This Old River

by Jacob & Drinkwater

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Song Of The Sun The light pours in upon our golden slumbers Where the starry dreamers all awake The forest whispers all its secret numbers Counting on the morning to break And the song of the sun Will sing us into life The mountains rise up from the valley yawning Where the fruit hangs heavy on the vine The river weaves into the patchwork morning The rhythms of its ancient line And the song of the sun Will sing us into life These stones were carved out of some ancient language That groans and moves beneath the plates Hidden deep beneath the English landscape The giant sleeps and the giant waits For the song of the sun To sing us into life Song of the sun Sing us into life
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This Old River Nineteen- thirty- four Sir Alan Cobham’s flying circus came to Walton-le- Dale Up on Cuerdale Hill you’d see the pilots faces as the planes went zooming by In the blue summer sky The skyline was dotted with smoky mill chimneys up on New Hall Lane They’d say if you can’t see Pendle Hill that means it’s going to rain The whole town was built on the boom back when cotton was king Our poor ancestors toiled at the loom Their poverty was a terrible thing And this old river running through it all I love to come back down here just to watch it roll Through the years In the soft evening light you’d here the choirs of corncrakes sing their songs unto the night A lazy old breeze amongst the golden cornfields and the branches of the trees and in my memory Down by Briggs’s Farm you’d hear the sweet willow warblers call In the stillness of a sweet summer’s day You’d bathe in the beauty of it all You know this county invented engines and machines it held the whole world in its thrall Sometimes when I gaze at these wondrous fields I wish we’d never bothered at all Oh I wish we’d never bothered And this old river running through it all I love to come back down here just to watch it roll Through the years This old river running through it all I love to come back down here just to watch it roll Through the years Through the years Through the years
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Real Love 03:35
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Imagined Letter #4 Everyone here seems so self-absorbed maybe its the city or maybe its just me Can we love and ask for nothing more Maybe we just failed at being free Well they’re closing down the units and the old cafe Sold them all to new millionaires That seems to be the way that London’s going And nobody at the top seems to care But when we danced to the sound of accordions Bass drum pounding in my chest The light of halloween moon Ah well you know the rest You’re often in my prayers if you can call them prayers But I rarely talk about you to my friends Last week I thought I saw you coming down the stairs How the heart sinks even as it bends By Liverpool Street Station i sat down and wept It hit me on the circle line Do you ever wear the pendant that you kept Or just hold it in your hand from time to time And every once in a while we fall apart To exercise the voluntary muscles of the heart So oppose those dying days Don’t let your spark burn away Well I still have my suitors so I must be lovable But what’s the point in playing the old game Maybe romance is dead as a theme these days As for the rest why call it any other name In the pages of your unwritten book With wild flowers that grow down by the sea When you knew me with a lovers look Something was born and something died in me And I don’t know why I even wrote Mainly life goes on from day to day Time is the eternal boat That carries all our dreams away So I went as far north as I could go Walked for miles and miles in the driving snow Just to carry my soul to the end of the world And stand with weary wings unfurled
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Higher Love 03:15
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Iridescent Light I woke up laughing madly and I don’t know why I dreamed the sunrise was a symphony of murmuration An undulation fluttering through the sky The air it quivered like the tuning fork of all creation Arcadian days The day came drifting slowly through my waking mind Your words they formed an indeterminable constellation Foreign intimations of a fleeting kind Drove caravans across the border of my imagination Arcadian days Bathed in iridescent light Drinking coffee on the windowsill I asked you if you’d be alright You said i don’t know if I ever will We turned our faces to the summer rain I said that this could be the day our plans all come together Something shifted in your brain Turn off your phone let’s sit and watch the river flow forever Arcadian days Bathed in iridescent light Drinking coffee on the windowsill I asked you if you’d be alright You said i don’t know if I ever will
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Polaroid 03:27
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released March 20, 2019

Produced by Jacob & Drinkwater
Tobias ben Jacob: acoustic guitars, vocals, backing vocals
Lukas Drinkwater: upright and Fender bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, synth, backing vocals, percussion
All songs written by Tobias ben Jacob and arranged by Jacob & Drinkwater
Except ‘Nottamun Town’ (trad/anon) with additional words and music by Jacob & Drinkwater
Recorded and Mixed by Lukas Drinkwater at Polyphonic Studio, Stroud
Mastered by Ian Stephenson at www.simpsonstreetstudios.com
Design by Monitor www.monitor.sc

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Jacob & Drinkwater London, UK

Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. ... more

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