October 27, 2016

Tunes & Tales: English Rain

I'm a relatively new Gabrielle Aplin fan, as I only really became obsessed with her music in late 2015. I find her voice incredibly distinctive and easy to listen to, and find that I often turn to her debut album English Rain when I want something tried and true. It's definitely a testament to her singing and songwriting skills!

VIBE: thoughtful + clever lyrics paired with simple melodies
WHY: It's easy listening, plus she has an amazing voice.
TRY: Panic Cord is the one I like best, though I think Please Don't Say You Love Me is great too!

This meant more to you than it did to me
I was full of doubt and you believed
The more that you keep coming over
The more I know it's over, dear
We're just a box of souvenirs
And maybe I pulled the panic cord

Keep on Walking / Winning
Something’s happening you can’t see
(On your way, go on your way)
We are rolling on stormy seas
(On your way, go on your way)
You don’t like when I disagree
(On your way, go on your way)
The lies you’re spinning, you’re changing me
(On your way, go on your way)
But all that glitters is not gold
From the bruises flowers grow
I feel so much better now you’re not around
There’s no one to kick me while I’m down
No one to burn my bridges anymore
So keep on walking
‘Cause I’m not here to make you feel good
To dry up your tears and apologise for you
I feel so much better now you’re not around
So keep on walking out

Please Don't Say You Love Me / The Elite
Heavy words are hard to take
Under pressure precious things can break
And how we feel is hard to fake
So let's not give the game away
Just please don't say you love me
'Cause I might not say it back
Doesn't mean my heart stops skipping when you look at me like that
There's no need to worry when you see just where we're at
Just please don't say you love me
'Cause I might not say it back

How Do You Feel Today? / Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
The sound of your laugh has a ring of weariness
The night has a thousand eyes and your smile of heaviness
I've always asked for nothing but you've found it hard to see
So I gathered all I had and laid it down before your feet
I gathered all I had
So how do you feel today?

Cause they say home is where your heart is set in stone
Is where you go when you're alone
Is where you go to rest your bones
It's not just where you lay your head
It's not just where you make your bed
As long as we're together, does it matter where we go?
Home home home home

Salvation / Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
You are the avalanche
One world away
My make believing
While I'm wide awake
Just a trick of light
To bring me back around again
Those wild eyes
A psychedelic silhouette
I never meant to fall for you but I
Was buried underneath and
All that I could see was white
My salvation

Ready to Question / Child of the Prophecy
Is there something I'm not seeing?
Something you're not telling me?
‘Cause I've been hearing different stories
I don't know what to believe [...]
I'm ready to question
That life is a blessing
Give me a sign, am I'll following blind?
Is there any one listening?
Is there anyone listening?
I don't know

The Power of Love / Daughter of the Forest
The power of love
A force from above
Cleaning my soul
Flame on burn desire
Love with tongues of fire
Purge the soul
Make love your goal

Alive / Heir of Fire
Just one step
A different day
Would I know you at all?
Would I know you at all?
When your kingdom falls
And your family fade
But it wasn't your fault
It was never your fault
And I realise
You have to feel alive
And all your worries will escape through the door
And you'll wake up all alone on the floor
It's not too late
Just rely on me now

Show me that you’re human, you won’t break
Like a thief in the light,
You can’t hide, you can’t hide
From your shadow
It’s the only thing you own
And you don’t need to pretend
That perfection is your friend
‘Cause we’re all broken.

November / The Winner's Crime
You made me high then you swooped so low
From a hummingbird to a silent crow
I was on your side but then I saw it change [...]
Oh how can I forgive?
Those words will stain forever

Start of Time / Winter
When you walked into the room just then
It's like the sun came out
It's like the sun came out
And the day is clear
My voice is just a whisper
Louder than the screams you hear
It's like the sun came out

Take Me Away / The Light Fantastic
I bear far more cracks
Than the human eye can see
Is it fair to be perplexed
And try explain what’s underneath
With my success?
'Cause there’s nothing’s left
I am tortured by myself
I am haunted by the fear of someone else
I am fading, I’m a ghost
Disconnected from the things I love the most

Evaporate / Blue-Eyed Devil
When it's too hard and too late
When I'm too tired to run away
When it can't stay the way it was
I need you ‘cause
You smash the trouble I can't take
And all the pieces of the break
Evaporate, evaporate, evaporate

Wake Up With Me / The Goal
And wake up with me
Open up your eyes
Breath easy
You and I can make our escape
And give the pain to yesterday
Feel a fresher light on your face


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