Chaos & Solitude

by Sam Slatcher

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In May 2020, Sam releases 'Chaos & Solitude', a personal and political reflection on the recent changes in Western society, from the last few years of political division, to record-breaking transatlantic storms, to songs sung from balconies amidst a growing pandemic. But should that all sound a little overwhelming, Chaos & Solitude invites you to reconnect with nature, discover the calm in one’s breath, and find the kindness in strangers in our midst.

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released May 22, 2020

Music and lyrics by Sam Slatcher.
All instruments by Sam Slatcher unless stated on the track.
Tracks 1, 2, 7, 8 and 10 recorded by Ron Angus at Studio One, Co. Durham.
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11 recorded by Ian Stephenson at Simpson Street Studio, Thropton.
Mastered and edited by Ron Angus at Studio One, Co. Durham.
Cover photograph taken by Kate Watson.
Artwork designed by Emma Gray.

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Sam Slatcher Durham, UK

Sam Slatcher is a folk singer-songwriter living in Durham, North East England. His honest and reflective songwriting, delivered with a calming and delicate voice captures the warmth of humanity and a longing for peace and justice.

To date, Sam has released his first EP 'In Unlikely Places (April 2018), the collaborative album 'Stories of Sanctuary' (Nov 2018) and 'Chaos & Solitude' (May 2020)
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Track Name: A Thousand Miles
A thousand tales on the road tonight
As rolling hills pass us time
A week ago and we were strangers from another land
Though we don’t know, where we might go, we’ll hang on

A thousand miles away from home
I’m no longer on my own
You lift my lonely world tonight
Dancing in the fading light

I don’t forget the place I was born
But I trust the road I am on
It’s in the smiles and in the kindness of your company
Though I don’t know, where I might go, I’ll hang on

A thousand miles away from home
(If you don't know the place you're going)
I’m no longer on my own
(Are you lonely too, you know I'll be holding on for you)
You lift my lonely world tonight
(If it's all we get, I'll be blessed if we only dance tonight)
Dancing in the fading light

Window frames the northern sun
And the leaves begin to fall
And the road must carry on
When the night draws in
Know that I will walk these crispy winter lanes with you
Though you don’t know, the place that you’ll go, hang on

A thousand miles away from home
(If you don't know the place you're going)
I’m no longer on my own
(Are you lonely too, you know I'll be holding on for you)
You lift my lonely world tonight
(If it's all we get, I'll be blessed if we only dance tonight)
Dancing in the fading light
Track Name: Somewhere Between
There’s a saying that the greatness of a nation
Is defined by the welcome of strangers
But if history is given to warn us
We have not been reading the signs

There are flags being raised over gardens
There’s bitterness written on walls
We’re harking for a time that won’t reason or rhyme
A past we’ll never have back

We’re in the darkness and we’re in between
All that is cautioned and all that is dreamed
We’re now defined by who’s in and who’s out
Who’s had the privilege, and who’s left with nought

It’s a groundless world and the fault lines are changing
But the heart still calls us on
To find somewhere between

We were forced to the wall with a question
Do you stay or do you want us to leave?
Unleash the dogs, without counting the cost
All for our country and queen

We’re more divided than we’ve ever been
Forced in the corner and pushed to extremes
A lifetime of labour undone in one day
For all that is struggled for and fought hard in vein

It’s a groundless world and you’re in the spotlight
But the heart still calls us on
To find somewhere between

It’s a groundless world and you’re in the spotlight
But the heart still calls us on
To find somewhere between
Track Name: Can't Move the Mountain Today
I know it’s tough, the hardest thing you’ve ever done
The climb is so long, but you’ll never walk it alone

Oh my sweetheart, I can’t move the mountain today
Oh my sweetheart, I’ll be with you every step of the way

I found your book and hide in a quiet café
I found the words, you didn’t quite know what to say

Oh my sweetheart, I can’t move the mountain today
Oh my sweetheart, I’ll be with you every step of the way
Oh my sweetheart hold on
And may the God of all be close to you
Look over you
And keep you in her arms, eternally

Oh my sweetheart, I can’t move the mountain today
Oh my sweetheart, I’ll be with you every step of the way
Oh my sweetheart hold on
And may the God of all be close to you
Look over you
And keep you in her arms, eternally
Track Name: February Storm
I was up late last night, I could hear the winds howling
The dust bins were rolling somewhere down the street
And I ask dear Ciara, would she blow away our own storms
Blow for the change we’ve been starved of this year

Blow, blow, blow, blow away the worst that we’ve become
Blow, blow, blow, all that we’ve undone

It’s been brewing for a long time, we are divided
And I’m undecided which side I am on
When I’m lonely I switch on the old shipping forecast
I feel more like a sailor than a man on the run

Blow, blow, blow, blow all the bitterness away
Blow, blow, blow away all of the pain

Ciara she’s blowing, from Fitzroy to Viking
Flags of the nation and those stars she is hiding
Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you have done
Whatever you’re regretted, the wind blows on us all

So blow, blow, blow, blow all our prejudice away
Blow, blow, blow til our bitterness will fade

I’m sad and I’m sick, and I’m numb to emotion
I’m empty and lonely with nowhere to be
I look to the skies and all I see is the darkness
But I know somewhere there are stars to be seen
I feel bruised and battered, lost hope like the river banks
But bring on this storm, for it’s something to feel

Blow, blow, blow, blow away the worst that we’ve become
Blow, blow, blow, all of it away
Blow, blow, blow, blow it all away
Track Name: Mindlessly
I just need a break, I need to get away and find myself some peace
These times are passing by faster than I can comprehend, I need to breathe.

I am scrolling through my newsfeed, that deceives me til I scream
I am blind, I don’t know my deepest need
I say I haven’t time, but I’ve the time to mess around
And life goes by so fast and oh so mindlessly

It was only yesterday that I was 18 and I was out to change the world
Every campaign I would sign and I’d be on the picket line, as if I knew it all
Suddenly I’m thirty and I’ve drifted by so unconsciously
When I was younger I pondered every reason why
But now I shrug my shoulder and I toe the party line
What happened to the hunger to fight equality
Life goes by so fast and oh so mindlessly

I’ve met so many people here this week, who are dying, dying to be free
Doctors going sick and therapists needing therapy

The planet’s spinning faster than we can ever take
We push it to its limits until the climate breaks
Wake me up, oh wake me, oh how we let it be
That life goes by so fast, and oh so mindlessly
Track Name: Between Breaths
Between
breaths
Of all
that is
Held and let go
Hoped for and feared
All that is waged and won
All that is destroyed and restored
All that is cautioned and all that is dreamed
All that is quarantined and all that is breathed
In the dread of isolation and the desire to reconnect
In the calamity of chaos and the solitude of silence
In the acceptance of winter and the promise of spring
In the setting of the sun and in the waiting for the dawn
In those stars that hide and constellations that dance
In the September moon And the April sun
In the wave’s ebb And in its flow
Of all that is And all unknown
In the
Chaos & Solitude


Poem to accompany track 6: ‘Between Breaths'
Track Name: You Are More Than Your Mind
You were afraid of the silence
For what might speak
For the dark thoughts that might be
But then you were aware
That you are more than your thoughts
And they come and go
Like the ebb and flow of the tides
And the wax and wane of the moon
And deep beneath, the release
Of knowing you are more than your mind
Track Name: Golden Hour
There’s two voices in my head
I let the quiet one speak, and this is what he said
Leave your house, but don’t take anything
You don’t even need to know where you’re going

This your golden hour tonight
Find the shadows in your heart
Within the changing of the light
Don’t overthink and don’t ask why
Just come and sing for the night is yours to keep

Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight

Deep in your heart the planets spin
There’s a love that threads through every living thing
Feel the air fresh upon your face
And say breathe, spirit, breathe your hope into this place

Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight

And let the sky be your company
And the light dance tonight
And let the stars ground your significance
In this golden hour of time

Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight
Let it call you tonight

And let the sky be your company
And the light dance tonight
And let the stars ground your significance
In this golden hour of time
Track Name: Springtime
Springtime, and the sun is streaming into my life
And the trees are not a stir or a whisper
And time it stands so still

Springtime, and the sun is pouring into my room
And the birds return and wonder where you’ve gone
A day that aches without you

Springtime, and all the flowers are blooming eager to find you
And the birds are singing reverent like they know
And the sun is on my face, but it’s cold
And you are on my mind
And you all my time
And you are all that I’ve been dreaming of
Track Name: Nether Springs
Could we have a day without our phones?
Could we have a day without the ping, ping of its tone?
Let’s cut the 3G out
Let’s leave this busy tonight out here tonight

Come outside the day is done
There’s no more games left to be won
No more chasing evening deadlines
You know it’s out of mind, when it’s out of sight

I’ve heard about a place that takes you as you are
Speaks kindly to your troubles and holds your heavy heart
The silence and the solitude awaits when you arrive
The deepest part of you will cry
If only for a moment, we could feel alive
Beneath our skin, where it all sinks in
If only we’d remember who we are

A city boy have I become
Never lived my rhythms by the setting of the sun
Don’t know the birds that pass me by
Can’t name the stars above the sky to my shame, to my shame

Do you know the place that takes you as you are
Speaks kindly to your troubles and holds your heavy heart
The silence and the solitude awaits when you arrive
The deepest part of you will cry
If only for a moment, we could feel alive
Beneath our skin, where it all sinks in
If only we’d remember who we are

Do you know the place that takes you as you are
Speaks kindly to your troubles and holds your heavy heart
The silence and the solitude awaits when you arrive
The deepest part of you will cry
If only for a moment, we could feel alive
Beneath our skin, where it all sinks in
If you and I'd remember who we are
Track Name: Lanterns in the Night
This may be the night
That will close us over
But hold on tight
The morning is closer
The dawn always grows out of darkness
But not for the ones who saw the sun going down

We are the lanterns, oh my friend
We’ll keep on burning til the end
Carry the light to the darkness and the wind
We are the lanterns, my friend

This may be the night
That will hold us closer
But hold on tight
The morning is closer
The dawn always grows out of darkness
But not for the ones who saw the sun go down

We are the lanterns, my friend
We’ll keeping burning til the end
Cradle the light to the darkness
We are the lanterns, my friend
We are the lanterns, oh my friend

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