Poor Horse

by Ann Scott

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1.
Whistle Tom 02:52
Long gone whistle Tom only son of the bell song, married once west gone he's following the maelstrom. Put a veil, put a veil on ten years been and gone, put a veil put a veil on, ten years dust down. This long Sally gone left before the early sun, rings on her toes say some her fingers on the shotgun. Put a veil, put a veil on ten years been and gone, put a veil put a veil on, ten years dust down. put a veil a veil on a veil on a veil on Ten years without a sign or a trace across the beams, dance in the wasteland and the snakes across your feet, curse the river and spitting in the sand turn back to me, dance in the waste, dance in the wasteland Long gone whistle Tom only son of the bell song, married once west gone he's following the maelstrom. Put a veil, put a veil on ten years been and gone, put a veil put a veil on, ten years dust down....
2.
Diamond Edge 03:05
Mary Bell take a step over the edge the pyramid Mary Bell not again under your skin here within Mary Bell by yourself never tell delicate Mary Bell on the stairs obsesses its diamond edge
3.
To Adore 03:11
I drove the car to the end of the night I swore to the stars all systems in sight, I'm pretty sure we did was right my sister raven up in flight Stranger of the night will you bring love back to life If heaven opened up for you would heaven be enough for you, for you, for you, for you I stole the cup from the lips of ilyad didn't promise me much but I took what I could I'm sitting pretty on his word five stars shot up for my raven bird, ven bird, ven bird..I wrote the book from the clutch of the dark I opened it up I spoke to its heart, sweet sister daughter hook or claw my brutus shoulder to adore.
4.
Raise Me Up 05:55
King’s heart needs to run faster than the heart of a king run wants to have more than the world would have given to him and that bird raised up his wings to fly but he was weighed down by the heavy weight of his shiny crown, frightened by the boughs no promise made, but if you don’t fall far enough he said he’d raise me up x 3 flower in the sun breath of the wind plucked from the soil left in the breeze golden was the shrine the water dazzling and still waiting by the edge faithful to the end and if you don't fall far enough and if you don't fall high enough he said he'd raise me up boats come in this town saintly humming for the summer harvest they fill their cabins up and leave the village starving where they used to play and sit the gate is swinging in the back garden but Ophelia she didn’t drown she’s just swimming with the river garlands swim swimming she’s just swimming with the river and if you don't fall far enough and if you don't fall high enough he said he'd raise me up
5.
Madness 03:19
Madness fell for the feast blue cloud over mountain and it rained down on us just like an angel she’s smiling on the world and the face of a loss angel smile got burned it’s madness, madness, yes it's madness..he won’t be mine hunger goes away when its shrivelled up its curling tail women grow old here in the west leaves cover over every silken tress and she sees its madness, madness, it's madness..he won’t be mine restless child won’t you settle to sleep you can sail the salty water and temper the beast wind in the night moves a pirate fleet and it leaned across the foam and whispered to me. madness, madness, yes yes it's mad it's madness..he won’t be mine
6.
Knife 02:42
Who put the trickle of unwilling tear far worse for thinking of a border here I’ll ask the first that comes to me but won’t betray the fight and there you are my darkest light blood thirst be wary of the gilded spear poor horse the muscle of the flesh of fear at last the strength has come to me but won’t betray the fight and you’re by far my sharpest knife at last the strength has come to me but won’t betray the fight and you’re by far my sharpest knife
7.
Wilbur Clown 06:06
Wilbur Clown welcome home you’ll calm down in these welcome arms the sulphur sun it burns a hole where the stars fell from and I’ll be sure the sun will be the last one left me poor so come down to the sea it's not love it's not freedom there’s no shape there’s no feeling there’s no reason, there’s no feeling there’s no reason Wilbur clown ever think you’re just wasting you’re time I’ve spent mine heard them say it’s too late, it’s too late, it’s too late for goodbyes it’s too late to turn around this is love this is freedom this is shape this is feeling this is reason this is love
8.
Jane Doll Sorrow come down to the window I’m afraid my sparrow I’ll be late for tomorrow do you remember a bar in Summer like two stray feathers like friends of the weather Weary of the Gods above like flakes like dust we huff we puff see winters come see winters go and the heavens explode they say that island is a place worth finding that’s where I’m heading that’s where I’m hiding Weary of the Gods of love like fakes like duds we reach we touch these winters come these winters go and the heavens explode
9.
Start 03:57
First light was stunning when brightness started running you came from nothing into the glowing arms of your mother You’re struggling to walk, forming all your thoughts caught between fear and delight, hands out for your very first helicopter flight I want to start my life again I want to start my life again I want to start my life again but you’re a little star, star, star Across the mossy tiles there flew a rooftop lullaby into the smoke of chimney fires and the wind carried it for miles and miles guardian by your side will help you go the mile and long after the sun is dead you’re spoonfed and tucked into bed I want to start my life again………. There is something in you, you don’t find everyday, Everything you touch is shiny and new will it soon turn to decay You’re struggling to walk, any second will take off caught between fear and delight hands out for your very first helicopter flight………. I want to start my life again…………
10.
Anchors 05:05
It's just gone a quarter past midnight she hopes it won’t be too long now goes to the clock on the mantelpiece and picks up the ragdoll the stars outside are making me tired and the wind through the window is heaving a sigh a dream takes time a dream is wild a dream can get out of hand anchor me to the land If heaven was our boat I’d be frightened by the flapping of the ropes I’d be pulling at the freyed knots wishing I could keep this one afloat a dream takes time a dream is wild a dream can get out of hand anchor me to the land I dreamt last night fisherman was called out I kept you some feathers to knit with hope they don’t take flight. dream takes time dream is wild dream can get out of hand anchor me to the land

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Setting out her stall with gypsy folk textures, gritty guitar art and off kilter pop hooks, Ann's debut, Poor Horse was released in September 2004 on Raghouse Records with distribution through Gael Linn. Askew with characters and animals and dusty storybook charm, Poor Horse was recorded over a few trips to Black Box studios in France with Karl Odlum at the helm. Shortly after its release, the album was voted into the Hotpress Musician's poll of Ireland's 100 greatest albums ever.

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released March 5, 2015

Ann Scott, Karl Odlum, Dave Hingerty

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Ann Scott's debut album, Poor Horse is now available via bandcamp for a short time while reconstruction gets underway on a remastered rejigged version. Venus to the Sky is Ann's fourth and latest studio album, co-produced with Karl Odlum and featuring a heavyweight musical squad (Dave Hingerty, Kim Porcelli, Katherine Atkinson, Gemma Hayes and Katell Keineg). ... more

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