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The North EP

by The Great Park

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Four new songs written in August 2016, three of which were recorded in one afternoon at home in Nuremberg and the other in a barn in Switzerland a week later.

Available as a very limited edition, hand stamped, hand numbered CDr or as a full quality download with a pdf of the lyrics.

All physical orders also include an immediate download.

Cover photograph by Zinet.

Email The Great Park at thegreatpark@icloud.com

The Great Park website www.thegreatpark.co.uk

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released September 25, 2016

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Stephen Burch. Problem folk, songs with words.

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Track Name: If You're Looking To Get Lost In The North That's What We Got
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET LOST IN THE NORTH THAT’S WHAT WE GOT

WE GOT THE ORDERS MOVE THE LINE SEVENTEEN MILES NORTH BUT I CANNOT SEE THE NIGHT LIGHTS SO ONCE AGAIN DOWN TO THE BEACH AND ONCE AGAIN WE WALK THE SANDS UNTIL WE LOSE TRACK OF THE WAY HOME WELL YOU GOT YOURS AND I GOT MINE BUT WE KNOW NOT WHERE THEY ARE AND WE DO NOT TRY TO FIND THEM A BLACK SHEEP AN ONLY CHILD A THINKER AND A CROOK BUT EVERY STORY NEEDS A VILLAIN AND EVERY ROPE NEEDS A THROAT WE WERE WARNED WATCH WHERE WE WALK AND WE WERE TOLD ABOUT THE TIDE THERE WERE BEACONS ON THE BEACH BUT UP HERE THE WORLD IS FLAT AND IT PLAYS TRICKS ON THE MIND AND WE WERE LOOKING TO GET LOST AND IN THE NORTH THAT’S WHAT WE GOT IT'S ONLY LOUD IF IT MAKES YOU DEAF IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAUGH IT ONLY CRIES WHEN IT’S HUNGRY IT ONLY SLEEPS WHEN YOU’RE AWAKE IT ONLY RATTLES WHEN IT SHAKES IT’S ONLY PERFECT WHEN IT’S BROKEN CAUSE THAT WHEN THE PIECES FIT SHE SAID IF YOU WANT A QUIET LIFE GO FIND ANOTHER WIFE GO LOOKING IN THE SHALLOWS THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE THE NORTH TO LOOK DOWN UPON THE SOUTH AND IF YOU’RE WANTING TO GET LOST WELL UP HERE THAT’S WHAT WE GOT WE WEREN’T PREPARED FOR ALL THE HEAT WE WERE DRESSED FOR A STORM IT NEVER CAME WE JUST GOT NAKED ACROSS THE DUNES WITH BURNING FEET SHOULDERS THIGHS AND ALL UMBRELLA BROUGHT FORGOTTEN WASTED WE WERE PARCHED HIGH AND DRY THIS DREAM IS NOT A LIE IT’S SOMETHING FROM THE NIGHT A STORY THAT WE’RE WRITING AND IT’S EASY WITH A SMILE TO FIND A PLACE TO HIDE AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO GET LOST IN THE NORTH THAT’S WHAT WE GOT
Track Name: Housebound
HOUSEBOUND

WELL THERE IS A WORLD OUTSIDE THAT I NEVER CARE TO SEE AGAIN CAUSE I WENT THERE ONCE AND THAT WAS ONE TIME TOO MANY AND YOU CAN READ ME STORIES AND HOW GOOD IT IS TO TALK AND YOU CAN SHOW ME PHOTOGRAPHS OF ALL THE PLACES WE COULD WALK BUT IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN AND FROM MY CHAIR RIGHT THERE I CAN SEE THE GARDEN TREES THE BLACKBIRD RUSTLING THROUGH THE IVY LEAVES AND SOMEDAYS WE FIND HIM SITTING ON THE KITCHEN TABLE AND HE FLIES OUT IN A PANIC AND I WOULD FOLLOW IF I WERE ABLE BUT IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN SO TAKE MY SKIS WHEN YOU LEAVE AND WILL YOU THROW THEM INTO THE SEA GIVE MY BEST TO FRED WHEN YOU MEET HIM IN THE STREET THERE ARE TRAINS TO BE LATE AND KIND PEOPLE I HAVE YET TO UPSET AND THERE’S A WIDE WORLD OF HATE JUST WAITING FOR A CRACK AT MY HEAD BUT IT’S NEVER GONNA HAPPEN
Track Name: The Year The Winter Left Without Taking The Snow
THE YEAR THE WINTER LEFT WITHOUT TAKING THE SNOW

WELL I COULD NOT PACK MY BAGS AS FAST AS YOU WANTED AND I DID NOT BURN ALL MY BOOKS UPON YOUR STOVE BUT AS SURE AS THE NIGHT IS MINE I WILL RETURN SOME OTHER TIME WITH A RUCKSACK FULL OF TOOLS TO MAKE IT RIGHT IT IS THIRTY BELOW TONIGHT AND THE CAMP IS QUIET AND ALL THE DOGS ARE SILENT IN THEIR SLEEP NO STORM IS GETTING NEAR BUT THE WIND AND THE FROST CUT CLEAR AND I WILL NOT LAST ANOTHER NIGHT OUTSIDE SO WITH THE BLADE I SLICE A LENGTH OF TENT FAST OPEN AND WITH SOFT STEPS I CREEP LIKE A CREEP INSIDE AND I SEE WELL ENOUGH TO STITCH SO I SEW IT SO IT STICKS AND I’M FILLING MY BOTTLE UP WHEN THEY RUSH IN THEY SAY GET OUT OF HERE AND WITH A LEAP I THROW MY CLOTHES ON THEY SAY GET OUT OF HERE FOR WE KNOW NOT WHO YOU ARE BUT I SAY WE BEEN THREE WEEKS ON THE TRAIL AND BEFORE THAT A MONTH IN JAIL IT SEEMS YOU CRETINS ARE QUICK TO FORGET WHEN TIMES ARE HARD SO GOOD PEOPLE IF YOU ARE LISTENING KEEP YOUR SHIRTS ON AND DO NOT TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU CAN NOT KNOW FOR SOMEDAY AND IT WON’T BE LONG WE’LL BE SINGING A DIFFERENT SONG ABOUT THE YEAR THE WINTER LEFT WITHOUT TAKING THE SNOW
Track Name: Turn Your Back On The Crown
TURN YOUR BACK ON THE CROWN

I WOULD ALWAYS LOSE IT ALL AT THE TRACK BUT SCRAPE ENOUGH TO MAKE MY WAY BACK I’VE BEEN GAMBLING FOR FOOD AND A BED IT’S NOT FUNNY AND THE ODDS ARE NOT FAIR AND WHEN THE FORTUNE TOOK FLIGHT WITH THE CROWS I CLIMBED TREES AND FOLLOWED THEM HOME AND I’M SO LUCKY TO HAVE MADE IT THIS FAR I GOT NO IDEA BUT I KNOW IT CAN’T LAST YOU SLEPT ON TRAINS WHEN WE FLED TO THE NORTH WE LEFT SWITZERLAND IN A HELL OF A STORM AND I DON’T KNOW WHEN I’LL EVER HEAD SOUTH I GOT A MONTH UNTIL THE MONEY RUNS OUT EVERY BED SMALLER THAN THE ONE BEFORE UNTIL IN KREUZBERG WE SLEPT ON THE FLOOR AND THESE THREE WEEKS WE’VE BEEN KEEPING SO CLOSE AND NOW THIS DISTANCE AND I WAKE LIKE A GHOST AND AS THE RAIN DROPPED THE RIVER GREW MEAN AND THE CHANNEL TOOK WILLOWS ON THE WING NO IT CARED NOT FOR THE PLACE OF A THING NOTHING IS FIXED AND IT’S ALL TO THE WIND BUT THERE’S A CROSSING THERE'S A BORDER AHEAD WE’LL RIDE BOATS AND I’LL TALK YOU TO DEATH AND IF THE CLOUDS KEEP ON CHUCKING IT DOWN WELL THE WATER RISES AND I'LL SHUT MY MOUTH DID YOU TALK TO THE GOATS AND TO THE SHEEP DID WE WALK OUT FOR AN HOUR TO THE SEA AND DO YOU FIND ME AT TIMES IN YOUR ROOM WHERE I DREAM OF YOUR FINE THIGHS IN BLOOM DID YOU CATCH ME HUMMING THESE NOTES DID YOU SAY THERE IS A MAN I COULD KNOW WELL YOU GRABBED ME AND WE RODE ALONG AND WE WROTE DOWN THE WORDS FOR THIS SONG RIDE AWAY FROM THE WINTER COLD TURN OVER HARD GROUND RUN THROUGH THE SUMMER FIELDS TURN YOUR BACK ON THE CROWN