GONE

by Alec Bowman

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eight sad little songs of love & loss
recorded in one go in a barn in winter

for Lily, Ivy & JW x

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released February 14, 2017

ALEC BOWMAN - singing, songs, acoustic guitar
DAN WRIGHT - singing, electric guitar, piano
RIKKI STEELE - electric bass
JIM BROUGHTON - harmonica
ANDY PROCTOR - recording, mixing, producing, mastering

photographs by Alec, Rikki & Jim.

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Alec Bowman Nottingham, UK

writer & singer of sad english country songs.

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Track Name: Out Of My Head
This one’s for you, you know who you are
What a fine mess, to wake up asleep in your car
They say that my blood is thicker than wine
And you tasted more than a mouthful of mine
I worship the ground that you walk on
And I walk on the ground that you leave
And I leave behind more than just shadows
But my shadows' all you can see

I don't need a room to be haunted
And I don't need a grave to be dead
I sink like a knife, and I cut like a stone
But I can't get you out of my head
I can't get you out of my head

I'm the ghost memory of a man in a dream
An there's no escaping this hand-made machine
It's been years since I looked up
I missed all them stars, and faith is a hammer in cold city bars
Find yourself saying ‘it’s your word against mine, ‘It’s all in your mind’ and other meaningless lines?
My heart is no liar, but it knows how to break
And you always know best, more giving than take

I don't need a room to be haunted
And I don't need a grave to be dead
I sink like a knife, and I cut like a stone
But I can't get you out of my head
I can't get you out of my head

You could always stop my heart with that spark in your look
You grown up little girl with your colouring book

I don't need a room to be haunted
And I don't need a grave to be dead
I sink like a knife, and I cut like a stone
But I can't get you out of my head
I can't get you out of my head
Track Name: Takes One To Know One
Here's to every drunk decision you ever made
And every shift that you worked and never got paid
All the psychos walking round who somehow get laid
And every midnight you wake up and don't feel afraid

It takes one to know one, so I guess you don't see
Anything I am, you're going to be
You never cared less for saving yourself
So who on this earth is gonna save me?

I'm a hammer and nails, I'm a needle and thread
I’m changing the strings on my memory instead
You’re the wind in my sails, the voice in my head
You’re the colour I see when everything’s red

It takes one to know one, so I guess you don't see
Anything I am, you're going to be
You never cared less for saving yourself
So who on this earth is gonna save me?

I'm a parasite wasp, with you as my host
Wait here while I change, to a still of a ghost
If I’m not back in an hour, increase the dose
I doubt you can save me, though, maybe, almost

It takes one to know one, so I guess you don't see
Anything I am, you're going to be
You never cared less for saving yourself
So who on this earth is gonna save me?

It takes one to know one, so I guess you don't see
Anything I am, you're going to be
You never cared less for saving yourself
So who on this earth is gonna save me?
Track Name: Blood On The Touchscreen
Woke up and I saw you not lying in bed
Next to me was wrote a little note that read
I feel a sink in me like a well
My ears swell like blood in a shell

A frantic rush of adrenaline
Keeps my mind's eye falling in
I push away the sleep from my face
Down the stairs, out the door into space

The silence out here is not mine to break
The time you gave me all I have to take
I know I've done my share of wrongs to you
I take them back until my days are through

I never said that we'd never fit in
A million fires burning under our skin
Wanna be reflected in your drunken eyes
Never will because too many goodbyes

Like blood on the touchscreen, so easy to wipe clean
Much harder to know when you got it made
When you feel like a has-been, your head through a windscreen
When you're running away and you should have stayed

Mist is clinging to the walls like a sound
Closing in as I stumble around
Square the circle, circle the square
Some kind of birds are circling there
Streets are rivers and the seas are dead
I miss the sound of your voice in my head
It’s the only thing that I need to hear
If I keep walking, then the sky will clear

White lightning, twenty Marlboro lights
Are all I need in The Lion tonight
But the bar is closed, all the people are gone
I look outside and its almost dawn
Turned to leave, dropped my phone on the floor
Screen cracked and now my hand is raw
Leave it there and run for the door
Every drop lost like a memory, flawed


Like blood on the touchscreen, so easy to wipe clean
Much harder to know when you got it made
When you feel like a has-been, your head through a windscreen
When you're running away and you should have staye
Track Name: Pidgin Parade
I stand here forever in the cash queue
Throw caution, like knives, to the rain
I thrown up on the floor and fell down by the door
At least I still remember my name
Even the words that you put into my mouth
Come out sounding unclean
The view from the shade of the bed that we made
A terrifying whispering scream

Don't want go home and I don't want stay
Don't know what I do want from this pidgin parade
Imagine you gone, find some space in my head
Seems like you want me to be happy instead

Watch what happens when you tell me I'm wrong
I'm listening but losing my voice
A wild goose chase between a rock and a place
And you never would give me a choice
I’ll wake you up if you make me your lover
I’m a vandal dressed as a buyer
I might be a thief but you know, it’s my belief
That doesn’t have to mean I'm a liar

Don't want go home and I don't want stay
Don't know what I do want from this pidgin parade
Imagine you gone, find some space in my head
Seems like you want me to be happy instead
Track Name: Watercolour Storm
Too clean to be real, too real to be drawn
You hang on my wall, like a watercolour storm
Your colours are washed out, your edges are frayed
You're stuck on a hook until somebody pays
But nobody will, because nobody cares
You're hanging around, waiting for heirs

You can run but not hide, your loyalty's torn
Ambiguous tides, in your watercolour storm
Over the fire, or hung by a door
Be a shame if you fell down, like a leaf to the floor
Never been wrapped up or bought from a store
Your badly drawn shells, washed up on a shore

Nobody wishes they'd ever been born
In the unconvincing waves of your watercolour storm
Your horizon line, it fades kind of wrong
Hung up your brushes, you weren't painting for long
When you finished that one you didn't do no more
But I'd go out walking in your watercolour storm

Too clean to be real, too real to be drawn
You hang on my wall, like a watercolour storm
Track Name: Every Seven Years
If I fall out of the sky, then burn my body down beside
The tallest tree that you can find
And if I fall upon the land, I'll turn back into sand
And bleed between the lines

Take the keys, shoulder the weight, don’t leave me here
Come on, just wait
I'll drive you home when it’s all over
It’s never cut and never dry, never black and never white
I could be on the run forever

I'm nothing more than a monster, what you saw there, I never could say

Every seven years, something strange happens
Time and again, it runs and it hides
At the first sign of danger, the sky above opens,
And every seven years, another part of me dies

I’m blocked out on your phone, curse you on your own
Got bones to pick with you
I took the rough with all the rest, a birds abandoned nest
A record broke in two

I'm nothing more than a monster, what you saw there, I never could say

Every seven years, something strange happens
Time and again, it runs and it hides
At the first sign of danger, the sky above opens,
And every seven years, another part of me dies

If I fall out of the sky, burn my body down beside the tallest tree that you can find
And if I fall upon the land, I'll turn back into sand, and bleed between the lines

I'm nothing more than a monster, what you saw there, I never could say
Take your time thinking it over, you're not gonna make up your mind in a day

Every seven years, something strange happens
Time and again, it runs and it hides
At the first sign of danger, the sky above opens,
And every seven years, another part of me dies
Every seven years, another part of me dies
Track Name: The Drugs'll Take Me
I said come on, I'm not being funny
But I know that you know that I am
We kiss in the bushes on the short walk home
As we run by the rushes in town

You've seen it all before, you know I'll come back, honey
I wasn't made for this mess
Broke up the mould when you left me out cold
Death could do nothing less

There's just empty space where the words used to be
Another night like that and the drugs'll take me

The futures lit up in the light of the flames
of the bridges that I set alight
I stand in the shade of the choices I made
but as long as you're here, I'm alright

Nothing is wasted & nothing ignored
The only chances that you never stand
Is when you won’t sit the test, because you failed the rest
So you turned into stone made from sand

There's just empty space where the words used to be
another night like that and the drugs'll take me

I’ve laid down to waste everything that I’ve touched
I coursed through your house like blood
I put out the fires that burned in your hearth
And turned all the water to mud

Spend the rest of my life on the shore of your eyes
Dying a happier man
Than you credit me for, come on, give me some more
Come back to me now, if you can

There's just empty space where the words used to be
Another night like that and the drugs'll take me

There's just empty space where the words used to be
Another night like that and the drugs'll take me
Track Name: The Time In Texas
You're the words to a song, you're the sign of a storm
The dress on the mannequin, the feature, the form
You're the world in the shot glass, a carelesser hand
The outstretching wings, of a swan on the land

The time now in Texas is six hours ago, and here I am running away
If I was in Austin now, there's nothing I wouldn't do
And even less that I wouldn't say

You're the late of the hour, you're the half life decay
The pause in the thought, of a face, turned away
You're the poisonous blood from second hand smoke
The needle, the damage, the point of the joke

The time now in Texas is six hours ago, and here I am running away
If I was in Austin now, there's nothing I wouldn't do
And even less that I wouldn't say

You're a radiation leak from a broke submarine
A radiant waitress in a no-name canteen
Your teeth on my skin, make up all ran
Your claws in my back, leave a mark if you can

The time now in Texas is six hours ago, and here I am running away
If I was in Austin now, there's nothing I wouldn't do
And even less that I wouldn't say
There's even less that I wouldn't say