These Long Dark Country Roads

by ANT

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1.
It’s time I was gone I’ll take my things and run I’ll catch the bus in the rush hour And flee across the city there isn’t much left here for me I’ll catch that bus in the rush hour To my sister’s for tea and biscuits She can’t fix it but she listens And I’ll make my big decision And then I’ll run It’s time I was gone I have so much to be getting done I’ll catch that bus in the rush hour And see what’s left for me there’s still so much I’d like to be I’ll catch my bus in the rush hour To my sister’s for tea and biscuits She can’t fix it but she listens And I’ll make my big decision And then I’ll run To my sister’s for tea and biscuits She can’t fix it but she listens And I’ll make my big decision And then I’ll run To my sister’s for tea and biscuits She can’t fix it but she listens And I’ll make my big decision And then I’ll run To my sister’s for tea and biscuits She can’t fix it but she listens And I’ll make my big decision And then I’ll run Yeah I’ll make my big decision And then I’ll run
2.
Oh these long dark country roads leave such a long way to go And the silence is deafening When there’s no talking just walking When there’s no talking just walking. So here we are in single file counting mile after mile And I can just about make you out But there’s no talking just walking No there’s no talking just walking Oh there’s a long way still to go and I just don’t know what I can say Oh is there some way you could know that I do feel the same way Oh these short and sweet goodbye kisses are the ones one really misses And they are all that I can think about When there’s no talking just walking When there’s no talking just walking When there’s no talking just walking When there’s no talking just walking
3.
If you come to the phone I will kiss you down the line I know that things could be so different this time We left our love asleep for too long And we were never ever really that strong No we were never ever really that strong I see the idea forming up in your mind You’ve decided that now is the right time To hold your hands up and wave goodbye I’ll read the letters that you’ll put through my door Saying you don’t want me calling anymore And this time you’re sure If you come to the phone I will kiss you down the line I know that things could be so different this time We left our love asleep for too long And we were never ever really that strong No we were never ever really that strong We were never ever really that strong No we were never ever really that strong
4.
Smile your best smile You might just win her over You might just bowl her over Here she comes through the door With the sunlight behind her Yes you know she could blind you After all it doesn’t take a lot to fall to pieces It doesn’t take that much at all Before you know it you’ll be sworn to secrets Before you know it you’ll be torn You’ll be torn So say something soon Something she should be hearing Something she’ll find appealing Here she comes through the door With the sunlight behind her Now she knows she can blind you After all it doesn’t take a lot to fall to pieces It doesn’t take that much at all Before you know it you’ll be sworn to secrets Before you know it you’ll be torn It doesn’t take a lot to fall to pieces It doesn’t take that much at all Before you know it you’ll be sworn to secrets Before you know it you’ll be torn You’ll be torn, torn, torn, torn.
5.
Magpies 03:31
All we see are magpies these days We chased all the pretty little songbirds away Took their homes and changed their ways Now all we see are magpies these days Who’ll be singing in the morning, come the first days of spring Who’ll be giving the warning, to take to the wing and sing, sing All we hear are magpies these days A silent spring can’t be that far away Stole their seasons, changed their ways Now all we hear are magpies these days Who’ll be bringing in the morning, come the first days of spring Who’ll be giving the warning, to take to the wing and sing, sing Who’ll be singing in the morning, come the first days of spring Who’ll be giving the warning, to take to the wing and sing, sing, sing
6.
Pass the phone box by the road And keep on walking up the hill Pass the phone box by the road And keep on walking up the hill Jump the puddles in the road And dip beneath the bending trees Jump those puddles in the road And dip beneath the bending trees Oh I’ll follow wherever you go You know you know I’ll follow wherever you go You know you know You know you know You know you know

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Como el zumbido de la radio de un coche viejo en una de esas carreteras secundarias a las que Antony Harding (antiguo batería de Hefner) dedica el título de su primer EP para Acuarela, las historias que salpican estas seis canciones dejan el sabor de lo que queda de una rutina extraña, pero reconocible, de voces que se despiden, buscan consuelo o explicaciones, de música que sólo echamos de menos al volver a escuchar. Un alegato de buen saber hacer y sencillez pop en dieciocho minutos en los que colaboran Darren Hayman y Jack Hayter (amigos y antiguos compañeros de Antony en Hefner) e hijo, además de Tjinder Singh y James Milne (de Cornershop) - ACUARELA

A collection of gorgeous lo-fi acoustic pop songs that sparkle with tender spring-like freshness, the delicious melodies haunt you throughout the day, completely knocks you out with its bittersweet tenderness, the best release of the year so far - ROCKFEEDBACK

Ant sings about the changing of seasons, about people trying to connect over the telephone lines: “If you come to the phone / I will kiss you down the line / I know that things could be so different this time.” There’s pleasure to be taken in that longing, that expression of attempted connection. There’s also pleasure to be had in songs of uncertainty, in other words, adorned with a brushed acoustic guitar, tentative Casio, and that timeless harmonica - POPMATTERS

Simple, sweet tunes, soft & warm with some lovely vocals & a fragile heart - TERRASCOPIC

Time I Was Gone is an endlessly charming indie ditty - MUSICLIKEDIRT

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released February 1, 2009

Recorded by ANT at home in Malmö, Sweden during 2004 & 2007.
Song 1 mixed by Darren Hayman.
Song 2 mixed by Tjinder Singh.
Song 5 mixed by Jack Hayter.
Songs 3,4 and 6 mixed by ANT.
Featuring:
Ant: voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums, electric piano.
Darren Hayman: all other instruments (01)
Jack Hayter: pedal steel & harmonica (05)
James Hayter: percussion (05)
James Milne: bass (02)

Released in 2009 in Spain on Acuarela Discos (nois066).

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Antony Harding is an English singer-songwriter and musician from London who grew up on the Isle of Wight. He is best known as the drummer in London band Hefner, and has also played independently as ANT and now as Antony Harding

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