Staring at the Starry Ceiling

by Charm of Finches

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1.
Deep Water 02:53
DEEP WATER I was sure I saw a flicker in your eye Of something under the surface that you try to hide You are hiding in deep water Only bubbles come out your mouth What are you thinking, oh what are you hiding? I’m dying to find out. Sometimes when I meet your eye I feel like we both think the same thing Oh I find every time I say goodbye I really don’t want to be leaving And when we make conversation I feel like we’re grasping for words And while we talk about meaningless things We are trying to calm our nerves You are hiding in deep water Only bubbles come out your mouth What are you thinking, oh what are you hiding? I’m dying to find out When you lift your head from deep water Well won’t you speak to me? Show me what you are thinking and hiding And your troubled mind will be free You were hiding in deep water Only bubbles came out your mouth What are you thinking, oh what are you hiding Well now I’ve found out
2.
PAPER AND INK Staring out the window the rain falls swiftly down Drops slide down the windowpane and splash onto the ground The flowers in the vase that you gave to me Open their lips and whisper wisdom of the seed I want to fill the blank page so I open up the draw My mind is overflowing with you and me and more I don’t know what I’d say to you if I met you down the street But I’ll see if I can talk to you with paper and ink I see my solemn reflection painted on the glass Carved into my face is the sky, a fence and backyard grass I stare at a stranger, raise my eyebrows and blink But the eyes of my reflection blink faster I think And still the page is empty, as blank as before My mind is overflowing but I cannot write at all I don’t know what I’d say to you if I met you down the street I don’t know what to say with paper and ink The sky begins to darken, the birds’ voices are lost I see a fingernail moon behind a windowpane of frost I’m staring and I’m staring, scare the night away Until the flowers on my windowsill open to the day So I’ll write you a letter, a letter not to send A letter to let it all out and help my heart to mend I’ll write down all my thoughts, not hold anything back Then throw it in the fire and watch it turn black I want to fill the blank page so I open up the draw My mind is overflowing with you and me and more I don’t know what I’d say to you if I met you down the street But for now I will talk to you with paper and ink
3.
Sky Watching 05:00
SKY WATCHING I said I felt alone You told me don’t get too down Just try to feel it through He told me that he would call I wait to hear nothing at all Now I’m feeling blue Watch the sky turn black Through this dirty windowpane Write a stupid song about you again I said I felt afraid Of shadows on the wall you made The growing flood of tears Days and weeks go passing by I try to keep you off my mind To see life as it is Watch the sky turn black Through this dirty windowpane Write a stupid song about you again Watch the sky turn red I will try hard to explain Why I’m sitting here thinking of you again My knees are weak and I’m not sure if I can stand it any longer My hands are shaking it feels like this old body’s breaking up I can’t pretend that I am fine anymore
4.
Hope 05:57
HOPE People say that history is always on repeat So why do I feel like this is all new? I cannot foresee what is in front of me I just put one foot in front of the other I hope, I hope it’ll all come floating back I hope, I hope that time won’t fill the gap I’m young, teach me how to talk I’m old, teach me how to walk I’m sure we can make it work if only we try I’m a bird, teach me how to fly I’m a stone, teach me how to cry We can just let time decide, at least for now Over the hill and down through the valley This is where we’re going Figure leaning over me, pouring salt into the sea While I sit just to watch the flowers grow You may come again today, stare at me as if to say “Just put one foot in front of the other”
5.
I DON’T MIND BEING ALONE Every night I lie in bed but stay awake Thinking of the things that happened that day You seem to ignore me but really I don’t care In fact I’m happy when you’re not there ‘Cos I don’t mind being alone So don’t you worry if I’m not home Well we go crazy every time we have a fight Well you should know by now that it will be alright I walk out the door and down the street Concentrating on the path and where to put my feet I’ve been wandering and wondering why I get so angry with you every time ‘Cos I don’t mind being alone So don’t you worry if I’m not home Well we go crazy every time we have a fight Well you should know by now that it will be alright I lie on the grass and stare at the sky Watching the clouds and the birds go by If I was a sparrow and you were a crow If you caught me you would never even know ‘Cos I don’t mind being alone So don’t you worry if I’m not home Well we go crazy every time we have a fight Well you should know by now that it will be alright Let me fly into the storm Don’t worry I won’t be gone long Let me fly into the storm I’m not scared of being tattered and torn
6.
FOSSIL IN STONE Beaten me to death, all I am now is bones I’ll try to build a skeleton as white as snow Sediment will crush me, plantation will grow Be the archeologist, find a fossil in stone Staring at the starry ceiling, conversations with trees Soon the dark is closing and brings me to my knees All the world is sleeping but I am still awake I try to tell myself that all this wasn’t a mistake I’ll try see the light I’ll try to breathe in in time I’ll try hold me ground Without falling back down Flames inside me burning, burning me up I’m waiting for the water but you never turn the cup I’m trying hard to fight it, the flames lick my skin I’m running for the water but the fire pulls me in I’ll try see the light I’ll try to breathe in in time I’ll try hold me ground Without falling back down Beaten me to death all I am now is bones I’ll try to build a skeleton as white as snow Sediment will crush me, plantation will grow Be the archeologist, find a fossil in stone
7.
IMAGINARY FRIEND I have made a myth of you In the pages of my mind I have been so enthralled with your story I’ve become nearly blind You’re the voices in my head That whisper words that no one’s said In the silence of the telephone You’re the ghost that haunts the hall You’re the shadow on the wall You are with me when I’m alone You have been my imaginary friend And I’ve realised I don’t know you in the end You have been my imaginary friend It has been a while since I saw you Face to face, eye to eye I have read your messages over and over Wondering why Memories of when we met Of all the things we did and said Are fading black and white Your face has become a blur My eyes aren’t focused anymore You are fading with the night You have been my imaginary friend And I’ve realised I don’t know you in the end You have been my imaginary friend When I looked at you I felt that we could be one and two You have been my imaginary friend And I’ve realised I don’t know you in the end You have been my imaginary friend
8.
Truly Beauty 04:23
TRULY BEAUTY These cliffs rise higher than seventy people standing on top of each other These cliffs rise high forever saluting the sky I stand with the giants of old looking into the sunset Even when I come here another day I will say This is truly beauty I really feel privileged to see This is truly beauty Take a deep breath in with me This is truly beauty Old faces in the stone, their eyes are closed, their thoughts unknown Every sound echoes loud, waves bouncing all around Water’s cold, dark and deep, insects skip and creatures creep Every tree whispers the sound of the spirits heard This is truly beauty I really feel privileged to see This is truly beauty Take a deep breath in with me This is truly beauty A lean figure, Shadow by name, leads us to his rocky domain He mocks at how took me so long to get away from the worldly throng Silence whispers in my ear, it’s been so long since he did It’s closing, it’s closing, it’s closing in This is truly beauty I really feel privileged to see This is truly beauty Take a deep breath in with me This is truly beauty.
9.
Dragonfly 06:34
DRAGONFLY I have been a dragonfly Darting around in your life Getting caught under your roof Then flying away in a minute or two Your eyes are fixed on my wings I wonder if they’re transparent to you I’ll try to clear the floor Let all the water run out the door I’ll try not to stand in the way Just for safety’s sake I should have tried harder to work myself out So you didn’t have to do it for me Did I choose the right path before me? Sometimes that wonder turns to worry I’ll try to clear the floor Let all the water run out the door I’ll try not to stand in the way Just for safety’s sake And when the wind blows us away Into the light of another day We’ll spread our dragonfly wings And we’ll fly away I’ll try to clear the floor Let all the water run out the door I’ll try not to stand in the way Just for safety’s sake
10.
Lost Girl 02:45
LOST GIRL As she walked up the stairs You just stood and you stared As if you had just seen an angel What you didn’t know was what you saw Was the first mask that she wore And you were blinded and deceived then When she sat next to you She said things that frightened you And you believed she was a demon She whispered things in your ear Then told you what you wanted to hear And you couldn’t help obey and believe her But what you realised after all Was she wasn’t as special as you thought And now you know all that she is She is just a puddle of tears As you walked down the corridor You looked back and you saw What you knew to be a lost girl You didn’t look back again ‘cause you were scared that she’d become The angel that you once saw

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"The girls sang with an angelic beauty, hitting high notes with ease. Their harmonies rose and fell seamlessly with an impeccable blend. The performance captured the innocence of their youth, and the breadth of their talents. It was pure and natural and heart warming. "
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released July 29, 2016

Charm of Finches are Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes
All songs written and arranged by Charm of Finches

Produced and Engineered by Nick Huggins and Mabel Windred-Wornes
Mixed by Nick Huggins
Mastered by Sam John at Precise Mastering, Scotland, UK
Additional Engineering on tracks 3, 4 and 7 by Neil Thomason

Mabel: vocals, guitar, ukulele, piano, cello, banjo and glockenspiel
Ivy: vocals, violin, lyre, banjo
Nick Huggins: percussion on track 1
Georgia Dillon: flute on track 8
Andy Rigby: hammered dulcimer on track 9

All Photography by Emma McEvoy
except Mabel solo by Loc Nguyen-W.D.N Photography
Layout and Design by Di Diddle

Recorded variously at:
Nick’s studio in Point Lonsdale, VIC
Mabel’s home studio in Northcote, Melbourne
Head Gap, Preston, Melbourne by Neil Thomason
Andy Rigby’s beautiful harp studio in Malmsbury, VIC

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Charm of Finches are Melbourne-based sister duo Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes. They make haunting chamber folk full of beauty and candour for the famished soul.

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