Fast Trains And Telegraph Wires

by TREMBLING BLUE STARS

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When something is sad, it is sad. “Fast Trains and Telegraph Wires” will be the last full-length album from TREMBLING BLUE STARS. After nearly 15 years of activity, Bobby Wratten’s band, the music that came after the mythical FIELD MICE and the unforgettable NORTHERN PICTURE LIBRARY, is offering his last songs. In a fantastic double-CD edition, accompanied by the EP “Cicely Tonight Volume One” the group from Mitcham give us a collection of undisputable, exciting and disturbing songs, that includes the work of Jonathan Akerman, Beth Arzy and Keris Howard again, that indie-pop super group, as well as Cath Carroll’s (singer of MIAOW, one of the groups included on NME’s mythical tape, C86, and musical journalist) special collaboration on vocals on that gem of a song full of sweetness that is “The Imperfection of Memory”. It is a masterpiece, with intense singles like “Cold Colours” and “All Our Tomorrows”, as well as the melancholy and delicate “Frosting”, “Half-Light” and “The Dark World of The Broken”. The disc closes with “The Hidden Quarter”, a beautiful composition dedicated to the film and video director, Derek Jarman (responsible for videos from THE SEX PISTOLS, THE SMITHS, PET SHOP BOYS). On the other hand, “Cicely Tonight Volume One” offers the more experimental side of Wratten, the side that gets closer by the second to big names like Brian Eno, in addition to the vocal collaboration of Anne Mari Barker-Davies on “The Lowest Arc”, a version of THE DREAM ACADEMY’s “Not For Second Prize”.

Two complementary parts that give a panoramic view of the incomparable and unique figure that is Robert Wratten, and especially, his work at the head of TREMBLING BLUE STARS, capable of light and darkness, of reflecting pain and sadness in brilliant, emotion-filled melodies. It is an epilogue that will be completed with the second part of “Cicely Tonight”, a new CD-single that will be out soon and that will bring a close to one of the most personal and unforgettable discographies that has ever been released. The music is forged somewhere between love and melancholy, the notes reflect the sincerest emotions, and it has a sensitivity and honesty that will be difficult to hear or see again.

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released October 1, 2010

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Track Name: My Face For The World To See
I wonder what happened?
How it came to be
The parting of the ways
Between her and her copy
Of ‘My Face For The World To See’ ?
‘My Face For The World To See’
A dedication
Handwritten in red
A dedication
In a Valentine’s gift
Of ‘My Face For The World To See’
‘My Face For The World To See’
“Could have been a star.
Didn’t want to be.
That I couldn’t last anyone could see”
A dedication
Handwritten in red
A dedication
Signed E. S.
In ‘My Face For The World To See’( Now it’s time to pass it on)
‘My Face For The World To See’( Now it’s time to pass it on)
“This book I’ve treasured
And now it’s yours”
I wonder what happened?
I wonder what?
Track Name: All Our Tomorrows
I never want you to feel again
The way you did in your sad stories
I want to take every bad thing
Take it and consign it to history
Let me hold you so close
That all the things that haunt you leave you
Let me repair the damage
The past is gone and cannot touch you
I can’t stand the thought
Of you feeling hurt
Having seen
The world at its worst
I want to soothe all sorrows
Chase away every bad memory
Today and all our tomorrows
Matter more than any yesterday
I can’t stand the thought
Of you feeling hurt
Having seen
The world at its worst
Track Name: In Arrivals
Looking through the window of a train
To the place
We stood
With your suitcase
Our footsteps I’ve retraced
You’re in Departures - the sky awaits you
My mornings will be your nights
Here on Greenwich Mean Time
The difference
Adds to the distance
And something will remain amiss
Until I see you

Until I see you in Arrivals
Until I see you in Arrivals
I’m heading for the streets
We walk most every week
And something will remain amiss
Until I see you
(My mornings will be your nights, your nights)
Until I see you in Arrivals
Until I see you in Arrivals
Until I see you in Arrivals
Until I see you in Arrivals
Track Name: Frosting
Bare branches blowing
Rain hits an evening window
The details are the frosting
They will repay you tenfold
Where there’s giving there’s receiving
It pays to pay attention
Leaves catching sunlight
Golden in the morning
Leaves when they’re in flight
Each other chasing
Where there’s giving there’s receiving
The details are the frosting
There’s magic waiting
In any given moment
Be captured
Be taken
Be in the present
You’re here to be stolen
Most anything can keep, can hold on
You’re here to be stolen
Most anything can wait
Bare branches blowing
Rain hits an evening window
The streets you’re tired of
There’s more o them than you know
Where there’s giving there’s receiving
The details are the frosting
Track Name: The Imperfection Of Memory
I can’t hold onto you like I promised to
Said I’d always remember
But every day your face grows fainter
Every day a little fainter
You knew that this would happen didn’t you
When you stood and begged me
To remember your existence
You knew my memories would grow distant
An unbearable sadness fills the gaps
Left by details I can’t get back
I can’t get back
I never dreamt I’d be here failing you
The imperfection of memory
Now you’re more of a ghost than ever -
With your signal growing dimmer
I thought I’d have no trouble doing
What it was you were asking
Didn’t see the darkness coming
Into which you’re disappearing
An unbearable sadness fills the gaps
Left by details I can’t get back
I can’t get back
I’m failing but fighting to keep you
I’m fighting but failing to keep you
I’m failing but fighting to keep you
I’m fighting but failing to keep you
Track Name: The Dark World Of The Broken
Safe in my cocoon
An empty room
Haunted by
Broken songs and sighs
An empty room
A slow descent
Fearless on this island
To which no-one can get
I don’t want to learn
I just want my feelings confirmed
I welcome the false sense of protection
In the dark world of the broken
A tunnel beckoned
I heeded its call
Escape is a long way to crawl
Thoughts of the future are not entertained
Safe and sound and closing down
I make myself small
Freedom from the need for decisions
In the dark world of the broken
An empty room
A slow descent
A slow descent
The dark world of the broken
The dark world of the broken
Of the broken
The broken
Track Name: Cold Colours
I have to see that she
Must have her reasons
Reasons I guess I may never know
All I know is this
Has hurt my feelings
I will have to learn to let it go
Maybe one day
It will all be explained
Maybe one day
Maybe one day
Maybe one day
I’ll know why suddenly
She began ignoring me
And why she chose
To bring things to a close
I thought maybe this time
We’d stay in contact
As she would place her trust like we were friends
But I guess she had enough
Friends already
Making me surplus to requirements
So I’ll try to
Forget she disappeared
On me without a word
So I’ll try to
Forget the mystery hurts
But a tender heart
Finds forgetting hard
Maybe one day
It will all be explained
Maybe one day
Maybe one day
Maybe one day
I’ll know why suddenly
She began ignoring me
And why she chose
To bring things to a close
But I’m not holding out hope
Track Name: Half-Light
It looks so pretty as the light fails
Late November twilight
The day’s about to close its shutters
On come all the street lights
And I feel a little less defined
Though the dying light can find me
Lost and feeling fragile
In the drifting there is beauty
I’ll be a shadow for a short while
Sometimes you need to turn down the glare
It looks so pretty as the light fails
Faltering, departing
Stillness now resides in my sails
I’ll surrender to the evening
The darkness will grow
And flow through my veins
I’ll let it and let go of the reins
Let go of the reins
Let go of the reins
Let go of the reins
Track Name: The Tropic Of Capricorn
We met in the winter
It fits us like we fit each other
We feel at home with the sun focused on
The Tropic Of Capricorn
Pale afternoon skies
Dark by five
Clean, brittle evenings lit by yuletide lights
We met in the winter
And winter
Winter just feels right
The Piccadilly window displays
To which we gravitate
Forgotten beaches
These isles asleep and decayed
When the clocks go backwards
It’s a step in the right direction
With the harvest in
And winter on the horizon
We met in the winter
And winter
Winter is our season
Winter is our season
Winter is our season
The Piccadilly window displays
To which we gravitate
Forgotten beaches
These isles asleep and decayed
We met in the winter
It fits us like we fit each other
We feel at home with the sun focused on
The Tropic Of Capricorn
Track Name: The Last Four Winters Of The War_ Grey Silk Storm
An enemy plane
In the first light of dawn
Watching and waiting
For the fog to be torn
Heather and birch
Grey silk storm
Secrecy in northern seas
Refugees and Christmas trees
Lost colleagues
An enemy plane
In the first light of dawn
Watching and waiting
For the fog to be torn
Heather and birch
Grey silk storm
Track Name: The Hidden Quarter
Tread gently for this is a place
Of silence and solitude
A place of escape
Every colour
Has painted the waves
At one time or another
Every hue
Every shade

The Emerald City
At the world’s edge
The magical stillness
The gift of less
Tread softly
For this is a place
Of escape so sweet
A place of retreat
Track Name: The Floating World
Instrumental
Track Name: The Lowest Arc
The sun won’t travel
So low tomorrow
This day marks
The lowest arc
The darkest day of the battle is the start of renewal
Hope’s here again
The promise of spring
Apples tied remind
Apples tied remind
A paradox
Carried within
The protection and promise
Of evergreens
‘The year’s midnight’
Sleeping seeds
The darkest day of the battle
Is the start of renewal
The sun won’t travel
So low tomorrow
This day marks
The lowest arc
Track Name: Radioactive Decay
Instrumental
Track Name: Not For Second Prize
Time itself is bringing down our ride
We’re on the ground
We’ve almost made it
Hard to find a way to say goodbye
And yet the final kiss betrayed it
In the shadow of the world outside
Don’t let it darken down your eyes
You never could have second prize
Out into the world on shaking ground
And leaving all the lights behind us
From my arms where no warmth could be found
Just the love that had confined us
In the shadow of the things you know
Don’t ever think of letting go
No,
Not for second prize
Time is up and bringing down our ride
We’re on the ground the music’s ending
Track Name: Outside
Instrumental
Track Name: The Floating World (Reprise)
Instrumental
Track Name: No More Sad Songs
She is here
And there is no need to devote
Any time to anything but hope
I know where I belong
And there will be no more sad songs
No more sad songs
Everything
Burns that much brighter shared
The memories we’re making here
And there’ll be more to come
But there will be no more sad songs
No more sad songs
She is here
And now it’s time to cast aside
The writing of despairing lines
I know just what we’ve got
And I know there’ll be no more sad songs
No more sad songs
The winter moon
Looks down upon a midnight walk
The moon that listens when you talk
And nothing’s wrong
And there will be no more sad songs
No more sad songs