The Tender Coming

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released April 5, 2004

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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.
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Track Name: Letting Go
love’s an open door
(here’s the tender coming)

it’s sitting here with you, lonely through the night
all I want to do is sit and hold you tight
all I want to say is choking back the tears
every single day is fooling me the years
all I want to do is sitting here with you

all I ever dreamed, all that you could be
all we ever seemed and how it makes me feel
when I touch your name, crying in the dark
it’s always been the same, it’s always been the spark
all I want to do is sitting here with you

love’s an open door
(here’s the tender coming)
love’s an open door

a whisper on the wind, a whisper on the sea
a knowing of the end and how it’s got to be
breathing in the sky is everything I know
I can read your eyes and they have let me go
all I want to do is sitting here with you

it’s sitting here with you now I am far away
what am I to do losing you today
love’s an open door giving you your head
breaking on the shore with feet made out of lead
all I want to do is sitting here with you

love’s an open door
(here’s the tender coming)
Track Name: 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: Still Beautiful
stand out on the street, watch the passing feet
wishing I could melt into the wall
who can see the sky as beautiful as I
who would be so foolish as to fall
walk in faded clothes, better not get close
money makes the poor man want to burn
but then you have to laugh, for dreams and being daft
it’s only sailors wait for tides to turn

chorus
it’s just around the corner
see, it’s coming down the road
the paper bag is burning
and it’s such a heavy load

sitting in my chair, blood thinner than the air
wishing I could feel the fire glow
you only have to say, it’s just another day
I missed what every childhood ought to know
and now I’m getting old, grey and not so bold
the lines around my eyes forget to smile
and sometimes they squeeze tears for stolen time and years
for I still know I’m beautiful inside

chorus

I step out on the shore, I have to breathe some more
they’ve got their hands so tight around my neck
the storms have done their worst, all the river banks have burst
the ache inside my head gives me no rest
waves will wash these stones, someday I’ll take you home
the waking in the night will go to sleep
and in your heart I’ll hide, I’ll bear nobody’s pride
it’s hurting and the ocean is so deep

chorus
it’s just around the corner
see, it’s coming down the road
the paper bag is burning
and it’s such a stony road
it’s just around the corner
and my eyes forget to smile
the paper bag it burns
but I’m still beautiful inside
Track Name: Hardest Part
pride falls as the night falls
and clouds have cleared the day
can’t resist the moment of your kiss
fear must fly away
who would follow every star
who would tell us who we are
where would we be without the hardest truth
in our hearts, the hardest part

pride falls, my tears fall
for all that I survey
and what I’ve missed so much for knowing this
I need you more today
who would treasure all my dreams
who would go on loving me
who would catch my every aching breath
all that’s left and how it feels

love calls in my voice
calls you near, don’t look away
can’t get over my dearest friend and lover
I haven’t the words to say
who would see it when I’m sad
dare to find me where I am
hold me close when dark is all around
touch the ground, hold my hand

and I’m no longer blind
the hand of truth that’s cutting isn’t kind
now I can see
the face that’s looking back is seeing me

pride falls as the night falls
skies of blue to grey
gold to brass, as diamonds turn to glass
fear must fly away
who would follow every star
what would tell us who we are
where would we be without the hardest truth
in our hearts, the hardest part
the hardest part
the hardest part
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: Bring It On
it’s a new beginning, every night reborn
can you be forgiving upon this foolish morn
for I am full of leaving the land that called me home
and I have lost the feeling, that part of me has gone
a part of me has gone
o bring it on

I believed in loving, I knew the sun would shine
if I just kept on shoving, I’d make it there in time
but there’s nothing good in trying if your heart isn’t true
it makes your life a pack of lies, there are no flies on you
there are no flies on you
o bring it on

I believed in living, to travel on this road
to right the wrong by being strong, give rest to weary bones
but there’s nothing left in earning, it’s meant to be the game
but there’s the twist, just look at this, you’re burning just the same
you’re burning just the same
o bring it on

and if I had the answers, I’d be singing every day
and if I had the promises I’d surely fly away
and if I held it in my hand I’d want to stay for always
but here my hands are empty, standing by an empty doorway
bring it on, bring it on. bring it on, bring it on

I believed in goodness of the people in my life
in hearts that beat, in walking feet, in working for what’s right
but people break the goodness and nothing’s meant to last
they’ll take your hand ‘cos you’re the man,
next day they’re walking past
next day they’ll walk on past
o bring it on, o bring it on, o bring it on
Track Name: Love21
it’s too beautiful for this world
too beautiful a girl
and all the while I’m holding back the tears
I know this isn’t new, ‘cos I’ve seen it all in you
working through the Sundays and the years

it’s too bright a light to shine
but it’s always been inside
too much, too big, too brave to be excused
even whispering the words lets it out
you just get hurt
they prove you wrong, you don’t belong you just get used


chorus
it’s the best-kept secret that I know of
love just has to grow
and even through the darkest hour
I just have to move towards it
don’t let go, you’ve got to know
love

it’s too wonderful to miss
so I’m blowing you this kiss
you must believe that truth will set you free
I can see it in your eyes, you were born with wings to fly
in the open air, don’t linger there
just keep on moving

it’s too foolish to be wise
in this atmosphere of lies
it’s hard to know how yesterday was done
but it’s good to be alive
even though my throat is dry
and it’s been too long since I was strong for you

it makes my heart beat, it moves the blood
it gives me reason, it does me good
and in the quiet I hear the voice
couldn’t fight it, I have no choice

but it’s too beautiful for this world
too beautiful a girl
and all the while I’m holding back the tears
it’s the best I have to give
to help you through, to let you live
I wish the world was kinder and that love was not so blind

chorus
it’s the best-kept secret that I know of
love just has to grow
and even through the darkest hour
I just have to move towards it
don’t let go, you’ve got to know
love
Track Name: Needing You
stars are falling down like rain
and soaking up the ground
diamond daggers at my heart
the sun is setting down
o have to close my eyes
o these feelings
o I will surely die
I’m needing you – tonight

I tried so hard to understand
I tried to see it through
but I can’t hear or touch your hand
the only thing that’s true
o have to close my eyes
o these feelings
and now I’m just too old to cry
I’m needing you – tonight

I’m digging down all the way this time
I dig myself a grave
there’s nothing left I’m calling mine
I’ve only got my spade
o have to close my eyes
o these feelings
these broken wings will never fly
I’m needing you,
I’m needing you
I’m needing you

dreams are falling down like stars
and walls like building sand
it doesn’t matter who you are
it’s who I really am
o have to close my eyes
o these feelings
love will not be done and die
o these feelings
o have to close my eyes
o these feelings
oh – have to close my eyes
I’m needing you
I’m needing you
I’m needing you – tonight
Track Name: Don't Want To Talk Anymore
chorus
don’t want to talk anymore
don’t want to see your face fall
don’t want to talk anymore
don’t want to see your eyes growing cold
don’t want to feel your back turn
don’t want to talk anymore

so many thoughts fly through my head
so many things must go unsaid
and every day must last for years
I cry my tears
you take away the ground beneath
your imitation false belief
feeds every fool to set in stone
I have no home

chorus

so many times I try to cross
the grandest canyon filled with loss
but every silence cries a death
to catch my breath
so now where every garden grows
you lay me down and let me go
the way I feel, you’ll never know
the river flows - on

chorus

it’s in my heart and in your hands
the picture painted, who I am
the colours run from blue to gold
I’m getting old
and if there’s any mercy left
your hand will hold for all I’ve met
to give a thought and give me rest
put on your coat

chorus
Track Name: And I Am Found
I can feel the angels come
I can feel the trees bow down to the wind
I can hear a quiet sound
a rushing of the sky and I am found
only I can feel it falling
only I can tell the morning of this day

I can feel the darkness lift
I can feel that now the stars will shine
I can hear the songbirds wake
and I know this time the song is mine
all the beauty in the world
could never measure this
everything is given up
for everything a kiss

I can feel the weather change
I can feel the sun upon my skin
I can see the mountains rise
I can feel the tide that’s running in
only I can know it moving
only I can take the soothing all the way

o when I look into your eyes
I can see that they’re my eyes
and doubt is for the fallen leaves
with your name upon my mouth
I just want to shout it out
and the mocking bird must fly for me

I can feel the angels come
I can feel the trees bow down to the wind
I can hear a quiet sound
a rushing of the sky and I am found
Track Name: Shipbuilders
I’ve been in the yard since morning
hammering in the rib
since 7 o’clock, I’m yawning now
if I was a miner I’d have to dig

chorus
come and build ships with us, build ships
build them night and day
come and build ships with us, big ships
and sail away

it’s hard to know you’re good enough
when the hammer is in your hand
the nails must go in true with love
it’s hard to be a man

chorus

I’ll see you there tomorrow
it’ll be a brand new start
bring your boots and hard hat
but don’t protect your heart

I would stay and have another one with you
but my eyes just want to close
and when I hit the pillow
I’ll be dreaming of the roses

chorus
Track Name: Last Goodbye / The Tender Coming
I’ll see you in your dreams
in your dreams, if you dream
I know that it’s real in your dreams
when you dream
I know when you wake
what they say, how you break
tell me in your dreams
about the love and how it feels
I don’t want to talk about it
don’t want to have to say the words
I’m kissing you ‘cos it’s all over
and wishing’s only for the birds

I’ll see you in your dreams
in your dreams, if you dream
be there in your dreams
in your dreams, when you dream
sunlight in the air
in your eyes, on your hair
it’s all there in your dreams
about the love and how it feels
I want to see you there smiling
telling me that it’s alright
and I won’t let them see me crying
though shadows creep around at night

I’ll see you in your dreams
in your dreams, if you dream
don’t worry in your dreams
in your dreams, when you dream
walking down the street
flying feet, will we meet
it’s all there in your dreams
about the love and how it feel
there’s nothing makes it any better
I’m not enough to help you stay
but I’ll remember love forever
there’s nothing lost in dreams today
I’ll see you there (dreaming of love)
I’ll see you there (dreaming of love)
I’ll see you dreaming, dreaming,
dreaming, dreaming