Another Fragile Year

by Robin Mitchell

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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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Track Name: Woe is me
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
Track Name: How can we call on God
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
Track Name: Wedding song
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
Track Name: Summer came
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
Track Name: All that I want
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
Track Name: Do not let the darkness overtake you
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 sins
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 braveries forsake me
I will not let the darkness overtake me
I will not let the darkness win
I will not let the darkness win
Track Name: Come over to my house
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
Track Name: Carry me home
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
Track Name: Revolution song, part 2
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?