Rambling Coast

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'Rambling Coast' is a self-produced album, recorded alone in the hallways, basement and living room of an empty house during winter 2012/13.

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released November 12, 2013

Written and produced by João 'Every' Esteves

All instruments performed by João Esteves, except Track 9 - "Travel Light" - snare drum by André Nóvoa

Recorded and mixed by João Esteves at House RANNA, Lisbon (PT)
Mastered by Paulo Miranda at AMPstudio, Viana do Castelo (PT)

Cover photo by Mário Ponte

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Track Name: Mad Verses
mad verses
faces, headlines, dream days - tales of older time
you lit the candle, heart ambushed by sleep
fed the eyes, lost in the mist
hidden flags of desire
chests forgot the fire
that once burned, it burned with no sting

wear today like your old clothes
ragged in a storm of mouths drunk on grief
in buildings we outlive - oddities
meeting trouble halfway,
a million different ways to say your name
mine is a crumb in your father's book
I'm pressed between the walls of an eloquent room

poison our lungs,
swallow the night 'till we wake up
to the owl's velvet cry
Track Name: Rambling Coast
deep the water
lying on the grass
sinking in recurring dreams
beneath the canopy - pines bow into the blue
along the gambles i have always been
king of nothing
I sing of what I know
cats on the jetties when the moon hangs low
in that moment i know

I'm old
I'm old as the gale
that drove our fathers to sea

it's the north wind stirring the clouds
rocking the water, my rocky seabed
once the gravel on the roads, I'm every rover to ever rove
this rambling, rambler's coast
tired waves sing of what was lost,
an entire nation buried under a cross
all that cross can tell me -

I'm old
I'm old as the gale
that drove our fathers to sea
Track Name: Animals Of Dusk
come down, three huddled old mounds
the fourth, we'll share it
sun warmed the meadow, your hands are cold.
daily death laid to rest
lent all the love, promised to keep
a place for animals like us
that live in the dusk

we're alone now
finding our way home

up the fence, ever-knowing plains sway in silence
we forget how to speak.
my kindred companion, my lonesome friend,
paths lead us apart - they meet in the end
daily death laid to rest
lent all the love, promised to keep
a place for animals like us
we live in the dusk

we're alone now
finding our way home
Track Name: Windy City Blues
how far we've come, will they know
the time will come - they will row their boats
twilight tangled in the leaves
lights sprinkled on the sea
we're hopeless
almost free

the future is never like they say it will be
history, my own prophecy -
waking up to a gentle light
no longer tied to the law of the gun
to any riches
only the true kind

this windy city, the dust on your face
am I the better
half of your day
I've nothing but these blues
to steal the petals from the flowers' blooms
you say we'll make do


then we'll make do
Track Name: Seasons
in the garden of my youth a new age has begun
broken glass on the ground, gleaming in the sun
lost epiphanies, nights of unrest
feed all my longings but my mind stays the same
oh my mind

days of foam settle in the bay
drops in the ocean that'll wash regret away
in with the tide, my life in a frame
cleansed of the memories that my mind will drain
oh my mind

trees, blowing every summer away
seasons come - seasons fade
white sprawls, cold barges in
freezes my bones but my mind is ablaze
oh my mind

in the garden of my youth a new age has begun
the past, now tame, will forever remain
Track Name: Faster Than The Rain
you can only go so far
when you have nothing
nothing to hold your head up
face another day
another day

what a mess we're in
honey your honey's been bitter for days
your fingers rake through my hair
there's a storm coming you say
coming our way

the leaves have all fallen
there is no hideaway
your eyes wet my shoulders
much faster than the rain
Track Name: Skylash
dark clouds out to greet you
salvation means nothing new
a vacant shuttle besides your bed
wasting hours inside your head

the sky lashes down on us
calls for you only
to whisper how much you've been lonely
you brave, brave one

rain plows the fields outside,
in your room the needles dance through the night
weaving the lines you would rather undo
the final stitch is out to get you

faded pictures
leveled ridges
hang on a wall
once stood so tall
Track Name: The Burrow
I am a man, I'm a traveling man
I drift across ponds of time
I search for reasons, I cannot find

as dawn crowns these hills
gold holds no balm
the morning will come undone
the answers are vague
as vague as a cloud

all my friends on the verge of living
so many people unaware
of all these pocket teachers - efficient mouths
pocket teaching 'till the truth is out

innocent crime, society strains
numbs with the pain
nothing is gained

my burrow is deep
and all day I dig
down in the ground
is this shelter, is this a grave

is this shelter, is this a grave
Track Name: Travel Light
I stumble on my memories, july reverie
I'm howling from a cabin in the middle of the sea
floating through the isles
the brine swollen birch
liquid emotions, a glass for the thirst

down in the corridor
you could hear the wreck
I was gone by 9.30
the maids hit the deck

I travel light
through groves in the dark
the whole world in a sigh
a tear trailed night

fresh in the city, enough time to spare
I played the old rocks for foreign silverware
kids play with soap, they blow bubbles at me
floating reminders of how life is fleet

I raided the parks the whole town was asleep
left a rose in the morning
for someone I'll never meet

I travel light
through groves in the dark
the whole world in a sigh
a tear trailed night

i stumble on my memories, july reverie
a half-remembered daydream
a childish symphony
Track Name: Sweet Watchtower
these paper thin walls never promised much
a permanent draft, windows i couldn't keep shut
I had the ocean, the lighthouse
a man-made kingdom
seven and a half floors to freedom
my sweet watchtower

I used to look at the thin line, wishing it was me
a coward sailor staring at a ship
I was smothered in august
froze in december, on the brim of a city
some of you might remember
my sweet watchtower

the end came in colors, tones carried the claim
like every evening I spent planning my escape
but now I wish I could go back, wish others could see it
if I'd given you any other name
I'd name you Maria
my sweet watchtower

- - -

I gotta get on a lucky boat and set sail
on the bright blue, green-shaded
lover of my wasted youth

there's a new day at the door
I know it's going to be a good one
so farewell, watchtower

that sweet watchtower