Despite The Snow

by Emily Barker

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The second album by Emily Barker, this time in the company of The Red Clay Halo, was recorded in live takes, producing a raw and exposed, honest and up-close album that journeys through folk-infused, country-tinged songs that makes one feel like they’re sat cross-legged in the middle of the circle as the girls play around them.

‘chamber-folk of the highest order’ – Rock n Reel

‘stripped free of studio frippery and all the better for its carefree simplicity’ **** - Q

‘stunningly beautiful’ – Electric Ghost

‘music that's going to take you away from the scummy smog filled streets and leave you in a warm forest dappled with green light shining through the leaves of sycamores and ancient oak’ – Unpeeled.net

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released 27 October 2008

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Track Name: Nostalgia
Tram wires cross Melbourne skies
Cut my red heart in two
My knuckles bleed down Johnston street
On a door that shouldn’t be in front of me

Twelve thousand miles away from your smile
I’m twelve thousand miles away from me
Standing on the corner of Brunswick
Got the rain coming down and mascara on my cheek

Oh whisper me words in the shape of a bay
Shelter my love from the wind and the rain

Crow fly be my alibi
And return this fable on your wing
Take it far away to where gypsies play
Beneath metal stars by the bridge

Oh write me a beacon so I know the way
Guide my love through night and through day

Only the sunset knows my blind desire for the fleeting
Only the moon understands the beauty of love
When held by a hand like the aura of nostalgia
Track Name: All Love Knows
The wind bends the poplars
Your words bend my heart
I let you in, and you came closer
Now I’m learning all love knows

I’ve got photos and letters
That I’ve stared at now for so long
It’s got to the point where I can’t see you
And I’m learning all love knows

There’s a tapestry of stars above
And you’re the brightest by far
I let you in and you came closer
Now I’m learning all love know

Lover this long distance is soon to be shortened
Lover this time difference is soon to reach an end

I went down to the ocean
And blew a kiss out across the sea
The wind bends the poplars
And I’m learning all love knows
And I’m learning all love know
All love knows
All love knows
All love knows
Track Name: Disappear
If a picture paints a thousand words
then a song paints a thousand pictures
And if these seas could sing when the waves came in
a shoal of secrets would wash upon the shore

I’m the plummet and the rise of the bay’s mooring buoys
I’m the powdery sand dunes white
I’m the omen of bad luck and I curse all I touch
With my past that won’t pass away quickly enough

But I’ve learnt how to disappear without going anywhere
I’ve learnt how to disappear without going anywhere

One spring I slipped overboard without saying a word
And I ploughed down through the water like an anchor
I went to a dark address where I finally confessed
That though we went our different ways we had come to the same end

This is how you disappear without ever leaving
This is how you disappear without ever leaving

The Southerly calls and it’s pointing to the north
Beckoning that I follow
Am I the singer or the sung? Have I faith or have I none?
Love’s the fear now that I must swallow

Oh and this is how you disappear without going anywhere
This is how you disappear without going anywhere
Track Name: Bloated, Blistered, Aching Heart
Your bloated heart my love
Bleeds into mine
Your bloated heart my love
Beats with mine
O’er the roughest seas, o’er mountains steep
All over the roughest seas

Got an aching heart babe
That won’t keep quiet
Got a behind bars heart babe
Especially in the night
Oh navigate me dear
Take me to the clearing
Navigate me dear

We’ve got blistered hearts
Where we’re apart
Blistered hearts
When we’re apart
Through every hour of every day
All the hours and all the days
Track Name: Bright Phoebus
Today Bright Phoebus she smiled down on me
for the very first time
For the very first time she smiled on me

Today Bright Phoebus she smiled down on me
for the very first time
For the very first time she smiled on me

No more clouds no more rain
Gone the clouds she smiled again

Today Bright Phoebus she smiled down on me
for the very first time
For the very first time she smiled on me

This morning cockerel crowed and he woke me
for the very first time
For the very first time he crowed for me

He flapped his wings and he strut around for me
for the very first time
For the very first time he crowed for me

No more clouds no more rain
Gone the clouds she smiled again

Today Bright Phoebus she smiled down on me
for the very first time
For the very first time she smiled on me
Track Name: Storm In A Teacup
Hush all you murderous thoughts or I’ll learn what I love through what I’ve lost
Storm, storm inside my cup tell your tempest winds to ease up
For I’m skating on thin ice over a surface called my life
But my sense of ceremony’s strong, we can pretend that nothing’s wrong
This song is a scream from the shadows where I’ve been
But I pray your lips don’t utter this until after I leave

If I’m a mote upon the depth of time then what is consequence to a crime?
I’ve not sinned as such but silenced much for the sake of my loved one’s lives
And I’ve taught my nerves to lay down and my tears to stay at bay
With a sip of tea and some chivalry I can cope with all the strain
This song is a secret from a place where I have been
But I pray your mouth don’t shout it out until I have made my leave

All the opposites interchange
Love and hate rearrange
Every truth I ever claimed

For how long must I walk with no shoes and no coat against these winds?
Will this squall see me fall and raise all I’ve buried to my lips?
And there’s no limit on my love but my heart can overflow
Pass through the valves on the back of blood and out to every cell
This song is a plea for I so want you to see
All that you could never guess there could possibly be
There could possibly be
There could possibly be
Track Name: The Greenway
There’s a place that I seek when I need somewhere to hide
It’s a place that I go when I need some peace of mind

Don’t seem to mind if I smile, don’t seem to care if I don’t
I’m a fly upon the wall, I’m in company and I am alone

There’s a message on the bridge in graffiti-written words
And it reads as an answer or it reads as nothing at all

Don’t seem to mind if I show, don’t seem to care if I don’t
I’m a bird upon the bridge, I look out and I look in

When the city’s back is turned it looks a lot like this
When a mind begins to burn it needs a place like this

Don’t seem to mind if I’m right, don’t seem to care if I’m wrong
I’m the dirty river flow, I need you so that I can let go
Track Name: Sideline
Holding out to see you
Hope it’s only a while
Holding out to see you
Hope it’s only a while
You asked me such a tall question

In the erstwhile I waited
For the right moment to come
And when it blossomed I picked it
And we tasted that we should soon have to part
And now your absence is profound
Now your absence is profound
You asked me such a tall question

For days I had waited on the sideline
For days I had waited on the sideline
Track Name: Breath
I woke up this morning without you by my side
So I beckoned my mind to come walk for a while
We strolled back to a night when your breath fell around me
And your arms were holding me tight

I see rain outside my window today
But I feel sunshine inside me since you came my way
All your kisses are like a food I could live off for days
And the longer I stay here the longer I wanna stay

Chorus: Oh-oo I wanna hold you a long tim
Oh-oo I want you a long while
For home is my head laying down on your shoulder
And there is know where I’d rather be

Love was before a cold, gravel road
There were cracks in my boots and I got mud on my toes
But I walked and I walked until I came to a well
Where the wish it was granted and the two of us fell

Chorus

Can’t look at your hand without imaging it on me
Can’t look in your eyes without seeing I’m blinded
By your words and your lips and by your tender hand movements
Oh what did you do to me?

Chorus
Track Name: Oh Journey
On a boat in London waters
By the edge of your lip’s corners
In the palm of your hand’s affection
I’m forgetting where I begin

In a place that’s been returned to
But it feels like someone I know longer know
There’s a life I’m trying to follow
But I’m held to where I have been

Oh journey oh journey won’t you tell me when I’m right or wrong
Oh journey oh journey won’t you tell me where is it I’m going

All the moments that can’t be forgotten
Sometimes circle like birds of prey
They get in your words and in your veins
Like syllables and pain

So move us through this day
And move us through tomorrow
And yesterday can be but
A shadow, a shadow, a shadow

Oh journey oh journey won’t you keep him in the safe of my arms
Oh journey oh journey won’t you shelter us from all love’s storms

Life has got a temper
that I can never predict
And if change is the only thing constant
I’m gonna be constantly changing

All the crocuses are in bloom
The winter will soon be over
And I want to ride like the tail of a kite
Destined to the wind, destined to the wind, destined to the wind