Golden Bells

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released January 5, 2008

Brenda Heslop - vocals, guitar
Geoff Heslop - vocals, instruments

All songs written by Brenda Heslop
arranged by Geoff Heslop
Published by Ribbon Road Music

Recorded by Geoff Heslop at Shipyard Studios, Northumberland

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Brenda Heslop
Jill Heslop
Geoff Heslop

For the last 20 years, Brenda Heslop has been one of the undiscovered talents of songwriting. Only now is she starting to get the attention she has so long deserved, with singers taking up her lovely songs and spreading the word.
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Track Name: Love Fades Away
I walked a long way
I’ve walked a pace
Looking for the day
Looking for your lovely face
Loving me again
This good wind has blown me home
And the stars don’t shine alone
I’ve felt the cold and known the pain
Of you loving me again

I’ve walked a long way
I’ve walked a pace
I’ve waited for this day
Now I see your lovely face
Loving me again
The cruel twist of human kind
Is lost and left behind
I’ve felt the rain and I’ve been blind
To you loving me

I’ve come a long way
I’ve moved a pace
Hurting for the day
With every step I lose the race
To you loving me again I am tired and I am weary
And this tidal wave is dry
I’ve felt the grief of my own belief
Fallen from the sky

I’ve walked a long way
And I’ve been sad
To see the mountain trail
To find the good things with the bad
To feel so lost and frail
Now I’ll rest within these arms
This fine world has no charm
I’ve walked a long way to see your face
And seeing so disarmed

Oh, it fades away
Oh, love fades away
Oh, it fades away
Love comes fading with the day
Till I see you loving me again
Track Name: Changes
So many changes
So many faces
So many different roads

I love the places
Wide open spaces
Where sheep no longer roam

And now the gardens grow
Where there were wild roses
And every path is named
It’s all well sign-posted

So many changes
So many faces
So many different roads

I love the places
Wide open spaces
The shepherd has no home

And now the trees have come
And fences beat the drum
All for the sake of those
Who’d like to make us some

So many changes
So many faces
So many different roads

I love the places
Wide open spaces
Where I no longer roam

And so I close my eyes
And look for brighter skies
And all I’ve loved and lost
We must not count the cost
The hills are mine forever

So many changes
So many faces
So many different roads

I love the places
Wide open spaces
I love the hills of home
Track Name: Golden Bells
Good morning love,
Good morning day
I greet the sleepy skies
The summertime has come again
To open up my eyes
I see the pleasant sunny sun
Across the rippling fields
And in that moment wars are won
And broken bodies healed

Chorus
I can hear the golden bells
Ringing out within ourselves
You and me are all we need
To ring the bells

Good morning love,
Come with a smile
And meet me on the hill
Where grasses grow and waters flowing
Peace between us still
The air is breathed, a sweeter air
As if to breathe a dream
To see it’s you that’s standing there
Is more than I can feel

Chorus

Good morning love,
Good morning day
Walk with me a while
Where every footsteps found or lost
With every gentle mile
The hare is quiet in the grass
A deer across the field
And in their shadow I must ask
The wings to fly me free

Chorus

You must believe
The golden bells
Will ring you through the day
That every heartache comes to break
And take the bells away
And if you feel the rain must fall
Close your eyes and pray
And ring those bells inside yourself
Good morning to the day

Chorus
I can hear the golden bells
Ringing out within ourselves
You and me are all we need
To make it well

Chorus
I can hear the golden bells
Ringing out within ourselves
You and me are all we need
To ring the bells
Track Name: The Only One
You’re the only face I want to see this morning
the only hand I want to hold today
the only voice to tell me that you love me
the only words I want to hear you say

You’re the only one I ever want to talk to
the only one who ever understands
everyone must speak a foreign language
and I am lost to who I really am

Chorus
It hits me now and then without a warning
I’m doing fine and then the ground gives way
riding high and suddenly I’m falling
you’re not there and I just fly away

You’re the only shadow’s length that I want near me
the only set of clothes beside the bed
the only pair of shoes under the table
the only one I want inside my head

So it’s all that I can do to face the coffee
I made too much and burnt the toast again
it’s quiet and the silence creeps up softly
I wonder if this day will ever end

Chorus
It hits me now and then without a warning
I’m doing fine and then the ground gives way
riding high and suddenly I’m falling
you’re not there and I just fly away

You’re the only one I want to see tomorrow
I’ll be waiting at the station for your train
and we’ll embrace the heartbreak and the sorrow
but never leave me standing here again
no never leave me standing here again
Track Name: Glad To Be Back Home
With feet of clay I take the sky
And I am broken-hearted
Ever-knowing, wondering why
The sun and moon have parted
Far away among the clouds
Come what may I’m wrapped around
Wearied from the pilgrim’s door
Glad to be back home

Washed in sunlight I look away
The morning dew like diamonds
Quiet sings the lark her joy
I hear the silence
Words of wisdom now are stilled
A curlew crying in the hills
With my love the burn flows on
Glad to be back home

Now the winds begin to sing
And my heart is lighter
Every angel takes her wings
And every morning brighter
See the skyway clear and long
Feel the life-blood clear and strong
Pouring out and pouring on
Glad to be back home

From the grave the spirit flies
Free from pain and sorrow
With feet of clay I take the sky
For who knows of tomorrow
Every breath is sweet to take
With every gift of life I break
And someone smiling for my sake
Glad to be back home
Glad to be back home
Track Name: Even For You
Far away I’ve been watching you
From far away I’ve been keeping you
And in the night, keep holding on tight
Love is coming true, even for you

Hold onto my hand
‘cos these hills are high
It’s a barren land
I know it makes you cry
And when words are cruel, be nobody’s fool
Love is coming true, even for you

Even for you the sun will shine
Even for you a valentine
Even for you the stars will glow
Even for you a dream will grow

Far away I’ve been watching you
From far away I’ve been keeping you

Even for you the sun will shine
Even for you a valentine
Even for you the stars will glow
Even for you a dream will grow

Far away where the breezes blow
Far away where the flowers grow
I’ll be there to carry your care
Love is coming true even for you
Love is coming true even for you
Love is coming true even for you
Track Name: Again In Spring (Ossie's Waltz)
When you cried for me
Jesus died for me
I know that I have been set free
When you cried those tears
All the years fell away
And I know that love has come to stay
And the curlew calls from an open door
And the soaring lark still sings
When you cried for me
Jesus’ blood ran free
And the brown burn washes me clean

When you cried for me
I felt the peace
At last I laid down my heavy load
When you cried those tears
And you held me close
No more to walk a suffering road
And the harebells will come again in August
After dog daisies dancing in July
When you cried for me
You set me free
And heaven took its place above the sky

You can dry your tears
There’ll be no more tears
For the storm has passed and gone away
When you dry your eyes
In the clear blue skies
We’ll be smiling in the sweet by and by
And the sheep will lie out on higher hills
Where the cool wind whispers still
When you cried for me
Jesus died for me
and the lambs will come again in the spring
Track Name: I'll Hold Your Hand / Running Down The Road
I'LL HOLD YOUR HAND

There’s a chill into the air
The evening’s coming in
I’m sitting in my chair and I am dreaming
The world is running riot
But I’m looking to the hills
Where everything is quiet
And love is with me still

I’ll hold your hand until it’s over
I’ll hold your hand, lean on my shoulder

There’s so much more is needed
But the stage is closing down
I don’t know how to feel it
The death of every clown
And all the burned-out bridges
Are charcoal in the rain
No point in going back there
Just to break your heart again

I’ll hold your hand until it’s over
I’ll hold your hand, lean on my shoulder

The flowers are declining
In a mass of stalks and leaves
The seeds on breezes flying
Hoping someone still believes
I search the one who stayed with me
And take hold of that hand
To find the rock from underneath
And reach the promised land

I’ll hold your hand until it’s over
I’ll hold your hand, lean on my shoulder
I’ll hold your hand, we’re getting older

The time has come to count it
And I’m looking to the hills
No-one there must doubt it
‘cos love is with me still
and I am looking higher
and listening for the bells
reaching out one final time
for one who loves me well

RUNNING DOWN THE ROAD

The river runs
The river runs
And I am running down the road

There’s the sun
I see it come
And blood is running down the road

I believe
I am free
And I am running down the road

I can see
What it’ll be
And blood is running down the road

The river runs
The river runs
And I am running down the road

No-one comes
But no-one comes
And blood is running down the road

And with a kiss
And all of this
I am running down the road

I am loved
I am loved
And blood is running down the road

The river runs
The river runs
And I am running down the road

There’s the sun
I see it come
And blood is running down the road

And I am running down the road
And blood is running down the road
And I am running down the road
running down the road
Track Name: A Lovely Day
it’s the end of a day
such a lovely day
it’s the end of a day
it’s been a lovely day

I walk across the fields tonight, it’s quiet and it’s cool
the sky becomes an ocean as it gives up to the blue
I give myself to thinking as the sun dips down her head
I wish that I was different, but I always make my bed

it’s the end of a day
such a lovely day

the air is scented hawthorn and the hedgerow’s like a bride
the wedding laid about me in dark and thorny pride
I give myself to dreaming, what’s a dreamer left to do
I wish that I was different ‘cos it makes me such a fool

it’s the end of a day
such a lovely day
it’s the end of a day
it’s been a lovely day

I walk across these fields tonight with memory in my tread
the paths are worn forever so much inside my head
I give myself to everything and do the best I can
but I was born a woman and you were born a man

it’s the end of a day
such a lovely day

walk with me across the fields and maybe you will see
the sky become the ocean, reaching out to me
the roadside blushing roses blowing kisses on the breeze
fools are made of promises, and I no more than these

it’s the end of a day
such a lovely day
it’s the end of a day
it’s been a lovely day

it’s the end of a day
such a lovely day
it’s the end of a day
it’s the end of a lovely, lovely,
such a lovely, lovely day
Track Name: Bainshaw
In the hills heather blooms in August sun
With honey for the bee
And the clouds against the bonny blue
Blowing past from me
And when I pause to think awhile
I’m saddened to my heart
So very few will see this view
And love where I must part

It does my spirits good
To hear of Bogey’s Bonny Belle
And know that music could
And though the wind blows colder here
The innocent are clean
With not an ugly word to pass
Then heaven lives in me

There’s a cloud of white above the moss
To softly catch the breeze
No-one loves to count the loss
Of jewels such as these
And though I’ve travelled far and wide
I could not find beyond
The hills that bloom in August sun
And what love has become

And so I’ll wander through these years
And o’er the winding burn
And I will let the silence grow
The world will always turn
And in my heart I’ll walk the hills
And I will always be
Nearer to my truest love
Nearer God to thee

Nearer to my truest love
Nearer God to thee