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Recorded between summer 2013 and winter 2014, The KIVA Band's eponymous album features:

Annie Kingsbury: Vocals, recorded
Meg Veale: Violin, backing vocals
Tim Isherwood: Acoustic guitar, ukulele, backing vocals
Michael Amos: Acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals,

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released January 10, 2015

All tracks are:
Words: Amos, music and arrangement: Amos /Isherwood / Kingsbury / Veale
Except "Step Into The Sun":
Words: Isherwood, music: Dickens / Hullett / Isherwood / Thorn and arranged by The KIVA Band (violin arrangement by Amos / Veale).

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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: Lonely Planet Blues
Lonely Planet Blues
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I had nothing to lose,
I had the lonely planet blues,
Now I’m trapped in here with you,
At this gathering from hell,
You've got plenty to say,
Between our pale and Beaujolais,
And I can’t get away,
From the tale you want to tell.

You’ve got that right-wing, heavy,
Two chins bevy bloke thing going on,
You're not one to care,
For the next revolution,
You’re not one to care,
‘Cos you're the dog with the bone,
You really don't care,
If they find a solution,
If only they’d just leave you alone,
If only they'd just leave you alone.

You've got nothing to dream,
You're just the motion, the obscene,
The crass in the machine,
A tar baby online,
Emotion on the tote,
A child with the remote,
A straw man, rotten vote,
The mildew on the vine.

You’ve got that right-wing, heavy,
Two chins bevy bloke thing going on,
You're not one to care,
For the next revolution,
You’re not one to care,
‘Cos you're the dog with the bone,
You really don't care,
If they find a solution,
If only they’d just leave you alone,
If only they'd just leave you alone.
(lyrics by Mike)
Track Name: Find Your Path
Find Your Path
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Come, my old friend,
Rest yourself a while
Talk away the miles that lie between us
That we contend

Come, my old friend,
Drink to our regrets,
Secrets and success
Keep this forget-me-not
Until the end
Come, my old friend.

What do you see?
Look into the glass
At the years that line your past
And in the emptiness
Are you complete?

Was there a love?
A ghost written in song
What boat did he sail on?
And is there anyone that gives you peace
Since he's been gone?

And if you’re tallying the cost,
Of every love that I have lost,
I didn't mean to let things lie
I didn't mean to make them cry
Oh no, no, no...
And every compromise was blessed,
Each obligation of my chest,
I always let things lie
I didn't mean to make them cry
Oh no, no, no,

Come little bird
Stretch your wings and fly
There's a wide and open sky
That lies ahead of you
If you would try

So have no fear
You will take to wing
And you will learn to sing
You'll find your resting place
Many miles from here
So have no fear.

And may you always find your path
And may you find a love that lasts
And never let things lie
And may you never cry
Oh no, no, no....
And may all compromise be damned
Until the world lies in your hands
And may you always fly
And may you never cry
Oh no, no, no
Track Name: A Thousand Years
A Thousand Years
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If you have to climb the mountain you won't be alone,
I will walk the path with you and we will share the stone,
And when the walls are closing in and you can't see the light,
I will sweep the webs away that wrap around your life.

This one takes a tumble out of me,
This one takes a tumble, as far as I can see.
We've lived a thousand years today,
You know we'll find a way to get through,
We've lived a thousand years today,
You know that I will always love you,
That's all I want to say.

If the world is falling out and nothing much makes sense,
You're spinning in the palm of God or sitting on the fence,
If no one seems to hear you talk and no one hears you cry,
You know that I am listening and I will always try.

This one takes a tumble out of me,
This one takes a tumble, as far as I can see.
We've lived a thousand years today,
You know we'll find a way to get through,
We've lived a thousand years today,
You know that I will always love you,
That's all I want to say.
Track Name: Unconditional
Unconditional
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In the shadow of this mountain,
In the whisper of your prayer,
In this quiet space I'll tender,
For your moments,
For my share,
For my share,
I will love you if the shadow is malign,
I will love you, though the Devil steals our time,
I will love you, though this ending has to start,
Unconditional, the tearing of my heart.

I am here, can you hear me?
Take my hand, I am here,
Take your time to remember,
I will always be here,
Always be here,
I will love you when you don't recall my face,
I will love you when you've lost all paths to grace,
I will love you when your dignity departs,
Unconditional, the tearing of my heart.

I would carry all your baggage,
Find the wind to fill your sails
Take the voices from the keyhole,
Be the cross,
To take your nails,
To take your nails,
I will love you though we haven't talked for years,
I will love you, through you alligator tears,
I will love you though we'll always be apart,
Unconditional, the tearing of my heart.
Track Name: Step Into The Sun
Step Into The Sun
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Use the hour of the fading day
Broken flowers
A door that shows the way
Step up your feelings
Turn life to light
The day’s now ending
Use the last twilight

Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun
Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun

Crash the plane destroy the scene outside
You’re to blame
They all know that you lied
Move out the limelight
The cold begins
The night’s now ending
The screaming and the din

Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun
Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun

Move out the limelight
The cold begins
The night’s now ending
The screaming and the din

Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun
Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun
Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun
Take it all in Aimee
Use the time to step into the sun
Track Name: No One Is Perfect
No One Is Perfect
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One more reason, one more means to go,
The exit door is open,
You make your choice, it's undone,
And in a moment she's gone,
You will walk away, familiar road,
Shaken, stirred, and wiser,
Well if you're all so knowing,
Why did you let her go?

And with the night, it all comes flooding back to you,
When you took flight, it all came flooding home,
Expect you'll never love again,
'Cos no one's perfect.

Many are the apples in the tree,
Your greed born of abundance,
But if I might remind you,
A little light's behind you,
Distracted by the memory of sins,
Against the grey of mundane,
You stand and sagely leave,
The wreckage that you weave.

And with the night, it all comes flooding back to you,
When you took flight, it all came flooding home,
Expect you'll never love again,
'Cos no one's perfect.

And I know where you have been,
And all the hearts that you have burnt,
And all the things that you have seen,
And all the lessons never learnt,
And you have made a heart of stone,
So don't ask me why it is,
That you will always be alone,
It's the price of one more kiss,
It's the price of one more kiss

Another in a line of pretty things,
Dumb, damaged, or desperate,
Which one of these is you?
No answer coming through.
Drinking like a bastard in the sun,
When all around is raining,
You're not the wicked sort it's,
Someone else's fault.

And with the night, it all comes flooding back to you,
When you took flight, it all came flooding home,
Expect you'll never love again,
'Cos no one's perfect.

And I know what you have done,
And all the ways you've made your bed,
And all the warnings you ignored,
On the packaging you read,
So don't say it's so unfair,
Because you'll always play this game,
A lack of interest in your stare,
And you'll never take the blame
No, you’ll never take the blame
Track Name: The Last Day
The Last Day
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There's a young man, falling in love for the first time
Little Mayflower floating his heart on an open sea,
Sees the detail in everything he can,
Finds his way through the differences,
That change the child to the man.

Don't you take this from me,
Don't you take this all away from me,
Don't you take this from me,
Don't you take this all away from me.

There's a young girl, head in the skies of the words she reads,
A future as wide and open as a summer's breeze,
With every sunrise another lap of faith,
A heart of life and letters and the sweetest touch of grace.

Don't you take this from me,
Don't you take this all away from me,
Don't you take this from me,
Don't you take this all away from me.

Forgotten notes, I'm not sure what they mean,
These sepia ghosts from the belly of a private dream,
I don't recall,
What it was you sang,
Wondering what the secret is,
That makes a child of a man.

But my eyes dim and the lines spread away,
And I breathe in the remains of the day.
But my eyes dim and the lines spread away,
And I breathe in the remains of the day.

Don't you take this from me,
Don't you take this all away from me,
Don't you take this from me,
Don't you take this all away from me.
Track Name: Red Letter Day
Red Letter Day
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Trade you a secret, a smile, and a thought and I,
Think that the sun will come through,
Waiting to see the next move,
Waiting for you.

Send me a whisper uncurled on the phone and I,
Think you are beautiful now,
I think that we’ll make it somehow,
Make it my vow.

Ice cream, sunshine, red letter day,
When you were talking to me.

Sing me a lullaby, we could make stories,
We could make princes and kings,
And sail them on crazy hawk’s wings,
Why don’t we sing?

A clear night of starlight, of moonshine and laughter,
Of music and muses and Gods,
We didn’t take it too far,
Or care for the odds.

And if I don’t remember,
Close my eyes and sing.

Life is a joke on the banks of a river,
A sand dune that stretched to the sky,
Watching the people go by,
Bicycle ride.

Sharing a kiss on a long lazy summer,
The stretch of a lifetime ago,
Nothing to prove or to show,
Taking it slow.

Ice cream, sunshine, red letter day,
When you were talking to me.
Ice cream, sunshine, red letter day,
When you were talking to me.

Refrain
The sun comes through,
The mountain moves,
Let’s make a beautiful noise.