Anywhere Away (Songs from the Jake Gavin film 'Hector')

by Emily Barker

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Live on air in 2011, Dermot O’Leary asked me if music for film and TV was something I wanted to do more of. The Red Clay Halo and I had just performed ‘Pause’ live on Dermot’s BBC Radio 2 show, a song which had recently been used as the theme to BBC noir thriller The Shadow Line. Listening in to the show that afternoon, as I answered an emphatic “Yes!”, was film maker Jake Gavin.

The three songs on this EP form the basis of the soundtrack I subsequently composed for Jake’s directorial debut, Hector. Peter Mullan stars in the title role as homeless Hector McAdam, making his annual journey from Glasgow to spend Christmas at a London shelter, his back story unfolding as his journey progresses. Given the bleak backdrop of homelessness in the UK, the film tells a rather uplifting story, highlighting the random acts of kindness from strangers that can bring hope at difficult times.

The song ‘Anywhere Away’ was written for Hector, but also connects with that feeling all of us have faced at one time or another: the feeling that we are being overwhelmed by circumstances out of our control, and the only place we want to be is any place but the one we’re in.

‘Wheels and White Lines’ is a country duet featuring the wonderful vocal talents of Scottish singer-songwriter Roddy Hart. It tells of the fleeting relationships formed when travelling; friendships that matter so much at the time, but are over as quickly as they began.

‘Roll Me in Your Arms’ is included here as it was one of the three original songs written for film, though it wasn’t used in the final cut. It’s sung from the point of view of an old traveller visiting places he knows well but finding the streets changing: shops close down one by one; people move on; the place doesn’t feel so familiar anymore.

Proceeds from the single will be donated to Shelter From The Storm.

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released December 11, 2015

Hector is on general release in the UK from 11th December 2015, and is also being shown at selected cinemas in France and Australia.
http://hector.film

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Emily Barker is the award-winning songwriter and performer of the theme to BBC TV’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. Her music is a blend of roots influences from country to English folk via 60s pop.

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Track Name: Anywhere Away
Nowhere to you means anywhere to me
And anywhere away is where I wanna be
I watch the clouds change, the skies are wild with rain
I would leave you here if only you would stay

I hold onto nothing now, you were everything to me
Anywhere away is where I wanna be
I live on the path between somewhere and somebody
Anywhere away is where I wanna be

The wind the wind it blows, it moves us down the road
The land it changes still you're all I see
I broke waves against the shore, I broke bottles at your door
I would leave you here if only you would stay

I hold onto nothing now, you were everything to me
Anywhere away is where I wanna be
I live on the path between somewhere and somebody
Anywhere away is where I wanna be
Track Name: Emily Barker (featuring Roddy Hart) - Wheels and White Lines
Hey there now driver, would you like some company, would you like my company tonight
Hey there little passenger, yeah I would like some company, I would like your company tonight
For I got low, down, lonesome thoughts in my mind
And nothing's gonna save me but wheels and white lines

Hey there now driver, will you take me far away, over hills and far away from home
Hey there little passenger, yeah I can take you far away, over hills and far from all you've known
For I got so much hopeless hurting in my heart
And nothing's gonna save me but distance and spare parts

We can drive to a place where questions slowly die
These wheels are on the ground but I know that we could fly
Given half a chance, given half a chance, given half a chance

Hey there now driver, do you promise not to turn around, promise not to turn around today
Hey there little passenger, I promise not to turn around, promise you at least not for today
For I got so much helpless burning in my head
And nothing's gonna save me but a foot full of lead

We can drive to a place where questions slowly die
These wheels are on the ground but I know that we could fly
Given half a chance, given half a chance, given half a chance

Hey there now driver, I guess I should be on my way, know that I would love to stay with you
Hey there little passenger, I know you must be on your way, but know that I so want for you to stay
And I got no more hopeless hurting in my heart
And I got no more helpless burning in my head
We got no more lonesome thoughts in our minds
And I'll think of you whenever I see wheels and white lines

Hey there now driver, would you like some company, would you like my company tonight
Track Name: Roll Me in Your Arms
In winter's old, the deepening cold
Never touched me like it does these days
The breathless trees, the aching breeze
Not all of us will see another spring

Roll me in your arms silently this night
Hold me close until all is calm and bright
Sleep here in peace, don't wake me from this dream
Roll me in your arms, heavenly

The day breaks slow, through dancing snow
They've shuttered up the shops for the week
I'll hover here 'til shadows clear
And weave my way back to the endless road

Roll me in your arms silently this night
Hold me close until all is calm and bright
Sleep here in peace, don't wake me from this dream
Roll me in your arms, heavenly