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Instrumental
2.
You don't need a therapist to show you how To love somebody, love somebody Don't need to be a poet or evangelist To love somebody true You don't need to be a Beatle or Bee Gee To love somebody, love somebody You don't need permission just to let it be Just love somebody do Excuses fall like rain Around you, lost and found you Sing it again Love is all around you yeah, but it's not all about you Look before you leap is overrated He who hesitated told me so Don't just spin your wheels Get your head over heels and go! You don't have to sit and wait till kingdom come To love somebody, love somebody Call yourself a krishna or a dharma bum just love somebody do Excuses fall like rain Above you, push and shove you Sing it again Love just might be everywhere, don't wait for it to find you You gotta love somebody, Just love someone.
3.
When you wake up dreaming visions fill your head and sunbeams spillin' 'cross your bed come through the window streaming like chords from God's guitar that ring across the reaches from afar. You know the sound, you know the fury in a shell, seashell, swing on a bell and all the world may be sad and weary but you can say that she's lookin' well 'Cause you wake up dreaming and everything is new like poppies dropped with morning dew in fields of color seeming to liberate the day and rescue grieving eyes from skies of grey. You know the power, you know the glory of a grin, come in, where've you been? And every day may be the same old story, but crack a dream door and tumble in… { I N S E R T D A Y D R E A M } You know the sound, you know the fury in a shell, seashell, swing on a bell and all the world may be sad and weary but you can say that she's lookin' well 'Cause you wake up dreaming, the schedule squares your brain and holds you prisoner on the train. Somewhere an angel's scheming to switch you off the track, you can't switch off the dream of turning back, you can't switch off the dream of turning back, you can't switch off the dream of turning back. When you wake up dreaming, when you wake up dreaming… When you wake up dreaming on a sunbeam streaming You're wide awake no time to waste.
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03:10
He'll try to be what you want In a million places One push and he'll spring right back While pulling new faces Elastic man with elastic plans and lesson learned Soul returned, unopened Stretchy mouth for the stretchy truth Spine removed, unbroken He'll try to be who you want Do the best that he's able Be the head of the restaurant Or a crumb at your table Elastic man with elastic fans who'll come and go Ebb and flow, forsaken Bouncy groove made for bouncy mood Vision skewed and shaken Everything to everyone Bending over backwards Pin him down? (It can't be done) His mind's made up and undone too He's stretched so thin, he's quite see-through All the lies are coming true Yeah, no! No, yeah! Sticky sweet Bitter pill No he won't (Yes he will!) Hype it up Kill the buzz Says he can Never does Elastic man with elastic hands for big applause Slamming doors, once open Bendy pen for the bendy rules Bendy fools have spoken Everything to everyone but you
5.
03:19
Dear friend, I heard the news you'll soon put on your travelin' shoes and bid your fond farewell. I hope that the smoke has cleared and was it bad as you had feared? Well, only time will tell. Tighten down the cargo rack and pile the boys into the back and try hard not to dwell on boxes of memories and lethal freeze-frame memories of those who knew you well. A time will come, your thoughts will run to that day when darkness fell. But the sun will rise, you'll open your eyes and be surprised that you've shaken that evil spell. So steer clear and don't look back and keep those boys on the right track, I know you will do well. A time will come, your thoughts will run to that day when darkness fell. But the sun will rise, you'll open your eyes and be surprised that you've shaken that evil spell. From Westport, Connecticut to 'bout as far as you could get and fate you can't foretell. If you look around the place and cannot find one friendly face, just call me on my cell, here's one who knows you well, I love you very well.
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I could kick myself I’ve skipped so many towns. They raced past my window so fast… I may have let them down Ugly city scenes, Pretty village greens. Little regrets behind a white fence I could kick myself. Sometimes I hate myself for stupid things I’ve said. They rolled off my tongue so fast Me and my leaky head Ill-tempered cries, Well-mannered lies. Little regrets grin down from the shelf Sometimes I hate myself. No big sweeping scenes or dreams of innocence (How soon we forget) Little sparrow shoots an arrow through my heart when she sings her song, No Regrets… I should forgive myself, or so I read somewhere. But the world keeps spinning too fast and we’re getting nowhere. Give me belief and sweet release Little regrets come down from the shelf I’ll forgive myself. Little regrets behind a white fence I forgive myself. Little regrets like everyone else…
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I feel a change of weather in my bones (but not in my clothes) And a spark to warm my wintry soul (I’m over-exposed) You come to me for answers But all I know I learned from you. Wintersleeping, my mistake In the lion's den again, the bed I made. Now I'm wide open, and wide awake Shadows lie, then change their minds in shifting shade. I feel the solstice winding up ahead (I go where the wind blows) And a change of heart inside my head (still I follow my nose) You look to me for kindness But all I have I stole from you. Wintersleeping, my mistake In the lion’s den again, the bed I made. Now I’m wide open, and wide awake Shadows lie, then change their minds in shifting shade. We all look for forgiveness—the one thing I can’t get from you. North wind blowing, your slip is showing dewdrops kissed away your icy gown. Shimmering sun you're fooling no one with your fake, painted frosty frown. Wintersleeping, my mistake In the lion’s den again, the bed I made. Now I’m wide open, and wide awake Shadows lie, then change their minds in shifting shade. I feel a change of weather in my bones...
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Headless pig in a window said: "When you left, you made your bed I hope you're keeping safe and warm Hope you're staying free from harm It's good to have you back where you belong Good to have you back with your feet firmly on the ground Are we good enough? Are we good enough?" Five chains and tethered still I'm the boy from down the hill Doesn't matter where I go This is where I'm from, you know It's good to be back home where I belong Good to be back home with my feet firmly on the ground Good enough Am I good enough? Back to the old house, nose to the window Familiar faces feeling the strain You're running fast but you're going nowhere See your reflection in a bead of rain Faded names on the underpass Quicksand stuck in the hourglass Spin it again Spin it again Good enough Am I good enough?
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02:39
Though the world might love the grand sight of a shooting star I love your light warming me tonight I love who you are. Kings may come and queens may go and we glimpse them from afar but you're all I see you reign over me I love who you are. But every time I try to let you know words only go so far, but I know I adore you and cheer for you fragile thing that you are any game you choose win or lose I love who you are. Words only go so far, but I will always love you and dream of you whether you're near or far I wish you might hear my heart tonight I love who you are.
10.
Look at me in this one trying hard to be sincere And look at you in fencing trousers and your finest sneer We were so young and we were full of it, fearless on the face of it and not much underneath to hold us back, from taking all the chances, never looking in, and never needing answers Look at how we lost ourselves and found ourselves again I pissed off to the USA while you went down to London to find yourself Guess I did the same on different streets with different names and different points of view to fall into, busy taking chances, drinking it all in and looking for the answers Hello hello Hello hello Hello hello (we're back again) And then your parents leave you with no one to impress Little children helping you to make sense of this great big mess of headlines, deadlines, white lines by the book, take your time and take a look at him He looks a lot like you, (it might be just as well) Look at her upon a pedestal, she's casting spells They are so young and they are full of it, fearless on the face of it and innocence beneath, pure and easy Living in the moment drinking it all in It's looking like the answer Hello hello Hello hello Hello hello (we're back again) { EXCHANGE PLEASANTRIES } It made me happy when we said hello Ain't it funny how we sing about what we don't know? It made me happy when we said hello Ain't it funny how we talk about what we don't know?
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05:32
Liberty daze, I’m in a liberty daze down so deep in the maze where innocence slays and ignorance pays I’ve lost my way. Land of the free, I sing of thee a eulogy to dreams. Appetite slave, the drop you crave in never-ending stream. Liberty daze, we’re in a liberty daze we’re adrift in the haze of corporate plays and media glaze a portrait in grays we’ve lost our way. Land of the strong, we do no wrong we string along history. My, what big eyes! Please super-size, anesthetize sanity. Hit the street, skipped a beat, feel it coming down All around hear the sound of it spinnin’ round Hit the street, skipped a beat, feel it coming down All around hear the sound of it spinnin’ round Hit the street, skipped a beat, feel it coming down All around hear the sound of it spinnin’ round… Land of the free, I sing of thee a eulogy to dreams. Appetite slave, black drop you crave in never-ending stream. Liberty daze, we’re in a liberty daze.
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03:39
Flushed cheek and teardrop making my heart stop teaching me all I know Her face like thunder and innocent wonder see how her garden grows up very high to kiss the cloudy skies away She paints hearts and flowers in ivory towers See all the smiles they bring Delivered in whispers signs them with kisses see her she's pulling strings to hold me down or lift me off the ground At once to fly away then crashing down and I'm all butterflies and sunshine smiles enjoy the ride here we go... High, high, high! Petal and raindrop making my heart stop See how her garden grows
13.
Seize the day right away there will not be another like it. Feel the power of this hour soon another sunset will strike it and it's up to you to see its promise through— you take today and make it come true.

about



"Brilliant melodies, beautiful harmonies and songwriting that captures the best of Anglo and American pop" --Curtis Ross, Tampa Tribune

Steve Robinson is a British ex-pat lost in America…Ed Woltil is a Florida boy who has always felt that England was his real musical homeland.

Steve's old band, The Headlights, were a mainstay on stages throughout Florida and the southeast, often sharing the bill with Woltil's heralded power-pop trio, Mad For Electra. After catching the eye of legendary Byrds founder Roger McGuinn, The Headlights joined him for a Tonight Show appearance and subsequent US tour as his backing band.

After leaving the Headlights, Robinson continued to write and record music at his St. Petersburg home, releasing a brace of acclaimed folky pop CDs on his own label, Sunshine Drenchy Records -

"Every cut is a crystalline gem" --Luke Torn, Uncut Magazine



"His sound here straddles the divide between folk and pop without ever losing sight of melody" --Stephen Ferra, Absolute Powerpop.

After the break-up of Mad For Electra, Ed Woltil teamed with ex-Barely Pink frontman Brian Merrill to form The Ditchflowers. A stunning debut album of sophisticated pop, "Carried Away" made a bit of a splash in 2006 and had critics lining up to sing its praises -

"A dozen of the most radiant pop songs I’ve heard in quite some time. ‘Carried Away’ has quality and intelligent pop coursing through its veins.” —Geraint Jones, leicesterbangs,UK

“A masterful collection of songs that blend grabby power-pop, singer/songwriter fare and just enough quirky touches to dodge genre constrictions.”—Eric Snider, Creative Loafing, Ranked No. 1 CD of 2007

Robinson and Woltil's musical partnering was borne of a Robinson guest vocal session on Carried Away and further blossomed when Woltil and Merrill co-produced Robinson's "Undercurrent" album the following year. Both Carried Away and the magnificent Ditchflowers 2011 follow-up, "Bird's Eye", saw release on the Sunshine Drenchy label, furthering their musical kinship.

Now they’ve teamed up in a shared obsession to create their perfect pop “album.” Luckily for Robinson and Woltil, guest contributors on Cycle include heroic XTC guitargonaut, Dave Gregory, ex-Headlight and renowned bay area producer Steve Connelly, ace session bassist Andy Irvine, and the incomparable Dave Mattacks, whose drumming skills have graced recordings by Richard Thompson, XTC, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Elton John, to name drop just a few.

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released April 13, 2015

Steve Robinson - Lead & Background Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Piano, Keyboards
Ed Woltil - Lead & Background Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Dave Gregory - Electric & Slide Guitars, 6-String Bass
Dave Mattacks - Drums & Percussion
Chuck Darling - Drums & Percussion
Aaron Kant - Drums & Percussion
Andy Irvine - Bass
Steve Connelly - Lap Steel & Pedal Steel Guitars
Emma Robinson - Background Vocal

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Steve Robinson & Ed Woltil Saint Petersburg, Florida

Ex-Roger McGuinn sideman and award-winning
Ditchflowers singer-songwriter team up to concoct
baroque folk-pop masterwork.

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