Here In The Ground

by Sam Carter

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Sam’s first official release. A collection of five moving stories of love, loss and shipwrecks; sung from the heart and accompanied by Sam’s own inimitable fingerstyle guitar playing. For the most part an intimate solo recording, ‘Bones’ is augmented with haunting backing vocals sung by Beth Atkinson. Artwork includes photographs inspired by each song.

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released April 8, 2008

Written and performed by Sam Carter
Backing vocals on Bones by Beth Atkinson
Recorded by Ollie Robinson
Mixed by Mike Allison
Photography by Thom Atkinson
Sleeve design by Ross Shaw

For Sarah Jane

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‘Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection’ Songlines

2010 BBC Folk Awards Horizon Award Winner

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Track Name: Bones
Don’t wait behind for me he said, no don’t you stop to think
Just pray we come to land my love, before we start to sink
Yet I’m in no rush to get away before the ship goes down
The first of us to jump is just the last of us to drown

When they find our bones
I hope there’s no next of kin to be told
Ahah, ah ah

The stern had struck a rock that day, we ran aground that night
The captain’s wife made her way overboard and out of sight
I found the captain with the wreck but nothing could be done
He spoke his last on the deck from a father to a son

When they find our bones
I hope there’s no next of kin to be told
When they find our bones
I hope there’s no next of kin to be told
Ahah, ah ah
Track Name: Here In The Ground
Here in the ground where the family laid her
Under the cross that her father had made her
Three years young and she’s been and gone
And they won’t be the same again

Here in the home where her parent’s had raised her
While they were locked in a battle to save her
Looking on was the younger son
And he won’t be the same again

I heard the sirens through the wall
Oh sister, where the hell dya go?
Still young but old enough to know
I was there and she was gone
I was there and she was gone
I was there and she, she was gone
Track Name: Second Story
You lent me this book I found that I had to put it down
Hey I wanted to tell you but you were not around
The phrases were taking shape, gathered to take your place
Hey I wanted to tell you but you were not around

It’s nearly six weeks since I saw you
I’ve only just reached the second story
It’s nice and it might change my mind but it can’t walk me home
No it can’t walk me home

I’m not good with all these lights, Dalston’s a mess at night
Hey I wanted to tell you but you were not around
Who else would walk with me, humour me endlessly?
Hey I wanted to tell you but you were not around

It’s nearly six weeks since I saw you
I’ve only just reached the second story
It’s nice and it might change my mind but it can’t walk me home
No it can’t walk me home
No it can’t walk me home
Track Name: She Won't Hear
Halfway down the high street in a flat above a shop
I was woken early by a voice that wouldn’t stop
‘It’s coming up for seven, and remember where we parked
I can’t afford the ticket so get up and move the car’

Oh oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

When I’d done her bidding I came back and went to bed
By eleven I’d awoken in an empty flat instead
I was grateful for the silence and I spent my day alone
She came back from work and I told her ‘I’m glad to have you home’

What would you have me say? I’d rather be alone today
Well I’ve said it now, though I spoke too late
She won’t hear the answer anyway

Driving down the high street past the home she’s left behind
And she’s swearing at the traffic like she’s known them all her life
And the radio seems to back her up with its unrelenting drone
I’d have bought a ticket, and got the bus if I’d have known

Oh oh oh, oh oh
Oh oh oh oh

Carrying a suitcase from the car across the drive
And I’m bending over backwards just to keep her hopes alive
Is it worse to let it happen or to engineer the fall?
Moving into together has made this house so small

What would you have me say? I’d rather be alone today
Well I’ve said it now, though I spoke too late
She won’t hear the answer anyway
Track Name: Next Of Kin
What’s a young man to do?
What’s a young man to do?
Both parents died, you’re twenty-five,
No-one to go crying to,
No-one to go crying to.

How will it all be fine?
How will it all be fine?
Your friends they tell you all the time
I’m sorry those friends are lying
How cruel of those friends to lie

Is there a right way to break bad news?
Is there a right way to take bad news?

Take yourself out alone
Take yourself out alone
And find some view that you can own
And don’t ever let it go
Don’t ever let it go

Is there a right way to break bad news?
Is there a right way to take bad news?