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Historical Record vol. 3&4 Learning To Sail

by Josienne Clarke

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The trees don’t know it isn’t spring And no one knows you love me like you do The birds went off their winter wing They’ll never leave a sky when it’s so blue I’ve been holding my joy in a hand behind my back And I’m not sorry for the freeze or frost this winter lacked The changing of the clocks, the gaining of the time The breaking of the box, the drawing of the line The swallows only sing the summer long And leaves will turn to ochre in the fall They let themselves be drawn toward the ground For there’s nothing sad in changing after all I’ve been holding my hope in a hand behind my back And I’m not sorry for going out the door and never coming back The changing of the locks, the gaining of the time The breaking of the box, the drawing of the line
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The trees don’t know it isn’t spring And no one knows you love me like you do The birds went off their winter wing They’ll never leave a sky when it’s so blue I’ve been holding my joy in a hand behind my back And I’m not sorry for the freeze or frost this winter lacked The changing of the clocks, the gaining of the time The breaking of the box, the drawing of the line The swallows only sing the summer long And leaves will turn to ochre in the fall They let themselves be drawn toward the ground For there’s nothing sad in changing after all I’ve been holding my hope in a hand behind my back And I’m not sorry for going out the door and never coming back The changing of the locks, the gaining of the time The breaking of the box, the drawing of the line
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I worry at the walls The ones that I have built And how it haunts the hallways And makes the flowers wilt To love you from afar To want for you to know To try to make you love me And then to let you go To always leave the shadows long Till the daylight’s almost gone To be with you And not with you, all along We worry at the words The ones we haven’t said Because you felt so strongly You chose some weaker ones instead I worry at the time And how it has to go I worry that I loved you but never let you know To always seek the saddest song Cos I can sing no other one To be with you And not with you, all along
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Seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say will make you change your mind Your heart is a fire but there’s nothing in it And nothing I say will make you change your mind I can try Or I can learn I could plead, I could burn But seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say has made you change your mind So wearing your heart on your sleeve begins to thin it And nothing I say has made you change your mind I could try Or I can learn I could plead, I could burn But seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say will make you change your mind.
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Seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say will make you change your mind Your heart is a fire but there’s nothing in it And nothing I say will make you change your mind I can try Or I can learn I can plead, I can burn But seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say has made you change your mind So wearing your heart on your sleeve begins to thin it And nothing I say has made you change your mind I could try Or I can learn I could plead, I could burn But seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say will make you change your mind.
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Dark Cloud, threatening to rain, to drain the sky to grey If I dare to be happier Dark Cloud, why you tie yourself to me In your gloomy little need If I never made you happier? Don’t the sunshine brighter When I’m smiling at you? Don’t you feel less lonely Out in my blue sky? Dark Cloud, now you’re out at sea So far away from me And has it made you happier? Cos oh the sun shines brighter When I save it all for me And oh I feel less lonely Out of your shadowy Dark Cloud, threatening to rain, to drain the sky to grey Somewhere else, I’m happier [ Blue sky smiling at me, nothing but blue sky, do I see Blue days, all of them gone, nothing but blue sky, from now on] -from ‘Blue Skies by Irving Berlin Blue sky, somewhere else I’m happier
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Do I ever wonder? You don't know. You'll never follow, and I'll never show. D'you see the water and watch it flow And float an empty shell, And you think that I'm hiding from the island. You've a fault in your senses. Can you feel it now? Time? What is that? I've no time to care. I've lived for a long while nearly everywhere. You will be taken, everyone, you ladies and you gentlemen. Fall and listen with your ears upon the paving stone. Is that what you hear? The coming of the sea? Sea flows under your doors in London town. And all your defences are all broken down. You laugh at me on funny days, but mine's the slight of hand. Don't you know I am a joker, a deceiver? And I'm waiting for the land.
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You need something to cling to We all need something to cling to We're at sea Don't just leave us be I wake, i rise, i wonder We're at sea And what will come of me you wake, you rise, you wonder We're at sea Your smile use it wisely Your smile use it widely Use it wildly
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A cold wind blows through a house without a door And it calls across the water a withering roar This love is like an apple without any core And I'm not fixing a stranger anymore There's a beginning of no end to the ringing of my hands And I long for open ears some kind of understanding This voice it isn't singing why it doesn't even cry And I'm not joining a stranger in a lie You hope your heart a palace wherein your love will be But he didn't have the courage and he didn't keep the key You may think you've found a cherry that doesn't have a stone But he skimmed it across the water and just let the flesh alone
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Dark Cloud, threatening to rain, to drain the sky to grey If I dare to be happier Dark Cloud, why you tie yourself to me In your gloomy little need If I never made you happier? Don’t the sunshine brighter When I’m smiling at you? Don’t you feel less lonely Out in my blue sky? Dark Cloud, now you’re out at sea So far away from me And has it made you happier? Cos oh the sun shines brighter When I save it all for me And oh I feel less lonely Out of your shadowy Dark Cloud, threatening to rain, to drain the sky to grey Somewhere else, I’m happier [ Blue sky smiling at me, nothing but blue sky, do I see Blue days, all of them gone, nothing but blue sky, from now on] -from ‘Blue Skies by Irving Berlin Blue sky, somewhere else I’m happier
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I’ve been stringing lines of simplicity I’ve been simply saying things as I see them Slender, sad and sentimental I want poise, poetry and pride A deep complexity in which to hide I’ve been living it all on the outside Slender, sad and sentimental I’ve been wearing my woes to widely I’ve had pursed lips pinned and peaky I’m grinning through gritted teeth I’ve been gurning at you, yearning to yield Poise, poetry and pride A deep complexity in which to hide I’ve been living it all on the outside Slender, sad and sentimental I dream of deep dark depths The ocean blue and vast But I’m just bobbing on the surface A-waving from the mast I want poise, poetry and pride A deep complexity in which to hide I’ve been living it all on the outside Slender, sad and sentimental
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I could decide To wish ten years away Disappear into regret And let it eat me away Close my eyes and ears Until I can forget A decade of these tears So leave me alone with my thoughts For just another minute I’m trying to drown out the noise And let it alone The loneliness of Onliness Is only how you feel about it And I’m ok And I’ll live to see another day And someday I won’t even think about it Anymore, anymore
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I remember well All the days And nothing can wash them away They're safe in the past to stay And maybe you could stop you here There's enough of my love or all You can't own brother No you can't There's no friend or lover who can And the more you covet, the less you have Take your chains off me You don't love me Empty hands they hold too tightly
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I'm running out Of patience now If fixing were possible I'd fixed it somehow It's not for want of trying It's not For all my crying
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The trees don’t know it isn’t spring And no one knows you love me like you do The birds went off their winter wing They’ll never leave a sky when it’s so blue I’ve been holding my joy in a hand behind my back And I’m not sorry for the freeze or frost this winter lacked The changing of the clocks, the gaining of the time The breaking of the box, the drawing of the line The swallows only sing the summer long And leaves will turn to ochre in the fall They let themselves be drawn toward the ground For there’s nothing sad in changing after all I’ve been holding my hope in a hand behind my back And I’m not sorry for going out the door and never coming back The changing of the locks, the gaining of the time The breaking of the box, the drawing of the line
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Singing is just words to a tune It’s trying to convey something, desperately To communicate With the added use of futile music I’m pretty sure you never understood a word I said Still I’m pinning all my sentences on melodies instead This one (has) struggles with structure It wanders in its rhyme and its reason They never got me nowhere in my season and time Love me like you ought to Or leave me if you don’t Cos I’m tired of talking And I’m running out of notes Blue sky in the morning And birds fly along the shoreline Beautiful pictures captured in a rhyme So, love me like you ought to Or leave me on the line Where I’ll sing beautiful pictures Of my season and time
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Cruel and random love Life is cruel Second guesses us we are fools And any time we try to find the answers They’ve eluded us Ever the hope, the rope that hangs us Never to know what becomes us And any time we thought we’d find the answers They just deluded us Make the most of your moments Content in your clouds and your dark skies Learning to sail in all weather On sea and sand, river and land Cruel and random love Life is cruel Set to puzzle us leave only clues And any time we truly find the answers They’ll have concluded us Make the most of your moments Content in your clouds and your dark skies Learning to sail in all weather On sea and sand, river and land
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Seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say will make you change your mind Your heart is a fire but there’s nothing in it And nothing I say will make you change your mind I can try Or I can learn I could plead, I could burn But seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say has made you change your mind So wearing your heart on your sleeve begins to thin it And nothing I say has made you change your mind I could try Or I can learn I could plead, I could burn But seconds turn to minutes all the time And nothing I say will make you change your mind.
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I worry at the walls The ones that I have built And how it haunts the hallways And makes the flowers wilt To love you from afar To want for you to know To try to make you love me And then to let you go To always leave the shadows long Till the daylight’s almost gone To be with you And not with you, all along We worry at the words The ones we haven’t said Because you felt so strongly You chose some weaker ones instead I worry at the time And how it has to go I worry that I loved you but I never let you know To always seek the saddest song Cos I can sing no other one To be with you And not with you, all along
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I remember well All the days And nothing can take them away They're safe in the past to stay So maybe you could stop demanding You had it all, all along You can't own me brother No you can't There's no friend or lover who can And the more covet, the less you have Take your chains off me You don't love me Empty hands they hold too tightly An empty heart knows nothing of love Your empty hands Have offered me nothing Enough

about

Following the success of Historical Record vol. 1&2 in May and the continuing lack of it in a pandemic torn arts industry Josienne Clarke is back with another set of rare archive demos and offcuts. This time they are all from the period leading up to the release of 2019’s critically acclaimed solo album ‘In All Weather’

‘Historical Record vol. 3&4 Learning to Sail’ takes up where vol. 1&2 left off, it contains rough sketches, studio demos and alternative band arrangements of some of the standout songs from In All Weather. This collection includes previously unheard material and studio outtakes that capture some of Josienne’s quintessential sarcasm that audiences will recognise from her live performances.

This latest release comes courtesy of label Corduroy Punk who boast an “acerbic, aggressive, atypical aesthetic” whilst also being “not a real label” their roster contains as many as 1 artist, bringing you the finest cuts of delicate irreverence packaged with a voice that could slice your heart open as soon as sooth your soul.

The collection closes with 3 alternate versions and one unreleased song rejected from the final album played by friends of Josienne and accomplished Jazz musicians- Kit Downes (piano) Ruth Goller (Bass) Andy Button (Guitar) James Maddren (Drums) The last of which is ‘Empty Hands’ a heart-wrenching torch song of broken defiance that never made it onto the official release.

“It was kind of sad that it didn’t make it on to the album in the end, but it just didn’t quite fit stylistically with the others and I take the shape and journey of an album arc very seriously so it had to wait. I felt it was a great song and would get its moment eventually and I guess that’s now” explains Josienne

Josienne Clarke is working on new material to form the basis of an album to be released sometime in 2021, she continues to plot an interesting and unprecedented course through the questionable terrain of the current music industry. She is also branching out into new areas of endeavour including writing her own press releases in the third person to lend them a loftier sense of gravitas and external validation.

credits

released September 4, 2020

all songs written by Josienne Clarke

vocals - Josienne Clarke
guitar - Josienne Clarke
tracks 1-8 recorded at Superfly studios by Andy Banfield

tracks 9-21 recorded by Josienne Clarke

tracks 21-24
vocals - Josienne Clarke
piano- Kit Downes
guitar - Andy Button
bass - Ruth Goller
drums - James Maddren
recorded at Eastcote studios
mixed by sonny johns at the nave studios

Audio Restoration & mastering by - Guy Johnston @ johnsonsound.co.uk


*Track 8- The Sea by Sandy Denny)

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Singer & Songer. Committed harbinger of melancholy. "Underestimate Josienne Clarke at your peril" - No Depression Magazine

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