The Old Innocence

by Ali George

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'"The Old Innocence" is a collection of songs that were written over a period of 15 years (The oldest being the opening track "Innocence" - a song which I wrote when I was eighteen). These songs weren’t included on my previous albums mostly because they were either unfinished at the time, or because they didn't suit the mood of my other projects. They are songs which for various reasons stuck with me through the years.

I wanted to make a place for these lost songs that never got played live, and never seemed to get finished. (I was working on the ballad "Winter Verses" for seven years before I was happy with it.) "Frozen Smile" and "Refrain" are both around ten years old. "Sunburn Girl" is closer to twelve. Some of the other songs were written far more recently.

After I had finally finished the compositions, I began recording the first few tracks for the album at home in January of 2016, with a Zoom H2n (A relatively modest recording device). I had intended the recordings to be demos, but they turned into the foundations an album. I would like to thank my friends and family and fellow musicians for all the support they have given me during this project.

This album features Ruby Brown on vocals, who appeared on my albums "The Snow Ballad" (2013), and "Fallen Jewel" (2016); and Katie Stone-Lonergan on violin, who appeared on my early album "You Always Burn Your Feathers" (2011).'

Ali George, Spring 2018.

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released December 8, 2017

Written, Recorded and Performed by Ali George.

© 2017 Ali George
℗ 2017 Ali George

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Katie Stone-Lonergan - violin
Ruby Brown - backing vocals
Ali George - acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, bass guitar, harmonium, percussion.

Mastered by Ben Please.

Artwork by Jessica Bartlett
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Ali George began his songwriting career at the age of ten. At 16 he traded his electric guitar for an acoustic, and began performing as a solo artist. He has now released five albums of original material, and three EP's. His latest three albums are available here. He performs solo, as well as doing regular live collaborations with other musicians. ... more

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Track Name: Innocence
Kiss me sweet summer, tonight,
‘Cause I can still feel the trembling dreamer hiding in my heart.
Kiss me flowing river, tonight,
‘Cause I can still hear the twilight walker whisper in my soul.

Let me be the cradled summer child.
Blind my eyes from experience.
Let me see the old innocence.
Let me sleep in blissful ignorance tonight

Kiss me sweet summer, tonight
‘Cause there’s a war between imagination and harsh reality
Kiss me flowing river, tonight
Because a good soldier fights a battle
A bad one fights a war

Let me be the cradled summer child
Blind my eyes from experience
Let me see the old innocence
Let me be the old innocence

Let me be the cradled summer child
Blind my eyes from experience
Let me see the old innocence
Let me sleep in blissful ignorance tonight
Track Name: Times Of Hunger
It’s true I loved you. Tomorrow came
Too soon for sorrow to fail again.
I know you’re sad deep down within.
You hide behind your Cheshire Cat grin.

I called your name out in bitter watches.
I sang my heart out for you, my love.
And all the tears you did not see:
You don’t believe in, naturally, my love.
My cruel love, my love.

In times of hunger for peace and love,
You give but one of two above.
It’s just your way. I don’t love you less.
It just makes me want perfect happiness with you.

I called your name out in bitter watches.
I sang my heart out for you, my love.
And all the things I did not say:
You won’t believe in anyway, my love.
My cruel love, my love.

In times of hunger for peace and love,
You give but one of two above.
It’s just your way. I don’t love you less.
It just makes me want perfect happiness.

I called your name out in bitter watches.
I sang my heart out for you, my love.
And now we’re both united at last
We don’t need to fret about anything from our past, my love.
My cruel love, my love.
My worried love, my love.
My hard luck girl, my love.”
Track Name: Refrain
“It’s so romantic! It’s so romantic!”
That’s what you used to say all the time.
“It’s so romantic! It’s so romantic!”
Words that I used to hear all the time.

And you would gesture to the small group of trees,
“That’s where I want to marry…. marry mine.”
And we would argue on the subject of romance.
And you would win my love, every time.

“It’s so romantic! It’s so romantic!”
That’s what you used to say with starry eyes.
“It’s so romantic! It’s so romantic!”
That’s what I have come to realise.
Track Name: Forever/Sunburn Girl
Sunburn Girl, would you concur:
You’re drunk with sunstroke and happy again?
You’ve been on the beach for all of forever,
Collecting shells and skimming pebbles.

Your scarlet body, your booming voice.
I still want to kiss you and soothe your skin.
You’ve been on the beach for all of forever,
Assaulting castles like a goddess of Greece.

Sunburn Girl, I want to know
Where all the coves are, where all the caves are.
You’ve been on the beach for all of forever.
You came from the sea like a daughter of Thetis.

Your imminent laughter, your curious gaze,
Your handfuls of treasure and your sandy haze.
You’ve been on the beach for all of forever.
You’re coming home now and you’re happy again.

Sunburn Girl, a happy return.
I am in paradise, I am in paradise.
You’ve been on the beach for all of forever
I don’t want to leave you, I don’t want to wake.
Track Name: Rain And Leaves Falling Together
This could be the last time that we see such beauty
In an old burning world.

Rain and leaves falling together
In whistling winds,
On a dark Autumn day.

The terracotta drips,
The grey stones glisten.
And the rain comes down.
And it’s not giving up.

Rain and leaves falling together
Through twisted trees,
On a dark Autumn day.

The cats hide under the cars,
The river ripples.
And the rain comes down
Like it might never stop.

Rain and leaves falling together
In twisting winds,
On a dark Autumn day.

The terracotta drips,
The grey stones glisten.
And the rain comes down,
And it’s not giving up.
Rain and leaves falling together
In whistling winds,
On a dark Autumn day.
Track Name: Can You Hear Me?
We traded Camus for Fournier,
And we traded Wyndham for de Maurier.
We shared so much. You lived in me.
You were the dryad, and I was the tree.

Can you hear me?
Can you feel me?
Can you heal me still?

Can you hear me?
Can you feel me through the sea?
Can you heal me still?

We traded London for Edgar Allen Poe.
I knew you would wander: But how could I know?
It is in your nature. It is in your blood.
You go like the tide, a flowering bud.

Can you hear me?
Can you feel me?
Can you heal me still?
Track Name: Winter Verses
When the winter grass is blowing
All around my wandering feet,
I like to think that you are wandering too.
Gentle as you are now,
When you were nineteen:
That’s the ghost when walking, I have seen.

When the winter frost is melting
As I walk between the trees,
You are the ghost that keeps me company.
Gentle as you are now,
When you were nineteen:
That’s when I was King, and you were Queen.

You were bold and full of daring,
You were crazy about love.
You walked the ways that no one seemed to go.
You could find your way in darkness,
You could vanish in the trees.
You would come to class with mud all down your jeans.

Now, you say you can’t remember all the times that I recall,
But you say those were the best days of your life.
When we walked beneath the heavens
When we were nineteen,
That’s when I was King, and you were Queen.

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