White Horse Black

by Ruth Lindsey

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"The whole album has a wonderful dream-like, unhurried mood running through it, with Ruth's always superb voice at front and centre where it should be and a justified confidence that these songs can stand up with sparse arrangements where no note is wasted. A fantastic debut."

~ Jeff Lang

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released November 22, 2013

Co-produced by Alison Ferrier & Ruth Lindsey
Recorded by Sean McMahon
Mixed & mastered by Colin Wynne at 30 Mill Studios
Photography & album artwork by Lisa Sorgini lisasorgini.com

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Ruth Lindsey Melbourne, Australia

Inspired by her upbringing in Melbourne's leafy outskirts, and by wanderings amidst the glaciers of Alaska, redwoods of Oregon, and the Californian coast, Ruth's lyrics create evocative imagery that is enriched by her strong, distinctive voice.

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Track Name: Dance
in Canada in springtime
you'll still need chains on all four tyres
if you wanna breathe a mountain

in Canada in winter
we were dancing cheek to cheek
in the icy rain upon the vacant city street
and all the imperfections of the little life we'd known
settled on our shoulders in the dirty falling snow

and I can't tell you how to feel 'cause I don't know
I can only tell you what makes sense to me now

so
before you turn him back
you oughta dance
before you turn him off
dance
before you get old lest you grow cold
before you get old turn your collar to the cold
and dance
and dance

before you get old
lest you grow cold
before you get old
turn your collar to the cold
and dance
and dance

in Canada in springtime
you'll still need chains on all four tyres
if you wanna breathe a mountain
Track Name: Our Love
we never expected the fall
I wouldn't have caught you even if you had called
you were intent on avoiding the pain
you taught yourself to feel nothing at all
you taught yourself to feel nothing at all

so our love sank with the sun
before it had even begun
our love sank with the sun
before it had even begun

don't hold back now I'm braver than most
maybe this time around we'll be free of that ghost
you'll hold the candle and I'll be so near
and we'll jump right in to the clear
we'll jump right in to the clear

then maybe our love won't sink with the sun
before it has even begun
our love won't sink with the sun
before it has even begun

I don't want our love to sink with the sun
before it has even begun
our love won't sink with the sun
before it has even begun
before it had even begun
Track Name: Lightning Song
I got to loving those dark storm clouds
'cause I knew they'd reveal a silver lining
I'd reveal myself to you entirely
whether the weather was dark or inviting

they say lightning never strikes twice
upon the same old piece of ground
but I've been struck down
by you more than twice

those dark clouds are letting go tonight
they're breaking up and breaking down and crying
I didn't wanna let you see me cry, but darling
now you've seen more than I can hide by smiling

they say lightning never strikes twice
upon the same old piece of ground
but I've been struck down
by you more than twice

don't you let yourself down
don't you sell yourself short now
there is no strength I possess that you don't
I will never let you down
I have seen it in you baby
I have seen it in you my dear friend
I have seen it coming through the clouds
through the clouds
more than twice
Track Name: Garden
You say you know you'll always feel this fear
that the grass is so much greener anywhere but here
well I know but hey it's nothing new in the history of man
and don't you think I fear the burden of that temptation too?

but honey it's only grass
any fool can lay down that stuff
and water it just enough
just enough

what if we build a garden?
with vines that climb and climb
honey I wanna build a garden
I wanna build a ramblin' garden with you
and be like children running through

'cause honey it's only grass
any fool can lay down that stuff
and water it just enough
just enough

what if we build a garden?
with vines that climb and climb
honey I wanna build a garden
I wanna build a ramblin' garden with you
and be like children running through
Track Name: Peggy
one summer night I got tired of trying
so I climbed to the top of that Hollywood sign
I chose the 'h' for the happiness I never found
estimating the distance from my kitten heels to the ground

I climbed to the top of that Hollywood sign
and I said my goodbyes to the night
I got so tired of waiting for you to be mine
I said my goodbyes to the sky
and those Hollywoodland lights

Nobody notices everyone lies
in the shadowy depths of 1929
anyone but you and I might have been fine
you said 'I know you wanna talk, babe, but I ain't got time now'

so I climbed to the top of that Hollywood sign
and I said my goodbyes to the night
I got so tired of waiting for you to be mine
I said my goodbyes to the sky
and those Hollywoodland lights

anyone but you and I might have been fine
Track Name: Friendly Fire
with all this friendly fire
I don't know which way to run
with all these guns you've hired
I no longer know what side I'm on

I would offer some assistance
I'd enlist and fight in your front line
but with all your heart's resistance
I don't know how to step across the wire

I hate to leave you hangin' babe
I'm sorry I never spoke your name
I hate to leave you in a world of doubt
I promise next time I'll be brave

with so much madness in the method
I don't know what I've become
with all these lying smiles and lectures
I don't know which way to point my gun

I hate to leave you hangin', babe
I'm sorry I never spoke your name
I hate to leave you in a world of doubt
I promise next time I'll be brave

I hate to leave you hangin' babe
I hate to see you take a fall
but with all this friendly fire

I don't know what I'm fighting for
I don't know what I'm fighting for
I don't know what I'm fighting for
Track Name: Painted Ponies
all he took away returned to me today
all the painted ponies found their stride

she never knew him and it fused his back
never knew him so she paints a white horse black
never listen to a pretty girl's advice

'cause it all adds up and you can't afford the price
and when it all falls down it's gonna be one hell of a demise

so the breezes blow from seas we'll never know
as the painted ponies take their stride
she set off running and he fades to black
sit and listen to the mothers calling back
noone ever does those chinese whispers right

and it all adds up so you can't afford to buy
and when this sky falls down she's gonna lose that pretty girl disguise

but she loved you
she loved you
did she love you
like I love you?

like I still do
Track Name: Sunrise
I can't find no joy in the sunrise
I wonder if we ever would (have)
I never knew just what you dreamt about
but I loved you as well as I could

you'll never know what I'm holding
I'm folding my hands down tonight
but most people's heroes are just foolish men
alone by their own candlelight

ah
ah
ah

but nobody told me how
nobody warned me about
how I would have to get by without
your smile

still don't find no joy in a sunrise
it means letting go of the night
and now and again oh how I get the bends
and I can't seem to put up a fight

ah
ah
ah

but nobody told me how
nobody warned me about
how I would have to get by without
your smile

ah
ah
ah
ah
Track Name: Palo Alto
thought I caught your eye
Alaska shines at midnight
thought I left you behind

thought I saw your ghost
the night I missed you most
went driving down the coast
highway one

so I drive
paying homage
to the wasted
and the waylaid
snapping up
all those mis-spelled road signs
looking at the backs
of the people
passing me by
as I drive
none of them are you
you've faded
with the passing of time

in the
Palo Alto sun
Palo Alto sun

so I drive
paying homage
to the wasted
and the waylaid
snapping up
all those mis-spelled road signs
looking at the backs
of the people
passing me by
as I drive
none of them are you
you've faded
with the passing of time

in the
Palo Alto sun
Palo Alto sun
Track Name: The Moon
cloudy eyes well
apples go brown
bellyaches bring back that old faithful sound

this town was a friend
a real spirit-guide
until I gave up on my chances to find

in any of the stores
the boots I fit in
while anywhere but here are words we still sing

and any which way
you look at it now
our quiet was quite overcome by the sound

of sirens at night
bar-crawling fights
and freedom that would not be found

yeah, but these are the thoughts
of every everyman
I'm no innovator with right to demand
that you have to fight for it
take some great stand

yeah, but long before summer
has even begun
you'll hear the old standards
are still being sung

so fly me to the moon