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The debut full-length album from Nottingham's finest folk / Americana / country / skiffle band. This is a collection of original songs (and a little trad tune thrown in for fun) written in the hills and valleys of DH Lawrence country. There are torrid tales of love, loss, drink, drugs, and absolution. Fiddles, banjos, washboards, accordions, kazoos and bawdy choruses collide with the most tender of ballads.

"As British as The Kinks, with a real 1960s Townes Van Zandt feel" Random Country

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released December 11, 2015

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DH Lawrence & The Vaudeville Skiffle Show Nottingham, UK

The finest Americana and skiffle band from the British heartlands.

They said ..."...a raucous debut reeking of authenticity..fiddles, banjos, raggedy choruses & accordions. There's a feeling of the Felice Brothers here..." Americana-UK ... more

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Track Name: Diane
It’s not the first time that it’s happened
And I won’t try to make you stay
It’s late at night, and you fall into my arms
But we won’t make it through the day

I spent my whole life trying to recognise
The things that meant so much to you
Now I can’t hear you ‘cos the record player’s on
It’s playing songs that we once knew

CHORUS
Oh Diane why don’t you meet me anymore?
On the corner of St Catherine’s
I still hear that old country song
Drifting from you cold, dry lips

Now I’m so tired I could cry
And you’re so beautiful it hurts me
The road is long, and the coffee is dark
Just like your hair and goddamn eyes

CHORUS rpt.
Track Name: Sons & Lovers
Hell Row was broken cottages by the brook on Greenhill Lane,
Colliers and lovers worked in gin-pits fields away.
They worked in gin-pits fields away, Lord.
They worked in gin-pits fields away

The brook ran under alder trees, some soiled by mines within,
The coal drawn to the surface by beasts circling round a gin.
By beasts circling round a gin, Lord
By beasts circling round a gin

CHORUS
I’m your Son I’m not her Lover Lord, Hell Row has darkened deep my soul

He realised how hard it was for his wife not to waste,
His sympathy was quickened by his penitence and haste
By his penitence and haste, Lord
By his penitence and haste

He came home from the pit that night, and stayed the evening till
But he could not stay at home, he was almost sober still
He was almost sober still, Lord
He was almost sober still

CHORUS
I’m your Son I’m not her Lover Lord, Hell Row has darkened deep my soul

The country all was dark and still, and stars shone up in place
Beyond the terror and the void was no time, only space.
There was no time, only space, Lord
There was no time, only space.

She was all that held him up, himself, amid this mast.
I’m your son and not her lover lord, he said his mouth set fast
Oh he said his mouth set fast, Lord
He said his mouth set fast

CHORUS
I’m your Son I’m not her Lover Lord, Hell Row has darkened deep my soul

I’m your Son I’m not her Lover Lord, Hell Row has darkened deep my soul
Track Name: A Needle & The Christ & A Soul Gone God Knows Where
Jimmy came here from another town, he came with his mother and they had no place to go
She said you look just like your father did and it turns out she’s the only one who’d know
She lived here almost all her life, never left her daddy and she watched him growing old,
She said you look just like your father did, well hell only knows. At least that’s what she’s told

CHORUS
They met outside the factory wall, drank liquor and smoked cigarettes late fall
They looked into each other’s’ eyes, dreamin’ that they would have it all

Their first born she was full of life, the second, well he was born with none
They never did try a third time ‘cos she woke up one cold morning, he was gone
Yeah he took off back to Eastwood, went stealing cars and sleeping on cold floors
He took every pound that they had saved, and he spent them all on whiskey and cheap whores

CHORUS

Her daughter left her all alone, she walked on out at just twelve years old
The bar found cocaine in her bag, the only way that she could stop the cold
She was last seen three weeks ago though no one in this town would ever care
Found by a Puerto Rican cleaning girl, with a needle and a The Christ and a soul gone God knows where

CHORUS
Track Name: Drink Another Bottle
The young man fell into the bar, sixteen years since through that door
And he hadn’t seen the light of day, since 1994
No one turns to look at him, as he walks slowly ‘cross the floor
And he’s staring at the barman’s eyes, and he’s seen it all before

CHORUS
And he drinks another bottle, it’s the last one he’ll start
Yeah he drinks another bottle, it goes straight to his heart

Well the young girl she’s been sitting there, silence screaming thro’ her head
And her eyes are thin her hair is dark, sometimes she wishes she were dead
No one hears her calling out, the barman sees her from his side
And she’s crying ‘bout her husband’s grave, sixteen years since he died

CHORUS

Well the young man finds another dime, and he plays his favourite song
He always meant to learn the words, never thought he’d take this long
And the young girl goes to dance with him, and they’re making out real good
And she stares into the young man’s eyes, he feels the warmth of his own blood

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