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  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • Release: 03 May, 2013
  • Catalog No: COOKCD585

“Having determined to record an album proper of original material with an electronic palette, I flimsily began my search for the perfect collaborator. I say flimsily because I left the searching bit to someone else, as is my wont, on account of the fact that searching tends to throw up its distractions and I am Bart Simpson in this regard.

I wasn’t hopeful, but it was all I was in the mood for.

My endeavour had thus far thrown up a brace of offers for Mother’s Day cover collections, preferably accompanied by centre spread shots of my parlour and the gurning fruits of my loins. Dull. Then I was introduced to Guy.

Guy Sigsworth is a producer and composer of great note, but I didn’t really know his catalogue. Bubble-dweller, me. I expected to come away from our meeting route-less. I am not always right.

We very quickly established that we related to one another. We spoke the same English, albeit he is northern and I am swearier. We began to write and it worked and it became more important to us both.

No one was interested in new music from me so we made our album under our own steam, in Guy’s down-time, delighting in the lack of interference. A very good positive to not being answerable to a Corporation or its dubious taste makers. “

– Alison Moyet, writing in the minutes tour programme

  • Horizon Flame

    • Lyrics

      Suddenly the landscape has changed
      Horizon flame

      In the stream, what is square?
      Would you put the lights out. Dead?
      Look at all the lights out there
      Could have been enough for you
      Living like we needed to
      Would have been enough left for you

      You can be the sire
      You were never plain
      Go and paint that sign
      Ordinary pain

      In the stars, what is care?
      Would you keep the sound down. Dead?
      Look at all the stars out there
      Could have been enough for you
      Talking as we needed to
      Would have been enough left for you

  • Changeling

    • Lyrics

      Radio through my car window
      Mouths make shapes
      Hullos that look like violence
      We pull out
      And here the traffic waltzes
      Slow, quick, go
      Move over you say:

      Pre-chorus:
      How does anybody get to work like this
      Can anybody tell me does it work like this?

      Chorus:
      I remember when the world was a little girl
      Every corner turned leading back to her
      Flowing like a stream on a rolling stone
      Certain there was nothing changing

      Heel to toe,
      We throw our forward roll and hope
      Something somewhere is catching
      Spill onto a boulevard
      I lose my grip of you
      Move with me I say

      Pre-chorus:
      How does anybody get to work like this
      Can anybody tell me does it work like this?

      Chorus:
      I remember when the world was a little girl
      Every corner turned leading back to her
      Flowing like a stream round a rolling stone
      Dream that I was never changing
      Changing

      And in every face I should chance to meet
      I’m looking for the one that could still ṗlace me
      Any corner turned back for her
      Dream that we were never changing

  • When I Was Your Girl

    • Lyrics

      When I was your girl
      I didn't know that I would
      End where you begin
      More beautiful in your skin
      No matter of regret
      This loosening curl
      Teasing you out
      When I was your girl

      In my room you said we'll stay here for an endless year
      Close the door we're letting no one near
      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl

      And then today
      All the nightmares came my way
      All the tears I tried to stay
      You were never satisfied
      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl

      And when I was she
      I'd put on every coat
      To wear the weather down
      But even in the sun
      You said you tasted rain
      I watched you unfurl
      You held on to me
      When I was your girl

      In my cups I see you watching from the edge of the bed
      I'm sinking words that you never said
      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl

      And then today
      I'll be keeping out your way
      Every debt they owe I pay
      They were never satisfied
      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl

      We tore out a page
      Impolitely quit the stage
      Into corners sweep our rage
      I would never leave you crying

      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl
      When I was your girl

  • Apple Kisses

    • Lyrics

      How sound my contemplating?
      Counting on your fingers while they're hesitating
      Folded into every fibre of the bed you make
      Are you sleeping somewhere?
      I'm wide awake

      Keep me with you
      Hidden in soft vowels and your apple kisses
      Keep me with you
      Sipping soft vowels from your apple kisses
      Keep me with you
      When the truth bends and the word misses
      Keep me with you
      Sipping soft vowels from your apple kisses

      It took us so long to accept the changing
      Then come the minute and we're rearranging
      Flowing into my lap
      Like a cat
      Raises the sap
      Do I make it easy?
      Then take it back

  • Right As Rain

    • Lyrics

      If you can't be happy with me
      Be unhappy with me
      Stay unhappy with me
      If you can't find peace in my arms
      Find dis-ease in my arms
      As you please with my arms

      Go, I'll fight you every step of the way
      Know, that nothing now will be the same
      As right as rain

      If you feel like nothing with me
      And see nothing in me
      Then be nothing with me
      If you can't find rest in my bed
      Then don't bother your head
      Lie awake there instead

      Oh and may you never sleep again
      Sow and may you never reap again
      As right as rain

      Takes one to make you suffer
      One to leave you on your own
      Takes one to make you suffer
      And one to leave you on your own

      It's a sad-sack affair
      And you want it
      You want it
      You want it
      It's a loud life out there
      But you hear yourself speak
      When you're on it
      And before I don't care...

      If you can't be happy with me
      Be unhappy with me
      Stay unhappy with me

  • Remind Yourself

    • Lyrics

      Remind yourself
      Of the little signs
      And the small asides
      Playing on your mind
      Shift of air
      The turn of phrase
      Obsession to
      Averted gaze
      Remind yourself
      How the field is wide
      And the eye takes more than it sweeps aside
      Choose to keep or select the shelf
      Is a tender lie
      Remind yourself

      Remind yourself as the moon shifts overhead
      That roll it does
      Roll it does
      And the drum beat in your chest
      It becomes a pulse
      It becomes

      Remind yourself of a wiser day
      When you let them come
      But wouldn't let them stay
      Gave them hope and
      Forgot your own
      Took your head to town
      And your body home
      When you told yourself
      That you couldn't have
      And you wouldn't feel
      And it wasn't bad
      When you know the truth matters
      Nothing less
      They will lie to you
      Remind yourself

      Remind yourself as the moon shifts overhead
      That roll it does
      Roll it does
      And the drum beat in your chest
      It becomes a pulse
      Becomes
      As the moon shifts overhea
      Roll it does
      Roll

      Remind yourself
      When you say goodbye
      They'll forget today
      And forget the tie
      And somebody else
      Is gonna fill the cup
      That they say no one but you
      Filled up
      Remind yourself
      The heart that pleads
      Very soon takes care
      Of its own needs
      The greatest love
      Is dealt and done
      Remind yourself
      And move along

      Move along

  • Love Reign Supreme

    • Lyrics

      Do you keep for a relic
      Every ticket in your pocket
      For a time you eed reminding
      Of the wedding and the binding?

      Will you cherish every barb
      That caught you soft and unprotected
      Like a souvenir collected
      Of the harrow and the hiding?

      You are more than the sum
      Of the numbers you've been done
      And it fits to be kind
      Even as your chest is bleeding

      And may love reign supreme in your heart

      Hold on to what you know
      You light the room, you give it all
      Take with you when you go
      The smile that you've been sketching
      On my face
      And if you slip again
      The nearest truth is when you do
      And as you slip away
      I'm waiting here
      For everything to change

      WIll you write me a card when you
      Reach your destination?
      I won't take it as a white flag
      Or a sign of hesitation

      Just a temporary token
      I'll be keeping in my pocket
      WIth a Biro and a lighter
      'til it smacks of desperation

      We are more than the sum
      Of the numbers we've been done
      And it's right to be kind
      Even as your chest is bleeding

      And may love reign supreme in your heart
      May love reign supreme in your heart

      Hold on to what you know
      You light the room
      You give it all
      Take with you when you go
      The smile that you've been
      Sketching on my face
      And if you slip again
      The nearest truth is when you do
      And as you slip away

      I'm waiting here
      For everything to change

  • A Place To Say

    • Lyrics

      We never see the end begin
      Only when it settles in
      We didn't have so long to wait
      But even now it's hard to take
      Everyday you change your mind
      But every way we turn you find
      Another reason to be sure
      Nothing's mending anymore

      I'm gonna leave you now
      Even when I don't know how
      I'm ever gonna look away
      From your precious face
      You made the day begin
      You were a breath of spring
      Giving me everything
      But a place to stay

      The one I want is sitting here
      Considering which way to steer
      Now you say it's mine to choose
      Which hand you would hate more to lose
      Every day you change your mind
      And every minute draw a different line
      You leave me numb I let my feet decide
      And they're moving like they think that I

      I'm gonna leave you now
      Even when I don't know how
      I'm ever gonna look away
      From your precious face
      You were the morning light
      You were the fireside
      You make it almost like
      A place to stay

  • Filigree

    • Lyrics

      I fell into a cinema
      Watching pictures in a dream
      Shifting the fidget into still
      Nine other people took their leave

      No humping bones
      All filigree
      Grace and nature
      Mimicry
      All but took me to my knees

      You jump too soon and miss it all
      Now something beautiful happens
      All there is - these beautiful minutes
      We wait on
      We wait on

      It moved as slow as slow can be
      Half eaten words of earth and sea
      I didn't feel it touching me

      You jump too soon and miss all this
      Now something beautiful happens
      All there is - these beautiful minutes
      We wait on
      We wait on

      I fell into a cinema
      I didn't know where else to be
      Sitting out a trip or three
      I thought I wanted trippery

      That girl five seats down, and me
      Concave and blinking at the scene
      Rolling credits on a screen

      You jump too soon and miss all this
      Now something beautiful happens
      All there is - these beautiful minutes
      We wait on
      We wait on

  • All Signs of Life

    • Lyrics

      The skyline is fading
      Planets rearranging
      For one man collecting his distance
      His lungs are a bellow
      Such a mechanical fellow
      He's breathing in circles
      (All signs of life)

      On the rolling hills
      Like the curve of a hip dipping
      Oh, he can see her face
      So he picks up his pace
      Don't hurry here

      All signs of life
      All signs of life, here

      His bodys a blister
      Scowling, solitary mister
      No tail wind to borrow
      No rest tomorrow
      His lungs are a bellow
      Dress him in sunflower yellow
      He's breathing in circles

      And he spits his pain
      And he sucks in the air like ether
      And he breathes it again
      Now his chest is a mine exploding
      And the bitumen sticks
      Like the catch in his throat
      He's going down
      And he sleeps in the dust
      On a blanket she laid out for him, here

  • Rung By The Tide

    • Lyrics

      Slip me into a simmering sea
      Let salt water suck on me
      Far out from an august shore

      No reach of arm may sway my hips
      Nor mute my song with fingertips
      Gone I shout as best I please
      And no-one comes at all

      From vespers to the matins call
      This stillness suits me best of all
      No more to thunder in your hall
      Or sing your brothers in

      Salute me sentry hollyhock
      Exploding dandelion clock
      In wisps of mist on crumpled rock
      An ending to begin