Cold But Bright

by Jamie Flett

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1.
Pond Life 06:14
A neon, shining, crystal Liquid Ship Suits are falling down flights of stairs Truth comes through glass Like light from the past Refracting from mirrors and stares Get on board Leave all that other stuff at home Pulling the devil by his spiked tail Questions are codenames to get you by Faces are painted across the walls Can't look anybody in the eye Get on board Leave all that other stuff at home Pond life, lake light, waxy through the weeds Night shines in fish eyes black as a bead Pike grins as you pick your way through the weeds No cat's eyes to guide you down here
2.
Crazed as an eagle's eye Tourist in your own country Living like a poet without writing poetry All you know Has done no good so far Or told you who you are The literal From the lateral Leaves all these little holes You are outside observing The detail of how things should be Your eyes so filled with anger What chance do you have to see? The genie in the bottle You better leave the screw cap on Your wishes take you places You should really not have gone
3.
There's a ruby to the right of me And a pearl off to the left But the gold that's right in front of Is just as cold as it gets Now the sapphires that I once saw Have headed for the ocean floor Davy Jones's ivory'll keep them locked behind a door Treasure in your head is hope the survivor said So if I could get my hands on sand Or an alchemist's secret stone I'd keep my mouth shut like a fool And feed my secret hope Treasure in your head is hope the survivor said So there's blood spilled to the left of me And whisky to the right And a trail of burned out tree stumps Like the story of my life Treasure in your head is hope the survivor said
4.
Roxy 04:06
We'll burn that bridge when we come to it We'll lose our minds we'll lose the bet We'll lose our train of thought around the bend We'll lose every last drop of respect Now Roxy's roaring the whole house down Quicksand carpet's spreading all around And the Kat will give you a vicious bite But she only means it as a kiss goodnight You scratch my conscience I'll scratch yours We can work it out rolling round on all fours But we're not going home, can't leave well alone Don't you take that tone rolling round the floor
5.
Rain Hymn 04:04
Come cleaning rain Wash round the bend Wash my sister Clean my friend Clean the husband Wash the wife Clean this city Clean my life Come cleaning rain Wash through the door Wash my body Clean my soul Clean the words Wash the doubt Clean the pavements Wash it out Come cleaning rain Wash round the bend Wash the parade Of mice and men Wash the blood off The things we've hurt Wash what's covered Out of the dirt
6.
Flying Feet 04:40
We capered flying feet Round unsteady streets Toes tapped the tears in time Broken beat and rhyme Non-sense being good sense Around us between us Talked down to us Thirteen of us We all see a direction In simple tricks of reflection Splintered glass polished brass Split the route warp the task Reflection Deception Imperfect Perfection Rescue me Rescue me Altered states evade hate's Fingers scratching at our backs At where it is at Fly from that no not that Wrapped in escape Wrapped in escape Rescue me Rescue me Rescue me
7.
Stones 05:49
The stones hold the story And the stream shapes the stones It's dark out there tonight Hope you found your way home Sometimes I wish we could be like the water We could just go with the flow We could rush on like a river Setting our stories in the stones The stream falls from the high peaks When the sun melts the snow Doesn't know how it got there Just knows where to go Sometimes I wish we could be like the water We could just go with the flow We could rush on like a river Setting our stories in the stones
8.
It's the prophets against the kings And even soldiers will be singing And asking for a break and some comfort Those that talk and those that win Won't have to step into the ring And can string along the rest by shouting louder And the good die young cause the bad kill them The ugly make money to pay For justice For love For help from above For liars to show them the way I can talk but I can't win Feels like running round a ring Try not to take so I will see what I can bring I'm not a prophet nor a king Have no soldiers so I sing Have my doubts if it will mean anything And the good die young cause the bad kill them The ugly make money to pay For justice For love For help from above For liars to show them the way
9.
Ragged Tree 06:44
No precocious prodigy Too aged, too ugly It shows he wears all that he sees It's taken time to grow the seed There's rings inside a ragged tree There's rings inside a ragged tree No branch taken immediately Stand in the wind Feel warm in your skin Stand in the wind Feel warm in your skin
10.
Dogs 08:31
The smell of blood in their nostrils The hounds come rushing down The dogs and the wind are howling The sky it wears a frown With eyes that shine like embers And teeth as white as bone You long for sweet surrender So many miles from home So many, many, many miles from home You sruck across this country In search of new meanings A journey fraught with danger Horizon widening Her eyes, her eyes, her eyes widening Your eyes, your eyes, your eyes widening But we are only human And people feel the fear We risk it all to get there And then we wish we're here
11.
Ruins II 08:17
See the ruined faces Hiding shipwrecks and bones And the desperate swimmers Too far out on their own Drowning not waving to the shore Drowning not waving to the shore Dreamed of money in my mouth From a machine Well it tasted of blood It was not nourishing I had no pockets I did not expect to win I had no pockets to put this money in So when you're fighting to be who you are Well, calling conviction can take you so far But tokens are tokens It's human you are Tokens are tokens It's human you are Tokens are tokens It's human you are Tokens, they're just tokens It's human you are

about

Defiant urban alt blues or melancholy acoustic folk or woozy DIY bluegrass that’s “close enough for jazz, far away enough for folk.”

It’s an album full of subtle melodies, memorable in a gentle, understated way. Some unexpected harmonies weave stories in songs like Ruby and Pearl that reverberate as if from a deep sea cave full of old pirates' bones and booty. By turns lamenting, uplifting then sometimes angry and frustrated or downright belligerent with a world and a way of life that fall under an occasionally jaundiced gaze.

Within the lyrics are questions that do not always have answers, characters from blasted evenings in the city and observations on the mysterious tightrope walk of being a human. There is a search for some honesty without necessarily spelling anything out for you.

With an undeniable nod to his undenied influences from across the pond Jamie brings in blues, bluegrass, country and gospel when he feels like it. The Scottish connection to some of the musical colours from that continent is an ever-present current here. You can hear echoes of Neil Young, Bill Callahan, Tom Waits, James Yorkston, Townes Van Zandt, Alasdair Roberts or John Martyn if you want to.

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credits

released October 2, 2009

Made by Jamie Flett
Mastered by Dave Donaldson
Dochan MacMillan played mandolin
Ryan Buchanan played banjo and occasionally sang
Don MacBride played cymbals
Painting by Kath Pender (www.kpender.com)
Cover Design by Julia K Bauer (www.myspace.com/juliakbauer)
Emma Ford helped me in her own inimitable style.
Thanks to Mum, Dad and everyone for everything in general and specifically for all of your patience!

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