the sweetest of tales from the bitterest edge

by Beccy Owen

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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 2001, 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.

ENJOY!

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released May 13, 2013

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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Track Name: Monkey
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
Track Name: Lunar
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.
Track Name: Anchor
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
Track Name: Heart Head and Do
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.
Track Name: Dozing
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
Track Name: Comeback
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
Track Name: You Know Who You Are
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
Track Name: Little Me
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