Between Green and Gone

by Miriam Jones

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    Between Green and Gone’ is a concise collection of poignant short stories in song form, narratives brought perfectly to life through a creative partnership with Simon Edwards (Fairground Attraction, Billy Bragg, David Gray). The album contains ten four-minute tales from the school of Anne Tyler and Raymond Carver, delivered with a grit and warmth that puts Jones firmly in the Bonnie Raitt and Joan Osborne class of tough but soulful exponents of North American roots music.

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A concise collection of poignant short stories in song form brought flawlessly to life through a creative partnership with Simon Edwards (Fairground Attraction, Billy Bragg, David Gray). These ten, four-minute tales are delivered with a grit and warmth that puts Jones firmly in the Bonnie Raitt and Joan Osborne class of tough but soulful exponents of North American roots music.

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released 02 February 2015

Produced by Simon Edwards
All songs written and published by Miriam Jones

All songs performed by…

Martyn Barker, drums
Simon Edwards, bass
Miriam Jones, acoustic/electric guitar & vocals
Hammond, Wurlitzer, Keys: Mikey Rowe
Additional Guitars: Callum MacColl
Piano on Given All: Miriam Jones
Mandolin on Unknown: Simon Edwards
Additional percussion by Simon Edwards & Miriam Jones
Additional keys by Simon Edwards

Engineered by Ian Caple at Yellowfish Studios
Additional engineering by Simon Edwards at The Butcher’s Shop, Alex Crosby at Mikey's Seaside Studio
Mixed by Simon Edwards at The Butcher’s Shop
Mastered by Nick at Soundmastering
Photography by Peter Ashworth
Design by Jakobek Design

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Track Name: Train
Train

It happened on a normal day, out of the blue just like they say
It snuck up on me like a train
Love may jump you like a thief, but when it goes it tends to creep
I felt the tremors miles beneath my feet

And I froze there listening

I had my hands down in the dirt, you had my heart tucked in your shirt
I fell in love with all the earth
Full with the promise of the world, a heavy wit, a willow-girl
You fell for nothing and the darkness curled

And I froze there listening, a weight in my heart

But by the time that you hear it you won't go near it
And the wound in your spirit tells you to fear it
And it moves down a track laid many decades ago
When it gets here I'll be gone

I tried to sit with you and read, you threw your shadow over me
So I went out to pull the weeds
The sun was shining like a priest, through the window I could see
You got up to dust me off your sleeve

Stood on the bluff above the flats
The heat was trembling on the tracks
Then you thundered past
Track Name: Cracks
Cracks

We were never sold in love
Coupled drinks and conversation
But we're a little bit wrong to do what we have done

I was a friend to your wife, that's how I knew
She had her eye on a life that didn't leave a place for you
And it's a little bit strange to carry on that way
And you're a little bit wrong to let it get so late

‘Cause something's gotta go there, filling in the cracks where
She doesn't linger anymore
Someone's gonna hold you, but I was not supposed to and
She doesn't ring here anymore

I put your soul to my mouth, you held the door
To a song on the town and the need to feel more
And we would always come home, I’d crash on the couch alone
It was a little bit wrong but none of us dared to own
What we should have known

Something's gotta go there, filling in the cracks and
You've never felt like this before
Now that she's put her foot down to the floor
Oh now that I won't go near you anymore
Track Name: Warning
Warning

Everything looks fine here—she said staring at her notes
There's no reason for concern
I didn't like the questions—are you dying, yes or no?
Like there was no more to discern

So I put out a warning 'cause I can feel the feelings go
I put out a warning before its too late and I don't
I put out a warning ‘cause if there's anything that can be done
Just do it for me please

Come on me like the sleep I couldn't fall into last night
Soft assailing with no sound
You might say it's nothing, you think it's probably just the light
But I swear my soul is thinning out

I watch the ceiling
Carry on dreaming while it's possible
Oh living Lord, hear my sigh, sighing

All the warmth is leaking out
I put out a warning before the lights all flicker out
And I can't see the glory, well if there's anything that can be done
Just do it for me please—I am passed the point of helping me
Track Name: Given All
Given All

Given all that you saw for me, how am I here?
Given all that I thought I might be, why am I here?
So wide the world, so wide a girl could lose herself
But failure will make neighbours of the poles

So please do me a kindness and leave me to my mind when you see my face
Hanging around this place
Offer me your silence, your words do only violence
Just leave my shame alone

Given all of the plans that I made, a voice at my ear
I would fall through the loss of the fate that I could not hear
And irony has eyes for me
I see the life I fled approaching through the glass

And I'm probably just what you thought of me
All of your prophesies sewn up and satisfied
But its costing me all that I've got to be holding my head up at all

So please do me a kindness, leave me to my lies when you see my face
Hanging around this place
Please do me a kindness, leave me to my lies when you see my face
Offer me your silence your words do only violence
Just leave my shame alone
Track Name: Unknown
Unknown

This is a strange taste
A bitter sweet grace
It isn't my place, but here I am

And I receive it
As much as I believe it
I could not have conceived it, but here I am

But I won't give up waiting for the phone, or a car outside my home
There's been a big misunderstanding
And I won't try denying when they show, I am utterly unknown
And feel your silence from the landing

Well it struck me
That you might really love me
Sometimes people get lucky, here I am

But I know this kinda thing doesn't keep for a killer like me
And I know this sorta love doesn't last for a lover like me
Track Name: Don't Be Hard On Me
Don’t Be Hard On Me

This day is laying heavy on me
It won't let me from our bed
You seize your reasons and go strongly
I will lie still a while yet

I mark my heart in its persistence
Faithful & fierce but I don't move
Power for the hours that I am gifted
But I won't be giving much to you like I want to

But please don't be hard on me
Reach out your arms for me, oh baby, please

I took a turn around the rooms here
I may have moved some things about
I willed some words for that new tune dear
They were not ready to come out
For all my youth I am unable to rouse the rigour in my bones
I know I said I would be faithful
And you won't be proud of me I know
I’m ashamed so
Track Name: Float
Float

I'm a god and you're an angel
Sitting sweetly with your hands warm on the table
You see me like you always knew me
And I can see that you are wise beyond your beauty

Oh oh don't a man have a right to
Some comfort in sweetness and youth
You strike me as something that I could use

And I need you to float, hold me up by coat you'll see
That I could never drag you down
You built to float, be a stout little boat for me
You were made for pushing out

You are the only shot of sunlight
Breaking through the brooding wash
That is the contour of my love life oh you know
If there is love for me inside you
Keep on shining, shine your life out
Baby you are blinding

What's left, nothing worked that I wanted
And you're fresh as the first of the Spring
And I know you know just what you're doing

I take your coat, make a note
Girl you're gonna make me float
Lace my hopes round your throat
I'm holding on, I won't let go
Track Name: Missed You
Missed You

I live alone with my shame
In the comfort that nobody knows my name
You came out of nowhere with nothing but trouble
In a suitcase too big for my faith
And I didn't want you

You took your burdens for blame
Beyond any folly you could have made
I tried to ignore you, get on with my pain
I was not in the market for grace
Not for a way through

And I missed you in the moment when I dropped my eye, wallowing
I missed you in the moment I was blinking in the sun
I missed you for a moment but God knows he's taking time over this

What kind of portion remains
For widows and orphans and humble things?
I dare not come near you or touch what you love
In the fear of the weight in my veins
No one to warn you that I'm no good for you
Track Name: All Over
All Over

You tore it it slowly and then you told me it was all over
Thought I was cold but I'll have you know I felt it all over
And I could carry you forever like a stone on my shoulders
But I can't bear you in the flesh and in the bone and walking
All over

And I'm trying to heal it but it's hard to seal a heart that's breaking all over
Do what you can to steel it but it's hard to seal a heart that keeps breaking

I was at home just minding my own and then she came over
You took your toll then walked down the road and took it all over
And I'm not a simple thing no matter what you may have told her
I don't have hate but I can only be so brave and you are…

I'm trying to heal it but I can't even feel my heart
I no longer know her
Do what you can to steel it but it's hard to seal a heart that keeps breaking
Track Name: Stay
Stay

Ready or not
And you never are, I get so far so fast
No bell before the blast
You're holding the light
And already I burn steady, white with rage
Like I've been on fire for days

They call it the blue
And I'm out of there black as a bear and you
Don't know what else to do
But give me the slip
And I understand if you abandon ship and it
Always comes to this

But are you ever gonna stay?
You leave me shaking when you walk away
I don't excuse it and I can't explain
But I know that love can change a lot of things

I hit you like ice
And no wonder with what's under all I seem, gathering
In shadows and hides
And I can't say what it is or how it built so high
But it feels like fear so I
Fight or I fly
And I guess I am a fighter digging heels and spittin' fire
It's a lot for me to require and you'd have to be bold
To step into a storm and stand there naked and cold
But you could you know

And your breath brushed warm and light
Along my neck and down my spine
That's when you felt the fire die