Amoeba & Stone

by Abi Moore

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1.
The ocean is wide and oh, so deep, but the humans all swim by the shore Little old me, in an effort to be free, went in search of a little bit more I came across something deep and dark, reserved for amoeba and stone And if you’re a human around these parts, you will find that you’re there on your own CHORUS: Come tread the water with me I bet you will give up so easily It’s far too much effort, you see Boys from the land have offered their hand to pull me back in to the shore But once you have strayed from the usual way, you just can’t go back anymore And the amoeba, they don’t accept you either, so you tread water somewhere in between And all those who try to stay by my side, eventually see what I mean CHORUS Sometimes I spy an object floating by, from that living world into mine I grasp it in so close to my skin to recall how I felt as child Is it any wonder I plummet so far under and I'm dragged in the tide to the floor? When I chose to stray from the usual way in my search for a little bit more? CHORUS Abi Moore: Lead vocals, backing vocals, lead acoustic and electric guitars. David Booth: cymbals, feedback electric guitar, keys, softbanjo, backing vocals.
2.
In my country, Johnny, irony is rife There’s a law called Sod’s and it screws up all our lives And if you want it bad, I’ll give you some of mine But I don’t think you do We all want something that we can never have And what we’ve got sits wasted, ignored upon our laps We never see the reasons behind the circumstance But I am just like you, I am just like you You wait for the water, and get not a single wave But you were never meant to die in Nickajack Cave. Oh, the times we’ve tried, with our backs against the wall And we can’t even succeed in ending it all Some, they don’t believe in fate or higher law But Johnny, me and you, we know it for sure For what is life without some faith or destination? But a certain stumble into devastation If we don’t keep our eyes directed to the skies We’re headed for the ground, Johnny, you and I Of your own free will, you walked into your grave But you were never meant to die in Nickajack Cave. Had you left us then and there, that’s how you’d’ve been remembered Another wasted life, another man surrendered Had you left us then and there, that’s how you’d’ve been remembered Another suicide, another failed contender Thank God, J.R, that your life was saved And you were never meant to die in Nickajack Cave No you were never meant to die in Nickajack, Nickajack, Nickajack You were never meant to die in Nickajack Cave
3.
Protection 04:01
What you offered, I never thought I needed But I couldn't have needed anything more And what I avoided was the very thing The very thing you daily bring Protection Protection And all of the walls that people build around me Well, I would've jumped them all alone But it's good to know when danger surrounds me I don't have to take it on my own Protection Protection You take the place of the very people Who should've protected me every day I learned to take the world on solo I couldn't've had it any other way Protection Protection And all the bravado I've put on down the years I couldn't've put on a better show And every man I had to let go of Knew little of my needs like you know You're the woman and I'm the man You touch me with a mother's hand And would it kill me to say to you Once in a while... 'I love you?' I suppose I do... ...as much as a girl like me can do I love you ...the only way I know how to I love you Protection Protection
4.
I gave you an inch and still you took a mile And you wonder how I came to lose my smile I'm all out of tears and you're out of time You burned all your bridges, so you started burning mine Now you're running out of people to blame Oh, ain't that a shame? Cos I'm all outta sympathy And I've washed my hands so clean Well, I'm all outta sympathy I have washed my hands so clean I gave you my time when I had none to spare And you crying wolf is more than I can bear Now I'm out of reach cos you're out of line You pushed all your luck and you robbed me of all of mine Now you're running out of people who care Oh, ain't it unfair? Cos I'm all outta sympathy And I've washed my hands so clean Well, I'm all outta sympathy I have washed my hands so clean I'm losing count of all the times you managed to let me down I'd only be a fool if I continued to stick around You're pleading innocent in the hope that I will forget But it's all in my head It's all in my head It's all in my head In my head, in my head Cos I'm all outta sympathy And I've washed my hands so clean Well, I'm all outta sympathy I have washed my hands so clean I have washed my hands so clean I have washed my hands so clean
5.
I nearly did the unthinkable Admitted the way I felt I nearly told you I loved you In spite of myself I nearly breathed those words Directly into your mouth If you hadn’t sealed my lips with your kiss I would’ve let it tumble out I would’ve let it tumble out I nearly told you I loved you I nearly broke all my rules And for maybe the first time, if I’m honest I believed it to be true I believed it to be true CHORUS: Something’s in the air... The air... The air... The air... I nearly did the forbidden Let you know how much I cared I nearly lost myself for a moment Just to find you there I nearly told you I loved you With the innocence of my youth And you might’ve thought it was easy for me If you only knew the truth If you only knew the truth CHORUS Well I’m not saying this because I need it from you It’s just a statement of fact that I believe to be true I don’t need your approval or reciprocation It’s just my first and my last heartfelt declaration Be patient, heart, be patient Be patient, heart, be patient I nearly told you I loved you Thank goodness I stopped myself
6.
Hello, this is your imagination calling From a world, a world away from here And I, I’m your operator between Reality and all that you hold dear I bring a message from beyond I’ll put you through after the tone Hello, bet you never thought you’d hear from me again But I’ve been watching down on you so long And you, you’ve gotta stop doing this to yourself You’ve more than proved your loyalty so strong What can I do to break your curse?? What can I say to stop the hurt?? CHORUS: Did I really need to say that I loved you? Weren’t the memories we made proof enough? Did I forget to say I’m proud of you? If it takes away the pain, then give me one last chance to say it again Hello, that’s all I really wanted you to say The silence has been more than I can bear I know that this is not the only world there is But I can neither see nor hear you there Into the dust I watched you slip Without a word upon my lips CHORUS And what were we supposed to do? We were not to know We thought we’d live forever We thought we would continue just to grow And we were both so young Oh, and did I never mention that I have loved you for my whole life long? CHORUS Hello, this is only your imagination calling...
7.
Return To Oz 04:01
Oh, I was truly made of tin To let no human beings in It was only ever abstract things that pulled my strings They told me if I had a heart I could tell real life and love apart But I’ve always been a bit too smart to play that part CHORUS: So tonight, I will return to the Land of Oz To remind myself of who I was Oh, I was truly made of straw Love came through the barn and out the door There was nothing that I worshipped more than Freedom’s Law They told me if I had a brain I could see the light and feel the rain But the roses always smell the same by any other name CHORUS Oh, I was truly made of fear To hold no-one close and no-one dear And I learned with every passing year to hide those tears They say if I had courage now I could find the strength to tell you how But I’ve always been a bit too proud to love out loud CHORUS Oh, if I truly had a home I could tap my heels and fly along I suppose I really shouldn’t moan, cos... God bless the child that’s got his own That’s got his own And I got my own I got my own I got my own
8.
He gave more love than I could need He gave me truth, the like of which I’d never seen He gave me patience, cos time is not my friend He gave me loyalty until the very end He fed me hope, he fed me faith When I considered ways to best end all my days He fed me honesty; he was a friend indeed But it’s my fire he could not feed. He fed my body, oh he fed my soul With all the nourishment I’d need with which to grow He nearly fed me everything that I could need But it’s my fire he could not feed I settled down, way, way too fast Because I did not learn the lessons from my past I listened to my head when I should’ve heard my heart But that’s the trouble, Lord, cos it’s the hardest part He gave me freedom, the best he could He lent his ears to me, I’d never felt so understood He gave me money, when I’m in need :-) But it’s my fire he could not feed But these years weren’t wasted For though I leave There are a thousand lessons learned to take with me And what I finish here will remain of value, yes it will Cos though I didn’t love him right, I loved him still To listen to your heart, that’s the hardest part To listen to your heart, that’s the hardest part To listen to your heart, that’s the hardest part To listen to your heart, that’s the hardest part To listen to your heart, that’s the hardest part
9.
In your hands, in your hands It blew up in pieces, leaving shrapnel in the sand And how can I forget the pain? When fragments still remain, splintered deep within my hands? And what a surprise...I had no say In the final outcome anyway If anyone had cared to listen to me Things would’ve ended differently In your hands, in your hands Was there some masterplan that I just don’t understand? Or am I naive to believe You set out to deceive, when you are the better man? And what a surprise...I will not ask Cos I know how it’ll just drag up the past And heaven knows how we’ve had enough of that What hope I have now will not last In my hands, in my hands Could it be within my hands? I could have the final say Cos whatever path you walk upon, I’ll choose the other one I will not follow your way And what a surprise it’ll be for you When my ‘empty promises’ all come true And through my actions, you know, I’ll display That I chose the better way...but In your hands, in your hands It’s always been the same I just play this waiting game.
10.
Maybe it comes in the dead of the night Or it appears in a dazzling light Wish I believed, wish I believed in love Maybe it falls from the stars Maybe it’s found with life on Mars Wish I believed, wish I believed in love CHORUS: Well, some say in this life, you get what you deserve But that’s not what I have learned You get what you’re given and not what you have earned And you’re lucky if you don’t get burned All those who know, boast and they brag Up on the hill waving victory flags They all believe, they all believe in love They all say that I’m missing out And I won’t know what they’re talking about ‘Til I believe, ‘til I believe in love CHORUS I haven’t found what I’m looking for Is there a key to a magical door? Wish I believed, wish I believed in love CHORUS

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The third studio album from singer/songwriter Abi Moore, only available to download here until its official international release on Monday 3rd February 2014. If you'd like a shiny new Digipak CD sent to you instead, they are only available from www.abimoore.com/get_involved

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released February 3, 2014

© & ℗ 2013 Honest Records/Abi Moore.
All songs written by Abi Moore. www.abimoore.com
Recorded by David Booth at The Recording Booth & Abi Moore at Honest Records. www.honestrecords.com
Edited and mixed by David Booth. www.therecordingbooth.co.uk
Produced by David Booth & Abi Moore.
Mastered by John Spence at Fairview Studios. Arrangements by the musicians.
Artwork and photography by Abi Moore

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Abi is perhaps best known for her ability to engage a live audience and for the astounding voice with which she takes powerfully insightful lyrics and delivers them with absolute conviction and honesty. Whether she's laying bare a heartbreaking vulnerability or raising a flag of protest, she packs a punch of integrity and vitality. ... more

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