Shallow Tracks

by Roger Hammond

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Shallow Tracks was a collection of songs writen over a long period. There's a theme running through them, and the album as a whole has a loose story to it.

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released December 17, 2012

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Roger Hammond Amsterdam, Netherlands

Based near Amsterdam. Welsh guy. Writes, plays guitar, sings and records. Characterised by thought-provoking sometimes controversial lyrics, a calming sound, strong vocals, harmonies and often intricate acoustic guitar.

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Track Name: Jack, the Alienated Spaceman (part 1)
Alpha meets omega, the feet touch the head
Jack the spaceman was alienated to the point he’d soon be dead
Floating high as heaven he contemplated Earth
Faced with his annihilation he thought about his birth
How beautiful this universe, round and curved and clean
Folded back inside itself and most of it unseen

Jack is drifting endlessly, untethered, free and doomed

.... full set of lyrics available on liner note booklet available with download
Track Name: Time Colours
It’s 10 a.m. and I’m running late
The clock ticks and cannot wait
Steals opportunity to contemplate
Grim reaper of those who procrastinate

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Track Name: The Trouble with Planning
She got home to find her house had been blown to smithereens
Left her with nothing but the red dress and stilettos she had on
Orange flames and black hair, shining, she looked as angry as the fire
All those dreams up in smoke and no insurance to speak of either
Her plans for the evening to meet a guy from the internet
Thus stifled, good job because he was a psycho-killing beast

.... full set of lyrics available on liner note booklet available with download
Track Name: Windswept and Wondering
Morning light dawns and flickers on the leaves
Sharp light wakes me up, I’m on my hands and my knees
My shelter in the bag, I set forth towards the sun
Crystal dew, an icy warmth, a new day has begun

(Refrain)
Loneliness is something that belongs in the city
Where lost souls mingle but do not touch

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Track Name: Soft Inside
I like the way you smile and laugh
And look at me with those eyes
That reveal a little of the tenderness
Your straight approach belies
And the way you hitch your skirt up
For me to glimpse a thigh

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Track Name: Long Black Dress
(Refrain)
Oh but would you like to dance in the moonlight with me
Or would you rather stay indoors?
Anyway, I’d like this chance to move with you and
Freely glide across unbounded floors
I always knew you could float like this
Ebony hair and crimson lips…
… and the rhythm pulsating from those swaying hips
… and that long black dress

I remember leaning against a gate, it was a sunny day in June
I was seven and you were eight, a dreamy day at school
I looked at you from far away, you knew but you walked past
A summer breeze, the time blowing, grazed knees
The dance began and promised to last

.... full set of lyrics available on liner note booklet available with download
Track Name: The Jewel and the Queen
We were born and we grew, branches, leaves and veins
Vines weaved winding paths, untraced tangled lanes

Our roots brushed in the water, across the sea we sailed
Our guardians smiled and carried us, made feathers out of nails

(Refrain)
This feeling is so curious, conquering the furious, the source a little spurious
Was it random or arranged?

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Track Name: Every Day
Every day felt like the last one
Everywhere seemed like the same place

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Track Name: Sorry
I don’t regret a thing, still I’m sorry
It’s a haunting distant dream but still I’m sorry
There was clearly some mistake, still I’m sorry
We creaked and had to break but I’m sorry

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Track Name: This House #1
May I show you around this house?
Looks bright, a bit wonky and small as a mouse
Though the angles are crooked
The foundations are good, built on rare Polish wood

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Track Name: Time to Go
Time to go, time to leave
Time to float like feathers gently away
The time is gone and the air is too thin to breathe any more

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Track Name: Jack, the Alienated Spaceman (part 2)
His mother once was everything, then just atoms and debris
She lived, breathed, achieved, died, he grieved, cried and healed

.... full set of lyrics available on liner note booklet available with download