Heirlooms & Hearsay

by Roxanne de Bastion

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1.
Run 03:37
They know your name, you're the one who plays piano, a model son who gets the girls if he wants them his mother loves him Train is heading east... your name is on that list You better run run run in the other direction, run run You better run run run in the other direction, run run By the skin of your teeth By the heart that's underneath the fur coat that she gave you your mother loves you Daylight's wearing thin but you just keep on moving You better run run run in the other direction, run run You better run run run in the other direction, run run I know your name, that is all your piano through the hall my finger tips press on the same keys my mother loves me... Still I feel the beast My name's on someone's list... and so I run, run run in the other direction, run run
2.
I woke up feeling old I didn't find it strange at least not at the time I didn't want to go outside I didn't want to, but I tried For my heart turns into stone becomes a weight to carry around wash the blood up off my hands and let me come to... I woke up feeling cold I didn't find it strange I went back to sleep I didn't want to feel that way I didn't want to look away For my heart turns into stone becomes a weight to carry around wash the blood up off my hands and let me come to... and let me come to... and let me come to...! For my heart turns into stone another weight to carry around wash the blood up off my hands and let me come to...
3.
Train Tracks 03:39
No one covers my expenses, hardly worth the effort Hard times ahead of us and hard times behind us... Always hard times, they say Do what you love Do you what you can Don't buy into their shit Do it with style Do it with grace And never loose your temper when you're in the thick of it I've been roaming around the continent Europe's really large and England's Europe too Train tracks ahead of me and train tracks behind me... All the train tracks for me Do what you love Do you what you can Don't buy into their shit Do it with style Do it with grace And never loose your temper, no never loose your temper... Do what you love Do you what you can Don't buy into their shit Do it with style Do it with grace and never loose your temper, no never loose your temper when you're in the thick of it
4.
Wasteland 03:44
In my hometown they've dismantled the walls carried off the pieces one by one forgotten are the words written into stone for what are they worth against a housing loan? It's only wasteland... On the pavements they've installed the machines a thousand glassy eyes staring at me today I'd rather not be seen by anyone for I do not know what I have become I'm here on wasteland... In the libraries they've rewritten the books crowned men as kings when really they're crooks I wonder what went down in between the lines torn out are the pages from the rusty spines they burn on wasteland... Here I am in the front row and no one's on stage where once was spotlight now is dark, strange only wasteland... On the graveyard they're building hotels fluffing up the pillows so no one can tell you're lying where I once took my final stride face down in the mud, heading for the other side it's only wasteland to them now
5.
Within 02:37
You will never speak the truth out to win, destined to loose your head was born in that noose Truth, it is a pathless land with no one else in command other than the name you respond to And who are you if not me? Where did you come from? Within You are no friend of mine I am done, I resign go bother someone else for a... change, it is the strangest thing I would not know where to begin to explain how you relate to me Who are you if not me? Where did you come from? Within Comfort we will never seek raise the curtain, climb the steep through the spirals of your mind-dreams and do not let me be concerned with any trinkets yet unearned let me look at you directly Who are you if not me? Where did you come from? Within
6.
Be this all that remains while my face fades in its frame I don't even really know if you know me As you're struggling for space while your life picks up in pace I don't even really know if you need me I don't even really know if you need me! I've lived my life now you lead yours and I'll be right here with you Be this all that remains Heirlooms & Hearsay I don't even really know if you are like me I don't even really know if you're like me. Be this all that remains... Be this all that remains... Be this all that remains... Be this all that remains... Be this all that remains.
7.
Thicker Skin 03:44
I've played that game we're not so innocent I've let it slide again You will have to grow a thicker skin Find the strength somewhere within Grow up, move on from who you used to be there is only to much you can blame on me You feel hard done by Your temper's flying high go on and make me cry You will have to grow a thicker skin Like these walls, you are paper thin Grow up, move on from who you used to be There is only so much you can blame on me You will have to grow thicker skin Like a promise, you are paper thin Grow up, move on from who you used to be There is only so much you can blame on me I've played that game who do you think invented it? And here we go again...
8.
Unwind 03:48
Have you rummaged through my dreams, hidden them from view? While you're running through my mind I can't sleep again sleep again Seeing as I cannot fall, I may as well go out while I'm waiting from my mind to mend and for sleep again sleep again It takes time to unwind As the hour grows unkind circles never end don't mind repeating of the mind for sleep again, sleep again It takes time to unwind
9.
The Painter 03:29
No one confirmed all of my fears, remain but a shadow throughout the years brushing of strokes to sweep them away so I can go about my day I wouldn't mind if I wouldn't see closing of blinds as I walk the streets it wouldn't get me What is a word against the sky? You had my honest, I've read your lies with brushes of strokes to keep them at bay so I can go about my day I wouldn't mind if I wouldn't see closing of blinds as I walk the streets it wouldn't get me
10.
Once I heard the truth come crashing down and as it descended I rushed to grab a pen I wanted to keep it to myself no one else should ever share this tale, it was mine. All I am watching is a reflection of a memory, dreamed in someone else's dream A rerun of last year's show All I am hearing are words from someone else's stream of consciousness and I am thinking, where is there left for us to go? Once upon a time or maybe twice I found myself in a condiment, a spice I thought that you would feel that way to, thought that everyone knew what they wanted to do with their lives All I am watching is a reflection of a memory, dreamed in someone else's dream A rerun of last year's show All I am hearing are words from someone else's stream of consciousness and I am thinking, where is there left for us to go? Where is there left for us to go? All I am watching is a reflection of a memory, dreamed in someone else's dream A rerun of last year's show All I am hearing are words from someone else's stream of consciousness and I am thinking, where is there left for us to go? Where is there left for us to go? Where is there left for us to go?

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released May 5, 2017

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Roxanne de Bastion London, UK

Roxanne de Bastion's debut album Heirlooms & Hearsay arrived in 2017, leading to support slots with Lambchop, the Wainwright Sisters, and triumphant shows at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and support from PRSF Women Make Music fund. Roxanne’s remarkably self-sufficient approach was recognised by the FAC (Featured Artists Coalition) who invited her to join its Board Of Directors. ... more

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