now very quickly
and regrets are weighing heavy in your head
how you wish that you had loved and laughed
more freely than you did
and you’re glancing at your side for things to cling to
oh Lord there must be something here to tether to
but your grip it slip each time you reach your hand out
for the brakes, the brakes, the brakes

In the darkness of the day
Track Name: Spark
You set me on fire
you put out the spark
the flame it rose higher
now we’re in the dark and it’s cold.

They called you a liar.
They said you were dark as the blood that runs black through your veins and the charcoal you drew just like smoke through my heart.
But I never thought you’d be the one to let me dry out in the sun.

You set me on fire
you put out the spark
the flame it rose higher
now we’re in the dark and it’s cold.

Consumed by the embers, how they burn and they scar.
And I watched as you walked across coals, how the flames licked your feet as you sauntered across.
But I never thought you’d be the one to let me dry out in the sun

You set me on fire
you put out the spark
the flame it rose higher
now we’re in the dark and it’s cold.
Track Name: Little one
I admire your persistence
your unwavering desire to satisfy the little one.
The endless cry of the little one.

The huntress circles below.
Senses refined, centred and focussed
guided to your little one.

I’m here little one, I’m here.
Stay quiet little one, she’s near.

You travel in harsh winds that blow you
send you off course and threaten your mission.

The huntress circles below.
Senses refined, centred and focussed
guided to your little one.

I’m here little one, I’m here.
Please stay quiet little one, she’s near.

Through bitter rain and hailstones you gather your prize, your wriggling prize
returning each time to give up each treasure.

The huntress circles below.
Senses refined, centred and focussed
guided to your little one.

I’m here little one, I’m here.
Please stay quiet little one, she’s near.
Track Name: Husbands
Young Miss, a husband must be strong
and tell you you are never wrong
oh it’s lovely to meet you Sir
oh it’s lovely to meet you

No lady you should marry me
I’m rich beyond your wildest dreams
oh it’s lovely to meet you Sir
oh it’s lovely to meet you

But why must I settle down?
No give me time, oh just another year
exploring other men, to find my husband
such a lucky man
(until the next one)

These things I offer you my dear
a quiet mouth, a listening ear
oh it’s lovely to meet you Sir
oh it’s lovely to meet you

The reassurance I can give
is more than any man my love
oh it’s lovely to meet you Sir
oh it’s lovely to meet you

But why must I settle down?
No give me time, oh just another year
exploring other men, to find my husband
oh, such a lucky man
(until the next one)

Very nice to meet you Sir
would you like to be my husband?

Oh laughter is the gift I bring
and I might add that I can sing
oh it’s lovely to meet you Sir
oh it’s lovely to meet you

But love I’d give my all for you
forget these others and let me through
oh it’s lovely to meet you Sir
oh it’s lovely to meet you

But why must I settle down?
Oh just give me time, oh just another year
exploring other men, to find my husband
oh he’s such a lucky man
(until the next one)
Track Name: The owls are not what they seem
We’ll take you out on the water
and we’ll float along the line
and some days, well it’ll be sunny
and some days, it’ll be fine

And in the night they’re calling
closing in through the trees
hear them hoo-hooing
the owls are not what they seem
no, the owls are not what they seem
no, the owls are not what they seem

We like to keep you busy
cause we’ll soon be losing light
cause soon it’ll be night time
and that’s when the owls are taking flight

And in the night they’re calling
calling in through the trees
hear them hoo-hooing
the owls are not what they seem
no, the owls are not what they seem
no, the owls are not what they seem

So we took you out on the water
and we floated down the line
some days well it was sunny
and some days, well it was just fine

And in the night they’re calling
floating in through the trees
hear them hoo-hooing
the owls are not what they seem
no, the owls are not what they seem
no, the owls are not what they seem
Track Name: Busy people
Busy busy people, all alone
busy busy people, you’re all alone
busy busy people, all alone
busy busy people, overthrown

Your life, it’s holding your hand
your life, all part of your plan
your life, stretched out in view
your life, it’s all there for you

Busy busy people, you’re all alone
Busy busy people, you’re all alone
busy busy people, you’re all alone
busy busy people, overthrown

Your life, it’s held in your hands
Your time, as grains of sand
Your life, it’s under your nose
Your life, but the pathway’s closed

Busy busy people, you’re all alone
busy busy people, you’re all alone
busy busy people, you’re all alone
busy busy people

They move through the crowd
they are ghosts, they are passengers
they don’t know they’re hidden
just going through the motions
the stories they tell to the strangers
behind a screen
their stories they’re meaningless
nothings just cynical
they’re pointless and hurtful and empty
if only they’d noticed their eyes have been
closed for so long

Your life, it’s holding your hand
your time, as grains of sand
your love, it’s pressed to your skin
your heart is wearing thin

Busy busy people you’re all alone
busy busy people, you’re all alone
oh you busy busy people, you’re all alone
oh you busy busy people, you’re all alone
oh busy busy people, oh you’re all alone
Oh busy busy people, oh
All alone, oh you’re all alone
oh you’re all alone
alone alone alone alone
Track Name: Foundlings
Foundlings

We know of you
left out on your own
we read about you in the news
all day thought of you

Foundlings

Someone loves you
our hearts bruise for you
mystery surrounds you

Foundlings