Old Happiness

by a Singer of Songs

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This album means everything to me. As opposed to 'I dig for gold' that had poured out before I knew it, this album was MADE. I sort of knew what I wanted to tell and where I wanted to go. And the best thing: all the people I got to know during the process. The people who sang with me, who helped me put it out there, the people who listened... I feel nostalgia for 'Old happiness'.

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released January 5, 2010

All songs written and played by a Singer of Songs in the years of 2008 and 2009. All songs were recorded in the homes of the players. Tiny Ruins sang and played cello and Becca Gordon added the banjo on 'Road to Nowhere'. Ana Franco sang and played melodica on 'Rabbit Hole'. Craven Canary can be heard singing on 'Wrath'. The album was mastered by Jim Bob Aiken and photography and layout handled by Sally Brownlie.

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a Singer of Songs' music has been compared to snowflakes falling in slow motion. To a blanket on a cold night and dogs howling into the night. Somebody called their album the soundtrack to a loser's life. The band thinks that's the biggest compliment they ever got.
But yeah, you probably want some useful information. Well, they live in Barcelona and they sing songs. That's about it.
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Track Name: Old Happiness
I kept my belly low to the ground
I shoved aside whatever I found
I longed for emptiness
Gasps of air like cold rocks in my chest

I licked my wounds under a tree
I got my heat from sun through leaves
Stains in my eyes
That brilliant disguise
Of stars that shouldn't be seen

I hid behind bushes and found
A peek on life just to find out
True beauty could not be seen
Just a branch in between

It is time...

There the fields are wide and clear
Slowness turns into fear
Soil goes moist
A sad voice
Until I pour silence from this noise

I think of lonesome roads around
I think of pearls in tall grass
And brightness to be found
And happiness
Too old to feel

It is time
For better times
Track Name: Slow River
The sun goes down slow
Leaves drifting with the flow
Your feet in the water
One hand on my shoulder
The wind blows dry dust
The kind can make you feel lost
The silence in the trees and
The birds chasing bees

It's a picture around which
I would happily build a home

The light like sparkles
The air tastes like flowers
The mountains ahead
The burden we left
You rub my backbone
I throw away a wet stone
I feel the heat of you breathing
The sighs with no meaning

It's a picture around which
I would happily build a home

It was a funny little mistake
It was a random hit of fate
A wrong trail
That brought us here
You said this moment is yours and mine
It feels right to be lost sometimes
To be two of the wrong kind

Mmmmmmmmm...

Small shadows of your skin
The mess you say we've been
We share in silence
Then let the shadows hide us

It's a picture around which
I would happily build a home
Track Name: Road to Nowhere
I’ve been on this road for so long
It’s made me wonder if I’ll ever find my way back to you
I’ve grown silent like a mountain after thunder
Blind like a mother with a child’s pain to soothe

On this road to nowhere
The breeze still smells like you
Ashes turn to sparkles
Black fades into blue

Darkness wrapped around me like a blanket
Rabbits run for their lives in the headlights
I wish I knew where this restlessness will take me
A chest to lay my weary head to rest

On this road to nowhere
The breeze still smells like you
Ashes turn to sparkles
Black fades into blue
And then you
Track Name: The Bunker
I'd hear horses running
I'd see rivers flow
I'd feel a breath on my skin and a voice
Hums a melody I'm just starting to know
And I'd run for the light there
A dusty trail I would leave
I would crave for the ones that surround me
I would lust for the ones still to meet

I wouldn't be afraid
I wouldn't be afraid
Oh oh oh...

And the sun would grow flowers
And the wind carry seeds
And the rocks they would guard us and heat
Stir the fire, the only promise to keep
Truth hides mostly in silence
Like a bug in thick grass
But I could pretend to be lying I guess
Gentle defeat is as good as it gets

And I won't be afraid
I won't be afraid
I won't be afraid
When the light comes my way
Oh oh oh...

I will hear horses running
I will see rivers flow
I'll feel a breath on my skin and a voice
Hums a melody I already know
Track Name: Little Time
I have little time to stay
I have even less words to say
I’ve got bugs crawling up and down my spine
So I’m on my way
Before the dark turns into day
Before the randomness fades away
And I have to admit
You want more than I can give
Being assured just ain’t a gift of mine
But once again on the right tracks
We’ll be able to look back
At this little time that felt so swell
This little time that made us feel so swell
This little time that made us feel so swell
Track Name: Rabbit Hole
I'll carry the weight
'Till the tide picks us up
Our boat didn't float
That's why it just went down
At night when I sleep
I see dogs in a war
Sniffing at blood
Raise their ears at the roar
Horses that shiver
And birds on a wire
I wish we could lie down
Look up for a while

In this rabbit hole
There is air to share
Soil to crawl through
No sunlight to bear

The wind has been quiet
The days have been long
We'll hold out our hands
Wait for our hopes to get strong
All that I want
Is to put the moon in my will
And empty bottles I patiently filled

In this rabbit hole
There is air to share
Soil to crawl through
No sunlight to bear

Let's dig our way through
To the other side
And creep out of the hole
Not afraid of the light
Track Name: I shall break that horse
I shall break that horse
If you want me to
Saddle his back and ride
Through fields with you
So I'll just sit on this fence
And wait patiently
‘Till you say

'Hey'

The bruises on your knees
Little wounds still bleed
Your smile like a snake through weeds
Crawls away from me
I guess I'll just sit on this fence
And wait patiently
‘Till you say

'Hey'
Track Name: Stray Bullets
It was just a quiet day
With hope for sun but need for rain
I was a stray bullet
Coming right your way
The street felt like a hole
The sky above seemed to roll
I was a stray bullet
Coming right your way

I will ask for the last time
Did the wound bleed the same?
I will ask for the last time
Did the blast fade away?

The moment of the blast
I ducked away but didn’t move fast
You were a stray bullet
Coming right my way
I guess that’s what you get
Wanting things you ain’t seen yet
You were a stray bullet
Coming right my way

You ask for the last time
Did the wound bleed the same?
You ask for the last time
Did the blast fade away?

It was just a quiet day
With hope for sun but need for rain
Two stray bullets ricocheted
Then went their separate ways
Track Name: Cavalry Walks
I forgot I’d lost you
Shut the door you walked through
Ghosts on the wall
Shadows that fall
Get up and crawl

Like the cavalry walks
Like the silent man talks
I’ll bury my thoughts

I thought I had doll’s eyes
All my wishes were lies
Many a time
The moth hits the light
A fire to pine

Like the cavalry walks
Like the silent man talks
I’ll bury my thoughts

I forgot I had you
Opened the door you walked through
Frames on the wall
Sunlight for all
Heights for the fall

Like the cavalry walks
Like the silent man talks
I’ll mutter my thoughts
Track Name: Wrath
Oh Lord I have sinned
I haven’t been myself
For some time
The roads that I’ve walked
The rivers I’ve crossed
With no purpose at all
The sun that went down
The dirt on the ground
I put my arms around
Holes I dug above
I preferred to be loved
Than to love

Don’t cast your wrath upon me

Oh Lord I have sinned
I’ve lived for the skin
And the joy of the fall
The horizons I sought
The battles I fought
Useless to all
The silence you hear
Is the violence I feel
Deep down within
I wallowed in pain
I worshipped the stain
And walked unafraid

Don’t cast your wrath upon me

Oh Lord I have sinned
I know I have been
Myself all this time
The life that I’ve lived
With little to give
Is precious to me
The trees and the sea
The stars and the breeze
The beauty to be
The words that I sing
All add to the sin
I find myself in

Please cast your wrath upon me
Track Name: Lonely One
You walk into the bar it's late
You recognize the songs they play
You drink your beer, nothing to say
Just keep thinking "not afraid"
You're looking for the lonely one

The guy next to you pats your back
You smile, you light a cigarette
He laughs, he's got a joke to crack
You get up & say you'll be right back
You're looking for the lonely one

You go out, it is cold
You look up, the clouds roll
It'd be easier to stay
It'll hurt if you walk away

The noise of laughter somewhere far
The neon lights and the stars
They'll keep you going here and now
'Till the mirror glass resolves somehow
You're looking for the lonely one

You'll always be the lonely one
Track Name: Them & You
They will light up a trail
And say this is the one
They will hold out their hands
Like father to son
They will root deep in concrete
They'll say all of us live to please
They will tell you stories
Of what's right and what's wrong
They'll make up the rules
Of what's sad and what's fun
They will show you the alleys
They'll tell you there's no need to run

They will cry
They will smile
They will do all the things
You're denied
And then late at night
They'll wave goodbye

Rivers they'll sail
And mountains they'll climb
Roads they will cruise on
And gaps they will mind
Joy like a trophee
Behind glass and stainless steel
They will walk down the street
They will put up the signs
They will whistle on grass
A guide for the blind
They will let your words drown in tears
Your thoughts buried in sin

They will cry
They will smile
They will do all the things
You're denied
And then late at night
They'll wave goodbye

They will place a safe bet
The will breathe down your neck
They will brighten the corners
You cannot forget
They will mark only truths
And words that are easily said
When you think that they'll stop
They'll light up like fire
When you think you just fought
The fight will get harder

They'll say you are nowhere
Unless you've got somewhere you'll stay
Track Name: Pretty Lies
Oh my God I told you lies
All they did was buy some time
For you to stay
Until the pouring rain
Came down like birds on fields of grain
I said breathe in deep don't be afraid
The clouds will hide the ugly shades
And the hills will roll
And the heat will flow
The silence will be soil for us to grow

Oh my God you told me lies
All they did was buy some time
For me to stay
Until the pouring rain
Came down like birds on fields of grain
You said we would always run
The road we drove would make us one
Not the sky
Not wondering why
The stars are gone when their light meets the eye

So you woke up we said goodbye
Our skin in early morning light
No pouring rain
No fields of grain
Just sighs like trails of our pretty lies
Sighs like trails of our pretty lies