The Longing Kind

by Maz O'Connor

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    Released February 26, 2016

    All songs by Maz O'Connor
    Track 5 music by Maz O'Connor and Jim Moray
    Produced by Jim Moray
    Maz O'Connor: vocals, guitar, tenor guitar, piano, harmonium
    Beth Porter: cello
    Matt Downer: double bass
    Nick Malcolm: trumpet
    Chris Hillman: pedal steel
    Suzi Gage: harmony vocals
    Jim Moray: harmony vocals, drums and percussion, electric guitars, synths, hammond organ, mandolin, harmonium, banjo

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1.
Intro 00:38
2.
Thinking on my lover, wondering where he's gone If he's found another, or if he's staying strong Praying that the rain will one day cleanse his mind And lord knows, I'm not the praying kind I threw a stone deep into the lake Trying to give my wishing some weight Wished to swim when the weather is fine And lord knows, I'm not the wishing kind Lay me down quietly Lay me down low Lay me down softly Lay me down slow How I am weary I need to rest my bones If he could only hear me he'd know Words words words, how you do me wrong Can't bring him home when he's so long gone Now I'm telling empty tales, I'm singing empty songs Words words words, you do me wrong I long for silence, now I long for night I long for one long gone from my sight Long for the rain to cleanse his mind and mine Lord knows, I've been the longing kind Lay me down quietly Lay me down low Lay me down softly Lay me down slow How I am weary I need to rest my bones If he could only hear me he'd know If he could only hear me he'd know But he's gone down where I will never follow He's gone down where I will never go How I am weary I need to rest my bones If he could only hear me he'd know If he could only hear me he'd know If he could only hear me he'd know
3.
Time to turn the fire on And cover up all of your skin Didn't you hear, winter is near The winds are coming in Didn't we fly so high though Through a summer without a cloud It was too bright to see you looking at me Wondering when to bring me down Oh a friend of mine he picked me up off the floor He said 'hey little sparrow what are you crying for? You shouldn't fly so high if you can't take a fall' I told him It's a father's kind word A mother's kind touch It's the sound of a city asking too much Oh it's only a winter's blues It's the rains coming down It's him never coming round It's the sound of my darling letting me down Oh it's only a winter's blues Oooooh So I'm sticking close to the ground now I'm gonna drive on down to Italy I've never been there but I heard it's a place where Loving flows free Maybe I'll fill my room with roses And fill my mind with wine Nothing to see here just let me be here Til the summertime Oh that friend of mine he picked me up off the floor He said 'hey little sparrow what are you crying for? You shouldn't fly so high if you can't take a fall' I told him It's a father's kind word A mother's kind touch It's the sound of a city asking too much Oh it's only a winter's blues It's the rains coming down It's him never coming round It's the sound of my darling letting me down Oh it's only a winter's blues Oooooh
4.
It's not the leaving, it's the coming back again It's not the buildings, it's the homes we made in them And I thought that I'd be coming back to nothing but the same If I'd know what I'd be found to lack, I would have stayed away My father he once held me in the crook of his arm Saying 'here little darling you won't come to any harm' I left a city that did not care for me I long to feel my feet on familiar fields of green But now every leaf on every tree has grown itself anew And two hundred days have cleared away any trace of you My father he once held me in the crook of his arm Saying 'here little darling you won't come to any harm' He could not keep me form the ways of this world He could not keep me from sharpened tongues and cruel words And how you don't get rich by playing nice And how you have yourself to blame if you're made the fool twice But he once held me in the crook of his arm Saying 'here little darling you won't come to any harm' And it's true I feel older now it's summer once again But I feel no stronger now than I did then Oh my love where do you lie Oh my love where do you lie Oh my love where do you lie this night?
5.
Oh mother make my bed I need to lay my head Where I have laid it a thousand times before Why'd you let me roam So far away from home I've been wandering so long don't know what I'm wandering for And father you didn't tell me How they'd try and sell me All of these dreams made of paper made of stone I built my dreams on water Forgot how to be the daughter You had always been so proud to call your own Oh when I'm old where will I go? And when I'm free what will I be? When you're young and when you're poor The only thing you want is more So I found myself a place That stayed open late And found myself a man who would stand as I swayed Swayed left and right Swayed into the night Swayed until I lost my shine until I lost my light He cleaned me up and took me home He kissed me top and toe I swayed some more He stayed some more And then I just don't know Tell me what lies behind For a girl of my kind? I've a tale of woe the bars are closed and I've nowhere left to go Oh when I'm old where will I go? And when I'm free what will I be? When you're young and when you're poor The only thing you want is more Oh mother make my bed I need to lay my head Where I have laid it a thousand times before Don't you worry over me Don't ask me where I've been We are young we are poor the only thing we want is more
6.
Down by the greenwood Where the river runs high Down by the greenwood side A young man came a-courting me By day and by night Down by the greenwood side Oh I gave my love Cares far from my mind Down by the greenwood side Oh I should have known That when I awoke He would leave but his shadow behind Now what becomes of me Alone in my grief Down by the greenwood side Oh I gave my love Cares far from my mind Down by the greenwood side There came three ravens Ravens one two three They came a-mocking me A maid, a maid, her bed never should have made At the top of a high high tree For men they will lie And change their minds Down by the greenwood side Down by the greenwood I shall lay down to sleep Far from the ravens cry And no raven and no man Shall ever awaken me Down by the greenwood side For in sleep I shall stay Twelve months and a day Down by the greenwood side
7.
Emma 03:59
Wasn't it you Who painted me in blue? Landscapes in your eyes High as the skies And painting what the night told you to Too crude you said To paint me all in red A momentary muse To be moved to be used And left unmade in the bed Oooooh I could have been A picture in green Carnations in my hair Cleaned of every care And freed from every sorrow I've seen I could have glowed In oranges and yellows Bold and bright A warming sight For all the friends at your show Ooooh They will offer silver They will offer gold Just for a glimmer Just for a hold Of the girl inside the frame The girl inside the paint But you won't let them touch me You'll hold my shadow close Then hang me somewhere No one else knows The muse you moved the most The muse you used the most The muse you held too close Wasn't it you Who painted me in blue?
8.
Jane Grey 04:11
9.
Billy Waters 04:25
Here stand I sand between my toes Longing for the home that I have never known Worn down shoes and worn down clothes And no where to lay down my worn down clothes There stands Billy a dream in his eye One leg short and glass drunk dry He smells like sea shells sleeps under the sky And he'll play that tune til the day he dies Oh roll you rolling waters And Billy, play us a tune Won't you play it for me I long for the sea And nobody plays like you, like you Nobody plays like you It's sixteen years since we sailed to the sea And time's been no friend to you or to me It's sixteen years since we sailed to the sun And Billy what have we done, done, done Billy what have we done? Oh roll you rolling waters And Billy, play us a tune Won't you play it for me I long for the sea And nobody plays like you, like you Nobody plays like you
10.
There's a light on at your window And a light on at your door I don't ask anything of you darling You haven't freely given me before Just one more time before it ends Then I'll be missing you my dark-eyed friend My mind is like a river running dry, dry, dry And I won't be coming back around again Oh it must be a year or so Give or take a week or two Since March first filled with unseasonable snow And my nights first filled with you Just one more time before it ends Then I'll be missing you my dark-eyed friend My mind is like a river running dry, dry, dry And I won't be coming back around again Stale waters stood still at your side A silent darkling guide Leading you leading me home I didn't think I would make it all on my own I came for the light at your window And I'd stay for the warmth of your skin I don't ask anything of you darling But that you open up and let me in Oh won't you open up and let me in Just one more time before it ends Then I'll be missing you my dark-eyed friend My mind is like a river running dry, dry, dry And I won't be coming back around again
11.
A Quiet Word 02:51
Tell me when will we meet again In thunder wind or rain? The seas they sing and our hearts begin To wander far away But I thought I heard a quiet word Falling with the rain: Won't you stay with me? Forsake the sea, for I won't cast you away We are careless, restless, homeless, Always moving on Like the evening dew that falls In the morning we are gone But I'd swear I heard a quiet word Falling with the rain: Won't you stay with me? Forsake the sea, for I won't cast you away So could we stand to stay on land And plant our feet on the ground? Look up at the sky and marvel how high We flew before we came down? And heed those words so often heard Falling with the rain: Won't you stay with me? Forsake the sea, for I won't cast you away x2
12.
A Rose 03:44
They say love is a flower The say love is a rose They say love comes easy Easy as it goes I put my hard-kept secrets Into lovers' hard-won hands I made my home in castles Sitting on slow sinking sands Ooooh They say love is a battle They say love is a war One side fights at the other Til one can fight no more I turned my love on strangers I turned my love on friends Now love she turns on me To reclaim all the joys she lends Ooooh They say love is a flower The say love is a rose They say love comes easy Easy as it goes
13.
It's been a long long time since I walked these streets at night Helped home by these small town lights Suddenly I had to see my grandfather's home And tell the land he used to walk of all the troubles I've known Of how love's not a game anymore And my love's not the same anymore Since he didn't know what I was loving him for He said 'spend your love on another young man One who knows what he is and will do what he can' I still think of him when the whisky runs dry If you see him won't you tell him it's all right If you see him won't you tell him it's all right Oh he loved me so fast when he should have gone slow And I didn't know things I really should have known Didn't mean to throw the dice and wasn't told when I had But I can see now oh my throw must have been bad And now love's not a game anymore And my love's no the same anymore And he didn't know what I was loving him for He said 'spend your love on another young man One who knows what he is and will do what he can' I still think of him when the whisky runs dry If you see him won't you tell him it's all right If you see him won't you tell him it's all right So I heard he's back in town I heard he's working now It's gonna be his time this time around Well I suppose everyone knows that's just the way it goes And I'll be heading back too in a week or so Just as soon as I've seen the leaves turn gold And fall down all around my grandfather's home And when I'm wrapping up warm in my mother's old clothes Oh I know, oh I know, oh I know Love's not a game anymore And my love's no the same anymore No I don't know what I was loving him for He said 'spend your love on another young man One who knows what he is and will do what he can' I still think of him when the whisky runs dry If you see him won't you tell him it's all right If you see him won't you tell him it's all right

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The first album of entirely original songs from British folk artist Maz O'Connor.

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released February 26, 2016

All songs by Maz O'Connor
Track 5 music by Maz O'Connor and Jim Moray
Produced by Jim Moray
Maz O'Connor: vocals, guitar, tenor guitar, piano, harmonium
Beth Porter: cello
Matt Downer: double bass
Nick Malcolm: trumpet
Chris Hillman: pedal steel
Suzi Gage: harmony vocals
Jim Moray: harmony vocals, drums and percussion, electric guitars, synths, hammond organ, mandolin, harmonium, banjo

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Singer and songwriter based in London
'remarkable songwriting talent....captivating voice ****' Q Magazine

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