The Roaring Girl

by Sive

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    Comes in a 4 panel digipack complete with beautiful illustrations by Mark Hill.

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    My very innovative friend Josh Johnston came up with the idea of approaching five of his favourite fellow Irish songwriters to put together a diverse bundle of CDs for music lovers.

    Alongside The Roaring Girl, the other four albums are

    West To The Evening Sun - Ailie Blunnie ailieblunnie.bandcamp.com/album/west-to-the-evening-sun
    Love Joints - Danny G & The Major 7ths shop.hipdroprecords.com/album/love-joints
    Mongrel City - Carol Keogh - carolkeogh.bandcamp.com/album/mongrel-city
    The Art Of Saving Lives - Josh Johnston joshjohnston.bandcamp.com/album/the-art-of-saving-lives

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1.
I wanted to drown out the silence To clutter my head from outside instead Wanted to fill up every corner And leave not a space to contemplate I packed my bags, ran towards the bellow Of engines and horns that grumble and roar But in the hum there is no solace Relief is a bride for whom to fight I longed to hear some quiet, but then it came a cruel blow And so I ran back to the noise, to mute the silence Turn down the silence There is a road outside my window The wheels never cease to keep me from sleep I've not the courage to escape it My head's in a spin without its din, I cannot win I longed to hear some quiet... We are always on our own Even when surrounded by a thousand souls There is no lull in between what's inside and outside of the wall I long to hear some quiet I cannot hear the quiet...
2.
Swallow Me 03:57
Tie me up in bubble wrap To keep me safe, but hide me from the world I know you meant well But your religion has begun to swell Grab my feet and turn around To understand what you miss when you hide Of course you meant well But our opinions never seemed to gel Take all the time that you need to swallow me There's nothing left to decide, because in the end You'll take all the time that you need to follow me But I'm going on with or without you Knock me from the branches And press me in an empty book To learn to forget that we all should Look before we jump Take all the time that you need... Take cover, if that's the only thing you can do But if you take cover, nothing will be left for you Take all the time that you need...
3.
You've got me, you've got me cold I'm untangled, I want back your knots Take me under now, take me under, I will go Take me under now, take me where I cannot float You've got my, you've got my stomach turned I'm hungover, I a wingless bird Take me under now, take me under, I will go Take me under now, take me where I cannot float I don't want to be just a thing of the past I don't want to be that other girl, so... Come over, come over here Don't want to say it to the back of your head You don't feel this, you don't feel the fear It's stuck in my throat and you don't even know I'm losing voice around you Tie my legs into your own again Feel my breath warm every layer of skin Kiss me 'til your beard turns my chin red Take me under now, take me, I'm easily led I don't want to be just a thing of the past I don't want to be that other girl, so... Come over, come over here... You've got me cold A you're making my stomach turn And you don't even know And I don't want to rock the boat But would you, would you... Come over, come over here Don't want to say it to the back of your head Come over, come over here Loosen your tongue and tell me if I'm wrong Come over, come over here I've too many holes, I can no longer float I'm losing voice around you
4.
The Water 04:09
Do you recall that morning when I sailed to sea? I pulled my boat out on the lonely sheets The water, the water, it filled the hole The hole in my boat I had allowed to grow Do you recall that morning when I ran away? Put on my boots and not a word did I say The water, the water, it filled my eyes I hung myself out all alone, but they would not dry The water will carry me until I learn to breathe The water will set me free, if I could find my own two feet It seems like the hand that threw your words across the room Has torn me out from my warm cocoon The water, the water, it's cold out there It fills you, then leaves you a heavy head to bear Don't come creeping in on me Sing as you move your feet The gulls plunge downward in a spin Tell them to eat my skin Because their hunger grows If they took it and rose, I would fly with them on the wind I would fly with them on the wind Don't come creeping up on me Roar as your body weaves Swallow me into your waves I no longer want to be safe I will dive real low, hold my breath as I go 'Til the water will set me free 'Til the water will set me free The water, the water will set me free If I can find my own two feet
5.
I had no time to play today, and now I am too tired If I had a home to go to I'd have been in bed by nine I'd run towards the kitchen, having sung all day for coins I'd cook a hefty meal for two and we'd clear away your toys If I had a home to go to I would fill a room with flowers I'd tell them all my tales, I'd lock the door and stay for hours I'd have a big bay window looking out over the sea I'd watch the world, but all the world would no longer watch me I had no time to breathe today, sometimes I just forget My girl will cut me loose and make a woman of me yet She'll take the ribbon from my hair and tie it around my feet If I had a home to go to I would leave her out to weep
6.
There he was buried in the sand, I took his life into my hands You would never notice him But he had many paths from which to choose Life in a box of technicolour, never knowing day from night Or an eternity just floating Choked by the foam and blinded in the light But oh, there'd be so much you'd never see If when I dug you up, I had taken you home with me The fire dancing to the distant drumming of the rain And you all safe in the glow Maybe you're face down in the water Maybe you're running out of breath Maybe if I hadn't set you free I'd have pulled you from the arms of death Days could have come and gone forever And like the bears and dolls you'd smile Know I didn't mean to kill you slowly You have seen the world through your painted eyes And oh, isn't a short life better than a million days Each one no different from the last? If you could feel with your hollow body Then you'd have more than I, as I wait by the shore Oh take me out, and we will dive into the clouds And when I leave the earth, I will explode into a thousand parts The pieces of me will scatter out among the stars I will be free And you will no longer be lifeless
7.
Cold water, please don't drink the water And I will surely lose some sleep if I don't swim ashore Her dress was tipped with red to blind the soldiers that she led And they won't find the antidote by walking in the dark Just one more glass you take from me, is that all you're asking? One more and now it's empty You'd shoot the stars out of her eyes And she will hunt you down until you die You'd burst the clouds to make me stop She'll knock the walls to find you No other way is there to know when she's behind you The lion's den is empty now Too many words to swallow This sucked the life out from the hills 'til they were left all hollow How much more can you take from me before I'm empty? One more and it's all over You'd shoot the stars out of the sky And you will chase the storm until you die Smooth now, not like it was before But it's not like it mattered I was never the girl that she could be All she wanted to be was in your pocked She said you can look back but just Don't look down
8.
Maude 03:59
She was a lady, the seventh of ten The sea was her most beloved friend Taken by tides and the strange life they bring But never taught how to think She took to the water beneath the moonlight The dusk hummed a tune as she held her skirt tight She buried that whale like we buried our speech But ours sank too deep to reach No daughter of mine will leave home It is not within her to go it alone No daughter of mine will leave home We are crippled by freedom we cannot afford We had our minds dropped right out of that boat I'm burrowed in eelgrass, I'm tangled in weed Maude cast her net but it didn't find me, or any of us No daughter of mine will leave home...
9.
Humans 05:04
When the dusk comes to settle, and everything falls Into a darker shade of the colour it was before I want to feel the fog against my cheek Get so close to the black trees that I can smell their slumber But you would call me a fool I would be safe here if it wasn't for the humans Darkness could be my friend if it wasn't for the humans Death is all I see, death in everything It's waiting for us all, so let's just be friends Is it worth being anything less? While you fight to be something you can call your own Rivers run on, planets turn And time doesn't care if you understand That it moves along without your hand Oh, the only ones who understand are the humans Who one day won't even exist at all If you'd lived and learned you'd be sure That you might as well lose your grip Isn't it ok just to be moving along Just like everything else that lives? Aren't the leaves most beautiful When they are old and about to die? You can point your gun at my head But we'll go the same way, I am going to same way as you We will go the same way, I am going the same way as you Because a human is a human wherever you go While you fight... And a human is a human, a human is a human A human is a human wherever you go
10.
You are only your own, you are only your own Who am I to take that from you? You are only your own, you are only your own Unlock the floodgates and I'll do my time Turn your body over and spill out your mind You cling to the hinges, I beg you let go Your bones will only rust if you keep the lid closed I can't stop the world from ganging up on you I can't keep its dirty paws off you You've come to say you'd give it up If I want you is this where you'll be? It's a place you can never take me If I lose my patience, then here's my excuse I'm only a human and I think you're one too But the space we held between us is filling up slow We're firing out these signals, we water, they grow I can't stop the world from ganging up on you I can't keep its dirty paws off you You've come to say you'd give it up Did you think that would lighten my load? If I want you is this where you'll be? It's a place you can never take me It's not as if we could be running out of love Because when the word is failing us There still is love
11.
Oh when you come down for me, don't tread too lightly Oh when you come down for me, I'll be ready At the wake of every shower I drop roses on the grave And at the wake of every rose, I drop a tear its soul to save I can't be sure if I'll fare well when he comes knocking I can't be sure where I will be or who'll be watching But at the wake of every year, I shed a tear just to be safe Oh when you come down for me, don't tread too lightly Oh when you come down for me, I'll be ready As they fall to meet their shadows, withered bodies cling no more As dry as bone, and there is nothing left but him down in their core And if I lay down beside them I would be no different And if I crunched them beneath my feet, they would not even flinch But I don't dare disturb the peace of what was once but is no more Oh when you come down for me, don't tread too lightly Oh when you come down for me, I'll be ready And so it is, we think our lives away, we're none the wiser still We'll never know the nature of this beast, this fear we cannot kill I can't be sure if I'll fare well when he comes creeping Under my skin, no part of me he won't be keeping But at the wake of everything, there is a hole I long to fill
12.
Hoverfly 04:45
You're only a hoverfly, disguised as a wasp If I dared get too close would you sting me? I don't think you could, even if you tried Because you're only a hoverfly It's a dangerous game that you're playing Maybe one day a crow or a hawk or a bee Will come to realise that you wear a disguise And they'll chew you up and spit out your wings They'll spit out your wings Because you're only a hoverfly... You've painted a picture you hold of yourself And you're working so hard so the paint doesn't fade But even through layers of colour so bright Beneath the black and the gold, I can see That you're only a hoverfly... I don't know why you want to scare me I'm just trying to go about my day Is it some animal instinct? But you've got no prey, no nest to protect You've got only your own neck You're frantically flitting to and fro Because you don't know where to go No you've got no place to go You're only a hoverfly...

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All songs written by Sive

Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, bass, kalimba, mandolin, melodica, chime bars & percussion - Sive
Drums & backing vocals - Patrick Hopkins
Electric guitar - Mark Dudley (1, 2, 6 & 10)
Bass - Eoin Hartwieg (2, 6 & 10)
VIolins - Neil Doyle (1, 5 & 8), Cathy McEvoy (6 & 12), Rachel Du (11) & Denise Doyle (11)
Viola - Niamh Roche (11)
Cello - Mary Barnecutt (1, 5, 6, 7 & 11)
Bouzouki - Jon Sanders (12)
Keys - Judith Font (6)

Recorded by Jack Glacken at Lamplight Recording Studios, Peter Lee at Yew Wood Recording Studios and students at Windmill Lane.
Mixed by Stephen Shannon at Experimental Audio.
Mastered by Stephen Quinn.

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released May 1, 2017

"Brimming with invention and life...compelling." - Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape

"Simply sublime, it's one of the best Irish records released in 2017." - Ros Madigan, Golden Plec

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