High​-​Brow Blues

by Tweed

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credits

released February 10, 2017

All songs written, arranged and performed by Tweed.
Recorded and mixed by Jordan Stone at Roundhead Studios.
Mastered by Chris Chetland at Kog Studio.
Graphic design and album art by Roseanne Bier.
©℗ 2017 Tweed. All Rights Reserved.

Nancy Howie: acoustic guitar, vocals, bass, tambourine
Steff Werman: mandolin, vocals
Devin Ashton: cajon, vocals, percussion

On “Almost in Mexico”:
Devin Ashton: hand claps
Nancy Howie: hand claps, thumb piano
On “Dolphin”:
Fiona Rouse: cello
On “Evacuee”:
Rowan Uhe: electric guitar
On “Lost”:
Sarah Thompson: French horn
On “Prologue”:
Sarah Thompson: French horn
On “Shifting”:
Fiona Rouse: cello
Devin Ashton: drums

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Tweed Auckland, New Zealand

Tweed is an alternative folk trio with a distinctive style of catchy melodies, poly-rhythms, and tight-knit, complex vocal harmonies.

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Track Name: Fading
Fading

How do you vilify the meek
When bravery's got its head in the ground
Ass up
Catch up to what's important

How do you crucify the weak
When no-one's set a bar
What brawn should weigh,
I see your strength is fading

Fading...OUT

Hearts are churning
Gently burning
Souls are out to make a dime
Remind yourself of who you are and
Who that someone else
might
be.

The times that a baby's cries are heard,
Is that worth more than
The times than an addict's cries are heard?
What's more important?

The times that a rich man suffers,
Is that worth much more than
The times that a poor man somewhere else
Is slowly fading

Fading...OUT

Hearts are churning
Gently burning
Souls are out to make a dime
Remind yourself of who you are and
Who that someone else
might
be.
Track Name: Landfall
Landfall

One time I was a sailor
Travelling the world
And I saw the world blind
Hidden from view
Was a world before me.

One time I was a traveller
Sailing the world
And I loved the world blind
Hidden from view
Was a world after me.

But the wind blows my face
And a change rides its back along the way
The crew changes course
With a course of nostalgia for a life twice lived
And every landfall brands all
Life but a dream
And as the breeze blows I go
Gently down the stream.
One time I knew a sailor
Choking on air
Choke on despair with every breath he tried.
Hidden from view was a world before him.

One time I saw this sailor
Travelling the world
He was my hero at the time
Hidden from view was his world after me.

Now the wind blows my face
I remember the man he used to be
But see excuses he uses
To frame his corrupt reality

Now every landfall he falls
Out of a dream
And every nightfall takes him
Gently down the stream.
Track Name: Almost in Mexico
Almost in Mexico

Wearily,
Pray tell me what you're hiding away
Wearily,
Share with me what you're hiding today

Are you drawn to the night?
Streetlights gleam from the tiny hamlet below.
Are you drawn to the sun?
On my left, rising higher, higher,
And on and on and on

Are you drawn to the moon, lady?
Phantasmic, illuminated, cacti loom
A little taller than I.
Am I asking too soon, baby?
I'm bound for Mexico
I've got to go.

Are you drawn to the night?
“Turn the lights off,” you whispered hot in my ear.
Are you drawn to the dark?
Cast my mind to the times we lost one another
'Neath a perfect sky
Are you drawn to the ocean, lady?
Pounding upon the sand,
I've nearly landed in a spiritual low.
Am I asking to soon, baby?
Almost in Mexico,
Don't let me go!

Wearily,
Pray tell me your biggest regret.
Wearily,
Share with me what you'd rather forget.
(Well) I didn't mean it
Dunno what happened
I was lonely and I found someone to rest with.

I didn't know her
I didn't love her
But I sacrificed the love I'd come to nest in.

And though the years trudge on
I find I still sing alone.
And though the years trudge on,
I find I still sing alone.

But are you drawn to the light?
I find life in the brightest secrets of night.
Are you drawn to the dark?
I find love when Sonoran skies have been painted
On and on and on.

Are you drawn to the ocean, lady?
Pounding upon the sand,
She understands me a little better than I.
Am I asking too soon, baby?
I'm fine, I feel alive, I share with you.
Track Name: Shifting
Shifting

Feel how the wind still blows
Solemn oaks keep growing
And the songs come flowing
Hide, hide me from the silence

Feel how my cheeks are aching
Smile when I'm close to breaking
And the words fall empty
Shelter, shelter from the silence

Times have gone and times will come
When I might hope it stays like this, it stays like this…

Times have gone and times will come
When I might wish it's never this, it's never this again...
It's never this again
It's never this again

Backed into a corner
Scared to breathe, scared to think
Scared to speak at all
I'm not you
You're not me
What monsters are we?

Hiding in the space between
The good and ugly
Scared to peek at all
What is safe?
What is home?
Silence is golden.

Help me antagonise my mind
I'll help you to scrutinise your soul
Let's be the heroes and then let's act the villains
In this gruesome play-by-play
With the guilt I'm gonna carry
I'll torment the visions in your brain
Let's customise the very beasts
That can ruin and can save

Turn another page
Love feebly 'til the new day
Remember what went down
How can it mean anything
In the light of the morning?

Strip the cupboards bare.
The silence rings in empty air
Unravel what went down
How can you undo anything
You've shrouded in the silence?
Track Name: Lost
Lost

Lost

They promised us a lion's share
But as we rose through the ranks we found
The bounty that they'd guaranteed
Just wasn't there anymore.
Before the thanks escaped our lips we noticed
That this Promised Land was all but run into the ground,
The rubble but the ghost of modern lore.

How do we construct our lives?
We're drowning in the answers
But the questions have been swallowed in time.
Before the shock can register
We grasp around so violently to figure who we are,
Mapping wastelands never lived before.
Where do we find ourselves

When the elders at the top don't stop but to reload?
It's a memory of plenty for a twenty-something's time.
To anyone involved there's an unfamiliar road
That must be laid by the blind and frightened left behind.

They promised us that fighting fair
Wouldn't disadvantage anyone
But as we rose through the ranks
We found a bleak and lonely plight.
We are a generation of collective isolation
Felt by all, all felt by none.

How do we find ourselves

When the elders at the top don't stop but to reload?
It's a memory of plenty for a twenty-something's time.
To anyone involved there's an unfamiliar road
That must be laid by the blind and frightened
Left lost
Track Name: Hand-Picked
Hand-Picked

Sometimes I feel
That we are far from perfect.
But I let it pan out
And curiosity leads me to what I can learn from you,
With you,
And I find I love the way that you move with me.

Sometimes I feel
That we've got a ways to go before we're
Competent together.
But I burning need will lead me from here to you
And I'm new
But I invest all the best that I can do.

And it's because
Someday you'll know how my soul sings its song.
And some days I notice your soul sing along with mine.
It's a feeling that's fine,
Hand-picked from a ripening life.

Sometimes I feel
That our lives are less that certain.
Often I'm hurting
I'm paralysed, confused and so are you
But I know I love the way that you feel with me
Someday you'll know how my soul sings its song.
And some days I notice your soul sing along with mine.
It's a feeling that's fine,
Hand-picked

The days that we quit the world
And insulate ourselves in time
Are the days I remember
And the times I feel I'm most alive.

And on those days, you know how my soul sings its song.
And some days I notice your soul sing along with mine.
It's a feeling that's fine...
Track Name: Dolphin
Dolphin

Dolphin
Will you leap out from the ocean?
I'm feeling
Things that tell me that I'm home.

Not your kind of home
'Cos I belong in clever little boxes
Lined in rows of home.
I find my peace in clever little structures
Gliding through the waves

I see these happenings unfolding
Folding
Weaving in and
Out here on the ocean
I might drown in

What's this human I've become?
When in time did I find myself
In clever little boxes
Stacked and sterile?

What's this person I've become?
Do you see reflected in these clever little structures
Shades of me?

I see these stories drifting
Merging with the others, drifting
Out here on the ocean
Take me home

Skim along the surface now
Glimmer wet and merry now
Slim and lithe and so alive
Now take me home.

Dip your dorsal, spin around
Vagabond, ensnare me now
Valentine of history
Look how we've grown.

Dolphin
Won't you leap out from the ocean?
Track Name: Evacuee
Evacuee

Eyes, look to the skies
Summon her presence and let her know
I'm frightened, I need help to never look back.

Why? That I may never die
Keep me safe, lest I disappear
Soothe these fears
Idle thoughts of a child first leaving home

Lady, be kind to me
Help me to breathe my liberty
I'm tired, Abeona, find me a way.

I'd like to learn to fly.
Craft my wings and direct my path
Draft my maps
I'll never turn my back, 'cos tomorrow

I'm skipping town on the next train
Don't have a forward mailing address
Unless
Something inside me stirs anew, but I'm
Not going back
Evacuee, that's me, that's me

Hey, I'm a parade
A personal passage
A pilgrim's tread
Abeona, be the mother I never had

Breathe a tailwind to lead me by
I'll be change and you'll be my ride
Muse and guide
May I never turn my back, 'cos tomorrow

I'm skipping town on the next train
Don't have a forward mailing address
Unless
Something inside me stirs anew, but I'm
Not going back
Evacuee, that's me, that's me

Now I'm dirty and I ain't slept much
In mercurial and restless moods
Sweet apricity may warm me now
But the people with their high-brow blues
Look down on me as a vagrant

But I'm on my way
These weary feet may move me yet this night
I trust you, Abeona, partner in flight

I, drifting straggler am I
Stoned on stardust may down the road
Turn to home
But until then, I'll be native to anywhere.

I'm skipping town on the next train
Don't have a forward mailing address
Unless
Something inside me stirs anew, but I'm
Not going back
Evacuee, that's me, that's me
Track Name: Many People
Many People

I have been many people
I have been many people
As a seedling
Feeling round to find a real emotion

Take it in, form opinions slowly
Look around, let it sink in well
And in time you can assess why it's so
Oh it's so.

I have been many people
(I have been so many people)
I have been many people
(I have been so many people)

As a sapling
Grappling round to separate emotions
Take it in, feel your mind expanding
Look around, let it go through hell
And in time you'll think it's grand and it's so
Oh it's so
I'm afraid of what I know and don't
So I forge ahead and take it on the nose

I have been many people
(I have been so many people)
I have been many people
(I have been so many people)

As a growing being
I am constantly in motion
Take it in, form opinions slowly
Look around, let it sink in well
And in time you can assess why it's so
Oh it's so.

I have been many people
I have been many people
I have been many people
I have been many people