Things As They Are

by Kate Dimbleby Band

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    Things As They Are is an album of mostly original material with words and music by Kate, featuring the upbeat anthem Chime, as well as a powerful setting to music of WB Yeats’s poem The Falling Of The Leaves and a poignant bass and vocal arrangement of Janis Ian’s Stars.

    With two other album releases on the acclaimed jazz label "Black Box Records", this is Kate's first original album. Kate moved to Canada in 2003 after the final sell-out performance of her tribute to Peggy Lee at the Festival Hall and was inspired to start writing what she now thinks of as her debut album.

    She returned to the UK and went into the studio with her band Malcolm Edmonstone (piano), Jonty Fisher (bass) and Ben Reynolds (drums) and the fantastic Nigel Price guesting on guitar.

    "The songs are performed with a shimmering vocal versatility... she has the musical talent and jewel-eyed confidence needed to guarantee an audience a good time." The Evening Standard

    "Dimbleby is clearly a talent to watch, blessed not only with a great voice but a real gift as a songwriter in her own right." The Sunday Telegraph

    "It was said about Fred and Ginger, 'She gave him sex and he gave her class.' Well, Kate Dimbleby has both already and it is a killer combination." The Scotsman

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The sound of waves like a distant wind soothes my hungry ears No trace or mark of where blue meets blue No space between me and you Foam tumbles from a watercolour sky finds a shore unsure Touch and leave ever questioning until A photograph holds it still Is this the unattended moment, where past and future reconcile? I just want to understand Hints and guesses all there is, your words are succour for a while.. Beside these rocks we’ll find our place Held tight in ancient stone Embrace The tide will turn as voices yearn to believe The sound of waves like a distant wind soothes away these tears No trace or mark of where blue meets blue No space between me and you
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You’re a brown eyed beautiful boy heart like silk I can’t describe it Wild delicate joy Just let me in and let me try it Your voice thrills the void moves the air with expectation Leaves me enjoying you I want to write a song that you would like I want to write a song that you’d like And if I wrote a song that you’d like Would you like me? And how long ? I’m wondering what else I might do How long Til I get through to you? I want to write a song that you’d like I want to write a song that you’d like And if I wrote a song that you’d like Would you like me?
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Written by WB Yeats Autumn is over the long leaves that love us, And over the mice in the barley sheaves; Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us, And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves. The hour of the waning of love has beset us, And weary and worn are our sad souls now; Let us part, ere the season of passion forget us, With a kiss and a tear on thy drooping brow.
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Limbo 03:48
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Chime 05:09
Sometimes I’m so excited I don’t know what to do It’s like my heart has taken over and my body’s ringing true MY eyes glint with EXPECTATION And my insides thrill with giggles with giggles A rushing sensation that in minutes turns to drivel oh what I might be if I try not to notice and what I might see if I try to stay focused but why do my thoughts crowd around me like JOKERS? I can’t give in But I can’t give up There’s so much fear to fill me up like liquid stone I’m grey most of the time But for a moment some days everything around me starts to CHIME I was only just eighteen when I met a dead man walking He summed me up in sentences I couldn’t stop him talking About the glories he’d achieved And what he could DO with me, this empty metaphor of nothing that he strapped across his knee what I might be if I try not to notice and what I might see if I try to stay focused but why do my thoughts crowd around me like jokers? I can’t give in But I can’t give up There’s so much fear to fill me up like liquid stone I’m grey most of the time But for a moment some days everything around me starts to CHIME
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I’m thinking of your body in the bath mama Your lines and curves I realize now a time-travel work of art As I lie hot and still the age you were , mama It seems so young - to understand I’m closer now than you will ever know mama The water soothes my frowns as you showed me years ago You said you dream of food, I dream of songs, mama Without the notes I’m lost You say we all get lost But it’s hard to hold the reason for a song…. I’m trying to write this down before it dies mama we’ve both seen the pain of holding these relationships inside Tell me if I’m speaking out of turn mama There’s nothing I can say To catch our yesterdays it’s hard to hold the reason for a song… And now the music’s getting far too loud mama My thoughts are falling heavy trying to please this virtual crowd I hope you know I’m thinking of you now mama I’ve many notes to find Before I reach my kind It ‘s hard to hold the reason for a song
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Hold on 04:57
You closed your eyes and said today made you sad As if it made you feel the pain of tomorrow And in the morning light I thank the luck we’ve had It’s hard to rationalize this time we seem to borrow Hold on Our sad times they will come Hold on As our lives move on Hold on just enjoy this ride we’re on… I made some biscuits - thought that it might make you smile I burned them obviously – they taste a bit like sawdust I wasn’t thinking – took my eye off for a while That’s what it feels like when I start to lose your trust Hold on Our sad times they will come Hold on As our lives move on Hold on Let’s enjoy this ride we’re on… So many stories stem from paradise gone wrong One on the news today – a woman and her family A fragile voice revealed a sadness far beyond these quiet nights we take for granted - so please can we Hold on Etc.
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Tired 04:30
What? Did I breathe too much air for you What? Did you need someone there for you What? Is the point of us playing this game Tired Tired of being what you want me to be Trying to see what you want me to see Tired of slowly unravelling from me No it’s not an irrational point of view I have thought it, so it’s true There’s a life outside of you Feel my words, they get stronger with each line Fed and fuelled by wasted time You had yours, now I’ll find mine Lost Little boy playing dolls again Costing out lives like a poker game What? – is there pleasure or comfort in pain? Pack your bag – oh I’m sorry but it’s already packed and this straw has been silently stacked There’s only one left – watch your back. No it’s not an irrational point of view I have thought it so far through There’s a place outside of you No it’s not a bad day, time, month or year Fact I’ve never felt so clear There is nothing left to fear Feel my words, they grow stronger with each line Fed and fuelled by wasted time You had yours, now I’ll find mine
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Stars 06:02

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Things As They Are is an album of mostly original material with words and music by Kate, featuring the upbeat anthem Chime, as well as a powerful setting to music of WB Yeats’s poem The Falling Of The Leaves and a poignant bass and vocal arrangement of Janis Ian’s Stars.

With two other album releases on the acclaimed jazz label "Black Box Records", this is Kate's first original album.

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released January 2, 2009

Kate Dimbleby - voice
Malcolm Edmonstone - MD and piano
Jonty Fisher - bass
Ben Reynolds - drums and percussion
Nigel Price - guitar

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‘life affirming’ Sunday Times Artist of the Week
‘riveting’ Mail on Sunday, Album of the Week
‘fresh, subtle and startling’ The Guardian
‘intriguing, file under one offs’ 4* ‘Arts First Night’
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