Being Myself - Album

by Paul Field 2016

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Davido
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Davido Hi Paul, it's been a pleasure and privilege to have this insight into aspects of your life in a mix of tracks poignant, sweet, uplifting, challenging and yet always beautiful. I think I have reached the same point in life as you, just wanting to be myself. It's as yet an aspiration though.
Thanks
Susie fuller
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Susie fuller Love this album - so honest - warts and all. The lyrics are true for so many of us walking this life of faith - the older I get the less I understand but the more I know of God’s love. In the end that is all that matters. The rest may (or may not!) become clear on the ‘other side’.
Thank you Paul, the last 45 years of my journey have been accompanied, inspired and at times saddened by your songs.
Susie x
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1.
Small Town 03:38
Small Town There’s a small town somewhere on the map of my heart, it’s the hardest place to find Because the signs aren’t clear and the road is dark but it’s name is peace of mind It’s such a hidden location nobody’s sure if it’s miles away or just down the line But it’s the one destination we’re all looking for, a town called peace of mind One more weary pilgrim with a tale to tell, one more dreamer walking the line One more traveller searching for a vacant Hotel in a town called peace of mind I remember a young man a long time ago wearing all of the hope he could find More than forty years later I’m still on the road, still looking for peace of mind I’ve met false alarms, disappointments and tears and I’ve lost my way many times Still I hope to arrive before I run out of years in a town called peace of mind One more weary pilgrim still believing in grace in a world that’s cruel and unkind I’m still looking for a refuge and a resting place in a town called peace of mind Some tell me I’m crazy it doesn’t exist and I’m only wasting my time But still I continue, still I persist In looking for peace of mind Still I continue, still I persist In looking for peace A small town called peace of mind Words & Music © Paul Field
2.
Faithtown 04:28
Faithtown There may be trouble waiting round the bend just when you least expect It can sneak up behind you and take you by suprise, you never know what's coming next All of a sudden, out of the blue a problem comes along And all you take for granted that feels so right suddenly all goes wrong Sometimes the world can play dirty tricks on you, life can take you unprepared Sometimes it may be good sometimes it may be bad, Sometimes it’s downright stupid and unfair Welcome to Faithtown where your doubts line up to meet Here in Faithtown unanswered prayers walk the street This is Faithtown where head and heart may disagree Living in Faithtown sometimes all that you can do is just believe No easy answers, no guarantees, is it all just twists of fate? I’m never really sure whether to believe in providence or lucky breaks So many things that we never understand, guess they don’t matter anyway The cards life deals are the only cards you get and that’s the only hand that you can play Welcome to Faithtown where some things are never sure This is Faithtown you can knock on every door Here in Faithtown so many reasons you can’t see Living in Faithtown sometimes all that you can do is just believe Welcome to Faithtown there’s so much you’ll never know Here in Faithtown you’ve just got to let it go This is Faithtown where earth and heaven interweave Living in Faithtown sometimes all that you can do is just believe Words & Music © Paul Field
3.
Amelia 04:25
Amelia Child of my child, daughter of my son The fragile miracle of life begun You’ve been waiting in the wings and now this is your chance Oh Amelia It’s time for you to dance May your Mother’s and your Father’s love Be gentle, wise and strong and sure enough And may kindness always be your guide in everything Oh Amelia it’s time for you to sing This is your moment beautiful girl You’ll learn how it feels to win sometimes, how it can hurt to fail But in the end most of allI pray you’ll find that love prevails Oh Amelia welcome to the world Child of my child, daughter of my son Precious gift made by what love has done May the world tread lightly on all the hopes and dreams you find Oh Amelia It’s time for you to shine You’ve been waiting in the wings and now this is your chance Oh Amelia It’s time for you to dance Words & Music © Paul Field
4.
Tumbling down She ran away from home in the morning while everyone was still asleep And quietly stepped into the bright new day His promise for the future was ringing in her ears As she left her world behind and walked away She was afraid he wouldn't be there, he was right on time But here was something in his smile that wasn't right He seemed stressed out and uneasy as he pushed her into the car She heard the door slam shut behind her life That's when it all came tumbling down, when the promises turned into lies And all the dreams she thought she'd found suddenly died He was tired of going nowhere, he was sick of being poor So he took the chance they offered with both hands To feed his wife and family he agreed to take a job far away in a strange and foreign land He paid them what they asked for it was everything he had They drove him to the harbour late one night And with thirty other people In the back of an old truck He saw his dream go sailing out of sight That's when it all came tumbling down.... They were tricked, traded, trafficked, degraded they were goods to buy and sell They came looking out for heaven and found hell They were tricked, traded, trafficked, cheated, caught and caged They started out with hopes of freedom and ended up as slaves That's when it all came tumbling down.... Words & Music © Paul Field
5.
Love is 04:17
Love is It's the Footsteps on the ocean, It's the strings on my guitar It's the moonlight in the corners of my heart Its the mystery of emotion no matter how we try Its love that brings together and love that tears apart The rolling of the thunder the silence in the night It's the music of the sun, moon and stars Love can be outrageous, deadly and contagious It shapes and it defines just who we are Love is wild and we cant tame it. Love's a child but we cant name it Love can be a stranger or a friend Love is kind and love is tender but it can be a cruel pretender Still it’s what we'd give our lives up to defend It's the only thing that matters in the end It's the danger in the darkness, it's the damage and the dreams The hope we hold on to when we’re unsure It’s the beauty of discovery, the pain of something lost It’s the one thing that we all come looking for Love is wild........ It gets the better of us time and time again Still it’s what we'd give our lives up to defend Cos’ love is all that matters Words & Music © Paul Field/Ralph van Manen/Tommy Riekerk/Robert Riekerk
6.
The River 04:45
The River The rich man and the poor man side by side, with the crooked and the crippled and the lame The tired and disappointed, the hopeful and assured Underneath the skin our hearts are shaped the same Some may come in satin or in silk, or naked as the day when they were born The masterful & mighty, the humble and the meek Come together seeking shelter from the storm And we’ll all go down to the river tonight and sing to a beautiful tune We will watch our dreams as they sail into sight and dance by the light of the moon And we’ll dance by the light of the moon You may come with superstition or with faith, with all the doubts that you just can’t lay down The reckless and the righteous, the fearful and the strong Walking hand in hand on common ground The renegades who swim against the tide, the lives held in the balance all the time The poets and the prophets, the mad and starry eyed Fragile hearts caught in the firing line And we’ll all go down to the river tonight...... So bring the Priests and Politicians in, let prejudice and pride all disappear Bring every creed and colour bring every race and tribe Tell the world that all are welcome here And we’ll all go down to the river tonight..... Words & Music © Paul Field
7.
Turn back time I can still remember the town where I was born, how it gave me somewhere to belong The people look familiar though all the names have changed Same dreams repeating on and on There's no way around it hard as you try, change will come no matter what we do Time doesn't ask permission, it takes you by suprise And you don't hear the years creep up on you You can go down with the ship or you can swim against the tide Try to make a run for it or close the door and hide Raise a white flag and surrender or stand and hold the line The one thing you can’t do is you can’t turn back time We're all getting older, no one gets to choose, when their life begins or when it ends You can say that age is in the mind till your body disagrees When you reach that point you can’t pretend You can go down with the ship........... You can’t change direction life’s’s a one way street paved with your good times and regrets But every single minute Is a gift it has to give You gotta make the most of what you get You can go down with the ship......... The one thing that’s for certain is you can’t turn back time Words & Music © Paul Field & Dan Wheeler
8.
Copenhagen Street We were drinking to remember we were drinking to forget All those missed opportunities disappointments and regrets So many good intentions left undone or incomplete Drift on the dirty wind down Copenhagen Street We were trying to drink away all the pain we felt inside Old friends come together just counting down their time Laughing at the memories some bitter, some sweet And crying for the friend we lost on Copenhagen Street No matter how we try we can’t rewind the years Like Tattoos they’re the marks we leave behind The rhythm of our lives they’re the sound of our heartbeats That echo on forever down on Copenhagen Street Who knows how long we’ll be here there are no guarantees We all want to live forever, who knows how long that’ll be? Wherever I may go whatever steps may lead my feet Part of me will still be walking down Copenhagen Street Laughing at the memories some bitter, some so sweet And crying for the friend we lost on Copenhagen Street Words & Music © Paul Field For Rob Kelland : 1954 - 2014
9.
Life’s too short Well it's a Sunday afternoon and it's raining down on one more new years day I'm thinking about the past behind me and how my future is slipping away So many friends I used to know these days I seldom see They’re the patchwork pieces of my life, all a part of me Roll out the red carpet for the memories to walk on I used to think we'd all live forever, now I turn around and somebody else has gone Life's too short, Life's too short, Life's too short, When there's no guarantee to be found, you never know what's coming down Life's too short to fool around So raise a glass to life tonight, live it while you can If God is up in heaven well we can never read Her plan Make the most of every minute don't ever forget That life is no rehearsal it's the only chance we get Roll out the red carpet for the memories to walk on I used to think we'd all live forever, now I turn around and somebody else has gone Life's too short.... So here's to DC, JP, little Roy & Carole E, Nutshell where the hell did those years go? Big wheels, bad deals, promises & platform heels, Nashville, God's will, I don't know Bobby K & Nicky B, Henk & Jannet, Norman Reed, Bev Sage, Empty page, Steve & Steve Rock 'n' roll 'n' radio, backstage & studio, none of us will ever be ready to leave Roll out the red carpet for the memories to walk by Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die Words & Music © Paul Field
10.
Being Myself 04:22
Being myself I try to be patient, I try to be kind But I’m short of the mark most of the time I can be generous and I can be mean But mostly I fall down the cracks inbetween I’m too good for the sinners, too bad for the saints But it’s no use pretending to be something I ain’t I’ve spent too much of my life trying to be someone else Now I’m spending the rest just being myself And sometimes that’s easy, sometimes it’s hard Some days I’m ready, some days I’m off guard I can put on a brave face and wear the disguise I know how to smile when I’m crying inside I’m too good for the sinners, too bad for the saints...... I try to be righteous, I try to be good But my best intentions get misunderstood I thought getting older would make me more wise But it still hasn’t happened as hard as I try I’m still too good for the sinners, too bad for the saints But it’s no use pretending to be something I ain’t I’ve spent too much of life trying to be someone else Now I’m spending the rest just being myself Words & Music © Paul Field
11.
Ring out wild bells Ring out wild bells to the wild sky, the flying cloud the frosty light The year is dying in the night, ring out wild bells and let him die Ring out the old ring in the new, ring happy bells, across the snow The year is going let him go, ring out the false ring in the true Ring out the grief that saps the mind for those that here we see no more Ring out the feud of rich and poor, ring in redress to all mankind Ring out a slowly dying cause and ancient forms of party strife Ring in the nobler modes of life with sweeter manners purer laws Ring out the want the care the sin, the faithless coldness of the times Ring out ring out my mournful rhymes but ring the fuller minstrel in Ring out false pride in place and blood, the civic slander and the spite Ring in the love of truth and right, ring in the common love of good Ring out old shapes of foul disease, ring out the narrow lust for gold Ring out the thousand wars of old, ring in the thousand years of peace Ring in the valiant man and free the larger heart the kinder hand Ring out the darkness of the land, ring in the Christ that is to be Words : Alfred Lord Tennyson 1850 Music & Arrangement : © Paul Field

about

First solo Album for more than 10 years
Most of my songwriting for the last ten years has been for specific projects or for other artists. 'Being myself' is my first genuine solo album since 2006. It's a very personal collection of new songs and to me is a kind of self portrait of who I am today, 40 years and more than 800 songs on from where I started. I've been making new songs (and some of the past catalogue) available for download from paulfield.bandcamp.com for a few years now but, whilst this album is downloadable I also wanted to make it available as a physical CD with lyrics, some of the self portrait paintings I've been doing alongside the songs and a cool (and as far as possible eco friendly, recyclable) cover. Musically It's a mix of acoustic with a country flavour here and there, a few ballads, some rock'n'roll and a little bit of blues thrown in. Lyrically it covers a lot of different ground but it all comes very much from the heart. No Record Company or Publisher involvement here so it's completely independent of any outside pressure on how it should sound, what the songs should be about, what market is it for and so on. Having my son Jamie Producing has been a new and beautiful dynamic for me. Lots of guitars from Dan Wheeler, a 'cameo' Hammond part from Phil Madeira, some Backing vocals by Hannah Claire and Cello from Torsten Harder. This project is words and music that really matter to me, played and produced in the way that I think serves the songs best. In the end, it's all about communication.
It's been great to write and record these songs without any of the constraints that go with writing to a brief, on a theme or with another artists, publishers or record companies agenda in mind. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with any of that but this project comes from a different place. I've written these songs simply because I needed to write them.
They're from the heart, just me, being myself.

I'm looking to tour with these songs (and some old ones) Living rooms/Halls/Churches/Pubs/Theatres - whatever ! so if anyone would like to consider booking a concert please get in touch.

credits

released August 8, 2016

Paul Field : Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion & Backing Vocals
James Elliott Field : Programming, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Dan Wheeler : Electric Guitars & Backing Vocals
Torsten Harder : Cello (on Amelia)
Phil Madeira ; Hammond (on Copenhagen Street)
Hannah Claire : Backing Vocals (on Small Town)
Becky Crow : Backing Vocals (on The River)
Rachel & Alan Welsh : Backing Vocals (on The River)
Ashley Carvell : Backing Vocals (on Tumbling down)

Arranged by Paul Field & James Elliott Field
Recorded at ‘The Old Wheelwrights’ Studio. Bovey Tracey, Devon
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering

Cover Pictures : Paul Field
Design & Layout : Paul & James Elliott Field


Produced, Recorded & Mixed by James Elliott Field

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