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Two Grains Of Sand

by Piers Faccini

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released June 29, 2009

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All songs by Piers Faccini
Produced by Renaud Letang and Piers Faccini
Mixed by Renaud Letang
Recorded in Paris at Studio Ferber by Renaud Letang and Thomas Moulin
and at home by Piers Faccini.
‘My burden is light, who loves the shade, time of nought’ and ‘until silence reads the lines’ recorded at home by Patrick Jauneaud.
Quatro and backing vocals on ‘ home away from home’ recorded by Brent Quinton at Sesalos studios, Durban, South Africa.
Drums and percussion on ‘your name no more’ recorded by Robert Carranza at Brushfire studios, LA.
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Electric Mastering
Publishing Hi-Jack Editions

All songs arranged by Piers Faccini
except ‘save a place for me’ and ‘a storm is going to come’ arrangements for brass and woodwind by Julien chirol
‘The wind that blows’ string arrangement ‘by Lucas Suarez and Piers Faccini
Parts for cello in ‘two grains of sand’, ‘home away from home’ and ‘to see is to believe’ by Vincent Segal.
Poem in ‘the dust in our eyes’ by Francesca Beard

Artwork and Photographs 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: Two Grains Of Sand
Lyrics :

He was the rock of old carved and faced
Land of the cross drawn and traced
She of silk and lace soft as night
A crescent moon bathed in light

Who would dare tear them apart
Who would try to halve this heart

How can we stand to hold up a man
To choose in his hand between two grains of sand
How can we turn to violence and burn
Forget all we've learned to darkness return

Its been told before I'll tell it again
How jealousy struck and hate did gain
To plunder once once and for all
This cherished pearl until sorrow falls

They stole in and crept like thieves
A murder buried under autumn leaves

How can we stand to hold up a man
To choose in his hand between two grains of sand
How can we turn to violence and burn
Forget all we've learned to darkness return

Too pure to shine in this world of sighs
Of butchers and crimes of laws and lies
But something of their love will remain
In the frozen drops of winter’s rain

They're above us there is no doubt
There is a light that won't go out out

How can we stand to hold up a man
To choose in his hand between two grains of sand
How can we turn to violence and burn
Forget all we've learned to darkness return
Track Name: The Wind That Blows
Lyrics :

The wind that blows quiet knows
A song as soft as silence goes
Into each thread a secret said
The sun and moon on a wedding bed

A rope unbound a treasure found
A healing ground an island drowned
To be without and not belong
Between the right and the wrong

And I won't seek nor will I find
Today is here then gone behind

The future makes the past opaque
I’ve given all for true love's sake
The tolling chime the senseless mime
The whirling hand of the beat of time

And what of this for a traitor's kiss
And what of now for a beggars bliss
To fall away and leave the fray
To disappear and lose the way

And I won't seek nor will I find
Today is here then gone behind

The lost ones and the lonely
Are the ones that go before their time is done
And the broken and the helpless
Are the ones that leave but never ever come

I’m not ashamed to be unnamed
An unmarked box left unclaimed
To be without and not belong
Between the right and the wrong

And I won't seek nor will I find
Today is here then gone behind
Track Name: Your Name No More
Lyrics :

Your name is no name your name no more
Your name is no name your name no more
no mouth nor tongue has spoken nor sung
Your name is no name your name no more

This word is no word this word is law
This word is no word this word is law
No one man born has written or drawn
This word is no word this word is law

Your name is no name your name no more
Your name is no name your name no more
No mouth nor tongue has spoken nor sung
Your name is no name no more

Your claim is no claim your claim is war
Your claim is no claim your claim is war
Take up your arms raise the alarm
Your claim is no claim your claim is war

Blood will run and blood will flow
Suffering souls suffer no more
The coin will spin the face will turn
Suffering souls no more will burn
Begin again begin once more
Suffering souls will march to war
Hear the bombs hear the bullets fly
suffering souls take no more of your lies

Your name no more your name no more
Your name no more your name no more
Your word no more your word no more
Your word no more your word no more
Track Name: To See Is To Believe
Lyrics :

You just wanted to be light
To cancel out the shade
And let the darkness pay
For the years you've been away
From him

But now do you see there are two sides
Two faces with two lives
Opposites that divide
You've spent so long denying
You

And now the lifetime that you've spent
Will not be returned to be lived over again

Now you're happy when you're sad
And angry when you're glad
You're tearing up and crying
For the life that's busy dying
To be

But the knife can't cut the blade
Nor the sun shine on itself
It’s a gift you could receive
To see is to believe
To see is to believe

The lifetime that you've spent
Will not be returned to be lived over again

Now we all live for what we have left
But you could be kind kind to yourself
Kind to yourself

The lifetime that you've spent will not be returned
To be lived over again and again

Further on further on mother
Furher on further down the line
Further on further on father
Further on further on time
Further on further on children
Further on further down the line
Further on further on mother
It’s further on further on time
Track Name: Who Loves The Shade
Lyrics :

Precious things soon get lost
Up on the tracks when two paths cross
The lover i had is with another today
Tomorrow came when she went away

She was a diamond in the vein
A crimson flower in the brain

I picked my rose for the thorns
And hearts get so easily torn
I picked my rose for the thorns
And lives get so easily torn

The years have come the years will go
And then with time the years will show
I was too young then i'm too old now
Oh what i'd give to have them back somehow

She was a diamond in the vein
A crimson flower in the brain

I picked my rose for the thorns
And lives get so easily torn
I picked my rose for the thorns
I know hearts get so easily torn

The poison hit me like a shot
I knew grace until it stopped
Roses bloom before they fade
Who loves the needle loves the shade

She was a diamond in the vein
A crimson flower in the brain

But i picked my rose for the thorns
And hearts get so easily torn
I picked my rose for the thorns
I know lives get so easily torn
Track Name: A Home Away From Home
Lyrics :

She's a dreamer she's a universe inside
She's a sleeper down on the ocean ride
She's a breaker a million miles behind
on the next boat she'll make it there in time
All she wants is a home away from home

He's a maker a mountain when he treads
He's a claimer for the new dawn ahead
He's a finder at the last port of call
On the first ship before the anchor falls
All he wants is a home away from home

They're old now but they still remember when
They knew how they'd lose out in the end
They're takers every woman every man
On the last liner to sail or be damned
All they want is a home away from home

How they wander how they roam
All aboard hurry home
All they want is a home away from home
Track Name: A Storm Is Going To Come
Lyrics :

Black crows circling up above crying out do you hear that sound
I never thought it would come to this paradise razed to the ground
Sometimes i don't sleep at night i hear the wind in the moaning trees
I wonder how my child will fare with wars and bombs and thieves
The thunder has begun

Some are blind but choose to see lies into the truth they weave
Some put their trust in faith some say I don’t believe
But each man unto himself is an island in a raging sea
With a boat to anchor or sail of the two which will it be
The thunder has begun

A storm is going to come

Who's the one out watching you who says your rights are wrong
When the preacher and the judge are lying a change is coming it wont be long
We may have burnt a bridge too far we may have run ourselves too fast
When you look into the mirror friend what is that you want to ask
The thunder has begun

Dear father when you left me here you lay your head in eternal sleep
You taught me only love remains and love is all we have to keep
Black crows circling up above crying out do you hear that sound
I never thought it would come to this paradise razed to the ground
The thunder has begun

A storm is going to come find a haven find a shelter
A storm is going to come find a port find a harbour
A storm is going to come find a friend find a lover
A storm is going to come find a sister find a brother
Track Name: Time Of Nought
Lyrics :

Oh ma its only this
Oh ma its only this

When you long for the ground
The dust will whisper and say
When you long for the ground
The dust will take you away

Oh ma its only that
Oh ma its only that

When you rise to the dawn
The dawn follows the day
When you rise to the dawn
The dawn will bear you away

Heal the wound of mercy
With the blade of love
Draw the cup of blood
With a sword above

Love love love love

When you long for the ground
The dust will whisper and say
When you long for the ground
The dust will take you away

Heal the wound of mercy
With the blade of love
Draw the cup of blood
With a sword above

Love love love love
Track Name: Save A Place For Me
Lyrics :

When something’s gone its gone for good
But now that you've gone i wish that you would
Have turned around and left another time
Instead of leaving town with so much on your mind

Oh the riches of the world won't bring you back
Nor a yearning as deep as any sea
And all the books upon this earth can't tell me where you've gone
Wherever you are won't you save a place for me
Wherever you are save a place for me

I waited at the door for you to knock
Minutes then hours passed up on the clock
Did i fall asleep and dream that you phoned
Saying don't worry love i'll be coming home

Oh the riches of the world won't bring you back
Nor a yearning as deep as any sea
And all the books upon this earth can't tell me where you've gone
But wherever you are won't you save a place for me
Wherever you are save a place for me

I see you in the blue of the summer sky
In visions of the rain and the moon up on high
I feel your hand in every living space
And everywhere i look i always find your trace

Oh the riches of the world won't bring you back
Nor a yearning as deep as any sea
And all the books upon this earth can't tell me where you've gone
But wherever you are won't you save a place for me
Wherever you are save a place for me
Track Name: The Dust In Your Eyes
Lyrics :

We take the rough the rough with the smooth
Until the hammer comes down on the groove
We take the thread we tread on the weave
But when the play runs over we leave

So many changes but just one theme
A kaleidoscope for every scene

It’s just the dust we get in our eyes
It’s just the dust we get in our eyes
Oh the dust we get in our eyes

We call the six spot out on the die
Chasing rainbows out on the fly
And at the crossroads we can choose
Heads we win or tails we lose

Countless ways to make one dream
Galaxies in every scene

It’s just the dust we get in our eyes
The dust we get in our eyes
Oh the dust we get in our eyes

The carnival the ace of spades
The laughing jack and the joker too
The veiled fortune teller tells it true
The pentangle the bird that flew
St catherine’s wheel and the chosen few
The mirrored backdrop that reflects for you

Endless turns or so it seems
A rollercoaster with every scene

It’s just the dust we get in our eyes
Just the dust we get in our eyes
It’s just the dust we get in our eyes

From the stars breaking in the skies
Track Name: Strangers
Lyrics :

Sunset shimmers behind the distant plains
Ink drops bursting into a fiery stain
For one instant suspended against the blue
Until the curtain fell and the day was through
I heard a muffled scream come from a broken down shack
Then an engine start but i didn't turn back
One man's poison can take another man's ground
But sooner or later we all go down

Love has brought us love will take us
Whether the cards are for us or stacked against us
Crooked time will weave it’s spell
And wave you on before you’ll say farewell
When one soul steps on another man's road
That soul's burden became another man's load
Remorse comes after the deed is done
But in the end we all just have to run

We're all strangers upon this land
Covering up the trouble we’ve found
We're all strangers upon this land
Reaching up til we all come down

We're all that sunset flowing red
We're all that blood that blow to the head
Whose footsteps lie there in the clay
Who pulled the trigger and got away
One man's love can be another man's hate
But when the coin is flipped it never comes too late
Lives are lost and decisions made
But in the end all of our debts get paid

Someone somewhere is wounded does any one care at all?
Someone somewhere needs you to help them up when they fall

We're all strangers upon this land
Covering up the trouble we’ve found
We're all strangers upon this land
Reaching up til we all come down

Someone somewhere lights a candle flame
For those that left that never came
Others sleep easy til the dawn
Somewhere up there another day is born

We're all strangers upon this land
Covering up the trouble we’ve found
We're all strangers upon this land
Reaching up til we all come down
Track Name: My Burden Is Light
Lyrics :

I've been taken I’ve been enslaved
I've been captured i've been saved
Been out wandering traveling lost
My hands are shackled my heart is crossed

Sacred wine straight from the grape
A prisoner in love can never escape
My task is done my burden is light
The dawn will come for the end of the night

Joy joy
I'm out of luck
Joy joy
I give up

Together we'll wake up together we'll sleep
We've tied the knot this bond we'll keep
Turn the lock from the outside in
This wheel of fate can roll and spin

Captive soldier betrayed by love
Sees no bars he sees the stars above
A link and a tie and a lover's embrace
A paradise made touched by grace

Joy joy
I'm out of luck
Joy joy
I give up