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Songs 1, 3 & 5 written by Dan Willson
Songs 2, 4 & 6 written by Lieven Scheerlinck

Recorded by Frank Rudow in Can Pastallé.
Frank Rudow played drums, moog and bass.
Anna & Gato sang along on ‘Stray’
Mixed & mastered by Frank Rudow
Design & drawings by Lu Mussini
Love & management by Mabel Alonso
www.witheredhand.com
www.asingerofsongs.com
www.soncanciones.com


At the ragged end of an Indian summer, September 2016, on the tiny organic farm of Anna
and Gato, off the highway from Barcelona heading north, two new friends unloaded some guitars and mics into the dusty makeshift studio of Frank. Sleeping with their notebooks in an airy part of the farmhouse they got to work making an EP together, with no expectations other than a week away from the noise of the city and the demands of work or family life.

With the hope of songs to come, they woke from dreams to the sound of birds, dogs and horses. Sharing in the life of the farm in early mornings and in the evening blessed with simple fare prepared from the field, stale plans were discarded and new ones arose. Shepherded by Frank who shrugged off a fever to add percussion, moog and bass here and there, Dan and Lieven began threshing ideas into new songs that reflect this short time and space together among the horses, in the shadow of Montserrat, Catalonia’s sacred peak.

The recordings in your hand are the result of recordings on the final days of this retreat. Some represent unfinished business maybe but this is the fruit of our time together. A brief harvest. New songs dreamed up on the farm, recorded on the farm. It is all in here somehow, from the dark nights to the dogs on the dusty road and the saints of the holy mountain. We remain, at your service, ghosts of two friends laughing in the yard with an old guitar while dogs sleep at our feet. Enjoy.

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released May 5, 2017

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Son Canciones Barcelona, Spain

Son Canciones is a new record label from Barcelona.
We have a thing for musicians singing in their homes.
We love hand-made stuff & people who love hand-made stuff.
We prefer concerts close enough for you to hear the musicians’ heartbeat.
We are happily exclusive with Creative Commons & copyleft.
We work to provide a bright future for our nostalgia.
We are called Mabel & Lieven.
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Track Name: After The Rain
Nobody gets out of here alive
All the idiots love another rock ’n’ roll suicide
Step into the light and let it go, let it go
You'll be looking at a new man
After the show

So what if i'm not drinking anymore?
Got sick of picking my body up off the floor
Got sick of finding diamonds in your eyes,
In your eyes
I'll be looking for a new man
Between the lies

It’s not hard to see the good in you
You see the broken parts of me
You say the light is streaming through
You've so many way to say
What I barely explain away
You'll be looking at a new man
Here beside you

Someday our harvest is bound to fail
Everything we built together just hanging by a nail
Our river used to wind its way
Down from the valley into the plain
You'll be looking at a new man
After the rain

You'll be looking at a new man
After the rain
Track Name: Wishes Gone
I wish I could see through horse eyes
I wish my skin were a place to hide
I wish I’d start where winter ends
And silence were a way to mend
I wish these pop songs were punk rock
And tender kisses ruthless love
I wish I were awake asleep
And roots could grow all over me

I wish I could build my home inside you
I wish some wishes would never come true
I wish I’d see, I wish I’d know
I wish I’d go where wishes go
When they’re gone, gone, gone

I wish for shadow before light
I wish the rain didn't fall right
I wish we had long notes for names
I wish the wind brought pouring rain
I wish this were a wordless song
And the words I scratched out weren’t wrong
I wish I could trade thoughts for deeds
I wish my wishes were my needs

I wish I could build my home inside you
I wish some wishes would never come true
I wish I’d see, I wish I’d know
I wish I’d go where wishes go
When they’re gone, gone, gone
Track Name: The Sign
Left alone with a memory
Carving our names into the tree
Was it 93 or 92
I remember you walking on the water saying
"If I can’t have your soul, then I will take your name"
I hadn't been a lot of places
I thought that we would stay the same

My eyes were drawn to the city lights before me
Now years lay coiled in my palm, beads upon a rosary
Son you have your mother's eyes
Your sister has a beauty that she can't disguise
Now I have seen a lot of places
Come to recognize, I come to recognize
The Sign
Track Name: Among Horses
Birds, they will breed
Hands, they will feed
There’ll be horses to break
Steep trails to make
Turn old into new
Sad into true
Work will be done
Songs will be sung
Shadows await
Blisters be made
Sweat dried by sun
Rabbits and guns

Despite the shackles we’re in
We will command

Farewell planes to catch
Farewell skies to scratch
Farewell fun to seek
Farewell places to be
Farewell enemies
Farewell buzzing streets
Farewell old sad me
Farewell old sad me

Despite the shackles we’re in
We will command
Track Name: Santa Cova
At Pamplona we lost more than our horses
I lost my legs to the cannonballs
Is this the way they try to slow a good man down
You could never put my spirit in the ground
I was a broken down body with a lion’s heart
Spending too much time seeking in the dark
Counting years in the scales of a serpent’s tail
Oh righteous unbeliever
Follow me

Up at the Santa Cova
I left my devil laying in the shade
Lit a candle for the Black Madonna
I believed
Up at the Santa Cova
I left my devils laying in the shade
Lit a candle for the Black Madonna

I am alive

I do not want what i do not have
Counting wildflowers growing on the stony path
Dedicating prayers to pilgrims and the animals
Little children, cannonballs
When I was giving up my sword for the life of the lord
I heard a rumour coming down the line
A good intention is its own reward
Some people have a holy book but only read the spine
Not me

Singing I am alive
Track Name: Stray
It’s okay to stray
Don’t be afraid to lose your way

Thunder’s rolling our way
But it’s coming to go away

It’s okay to stray
Don’t be afraid to lose your way