Stay Human

by Blake

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'Stay Human' is inspired by the life of the Italian reporter and peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni, who was murdered in the Gaza Strip in April 2011 by a Palestinian terrorist group. Arrigoni was one of the few foreign journalists present in Gaza during the Israeli military offensive Operation Cast Lead, December 2008 to January 2009. He published a book, Restiamo Umani (Stay Human), a collection of his reportage from this period. Arrigoni coined the term ‘stay human’ as a call to the world not to let our humanity be diminished by allowing human rights abuses to go unchallenged. The album was funded with the support of friends and fans via the Pledge Music website. The profits from the Stay Human campaign went to the Greenbelt Festival, where I premiered the songs from the record live in August 2011. Through this album I hope to raise awareness of Vittorio Arrigoni's life and mission; a beautiful man whose integrity and humanity has moved me deeply. I really hope you will enjoy it.

Sleeve notes:

What is it about music that draws us so intimately to it? I’ll tell you what it is – it’s about magic and it's about vibrations. If the art is strong enough, it can resonate with your everyday thoughts and feelings, hopes and desires. Often, music acts as a soundtrack to one’s passage through time, chiming with life’s twists and turns like no other medium can.

It was during a recent meander through the Wiltshire countryside I was made aware of Bernard Blake’s new album, Stay Human. To my receptive ears, it’s a glorious collection that reflects the artist’s wide range of talents and moreover, the qualities I talk of above. While Blake pays due homage to his influences, it’s his integrity that’s stamps itself over the 10 tracks contained on this long playing disc. In a world dominated by “me, myself and I” - it’s a rare beacon of light in a selfish landscape.

Take “Fire Fire” for instance, a swipe at inactivity and impassiveness that never once borders on sanctimonious. “Salvation” too is a raucous cry from the heart awash with emotion and yearning harmonies. “Too Dark Too Deep” blends gentle harmonies and mournful lyrics calling for illumination over barren lands and forgotten souls. Less challenging is “Shooting Star”, a breezy, beat-ridden 4 minutes that belies its pop sensibility with honest emotion. Similarly, “Anyhow” revels in shimmering guitars and yearning sentiments with a tight succinctness .

While not a concept as such, the unifying theme of the album is in tribute to murdered peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni, the 36-year-old reporter who died in Palestine during April 2011. The triumvirate of songs ‘Stay Human’ and the haunting chant that close the disc are a respectful tribute to the Italian’s humanitarian efforts that were cut down so cruelly. Somewhat appropriately, the album's finale is the optimistic “That Day Will Come” – a wish for the world to rejoice in harmony and peace.

All in all, it’s a fabulous piece of work, and like many who will undoubtedly fall for its charms, I shall return to it more than once.

Simon Wells, Sussex. November 2011
Author of 'Butterfly on a Wheel: The Great Rolling Stones Drugs Bust'


Watch Stay Human recording sessions video here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gG6fK2pkeY

credits

released April 15, 2012

All songs written by Julian Pugsley © Rockhopper Records 2011

Produced by Andy Rowland at Gatehouse Studios, Swindon

Blake: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, harmonica, percussion, stylophone
Helen Bousfield: bass, concertina, flute
Richard Bousfield: electric guitar
Joe Brown: vocals, bass, keyboards
Amy Evans: vocals, keyboards
Eddie Giddings: acoustic guitar, mandolin
Jon Godfrey: drums, percussion
Paul Kench: electric guitar
Richard Kilbey: slide guitar, banjo, mandolin
Andy Rowland: keyboards, programming
Chris Scrivens: drums
Claire Horton, Jill Perrett and Liz Weldon : backing vocals on 'That Day Will Come'

Thanks to: all the above for generously donating your time and skill to this project, Jenny Ann Pereira and everyone who pledged their support via Pledge Music, Rob Dady, Terry Sheppard and Simon Wells at 208 Records for believing, Benji Rogers and the team at Pledge Music, Paul Northup, Eleanor Mottram and Tom Davies at Greenbelt, Mary Tapping at Sarum Link, Roger at Rover Music, Liz Weldon, Jill Perrett and Claire Horton for the backing vocal arrangement on ‘That Day Will Come' and, lastly, and most importantly, to Sarah and Daisy for putting up with me through it all.

Special thanks to Andy Rowland - couldn't have done it without you! www.gatehousestudios.co.uk

This album is dedicated to Vittorio Arrigoni 1975-2011 - a winner, remembered for his dreams.

“Vittorio is not a ‘hero’, he’s not a martyr, he is just a boy, like many of you, a boy whose intentions were to claim, with his own life, that human rights are universal and they must be respected and preserved everywhere all over the world; a boy who knew that injustice must be revealed and documented so that no-one, living a safe life, could ever say: I was not there, I didn’t know…stay human, peace be upon you.” Egidia Beretta Arrigoni, mother of Vittorio Arrigoni

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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: Shooting Star
Shooting Star

I’m a boy and you’re a girl
Nothing more beautiful in this world
Than our love that’s here to stay
Getting stronger every day

You’re a girl and I’m a boy
It’s our ever present joy
When we touch we are as one
We are complete and we are young

And our love’s a shooting star
You can see it from afar
It’s burning through the sky
And it’s never gonna die
Cos its light is there reflecting in your eyes

You’re a woman and I’m a man
No-one else could understand
How it felt to call your name
I will never feel the same

And our love’s a shooting star
You can see it from afar
It’s burning through the sky
And it’s never gonna die
Cos its light is there reflecting in your eyes

Travelling through space
Light years from our home
Chemicals and waste
Broken hearts and bones
Broken hearts and bones

We were young and we were brave
Now we’re closer to the grave
Though you’ve gone I don’t despair
Our star is burning bright somewhere

And our love’s a shooting star
You can see it from afar
It’s burning through the sky
Though the star’s already died
But its light is still reflecting in your eyes
Track Name: Stay Human #1 (Song for Vittorio)
Stay Human #1 (Song for Vittorio)

Stay human you taught us
Keep your hope burning bright
Don’t be scared of the shadows
Don’t be fooled by the night

In the menacing madness
In the terrible fight
Walk on into the darkness
Carrying your light

Uh-uh-oh-oh tell me it’s not true
Uh-uh-oh I still believe in you
Oh you know, we’ll never let you go

Bury him in the mountains
Under beautiful flowers
Blossoming for freedom
In the darkest hours

He was a friend and a brother
He came across the sea
He gave his life for a people
So their lives could be free

Uh-uh-oh-oh tell me it’s not so
Uh-uh-oh the world needs to know
To know, we’ll never let you go

We’ll never let you go
Track Name: Too Dark Too Deep
Too Dark, Too Deep

Don’t go too dark too deep
You can’t hold your breath forever
Nobody could keep their feet
On the bottom of the ocean

One light is all we need to get us to the end
One light is all we need to make us whole again

Don’t go too dark too long
Don’t get lost amongst the shadows
Don’t dwell on all that went wrong
When you see the night come falling

One light is all we need to get us to the end
One light is all we need to bring us home again

Don’t go too deep too long
You must take time on the surface
Nobody can be that strong
We all need someone to talk with

One light is all we need to get us to the end
One light is all we need to make us whole again
One light is all we need to get us to the end
One light is all we need to bring us home again
Track Name: Anyhow
Anyhow

It’s so hard living without you
It’s so hard with all this space
I never thought I could doubt you
Or thought that I’d be replaced

Looking back I see all the things
I would not do now
But just ask me anything
I’d do it for you anyhow

I see that I could be jealous
I see that I could be dumb
But what we had was so precious
I wish I could change what I’ve done

Looking back I see all the things
I would not do now
But just ask me anything
I’d do it for you anyhow
Anyhow

I wish that you were still with me
I hope that wish could come true
I know I could have done better
I guess that you thought so too
Track Name: Fire Fire
Fire Fire

Store the volume inside your head
Little children end up dead
Immunisation at an early age
Teach your children to turn the page

Fire Fire
Human beings are burning
The flames are getting higher
But the world just keeps on turning
Turning away

Fetch the engines lend a hand
Pour on water on this troubled land
Our indifference is complicity
With those who ordered these atrocities

Get your ticket for a tour of hell
Keep on ringing the emergency bell
Complete the jigsaw made of body parts
Match the torso to the broken heart

When people’s lives are valued less than land
Stay human take a stand
Cos we are guilty for just standing around
While our humanity is razed to the ground
Track Name: Tell Me Why
Tell Me Why

Well I guess you were too beautiful
And yes, I confess, I was not suitable
But I would always be around
When life would bring you down
I’d take you on the town
And turn your head around so tell me

Tell me why tell me why I never dreamt I could ever lose you
Tell me why tell me why I never meant any harm to you

Well I guess it wasn’t feasible
And yes, more or less, I am unreasonable
To be so impertinent as this
But something is amiss
And I cherish our last kiss
And want to ask you if you’d tell me

Tell me why tell me why I didn’t mean any harm to you
Tell me why tell me why I’ve never been so in love with you

Now I’m on my own reflecting on the past
And why our love just couldn’t last
When it suddenly occurred to me a thought that must be true
You loved me less than I loved you

Tell me why tell me why I never meant any harm to you
Tell me why tell me why I’ve never been so in love with you
Track Name: Salvation
Salvation

I've got to get away
Cos I just can't stay
Need a place to hide
I know it's going down
Need the higher ground
On the other side

I need Salvation

Cold winds are blowing strong
No it won't be long
Till we feel the flood
I see the tides rise fast
Nothing's gonna last
Drowning in our blood

I need Salvation

Do you know where the pure water flows?
Can you tell me?
Do you know where I can rest my soul?
Track Name: Stay Human #2
Stay Human #2

Take all that you have baby
Throw it all away
Take all of your love darling
Give it all away

Oh Lord we gotta stay human
Oh Lord we pray
Oh Lord we gotta stay human
Oh Lord these days

The child was playing baby
Just yesterday
His father was beside him
But not today

We sat and worried baby
All the bills to pay
Now we know better darling
We have found our way
Track Name: That Day Will Come
That Day Will Come

That day will come when the people will unite
That day will come when all wrong is put to right
That day will come when the light of truth shines down like the morning sun
That day will come when all war will turn to peace
That day will come when the captives are released
That day will come when God’s love shall free our hearts from all of our pain

Cos it’s the hope of every age
That we live to see the day
When the people will be saved and thy will be done
And a new dawn will arise
When his love lights up the skies
And the world set before our eyes will be as one
That day will come

That day will come when the nations cease to fight
That day will come when the darkness turns to light
That day will come when no longer shall be heard a sorrowful voice
That day will come when the last shall be the first
That day will come when the hungry shall not thirst
That day will come when God will wipe away the tears from our eyes

Cos it’s the hope of every age
That we live to see the day
When the people will be saved and thy will be done
And all those without a choice
Will be singing with one voice
And the whole world will rejoice and live as one
That day will come