East by North West

by Tracey Browne & Raevennan Husbandes

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Written and recorded over a series of weekends from August 2013, carrying on a collaboration that began with their meeting in Feb 2012 at a musical residency with The Unthanks - 'East by North West' is the product of two independent singer-songwriters combining their talents to become much more than the sum of their parts.

The album is named for the fact that Raevennan was living in Lowestoft, the most Easterly point of the UK, and Tracey was in Manchester in the North-West of England when they began writing together. Roads, land and sea featured in that journey, which can be heard throughout the album in some of its themes.

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released December 21, 2014

All songs written and produced by Tracey Browne & Raevennan Husbandes - except track 9, 'On Raglan Road'; poem by Patrick Kavanagh used by kind permission of the Trustees of the Estate of the late Katherine B. Kavanagh, through the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency. Traditional tune 'The Dawning of the Day'.

Tracey Browne – Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, percussion
Raevennan Husbandes – Vocals, acoustic guitar, Gibson 335 electric guitar, dobro, tenor guitar, percussion
Simon Lewis – Cello
Che Beresford – Drums
Alan Lowles - Bass
Katie Ware (aka Little Sparrow) – Guest vocals on track 4
Jon Gardner – Guest vocals on track 7
Belinda O’Hooley – Accordion on track 6
Mike McGoldrick – Flute on track 1
James Kelly – Additional electric guitar on tracks 5 & 7
Ben Cashell - Additional cello on track 7

Mixed by Seadna McPhail at Airtight Studios, Chorlton, Manchester
Mastered by Alan Lowles at Airtight Studios, Chorlton, Manchester

Cover art by Niamh Murray
Typography by @Typeshorty
Design by Blank Slate Media

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Track Name: Coming Home (feat. Mike McGoldrick)
I spend more time on the road than I do in your arms
When my night falls, your sun rises; I’m out with the tide
I will wait for dawn to break, the road is long but I’ll find my way
‘Cause I’ve been running from my troubles
The more I fear the less I want to stay

There’s my city, lights shimmering on the skyline
Oh, Manchester you look so pretty in the night time
Hello my rain-soaked, red-brick respite
I’m coming home
I’m coming home

When I miss you, I just tell myself to live each minute as I go
I love the journey, to move so easy and return to the place that I know
The only thing I know that’s certain is the way that everything can change
And in the wake we sway, we tumble and our hearts are what remain

There’s my city, lights shimmering on the skyline
Oh, Manchester you look so pretty in the night time
Hello my rain-soaked, red-brick respite
I’m coming home
I’m coming home

There’s my city, lights shimmering on the skyline
Oh, Manchester you look so pretty in the night time
Hello my rain-soaked, red-brick respite
I’m coming home
I’m coming home
I’m coming home
Track Name: Peacemaker
If I have the power to bestow a little luck and favour
And if I have the means to help you grow a little further
I would gladly give them
Though your entry to this world wasn’t easy baby,
In your eyes I can see all the depths of ages
And I can’t wait to see you shine

You’ll be
You’ll be
You’re gonna be a peacemaker

When the day comes that you can talk to your big brother
When you throw your arms around your father and your mother
I’ll be watching with a smile
And if you need me I will be there to guide you
To help you listen to the voice that is inside you
Ah, if you lose your way

You’ll be
You’ll be
You’re gonna be a peacemaker

You’ll be
You’ll be
You’re gonna be a peacemaker
Track Name: To The Sea
I know of a road that leads to the sea
From my back door, if we tread carefully
In the dead of night we can feel our way through the dark

Yes I am a dreamer, won’t you stay and dream with me
Of all the places we could go to, the places we could leave
And I know I’ve got no money but I’m as rich as I can be
‘Cause it’s just like Dolly sings it
And although everyone has tried
True love ain’t found in riches… it’s right here by my side

How far can a crow fly?
How high can the largest eagle soar?
How long will you love me?
‘Cause if the truth be told, that’s all my heart really wants to know
I can help you, we can figure it out
And I won’t fight you – I will always be around
And you’ll be safe now
You’ll be safe now

They may say that it won’t last
That all our love, given half the chance
Would ebb away ‘til there’s nothing left but pain
What do they know? It’s our own damn world
The ocean is waiting, so let’s follow that road
I’m speaking from love
Not the fear of anyone

How far can a crow fly?
How high can the largest eagle soar?
How long will you love me?
‘Cause if the truth be told, that’s all my heart really wants to know
I can help you, we can figure it out
And I won’t fight you – I can always be around
And we’ll be safe now
We’ll be safe now
Track Name: As Good As News
Never give up, never surrender
Times like this, don’t let it defeat ya
Harness that energy, don’t let it sink ya
Keep your head above water

They’re spinning dreams made of sweet, sweet lies
Pulling the wanting up and letting them slide
Good intentions but restless vibes
Forgetful of promises

Success is a liar, he’s a slippery fish
He’s an egg and a spoon and high-heeled shoes
Rolling on down and rolling on through
When you’re just as good as news
Track Name: In The End
So the world you knew has come crashing down
And you’re left alone in this empty house
Too much to think, too little to lose
So you’re tying the laces on your walking shoes

When you’ve been fed lies and you can’t pretend
When you’re struggling and you need a friend
When you think the darkness will never end
Everything’s always all right in the end

If he wanted out, but he wouldn’t come clean
If he’s never said just what he means
And she was waiting in the wings
Starry-eyed and wondering

When you’ve lost your heart and you can’t pretend
When you’re struggling and you need a friend
When you think the darkness will never end
Everything’s always all right in the end

Tonight you’ll sing beauty to cover the pain
To throw out your sorrow again and again
And you’ll know by the strength of your siren song
If he goes tonight, he’s forever gone

When fate has spoken and you can’t pretend
When you’re struggling and you need a friend
When you think the darkness will never end
Everything’s always all right in the end
Track Name: I'm Gonna Get Myself In Trouble
I’m gonna get myself in trouble
I’m gonna speak my bloody mind
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
I might lose some friends I’ve never met and aren’t likely to again

I’m gonna sabotage, camouflage, cause my career to haemorrhage
Just to see if there’s any substance to this mirage

I’m gonna jump with both feet across that line
I’m gonna drink right past when they’re calling time
And I reserve the right to be asinine
‘Cause this mouth is mine, and there’s still time

To sabotage, camouflage, cause my career to haemorrhage
Just to see if there’s any substance to this mirage

I’m gonna get myself arrested
I’m gonna speak my bloody mind
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
I might lose some friends I’ve never met and aren’t likely to again

Three cheers to the one who takes the slack
For my increasing lack of tact
Every time I interact, in every situation

I’m gonna get myself in trouble
I’m gonna speak my bloody mind
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
I might lose some friends I’ve never met and aren’t likely to again
Track Name: Fire In Your Heart
Is this what you meant to do?
Is this what you meant to say?
When she came to you wide-eyed,
Then covered and turned away.
Are there shadows in her truth?
Are you fleeting in her heart?
Is your friendship nothing more
Than a reflection of the past

She’ll put a fire in your heart
And an ocean in your stomach babe
Make you want to break apart
She’ll put a fire in your heart

There’s a song in there somewhere
In all the things you cannot say
You feel bound, but you don’t understand
That she’s on some other way
You know that you should let go
You know that it isn’t real
And I wonder if you’d still want her
If she offered you the real deal

She’s put a fire in your heart
And an ocean in your stomach babe
Makes me want to break apart
She’s put a fire in your heart

Be careful what you wish for
‘Cos it just might come true
And you’ll be trapped along the border
Between unhappiness and ingénue
If you can keep your distance
You’ll be just fine, you see
‘Cos getting what you want
Can be the death of any fantasy

She’ll put a fire in your heart
And an ocean in your stomach babe
Make you want to break apart
When she puts a fire in your heart
Track Name: Blood & Bone
There’s a death in your ignorance, my friend
To let it go is to let it slide again
Connection’s down, would you let it lie? Would you like to re-try?
There’s a crack in your pedestal my friend
To stay my hand is to let you fall again
Drop the ball, add a final layer to the wall
Ooh, ooh…
I wanna know, are you a hero or a friend?
If I push you which way are you gonna bend?
I’ve got a feeling I’ll be here until the end
The bitter end

All these feelings are grown in blood and in bone
It’s hard to know what to take and what to leave alone
To set me free… when I’m with you I’m still on my own
And I know that to survive we’ve gotta change
Although I’m brave, I fear it all the same
But if I don’t go, if I don’t walk away, only a fool remains
Ooh, ooh…
I wanna know, are you a hero or a friend?
If I push you which way are you gonna bend?
I’ve got a feeling I’ll be here until the end
Don’t try to hold me or I might slip away
In darkness, or in the light of day
But I’ve a feeling I’ll be here until the end
The bitter end
Track Name: On Raglan Road
On Raglan Road on an autumn day I met her first and knew
That her dark hair would weave a snare that I might one day rue
I saw the danger, yet I walked along the enchanted way
And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day

On Grafton Street in November we tripped lightly along the ledge
Of the deep ravine where can be seen the worth of passion's pledge The Queen of Hearts still making tarts and I not making hay -
O I loved too much and by such, by such, is happiness thrown away

I gave her gifts of the mind, I gave her the secret sign that’s known
To the artists who have known the true gods of sound and stone
And in word and tint, I did not stint for I gave her poems to say
With her own name there and her own dark hair like clouds over fields of May

On a quiet street where old ghosts meet I see her walking now
Away from me so hurriedly my reason must allow
That I had wooed not as I should a creature made of clay -
When the angel woos the clay he’d lose his wings at the dawn of day.