Everything, Loads, All the Time, Forever

by James Ewan Tait

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The debut EP of weirdo crooner James Ewan Tait.

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released September 29, 2017

Buy the whole EP and you'll also get our cover of Jugband Blues as a bonus track.

All music and lyrics were written by James Ewan Tait, except for the music for Bossa Nova and Hippie Shakedown, which was written by James Ewan Tait & James Linsley.

All tracks were arranged by James Ewan Tait, Brett Womersley, and James Linsley, with a little help from Ric Booth.

All tracks were performed by:
James Ewan Tait – Voice, Guitars, piano, and other noises
James Linsley – Bass Guitar, and other noises
Brett Womersley – Drums, percussion, keys, piano, and other noises

With a little help from:
Ric Booth – Incredible guitar noise on Hippie, and inspiration throughout
Duncan Vaughan – Organ and Trumpet on Portrait
David Westley – Trumpet on Portrait
Bethan Robinson & Rachel Clark – Backing Vocals on Bossa and Hippie, and invaluable injection of sunshine throughout
Sam “just put me down as The Eggman” (Chaddy) Chadwick – Tambourine on Hippie
Ben Chapman – Additional G chord on Hippie, and provider of all effects pedals

Painstakingly produced and mixed by Brett Womersley, he really thought this would be easier.
With some enthusiasm, excitement, and engineering from Ben Beheshty.
Hippie was recorded by Rob Gordon.
Mastered by Rob Gordon with Brett Womersley.

Pigeon Hands Recordings September 2017

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Track Name: Bossa Nova
You say that sometimes you feel like you're not really living, you're just watching someone else's life
I know just what you mean, it's so easy to just sit back and let it all go by

There's ants in all the kitchen cupboards and I can't stand to kill another
You are at the Mayan Ruins and I have no idea what I'm doing

In Turkey you don't need to talk to anyone about anything because they already know
Unlike here, where with your doubts and your fears you can just get so alone that it all makes sense

I think maybe I think about it much more than I think I do
I forgot my best friend's face and woke up in a holy place
Choral singing from the shower, I've been lying here for hours
And I'm wishing the summer away

I thought all I wanted was a simple life, but I just can't resist the strife
If I ever get back to what I'm saying

And I'm wishing the summer away
Track Name: Portrait
I tried drawing a portrait of a woman I know
I got half way through it and just gave up
Whether I got bored of drawing or I got bored of her
I don't know, will it ever be enough?

Now it sits in a drawer in a closed sketchbook
Half a face without hair, I can never bring myself to look
Would it move me the same? Would I even care?
It tortures me to know that it just sits in there

I've worn out the pavement between my house and hers
And I've counted the footsteps to her door

I saw her today for the first time in six weeks
She's changed her hair, it made no difference to me
I recognised that right eye, that top lip, and that nose
And the outline of that right cheekbone

I remembered a drawing in a book in a drawer
I remembered that I hadn't drawn any more
And I realised then, why I'd had to stop
Half of her was more than enough
Track Name: Peace in the Dark
My love is pragmatic
My love is restrained
It keeps me safe and keeps me sane
And scarcely raises a complaint

When I feel like I'm drowning
With no sign of my home land
Like I jumped overboard just to see if I could swim
My love throws me a ring

From atop the tallest pine tree
Looking down on what we know
Where fires burn and people dance
I wonder if any of them believe in romance

Above a silver moon shines
And it fills my head with thoughts
Of you, and our love
And a thousand habits formed

But there's a feeling I remember
That I can't put into words
But I heard it in her voice that night
As she spoke
So innocent
And I wonder
Is yours like hers?

A love so fierce it's childlike
Can't be there all the time
Ebb and flow; the moon moves through the sky
Invisible in the daytime
Ever faithful moves the tide
Track Name: Hippie Shakedown
I watched a galaxy of dust expand in the golden streams that came through the pane, lay on the rug, and tried my best to think of anything but my name

We're connected, you and me, like all the creatures in the sea, and all these separate entities are only in your mind

There are buildings and places you're written in to
Like every other molecule as good as belongs to you
How can you rely so positively on something so malleable as memory
You see I deal in uncertainty, I'm ruled by a fear that's always controlling me, it's what keeps me here: I might be wrong

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