Sleeping Beauty

by Fit and the Conniptions

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about

Twelve years in the making, Sleeping Beauty was my first attempt at making a proper album, back in 2002.

Trouble was, I was spending most of my time having a complete nervous breakdown in that period, so I never finished it properly.

I did release what are, to my ears, somewhat half-arsed mixes of four of the tracks as an EP under the title 'Bush Of Thorns' - see the discography below right, if you must. As anyone who knew me then will attest, I was largely a complete waste of space all round at that point in my life, but I at least managed to keep the stems from the session, and I promised myself that I'd finish it properly one day. So here it is. Finally.

When I pulled the old stems out and dusted them off, I also promised myself that I wouldn't do any extra recording of anything. I almost got away with it. But Mistress Song was badly in need of a cello part and I was very lucky to get Danny Keane to record one for me. I also had to rerecord the guitar part for Bush of Thorns as the original was completely unusable. The one I rerecorded at Bonafide Studios in 2002, which you can hear on the Bush Of Thorns EP, never turned up.

credits

released 04 February 2014
All songs by Wayne Myers

Wayne Myers: Guitar, bass guitar, vocals
Brian Hedemann: Drums (tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8)
Kevin Davy: Trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks 3, 6, 7, 8)
Alero Scott: Backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4, 7)
Danny Keane: Cello (track 5)

Mostly recorded and engineered by Waseem Munir at Bonafide Studios, London, October 2002.

Extra recording by Wayne Myers round his place, apart from Danny's cello part, which he did.

Produced and mixed by Wayne Myers with a great deal of help from Brenda Finn.

Mastered by Jeff Mortimer of JM-Mastering - www.jm-mastering.co.uk

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Track Name: Bush Of Thorns
Alone in the desert in a bush of thorns
And the thorns have no mercy on my naked limbs
I can't move forward and I can't move back
And my blood stains the desert sands red.

She dances lonely in the desert in a bush of thorns
Where the bones of her friends lie scattered in the sand
They couldn't move forward and they couldn't move back
So they hung on the thorns till they were dead

Ay ohhhhh... Outi Outi Outi oh
Ay ohhhhh... Ay ay ay ay ay

Cause she's happy in the desert with her bush of thorns
So happy with the blood and the sand and the bones
And she won't move forward, she won't move back
She just counts all the men she owns

Ay ohhhhh... Outi Outi Outi oh
Ay ohhhhh... Ay ay ay ay ay

Alone in the desert in a bush of thorns
And the thorns have no mercy on my naked limbs
I can't move forward and I can't move back
And she stands there and grins.

Ay ohhhhh... Outi Outi Outi oh
Ay ohhhhh... Outi Outi Outi oh
Ay ohhhhh... Outi Outi Outi oh
Ay ohhhhh... Ay ay ay ay ay
Track Name: Sleeping Beauty And The Beast
sleeping beauty and the beast communed in telepathic messages
looks and smiles, looks away, anything but words
sleeping beauty and the beast went flying...
went flying, flying with the birds

the birds all turned and smiled at beauty - “why this merry dance you lead your beast
do you not know for sure what you may yet unmask?”
to the beast they twittered easy words of encouragement
quite what he thought his goal they could not bear to ask

beauty and the beast – ooh woah ohh
sleeping beauty and the beast

beauty and the beast – ay ay ooh
sleeping beauty and the beast

for beauty cannot be awakened but by one true kiss from one true prince
who cuts the one true way through her defence
the beast meanwhile can barely smile since Belle gave up on him and wed another
sleeping beauty and the beast - that don't make sense

no sense at all, nor logic – these matters are of love and of the heart
as it is spoken, it is written, it is done
sleeping beauty and the beast must dance this minuet in different guises
for all eternity until the lesson's done
Track Name: Dark Eyes
dark eyes burning deep with power
growing stronger by the hour
light the path where i must go
beyond the evening undertow

back into the rolling water
mother ocean, river daughter
where all things change and flow
beyond the evening undertow

stand still - moments leave you
no-one ever will deceive you
only time and tide will know
beyond the evening undertow

tear starred eyes of joy and sorrow
looking out beyond tomorrow
let the lessons learned all go
beyond the evening undertow
Track Name: The Ghost Of Emma Goldman
While the ghost of Emma Goldman watches over us in silence
From the Chinese restaurant across the road
The ghost of Emma Goldman watches over us in silence
From the Chinese restaurant across the road

By the things you didn't say you taught me all there is to know about forgetting...
With a look so far away I couldn't see your eyes at all beneath the shine
While the real and imaginary histories co-mingle
In our small-talk, our evasion and our trying to be gentle
You find it hard to take boys seriously and I love you...
I say nothing

While the ghost of Emma Goldman watches over us in silence
From the Chinese restaurant across the road
The ghost of Emma Goldman watches over us in silence
From the Chinese restaurant across the road
Track Name: Mistress Song
by turns my mistress harsh and gentle
wrapped in unfamiliar mantle
trapped by all she cannot see
beneath the grey forbidding sky

by choice my mistress for a song
will sell her secrets to the one
who bids the best but not the highest
burning bridges in the forest

bring my mistress poison ivy
she will make from it a gravy
for the evening sacrifice
and throw the plate back in your face

by turns my mistress gentle, harsh
and loving, with the simple force
of one whose right is always wrong
will answer every bell you rang

by choice my mistress in the sea
did cast away her jewels so
earned her keep another day
and let the leaning lesson lie

now bring my mistress finest wines
to wash her face as evening wanes
to splash upon your carpet floor
break the glass and disappear
Track Name: When The Penny Dropped
And when the penny dropped
It rolled between my feet
Ran halfway down the street
Up to your smile and stopped.

I saw your eyebrows raise
I did not understand
I didn't take your hand
I just damned you with faint praise.

And when the penny fell
I'd left it far too late
There was no way you'd wait
No now now now I must just get well.

And when the penny dropped
It rolled between my feet
Ran halfway down the street
Up to your smile and stopped.
Track Name: Chez Tina
hang the clouds down low upon me
let wind blow softly on me
where the river meets the sea
in whispered evening melody

sunset on the beach betrays me
sand and stone will not upraise me
angel voices come to guide me
where the harmony will hide me

chez Tina
chaque soir
on decouvre
l'espoir

now the rolling rocks are ringing
run right through by Tina singing
joy and pain and dancing, spinning
back again to the beginning

chez Tina
chaque soir
on decouvre
l'espoir
Track Name: Irish Coffee Blues
Irish coffee makes me smile
Irish coffee makes me smile
Irish coffee makes me smile – only for a little while

Lay me down and pass me by
Lay me down and pass me by
Lay me down and pass me by – blue-green diamonds all in your eye

Gonna wander me alone tonight
Wander me alone tonight
Wander me alone tonight – making time, got to make it right

Sweet, hot and strong I choose
Sweet, hot and strong I choose
Sweet, hot and strong I choose – I got those old Irish coffee blues