Unsinkable Sailor

by Wilful Missing

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Our second full length album, the fruits of five years work since our Molehills out of Mountains LP.

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released April 22, 2016

Sam Kipling (vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion)
Sam Lawrence (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, soprano banjo, bouzouki, Bass Station, accordion, Rhodes, penny whistle, synth drums)
Rhys Kelly (piano, organ, Embertone string samples, Rhodes)
Joe Cox (drums, percussion, hand claps)
Albert Freeman (vocals, bass guitar, glockenspiel, whistling)

Guest vocals on Hell on the Waves and Sore Eyes by Rosie Doonan.

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Wilful Missing Bradford, UK

We are a 5-piece from Bradford, you may have heard our music in Waterloo Road.

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Track Name: Hunger
Winter tells an ancient story, gathered in the firelight
Celebrate the passing solstice, warmth back in the sun

Season wood beside the cabin, evenings rich with parables
Hands are fast with bands of linen, spring time has begun

They will sacrifice the trees
Forcing nature to its knees
Full stomachs all round for now
Oh hunger, I fear you

Summer shows its hand of riches, fields are filled with buttercups
Tempered tales of new religions, faith is on the run

Borrowed light of waning mornings, sunlight warmth diminishing
Autumn leaves are shed with each gust, return their life to earth

They will sacrifice the trees
Forcing nature to its knees
Full stomachs all round for now
Oh hunger, I fear you

On this hard fought land, with your helping hand
We will suffer your demands, we won’t move
Ancient rivers run dry beneath these swollen skies
While they scatter out traditions neatly into lines
Before our ancestors’ eyes began this invisible demise
That unravelled all our ties to our past
We’re determined to outlast this fleeting fashion that has cast
Doubt on the methods that we’ve mastered caring for the land
Oh hunger I fear you
Track Name: Bright Moon Rising
There’s a bright moon rising and it’s spreading over town
All kinds of crazy sh!t is gonna go down
I’m banning all your troubles and outlawing misery
Anyone who makes you frown will have to step through me

So come on out tonight if you want to make it alright with me
So come on out tonight if you want to feel how I feel

Tell PC McGarry to get himself a mate
Arm themselves with CS gas they’re gonna be out late
I’m climbing up the buildings and I’m throwing round the cars
Taller than the warehouse tower by far

So come on out tonight if you want to make it alright with me
So come on out tonight if you want to feel how I feel

Eyes so bright and a soul so dim
I jumped into the ocean where I no longer can swim
Rats in the bathtub and lies in the sink
I’m taking small steps, I’m on the brink
And I like you a lot but I don’t like him
Don’t like the way you keep looking at him
Oh this city is my city, it’ll never be his
These bars are my bars and it’s Friday night again

I’ve got springs in my toes girl and springs in my heels
Take hold of my fingers and tell me how it feels
It’s curry smells, wet cobblestones and neon lights tonight
Horizons big as continents and eyes so bright

So come on out tonight if you want to make it alright with me
So come on out tonight if you want to feel how I feel
Track Name: Carson
Born in Spring of 1907 underneath a Pittsburg sky
Carson commandeered a library cos the books were running dry
She consumed books on the ocean, she absorbed the natural world
On the banks of Allegheny grew a bright spark of a girl

Unsinkable sailor at the edge of the sea
We’re indebted to this pioneer who took on the industry
With a belly full of heptachlor, dieldrin in the veins
Corporations seem like gods sometimes but it’s us who hold the reins

In Parnassus Pennsylvania summer 1925
Graduating at the top of class, a class of forty five
On she went to read at Johns Hopkins, majored in biology
She began her lonely voyage, sailing on the devil’s sea

Unsinkable sailor at the edge of the sea
We’re indebted to this pioneer who took on the industry
With a belly full of heptachlor, dieldrin in the veins
Corporations seem like gods sometimes but it’s us who hold the reins

In the silent spring of 1962, beneath a barren sky
Where once birdsong filled the ether, now we’re deafened by the lies
Muller advertised the qualities of fateful DDT
Went to war with the mosquito, ignorant of what would be

Unsinkable sailor at the edge of the sea
We’re indebted to this pioneer who took on the industry
With a belly full of heptachlor, dieldrin in the veins
Corporations seem like gods sometimes but it’s us who hold the reins
Track Name: Frozen Thumbs
Well I wouldn’t mind if it was certain
But we’re broken in half by doubt each day
Still we’re making molehills out of mountains anyway
More and more each day

I’ve battled hard to be here, long dark winters
Freezing fingers, frozen thumbs
I’ve followed you for 12 years
Like a songbird singing sweetly to the sun
Bending over backwards I want you to like me
Want you to be wrong
The train ride lasts a lifetime, stopping too much
Sorrow’s bound to come

But the days get shorter without reason
Squeeze the water from the shore
Loving changes with the seasons
But we will change for it no more

I struggled to remember the beginning
Back then we were both just kids
I drove there for an hour just to tell you
That I love you, that I care
Exams on the horizon, pressure rising
Scared that I’ll impair
The gritted roads are winding
Fog flack blinding, common sense thread bare

But the days get shorter without reason
Squeeze the water from the shore
Loving changes with the seasons
But we will change for it no more

When the grass is always greener
Talking cheaper, loving keener in my mind
We’re aiming for a future that will suit us
Stand the test of time

But the days get shorter without reason
Squeeze the water from the shore
Loving changes with the seasons
But we will change for it no more

On the day that you left
With the love that you’d kept
So dear, so dear
On the day that you left me
This impossible test
It was so clear, so clear
Track Name: Two Hearts Beating
Last night I listened too hard to the pouring rain
It drove me insane for you
Each time you disappear beyond the northern sky
A piece of me dies for you

Try not to be distracted by the state of the nation
The captive currency
We’re tempted by the theories of the red rag papers
And the short term promises

Two hearts beating in one chest, that fight to stay alive
Make us stronger, life last longer or bring it to an end
Love is leaving, hope receding, confidence descends
After pleading, them conceding, on us it now depends
But I’ll miss you, yeah I’ll miss you

Be honest now don’t kid yourself you’re the poor relation
Some far flung station above
Though we share an ocean and the same dark skies
It’s time to sever ties

Two hearts beating in one chest, that fight to stay alive
Make us stronger, life last longer or bring it to an end
Love is leaving, hope receding, confidence descends
After pleading, them conceding, on us it now depends
But I’ll miss you, yeah I’ll miss you
Track Name: Hell on the Waves
Hell on the waves, can’t see the sky
Hell on the waves, can’t see the sky
Hold me tight, keep me close
In our minds, we are drowned

Slave to the sea, merciless beast
Slave to the sea, merciless beast
Hold me tight, keep me close
In our minds, we are drowned

Fire in the hole, burn from within
Fire in the hole, burn from within
Cling to hope, for the burning rope
In our minds, we’re going down

Well the flames have taken hold, now it’s only time
Our grave has been dug, in the ocean’s ancient mud
Then a wave came out the night, and it broke across the bow
And it smothered all the flames, still she sailed on through the night
Don’t leave now, us lucky few
We’ll limp on home, until we see dry land
Track Name: Friday's Child
Step outside to a doorstep heaven
The day’s alive
Take a walk under clouds of feather
It ebbs away the changes
Well I’ve seen the light, I don’t want to lie
Or promise all the things I can’t control
With reams of silver, unsullied pearls, and virgin lace

Well heads will turn and she will learn to run away
She dreams of comets that come from far away

Pulled apart by the thought of silence, anaesthetised
I’m learning more about this life’s rich pageant
Its hollow threats and cages
Have captured us in a teary flood
I’m forced to hope for things I don’t really love
And it’s coming like a train, with red fire and rain

Well heads will turn and she will learn to run away
She dreams of comets that come from far away

She stands beneath the stars tonight
She’s tangled in their ancient light
Illuminates the lessons of the past
She will call her Dad to pick her up
As envy swells and tears flood
Accepts her luck inevitably changed

Well heads will turn and she will learn to run away
She dreams of comets that come from far away
Track Name: Back to the Start
This time it’s happening
This time it’s real
We are listening out for news
We’ll be teachers of the night
We’ll be learning what is right

But it’s all over this old town
Got your head on my shoulder
Got bad dreams round again

It’s here it is all over now
We’ll go back to the start where we once began
It’s here it is all over now
We’ll go back to the start
Where we once were children

My hope is faltering
Her hope is steel
We are listening to the words
Is it good news or is it bad
All this waiting, it drives me mad

But it’s all over this old town
Got your head on my shoulder
Got bad dreams round again

It’s here it is all over now
We’ll go back to the start where we once began
It’s here it is all over now
We’ll go back to the start
Where we once were children

We’re told that she is ready, the time has come
We are listening out for tears
We’ll be fair and we’ll be fun
We’ll be kind when the day is done

But it’s all over this old town
Got your head on my shoulder
Got bad dreams round again

It’s here it is all over now
We’ll go back to the start where we once began
It’s here it is all over now
After 9 months of waiting and worrying
It’s here it is all over now
Are there ten toes and fingers
And family that linger
And friends who’ll be helpful
Who’ll lend us a hand
And be glad and rejoiceful with us
Track Name: Waiting for the Snow
Standing on the back of autumn weather
Purple heather creeps up on the sky
Well she will shout a shepherd’s call
Sitting on the fence ‘till all her grief disappears

Closing on the heels of winter’s worry
Cold heads hurry while they wait for food
Sometimes she feels just like a storm, clothes in tatters dressed in scorn
Oh Hannah, how I feel for you

Well I could see why, that she’d want to
Following the Tees to its source
Up Baldersdale, past Cotherstone, to the farm
Hannah’s in the field all alone with Adder’s tongue
Hoping that the sun threads a course through the clouds in the sky above the dale
Yearning for the perfect weather, waiting for the snow to gather

Battle through the drifts that swallow walls like they don’t matter
Picking off the weak
The cold will freeze the river dry
The firewood’s damp the sky’s alive
Don’t think, don’t realise

Closing on the heels of winter’s worry
Cold heads hurry while they wait for food
Sometimes she feels just like a storm, clothes in tatters dressed in scorn
Oh Hannah, how I feel for you

In the hotel room, it’s not dark enough
Well I can still see the crack in the wall that wants to swallow her whole
She comes around to watch them sleep, she stands and watches silently
But I, know she’s there

Closing on the heels of winter’s worry
Cold heads hurry while they wait for food
Sometimes she feels just like a storm, clothes in tatters dressed in scorn
Oh Hannah, how I feel for you
Waiting for the snow to gather round us
Track Name: Sore Eyes
Hunch my knees up and tell you you’re beautiful
Worn like a scar
We’re rattling around like a drop in an ocean of sand
I’m glad I’m happy but sad I’m not sad

So blame it on the timing
Through coloured glass
Blame it on my ignorance
Same apathy, just for you

Sore eyes and sore feet
Eat away at me on this quiet street
I’m soothed by my company
But my company’s not mine to sooth
I’m sick with hunger but there’s nothing I’d eat

So blame it on the timing
Through coloured glass
Blame it on my ignorance
Same apathy, just for you
Track Name: You and Me Babe
You and me babe, we’re on the run
You and me babe, we’ll have such fun
Head due north babe, to the sea
Better than a guilty plea

Is it true?

You and me babe, we’re on the road
Lines of concrete show where to go
Instincts matter babe, no time to think
Silence shattered babe, swim or sink

Is it true what they say?

Hide your face babe, we’ll slip right through
Border’s shut babe, what to do?
Come back later in the dead of night
We’ll see protection by morning light

Is it true what they say?
That you’re a faker
You’re a thief
You’ll meet your maker
If you don’t cheat, me

Roads are close babe, nowhere to go
Found us out babe, no boat to row
Down to fumes babe, we’re on our backs
Take our chances in waters black
Track Name: Sweet Dreams
Sweet dreams my little man
It’s been a long, hard day
Watching the world, watching spring unfurl
Hoping our love will stay

Sweet dreams my little one
Catch your dreams in a net
And stash them away for some rainy day
They will stand you in good stead

Roll over have another dream
You could go where you like
Hot or cold, day or night
Don’t give your self a fright

Sweet dreams my little man
You can only do your best
Just take each test, don’t forget to rest
Your happiness my measure

Sweet dreams my little one
Some day you will have your own
You’ll have to teach to keep in reach
The things that really matter

Roll over have another dream
You could go where you like
Hot or cold, day or night
Don’t give your self a fright