The Doctrine of Song

by Tracey Browne

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1.
Compliance 03:44
You’ll find compliance in this town Just enough room to push the bounds In this town They fear the violence from the East They’ve come to throw down at our feet An enemy to beat Divide, divide You’ll find a blueprint in this room Constructing all the wrong they do To you Just watch the hand that you’ve been shown Don’t wonder where the other goes You don’t need to know Avert your eyes, avert your eyes You’ll find compliance in this town Just enough room to push the bounds
2.
Empty pages and full, full hearts New year, new start Lines of ink and stories to tell Pack your bags and wish me well And hit the road running, and come back for more Hit the road running, knock on every door You don’t need permission You don’t need to hide Just be yourself, be brave and be kind Overgrown pathways, untrodden tracks No need to fear here, no cause to turn back You’ve got your home, you’ve got your time You’ve placed your foot on the starting line Now hit the road running, and come back for more Hit the road running, knock on every door You don’t need permission You don’t need to hide Just be yourself, be brave and be kind Transparent sunlight, bright golden rays Pierce the shadows of darkest days New life, surface and rise New hope materialise And hit the road running, and come back for more Hit the road running, knock on every door You don’t need permission You don’t need to hide Just be yourself, be brave and be kind So hit the road running, and come back for more Hit the road running, knock on every door You don’t need permission You don’t need to hide Just be yourself, be brave and be kind Just be yourself, be brave and be kind
3.
Mucho Gusto 05:36
He owned a barber’s He housed a few lads And he played it right On a Thursday night He smoked a fat one He hit that kit some And he was alright He was alright And it’s mucho gusto, pleased to meet you You’ve left the keys to your cellar door Mucho gusto, pleased to meet you So go on son, just let it go Off you go The hub of Farnworth A music behemoth Got tickets for this show Come on, let’s all go We’ll fly to Poland We’ll go and give it some Come on, let’s take that flight ‘Cause I’m alright And it’s mucho gusto, pleased to meet you You’ve left the keys to your cellar door Mucho gusto, pleased to meet you So go on son, let’s let it go Off you go Then something happened And nothing happened To find out what scared you so It’s hard to know You’ve crashed your car now You’ve tried to drown now But still every night You swore you were alright And it was mucho gusto, pleased to meet you You’ve left the keys to your cellar door Mucho gusto, pleased to meet you So go on son, now you’ve let go… So go on son, off you go
4.
Preachy Keen 03:16
Preachy keen, preachy keen Deep breath and away you go Life coach meets drama queen Still touring that one man show So proud to stand before us Still fighting your good fight Rebel without a good thesaurus Same old, same old, every night It’s a show we’ve seen Preachy keen Preachy keen, preachy keen A lot of wisdom to impart You’ve got a way with an old routine Don’t know how you pick a place to start Got your mantra, got your halo And you’ve seen it all before Your favourite colour’s rainbow Your lucky number’s more Gotta live the dream Preachy keen He’s like a time bomb, ready to blow Don’t ask him to elaborate ‘cause he doesn’t know He’s like a broken machine, running the scene Wanna make a statement but don’t know what he means Preachy keen, preachy keen Deep breath and away you go Still buzzing like amphetamine No stopping when you’re in full flow Me, I wouldn’t want to crash the party I’m not here to spoil the plans Step up, don’t miss your moment And disappoint your many fans Yeah the lights are green Come on, preachy keen Yeah the lights are green Preachy keen
5.
Imagine a light Shining through the prison walls I have come to let you out I hear you when you call So climb the walls Ride the wave right out of here It doesn’t matter if you fall Father, have no fear If life is a prison, then you hold the key Forgive yourself grieving and honour me My father’s love Larger than the sea Stronger than the waves Crashing at his feet My father’s heart Ticking like a bomb Threatening to burst Threatening to cease And if I was with you for a short time You’ll always be changed by the love that was mine
6.
Never had much intention Wasn’t carrying a plan Never made much connection Wasn’t that kind of woman Whatever brought us together Don’t feel like I need to know Whatever’s leading us forward Let it be so I’ll go walking with you Into the blue, the dreams in the distance Hey baby, that’s a beautiful view As far as the heart can see As far as the heart can see Checking out the horizon I’m laying down my regrets It’s you and me and the moment And that’s as good as it gets We can steer the journey We can draw the map Don’t plan it, don’t ban it Step up and don’t look back I’ll go walking with you Into the blue, the dreams in the distance Hey baby, that’s a beautiful view As far as the heart can see As far as the heart can see In the moment, in the light of day Always I’ll go walking with you Into the blue, the dreams in the distance Hey baby, that’s a beautiful view As far as the heart can see I’ll go follow the day Blue out of grey, the sweetest existence We’ll go all of the way As far as the heart can see As far as the heart can see As far as the heart can see As far as the heart can see Never had much intention Wasn’t carrying a plan Never made much connection Wasn’t that kind of woman
7.
So you think that girl can’t play guitar That she’s so thick she’ll never get far Has no-one ever told you It’s nice to be nice Hey what’s that? It’s a shell of a man Better shoot him down, better kick him while you can Has no-one ever told you It’s nice to be nice So let’s try: Well done, that was great D’ya need a hand there mate? You look gorgeous as you are Who’s a little superstar Hey girlfriend, let’s meet up for a chat It’s really nice to see you, but damn you got fat Has no-one ever told you It’s nice to be nice You hurt me, so I hurt you It’s only fair that I get mine too When we gonna realise It’s nice to be nice So let’s try: Sweet one, dear heart Cariad bach, sweet fart Cwtch, bumhead, you’re the bestest Iggle diggle and all the restest It’s nice to be nice It’s nice to be nice It’s nice to be nice It’s nice to be nice
8.
Never You 03:50
Sometimes it was the restlessness Sometimes it was the crowd Sometimes it was the blues That come down like a cloud Sometimes it was ambition Started pulling us apart Or else, just pride and silence Or else, my fickle heart But it was never you It was never you You kept faith and you stayed true It was never you Sometimes it was just thoughtlessness I let get in the way And it seemed to stop me saying What I really meant to say Sometimes we’re brought together Sometimes we’re drawn apart And who could know why I made those Decisions in the dark But it was never you It was never you You put out and you pulled through It was never you Could have been the times Could have been the days And the years flying by Everything we say And we do Without knowing just why But it was never you It was never you You kept faith and you stayed true It was never you It was never you It was never you You put out and you pulled through It was never you
9.
Chapel Lane 04:48
This room is yours And it will never be anything other than yours I can feel your love Creating the life in this house What you’ve left behind Is a legacy of water in kind And everything you have been Stays in their minds And steers their lives The grass is warm where I lay Soft like a mattress Life full of promise A heartbeat beneath the ground Connects us where you might have laid before And now two sisters go running With dogs that are barking Like ghosts I can see them from years gone before Now they are growing In life ever changing Running through that open door And they carry your heart in their words In the ways that they love and have strength in themselves And from what I’ve heard I think you’d be proud When the skies open up, make the heat go away Stand in awe of the lightning, get soaked by the rain Put your head towards heaven Your arms in the air And she will hold you there
10.
The lauded gun is king He promises to keep you free He’s only a machine A bolt of rage to burn you in And in the arms of greed and sin The lauded gun is king It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go The heartless man won’t win See, the tide is turning We stand for what we’ve seen Don’t let your heart be crushed between The wheels that they spin The heartless man won’t win It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go When 3,000 children are turned away When doctors down tools over safety and pay When 27 years’ worth of voices are raised Singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go It’s time to go

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Produced by Nigel Stonier & Seadna McPhail
Engineered by Seadna McPhail at Airtight Studios, Manchester
Mastered by Alan Lowles at Airtight Studios, Manchester
Executive producer: Tracey Browne

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released November 3, 2017

Musical contributors:

Tracey Browne – vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, baritone guitar, percussion, synths
Nigel Stonier – acoustic guitar, electric guitars, bass, keyboards, Fender Rhodes, synths, backing
vocals
Seadna McPhail – random bats, programming, synths, percussion
Che Beresford – drums, percussion
Liz Hanks – cello
CJ Hillman – electric guitar
Thea Gilmore – backing vocals
Katie Ware – backing vocals
James Trott – backing vocals
Alan Lowles – backing vocals

Artwork:

Cover art by Tamzin Forster
Design by Becca Williams

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Often deceptively straightforward and shot through with a pop sensibility, Browne's material seems hand crafted to catch those fleeting, transient moments, the times in lives where the axis tilts, the season begins to change and the balance hangs... ... more

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