The No Testament

by Sam Carter

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The highly anticipated follow-up to acclaimed debut album ‘Keepsakes’, ‘The No Testament‘ sees Sam reinvent his contemporary narrative-based songwriting by infusing it with shapenote, gospel and work song influences. This ambitious album ranges from intimate solo performances through driving acapella chants to full-throttle electric blues. Features a performance by Neasden Sacred Harp singers and an expanded line-up including Will Pound on harmonica.

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released August 20, 2012

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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: Dreams Are Made Of Money
You can tell yourself anything you like
Dreams are made of money
From your mortage down to your kid’s first bike
Dreams are made of money
When you’re in the red and you long for black
Dreams are made of money
When your head’s full of worry as you hit the sack
Dreams are made of money

Here’s the rainy day we’ve been spending for
Dreams are made of money
Now we’ve blown the loan and we still need more
Dreams are made of money
And we’re bailing out as the markets crash
Dreams are made of money
When we’re strapped to a parachute that’s made of cash
Dreams are made of money

Condemned, condemned, you can hear the cry
Dreams are made of money
While the placards wave and the banners fly
Dreams are made of money
Keep your CV handy and your hopes alive
Dreams are made of money
If you’re broke and you know it, wave your P45
Dreams are made of money

You can tell yourself anything you like
Dreams are made of money
From your mortage down to your kid’s first bike
Dreams are made of money
When you’re in the red and you long for black
Dreams are made of money
When your heads full of worry as you hit the sack
Dreams are made of money
Track Name: The One
The One

I knew she was trouble boy
I knew she was odd
Odd like that old joke my dad told
The one I never got

I was besotted boy
Thought she was the one
Ten years and two children later
Where’s your mother gone?

But you’re still young, I’m sure there’s one
So go on my son, there’s always one

The wedding bells rang for us
And our faithless friends sang for us
As the service began I was wondering
If the Lord would call our bluff

Now I’m coughing up child support
Real fatherly love
And I buy you the world every weekend
As if that’s enough

But you’re still young, I’m sure there’s one
She’s out there son, there’s always one

Make sure the vow you take
Is not making one to break
I made that mistake with your mother
‘Cos I thought she was the one
Track Name: Separate Ways
As you go your separate ways I recall your wedding day
As you go your separate ways it seems like only yesterday
But whatever happened to come between the two of you
I won’t take sides

As you go your separate ways it’s so hard to say out loud
As you go your separate ways friends become the toughest crowd
But whatever happened to come between the two of you
I won’t take sides

Now you’ve gone your separate ways you’re a motorway apart
Now you’ve gone your separate ways how the severance will smart
But whatever happened to come between the two of you
I won’t take sides
Track Name: As Long As You Hear Me
As Long As You Hear Me

One day it won’t be so easy
Maybe I’ll struggle to get up out of my chair
But if you’re still here I’ll be alright

One day it won’t be so easy
Maybe I’ll dribble and stammer when I’d like to sing
But if you’re still here I’ll be alright

Maybe you’ll be gone
When I need you the most
I don’t think I’d want to stick around
Without you I’d be more lost than I am

One day it won’t be so easy
One day there’ll be last time that I say your name
But as long as you hear me
I’ll be alright
Track Name: No Other Side
Oh just hold me my love
There’s nothing more to say for tonight
The hope of better things to come
Is spoiling for a fight
So give ‘em hell, give it all you’ve got
Leave hope nowhere to hide
How can the grass be greener when
There is no other side?

Put down the diary for now
Chuck your ‘To Do’ lists on the floor
What becomes of these plans is out of your hands
You might as well make sure
So go on, scrap it all, bin the whole damn lot
If just to say you tried
How can the grass be greener when
There is no other side?

Everybody’s winging it you can tell
Everybody’s winging it let’s be honest with ourselves
Everybody’s winging it anyway
Everybody’s winging it and I reckon that’s ok

There’s no secret or trick to it
There’s nothing more to know
There’s no shame in admitting it
And giving it one more go

to bed you’re getting upset
I need you to give yourself a break
I’ve never seen you looking so stressed
There’s only so much you can take
a bit of time and further down the line
We’ll find what we’re denied
How can the grass be greener when
There is no other side?
Oh there is no other side
Oh there is no other side
Track Name: One Thought
One Thought

Should have got over it
I should’ve got over this by now
Should have got over it
I should’ve got over this by now

I keep trying
I keep trying
That’s why I’m not over it
That’s why I’m not over it
I should’ve got over this by now

And now I’m losing my rag on a Saturday night
Because I can’t wind down and try as I might
I’ve never found that thought that’ll make it alright
There has to be one thought that’ll make it alright

And now I’m losing my rag on a Saturday night
Because I can’t wind down and try as I might
I’ve never found that thought that’ll make it alright
There has to be one thought that’ll make it alright

I keep trying
I keep trying
That’s why I’m not over it
That’s why I’m not over it
I should’ve got over it by now
Track Name: Garden Hymn
The Lord into his garden comes,

The spices yield a rich perfume,

The lilies grow and thrive,

The lilies grow and thrive.

Refreshing showers of grace divine,

From Jesus flow to every vine,

And make the dead revive,

And make the dead revive.

O that this dry and barren ground

In springs of water may abound,

A fruitful soil become,

A fruitful soil become.

The desert blossoms as the rose

As Jesus conquers all his foes,

Which makes his people one,

Which makes his people one.

Come brethren ye who love the Lord

Who taste the sweetness of his word

In Jesus' words go on,

In Jesus' words go on.

Our troubles and our trials here

Will only make us richer there

When we arrive at home,

When we arrive at home.
Track Name: Waves & Tremors
Where oh where can I go now
Where oh where can I go now
When the waves and tremors come
There’s nothing that can be done
Waves and tremors tore the buildings down

Waves and tremors tore the building down
I watched as a river full of rubble raise them to the ground
When the waves and tremors come
There’s nothing that can be done
Where oh where are my family now

Where oh where are my family now
I’m five miles west of Fukushima staring at a big black cloud
When the waves and tremors come

There’s nothing that can be done
Waves and tremors tore the buildings down
Waves and tremors tore the buildings down
Track Name: Ruins By The Shore
Sometime between ice ages when they first appeared,
Fell hungry on the beasts and fish they speared.

Chorus (after each verse but the last):
But all their bones are blackened
And their faces are no more
As we walk among the ruins by the shore

They worshipped gods and thought they'd never die,

But now the spiders nest the tombs wherein they lie.

They dreamed of golden cities raised into the air,

But greed drew their simple hearts into its snare.

Kings, tyrants and their empires on the Earth held sway,

Their belief in science took their souls away.

We search the heavens and the silent skies,

Hoping that light will fall on blinded eyes.

Chorus:
But all our bones will blacken
And our faces be no more
As we lay among the ruins by the shore,
As we lay among the ruins by the shore.
Track Name: The No Testament
I am not sorry
I am not ashamed
So tell it to the pigeons
'Cos I am not to blame
It’s not what you came with
It’s what you leave behind
So leave me something that’s mine

From 9 to 5 you own me
You’ve been barking your orders for years
But at 5 past 5 I’m out the door
With my fingers in my ears
It’s not what you came with
It’s what you leave behind
So leave me something that’s mine

Woman I need you
To be there when things are tough
However close you are to me
It’s never close enough
It’s not what you came with
It’s what you leave behind
So leave me something that’s mine

I can see you suffer
I can feel the pain
When no one lends a helping hand
We all take that strain
It’s not what you came with
It’s what you leave behind
So leave me something that’s mine