Whiskey's In The Water, Water's In The Well

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1.
Now here we come with revelry's Rebellion in our hearts 'Cause here we know just where we stand: It's over by the bar Reflected years encroaching on The faces by the stage The same old fear's been coming here Since we were underage We're going home Sally, home baby Coming on down the way Home Sally, home baby Any old time of day While there's whiskey in the water Well the band are gonna play 'Til we go home Sally, home baby Any old time – any old time of day Well the music's so old fashioned Someone's playing a guitar For all we care speed garage Is a place you park the car There are no turning tables We're just moving in reverse We've been so long together Do we make each other worse? I'll lower my defences and let you in tonight But buried in my armour I'll be doing fine Now by morning all the tables Smashed to kindling in the hearth I'll do my convalescing Keep my spirits in a jar 'Cause what's a bowl and punch or two Between a group of friends? And when the sun goes down We're gonna start it all again
2.
Build your life like it will last As years fall through the hourglass Everybody knows but That’s the way it goes, you see All the chances been and gone To thank you for the things you’ve done Wish that I could say But that’s the way it stays with me ‘Cause the truth is it’s all gonna change Your love, your life, the pain you rearrange But I’ll hold you in my heart everyday Yes I’ll hold you in my heart everyday – everyday For all the love you gave so kind We’ll keep you in our hearts and minds Never very far You made us who we are, you see You were the rock that we depended On and I’ll see you again No one really knows, but God I really hope to be And the time we have well it all will pass But your memory and your love will last Yeah the time we have well it all will pass But your memory and your love will last a long
3.
The city at sunset, red on the boughs Leaving the house but it’s less empty now Down the old train line, the years talk to me We walk in the place where the tracks used to be Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Now I cannot reach you, whatever I say Standing so close but you’re miles away You stop and you turn as the waterworks start And holding my hand kick a hole in my heart Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Sat on the platform, I’m coming undone As we wait for a train that we know never comes Rising beside me, one look and you’re gone The green man that grows in the wall watching on Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill The city at sunset, gold on the glass Shattered and broken, but this too shall pass The end of the world’s just the end of the day Let’s see what tomorrow is bringing my way Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill Up on Crouch Hill, up on Crouch Hill
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So here we are, the day has come When you and I are joined as one From half to whole, to one from two With all my heart, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do Your eyes on mine, I hear the sound Inside my soul, the bells ring out To have to hold, to let you know With all my heart, I love you so I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do And I will prove to all when you Come down the aisle be ever true My other half, my sun and moon I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do I love you so, I say I do
5.
Just a man with fortune on his back Through the badlands, the hills of burning black Wooed a sweetheart with that snake-oil you sell But there's no love in her eyes And there's no water in the well Hearts and houses accrue the dust of years Empty promises and payment in arrears With a smile all misgivings you could quell But there's no love in her eyes And there's no water in the well In the well, in the well, in the well Well there's no love in her eyes No water in the well So you lay there beside those broken dreams Sheets entangled with the shards of bitter scenes Rueful glances at the tolling of the bell But there's no hope in her heart And there's no water in the well In the well, in the well, in the well Well there's no hope in her heart No water in the well Just a man with fortune on my back Leaving town now, all in ruin, all in wrack See her standing on the steps of that hotel But there's no love in her eyes As she is saying "Fare thee well" Fare thee well, fare thee well, fare thee well Well there's no love in her eyes… In the well, in the well, in the well Well there's no love in her eyes No water in the well No water in the well No water in the well
6.
Down low, where do you go? I’ll be coming home Heartache coming your way, no you’re not alone Head down working it out time is not a friend Head turned, when will you learn? Hold it to the end Now’s the time to walk away and I’ve not seen the sun for days But I’ll come running when you call my name My soul waiting in hope you’ll be coming round A home you could outgrow, a castle falling down My heart cracking in half there’s another way And so here I go running down the road again Now’s the time to walk away and I’ve not seen the sun for days But I’ll come running when you call my name Brighter and brighter my horizon’s widening And call me a liar, but just call me and I’ll come running Down low, where do you go? I’ll be coming home (I’ll be coming home) Heartache coming your way, no you’re not alone (You are not alone) And so here I go running down the road again Again, again, again, again
7.
Shut the world outside and bar the door Count the creaks of all the weight you bore All the things that you were hoping for in your life You say you’re lost well maybe I’d agree If you’re the lock then baby I’m the key Find a place where they can bury me on my side ‘Cause I sold my soul to the rag and bone on the way All the loving that you had and put into play And I could lie to you with all my might every day My love, my love, my love An empty feeling when you’re leaving home The wind and rain that cut you to the bone A hollow whistle down the telephone in your mind You say you’re holding what you had before You hear the dead a-knockin’ on the floor Who would you be if you pulled out that thorn in your side? ‘Cause I sold my soul to the rag and bone on the way All the loving that you had and threw it away And I could lie to you with all my might every day My love, my love, my love
8.
You know what it’s like to wake up lonely Looking down the barrel of the day Guile in the eyes with which you tempt me so When I learned the rules you changed the game When I learned the rules you changed the game Tried to lose your heart but keep your distance You might have to give it all away You were left unmoved by my persistence though Tell you now that things are gonna change Tell you now that things are gonna change Come outside while it’s getting colder I could trade you your heart and soul but It’s a shame ‘cause you wasted so long there Now that you know, now you know You were like a storm that overtook me Batten down the hatches for the rain You could always live beneath the floodline though Waving or just drowning once again Waving or just drowning once again Now you know You know what it’s like to wake up lonely Looking down the barrel of the day But if you don’t want me darling let me go You could find the heart to walk away You could find the heart to walk away Now you know
9.
We’re not young but we’re not old We’re not secret just untold We’re both better off that way We’re not high but we’re not low We’re not kings nor overthrown We might find another way And if I held you close would you hold me dear? Out on the bridge that night or just leave me here? We’re too loud but we are shy We’re a reason needs a why We’re both better off that way We are down but we’re not out We are broken but unbowed We might find a finer day And if I held you close would you hold me dear? Out on the bridge that night in the moonlight clear? We’re not old but we’re not young We’re a song waits to be sung We have found another way We’re the end and we’re the start We’re together not apart We’re both better off that way Better off that way, better off that way, better off that way
10.
Back in the day, I was the man I had it all in the palm of my hand I could’ve showed you all the world Rolling on up with your flag unfurled You were the one, never in doubt Who’s stepping up and who’s stepping out? Sneaking around ain’t doing you good Ready to run I didn’t think you would Tell me why you can lie But you won’t cry, cry for me Burning down this broken town The biggest fire you’ve ever seen There was a time, there was a place All of the steps that I could retrace Breaking the mould, breaking the bed Back of the door beat me over the head Over the page, making the turn Don’t look down while you’re hugging the curve Talking it up, haven’t you heard? Same old voice for your new concerns Tell me why you can lie But you won’t cry, cry for me Burning down this broken town The biggest fire you’ve ever seen You won’t cry for me You won’t cry for me You won’t cry for me There’ll be tears before bedtime though, you’ll see I had it all in the palm of my hand I had it all in the palm of my hand I had it all in the palm of my hand I had it all but it turned into sand
11.
I was waiting for the call but it never came I was hoping you’d be there standing in the rain Oh my lady lay me down and whisper words to me While your friends that gather round anticipate the deed All the things you wanted, all the love you gave All the light inside you turned my way I was waiting out there just beyond the grave And no one’ll love you more than me So settle down – settle down Avert my eyes and hold my tongue, it’s easier with time For you to change the thing you love, for me to toe the line But I’m harsh when I complain, ‘cause maybe you know best But I need something to retain, a boundary to test My hurt, my pain, it’s gone away My shame is such my body aches But if you want to settle down, don’t wait Wait, don’t wait, don’t wait Wait, don’t, wait, don’t, wait Wait. Don’t. Wait. Don’t. I was waiting for the fall but I wait in vain And I was hoping you’d be there to share with me my pain Oh you settle down, oh you settle down Oh I won’t settle but I’ll settle down Oh you settle down, oh you settle down Oh I won’t settle but I’ll settle down I was waiting for the call but it never came
12.
O love I am running to keep you in sight You lead me a chase through the day and the night You pluck out my heart while it beats in my chest O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I am weary, so please let me rest O where do you go love when I am away? Where do you hide all the words you won’t say? Clutch at the cards you play close to the vest O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I am weary, so please let me rest I saw you one night on the stairs at the place With a turn of your head you took my breath away You broke for the door, I expected no less O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I cannot give up searching for you Look over your shoulder, see me in pursuit Until you return to me I am bereft O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I am weary, so please let me rest O love I am weary, so please Please let me rest

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released April 26, 2019

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The Ragged Flags are:
James Goodwin - vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion
Mark Aldworth - lead/rhythm guitar, mandolin, piano, backing vocals
Chris Edwards-Dewey - bass, banjo, backing vocals
Paul Whibley - drums & percussion

All songs by The Ragged Flags
Music by Aldworth/Edwards-Dewey/Goodwin/Whibley;
Lyrics by Goodwin (©2019 Copyright Control. All Rights Reserved)

Produced by The Ragged Flags
Mixed by James Goodwin
Mastered by Dave Shalloe
Recorded at Vine Yard Studios & Britannia Sound
Additional Recording & Mastering at Creative Music Studios

Sleeve Design by James Goodwin
Photography by Mark Aldworth & James Goodwin
Bourbon Wrangling by Andrew Watson
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Vector Graphics by Vecteezy
www.vecteezy.com
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Thanks and raised glasses to:
Paul would like to send big thanks to Sam and Harry;
Chris would like to thank Katie, Charlotte, and his
ever supportive family and friends;
Mark would like to send love and thanks to Sonia, Martha,
Grace, Alicia and Oscar;
James would like to thank the Goodwins and the Goodsearles for all their encouragement; Emma, for all her support; and special thanks to Andrew Watson, a.k.a. ‘The Bourbonator’, for his help, his hospitality and – of course – his legendary taste in whiskey.

Thanks also to the esteemed Dave Shalloe for all his assistance and hard work in the recording, mixing and mastering of this album; and (once again) thanks to anyone who’s ever supported us, bought a record, or come to a gig and waved a flag – we still love you all.

‘It’s All Gonna Change’ is dedicated
to the memory of Valerie Goodwin.
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The Ragged Flags are a UK four-piece with their own distinctive sound incorporating the essential natural juices of rock, pop and folk with the lovely chunky bits of country and blues.

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