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about

The star-gazer and the scientist address the people of the island convinced that things are not as they should be. Perhaps there is more to life than the endless mechanical round and round of The Butcher's way. The people of the island, the downtrodden and the defeated cannot understand the star-gazer's dissatisfaction - island life is all there is, what is there to question?

The scientist speaks of broken shards of artefacts, of scraps of pages from history books - evidence of a life beyond the sea, of freedom from endless toil. The downtrodden and defeated dare to listen, dare to allow themselves the luxury of the beginnings of wondering.

The scientist speaks of the lighthouse. It used to shine a light out to sea. Why? Why would it do that if there is nothing else beyond the waves? She announces that she is setting out to find it. Perhaps if she can find the lighthouse and uncover its purpose, she can prove there's something better out there waiting to be found.

lyrics

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

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from The Butcher, released May 27, 2016
Jamie Lawson and Esther Dee, Moses

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paul mosley London, UK

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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