The Aftermath of '96

by Abi Moore

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“It is no coincidence that the cover of Lincoln singer/songwriter Abi Moore’s debut album is a diary.
Inside is an honest and sometimes courageous chronicle of the past decade, of relationships and incidents and most notably the death of her best friend ten years ago, which forms the basis of Holding On.
But there is a freshness, even an optimism about “The Aftermath of ’96,” mirrored in the quiet strength of several of these tracks, the independence of songs like When The Devil Calls, (“All the lessons that I learned in life, I learned them on my own”) and the very fact that Abi herself has written, played, sung, recorded, mixed and produced pretty much everything here.
Her voice is central to its appeal, reminiscent of Texas chanteuse Sharleen Spiteri at times and beautiful throughout, underlined by gently persuasive melodies and excellent arrangements, notably on opener Circles with its jazzy guitar and the rolling piano and gospel energy of Let It Go.
Yet the set’s standout track is not autobiographical at all but inspired by The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Prophecy (Part I) showcasing the breadth of her nascent musical vision while also capturing a sense of wonder and the story’s implicit spirituality. An impressive and emotionally involving introduction to a bright new talent.”

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released June 12, 2006

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Track Name: Circles
I’ve made my bed now I must lie in it
Even though we’ve done this all before
And there’s not much point denying it
Because once again it’s all my fault

By trying hard to make you happy
I’ve somehow hurt you all the more

How the hell do I look you in the eye?
I never have the heart to make you cry
But if you just hear my reasons why
One day maybe you will understand

CHORUS
Don’t you know that you are not the one to blame?
I’ve been going round in circles once again
I let you fall too deep and God, I’m so ashamed
If you ask me now, I will tell you how I’m sorry (I’m sorry) I’m sorry
I’ll never change

Please don’t lose your faith in womankind
You’ll find happiness with somebody else
I’m a bad example of my gender
I don’t represent love too well

‘Cause something happened long ago
Now I can’t let myself go

Damn! My past keeps nipping at my heels
Damn! I reject love when it’s real
Damn! I wouldn’t be expecting you to deal
With what my lips reveal

CHORUS

I guess I’ll add this to the pile
Of great mistakes that I’ve made
I’ll just keep putting love on trial
And walk alone until I reach the grave

CHORUS to end
Track Name: Beautiful Boy
Don’t think I can’t see through you
You know I do
Don’t think I can’t read your mind
You know I do
Well, I see through your eyes, I see through your smile
And I hear you so clear
And you’re calling
Well I’m here if you drown, I wont let you down
And I’ll take all your fear
When you’re falling
And maybe this won’t mean that much to you
But I love you
And maybe it’s not all that much to hear
But I love you
You know I do

And oh, what a beautiful boy you are
What a beautiful boy you are

Don’t think I can’t love you more than you’ve ever known before
You know I can
Don’t think I’ll ever let you down
You know I won’t
Are you willing to let me ‘cos I’ll give you gladly everything I have
If you want it?
Well I’m not the type to give in to this hype
And love ain’t my bag
And I’ve fought it
I’ve fought it for so long
So know that this is hard for me to say
But I love you
And maybe this is hard for you to hear
But I love you
You know I do

And what a beautiful boy you are

What a beautiful boy you are
What a beautiful boy you are
Track Name: Holding On
She walks in the doorway
Alone on her birthday
How much can a woman take when she’s got no-one to blame?
A feeling inside her
Serves to remind her
How much can a woman take when she’s got herself to blame?

Another photograph
She re-reads the epitaph
And I just know that I’ll be here forever and a day

CHORUS
‘Cause I’ll be
Holding on
Holding on
And I’ll be ever the same, ever the way I felt when God called out your name
Holding on
Holding on
And I’ll feel ever this pain, ever the same, ever the way I feel today

People hurt sometimes
To pay for all their crimes
How dare she think that she’s the only one to hurt this bad?
But she’s heard all the lines before
She won’t take them anymore
How dare they tell her that time will surely heal the pain?

Another visitor
Pays their respects to her
And I just know that I’ll be here forever and a day

CHORUS and adlibs to end
Track Name: Dear David (Like Father, Like Son)
You’re the reason I fear your gender
You’re the reason I can’t let go
You’re the reason I feel so ugly
And I won’t let my imperfections show

Every year I wait for you to change
I may as well look for hairs on the palms of my hands
Every time I convince myself you’ve opened up the doors
Into my world, then I realise you’re still stuck in yours

CHORUS
You remind me of everything that I find unproductive in my life
You remind me of everything that I won’t be when I become a wife
You remind me of everything about your gender that I’ll never love
And I don’t know if my best will ever be enough

Tell me how can you open up your mouth…
How can you say so much and yet you mean so little?
Even when I try to bullet-proof myself from all your games
You still manage, with just one word, to shoot me down in flames

I have wasted my whole life defending you
For every accusation I heard, an excuse I produced
I’m amazed at the magnitude of your disrespect to me
When my only crime was to adore you…
…Well, that’s the price for being weak

CHORUS

My best was never good enough
And I was such a good girl
You wanted me to keep my head out of the clouds
Well, now I hope you’re happy
I’ve fallen through the ground
‘Cause all you did was put me down
When I needed you around

CHORUS to end
Track Name: Let It Go
She’s still waiting by the lights
It’s gonna be another long night
Hanging on a promise of old
Unaware of the lie she’s been told
Oh girl, let it go
Oh girl, let it go

She waits to be taken away on the ride of her life
‘Cause no other man ever asked to make her his lawful wedded wife
Oh my friend, let it go
Oh my friend, let it go

She’s hanging on a love that could be
But never was and never will be
In her mind she makes a martyr of him
She gladly does time for another man’s sin
Oh my friend, let it go
Oh my friend, let it go

It breaks my heart to see you freezing half to death
But if I told you the truth would it break yours instead?
Oh my friend, let it go
Oh my friend, let it go

And now she’s been waiting ‘til her body’s stiff and tired
He must have been caught up in the traffic again tonight
She packs up all her things and shuffles home
Somewhere she can cry alone
Oh girl, don’t you cry alone

Oh my friend, let it go
Don’t you know he’ll never show?
He’ll never show
Track Name: Mama Please
What do you want from me?
What do you want me to be?
What do you want from me?
What do you want me to be?

How she cries when she reads my words
And how she’s sad when she hears my songs
She wants me to be happy
But she doesn’t know where I belong

So I’ll sing what I know
What I know

Mama please don’t cry for me
There’s nothing that you can do no more
I made my life what’s it’s become
I’ve opened windows and I’ve closed doors

So I’ll sing what I know
What I know

If I had three words to express my self to you;
I can’t lie
Although you and Dad are pretty good at that
I’ll never lie to myself

So I’ll just sing what I know
I’ll just sing what I know
All I know
Track Name: Remember Me
Remember me when you’re feeling down
When you’ve lost direction and you can’t keep your feet firm on the ground
Think of me when you’re feeling low
When you’ve reached a crossroads and you don’t know which way you should go

Remember me when you’re feeling lonely
When you’re crawling in your skin ‘cause everyone just seems so fake and phoney
Think of me, and all that we stood for
Everything we’ve yet to see and everything we’ve still got left to live for

CHORUS
Think of me I’m the friend who’s always been there for you
Well I’m still here and I’ll be there ‘til the end
Don’t you know I’m the one who’s always stood right by you?
Well I’m still standing and I’ll stand until the end

Remember me when you’ve lost your smile
I’ll pick it up for you and put it in your pocket for a while
Don’t forget me when you lose your faith
I’ll pray for you each night and ask the Lord to keep you in his grace

When the darkness pushes out all the light
I’ll bring a candle and its flame will keep on burning through the night
Don’t forget me when you lose your way
All you gotta do is call my name and I’ll be there to carry you all the way

CHORUS

One day in life, my friend, the meaning will appear
One day we’ll understand why God put us here
Do you remember?
All those times we reached the edge and still we pushed so far
‘Til we stand proud at the gates of Heaven, shouting “Look at where we are!”

CHORUS
Track Name: The Prophecy (Part I)
Winter’s fallen across the land
Gripped in the witch’s icy hand
Living in hell ‘til the end of time
Under her spell, we fall behind……we fall behind

They say that Aslan is on the move
But legends here are never proved
Will he come and bring us light?
Do we run or stay and fight?

‘Cause no-one wants to live in sin no more
Waiting for the ones from War Drobe Door
If it’s true we’ll never know
So we just listen to the snow…

Winter lasts forever
Winter always, but Christmas never
‘Cause in our saviour, she won’t believe
She tries to ignore The Prophecy

But if we lose grasp of the sacred word
What chance do we have of a just world?
If we see his coming as a lie
We may as well lay down and die…

I hear sleigh bells warning
Through the blizzard, there’s a figure forming
Silence your children so they won’t be heard
‘Cause he who speaks of truth, to stone is turned

The fight against evil was never easy
But what is prophesied must come true
Aslan, I need you here- won’t you come and free me?
Don’t let me die without ever seeing you…

I hear tell of freedom
There’s a whisper in the trees
And they say in the North the snow is melting
And I could almost swear that soon it could be spring
…It could be spring
Track Name: I Don't Wanna Fly
You said that I could be your angel
You said that we could fly away
But I don’t wanna fly with you no more
You promised me such amazing things
But how far can you fly with broken wings?
And how am I supposed to get back home?

You said the moon would shine its light on me
Open my eyes and set my spirit free
So why have I been waiting here so long?
You said my wings were made of silver sand
That I could calm a storm with the touch of my hand
But maybe you were wrong

CHORUS

‘Cause it’s over, it’s over
It’s over and it’ll never be the same
I don’t wanna fly with you no more
I don’t wanna fly with you no more

You said that you would be my hero
That you would catch me when I fall
But I know how to stand up on my own
You said that I would need you here for me
But I’ve been trying hard to make you see
I just wanna live my life alone

CHORUS

SOLO

DOUBLE CHORUS

You said that I could be your angel
You said that we could fly away
But I don’t wanna fly with you no more
Track Name: When The Devil Calls
And I fell for it once again
I fell for it one more time
How many chances will I give?
How many times will they pass me by?
I wrote the rules all by myself
In a contract that I breached
You see they don’t mean a thing no more
‘Cause I don’t practice what I preach

What makes the situation worse
Is that I know exactly how to stop the hurt
It’s just the theory looked so good
But the practice didn’t turn out the way I thought it would

CHORUS
And now I’m losing all my faith in the world today
Injustice reigns and victims pay and innocence is lost along the way
When the Devil calls, they all obey
Honesty counts for nothing and I waste my breath with every single word I say

This road will be long and harsh,
I won’t fool myself
It would laugh if I were to stumble
It would punish me if I fell
All the lessons that I learned in life,
I learned them on my own
So how am I supposed to tell
If they’re right or if they’re wrong?

I thought if I gave out love I’d get it back
And I thought if I fought for the ones I loved I’d never get attacked
I thought with a soul so true and a heart of gold, it would mean something to someone
But it seems to me that’s not the case at all

CHORUS

Why do I keep giving love a chance when it just goes up in smoke?
When even destiny slips beyond your grasp it just becomes a joke
But I won’t stop washing ‘til I’m fully clean
And I won’t stop searching ‘til I’ve found my dream
I won’t stop bleeding ‘til I’ve found a cure
And I won’t stop dying ‘til I’ve reached Heaven’s door

CHORUS to end

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