It Couldn't Last

by Ribbon Road

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1.
There are fields of waving grasses Of waving corn This early morning Where unseen a lifetime passes The moment gone This early morning I’ve a feeling, I’ve a feeling That whispers to my grave Floors and ceilings, floors and ceilings It’s come and gone too late There are flowers, dead of summer Of blue and gold Of blue and gold And I know I’ll love no other The day is old The day is colder I’ve a feeling, I’ve a feeling This journey’s at an end Floors and ceilings, floors and ceilings Broken hearts will be my friend There are trees with reaching branches They pull too hard To try the stars And the reasons come in snatches I’ve seen the sky I know the stars I’ve a feeling, I’ve a feeling So much I’ll never know Floors and ceilings, floors and ceilings Are all I have to show I’ve a feeling, I’ve a feeling That whispers to my grave Floors and ceilings, floors and ceilings It’s come and gone too late I’ve a feeling The moment’s gone Floors and ceilings The moment’s gone I’ve a feeling The moment’s gone The moment’s gone This early morning
2.
Who are we to cast aspersions Who are we to want for more But for all your carry-on and learning There’s nothing beats an open door And the fire burning bright And someone there at night I’m sick of silly love songs Of writing on the wall I’m sick of being on me own I’m well sick of it all I’m sick of being down and out Life pouring down the drain I’m sick of everybody’s doubt Of soaking up the pain I’m sick of talking rubbish To pass the time of day I’m sick of holding up the world When it won’t get out the way It’s been so long in coming I’ve been away that long I just can’t stop the trouble And now I’m not that strong But who are we to cast aspersions Who are we to want for more But for all your carry-on and learning There’s nothing beats an open door And the fire burning bright And someone there at night I’m sick of everybody’s crimes Of still watching the news I’m sick of bloody rotten times I’m sick of being used I’m sick of silly love songs That flatter to deceive I’m sick of being such a fool To ever have believed I’m sick of being such a fool To ever have believed But who are we to cast aspersions Who are we to want for more But for all your carry-on and learning There’s nothing beats an open door And the fire burning bright And someone there at night
3.
The Leaving 02:13
Leaving you I loved so well the living hell the wild and windswept, heathery fell All I loved The living and the beating breath all through life to death each warm and empty soul all you I loved The rain upon the window pane the rain of tears through loss or gain I only knew the shame of you I loved The sun that glazed the summer month that eased the ache inside and always must deceive, corrupt within it's short-lived pride all I loved And all I love now lies as dust as only aged remnants must and in my dreams I'll drift no more my soul is faint, my heart is sore My memories I leave to you I'm leaving, finally it's true gather them upon the beach the pink and silver shells each one I loved
4.
looking down on the ground looking down for half a crown there’s something there beneath your shoe see I look a lot like you live today and close your eyes walk along on the other side the scandal dies in suicide pride in everything you do chorus you swing it high and bring it low wash your hands and I wouldn’t know spread the word we’ve got to go again I’ve got your number I’m on your list I’m the one that Christmas kissed I can’t forget and the nightmare doesn’t end we’re all down here in the same wet rain playing around or playing the game getting wet is no big deal but you’ve got a coat so we’re not the same - I feel looking up at the silver sky there’s no joy left in the old man’s eyes he hasn’t got a penny for the children’s guy there’s a hole in his shoe and he doesn’t know why chorus looking down on the ground if I keep still I won’t be found if I don’t breathe I won’t get hurt if I don’t need I might not hit the dirt I wish tomorrow wouldn’t come but I want life for everyone it’s all gone wrong and overdone I wish that I had never held a gun chorus
5.
I was living with a stranger From the very first day Living there in danger In the very worst way I had my dreams then And I believed then All I could see was the best My crime is silence I didn’t shine the light I should’ve cried out I should’ve told the truth That very first day I was living amongst strangers From the very first day Jealousy commanded That hard religious way It drove their drinking Their twisted thinking It wore me to the bone My crime is silence I didn’t shine the light I should’ve cried out I should’ve told the truth That very first day I was living with a stranger From the very first day The sky too high above me The wind blew me away They bled my life blood The good ground where I stood They took my children and left the blame My crime is silence I didn’t shine the light I should’ve cried out I should’ve told the truth That very first day I was living with a stranger From the very first day Living there in danger In the very worst way He set me up high So he could take it all I didn’t know then How far he’d make me fall My crime is silence I didn’t shine the light I should’ve cried out I should’ve told the truth But I was living with a stranger From the very first day
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Pieces 03:15
what am I going to do without my love what am I going to do without the feeling what am I going to do without my love What am I going to do without the seeing you what am I going to do what am I going to do when darkness comes what am I going to do without the sun what am I going to do without the sheltered leaves what am I going to do what am I going to do when darkness comes what am I going to do when they take me down what am I going to do without it then what am I going to do now they’re pushing me around what am I going to do without a friend what am I going to do o heart beating o body breathing o got to keep believing what am I going to do with all this love what am I going to do now what am I going to do with all the pieces breaking down the pieces breaking down the pieces
7.
I HAVE NO NAME Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry I’m not the woman I once was That I once was Too much found out, too much lost Too much lost And in the morning I’ll be the same No new day dawning, I have no name Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry don’t come and see me here no more come here no more don’t want to fight you at my door fight at my door And in the morning I’ll be the same No new day dawning, I have no name Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry Just wanna run away and cry run away and cry UNDER THE CURSE They’ve got it so you won’t go They’ve got it so you don’t go They’ve got it so you won’t know the reason why They’ve got it so you won’t move They’ve got it so you don’t move They’ve got it so you won’t lift your head and cry Everybody’s tied up Dying of thirst Everything has dried up Under the curse They’ve got it so you won’t live They’ve got it so you won’t give They’ve got it so you don’t want to understand They’ve got it so you don’t breathe They’ve got it so you don’t leave They’ve got it so you won’t ever think you can They’ve got it so you don’t feel They’ve got it so it’s not real They’ve got it so you don’t know you’re being hurt Everybody’s tied up Dying of thirst Everything has dried up Under the curse X 4
8.
Outlaws, believers D A Innocent dreamers D G They are the ones D who need help G Who need love D (G) They need reviving D A So tired of trying D G They are the brave D A Who need taking care of Tourists eat ice cream Drink beer in the sun Wine in the evening When their dreams won’t come They don’t need the pearls Or the fishes and bread And they’ll never stand by us They’d rather be dead So I’ll give what I have To the lawbreaking brave Who have holes in their pockets And hearts still to save From the horror of fences And walls far too high They need their wings As they reach for the sky Outlaws, believers And innocent dreamers They are the ones who need help Who need love They need reviving So tired of trying They are the brave Who need taking care of
9.
When love is gone, when love has left you It’s gone for good, I’ll come and get you through it Don’t be strong, don’t think you should It couldn’t last, it’s gone for good The price was high, I tried to pay To make the hurting go away I was quick on my feet until today It couldn’t last, it’s gone away Chorus And all the promises, the days and nights I see it now, put out the light All I wanted, all that I dreamed Love didn’t answer or it wasn’t what it seemed When love is gone your heart stops beating You don’t belong, you lose the feeling for it An empty place without the faces It couldn’t last and now it’s gone Chorus And all the promises, the days and nights I see it now, put out the light And all the talk and all the smiles Left me to walk alone and I’ve run right out of miles When love is gone, don’t look back It’s gone for good. the good is passed Pack up your things and move along It couldn’t last and now it’s gone Chorus And all the promises, the days and nights I see it now, put out the light And all the summer-times have come around And fallen fast with the leaves onto the ground When love is gone, when love has left you It’s gone for good, I’ll come and get you through it Don’t be strong, don’t think you should It couldn’t last, it’s gone for good

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released January 6, 2010

Brenda Heslop - vocals, guitar
Geoff Heslop - vocals, guitar, bass
Jill Heslop - vocals
with Steve 'Wee' Brown - bass on 'The Nightmare'

Recorded at Shipyard Studios, Northumberland
Sleeve painting by Geoff Heslop

All songs written by Brenda Heslop except 'The Leaving' and 'Outlaws, Believers' (words - Brenda Heslop, Music - Geoff Heslop)

All songs published by Ribbon Road Music

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For the last 26 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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