Another Country

by Mermaid Kiss

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released June 17, 2012

Evelyn Downing: Vocals, flute, harmony vocals
Wendy Marks: Flute, recorder, oboe, cor anglais, harmony vocals
Jamie Field: Acoustic guitar
Pete West: Electric, acoustic and bass guitars, harmony vocals
Colin Henney: Keyboards
Steve White: Drums

With
Richard Northwood: Bass guitar on The Scissored Ground
M.J. Gray: Newsreader on Rhonda and the Paper Crane

Frontier – Circles Of Fire – Interlude No.1 for Cor Anglais and Piano – Dust Bowl Bride – Rhonda and the Paper Crane - Interlude No.2 for Cor Anglais and Piano – L.A. Aria – The Scissored Ground – Ghost Rider – This Trail of Tears – Comes and Goes - Interlude No.3 for Cor Anglais and Piano

Recorded, engineered and produced by Evelyn Downing (with additional recording by Steve Redfearn at Rockhopper Studios rockhopper-studios.co.uk)
Mixed by Evelyn Downing and Andrew Garman at The Goat Shed

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Track Name: Frontier
In my heart and in my dreams
I move through an America
Learnt from the silver screen
Under rain and under sun
I travel on the frontier
To find out how the west was won

Close your eyes, close your eyes, close your eyes,
Close your eyes, close your eyes, close your eyes.

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Circles Of Fire
What more can I do?
What can I say?
The girl with the world at her feet,
Kicked it away
And you move in circles of fire
You move in circles of fire
You move in circles of fire
I've seen you dance in the flames...

So what is it like?
This place of your own?
Holding the key to your heart,
When nobody's home.
And you move in circles of fire
You move in circles of fire
You move in circles of fire
I've seen you dance in the flames...

Here we go,
Fingers crossed one more time guess it's for show
And oh you are so naive.
Believe what you want to believe.

You were the dream
The girl to go far
But the girl with the dream lost her way
Left behind bars
And you move in circles of fire
You move in circles of fire
You move in circles of fire
I've seen you dance in the flames...

Here we go,
Fingers crossed one more time guess it's for show
And oh you are so naive.
Believe what you want to believe.

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Dust Bowl Bride
Pity the girl, who marries the man
Who’s handsome, its true, but is wed to his land
Picture the girl, she’s just seventeen,
Pretty as sunrise, the tumbleweed queen
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.

There’s news on the wire, there are words in the wind,
That a darkness is coming that’s darker than sin.
Black clouds are gathering, beginning to spin,
Electricity flickers and charges her skin.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.

So let’s get this straight, is it madness or fate?
That drives the girl onwards that so dominates,
There’s no grain in the store, no food on her plate,
But leaving is something she won’t contemplate.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.

And this charming young girl, in the sad dishcloth dress
Is still trying to claw her way out of this mess,
She’s been left on her own, but this Okie princess,
Won’t admit failure she won’t acquiesce.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.
She’s a dust…. Dust bowl bride.

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Rhonda And The Paper Crane
Down at The Waterfront, the fly girls tilt and dance the night away,
While Rhonda folds a paper crane, and hopes it’s not too late to save the day.
And in the background on the TV, is the face of JFK,
But no-one’s paying much attention and someone says “Where’s Cuba anyway?”

Rhonda counted stars that night and wished upon the one furthest away
Down at the water’s edge, she answered to the river’s pull and sway.
No-one noticed she was missing, everyone’s afraid they’ll get the blame,
No-one wants to take the fall out for just another teenage runaway
Float down the river around the bend,
Float down the river around the bend,
(Oh, where are all my friends.)

Her mother puts a bright light in the window, but the candle burnt away,
And her friends began to realize they didn’t really know her anyway.
Someone says she’s gone to California, to seek her fortune in L.A,
But Sheriff Wright’s of the opinion that it’s just some kind of schoolgirl escapade.
Float down the river around the bend,
Float down the river around the bend,
(Oh, where are all my friends.)

Rhonda kept her bedroom door locked, she kept her secrets hid away,
And when they finally broke the door down, they found a thousand paper cranes.
Float down the river around the bend,
Float down the river around the bend,
(Oh, where are all my friends.)

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: L.A. Aria
In this City Of Angels how come no-one has wings?
Is it beauty’s obsession with nothing deeper than skin?
And out on the boardwalk, the dream-girls parade up and down,
But you, you move like a river, you don't make a sound.

In this City of Angels so few make the screen,
But there’s always somebody prepared to offer that dream
And somewhere in casting, the blonde girls go down on their knees
But you, you’re strong like a river, ou’ve no-one to please

Under the spotlight, camera’s roll,
Rock and roll, in the limelight,
Hold that smile, Romeo, oh Romeo,
Do you love me?

In this City of Angels you can live among stars
It’s ‘Say hi to Joni’ and everyone plays the guitar,
Everything’s scripted and they’ve all got a word-perfect part
But you, you’re deep as a river, it comes from the heart

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: The Scissored Ground
We could be safe
In what we've found
A clean cut hole
In the scissored ground
Where shards of grass
And pulled weeds grow
Between the cracks
And far below.

And see I know this cave is a long way down
We've crawled and crawled and we've lost and found
There's nothing more that can be missed
Til the sky is covered and this hole is fixed

Copyright © Rachel Schroeder & Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved
Track Name: Ghost Rider
They say that you’re pretty, and that you always dress in black
You’ve got a rifle at your shoulder and a monkey on your back
They say you’re meaner than winter, with the devil’s heart and mind
But all is fair in love and war as you cross each borderline.

And down in the valley she’s watching and waiting
A girl with a dream that she hopes will come true
On the sky-wide horizon, a cowboy is riding
Should he have told her he’s just passing through

They say you never ask questions, that you don’t have a name
They say you never feel pleasure and sure as hell you don’t feel pain
They say you hunt like an eagle, that you’re part Cherokee
But noone knows what you’re looking for on that road called destiny.

And down in the valley she’s watching and waiting
A girl with a dream that she hopes will come true
On the sky-wide horizon, a cowboy is riding
Should he have told her he’s just passing through

And somewhere on that journey,
A girl will take him by the hand.
But love is not a word you understand.
And somewhere on that journey,
A girl will take him by the hand.
But love is not a word...

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: This Trail Of Tears
"Long time we travelled on way to new land
People feel bad when we leave old nation
Children cry and womens' cry
But they say nothing and keep on towards the west."

On this trail of tears.

Copyright © Jamie Field & Evelyn Downing 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Comes And Goes
You stand at the corner wearing ribbons of black.
Facing the future with a gun at your back.
The girl on the sidewalk’s out selling her soul.
She’s no longer a dreamer she just comes and goes.

You work in the factory when there’s work to be had.
The pay is a pittance but your told to be glad.
The man in the mirror has nothing to show,
For a lifetime of working he just comes and goes.

Down by the Hudson it’s darker than sin,
But the girl is still waiting for her ship to come in.
Time takes it toll it’s beginning to show,
For a lifetime of hoping she just comes and goes.

God gives you mercy but he don’t pay the bills.
Can’t take the pain so keep taking the pills.
The man in the subway he rolls with the blows,
For a life time of sorrow he just comes and goes.

Copyright © Jamie Field 2012. All rights reserved.
Track Name: Interlude No.3 for Cor Anglais & Piano: The Black Hills
Music: Wendy Marks nd Colin Henney