Shivelight

by Mishaped Pearls

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rikiba The first half of this album is very good. For some reason it makes me think of a tamed Comus and that's certainly no bad thing. If you stopped listening at track 5 you'd be forgiven for thinking that is 'just' a very good modern folk album. But... it becomes something else in the second half. Track 6 sets the stage with a surprise. You're no longer listening to folk music but a glorious experiment in harmonic rhythm. What is hinted at in the first half, blooms into vibrancy from track 6 onwards Favorite track: Jesus' Crooked Shadow.
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1.
The Cuckoo 03:25
Ahh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird and she warbles as she flies She doesn't sing cuckoo till the fourth day of delight Gonna build me a log cabin on a mountain so high I can see William as he wanders by Jack o' diamonds jack o' diamonds I know you of old You're gonna rob my poor pockets of my silver and gold And I gambled in England and I gambled down in Spain And I bet you five dollars that I beat you this game Oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird and I wish she was mine She doesn't drink water she only drinks wine Oh the cuckoo she's a pretty bird and she warbles as she flies No she doesn't sing cuckoo till the fourth day of delight
2.
Queen May 04:41
Down in yon forest there stands a hall It's guilded over with purple and pall Under that hall is a gushing flood Half run in water half run in blood Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May Down in that hall there lay a bed Scarlett the cover that over it spread All on that bed a young knight sleeps His wounds are sick and see he weeps Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May Down at the bedfeet there grows a thorn It blooms its white blossom since the day he was born Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May Oh oh oh sing May Queen May Oh oh oh sing Mary Queen May
3.
As I walked out one May morning I heard a tune the songbird sings When I looked up the bird had flown But in my mind the seed was sown As I walked on the flowers sang In Hilly Fields the bluebells rang With baritones of English oak And muddy bass from April soak A choral treat from up above The feathered choir could feel the tug Of gravity upon their wings And down below newborns sing I felt the breeze and then the sun My senses sharp I had begun To be a part of everything Summer Fall Winter Spring As I walked out one May morning I heard a tune the songbird sings When I looked up the bird had flown But in my mind the seed was sown As I walked out As I walked out As I walked out As I walked out
4.
Fishes 03:59
Down down the fishes go Down down the fishes go Gonna miss that slipstream water flow Round round the birds did fly Round round the birds did fly Nowhere to live in the sky Home home the bees did try Home home the bees did try Their senses shot from pesticides You know for what it's worth They tried to save the earth Mankind and all your power Mankind and your desire There's nothing left to acquire No one to live your lies No one to sacrifice Nothing to sell nothing to buy You know for what it's worth They tried to save the earth You know for what it's worth They tried to save the earth Down down the fishes go Down down the fishes go Gonna miss that slipstream water flow Round round the birds did fly Round round the birds did fly Nowhere to live in the sky
5.
Jonny's War 04:49
Jonny came home from his war today His war today his war today He felt so mad he felt so mad But he wouldn't tell a soul he hurt so bad Jonny was a man who loved his wife He loved his child he loved his life But the pain inside was far too strong Far too strong to carry on He looked so well you couldn't tell His mind became a living hell A battle that could not be won And deep inside he felt so numb Oh Jonny Oh Jonny's war Oh Jonny Oh Jonny's war Jonny came from his work today His work today oh what a day He was so fine yesterday Yesterday was a really good day Suffering is not so clear Not so clear not so clear It's not the same as feeling down As feeling down doesn't stick around Oh Jonny Oh Jonny's war Oh Jonny Oh Jonny's war Oh Jonny Oh Jonny's war Oh Jonny Oh Jonny's war
6.
dododododododo Are ô Are ô dododododododo Jesus' crooked shadow in the park at 10 Little girl playin' in the graveyard again Hearts still beatin' lyin' in his shade Broken souls diggin' too many graves dododododododo Are ô Are ô dododododododo Dark leaves fallin' in the autumn change Little boy playin' in the house of pain Find peace livin' in a seaside town Hope you got away like a fox from the hounds Timendi causa est nescire (ignorance is the cause of fear) Timendi causa est nescire (ignorance is the cause of fear) Are ô Are ô The narcissist who wouldn't be told A legacy of terror for the young and the old Little girl playin' in the peaceful rain Training her dreams to be born again Timendi causa est nescire Timendi causa est nescire
7.
Three Cries 05:04
My mother was an honest girl, from Dublin she did hale She never spoke of troubled times and the things she saw in jail A general climbed down from his horse, a man whom she would meet Her crime was throwing leaflets from a pillar on O'Connell Street One cry for freedom One for human rights One cry for freedom One in the cold of night She was told to sign a declaration and he would let her go If she never spoke of freedom, her answer would be no She served her time in Mountjoy, her principles she held dear And witnessed the atrocities becoming all too clear One cry for freedom One for human rights One cry for freedom One in the cold of night A young girl's fight for decency Her story can relate To the power, greed and injustice The common human traits One cry for freedom (and the auld triangle) One for human rights (went jingle-jangle) One cry for freedom (alll along the banks) One in the cold of night (of the Royal Canal) And the auld triangle went jingle-jangle All along the banks of the Royal Canal And the auld triangle went jingle-jangle All along the banks of the Royal Canal And the auld triangle went jingle-jangle All along the banks of the Royal Canal
8.
I've had some time now the future's come The river still glistens in the mid-day sun Like cotton bud clouds i float with ease Like blossom i drift in the evening breeze My thoughts go back to my childhood ways When summers stood still in a dreamlike haze We played in parks till the dusk of night With nothing to fear in the bright moonlight Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me Now's the time i'll find my way No more the worrier of things i can't change I'll raise a glass to the setting sun And drink a toast to all my loved ones Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me Oh oh i finally see it's not all about me
9.
I can see the flowers the flowers in the rain wonder if they have the same flowers in Spain I can see the bees the bees and the plants wonder if they have the same bees in France I can see the leaves the leaves and the trees wonder if they have the same trees in Germany I can see the birds the birds in the sky if i was a bird i would fly fly fly hmmm hmmm hmmm I can see the earth from outer space wonder what will happen to the human race

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released May 25, 2018

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Mishaped Pearls London, UK

**** The Guardian
**** The Scotsman
“Really intriguing”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.
“Absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous music”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2.
"It's not often a band
can truthfully claim to have a sound unlike anyone else in the country, but Mishaped
Pearls can certainly make that proud boast’
Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music.
“A fascinating unique outfit". Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales
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