It's a Silk Cut World

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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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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: Silk Cut World
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
Track Name: Speaking Out
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
Track Name: Outlaws, Believers
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
Track Name: Didn't You Know
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
Track Name: No Touch, No Help, No Food, No Love
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
Track Name: The Leaving
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 Tightrope
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
Track Name: Books and Trees
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