The Rattlebone Colour EP

by Gozer Goodspeed

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An evocative and energetic 4-track acoustic EP, recorded, mixed and mastered at Momentum Studios, Plymouth, UK. Produced by Josiah Manning in optimum conditions and maximum comfort...

This was an EP long in the making. There are four songs here, but we worked hard to make sure that they each sound and feel very different. Some of these songs have been kicking around for many years in various forms, and some are more recent. Three of them were written on the zouk (that's the Greek bouzouki, btw) before I transposed them to guitar and they came alive that little bit more.

All these songs are regular additions to my live set, and as such they were all recorded live, and the vocal harmonies added later.

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released August 10, 2016

Gozer Goodspeed - all lyrics and music
Josiah Manning - producer / engineer

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Gozer Goodspeed Plymouth, UK

Gozer Goodspeed is a Plymouth-born indie-folk singer/songwriter who has been described as “a riotous rabble-rouser” (by music blogger Listen With Monger) and “a true natural musician” (by Jonathan L, International Radio Personality Of The Year 2017). To date Gozer has played over 700 live shows. Likes: caffeine, hats, and guitar strings that don't break easily ... more

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Track Name: Rattlebone Colour
Well I hope you don't hear my bones rattling
As I bob and weave and dodge and duck and dive
I crave peace, it's peace I seek
Under the eaves I plot a peaceful life

I feel monochrome or black and white
You're my colour, wash over me tonight

And I hope you don't see my face reddening
As I pick among the dry bones of my past
I needed you, it's you I sought
All my old issues seem so overwrought

(chorus)

Don't ever tell me, don't ever tell me, don't ever tell me I'm wasting my time

(chorus)

They said, hey Rattlebone, you got that troublesome blood

(chorus)
Track Name: Raise & Not Lose
How did any of this come to pass?
I feel like a child asking 'why?' to each question
I'm cold like ceramics and glass
Then I am burning in every region
Wait, and I will stand and speak
Wait, and I will stand

I'll be singing
I'll raise my game, I won't lose my way
I'll raise my game

How did any of this come to be?
I see a thousand pictures but have no way to frame them
I can't turn the tide within me
I have all these natures but no way to tame them
Wait, they want to hear my voice
Wait, they want to hear me

(chorus)

I'm going to raise my game, bring it back to you
Bring it to you...
Pick your battles, pick your winners
Wisely

How are you at being prepared?
Change the guard in my head like the world changes seasons
Watch as my emotions flare
Try as I might, there's no way to freeze them
Wait, and I will rise up and shout
Wait, and I will rise

(chorus)

I'm going to raise my game, bring it back to you
Bring it to you
Track Name: Ear to the Ground
Where did you go?

Old friend, where did you drag your carcass?
When they shut your favourite watering hole
I heard you split up with your missus
Then I heard you vanished on a boat

Rumours abound, yeah rumours abound, rumours go round I keep my ear to the ground

Old friend, did you have to sell your guitars?
Or do you still play so loud the walls all shake?
I heard you got yourself arrested
Then I heard you died in an earthquake
Rumours go round, yeah rumours go round, rumours abound I keep my ear to the ground

And I don't know how you're living hand to mouth
I don't know if you've been using your gifts
I don't know how you're living hand to mouth
Rumours go round, yeah rumours go round, rumours abound I keep my ear to the ground

Old friend, I hear you're running for mayor of London
And I hear you bagged an aristocrat
I hear you're worth a cool million
And I don't know just what to think about that
Rumours abound, yeah rumours abound, rumours go round I keep my ear to the ground

And I don't know how you're living hand to mouth
I don't know if you've been using your gifts
I don't know how you're living hand to mouth
Rumours go round, yeah rumours go round, rumours abound I keep my ear to the ground
Track Name: Man with the Ruined Knee
I get a loose tongue in good company
Said the man with the ruined knee
Drinking more as I age
Never wiser, never more sage
But when I go out by the coast, I hear ghosts in the sea
When I go out by the coast, I hear ghosts within me

What am I to make of the man with the ruined knee?
What am I to make of the man sitting next to me?

He said, I left my wife on the church steps
Fled the country to Marrakesh
I lost the use of my knee
When her family caught up with me
When I go limping in the woods, I hear laughter in the trees
When I go limping in the woods, I hear them laughing at me

(chorus)

He said you don't know the road 'til you're on it
He said you don't know the road...

He said, I was on a 'most wanted' list
The FBI took a shot but missed
There's a trick I learned after all these years
It's always better to disappear
But when I go out by the river, I hear whispers in the water
When I go out by the river, I hear whispers

What am I to make of the man with the ruined knee?
What am I to make of the man sitting next to me?
What am I to make of anyone?
What am I to make of the setting sun?

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