The Distaff Muse

by Rebecca Jade

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The Distaff Muse is dedicated to my brothers and sisters.

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released June 1, 2012

The album The Distaff Muse is performed by:

Andrew ‘OC’ Pridding: bass guitar, vocals
Jeremy Radway: saxophone, piano, organ
Rebecca Jade: guitars, vocals, flutes, percussion, glockenspiel, wem copycat
Steve Brummell: drums

All songs by Rebecca Jade.

Recorded and mixed by Dave Lynch at Old Flint Barn studios
Mastered by Radio Love Productions
Album cover art by KEELERTORNERO , based on an original photograph by Willy Robinson
Sleeve layout by Turenkarn.

Released digitally worldwide, 1 June 2012
Magic Realism Records

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Track Name: What Happens Next?
I spy a cloud in the sky
on its way to cover the sun
maybe if I close my eyes
I can stay in control of the light
I need to beat, to keep, one step ahead
To know, to guess what happens next (what happens next)
What happens next? (what happens next)

Every star collected as one
But I was not afraid
Because I was with you my friend
I can never die again

The red fire took over the horizon
I looked around and you were there
I knew you were a scientist
I knew we would get through this

Every time you say
We’re going to be OK
You know I believe you
Even though now and then
I get the strangest dreams
about blondes and infidelity
When the apocalypse comes
I know you’ll be there for me...

Every star collected as one
But I was not afraid
Because I was with you my friend
And I can never die again
I can never die again
I can never die again
I can never die.
Track Name: Echo Strikes Out Alone
For once I’m lost for words
This situation is absurd
I know what I need to do but I can I do it?
This feeling it makes me sick
I want to pull that plaster quick
Be more of a man than he can manage

My heart is slowly breaking, slow slow, slow slow
Agonising waiting he said go go, go go
I can hear his voice repeating
Echo, echo, echo
Echo...

How can I put this out of mind?
Does like attract like and kindness repay kind?

Affirmations of love return
But am I too badly burnt?
I know what I need to get but can he give it?
I record his skin on mine
Elevate a kiss to a sign
Try to ascertain what can be salvaged

My heart is slowly breaking, slow slow, slow slow
Agonising waiting he said go go, go go
I can hear his voice repeating
Echo, echo, echo
Echo... (x2)
Track Name: Brother
My brother is worried
I’ll be so far from the sea for so long
My brother is worried
I’m going to get too far gone
But does he know he speaks in poetry?
Does he know he truly knows me?

So what can you tell him?
How will you ease his troubled mind?
So what can you tell him?
I feel the task is not mine
But you should know he speaks in poetry
You should know he truly knows me

When we were children
I wished a shooting star into the night
When we were children
I just wanted to make everything right
I think I’ll just tell him that you and I
We've learnt how to make the sun shine

I think he’ll understand
I’ll write some songs and sing them
My brother’s words will be in them
I think he’ll understand
How I can love a man
Like you
Like you
Track Name: Hospital Corners
He was all fingers and thumbs
She was hospital corners
He didn’t care about the words
He only listened to the chorus
“This will never work”
They all told us
But how the mighty fall…

It was summer not too many years ago when I met her
Cursing the sun and waiting for the snow
The bus arrived long before winter: I followed her on
I pretended we were going in the same direction

A boy sat down next to me I snapped out of my world
I noticed his hair around his finger curl
I can’t remember who spoke first but he made me forget the sun
We drove on together, north, to the next season

Autumn leaves he kicked around his feet
She cursed when he dragged them in
The years went by the time they tried to deny
But they fell down, down, down, no matter how they tried

Vera said it best
How Earthly souls escaped and fled
To be sent to be re-born again
And how they wept when they read
How they could be like the feathers blown
So free on a breeze so far from home
A victory of sorts in flesh
Not made hollow but of bone

He was all fingers and thumbs
She was hospital corners
He didn’t care about the words
He only listened to the chorus
“This will never work”
They all told us
But how the mighty fall…
Track Name: You Do
Why must you bother me
Even though unconsciously
Oh you know you do
You do

With three words you topple me
And I was stood so gracefully
Oh you know you do
You do

Through many nights in many dreams
And many daylight hours
Trying to figure out what it all means

You could fell me with a glance
If I could I'd take the chance
And thank god I can't
I can't

Through many words in many songs
And many conversations
With many a patient friend
And in the end...
And in the end...
And in the end...

It's all come to nothing now
And this will be the last song I write
Oh you know it will x2
It will x4
It might...
Track Name: Entirely Instrumental
All my pasts came at once
The timeline congealed
Separated again and all was revealed

Laid stark and bare
No cover, no care
A shout into the ether I could run nowhere

Eyes met eyes
Met memories
A nod of the head, no words to be said

Entirely instrumental
you were all
Entirely instrumental
you were all
Entirely instrumental
you were all
Entirely instrumental
you were all
In this creation
And in its cessation...
Entirely instrumental

I was the only narrator
(you were all)
I was the sole orator
(you were all)
Entirely instrumental
you were all
Track Name: Shaking My Heart (Where My Head Should’ve Been)
Oh the thought of you with somebody else
With your teeth marks still in my arm
I don't know why you'd want to hurt me
I don't know why you'd cause me harm

And I know that I could take control
I know it in my mind, I know it in my soul
Yet I let you lead the way
And I follow to my own dismay...

I'm on the outside of myself looking in
Shaking my heart, where my head should've been
I'm on the outside of myself looking in
And I'm shaking my heart where my head
My head should've been

Oh the thought of you with somebody else
With your eyes alternating between a blink and a stare
With that look I didn't mean to memorise
I should be glad that I'm not there

And I know that I could take control
I know it in my mind, oh yes I know it in my soul
Yet I let you lead the way
And I follow to my own dismay...

I'm on the outside of myself looking in
Shaking my heart, where my head should've been
I'm on the outside of myself looking in
And I'm shaking my heart where my head
Where my head
Where my head
Where my head
Where my head (head)
My head (head)
My head
Where my head
Where my head (head)
My head (head)
My head
Where my head
My head should've been
Track Name: Townes and Co.
You don't make no sense when you're drinking
There's a line that you cross where you make no sense
And I don't want to see that line again

I don't think you're like Townes
No I don't think you're like him at all
Please don't turn out like him
I don't think I'd like to know you at all

I can see myself in his children
If you turn out like him
Please don't have children
It's so hard for the ones you love
Yes it's so hard for the ones you love, love, love...

Friendship should mean more than drinking
Blood should be thicker than wine
I don't care what you do
No I don't care what you do
When you're not mine

"You should all hear his songs
Oh you should all hear his songs”
But you all turned away
You couldn't stand to witness
The potential and the pain
Oh and Davey was just the same
Yes Davey was just the same

I can see myself in his children
If you turn out like him, please don’t have children...

I can see myself in his children
If you turn out like him
Please, don't have...
Track Name: Well
Well, well, well
What have we here?
Another day paralysed by fear
I don’t even know what I’m grieving for
I spend my dreams in states of sorrow
My waking hours in spates more hollow
Then hateful words from my mouth follow
Pushing for a resolution I can’t ignore…
Well well well, what’s it all for?

Cowardice is a precipice
I’ve tried not to be too familiar with
But here it is- I stepped right up and walked right in
Embraced a selfish part of me
I tried so hard not to see
Or hear, but the walls round these parts are too thin
But the walls round these parts are too...

Well, well, well
Time has caught up with me
It’s found me here, alone but for my fear
I’m too tired to run another mile
Maybe if I can buy some more time
Maybe the gods will come down on my side
And fate will for me decide
On a resolution I can’t ignore
Well well well what’s it all for?
Track Name: Stop Gap Girls
When I don’t hear from him
I know why that is
I know that he’s with her
I know that she’s his
Possession is 9/10ths of the law
So I guess it’s fair
He’s only mine one tenth of the time
Yeah like I care...

He was only ever meant to be a stop-gap, girls
You know one to fill the spaces
Leave no residue or traces
Now I think somebody is gonna get burned
Oh and didn’t I tell you this would run?
This feels like a marathon...

Oh now listen to me girls
If I’m talking ‘bout your man
Take him far, far from here
Run as fast you can
It’s not like I think that I’m special, or proud
Please don’t think it’s that
It’s not like I want to be sneaking around
Like some alleycat

I was never ever meant to be a stop gap girl
You know one to fill the spaces
Leave no evidence or traces
My sister tells me this shouldn’t be my world
But oh, if the cap fits
Are you destined to wear it?

He was only ever meant to be a stop-gap
I was never ever meant to be a stop- gap
He was only ever meant to be a stop-gap, girls
Oh and I, was never mean to be a stop-gap girl.
Track Name: Willow Walk
My darling, you should live on Willow Walk
I’ve seen the sunshine there
I’ve heard the talk
There’s solace in the air
And freedom from your cares
Yes there’s something to be said for Willow Walk.

Times have been hard, I know that
We’re all feeling the burn
Together we can turn the tables
There’s so much to unlearn

Always up hill, struggling for breath
Age is looming, we’ll be left bereft

So...
Come follow me, one thing that’s always been there
You’ve been so blind, my dear, I know you fear you’re falling

I know you fear you’re falling
I know you fear you’re falling
I know you fear you’re falling
I know you fear you’re falling
I know you’re falling...

But my darling
You should live on Willow Walk
Don’t you know that I’ve
I’ve seen the sunshine there and I have
I’ve heard the talk
There’s solace in the air
And freedom from your cares
Yes there’s something to be said for Willow Walk...