The Butcher

by paul mosley

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about

A light house fails, a love is lost.
A darkness spreads and whispers 'hey, people are idiots. You should take charge of this place'...

And so the Butcher rises. Keeping his island isolated and every soul under his control, feeding his machines, turning the big wheels round and round, farting out... who knows what?

Will the work of two conflicting scientists, one gazing up into the stars, the other digging down into the past uncover more to life than the Butcher's 'Shadows On The Wall' to bring light - and hope - back to the island?

With a full supporting cast of sentient skeletons, drunken sailors, butcher birds and devil dogs 'the Butcher' is a unique ghost story told in songs bringing together an amazing collection of folk and roots talent from around the globe with a junk yard orchestra, a ripping, bloody yarn, some cracking songs and a hell of a lot of instruments...

Paul Mosley is 'the young man'/'The Butcher'
Jamie Lawson is 'the star-gazer'
Esther Dee is 'the scientist'
Sophie Bradley is 'the downtrodden'
Darren Allford is 'the defeated'
David Mosley is 'the drunken sailor'
Catherine Earnshaw is 'the birds'
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Josienne Clarke is 'Delores'

After an exceptional reception to Paul Mosley’s last album and debut for Folkwit Records, Paul has taken his creativity up another notch tending lovingly to ‘The Butcher’ – his folk opera over the past two years, to reveal what is in fact his seventh solo record. Featuring a stunning 20 songs, with 20 plus musicians from six different countries ‘The Butcher’ is an epic ghost story told in songs.

Taking inspiration from Nilsson’s ‘The Point’, Kate Bush’s ‘The Ninth Wave’ and especially Anais Mitchell’s ‘Hadestown’, Paul set out to create something that would bring together his years of singer/songwriter experience and the new skills he has developed as a composer for theatre. A ‘piece’ that was more than the sum of its parts, that could have layers of ideas, a whole world to explore within the songs. It’s that ‘the more you listen, the more you hear’ thing.

No stranger to the sort of cult following that comes with a prodigious career having been part of major alt folk group Moses whose fans ranged from Graham Coxon to Shane MacGowan among the rest of the UK’s music cognoscenti in the early naughties.

Self-taught and infamously ever-grinning Paul’s joy to be playing in this massive musical toy box is infectiously evident throughout his latest opus ‘The Butcher’. Be sure to witness:

• The ‘Nick Drake meets ELO’ strings of Jamie Lawson/Esther Dee’s character establishing duet ‘The World is flat’!
• The growling bass saxophone colliding with xylophone and an actual kitchen sink on ‘A Lighthouse part 2’!
• An army of treated glockenspiels, euphoniums and flamenco guitar conjuring the whirring and chopping of the butcher’s machines on the title track!
• The way the perfect radio 2 balladry of Jamie Lawson singing 'She Has A Mystery' morphs into full on improv free jazz instrumentalism
• Every impeccable note Josienne Clarke sings!

Over 2 years in the making 'The Butcher' is an epic, glorious thing and it is finally here - enjoy!

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released May 27, 2016

Featuring Jamie Lawson, Esther Dee, Josienne Clarke, Bird Radio, Catherine Earnshaw, Darren Allford, Moses, Carolyn Mark, The Red Meat Orchestra,

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After an exceptional reception to Paul Mosley’s last album and debut for Folkwit Records, Paul has taken his creativity up another notch after tending lovingly to ‘The Butcher’ – his folk opera over the past two years, to reveal what is in fact his seventh solo record. ... more

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Track Name: A Lighthouse
There is a light house with all the lights out
A quiet place but lonely
Wind from the south came and blew the light out
So I got lost on my way to your love

Did I wrap that darkness around me
Like a suit of armour?
Got so alone got a heart like a stone
So I got lost on my way to your love

There were times when I would wonder
through oh, endless diary pages
If you were even out there at all
in these dark, dark ages

So in the distance always the distance
There is a glimmer of maybe
Opened my mouth and blew that candle out
So you got lost on yoru way to your love
Track Name: A Soul To Save
Midnight in the ocean the lights of land are flickering just in sight
You're splashing, praying, begging like a dog out there on your own tonight
There used to be a lighthouse here
I took care of that
Midnight in the ocean man you'd best be turning back

I can't let you spread your lies around here
Everybody knows there is nothing beyond the waves
I already brought salvation
There is not a soul to save

Midnight in the ocean the lights of land are nowhere in sight
You're splashing, praying, dying like a dog out there all at sea tonight
There never was a lighthouse here
we'd all swear to that
Midnight in the ocean and there ain't no turning back

I can't let you spread your lies around here
Everybody knows there is nothing beyond the waves
I already brought salvation
There is not a soul to save...
Track Name: The World Is Flat
Well I know that I am strange I will hold my hand up to that
I would love to try and change
but I have seen the stars
and I swear there are better worlds than ours
you don't want me to talk like that
seems to me you believe the world is flat

Well I know that you have dreams but most things really are exactly how they seem
You can show me then thousand stars
but I have seen this world
and I know there is still so much to learn
but you don't want me to talk like that
seems to me you believe the world is flat

call me up in the middle of the night just to tell me you were right I should leave these dreams behind
call me up in the middle of the night just to tell me you were right I should see the stars at night
call me up and we talk all night the more we talk the more I'm sure... I am right

Well I know that this is strange I will throw my lot in with that
may you never ever change
for I have seen the truth
and I've seen it here with you
you don't need me to talk like that
you and me we believe the world is flat
Track Name: The Butcher
There is a question
'Who can know the secrets in the heart of men?'
I do, yes I do
and there are people
who say that no-one knows the truth about the devil
well I do, yes I do

I am the butcher
I spend my days knuckle deep in blood
I am the butcher
I seen the bad and man there ain't no good

I see your truth and I hear your lies
down in the blood nowhere to
nowhere to hide

Is there a problem?
Can I help you gentlemen?
yes I can, and I will
and you should know me
the way that everyone around here
gets to know me
and they owe me and they fear me still

I am the butcher
I spend my days knuckle deep in blood
I am the butcher
I seen the bad and man there ain't no good

men of this town
salt of the earth
grind that salt down
what is it?
what are any of us worth

the butcher knows
every secret there is to know
he has ripped through
every scrap of meat
a body has to show
every vessel, every muscle
every tissue, every bone
and never seen a sign of a soul
from the top to the tail
from the cradle to the grave
there is not a soul to save

I am the butcher
I spend my days knuckle deep in blood
I am the butcher
I seen the bad
and man there ain't no good

men of this town
salt of the earth
grind that salt down
what is it?
what are any of us worth?
Track Name: Shadows On The Wall
In my head and in my dreams everything seems
everything seems to say we're not OK
we're not OK at all up here on the wall

but island life is beautiful
we have all we need to get by and more besides
yes island life is all we've ever known
won't you stick around, stick around, stick around

what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and all the things you can't believe at all are true
what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and the blinding light is obvious to nobody at all
nobody but you

in our island's history books if you take a look
you take a look at events nothing makes sense
nothing makes sense at all up here on the wall

but island life is simple life
we work for the butcher man we know where we stand
we work all day so we get paid
so we can buy the things we make
we work all day so we get paid
so we can buy the things we make
we work all day so we get paid
so we can buy the things we make
round and round and round we go
round and round and round

what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and the things you can't believe at all are true
what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and the blinding light is obvious to nobody at all
nobody but you

it says there was a lighthouse here
out down by the caves
why would there be a lighthouse here
if there's nothing beyond the waves
is there nothing beyond the waves?

I will find this lighthouse
calculate, extrapolate some answers to it all
see what I can see beyond the shadows on the wall
so thank you Sir I bid you farewell I am on my way

what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and the things you can't believe at all are true
what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and the blinding light is obvious to nobody at all
nobody but you

here I go on my way
find the lighthouse by the caves
here I go on my way
find the lighthouse by the caves
Track Name: She Has A Mystery
She has a mystery about her
a certain something I have never seen before
if you should ever see her
well I promise you, I promise you my friend
You would find yourself unable
to ever turn and walk away
Don't ever turn and walk away

You see that mystery surrounds her
makes her the only thing
your love struck eyes can see
All you men of science won't you help me
won't you help me understand
Just what it is and why I
could never turn and walk away
Don't ever turn and walk away
Track Name: You Don't Need Love
Love lies love lets you down then it's all you can think about you don't need love, you don't need love
Everybody thinks they know the score trying to tell you what the heart is for - they just move blood
nothing to do with love

True love is rare no doubt about it you should be prepared to do without it
you say your heart is on fire? Let it burn

All those happy couples dancing round can't you tell that they're all just making do love
nothing to do with love

True love is rare no doubt about it you should be prepared to do without it
you say your heart is on fire? Let it burn

One man's meat is another man's folly you should see through that disguise man like you making his mark on this world why would you waste your time on the biggest lie we ever told there has to be somebody for everybody to hold
I say no

True love is rare no doubt about it you should be prepared to do without it
you say your heart is on fire? Let it burn
Track Name: Satellites
I have let her pretty neck turn my head allowed her sweet perfume to cloud my eyes
I will try I will keep her from my mind I have let her pretty neck turn my head

You should go into the desert find so many secrets there
stars shine brighter in the desert keep your head and your horizon clear

It's alright I'll be guided by these satellites same stars that shine on you
Yes I know it's a road I hve to walk alone but it's alright guided by the light
Stars will be my satellite

Love has derailed this train caught up in thoughts of her again
I must find higher thoughts to occupy my mind love has derailed this train

You should go into the desert everything is clearer there
All your answers in the desert find yourself back on the right track there

It's alright I'll be guided by these satellites...

Wind is high the moon hangs low the desert sky says
there is more there is so much more to know

It's alright I'll be guided by your satellites...
Track Name: A Lighthouse part II
It was a dark and stormy night when our man set forth and all hell fired down from above
The lighthouse was struck the world fell black and he lost his way and he lost his love
He lost his way and he lost his love
That bag of meat they call 'The Butcher' rose from the bones of that soul
Stripped of all the good inside him so where did that goodness go? Where did that goodness go?

Something climbing up on the horizon, those old bones tossed aside all alone in the moonlight...

Born in a lighthouse no skin on his bones sending that love light out there saving those souls
Born in a lighthouse no skin on his bones sending that love light out there saving those souls

That sack of bones took a shape of it's own and made himself a home in the lighthouse
looked on the waves now a perilous place because the light in the lighthouse was still out
Yes the light in the lighthouse was still out
Turns out the bones had a heart like gold and he worried so for the ships down below
and all the good inside him burst free in a light that shined too bright to see
Yes a light that shined too bright to see

Now a siren upon the horizon invisible light impossibly bright in the moonlight...

Born in a lighthouse no skin on his bones sending that love light out there saving those souls
Born in a lighthouse no skin on his bones sending that love light out there saving those souls
And the wind whipped around him the rain nearly drown him the darkness gets into his bones
and the lightning came down but he still stood his ground oh saving those souls

Heave ho! Ships below! Guiding light gonna save my soul
Light that shines too bright to see in the moonlight..

Born in a lighthouse no skin on his bones sending that love light out there saving those souls
Born in a lighthouse no skin on his bones sending that love light out there saving those souls
And the wind whipped around him the rain nearly drown him the darkness gets into his bones
and the lightning comes down but he still stood his ground oh saving those souls
Track Name: My Armour
I came here looking for answers
tripping over dusty old bones
suddenly those dusty old bones are up and dancing
sang a little song, a little song for me
about the light that shines too bright to see
the light that shines too bright to be ignored

showing me the light behind those
shadows on the wall we call our history
showing me the best of you
so maybe I can learn to see the best of me

see my armour see it falling away
see this whole heart revealed

It crashed into my heart like it was fired from a cannon
woke me up so hard I never wanted to sleep again
never wanted to sleep again with anyone but you
sleep and wake again in the shape again of me and you

waiting for the world to wake up
wonder if they'll notice that it's beautiful
waiting for the world to break up
wonder if they'll notice that it's wonderful

see my armour see it falling away
see this whole heart reveals

what if after all these are just shadows on the wall
and the things you can't believe at all are true?
Track Name: No Hound Dog On Your Trail
There is no hound dog on your trail
coming for to make you pay
looks like you got away with it again
So you come from where the road is most narrow
yeah you come from the blackest night
you hide those old bones in the shadow
keep your carcass out of sight

but you're here where the road is it's widest
you can see your horizon is clear
there is nobody coming up there behind you
you are free
there is no hound dog on your trail
and in the trees the birds
sing songs of victory
and in the skies the birds
fly high just happy to be free

but who do you think
all those birds are singing to?
who do you think every canary is singing to?
there is no hound dog on your trail

because I want for nothing
there is nothing that I want
you can turn your heel
a thousand steps away from me
my birds eye view will spy on you
and sing your secrets back to me
Track Name: Nothing In the Desert
I outrun the setting sun to leave this dirty town
made the road my only home and loneliness my only sound
I saw the ocean where it reaches the sky
walked into the desert with a wide open mind
yahoo

I'm here my friend to tell you there is nothing in the desert
if my soul is out there somewhere it is playing hard to get
yes I'm here my friend to tell you there is nothing in the desert
if there's more to life than this island I haven't found it yet

everyone's from somewhere baby might as well be here
love or loathe the endless road the endless road will never care
run to the fire run to the caves
it's all just the desert it's all just the same
yahoo

I'm here my friend to tell you there is nothing in the desert
I've been round and round and round and round the world

I'm here my friend to tell you there is nothing in the desert..
I've been round and round and round and round the world

I'm here my friend to tell you there is nothing in the desert...
I'm here my friend, yes I am here my friend
and there is nothing, no there is nothing
I've been round and round and round and round the world
Track Name: Galaxies
I have dug down so much deeper than these chitterling bones
I have known a darkness blacker than I hope you ever know
I have felt the breath of death on the nape of my neck I know my name, I know my name

I am not like him he is a star gazing dreamer a true born believer in the goodness of the soul
Maybe that is why I love him so, I love him so, I love him so

I feel the darkness rising, I will bring the light
I see the black horizon, I will bring the light
I'll be the silver lining, I will bring the light and I will find you

I will rise I will fly on these galaxies I will find you and bring you back home
I will rise I will fly on these galaxies
This is the universe and you are not alone

I understand this darkness in the bones of the butcher and I understand that same darkness in my own
I understand how any man might fall but I am not any man at all, I am not any man at all

O feel the darkness rising...

I am lost in the desert and the stars have died tricked by the devil with a butcher's knife
I have given up on hope I will give up on life I know my fate, I know my fate

I see the darkness rising...
Track Name: The Rage
My imaginary son I come and beg of you now
if you'll hear me
what is it I have done to make you hiss and walk away?
for I have let you down and you have let me off so many times before now
but not this time, oh not this time, no what has changed?

Sentimental love songs for sentimental fools
you call to the devil and the devil answers you
even he would run from your rage

I see no plans, I see no tricks, I see no schemes,
because I have no hope, I have no luck, I have no dreams

It's just the rage that's keeping me alive...

My imaginary son I thank you for your candour
if you'll hear me
but there are some things you simply do not understand
men, especially men, they fade and they crumble without labour
so I gift to them that labour keep them useful keep them whole

Father dear father, with the wisdom of your times
lengths that you will go to, to justify your crimes
I am not my father's son

So where are these plans, where are these tricks where are these schemes?
without you I've no love, without you I've no hope, without you I've no dreams

It's just the rage that's keeping me alive...
Track Name: Wolves
You pick a pack of wolves
you choose your team
You say you can't be blamed
for what has been
what does that matter now
no-one's listening now
no-one answers your howl

So lonely
the stars at night
howling at the moon
the loneliest light

You let the darkness in
and lost your soul
turned the world away
so no-one would know
makes no difference now
no-ones asking you now
no-one answers your howl

So lonely
the stars at night
howling at the moon
the loneliest light
Track Name: The Fury
This is not a siren song this is not a warning shot across the bows this is the sound of the fury of my love
the fury of my love
the fury of my love

my love is calling me from across the wave
my love I have fallen for thee though I have yet to see your face
siren song you sing to me
and all the things that brings to me
I can not explain
I can not explain

as the waves come crashing to the shore
as the lightning is ripped across the sky
here in the eye of the storm
is the fury of my love
the fury of my love

my love is so certain like a stone like a fire like a rising waves
I will find you

as the waves come crashing to the shore
as the lightning is ripped across the sky
here in the eye of the storm
is the fury of my love
the fury of my love

This is not a siren song this is not a warning shot across the bows this is the sound of the fury of my love
the fury of my love
the fury of my love