Eleven Broken Dolls

by The KIVA Band

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1.
There’s a map of my heart And it’s laid out there on my skin And it came from the dark And it’s etched with nails and pins That clock up there is ticking And the ticking will not cease If the tickets are all taken I will find no peace Do you know what you do to me? There’s a drink with my name And I’m sailing out to the storm And I live with the shame And I carry the blame and the scorn That clock up there is broken And I never knew your heart We are fragile, we are shadows We are here and we’re apart Do you know what you do to me?
2.
The Road 04:17
My man left me on the side of the road High and dry with no hope in my soul In my soul My man left me on the side of the road Sick and tired with nowhere else to go Else to Go And he drinks and he drives and he Tells me not to tell my mother I obliged even though I should have known better Naivety is a stone cold killer He said “If you love me You’ll let me go this far” Every word was and arrow to my heart But I’d oblige, he made me lose my mind Lose my mind Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh My man left me on the side of the road Facing wrong to find my way back home Way back home My man left me on the side of the road Trying to justify myself, oh no Left me alone But I’m not obliged to keep up with the pace you take Or defined as the ruin in your wake And I don’t need to haul around this weight I’ve lived and I’ve learned and I know that I know my heart Nothing more than a car crash from my past And I am strong and I’m rising up at last Up at last Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh I don’t know if I’ll forgive, But I know I won’t forget, Because you tore apart my heart, And this heart is aching yet, Do you ever think of me, Or was I just another ride, Forgotten with the empties, Your indemnity, redemption, Just the roadside going by? Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh Woah woah woah oh oh oh
3.
Strewelpeter 05:23
When she was a little girl, She said mamma, I am undone The scissor-man will come Cut off my fingers and my thumbs And I’m afraid Have I been a bad girl? Have I been a bad girl?” If I have behaved is there a Debt still to be paid? But mamma, she just turned away and said: “I’ve got this one babe, yeah I’ve got this one babe”, She’s sleep walking in the garden When she says “I’ve got this one, babe.” The little girl became a woman Mapped the holes out in her life She pointed to her empty heart And said “ah, I don’t think this bit’s quite right” Have I been a bad woman? I don’t think this was in the plan A sweet talking Romeo Has thrown me to the rodeo You know a bad girl needs a bad man He says “I’ve got this one babe, I’ve got this one babe” He’s sleep walking in the garden When he says “I’ve got this one babe” He says “I’ve got this one babe, I’ve got this one babe” He’s sleep walking in the garden When he says “I’ve got this one babe” And with the mirror in her hands In the shadows of her life She is sloven, I declare And Strewelpeter’s standing there With the tears in his eyes And there is no one to accuse her Except the whispers in her head And the rope of expectation And the memory of the words her mother said: “I’ve got this one babe, yeah I’ve got this one babe”, She’s sleep walking in the garden When she says “I’ve got this one, babe.” “I’ve got this one babe, yeah I’ve got this one babe”, She’s sleep walking in the garden When she says “I’ve got this one, babe.” And I am angrier than I have ever been
4.
You can crawl on your knees You can lie on your face and plead Nothing will stop me from taking what I need Well you swore you’d be true The debt that you owe me is due Nothing is stopping the turning of the screw And you’re screwed I burn my bridges baby, that’s just what I do And I’ll waste no more precious time on you My curse is tugging at the feet Of liars, libertines, and cheats Where broken hearts and lovers meet My love The sins that weigh down on your head Will stain in crimson on your bed I’ll see no other in my stead My love I burn my bridges baby, that’s just what I do And I’ll waste no more precious time on you You’ve left me feeling so ashamed Of all the feelings you unchained You broke me sheer when you disclaimed My love So no, this shrew will not be tamed I’ll lay you in a shallow grave Therein your lies in silence framed My love I burn my bridges baby, that’s just what I do And I’ll waste no more precious time on you I burn my bridges baby, that’s just what I do And I’ll waste no more precious time on you I’ll waste no more precious time on you No, I’ll waste no more precious time on you
5.
Marie 05:29
You say it's alright No need to fear, Oh, no, no, no You're sat tight Am I'm near And there' no need to worry You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful But you're drowning all your blues I've a fear of the world And the toll it takes of you If you're lost Then I care If you feel alone And I'm here If you're ashamed When your promises are blown You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful But the devil holds the cards And you need something sweet And he pays you his regards Oh Marie You were waiting for the space to breathe Waiting for the chance to leave Now you can go anywhere You please Oh my love Until the final moment you were through I never thought that you would lose Now you can go anywhere Anywhere you choose Anywhere you choose And if you laugh I swear I'll cry 'cos there's nothing here that's funny Just a lie A promise of sweet oblivion You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful But the world is closing in You are here in my heart But the devil’s in your skin Oh Marie You were waiting for the space to breathe Waiting for the chance to leave Now you can go anywhere You please Oh my love Until the final moment you were through I never thought that you would lose Now you can go anywhere Anywhere you choose Anywhere you choose
6.
Eden 05:14
On the run from Eden Chasing out my sins Mamma, oh mamma, oh mamma, They just keep coming Sure I had a reason Back there at the beginning Mamma, oh mamma, oh mamma, I just keep running I don’t want to fight with you no more I don’t want to fight with you no more I don’t want to fight with you no more I don’t want to fight with you no more We’ve blown the warning signs In the holes where we dig in Mamma, oh mamma, oh mamma, We just keep digging Broken by design Through the thickness of our skin Mamma, oh mamma, oh mamma, We’re bound for ruin I don’t want to fight with you no more I don’t want to fight with you no more I don’t want to fight with you no more I don’t want to fight with you no more It’s just another stakeout, it’s the Gift that just keeps giving It’s the tension and the torsion And the strain It’s just another promise that got Lost while we were spinning It’s the blueprint for the block-out And the blame And we’ll do it all again
7.
None, Honey 03:55
There’s a little black cloud In the place where I’d be free And it’s taken down my number As far as I can see I say “I’ve got friends and I’ve got money, Won’t you leave me be?” It says “I ain’t chasing you none, honey, You are chasing me” I can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain There’s this girl and she hears voices At the borderlands of sleep And they shout about the covenants That she has failed to keep She says “I’m so tired, This stuff ain’t funny Please don’t make me creep” But no one’s talking here none, honey What you sow you reap She says… I can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain And it keeps on coming down, Yeah it keeps on coming down, Yeah it keeps on coming down, Coming down, coming down And it keeps on coming down, Yeah it keeps on coming down, Yeah it keeps on coming down, Coming down, coming down There’s a guy lives in the city And he dies each every day ‘cos he cannot shake the demons that are Standing in his way He says “Someone help me To the crossroads Keep these mutts at bay” But no one’s listening none, honey Let your nightmares play He says… I can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain And it keeps on coming down, Yeah it keeps on coming down, Yeah it keeps on coming down, Coming down, coming down I can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain, can’t stop the rain
8.
You play the magic game The cards just fall away again, until it ends Quite why you played that way A subtle, shifting game Of subterfuge & shame No rules to chase No tactics for a win, a lose, a draw But still you’ll play Clear in what you think you’re looking for But now you’re like you were And never giving way To what you have become The ground rules spit & shake The longer you insist To play the magic game And so for one last time The cards are dealt, the battle lines Remain unclear So what’s the final move? Who lives to play again? You shift it up a gear No rules to chase No tactics for a win, a lose, a draw But still you’ll play Clear in what you think you’re looking for
9.
Are you stuck on the blues? Are you stuck on pain? Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh, Was she a force majeure? Was she a hurricane, That did not see you? Greyed out, you mannequin Fade out the paladin Did you notice everything, Her grace, her lines, her all? That voice you’ve got within, That voice, it’s got you pinned, Gives no peace for anything, It’s got you in its noose, You’ve got to shake it loose, Come on Marvin Are you all alone? Do you have no friends? Does no one like you? Across the Rubicon Where there are no amends You bitter corkscrew Played out, its so unkind Fade out and left behind Twisted, gristed tourniquet You really must unwind That voice you’ve got within, That voice, it’s got you pinned, Gives no peace for anything, It’s got you in its noose, You’ve got to shake it loose Come on Marvin, get the rhythm Come on Marvin, get the beat Come on Marvin Those boots won’t get to walk Unless you learn to use your feet Come on Marvin You’ve got to shake the blues If it’s all you do Don’t let your life slip past Turn your don’ts to do-s Put on your dancing shoes Don’t let your love slip past Come on Marvin Did she say something wrong? Oh, did she criticize And so upset you? Is the voice so strong? Does it gnaw inside Of all that you do? So blind, you cannot see So blind, it’s clear to me, All you are is beautiful, Just let yourself be free That voice you’ve got within, That voice, it’s got you pinned, Gives no peace for anything, It’s got you in its noose, You’ve got to shake it loose Come on Marvin, get the rhythm Come on Marvin, get the beat Come on Marvin Those boots won’t get to walk Unless you learn to use your feet Come on Marvin You’ve got to shake the blues If it’s all you do Don’t let your life slip past Turn your don’ts to do-s Put on your dancing shoes Don’t let your love slip past You’ve got to shake the blues If it’s all you do Don’t let your life slip past Turn your don’ts to dos Put on your dancing shoes Don’t let your love slip past Come on Marvin
10.
So did you think You’d find solace in wine From the blood on your hands And the blood in your line? You thought that you’d put a Rope round my neck You wished me to hell But I’m not there yet That white hare that’s running Wherever you creep Will shadow your nightmares And won’t let you sleep And my venom and vengeance Will close like a net ‘Cos you wished me to hell But I’m not there yet Yes you wished me to hell But I’m not there yet Yes you wished me to hell But I’m not there yet I’m your white hare baby Wherever you creep I’m your nightmare baby And I won’t let you sleep Deep down inside You’re so shallow you see So I won’t let you sleep You turned your back On your lover Turned your back on me NSAFWB Deep down inside You’re so shallow you see So I won’t let you sleep No I won’t let you sleep This debt will be settled With restless unease You’ll drink ‘til you’re sodden Yet find no release And your life will unravel On the promise you broke You’ve made your own gallows And I hope you choke Yes you’ve made your own gallows And I hope you choke Yes, you’ve made your own gallows And I hope you choke. I’m you white hare baby Wherever you creep I’m your nightmare baby And I won’t let you sleep You’re feckless and faithless And hollow and cheap So I won’t let you sleep I will haunt your nightmares Whatever you do I will taunt your conscience And never be soothed Deceiving myself That this curse will get through Because you meant the world to me And I meant nothing to you I meant nothing to you I meant nothing to you I meant nothing to you
11.
Please don’t go, please don’t go, You know you take the best of me, Darling please don’t go, Please don’t go, please don’t go, You know you take the best of me, please don’t go If I’ve been drifting, I will set things straight, If I’ve been distant, I will close this space, But if I’ve broken faith and promises forsaken, It’s not enough, it’s not enough, It’s not enough, it’s not enough, It’s not enough, it’s not enough, I know, Please don’t go Please don’t go, please don’t go, You know you take the best of me, Darling please don’t go, Please don’t go, please don’t go, You know you take the best of me, please don’t go If I’ve been graceless, I will find my hymn, If I’ve been grounded, I will change my wings, But if I’ve chased the wind and always left you waiting, It’s not enough, it’s not enough, It’s not enough, it’s not enough, It’s not enough, it’s not enough, I know, Please don’t go

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Recorded and produced by Michael Amos between January 2017 and December 2018.

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released March 23, 2019

Annie Kingsbury - vocals, percussion, snare drum
Helen Ploix - vocals
Tim Isherwood - acoustic guitar, bass guitar
Michael Amos - acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals
Lizzie van Santen - violin

With:
Ben Simon - violin on "Come On Marvin"
Joanne McCabe - trumpet on "Come on Marvin"
Claire Pugh - vocals on "What You Do To Me"
Nora - purrs

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The KIVA Band Oxford, UK

The KIVA Band are a British recording indie/folk band based in Oxfordshire.

They write original material that draws on traditions as diverse as folk, pop, indie-rock, and classical music. Their songs twist and turn in unexpected directions yet always keep melody at their heart. Their words explore life and love, by turns funny, sad, lost, and found. ... more

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