Roadside Dreams

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Every album has a sort of picture connecting it together and for ‘Roadside Dreams’ it is a group of displaced people with much in common sitting around a camp-fire telling stories from their lives. Although many of the songs are written about other people, there is always a personal experience woven into each story. The sleeve was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Illustrated Man’ where every tattoo told a tale – the gap between his shoulder-blades is where you read your story

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released January 8, 2012

Brenda Heslop – Vocals, guitar, flute
Jill Heslop – Vocals, accordion
Geoff Heslop – Vocals, guitars

Neil Harland – Double Bass
Martin Heslop – Guitars
Naomi Berrill – Cello

Produced, Recorded and Arranged by Geoff Heslop
at Shipyard Studios

All Songs by Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Sleeve Painting by Geoff Heslop (www.geoffheslopartist.com)

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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: The World is Shaking
It’s not easy when you’re moved along
Not nice when you’re not wanted
And when the wagon’s at the door
They’ll keep the flowers you planted
I’ll wrap me shoulders in his arms
There’s nothing else worth taking
They’ve had it all, they broke the charm
And now the world is shaking

Chorus
Oh, what is to become of me
I’ve heard of such evictions
I know that nothing comes for free
But it’s hard with such restrictions

You look around, you’re stood apart
There’s no familiar faces
The fire’s out and so’s your heart
Who knows where the next place is
I’ll take the young-uns out of here
They never did no harm
But like their mam they don’t belong
We’ll have to leave the dog

Chorus

Some happy times I hear the voices
Ringing round the walls
The memories play tricks on me
I just laughed at it all
The damp went creeping
As we were sleeping
But the roof blocked out the sky
The sun would shine
The wind would blow
And the clothes would all get dry
Chorus

It’s hard to leave these wall behind
And take a new direction
We’ll go some place where folks are kind
And not dwell on reflection
And if I let my heart-break shout
You’d only see my lips move
They’ve turned away and cancelled out
What every day we live proves

Chorus

It’s not easy when you’re moved along
Not nice when you’re not wanted
And when the wagon’s at the door
They’ll keep the flowers you planted
I’ll wrap me shoulders in his arms
There’s nothing else worth taking
They’ve had it all, they broke the charm
And now the world is shaking
Track Name: Baby Baby
Baby baby, baby baby,
crying in the night
Baby baby, baby baby,
Holding on too tight
And in the morning I found you gone
Without a warning, without a song
Oh what to do now, there is no way
Nothing to do now, you’ve gone away

Baby baby, baby baby,
Staring at the sky
Baby baby, baby baby,
You and me have died
The ground has shifted, no going back
And empty-handed, it all went black
Oh what to do now, an empty pram
Nothing to do now, it’s who I am

Baby baby, baby baby,
Just can’t put it right
Baby baby, baby baby,
Leaving in the night
And in the morning I feel the pain
And every morning I let it rain
‘cos without warning, out of the blue
My arms remember the feel of you

Baby baby, baby baby,
Silent in the night
Baby baby, baby baby,
Holding onto life
And in the morning, will you be there
Every morning I’m running scared
Oh what to do now, there is no way
Nothing to do now, you’ve gone away
Track Name: Forever Amen
Somebody’s mother and somebody’s dad
It’s never forgotten, the children you’ve had
Other things can take over and times can get strange
But I’m still broken-hearted, some things never change

You can try to get over it, under it, round it
But you’ll never be free from the moment you found it
They’re all made of two, you can see in their ways
They wish love had lasted, that it all could have stayed

Somebody’s mother and somebody’s dad
We’ve all moved along from the lives that we had
If we could forgive for what we’ve never had
Somebody’s mother and somebody’s dad

Chorus
And who in the world would want love to break
But the feeling’s still there every day when I wake
And I can’t make it better ‘cos tears have been shed
And dreaming’s for ever and ever Amen

We can all count our blessings and settle for less
And we do every day, we keep trying, and yet
The flowers in the field aren’t a patch on the faces
Of those you brought into the world

Somebody’s mother and somebody’s dad
It’s never forgotten, the children you’ve had
Other things can take over and times can get strange
But I’m still broken-hearted, some things never change

Chorus
And who in the world would want love to break
But the feeling’s still there every day when I wake
And I can’t make it better ‘cos tears have been shed

And dreaming’s for ever and ever and ever
dreaming’s for ever and ever Amen
dreaming’s for ever and ever and ever
dreaming’s for ever and ever Amen
Track Name: Roadside Dreams
There are times when I don’t know
There are places I won’t go easily
There are rivers running underground
And I know soon I’m going down

There are times when days are hard
There are days when it is worlds away
There are moments in your arms
When shadows fall and dreams can play

Chorus
In your arms I hear the guitar play
In your arms I find rest from the day
In your arms I let the sadness stray
Into my dreams
In your arms I lay my head with yours
In your arms down on this grassy floor
In your arms the fire burns down low
Into my dreams

There are times when I can’t sleep
And the cold of darkness pulls too deep
There are tears that startle in my eyes
It wasn’t love that told you all those lies

There are times when I’m alone
I watch the people traveling down this road
They’ve nothing to their many names but hope
And faith in human kindness

Chorus
In your arms I hear the guitar play
In your arms I find rest from the day
In your arms I let the sadness stray
Into my dreams
In your arms I lay my head with yours
In your arms down on this grassy floor
In your arms the fire burns down low
Into my dreams

Into my dreams
Track Name: Heartbreak
It’s quiet on the water
It’s quiet on the sea
It’s silent where the hills rise
Where the birds used to be
And the wind idles and the sun burns
Wasting the rain
And the people on the skyline
Have nothing left to say

It’s empty where the rocks shine
After the rain
It’s empty where the fields glow
Cos nobody wants the pain
And the landslides on the roadside
It can’t hold up anymore
And the people are all leaving
Cos they can’t win this war

It’s lonely on the dance-floor
It’s lonely in the street
You wonder what it’s all for
Where people used to meet
And the walls shake around the windows
Shattered on the ground
It’s a heartbreak, no people
To make the world go round

It’s quiet on the water
It’s quiet in the hills
Quiet where the burns run
With nothing left to kill
And the words burn cos the tides turn
And no-one hears the roar
As the waves break
And hearts break
And wait for love no more

It’s quiet on the water
It’s quiet in the hills
Quiet where the burns run
With nothing left to kill
Track Name: Gathering Dust
Dust on the window sill
Dust on the plain
Wind blowing weary
It all looks the same
Big empty space
Where the sky hits the ground
I have been changed
By the world going round

I just couldn’t hold it
I couldn’t hold on
Pieces are missing
And my time is gone

Dusty old memories
Dust in my eyes
Grit in my teeth
Where the cold words have died

Dust on the road now
There’s dust on the side
I won’t be walking
Out dreaming tonight
Stars go on shining
The moon will be queen
But I have been changed
By the world I have seen

I just couldn’t hold it
I couldn’t hold on
Pieces are missing
And my time is gone

Dust on the mantle
Where my finger trails
Stones in my stomach
Where my courage failed

All life is lying
In dust and decay
Why keep on trying
To hide it away
I should be calling
As free as a bird
But I keep on falling
I can’t hear the words

And I just couldn’t hold it
I couldn’t hold on
Pieces are missing
And my time is gone

Dust on the stair
With the carpet worn through
Can’t get my breath
As the hammer hits true

I just couldn’t hold it
I couldn’t hold on
Pieces are missing
And my time is gone

Dust in the sunlight
There’s dust in my hair
I have been changed
By the world and it’s care
Track Name: Like A Bird
I waved goodbye to you yesterday
I knew it was the end
I’m pleased for you upon the road
We were always more than friends
My heart flutters like a bird
And I know she needs to fly
For all the cushies in the wood
Just leave me in the sky

I know that I’m not practical
Not useful in this world
I make mistakes and fall far short
Of every pretty girl
But my heart loves, there’s no denying
And everything is good
And for all the hurting in the world
Folks don’t love as they should

Chorus
But a quiet voice is never heard
It saddens me to know it
I’m taking off this heavy coat
It’s no use now, I’ll throw it

I saw you driving out the yard
It took my breath away
You know I tried, I tried that hard
To keep the world at bay
But my heart isn’t strong like that
And yours can beat them all
So like a bird I spread my wings
And flew over the wall

Da, da, da, da

The sun is shining down on me
There’s no-one else around
And like a bird up in the tree
I’m never coming down
‘Cos my heart’s emptied out with care
It’s just about worn through
And for all the singing ever done
This love song was true

Chorus
But a quiet voice is never heard
I’m taking off this heavy coat
It’s no use now, I’ll throw it

I waved goodbye and now I’m gone
Too many tears to cry
And like a bird the silent song
Must rainbow in the sky
A quiet voice is never heard
This coat’s too big to wear
And like a bird, a woman’s heart
Must flutter in the air

Da, da, da, da, da
Track Name: Closing Down Sale
There’s a T-shirt of bleeding hearts
And a shirt that I’ve always loved
A jumper to keep the cold out
The arms used to give me a hug
There’s a pile of old socks there, not always in pairs
And the table they’re on can go with the chairs
There’s a pair of old wellies, of nearly new shoes
They’re all full of feelings that have no more use

Chorus
A closing-down sale, a no more tears day
Letting go bits of life that I’ve known
A parting company of old friends
He just didn’t love me, couldn’t stay ‘til the end

There’s a bag just for evenings
And green matching earrings
And beads that looked nice on my neck
And the dress that I’m carrying is the one I got married in
You would look nicer in that
There are books on the bookshelves, they’ll all have to go
They remind me of all the things I’ll never know

Chorus

There are curtains of various sizes
Some are lace to keep everything in
Where I’m going the sun might be shining
And I won’t need the jacket I’m in
There are carpets and hearth-rugs, odd saucers and milk jugs
A thing for spaghetti and more, I forget
There are ties for your hair and things I’d have shared
But they’re all full of feelings that I wouldn’t dare

Chorus

There are posters and pictures
And films that were fixtures
And favourite songs I remembered too late
Children’s books from my mother, but I’m letting them go
Pass them on gently to children you know
There are blankets and towels, there’s a spade and some trowels
There isn’t a garden left here that can grow

Chorus
A closing-down sale, a no more tears day
Letting go bits of life that I’ve known
A parting company of old friends
He just didn’t love me, couldn’t stay ‘til the end
Track Name: The Way That You Are
There’s a place in the world
But it’s silent and watching
Others have places of doing and talking
And you can’t help the feeling of being alone
When you’re out of your depth
And you’re so far from home

And you wish you were more
Better-looking and clever
Clothes more expensive
And shoes made of leather

But there it is standing
You can just put your hand in
The one that still loves you
The way that you are

There’s a place in the world
But I can’t do the telling
It’s a place that I go
From the ones who are yelling
And I see from their faces
They look down on me
And I wish I could run
But I know they would see

So I lift up my chin
And I hold myself still
I wish they would leave
Me alone on this hill
But they just won’t stop pushing
To shove me around
They want to rub my nose
Right into the ground

There’s a place in the world
I retreat into gladly
Away from insensitive feet
Treading madly
Then I’m pleased to be different
Not one of the crowd
That I’m still in love
With my head in the clouds

And while they’re still talking
And pushing and doing
I’ll be away, I’ll be walking and moving
And them in their prisons and them and their rules
There’s a place in this world for travelling fools

There’s a place in the world
That’s just under the sky
A shelter from rain
And inquisitive eyes
And I know on the outside
I’ve lost what was won
But here on the inside
There’s still no harm done

And you wish you were more
Better-looking and clever
Clothes more expensive
And shoes made of leather

But there it is standing
You can just put your hand in
But there it is standing
You can just put your hand in
The one that still loves you
The one that still loves you
The one that still loves you

The way that you are
Track Name: Leaving For Love
I’m leaving for love, leaving tonight
My eyes wide open, I’m somebody’s life
Somebody loves me more than his own
Now it’s all over, I’m going home

I’ve packed up my bags, I’m catching the bus
Moving from them and running to us
Somebody wants me just as I am
And I’ll be there with him just as soon as I can

Chorus
I’m leaving for love, leaving for life
Running for home to be somebody’s wife
Leaving for love, leaving for good
Still hoping someday it’ll be understood

I’m leaving tonight, leaving at last
Leaving the hurt to stay in the past
There’s no forgiveness outside the law
Love will stay with me this side of the door

I’m leaving my childhood of safe golden days
I’m leaving my mother and wise ancient ways
I’ll remember my father, though I won’t see his face
I’ll remember it always, I’ll remember this place

Chorus
I’m leaving for love, leaving for life
Running for home to be somebody’s wife
Leaving for love, leaving for good
Still hoping someday it’ll be understood

leaving for love,
leaving for love,
leaving for love
Track Name: Come The Light Of Day
Let’s have another drink
To give me time to think
I know I cannot stay much longer
And the comfort that we feel
Was never here for real
And come the light of day we’ll all be gone

Chorus
‘Cos they’ve got us all pretending
That this world is never-ending
And there’s nothing really left worth fighting for
And tonight you’ll be me friend
Pledge life until the end
Let’s have another glass before we go

Let’s have another drink
By this fire while I think
And sit amongst you all to keep me warm
It’s not often I’m afraid
But I can see the day coming
When all the nights and friends and drinks are gone

Chorus

Let’s have another drink
well it makes you think
I remember falling in love
And everything was changed
it could never be the same
let’s have another glass before we go

Chorus

Let’s have another drink
now I just don’t want to think
there’s nothing to be done to make us stay
and the comfort that we feel
was never here for real
we’ll all be gone come the light of day

Chorus

Let’s have another drink before we go