'How to Steer a Sinking Ship​.​.​.​' - The Railway Club

by The Railway Club

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released October 9, 2015

'a quiet triumph' - Narc Magazine
'a genuine work of art' - NE Volume
'a hopelessly romantic record' - NE:MM

’How to Steer a Sinking Ship...’

Produced & composed by Martin Francis Trollope.
Arranged by The Railway Club.

Mixed & mastered by Martin Francis Trollope at The CustomSpace

Drums recorded by Peter Slowey at The Aquarium Studio.
All other recording by Grant Lagan & Martin Francis Trollope, except sample of trumpets on ‘Mexico’ from freesound.org/people/renatofarabeuf/sounds/232144/.

Martin Francis Trollope -
Vocals, guitars, keyboards, harmonica, drum machine & samples. Glockenspiel on ‘Railway Tracks’.

Glenn Coyne -
Electric bass & double bass. Backing vocals on ‘Water into Wine’.

Carmen Green -
Backing vocals & saxophone.

Richard Milburn -
Harmonium & glockenspiel. Lead guitar on ‘Clouds’.

David Garrick -
Mandolin.

Grant Lagan -
Drums & percussion.

Dan Bolam -
Backing vocals on ‘Clouds’ & ‘It’s a Lonely Night’.

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Track Name: Clouds
There's a factory of lovers
A disco in the park
But the memory's lost on this one
Just trying to make his mark

He doesn't really care much
For the rituals on display
Chat-up lines are nonsense
There's nothing more to say

Sitting on the floor
And watching the clouds go by

Those ones look like horses
Racing in the wind
That one looks like your face
So the thought begins

He'll call your name one last time
And try to make it work
He'll call your name one last time
And end up getting hurt

Sitting on the floor
And watching the clouds go by
Track Name: Church Bank
Tell me that you hate me
And mean it this time
I will try to get you
Out of my mind
Light another candle
Everything's fine
Track Name: At Last, My Atlas
I would hear your heart
I would wash your feet
I would be your servant
Just to earn my keep
To earn my place in your palace
To earn my place in your mind
To earn a little happiness
I need a little time

And all I'm trying to say
Is I deserve more than one day

I would hear your heart
I would feel it beat
Listen to the palpitations
Rhythmically complete
Tell me all of your problems
I'd help you with your grief
I would pay you compliments
I would be your relief

And all I'm trying to do
Is do right by you

I would hear your heart
I've never listened before
Every beat is beauty
That over pours
That little look in your eye
That little glint in your smile
Tells me we will be together
It's the reason why

I'm spending all of my time
With you on my mind

I wouldn't really mind
But there's one thing I just can't find
Track Name: Water into Wine
Put pen to paper
And head to pillow
Store up your tears
For tomorrow

Turn the water into wine
Try to change my mind
Maybe I will stop this time

We should go out
Fight the windmills
Chase the tigers
On the hills

Help me spin my web
You are my flow and my ebb
You don't even know it yet

Feel the clock tick
Feel the time
Feeling alone
Is not a crime

Come on be my tragedy
The face in everything I see
How am I supposed to leave?
Track Name: Dig a Tunnel
The light on the pier has gone out
Ships in the night are in doubt
Like the hotels we stayed in when we were in love
Now we are empty inside

Blinded by fog in the dark
You took me and tore me apart
Now I lie on the floor in this world of my own
And dream of your delicate touch

And it's selfish to think that you're thinking of me
As you're dreaming alone in your bed

The heart that I mine for is true
So I'll dig a tunnel or two
And I'll find a darkness deep down in the earth
And hope that you find your way too

And it's selfish to think that you're thinking of me
As you're dreaming alone in your bed

I'll sail away one last time
Escape from this land that was mine
And get to a point where I can't hear your voice
Where the head on my shoulder is gone
Track Name: Railway Tracks
If you'll just stop and listen
I'll show you what you're missing
But I don't think you care much
Moving in and out of touch

I'll take the railway tracks to you
So say you'll meet me
In the waiting room

Though you terrify me
You know you fascinate me
So open up those blue eyes
And end those breathless sighs

I'll take the railway tracks to you
So say you'll meet me
Track Name: Quietly Away, Quietly Abide
They held a gun to god
To put the labyrinth in your eyes
With faith in moderation
I found myself inside
From the middle of the sea
To the furthest rising tide
Quietly away
Quietly abide

I'll shield you from the stones
From the storm that's coming in
Work my fingers to the bone
'Till we're gathered safe within
Sleep well if you can
Dream well if you will
Quietly away
Quietly abide
Track Name: We Never Said Goodnight
We never saw eye to eye
And now another year's gone by
I have to start and wonder why
We never said goodnight

I still feel your ellipsis kiss
I can never get away from this
Still feel your body close to mine
Though we never said goodnight

All that I wanted
Was to hear your voice
All that I wanted
Was a conversation

And now that your away from here
I feel your presence everywhere
Still think of you from time to time
Though we never said goodnight

All that I wanted
Was to hear your voice
All that I wanted
Was a conversation

If I could leave these scars alone
Find a way to leave them at home
If I could stop wondering why
We never said goodnight
Track Name: I Dreamt That You Chased Me
I'll check the mirrors
To check you're still there
For a certain romance
I would dance without care
For every crimson bullet
I would stand and stare
For the fairest of the fair
My lovely nightmare

Maths in my mind
Tell me you're near
A song on the radio
Says we'll get out of here
We'll play on a piano
Put tunes to Shakespeare
Sing of love lost
And found so sincere

I dreamt that you chased me
From station to stop
Put your arm round my waist
And gave me your heart
I dreamt that you chased me
With a smile on your face
You turned and you kissed me
We made our escape
Track Name: It's a Lonely Night
I am lonely
You are lonely too
I am lonely
You are lonely too

Why don't you come round here?
It's a lonely night
Sounds like it's a good idea
Just say you might

I am lonely
You are lonely too
I am lonely
You are lonely too

Tell me of a party
But don't tell me where it is
Tell me all about it
Tomorrow when you're sick

I am lonely
You are lonely too
But you don't care the way I care for you

I'll fall for the reasons
Like I fell for you
And I'll believe your stories
'Cause that is what I do

I am lonely
You are lonely too
I am lonely
You are lonely too
I am lonely
You are lonely too
I am lonely
You are lonely too
I am lonely
You are lonely too
Track Name: A Quiet Place
Days of silence, nights of shame
Little flames and those stupid games
For this I'll take the blame
But when I go
I will go

I hope I never feel so frail
My mind has failed and my heart set sail
Start to feel the final nail
But when I go
I will go

And when I leave, I pray that I may leave with grace
An innocent smile on an innocent face
To lay my head in blissful, distant, vacant space
To find some peace in a quiet place
Track Name: Mexico
A sky as gold as lead
A sea that I can't see
And all the books I've read
Are not enough retreat

Running down a long and dusty road
To search for the things that I can never know
The sun is setting I can feel it's glow
Seems like it's the only way to go

Mirrored in the stream
Though I can't see the daylight
It's hazy like a dream
Make some sense of it tonight

Running down a long and dusty road
To search for the things that I can never know
The sun is setting I can feel it's glow
Seems like it's the only way to go

Keep the sea by my side
Keep the stars in line
With the sea by my side
You know I'll be alright