Blind Telling Lies

by James and the Knave

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An album by James and the Knave, recorded over the summer of 2013.

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released August 30, 2013

Written by James Fenton
Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Viola and Percussion by James Fenton
Vocals, a plant pot and a drawer full of cutlery by James Emery
Design by James Emery

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James and the Knave are an acoustic duo from York.

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Track Name: Forest Dance
Yellow lights in absinthe shots,
River lights and casting lots
To see who will get through the night.

Words and doors are left ajar
To show us who we really are:
The monsters and the men,
We'll break and break again.

Whatever that you were to me,
Whatever is the world to me,
We'll work it out upon this kitchen floor.

It's a strange choice of philosophy,
Our modern take on elegy,
We're shut out by our myth,
Without when we are with.

So take the talk in upper rooms
And fuck the faces we assume
As we make our way back down the stairs.

I'm not against a forest dance
Or Bacchanalia's moral stance,
But damn the lies we tell,
And damn it all, I yell.

So lift your eyes and we're alive,
And we're living for this river side,
Should we make our way down to the sea?

I know it's hard to see the sky
And I know it hurts to know we lied,
But try to love your ground
And I'll spin your right around.
Track Name: Elizabeth
He left his home three years ago,
Left a father there to die all but alone.
Saw you not as a woman but as a part of it all,
With the earth and the soil as worth far more than your soul.

It was not fair on you,
Elizabeth.

And he will dream,
Dreams you shall not know,
Hold a grief that he cannot show.

With a dance for the blood and the rain.

You married a god without the thought of a choice,
Gave life to a child who will never know your voice,
Loved him enough to leave it all behind,
And entered his land with a strong and hardened mind.

It was not fair on you,
Elizabeth.

And he will dream,
Dreams you shall not know,
hold a grief that he cannot show.

With a dance for the blood and the rain.

But the faith was too strong
And the rains did not come.

'I am the land and the rain' said he,
And you did not stand a chance.
And the mist came down from the edge of the sea
To dance that final dance.
Track Name: Night Once More
She gestured towards the universe,
Did it slake all your prayers,
Did it answer your thirst?

So water me down or drink me straight,
I'll be waiting right here
In a volatile state of mind.

And the road will wait for me.

I drove all night by the light of your eyes,
In a beat-up car
With a bottle of lies.

Would you believe that I was born in the snow,
Is it writ on my face
That I've got nowhere to go?

And the road will wait for me.

We were just waiting for Godot,
Never held out that much hope he would come.

And the lives we were living were oh so slow
But I never did look up to the sun.

And the road will wait for me.
Track Name: Keep My Feet
Blues have come, the blues are here,
The only thing I really fear
Is never seeing anything through.

It was all too right for her to leave
But damn it, girl, you won't believe
The hell that she put me to.

If you ever asked I'd give you more;
Don't know what I've been looking for,
But I've never really found enough.

So throw me down and don't let go,
Tell me things I want to know
About this hurt that we call love.

And keep my feet on the ground,
Yes, keep my feet on the ground.
Keep my feet on the ground,
Just keep them there,
Right on the ground.

Did you think that I could be
Something more than you'd ever seen?
Well, I'm sorry, love, I'm only me.

I'm tearing at the seams again,
Living in my dreams again,
I'm broken, love, can't you see?

It's all just words inside my head,
From every book I've ever read,
Where love is like a silent song.

So write me down and read me out,
Show me what it's all about
And tell me I've been doing it wrong.

And keep my feet on the ground,
Yes, keep my feet on the ground.
Keep my feet on the ground,
Just keep them there,
Right on the ground.

So dance with me, let's dance this night away.
It's strange, my girl, we never had that much to say.
So love me, honey, keep me, honey, do.
And I think that this time I might see it through.

So keep my feet on the ground,
Yes, keep my feet on the ground.
Keep my feet on the ground,
Just keep them there,
Right on the ground.
Track Name: Streets
The coming of the winter broke apart the glass,
The image which I held so dear.
The river ran away from me and it ran away too fast,
And I'd never seen a sky less clear.

And love's become a beauty in a faded yellow gown,
Who's lost the keys to open the door.
So I'll burn the house, I'll cast around to find something to break it down,
And prove that there is so much more.

So I'd ask you to believe me
And to see me
For what we are.
And I'd ask you to come with me
To a city where
The windows are stars,
And we will never be too far.

Well, God is just a name, and words of love a prayer,
For everything to fall into line.
And I see the cracks appearing, but I still just sit and stare,
Thinking all that water into wine.

When you think about your life, my love, from day to lingering day,
Do any colours come to mind?
The fragile glow of a train at night, or a flat, prosaic grey?
The gold of let's leave it all behind?

So I'd ask you to believe me
And to see me
For what we are.
And I'd ask you to come with me
To a city where
The windows are stars,
And we will never be too far.

But wait,
Just hold on,
'Cause we'll be gone
Before long.
And the streets
Will be
As they were meant
To be.

And at last we'll find a place,
Where at last we'll know some grace.

So I'd ask you to believe me
And to see me
For what we are.
And I'd ask you to come with me
To a city where
The windows are stars.
Track Name: Blind Telling Lies
The sun was falling away from the earth
As you got up to leave.
I'll wait and I'll take the night for all that it's worth,
Until I am what it is that I would be.

We can't control the water or the places that we go,
But I pray that you make it to the sea.
The hours that we spent, the minutes silent and slow,
Were the quietest of the hours to me.

But what did my lover say?
And what did the others say?
They said that you can try
But you won't always find out why,
And I looked out at the world in dismay.

If I found us a house with trees all around,
Could we leave our guilt behind?
We never will be lost because we never can be found:
With the blind telling lies to the blind.

I'd take you by the hand and I would lead you there,
But it's not like I know any more than you.
I haven't been told what's wrong or what is fair,
What it is that we should do.

But what did my lover say?
And what did the others say?
They said that you can try
But you won't always find out why,
And I looked out at the world in dismay.
Track Name: Take Your Time
I'm sorry that I don't speak,
But it's hard enough to breathe,
When you're waiting to jump in
From that island in the stream.

I've never been that strong,
But then I've never been alone.
I've never stood among the leaves
When all the birds have flown.

So take your time
And I'll take mine,
And we will be fine,
We'll be fine,
Water shining
As we run.

As your eyes began to own me,
I thought here we go again.
We stumble when we're children,
We fall when we are men.

The quietest smiles I've ever known,
And a winter loathe to leave,
A girl who never spoke too fast,
Who woke the spring in me.

So take your time
And I'll take mine,
And we will be fine,
We'll be fine,
Water shining
As we run.

Well I'm sorry that I don't speak,
But it's hard enough to breathe,
When you're waiting to jump in
From that island in the stream.
Track Name: Pemberley
We've been falling long past December,
And it's cold as the day I was born.
And I'd ask you, love, do you remember
If we've ever been alone?

And will you every try to believe me?
In the way I believe in their god?
Or will this light ever deceive me,
I'm here and I'm gone.
I'm here and I'm gone.

And have you ever thought
How easy it would be,
If this were Pemberley?

I suffocated as she was sinking,
And I'm caught in the water again.
Oh what do you think he was thinking
In the lion's den?

And shall we put this down in writing,
In a letter, living word by word?
Oh love is laughing not smiling,
Or so I have heard.
Or so I have heard.

And have you ever thought
How easy it would be,
If this were Pemberley?
Track Name: Atlas
Sunlight fades, when it comes it comes,
the autumn.
The leaves they change and all too soon
They've fallen.

And I can't wait,
And I cannot wait,
For the change.

I hope one day
I can find my way
With an atlas.
And I hope one day
I can find
My way home.

So I'll say goodbye to the girl I knew
And wander.
And I'll think no more on the things
I used to ponder.

And I will run,
And I will run,
Into the rain.

I hope one day
I can find my way
With an atlas.
And I hope one day
I can find
My way home.

I don't want to love her,
I just don't want to have to miss her.

And I don't want to hold on,
I just don't want to have to let go.

And I don't want to know her,
I just don't want to know myself.
Track Name: Little Shards
Lie here, it's silent still.
Let the world do to us what it will.
It's fine, it's fine while it lasts,
But when it goes it shatters like glass:

Into many little shards.

There are trains to take us there.
We'll be standing on the platform with snow in our hair.
And we won't need to say
That we will be okay.

But we'll say it anyway.