Swallow In The Rain

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released December 1, 2015

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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: Florence
The gentlest of spirits,
Had no sins upon her head,
But as the light was dying,
This is what she said:
“Take that man down off the wall,
I will not look at him,
He’s stared at me for all these years,
I cannot look at him no more,
I can’t bear to look at him”

Chorus
I’ll cry no more, no more, no more,
I’ll cry no more for you,
I have seen the far horizon,
And the sun is coming through,
I’ll cry no more, no more, no more,
I’ve paid all that was due,
I have seen the far horizon,
And I’ll cry no more for you.

“My love, my anchor,
You have forsaken me,
You took from me your comfort,
And set another free”,
When someone takes a part of you,
When someone walks away,
All you know is what they took,
And what they didn’t say to you,
The things they didn’t say.

Chorus

What’s it worth, every penny, every cent?
Each division, every reasoned settlement?
What’s it worth, to be stronger, to be free,
In control but with nowhere left to be,
When the soul of you was the soul of me,
And the whole of you was the whole of me?
Track Name: Swallow In The Rain
Dog-day afternoon, you’ll have your say,
Push yourself to the point you cannot stay,
Then fold yourself away,
Like a swallow in the rain,
And wake up in the gray and start again,

Your Romeo has left you on the deck,
‘Cos reckless just turned out to be a wreck,
The world is for the strong,
So you tell yourself you will,
But you know that your heart is never still,
It’s never still

Darling it is plain,
You will find your wings again,
You are just a swallow in the rain,

Everything you need is in its place,
You’re as beautiful as sunshine on my face,
I would take your hand,
We’d be running up that hill,
But I know that your heart is never still,
It’s never still

Darling it is plain,
You will find your wings again,
You are just a swallow in the rain
Track Name: I Am Sam
I’ve lost you again,
I must be on a different page,
And I can’t explain,
I’m pinned and disengaged,
I’ve got ghosts and obligations,
I’ve got vitamins and blues,
Every way I look at it, I lose.

Chorus
‘cause everybody says,
“ooh la la la la!
We all know what you’ve been doing,
Ooh la la la la!
We all know where you’ve been”,
They’re pointing to your errors,
They’re pointing to your closets,
They’re pointing to your history,
Oooh la la,
They don’t know what you mean,

Don’t know where I stand,
On the smorgasbord of mortal man,
I guess I’m Sam,
I’ll take the path I can,
I’ve got myths and expectations,
Got more rope than I can use,
Every way I look at it, I lose

Chorus

Whatever path I choose,
It never leads to you,
Every way I look at it I lose.
Track Name: Little Glass Owl
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind,
If you do not like the things you find,
It’s true the world is sometimes cruel,
But there are those who are kind

Don’t be afraid to stand your ground,
For all the truths that you have found,
There’s those of us who’ll take your cause,
And see you safe and sound

Don’t be afraid to chase your heart,
Through lines of prose and strains of art,
You never see where your path will end,
From where the journey starts

Don’t be afraid to use your voice,
Not to speaking out is still a choice,
If you‘re not afraid to change the world,
You’ll need to make some noise

Don’t be afraid to show your face,
For you have a heart and a soul and grace,
The world must turn and time must run,
And you must take your place

Don’t be afraid for what you’ll do,
I will be here for you
Track Name: The Song for Karla and Lola
Your candle in the window,
Your smile in my heart,
You’re the rhythm that's beating,
The place where we start,
You’re the birthplace of sunshine,
The bursting of spring,
May the time and the seasons,
Bring you everything

Chorus
So in harmony sing,
And the fortune of kings,
Smile upon you,
May the pulse of your heart,
And the pace of your world,
Beat in time,
And in the lines of your song,
May every ending rhyme

By the path of your choosing,
The wisdom of saints,
May you soften each heartache,
And whiten each taint,
May you quiet all discord,
And still every fear,
May you laugh like the springtime,
And dry every tear

Chorus
Track Name: Hallelujah Day
There’s this boy,
And he’s crazy about the girl,
She’s turning his world,
Upside and inside out,
When she walks,
He sees angels in the sunlight,
She walks, it’s an hallelujah day,
And they talk and they’re,
Skating round each other,
And go slip, slip, slip, slip, slipping away

There’s this girl,
And she’s crazy about the boy,
He’s turning her world ,
Upside and inside out,
When he walks,
She sees angels in the sunlight,
He walks, it’s an hallelujah day,
And they talk and they’re,
skating round each other,
And go slip, slip, slip, slip, slipping away

Chorus
Songbird sing, won’t you share your wings?
Hallelujah day,
Songbird sing for tomorrow brings,
Hallelujah day,
I swear I couldn’t love you more,
There’s nothing left to say,
Hallelujah day

There’s this man,
He’s been lazy about his love,
He’s been careless about,
The people he cares for,
And he walks, looks for absolution,
He walks, no one ever stays,
And he walks, like shadows in,
The moonlight they go,
Slip, slip, slip, slip, slipping away

He walks, his ghosts are in his pocket,
He walks, no reason left to stay,
He walks, staring out the window he goes,
Slip, slip, slip, slip, slipping away

Chorus
Track Name: Basic Love Song
I’d bring you a love song,
Nothing more and nothing less,
With song lines like Sondheim,
Bacharach and such noblesse,
But in this I lack I must confess

Chorus
Sweet sound,
All I want to do is hear your,
Sweet sound,
You will see me though,
I just want to lose myself in you

I’m tongue-tied,
And sun-blind,
I see you in everything,
A daydream,
Of maybes,
But I know I have no wings,
So I’ll chase my tail until you sing

Chorus

If the seconds stretch to days,
And the days draw out to years,
And the years turn to a lifetime,
I will still be here
Track Name: So Low
It’s all too far for me to see,
The dying light of memory,
Feel the pressure, feel the zone,
All the voices, all my own,
Through the tempest to the hearth,
I am lost and I find no path,
Tell me baby, tell me so,
Why do I have to sink so low?
Why do I have to sink so low?

So hold me baby, I feel so low

Darling, darling, come to me,
Cold’s the cheer of memory,
I will be your port in storm,
I’ll stoke your fire and I’ll keep you warm,
I can guess what will heal you best,
Come to me babe, you’ll get no rest
The storms will come and the storms will go,
There's no need for you to stay so low
There's no need for you to stay so low.

So hold me baby, I feel so low
Track Name: There's no point having a monarchy unless you chop people's heads off
There’s was squeaking in the boardroom,
There was bleating at the bank,
They were brewing up a right storm,
Every file and rank,
They were selling fakes and contraband,
Said the OFHEO,
They were pumping up a big balloon,
Stanley, Sachs and Mae and Mac,
Well now it’s going to blow

Come on Queenie, let those fat heads roll

Well the market got the jitters,
Knocked the domino,
Started nailing up the quitters,
So the story goes,
Merrill lost her party dress,
And Freddie’s dancing shoes,
The DJ played “The Last Resort”,
We called a cab and caught the tab,
And learnt to sing the blues

Come on Queenie, let those fat heads roll

They were worried ‘bout contagion,
They were frightened of the rot,
I was worried ‘bout my home babe,
Cos it’s all I’ve got,
One bird got the pension,
Another got the cash,
The whole flock got to fly away,
There’s no redress to fix the mess,
They’ve left there on our backs

Come on Queenie, let those fat heads roll