Ribbons and Blows

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The juxtaposition of sweet melody and a bitter lyric about ifidelity and domestic violence give this track its particular edge.


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


from 'Promises' EP, released February 7, 2013
Words and music by Mark Wilderspin.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Paul Bryant.



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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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