Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing

by Pavey Ark

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1.
Wallflowers 04:01
Days flow like a stream Float like a dream Roll like a wheel And nights glow like a screen Skip like a beam Tick through machines And space is this place we’ve been taking And time, just a line I’ve been tracing But fate draws a line that escapes me She escapes me A flower picked for the wall A ship for the shore A fix on us all But time looks for us all And cuts like a saw Cuts through your walls Where space is this place You’ve been saving And time just a line that contains me When fate rolls her eyes and escapes me Till you saved me If thoughts are for storing Then words are for pouring If arms are for folding Then sleeves are for rolling Then eyes are for watching When feet are for walking But feet don’t fail me Cos time’s just a line I’ve been pacing Till fate throws a line that can save me Till you save me, girl you saved me
2.
Cuckoo 05:20
The future paints a crooked smile The colour painted thick to hide the process The truth is drying quick behind The rushed strokes and the scribbled line of progress But you and me we see behind The frame that hangs this work of art hang broken We’ll leave this picture far behind The landscape of your troubled mind eroding They say we’re cuckoo, they do We live in cuckoo, me and you The forest air was thick with pine The morning tide reflect the mind awoken A city island far behind The ripples of their troubled minds their ocean But you and me we see inside The frame that hang this master plan is breaking We’ll leave this picture far behind The portrait of your troubled mind reframing They say we’re cuckoos, they do We live in cuckoo, me and you We live in cuckoo, glad to Truth-blind, tongue-tired, we’re waiting Held back or fast-tracked, we’re waiting With the sun, star, moon, tide, we’re waiting In the deep, black, wild, calm, we’re waiting Yeh we’re all just waiting in line Yeh we’re all just playing for time Yeh we’re all just waiting in line Yeh we’re all just playing for time
3.
If I could just close my eyes And think of nothing for a while Then I might see clear behind These last branches We needed space I hoped Space conceded build a home On backdrops of city low Whoa, panic rising If I could just fold my mind And check the reasons from behind Then I might see clean behind These lost chances We needed space I hoped Space repeated feed the hole She backfill with talent shows Clothes, panic buying Seek something real Think something pure Speak something clear I hear nothing To seek something real Think something whole Speak something clear I see nothing If I could just close my eyes And picture nothing for a while Then I might see clear behind These last branches
4.
Leaf by Leaf 04:10
We’re turning up the sunrise beam by beam We’re turning down the darkness in between We’re tearing up the bad press sheet by sheet Making up for times they don't repeat And when I’m home, I’m whole, I’m home When we’re alone, I know, I’m home Uh ha, I’m home We’re waking up the springtime leaf by leaf Taking in the harvest wheat by wheat We’re painting up the backdrop scene by scene Making up for times they don’t appeal And when I’m home, I glow, I’m gold When we’re alone, I fold, I’m home Uh ha, I’m home, Uh ha, ha And when I’m home, I’m whole, I’m home Where we’re alone, I know, I’m home Uh ha, I’m home Uh ha, I’m Hull Uh ha, I’m home Uh ha, ha
5.
Words to describe Tongue get tired chasing From two blue lines Cold meet bright, lip shaking Boy you and I satellites Orbit she Words to surmise Proof divine, two maybes Pulled to these times Truth rewind, trust in we Boy you and I side by side Till the
6.
Hidden Hills 04:33
These hills rose long before we come And they will roll after everyone This stream flows a thousand years ago But it still knows home This sun rose long before you come This wind blows This sea roams far beyond control But it still rolls Darling you know out of everyone I’ve ever known you’re the only one On all scores We’re here and then we’re gone But on all shores You’re the only one You’re the only one You’re the only one
7.
Lost in Blue 05:28
Watched the words rush you too Brief refrain wrapped in blue Deep the waves tumble true Sink with old and crash with new All is not lost, all is not lost on you All is not cast, all is not lost in blue Burn Ursa Minor guide her From the rocks we’re drifting to Polaris shining blind me from the Waves that rip from you Wax the moon lost in blue Pushed away and pulled back to Bright with old and black with new Blue the waves rumble true All is not lost, all is not lost on you All is not cast, all is not tossed into Shine Ursa Minor blind her From the rocks we’re drifting through Orion sliding guide me from the Words that rip from you Burn Ursa Minor guide her From the rocks we’re drifting to Poseidon find me hide me From the words that rip from The wake that rips from you Hush the waves storm pass soon Brief the days washed by you So all is not lost in blue Time is just lost like you
8.
I’m not really sure if I’m that predisposed To accept these ritual woes If nothing for certain they’re not predetermined These paths,These rivers, these roads Well I’m of the mind, if you’re of the mind We could combine, crack these mirrors and moulds You’re a bright spot on a dark clock You’re a burning face Girl what you’ve got is what I’ve not Had the time to chase All that you want is what I want It’s a broken chain I’m not sure for certain we’re all that determined To scratch the purpose below I’m lost on the road, losing control And wheels spinning in holes But I’m on the line if you’re on the line We could decide to pull this trigger and go You’re a full stop in a dull plot You’re a burning page Girl what you’ve got is what I’ve not Had the mind to face All that you want is what I want It’s an open cage But she’s already flown She’s already flown
9.
Breaking Out 05:06
Starry nights and pissed-up fights Hope we make it home alive Nine till five in vacant eyes But ten till two we’re out our minds Flashing lights and flashing lives Will we make it out of here some day or night? We’ll make it out We’ll make it out of here We’re breaking out, we’re breaking out of here From words on paper and beeps on servers We’re breaking out, we’ll make it out of here From ghosts with cases and far off faces From rats in races to far off places Frozen bones and long walks home Feels like fifty miles to go And heavy hearts are heavy loads When you shoulder on your own Then heavy words from two unknowns Makes us wonder if we’ll even make it home We’ll make it out We’ll make it out of here We’ll make it out Please take us out We’re breaking out, we’re breaking out of here From thumps and fractures to rolling pastures We’re breaking out, we’ll make it out of here From leaking cisterns to seas that glisten From one way systems to ears that listen
10.
Jenny Let Go 02:58
Take us back out to the sea It’s where our thoughts hang recently Under distant bat-filled trees Stuff a bottle with our dreams They all look tangible to me And they’ll hit home eventually Hold on my love Hold on, Jenny just hold on Hold on, Jenny hold on Dig a hole out in the sand And fill it deep with lesson plans We’ll watch the flames from distant land You took my heart now take my hand Back to where it all began We’ll trace our steps back Trace our steps back through the sand Go now my love Go now, Jenny let go now Go now, Jenny let go Go now, Jenny let’s go now Go now, go now Jenny let go
11.
Consider your hand, it don‘t hang around For your heels to follow your head When bird in the hand is worth ten of these sirens you’ll tread Your system is flawed it’s a circular course It’s feeding you back on yourself Where the start is the end and the end is a space on the shelf Then I’ll be your ghost and follow this road Till it yield some kind of light But a fork in the road and I’m taking the easy way out It’s a glimmer of hope but I’m taking the easy road We're taking the easy road You’re taking the easy road out You gotta choose, choose a hand Or you will lose, lose yourself You gotta choose, choose a hand Before you lose, lose your mind If fiction were fact and this deck wasn’t stacked Full of queens with jokers for kings Would the deal look sublime and be hanging like fruit in your mind But truth is a light and it’s blacker than night When you tell me that everything’s fine Cos the end is the end and it’s burning a hole in this line Yeh the end is the end and it’s burning a hole It’s burning a hole It’s burning a hole in my mind Choose, choose a hand Or you will lose, lose yourself You gotta choose, choose a hand Before you lose, lose your mind It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole It’s burning a hole, it’s burning a hole It’s burning a hole in my mind

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released March 20, 2020

All Songs Written by Neil Stephen Thomas. Music by Pavey Ark.
All String compositions by Chris Heron except (5) by Alexander Simpson (2) by Chris Heron, Alexander Simpson and Neil Thomas; (6) by Chris Heron and Neil Thomas. Additional arrangements by Bethany Nicholson (1,8) and Paula Bowes (1,5).

Neil Thomas - Vocals and acoustic guitar. Plus lead Guitar on track (2,3,5,6,8), bass (5), ukulele (10)
Sam Handley - Drums. Plus backing vocals on track (2)
John Hamilton - Bass guitar. Plus lead guitar on track (2)
Alexander Simpson - Violin (2,4,5,8,10)
Chris Heron - Violin (1,2,3,4,6,7,9)
Bethany Nicholson - Cello (1,2,3,6,7,8,9)
Paula Bowes - Viola (1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9)
Vicky Berry - Violin (Live shows)
Kieren Iannidinardi - Trumpet (2,4) AND flugelhorn (2)
Sophie Hodson - Tenor saxophone (2)
Jenny Thomas - Backing Vocals (10)
Finley Thomas and Juniper Handley - Heartbeats (5)

Produced by Neil Thomas. Recorded and mixed by Neil Thomas and Ashley Cantwell. Additional mixing on track (6) by Daniel Spooner.
Mastered by Lawrence Gill at Fat as Funk.
Photography by Patrick Mateer (Hollie and Patrick Photography).
Artwork by Neil Thomas.

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Pavey Ark Hull, UK

Pavey Ark are an alt-folk band from Hull. Atmospheric vocals and violins glide over fingerpicked guitar, melodic bass and complex percussion. They have played major UK festivals including Glastonbury and Cornbury and Bearded Theory 2019. The Unsigned Guide included the band in their 2018 ‘Ones To Watch’ list. Pavey Ark’s debut album is due for release in March 2020 x ... more

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