Mirrors and Smoke

by Nicholas Breeze Wood

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1.
Tumble 05:43
When I was little I'd walk sometimes On the high ground, amidst gusts and crow wings I'd feel the wind, all in my face blowing Making me feel it was a time of kings Like a leaf I tumble, all the way down I tumble, tumble, all the way down Sometimes the wind just fills up my sails Takes me to the awareness of my presence Goes through me, touches at my soul To the heart of me, to my very essence But like a leaf I tumbled, all the way down I tumbled, tumbled, all the way down But like a leaf I tumbled, all the way down I tumbled, tumbled, all the way down One of my hero's sang a song one time About the wind of his soul to which he listened He sat down upon the setting sun While all around him existence glistened And it made him tumble, all the way down He tumbled, tumbled, all the way down At the end of the day at best we're rainbows Refractions of star light bounced from the walls of the cave Here for a moment, just the wink of an eye Stepping on the path from birth to grave And it makes us tumble all the way down We tumble, tumble, all the way down And it makes us tumble all the way down We tumble, tumble, all the way down
2.
Turning Tide 05:47
Watching from the wide shore Waves race to the land Grey and Tall The Deep is not touched It's so far beyond Our reach Other lands seem far away But are so near Just out of sight One day we'll cross tides Go out of the reach Of the shore Like kites upon a breeze We'll sail far away Across the sea Our souls ride the waves To the great beyond Pilgrim bound There on a Newgale day We will touch all things Like fleeting foam And foam it has no form It just dissolves back To air once more Dissolves back Breathing out Resolves back Breathing in Watching from the wide shore Waves race to the land Grey and Tall But is the place we stand The same place again As it was Which shore are we on There or here how can We ever tell We can not ever say How which way runs The chaining tide
3.
You are made of nothing at all Just dust from the stars and nothing more You touch things you which appear to be there But really they're not even movements in air Mirrors and smoke, mirrors and smoke that's all we are We're like ghosts as we live each day Brim filled with emptiness, we pose and display As solid as gas clouds, we think we are real We reach out and touch and think we can feel Mirrors and smoke, mirrors and smoke that's all we are Your are made of nothing at all Just dust from the stars and nothing more How awesome the dream in which we exist How awesome the dream in which we exist Mirrors and smoke, mirrors and smoke that's all we are
4.
I am damaged goods Like a boat in the water I leave a wake And where it lands It creates mistakes And no one knows Where the wake will land But if you gamble wrong You better hope someone’s There to lend a hand Cos I am damaged goods I could blame it on my family And what I went through But that won’t Be of help to you Don't be around me I’m bad for you Dont be fooled Into thinking I’m honest Just cos what I say here is true Cos I am damaged goods I’ll be deaf and blind To all your pain It’s happened before It will happen again People like you Should be kept from me I’m not sure it’s right To let me Into society
5.
Mother owned a garden She could make things grow Most things would survive From the things that she would sow She used to tend the soil Giving it all good care So the breath of life Would hang around in there I wonder how her children will grow Time will tell, Time will tell Me, I grow people At least I give it a go I've not lost that many And mostly their wounds don't show Me I grow people At least I give it a try And I'll search for one I've lost Though the waters are high I wonder what my children will grow Time will tell, Time will tell Many say they garden But they just don't seem to care They'd rather keep them all malnourished Hungry, in the dark down there Soil can be damaged and Seeds can have a hard time When poisons in the system It's a shame, it's a pity, it's a crime I wonder how their children will grow Time will tell, Time will tell Natures not too tidy And nothing ever grows up the same Diversification is the Name of natures game But when a culture grows some people It grows them mostly in a line To keep them all in order And help them fit in just fine I wonder how our children will grow Time will tell, Time will tell
6.
Hide The Sun 03:17
They could never replace you With all the bright stars in the sky There's no one who could come close There's no one who could even try The road is darker now you've past But all the while your footsteps last I'll tread the pattern of your shoe They could never replace you. They could never replace you With endless riches from the sea No gold brought from a distant shore Could ever mean as much to me As the simple things you did and said I learned to follow where you led To the gates of life, and watched you through They could never replace you. They could never replace you So hide the sun and veil the earth Take all the seconds out of time Take creation out of birth You've stopped the world, all movements gone There's no song to move me on It's missing now and so's the view They could never replace you.
7.
Compassion 04:58
Dont care about the starving man Sitting outside my door He can sit there till he starves to death 'Aint compassion any more My kids, well they can go to hell I'm showing them the door If they come to me in trouble I'm not the help their looking for Dont tell me of your tragedy It's not to do with me What if the world's dispairing? I will not hear it's plea I practice non attachement And I'm not attached to you Cos I'm a cold hearted bastard And there's nothing you can do
8.
I’m going down the red earth road, I’m going to see what I can find. I am walking into my history, I’m walking in like, I don’t mind. And if I see all I believe, And if I understand what I’ve seen. And if I believe all that I know, I’ll be walking down the red earth road. There’s a past frozen here, In the heat, beneath the sky. By the stones, deep and wide. With the bones of ages lying by. I stood here when the river ran, And I strained to hear it’s voice once more. Doing all I had been told, Standing on the red earth road. This is such an ancient land, Who’s bare bones haunt me still. The wind always whispers things to me, Tales of river, rock and hill. Take a stone and hold it tight, Don’t fret, don’t fear tonight. Don’t dream and let your spirit roam, Just stand there on the red earth road.
9.
Sequins 06:43
Hey, where you running to, my wilful wild eyed child Are you running away? Where is your home now, where are your family Gone are the flowers where you played Though the game seems over now, and the cause seems lost And the crowd seem silent now You've no need to count the cost Tomorrow will see me somewhere else but here But I'll still sing my songs for you Some times their presence seem clearer than it was But then those times may be untrue But who said no flowers grew here anyway When all they need is time and love Aim to plant the seeds your given And the ones that slip through will be enough Please my wild eyed one If your going my way May I accompany you upon your road It seems a sorry state, no colours hides its edges Even though along it, all the seeds were sowed But anyway, there's a boat built for your ocean And it's waiting where your road begins It's got yellow sails and a stern painted emerald And fabrics dyed in saffron, and sequined And you can light its lanterns, they will flutter in the breeze And sail on till the edge of the world Where heros of adventures, in glory all wait For your boats golden banners to unfurl But who said no flowers grew here anyway When all of us can see they are Deep in the stillness that is where we sit Illuminated by a splendid shining star I could have given you fine horses I could have given you fine doves i could have given you fine tigers I could have given you fine love.
10.
I've followed the thread since I was a child Never let go of my hold on it once Held it when all seemed desperate and wild Without the thread all things would be lost It's been hard enough for me to percieve And others have thought I aimed to disceave But I have followed the thread like we all must do Through the thick and thin it's pulls you through I've followed the thread since I was a child But it's hard to explain to people I met It's qualities always leave me beguiled But on the tip of my tongue it always tastes sweet Tragedies happen and people get hurt Old age and death we can never avert But every step of the life upon which you tread You dont ever let go of the thread

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released December 24, 2020

All songs written © Nicholas Breeze Wood,

The Way It Is - based on a poem by William Staffordl thanks to Jonathan H for planting the seed.

All tracks arranged and performed by Nicholas Breeze Wood

Nicholas Breeze Wood:
Acoustic, Resonator and Electric Guitars ✜ Electric and Acoustic Bass Guitars ✜ Oud ✜ Guembri ✜ Cuatro de Puerto Rico ✜ Qarkabeb ✜ Keyboards ✜ Accordion ✜ Programming ✜ Vox

Recorded at Tiger's Nest Studio, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

www.wotie.co.uk

© Original Recording 2011 Wotie Recording • Remixed 2020

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Multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter drawing on Rock, Arabic and Medieval music, using instruments from all those traditions

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