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by Joe Tilston

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For Mum and Dad

All Vocals and Guitars recorded and engineered by Matt Tweed @ Pond life travelling studio, The Troubadour Falmouth, Cornwall
All the rest recorded and engineered by Luke Yates @ Small World Studios, Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
Produced by Matt Tweed and Joe Tilston
Artwork by Tim Rickaby

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released February 25, 2013

All songs written and performed by Joe Tilston
String arrangements by Luke Yates

Thanks to the amazing musicians who added their skills to the album:

Luke Yates - Violin and Electric Guitar twiddles
Matt Tweed - Bouzouki and Electric Guitar twiddles
Sean Howe - Drums
Robin Tyndale-Biscoe - Percussion
Martha Tilston - Backing Vocals on 'The Railway Children'
Philippa Ratcliff - Cello
Hugh Bradley - Double Bass and Fretless Bass

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Joe Tilston UK

Joe's music echoes years of influence from his upbringing
in and around the English folk scene, with a fresh twist and energy provided by his own venture into punk over the last decade as a member of Random Hand. Not a million miles away from Nick Drake and Damien Rice this is not likely to be what you're expecting if you're familiar with Random Hands music. ... more

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Track Name: The Railway Children
we where the railway children
the whole world in our hands
Untamed freedom
And master plans
No one could take those times
We ruled the land
Blessed with a thirst for adventure
rules had no place with us

We where the railway children
No care for the future
Chasing hot air balloons
and watching the tracks catch fire
the sun would set
and we'd take to the river
where the green leaf canopy
hid us from the world

We all feel safe now down by the fire
where we can hear the river
See the embers float up on higher
a breeze brings a shiver
The summers seemed to last forever
where we can hear the river
The summers they lasted forever
where we can hear the river

We are the railway children
Now trapped in our futures
Jaded by factory clock ins
and big city smoke
Always forward
never looking back
but we can't let go of those nights
or we'll forget who we are

We are the railway children
the whole world in our hands
what happened to untamed freedoms
the master plans
we'll always have those days
and midsummer nights
inside that fire still burns
and with the river we flow

I Look forward to one day
when we all return
sit down by that fire
watch the embers burn
I look forward to one day
when we all return
down by the river
let the memories confirm
Track Name: Kings Of Industry
Another mill burns
and leaves an empty shell
Generations of migration
left as stories to tell

Beacons of hope
fade while walls fall down
Untold strain
placed on a small town

The Kings of industry are we
we'll burn our future
with the past

The Kings of Industry are we
We’ll burn our future
we will not last

Our fathers and mothers
came from afar
now nothing left to show you
who they really are

our sisters and brother
will travel far
never sure
who we really are
Track Name: Where Is The Love?
We Become Desensitised
as another idol dies
a generation turns to dust
as we deal with the boom and bust.
What will it take to realise?
The frustration we disguise.
And how our elders show disgust,
as our lives are led by lust

Where is the love?
Where is the love that we feel?
Where is the love,
that sets us apart?

we let our lives be led by a gun
no attempts to reconcile, just denial
and fumble on without a thought
forget the fears that we were taught
so maybe we’ll sleep tonight
tonight
take the years from your son
and he’ll take the same from his own, should have known
a lesson not learnt is problem passed
and over the years it will amass
but at least you can sleep tonight
Track Name: Liza & Henry
Another pale of water wasted to this Bucket full of holes
repeated trips to the well with nothing to show
my feet you see are soaked to the bone
my feet you see are soaked to the bone

Liza won't you fix this for me
the wells drying up can't you see
but we'll keep looking for springs a new
because there's nothings else for us to do

Henry I told you, you'll get no help from me
the hole in that bucket needs to be fixed by you
so go back to the barn and fetch yourself some straw
use it to fix the hole and try once more

i've tried straw for the hole but it was too long
the axe I brought to cut well it was too dull
wet stone I brought to sharp but with out water it wasn't wet
so I pick up my bucket and start again

Another pale of water wasted
to this Bucket full of holes
repeated trips to the well
with nothing to show
my feet you see
are soaked to the bone
my feet you see
Are soaked to the bone

Liza won't you fix this for me
the wells dried up can't you see
but we'll keep looking for springs a new
because there's nothings left for us to do
Track Name: Different Feet
I'm in need of salvation
i'm still in the fray
searching out an incantation
or new mantra to say
I didn't come to preach
I came to learn
and I've learned

a simple smile can turn it round
it takes so little to be proud
we all follow different feet
still we walk on the same streets, just to cover ground
an old friend may stop and stare
it's not too late to show you care, just hold out hand
and we can try on another day
if it's not too late, if it's not too late

so another one's tied the knot
finding room for a second cot
it appears they've got the lot and moved along
do we judge by their advance
or give the dreams another chance
say we lived without regret
claim there’s life in this dream yet
say you never find the one
or write the song that should be sung
would you still smile?
Cos all we have to give is this
it's what we've learned and what we've lived
here's what we've learned

a simple smile can turn it round
it takes so little to be proud
we all follow different feet
still we walk on the same streets, just to cover ground
an old friend may stop and stare
it's not too late to show you care, just hold out hand
and we can try on another day
if it's not too late, if it's not too late

say you never found the one
or wrote the song that should be sung
would you still smile?
Because you may never find the one
or write the song that should be sung
but you should still smile
you should still smile
Track Name: Little Scars
Little Scars

I see she bares a thorn in her side
and I can see why
every one wants to try
and be the one to pull it out

I see she bares a thorn in her side
when she tries and she tries
without even asking why
there was lies to get by

Now we feel the the thorn in our side
when we try and we tried
without even asking why
there where lies to get by

With a little help she can take the thorn
she self medicates but it can't go on, for long
With a little help we can take the thorn
The wait it grates but it won't go on, for long

The scars from the thorn in her side
will fade in time
but we need them to remind
of the times, we left behind

We pick ourselves up when we fall
and we fall together
And we'll be there for her call
if she'll fall again

We pick ourselves up when we fall
and we fall together
And we'll be there for her call
when she falls again

she can take the world by storm
she can take the whole world by storm

These scars are the wounds of time
and they'll fade
but we need them to remind
of the times
we need them to remind
Track Name: You & I
So it's about You and I
Some times I can't say who you are
but I don't know who I am half of the time
if it's about you and I
it's about the reasons why
I'm keen to know what you think about my toil and ryhme

Some times it's easier to lie
but then there is no looking back
and our advances will never flow quite right
if it's easier to lie
just to struggle to get by
what was the point if we're never quite on track

caught up in the moment
we all appear the same
caught up in the moment
we can ignore the blame

there is something I should admit
the world I shaped doesn't seem to quite fit
but I'll hammer till it feels just right
take a piece of me
take a piece of me
and try to fit it in

If it was all strait forward
We'd already know the chorus
Instead we take time
and keep looking forward
And try to think of the chorus
and hope we have time

all caught up in the moment
they all appear the same
but caught up in the moment
we can ignore the blame
Track Name: A Song For Old Friends
There's one thing we know for sure
That's that I can't stay
It's happened ten times or more
but at least it started with you

we start over
we grow older
we start over again and again
we start over
we grow older
we start over again and again

I can't see far down the path that I take
or even if it's the right one
but when I know I'm sure to tell
because I want to walk it with you

there's one thing we know for sure
that that I wont stay
it's gonna happen at least ten times more
but at least it started with you
Track Name: Long Live, We
an old coat reminds you
who you really are
why you chose those friends
and wasted away those hours

maybe if you where stronger
you'd still be there
facing all weather
without a care

So pull the coat tight
tie those ropes right
those fires have burned brighter
but there is still fight inside yer
Long Live
Long Live, We

Cracks have shown
hate been thrown
but it can't be said for certain
if we meant a word spoken

Maybe if we where younger
we'd still be there
facing all weather
without a care

it takes it's toll
on the soul
though it's there in the first place
because you love the look on their face

though cracks have shown
and hate been thrown
its almost certain
we didn't mean a word spoken
Track Name: Erosion
The waves they crash against the face
they pull the cliffs away
every year the paths are moved
the last years walks erased
The waves they crash against the cliffs
and pull the earth away
and once again the paths are moved
as if they are the same

a smiling face approaches
one I should surely know
but like so many other
a spark barely shows
I blame the drink yet I won't stop
just replace forgotten times with new
and once again the paths are moved
as if they are the same

I find safety in the faults of others
but I'm sure that's not the way
look for relief in others grief
so I may be the same
blame drink and drugs on all the rot
a change must be made
and once again the paths are moved
as if they are the same

The waves they lap against my face
they wash the dirt away
every year baptised the same
with the hope next year will change
the waves still crash against the cliffs
they pull the earth away
and once again the paths are moved
as if they are the same