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by Richard Lewis

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1.
06:12
all unbound you find it embarrassing when the winds have blown you cinders and tumbleweed from the lost and found of places that love denied pound for pound unsound town to town you move without memory when the birds have flown there are things you won't throw away so you gather round these pirates and castaways a paradise unfound Que seras-tu, perle éphémère ? À l'aurore, vierge chimère, Je serai nuage d'azur. and the sun goes down Que seras-tu, larme tremblante ? À la première aube troublante, Je m'envolerai rêve d'or. and the sun goes down and you cried in the marshes and you cried in the fields and you cried for your roses and you know how it feels to be tied to a promise that you can't hope to keep and it burns out your daylight and it darkens your sleep and the sun goes down so you've gone to ground with your jasmine and cedarwood but the wind still calls you on a bus ride to anomie and i'm still here extract from 'Perles de Rêve' by Jean Courdil
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07:07
wings of solid gold made skin and bone you know it's all in the mind so, so now you know the way it goes it's not a zero sum row the boat row the boat row the boat ashore bring your boughs of birch and thresh them clean with money, salt and ash carve your vessel wide embrace the tide and let the trade winds blow row the boat row the boat row the boat ashore you, you touch my home i'll beat you down and let your blood run cold prophets false and kings of mystic things i've left their bones for the wolves row the boat row the boat row the boat ashore and what of the glory what of the rapturous light was it worth all the heartbreak did you fight the good fight did the good go without you did you wake up alone with no one to hold you and no one to phone and you put all your trust in a charlatan's web and he left you to the fires till your faith starts to ebb cause you bet all my money on a talisman's kiss now you're left in the end-days with the dregs and the piss row the boat row the boat row the boat ashore
3.
you're home on a saturday not quite where you want to be the bruise of anemones the souvenirs of spring something on the radio tells you you don't want to go you hold it like the residue of a summer you lost something makes you want to stay it's nagging at the perfect day afraid time will run away before it's begun home on a saturday not sure where you want to be and all that you bring to me i once brought to you and it's hard when you don't want to go but the bird is already loose you feel that you'll never know the rules no one teaches you so you try, you experiment wondering where the magic went decanting years of sediment that turned joy to clay in another time and another town you'll find ways to break the ground and all that you bring to me i once brought to you and it's hard when you don't want to go but the ribbon is already loose you feel that you'll never know the rules no one teaches you so you pack up your troubles leave home for the wolves young soldiers of fortune forged in mill green through playgrounds and corridors they'll lash at your wings they'll tar you and beat you till you feel their sin till promises given in halcyon and hearth now banished from heaven fall deep in the earth till all your green meadow is sallow and cold they'll rend it with buckshot and sell you for gold still you shamble at midnight in green verdure bright star of the ancients whose light is still pure with ballad and bugle and weary of word you'll fight on the coal face till your voice is heard
4.
01:43
spring, an open well of waters past build your broken things a wooden raft of willow and aster freed under the stars the song of seven swans
5.
sing on, sing my bonny bird life is so long sing on, sing my bonny bird and right all our wrongs sing on, sing my bonny bird life can be cruel but sing on till your truth is heard you're nobody's fool you're nobody's fool you're so young you're so young you don't know how life works it's so petty so damaging bet you wish you were here ring out, ring the bonny bell in single file learn how to do as you're told you'll be here a while feathers torn from your wings sullied and sold sing on, sing to be strong you'll right all our wrongs cause we can't all be wrong you're so young you're so young you don't know how life works it's so petty so damaging this is the way we live we're grown up we're grown up she'll pull our whole house down it's so selfish so damaging bet you wish you were here
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07:41
back then the dream was simpler around the block we go jaded and dislocated sold on a faulty promise of caramel and flowers the rug pulled from underneath me the swearing of legal chagrin the gathering of storms the lawyers and judges take their piece the malice of others shocks me the need to snuff our all your stars but i believe in stars how many times will we try before we turn to stone it seems to last forever the public displays of rancour the spilling of poison blood that takes us so far from heaven the serving of legal heartbreak so perfectly organised the lawyers and judges take their piece a perfect manipulation designed to snuff out all your stars but I believe in stars the beach, the flowers the passing of hours the nights alone the tin box of stones the promise, the keys the dust on the breeze the lanterns at sunset the moths and the flames I believe in stars
7.
00:54
bring a bonny boatman across the spanish main far away from sorrow's tears through muir and moss love will come to us
8.
04:33
here's our promised haven frost in spring some uneasy laughter the wives they cast the doors wide open with wheaten loaves fire and sleet tainted fallen harder leaves fall all among her twisted hair and breed deceit the lash of hale tainted fallen harder
9.
a shadow of a former soul green grow the rushes o he moves among the empty rooms and wild blows the wind he wrestles with impermanence green grow the rushes o and broken days that don't make sense and wild blows the wind 雨ニモマケズ 風ニモマケズ 雪ニモ夏ノ暑サニモマケヌ 丈夫ナカラダヲモチ 慾ハナク 決シテ瞋ラズ イツモシヅカニワラッテイル his eyes are damp with memories green grow the rushes o a pocket full of autumn leaves and wild blows the wind she used to catch them as they fell green grow the rushes o and make a wish, a magic spell and wild blows the wind アラユルコトヲ ジブンヲカンジョウニ入レズニ ヨクミキキシワカリ ソシテワスレズ 野原ノ松ノ林ノ蔭ノ ミンナニデクノボウトヨバレ ホメラレモセズ ソウイウモノニ ワタシハナリタイ there's a place I know where the willows grow you know it too you know it too you want to go where the river flows of course you do of course you do I hope you know that when you go you'll always be a part of me through every leaf on every tree and every root inside the earth you want to go where the cypress grow of course you do they forced you to the southern sun will burn your skin you mustn't cry you mustn't cry just spread your wings into the sky and learn to fly and learn to fly through every leaf on every tree you'll always be a part of me
10.
sleep tight, silver sister the moon is bright the wind's a whisper your mother's at the altar cold whistling for the ghost of gold the ivy creeps along the parquet all the while baby sleeps nothing seems to matter all the while baby sleeps nothing seems to matter stand firm, silver sister the flesh is weak the skin will blister women, children young and old cry for anguish weep for cold cloaked in prayer and catechism all the while baby sleeps nothing seems to matter all the while baby sleeps nothing seems to matter

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Third album from acclaimed songwriter and score composer Richard Lewis. A fixture on the Paris live circuit, Lewis effortlessly blends a range of influences from jazz, avant-rock and ambient to folk and electronica over ten captivating and atmospheric tracks. Seductive, assured and laid back, You Are Here is his most coherent and fully-realised work to date.

"In a whirlwind of creativity, instruments as diverse as flugelhorn, flute, violin, double bass and banjo, along with spikes of electronica and tribal percussion, all mix with a certain spontaneity, but no less ingenuity. This third personal album brings elegance and audacity together with sheer class to produce ten original pieces, in which the voice is more than just a supplement to compositions of unbearable talent!"

Fred Delforge
Zicazine
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"Exiled recently in Paris, Englishman Richard Lewis took the time to bring with him in his luggage his taste for the crossover between styles and cultures and, above all, his extreme finesse in composition. Around a solid base of piano and voice, [Lewis] constructs and deconstructs rhythms of drums, layers of violins, horns and flutes, creating a dense world, rich with melody. Fed by influences ranging by turns from classical and contemporary, pop, free jazz and folk, this new album is the summit of elegance and sophistication."

Benjamin Dierstein
Discordance
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"In 2012, {Richard lewis} wrote and composed the inspired and sculptural album You Are Here, addictive and attractive ... Lewis writes pop tunes that are sometimes minimalist, sometimes symphonic, decorated with with trombone, cello, violin, piano and orchestrated with subtle arrangements, bound-up with class and infinite talent. "

Marie-Agnès Hallé, Piggledy Pop.

"So, if you purchased the entire Tindersticks catalog, but still can’t get enough of that sound, just hit the download button on Lewis’s album. It’ll give you your fix of moody vocals, heart-full-of-sorrow strings, and edge of heartbreak ambiance. Good stuff, and catchy as hell, too."

David Sumner, eMusic

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released March 31, 2012

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Flugelhorn, trumpet: Jean-Baptiste Bridon. Soprano Saxophone, flute: Jean-Hervé Michel. Violins: Laurence Freund. Musical saw: Nicolas Virani. Drums {8}: Sébastien Haupais. Double bass: Marc Gontelli. Piano, Fender-Rhodes, organ, guitars, electronics, banjo, hurdy gurdy, drums, percussion: Richard Lewis. Voices: Richard Lewis. Abigail Boucher {3}. Chanèze Kamoun {6}. Kotoko Osumi-Sutherland {9}.

Written and produced by Richard Lewis, except {2}, {10} produced by Richard Lewis and Brian Wilshere. Sébastien Haupais' drums recorded at Basement Studios, Paris. Session producer: Nick Buxton. Cover art by Angela Lewis. Design by delevine.co

The song Anomie features extracts from 'Perles de rêve' by Jean Courdil, read by Ceres, Ezwa and Nadine Eckert-Boulet. Samples in the public domain from Librivox.org.

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2018: Improvisations for piano and orchestra by Richard Lewis: Frontenac and York.

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