The 43 Sessions

by James and the Knave

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Four songs recorded in one evening at 43 Abbey Street.

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released December 23, 2012

Written by James Fenton

Performed by James Fenton and James Emery

Thanks to Aaron Anthony-Pillai.

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James and the Knave are an acoustic duo from York.

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Track Name: Hearts Will Fall
I played cards with the devil, he said pick your game,
I said I'll gamble for my heart but lose my name:
that's fair and I'll play to win.

You fell in lust with a woman, with a part of a whole:
saw her face saw her body but ignored her soul,
and the mind which lies within.

And hearts, hearts will fall,
fall to the ground,
fall to the floor
And hearts, hearts will fall,
fall to the ground,
fall from us all.

You were preachin' from a chapel that was built on the sand,
preachin' on a matter that I don't understand,
you'd give it all for a god so small?

It's a fickle sort of woman that holds my heart,
the way she speaks her mind oh it tears me apart,
I have to run just to stay on my feet.

And hearts, hearts will fall,
fall to the ground,
fall to the floor
And hearts, hearts will fall,
fall to the ground,
fall from us all.
Track Name: Broken
You came too soon my love, my love,
A week since you left me in the sun.
You came too soon my love, my love,
A week since you cried when it was done.

It broke again, my heart, my heart,
When I saw that I could not just touch your hand.
It broke again, my heart, my heart,
As I tried so hard to find a place to stand.

I was broken but holding on,
I was broken but not yet gone.
No, not yet gone.

Your laugh was too bright, too bright,
Not a glance at me standing where I stood.
Your laugh was too bright, too bright,
I'd have laughed with you, laughed if I could.

You drank all of the night, the night,
The absinthe, the water and the wine.
You drank all of the night, the night,
You asked me how I was, I said 'I'm fine.'

I was broken but holding on,
I was broken but not yet gone.
No, not yet gone.

You spoke for a while, a while,
And then you spoke to him some more.
You spoke for a while, a while,
While I listened from behind his bedroom door.

He said 'I want to see the world, the world',
You said 'At last I've found someone like me.'
But you never found out who I was, I was,
Or the person that I most want to be.

I was broken but holding on,
I was broken but not yet gone.
No, not yet gone.

Farewell, my love, my love,
And for all that it's worth God bless.
Farewell, my love, my love,
You gave me naught, I owe you even less.

I was broken but holding on,
I was broken but not yet gone.
No, not yet gone.
Track Name: Midsummer
Eight o'clock on a summer's night,
Shadows sway in the fading light.
I walk through the trees with my friends,
On my way to make amends.
No more ends.

I emerge and see your face,
This is the time, this is the place.
You look up and stare at me,
Then walk away, so suddenly.

It's too late,
It's too hard,
And it's too far.

I had far more to say but
If you don't want to stay, love,
I won't ask you to.
And I had far more to give but
I know you can live more
With him by your side.

You went with him into the night,
Hand in hand and out of sight.
It's a sort of love I never knew,
Although I was as close to you,
For those three months.

The stars are few in the sky,
I will not speak to you, nor ask you why.
I'm not alone, I'm not afloat,
The things I want to say are the ones I won't.

It's too late,
It's too hard,
And it's too far.

I had far more to say but
If you don't want to stay, love,
I won't ask you to.
And I had far more to give but
I know you can live more
With him by your side.

Eight o'clock on a summer's night.
Shadows sway in the fading light.
Hand in hand and out of sight.

I thought I might.

But it's too late,
It's too hard,
And it's too far.
Track Name: Floods
I didn't see the rain
But it came all the same
And I didn't see the flood
'Cos I ran into the woods.

I couldn't see the tree
Where you told it all to me
Because the river it had come
Half way to the sun.

The floods, they filled the sea,
As my heart it ceased to bleed.
And as the waters rise,
We can't believe our eyes.

Lights in the trees
And a lover on his knees,
In prayer to a song
That could show him what was wrong.

The water's running deep
And it's singing me to sleep
But I've never been as bright
As the river in the night.

The floods, they filled the sea,
As my heart it ceased to bleed.
And as the waters rise,
We can't believe our eyes.

Waterfalls run
And the weaker walls have gone.

The floods, they filled the sea,
As my heart it ceased to bleed.
And as the waters rise,
We can't believe our eyes.