Despite The Snow single

by Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo

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A-side “Despite The Snow”, the title of Emily Barker’s second studio album now reveals itself as a song written to accompany a short, silent film by Patti Gaal Holmes which in turn was inspired by the subject of dreams and by Robert Graves' love poem called 'she tells her love whilst half asleep.'

AA-side track “This Is How It's Meant To Be” was recorded in a live take during The Granary Barn album sessions one snowy weekend in last March, with the four members of the Red Clay Halo (Emily on acoustic guitar and vocal, Gill Sandell on accordion, Jo Silverston on cello and Anna Jenkins on violin) sitting around a few microphones, a couple of electric bar heaters and with blankets over knees.

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released 27 April 2009

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Track Name: Despite The Snow
In the dark hours of morning in half words she whispers

Confessing her love through a light sleep in winter
While outside the rain melts the falling white snow

As dawn approaches with sorrow I leave her
But I will take with me all those sleepy confessions

And her words will thaw me like rain melts the snow

She tells her love half asleep
She tells her love half asleep

Through the white morning my mind lays with her

Watching her sleep and hearing her whisper
And I am not lonely and I am not cold

She tells her love half asleep
She tells her love half asleep

Despite the snow I am so warm

Despite the snow I am so warm
Despite the snow I am so warm

For she tells her love half asleep
She tells her love half asleep
She tells her love half asleep

She tells her love half asleep
Track Name: This Is How It's Meant To Be
He only sees shadows behind shadows
And he’s been like this a while
For he keeps forgetting that every shadow
Needs light to survive

He has been lost
And I followed like any good friend
And I carried him as far as I could
But when I let go he just turned back

This is how it’s meant to be
Apparently this is for a reason
This is how it’s meant to be
But we can’t seem to find a reason

He is the victim and the culprit
Of his own crime
And I tried to be a mirror
So that this he might realise

I’ve been breathing for the two of us
And now I am so tired
My patience has fallen hard
For he’s not even trying

This is how it’s meant to be
Apparently this is for a reason
This is how it’s meant to be
But we can’t seem to find the reason