Human Cry

by john southworth

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1.You Led Me To Believe
2.River Of Tears In Everyone
3.Sadness Came Back
4.Day Of The Dead
5.Tender Mountain Eyes
6.Human Cry
7.The Kiss
8.Heaven Was Always Here
9.So Glad It's Finally Spring
10.You Look So Good This Evening
11.Precious Metals
12.I'm A Bell

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“Most people don’t know what to make of John Southworth but that should change here: there’s nothing mysterious about the simple magic at the core of Human Cry” - Michael Barclay, radio free canuckistan: radiofreecanuckistan.blogspot.com/search/label/John%20Southworth

“A truly true original” - Steve Guimond, The Hour: hour.ca/2011/06/23/human-cry/

“Human Cry is his most staggering release to date. This record is a must have.” Joe Gurba, Argue Job bit.ly/lRALgR

“What an artist!” - pedalad asa buenritmo: pedaladasabuenritmo.wordpress.com/2010/11/23/john-southworth-human-cry-2010/

“Remarkably straight-forward, beautiful and powerful. Take the time to listen” - Herohill: bit.ly/9E1xTF

“True to its title, Human Cry is an intimate experience….” - David Boyle, FFWD Weekly: bit.ly/jdHTUk

“C’est une fable. Une fable répétée, annonée, de celles qui endorment les enfants, qui les font grandir, dont ils ne comprennent pas encore les tragédies, les mots anciens qui décrivent des objets n’existant plus” - Chryde, Blogotheque: www.blogotheque.net/La-fable-et-le-baiser

“Best live show of 2010…will renew your faith in music” - Tom Power, CBC Deep Roots: www.cbc.ca/radio2/deeproots/2011/01/01/deep-roots-top-10-of-2010-plus-one/


“No one does vulnerable better than John Southworth” - John Terauds - Toronto Star: www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/article/909946—cd-reviews

"...most satisfying album to date" - John Crosby, R2: folkwit.com/archives/1470?mid=53363


all songs written by John Southworth

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released 23 November 2010
produced by Jean Martin & John Southworth
www.barnyardrecords.com

featuring The South Seas:
Andrew Downing - acoustic bass
Justin Haynes -guitar, piano
Jean Martin -drums
John Southworth - voice, guitar, piano, organ
Daniela Gesundheit -voice
Felicity Williams -voice

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Track Name: You Led Me To Believe
YOU LED ME TO BELIEVE

you led me to believe
that your love would always be
guiding and protecting me
never to let go

you helped me find my way
after years of little faith
you led me to believe
so don't let me go

always i've dreamed of you
always i've known
you live in me
your love still lives in me

you led me to believe
that you would be there for me
in your hand you held for me
an eternal rose

but the rose has made me weak
it has made a ghost of me
one by one the mysteries
have escaped my soul

always i've dreamed of you
always i've known
you live in me
your love still lives in me

though i can't see
no i can't see
where your love will lead
you led me to believe
so don't let me go
Track Name: River Of Tears In Everyone
RIVER OF TEARS IN EVERYONE

there's a river of tears
in everyone
that you can't see
it's over-flowing
inside of me
there is a river of tears

there's an old summer balloon
in the winter sky
heading over town
there doesn't seem to be a soul around
there's just a river of tears

river of sadness
make your way
to my dried-out eyes
'cause in these hard times
they'll be days
when all i have to do is cry
all i have to do is cry

there's a river of tears
in every heart
in a silent flow
you try so hard not to let it show
there is a river of tears

now i'm looking for a friend
in the middle of a crowd
but i feel so crushed
just feel the river in everyone
there is a river of tears

river of sadness
make your way
to my dried-out eyes
'cause in these hard times
they'll be days
when all i have to do is cry
all i have to do is cry
is cry

everyday that goes by
river gets more wide
river gets more loud
you know one day it's going to all come out
i see a river in
i see a river in
i see a river in everyone
i see a river of tears
Track Name: Sadness Came Back
SADNESS CAME BACK

the sadness came back
just as i was lost in sunshine
it knocked me off track
just as i was gaining speed
now it's making me scared
'cause i've dared you to love me
a lifetime
the sadness came back to me

tears filled my eyes
just as i was high-wire walking
seeing you below
nearly knocked me off my feet
now i'm starting to cry
'cause i've tried all my life
to keep from falling down
the sadness came back to me

you see i was beaten down
toiling my days in the underground
searching for ways
to remain unfound
ah 'till you dragged me out

now it's making me scared
'cause i've dared you to love me
a lifetime
the sadness came back
but i can't let that
beat me
Track Name: Day Of The Dead
DAY OF THE DEAD

day, day of the dead
day to be with you
with you again

day to be with friends
friends who are with us
friends who have left

mother i won't forget you
father i won't regret
brother i'll never leave you
sister you're still my friend
i'll see all your faces again

day of the dead
gather the flowers
bake up the bread

sky, sky of white dove
won't you come find me
find me my love

lover i can still feel you
feel you as the sun sets
lover i'm right beside you
i never i never left
i'll see your face smiling again

day of the dead
day to be with you
with you again
Track Name: Tender Mountain Eyes
TENDER MOUNTAIN EYES

i, i have fire in my soul
silver tears in my blood
fallen from an eye of gold
but i will not come to rest
'till i feel your love again
tender mountain eyes

i, i see mothers in a field
with their babies in their arms
and the sun is going down
but they do not seem afraid
they know something i don't know
tender mountain eyes

i'll never leave you alone again
without your tender mountain oh no, no
i'll never face the night again
without your tender mountain oh no

your tender as the flower in the evening light
you can't fight alone
your tender as the soldier who can't sleep at night
wondering when he's going home

i, i may journey through the night
but i will return by dawn
with the ghost stone in my hand
and the twilight will be long
and the twilight will be ours
tender mountain eyes

i'll never leave you alone again
without your tender mountain oh no, no
i'll never face the night again without your
tender mountain oh no, no
oh no, for

you, you are of a golden age
and it waits for your return
so don't turn yourself away
in the canyon of your sorrow
you will hear a golden echo

i, i have fire in my soul
silver tears in my blood
fallen from an eye of gold
but i will not come to rest
'till i feel your love again
tender mountain
tender mountain
tender mountain eyes
Track Name: Human Cry
HUMAN CRY

don't run away
don't run away
from your human cry
your human cry
keeps you alive
in the dead of night
where are you going?
what are you doing?
don't you deny
your human cry

they made you king
a pale king
when your hands were tied
but you have the wings
the silken wings
of a butterfly
you may be branded
you may be stranded
don't you deny your human cry

well you can hide
but you can't run
no you can't run anymore
because the tide
has finally come
and now at last
the past has washed ashore

don't run away
don't run away
and remain apart
your human cry
takes you inside
an infinite heart
you may be lonely
you may be hungry
don't you deny
your human cry

you've been running in the streets
never see the stars at night
you've been running from the sea
you've been running from the sea
of human cry

take another tear from the well of your tearmaker
light another candle in the heart of your maria
listen to the rustle of the maple in the morning
and when it is evening listen to the children sleeping

you've been running from the sea
Track Name: The Kiss
THE KISS

you are my mother father lover martyr
you who find me when i wander
you who feed me when i hunger
mother father lover martyr

in the night i sowed the twine and parchment
bound the book of kells together
buried it beneath the tower
when i heard the hounds approaching

and with endangered ballads in my belly
secretly i crossed the border
with your emblem stamped inside
i blended with the common chapmen

it was all for
it was all for
it was all for
the kiss

and so i took upon the icy waters
on the ferry of red rury
who hid me inside a mountain
poured me music from the fountain

and when i woke i saw i was abandoned
in the desert tarred and feathered
so in tears I sold the emblem
icicles of tears were forming

and in the process i became dispersed
i cursed you like a jaundiced emperor
stealing beads from pilgrim mouths
forgetting every verse and vision

it was all for
it was all for
it was all for
the kiss

mother father lover martyr
you who find me when i wander
i could not persist
would not if not
for the kiss

as your voice grew lamer with each evening
by the morn the moon was teething
so i boiled the mountebank’s goose
a song was sung with fangs and keening

and in a mirror on the river rock
i saw the soul who i once was
and all the dye bled from my cloth
into the river oh red river

in the empty streets long after curfew
as a bird you came to rescue
flew me down into the tower
wear you lay me on the parchment

it was all for
it was all for
it was all for
the kiss
Track Name: Heaven Was Always Here
HEAVEN WAS ALWAYS HERE

listen, please listen
there was no need to be frightened
morning has broken
be open to what you received
listen to what’s been given
wait for the clouds to clear

heaven was always here
heaven was always here

no need to doubt it
there’s always a way down the mountain
one day you’ll find it
a field for your soul to lie down
when there was only darkness
and you only had your tears

heaven was always here
heaven was always here
there was no where to disappear

why did we sound the siren?
why did we act so fierce?

heaven was always here
heaven was always here
there was no where to disappear
heaven was always here
Track Name: So Glad It's Finally Spring
SO GLAD IT’S FINALLY SPRING

so glad it’s finally spring, so glad
that the cold days are over
and all that the season can bring, so glad
that it’s bringing me closer to you

and the crying and sighing is through
and upon this fair morning I do humbly swoon

spring, so glad we’re out of the dark
and i feel your love flowing into my heart

so glad it’s finally spring, so glad
that the willows have flourished
and the birds of the forest do sing, so glad
that the turtle has dwelled with the dove

and the weight of this grieving is done
and no matter the weather you are still the one

spring, yours is a generous heart
to relieve us and lead us out into the sun
so glad it's finally spring
so glad, so glad

so glad it’s finally spring, so glad
that the chief flowers have opened
prime ladies of honour come sing sweet things
take a seat in this cherry-cheeked choir

we've come through the mud and the mire
and this wild virgin garden inspires desire

spring, you who are constant and kind to reveal such
immaculate loving miraculous stunning insightful delightful design

so glad it's finally spring
i'm so glad it's finally spring
so glad it's finally spring
so glad, so glad
Track Name: You Look So Good This Evening
YOU LOOK SO GOOD THIS EVENING

you look so good this evening
can’t take you off my eyes
i see i’ve been perceiving
through glass and darkly eyes

i saw a rose this morning
it knocked my mind in tune
such joy that rose was forming
it made me long for you

everything is new
in the way I see
when I look at you
i’m a visionary
i’m in awe
of the love you have for me

i've lived against the season
i've lived against my self
extinguished every beacon
abandoned every well

there’s a light within
that illuminates
the color of your skin
the aura of your face
i’m amazed
how you light up my dark ways

i know that look
that’s why we've got poetry
don’t need no book
when you get that look
i don’t need a thing
oh you look so good

you look so good this evening
you look so good this evening
Track Name: Precious Metals
PRECIOUS METALS

rain from the crying world
shakes the divining girl
these precious metals
gold-gilded petals
are still in our souls
somewhere in our souls

brave excavation finds
tears that were never cried
these precious metals
gold-gilded petals
are still in our souls
somewhere in our souls

all of us must follow the divining girl at times
she will take you traveling to the crying world to find
precious metals

do as the new moons do
as midnight roses do
these precious metals
gold-gilded petals
are still in our souls
somewhere in our souls

you lead me to the stone
you tear me to the bone
these precious metals
gold-gilded petals
are still in our souls
somewhere in our souls

all of us must follow the divining girl at times
she will take you traveling to the crying world to find
precious metals

there is divining light
deep underneath the blight
these precious metals
gold-gilded petals
are still in our souls
somewhere in our souls
Track Name: I'm A Bell
I’M A BELL

i am standing in the centre of an old time carousel
i’m a bell
i am putting on the ochre i am calling to the shells
i’m a bell
for the sound that i am making is intended to find you
i'm a bell
it has sounded through the mountain to the loneliest of rooms
i'm a bell

can’t you hear me ringing for your love
ringing in the distance for your love

i signed on to be your lover
i signed on to be your friend
i’ll keep on ringing for you
from now on you can depend

for i’m a i’m a i’m a bell
hear me ringing i’m a bell

i will lead the mirror makers through the town of brigadoon
i’m a bell
i will help the weird sisters stir the ocean with a spoon
i’m a bell
no more conjuring of tempests no more feasting in the fast
i'm a bell
i will join the sounds of harvest in a melancholy chant
i'm a bell

can’t you hear me ringing for your love
ringing in the distance for your love

i signed on to be your lover
i signed on to be your friend
i’ll keep on ringing for you
from now on you can depend

for i’m a i’m a i’m a bell
hear me ringing i’m a bell