Seven Tides 2014

Seven Tides

Seven Tides is the band's second album. It draws on traditional folk themes such as love, loss, adventure, ruin and (most importantly) the sea.

The album was recorded at Cowshed Studios and engineered by the hugely respected folk and jazz engineer Joe Leach.

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00:00:00 1. Don't go to the Sea
00:03:43 2. Easter Island
00:07:28 3. Burn Sir!
00:11:47 4. Budleigh-o
00:15:29 5. The Road to London
00:17:16 6. Greenwich Town
00:21:22 7. Murmuration
00:24:22 8. Cities
00:27:35 9. Jean-Michel
00:30:37 10. Lleweht
00:31:02 11. Ghosts of the Drowned
00:34:12 12. Stone
00:37:02 13. The Well
00:40:28 14. Trenches
00:43:36 15. Durdham Down

Phil Cornwell — Double Bass / Vocals / Glock
Arran Glass — Vocals / Guitar
Kit Massey — Violin / Vocals
Alex Scott — Mandolin / Guitar / Vocals
Chris Rusbridge — Vocals / Bouzouki
Dan Rusbridge — Harmonica / Violin / Vocals
Ellie Rose Rusbridge — Vocals

All songs written by Apple of my Eye
Recorded by Joe Leach at Cowshed Studios, November 2013
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering
Artwork & design by Michael Cranston

Don't go to the Sea

Is there anybody there?
The sea goes dark
how the wind blows cold

So don't go to the sea
come to the hills
the standing stones
we'll be safe from harm
up in the trees
as down on the beach
the water comes
sister run to me

Seven tides align
severing my love and I
Sister run and hide
we'll flee from here come evening tide

The sea goes dark
still the air
how the wind blows cold

Chorus

Father went to sea
left our mother, you and me
he packed his tired bones
and never thought to bring them home

The sea goes dark
still the air
how the wind blows cold

Chorus

Holding up a light
and shivering to bring you in
If no ship comes tonight
we'll find what's left upon the tide

The sea goes dark
still the air
how the wind goes cold

Easter Island

It was four in the morning
On a churning sea
and I was up on the poop deck
Just my baby and me

See a…
See a seagull flying east love
Easter Island's where I'll be love
Easter Island's where I'll be

And we can go to starboard
We can drown in the hold
But this twisting sinking feeling
makes me sick unto my soul

Go to sleep
Just lie upon your shadow
So to sleep but do not lie alone
when we can lie together
sweet, sweet Sarah

And we can climb up the rigging
we can swing in the nest
and the sentimental swaying of the seas caress me til I

See a…
See a seagull flying east love
Easter Island's where I'll be love
Easter Island's where I'll be

Land! Land! Land Ahoy!
I see a floating plastic buoy
and then I sing, sing
dance with joy
until the world swings long with me

Right Here!

Sweet sweet Sarah

See a…
See a seagull flying east love
Easter Island's where I'll be love
Easter Island's where I'll be

Burn Sir!

I’m looking for a fruit tree
Do fruit trees grow here?
No sir.
but they used to grow everywhere

I can see a rainbow
think I’ll go there
Go sir
But it doesn’t lead anywhere

I used to have a home here
With my family
Gone sir
Gone like the apple tree
I used to know a friend who laid his head here
No one, anyone, anywhere

How we walked down by the old canal
sunlight dancing under the bridge
Promise me you’ll wait for me
I’ll be back certainly
When the apples hang ripe on the tree
Until the time when the apples hang ripe on the tree

Take me to the girl who spoke so kindly
Oh sir, she won’t say anything
But I said I’d return at last to see her
Oh sir, she won’t see anyone
But is she true to me my own sweet darling?
True sir, and faithful as the morning
I promised I’d return to lay down with her
Lie then - over by the oak tree

How we walked down by the old canal
sunlight dancing under the bridge
Promise me you’ll wait for me
I’ll be back certainly
When the apples hang ripe on the tree
Until the time when the apples hang ripe on the tree

I’ll build my heart a boat to sail me from here
Go sir, the wind is lifting
As up along the mountains clouds are forming
Run sir, the storm comes calling
A hundred men arrived in town this morning
Run sir, the net is closing and
as far as the eye can see there are houses burning
Burn sir. This is your doing.

Burn Sir! Pack up your belongings and learn sir
Never to return
No home here
No home here

Promise me you’ll wait for me
I’ll be back certainly
When the apples hang ripe on the tree
Until the time when the apples hang ripe on the tree

Budleigh-o

Hey ho! Laura don't go
Come and I'll lead you to somewhere I know
We will settle together in Budleigh-o

Come love, come with me soon
Come and we'll go for a roll in the dunes
We'll be good to each other in Budleigh-o

Take me away from here
Take me to Spain
Oh take me to somewhere you'll want me again
We all might die in our sleep tonight

In Budleigh-o they dance the clock
They dance until the needle stops
Some they dance and some they drop
And those that do will never get up

Hey ho! Laura don't go
Come and I'll lead you to somewhere I know
We will settle together in Budleigh-o

Come love, come with me soon
Come and we'll go for a roll in the dunes
We'll be good to each other in Budleigh-o

Take me to Portugal
Take me away
Oh take me to somewhere you'll want me again
We all might drown in the sea tonight

In Budleigh-o they listen well
to all the troubles that you tell
Some of us will leave behind
the worries of our hearts and minds

Hey ho! Laura don't go
Come and I'll lead you to somewhere I know
We will settle together in Budleigh-o

Come love, come with me soon
Come and we'll go for a roll in the dunes
We'll be good to each other in Budleigh-o

Take me to anywhere
Take me away
Oh take me to somewhere you'll love me again
We all might fall in the road tonight

In Budleigh-o they keep at bay
The things you cannot throw away
Some they go and some return
And some of us will never learn

Hey ho! Laura don't go
Come and I'll lead you to somewhere I know
We will settle together in Budleigh-o

Come love, call me to you
Call me to lie in your bed on the dunes
We'll be good to each other in Budleigh-o

The Road to London

Couldn’t you have waited?
I was nearly home
I saw the world in many stages
Man becomes a worm
Becomes a songbird
Some good rises from the wreckage of the earth

Morning came to England
landed we in Lowestoft
and greeted with a small meal
Told us then to leave and head to London
Some good rises from the wreckage of the earth

Twenty men had landed
Many lost at sea before
and some of them abandoned
some abandoned me unto the songbird
Some good rises from the wreckage of the earth

On the walk to Woodbridge
Sickness took a dozen more
and half the rest went drinking
leaving us with four we head to London
Some good rises from the wreckage of the earth

Two of my companions
Fell for girls in Gallywood
and I myself was tempted
but deep inside my heart I heard a songbird
Some good rises from the wreckage of the earth

My last friend was fading
madness came between us
and he left while I was sleeping
Lonely on the Thames I come to London
Some good rises from the wreckage of the earth
Couldn’t you have waited?
I saw through the window
Playing with your baby
Before you saw me I had gone away

Greenwich Town

From Greenwich town unto the wetlands
my cat she roams far and wide
a bonny coat and eyes of amber
she will not stay safe inside

Can’t keep a cat from wandering
to do so sir would be a sin
But all the seas on a mariner’s map
can’t keep her far from me

A twenty gun with skull and crossbones
in Greenwich town she was moored
and smelling food and high adventure
my cat she leapt..
All aboard!

Food she found and food aplenty
among the crates of stolen tea
but when she crept up to the crows nest
all around was the sea

Can’t keep a cat from wandering
to do so sir would be a sin
But all the seas on a mariner’s map
can’t keep her far from me

Well every ship she has a fiddler
to our stowaway he took a shine
for you’ve never sir in all your long years
seen a dancing cat such as mine

The old dread pirate captain Jackson
His calloused heart she took to charm
and for her strength and acts of bravery
he made her second in command

Can’t keep a cat from wandering
to do so sir would be a sin
But all the seas on a mariner’s map
can’t keep her far from me

In Greenwich Town I sit and drink sir
for my bonny cat has gone to sea
I think of her both well and often
for she is the dearest thing to me
And where she sails i cannot fathom
neath foreign stars on distant tides
but all my wealth I’d gladly give sir
to be drinking here by her side

Can’t keep a cat from wandering
to do so sir would be a sin
But all the seas on a mariner’s map
can’t keep her far from me

Murmuration

A scourge of starlings
A murmuration
Twist in the sky
Twist in the sky and are gone

A crow
A murder
An exaltation of larks
A darkness is threatening
To spill in the sky
Still in the sky and is gone

You turn away
I carry on
Such wings are strong

What tidings magpie?
And morning to you
What do you sing?
What trinkets bring you to me?

A nest of silver
The call of children
Hungry for worms
Don’t wait your turn to be fed

You turn away
I carry on
Such wings are strong

A nightingale keeps a watch upon us
The owls in council
A parliament is hung in the sky
Still in the sky and is gone

You turn away
I carry on
Such wings are strong

Cities

There is a storm coming along
Coming alone
Making a line across the grass
I’ve grown alone

When will you come?
Bringing the sun
Spinning the yarn across the cloth we’ve spun

At home a little light can make it grow
you and I alone can know
There’s water in the soil below us
as we go

City of mine - look how you’ve grown
Turrets and domes adorn the skyline of our home
When will you come?
Bring us the sun
Weaving a yarn across the cloth we’ve spun

At home a little light can make us grow
you and I alone can know
There’s water in the soil below us
as we go

Soak up the day
Drink from the root
Tomorrow the bough will bend
in burden from our fruit

Lover of mine
We carry our bones
and stand in the storm
to bear the beautiful unknown

At home a little light can make us grow
you and I alone can know
There’s water in the soil below us
as we go

At home a little light can make us grow
you and I alone can know
There’s water in the soil below us

Jean-Michel

Julie lit a fire and the room filled up with smoke
There’s something up the chimney darling
This is not a joke
We’ll grab the brush and broom and then we’ll give the thing a poke
and when we’ve cleaned the chimney we’ll be cosy by the stove

There’s probably a little bird that’s nesting in the stack
and i’m sorry little birdy but we need the chimney back now
there’s something really stuck up there
I hit it with a broom
And what fell out but a blackened shoe?

Julie cried “My love I fear I know this shoe too well!
There’s a body in the chimney and it’s that of Jean-Michel!
I’ve seen him in the gutter and I’ve seen him in the cell
Let us drag him from the chimney now
before he starts to smell”

They tied a rope around his leg and tried to pull him down
But he was stuck in too tightly so they called the boys from town
The boys climbed on the roof and tried to pull him out the top
and down below Julie pushed him with a mop

Now Jean-Michel the thief is safely buried in the grave
And Julie and her husband can sit warmly by the stove
And sometimes they hear noises but they do not feel afraid
For it’s only birds a nesting and the chimney’s been replaced

And sometimes things go missing but they cannot really tell
So they either blame each other or the ghost of Jean-Michel
So if your things go missing or chimney starts to smell
Keep your eyes wide open for the ghost of Jean-Michel!

Ghosts

In this town, the ghosts of the drowned
Gather by the clock when the sun goes down
In this town, the ghosts of the drowned
Gather by the clock when the sun goes down

In this town, the ghosts of the drowned
Gather by the clock when the sun goes down
In this town, the ghosts of the drowned
Gather by the clock when the sun goes down

There’s Arthur Clarke, he liked a dram
And into the cellar of the inn he ran
He found a keg and in he went
His soul up to the firmament
‘Twas twenty days and twenty more
Before they found his pickled corpse
But in that time, I tell no lie
The pub had drunk the barrel dry

Chorus

And over there you’ll see the glint
Of Spanish armour, steel and flint
For long ago the galleons came
To seek dominion, wealth and fame
But English God he puffed his cheeks
And scattered all the Spanish fleets
And those that made it to the shore
They found their now unwanted war

Chorus

Come darkest night from near and far
Come souls of many an honest tar
The townsfolk here, these wicked liars
They rush to light their cliff top fires
The ships that sail on salty foam
Mistake the distant lights for home
They’ll find instead the jagged jaws
And wreckers waiting on the shores

Chorus

When I heard their wicked deeds
I rushed to find my swiftest steed
And over wood and hill and fen
To notify the sheriffs men
The townsfolk oh they rode me down
And dragged me kicking back to town
They bound my feet and wrists as well
And threw me in the wishing well

So do not fear the raging seas
We ghosts are stuff of memories
But look about you best you can
The threat is from your fellow man
Look about you best you can
The threat is from your fellow man

Gather by the clock when the sun goes down

Stone

You cannot stay
It’s late and we are holding on to what we cannot say
You’re great but this cannot be our day love

I’ll do you wrong
I’m crueller than your body’s sweetest song
don’t touch me or we both might turn to stone love
to stone love

Skip today,
Jump tomorrow
Look for me on monday
and I’ll try to wear a face of stone
You and I are lost apart
But you and me could only lead to sadness
when we’re left alone

So on we go
It’s later than the two of us had ever hoped to know
I miss you but it’s no longer our day love

You did me wrong
You hid me in the silence of your song
don’t kiss me or we both might turn to stone love
to stone love

Skip today,
Jump tomorrow
Look for me on monday
and I’ll try to wear a face of stone
You and I are lost apart
But you and me could only lead to sadness
when we’re left alone

The Well

Where are we gonna go now?
Now we’ve burned this to the ground
I cannot live on love alone
We cannot live on love alone

I’ve forgotten how to pray
How to drive the devil away
But oh what devil could there be?
when the two of us stand in the shallow sea

Love won’t die in a fire or fight
It leaves you silently at night
and finds a quiet place to lie
and the well in the morning comes up dry

And the crops fail again
and the harvest is not coming in
And I love you so well
but the harvest is not coming in

There is plenty for us now
While our summer sun is high
Will this candle burn the night?
Will the well in the morning come up dry?

And the crops fail again
and the harvest is not coming in
And I love you so well
but the harvest is not coming in

Trenches

Sister please call me
Brother come to me
Mother sit by me
Listen to me

Father sit by me
I must now tell you
All of my family
Listen to me

Last night came word
that all of our men
must push for glory

over the border
down on our bellies
following orders
Onward Soldiers!

Kitty I miss you
More than you’ll ever know
please tell sweet nicholas
How I love him

Christof I hate you
more than you’ll ever know
How could you leave me with our baby?

The air is cold
my hands are cold
the leaves glow red with the embers of summer
the horses sound like a round of applause
the wind sings songs of mine and yours

Onward Soldiers!

Arran please write to say
when you’ll be coming home
when will our wedding day church bells ring?

Ellie I see you
when I am sleeping
and I may sleep
for a very long time

Sister please call me
Brother come to me
Mother sit by me
Listen to me

Father sit by me
I must now tell you
All of my family
Listen to me

Durdham Down

How long can this last for?
This summer of ours
As long as the sunlight gives life to these flowers
And the flowers will die
and we must part ways
But let us drink cider until the light fades

On durdham down
drinking old rosie
On durdham down
drinking with you
On durdham down
On durdham down

The first time i saw you
you were flying a kite
as the warm red of evening bled into the night
and young as we are
the night always comes
and chases us homewards and back to our mums

chorus

A tree painted white
seven sisters stand tall
and we must walk by them while we can walk at all
and you must be home by half past ten
and we’ll go together and we might hold hands

chorus

I’d give it all
I would give it away
to see you at the sea wall later today
and with nothing in in our hearts
and with nothing on our minds
we’d walk to the water tower down lady’s mile