The Lay of the Land

by Lydia Cole

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released February 17, 2017

All songs written and performed by Lydia Cole
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Nic Manders at Wairiki Road in Auckland, New Zealand
Mastered by Nathan Tiddy

Art by Lydia Cole

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Track Name: Dream
I have lived my life
Heart out on my sleeve
And even when the love dies
I leave it out to breathe

But then you came upon me
You came down in a dream
When I met you it was winter
But I knew you in the spring

Stay safe
Stay safe
Stay safe

Well, fancy that, my darling
Winding up with me
Of all the things that could be
This is what has been

And they say we’re back in winter
Feels too summery to me
You came down out of nowhere
You came down like a dream

Stay safe
Stay safe
Stay safe
Stay safe
Stay safe
Stay
Stay
Track Name: The Fool That I Am
Call me the fool that I am
And I will not contest
The things that I do
and what I pursue
Not always best

Call me the fool that I am
And I won’t second guess
I’ve got a front row seat
to each part of me
And all the mess

So call me the fool that I am
As if I’d forget

Call me the fool that I am
And I will not complain
Can’t keep my thoughts to myself
My words in my mouth
Yeah, I take the blame

Call me the fool that I am
And don’t you hesitate
I make my mistakes
but that’s just what it takes
To navigate

So call me the fool that I am
If you’re not the same

Call me the fool that I am
But that is not the end
You’re speaking the truth
But I don’t answer to you
Or take offence

So call me the fool that I am
And lay it to rest
Track Name: Telepathise
We don’t own no land
The wind don’t blow to no one plan
Hurt the earth, bite the hand
Dust to dust, rain to dam

All the days that we have fly by and
All the birds of a feather fight and
All the people held dear keep dying

But all the lovers telepathise and
All the strings that we tie stay tight and
All the dreams that we have survive it

Understand the voice
Hear the quiet over the noise
Dust to dust, choice by choice

All the days that we have fly by and
All the birds of a feather fight and
All the people held dear keep dying

But all the lovers telepathise and
All the things that we tie stay tied and
All the dreams that we have survive it
Will all the dreams that we have survive it?

And from the top of this hill I see it
Everything coming to me in season
It’s as sure as the breeze I’m breathing

And all the lovers telepathise and
All the strings that we tie stay tight and
All the dreams that we have survive it
Will all the dreams that we have survive it?
Track Name: Time is a Healer
I’m not lonely
But I’ve got room
I’m not desperate at all
But I’m thinking of you

Through walls I hear it
A slight melody
In fogs of winter
Silhouettes on the sea

I know you’re coming
It has to be true
But if time is a healer
It may not be soon

I make progress
Then I undo it
I catch nightmares
And take ‘em to bed

But I’ve my mind set
On where I will be
And on my way there
I will stubbornly bleed

I know you’re coming
It has to be true
But if time is a healer
It may not be soon
Track Name: Sober
I didn’t know you’d be keen
And maybe it’s just the drink
Tonight you’re buzzing on me
Tomorrow what will you think?

And “Why are you single
When you’re such a catch?”
But you flip it around
And now you’re asking me that

Just want a sober exchange
At the end of the day

We went out to the bar
Knowing just about where we’d end up
Played a couple of fools
But then I guess that might be what we are

And while you’re living two lies
Some of us are just trying to live one
But you’ll do what you like
And, it seems, so will I

Just want a sober exchange
At the end of the day
And I’ll have nothing to blame
In a sober exchange

And there on the lawn
All the stars, they just saw us as dust
We nervously laughed
All our words spilling out on the grass

My eyes found your eyes
And my lips found your lips, yeah, we kissed
In the morning you left
Disappearing into a cold mist

Just want a sober exchange
At the end of the day
And I’ll have nothing to blame
For the way I behave
In a sober exchange

Riding around town on the cheap
We were nothing unique
Just a couple of sneaks

Feelings will go and then we will know
We were nothing unique
Just a couple of sneaks

All of the time you played on my mind
We were nothing unique
Just a couple of sneaks
Track Name: The Bell of Love
Undefined horizon lines
How far am I and what’s the time?
Why do the clouds block out the sun?
Oh, ring the bell of love

But blessed be, there is a saint
Who knows this place, calls out my name
Whose feet fail not on rough terrain
Oh, ring the bell of love
Track Name: Glimpse
You gave me a glimpse
You gave me a hint
You gave me a sip
God, is that it?

Oh, and I’ll find my way again
If I want to, if I want to
Oh, and I'll find my way

Oh, and I’ll find my way again
If I have to, if I have to
Track Name: Brave
Hello
How could I say no to you?
Hello

Colour
My life like no other
Lover

So you’ve had your say
But I won’t waste away
You be honest and I’ll be brave

When the road is long
And the moment is gone
Is there no other way?

Goodbye
I still don’t know why
Goodbye

Goodbye
Flowing down the grapevine
Goodbye

So you’ve had your say
But I won’t waste away
You be honest and I’ll be brave

When the road is long
And the moment is gone
Is there no other way?

Our light
Left by the wayside
Track Name: The Lay of the Land
Close to the ground with
Two inquisitive hands which
Knew the lay of the land
Would you conquer the mountain?
Would you wade in the stream?

All earnings and wisdom
Lift away on the wind and
Away from your kin
How could I be so blinded?
Am I dead on my feet?

If I keep a light load and
Just follow the road, then
Will I ever get home?
Will I reach the horizon?
Will you wait there for me?