The Ballad of Peter and Jane (digital)

by Sarah Birch

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1.
Be still if you can, sing softly boy. It suits you more than this coked up bore Oh the games we play while we innocently peel our layers away and the sun comes out and we're left in the desert all blistered and sore Don't promise me more Shouldn't promise me more You took my body to bed But it's always the heart that gets fucked instead Raise your glass to me While I sit in reluctant sobriety Oh the games we play While we negligently peel our layers away and the sun comes out and we're left in the desert all blistered and sore Don't promise me more Shouldn't promise me more Make it rain be still if you can, sing softly The wound is still warm and the whole in my fanfic still easily torn Sing sweet to me The way that you did when the nights agreed Oh the games we play While we permanently strip our layers away Make it rain Make it rain.
2.
We are Rocks 03:23
Hey there Whats with sad face? You've been acting strange for days Can I help in any way? Hey you What's with the subtext You've been all complex and vague Is there anything I can change We're but cells you and I We are fallen from the sky We are rocks we are stars we are carbon We are sums we are fact We are dreams that interact We are rocks we are stars we are carbon So don't breathe any more meaning into the thoughts that come We're making up stories and stories will end when they're done Until the next one And don't feel Cos feeling is only what makes the thoughts seem real Reality differs and changes with time and it's gone It's the same for everyone We're but cells you and I We are fallen from the sky We are rocks we are stars we are carbon We are sums we are facts We are dreams that interact We are rocks we are stars we are carbon.
3.
Sun it came slow like a ship in the night Hovering only to offer it's light for a while Only a while Waking up lonely she stretched out her arms Only to find what she already knew to be gone Long gone The neighbourhood started their day Nightmares shifted and ran out the way As the mundane stepped forward, ticking off lists Short, sharp, numb pain dragged her on by the wrists Passing politely her fair weathered friends Ever so slightly she thinks she might be one of them Then again Tapping her toes to the clock on the wall Everything aches How did she end up so small In spite it all It's all in the eyes It's all in the eyes And it takes a thousand tiny lies All in the eyes Checks her reflection, it can't be her own Looking more closely reminds her of someone she knows, or used to know. No one to argue she talked to herself Only to find that it hinders her more than it helps It doesn't help It's all in the eyes It's all in the eyes And it takes a thousand tiny lies All in the eyes It's all in the eyes It's all in the eyes And it takes a thousand tiny lies All in the eyes
4.
Superhero 04:39
He's no superhero but he knows he can fly Neon has broken his crayon coloured sky It's over, hanging over you It's been hanging over me I wasn't his mistake Clever conversation Is getting him nowhere It's a strange preoccupation He'd love to really care It's over hanging over you It's been hanging over me It wasn't his mistake It wasn't his to make And now he's hiding in his head too tired to go to bed Now he's fast awake alone He'd have tried if he had known, Somehow.
5.
Lay me down 02:52
Don't bury me in winter in an ice cold ground I have no love of stone Don't drop me in the water to sail away, I'll be lost so far from home Dont' forget to tell me sometimes, though I'm not there That everyone's ok And please remember that I may be gone I'm never far away Lay me down Lay me down Lay me down where the flowers grow free Lay me down Lay me down Lay me somewhere I know you will be Don't lay me in the embers my bones won't burn Always was a stubborn soul And don't think about the things you know that I regret Nothing good will come of those And don't listen to the people who loved me just once many did but only some true And please know that I still haven't found the one The one as true as you Lay me down Lay me down Lay me down where the flowers grow free Lay me down Lay me down Lay me somewhere I know you will be
6.
Mirtazapine 04:02
Paint a picture of the clearest view Of a river, racing over you Then it's like I'm running out of air So tender, untangled and strange So together til the tidal wave Then it's like I'm running out of air The pixels Keep a handle on this Untangle hold tight, no grip Then the night comes But sleep does not The mind is heavy And will not stop Paint a picture impulsive and new So together I remember you
7.
There's the view from my window and the one in my head Where I'm sipping red wine and I'm dipping french bread and where everyone British says this time of year Is the best time of year for lovers my dear and I hardly know myself but I know you much less and the beating and beating goes on in my chest and it only keeps going as the thought of you going is keeping me needing to keep you instead. And we'll never speak of the things that remain things that hover between us again and I wish I was braver and really less old and much more sexy and brazen and bold but I guess all the quiet and gentleness made us lay there together the way we were made and I wish that is where we had stayed. I thought all I ever needed was in you. I can't believe I let you go Can't believe you won't return Can't believe I let this slip away Will I ever learn? There's the view from my window and the one in my head The view of the sea and the lure of your bed and I wish you were here or were wishing the same but if this is all and everything and never again then please cal me delicious and say my whole name again. I thought all I ever needed was in you. I can't believe I let you go Can't believe you won't return Can't believe I let this slip away Will I ever learn? Will I ever learn?
8.
Reverence 04:03
In light and shade We have found ourselves Better made when we reach for help A silent thought may bind us To better days the worst behind us And I can't save us all The weak will take a fall And I can't make this load any lighter Unless you guide me home Unless you guide me home In severance we were well without In reverence where the storms will out A silent thread may blind us Our sorry tales left behind us And I can't save us all And neither can I pretend to The seas will rise and fall And you will guide me home And I can't tell the world That I will be better with you But all of this I swear If you will guide me there If you won't guide me home Who will guide me home?
9.
Steal a Kiss 03:26
Steal a kiss my darling it's the last one you will see It's kisses made a liar of you and they made a fool of me Keep your sorry darling ain't a thing left here to feel The walls have all but crumbled and it's in ruins that I kneel. Save your truths my darling I will need them when you're gone. This doll was barely broken long enough to hear your song Keep yourself together it's the least that you can do and everything I thought I knew will go with you. Cos all I ever wanted was flowers All I ever got from you was stones Save your answers darling they only make me question more For everything to come and everything that went before Save your strength my darling you will need it to be free You made me love you so much there was nothing left for me Cos all I ever wanted was flowers All I ever got from you was stones Cos all I ever wanted was feathers All I ever got from you was stones Cos all I ever wanted was flowers All I ever got from you was stones Cos all I ever wanted was feathers All I ever got from you was stones
10.
Jane: You're wasting my time man, it's early and you're good and drunk Peter: Oh, Don't be naive we're all twisted and down on our luck Jane: I'm making the bed up around you, you're sleeping alone Both: Sleep alone most of these nights since your body went cold Don't feel like doing more, I'll sleep more sweetly on the floor Peter: All I can hear when you're screaming is rattles and moans Jane: All I know is you just don't hear me, I'm shattered you're stoned Peter: And when it goes quiet you sulk in your room Jane: Quietly hiding and hopelessly loving you Both: Don't feel I can do more Im here, ain't that enough You're making my face ache, all your tallied up mistakes no it can't go on, surely It's making me age, I've already gone grey and it can't go on It's hard to forgive when I don't even know what it is I forgive It's emotional habit, I can't step around it It's no way we should live. Peter: You're beautiful when you are sleeping, it catches my breath Creases and such gentle breathing, so hard to detect Both: I know I should tell you aloud, I'm happy you're mine But they are not words I can muster you must realise Jane: I don't think that you even notice when I am not home That all of my thoughts are about you when I am alone Both: I know I should tell you aloud, I'm happy you're mine But we seem to function this way and have most of our lives Don't feel we need to say more I know what this silence is for.

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The debut solo album from Sarah Birch

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released April 19, 2019

All songs / music written and performed by Sarah Birch.
Other performers:
Vocalists - Joel Morgan
Choir vocals - Joel Morgan, Kate Ronconi, Helen Banham, Rhiannedd Collins
Lead guitar parts - Joel Morgan
Double bass - Ed Purcell
Trumpet - dale Ryan
Strings - The Mavron String Quartet
String Arrangements - Seb Goldfinch

Recorded and Produced by Dave Milsom, Death Monkey Records
Recorded at Death Monkey Records and Abertawe Road Studios. Swansea

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Sarah Birch Swansea, UK

Sarah Birch is a singer-songwriter living in Swansea. Currently writing and performing with Swansea alt/rock band Lost Tuesday Society this is her solo debut.

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