the sweetest of tales from the bitterest edge

by Beccy Owen

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1.
05:10
Holding onto the speak no evil monkey We're hanging out the window Breeze swirling through and it's not too late for us The weather could change Hanging out with the hear no evil monkey She says "where is your evidence of life beyond this?" Doubt swirling through and it's not too late for faith The weather could change In a needy way we ache for affection To be kissed or kiss In a knee-deep way we wait for impact To be hit or hit At least we'd move At least we'd move At least we'd move Hanging onto a speak no evil monkey She's whispering softly 'be free' Ease swirling through And it's not too late for us The weather could change In a needy way we ache for affection To be kissed or kiss In a knee-deep way we wait for impact To be hit or hit At least we'd move At least we'd move At least we'd move
2.
03:35
I am ready for love, but not for a cage And I am learning to learn, but I seem to be stuck on this page, There is beauty of all kinds here in this room, But I'm cynical it's just chemical There is wisdom in knowing that you know nothing at all I am learning to listen, to accept the short fall I am hungry for the time when your mouth mirrors mine But I'm cynical it's just chemical This aint lunar-love, or lunar-fate I say it's the life that we create This aint lunar-love, lunar-fate I say it's the life that we create.
3.
03:55
I know this fallible life can be wonderful for some The bricked in fickle decent types Clearly driven bible black inside And he wont drop anchor with me Although the undertow is strong And we sleep so soundly together But we are better off alone Choking on our freedom, freedom, freedom And he carried his kisses for me Inside a paper bagged mistake The shipwrecked, huckleberry boy, Flickered out to bible black inside And all along his anchor was me And when the undertow was strong We'd laugh so loudly together But he was always so alone Choking on our freedom, freedom, freedom
4.
The first thing I'll buy is a piano And I'll pretend you revolve around how tender I can be Off a cliff in a remote celtic fog I will cast all these woes cos my fingers are bound to the sounds I can't say with my mouth And I'm sorry if I disappoint you The spiders of guilt they dance so heavy on my skin 'Til i get to the place of the 'ha ha ha ha ha' Where I skate away with you and Joni To a dwelling place of a memory that sings forgiving harmony And I'm sorry if I hurt you When I'm there I will manage much better There'll be time, I'll have time for the heart, head and do In a place where the edge appears only in my sleep I will give up this balancing act to the sea I will give up I will give up And I'm sorry that I hurt you if I hurt you There I go as usual making it all about me Are you well, are you safe, are you happy? I'm falling and fading, spilling the love you gave Until then I will wait here with the spiders I’ll pretend you revolve around how tender I can be I have heard that there is truth if you can write in your own blood So I’ll follow these sounds that are bound to my pulse I will follow I will follow And I'm sorry that I hurt you if I hurt you There I go as usual making it all about me Are you well, are you safe, are you happy? All I’m really trying to say is, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.
5.
6.
03:45
Today it’s all the little things The tide comes in and brings a lullaby Come here and rest your weary wings And I will bathe you in the dozing sea
7.
05:20
Have to come away from the window Before I become part of the rain Want to be a part of the rain Falling down but making a noise Want to tell you my darkest dreams Before I become part of the rain Whilst I’m unoccupied by fear I want you near to me Thought I’d come back Thought I’d come back Thought I had come back Take my head talk to my heart tongue But no words will come take my heart talk To my head tongue but my mouth is numb Have to come away from the window Before I become part of the rain For I get too lost in the rain So I’ll come away from the window Before I become part of the rain Thought I knew about all the places I had left to try But you found me out so I Thought I’d come back Thought I’d come back Thought I had come back Take my head talk to my heart tongue But no words will come take my heart talk To my head tongue but my mouth is numb Have to come away from the window Before I become part of the rain To an evening of fits and noisy kissing So I’ll come away from the window Before I become part of the rain Thought I knew about all the places I had left to hide But you found me out And I want you near to me Before I become part of the rain Before I become part of the rain
8.
Waking actions as natural as a sigh Move my rested flesh across your lips there you lie Even the moon is covered in scars And when it is bright it lights the late world Like a silver-haired friend with a torch So don’t be afraid or ashamed, you’re beautiful to me Waking actions as natural as a sigh Move my rested flesh across your lips there you lie Time will pass by we are creatures born to die But my heart is yours and yours is mine we are invincible You touch my face and you show me such grace I forget all my cares and fears, I’m near to you and happy Waking actions as natural as a sigh Move my rested flesh across your lips there you lie
9.
04:11
I know that I am little And that the miracles are rare But I’m in trouble again I arrived like any other But I am chasing with a limp 
Until I can’t go any further alone I will not settle for the middle ground And I will not stop until i’m found with you Cos the only voice that I’m listening to is the one that sings a Song of hope And I know that I am little But theres talk of immortality If I can walk along the path you pave So now my greatest enemy a Are all the reasons to hold back I must be sure of what I cannot see I will not hunger for the love I’ve lost And I’ll try to keep in mind that the gain outweighs the cost Cos now you’re here with me and there are no more lies I can sing to you my Song of hope No, I will not settle for the middle ground And I will not stop until i’m found with you Cos the only road I’m gonna walk along is the one that bring me a Heart of hope And a song of joy A heart of hope A song of joy
10.
11:25

about

Beccy Owen is a singer and composer based in Yorkshire, UK, with three self-released albums under her extremely busy belt.

This is her debut album, a precocious DIY recording from way back in the summer of 2002, when Beccy was a mere slip of a girl. Some would argue it is her best long player.

The Sweetest of Tales From The Bitterest Edge received widespread critical acclaim on it's release, and introduced Beccy as a formidable and open-hearted talent, arming herself and her listeners with an arsenal of eccentric, literate and heartfelt pop songs that lead her into battle against fat-cat-pop-mediocrity.

Her piano-led tunes develop and flourish amidst beautiful harmonies and unexpected mood changes. Described by the NME as a “delinquent Carole King,” Beccy also brings to mind the delicacy of Sarah McLachlan and the drama and vocal intensity of Kate Bush.

Originally released as a limited edition CD, there are now no physical copies left of the original batch, so it is with great glee that this digital version has become available.

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released May 13, 2002

Piano/Vocals: Beccy Owen
Cello: Rachel Unthank
Flute: Tracy Kelly
Bass: Gary Atkinson
Drums: Danny Ward
Oboe: Kathryn Packer
Accordian: Kieran Dunlop
Production: Tony Leedale, Phil Charles.

Cover design: Tommy Anderson @ Baseline Shift

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