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My Wilderness

by Piers Faccini

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released September 26, 2011

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Labels: Tôt ou Tard / Six Degrees
All songs written and produced by Piers Faccini
Recorded at home in the Cevennes by Piers Faccini and Patrick Jauneaud
Additional percussion on 'Tribe' and 'Dreamer' recorded by Tommaso Galati in Roma
Violin (part II) on 'That Cry' recorded by Luca Tarantino in Lecce
Trumpet on 'The Beggar & the Thief', 'Tribe' and 'Dreamer' recorded by Xavier Thibault at Sonosapiens, Paris
Lyrics on My Wilderness written by Piers Faccini and Francesca Beard
Mixed by Patrick Jauneaud at Les Studios de la Fabrique, St Remy de Provence
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios, London
Artwork by Piers Faccini
Album design by Uncle O

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If my songs were maps I'd want them to stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the plains of the Mediterranean.

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Track Name: No Reply
I called out to the darkness
I've been looking for my eyes
Has anybody seen them
Can anybody help I cried?

I called out to the darkness
I've been reaching for my hands
Has anybody held them
Lyrics :

Does anyone understand?

In the silence I heard my reply
And no one will ever know why

I called out to the darkness
I've been looking for myself
Can anybody find me
Is there nobody left?

I called out to the darkness
Why don't you ever hear me
And who hides behind you
Is there no way I can see?

In the silence I heard my reply
And no one will ever know why
Track Name: The Beggar & the Thief
Lyrics :

"Help me I am helpless"
Cried the beggar to the thief
"Help me find a home again
I need safety and relief
I'm weaker than the smallest breeze
I have lost all my belief"

"Come with me" the thief replied
"I'll show you a land that's free
Where no door has ever closed
Onto the likes of you and me
For just as you cannot steal the sun
You cannot steal all that I've seen"

Roam until I roam no more
Run until I run no more

"I'll go with you" the beggar cried
"I'll follow you my friend
I'll be the shadow on your path
Round each and every bend
As I stand before you now
Naked until the end"

"All is well" the thief he laughed
"Let's hit the endless trail
You will be rewarded fast
As long as you don't fail
I’ll pick the locks upon the gates
Of heaven and in we'll sail"

Roam until I roam no more
Run until I run no more
Track Name: A New Morning
Lyrics :

Sweet and wanting
The wind is moaning
Countless are the names she’s calling
Upon the tide
To cross the water
A gentle sleep
Will soon be falling

Seven days
Seven nights
Seven years
Seven lives
Mourning
Mourning

Bound and turning
The evening’s closing
Endless are the ties we’ve broken
Upon the bridge
The crowds are walking
Our last words will soon be spoken

Seven days
Seven nights
Seven years
Seven lives
Mourning
Mourning

New morning
New light
A new morning
New light
Track Name: Tribe
Lyrics :

There were voices shot to the skies
There were cries sent to unblind eyes
There were downturned palms unraised
From fists to claps that drowned out in praise

There were shouts shut from the back of tongues
Swallowed down throats to choked up lungs
Joy brimming from the deepest well
From the source sprung to break the spell

How low the mighty fall
How low how low

Once a raindrop became a sea
From one seed grew a forest of trees
From two bodies generations came
To walk the ground and disappear again

Until a siren blew among the reeds
Warning of crops that no longer feed
Sending buds up to flower and bloom
Under cover of the darkest moon

How low the mighty fall
How low how low

For one embrace a whole people prayed
For one tribe a whole lament was played
Now the wind blows against the shore
This song of songs will be sung no more

From the ashes of the ruins will grow
A new time to scatter and sow
Over the desert a rainbow spans
A bridge of hope across the western lands

How low the mighty fall
How low how low
Track Name: That Cry
Lyrics :

That cry was a bellowing cry
Up came the sails and down went the sigh
That cry was a deafening cry
A note unbroken by the lay or lie
Out to the east and out to the west
Cried out more until they cried out less
That cry was a bellowing cry

That sound was an ocean of sound
A liquid salt over water and ground
That sound was a tide of sound
The washed up mud on a burial mound
Out to the north and out to the south
Words are like pearls from a gilded mouth
That sound was an ocean of sound

So raise up your voice and shout
Shout til the crying is out
Raise up your voice and shout
Shout til the devil is out
People cry and people sing
These are the words we tell
These are the words we bring

That shout was the flame of a shout
The burnt up ashes in the dust of a drought
That shout was a fireball shout
The blackened trace from the battle and rout
Out to the east and out to the west
Cried out more until they cried out less
That shout was the flame of a shout

That wail was a piercing wail
The cold dry snap of descending hail
That wail was the peak of a wail
The very last step on an endless trail
Out to the north and out to the south
Words are like pearls from a gilded mouth
That wail was a piercing wail

So raise up your voice and shout
Shout til the crying is out
Raise up your voice and shout
Shout til the devil is out
People cry and people sing
These are the words we tell
These are the words we bring
Track Name: The Branches Grow
Lyrics :

Turn away turn the earth over the spade
Turn away turn the mud under the clay

Digging in deep I’m digging in slow
The roots go deep but the branches grow

Turn low now the day begins to glow
Turn low take the grain and start to sow

Digging in deep I’m digging in slow
The roots go deep but the branches grow

Everyone
Everyone
Everyone
Everyone..
Track Name: My Wilderness
Lyrics :

Cursed and run from town to town
His shadow stays like a dog heel down
Through the smoke and through the flames
From the highest mountains to the lowest plain
Redemption brings the final cost
He's the walking ghost of your lover lost

There are always people who
Need someone and now it’s you

Here was sorrow and here was I
Here was anger and here was my
Wilderness where I'd remain
Emptiness forever retain
So count with me the battle scars
They're our memories behind the bars

Sister sister tell me it's true
Do you need someone like I want you

There are always people who
Need someone and now it’s you
Sister sister tell me it’s true
Do you need someone like I want you
Track Name: Dreamer
Lyrics :

I dreamt the dreamer was lying
I dreamt that the dreamer was wrong
I dreamt the dreamer was dying
I woke and the dream was gone

I saw the blackest star
Swallowing up the ground
I saw towering flames
When it crashing down
I saw a stranger's eye
Or was it my own
I saw the mirror break
And I was left alone

I dreamt the dreamer was lying
I dreamt that the dreamer was wrong
I dreamt the dreamer was dying
I woke and the dream was gone

I saw great pillars fall
Opening up the skies
I saw foundations razed
Saw it with my own eyes
I saw my own head wound
Strangely bathed in light
I saw the patterns dance
Like birds into the night

I dreamt the dreamer was lying
I dreamt that the dreamer was wrong
I dreamt the dreamer was dying
I woke and the dream was gone

I heard silence fall
When the noise was drowned
Under the sliding ground
I heard the quiet resound
I've dreamt a hundred times
Each time the same
And tonight when I dream
I'll dream it all again
Track Name: Say But Don't Say
Lyrics :

Say but don't say
Say that you'll stay
Say but don't say
Say that you'll stay

One step today
Is further away
One step today
Is further away

To this fate we are all exposed
But lives made of stone grow cold
Are we young or are we old?

Say you don't know
Say you won’t go
Say you don't know
Say you won’t go

For one step today
Is further away
One step today
Is further away

In this way we all get exposed
But lives made of stone turn cold
Are we young or are we old?

One step today
Is further away
One step today
Is further away

In this light truth gets exposed
Lives made of stone turn cold
Are we young or are we old?
Track Name: Strange Is The Man
Lyrics :

Fast to the edge
Close to the south
The remains of the sky
Are woven into shrouds
Broken and wild
Charcoal in black
The promise of rain
Is swollen in the clouds

Strange is the man free in his heart
Strange is the man unchained at last

Clear is the sap
Under the bark
Carried from the root
It opens the bud
Dry is the tongue
Cracked at the mouth
He trembles in thanks
As he drinks from the cup

Strange is the man free in his heart
Strange is the man unchained at last

Over at the seam
Red to the vein
He's whispering soft
All the names of the dead
Laughing to himself
Unbound and set
Now the wind is his pillow
And the skies are his bed

Strange is the man free in his heart
Strange is the man unchained at last
Track Name: And Still The Calling
Lyrics :

I heard mute voices mouthing prayers to unknown ones
Whose mouths had once prayed to gods in the songs of broken tongues
I heard drum breaks roll from the edge of the falling heights
Cascading sounds colliding devouring up by the night
I heard the snap of wings beat as the flocks spread west
I stood and listened to the silent echo that it left
Calling you calling me

I heard the poison moaning inside the depths of me
I felt it turning like driftwood on dead seas
Until I heard it take root and branch fruit against the skies
For my empty hands to pick them free of claps and of cries
And overcome and overrun I remembered once again the fear
The fear of being alone the fear of never leaving here
Calling me calling you

Still it takes and still it holds
And still it comes it opens and folds
And still I wait and still I lie
And still the rope around me is tied

And so the voices guide me between tension and release
And so the voices throw me between turmoil and relief
And the voices inside voices speak to this voice that remains
Until our voices join together for one last refrain
Calling me calling you

And still it takes and still it holds
And still it comes it opens and folds
And still I wait and still I lie
And still the rope around me is tied
Track Name: Drowning In My Sleep
Lyrics :

I'm drowning in my sleep
I waded into deep
I'm drowning in my sleep
I waded into deep
And this world or so it seems
When it unfolds is a perfect dream

There's no one here but me
Out on the open sea
There's no one here but me
Out on the open sea
And the many names that I have been
Are all the same across an empty screen

There's no one here it's strange
I'm moving out of range
There's nothing here it's strange
I'm moving out of range
Track Name: Three Times Betrayed
Lyrics :

I heard you say stay by my side
I heard you say stay by my side
Don’t leave me here
Don’t leave me here
Don’t leave me here alone

They said that I was there with you
They said that I was there with you
But I denied
But I denied
Three times I denied

I heard the whisper of my name
I heard the whisper of my name
And then I ran
And then I ran
Three times I ran

Oh I fled when the sun came up
Oh I fled when the sun came up
I tried to hide
I tried to hide
To hang my head and hide


Oh I’ll regret til the end of my days
Oh I’ll regret til the end of my days
How I betrayed
How I betrayed
Three times I betrayed

I covered myself in shame
I covered myself in shame
I lied
I lied
Three times I lied

Blind
Blind I walk
Everywhere I search
I search for you

Alone
Alone I walk
Everywhere I seek
I seek for you
Everywhere I search
I search for you