I Found You Here

by Boat To Row

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Recorded at Highbury Studio by Rob Peters
Mixed and Mastered by Francis Gorini at London Mastering Studios
Additional Recording and Engineering by Ben Gilchrist

Released on Nocturne Records and funded by a Pledge campaign from our fans.


released November 20, 2015

All songs written by Michael King and arranged by Boat To Row, except 'Sylvia', written by Michael King and Anna Bennett and arranged by Boat To Row.

Boat To Row are:

Michael King
Benjamin Gilchrist
Anna Bennett
Lydia Glanville
Hannah Fathers

Additional Cello played by Rachel Creswell


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Boat To Row are known for delivering an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ever-expanding collection of instruments. They combine a genuine ease in each other's musical company with an energetic, skilfully crafted sound. ... more


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Track Name: As The Day Is Long
Happy as the day is long
And long may it last
For the nights never comfort
Always seeking out the past

The finest fruits I've eaten
Drunk on the words I've taken
And though I'll not repeat them
I'll wait until they blossom

The years perform their dance
Of sugar-coated haze
For seeing the things that I can't unsee
And the sounds that haunt my days

I'll wait beneath the willow tree
Where no one else can see
Frightened by the slightest change
Yet fearing that which stays the same

Alas the kind conclusion
I wish to someday feel
Is a mere and lost illusion
Of a thought I'd truly steal
Track Name: Whistle And I'll Come To You
The steps lead me down
To the sand that covers the ground
The wash floods my view
Whistle and I'll come to you

The whispers wouldn't leave
I'm bound by this bed
Are you laughing at me?
Or is it all in my head?

The thunder at my door
It's you, for that I'm sure
The howling wind that blows
I know I'm not alone

The mornings feel heavy
I call to hear you're there
But no words left your body
And the silence I couldn't bear

But you won't leave me be
I'm tired to tow this line
Until I'm resting by the sea
In a bed that isn't mine

The steps lead me cold
The coast is taking hold
I am next in queue
Whistle and I'll come to you
Track Name: Time and Time Again
A few lost lines are all I sing
Hidden scrolls, confessed by me
And though I bear no diamond ring
I'll sing to you these melodies

All I have is all you see
Confuse me not with them
I may not ever swim in gold
My gift, an honest life with me

For soon the time will come at last
You'll look at me, one day
And acknowledge what has come to pass
As we float and fade away

I never tell you half as much
Assumption is my bane
The pain you bear, well enough
From the faults I make time and time again
Track Name: Handsome Beats
With broken bits all scattered
As the wind so fairly blows
Ideas, ever constant
As the string players place their bows

With each thought like a kick-start
Shooting comets through the sky
Each step, to trip and master
No matter how I try

The heart, tuned so finely
Like melody and rhyme
Ticking parts that move so timely
Handsome beats fall short sometimes

With broken bits all scattered
Some end well, whilst others don't
So I pull open the curtains
On a day when others won't

The seasons leave me restless
Lullabies keep me awake
I know someday I'll stumble
When the strain’s too much to take
Track Name: Home Is Just A Word
A few lost souls I saw today
A thief, a poet, a bird of prey
Turn me around and start me again
Cut back my branches and water this stem

A man out of place in the soul that he keeps
Lost to the pace of these goals too steep
The years never rhyme when your heart trickles dry
The passing of a tear for a man who lives to die

But I'll be the best I can
And I hope you understand
That I won't need your helping hand
For my mess is mine

Here's a toast to good times, in this weary head of mine
To say I've learnt from you is to be true
Yet I laugh a lonesome laugh like the beggars on the path
Chasing pennies, getting lost between the cracks

I'm lost as I stand, oh we all share this fate
Of thinking too much and taking the bait
Living like leeches, happy as woe
Never really believing what we think we know
Track Name: Passing Thoughts
Tears fall in floods at my feet
Knee-deep in grief, too brittle to breathe
I never forgave or let sleep
All the little things you left with me

I'm finding it hard, this relief
The quiet house echoes, plays tricks on me
Space overcomes me, as doors faintly creek
The sun tries but fails to bring me to

So I marry the thoughts of me and you
That song you used to sing out of tune
And in that flash of childlike memory
You laugh out loud and bare yourself to me

A caring heat that never asked for much
Truth be told I never cared enough
It's this that bears its weight down on me
And now it seems you’re fighting to believe

The signs were there, clear to all but me
Death in spring, no blossom on the trees
I cannot blame the fate that I bestow
I've had my chance and now I'll never know
Track Name: The Tariff
Throw me a rope dear, I'm drowning
And gasping for air
Raise the alarm, it's too strong
The signs said beware

The speedways and freeways connect
The feelings we try and respect
Directions to read and misread all the same

I'm wondering where you get off
Being this way?
It's one thing to mean it, but dear lord
It's led you astray

The tariff to wait for you bankrupts me
Year after year
Tickets and heartache, my collection
Is nearly complete

The long talks and long walks, forgive
The doubts that crept in when
The door was left ajar
And the cold confused this heart
Track Name: Turn The Page
When it's time to leave it be
I'll turn to you and hope you see
Moments missed from chapters read
These stories, false, you believed instead

You tried like you do best
A broken smile, just to keep face
Keep it up, conceal the truth
For sorrow creeps under our embrace

I found you here
You saw me stare
But it's lost on you
And I loved you there

Where did you go
When the clock chimed twice?
Why do I doubt the silence at night?

I think of you every now and then
A wife, a lover, a treasured friend
The story reads of things that end
Let's burn these pages and start again

When it's time to find a home
To plant our roots and let them grow
We'll hide our fears of being alone
In love, this fear we'll never know

I find you here
Your eyes met mine
I'm with you, dear
Let the clocks chime
Track Name: The Hunt
Stuck inside a sinking vessel
Bound to where no soul survives
Sleeping rough with my thoughts, to wrestle
The depths at which my mind arrives

Oh my stomach turns
Creaks with ease
Where were you?
Hear my plea

White noise rings, the morning sings
The weary bliss sees me bare
Weighing down the day so heavy
Give me strength or see me spared

What's become of this?
How the lines have blurred
Now this lonely road
With so many turns
Turning, turning, all of the time
Track Name: Truth and Silence
Like a new beginning
I seize this chance again
Another flower blooming
Please be well, my unknown friend

Forever at your door
Knocking faintly like before
Yet mistaken for that tap that drips
Falling silent, falling short

Where have I been
When I sit thinking here?
The times that I've dreamt
Of tomorrows, oh so clear

Another year takes me
I'm grateful and glad
The stark winds of winter
Tomorrows so sad

Death and destruction
Brings truth and silence
A sweet combination
A recurring alliance
Set forth to our youth
With recurring defiance
Death and destruction
Brings truth and silence
Track Name: Sylvia
The back of your head, retreating
Caused the wind to blow the scales from my eyes
Scattering softly, your elegant lies

The dead of the night, unfolding
And railing against the light of the stars
Unmasking, inflicting, a cowardly scar
The hood of the moon, resting,

Is hard and remote, hanging over the sea
Like Sylvia said my rival would be

The pull of the pen, carving
A story that's mine, etched deep in the stone
Now may you know that the mirror's my own

Days they break and burn
Sand slips through the glass
I turn to face the wind
Wait for this to pass

Pages ache and turn
Write me if you must
The light is bleeding out
Fight the settling dust.

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