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Song from No Man's Land

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Before I Go 04:21
BEFORE I GO And now I see and now I feel and now I fear the day before I go before I age before my leap of faith Sento una musica without expression I hear the crashing waves dolce rimedio ricordo te rivedo te risento l’attenzione in fondo sai ingenuo sei incontra il tuo destino will you describe your pain with neat handwriting what are the signs of love we asked uncertain The things I long as long you are just when she said goodbye We feel the same You must admit They all know it’s the case what can the observer do senza speranza come dimenticar the end is here
Gerico 10:20
See, we’ve danced a while You’ve made me smile But now it seems we’re out of step We’ll change It’s not so strange to lose the time we’ve kept What has become of Sally She’s been away sometime I thought about it lately You don’t know where to stand True, I’ve never known someone could Match my step like you You turn Is this a move to get you through? Sally believes in progress She feels it makes her calm We found she likes the motion Standing apart we stand
Da Lontano 04:49
Latin Song 05:07
Norway 06:39
Fur Louis 04:24
Hey Joe 05:50
I hope to see you soon / you told me Rapid and unseen / you left me What a messy start  you told me so Memories will hurt / I’ll call you I’ll probably just fail / to notice Whatever Joe you think I should enjoy I thought you’ll never sleep / oh really You’ll never send a note / I bet you She thought of you herself before I did I thought I loved you Now I don’t know I feel so tired now I’ll stay behind Improbably your eyes / just shifted Questions and replies / repeated The way I try to reach you doesn’t work Uniform and flags /oh really Fatherlands of myth / or mother’s Can we find a way out of this place Slogans and refrains / enough now Mine is not your fear / or rather this is just a land of make believe Beware of fascists Joe You need more love Beware of money Joe Your freedom counts Repeating will improve / your chances That’s behind your talk / I gather no, i’m not so sure it will ever work Are you thinking freely / Joe Are your thoughts coherent / Joe Just please stop refraining a go-go My sentiments for you / are tensing Uneasiness with you / more common But I would like to find your now lost love You need more love Joe So give more love And keep your freedom Joe Your freedom Joe
Samba per Mi 05:46
It was night Very late When i saw you coming through the door I don’t know To this day What’s the meaning of it all You stood by Looking tired Dusty pages slipping through your hands No one spoke No one moved And we thought of better days When we were young handsome and souple When our hands trembled without shame And our eyes sparkled with delight When all we could lose was ourselves I suppose You would say Our problems seem a bit too small Why delay Should we go And believe in a new dawn Yes it’s strange How it goes How the time could leave us without choice I can see In your eyes The desire of turning back When we were young …..


released February 23, 2018

All tracks by Sergio Contrino.
Lyrics of (3) written with Ellie Warr.
Latin Song text by Ovid (Tristia, 1.3)

Art work: Jørn Emborg

Cover photo: Nell Reid - nellonearth.com
Band photo: Domininkas Zalys - domininkas.com


Recorded by John Ward and Jes Kerr on 14/09/2016 and on 29-30/04/2017 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Mixdown Engineer: John Ward
Mastered at Metropolis Studios, London, by Andy 'Hippy' Baldwin
Produced by John Ward and Sergio Contrino

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Alastair Appleton sax
Ben Comeau piano (4,5,6,7)
Cassie Gorman voice
Daniel Duffy guitar
Gabriel Bliard trumpet
Joe Davighi drums
Louis Day trumpet (4,6,7)
Luke Congdon piano
Rowan Haslam voice (1,8) and cello
Sergio Contrino bass
Simon Fothergill trombone


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