Golden Margins

by Owen Tromans

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released May 5, 2014

All songs written by Owen Tromans (copyright control)

Recorded and mixed by Dan Parkinson at Wooden Heart

Mastered by Tim Turan

Owen: Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar on 7, 8 and 9
Joe Bennett: Violin, backing vocals, piano on 1
Mike Davies: Electric guitar, pedal steel, backing vocals
Dan Parkinson: Fender Rhodes, piano on 5, organ on 7
Ben Perry: Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Polly Perry: Vocals on 9
Andy Reaney: Bass guitar

Design by Alex Hornsby

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Track Name: Golden Margins
We had it good growing up
Convincing ourselves the streets were tough
Trying to get people in to see the band

Now at the shows they think I’m the manager
The one with the wrong info on Canada
Trying to get a beer in for the band

The noise rock kids hit the leisure centre
I read he liked to play without a tonal centre
And I’ve still got the bruises on my guitar

So this is the stuff that gets pushed to the sides
But I never ask why I bother to try
You’ve given me a whole lot of light in the dark

These are the golden margins
Out here we’re left alone
It’s not even that there’s a reason
It’s just the way that it goes


Spreading those jams in the local scene
Where the drums were mixed loud and a kid could dream
About putting into the songs what I knew

And they taped it off the radio
They wanted the tabs
I loved talking after playing ‘cause time would never drag
I’m happy I’ll never get over you

These are the golden margins
Out here we’re mostly left alone
It’s not even that there’s a reason
It’s just the way that it goes

These are the golden margins
Out here we’re left alone
It’s not even that there’s a reason
It’s just the way that it goes
Track Name: White Candle Road
White Candle Road
Takes me down to the coast
Two royal daughters in tow
My love lightening my load
I don’t need fine wine
To have this good time

Green country night
Giving way to country light
Slow talk about sweet times
Running through golden lives
I don’t need to get every colour down
I just need you around

Blue water
Red sky
Silver daughters
Run in the light

Grey clouds rushing in
Pray the sun back again
With speaker blast, we’re summoning
Can’t you feel the place brightening?
But I don’t need control
To make me feel whole
Track Name: Saltwater Curse
Sally ate the witches’ bread
Turned her eyes a burning red
Sally came down to the sea
To put a spell on you and me

‘Cause Sally thought I’d done her wrong
Now all the fish dance to her song
They dance their way out of our nets
‘Cause Sally’s a girl that don’t forget

Each long night my boat does drift
I pray to Sally her curse to lift
My men are hungry, my head is sore
I got a wife and child on the cold, cold shore

Wish I’d never met that Sally girl
With her golden eyes and her pretty curls
Wish she’d never listened to what I said
Wish she’d never eaten witches’ bread
Track Name: Pyramids
The kid’s an anti-Stratfordian
Thinks the pyramids were built by aliens
I think the pyramids were built by Africans
It seems to make the most sense

Now I like to hear a conspiracy
As much as the guy sitting next to me
But when we look at the Moon do we see what we want to see?
Or do we just see the Moon?

Sometimes I find
You have to narrow your mind
Track Name: Bird Come Down
There’s a black ribbon of curses
Lost somewhere between these verses
I guess I’ll pick it out in time

And there’s a wolf upon the horizon
And the kid he’s got his eyes on
Knows that he’s next in line


So maybe Christ was on to something
When he stuck around to take what was coming

You gotta let the bird come down

There’s a hush and lonely whisper
Reminding me how much I miss her
I guess I’ll block it out in time

So maybe Acre was on to something
When he realised he could not outrun him

Gotta let the bird come down

He flies over the city shore boys
He flies over what you have
He flies over the city shore boys
He flies over everything you have
Track Name: Queen of Spain
Cuckoo flower and silverweed
Dog rose and meadowsweet
Swallowtail, Apollo, Queen of Spain

Eyebright under nettle tree
Wood white, Camberwell beauty
Swallowtail, Apollo, Queen of Spain

To go lost between the trees
We go lost through the leaves
With Swallowtail, Apollo, Queen of Spain
Track Name: Barmaids/Tremolo
Barmaids of Winchester
Barmaids of Leeds
Beautiful girls with arts degrees
I like nothing better than them talking to me
About Mondrian and American foreign policy

Barmaids of Leicester and Ipswich Town
Lift me up when I’m feeling down
I like nothing better than the sweet, sweet sound
Of their laughter as we try and sink another round

Barmaids of Kensington and Paris, France
Walk on air, they love to dance
But set aside your thoughts of any romance
You’ve got to understand boy you just don’t have a chance
Track Name: 1682
Back down witch: You’re not helping
I know which direction they all go to
What we have to do
And are these men?
Each and every one of them?
‘Cause they look like children and there’s big boots to be filled in
So back down witch, you can’t fight a war like this
With stones and sticks
Some things your spells can’t fix

Feels like 1682 – Such a bad year for you
Did they have his protection?
And did he come to you?
At your door in the form of a bird
When he offered you his protection

Good fellows rest
And heed your general’s warning
Ready your guns
And we’ll set fire to the morning
And they won’t know
Those boys won’t know
No they won’t know
Those boys won’t know
For they are used to words
They are used to your words
And words are weak
I will prove myself with a sword
I’ll make you feel like…

Wait.
I see a bird.
Wait.
I do see a bird.
Track Name: I Saw Him
Somewhere Algeria
Somewhere Tunisia
Somewhere she don’t remember
Could’ve been January
Could’ve been December
In an old hotel
Why’d you come to me with this?
In an old hotel
Let me take you home
Oh but his hair was long
And he had a girl
And his voice was cracked
He made the sign of the fallen third
And I think he’s planning something
They never found a single body
I think he’s planning something
That’ll make them sorry
And I know you helped her
It was all I could talk about
The cleaning of the fire and how Lucy made it out
I thought he was gone
But I knew he was close
They didn’t stop believing
Believing in a ghost
Then I saw him
I saw him