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

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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
twitter.com/The_Bourbonator
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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Track Name: Any Old Time
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
Track Name: It's All Gonna Change
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
Track Name: Crouch Hill
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
Track Name: I Do
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
Track Name: Water In The Well
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
Track Name: Come Running
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
Track Name: Rag & Bone
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
Track Name: Heart & Soul
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
Track Name: Both Better Off
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
Track Name: Tears Before Bedtime
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
Track Name: Settle Down
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
Track Name: O Love, I Am Weary
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