Away from the City

by Melanie Crew & Ross Palmer

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1.
The rain begins to fall There's not much to do but watch all the ferries go Drifting out of reach It's icy cold Save your energy Sheltering from the sea until the night arrives Maybe we could climb the seven mountains If the dark clouds pass I'm sure that you will see I've spent all these days just buried in this place and now I'm wishing that the sun would start to break Red and white and gold The houses line along the water's edge All covered now in snow And there's underwater glass To observe the creatures swimming down below And wonder where they go Maybe we could climb the seven mountains If the dark clouds pass I'm sure that you will see I've spent all these days just buried in this place and now I'm wishing that the sun would start to break
2.
I miss the peace of you, the peace that lives in me When it's dark and I can't sleep I seem to think of you when the night hangs deep and still And I guess I always will It's a long way back to where I used to be I'm a long way from the man I thought was me You can tell me lies you know I won't believe But that won't help my restless heart to sleep I gave my heart to you, the sun shone in the sky And the clouds all passed me by But now I face myself and don't like what I see And the clouds hang over me It's a long way back to where I used to be I'm a long way from the man I thought was me You can tell me lies you know I won't believe But that won't help my restless heart to sleep
3.
03:03
What do you do when you can't find the words, You're surrounded by voices that fight to be heard? Will you meet me today? We'll just figure it out in the rain There were gardens here once all along Holborn Hill There were passages then that were empty and still But I'm stuck in this crowd and there's nowhere Where we can escape Run away, put someone in my place Let's go away, and we'll see them someday There will be nothing left in the end Because they'll pull it all down once again And none of our things will remain No one looks up as they battle ahead Lonely blank faces in puddles instead Lined up by the wall, all the people who Long for a change Run away, put someone in my place Let's go away, and we'll see them someday There will be nothing left in the end Because they'll pull it all down once again And none of our things will remain None of our things will remain
4.
Nobody's watching, nobody cares When you go walking nobody stares No one is hiding, nothing's concealed No one is there when the truth is revealed Everyone's looking away When you pass by my door Sometimes it's simple, sometimes it's not Trying to cling to whatever you've got Time may be passing, days may be long No one is sure of what's right and what's wrong No one will treat you unkind If you come to my door You can be sure that whatever's in store For the both of us won't change a thing. The birds in the branches will sing Remembering all that a summer can bring Long before you and I found what was waiting within Give me your word, I'll give you the same We won't tell a soul of the day that you came We'll keep it a secret that's ours to reveal The verdict against overturned on appeal No one will judge you again If you come to my door
5.
Sunlight filters through the trees In an autumn glow You can't see the yellow leaves If you keep your curtains closed Maybe you still think of her When you start your day There are things you recognise But nothing ever feels the same There's nobody here today But you're willing to find another way In a different place Just think of all the things you'd like to say There's a thousand memories Just in this small room There's a peaceful solitude Then there's nothing at all Maybe you still think of them At the end of the day There are things you recognise But nothing ever feels the same There's nobody here today But you're willing to find another way In a different place Just think of all the things you'd like to say
6.
In darkest England all that we could offer was our hands And Mr Booth, he said to us we could find salvation on his land The clay was heavy - turning it would break a giant's spine But here at least the air was clear, the water running clean and crystalline We worked till our bodies were aching, purging our souls We worked to be worthy of Jesus saving us all West there were skies growing darker as smoke filled the air In Hadleigh we all wore the armour of labour and prayer In darkest England as we left the city far behind We dreamed of distant colonies and thought about the lives that we might find The clay was heavy, and the wind blew through our barracks in the night But here at least we slept in peace and safety from the darkness to the light We worked till our bodies were aching, purging our souls We worked to be worthy of Jesus saving us all West there were skies growing darker as smoke filled the air In Hadleigh we all wore the armour of labour and prayer

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released July 3, 2020

Melanie Crew - vocals, acoustic guitar
Ross Palmer - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, drums

with:

Jon Clayton - cello on tracks 1 and 2
Adam Beattie - double bass on track 2
James McKean - backing vocals on track 4

Cover art by Peter Vinten

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Ross Palmer London, UK

London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, recording engineer and mixer. He plays live as a solo artist, as part of a duo with Melanie Crew and in James McKean and the Blueberry Moon. Formerly he played drums for Sumner, guitar in Carterhaugh and fronted the Fourth Wall. ... more

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