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Wading The River
Wading The River
The Lay Of The Land
Wading The RiverThe Lay Of The Land

Release date:
September 11, 2015

Format:
Double EP – deluxe edition (digifile)

Label:
Stormy Mondays

Wading The River

  1. Love And Fire
  2. Nobody Knows
  3. Silent Star
  4. Struck By Life
  5. One Note (Rock And Roll)
  6. Not Enough

The Lay Of The Land

  1. Talking In My Sleep
  2. My Lil’ Darling
  3. Merry-Go-Round
  4. Moon Almost Full
  5. My Midnight World
  6. The Finish Line

Bonus track: Dormi ya

Recorded at Estudios Acme (Asturias) by Miguel Herrero and Satélite Estudios (Asturias) by Jorge Otero and Juanjo Zamorano.

Mixed at StudioStav (Australia) by Michael Stavrou (“Stav”)

Photography and design: Carlos Garna.

Produced by Jorge Otero.

The Band

Jorge Otero, Pablo Bertrand, Dani Menéndez, Danny Montgomery, Rafa Sánchez
With: Héctor Braga, Juan Flores, Miguel Herrero
Special guests: Juanjo Zamorano, Alejandro Blanco, Ángel Miguel, Igor Paskual, Ángel Parada; Martín, Marc, Mateo and Marina; Kepa Junkera

Lyric video by Manuel Persa.

The record

A double EP that includes twelve songs split among two records: Wading The River and The Lay Of The Land. It mixes rock and folk, traditional and electric instruments, intimate and intense songs.

Wading The River gets deep into the Stormy Mondays rock sound. There are electric guitars, horn sections, and also naked songs with barely an electric piano and a cello. If you listen closely, you can hear subtle influences of Pink Floyd, The Who, R.E.M., Neil Young or The Beatles.

The Lay Of The Land carries the subtitle “A Folk Rock Adventure”. Its acoustic sound introduces many instruments that we had never used on our records: hurdy-gurdy (an instrument from the 12th century that seems almost futuristic), violin, flute, clarinet, tenor guitar, and assorted stringed instruments.

The album was mixed by Mike Stavrou (“Stav”), at his own studio in Australia. Stav worked for ten years as a Sound Balance Engineer at George Martin’s AIR Studios. His resumé is incredible; he’s worked with great people, from Bowie and McCartney to Crowded House and The Pretenders, as well as winning a Grammy for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.

Lyrics

"Wading The River/The Lay Of The Land" - lyrics (click to open)

Wading The River – lyrics

Love And Fire

It always happens unexpectedly
A bolt of lightning brings you to your knees
I laid my eyes on you and watched the fireworks fly
You looked straight back and there was magic at first sight
Now I see it every night

In your eyes
There is an ocean full of mystery
In your eyes
Always a light that fires a spark in me

Your multicolored words, your winsome smile
Your hungry kiss, so full of love and fire
You can find diamonds in the dust of a dull day
You can find words when there is nothing I could say
And I see it every day

In your eyes
There is an ocean full of mystery
In your eyes
Always a light that fires a spark in me

Nobody Knows

Everybody knows your name
Nobody knows the shame you felt on that day
When they threw you out
And left you wandering about

Every time you race
From the past, from your pain
There’s a face in the mirror
Staring back at
Who you thought you would be
Yes, and who’s to blame now?

Everybody knows the game
Everybody knows what move to make, anyway
Everybody wants to play
But maybe not today

Every time you race
From the past, from your pain
There’s a face in the mirror
Staring back at
Who we wanted you to be
Yes, and who’s your friend now?

Nobody knows your name anymore
Nobody knows how hard you work everyday
Nobody knows but you
Nobody knows

Silent Star

You hit the scene
1926
Just like a dream
From a simpler world
The silver screen
Loved your graceful face
A beauty queen
With unruly curls

No one needs to hear you talk
Everybody loves your smile

Silent star, silent star

Then sound just hit
1927
The waves rushed in
Sweeping through your world
Your silver screen
Turned an iron curtain
The shattered dream
Of a speechless girl

No one wants to hear you talk
They don’t care about your smile

Silent star, silent star

Struck By Life

Can you tell me how you do it
Can you tell me how you keep a cool head
When the world is going crazy
Show me the way, show me the way

Tell me, tell me how you do it now
Tell me, tell me how you do your own thing
When the world just wants more sameness
Show me the way

I wanna be just like you
Do all the things you do
Take me out tonight
I wanna get struck by life
And leave this sadness behind
Find shelter by your side
So take me out tonight
I wanna get struck by life

Can you tell me how you do it
How you always seem to find a kind word
For the fools and clowns around you
Show me the way, show me the way

Tell me, tell me how to do it now
Tell me how you keep a smile on your face
Even when your soul’s in pieces
Show me the way

I wanna be just like you
Do all the things you do
Take me out tonight
I wanna get struck by life
And leave this sadness behind
Find shelter by your side
So take me out tonight
I wanna get struck by life

One Note (Rock And Roll)

I’ll stay inside again tonight
I’ll be staring right
Into the eyes
Of Rock And Roll

My life was a black and white photograph
Still and stark
Till I found a light
In Rock And Roll

I don’t know how it got to me
I don’t know what it did to me
Rock And Roll

I don’t know how it got to me
I don’t know what it did to me
Rock And Roll

If you let me stay around
In your circus, I’ll be a clown
A clown

I don’t know why you got to me
Don’t know what you did to me
Rock And Roll

I don’t know why you got to me
Don’t know what you did to me
Rock And Roll

I don’t know why you got to me
Don’t know what you did to me
Rock And Roll

I don’t know why you got to me
Don’t know what you did to me
Rock And Roll

I’ll stay inside again tonight
I’ll be staring right
Into the eyes
Of Rock And Roll

My life was a black and white photograph
Still and stark
Till I found a light
In Rock And Roll

Radio waves and loud guitars
Held me, touched me, saved me, shot me
So far

Not Enough

I could sleep for a decade
Can’t get a minute of rest
Too much is not enough for me
I need a long vacation
Mountains, beach, East and West
Too much is not enough for me

When it comes to
Lazing in the sun

Too much is not enough
Too much is not enough
Too much is not enough for me

Must be the hundredth time
I’ve banged my head against this wall
Too much is not enough for me
And yes, I’ve heard the warnings
Pride comes before a fall
Too much is not enough for me

When it comes to
Tryin’ to dent the world

Too much is not enough
Too much is not enough
Too much is not enough for me

Let’s do it, do it twice
Maybe then we’ll do it again
Too much is not enough for me
I need your lovin’
I need it 25/8
Too much is not enough for me

When it comes to
Your sweet tenderness

Too much is not enough
Too much is not enough
Too much is not enough for me

(Love, love’s the answer)
(It’s too late to stop now!)

The Lay Of The Land – lyrics

Talking In My Sleep

Seems I’ve been talking in my sleep
Loud and clear every night
Echoes of a dream
That I can’t seem to grasp
But I’ll never get it right
Talking in my sleep

Seems I’ve been talking in my sleep
I was dreaming awake
That nobody could hear
Any word that I said
Real poets drown in lakes
I’m talking in my sleep, talking in my sleep

And I’m lost, spellbound
Searching for higher ground
I’m lost and I’m found
‘Cause I can count on you

Seems I’ve been talking in my sleep
And it’s driving me nuts
‘Cause only you can hear me
And my words don’t say much
I don’t wanna wake you up
Talking in my sleep, talking in my sleep

And I’m lost, spellbound
Searching for higher ground
I’m lost and I’m found
‘Cause I can count on you

Seems I’ve been talking in my sleep
Loud and clear every night
Echoes of a dream
That I can’t seem to grasp
But I’ll never get it right
Talking in my sleep, talking in my sleep
Talking in my sleep, talking in my sleep

My Lil’ Darling

Come with me my love tonight
Let’s lie under the stars
Come with me my love tonight
Let’s lie under the stars

Come ’cause you know that I know
That now’s the time
Oh, yes I know that you know
It’s our moment to shine

And we’ll be
What we’re longing to be
What we needed to be
So much more than just you and me

Run away with me my love
Let’s be foolish and brave
Run away with me my love
Let’s be foolish and brave

We’ll run and we’ll run till the sun
Bows out for the night
Oh, yes we’ll run till we’re
Bathing in silvery light

And we’ll be
What we’re longing to be
What we needed to be
So much more than just you and me

Come with me, my lil’ darling
I’m standing in the station
I’ve dreamt about a train
The ride is fraught with danger
So full of joy and pain
Full of joy and pain
Full of joy
Let’s go…
Let’s go!

Merry-Go-Round

Through the drapes of winter I feel the spring
Ready to awaken the ground
And the calendar’s brimming with days and years
Let’s ride on the merry-go-round

Yes, the ride is bumpy, my love, don’t fear
Through all the ups and the downs
The calliope plays a swift melody
Let’s ride on the merry-go-round

Little one, you hopped on so recently
You bask in the lights and the sound
And your laughter rings so magnificently
Let’s ride on the merry-go-round

Let’s forget all our troubles, forget all the pain
There is always hope to be found
I will drink to your health, may we all get to ride
Again on this merry-go-round!

Moon Almost Full

Every morning comes too soon
And the days don’t seem to last
You don’t know if you should rest
Or just step outside this room

Find yourself something to do
Look, the moon is almost full

In this lazy afternoon
We can play some hide-and-seek
Lose ourselves amongst the trees
Find the cure for all this gloom

‘Cause it’s hiding in plain sight
Let’s go chase it down tonight

I’m tired of this madness
Of mind games and busy bars
Sodium vapor lights stealing the stars

Let’s flee to the country
In a bright blue balloon
The cherry’s in bloom
And the moon is almost full

Almost full, almost full
The moon is almost full

My Midnight World

The last rays of a warm September sundown
Sweet scent in the breeze
New friends, a stroll through my new hometown
I love nights like these

Been so long since I left my home in Warsaw
Drove south to the sea
All the way I was feeling like an outlaw
Found my new place here

In my midnight world
I can show you the secrets of the town
In my midnight world
My head’s in the clouds, my feet are on the ground
In my midnight world
Trading stories, tearing walls down
In my midnight world
No one’s a stranger, no matter where you come from

Closing time, and the night is filled with wonder
And sights unseen
Let’s go home, ‘cause the morning waits for no one
My ride is here

In my midnight world
I can show you the secrets of the town
In my midnight world
My head’s in the clouds, my feet are on the ground
In my midnight world
Trading stories, tearing walls down
In my midnight world
No one’s a stranger, no matter where you come from

The Finish Line

You were thrown in at the deep end
Almost nothing left to lose
Everybody wants to tell you
What they would do if they were you

When you follow your dreams
You never reach the finish line
It’s always slipping away from you
That’s what keeps you alive

If it makes your heart beat faster
It will come in short supply
When it seems too late to stop now
It means you’re doing it right

When you follow your dreams
You never reach the finish line
It’s always slipping away from you
That’s what keeps you alive

Credits

Music
“Love And Fire”: Jorge Otero/Dani Menéndez/Rafa Sánchez
“Nobody Knows”: Jorge Otero/Rafa Sánchez
“Silent Star”: Pablo Bertrand/Jorge Otero
“Struck By Life”: Jorge Otero/Pablo Bertrand
“One Note (Rock And Roll)”: Jorge Otero/Pablo Bertrand
“Not Enough”: Jorge Otero/Dani Menéndez

“Talking In My Sleep”: Jorge Otero
“My Lil’ Darling”: Jorge Otero
“Merry-Go-Round”: Jorge Otero
“Moon Almost Full”: Pablo Bertrand/Jorge Otero
“My Midnight World”: Jorge Otero/Pablo Bertrand
“The Finish Line”: Jorge Otero

Lyrics
Jorge Otero

Discography

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