The Spring

by Morningblind

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The Spring - a taste of things yet to come.
These songs are definitely not run-of-the-mill singer-songwriter fare: fresh chord progressions, alternate tunings, lyrics that demand your attention, a voice that unites everything with its clarity. The original intention was to record these songs as a demo, but it all got a bit out of hand, resulting in an honest account of what can happen when a Catalan musician teams up with a British writer.

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released January 25, 2017

All songs by Sandra Bossy Retti/Richard Hayden
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Quico Tretze at Studio 13
Thanks to Red Pèrill for his fresh ears
Vocals & guitars Tracks 1-6 Sandra Bossy Retti
Additional guitar Tracks 2,3 & 6 Santi Mendez
Guitalele Track 6 Santi Mendez
Second guitar Track 5 Richard Hayden

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Morningblind Barcelona, Spain

Morningblind: a collaboration between Catalan singer-songwriter Sandra Bossy Retti and British writer Richard Hayden; the result is an EP drawing on a wide range of influences: folk, jazz, classical, and rock. This is adult life in song; there’s not much escapism; it’s more about trying to look at things head-on and from that create something beautiful, affecting, genuine and eminently listenable. ... more

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Track Name: The Spring
I went to see how it was born a river
how there were stones piled up, human hands
hiding, hiding
but you will greet the world you hidden river
you'll belong and you'll be strong
finding, finding
finding for me the secrets that are lost
for anyone but me, hiding
then I'll go and disappear under a pile of stones
just like you, under a pile of stones
my end is your beginning
you'll be born again from salty water
and me, and me from filthy earth
I went to see how it was born a river
how there were stones piled up, human soft
finding, hiding
Track Name: Apocalypse Later
when west meets east or east meets west
and all that we have loved the best is scorched to ash
there is no pale dove where roaches reign
or any sign of olive branch
and no rainbow in the sky

cars rusted, bridges twisted
can the rain fall from the sky?
when all the rivers have gone dry
can I give a bloody toss for this lost race?
and all is lost, the karmic wheel is flat and busted

shrivelled 'n' frail, keeps a weather eye
no wisdom left
clings to bones tenaciously
she clings to life, anxious voices
ungraciously she's falling now

cold in her bones, all feeling gone
she's falling now, shrivelled 'n' frail
fading, fading in the night
falling through the failing light

when west meets east and east meets west
and all that we have loved the best has gone
and all the gods and demons all
will turn to dust and fall like dry snow

every word the prophets shouted,
every book the gods have puked
will burn quite nicely on the pyre
for everything that we held dear
when we end up floating dust
Track Name: Give Me a Lover
never heard a thing
I slept without fear
reached out a hand
found you near

never saw a thing
I couldn't explain
took all your love

never said a thing
I kept my mouth shut
would have called you back
found I could not

got me a shirt
its colours are plain
heart on the sleeve
ripped up and stained

give me a lover
I'll give you a frown
give me a tether
I'll tie him back down
give me a lover
I'll give you a frown
give me a tether
I'll tie him back down

never changed my mind
I flew with your tenderness
would be too scared
if I weren't in your arms

rated you twice
your wonder and pride
curled in a box
closed mean and tight

give me a lover
I'll give you a frown
give me a tether
I'll tie him back down
give me a lover
I'll give you a frown
give me a tether
I'll tie him back down

never heard a thing
I slept without fear
reached out a hand
found you near

never saw a thing
I couldn't explain
took all your love
poured it down the drain
Track Name: Cars & Trains
I have tarried here too long
so far from your shore
your quiet love cannot bring me home
cannot bring me home

I have strayed so very far
been gone from your door
nor wings of birds nor your sweet song
will ever bring me home, will ever bring me home

I have gone so very far
been away so long
cars and trains and sailing ships
cannot bring me home

I have tarried here too long
so far from your shore
your quiet love or grace of god
cannot bring me home
will never bring me home
Track Name: Golden Boy
saw him with his head on his knees
wouldn't wave, wouldn't wave goodbye
everyone gone, everyone distant
oh, but he wouldn't move
like a stone in the river

golden boy, where is your mother,
where is your brother?
are you here alone?
oh, but you wouldn't move
still and unseen
just the wind in the trees
and the red in the sky
and the black of the church
and the cracks of the earth,
boy, where will you go now

everyone leaves
tears flowing freely
a stone in the river
silence, silence is king

everyone leaves, everyone dies
oh, but you are not moved, my golden boy
Track Name: A Girl in a Hat Like That
a girl in a hat like that can be whatever she wants,
she can float untied on the same breeze
blowing those harlequin plumes

she's her own mistress, in her wild hat,
she's the queen of Victoria Park
from bandstand to ice-cream van
but she's not there, nor here nor there, or anywhere
and will she ever, ever pay her bill?

a girl in a hat like that can be whatever she pleases
and float untied on the same breeze
blowing those harlequin plumes

she's gone, lost in the streets,
how many times has she changed her name?
she knows exactly what she wants
another dream, another town, another chance
another hook to hang that sodding hat

a girl in a hat like that can be whatever she wants,
she can float untied on the same breeze
blowing those harlequin plumes

she's her own mistress, in her wild hat,
she's the queen of Victoria Park
from bandstand to ice-cream van
but she's not there, nor here nor there, or anywhere
and will she ever, ever pay her bill?

a girl in a hat like that laughs her socks off
as she drives you mad
and she drives you mad
she pulls the stringsthat make you dance

without a back, a backward glance, at the Empire
a girl like that will break you in half as she goes Dutch
a girl like that, a girl like that, a girl like that...

how many times has she changed her name?
how many times has she changed her keys?
how many hats has she had like that?
who knows?