This Old River

by Jacob & Drinkwater

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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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Track Name: Song Of The Sun
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
Track Name: This Old River
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
Track Name: Imagined Letter #4
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
Track Name: Iridescent Light
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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