A mirror, a ghost EP

by Fireworks Night

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    Comes in packaging handmade by the band and artist Ve Knowland. Two days were spent screen-printing the cover designs, letter-pressing the text and folding the arigato packs from Stumptown Printers.

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06:26

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released 10 November 2008

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tags: folk indie London

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Track Name: You, holding
Did we walk to the woods?
Did I hold you a hand at a time?
Did I offer a body like mine?
A boy for a woman’s side

Did the trees bend to know
Our half-remembered songs?
Or just the wind help them clatter along
The rest our imagining?

Our coincidence seems too ripe to be accident
But did we just look for schemes amongst the din?

But for that speck of time
I felt a purpose clearly
Brushed your neck
Remembered your body
As a smooth pebble thrown back to a calm sea
As a thing I had held but never known entirely
And the sea seemed to mutter
‘You will never possess her’

But I’ll try to be true to you – my lady
Truer than a tide we know must turn
And though I may not last so long
Though I may not last so long
Never swallow the moon
Never cradle the sky

Still, there is a joy I can hardly bear
To be the one pulling leaves from the mess of you hair
But it comes and goes so secretly
How will I know it will come back to me?
And how do I wait so long?
How do I wait so long?
How do I wait?

Until you say
‘Stop, stop your rambling
There are pleasures still to be had
Our happiness may be fleeting
But we are not memories yet
Let others fret
And ponder why
It can not be held
Like that storm, like that sky
We’ll be as blind to how it goes
As we were blind when it arrived
Track Name: The shiver in your bones
The carnival is over, all the fireworks have gone off
and I traced the light back to the shiver in your bones
Cos that is all I can do, all the punchlines are worn out
Well shall we sit in total silence, or shall we go?

And leave this poor impression of a friendship?
And pull down all the flags we raised, declaring our tryst?

At least I hope that's true
Cos if it's love then it's a sham,
well it's an awful record that someone's telling you
you should own, and you don't want that, no...

The carnival is over all the money has been lost
And the moon deceives the few who've drunk their age
And I am one among them, just a-chasing after change
who says "If you believe in love, believe in hate"

'Cos it is just a game of chance, not a game of skill
And there is nothing in your bones but the night's chill
And I never loved you,
la da da da, da-da...
Track Name: The fire
By the time we saw the fire
It had done all that it could do
And it cared little how you felt for me
Or I for you

It took tights pair by pair
It took dresses you were waiting to wear
It took you blindly, an unquiet lady,
It left a ruin

For a time in your life you followed where secrets led
And you left me asleep in the bed
Gulped the cold air
Let it conjure the sight of him there
Waiting for you – just you
And stretching his tired arms
As the fire went crackling on
As the fire went crackling on

And you’d slip back warm and rosy
And we’d pretend I’d never woken

Until I saw you stood stone still
In the street below our sill
Your arms shocked white by the light of the moon
And barely a thing covered you
But the fog of your breath

I took a new dress from the floor
And waited as I had before
But you returned still marble cold
And damp to our door

It was done
And taking my tired arm
The fire went quietly out
The fire went quietly out
Track Name: Down to the lake
Will you stay with him, in spite of the bores
that he has you meet each day and smile at for hours,
when I could fill your glass, or you could fill mine?
We'd go down to the lake, and have such a fine, fine time.

I think you know I'm there,
When you hear a voice on the air
Say 'You are my favourite thing'
Track Name: A mirror, a ghost
We’ve been friends since we had our first teeth
Since the rivers ran low and let the shadows of the leaves
Dance up to our eyes
And I remember your eyes
They were beautiful
And I remember your eyes
They were beautiful

And I long for them now
As you lie unconscious in this dull, white room
Head held three pillows high
A tube in your mouth like a fish on a line
A tube in your mouth like a fish on a line
And those moments move round and round and round just behind my eyes
And words are stirred up, up, up, up, up…

From the pit of my heart
To collapse in my throat
And I jump at a sound
Just a twitch of a toe
And there’s stuck in my mind
A quiet prayer for us both
But how do I ask for help
From a mirror, from a ghost
That I have never felt
That I have never seen

The night had passed better than most
We’d grinned and grinned
Been tender as a pair of pups

No talk of trouble
No thoughts of ghosts
Of blood and headlights, teeth scattered on a rainy road

Until I looked too long in the mirror
On you asleep in the back of the car
Until I heard a sound I’d never heard before

Bone on glass and glass tearing skin
I saw you buckled like a newborn calf wrapped in
A metal wreck
Gnarled and glistening
Then how the silence, it seemed to thunder in
And here we are…
And here we are…
Please open your eyes
Oh open those eyes…
Show me a miracle yet
Show me a sign
That the things you believed in
Said gave life a meaning
Resurrection, redemption
Oh show me
That they are not lies
Oh I’ll be wrong if you can be right
I’ll be wrong…

Because it is a crime that I can not atone for
Without a flicker, a flutter, a tremor of your eyes
Oh your eyes were beautiful
Oh your eyes are beautiful
Track Name: Echo's swing
Boats move around, tiny to us, sat in our wooden chairs
The silence is fine with me
I feel fine, just fine with you

And moths fly around, looking for love, but only finding flames
In the same way I'm drawn to you
I could burn, would burn for you

And in my eyes is a girl from the north country
She has sun in her eyes and, lord, well it sets for me
And she says tonight, do I want to dance?
Do I want to dance slow?
Oh, tonight, do I want to dance, do I want to dance slow?
Do I want to dance slow?

She takes me out to a party, where the room is half-lit
And I'm dancing with ghosts of people I love
And I leave a full room to the sound of a showtune
Someone light up the fire so I find my way home

Take me out to a party where the room is half-lit
And I'm dancing with ghosts of people I love
And I leave a full room to the sound of a showtune
Someone light up the fire so I find my way home