It's a Silk Cut World

by Mission Shift

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1.
It’s a……SILK CUT WORLD Got no voice? Can’t be heard? You open your mouth but they don’t hear a word You hold out your hand but no-one takes it You smile with your heart but everyone fakes it Ho-ho, yeah-yeah She's a wonderful, beautiful girl But everything is plastic It's a silk cut world Pick it up and have a chew You think it’s green but it’s really blue Apples are red and roses are too But there ain’t no smell from either of you We believe every boy and girl But really, it’s a silk cut world Chorus We’re all floating along floating along, floating along We’re all floating along Down, down, down Did we borrow or did we lend Did we sink too fast, have we got the bends It looks just right and shiny bright these virtual blues are just not right Smoke it, eat it, taste it, feel it Touch it, beat it, see it, hear it Stick it up your nose or roll it round your tongue It seems just right but you know it’s wrong We believe every boy and girl But really, it’s a silk cut world Take a drag there’s nothing there You think it’s love but they don’t care It’s all a dream, a pin-up girl, but really it’s a silk cut world Ho-ho, yeah-yeah It’s a wonderful, beautiful world But everything is plastic Every boy, every girl every song, every word every picture, every frame every business, every game every thought, every deed every notion, every need every play, every book every glance, every look every smile, every frown every city, every town We’re all floating along floating along, floating along We’re all floating along Down, down, down
2.
Speaking Out 02:15
SPEAKING OUT A What would happen if I asked you D What would happen if I said A What would happen if I laughed loud E If we broke the daily bread A What would happen if we stood tall D Would it tear the world apart A What would happen would the sky fall E Would it fall upon their hearts A Just what would happen? What would happen if we saw them Creeping darkly in the night What would happen, would the chains fall Drag them deadly out of sight What would happen if you loved me What would happen if I said What would happen if we left the wine Poured it on their heads instead Just what would happen? What would happen if I asked you What would happen if I said What would happen if I laughed loud If we broke the daily bread What would happen if you loved me What would happen if I said What would happen if we left the wine Poured it on their heads instead A What would happen if I asked you D What would happen if I said A Peace and joy forever E A With delicious daily bread Dec 2004
3.
OUTLAWS, BELIEVERS D (G) 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
4.
DIDN'T YOU KNOW A7 Didn't you know my heart was beating D? didn't you know that I'd be there A7 I can feel the shadows fleeting D? did I lose inside somewhere C Didn't you hear that I was breathing 'cos I die with every breath am I a fool to still believe in A7 resurrect me after death F Don't you see I'm not your failure A7 didn't your faith fail you this time F didn't you know that love is gracious A7 your kind of loving is so blind Didn't you know my heart was beating didn't you know that I'd be there I can feel the shadows fleeting did I lose inside somewhere Didn't you hear this voice was calling in the fullness of my years you are the fool still to believe in ring the bells and block your ears Don't you see I'm not your failure didn't your faith fail you this time didn't you know that love is gracious your kind of loving is so blind Couldn't you even try to listen couldn't you try to feel the pain didn't you ever turn around and feel the coldness of the rain Didn't you know that I was keeping a watch on every wall couldn't you understand the feeling every time a sparrow falls Didn't you know that I was keeping a watch on every wall couldn't you understand the feeling C A7 every time a sparrow falls C A7 every time a sparrow falls every time a sparrow falls every time a sparrow falls every time a sparrow falls
5.
NO TOUCH, NO HELP, NO FOOD, NO LOVE No pain, no palm No thorns, no crown No gall, no glory No cross, no crown No touch, No help, No food, No love What can we do Hearts broke in two What can you see Look around, see me Shut ears, shut eyes Cold stares, white lies Fold arms, turned heads Fine words, empty beds No pain, no palm No thorns, no crown No gall, no glory No cross, no crown No touch, No help, No food, No love Close by there is An end to all this Please come, come soon Bring help, kill the moon There are some friends Few and far, but fellow men To find them we try We sing out loud, we wave bye-bye No pain, no palm No thorns, no crown No gall, no glory No cross, no crown No touch, No help, No food, No love No wings to fly Just us to try All day we find Say out loud, you’re not kind Fall down, breathe hard Run fast, say out loud You’re right, we’ve been wrong Take this heart, make a song No pain, no palm No thorns, no crown No gall, no glory No cross, no crown No touch, No help, No food, No love
6.
The Leaving 02:08
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
7.
THE TIGHTROPE There is a knowing in the night a reaching out you understand a woman's heart I cannot find I'm just a man and I am blind and when you hold me in your arms I stumble in the dark don't know what it's hidden from the mystery of a woman's heart There's a knowing in your eyes like tear-stained stars and windy skies and though I gaze the dream right through I'm still a mystery to you and when I hold you in my arms you are silent, I'm disarmed then what am I to do, I am lost in loving you There's a knowing in the words unseen, unbidden and unheard there's a sorrow weighs me down within the truth that I have found so hold me in your arms you are silent, I'm disarmed And I’ll try to understand to love a woman takes a man
8.
BOOKS AND TREES Every man’s the same they say everyone has it all Then we’re all happy No mountains to make us feel small Nothing big at all Nothing to worry about Give us tests that we can win Fill us with information And then tell us it all again Fill us all with facts Then we all feel full and brilliant with information Then we feel we’re thinking Then we feel we’re moving When we’re not Then we’ll be happy Because facts never change Don’t give us that slippery stuff It makes us said again Chorus It’s not the books that you need but what was in them it’s not the music that you need but what it said it’s not the paintings that you need but what was painted the sound of someone’s heart To clear your head Where can an honest man live? How can an honest man live? Where can he go? Does he have to live in the wilderness? Out there without a home Is there no land for us No place for us to lay our heads? I will not listen to what they think I will not listen to what they say But sit alone and think Can they hear, can they feel can they see for All is vanity and grasping for the wind. Chorus It’s not the books that you need but what was in them it’s not the music that you need but what it said it’s not the paintings that you need but what was painted the sound of someone’s heart To clear your head Is it the book that grows the tree or the tree that grows the book does it grow without the sun? Is it the bell that sounds the hand Or the hand that sounds the bell Does it ring without it? Is it the hand that guides the man Or the man that guides the hand Does it do it without you? These are the questions I ask myself All nonsense, all the truth, All tales to tell. All hands are bells, All books trees

about

Some songs by Brenda and Geoff Heslop

Thanks to Martin, Rod and Christian, to Ray Bradbury,
whose Fahrenheit 451 was the inspiration for ‘Books and
Trees’, to William Penn whose words I used for the chorus
of ‘No Touch’ and to Brenda, who provided the lyrics for
‘Outlaws Believers’, ‘The Leaving’, ‘Didn’t You Know’,
‘Speaking Out’ and lyrics and music for ‘The Tightrope’,
as well as being my constant help.
Geoff Heslop 2008

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released May 1, 2008

Geoff Heslop - Vocals, instruments
Martin Heslop - Guitar on 'No Touch' and 'Books and Trees'
Rod Clements - Bass Guitar and Dobro
Brenda Heslop - Harmonies
Christian Alderson - Drums, Percussion

Produced and Engineered by Geoff Heslop at Shipyard Studios
Sleeve Painting by Geoff Heslop
Tracks 2,3,4 & 6 - words by Brenda Heslop, music by Geoff Heslop
Track 7 - words and music by Geoff Heslop
Tracks 1,5 & 8 - words and music by Geoff Heslop
All Tracks - Copyright 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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