William The Conqueror (EP)

by William the Conqueror

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released February 8, 2016

Written by Ruarri Joseph

Produced by Ruarri Joseph and Harry Harding
with Neil Halstead and Colin Macleod

Ruarri - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Harmonica
Harry - Drums, Upright, Vocals
Naomi Holmes - Bass, Vocals
Colin Macleod - Bass, Pedal Steel
Lily Somerville - Piano, Vocals
Megan Markwick - Banjo, Vocals
Kath Williams - Cello

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William the Conqueror Newquay, UK

It takes patience to trawl the gig circuit for four years before committing anything to record or even telling anyone about it but William The Conqueror is old school like that... home grown and honest.

It's raw guitars, roomy drums, honky pianos and scuffed bluesy vocals cutting through the bullshit with wit and wisdom.
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Track Name: Tend To The Thorns
Still the wheels are moving
Quick and steady as we go
I see you're leaving
Right before we start to slow
Too young to know, too crazed to care

I dreamed I found the answer
Right before we'd start to fall
But that's the point
I only ever dreamed it all
Too deep for sense, too steep to climb

And if I do it again, don't waste your time
Tend to the thorns and give me a sign
Coz I love you so, love love love you so

The other leaves don't tremble
They sure as hell don't fight and fall
So what's the point
Of ever fighting them at all
My silent self, my selfish ways

Coz I want you for myself
No more signs and no mistake
The trouble is
You were never mine to take
Too lost to see, too strong to hear

That if I do it again, don't waste you time
Tend to the thorns and give me a sign
Coz i love you so, love, love, love you so
Track Name: Just How High
I'm trying to find reason, I'm trying to find rhyme
I'm caught in a blitz of emotion
So I question the fools and still can't understand the commotion
I was only a dot on the face of the wind
I shuffled from nothing to nowhere
In the blink of an eye I pretended to willingly go there

Oh brother what can we say?
Who would listen to us anyway?
First they say jump then they tell you just how high
A blank page like a mid-day shadow
Stealing lyrics from the old folks disco
First they say jump then they tell you just how high

So it's smiles when delivered and glasses will chink
And everyone's happy at their end
But the messengers message is messed with and home with the old trend
And the earth spilled my drink I was using as ink
To write about reasons and care frees
When the gusto of chance sent me out with the trash and the fairies

Oh brother what can we say?
Who would listen to us anyway?
First they say jump then they tell you just how high
A blank page like a mid-day shadow
Stealing lyrics from the old folks disco
First they say jump then they tell you just how high
Track Name: Sinful Gladly
I must have missed my only chance
In that mirrored smoke and that shadow dance
She wants me badly and I can't resist
Coz i'm sinful gladly and only this

She took my heart without my will
These worlds apart grew stronger still
I can't get my words right, I can't find my tune
And before too long I know I'll speak too soon

A sucker for love and a fool in the night
With nothing but hope and a smile that's off white
I pretend to be good to calm the nerves
Forever to please with the greatest of ease
The strength of the earth as i roll up my sleeves
Got to manifest, no scams, no rest
Till it's clear like the songs that we all know best
She wants me badly and I can't resist
I'm sinful gladly like the dreams we missed

Those eyes don't lie and those lips don't miss
Should thunder crack, I'll find your kiss
Coz I need it badly, say you'll be mine
I'm sinful gladly all of the time
These tangled words refuse to glow
You can't take a bite from the hands you don't know
I can't get my words right, I can't find my tune
And before too long I know I'll speak too soon

Coz i'm sinful gladly all of the time
Track Name: Señora
Señora oh señora though I'm not too much for time
I'll still be your companion and I'll still say that your mine
I fought so hard to find you and it brought me to my knees
Señora oh señora kindly please

Well I woke to find an empty space exactly where you'd be
And wondered for a while if that would be much good for me
I called your name, the sun came out and offered me a prayer
And gave me strength to know that you were there

Señora oh señora though I'm not too much for time
I'll still be your companion and I'll still say that your mine
I fought so hard to find you and it brought me to my knees
Señora oh señora kindly please

Well I couldn't hold you closer to my heart if I did try
The moments even closer send me reeling to the sky
The strongest blue, the strongest you, where now would I be
Without my sweet señora next to me?

Señora oh señora though I'm not too much for time
I'll still be your companion and I'll still say that your mine
I fought so hard to find you and it brought me to my knees
Señora oh señora kindly please
Track Name: Old Blue Car
I take it for granted and let fate decide
I can't see the forest and play hard to find
Why be so broken? It's all that you know
Not some cashed in token with no place to go

Who's gonna guide you home?
Who's gonna miss the train?
Waking up in sunlight but only speaking of the rain
Coz it's all you know

I saw visions so careless coiled up in rings
I had sense to ignore them and find other things
Well thank Christ or whoever we made it this far
That mutual agreement in your old blue car

It was all we knew