A Known About Thing

by MOXHAM & HALLIDAY

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This debut album, from Young Marble Giants and The G!st songwriter Stuart Moxham in a new collaboration with the soulful, expressive guitarist Derek Halliday, is chock full of treasures which defy genre description.

Some border on folk, others on murder ballad; all have a Pop sensibility. They are minimalist in arrangement; short, melodic and as varied in form and content as you would expect from the man who gave you "Credit In The Straight World" and "Love At First Sight".

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released May 19, 2015

Stuart: Vocals; 2nd guitar; percussion; harmonica; bass.
Derek: Guitar; vocals.
Ken Brake: Recording/Mastering; treated harmonium on 3; portrait photo.
Johnny Bull: iPad doodle.
Produced by: White Cravat.
Thanks: Ken; Clare Martin; Gill and Paul; In The Pipeline; Iain and Martine (camelotmusicnights.com)

Dedicated to the blackbird who sang, all day, through the rain and:
1 Clare Martin
4 Jacqui
5 The promoters and audiences who braved the new material, stayed, listened and showed their appreciation
7 Melody
8 All the wage slaves
9 Theo and Ollie

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MOXHAM & HALLIDAY Dorset, UK

Stuart Moxham (songwriter of Young Marble Giants) and uberguitarist Derek Halliday began their musical collaboration when Derek asked Stuart if he'd like to try writing lyrics for some instrumentals he'd composed. This rapidly produced gold and they soon gigged their set around the UK - recording it in Ken Brake's studio in 2014. They are currently working on their 2nd album for hABIT Records. ... more

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Track Name: Small Wood
Small Wood

Coming back to better luck
Coming back to hope again
Take the roads we never did
Going out together

We are facing forward
Looking to each other now
Counting on the small wood
To get us through the weather

Full ahead to better things
Follow intuition
Keeping course with heavenly
Bodies in our minds

We are facing forward
Looking to each other now
Counting on the small wood
To get us through the weather

We are facing forward
Looking to each other now
Counting on the small wood
To get us through the weather
Track Name: Stars So Bright
Stars So Bright

It's like we're living
In a made-up country
- Bits of the real world
Stuck together one night
It's all so convincing
With its' language and customs
I'd like to move here
But it's not quite right

Where are the sirens
And the older people
Nothing is happening
Just out of sight
If we go quickly
Does the background move as well
If we don't look up
Are there stars so bright

I'm just not sure
What it is I'm looking for
Now all I know is
It's not around here
I'm sure it was the last time
I came calling
Something bad is happening
And I can sense the fear

Maybe I'm a target
In a land of beauty
People forced to actions
Far beyond their will
Paradise despoiled now
By the darker forces
Of other men's desires
In a world that's ill

If we don't look up
Are there stars so bright
Track Name: Shadows R Us
Shadows R Us

Believe me baby
Although I am lazy
I can tell you now
I'll never say maybe

Maybe I'll say
Things in the night
The cold light of day
Just wouldn't show right

But sorry to say
Shadows R us
I fade away
In the light of your trust

And so goodbye
Now don't you cry
Take away the times
Your heart could fly

I'm still your angel
Don't you forget
That changing your mind is
What leads to regret

Sorry to say
Shadows R us
I fade away
In the light of your trust
Track Name: To Those Alone
To Those Alone

Is there a name for what we're doing?
Is there a gain in how we feel?
One day with you and I'm a ruin
You want to re-invent the wheel

Should be a law for second chancers
She be a door without a lock
Somewhere to go for timid dancers
Who only know to count the stock

Don't cry but everybody's
Looking for a home
Or so it seems
To those alone
(To those alone)

Is there a name for what we're doing?
Is there a gain in how we feel?
One day with you and I'm a ruin
You want to re-invent the wheel

Don't cry but everybody's
Looking for a home
Or so it seems
To those alone
(To those alone)
Track Name: Dark One Morning
Dark One Morning

Dark one morning, early
Early he came home
While the day was breaking
As he took off the phone

Made himself some breakfast
Then heard a gentle moan
So he looked in upon her
But she was not alone

Then as they lay sleeping
He fed his growing rage
And took to thinking darkly
How she'd him made him feel his age

Then lifting heavy metal
Cold and serious
He found his feet were walking
Towards the end of “Us”

As he stood hot upon the threshold
Breathing the air that she had shared
With this oblivious young asshole
He felt like he had never cared

Now everything was dust behind him
And only tears up ahead
'Cause they had just one day to find them
Alive or dead
Track Name: Charlotte's Note
Charlotte's Note

She was a friend
The sunrise in her eyes
When we were young
The time of our lives
All summer long
No need for lies

A note from Charlotte's
Charlotte's note
Says “I'm gone You're not the one”

I shut my eyes
And I can still see her
Bored in the train
The 10:45
She passed me a note
And whispered “Goodbye”

A note from Charlotte's
Charlotte's note
Says “I'm gone You're not the one”

Train pulled away
No looking back
Alone there I stood
Damn note in my hand
Don't want to see the words
On Charlotte's note

A note from Charlotte's
Charlotte's note
Says “I'm gone You're not the one”

I shut my eyes
Track Name: Sunshine Girl
Sunshine Girl

Take my hand you sunshine girl
Tell me all you see
We will wander far afield
On this lovely day

For you are my first born love
And we are easy
In this early sunshine time
I am yours and you are mine


Love just like the rising lark
Love like warmth upon our skin
Time a luxury for us
Blue skies we bathe in

Soon you'll turn to other men
I will be bereft
Memory will come to serve
All that I have left

Now you are a woman grown
See you in your time
Come to visit one and all
I am yours and you are mine


Take my hand you sunshine girl
Tell me all you see
We will wander far afield
On this lovely day
Track Name: Tick The Box
Tick The Box

Take it away bring it back another day
I am busy with the weft and the weave
It's not that I don't care
Or that I don't want to share
In your running on the beach

You have to understand
How I want to be unplanned
But for now I have to go and tick the box
That will free me for a time
That I can call mine
When all the hands will fall from the clocks

Then it's off we will go
To a little place I know
Something simple and sublime by the sea
Running wind roaring shore
And a duck under the door
To a fire and an “I could care no more”

For I have you in my eye
And I need no reason more
Come to me and I will show you who I am
Take the time taste the wine
Let the weather be unkind
And you will find the warmest man
Track Name: Other Birds
Other Birds

We are all outsiders
With our hearts that will not tire
Beating deep inside us
To the rhythm of desire
In a world full of strangers
Love is just below skin deep
Ever-present dangers
Disappear at lover's leap

Meeting other birds
We seem to recognise
Underneath drab uniform
Feathers of surprise
I am all alone here
In a crowd of could-be friends
Far from California
And other kinds of worldly ends

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