It Couldn't Last

by Ribbon Road

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      £4 GBP

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Includes unlimited streaming of It Couldn't Last via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days

      £5 GBP

     

1.
2.
3.
02:13
4.
5.
6.
03:15
7.
8.
9.

credits

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

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Ribbon Road UK

Ribbon Road are:

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.
... more

contact / help

Contact Ribbon Road

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Floors and Ceilings
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
Track Name: Sick At Heart
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
Track Name: The Leaving
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
Track Name: The Nightmare
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
Track Name: Living With A Stranger
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
Track Name: Pieces
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
Track Name: I Have No Name / Under The Curse
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
Track Name: Outlaws, Believers
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
Track Name: It Couldn't Last
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