My Heart's Eyes

from Giving Up the Ghosts by Ribbon Road

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    A 25 minute piece based on work into social haunting
    Songs by Brenda Heslop, Films by Carl Joyce, performed by Ribbon Road

    This song/image piece has been produced as part of a research project called ‘Song Lines to Impact and Legacy: Creating Living Knowledge through Working with Social Haunting’ - made possible by Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities funding. The project has been led by Dr Geoff Bright of the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University, and co-produced by a team of artists, academics and community partners including Unite Community and the Co-operative College. Working in community Ghost Labs in Staffordshire and across the north of England, it has used the idea of a ‘social haunting’ and a range of arts methods to inquire into how difficult feelings, carried into community life from contested pasts, can be harnessed as energies for benevolent and productive change.

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Also in Rochdale, we spent time with a group of young people who are part of Rochdale Young Minds.

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MY HEART’S EYES

My heart tells me, my cat helps me
Stars are looking down
Maybe someday, Friday, Sunday
I’ll get there somehow
Broken scattered on the ground
Leaves like lives are turning brown
Don’t look down
See through my heart’s eyes

Frightened, worried
Confused, awake in the night
Put down, lonely
Hurt, humiliated

Words go by me like the wind
It’s whistling down the street
Quiet with my pen I fly
But I’ve no wings, just feet
Someday I’ll unlock this door
Somebody will ask for more
An open door
See through my heart’s eyes

Fixed, tied
Messed up, hiding inside
Hoping, knowing
Silent, staying alive

I am young and I keep smiling
Someday I’ll be me
It’s on the tip of my tongue but I am shy
And no-one seems to see
Side by side just as you please
On this shelf like chalk and cheese
Smile for me
See through my heart’s eyes

My heart’s beating, my cat’s sleeping
Stars are looking down
Maybe sometime, Autumn, Springtime
I’ll get there somehow
I’ll get there somehow

- It’s a sunny tomorrow
- Tomorrow’s my day

credits

from Giving Up the Ghosts, released October 14, 2017
Words and Music - Brenda Heslop 2017 (Ribbon Road
Music)

Vocals, piano - Anna Heslop
Vocals, accordion - Jill Heslop
Vocals, instruments - Geoff Heslop
Vocals - Brenda Heslop

Arranged and Recorded at Shipyard Studios by Geoff Heslop

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Brenda Heslop
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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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