Stones Throw, Lament Of The Selkie

by Rachel Taylor-Beales

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Stone’s Throw, Lament Of The Selkie is a dark folklore concept tale based around Selkie mythology from the Orkney Isles. The lyrics chart a tragic story of Selkie, who over the arc of the narrative finds herself struggling and unable to sustain life on land with her land-bound partner and eventually returns herself to the sea leaving her partner grief stricken with loss.

Rachel has brought together her ever-growing and eclectic grouping of musicians to this project.

Paul Gray (formerly of The Damned, UFO, Eddie and The Hotrods) guests on bass and acclaimed virtuoso guitarist Dylan Fowler returns providing slide guitar and sonic textures. Lucy River’s versatile violin nuances a folk edge to the songs, whilst Angharad Evans backing vocals and Rosy Robinson’s cellos enhance with rich harmonic textures and tones. Rachel’s brother Shane Beales makes a guest appearance on percussion leaving the rest of the breadth of instrumentation to herself and husband Bill, including guitars, piano, organ, ukulele, with additional percussion and bass.

The overall vibe is a rich and intricate sound palette that embeds the album’s narrative in Rachel's evocative sonic world.

For notes on Stone's Throw, Lament Of The Selkie, please visit Rachel's Blog Post here rachel-t-b.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/notes-on-my-new-album-stones-throw.html

Reviews...
"Exceptional Album" Folk Radio UK www.folkradio.co.uk/2015/08/rachel-taylor-beales-stones-throw-the-lament-of-the-selkie/

"Outstanding" BBC Radio Wales

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released July 22, 2015

Musicians:

Rachel Taylor-Beales: vocals, electric guitars, piano, organ, acoustic guitar, ukulele, distorted guitar track 11

Lucy Rivers: violin

Rosy Robinson: cello tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 10
Bill Taylor-Beales: bass on tracks 2,3,7,8, 11, organ track 6, 12 string guitar track 5, distorted guitar tracks 1,3 and 5, electric guitar track 10, percussion track 3

Dylan Fowler: electric and acoustic slide guitars, kantele track 7, acoustic guitar on track 8, percussion track 11

Paul Gray: bass on tracks 1 and 10

Angharad Evans: additional backing vocals tracks 1,5,7,8,10

Shane Beales: percussion tracks 1 and 10

All tracks copyright Rachel Taylor-Beales except tracks 3, 5, 6 copyright Rachel and Bill Taylor-Beales. Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Bill and Rachel Taylor-Beales at Hushland Studios 2015 www.hushland.com
CD design, layout and artwork by Bill Taylor-Beales
Selkie’s Lament story by Rachel Taylor-Beales
www.racheltaylor-beales.com www.billtaylor-beales.com

Huge thanks to all the wonderful musicians Lucy, Dylan, Angharad, Rosy, Paul, Shane and Bill for being a part of and bringing your expertise to this project and especial thanks to Bill for his tireless commitment and support and encouragement throughout it all. Thanks also to Polly for the all the joy and dancing and repeated listening over the process of making this.

Many thanks to my friend Gill Stevens, who introduced me to the Selkie stories and helped to spark and inspire so much of this project in its early stages.

To all who are refugees in body, soul or spirit: may you find solace, may you find home and may you always be comfortable in your own skin wherever you might be.

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Singer songwriter Rachel Taylor-Beales blends folk, roots and jazz with a delicate yet soulful voice and keenly observed narratives. Described as “Musically exquisite and enthralling.” by BBC Radio 4

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Track Name: Seaside
Seaside
You can see her sipping wine
Beneath the old town tavern sign
Cross her palm with silver and
A fortune she’ll deliver
Counting each and every wave that breaks here
Each and every wave
Along the seaside by the seaside
By the seaside, by the sea, on the sea shore

Cuttlefish bones
Shellfish stones
Driftwood, glass
And crab claw carcass
Un-amusing game machines
Froth and foam and carton cream
Greasy chips with vinegar
Water here it’s not so- clear
Cuttlefish bones
Shellfish stones
Driftwood, glass
And crab claw carcass
Bottles thrown wash in wash out
Kids and dogs chasing about
Sea gulls scraping, feet are dangling
Teenage kicks and couples- hanging out,

Along the seaside by the seaside
By the seaside, by the sea, on the sea shore

Cuttlefish bones
Shellfish stones
Driftwood, glass
And crab claw carcass
Deck chair Frisbee families
With wind-breakers and flasks of tea
Seaweed, nets and wires twining
Oily bathers on their towels- reclining
Cuttlefish bones
Shellfish stones
Driftwood, glass
And crab claw carcass
Rock pool fossil barnacles
Beers cans for BBQ’s
Skyline scraping blue to grey
Now smoke-ring billowed clouds turn into rain

Along the seaside by the seaside
By the seaside by the seaside by… (continued in background)
She sells seashells and ice-cream cornets, plastic buckets
Picture postcards, Mr Punch, rock hard candy-floss and gum
Coffee served in polystyrene,
Kiosk coupons donkey riding,
She sells seashells on the seashore
Cross her palm with silver and
A fortune she’ll deliver
Counting each and every wave that breaks you
Each and every wave that breaks you
Each and every wave
Track Name: Somersaults
Somersaults

Under this blue
Back somersaults
Who would miss me?
And why so much?
Keep staring up
Keep drifting out
Who would miss me?
And know my touch
Under this blue
Blue
Under this blue
Blue

Waving
Diving
Into this deep
Head back and kick
Tight to a ball
Head back
And fall
Keep turning
These summer
Summer somersaults

Waving
Diving
Into this deep
Head back and kick
Tight to a ball
Head back
And fall
Keep turning
These summer
Summer somersaults
Track Name: Summer Again
Summer Again

Come with the morning girl
Salt resting on your eyes
This summer brings you now
This summer brings you right out loud
Right out loud
Into the sea return
Until we both become like shadows
On the morning sun

It’s summer again
Summer again
Summer again
Summer again

Lead me where the ocean meets the land
Let me understand
Lead me there come take my hand
Lift me
Oh lift me
From the sand

Seagulls and kites collide
Seagulls and kites divide these skies
Until the tide comes in
Until the tide comes in and over
My feet my toes my ankle bones
And now I know
I know, I know I’m home

It’s summer again
Summer again
Summer again
Summer again

Lead me where the ocean meets the land
Let me understand
Lead me there come take my hand
Lift me
Oh lift me
From the sand

Come with the morning girl
Salt resting on your eyes
Track Name: And May It Be
And May It Be

And may it be so it may be
And may it be so it may be
This kiss, this mist
This dust of choice
This ghost, this myth
This void, this voice
This voice

And nothing costs as
As much heart does
And nothing costs as
As much as loss does

And may it be so it may be
And may it be
And may it be so it may be
And may it be
This kiss, this mist
This dust of choice
This ghost, this myth
This voice, this voice
And hidden deep
And hidden long
Revealed in sleep
Answered in song

And nothing costs as
As much as loss does
It’s been a long, long day
It’s been a long, long day

And may it be so it may be

This kiss, this mist
These dusts of choice
This ghost, this myth
This voiceless voice
No more to dread
No more to weep
No more to tread
These worn down feet
No more to fear
To fear no more
No more, no more
And may it be
Track Name: Restless
Restless

Wherever it is that your head lies?

Restless as the spray that blinds you
Restless as the swell that twists you
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me
Restless as the spray that blinds you
Restless as the swell that twists you
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me

I fix no lock upon my door
The candle wax filling up the floor
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me

Restless as the spray that blinds you
Restless as the swell that twists you
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me
Restless as the spray that blinds you
Restless as the swell that twists you
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me

Your children look for a hand to rock them
A voice rolling in with songs to sing them
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me

Don’t sell today to buy a tomorrow
Don’t sell today to buy a tomorrow

Your children look for a hand to rock them
A voice rolling in with songs to sing them
Wherever it is hat your head lies
We keep breathing out and drinking in and around we go again
I fix no lock upon my door
The candle wax filling up the floor
Wherever it is hat your head lies
We keep breathing out and drinking in and around we go
And round we go and down

Restless as the spray that blinds you
Restless as the swell that twists you
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me
Restless as the spray that blinds you
Restless as the swell that twists you
Where ever it is that your head lies
Tis not on this pillow beside me
Track Name: Stone's Throw
Stone’s Throw

I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
Pick any one and cast it high and long
I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
Lean back into the breeze and spin it on
I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere
And no one knows the place where I belong
I’m a stone’s throw form nowhere
This beach I sit upon I can’t call home
This beach I sit upon I can’t call home
This beach I sit upon I can’t call home

Hey yeah, hey yeah
Hey yeah, hey yeah
Hey yeah, hey yeah
Track Name: Selkie's Song
Selkie’s Song

So won’t you please turn me again?
Turn me again
To you
So won’t you please turn me again?
Turn me again
To you

This skin it won’t fit like it used to
These bones they don’t hold it so well
In too many ways I’m a stranger
And it’s a stranger who warms you right now

But darling remember before you care to regret
That song dark and wild, this skin soft and wet
Bride of the water ocean’s silk child
Well there’re times and there’s tides
And there’s days she’s got to hide,
She’s got to hide

Oh this skin it won’t fit like it used to
These bones they don’t hold it so well
In too many ways I’m a stranger
And it’s a stranger who warms you right now
Oh this skin it won’t fit like it used to
These bones they don’t hold it so well
In too many ways I’m a stranger
And it’s a stranger who warms you right now

So won’t you please turn me again?
Turn me again
To you
So won’t you please turn me again?
Turn me again
To you

(Skin it won’t fit…)
Track Name: In The Cold
In The Cold

And I can’t say when
You grew so dark so cruel
Can’t say when – don’t care how
All of our Decembers - deciphered
Can this winter last much longer
Days get any lighter?

We’re just done trying
Done trying
The dog outside’s still barking
And anyway who’s fighting?
Now it’s our voices raised,
Like banners

Out in the cold
In the cold
Out in the cold
In the cold

And everyone who wants you
Can have you more than welcome
Your song it’s not my problem someone else can hum along
And I won’t be missing -second guessing
Nothing concealing
Not one frozen feeling

We’re just done trying
Done trying
The dog outside’s still barking
And anyway who’s fighting?
Now it’s our voices raised,
Like banners

Out in the cold
In the cold
Out in the cold
In the cold

In the cold
Out in the cold
And I can’t say when
And I don’t care how
Out in the cold
Track Name: Fall Into You
Fall Into You

Take me under
Underneath the covers
Of this blanket so cruel
I fear no other
Save the lonesome hourglass
My body clings to

And I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall
Into you
And I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall
Into you

I hear you only
As this dark envelopes’ me
Enfolding me slow
Breathing shallow
Echoes of a great whale sighing
Stealing me home

I am no longer
I am no stranger to this bed of sinking
Drawing me under
Under these covers of your, restless dreaming
Rocking me, rocking me
Into the swelling ecstasy of every
Sailor who made you their lover

And I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall
Into you
And I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall
Into you

Take me under
Underneath the covers
Of this blanket so cruel
I fear no other
Save the lonesome hourglass
This body clings to

And I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall
Into you
And I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall and I fall
Into you
Track Name: Until The Snow
Until The Snow

Dogtooth coat, digging that hole,
To climb down, to climb down, to climb down until
Singing only one song, a hymn of separation
A ragged refrain been winding from day she left him

Hmm, hmmm

They keep waving their bitter flags with no surrender now
He’s seeing signs and symbols here of older winters walking
Knuckles white and reeling, far too sharp, too loud this crowd
With nothing left just fragment shards of postcards lost and found

Hmm, hmmm

So we’ll play and we’ll play
And we’ll play these chords
Until the snow, until the snow
And we’ll play and we’ll play
And we’ll play these chords
Until the snow

Where now lies the man?
Where now lies the ghost?
Where now lies the lover?
Where now lies his thirst?
Where now lies the fire?
Where now lies the fool?
Where now lies the liar?
Where now lies his truce?
Where now lies the coward?
Where now lies her head?
Where now lies the future?
Where now lies a friend?
Where now lies the man?
Where now lies the ghost?
Where now lies the lover?
Where now lies his thirst?

But we’ll play and we’ll play
And we’ll play these chords
Until the snow, until the snow
And we’ll play and we’ll play
And we’ll play these chords
Until the snow, until the snow
And we’ll play and we’ll play
And we’ll play these chords
Until the snow, until the snow
And we’ll play and we’ll play
And we’ll play these chords
Until the snow
Track Name: Turning The Day
Turning The Day

This rizla’s ash, this pay-cheque spent
Vacant guesthouse, cold park bench
Cast a thousand stones to sting this sun
A thousand stones ripple down upon her
Wading uneven
From the shelter of sand dunes
Losing these shallows
Chasing the light
Chasing the light
Chasing the light

In empty lots along the quay
Cruising for company
Salesmen return from sea
Their widows are not waiting
Now they’re dodging the seaweed
Tangling round here
In a playground of shadows
Chasing the light
Chasing the light
Chasing the light

This rizla’s ash and pay cheque spent
Dishwater coffee and unmade bed
Cast a thousand stones to sting this sun
A thousand stones ripple down upon her
Wading uneven
Shelter of sand dunes
But I’m losing these shallows
Chasing the light
Chasing the light
Chasing the light

Turning the day
I am not afraid
Gonna cast that rock into the sea
Repercussions reckoning
Turning the day
If only space and time would bend
Just to see your face again
Myth’s eroding, somersaulting
Grinder and that monkey falling
Rizla’s ash and pay cheque spent
Just to see your face again
If only space and time could bend
I would count these waves again
If only space and time could bend
I would count these waves