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This Rock

by Jill Lorean

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    This 12" vinyl release comes on uniquely pressed on eco-mix vinyl*. The inner sleeve features lyrics to each song on the album.

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1.
We didn’t have a match We tried to start a fire with sticks Some of them splintered and cracked We threw the rest into a ditch We lay down on the ground And listened to the leaves shake their trees And laughed as they danced in the breeze We fell in love and love was so easy Who’s in charge here, who belongs here Who’s in charge here, who belongs here The wind started moving so fast We barely had time to react And apples fell hard from the bough Its breaking now, breaking now And some of us want to believe That love will set us free But freedom isn’t enough When fruit is rotting in the fields Who’s in charge here, who belongs here Who’s in charge here, who belongs here
2.
Mothers 04:19
Your eyes are wide and in your hands You carry seashells and a ring found in the sand A strip of red and gold brocade A chain of seaweed you untangled from your hair You were once so free that you were even wilder than the sea And you moved the moon and brought the waves directly to your feet And you took what you could take But now your eyes are hard and small And in your hand the only thing that keeps you warm A glass of wine, a bitter taste But better than the thoughts you try to wash away You were once so free that you were even wilder than the sea And you moved the moon and brought the waves directly to your feet And a song inside you sang Wouldn’t you like to feel the sand in you hair and on your feet And wrap the air around your skin And feel the sting of salt against your cheek Wouldn’t you like for just this once You could be seen, you could be heard And you could live without the pain Of not being loved Again and again To be wild to be free to be free to to be wild You were once so free that you were even wilder than the sea And you moved the moon and brought the waves directly to your feet And you took what you could take
3.
Black Dog 06:23
You loved me so much that you gave me the sun But the heat became heavy so you dragged it back down And you threw up the moon with the flick of your thumb And scattered all the stars with the swing of your arm How can I laugh and how can I cry When I stretch my gaze across the sky How can I laugh and how can I cry When I’m standing on the edge of endless time You wanted me to smile so you gave me the clouds To cover up the sun and cool me down You carved a cathedral and filled it with beasts Who howled at the altar of my endless feasts How can I laugh and how can I cry When I stretch my gaze across the sky How can I laugh and how can I cry When I’m standing on the edge of endless time You thought you saw me cry so you swallowed the sky And the eyes of a black dog sitting in the clouds But I longed for the moon and the stars and the sun So you threw back your head and you spit it out again How can I laugh and how can I cry When I stretch my gaze across the sky How can I laugh and how can I cry When I’m standing on the edge of endless time
4.
Kneading 04:11
She had sugar on her shoes and flour on her cheeks Her hands were often cracked and sometimes they would bleed She gathered all the grain and measured out the yeast And she began to knead and knead and knead She wrote a couple tunes on an old accordian And broke a couple hearts whenever she would sing them And some folk even said she looked like Judy Garland But when she clicked her heels she was still on the same cold island And sometime in her youth she cycled to the country And there she met a man and started up a family And he would write her poems and listen to her singing But one day his heart just stopped and she went back to kneading Now Frances Ethel Gumm is lighting up the stage And fighting off the crowds and gathering accolades But what about the girl who looked like Judy Garland Well she sits on a stool and kneads on the same cold island And what about the girl who looked like Judy Garland? Well she sits on a stool and kneads and kneads and kneads
5.
Beekeeper 03:15
You said I should write about ghosts Because I’m so good at digging up bones But I’ve spent so much time at the wheel That I’ve sharpened away all my tools Maybe I’m just getting tired of sweeping the leaves in the gutter Maybe I want to grow flowers And bring all the bees to the garden I have the sun in my eyes Why am I surprised that I have the sun in my eyes? There’s something I think you should know I’m no longer the girl you once knew The seed that was planted inside me Grew to become something lovely And now i think only of flowers Of Hyssops and Sweet Little Goldstars And what has become of my anger I’ve buried it under the Clover I have the sun in my eyes Why am I surprised that I have the sun in my eyes?
6.
This Rock 05:09
You want devotion from all of your lovers and friends That kind of love is unreal and leaves you heartbroken And like a boat on the sea that is chained to a rock The waves won’t save you, they’ll chase you and break you apart I want devotion from all of my lovers and friends That kind of love is unreal and leaves me heartbroken And like a boat on the sea that is chained to a rock The waves won’t save me, they’ll chase me and break me apart We want devotion from all of our lovers and friends That kind of love is unreal and leaves us heartbroken This rock is not the one you want This rock is going to trip you up This rock will cut you in the dark This rock is tearing us apart This rock is not the one you want This rock will trip you in the dark This rock is going to cut you up This rock is tearing us apart Tearing us apart Tearing us apart Tearing us apart
7.
The Robin 04:22
I wanted to fly but I had no wings So i sat and i watched a Robin sing She darted her head from right to left She tucked in her wings and she puffed her chest out Why won’t she fly, i asked myself Why does she stay so near the ground If i could fly, if i had wings I’d leave this rotten earth beneath This robin stood so near to me I could see her pulse through her small red chest And she didn’t flinch when i called out She just hopped to the left and she puffed her chest out Why won’t she fly, i asked myself Why does she stay so near the ground If i could fly, if i had wings I’d leave this rotten earth beneath Not the snap of a branch or a falling twig Or the thud of a door or a foxes scream Or the blare of a horn or the cry of a babe Could scare this robin off and then And then she sang, she sang to me As the sun came out and the heat kicked in She sang to the brambles and the roses hips As I pressed the blossoms to my lips If I could fly, if I had wings I’d fly back down to hear the robin sing She’d sing to brambles and the roses hips As I pressed the blossoms to my lips
8.
I saw a dog-eared rose Burnt by the sun and the rays that it throws Whipped by the wind and the dust that it blows Covered in scratches across her sweet nose Once cheek was sagging, depressed by the heat The other was beauty before she met beast Like a good book that’s been loved for too long Some of her pages were tattered or gone Gathered around were the trails of the dead Withering warnings of how things could end Some had been lost to the cold bitter truth Others were plucked by the greediest fools On her slim body was a trap she had laid A thorn for each day of the month she had stayed One for the rabbit and one for the deer One for the dogs who’d come dangerously near Now this old rose with the ears of a dog Can still hear the thrush and he sings his sweet song And still stands as tall as the neighbouring tree And still has the prickles to fight off the beasts So don’t you go picking old rosie for me
9.
Walls 03:52
If these walls could talk They’d probably say they heard enough love songs I heard a love song from across the hall The singer said she wished she knew just how to let you go And though she cried all night and barely slept at all She said she’d give you one more chance Because she likes the way she feels When it is good It feels So good And if these walls could talk They’d probably say they heard enough love songs But if these walls could sing They’d probably sing about their broken hearts Because it feels so good To sing about love Another song comes on, this time a different tone The bow and arrow falls, the pen becomes a sword Because it feels So good To sing About love And if these walls could talk They’d probably say they heard enough love songs But if these walls could sing They’d probably sing about their broken hearts Because it feels So good To sing About love
10.
You asked me why we go to war What am I supposed to say? Most of us want to live in peace But we struggle to do it with ease Don’t cry, baby, please don’t cry The truth is I don’t have an answer I was born in the right time and place But I know that you’re frightened Of the pain you imagine it brings Don’t cry, baby, please don’t cry So put your head on my shoulder While i wipe the tears off your cheeks I can’t protect you forever But tonight I can rock you to sleep Don’t cry, baby, please don’t cry

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Debut album, written and recorded at 312, Glasgow in the spring of 2021.

This album was made with support from Creative Scotland.

And to everyone else who has been supportive, thank you for your love and encouragement. always. xx

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released April 1, 2022

Jill O'Sullivan - Vocals, Guitar
Peter Kelly - Drums
Andy Monaghan - Bass, Keys, Production

Recorded, mixed and produced by Andy Monaghan at 312.
Mastered by Sam Smith (SJS Mastering) at Green Door Studios.

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Jill Lorean Glasgow, UK

Jill Lorean is the new project of Jill O’Sullivan (Sparrow And The Workshop) along with Andy Monaghan (Frightened Rabbit) and drummer Peter Kelly.

Jill muses on nature, relationships, love, sorrow, motherhood and memory over frenetic, hypnotic drum beats and playful, subversive bass and guitar lines

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