Little Acts of Kindness

by Beth Prior

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We've returned to Backyard Studios, where I recorded my EP, Nomad. It's the most unassuming and awesome of places, situated literally in the backyard of Dave Owen's dairy farm and has played host to a lot of great artists since established in the 1970's.

Will Barnes is working his magic on this album as a producer, engineer and general studio Wizard! And how lucky am I to have one of the countries best gypsy swing guitarists at my disposal!? It's truly a pleasure to be working with this incredible artist. Along with Will, Aled Roberts has helped create a masterful mix for the album, which I can say again... sounds EPIC!!!

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released September 1, 2016

Incredible musicians have been in recording on the album, including Will Barnes on guitar (Gypsy Fire), Dunc Burns on drums (Fight the Bear), Chris Clarke on bass (Hunter and the Bear), Harriet Bartlett on accordion (solo folk artist), Andy Mantle (keys) John Franklin on trumpet (BC Allskas) and Len Carter on Saxaphone (Skatellis & Skubaroots).

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Beth Prior UK

"Folky,Rootsy...Soulfully Shapeshifting"
Borders based Singer Songwriter, Dread stylist, and an alright cook.
LOVE music LOVE sound LOVE people LOVE equality LOVE our planet LOVE nature LOVE friends
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Track Name: One Love
ONE LOVE

One love, one love, one love
Ooooooooh
One love, one love, one love
Ooooooooh

There are just so many monsters in the world
That's why I deal my harshest words with love
Like arrow to a target
And the dealing of cards
It has aim, play and chance
It has luck, wins and hardships
And for all this beauty
This bad seed shows like an amethyst
Oooh yeah
For all this beauty
This bad seed shows like an amethyst
Held tight in my fist
Trapped in my fist so I
Drink, swim and wash myself in the water
For now with that bad taste
It's the only thing I'm after
I drink, swim and wash myself in the water
For now the only thing I'm after is

One love, one love, one love
One love, one love, one love
Oh my, oh my, oh my love
One love, one love, one love
One love, one love, one love
Oh my, oh my, oh my love

This my hardest lesson
Born of your hands in
Times like there have been
It seems easier to wash them, wash them clean
Cos I lose you more often than I should
I lose lose you more often than I should
The devil, yes I know him quite well
Because he lived inside me too

So I drink, swim and wash myself in the water
For now with that bad taste
It's the only thing I'm after
I drink, swim and wash myself in the water
For now the only thing I'm after is
One love, one love, one love
One love, one love, one love
Oh my, oh my, oh my love
One love, one love, one love
One love, one love, one love
Oh my, oh my, oh my love
Track Name: Green Tea
GREEN TEA

Moods like this define gravity
Put down your pint
Have a mug of green tea
A smoothie 'stead of a daiquiri
'Stead of my Red Bull I'll drink a Purdey's
The simplest things in life that make me sing
But love is the only thing that gives me wings

When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my world
When I'm not right with you
Coldest fire burns
When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my life
And I'm not right with my sight
I'm not right with my drive
And when I'm not right with you
I fail to see my light survive
Oh love, when I'm not right
Just not right, I'm just not right, yeah

So I take pinch of insanity
Add it to the person that I believe that I could be
And I have learnt that there are truths to see
So many a lesson has come to stand
Right before me
And the simplest things in life that make me dance
When I'm in love with the world I live in, romance

When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my world
When I'm not right with you
Coldest fire burns
When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my life
And I'm not right with my sight
And I'm not right with my drive
And when I'm not right with you
I fail to see my light survive
Oh yeah, when I'm not right
Just not right, I'm just not right, ohhh

So what do we do?
Put the world to right to wrong
Put the kettle on
It's as much about the ripple
As the stone that was thrown
Put the world to rights to wrong
Put the kettle
It's as much about the ripple
As the stone that was thrown

When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my world
When I'm not right with you
Coldest fire burns
When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my life
And I'm not right with my sight
Not right with my drive
And when I'm not right with you
I fail to see my light survive
Survive
Oh, when I'm not right
Just not right, I'm just not right, ohhh

When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my world
When I'm not right with you
Coldest fire burns
When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my life
And I'm not right with my sight
Not right with my drive
And when I'm not right with you
I fail to see my light survive
Oh love, when I'm not right
Just not right, just not right
When I'm not right with you
I'm not right with my world
When I'm not right with you
Cold this fire burns
Track Name: Occasionally Lime
OCCASIONALLY LIME

You say I keep you from yawning
Like sex in the morning
See I've figured it out
Of all that I adore
Oh how I love you
And oh how I need ya
The force that reckons with me

And I am sweet rum
I'm spiced
But you are only occasionally my lime
And I fear wandering thoughts
Please keep me safe from harm...

When I can't make sense of it all
The fire needs stoking
I'm not fucking joking
And I pray it's you
And I pray it's you, you, you you

You say I keep you yawning
With all this cleaning an' a cooking
See I've figured it out
Of all I can't condone
Oh how I love ya
And oh how I need ya
The force that reckons with me..

And I am sweet rum
I'm spiced
But you are only occasionally my lime
And I fear wandering thoughts
Please keep me safe from harm
Don't give me these lemons to suck my love
Said I don't want that taste
And please don't be lime my love
If my rum has gone on another's time

When I can't make sense of it all
The fire needs stoking
I'm not fucking joking
And I pray it's you
And I pray it's you, you, you you

You... You... yeah I pray it's you
And I pray it's you, you you

Don't give me these lemons to suck my love
Said I don't want that taste
And please don't be lime my love
If my rum has gone on another's tongue
Track Name: Fallen Trees
FALLEN TREES

Well I see colours
So I figured it out
If you put us all together
We can make a perfect rainbow
But ya, you can't make a rainbow in just black and white
You need everyone, everything, everything together to have some kind of insight

So get up, get up make a stand
Wrap you legs around your lovers back
Get up, get up make a stand
Wrap your arms around the world
And your legs around your lovers back

Oh, and sleep in peace
And not sleep like fallen trees
Oh, sleep in peace
And not sleep like fallen trees

I wanna know the truth in you
I wanna know what makes you you
I wanna know what makes you run away and flee
I wanna know what makes you stand up and fight for who you're meant to be oh!

Get up, get up make a stand
Find someone who has what you lack
Get up, get up make a stand
Wrap your arms around the world
And your legs around your lovers back

Oh, and sleep in peace
And not sleep like fallen trees
Oh, sleep in peace
And not sleep like fallen trees

Woooooo!

When I see more adverts every day
Telling me to buy more stuff
And throw my good things away, oh
See no-one fixes shit today!
I'm swapping technology for theology
Any remedy, any remedy that's fine with me

Oh, make a stand
Wrap your legs round your lovers back
Get up, get up make a stand
Wrap your arms around the world
And your legs around your lovers back
Oh, and sleep in peace, not sleep like fallen trees
Oh, sleep in peace, and not sleep like fallen trees

Sleep like fallen trees, oh yeah, sleep like fallen trees
Track Name: Quiet Times
QUIET TIMES

Ooooooh
These quiet times
Watch the sunset and rise
Through the blinds soon
Oooh
From where I stand now
And where I've been
Where I've been
Another familiar scene to me
Yet another broken dream
Oh how violent our lives can be
Through our lack of sensitivity
Oooh yeah, ahhhhhh
Oooh yeah, ahhhhhh

And so I sit in this room
My eyes are wide shut
When every blink has a name
As I let in sunshine now
And you take me away
You take me away, always away
For quiet times
Oooh, my quiet times, time
Oooh

And these quiet times
Oh I'll just watch the sun set and rise
Through the blinds
Yeah, oooh yeah
My quiet times, times
Ohhhh, ooooh
Track Name: Stitch Up
STITCH UP

Reggae sounds better in the sunshine
Jazz goes down sweeter with a fine wine
All this music can you feel it
Can you feel it like you want to
Our music sounds better in the sun
Drum and bass indie and ska is fun
The techno beats, the house, the womp
We just all bounce along
Cos we're all just singing the same song

If you believe in love
Then the holes in your pockets them a stitch up
x2
(oooooh)

When the suits come out with their politik
We know, we know who they want to trick
And the message we are sending
We are sending it cos we want to

So when their brains start aching from empty policy
We'll offer up to them our soul currency
And as they run to our sound their suits hit the ground
Cos they know we're singing the same song

If you believe in love
Then the holes in your pockets them a stitch up
x2
(oooooh)

So come on come on you don't have to frown
We are, we are patrons of the underground!
And the music we are playing
We are playing it cos we want to

Come on come on this is our sound
Compassion is worth more than your shiny pound
And we are no not fools we overrule the rules
Cos we're all just singing the same song

If you believe in love
Then the holes in your pockets them a stitch up
x2
(oooooh)

All this music, can you feel it
Can you feel like you want to
Like you want to

If you believe in love
Then the holes in your pockets them a stitch up
x2
(oooooh)

(Believe in love, and the holes in your pockets them a stitch up
Them a stitch up
Yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah, ooh!
Our pockets watch 'em stitch up
Yeah, oooooh
Track Name: I & You
I AND YOU

Oooh
I'm proud of my blisters
I know I can bruise
I own the wounds on my body
Like I own the wear on my shoes
And I wanna kick 'em off

And I've done things that I'm not so proud
But when I sat down to figure them out
You know I needed a revolution

And ain't that the truth
Ain't that the truth
For I and you
You
And ain't that the truth
Ain't that the truth
For I and you
You you you, yeah
For I and you, yeah
For I and you
Ooh, you

You see I'm proud of my legacy
Proud of how I came to be
Know that wasting time is a wasted life you see
But I'm just so, I'm just so fucking happy

And ain't that the truth
Ain't that the truth
For I and you, you, you
Yeah, yeah
For I and you, you, you yeah
For I and you, you
Oooh

See I'm proud of my blisters
I know I can bruise
I own the wounds on my body
Like I own the wear on my shoes
And I'm kicking them off

And ain't that the truth
Ain't that the truth yeah yeah
For I and you, you, ooh yeah
For I and you, you, you
For I and you, ooh
Oooh, yeah! Ooh
Track Name: Certain Things
CERTAIN THINGS

Music as music
Art the frustration of it
My love, my love
Be mine, be mine

Music in music
And the sound on the breath of it
On the breath of it
Love has love in the now
And in the far, in the far

But we are
We are lying in between the legs
Of certain things
Certain things
We are lying in between the legs
Of such, such simple things

Music as music
Art the frustration of it
My love, be my love
And lust just icing on the cake of it
My rhythm will be my rhythm
And the pulse beats with the rest
Cos it's all in a locked up
Sometimes slightly fuzzled head

When, you are lying in between
The heart of it
And the head of it
You are lying in between the legs
And you feel like a six pack of Stella in dregs
Me folded, now beseech my body
Lay me in a way that ideas come so naturally to me, to me
As I laugh with the universe
Sing to the moon
Dance with the sun
And I'm touched by the earth
We are lying in between the legs of certain things
We are lying in between the legs of such simple things
Oooh

We are lying in between the legs
Of certain things
Certain things
We are lying in between the legs
Of such simple things

Certain things
Track Name: Salt of the Earth
SALT OF THE EARTH

See this is for anyone
Who's story is a little different
Who wears their heart of their sleeve
But has secrets within 'em
And the makers and the martyrs
Live among us
Sour bitter sweet
On the tongue of us

But then they see
That all rivers end up at the sea
Cos now they know why
I sit by the river
Cos that's where I'd rather be

When the salt of the earth
Is in the bricks of our houses
And the salt of the earth
Is on our hands
When we hold it now
And the salt of the earth
It's on your lips
When you kiss mine, kiss mine

And they advertise through our weakness still
And everyone's a doctor when you're ill
And the makers and martyrs
Live among us
Sour bitter sweet
On the tongue of us

But then they see
That all rivers end up at the sea
Cos now they know why
I sit by the river
Cos that's where I'd rather be

When the salt of the earth
Is in the sound of our voices
And the salt of the earth
Is in the strength of our choices now
And the salt of the earth
Is on your lips
When you kiss mine, kiss mine

Oooh
Track Name: Little Acts of Kindness
LITTLE ACTS OF KINDNESS

My battery went and died overnight
So my phone didn't hear the news
That noon was now calling
And I know I should've gone to bed
Instead of watching animals on YouTube
So I stumbled down the stairs
Shuffled across the floor
Put the kettle in the fridge
And the milk in the sink
And eventually found my coffee in the cutlery drawer

Then I remembered that I did the washing last night
So I got clean clothes to wear
Then I remembered that I didn't hang them up to dry
I'm a soggy damp despair
Then I rejoice for the moment
No time to dwell or fear
And I smile and think yes!
At least I've got dreadlocks
So I don't have to brush my hair

And my little world of chaos
I'm trying to change
And I'm blessed by acts of kindness
And I'm thankful every day
These little acts of kindness
Cos we are all the same
We are chaos in order
And order in chaos
Like sunshine when it rains

So I dig through the laundry pile
For the best of the bunch
But my top smells of smoke
And that stain on my sleeve
Is definitely yesterday's lunch
So I rolled up my sleeves
Grabbed my keys and grabbed my bag
And instead of hearing clinking coins
I hear silence instead

And oh my little world of chaos
I'm trying to change
But I'm blessed by acts of kindness
And I'm thankful every day
These little acts of kindness
Cos we are all the same
We are chaos in order
And order in chaos
Like sunshine when it rains

So off in the van I go
I got time to make it still
But I go around the corner
There's a bus, there's a lorry
And a dude who's lost his shoe
And I hope and pray that somehow
They'll disperse down little lanes
And the road will be mine
I'll get there on time
And the shoe will be reclaimed

And oh my little world of chaos
I'm trying to change
But I'm blessed by acts of kindness
And I'm thankful every day
These little acts of kindness
Cos we are all the same
We are chaos in order
And order in chaos
Like sunshine when it rains

So I pulled into the carpark
In the nick of time, woah
This guy was leaving
He was speeding
He was probably late too
But he stopped and said stranger
I don't need this do you?
And I said, oh my god, yes please
I really do
So in my hand I had a ticket
With five minutes left to go
And this guy he didn't have to stop
And he'll probably never know

But oh these little acts of kindness
Cos we are all the same
We are chaos in order
And order in chaos
Like sunshine when it rains

And my little world of chaos
Is with me every day
And your little acts of kindness
Are more beautiful than I can say
Track Name: Written
WRITTEN

So if I write words and melody
And your art teases the songs, the poetry right out of me yeah
Then lie with me
Like a muse, like a danger
Like a safety
Show me divine symmetry

I'm exactly where I'm meant to be I know, know
And I don't know, but I know it's written somehow
Somehow

So if you lay the brush strokes
And you set colours free
Then my thoughts my words and my voice
Become as tactile as I want you in me, with me yeah
Like a muse, like a danger
Like a safety
We have our divine symmetry

We're exactly where we're meant to be I know, know
And I know that I know that it's written somehow

We're exactly where we're meant to be I'm sure, sure yeah
In the most ancient of conditions we found ourselves free, oh yeah

We're exactly where we're meant to be I'm sure, oh yeah
In the most ancient of conditions we found ourselves free, oh yeah

I'm exactly be where I'm meant to be I know
And I don't know, but I know it's written somehow

We have our divine symmetry
Like a muse, like a danger, like a safety
Divine symmetry