SONGS OF OUR YEARS

by Gill Sandell

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"Songs Of Our Years is an understated gem of an album whose quiet introspection is tempered with an abiding optimism; it’s a rare blend and something to be treasured. Her attention to detail marks Gill Sandell out as one of the best singer/songwriters on the contemporary folk music scene and the contributing musicians bring out all the nuance and subtlety of the material with performances and arrangements that are always compelling. Don’t let this one pass you by." Folk Radio UK

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released May 6, 2016

Gill Sandell - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, fender rhodes, flute, hammond organ, piano
Ted Barnes - acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin
Ali Friend - double bass, electric bass
Sebastian Hankins - drums
Anna Jenkins - violin
Paul Jordanous - trumpet
Kristin McClement - backing vocals
Jen Macro - backing vocals
Jo Silverston - cello
Samantha Whates - backing vocals
Tom White - trombone

Livingston Choir - Harriette Ashcroft, Ted Barnes, Toshi Kobayashi, Kristin McClement, Jen Macro, Gill Sandell, Samantha Whates

Recorded at Livingston Studios, Wood Green
Engineered by Les Mommsen
Assistant Engineer - Tom Archer
Mixed by Les Mommsen
Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Studios Mastering
Manufactured by Key Production (London) Ltd.

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Gill Sandell UK

Modernist folk songwriter, singer and guitarist
Accordionist and flautist with Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

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Track Name: Walk On Low
Hear the chime of ice in the eyes
That echoes between you and I
So whither will you go, now the air's taking hold
With cries so bright and bold?

I'll go down to the earth on the bridge
And whistle the songs of our years
But whither will you go, now the air's taking hold
With cries so bright and bold?

See the wings reaching out on the ridge
To shelter the youngest of dears
For the eagle she knew, the eagle she flew
To bold and bright and blue

Oh brother, oh brother oh
Oh brother, oh brother oh
Oh brother, oh brother oh
Oh brother, oh brother oh

Meet me down by the earth on the bridge
And listen to the songs of our years
Then walk on low, walk on low
But whither will you go, now the air's taking hold
With cries so bright and bold?
Track Name: Silva
Rain rescues morning
Followed by the sun
And after all the red deer run
Silva stands alone

Reaching and rooting
Branching, holding on
She gathers diamonds on her own
And hangs them all a home

Rays are on the rise
Bring sap, unwrap and drink the prize
Silva's secret fit to burst
With the weight she bears to new birth

Watching Silva through this day
Spread the life for which she came
Shake and shine until she's gone
And winter arms take their bride along
Until winter arms take their bride along.
Track Name: My Heart Sat Down
Jagged harp down in East Row
Tear me away from my bones
Brick and cheek along West Road
Carve me out of this hole

It’s a miracle we’re here at all
It’s a wonder that you’re gone

Marble lady crossing Deacon Street
Pedalling your limbs as you flow
Roll the washing down where the rivers meet
To make this day daisy glow
You heave and ho, you heave and ho with fever
Where my heart sat down
They steal you though, they steal you though the leavers
Weaving the lanes out of town

It’s a miracle we’re here at all
It’s a wonder that you’re gone

Twisted waltz down in the echo hall
Toes pitter pattering the tiles
Play a dance to slide the bodies to
Gliding them home easy style
Under oaks, boughs and gallows they lie
In the arms of the Lily lake they lie
Over cobble stones and barrows they lie, they lie

It’s a miracle we’re here at all
It’s a wonder that you’re gone
It’s a miracle we’re here at all
And it’s a wonder that you’re gone.
Track Name: The Other Side Of Green
There’s so much to discover here, so much I want to share
Walking back along the road with springtime prickling the air
And through the graveyard, I think of family
How our bones will knit together in our place under the green

The nuthatches are diving for the food above the sill
And the daffodils are sprouting at the foot of Harper’s long hill
The crescent moon is like a letter box through steam
And you know I whisper to you on the other side of the green

My heart has never left you dear and my mind feels just the same
There are memories aplenty for to keep me on this train
And I’d love to paint a picture of the places that I’ve been
But better that I meet you on the other side…

The dogs are sniffing round me and the farmers on their trail
There’s a barrow load of hay to deliver for the Summer harvest sale
The logs are stacked up like a forest mountain scene
But I’m always thinking of you on the other side of the green

My heart has never left you dear and my mind feels just the same
There are memories aplenty for to keep me on this train
And I’d love to paint a picture of the places that I’ve been
But better that I meet you on the other side of the green

There’s so much to discover here, so much I want to share
The daffodils on Harper’s Hill and springtime in the air
And when I listen to the record of our Christmas in the snow
There’s nothing I’d like better than to hold you in and never let you go

My heart has never left you dear and my mind feels just the same
There are memories aplenty for to keep me on this train
And I'd love to paint a picture of the places that I've been
But better that I meet you on the other side of the green.
Track Name: What To Weep Is
Oh, what to weep is
Am I the only one to weep alone?
Oh, what to weep is
Sometimes everyone must weep alone

The little things that make a mark
Upon the every day
A melody, a lyric phrase
A recollection made

Oh, what to keep is
There anything that will let go?
Oh, what to keep is
There anyone who can let go?

The liberty of making tracks
And raking back the load
Fragility and paper maps
An empty hand to hold
An empty hand, an empty heart
An empty heart, a heavy heart
A heavy heart, a heavy foot, a road

Oh, what to weep is
Am I the only one to weep alone?
Oh, what to sleep is
One day everyone must sleep alone.
Track Name: Become Of Us
Become of us
What will become
Of wit and word,
Of courage comb?

Of fertile form
What will become?
The lithe and lean
The barrow bone

Harmony
Ringing and rolling easily
Floating the sorrows through
Beauty blue

Where go the weak?
Where do they fall?
Anatomy collection call

Oh raging ruin
Oh Martha May!
On Golden Road
And granite grain

Every
Colour will run together
And weather the rapids’ flow
When we go.
Track Name: Cotton On The Kite
Sorry was the sight of Erica’s demise
She held the cotton on the kite
Merry all the while and poetry her style
She brought the twinkle to the night

But it’s old rope, so let go
There are fields and farms to roam

As lantern light can wane, I watched you gently fade
And oh to harbour these remains
You took the warmth inside, the one thing I relied
And sat so still as I became

The ebb and flow of letting go
Of a life I need and know
The faint relief of turning cheek
Before new lesions show

It’s old rope so let go
There are fields and farms to roam
It’s old rope so let go
There are fields and farms to roam

So saddled to ride I’ll be, wherever the wind doth lead
And may she keep good company
As soon as the first bells sound, I’ll scatter you all around
Over the marshes to the Lea

The ebb and flow of letting go of a life we need and know
The faint relief of turning cheek before new lesions grow

You brought the twinkle to the night.
Track Name: Fruits Of The Season
Above I walk, with fruits of the season
From the cliffs I spy the island from the other side
My right arm shields from the creatures I’m teasing
Keep the beasts at bay, life over life

The four birds, the poor birds, swoop and dive
A morsel makes for a quiet night

And all this time, the beach is receding
As the liquid snakes the vessel to a lighter line
Upon the deck, the mountain is heaving
Dish of the day, life over life

Then one fish, a young fish, leaps and dives
His gills agasp for air inside

Behind my spine, the figures are turning
Their heads to prey on wildflower finds
Between each page, keepsakes for learning
We take what we need, life over life

As your love and our love bends and breaks
We feed the words that bare our shapes
As your love and more love breaks, it bends
It peels away, but seldom ends.
Track Name: Tulips
Tulips all around me grow
Yellow, red and orange glow
There’s a ring inside
So down the river glide
Into my heart tomorrow

Sombre was the tone of pain
Creeping through my walls again
And under every smile
And into every mile
It left a memory chain

But tulips all around me grow
Yellow, red and orange glow
There’s a ring inside
So down the river glide
Into my heart tomorrow

Tears fell like a waterfall
Into the grooves and planting holes
Seeds came settling in
The sun peeked shyly over the hill
The leaves ascend themselves until
Colours crowned them all

Now tulips all around me grow
Yellow, red and orange glow
There’s a ring inside
So down the river glide
Into my heart tomorrow
So down the river glide
Into my heart tomorrow.
Track Name: The Fading Hours
Only in the fading hours
Will I offer up my home