Something To Crow About

by Wilderspin

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The debut album with airplay already on BBC radio.

MusikReviews said:

"Wilderspin will tickle your fancy if you enjoy some kick back music that is filled with folk, rock, country and Americana influences. They are all over the musical map and they do it all very well. The best way to put it is Wilderspin will set your mind at ease, make you smile and give you a new found appreciation for good vocals, lyrics that touch your soul and some fine instrumentation to bring it all home."

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released August 16, 2012

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Wilderspin Stroud, UK

UK top 20 Reverbnation folk chart band Wilderspin play original folk-rock, country-folk and Celticana.

The six piece band fronted by award-winning songwriter Mark Wilderspin includes American fiddle player Sarana VerLin and Robert Holmes (ex-Aimee Mann / 'Til Tuesday).

The band's debut album Something To Crow About was released in late summer 2012 and has received BBC airplay.
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Track Name: Something to crow about
SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

Sitting on my hands
Sitting on the fence
Dreaming up an alibi in self-defence
Never bothered God
Thought he'd better things to do
Than to hear me complain about the things that I've been through

Well hail there Mary don't you feel like a change?
Take some time out - put yourself out of range
Walk with the Devil give your flip side a break
Give your congregation something else to crow about

Standing like a statue
Waiting for the call
From some lonely hearted sinner who just wants to tell it all
The transfer of emotion is a dubious thing
You just burden someone else so you can do it all again

Well we all got a reason for those little white lies
Noone will get hurt if we pretend and close our eyes
But then along comes the sinner holier than thou'
They got something to crow about - just got to let it out

Well hail there Mary don't you feel like a change?
Take some time out - put yourself out of range
Walk with the Devil give your flip side a break
Give your congregation something else to crow about

Well after all that's said and done
You've got nobody else to blame
But still you beg forgiveness - a pardon for your shame
Just learn to live with it - what you gotta lose?
Be like the rest of us - learn to sing the Blues

Well we all got a reason for those little white lies
Noone will get hurt if we pretend and close our eyes
But then along comes the sinner holier than thou'
They got something to crow about - just got to let it out

Well hail there Mary don't you feel like a change?
Take some time out - put yourself out of range
Walk with the Devil give your flip side a break
Give your congregation something else to crow about
Track Name: Paradise eyes
PARADISE EYES

There's a town in the backwoods down in deep West Virgina
Where hope springs eternal and life is a breeze
Was a girl who once lived there happy ever after
Spent all of her time among the tall cedar trees

Come the first day of summer she was out in the meadow
When along comes a stranger with the Devil's own smile
She was too shy to speak when he asked for directions
But she answered his questions with Paradise eyes

It was all in the moment
Of mild indescretion
That led to a lifetime of deep mystery
Of the girl who had vanished from her home in the backwoods
More questions than answers among the tall cedar trees

When daybreak returned they went up on the mountain
Trailing for scent and trusting the hounds
Twelve long hours later in a mood dark as midnight
They were back down that mountain no scent to be found

Next day the same - they trawled through the rivers
Searching for clues - leaving no stones unturned
Twelve hours later numb with exhaustion
Floated back down the river - no more bridges to burn

It was all in the moment
Of some mild indescretion
That led to a lifetime of deep mystery
Of the girl who had vanished from her home in the backwoods
Still those questions remain among the tall cedar trees

If you're ever in the backwoods down in deep west Virgina
Or up on the mountain just catching the breeze
If you're out on the water fishing the river
If you hear voices ring among the tall cedar trees

Just remember that a moment of mild indescreation
Can lead to a lifetime of conjecture and lies
Remember the Devil way deep down inside you
Remember the girl with the Paradise eyes

Still up on the mountain with Paradise Eyes
..Paradise eyes.....
..Paradise eyes......
..Paradise eyes......
Track Name: Back to the country
BACK TO THE COUNTRY

I’m going back to the country
Set my spirit free again
Gonna put the past behind me
Just like it used to be way back when

No more lonely nights in the city
Faceless faces all just fade away
I’m gonna take a little time
To get back to where I wanna be

All this time
Waiting for some inspiration
All this time
Waiting for a change to come

I’m going back to the rhythm
Where the pace of life’s an easy beat
Gonna find some peace and sanctuary
Down in that bar on old main Street

I’m going back to the country
Set my spirit free again
I’m gonna put the past behind me
See all of my old friends
Track Name: Beer mats
BEER MATS

Flip 'em and catch 'em do what you will with them
There on the table awaiting their fate
The view from the window all church spires and meadows
Trees in full leaf under cloudless blue sky
Lamenting the passing of the days of the Empire
When all was in order and one knew one's place
Long gone are the days of the hope and the glory
When Victoria ruled and the gas lamps all burned bright

Mismatched chair covers frayed at the edges
Ceiling joists covered in china cream jugs
Crisp packets folded into neat little triangles
Testament to some extraordinary mind
Applauding the breed of new politician
All media-friendly and always online
Blurred at the edges by a lack of distinction
Open on Sundays but closed for the rest of the week

Blackboard chalked up with the choice of sweet menu
No sign of suet in these health-concious times
Coffee replacing the tea of our childhood
The cheddar usurped by some foreign design
Remembering the days of the Great British Empire
When mad dogs and Englishmen all knew their place
Victorian values and Methodist morals
Temperance and abstinence - good for the soul

Time and technology marching us forward
Away from the drudge and the smoke of the past
To a so-called improved enlightened society
Where God and infinity still have the last laugh
Track Name: Blue sparkling sea
THE BLUE SPARKLING SEA

The blue sparkling sea
Looked all that it was meant to be
Glistening in the brochure
Brought to life by the TV

Full of eastern promise
That far off Holy land
The mysteries of the Orient
The boy waving from the sand

And now just a week to go
Moving closer all the time
Amidst the chaos still the dream of
The blue sparkling sea

But the blue sparkling sea
Wasn't all it was meant to be
An air of disappointment
And the disappointing air

Full of estern dollars
That far off Holy land
The mysteries of the Orient
Lying trampled in the sand

But the marketeers have earned their fee
Targets reached for another year
And still they come with dreams intact
Of the blue sparkling sea
Track Name: Poor summer
POOR SUMMER

The corn in the field is ripening slowly
The new mown hay lies over the ground
The swallows have returned as they do every year
But there's a gathering sky threatening the harvest I fear

The sea and the sand are as ever inviting
The sound of the waves the salt in the air
The people have returned as they do every year
But there's a gathering sky threatening the surf I fear

I can't believe
It's been such a poor summer
I can't believe
The third in a row
Maybe next year
Things will be different
Maybe next year

Will the seasons ever quite be
The same that they once were?
Will we no more ever get to see
Those long warm days more than two at a time?
What will it come to mean
The rise of the tide - the fall of the land?
The doubt and the certainty
That the only answer as yet is that nobody knows

The yin and the yang in perfect harmony
The sun and the moon
The woman and the man
The mountain and the river
Heaven and earth
But there's a gathering sky threatening the Karma I fear

I can't believe
It's been such a poor summer
I can't believe
The third in a row
I can't beleive
That it's nearly winter
I can't believe
Where did it go?
Track Name: Full moon
FULL MOON

Listening to the murmur of the whispering trees
Thought I heard you calling - almost brought me to my knees
Thought I had you cornered - you were too fast for me
Fading in the darkness - no way that I could see

Spent my days just trailing you looking for the signs
They were there for all to see how could I be so blind?
Always just one step away but it felt to me like miles
The clever way you hid the truth but I can see behind your smile

There’s a full moon
Rising in the sky
Full moon
Shining way up high
Full moon
Now you’re lit against the black
Full Moon
Will I ever get you back?

If I could turn this thing around
If could only stand my ground
If could walk the golden mile
If could make it all worthwhile

The noises of the night I hear still invade my dreams
The shadows in the darkness still remain a mystery
There seems no way that I can hold the tide from turning back
The waves are getting higher and the wind is changing tack

Nothing I can say or do will change this destiny
I will still be captive and you will still be free
There seems no rhyme or reason to explain the way you feel
You’d rather follow make-believe than stay with what is real
Track Name: Ribbons and blows
RIBBONS AND BLOWS

Ribbons and Bows are curling my toes
When I realise that they’re not meant for me
And dressing up to the nines for another’s blue eyes
Is bringing me down to my knees

So tell me where do I stand?
In this lie of the land
Should you tell me what I want to hear?
Or just pretend to be cool when I’m nobody’s fool
Should I turn a blind eye and an ear?

Hear me,
Hear me,
Take it from someone who knows
I’ve spent half of the time being out of my mind
Cut to ribbons and felled by the blows

Well you can pray everyday for the saints and the sinners
For the hearts and the souls and the losers and winners
You can look for compassion so deep down within us
But they’ll never choose love over gold

After all of this time I can still remain blind
To those things that I'd rather not see
And I can still turn an ear
Tho' the words remain clear
Forever locked in bittersweet memory

I can see where I stand
In this lie of the land
But it’s not where I wanted to be
And though I know I’m a fool
Still I play by the rules
It's the way it was destined to be
Track Name: Sister salvation
SISTER SALVATION

Sister Salvation
Where are you now?
Out of the country for the day?
It’s four in the morning
I’ve drunk myself dry
And now you’re a million miles away

Sister Salvation
You came and you cared
You brought your religion and stayed
I was your mission
The one that you saved
And I’ve gone and thrown it all away

Angel of mercy the one and the only
Salvation is sweet I heard you say
Your light shining through me
Well it’s doing things to me
And I’m really glad you flew my way

Sister Salavation
Is it a dream?
Or can I believe you’re here to stay?
This town is my Heaven
My soul is at peace
And I recognise that tambourine
And I recognise that tambourine
And I recognise that tambourine
Track Name: Stroud life
STROUD LIFE

This is my home
Out in the hills
It's been over six years
Since I moved out of town
Far away from the smoke
And the grind of commercial wheels going round and round
Adapting my ways
And slowing right down

Every Sunday
Holy Trinity church bells chime
Every weekday
You can find us in the pub at closing time

Look at those sheep
Out in the fields
They're all jumping around
And twitching their tails
They've got a spring in their step
As the sun shines down on their backs beneath the old green oaks
Busy growing the wool
For next year's gloves

See all them cows
Out on the heath
They're all hoofing around
And grinding their teeth
Causing traffic delays
And stealing all the sweet new shoots that the gardeners have grown
Laying around
On the golf course greens

See all of those folk
Out on the town
They're all buying their stuff
All locally grown
International acclaim
For the farmers market held every Saturday
A colourful bunch
With their alternative ways

Every Sunday
Holy Trinity church bells chime
Every weekday
You can find us in the pub after closing time


Sha la la la
Stroud life
Sha la la la
Stroud life
Sha la la la
Let's hear it for Stroud life
Sha la la la
Stroud life
Track Name: The beachcomber
THE BEACHCOMBER

Through the storms of winter
I have run aground
Washed up on some empty beach
To be lost and never found

Amongst the pebbles and the driftwood
Just another empty shell
Of a life that lost direction
Carried by the swell

She walks the beach at sunrise
Barefoot and intent
To gather up the empty shells
To find what God has sent

And maybe there amongst them
Will be one that takes her eye
That she alone can rescue
Before the turning of the tide

The lengthening shadows
And the change of season
The chill that blows cold
In the northern air

Predicating a future
Where nothing is certain
The passage of time
To who knows where?

The random chance of meeting
The choices to be made
The risk of imperfection
The destiny of fate

And I was there amongst them
Just another empty shell
That she could add to her collection
Until the next storm gathered well
Track Name: Watching swans
WATCHING SWANS

I'm here because of circumstances
I don't know the consequences
It's so hard to know what to believe
Keep trying hard to analyse
But thoughts just circle all the time
There's never any sense of relief
I'm drifting in a seemingly endless sea
Time and space float by subconsciously

If I allow my thoughts to wander
I may drown in deeper water
I should stay safe at the shallow end
If you come looking I won't let you
Trick me into thinking that I
Could be worth much more than I pretend
I'm drifting in a seemingly endless sea
Time and space mean nothing much to me

And I'm watching swans
From this hotel window
Their serenity reflects my state of mind
I've been wasting time just watching the grass grow
But from now I'll forever be - watching swans

I'm here because of circumstances
I don't know the consequences
It's so hard to know what to believe
Keep trying hard to analyse
But thoughts just circle all the time
There's never any sense of relief
Track Name: Tudor road
TUDOR ROAD

The old cornerstone says 1852
The stonemason's craft there for all to view
And how the peope stared
When the terrace was new
But when you look at it now
You can see that it's been through
Changes and pain
Burden and load
On the corner of Tudor Road

The foreigners came and saw what they could do
They bought up the street and knocked it all through
The ships brought things
Mysterious and new
Unloaded at the docks
And how the people queued
To see for themselves
To offer up their souls
For a piece of the east
On the corner of Tudor Road

The world rushes by and though the faces have changed
The old cornerstone and the ghosts still remain
What do they make of it now?
As the dealers lurk and trade
Whispering the terms
And the rules of the game
Habits to be fed
Morals to be sold
Temptations of the east
On the corner of Tudor road
Track Name: Whos there
WHO'S THERE?

Mystery footsteps follow me
There's noone there that I can see
Faceless faces floating without form
This old house has history
Heritage and legacy
All conspire to deviate the norm

But someone here has other plans
Someone here doesn't understand
A shaft of light sent to chill the air
Who's there?

18th century lime and bind
20th century both combined
One old cottage born out of two
I moved here in '85
All derelict and fossilised
imagining in time what we could do

Strange arrangements with the rooms
Plan to change and thus improve
The layout and the claustrophobic space
Dig the holes and pour the 'crete
Break through walls and make complete
Seeking to blend old with the new