How Does Your Land Lie?

by Nicky Swann

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released December 12, 2012

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Nicky Swann England, UK

Award winning UK singer songwriter. Winner of Spiral Earth Best Original Song 2013 for 'Because of You' Her songs are rooted in human nature, history and her home in Devon.

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Track Name: New Found Lands
New Found Lands
My favourite season, this used to be
But now springtime has different feelings for me
I wait for you now
I join the masses upon the quay
I see your face smiling, you wave to me
I wait for you now
The call from the Captain to all his men
Sinks my heart, when will I see you again?
I wait for you now
And as you sail out to new found lands
Where the waters run deep
I hope they’ll be calm and still
And the wind a breeze
Are there pretty girls in new found land?
Will I fade from your dreams?
Now I’m longing for leaves to fall
When you come back home to me

Now the pull and the promise of a better life
To build something for us both it fills me with pride
I wait for you now
More than 2000 miles, only wood, stars and seas
And the bravest of souls keeping you company
I wait for you now

And as you sail out to new found lands
Where the waters run deep
I hope they’ll be calm and still
And the wind a breeze
Are there pretty girls in new found land?
Will I fade from your dreams?
I take comfort in remembering
You’re parting words to me

You are not alone, you are not alone, you’re my heart, my home
Just wait for me now

As you sail out to new found lands
Where the waters run deep
I hope they’ll be calm and still
And the wind a breeze
Are there pretty girls in new found land?
Will I fade from your dreams?
Now I’m longing for leaves to fall
When you come back home to me
Track Name: Because Of You
Because Of You
Do you want to go dancing with me?
Do you want to go dancing with me?

Empire, building dreams above us
Hippodrome, it’s so physical
Palladium, wrap your arms around me
All these things
All these things because of you

Do you want to listen from up here?
Do you want to listen from up here?

Opera House, you can hear the passion
Victoria, soaring with such colours
Royal Hall, feels so warm inside
All these things
All these things because of you

On a day like today the light seems brighter
On a day like today
On a day like today the light seems brighter
All because of you
It’s all because of you
Track Name: Diving
Diving
I can’t believe that it was you who told me
Find the fever come alive
I can’t believe that it was you who taught me
Only the strong survive

Doubters on the shoreline, I won’t see them
Take a breath now it’s one, two, three, dive in
Dive In

Now they’re talking in the streets and houses
About the man who lost his way
They took his job so couldn’t feed his children
But rose a phoenix from the flames

Doubters on the shoreline, I won’t see them
Take a breath now it’s one, two, three, dive in
Dive in, dive in, dive in
Don’t think just dive in

Down the tools, burn the plans, make the tea, I’ll make a stand
And wash the taste of stale opinions from my mouth of those who say
I can’t see it any other way
The time is right; to dive in, dive in

“Necessity is the parent of invention “
That’s what Johnny said
Immerse yourself and find a new dimension
Turn your world upon its head

Doubters on the shoreline, I won’t see them
Take a breath now it’s one, two, three, dive in
Dive in, dive in, dive in
Don’t think just dive in
Track Name: One Track Line
One Track Line
Do you know my name; it’s been changed three times since those days
Had no roots to lay, work took me from town
There’s a one track line
Stealing all my time
There’s a one track line
And it’s leading me on

Sweetest days I knew, I think he felt them too.
Taste warm skin and skies and such promising lies

There’s a one track line
Stealing all my time
There’s a one track line
And it’s leading me on

We could be lovers
Alone in the dark
He’ll bring me flowers
Lost in the dark, in the dark

Do you know my shame, sixteen weeks and five days since we lay
With my awkward frame, there were less choices then

There’s a one track line
Stealing all my time
There’s a one track line
And it’s leading me on
Leading me on
Leading me on
Leading me on
Leading me on, on, on, on
Track Name: Ropewalk
Ropewalk
If you walk from the tower
Past the church in my hometown
Past my school, past the yard
There’s a room, above the bar

And there she stayed and watched them work
On ropewalk

She cut her hair
Was three feet long
Beautiful hair, heavy and strong
They took her hair and weaved her a rope
Beautiful hair, beautiful rope

And they twisted and twisted and twisted
And they twisted and twisted and twisted
On ropewalk, on ropewalk
On ropewalk, on ropewalk

Now she glides feeling so free, so alive
Nothing but shadows here now
On ropewalk, on ropewalk
On ropewalk, on ropewalk

She cut her hair
She cut her hair
She cut her hair
She cut her hair
Track Name: Union Babies
Union Babies
Only the union babies,
I know that’s what they say
They’re only the little pauper kids
The ones they hide away
But say what does it matter?
What difference does it make?
No child should be neglected though
Its parents it forsake

All children claim and it’s their right
A chance to get them through this fight
Oh life and these poor little chicks
Though born within the workhouse bricks
Only the union babies
Now hear what I say
Should have such chances that we can give
As those in more comfort live

Whether a child of the poor or a child of the rich
Whether born in a palace, whether born in a ditch
Give each one a chance regardless of rank
Humanity cries and it’s her we must thank
Only the union babies
Now hear what I say
Give each a fair start that whatever the pace
Give each little kid a chance
Give each little kid a chance
Give each poor little kid a chance in this race
Track Name: Run Away
Run Away
Stop wasting time; just let me care for you
Up in my room, there is a suitcase
It’s open, open, open, open

You don’t have to speak, I can talk for two
Just take my hand; there’ll be a place for us
Where we can’t be found, no we won’t be found
No we can’t be found, we won’t be found

Run, run away with me
Run, run away with me now
Run, run away with me
Run, run away with me now
Let’s make a new start

You are thunder, you are thunder, you are thunder in my heart

I call you best friend, they call you hero
What brings them here, why are these curtains closed?
No I won’t sit, I won’t sit down, no I won’t sit down, I won’t sit down

Run, run away with me
Run, run away with me now
Run, run away with me
Run, run away with me now
Let’s make a new start

You are thunder, you are thunder, you are thunder in my heart
Track Name: A Piece Of Me
A Piece Of Me
I rode all night just to get to you
Steep slopes and harbouring hills
Adrenalin pumping through my veins
Like a hurricane

You’re no belle, you’re not a jewel
No tinsel or sparkles here
I’ve seen the beauty of the lakes
Mountain ranges, sovereign states

But you’ll always be here
You’ll always be near
You’ll always be here
You’ll always be a piece of me
Thought I knew you like my right hand
But I found more, more than you boast
Root and branch
Workday stance
But you’ll always be here
You’ll always be near
You’ll always be here
You and me we got history
You’ll always be a piece of me
I won’t let go
I won’t let go

But you’ll always be here
You’ll always be near
You’ll always be here
You’ll always be a piece of me
Track Name: The Ballad Of Thomas Campion
The Ballad of Thomas Campion
For one hundred years, pay unchanged
For a labouring man, a static wage
But rent and food continued to climb
The cost was high, the cost was high, the cost was high
The harvest wasn’t so good
The price of wheat went through the roof
The sellers held back on supply
The cost was high, the cost was high, the cost was high
Frustrations grew riots flared
Fundamental needs were denied there
A hostile troop rose from desperate men
The cost was high, the cost was high, the cost was high
A young man lost his life
A protest for change, but paid the price
They thought he was a leader of men
He swung so high, he swung so high, he swung so high
Track Name: Days Like These
Days Like These
I pick up pennies in the pink arcade
Where you once told me fortune favours the brave
I believe this time

Right to the back for the most giving of machines
The one got away, pull the limb down, deep breath
Cherries, cherries, cherries
Hope this day won’t end

Fill up your pockets, should we quit while we’re ahead
Or do we try and double our luck instead
Turn our pence to pounds
Lady’s day, there’s racing in town
Luck don’t leave me now

Ah, ah, I believe this time
Hope this day won’t end
Hope this day never ends

I heard a tip from a man in the know
At a 100 to 1 let’s put this pound on the nose
I like the name, the blue and white hoops
They’re off, boxed on the rails
But no look he’s coming through
Amalgamation of pleasure and pain
Can he keep this pace, could we win again?

Over and over, over and over has he gone too soon?
Over and over, over and oh it’s our day we can’t lose

Sometimes we’re blessed with days like these
When traffic lights all turn to green
And if you call you’re put straight through
You’re not stuck in a queue but talking with someone in tune with you

Hope these days don’t end
Hope these days never ends
Hope these days won’t end
Track Name: Sing
Sing
Seek them high, seek them low
Reeling on the avenue, putting on a show
One empty glass, is all you need
You can join the party for an equitable fee
Sing, la, la, la, la, la

Amongst the houses and under the trees
People are gathered to sample and greet
Rolling out barrels, under the beams
People have travelled to soak up this sweet feeling
All day and all night

Sing, la, la, la, la, la

Some yearn perfection of colour and depth
Some crave the numbness a time to forget
The young go in head strong, some kiss the floor
Proofs, will, experience, it’s not about scores
All day and all night

Sing, la, la, la, la, la
Sing, la, la, la, la, la
What we gonna do when the barrel runs dry
What we gonna say
What we gonna do

For interests of safety if you lose control
Make your excuses and leave by the doors
We’re just here to have a real good time
We welcome you, we welcome you all
We welcome you, we welcome you all

Sing, la, la, la, la, la

Seek them high, seek them low
Reeling on the avenue, putting on a show
One empty glass is all you need
We’d love to see you next time now we must ask you to leave.