Dust

by Robin Mitchell

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about

Dust is my collection of festive fireside sketches for 2014, written while on tour in China towards the end of summer. 'Dust' refers to simplicity and to fragility, a dusting of snow, the dust of the woodshed (or the stable, if you prefer...)

The EP examines mortality and human limitations. I wanted the songs to feel as simple and as bare as I could muster. I wanted you to be able to hear the raw imperfections in my singing and playing, because these embody the fragility about which I'm writing.

As always, my fireside sketches are meant for you to be able to close your eyes and imagine that my feathered friends and I have set up around you and started busking in that late-night, mid-winter style. I hope you enjoy the experience.

With love,
RM x

credits

released December 1, 2014

All songs written, performed, recorded and produced by Robin Mitchell

additional performers:
Eleanor McClune (cello and voice on Dust and Smoke Billows, cello on Mirror)
Tom Mitchell (voice and fingerstyle guitar on When I'm Gone)
Chloe Newnham (voice on When I'm Gone)
Esther Wilcox (voice on When I'm Gone, Dust, Smoke Billows, Mirror)

Special thanks to Nigel Savage for advice and use of his equipment, and to Christophe Blanc for his critical ear during mixing.

Shout-out to my sponsors! Thanks for getting me through this year.

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Track Name: When I'm Gone
our time together on this earth is fleeting
and I fear that we may all too soon be parting
so brother, take my hand
take this oath, I must demand:
say you won't forget me when I'm gone

when I'm gone, when I'm gone
please don't forget me when I'm gone

the almighty creator is an almighty taker
he holdeth both the dark and the light together
and don't I know one day he'll whisk us both away
so sister let me hear you say you won't forget me

when I'm gone, when I'm gone
please don't forget me when I'm gone

when I'm destitute, incontinent, sucking on eggs
when I'm clutching at straws, when I'm on my last legs

and when I'm gone, when I'm gone
please don't forget me when I'm gone
Track Name: Dust
one day (one day)
we'll blow away
return to the dust from whence we first came
and our great-grandchildren won't know our names

the future may be cruel
or the future may be kind
don't it make you tremble inside?

you and me, we just might be
two of the tiniest people the universe has ever seen
but when we're overcome with joy
we laugh into the void
and hear the echoes echo back, echo back, echo back

one day (one day)
we'll disappear
along with all the things we once held dear
we've nothing to lose and so nothing to fear

because the future may be cruel
of the future may be kind
don't it make you tremble inside

...the future may be cruel
but then the future may be kind
don't you wanna give it a try?

'cause you and me, we just might be
two pindrops resounding in eternity
but if the emptiness overlooks us
then maybe the good lord will take us
so let's pray that the good lord takes us
let's pray that the good lord takes us
let's pray that the good lord takes us
let's pray that the good lord takes us
Track Name: Smoke Billows
here a fire came to be born
here a fire came to die
here a fire came to be born
here a fire came to die

smoke billows, billows, billows and fills the sky
smoke billows, billows, billows and fills my eyes
smoke billows, billows, billows and fills the sky
smoke billows, billows, billows and fills my eyes
smoke billows, fog thickens, wind whispers, winter listens
Track Name: Mirror
when I look into the mirror all I see is just a shimmer
as clouds gather again over the city to conceal me
frailty holds me tight in an embrace I simply cannot fight

winter wears us well, it wears us well
this morning in December
but when February comes it will have worn us out

my eyes are grey, the skies are grey, the ground is torn asunder
our dear little island will soon be underwater

time has worn us well, it's worn us well within our youth
but as we carry on, time will only tell the truth

so you can take my hand, let us walk it off together
and by the time our time is through we'll both be feeling better
when the scenery's as still as in a picture that's been painted
listen for the perfect moment when the music is untainted
and darling, take my hand