How Does Your Land Lie?

by Nicky Swann

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
02:54
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
4.
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
5.
03:58
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
6.
02:53
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
7.
04:37
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
04:17
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.

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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 for 'Because of You' Her songs are rooted in human nature, history and her home in Devon.

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