"Astrophysics Saved My Life"

by Rivers Of England

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1.
In universe in universe Be humble - you're miniscule the size of yourself compared to those beings who hold this universe inside. You're a king on his throne; think universes who have you as their home. With this in mind a greater sense of the infinite you'll find. Look up at the stars, soon you'll realise, it's not velvet with pinholes. Enter a blackhole, the bloodstream to a soul that contemplates as you do. To an alien race, we're in outer space nearly 8 billion strong the ignorance, wars and hatred - they would not stay too long Look up at the stars, soon you'll realise, it's not velvet with pinholes. Enter a blackhole, the bloodstream to a soul that contemplates as you do. You know i think it's endless - looking in, cos it seems that it is endless - looking out, and you feel it in your bones and you feel it in your brain You're an ant on a molehill, you're a photon particle, you're a king on his throne, think universes, that might just have you a giant as their home. Put space in your mind put space in your mind put your mind into space Put fire in your heart put love in your art and get peace for yourself. You know i think it's endless - looking in, cos it seems that it is endless - looking out, Take the pressure off yourself - it's ok. Be aware and you'll always find a way. Let it slide for a day. Be humble - you're miniscule the size of yourself compared to those beings who hold this universe inside. You know i think it's endless - looking in, cos it seems that it is endless - looking out, and you feel it in your bones and you feel it in your brain
2.
You, me and the sea Through the stormy weather, we were stronger when together but soon, the wind changed out at sea and i lost you and you lost me. Our love it would change, from mirrored sea to a raging swell. Daunted by the future, i was haunted by the past - i only had a handkerchief to rig up to the mast. Now, I'm well within the harbour wall, i sometimes gaze over the sea into the ocean's squall. If i had not let go, there'd be cracks in your hull. We're all draw to the sea, the greatest place to be free. We try to seize control, but the moon can swallow whole. To live, sometimes let go, sometimes you sail where the charts don't know. Now, I only ask to be part of a ship, part of the seas and the skies above. If i had not let go, there'd be cracks in your hull. We're all draw to the sea, the greatest place to be free. So ride out the storm, what hurts makes you strong. There's always stars in the sky, you won't know til you try.
3.
Astrophysics saved my life I'm rolling down, where i rolled down as a child. I like to ride from the city to the wild. I roll away to solitude that i long for all the time, and then it turns to loneliness - that's the trouble with my mind. Friends - i thank, you stop me, you stopped me from feeling so down in my heart and so dark in my mind. For many years, I try to control my mind. It might be true to say astrophysics saved my life. Friends - i thank, you stop me, you stopped me from feeling so down in the heart and so dark in my mind. The science, the love plus you giving your time, your time, your time, your time. Again and again you give your time. Time and time you give your time. Again and again you give your time. And time and time you give your time. I thank you stopped me, you stopped me from feeling so down in the heart and so dark in my mind.
4.
Underneath the moon When things are going crazy in my life, I’m looking out the window late at night. I sometimes feel I need the moon To fill the prison of my room. The world has got me all confused, Darkness seems to grip me. Why are we all so full of fear, Who’s are the strings that keep us here. [385 thousand kilometres, the average distance between the earth and the moon] You used to stop me feeling pain, You would find sunshine where there’s rain, You used to walk out late at night, Now that the moon’s out – I just might. Underneath the moon, I’ll seek my reflection, Underneath the moon, I will find my redemption I will find my place in all of this. It draws away my mind From all of the tension; Not to be alone, But to escape their deception; I fall awake and feel elation – validation. [f = 1.98, by ten to the twentieth newtons – this is the force that keeps hold of the moon] Sometimes when I wander up the hill, People think that I am ill, But seeing the stars is what keeps me sane, I am not crazy – nor am I plain. You know now that we weren’t meant to be, Neither you nor I were free. Just like the stars we should live our live. You would have been crazy to be my wife. Underneath the moon I’ll find a connection. I will realise We were not in the same direction And we did not share intention. When I’m home again, I’ve a sharper perception. When I’m home again I will feel - how I’m supposed to feel. I will love – I could never give enough. I will feel - how I’m supposed to feel. I will love – I could never give enough. I will feel - how I’m supposed to feel. I will love – I could never give enough. I will feel - how I’m supposed to feel. I will love – I could never give enough. I will feel….i will love….
5.
Norfolk 04:56
Norfolk I’m still alive – how could that be At last a breath from this life that’s killing me. I worked so hard, as if a prize at the end. If I don’t stop soon, I will not mend. Take me, where the sky rules the land. Let me set sail where the birds stay for winter. Take me, where the land fears the sea. Take me where my heart sings and I’m free. Monday noon – I find I’m free to walk the lane. I don’t care if it shines or if it rains. I can’t believe I needn’t work so hard. You’re still alive – how could that be. At last a breath – now it’s time that you were free. You worked so hard, but there’s nothing at the end. If you don’t stop soon – you will not mend. Monday noon – I find I’m free to walk the lane. I don’t care if it shines or if it rains. I can’t believe I needn’t work so hard. Big sky, slow life - Someday. Leave the trenches of your crazy life. Now is the time – it’s later than you think, Set sail – take a look beyond your realm. There’s nothing to fear but the fear that feeds itself. Deep deep down – I don’t feel I’m from this town. Mark my words – I’ll not hang around. The Norfolk boy is slowly coming out. Big sky, slow life, Big lie, this fast life Deep deep down – I don’t feel I’m from this town, The Norfolk boy is slowly coming out. Monday noon – I find I’m free to walk the lanes, I can’t believe I needn’t work so hard. Big sky, slow life, Big lie – this fast life. Birds fly, where the reeds sway. Big sky, slow life….. Someday.
6.
Waves 04:50
Waves Waves, rolling through my memory, Bringing in what’s lovely, Washing out what’s ugly And the suns’ light shimmering like the 70s. She calls to me, The maiden of the sea A magnet to the northern pole, A songbird to a tree. Tears me – draws me. And I am one with all upon the precious earth And I’m at last at peace with all that we deserve, As alone I ride the waves above the tide. Then my love calls to me from far across the sea And my heart longs for her Although you’d think I’m free, And I long to hold her - A little absence can make you fonder.
7.
Born for this I was born for this, I wasn’t born for fighting All I want is peace When my violence is released. The profits weren’t for nothing They must have been for something. For me it’s really clear – the reason why we’re here. All I want to do – exhilarate my brain. got to feel alive – living is a game. All I want to do – jump head first from a plane And all I want to do is make some love with you. I am drawn to this, I’m having trouble working, Working for the man Was never in my plan All I want to do – exhilarate my brain. got to feel alive – living is a game. All I want to do – jump head first from a plane And all I want to do is make some love with you. To surf another wave To run another cliff I will not behave I’ll never say ‘what if?’ I was born for this, I wasn’t born for fighting We’re living to create, Loving, dancing, writing All I want to do – exhilarate my brain. got to feel alive – living is a game. All I want to do – jump head first from a plane And all I want to do is make some love with you. To surf another wave To run another cliff I will not behave I’ll never say ‘what if?’
8.
Love, science and peace I look inside my mind, When I’ve made the time, I need to find a light To make the darkness bright. To some a god-shaped hole, To all a common goal To regain control And fill your mind with happiness. To all you lonely souls Take this little song Perspective cures what’s wrong You should be feeling love You should be feeling love The neurons in your brain Are driving you insane, Instead of sunshine You get rain You could be feeling love You could be feeling love You’ve been unlucky with the pain Nothing left for you to gain But something can sustain You could be feeling love You could be feeling love I look inside my mind, When I’ve made the time, I need to find a light To make the darkness bright. To some a god-shaped hole, To all a common goal To regain control And fill your mind with happiness. To all you lonely souls Take this little song Perspective cures what’s wrong And you should be feeling love You should be feeling love. The neurons in your brain Are driving you insane, But something can sustain You could be feeling love You could be feeling love I look inside my mind When I’ve made the time I need to shine a light To make the darkness bright.
9.
Urgh Work 03:11
Urgh work Oh, no I woke up this morning And remembered I had to go to work I wish for 3 day weekends But the bills are too hard to ignore. You think that the wage Will soon turn a new page In your mind There’s no light down the track And there’s no turning back Now you find. The clock turns so slowly It’s painful I just cannot wait to get home. This cold might Just turn quite ugly I must practice my performance On the phone. You think that the wage Will soon turn a new page In your mind There’s no light down the track And there’s no turning back Now you find. The bank says they’ll give me a loan But I’m trying to save to go away I want to see the whole world But for now I guess I’ll have to stay. You think that the wage Will soon turn a new page In your mind There’s no light down the track And there’s no turning back Now you find. Oh no, I woke up this morning And remembered I had to go to work.
10.
In the barley: At the end of the day When down is the sun We go to the inn When the harvest is done The dancers perform To an old country tune And we're making love To the light of the moon The farmer and wife Had a beautiful life The village was small But gleaming with life But slowly it happened I left it behind Chasing money in the city Now it's taking my mind [Chorus] I didn't mean to let you down You know I've not been around The further I run the harder to find You know I've been gone too long You know I've been gone too long You know I've been gone too long Now I'm stuck in the rain With the clouds in my brain I need a revelation just to be patient So I walk in the fields Where the crops strangely lay I've seen balls of light And I like what they say [Chorus] I didn't mean to let you down You know I've not been around The further I run the harder to find You know I've been gone too long You know I've been gone too long [Chorus] I didn't mean to let you down You know I've not been around The further I run the harder to find You know I've been gone too long You know I've been gone too long You know I've been gone too long
11.
On the spectrum Rowing down the river You hope they never find you You’ve got to get away now Find your balance somehow. They put you under pressure You think you’re on the spectrum They put you under pressure We’re all on the spectrum You love the stormy weather Takes you out of yourself A long walk makes you better Hiding in the heather.
12.
Maybe I didn't treat you Quite as good as I should have Maybe I didn't love you Quite as often as I could have Little things I should have said and done I just never took the time You were always on my mind (You were always on my mind) You were always on my mind Maybe I didn't hold you All those lonely, lonely times And I guess I never told you I'm so happy that you're mine If I make you feel second best Girl, I'm so sorry I was blind You were always on my mind (You were always on my mind) You were always on my mind Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died Give me, give me one more chance To keep you satisfied, satisfied Little things I should have said and done I just never took the time You were always on my mind (You are always on my mind) You were always on my mind You were always on my mind Maybe I didn't treat you Quite as good as I should have Maybe I didn't love you Quite as often as I could have Maybe I didn't hold you All those lonely, lonely times And I guess I never told you I'm so happy that you're mine Maybe I didn't treat you Quite as good as I should have

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'So many questions. The meaning of love, life and the Universe. Can we understand? Are there any answers? "Astrophysics Saved My life" is the second release from West Of England folk rock band Rivers Of England. And on this outing they attempt to look at the interplay between science and life. It's an interesting approach. Opening the album "In Universe In Universe" explores the space within and without as they consider micro and macro infinities. One moment riff driven with strings providing the tension, one moment dreamlike, soft and fluffy, luscious. Lyrically they mention "photon particles" and "put love in your heart", there's a strangeness quark and charm here. And it carries on, weirdness of thought, visions that are lodged in your brain, images that stay with you, such as the delightful "You, Me And The Sea" where the song takes on a nautical bent as a relationship is compared to sailing a yacht "haunted by the future, haunted by the past, I only had a handkerchief to rig up to the mast". Lost at sea. Haven't we all been in that position?

There's a balance though as chief songwriter and vocalist, Rob Spalding, occasionally slips into comfortable and predictable clichés and easy rhymes. It's a small price to pay when you listen to "Underneath The Moon" a tale of a parting pair and the realisation it's possibly for the best. The track is gorgeously orchestrated with strings courtesy of Danyal Dhondy.

Indeed the music here is first class and varied, folk augmented with a tad of Blues, a smidgen of Jazz, a whiff of prog rock. It deserves a wide audience.

Add in the unusualness of including grid references for songs that point to alternatively Belgium, Norfolk, Shornemead Fort a disused artillery fort on the banks of the Thames, and the middle of the North Sea amongst others, then you have to wonder what's going on.

"All I want to do, exhilarate my brain, got to feel alive, 'cause living is a game". Rivers Of England certainly stimulated me. Will they you?

Ian Cripps, Fatea Records Magazine (www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2016/RiversOfEngland.html

"Without doubt, Rivers of England is a band that softly combines the elements of folk and rock, but the mix also includes components of jazz, blues and psychedelia, with more than a touch of experimentation throughout. To understand you really have to listen.....More than simple folk-rock and far more complex than pop, deeper in expression, wider in scope, this album looks outward as much as it looks inward." Charlie Elland, FolkWords.

'‘Of Trivial and Gargantuan’ is a strong and accomplished debut that gently drifts its unhurried way into the psyche, and its tender, sweet sounds seem to have arrived perfectly timed for the summer festival season.' www.americana-UK.com

"this is delicate folk music, given a hefty treatment through arrangements with plenty of strings to take the acoustic guitars high into the atmosphere." David Hintz (www.folkworld.eu)

'There is so much inventiveness and freshness in this music, that contains a large-scale potential of development.' German online magazine “Rock Times” (www.rocktimes.de/gesamt/r/rivers_of_england/of_trivial_and_gargantuan.html)

'File this one somewhere between Alasdair Roberts and John Martyn. In other words, this is delicate folk music, given a hefty treatment through arrangements with plenty of strings to take the acoustic guitars high into the atmosphere. With the delicate vocals and powerful strings, I am also reminded of a folkier version of the band Fuchsia. All of these bands have a lot to offer and at first listen, the Rivers of England have songs that work well with this format and should stand the test of time. But don’t wait, give it a listen now while it is fresh and vibrant.' www.folkworld.eu

"Thoughtful but never painful, "Of Trivial And Gargantuan" is full of beautiful compositions: the folk-blues in two voices just tinged jazz of "To Feel Alive" line leaves a strong and clear in the footsteps of John Martyn, and "Bailbrook Lane "rereads years of the history of British pop for the more cultured passing of Peter Gabriel's" Solsbury Hill ", the Xtc of" Mummer "and David Gray, weaves between electroacoustic and memorable riffs that imprint in the mind the pleasant refrain." Ondarock (Italy) www.ondarock.it/recensioni/2014_riversofengland_oftrivialandgargantuan.htm
'A beautiful album that nourishes the soul through pure musicality and sublimely sensitive songwriting. A gargantuan triumph.' (Chris Vaudin)

'Very sweet...I like that a lot, a really lovely track.' (Sam and Richard @ BBC Introducing Bristol, about Bailbrook Lane)

'Highlights on Saturday were Rivers of England with their tender, delicate, meandering love songs.' (The Bath Chronicle, Bradford On Avon Roots Festival);

'Inspired by beauty, written with deep compassion and commitment to the result. Well done on the album that clearly has a lot of heart, keep following it.' (Waney Guru)

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released September 30, 2016

TRACK: "You Are Always On My Mind"
Lead vocals, arrangement and acoustic guitar: Rob Spalding
Electric guitar and backing vocals: Ian White
Percussion and backing vocals: Brian Madigan
Bass guitar: Jacob Tyghe
Backing Vocals: Gina Horn / Collin Gruenke / Christina Tramm / Mona Linge
Recording and editing: Bobbo Byrnes / Heiko Grein
Mixing and mastering: Josh Clark (Get Real Audio)

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