The First Snow

by Blake

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1.
Veils 01:49
2.
Dragonfly 03:10
Now, when the roses are half buds, half flowers, And loveliest, the king of flies has come- It was a fleeting visit, all too brief; In three short minutes he had been and gone He rested there, upon an apple leaf- A gorgeous opal crown set on his head, Although the garden is a lovely place Was it worthy of so fine a guest?
3.
I was a little fish that you caught in your net One thing that I wish is that we’d never met I’m over you tonight I thought that we were mates I thought that we were cool I thought that you were great but I was just your fool I’m over you tonight I gotta get myself together I’m hypnotised every time I see your eyes of blue They say nothing lasts forever I’d fantasise you weren’t telling lies But you do I’d do anything you kept me running round Then you’d build me up but just to knock me down I’m over you tonight Now you’re on the town and you think you’re it With your latest clown but I don’t fall for it I’m over you tonight Call me what you like it don’t mean a thing I know that you’re not right, had an awakening I’m over you tonight
4.
At seventeen there was so much life left to explore But now it seems I can’t find my way back home anymore Love has come and love has gone, people and places all move on The winter time seems colder now the days in the sun decrease somehow Way up in the sky if I could fly I’d be alright But back in real life I worry that I can never feel like the way I used to feel At thirty nine the stairs steeper to climb just to get into bed I’m losing time the years fall away like the hairs on my head Love has come and love has gone, people and places all move on The winter time seems colder now the days in the sun decrease somehow Way up in the sky if I could fly I’d be alright But back in real life I worry that I can never feel like the way I used to feel You’ve been hanging around all these years Your idols on your wall Hoping they’ll drown the voice of fear And catch you when you fall I’ve been trying such a long long time To drag myself over the finish line But I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah Standing on these feet of clay Every morning till my dying day To the Lord on bended knees I pray Cos I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah Standing on these feet of clay I am not the same man that you love He’s far above me I am not the one you’re thinking of, thinking of no I’ve been trying such a long long time To drag myself over the finish line But I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah Standing on these feet of clay I’m sinking down on to my knees Oh Jesus will you help me please Cos I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah Standing on these feet of clay I’ve been carrying around all these years This burden on my own Dying to drown the voice of fear And find my way back home
5.
Dancin' where the stars go blue Dancin' where the evening fell Dancin' in your wooden shoes In a wedding gown Dancin' out on 7th street Dancin' through the underground Dancin' little marionette Are you happy now? Where do you go when you're lonely Where do you go when you're blue Where do you go when you're lonely I'll follow you When the stars go blue Laughing with your pretty mouth Laughing with your broken eyes Laughing with your lover's tongue In a lullaby Where do you go when you're lonely Where do you go when you're blue Where do you go when you're lonely I'll follow you When the stars go blue
6.
Daniel Johnson was a preacher man Eliza Davies kept a home Three small children when her husband ran Where he went she’d never know On a Sunday the collection plate Told the tale of unfaithfulness But her duty she would not forsake Daniel Johnson was impressed Pray faithfully I will pray for you Pray throughout the year Pray faithfully that you make it through Pray that God will hear She’s now married to the Lord they’d say Never known to do no wrong With three young mouths she had to find a way And every mother must be strong You will suffer for eternity Warned the man in darkest robes Your sin will find you out eventually But when it will God only knows Pray faithfully I will pray for you Pray throughout the year Pray faithfully that you make it through Pray that God will hear Daniel Johnson every Saturday To the city he would go The man who hated sin would always pay The wretched ladies he would know On the day before Saint George’s Day The well dressed man removed his boots Set his hat upon the hook and lay Beside the woman of ill-repute Pray faithfully I will pray for you Pray throughout the year Pray faithfully that you make it through Pray that God will hear When they found her she was cold they said The bloodied sheets could not be saved Around her neck there was a cross of lead With her children’s names engraved Daniel Johnson took the burial Ash to ash and dust to dust Beseeched the Father to be merciful And in his Holy church to trust Pray faithfully I will pray for you Pray throughout the year Pray faithfully that you make it through Pray that God will hear
7.
I'm gonna go down I'm tired of hanging around I said I'm gonna go down Put my knees on the ground I'm gonna go down til I hit the ground I'm gonna go down I'm gonna give up I've had enough of this stuff I said I'm gonna give up I've had more than enough I'm gonna give up and receive the cup I'm gonna give up I'm gonna serve the King I'm gonna serve the King Kiss nobody else's ring I'm gonna give it all to him I'm gonna serve the King give him everything I'm gonna serve the King
8.
I saw you standing all alone By the old people’s home You were waiting for a bus You weren’t thinking about ‘us’ Oooh ooh Crossed to the dark side of the street Hoping our eyes wouldn’t meet But you caught mine and turned away Cos there was nothing more to say Ooh Ooh Ooh the morning after Ooh the morning after I sent a text ‘r u ok?’ You sent one back ‘just go away I thought that you were my best friend Don’t wanna see your face again’ Ooh Ooh ‘I understand that you’re upset Cannot believe I could forget Our anniversary it’s bad But you look sexy when you’re mad’
9.
We can talk of football or the colours of the sea We can speak of politics or who we’d like to be Have a big discussion all about the birds and bees As long as we don’t talk about love We could chat for hours about the bands we’d like to see Conversing about God or that new thing on ITV Anything at all as long as it’s not you and me Cos we mustn’t talk about love Cos you know what they’ll say if we talk about love And we know it’s a shame we can’t talk about love, love Talk about love We can discourse freely about clothes and books and jam Market forces, racing courses, darts, Afghanistan Methodism, atheism, feminism, man As long as we don’t talk about love We can talk of geography or history of art We can speak of paragliding, judo and Descartes As long as we are silent about matters of the heart Cos we mustn’t talk about love But you know what they’ll say if we talk about love And we know it’s a shame we can’t talk about love, love Talk about love In another life we wouldn’t hear the chatter But it cuts like a knife when it really shouldn’t matter to us It really shouldn’t matter We can utter words about the aristocracy Communicate with sounds about the way we take our tea The thing that is forbidden is the way of being free Cos we mustn’t talk about love We can mention Nelson or the Treaty of Versailles Edison or medicine, the colour of our eyes Verbalise quite freely about other things besides As long as we don’t talk about love Cos you know what they’ll say if we talk about love And we know it’s a shame we can’t talk about love, love Talk about love
10.
I Don’t Want To Know I don’t want to think about it I don’t want to talk about it I think I can live without it I know I can do without it I don’t want to fight about it I don’t want to shout about it I think I can live without it I know I can do without it I won’t tell you what you’re thinking What you have to do So don’t ask me if I’m listening I may not want to I don’t want to know Please don’t tell me what I’m thinking What I have to say Can’t you tell that I’m not listening Won’t you go away
11.
Baby, baby you’ve got love in your eyes And in the morning baby when you rise I want to be the one who lies inside your heart Baby, baby will you hear my plea Tell me baby is it destiny For me to be the one who lies inside your heart And if it pleases you And if there’s room enough for two Room enough for two Baby, baby when the sun’s in your smile And in the evening baby all the while I want to be the one who lies inside your heart Baby, baby we got nothing to hide I long to feel you sleeping by my side I want to be the one who lies inside your heart And if it pleases you And if you feel the same way too Then there’s room enough for two
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When I was young it felt like time stood still But now it’s gone it would be all downhill until the whistle blows And it’s empty rows I didn’t know if I would pass the test And without you I would feel depressed until the curtains close And it’s empty rows But I’ll be watching over you until the whistle blows Til the whistle blows I’ll be standing next to you until the curtains close Til the curtains close No-one else could do the things you do I can be myself when I’m with you because you make me smile Make it all worthwhile I was on my own and in too deep Now I’ve found my home I want to keep You near me til I’m old til my hands grow cold And I’ll be watching over you until the whistle blows Til the whistle blows I’ll be standing next to you until the curtains close Til the curtains close
14.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child, By-bye lully, lullay. Lullay, thou little tiny Child, By-bye lully, lullay. O sisters too, how may we do For to preserve this day, This poor Youngling for whom we sing By-bye lully, lullay. Herod the King, in his raging, Charged he hath this day; His men of might, in his own sight, All children young, to slay. Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee, And ever mourn and say; For Thy parting nor say nor sing, By-bye lully, lullay.
15.
Awakening 04:30
This world can be a pitiful place Where men and women lie And hide their shame behind a face And rot until they die This land is bleak and like a stone The bare trees stand austere The winter winds are fiercely blown The rain falls far and near Come away you spirit of darkness Take your black spell from the land Roll away you spirit of sadness Cos the new life is at hand It’s awakening I used to be a sinful man Wretched through and through To please myself as best I can Was all I hoped to do The paths with briars are overgrown The rivers full of mud The forests fear the mountains moan The flowers refuse to bud Come away you spirit of darkness Take your black spell from the land Roll away you spirit of sadness Cos the new life is at hand It’s awakening Open the door and let love in Open your heart, step in the light Welcome the springtime and begin your new life I feel his body next to mine Broken for three days And by his heavenly grace divine I know that I am saved This world it is a beautiful place Awakened by the light Reborn at last the human race Can walk in paradise Come away you spirit of darkness Take your black spell from the land Roll away you spirit of sadness Cos the new life is at hand It’s awakening

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"like the first snow, the first blade of grass —unstudied, unelaborated, untouched..." Walt Whitman

This album was recorded on an eight track machine at home. Here's a review that was written shortly after its release:
“This is one talented guy, and versatile, too. One tune is folkish, another pop rock. Catchy melodies and personal songwriting without falling into the ‘woe-is-me, there’s nothing but my angst’ trap. Good stuff.”
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Promo film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oms3s4qCI78

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released December 24, 2011

Produced by Blake. Recorded at home in Holt and Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, March to December 2011.
Blake - all instruments and voices except Helen Bousfield bass on 'When The Stars Go Blue', flute & concertina on 'The Coventry Carol' and 'Awakening'; Amy Evans vocals and piano on 'When The Stars Go Blue'.
All songs written by Julian Pugsley except 'Dragonfly' by Danny Kirwan/W.H. Davies - recorded under Limelight Licence: License No: 14388507; 'When The Stars Go Blue' written by Ryan Adams - recorded under Limelight Licence: License No: 14387688; 'The Coventry Carol' Trad. arr. Pugsley/Bousfield.
Sitar Loop on 'Mumbai Express' by Pete Wain ('Sitar Drone 1a'). Downloaded with permission via Looperman.com
Cover photography by Richie O'Square.

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Singer-songwriter and DIY musician from the UK. File under: 'Eclectic'. Sign up to my mailing list and receive a free download of my track 'Vinyl Junkie': eepurl.com/dV04f

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