Eleven Broken Dolls

by The KIVA Band

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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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Track Name: What You Do To Me
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?
Track Name: The Road
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
Track Name: Strewelpeter
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
Track Name: Burning The Bridge
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
Track Name: Marie
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
Track Name: Eden
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
Track Name: None, Honey
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
Track Name: The Magic Game
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
Track Name: Come on Marvin
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
Track Name: The White Hare (A Lullaby for the Faithless)
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
Track Name: 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 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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