Chalk

by Andrew Butler

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"Chalk is the immaculately produced debut album by singer/songwriter Andrew Butler. Dark, mysterious and honest lyrics, intricate and imaginative guitar parts, and his blues tinged, soul infused voice are perfectly accompanied by an incredible ensemble of musicians that provide a sublime sonic backdrop for Andrew Butler’s already timeless songs"

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released June 20, 2016

'CHALK' ALBUM CREDITS:

Andrew Butler - Lead Vocals/Backing Vocals/Vibraphone/Guitars
Dave Gerard Lawrence - Banjo/Electric Bass/Percussion/Piano/Synth
Alex Bayly - Guitars/Piano
Tobias Humble - Drums/Percussion
Rachel Lanskey - Viola
Matthew Boulter - Lap/Pedal Steel
John Parker - Double Bass
Tom Hyatt -Piano
Tom Sweet - Trumpet
Dan Rogers - Electric Bass
Tara Minton - Harp
Angie Rance - Accordion
Gemma Cusworth - Backing Vocals
Louise Gow - Backing Vocals
Rosie Jones - Backing Vocals

All songs written by Andrew Butler

Produced by Dave Gerard Lawrence (Watchtower Recording Studios)
Mastered by Tim Debney (Fluid Mastering)

'Chalk' Album Cover by Helen Masacz

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Track Name: Love Is A Record
If what you need
Is what you want
Then you don’t need it
And if seeing is believing
I've not seen it
I've been searching for a long old lonely time
To find someone
Who’ll bring me peace of mind
Well love’s been looking for me
But love is blind

Glass of wine
Are you half empty
Or half full
‘Cause I’ve had too much
And fallen off my stool
Oh but from the floor
I can finally see things clear
While the room it spins
So do you my dear
Oh spinning and dancing
Your way around my heart

And I play this song
From time to time
But your love is a record
Oh your love is a record
Yeah your love is a record
Always playing on my mind


Oh come
Be the one
Be my muse
Be someone I can twist
And bend and use
And you will live forever inside
My little song
And I’ll sing for you
Long after you’re gone
Oh I will sing
And you’ll live on

And I play this song
From time to time
But your love is a record
Oh your love is a record
Yeah your love is a record
Always playing on my mind

And I play this song
From time to time
But your love is a record
Oh your love is a record
Yeah your love is a record
Always playing on my mind

Always playing on my mind
Always playing on my mind

My mind
Track Name: Chalk
I met you at the counter
Our fate was written in chalk
And I didn't know what I wanted
Until I heard you talk
Until I heard you talk

You convinced me of the chapel
Where they sang that my love was pure
Then I bit into your apple
And you bit into my core
And you bit into my core

Ballerina
Why walk away
When you can pirouette
Ballerina
Fading with the sun
Your dancing silhouette

You lived upon the water
A sinking boat on the canal
Then your bed became an altar
For the most unholy vows
For the most unholy vows

Am I an unlikely suitor
You poured another glass
And you raised it to the future
Where I would be your past
Where I would be your past

Ballerina
Why walk away
When you can pirouette
Ballerina
Fading with the sun
Your dancing silhouette
Your dancing silhouette
Your dancing silhouette
Track Name: Mainour
You stumble through the door
And you throw off your coat
And lying on the floor
Her suicide note
You recite every word
Until they form a lump
In your throat
But for some reason
You do not cry
But for some reason
You do not cry

And you take to the streets
After you polish off some wine
And a voice from a shadows
Sends a shiver down your spine
She’s smoking a fag
And she asks you for the time
And then she says
That you’re just too late
And then she says
That you’re just too late

And then she howls
And dances ‘Round the moon
Unfurls her wings
And flies you to her room
And picks your brains out
With a rusty spoon

And steals the apple
Of your eye
(Repeat)

There on the platform
Waiting in the rain
She’s on the opposite side
About to board her train
You have different destinations
But your journey it’s the same
You understand
But you don’t know why
You understand
But you don’t know why

With dust on your dreams
You reach the end of the line
The city now a desert
And it’s frozen in time
And with her withered hand
She draws a crooked line
Which you know
That you have to cross
Which you know
That you have to cross

And then she lights
A candle with the sun
Crawls into the cave
Which your soul
Has now become
To rid you of darkness
And the world
That’s left you numb

And steal the apple
Of your eye
(Repeat)
Track Name: We Both Know
Your life’s a secret code
I must decipher
I must know
But I can only scratch
At the surface
The direction of your legs
Traps me like a spider-web
To the thoughts of things
I think you do on purpose

So many things
I need to say
But your lips
Keep getting in the way

Oh we both know
It’s love
We both know
It’s love
We both know
It’s love
Or is it only me

Let’s meet up
In the dark
To see if there’s a spark
And all the ancient stars
Will be our judges
And in the morning light
If I'm wrong
And they are right
Then I will walk away
And hold no grudges

So many things
You needed to say
But my lips
Kept getting in the way

Oh we both know
It’s love
We both know
It’s love
We both know
It’s love
Or is it only me
Track Name: Fiona
My life was hard
And it was tough
You were my diamond
In the rough
And I know that words
Just aren’t enough
But you’re like finding
The holy grail

And Charlie stops us
On the street
We give her change
So she can eat
She says our love
Is true and sweet
Like some modern
Fairy tale

If you have a heavy heart
I’ll make it light
As a feather
And if it’s been
Ripped apart
Well I’ll stitch it
back together

Fiona
(Repeat)
I will

And you know Raf
He owns the bar
Where inside
We show our scars
Hoping one day
That we’ll be stars
But you’re the only one
Shining here

You look so pretty
In your hat
You’re stood there
Drinking at the back
And everybody
Starts to clap
Oh but I am just
Pining dear

If you have a heavy heart
I’ll make it light
As a feather
And if it’s been
Ripped apart
Well I’ll stitch it
back together

Fiona
(Repeat)
I will

And they may say
That we’re moving too fast
But we see each other
In slow motion
And they may say
It’ll never last
That we’re just a drop
In the ocean
But we’re the ocean
They’re a drop
In us

And I had a heavy heart
But now it’s light as a feather
And it was ripped apart
But you stitched it back together

Fiona
(Repeat)
You did
Track Name: Empire Of Love
Lover I am
An open book
Flick through my pages
Take a look
Most of them torn
And old
Except for our story
Unwritten
Untold
And I’ll write it
In my finest blood
For only you my love
Before the locust flood
Rains down
With longing
As I kneel

In my empire of love
Oh you could be my queen
In my empire of love
Eternally reign supreme
For the old queen
Has fallen

When jealous armies
Stormed the gates
Firing their arrows
Of lust and hate
Stealing her riches
And sealing her fate
And they took
The jewel
From her crown
And paraded it
Around town
And the whores
In wedding gowns
All tried to rule
Over me
And I cried

In my empire of love
See how they dance and sing
In my empire of love
Sorrow’s a happy king
But it’s you
Who can save me

For your pen is mightier
Than my sword
So sign your name
And praise your lord
And my crumbling kingdom
Your reward
And I’ll lay on
The mould feast
For the beauty
From the beast
And you’ll never be released
And shackled
To my aching heart

In my empire of love
Oh you will die
On my throne
My empire of love
Will turn you to dust and bone
Track Name: Abandoned Souls
I woke in the morning
And I took my pill
As the rain started falling
Down my windowsill
And I stumbled to the house
At the bottom of the hill
And felt someone
Walk over my grave

And the rope
Was too loose
The bridge
Was too low
And the gun
Wouldn't fire
And I had nowhere
Else to go

A dead plant
By the door
Coming off at the hinges
And you can’t see the floor
For the belts and syringes
And a thin naked man
Just sits and stares
At the mirror
In his hands
And the life
He can’t repair

And the curtains are drawn
But there is no light
Just the remains
Of the sun
Clinging to the night
In the house
Of abandoned souls
The house of abandoned souls
In the house of abandoned souls
The house
That comes and goes

And this is a place
Where you can only survive
By living in limbo
More dead than alive
And she sleeps
In a bath
On lifestyle magazines
Convinced it’s the righteous path
To help her get clean

And you are free to leave
Any time you choose
But only via dreams
Or if your lips turn blue

In the house
Of abandoned souls
The house of abandoned souls
In the house of abandoned souls
The house
That comes and goes
Track Name: Queen Of The Barflies
Dancing by the jukebox
With a lover in her head
It was closing time
She downed my drink
And I knew chivalry was dead
When she said - “Your place or mine?”

Poured me a glass
Of whiskey neat
Make yourself at home
Put up your feet
Oh be my guest
I'm the perfect host
Until I leave you like a gypsy
Until I haunt you like a ghost
Take what you need
And stay the night
But you've a heavy heart
And I always travel light

In the morning
With no make-up
An elegant young dame
Without rouge or heels
She said I wear this mask
To cover up the shame
That the light reveals

Sat on the curb
People threw me change
I felt disturbed
And strange

Head to a bar
Won’t last the night
I've a heavy heart
And she always travels light
And there she is
Old comatose
To the queen of the barflies
All the drunks
They raise a toast
Track Name: The Prophet
Blessed is the prisoner
Whose pleasure is his pain
Darkened was the landscape
Of his mansion in the rain
He said your body
Is a temple
But it must be built again
He said your soul
Is wild and free
That’s why it must be tamed

Beware the prophet
He will come
Claiming to move mountains
And the boulder
He will promise you the world
Then he’ll put his own
Upon your shoulders

Oh yes you are ready now
To enter paradise
Drink the sacred water
Take the ancient knife
I’ll lead you to the slaughter
My perfect sacrifice
I’ll take care
Of your daughter
I’ll take care
Of your wife

Beware the prophet
He will come
Claiming to move mountains
And the boulder
He will promise you the world
Then he’ll put his own
Upon your shoulders
Track Name: Deadly Muse
Will I know that I am dying
When I walk into the light
Will I hear the angels sighing
Dressed in all their pearly whites

Oh will I hell
Oh can’t you tell
That I am lost

And I've been dreaming
Gotta get it off my chest
And I've been scheming
To lay your mask to rest
So I can see you

And I have the clues
Know your every move
I just need a ruse
For I am a lonely singer
And you are the deadly muse
And I am a lonely singer
And you are the deadly muse

There’s a killer in your heart
That used to be your lover
And the lips that you once kissed
Well soon you’ll slowly smother

Oh close to death
Take a breath
And close your eyes

Oh you've been waiting
I’ll tear the words
From your flesh
My sweet songbird
Gonna pluck you from your nest
And set you free

For I have the clues
Know your every move
I just need a ruse
For I am a lonely singer
And you are the deadly muse
And I am a lonely singer
And you are the deadly muse

The deadly muse
(Repeat)

And I am a lonely singer
And you are the deadly muse
Track Name: Ballad Of Us
Remember the room
The sound that we made
Our bodies conducted
A sweet serenade
And we played to the rhythms
Of heartbeats in the dark
And the ghosts of composers
From Beethoven to Bach
All listened in awe
To our symphony

And the curtain fell
The exit door
The concert hall
The endless applause
My heartstrings silent
My rose on the floor

Encore
I want more
Encore
I want more
Encore
I want more

But the ballad of us
I’ll sing for an age
Gathering dust
On an empty stage

Sometimes I forget who I am
I howl like a wolf
Then I cry like a lamb
And though my hand
Can still strike a chord
None bring me back
To her or the lord
And the angels
They offer no sympathy

Now life’s out of tune
I can’t play anything
The harps they rust
The bells they won’t ring
I wait for the drums of death
To begin

Encore
I want more
Encore
I want more
Encore
I want more

But the ballad of us
I’ll sing for an age
Gathering dust
Track Name: Midnight Oil
Oh I took a walk
As the sun went down
Heard the city talk
Of a darker side of town
Came across a street
In a gloomy dusk
In the waves of dancing heat
A mirage formed of us

I've
Lost too much
I, I've
Lost too much
I, I, I've
Lost too much
Can’t you see

You need to get away
A house down by the sea
And life a simple life
Of modest luxury
And I will meet you there
Oh this time next year
If I'm still alive
If I'm still sincere

I
Lie too much
I I
Lie too much
I I I
Lie too much

Can’t you see

Burn the midnight oil
So that I can stay
Upon this mortal coil
Once my body has decayed
And you will find my voice
And you will find my words
Like the wing finds the wind
Like the shepherd finds the herd

I
Dream too much
I I
Dream too much
I I I
Dream too much

Can’t you see
Can’t you see
Can’t you see