Another Fragile Year

by Robin Mitchell

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Hannah Coates Dubbed as Bristol's most prolific producer/songwriter, Robin's latest fireside offering is sometimes joyful, sometimes melancholy. Drawing on the highs and lows of 2015, this is really ought to be the soundtrack to your Christmas-time reflections. Favorite track: Do not let the darkness overtake you.
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1.
Woe is me 03:01
I sipped from the cup, did I take too much? woe is me I stared at the sun until I was undone woe is me I gave it my best but couldn't pass the test woe is me I tasted but never thought I'd see now woe is me, woe is me my best thoughts and best friends are angels from heaven but these days they don't visit me the worst of my plans are made by devils with idle hands slept for 100 000 years, I'll never sleep again woe is me took my horse to water but I couldn't make him swim woe is me picked a fight with the Boss, somehow I lost woe is me took another wrong turn, it seems I never learn woe, woe, woe is me mmm, my my my demons are behind my back plotting to attack, and it's run, run Robin run! stripped from the waist up and sunken on my knees woe is me 'cause you build me up and then you tear me down again woe is me, woe is me
2.
how can we call on God, how can we not when everything's falling apart, is it not? the general consensus: He's losing the plot just look at the state of the world He forgot how can we call on God, how can we not? my tongue is all tied up in knots and my sense of perspective is shot it all looks the same to me how can I love you, how can I not? my heart is cool, but my blood runs hot my thoughts are divided - or maybe not there's a strange sort of symmetry how can I do right, how can I not? I was born with some guile and some good luck but something inside of my soul came unstuck I was born with a conscience, my conscience is fucked can't find a way through the debris this trying to make sense of no sense at all has sure taken its toll upon me vomit pours out through my eyes, nose and mouth and I just want to drown in the sea
3.
Wedding song 03:02
come to me, come take my hand darling, I do not pretend to understand the mechanisms of my heart come to me while we are young and that which we could build as two we'll build instead together as one come, take my hand and we'll go walking on the green roads of summer come, take my hand and we'll find a way through winter's snow the promise that I make is no boast, but a reckless endeavour 'cause I no longer want to walk alone run with me across the fields we'll be running over plains, over mountains until we reach the sea take a look out, my pretty darling we'll run to the horizon, as far as your bright eyes can see I don't want to run with anyone but you so come, take my hand and we'll go skipping down the green roads of summer come, take my hand and we'll find a way through winter's snow and this I know: if it's foolishness to trust in love, still in love I trust and if it's foolishness to promise, I'll make a promise to you 'cause I am a foolish fool I'm looking forwards, not looking back so let us look forwards and never look back
4.
Summer came 03:49
summer came, went on with a sigh left enough to keep me alive a silhouette on the darkening sky was you, only you fell silent and slept on the beach while the tide drew a weary retreat our goodbyes are just a figure of speech, but they always come true my love, do not grieve dear friend, dry your eyes and believe that we're almost through lonely leaves scuff their feet on the floor autumn's song lingers outside the door I've tasted but I still need more, o what am I to do? this heart is no longer the same wind changes and brings home the rain my comfort again and again is you, only you my love, do not grieve dear friend, dry your eyes and believe that we'll make it through we've so much to gain and so little to lose so come a little closer come a little closer come a little closer and take my hand
5.
when all that I want to hear is your whisper, you nibble my ear but you don't say a word, do you dear? when all that I want is your hand on mine you tell me I'll manage, that I'll be fine or you say 'maybe some other time' when I ask to give you a kiss you tell me I'll probably miss when all that I want is to lie in bed under the spell of your gentle caress and all that you want is to go... when all that I want is to give you my heart and all that you want is to take it apart strip it, keep only recyclable parts perhaps in my eye there's a speck but you are the stone 'round my neck string me along! how I long to be strung string me along! how I long to be strung string me along! how I long to be strung surrender, it's all I can hope to but surrender, I never learned how when I told you I wanted the world you said it would cost me my soul now I try to give you my all but you say you can't swallow me whole you say you can't swallow me whole
6.
come the ending of this day I'm gonna lay my head down lay my head down awhile but in the morning I'll be gone just like a bird in flight like a bird in flight I will be gone I'll walk into eternity with my head held high child of a promise clothed now in a garment that I can't shake off I just cannot shake it off so when the cold comes rushing through me when the howling winds begin to shake me I will not let the darkness overtake me I will not let the darkness win the setting of the sun makes the shadows grow long but it leaves no shadow over me for though I was sown in sorrow I'll be raised in joy raised like a new day dawning I've heard it said that night will fall and cover all our sin cover over everything but I know the deathly scorpion angel's tail has lost its sting his tail has lost its sting so ground, you'll never own me though surely as I live you'll try to claim me but I will not let the darkness overtake me I will not let the darkness win when we say our goodbyes it leaves a bitter taste it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth but I'll drink the honeyed nectar that will wash the taste right out we'll drink of it together soon enough this world has tried to crush me but there is nothing left here that can break me so I will not let the darkness overtake me I will not let the darkness win when fear comes to enslave me when all my hopes and bravery forsake me I will not let the darkness overtake me I will not let the darkness win I will not let the darkness win
7.
if things get bad, I mean if they get real bad you can always come on over to my house if things get worse, I mean if they get a lot worse you can always come on over to my house if it's raining like there's no tomorrow but the water won't drown your sorrows come on over to my house if you can't put into words the many ways in which it hurts come on over to my house when the dog bites when the bee stings and when you're feeling sad come on over to my house come on over to my house come on over to my house and we'll sleep all through the afternoon
8.
me n my brothers, we're like the tallest of pines together we're steady, we sway in time and our roots go deep, we've been growing alright so keep on, my brothers, towards the light will you carry me, brother will you carry me home? carry me, carry me home sister, we're singing from the same page although our voices may alter with age but when youth and beauty have left us behind we'll still be found singing side by side will you carry me, sister will you carry me home? carry me, carry me home mother, I need you to help me figure it out in one hand my faith, in the other my doubt what if I should become weighed down unable to move on? would you carry me, mother would you carry me home? carry me, carry me home father, I need you to help me figure it out in one hand my faith, in the other my doubt will you be my wisdom when they're weighing me down when I can't find my way around will you carry me, father will you carry me home? carry me, carry me home carry me, family will you carry me home? carry me, carry me home
9.
my heart, my heart is overrun I can't make room for everyone let's overthrow the border controls tear down the old city walls lay the red carpet out in front of our doors little lamb, you long to drink from the milk of human kindness but merchants of violence rule the marketplace o little lamb, o little love o little dear, o little dove tell me how, how many more how many more will be lost how many more will be lost at sea? o syria o syria, o persia o persia, o syria little bird with broken wings you broken hearted little thing ashes and dust, ashes and dust in God we trust and in ashes and dust ashes and dust, o ashes and dust! in God we trust and in ashes, in ashes so tell me how, how many more how many more will be lost how many more will be lost at sea?
10.
* 01:20

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'Another Fragile Year' explores contrasts between light and dark, cold and warmth, despair and hope, love and loss. At times musically haunting, at others warm and jazzy, this record reveals Robin's maturation as a composer and songwriter, with gentle touches of clarinet, reed organ and electric piano enriching an already diverse palette.

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released December 21, 2015

songs written, performed and recorded by Robin Mitchell

additional performers:
Mark van de Poll (electric piano)
Liam Owen (double bass)
Perran Mitchell (drums and percussion)
Molly Bridgeman (clarinet)
Esther Wilcox, Joey Mitchell, Chloe Newnham (voices)

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