Kidnap Alice

by Kidnap Alice

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1.
Chilly Winds 02:38
I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow I'm going down that long lonesome road I'm going where the water tastes like wine I'll see you when your troubles are like mine I'm going where the climate suits my clothes The pain in my heart nobody knows I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow I'm going down that long lonesome road
2.
If I had wings like Noah's dove I'd fly the river to the one I love Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well I once had a man, and he was long and tall He moved his body like a cannon ball Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well I once wore my apron low Cos you've been coming around my door Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well And now I wear my apron way up to my chin You pass my door but you never come in Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well Remember one evening, it was pouring rain And in my heart there was an aching pain Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well Muddy river runs muddy and wild You don't care the bloody for my unborn child Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well
3.
Softer Cloth 04:15
Pass me the needle and thread my friend I could do with mending old clothes Strengthen with patches and stitches of twine It's been long since I tended to the tears left behind I've never been one for a thimble A pricked finger tells me I'm alive As the blood trickles slowly down my thumb It's these old clothes I'm going to revive my son But you'll suffer it worse than this I fear Though you were never as torn as I Right down the seams and threadbare till naked Maybe they made me of softer cloth prone to holes Maybe I'm of softer cloth Pass me the needle and thread my love I'll make good or if not I'll make new This tatty old fabric is potent indeed And I'll fashion a dress just for you out of need But you'll suffer it worse than this I fear Though you were never as torn as I Right down the seams and threadbare till naked Maybe they made me of softer cloth prone to holes Maybe I'm of softer cloth If only they made me of stronger cloth I could put my needle away
4.
Black the sky, a clap of thunder And blue the wind, bruising the air Stark the mood, a monochrome setting, A winter chill, waiting for spring Now fair she goes, taken in by a traveller And lovers weeds started to twine Their hearts burned bright, lighting up the daybreak Melting frosted time "You will be my lady, and I will be your man," He said: "No-one could replace you, no other in this land" For a year and a day, with each other they had pleasure Until the roads he had trod started to call "Alas my love, my time is never-lasting, And in the morning light, I'll be gone" "But I was to be your lady, this is what we planned You said no-one or nothing in this whole, damn land Could take away my man!" She said: "You can never leave me, I'll raise my ravens to the sky, Oh my blood will run black with the death of all good things, If you, my love, take flight!" "And I will always be your lady With you always at my side If I sink you into this cold, black earth Our love will never die"
5.
FITS 02:19
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Mother may be And we'll all carry on flying Mother may be We'll all carry on climbing I am your little girl Clinging to your dancing skirt Leave a trail of bread behind Clear the birds so I can find you I am now a woman strong Best foot forward all day long Pick up the trail you left behind The trails gone cold, its hard to find you Mother may be in the air In this air we're breathing Mother may be on the wing, West to East she's fleeing Flying high, flying low Flying where - I just don't know! Heard a crack, brought her down We'll all carry on flying. One day I may be a mother too Will I get lost, just like you? Leave a trail of stones next time Precious gems I'll leave behind Mother may be in the earth In this earth we're mining Mother may sleep underfoot Resting from her climbing Climbing high, climbing low Climb to where - I just don't know! Hell unseen, brought her down We'll all carry on climbing Mother may be And we'll all carry on flying Mother may be We'll all carry on climbing
7.
Take me back to the place where I first saw the light To the sweet sunny south, take me home Where the mockingbirds sing me to sleep every night Oh why was I tempted to roam? Oh I think, with regret, of the dear home I left And the warm hearts that sheltered me there Of the wife and the dear ones of whom I'm bereft For the old place again I do sigh The path to our cottage, they say it has grown green And the place is quite lonely around And I know that the smiles and the forms I have seen Now lie in the dark mossy ground But yet I'll return to the place of my birth Where the children have played round the door Where they gathered wild blossoms, that hung round the path I'll echo their footsteps no more Take me back to the place where my little ones sleep Poor Massa lies buried close by By the graves of my loved ones, I long for to weep And among them to rest when I die Oh take me back to the place where I first saw the light To the sweet sunny south, take me home Where the mockingbirds sang me to sleep every night Oh why was I tempted to roam?
8.
Wolves 05:01
The train rumbles home home to the mountains mountains covered with snow and the home fires burn bright and they light up our welcome welcomes us into your sight but rest your mind nobody's coming to fight and the wolves are at bay tonight This house, this space this space it lies empty empty of what we have lost so many wars and we're all left with nothing but bruises and scars to our cost but rest your mind nobody's coming to fight and the wolves are at bay tonight They've been watching, waiting in the shadows ready to creep out on you only in the darkwoods of your mind so put down your arrows for the wolves they are at bay tonight So don't, don't forget don't forget we can love you warm your house covered in snow so rest, rest your mind let us in from the cold now let us all sleep safe tonight
9.
Jerusalem 03:59
Dig deep and find your soul I know this place I know these people I feel their earth underneath my feet The flame of their fire burns inside me It's the same air that we breath The beat of their drum rises slowly Its a rhythm I've heard before They're calling me over Come and get over Dig deep and find your soul Theres this man there and he's dying He's bruised by bow of burning gold Oh but his arrow still desiring Nothing but a life to show Under the twinkling stars and the fingernail moon He fights to keep his land his home He's standing tall He's a giant He cries my soul is all I own Dig deep and find your soul And so our hero well he goes hungry But we're eating out the palm of his hand He tells me to dig deep Till we have built Jerusalem You won't even know you're born
10.
Well I'm going down that long lonesome road I ain't gonna be treated this way I'm going down that road feeling sad I ain't gonna be treated this way I'm way down in jail on my knees oh lord I ain't gonna be treated this way They feed me on cornbread and beans I ain't gonna be treated this way Well these two dollar shoes hurt my feet I ain't gonna be treated this way I'm going if I'm never coming back I ain't gonna be treated this way
11.
You laid down your burden when you left this world of woe And I will think with affection of your time with us below And on your journey your soul learned how to fly When you walk that lonesome valley into a cloudless sky Memory lingers while the body turns to clay That's so we will recognise you on the resurrection day And on your journey your soul learned how to fly When you walk that lonesome valley into a cloudless sky Home to meet the father Hallelujah what you've gained Free from care or bother and free from earthly pain And on your journey your soul learned how to fly When you walk that lonesome valley into a cloudless sky I thank God I'm a believer for I know how the story ends I'll deny the great deceiver and join my family and my friends And on your journey your soul learned how to fly When you walk that lonesome valley into a cloudless sky

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Recorded at Syleham Village Hall, Suffolk, 7-10th February 2011

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released April 22, 2011

All songs arranged by Kidnap Alice
Produced by Kidnap Alice
Engineered by Matt Tweed
Mixed by Matt Tweed and Kidnap Alice
Mastered by Liz Spencer
Artwork by Helen Allsebrook

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