10 winters

by Robi Mitch

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app.

      name your price

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Cardboard CD digipack with beautiful artwork by Ellen Blanc

    Includes unlimited streaming of 10 winters via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days

      £7 GBP or more 

     

1.
2.
03:33
3.
4.
5.
6.
04:19

about

'10 winters' is Robin's collection of festive songs for 2016, a mash-up of softly-sung protest anthems, cut-ups from the Bible and apocalyptic folk chants, delivered through a haze of crackly Spanish guitar, organ, synthesizer and drum machine. 5 of the tracks are re-workings of older songs, and the other 3 are brand new.

*

“In the winter of 2006 I put together a collection of what I described as 'fireside songs', burned off a few CD-Rs and handed them out to family and friends. It has since become a personal catharsis to create an annual collection of such songs, reflecting on the year gone by, looking quizzically to the future and tapping into the meaning and mystery of Christmas as both a faith story and a contemporary capitalist phenomenon.

It seemed fitting to mark ten years of this practice by revisiting songs that may have passed newer listeners by. The five reworked compositions herein epitomise my understanding of festive music in terms of their musical atmosphere, lyrical themes and certainly their intent. In these versions I have traded acoustic instruments such as the double bass, cello and accordion for synthesizers and digital elements in an attempt to straddle the boundary between the timelessness of folk songs and the urgency of the modern world.”

credits

released November 25, 2016

songs by R Mitch

artwork by Ellen Blanc
ellenblanc.com

tags

license

about

Robi Mitch Bristol

the artist fka Robin Mitchell
.
.
"Timeless songwriting." (Bristol Live Magazine)

contact / help

Contact Robi Mitch

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: How the cold wind blows
our lord was born in bethlehem
they built a wall to shut him in
we'll never see the sun again
how the cold wind blows
how the cold wind blows
how the cold wind blows

now many lay a claim to truth
but few such boasts are weatherproof
come rain, come hail, come winter snow
come let the cold wind blow
let the cold wind blow
let the cold wind blow

kings and queens may live to see their dynasties fall
you and I may yet see the futility of it all
if heaven's coming next my friends, well god only knows
how the cold wind blows

we wait for our dear lord to come
that sinners all to him may run
but a saviour's work is never done
and still the cold wind blows
still the cold wind blows
still the cold wind blows
Track Name: Hibernating
weathervane spins at the whim of the wind
and sweet-spirited summer's no longer my friend
she's packed up and ready to move on again
and I'm over her, so I keep telling her

fields are empty and the sky is stripped bare
the silence of absence fills up the air
there's no-one I love to be found anywhere
they are hibernating, they are hibernating

perspective so easily battered and broken
with the setting sun there goes the last of my hope
when darkness comes on you tell me how do you cope?
I am so afraid, I am so afraid

snow falls and blankets the world in a hug
winter crawls into my veins like a drug
and simply to rest in the arms of your love would be enough
it would be enough, oh

in the stillness I'm still and now I know
Track Name: Lullaby, part 2
one midwinter night when I couldn't sleep
I went out in the fields to try counting sheep
but the darkness that covered the land was so deep
that I couldn't see them at all
I couldn't see them at all

the sheep had no shepherd and started to run
the wolves understood that the moment had come
gave chase and the weak ones were soon overcome
they showed them no mercy at all
showed them no mercy at all

the townsfolk went up to that unholy place
to try to prevent any further disgrace
and the angel of death had a smile on his face
but his eyes held no malice at all
his eyes held no malice at all

a little boy lay in his makeshift bed
sweated out blood so the sheets were stained red
and the crown made of thorns that had slipped from his head
was of no use to him at all
was of no use to him at all
Track Name: Rising and falling
those walking in darkness have seen a great light
you stole in, a thief in the night
you've expanded the nation and increased their joy
to those in distress you've delivered a great joy

the shackles that bound them have all been broken
the charges against them have been dropped
you've lifted the yoke that burdened their backs
you've broken the rod and silenced the whip-crack

and many shall rise
and many shall fall
in israel

each warrior's boot will be destined for burning
each bloodied garment will fuel the fire
and on his day, the people will exalt him
every knee will bow in submission

and the heavens will be dissolved
and the sky folded up like a scroll
and the stars will fall as leaves
as ripe fruit falling from the trees

and many shall rise
and many shall fall
in israel

rejoice like workers before the harvest
raise a shout, like soldiers at the plunder
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
the king and his angels are among us

and many shall rise
and many shall fall
in israel
Track Name: Revolution song
I wrote so many love songs that wouldn't stick
I wrote so many happy songs it made me sick
but I'm better with my back against the wall
'cause push me and I've got no place to fall

I have said to the world 'I will overcome'
but oh, this world is already overcome
and in my heart I am overrun

I'll walk on water just to please you
I'll trample on lions and on snakes
I'll walk with a limp if I have to
beat my heart of stone until it breaks

the trees across this land, they are uneasy
waiting for the axe to fall again
I will keep their hollow bones as a trophy
build an altar, set it up in flames

and I'll say to the world that I'll overcome
but oh, this world is already overcome
and in my heart I am overrun

so tell me, when will peace return to the promised land?
'cause it's raining hard on israel today
from the west bank they are crying for salvation
calling on god to end the occupation

all our holy cities forget holiness
all god's chosen people die in loneliness
and I am my father's child
I am his pride

though my hands have held a lot of blood
yes they are stained with scarlet blood
Track Name: 10 winters
another year closer to death
as winter takes hold of my breath
counting down the days on the palm of my right hand
still got enough time left

how I've longed, I've longed to see
your beauty right in front of me
how I've longed, I've longed to hear
you whisper next to my ear

let the wind caress my neck
as winter takes all my breath
watching as the sun, it rises and it sets
another hour closer to death
(still got plenty time left)

how I've longed, I've longed to see
you standing there a little way off
how I've longed, I've longed to see
you turn and beckon to me
how I've longed, I've longed for us
to run and to fight to fall
how I've longed, I've longed, I've yearned
to taste the fruits of your garden

I will sing a new song
(a song of love)
I will sing a new song
(a song of loss)