Spell on a Tin Drum

by Alex Seel

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released May 17, 2019

Written, performed, recorded & mixed by Alex Seel except…

Track 1 co-arranged by Rory Kay.

Drums played by Sam Winwood (on tracks 2, 4, 7 & 8).

Trombone played by Tom White (on track 4).

Violin & viola played by Toni Geiling (on track 1).

Space drum programmed by Angelo Vaggi (on track 5)

Cover illustration by Jenny Seddon.

© ℗ Alex Seel 2019

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Alex Seel London, UK

Music has led Alex Seel from Devon to London to Ireland and back to London again. Through his wanderings, Alex has picked up a beautifully crafted, warm, rootsy song-writing style with thought-provoking, subtle lyrics and a gift for acoustic guitar finger-picking.

Next release - 22/3 ‘Satellites/Grass Is Greener’ from the album ‘Spell On A Tin Drum’ (Release: 17/5). alexseelmusic@gmail.com
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Track Name: Take This Guitar
Well I can never forget since I played this guitar
The memory of an old friend I knew
Who travelled these roads many years ago
Playing his songs so strong & true

My luck had turned when by chance we met
And he described to me the human heart
Thru picks and strings and a skylark’s wings
With a light that shined through the dark

Though as sure as night follows day
Time caught up, he could no more play
So he said to me…

Take this guitar, carry on
Play the songs that must play on, play on

Well I hear the songs of the Ancient Bards
Echoing in my ears
I may stumble through a 1000 false starts
But I'm drawn to this light through many, many years

Well men have fought & died for less
Many more just faded away
If the privilege of time is mine now I guess
Well I'll reach for something I must say & I'll...

Take this guitar, carry on
Play the songs that must play on, play on

This story you know it has no end
As time will ever march on & on
If I stand on the shoulders of giants
Before my dying day’s gone I’ll sing the song… to you

Take this guitar, carry on
Play the songs that must play on, play on
Track Name: Eyes Wider Than
These days are passing faster
Than we'd care to know
If you blink you'll miss them
Turnaround they're gone and so
I gotta keep my eyes wider than

Beasts have gathered round here
They offer gold for time
They drink the blood of masses
Sure as hell it won't be mine
I gotta keep my eyes wider than

See hurried crowds are passing
‘Neath a light that shines
Staring at their phones not talking
To me it sure reminds
I gotta keep my eyes wider than

Wider than the horizons distance
Wider than my dog-eared persistence
Wider than the long tired face
I wear inside this world’s rat race

If you should see me walking
Wondering helpless blind
Could have been a sleepless night or a
Mountain that I climbed but
I gotta keep my eyes wider than

Wider than the horizons distance
Wider than my dog-eared persistence
Wider than the long tired face
I wear inside this world’s rat race
Track Name: Practical Mind
A practical mind
Has boxes in the front room
Keeping cold time
To a routine rhythmic bell

Still seeking love
While fencing off the garden
But only birds high above
See your perfect parallels

You don’t stop to think about
The list of things that have been done
You only ever think of those to dos
Poor driven you

Lie down & sleep
You critique the day passing
Counting lost sheep
Just more numbers in your head

Logical thought
Stepping-stones into tomorrow
Cause & effect
Now kicks you out of bed

You won’t stop thinking about
Your growing list of more to dos
Going to need dynamite in your shoes
Poor driven you
Track Name: Grass Is Greener
This is it, my love
The time has come
Time to undo
What is over and done
I can't take these orders
From you anymore
I'm tightening up that old belt again
And closing the door

For there's too many strangers
Coming in through here
And if dark clouds that are gathering
Must be your fault, my dear
Well it’s 45 years
Since you were my bride
And now the grass is always greener
On the other side

Well remember back when
A bit before we met
I was handsome & strong
I’d never broken a sweat
Well I'm going back there
Cause I was free to roam
Yes, riding my wild gold unicorns
& not tied to this stone

And though we haven’t had a fight
We've argued like hell
& I always fancied my chances
Hey well couldn't ya tell?
Now seems hanging out
Has made a dint on my pride
And the grass is always greener
On the other side

So this is it, my love
The time has come
Time to undo
What is over and done
Now I want to eat the whole cake
& I won’t be denied
As the grass is always greener…on the other side
Track Name: Blue Sky in Our Hands
Free wheels turned inside our heads
On the edge of shattered sleep
Rolling out the blue sky in our hands
Our cogs of reason were ground down
From skipping to the beat
Well the best times ever had we never planned

A memory still passing
Across a sky so high on our own heat
So far beyond the boundaries
'Till sunrise found the blanket at our feet

Oh sun-kissed smiles in photographs
If only they could speak
And lead us back inside that crazy dream
We'd peel the lid right off this house
And climb the rainbow's steep
And shake the world like the loudest tambourine

A memory still passing
Across a sky so high on our own heat
So far beyond the boundaries
'Till sunrise found the blanket at our feet

...that’s one I'll keep
Track Name: The River
Holding back
You bite your tongue so restless
Moving on
With your heart in your mouth
Ebbs & flows
Through daylight & darkness
Still your shady doubts

Silver spoons
Bring you tears of sadness
Rag n bones
Then to tears of joy
Meanwhile through years
Of suffering & madness

The river's flowing
It rock and rolls along
Just keeps on moving
Keeps on singing
Singing it's own good song

The pilgrim wakes
Alive from golden slumber
He hears the call
From the waters edge
He takes his place
With suffering’s new number

As the river's flowing
It rock and rolls along
Just keeps on moving
Keeps on singing
Always singing it's endless song
Track Name: Before the Sun Goes Down
Turned & I walked on
Another ragged mile
Left my bag in the snow
In a maze of memory
Your siren smile
A summer’s sunny river flow
Come on babe
Let’s meet before the sunlight goes

We were so wise back
When we thought we’d seen it all
But our feet never really touched the ground
Drunk on youth
Time had hidden bounds
Did our love sink, dive or drown?
Come on babe
Let’s meet before the sun goes down

If you bring your brightly burning candle
I’ll leave my shadows to the rain
Yeah come on meet me before the sun goes down
Once again

From high on the hillside
To the valley below
I'm seeing your face all around
Distant conversations
Whisper your name
Like the bird song that surrounds me
So come on babe
Let's meet before the sun goes down

If you beat your spell on a tin drum
I'll bring a little brass band of ten
Yeah just come on meet me before the sun goes down [x 2]
Once again…
Track Name: Satellites
When all the satellites fall from the sky
When all our data has been hacked by
Some kid in a basement with mud in his eye
Well I'll still be loving you

When all our credit cards have been maxed
When all the clean air in our lungs has been taxed
And everyone swallows the alternative facts
Well I'll still be loving you

‘Cause though the world is in a death spin
I cannot lose what I cannot win
It doesn't change a single damn thing
That I’ll still be loving you

When the economy's growth is in decline
We're slowly sinking in cold blue brine
And a fiddler scratches out Auld Lang Syne
Well I’ll still be loving you

When all liberty has been seized
By the oligarch's and megalomaniac’s squeeze
And we're warmed by a radiation breeze
Well I’ll still be loving you

‘Cause though the world is in a death spin
I cannot lose what I cannot win
It doesn't change a single damn thing
That I'll still be loving you
For I'll remember your kind loving touch
It's my very last mental crutch
It may mean to you nothing much
But I'll still be loving you
I will still be loving you

Now mass extinction is all but complete
Closed the buffet of all-you-can-eat
And my phone counts down my very last heartbeat
But I'm still here loving you…always…
Track Name: Quietus
[Instrumental]

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