Potential​-​Space

by Amy Duncan

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1.
I put the bit between your teeth I placed a saddle on your back I pushed you over hill and heath And raced you ragged round the track I thought that I was taming you But really you were making me I thought that I was breaking-through When clearly you were rare and free I nourished you on sacks of oats And never heard you once complain I brushed along your flaxen-coat And, worried that you must be lame I thought that I was taming you But really you were making me I thought that I was breaking-through When clearly you were rare and free Your breath showed in the morning-cold You cantered when you felt my hand You whinnied then you came on bold And galloped on the shifting-sand.
2.
Natural 04:30
The river is glinting at Kingfisher-bridge The midges are flitting and, it is my wish That you are the shimmer, that you are still living That you are the heaven in this I paddle in shallows that narrow and dam The pastures are fallow and I am that land The hand of the farmer that scatters and gathers The pathways, the ash and the sand The moon cools the new shoots and lumins the pools The beautiful-blues can be curiously-cruel But good brooks the fury and looks to the future The humane, the wounded, the new The dawn of the morning is fortunate-born The borders are falling but, sorrow is long The call of tomorrow, the jaundice, the wrong-roads The corners, the longing, the fond.
3.
Return an evil with some love If you can find it in yourself In hurting, you will become just And, this inclines to better health Allow yourself to keep some face When settling your differences Provide a little breathing-space And, enter the forgiveness Be lenient with each other For in time the tables may well turn We all share in the suffering And find our footing less than firm Allow yourself to keep some face When settling your differences Provide a little breathing-space And, enter the forgiveness Be slow to pass a judgement For you know your anger will subside By putting-down your cudgels You will rub some balm in the divide.
4.
What goes around will come around And, I shall reap what I have sown What goes up surely must come down The wheat and chaff, apart are blown Its true that I have broken hearts But, only inadvertently And, now its my turn to be burning Karma (please don't take revenge on me) The prettier and better girls Are everywhere I seem to look I think they'd be your preference And, it betrays me near the root Its true that I have broken hearts But, only inadvertently And, now its my turn to be burning Karma (please don't take revenge on me) I see in you the perfect man I'm not just looking with my eyes My humours and my senses dance The lies are true, its paradise
5.
Allowing lust to become love The future I've been dreaming of Believing we deserve more I move towards the open door And, yet (this need to be alone) To lock the doors, protect my home To ward the threat off from my heart To tell myself, we're better off apart Allowing fear to become trust As a reward after the hurt Believing it to manifest The onset of our happiness And, yet (this need to be alone) To lock the doors, protect my home To ward the threat off from my heart To tell myself, we're better off apart Allowing dreams to become real Accepting everything I feel Believing in the work of charm I move towards the open arms, that wait for me.
6.
The good shops are all closing But, the crowds still bustle through the haar You're all that I was hoping for It's Thursday (on a dying-star) It's all become a bit too safe Say yes, another day begins And, everything is now in place So, let a little chaos in The butterflies are on the wane Your feet are fully on the ground I worry about what to say It's Tuesday and, the wheel goes round It's all become a bit too safe Say yes, another day begins And, everything is now in place So, let a little chaos in A quirk of generosity A flurry and, it's lying-white By dint of reciprocity It's Monday and the sky is bright.
7.
Always A Way 04:53
When the path ahead is frozen And the sky above is grey When your heart is almost broken There's always a way When the mist gives the illusion That the sun is cold and pale When you're lost in the confusion There's always a way When the harshest voice has spoken And you've heard what it can say When the dark no longer opens There's always a way.
8.
Untitled 01:51
I set you On the river Little-flower Of apology I wish you well And, vow To have you Always watching over me The water Will remember you Although You are of little-weight Tomorrow May your soul Re-enter Through the children's-gate.
9.
I'm broken, beaten-down and blue I don't know what I'm going to do I'm walking on a lonely-road I'm carrying a heavy-load The days have become long and slow I don't know where I'm going to go I'm broken, beaten-down and blue I don't know what I'm going to do My mother said you will be a woman I'm just doing the best I can My father said hold your head up high But, all I seem to do is cry I'm broken, beaten-down and blue I don't know what I'm going to do.
10.
Gateways 03:18
I live for the sunrise The morning of light A whispering-surprise That makes the world bright Uncertainty and loneliness Are gateways To a plateau Where my empathy can save me I live for the moment Intent on being kind And I spread as I go The forgiveness I find Uncertainty and loneliness Are gateways To a plateau Where my empathy can save me I live for each step As I travel my mind I give and I get I unravel my climb.

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A collaboration between Amy Duncan and David Paton.

"Potential Space” is a hypnotic fusion of city and country and indeed of the past and the present. Never raucous or forced, this is the ideal album to chill out with of an evening."

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released August 31, 2010

Music by Amy Duncan, except track 2; vocal melody by Melorman
Lyrics by David Paton, except tracks 5, 7, & 10; Duncan/Paton

Performed and produced by Amy Duncan
Mastered by Calum Malcolm

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Amy Duncan Edinburgh, UK

"The Scottish multi-instrumentalist's eighth album sits between Cocteau Twins and the Blue Nile, its broad cinematic sweep, folktronic textures, crystalline vocals and lyrics imbued with introspection and memory-lane inventory-taking yielding moments of breathtaking beauty." Dan Cairns, The Sunday Times ... more

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