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Shapes Of The Fall

by Piers Faccini

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Piers Faccini's seventh studio album in vinyl
    LP includes a printed inner sleeve with the lyrics.

    Artwork by Piers Faccini
    Graphic design by Element(s)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shapes Of The Fall via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Piers Faccini's seventh album in CD Digisleeve format, including a poster with lyrics.

    Artwork by Piers Faccini
    Graphic design by Element(s)

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shapes Of The Fall via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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1.
They‘ll gather no seed They’ll break no bread They‘ll gather no seed But a hunger Instead Bring me my home back Bring me my home back They’ll nourish no root They’ll feed no soil They‘ll grow no leaf But a moaning and toil Bring me my home back Bring me my home back Bring me my home back Bring me my home back Stone me and I’ll break Shoot me and I’ll fall Cut me and I’ll bleed Bells toll for us all Bring me my home back Bring me my home back How bark was my home When wind was my bride When men tore our flight From skies far and wide Give me my home back Give me my home back Give me my home back Give me my home back
2.
Foghorn calling Thought I spied a ship at the harbour gate Saw the mooring When the anchor dropped with the iron weight Where there’s a will there’s a wanting Where there a heart there’s something Where there’s a will there’s a wanting A hand to hope A hope to hold To drag forth the darkness from you Heard a whispering With the ballot cast on the judgement floor Heard a wailing When the word was called it was called no more Where there’s a wish there’s a yearning Where there’s a turn there’s burning Where there’s a wish there’s a yearning A hand to hope A hope to hold To call forth the darkness from you Ship is leaving When the bell will toll it’ll toll for you No denying When the log is lost it can’t be true Where there’s a will there’s a wanting Where there a heart there’s something Where there’s a will there’s a wanting A hand to hope A hope to hold To drag forth the darkness from you Foghorn calling Foghorn calling Foghorn calling Foghorn calling Foghorn calling Foghorn calling Where there’s a will there’s a wanting Where there a heart there’s something Where there’s a will there’s a wanting A hand to hope A hope to hold To drag forth the darkness from you
3.
Dunya 04:30
Ye ye dunya Life is not eternal Ye ye dunya Strange and ephemeral Ye ye dunya Sometimes sweet Ye ye dunya Othertimes bitter (Translated from Arabic) Too far in Can’t turn back Too long gone in the gap Shedding skin I repent Step by step My lament For the wound Dunya I traded her For the hope and the tear Dunya I believed in her For a dream Colour breaks Over lines Your eyes wake Into mine Draw the blade Stripped and bare Kiss the lash Meet me there For the wound Dunya I traded her For the hope and the tear Dunya I believed in her In a dream And the moon Dunya I bled for her In a dream Ye ye dunya Ye ye dunya Ye ye dunya Ye ye dunya
4.
Higher the peak shadows fall Deeper the well the echo calls Here in the unknown out of the gap Wrapped in the fold the devil’s trap Milder the winter fairer the tide Finer the dust when sunlight climbs There with the ether there with the snow The flake on the window with the ember glowing Wide was the water low was the tide Darker the fear we rose to ride You pulled me under I held you there Together forever everywhere Cover the darkness heaven hell Over the distant peeling bells Ringing in hope without regret The living and dying of Spring are set Turn for tomorrow leaf over years Page after page bled out tears Faster disciple dearest of none Bowing to no one kingdom come Wide was the water low was the tide Darker the fear we rose to ride You pulled me under I held you there Together forever everywhere Wide was the water low was the tide Darker the fear we rose to ride You held me under I pulled you there Together forever everywhere
5.
All aboard pull the oar and row All aboard to the poles we go All aboard take the oar and row Climb aboard for the gale will blow All aboard to the prairies wild All aboard man woman and child All aboard to the prairies wild Back to back and side to side All aboard watch paradise burn All aboard for the past I yearn All aboard watch paradise burn Douse the flame will it ever return All aboard Noah built the arc All aboard now the choice is stark All aboard came two by two All aboard will he come for you All aboard Noah built the arc All aboard before the day was dark All aboard run from the frey All aboard we’ll sail away All aboard now the waters rise All aboard thunder in the skies All aboard now the waters rise On the plank before the last light dies All aboard pull the oar and row All aboard to the poles we go All aboard take the oar and row Climb aboard for the gale will blow My master and learned one May peace be upon you learned master Master Chamharouche Who holds all knowledge of the ceremony And who dwells in the cave Sultan of the Djinns May peace be upon you learned master (Translated from Arabic) All aboard pull the oar and row All aboard to the poles we go All aboard take the oar and row Climb aboard for the gale will blow All aboard to the prairies wild All aboard man woman and child All aboard to the prairies wild Back to back and side by side All aboard now the waters rise All aboard thunder in the skies All aboard now the waters rise On the plank before the last light dies All aboard pull the oar and row All aboard to the poles we go All aboard take the oar and row Climb aboard for the gale will blow
6.
Levante 03:57
I found a path Maybe it found me I was blind now I see I heard a call Or was it from my throat A murmur wound in the note Like a hundred lashes Flames give birth to ashes When the levee crashes Row Who stole the birds Tore then from the sky ? Who then covered up the lie? Back then before As brothers we Grew as leaves do for trees Must I long for thunder Longing how I wonder Waves will pull me under Row To be undone To die and be renewed The lies I once took to be true I fell for good Off the face of time When your eyes looked into mine Like a hundred lashes Flames give birth to ashes When the levee crashes Row Must I long for thunder Longing how I wonder Waves will pull me under Row
7.
Dreams will be remains Fragments never claimed Dreams will be remains Gain and again Skies forever weep Teardrops I will reap Skies forever weep Never ever keep Hear me when I speak Hear me when I cry Hear me before I Lay low to lie Dipping with the lark gone Echoes of the one song Bending with the fold now Broken with the last true vow Nights will gather sleep Shepherds they will reap Nights will gather sleep Drag me to the deep Purpose is a fault Cracked under the vault Purpose is a fault Reset time to nought Hear me when I speak Hear me when I cry Hear me before I Lay low to lie Dipping with the lark gone Echoes of the one song Bending with the fold now Broken with the last true vow Hear them when they speak Hear them when they cry Hear them before they Lay low to lie Hear them when they speak Hear them when they cry Hear them before they Lay low to lie Hear them when they speak Hear them when they cry Hear them before they Lay low to lie
8.
When the longest night Folds back in to day You’ll know my love Not to be afraid It’s the way we’re made Makes us break away In your embrace I was meant to stay You’re not alone To the wind you take Murmuring desire At the rib you ache It’s the way we’re made Makes us break away Like dust and debris In sunlight playing It’s the way we’re made God breath into clay In your embrace I was meant to stay
9.
Firefly 03:45 video
This house of ours a ball and chain This house of ours where no one reigns Forget my name and our abode Abandon ship abort the code I was at the bridge the fuel spent You were at the turn but why repent I was at the drop abandon all I was on my knees Unbreakable Fire fly burning up the light How high far into the night Fire fly burning up the light How high far into the night This hidden sun gave birth to stars Moonlight moans across the bars This story then in time unfolds This body when with words I’m told I was at the fall drawn to the edge You were at the lock torn at the thread I was at the flame the root the creed You were at the cut but why believe? But why believe? Fire fly burning up the light How high far into the night Fire fly burning up the light How high far into the night I never believed it was true I never believed it was you I never believed it was true I never believed it was you I never believed it was true I never believed it was you I never believed it was true I never believed it was you I never believed it was true I never believed it was you Only you only me Only you only me Only you only me Only you only me Me me me you you you Me me me you you you Me me me you you you
10.
Gone is the hour when the hand drops There goes the fall at the last stop Soar on the wing south we’ve gone Trapped at the fold hurricane blowing Dive with the wind dipped in the tide Snapped at the edge but the wrong side You wouldn’t wait and I couldn’t stay Trick to the bait is Nature’s play Form is the bone with the vessel cracked Spoke in the wheel with the back track Bird on the branch with no say Sing a little now for another way Burden’s a beast without a home Too far gone I’ve never known Paradise fell on the eighth day We’re on the last watch Should I even pray ? I want us to grow old I want us to get through I want us to be whole I’d love to be as new I want us to evolve I’d like us to be true Then maybe we’d be whole And we could be as new I want us to grow old I want us to get through I want us to be whole Then we could be as new
11.
A little died Some little part of me has died Angel bear it to the sky A little died Little part of me has died Can’t help it how I tried I yelled before Yell it again I’ll yell it now Remember them I yelled before Yell it again I’ll yell it now Remember them A little lie Some little part of me a lie Angel hold it to the fire A little lie Little part of me a lie Had to tell it don’t know why I yelled before Yell it again I’ll yell it now Remember them I yelled before I’ll yell again I’ll yell it now Remember them I yelled before I’ll yell again I’ll yell it now Remember them
12.
You were the blood kissed by the thorn I was the wind in the leaf Bent at the eye of the storm North at the pole repelled and drawn I wanted to fall or to be reborn Fall or to be reborn I tried to be brave you tried to be strong You said I was wise like a king More like a fool all along I wanted to drown in the dust of a drought I wanted in when the real way was out In when the real way was out And so I ran but nowhere fast I was the hare in the lights And the lead that fired up the glass The way was dark and I should have passed You were the first through and I was the last The first through and I was the last Tides always turn dipping away I was the wing in flight Dying to return some day But I couldn’t leave nor could I stay Deliver me I used to say Deliver me I used to say Once more to the fore but for what cause I heard a heartbeat and then a pause Go where the real way is yours Go where the real way is yours Go where the real way is yours Go where the real way is yours
13.
Epilogue 02:29

about

With his seventh studio album, Shapes of the Fall, Piers Faccini, pursues his passion for pursuing the kind of cross-cultural dialogues that have long been heard on Mediterranean shores throughout the centuries, bridging southern Europe with the Near East and Africa. Although the songs are written and sung in English, the musical influences in Shapes of the Fall draw heavily on Faccini’s own Mediterranean ancestry, creating a musical voyage whose geography varies from song to song, crossing multiple frontiers with his voice over the course of the journey, from the snow tipped anglo-american Folk registers of songs like Paradise Fell or Together Forever Everywhere to the eerie desert blown notes of Middle Eastern or north African modes in tracks like Firefly or Dunya.
Ruin or repair and hope or despair are the album‘s parallel narratives and if shapes of the fall are the myriad endangered forms that make up the mosaic of our environmental collapse, the descent, Faccini sings, is of our doing or undoing. ''Bring me my home back'' the chorus of the album’s emblamatic opening song They Will Gather No Seed is not then, the singer’s personal cry for a home but the animal lament of innumerable species on the brink of extinction.

Faccini who has previously collaborated with cellist Vincent Segal for their 2014 duo album Songs of Time Lost has collaborated over the years with musicians far and wide in search of musical dialogue such as Ballake Sissoko, Ibrahim Maalouf or Jasser Haj Youssef. Two exceptional voices feature on the album; Californian singer-songwriter Ben Harper, a collaborator from his 2005 album, Tearing Sky and Moroccan singer and master of the trance traditions known as Gnawa, Abdelkebir Merchane. The album was co-produced by Piers Faccini and Fred Soulard.

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released April 2, 2021

PRODUCED BY PIERS FACCINI AND FREDERIC SOULARD

ALL SONGS BY PIERS FACCINI EXCEPT *
* DUNYA - MUSIC AND LYRICS BY PIERS FACCINI AND MALIK ZIAD
* ALL ABOARD - LYRICS WRITTEN BY PIERS FACCINI, MUSIC BY PIERS FACCINI AND MALIK ZIAD, ARRANGED BY KARIM ZIAD

FOGHORN CALLING AND REMEMBER THEM, ARRANGED BY MALIK ZIAD
ARRANGEMENTS FOR STRING QUARTET ON DUNYA, TOGETHER FOREVER EVERYWHERE, LAY LOW TO LIE AND PARADISE FELL BY LUC SUAREZ
ARRANGEMENTS FOR STRING QUARTET ON THEY WILL GATHER NO SEED BY LUC SUAREZ AND FREDERIC SOULARD

RECORDED AT BLACKBOX, ANGERS, FRANCE BY FREDERIC SOULARD AND ETIENNE CLAUZEL
DRUMS BY SIMONE PRATTICO ON DUNYA AND LAY LOW TO LIE
RECORDED BY FRANCESCO DE NIGRIS AT NGR (ROMA, IT)

BEN HARPER RECORDED HIS VOICE AND ACOUSTIC SLIDE GUITAR ON ALL ABOARD AT HOME IN L.A, ABDELKEBIR MERCHANE ON ALL ABOARD RECORDED BY TARIK HMITI, AT HMTI, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
STRINGS RECORDED BY SÉBASTIEN TONDO AT STUDIO 12 TER, MONTREUIL, FRANCE

MIXED BY FREDERIC SOULARD ASSISTED BY LÉO NIVOT AT STUDIO MÉCHANT, PARIS, FRANCE
MASTERED BY CHAB AT CHAB MASTERING, PARIS, FRANCE

PUBLISHED BY BEATING DRUM / NØ FØRMAT!

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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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