Solomon's Tump

by Blake

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about

I was dumped by my fiancé for a soldier in 2002 and this unfortunate event led to a fantastically fertile period of songwriting and, eventually, the Solomon's Tump LP. It was recorded on a borrowed Tascam analogue eight track machine in my bedsit in Cheltenham in 2003. The master tapes were transferred to CD by Mike Hill at Attic Studios in Bishop's Cleeve. I initially gave the first copies away to my friends. I used the moniker Bernard Blake, after an old chap I knew from work. My mate Paul, who had recently joined my band Karmatruffle, had just started going out with the head of an indie label, Pascale Giovetto of Ectomusic. Pascale heard it and asked me to sign with the record company. Obviously, I did, but I persuaded her to sign Karmatruffle, rather than just me. We ended up cutting our debut EP, 'She's Not All That' with the label, which included the track 'Let It Go' from Solomon's Tump and two others I had recently written. The Solomon's Tump album itself was shelved until after Karmatruffle split up, when I decided to give it a proper release via CD Baby in 2006. I re-recorded three of the tracks (‘Beautiful Person’, ‘Round and Round’ and ‘Lost The Plot’) as the originals weren’t quite up to scratch, I thought, and I left off my version of ‘Humankind’ as Karmatruffle had recorded a much better version on our debut LP 'What You Do Comes Back To You'. It is exceedingly lo-fi and rough around the edges but is probably my favourite album as the songs are the most honest I’ve written. I remastered it for this 2011 Bandcamp release and remixed 'Round and Round' and 'Beautiful Person'. If you download the whole album you'll find five bonus tracks, including the songs that were excised from the original release.

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released September 8, 2006

Produced by Blake.
Blake: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion.
Recorded at home, except for the drums recorded at Lansdown Studios, Cheltenham, on a Tascam analogue 8 track machine.
Transferred to CD by Mike Hill at Attic Studios, Bishops Cleeve.
This album, in all its imperfection, is for Hayley.
Thanks to: Sarah, Magda & Dom, Phil & Mike from Vinyl Vault, Shaun, Dean & Amanda, Karmatruffle.
Inspiration: Danny Kirwan, Nick Saloman, Ed Hamell, Charles Bukowski and Bill Hicks.
"At seventy I realised that instead of being a lunatic, I was a moron." Ezra Pound.

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Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. My new album 'Holy Roller' was released on 15th April 2017. Sign up to my mailing list and receive a free download of my track 'Vinyl Junkie': eepurl.com/dV04f

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Track Name: Solomon's Tump
If you're feeling lonely there's a place where you can go
You don't need a ticket all you need to do is know
That it is not very far and you can find your star or catch your dream
Cos things are not as they seem up at Solomon's Tump

Up at Solomon's Tump
Up at Solomon's Tump yeah!
Up at Solomon's Tump
Everything's alright
It's out of sight up at Solomon's Tump!

Everyone is welcome, you can welcome everyone
Find a deeper meaning or just go there to have fun
Cos it is not very far and you can find your star or catch your dream
Cos things are not as they seem up at Solomon's Tump

Up at Solomon's Tump
Up at Solomon's Tump yeah!
Up at Solomon's Tump
Everything's alright
It's out of sight up at Solomon's Tump!

You can see forever in the day and in the night
You can see your problems and your problems look alright
Cos it is not very far and you can find your star or catch your dream
Cos things are not as they seem up at Solomon's Tump

Up at Solomon's Tump
Up at Solomon's Tump yeah!
Up at Solomon's Tump
Everything's alright
It's out of sight up at Solomon's Tump!
Track Name: Beat Myself Up
Beat Myself Up

It's another day, another chance to tell myself with just one glance
I must remember not to beat myself up
The sun is out and the sky is blue and when I reach down and put some knots in my shoes
I must remember not to beat myself up

Cos there's plenty of other people out there who are gonna want to do it for me
And there's plenty of other people out there I know I just shouldn't trust

So when I brush my teeth and when I comb my hair, when I'm looking around for something different to wear
I must remember not to beat myself up
And then when I get home I need to rest my head, have good things to eat and get off early to bed
I must remember not to beat myself up

Cos there's plenty of other people out there who are gonna want to do it for me
And there's plenty of other people out there I know I just shouldn't trust

So if I lose my rag or if I smoke some weed or if I get up late or if I spill my seed
I must remember not to beat myself up
And if I question God and I demand some proof or if I'm asked my age and I don't tell the truth
I must remember not to beat myself up

Cos there's plenty of other people out there who are gonna want to do it for me
And there's plenty of other people out there I know I just shouldn't trust
Track Name: Round and Round
I couldn’t tell you what shape I am in
I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the gym
Maybe September the last rays of sun
Maybe November I really don’t care because

Life goes round and round
The world goes round and round

I’d like to tell you about something good
I’d like to tell but I don’t think you would
Do you remember the last time it snowed
Do you remember the way your toes froze

Life goes round and round
The world goes round and round

Round and round round and round
Track Name: She Flew Away
She Flew Away

I woke up early this morning for the first time in a week
I knew I had to concentrate today
I didn't have too much warning, she said she wanted to speak
If my hair looks good I feel OK

We met up in the Strand, there was nowhere we could sit
We drank our coffees standing up and I thought “Well, this is it”

She flew away, she flew away
She flew away, she said she really couldn't stay

I had a sense of foreboding after the gig Thursday night
The band threw a party and she went along
My sense of self was corroding, I couldn't tell what was right
I knew that she was dancing to a different song

She said we'll stay good friends and she tried to make it stick
I said this is the end my skin is not that thick

She flew away, she flew away
She flew away, she said she really couldn't stay

Oh she is such a lovely girl, oh she is the beauty in my world
Oh I am a diver she's my pearl
Track Name: Don't Let Go
Don't Let Go

I'm seeking perfection in an imperfect world
I'm seeking attention from an unavailable girl
I'm needing ascension but I keep feeling low
I'm needing redemption but I don't know where to go

Only you can get me out of this hole
Only you can save my fallen soul
And there is nothing else that I need so don't let go
Don't let go

I want recognition, I'm needing respect
I want your permission to let me be like the rest
But I know there's something I am starting to understand
I don't need anything because I'm in your hands

Only you can get me out of this hole
Only you can save my fallen soul
And there is nothing else that I need so don't let go
Don't let go
Track Name: Beautiful Person
Beautiful Person

There’s a part of paradise waiting for you
You can tell it in my face I speak the truth
I know it sounds silly but I can tell you’re gonna go
You are the most beautiful person I know

I'm bowled over every time I see you smile
I get goose bumps just from watching you awhile
I know it sounds silly but I just had to let you know
You are the most beautiful person I know

I can see it in your eyes before you speak
I can feel it in your breath when you're asleep
I know it sounds silly but let me say before you go
You are the most beautiful person I know
You are the most beautiful person I know
You are the most beautiful person I know
Track Name: Lost The Plot
Lost the Plot

You used to have it but then you lost it
You used to have it but you lost the plot
You were on fire, you had desire
Now you're a liar cos you lost the plot

I put my trust in you
You showed me something new
But what good did it do
Now I have lost my faith in you

You did an ad, that's really bad
It makes me sad to see you lost the plot
It isn't funny, you just want money
It isn't sunny now you lost the plot

No indication, no stipulation
No vindication you just lost the plot
Why did you do it, who made you do it
You know you blew it when you lost the plot

I put my trust in you
You showed me something new
But what good did it do
Now I have lost my faith in you

You were the best, unlike the rest
My head is messed now that you've lost the plot
You were my idol, you were my Bible
I'm suicidal now you've lost the plot

I put my trust in you
You showed me something new
But what good did it do
Now I have lost my faith in you
Track Name: Slipping Away
Slipping Away

You saw me standing alone
But you were not on your own
I crossed the street just to save your face
He wasn't much to look at
You could do better than that
But what does it matter now he's in my place

There's something burning inside
It's something I can't hide
Won't you come around I won't ask you to stay
I take back all that I said
It's just that everything's dead
Won't you come around, can't make it through the day
Feel like I'm slipping away

So tell me what does he do
He's only fun cos he's new
You'll be crawling back when things get slow
Was it the things that he said
Or is he better in bed
I taught you things he'll never know

Don't wanna be your good friend
Just want to try it again
Don't you remember what we had
I know it's hard but I've changed
I got my head re-arranged
I never meant to make you sad
Track Name: Let It Go
Let It Go

Slowly going out of my head
Quickly get back into bed

I was really onto something
I was really onto something
Yeah we were really onto something

But I had to let it go
I had to let it go
I had to let it go

Baby the next time around
Maybe I'll keep my feet on the ground

I was really onto something
I was really onto something
Yeah we were really onto something

But I had to let it go
I had to let it go
I had to let it go
Track Name: The Groovy Buddha
The Groovy Buddha

The Buddha said: “Hey Ananda, man
I just had me a far out plan
I'm tired of sitting here all day on my ass
I'm gonna go up town tonight and score some killer grass.

This Nirvana thing is just one big joke
I'm gonna trade samadhi for some holy smoke
Buy me a Harley and head off for the west
I'm gonna give myself a well-earned rest.

The girls round here just think I'm a square
I'm gonna hit the town tonight and let down my hair
Re-vamp my image from this guru with the truths
Get on the dancefloor and do the four noble grooves!”
Track Name: Throwing My Life Away
Throwing My Life Away

There's a flat in the centre of town
In a building that should be pulled down
But it's all I've got, it's all I can afford
I'd like to buy a house away from the rest
Instead I'm making do with fourteenth best
But that's capitalism, what a sorry world

I've been working all the day
To pay the bills I have to pay
I really want a holiday
I'm throwing my life away

My bank charges are more than malicious
The manager has just got back from Mauritius
On the back of what he bloody stole from me
My landlord says he wants his rent on time
If it's a day late he goes out of his mind
But after all he's only got twelve properties

I've been working all the day
To pay the bills I have to pay
I really want a holiday
I'm throwing my life away

My boss he earns a one and six zeros
Puts Mussolini down as one of his heroes
He thinks the world revolves around his arse
He's got four cars but only uses one
Last year he bought a brand new Golf for his son
But he's only ten he'll have to drive it on the grass

I've been working all the day
To pay the bills I have to pay
I really want a holiday
I'm throwing my life away
Track Name: Silver Sun
Silver Sun

Was it real or was I dreaming
The veils of night were left undone
Did I sleep, were my eyes deceiving
Was it the moon or a silver sun

This is a funny part of town
Things round here take much longer to go down

Silver sun shine on everyone
Silver sun shine on everyone

He pulled into the station
He saw the tank was getting low
Everybody was standing, waiting
Gazing down to the valley below

This is a funny part of town
Things round here take much longer to go down

Silver sun shine on everyone
Silver sun shine on everyone

Her hair was diamonds blazing
Her dress shone rays of northern lights
I saw her ship there waiting
I watched it vanish in the night

This is a funny part of town
Things round here take much longer to go down

Silver sun shine on everyone
Silver sun shine on everyone
Track Name: Leave A Light On
Leave A Light On

I decided long ago that I would let you in and show you everything
And I'm determined that you know just what is happening underneath my skin

I leave a light on
I leave a light on for you
For you

You could say that we were wrong to want the world for free but we thought maybe
And they can say it's just a song a simple melody but it was you and me

I leave a light on
I leave a light on for you
For you

Don't know why the story had to end
We were lovers now we're just good friends
Can it ever be the same again?

I leave a light on
I leave a light on for you
For you