Trouble on the Water

by Anytown

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Debut album from Sheffield band 'Anytown'. Recorded over 2013 and 2014 at 2Fly Studios in Sheffield.


released August 30, 2014

Digital Download Track List:
Balham Road
The River
Delhi Rising
Trouble on the Water
Free as a Bird
Winter Sky
The Promise

Matt Taylor – Piano, Keyboard, Vocals, Guitar, Accordian, Percussion
Samuel Taylor - Guitars, Vocals
Robin Baker – Bass, Double Bass
Alice Faraday – Vocals, Percussion
Kirsty Bromley – Vocals
Rhiannon Scutt – Guitars, Vocals
Alan Smyth – E-Bow

All songs written by Matthew Taylor, except ‘Free as a Bird’ by Matthew Taylor & Samuel Taylor; ‘Balham Road’ by Matthew Taylor with Gareth Hagger Johnson. Engineered, Mixed, Arranged and Produced by Alan Smyth at 2-Fly Studios, Sheffield. ©2014 Matthew Taylor.

Artwork: Samuel J. Taylor



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Track Name: Balham Road
There’s a place where a road reaches out
In a heavy southern night
No lights of misty wine
Where we stand, they looked down a fiery mile
Where the road runs to the city
Through a sea of vacant smiles
October nights, down where they came
Along a Northern Line

The sounds of sirens called
They ran down Balham High Road
Forever sleeping on the Northern Line
Now where I stand
It’s all here in these everlasting lives
They’re fixed in time

Who can say where nameless hammers fall?
We’re formed and we are broken
Like shadows on the wall
And here tonight, between familiar signs
They whisper down the years
Along this Northern Line
October nights, and they remain
Under the Northern Line
Track Name: The River
Stopped beside the roadside
To watch the evening fall
The leaves piled high around my feet
Where the seasons took their toll

Somewhere in the distance
Down the streets and down the lanes
Something travels back to me
Though somehow it’s not the same

As I watched the sun went down
Moonlight spilled out of the clouds
As the river touched the sea
I heard your voice
Still haunting me

Stepped out of the shadows
Stepped into the light
Felt the spray from the sea below me
Somewhere out of sight

Then there’s a splash of colour
Where before there was only the one
A vision dancing before me
And the ever setting sun

You’re in the windows of my life
Where that river gets inside
In this place it runs so strong
I’ve been away for far too long
Track Name: Delhi Rising
Twenty-three years ago a baby cried
Those who had gone before her
Shining in her eyes
A man and a woman made a life
For the love of their daughter
Raised her under Indian skies

The love of the mother’s always strong
There’s a chain that carries on
When she has gone
They watched their child grow
And the girl became a woman
In this way their own lives carried on
But what happens now the chain’s undone?

Who could have known as she stepped out in the night?
The lights of her own town
Familiar in her eyes
Yes eyes so young and I guess so full of wonder
Breaking the heart, leaving the world, a setting sun
What happens now the chain’s undone?

Here in the night
A city by candle light
The world looks into India’s broken frame
Delhi rising in her name
For the love of someone’s daughter
Things must change
Track Name: Trouble on the Water
There are clouds in the distance
There’s a chill in the air
Though everything is silent
We can hear you there

See the face of the water
From the face of the hill
Though we stand here blinded
We can see you still

Woah, woah
There’s trouble on the water
Woah, woah
The morning’s coming in
Woah, woah
We’re counting down the seconds
Woah, woah
And we’re still waiting here
We’re still waiting here

There are ghosts in the woodwork
And dust on the shelves
Boots left by the slipway
Belong to someone else

Your names are on the walls
The doors forever closed
An echo in the silence
And December’s always cold
Track Name: Free as a Bird
I can see you now by the light in your eyes
But all I can feel is this never-ending night
The morning will come and the day will begin
And that ticket in your hand will leave me lonely again

It seems to me you’re losing your mind
But you know that one day dreams fade with time
Now that you’re free
Free as a bird
I want you to know that you are my world

The sun is rising up high in the sky
We can’t stop it now
You can’t turn the tide
The hands on my wrist that once moved so slow
Run through the hours now I know you must go

It seems to be the way of the world
Your heart on the line for the love of a girl
Now that you’re free
Free as a bird
I want you to know that you are my world

I remember a time that seems long ago
When I was scared if we were alone
But now that’s all changed and what will I do
If I can’t be on my own with you

It seems to be the way that it goes
But the love that you’re giving is all that I know
So now that you’re free
Free as a bird
I want you to know that you are my world
Track Name: Winter Sky
Once there was a smile
A light in your eyes
Until the sound of a hammer
Cut down on a life
We placed our bets under the sun
It painted us red
But now it’s undone

Here in the dark
No investment in life
All I want is a chance
To do things right
Our ordinary lives
All that we see
It’s all that I need for you and for me

Winter Sky, winter sky
Cuts its way into our life
Slipstream of luck has passed us by
And we never did ask why
Track Name: The Promise
The wind blows through the curtains of the night
Where moonlight seems to find its way inside
Watching candles glow
They flicker and then go
Like the promise – the voice of the tide
Where we gave everything we had inside

Yesterday’s ghost stands by the door
My own back-pages blown ragged and torn
In the windy autumn night
Writing songs by candle light
Fifteen years – it’s all here between the lines
Where we gave everything we had inside

Evening falls, a blanket on the road
Neon lights on signs that lead us home
Been through many open doors
And seen it all before
And I know the promise stayed behind
But we gave everything we had inside
Track Name: Anytown
A cold and distant April morning
There's a shadow sailing in
This time it cuts so deep
The suit and ties, they always win
I try with every penny to live
I don't wanna let you down
But it just seems to break my heart
They've spilt the life blood of this town

There's work somewhere, somehow
We always said that we'd get by
Someone's pulling at the strings
Feels like we're running out of time
Every dream we had is gone
And everything has flown
I wanna give you all I can
In this life we've made our own

There's a cold wind blowin' in
Down the streets of Anytown
In the hour before the dawn
We won't let them break us down
But I'll keep workin' for your love
I'll be with you 'til the day
We come in the lucky ones
And the sands of time have changed

On that lonely, cold May morning
I didn't vote them in
Up here, we always seem to lose
Down there, they always seem to win
But I can only try my best
And I will always try for you
To keep this roof over our heads
And keep this candle burning too