The Music Of My Heart

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released August 8, 1993

Brenda Heslop - Vocals, guitar, flute, keyboards
Geoff Heslop - High-strung guitar

Thanks to -
Rod Clements - Bass, slide and acoustic guitars
Kathy Anderson - Piano, harmonies
Martin Dunn - Flute
Christine Donaldson - Harmonies
Chris Leslie - 5-string Zeta violin

Produced and engineered by Geoff Heslop
Assistant engineer - Don Gray

All songs written by Brenda Heslop
Published by Ribbon Road Music

Sleeve paintings by Geoff Heslop
Layout by brownbull.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 Curlew's Gone Away
You, you were all there was for me
you were all there was to be
and motion flowed,
the circus went away from town
we nearly had it all, we really had a ball
but now I notice shadows where the moonlight fell
on your hair, on your eyes
shadows fall when the summer dies


Chorus
And my soul gallops on the lonely fell
and my soul is solitary by the stony stell
now there's no more to say
and the curlew's gone away
O my darling winter's here to stay

Wild, you were always wild and free
always running out on me
you wanted to distance me
why did this have to come about
why couldn't we have worked it out
I can't believe this has happened again
the mist sinks down through forest rides
gathering gloom as the daylight dies

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Sweet Lady
O how the sun rises over the fell
I hold your memory as clear as a bell

Chorus
Sweet lady, fair lady dearest friend to me
ca' away, far away, here come bye away

Dear is the face that adored me every day
sweet were the hours when you helped me work the way

O how the mist rises off the bonny flough
clever and quick you were to spy that far-off yow

The brown burn sparkles in the sharpened April sky
the dark pools deepen in your kind and soulful eye

O how the sun rises, O how the mist rises
O how your soul rises to live another day
O how my heart quickens, O how my spirits lift
to see you live another day, but not this way

Stylish and swift you moved with skill and grace and ease
always your greatest gift to me your will to please

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Show Me
Is there nothing I can do to fill the emptiness
is there nothing I can say to make it right
is there nowhere I can go to find the answer tonight,
tonight
is there anything I should have done
is there anyone I should have been like
is there anyway, O is there anyway,
is there anyway to make it right

Hold me like you did then, never let me go
fill my days with sunshine and fill my nights with love

Is there anyway that I can tell them
are there any words to tell them why
is there no-one's shoulder for me to cry on tonight,
this lonely night
I die as a man of sorrow
I speak as a woman deceived
is there anyone, O is there anyone
who cares enough to make it right

Hold me like you did then, never let me go
fill my days with sunshine and fill my nights with love
show me how you really want me, never, ever let me go
fill my days with sunshine and fill my nights with love
fill my days with sunshine and make my nights full of love

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Weather The Storm
The rhythm of the seasons beat, feel the pulse of time
no man can hold the clock back, the reason or the rhyme
so close your eyes and feel the way the wind blows in your hair
let his peace flood your soul, know that he will care
for every sparrow that falls, he'll hear every call
he'll weather the storm for you

The rhythm of the seasons beat, the world is at your feet
you're in the spring of life don't let me see you drag your feet
so open up your heart to him, he loves you can't you tell
he's the one to free you from your cold and lonely shell
don't close the door on him, and you will see
he'll weather the storm for you

The rhythm of the seasons beat, the ocean's deep and wide
there's no real choice, so ebb and flow with the tide
don't try to understand it, just relax and let life flow
he'll give you all the answers when you really want to know
he'll set your course, take the oars when the waves have an angry roar
he'll weather the storm for you

Every sparrow that falls, he'll hear every call
he'll weather the storm for you and you and you

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Think Of Me Lovingly
O think of me lovingly, O lovingly
as you go from me, as you go from me
leaving me, leaving me, I'm hurting deep inside
'cos there's nothing more that I can do
please come back loving me
think of me lovingly

O, I think of you longingly, O longingly
as the past haunts me
when you were loving me all the good times that we had
but there's nothing more that I can do
I think of you longingly
please come back loving me

Chorus
O my love, remember me
for all the wrongs you've done to me
think of how we could have been
me loving you and one day you loving me

O I see it now, I'm losing you, O losing you
I always knew this was how it would be
me loving you, you leaving me
now there is nothing more that I can do
I think of you lovingly
think of me lovingly

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: The Pillow Of My Lord
Hurt lies deep, as an ocean deep
as the knife that drives in my heart
hurt is the loss of a loved one gone
as grief shifts with sand long gone

Chorus
And the clouds drift by and the waves roll on
and the boat rocks my soul toward the sky
and I rest my head on the pillow of my lord
he can have it all

Peace rests deep, as an ocean deep
as this lonesome sleep within my heart
peace is as high as the winter sky
and still as the moon hangs in her pride

Love digs deep, as an ocean deep
as the love you're giving me
love is content as the humble sheep
and wild as the storm can be

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: In Amongst The Roses
Well it's a strange, lonely world
and I'm doing the best that I can
I've been waiting all of my life for you

Well I've been in amongst the roses with the butterflies
flitting between the clouds in the blue, blue skies
hoping you would net me in your loving arms
I've been waiting all of my life

I've been searching for your love
hoping you would notice me
well I tried, but I can't earn my way back to you

I've been floating in my dreams
good and bad, nothing is what it seems
now only you are real to me, only you

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Too Small A Town
Too small a town to hold me
too small a world to live
too small a picture to receive
too small a gift to give
too dark for the night owl
too shallow for the sea
too low for the highest mountain
far too small for me

Chorus
And though it's lonely high out here
the air is rarified
too small a frame for the photograph
too much to deny

Too slow for the fastest car
too long a road by far
too hard a tune for the nightingale
too big to put in a jar
too ripe for the harvest
too loud for harmony
too outrageous for everyone
its far too small for me
too dull for the finest hour
far too far to fall
too dry for the April shower
I can still hear the call

Too loud for harmony
far too small for me
too small a world to live
too small a gift to give

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: All For You
My songs are all for you
each note composed of you
in perfect harmony I weave my broken dreams
my heart poured out for you
each heart-string plucked for you
each moment we have known is sung for you

Chorus
And the lark still soars high overhead
and the grouse still sleeps in her heather-bed
and the curlew glides down the valley to her love, I love you

The shepherd tends his sheep
a lonely vigil to keep
the collie hears his master's cry, do you hear mine
the wind sings soft and low
where does true love go
the distance grows each time the seasons come and go

The world was given for you
all held dear because of you
the rays of life on heathery hills
in spring I sing, I still sing of you

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Part Of Me
O the rolling hills of home
where freedom's in the very air I breathe
where heather grows far and free
wide and true, they're part of me

O the memories go back
the lonely wind blows harsh across the fell
the dreams I dreamt are past and gone
time moved on, they're part of me

Chorus
Standing here by stony cairn
I oft think of thee, my bonny bairn
you're in the fabric of the fells
love weaves it's mystic hold upon me yet

As the swaledale rakes the fells
relentlessly the seasons pass along
the sun burns strong and then it's gone
you're calling me in silent song

O the openness of home
where wildness is the very heart of me
the peaty floughs I know so well
the fox-holes stell, they're part of me

O the memories flow back
the lonely wind blows harsh across the fell
the dreams I dreamt are past and gone
time moved on, they're part of me

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)
Track Name: Grey Lady
My dear grey lady, sailing high over mossy floughs
on sad misty evening
my dear grey lady, gliding ghostly from the valley floor
see how she soars o'er me

Chorus
And she takes my heart with her wherever she goes
across the fell, just as the wind blows
and we'll meet again when the curlew returns

My lovely grey lady, so wild and free and high?
locked in my memory
my lovely grey lady, calling the tune of solitaire,
I think of you longingly

My regal grey lady, she's good and strong and fair
mystery on air
my regal grey lady, I'll fly with her all of my days
and I'll keep singing harmony with her

My sweet grey lady, she lives on the rise of the whaup hill
she'll soon be coming home
my sweet grey lady, she'll return on the westerly wind
she'll bring my spring-time back

© Words & Music - Brenda Heslop (Ribbon Road Music)