Carnforth Station

by Jennifer Crook

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The new crowd-funded album by Jennifer Crook, featuring Beth Porter and Mike Cosgrave, with guests Miranda Sykes and Kevin Brown.

"This is a superb record" Folk Radio UK
'Heartfelt and personal'Acoustic
"An album of great beauty" From Albion and Beyond. U.S
"An outstanding release" Acoustic Rainbow, U.S.
"Crook's beautiful voice at it's soaring, aching best" R2

"I urge you to give this a listen. This is contemporary songwriting and performing at it's best"Maverick*****

Telegraph***Best Folk Albums of 2014

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released September 15, 2014

Produced and Mixed by: Stephen W Tayler @ Real World Studios, Box.
Recorded by Leon Hunt and Stephen W Tayler
Co-Produced by: Jennifer Crook
Mastered by: Stuart Bruce @ Bruce Audio Mastering
Artwork: Elly Lucas
Photography: Rob Bozas for Bozas International Ltd
A&R for Long Tale Recordings: Rob Bozas

Jennifer Crook: Singing, Harp, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Beth Porter: ‘Cello, Fiddle, Harmony Singing
Mike Cosgrave - Acoustic Guitar, Accordion, Harmony Singing

Additional Musicians :
Kevin Brown: Weissenborn, Lap Steel, Electric Guitar
Miranda Sykes : Double Bass, Harmony Singing

All Songs written by: Jennifer Crook
Published by: Strung Out Songs
(P) 2014 Transatlantic Roots in association with Long Tale Recordings

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"I urge you to give this a listen. This is contemporary songwriting and performing at it's best"****Maverick

"Heart-wrenchingly gorgeous music" Roots & Fusion

Telegraph***Best Folk Albums of 2014 (Carnforth Station)

“I’m really, really loving the new album ‘Merry-Go-Round’ - it’s beautiful” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
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Track Name: Long Drive Back Home From Love
Long Drive Back Home From Love

Looking in the rear view mirror
At the past fading from view
The road ahead is getting clearer
There isn’t any sign of you

And why does no one ever tell us
When goodbye is not enough
And though I know I’ll make it on my own
It’s a long drive back home from love

With every mile the feeling’s stronger
How did I cover so much ground?
I know it can’t be too much longer
Until I’m somewhere safe and sound

And why does no one ever tell us
When the sky is dark above
Steering only by the starlight on
It’s a long drive back home from love

And I got lost out there in wonderland
Without a map a compass or a plan
But I’ve been travelling the best I can alone
And my heart is still my own
But it’s a long drive back home from love

I came across a new horizon
Up spoke a voice from deep inside
You’re going in the right direction
So wind the window down and drive

And why does no one ever tell us
When we leave our dream for dust
To blaze a trail into the great unknown
It’s a long drive back home from love
Track Name: Carnforth Station
Carnforth Station

A cold misty morning beside Carnforth Station
There's a graveyard of trains
Carriages carrying high expectations
Left out to rot in the rain
There's things I don't know but I'm willing to wager
We lost somewhere way down the track
Small town connections and time for reflection
Is not all we can never get back
So if that train is leaving the platform today
Sweet heartache is coming our way

Well I've never been down to Carnforth Station
And I can't step back in time
The whistle was blowing but I was afraid then
And so I stepped back from the line
There's things I don't know but I'm willing to wager
I lost somewhere way down the track
And here in this window I see my reflection
But it's somebody else looking back
So if that train is leaving the platform today
Sweet heartache is coming our way

Here's to the old ways and ill-fated lovers
Daydreams, encounters, and tears
The hours together will echo forever
‘Cos that's when the fog disappeared

So if that train is leaving the platform today
Sweet heartache is coming our way

A cold misty morning beside Carnforth Station
There's a graveyard of trainsfrom 'Carnforth Station' released 15th September 2014
Track Name: I've Forgotten Everything
I've Forgotten Everything

It's in the flame before my eyes
It's in the haze that morning brings
Back in the real world time just flies
And I've forgotten everything

It's in the dream before I wake
It's in the story that pulls me in
Back in the real world it's a mistake
And I've forgotten everything

It's in my bones it's in my soul
It's in the heart that beats within
Back in the real world we just grow old
And I've forgotten everything

It's in the midnight glass of wine
It's in the moonlight creeping in
Back in the real world nothing shines
And I've forgotten everything

It's in the girl that fell in love
It's in the raindrops on my skin
Back in the real world it's not enough
And I've forgotten everything

It's in my bones…

When I die, oh when I die
When they ask me where I've been
I'll say the real world but God knows why
And I've forgotten everything

It's in my bones…
Track Name: Black Fly
Black Fly

Simply take the road ahead
That's what the old man said
Try not to fret or care
And you'll get there
Two paths in the wood and I
Took the one less travelled by
And then I stood and wondered why
The sky was falling

Black fly in my wine
I'll learn to pay no mind
Some things just take their time
Blackbird in my dreams
You sing the saddest things
Little birds will find their wings
By morning

Signs and wonders guide the way
That's what the wise ones say
As I stumble through another day
In the darkness
Where are the roses now?
The buds remain upon the bough
And somewhere far above the clouds
The sun's still shining

Black fly in my wine..

At first the mountain was too steep
Then the river ran too deep
Then I thought I could not go
One step further
When the world was full of doubt
The tide went in and the tide went out
And ‘fear be banished’ was the shout
From every corner

Black fly in my wine...
Track Name: The Net
The Net

I stood upon the open deck and gazed across the water
To a place where every traveller will never quite forget
And I heard a mermaid singing, or a man with cabin fever
‘Be careful what you wish for, you might find it yet’

As the sky began to darken well we settled down to listen
To the stories of the fishermen who braved the northern sea
And you will never taste a finer catch or come across a better match
Than the women of the island upon a stranger’s knee

We pulled into the harbour to a sea of friendly faces
And they took us by the hand to where the whisky never dries
And the night was spent in laughter and I started to remember
The moment that the light returned across the endless skies

Oh the joy and madness of a reckless early morning
And I still recall the sunlight streaming through the open door
And how we danced…

Like a movie in slow motion in an ocean full of colours, still
The seconds in between will last a lifetime in my mind
Of the night the heavens opened to the beauty all around us
When I saw the light return into my true loves eyes
How they did shine…

Following my true love’s eyes
To bask in their reflection
But the eyes they came to rest on were not mine
But how we danced…

I stood upon the open deck and gazed across the water
To a place where every traveller will never quite forget
And they say each one that comes back will be forever altered
And there's always one or two slip through the net
Track Name: One More Day
One More Day

We got the maps out
We drove for miles now
Still be miles and miles and miles to go
Will we belong there?
Sometimes anywhere
Can start to feel like home before you know

Here tonight, gone tomorrow
Wish I could take you all the way back to my home town
We’d shrink the world down and pull the moon around
For one more day

I trace the coastline
And all that’s been mine
And hope I’ve got enough to make the show
How did it get here
All this beauty?
I ask but I don’t really want to know

Here tonight, gone tomorrow
Wish I could take you all the way back to my home town
We’d shrink the world down and pull the moon around
For one more day
Track Name: Torch
Torch

No fire or danger, no storm in the sky
No tears or anger, no word of a lie
Just an ordinary day doing things I had to do
When I put down the torch I was carrying for you

No hearts got broken and nothing was said
It just burned out a hole in the middle of my head
And that night I slept sweetly and sound in my bed
When I put down the torch I was carrying for you

Oh I loved you so truly, I loved you for good
But carrying that torch was like carrying dead wood
So I laid it gently as quiet as I could
When I put down the torch I was carrying for you

No fire or danger, no storm in the sky
No tears or anger, no word of a lie
Just an ordinary day doing things I had to do
When I put down the torch I was carrying for you

So that's how it happened, nothing tragic or new
I just put down the torch I was carrying for you
Just an ordinary day doing things I had to do
And when the flame was dying I think that I blew
Track Name: Angel In Disguise
Angel in Disguise

Whatever happened to the teacher from our school?
She said I play guitar much better than I play the fool
And what of Mr Peacock? we all thought he was a guru
‘Give it all you've got and let the music play through you’

And what about the lady who was waiting at the station?
She said to me that maybe I would reach my destination
The only thing, she said, is that you must know where you're going
And as she turned around I thought, there is no way of knowing

You're my angel in disguise
Fifteen minutes, fifteen years, both can change your life
And no one gets from A to B the way the old crow flies

And what about that snowy day we're walking through the graveyard?
I never thought that trying not to fall could be so very hard
But I'd already fallen, and that was borrowed time
I never knew that I would lose what never could be mine

And what about the little girl who crossed me on the towpath?
She told me not to cry and then she turned into a photograph
She looked a little bit like me, a ghost from yesterday
I'm sure she came to tell me that everything was gonna be ok
Hey

You're my angel in disguise
Fifteen minutes, fifteen years, both can change your life
But no one gets to heaven on wishes or on lies

You're my angel in disguise
Some things you don't understand you simply recognise
But no one gets from A to B the way the old crow flies

Sitting all alone one night just dreaming by the fireside
Quietly getting older, when suddenly I realise
My world’s a better place today, we give what we can give
And nobody can take away what they left me with
Track Name: Apples
Apples

Apples falling on the grass
Red brick houses, things that last
Feed the birds and sweep the path
Another day's begun

Picking fruit and shelling peas
Making endless cups of tea
Keeping track of history
As the day moves on

Piles of papers, odds ’n’ ends
Things to grow and make and mend
Mother, sister, granny, friend
Loved by everyone

Snow on Sunday, shoes for best
Clocks and books and winter vests
Better get yourself undressed
Now the evening’s come

Light the candle, climb the stairs
A hundred brushes through your hair
And don't forget to say a prayer
Now the day is done

Count your blessings don't be sad
God bless Mum and God bless Dad
And relatives I never knew I had
God bless everyone
God bless everyone
Track Name: Only The River
Only the River

The first time I swam I couldn’t believe it had taken me seventeen years
Watching the boats at the end of the garden from Bathampton Mill to the weir
They say people drown, but I say people die of all kinds of things without a name
Like fear of the future, and life rushing by, and doing the same things again and again

Swim with me, sing to me, sail on the wind with me
Take all the time that you need
Joy is a setting sun but it’s where we belong, so don’t try to steal it from me
It’s only the river but somewhere it reaches the sea

The last time I drowned it was in your eyes, I must’ve let go of the rope
Both of us foolish and both of us wise cos there’s nothing more precious than hope
And losing my footing I bathed in the beauty of a moment so rare
Like all the painters and poets before me making a living on faith and thin air

Swim with me, sing to me, sail on the wind with me
Take all the time that you need
Joy is a setting sun but it’s where we belong, so don’t try to steal it from me
It’s only the river but somewhere it reaches the sea

It’s only the river…
Track Name: For You
For You

“Don’t take that road” you said
“There are storm clouds up ahead”
And though I knew that you were right
I still drove on through the night

And looking back it’s clear to see
You were never meant for me
Guess you were right about that too
Well this one’s for you

The one who never said a word
Still I heard everything
The one who never kissed my lips
That’s the irony of this

How you smiled at me that day
With all the truth we couldn’t say
And every lie I saw right through
This one’s for you

It played itself out in the end
The way it does when you pretend
It sort of died from lack of air
And then you act like you don’t care

But deep inside I know you do
Though I could be wrong about that too
I bet I’m right for once
Instead of you

The one who never said a word
Still I heard everything
The one who never kissed my lips
Traced them with your fingertips
In my dreams at night you did

So before my heart goes somewhere new
Just like you said that it would do
Then you’ll be right about that too
This one’s for you