Meet You There (album)

by Eleanor Brown

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This album was generously crowdfunded by Philip Ralph. Sophie Boss. Sally Bartolameolli. Iouri Prokhorov. Debbie Lukas. Gemma Tracey. Jane & John Ingall. John Kurk. Amy Willoughby. Nigel & Beny Hunkeler-Brown. Lucy Dirksen. Siobhan Wooster. Christina Lynch. Mary Ann Clements. Orlagh Mcllevan. Rebecca Knight. Adi Howarth. Felicity Rock. Karen Ferberman. Caz & Tom Ingall. Liz Remande-Guyard. Jayne Blackman. Amy Chavez. Matt Jago. Di Sinclair. Matt Harris. Liset Dettingmeijer. Megan Oswald. Holly Almgren. Lucinda Pitman. Federica Stelli. Siiri Lane. Karin Green. Micki Schloessingk. Joe Marvelly. Alice & Nathan Lewis. Christina Piddington. Eve Goodman. Debbie Collins. Chrissie Sugden. Kieron Smith. Anna & Peter Bement. Kath Pasteur. Carol Ann Hooper. Amanda Earps. Mark Potter-Irwin. Ali Jeffrey. Stephanie Hatcher. Margaret Harris. Devon Grilly. Nicola Kurk. Deb Flying Horse. Becky Schupbach. David Atkinson. Jo Mckinley. Karen Marsh. Liz Terry. Sarah Strong. Laura & Steve Bates. Gail Battaglia. Digna Nelson. Sue Findlay. Brandon Jenkins. Jan Bou. Dena Lester. Sarah & Ben Merrel. Katie Chiaravolloti. Nick Holmes. Amy Waring. Anna Piggot. Maya Waldman. Alexandra Schueler. Nia Marvelly. Lucy Brisson. Gareth Davies. Megan Stein. Louise & Nathan Jones. Ant Flanagan. Ant Howell. Sarah & Steven Hunt. Cricket Hackney. Su Hall. Aisha Hannibal. Tony Wilkinson. Catie Joret. Sue & Tim Brown. Julie Cline. Claire Seguin. Caren Gilbert. Sarah Huws-Davies. Amanda Turk. Clare Broadbent. Junie Moon Schreiber. Terri Hogan. Paul Owen. Tiffany Montavon. Abbie Jebson. Cali White. ALisa Starkweather. Dom Elias. Briony McClean. Lucy Pearce. Sian Tomos. Gill Jebson. Veronica Krulish. Joey Walters. Katherine Allen. Kirstie Naimo. Anna Ludvigsen. Eleanor Shaw. Paul Taylor. Sophie Hunter. Beccy Owen. Jodi Sugden. Kathleen Hick. Jessica Smithson. Fiona Wilmot. Mel Shapcott. Sarah Morse. Heather Stickney. Patrick Driscall. Catherine Newell. Debby & Keith Badger. Emily Harris. Eileen Hoon. Glenn Miles. Fi Radford. Helen Hunter. Catherine Bicknell. Leslie Lanes. Joy & Nigel Mason. John Boiteau Jr. Ariane Roux-Pages. Rachael & Andy Richardson. Elaine Newman. Regine Neh. Cath Van Wyk. Beth Girshman. Zannah Palmer. Jane Carvell. Audrey Boss. Allison Johnstone. Karen Higgins. Sally Bourne. Sydney Sleadd. Katie Bennett-Davies. Val Jarvis. Heather & Tom Fullerton. Roberta Briant. Chrissy McFarren. Carol Parker Stein. Alys Kaye. Andre Van Wyk. Louise Stanion. Peter Anderson. Donna Males. Richard Brown. Karen & Neil Rushby. Jill Davis. Kerry Tudor. Jayan Nayar. Kate & Alun John. Elizabeth Klyne. Kate Siner. Constance Gause. Aly & Kit Loring. Fern Smith. Janine & Brian Hammond. Ruth Cohen-Rose. Nicole Oxendine. Aurore Tieura. Helen Lowithan. Ingrid Sattler. Lloyd Jones. Marie Wells. Kate Napier. Lauren McDade. Zoe Langley-Wathen. Rebecca Smith. Karen Stead Baigrie. Swan Gates. Beverly Blankenbaker. Bonnie Petano Yackovetsky. Stuart Gunner. Lizzie Rothschild. Verity Thompson. Lauren Rutten. Geri May. Ben Cowan. Pascale Meple. Coralee Chase. Lizzie Large on behalf of Emily John-Kestell. Plus 15 Anonymous Backers. THANK YOU.

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released September 5, 2017

Music & Lyrics by Eleanor Brown

Eleanor Brown - Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo (6), Djembe (3)
Adam Thomas - Drums
Carolyn Ryves - Double Bass (2, 3, 6, 10)
Corben Lee - Trumpet (8, 10)
Daniel Fitzgerald - Electric Guitar (1, 2, 4, 10)
David Grubb - Fiddle (1, 2, 5, 6, 7), Mandolin (6, 10), String Arrangement (7)
Erin Jones - Backing Vocals (1, 3, 10)
Jess Green - Backing Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10)
Jez Sampson - Backing Vocals (5)
Joshua Vincent Goodey - Backing Vocals (3, 6, 10), Double Bass (7, 8)
Kirsten Miller - Cello (1, 5, 7)
Nia Ann Marvelly - Backing Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10)
Nigel Mason - Didgeridoo (9), Whistles (8, 9)
Simeon Smith - Synths, Programming, Banjo (3, 4, 7), Mandolin (4), Tenor Guitar (5), Electric Guitar (5), Piano (5), Bass (1, 4)
Tomos Lewis - Backing Vocals (1, 3, 6, 10)


Recorded by Simeon Smith & Bywyd Studio, 2017
Produced by Simeon Smith, Bywyd Studio & Eleanor Brown, 2017
Album Photography - Rachael Smith www.ourbeautifuladventure.co.uk
Album Design - Christina Lynch www.christinatlynch.com

Many experiences, people, places and art have inspired these songs. It is important to note the writing of Rumi 'A Great Wagon' in Track 7, Ian Siddons Heginworth ‘April’ & T.S. Eliot ‘East Coker’ in Track 9, W.B. Yeats ‘The Second Coming’ & Clarissa Pinkola Estes 'Letter To A Young Activist During Troubled Times' in Track 6.

Deep gratitude to those who have travelled these roads with me. This album was made possible by the generous backing of 224 stellar people who are named individually on my website: thank you for bringing this to life.

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Track Name: Sinner of the Nicest Kind
Well I know what you’ve been thinking I’m the sheep that’s gone astray but I can tell you that I’m drinking from a well that’s flowing away yes overflowing from the source of it I'm tumbling spinning clean I’m skipping jumping howling running with the wolves who came for me / I am unfettered unencumbered I’m the rock that’s set for me I’m in the Nant Gorllewin threshold flowing down the West Grove stream and I will lick this land of honey and the milk will flow from me I’m in the exile of the east at least I’m finally set free / I climb a mountain out the city searching for the great sublime I race away from rhyme and reason ’cos the path just was not mine I travel on the road less travelled, in mindfulness this time I’m now a drifter and a wanderer; a sinner of the nicest kind / Oh hell I tried to write the sea today and it washed right over me I needed washing in the waves a babe baptised in the raging seas I am awake asleep awake I dream the desert endlessly I got to vanish in the vastness in this heavenly purgatory / Then I ride up to the border and I walk an ancient path, listen to the truth of redwoods a synchronicity that lasts I hear the voice of elders speaking feel the sacredness they mark I rest in sun and moon and water and I move on from the past / So now I’m making with the makers and I’m living in time with grain I make my home from what I have reject the dulled-down dumbing ways, I’m kinda sure I’m heading westward like the old communities o’ grapes of wrath, the past, the aftermath, it’s now we’ve come to save / I am a wolf in sheepish clothing and sometimes I'm the lamb and sometimes I’m the serpent oh yes definitely I Am unravelling narrative of bursting fruit, the rising of Devine yes Sheela I can see ya and that cross you got hidden behind. . .
Track Name: This Train 'Aint Coming Round
(For C.W.)

I looked to the heavens, where does my help come from and I looked to the earth and saw the stories all these stories of the old / now I’m looking around at all the faces staring right on back at me, in all these faces I’m displaced and then I just can’t seem to see / This train ’aint coming round, it just ’aint coming round / This train ’aint slowing down, it really ’aint slowing down / And I got this funny feeling running all over me / ’Aint no-one gonna stop this goddamn train for me, o no / So I keep walking down this same old fucking road and I keep on falling down the same old murky hole / I know it’s there but still I feel that gentle call, that safe embrace of wasted space and womb-like hold I think I’m falling / chorus / So I’m still sitting here wondering what to do nothing is shifting and I don’t think I can move / not even sleep can help me dream away these blues oh well I guess I gotta keep pushing, might as well push on through /chorus/ Well there are many who can understand the fight we say you gotta get up stand up life ’aint black nor white / so don’t go giving up don’t go giving up your rights, get your shit together, walk towards the light /chorus/ I might as well just hop on the back and see where it leads . . .
Track Name: This is not the End
(For C.J.)

Turning this all over again / here we are again my friends / well don’t lay down this is not the end of you or me / No don’t lay down this is not the end/ Keep rolling rolling rolling it over again / ’Cos I got about a hundred miles to walk / then I got another hundred thousand more / you know it goes, you keep on keeping on / ’cos when you feel like your back’s against the wall / sometimes you gotta leap instead of fall / I’ve never seen a life catch anyone quite like this before / chorus / and when you feel like a salmon up the stream / all of this uphill swimming endlessly / you know together we can change the tide /’cos there is more much more than we can see / you know there’s countless paths where we can free / unfolding evolution be our guide / chorus / o my soul, o my soul won’t you come on home / No don’t lay down this is not the end / Keep rolling rolling rolling right over my friends. . .
Track Name: Calling on the Wind
(For K.H.)

I’ve been searching for this freedom and moving lots of ground / waiting on forgiveness to find its way around / I’ve been tasting sweet and sorrow as a way to give my soul / some respite for this questioning of things I’ll never know / I’ve journeyed to the desert and laid amongst the bones / fallen through the cracks of a life I used to know / I landed in a forest surrounded by these trees / emptying and emptying a life lived half asleep / So I will celebrate revival of a kind you’ve never seen / and I will sing over the ashes of a life escaping me / I will find my own redemption in a way I’m fit to live / O love I’m calling on the . . . / Hey-ho up she goes, never want to see you in another one’s soul / I’ve had to form some answers to justify your means / but weaving ends from nothing is harder than it seems / I questioned all my sanity, the things you had me see /’Cos living with delusion’s been this prison holding me /chorus / I know just where it happened, I know the game we played / following The Truth we got so lost along the way / I’ve fought to feel this freedom to believe in what I see /’Cos everything I thought I knew got stripped away from me / I’ve danced into the fire and come face to face with shame / reached towards the serpent and wrapped myself in fate / I’ve journeyed from the edges washed away from tidal path / shed a million lifetimes and found this beating heart / chorus /. . .
Track Name: The Whale and the Buffalo
Went east to the ocean I needed the edge / drove through the desert just to feel that open space oh I needed to feel this / saw a hawk in the park and a snake in the grass saw a spider in my dreams she was cautioning me oh I needed to feel this / I don’t want to leave this place and I don’t want to fade away oh I’ve been living in fear / I don’t want to leave this place and I don’t want to fade away oh I needed to feel this I needed to check that I existed here / Went to the country I just needed horizon I sang with the birds felt our song keep on rising oh I needed to feel this / I journeyed much deeper I was travelling through time I swam in the waters saw the owl on the island oh I needed to feel this / I don’t want to leave this place and I don’t want to fade away oh I’ve been walking through fear / I don’t want to leave this place and I don’t want to fade away oh I needed to feel this, I needed to check that I existed here / I climbed up the tower to be higher than people I felt so invincible yet felt really little oh I needed to feel this / saw the whale in the city and I lay underneath it I cried like a baby felt like something was finished oh I needed to feel this / I don’t want to leave this place and I don’t want to fade away oh I’ve walked through fear / I don’t want to leave this place and I don’t want to fade away oh I needed to feel this, I needed to check that I existed here / Put my head on the earth as I stood in the flow I prayed to the spirit what I learnt from the buffalo I needed to feel this / I shouted out loud I was ready to explore I wrote till it hurt then made footprints in snow oh, I needed to feel this, I needed to check that I existed here. . .
Track Name: Back to Life
With the coming of the dawn and a turning spiral / hold on steady when the tide is rising / people get ready in a changing climate / falcon in the gyre cries wider wider / When the road is long and the walls need climbing / living in a world of itself devouring / watching a looming shadow rising / now is not a time for despair and hiding /’Cos we were made for this, yes / we’ve been waiting for this time / in the roots we’re gathering / in the deeps we find our tribe / oh, it’s happening the people are a-gathering / for earth and all humanity /we’re coming back to life / Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold / be the bridges where the love prevails / things fall apart, the centre cannot hold / be the edges, where the hope sets sail / O love is a radical way to walk and hope is a powerful choice of course / Yes love is a radical way to walk and hope is a powerful choice, it’s yours / chorus / Oh, it’s happening, the people are a-gathering we’re standing for each other and we’re standing for our lives. . .
Track Name: Meet You There
Breathe into silence, breathe into the timeless, breathe into belief / Breathe into the broken, into the unspoken, let your stories free / Lean into the mystery, lean into the empty, trust what’s yet unseen / Take me to the mountain, take me to the sea, lay me in the river where I’ll wash this spirit clean / Take me to the mountain, take me to the sea, take me to the river and take me to this field / Lean into the mountain, feel the wind surrounding, blowing wild and free / Breathe into the water, let it flow unaltered, together we’ll run clean / Take me to the mountain, take me to the sea, lay me in the river where I’ll wash this spirit clean / Take me to the mountain, take me to the sea, take me to the river and take me to this field / Where my soul lies down in that green green grass that the world’s too full to talk about - I’ll meet you there / Give yourself permission, give yourself the reason / Loving of this, travel to this, revel in this field / Where my soul lies down in that green green grass that the world’s too full to talk about - I’ll meet you there / Dare to walk in darkness, trust the spark that lights us, don’t you lose your thread. . .
Track Name: Pilgrim Song
I will walk through the weather this I know / I will walk ’till we’re together this I know / I will walk a ground that’s quaking I will rest when I can’t take it / Be the banks of the river, be the flow / There’s a stone that stands in balance on the sand / In the in-between of ocean and the land / I can feel it in the urgency / The only place I know to be / The edge it calls the centre to be found / chorus / Though the water’s rising higher all the time / we’re building walls of separation we can’t climb / when all around their waging war / we need the shelter in the storm / to keep creating through it all / chorus / Though my friend lies uncovered in the ground / Kissed her hands and mouth goodbye without a sound / She could not survive the current / Got taken down amongst the others / In her memory I’ll be running I will grow / We will walk through the weather this I know / we will walk ’till we’re together this I know / we will walk a ground that’s quaking / we will rest when we can’t take it / be the banks of the river, be the flow / We will rise and walk into the great unknown / We will rise. . .
Track Name: Lay of the Land
So hold my hand, we’ll take this land we’ll fly from bay to bay / ‘cos hawthorn mends a broken heart it’s the giver of hope they say - o the giver of hope they say / Singing shallelai said the buds and the lyre, won’t you sing your song today / Plant your feet in the now, this is holy ground and this is the lay of the land – o – this is the lay of the land / The rhythm of the heart it is the only path in the beat there is always chance / cleansing in fire and spring comes fast we will sing we will love we will dance - o we will sing we will love we will dance / chorus / So dance into the sacred place in the grief, the blood and the thorns / wait without hope and wait without joy then ascend, release, transform - o ascend release transform / chorus / So the hawthorn mends a broken heart
when we join our selves inside / with he who does and she who feels this is the turning of the wedding tide - o the turning of the wedding tide / chorus /. . .
Track Name: Yours is the Sky
Some say the sun will rise and fall on the wings of a bird you find the meaning of it all yes it can unfold; it’s the tiniest of miracles / It’s the call of the wild, it’s the echoing inside / I hear horizon calling I can see it in your eyes / I wish you well my friends, ’till the day we meet again / Yours is the sky, yes yours is the sky / Some say love is a never-ending song as the bud gets tight then the blossoming unfolds every moment starts anew; it’s the tiniest of miracles / chorus / May your way be wide open . . .

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