You Always Burn Your Feathers

by Ali George

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In contrast to his earlier work, this album explores darker lyrical themes, and a more atmospheric production. In the period leading up to the recording sessions Ali began writing longer, more complex pieces of music for the first time; creating songs of a more diverse and dynamic nature, such as "All the Things We Do" and "Eldorado". Despite this, songs like "Phaedie" and "Talisman" retain the brighter, simpler style of Ali's early songwriting days. Another new musical aspect Ali explores on this album is open guitar turnings such as DADGAD and Gsus2. Recorded between March and August 2010 in the painting studio (pictured on the cover), and at The Royal Oak in Bath.

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released January 15, 2011

All songs © 2010 Ali George
Produced by Dave Selby and Ali George
Katie Stone - Lonergan: Violin,
Dave Selby: Backing Vocals,
Ali George: Vocals, Guitar, Melodion

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Ali George Bath, UK

"An artist who has an unusually earthy quality, sounding genuinely natural in an otherwise processed world."
mp3hugger.comAli George is a singer-songwriter from Bath, UK. He has made four albums of original material, and several EP's. He is known for his intricate finger-style guitar, and his mellow, yet effortless vocals; as well as his eclectic song-writing scope.
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Track Name: All the Things We Do
Shadows wait to take you in.
(All I never knew.)
You’ve been crying just for them,
But they can’t help you.

There’s no need to hide.
I’ll pull you through.

You’re falling down, down, down.
You’ve got to wake now.
The wind is blowing hard outside.

The people ache to hear from you,
Now you’re hiding out.
We’ve been waiting just for you.
(All the things we do.)

There’s no need to hide.
I’ll pull you through.

You’re falling down, down, down.
You’ve got to wake now.
The wind is blowing hard outside.

Shadows wait with greedy smiles.
All you ever do
Is satisfy their greedy holes.
Let’s start anew.

There’s no need to hide.
I’ll pull you through.

You’re falling down, down, down.
You’ve got to wake now.
The wind is blowing hard outside.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: Signs
Signs unclear –
Are you here?
Shifting doubts
And fears.

Laws I break
While you fake –
Such a great mistake.

Will you let me in?
Will you let me in?

Come, my lover, let’s away!
Let’s escape these dreary days
Together, forever.
The signs are very clear:
I want you near.

You’re so unique:
A half-blood Greek,
With unconventional mystique.

Give me light
In the night,
When I wake
In fright.

Will you let me in?
Will you let me in?

Come, my lover, let’s away!
Let’s escape these dreary days
Together, forever.
The signs are very clear:
I want you near.
The signs are very clear:
I want you near.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: From Across the Sea
I can see you rolling on home again,
Like a rambling child, lost in the rain.
Your dishevelled hair is dishevelled, still;
And your tattered shoes have had their fill this time.

Well, your fiery eyes have a kindly glow,
But your lively hands are as cold as snow.
I can feel your love from across the sea.
I can feel the waves wash over me, so cool.

When you come back home I will kiss you, strong.
And I’ll keep you in my arms so long.
I will never know why you love me so.
You’re the kind of girl that everyone wants to know.

I don’t wanna lie alone tonight.
I don’t wanna wait ‘til morning light.
I love you, through and through.
I don’t ever wanna lose you.

All your lively life you’ve been travelling;
And I’m worried what the future’s gonna bring.
Will the fire burn in your restless heart?
Will you take flight when the mountains start to sing?

I can see you rolling on home again,
Like a rambling child, lost in the rain.
Your dishevelled hair is dishevelled, still;
And your tattered shoes have had their fill this time.
Yes, I love you, through and through.
I don’t ever wanna lose you.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: Everything's Misty
There’s something strange about our love:
It’s much too good to be so real.
I watch you dance on a dusty floor,
And everything’s misty except you.

You ask me if I want you forever.
I tell you the truth, I tell you I do.
But sometimes things just go wrong,
And all the things you’ve built – they just fall through.

The times that are sad will always change.
They’re morphing now into shadows past.
I know you well, I can make you smile.
And when I’m lost you can heal me too.

You give me love like a waxing moon.
You give me strength when I fade to blue.
I’m not going down from this mountain peak,
‘Cause everything’s misty around you.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: The Ballad of the Bird and the Eel
I guess that I don’t know you like a bird in the sun.
You swim in the heavens, and you fly in salty seas.
You came down and caught me when I was a lonely eel.

You came down and caught me.
You came down and caught me,
You caught me.

I say things that upset you, like a fool in the dark.
I toast you in your sunshine, and I roast you on your rocks.
But I will always soothe you, ‘cause I love the wings you bear.

I will always soothe you.
I will always soothe you.
I will always soothe you.

In her eyes – I start to see the truth.
It’s no surprise – she’s wanting to break loose.
She wants to see the strings that swing the stars.

I guess that I just know you like a fish from far, far down.
I swim in the corals, and I chase my tail around.
I watch you through the water – a silhouette in the sun.

I watch you through the water.
I watch you through the water.
I watch you through the water.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: Morning Blues
Well, I get up in the morning, and I kiss your head.
Well, I get up in the morning, and I kiss your head.
Don’t wanna trade your warmth for the wind and the rain instead.

We’ve been talking all night, trying to help each other out.
We’ve been talking all night, trying to help each other out.
Don’t wanna trade your help, ‘cause your help is what love is about.

I’ve been waiting so long for a love like yours to come.
I’ve been waiting so long for a love like yours to come.
Don’t wanna see a day when our love becomes undone.

Well, I know you’ve gotta go, but I know you will return.
Well, I know you’ve gotta go, but I know you will return.
Until then my love, I will wait, and try not to burn.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: Talisman
All my talismans are lost,
But it doesn’t bother me.
All my pebbles, toys and rings
Are just a memory.
I don’t worry about those stones,
They don’t bring me down, somehow;
‘Cause you’re my talisman now.

I’ve been fighting in a war,
But I haven’t slept a wink.
I’ve been thirsty for so long,
But I haven’t had a drink.
Then I saw you making tea
Just outside the surgeon’s tent,
And to your side I went.

All my talismans are lost,
I don’t need them anymore.
They’re the seeds upon the breeze,
They’re the toys upon the floor.
I will take you where I’m bound,
I will kiss you on the brow,
‘Cause you’re my talisman now.

Well, I know you’ll keep me safe,
And I know you’ll keep me sound,
You’re the cover that I need
When I’m lying on the ground.
I will keep you close at hand,
I won’t let you slip away,
‘Cause you’re the needle in the hay.

All my talismans are lost,
But it doesn’t bother me.
All my pebbles, toys and rings
Are just a memory.
I don’t worry about those stones,
They don’t bring me down, somehow;
‘Cause you’re my talisman now.

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: Eldorado
When you fly – you always burn your feathers.
There’s no use flying if you’re gonna fall so hard.
What’s the use in trying to tame such a wild bird?
Where’s the sense in trying to keep you caged?

You’ve got to fall on your own.
You can’t take me down with you anymore.

The changes started when I tried to open your door.
And through the dark crack I spied a dark, dark room.
No one knows what lies beyond the threshold.
You’re the keeper, and you will that door to close.

You’ve got to share what haunts your soul.
You can’t shut me out forever, my love.

Warm times are waiting,
And you’ve got to let them in.
Sharp waves are sweeping
To Eldorado’s shore.

When you fly – you always burn your feathers.
There’s no use flying if you’re gonna fall so hard.
What’s the use in trying to tame such a wild bird?
Where’s the sense in trying to keep you caged?

You’ve got to fall on your own.
You can’t take me down with you anymore.

The bird, the door – Eldorado.
The sun, the view – when will we go?
The song, the fire – Eldorado.
The sound, the name – when will we go?

© Ali George 2010
Track Name: Phaedie
Phaedie, where’s your smile?
Come, sit with me a while.
You don’t have to worry,
Or ever say you’re sorry to me.

I was down, I couldn’t see
That you were much more down than me.
I told you I was wrong,
And this is just a song from me.

Phaedie, where’s your smile?
Come, hold me for a while.
You don’t have to worry,
Or ever say you’re sorry to me.

I can be weak, and I can be mean,
But you’ve got the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen.
I can’t be mean for long
With eyes so sad and strong on me.

Phaedie, where’s your smile?
Come, walk with me a while.
You don’t have to worry,
Or ever say you’re sorry to me.

© Ali George 2009

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