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"This is an atmospheric, hypnotic
and well-crafted album"
- Rating 9
Blues In Britain – UK


'seven' 2010

 


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Baby Born 4:05

Easy Money In Hard Times 3.48

John Henry 5:05

Such a Southern Place To Be 4:05

Come The Glorious Day 5:12

My Rooster Stopped Crowing 3:03

Liquidate My Troubles 3:10

Spiked River Blues 4:47

Guided By Spirits 3:48

Steady Rollin' Train 6:28

When Love Begins 5:23

Blue Skies This Way 5:52

Natalie Walks 4:17

Guided By Spirits - reprise 3:39

Click on the play button to hear a 1 minute sample of each track on the album.


Reviews

" Convincing arpeggios, seductive acapellas, devastating slide guitar, Spikedrivers have arrived with an album that is very airy yet never vague. A must!"
ZICAZINE - FR

“One thing is certain; this album is guaranteed to be in my Top Ten list for this year.”
Rootstime– BE

"Un album superbe, vraiment superbe! Coup de coeur"
Paris on the Move - FR

"this band should grace the stage at every festival in 2011"
Blues Matters! - UK

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Lyrics

 

Baby Born

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitars (Gibson 125 +Hofner Committee)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - drums - percussion

 

Baby born in the mornin’, Baby born at night
Baby born in the middle of the day
wakin’ up an’ lookin’ for a fight

You can knock me down, knock me over
You can knock me down, knock me over
Nothin’ to say no words ever spoken
I may be down on my knees but I ain’t broken

Baby born in the mornin, Baby born at night
Baby born in the middle of the day wakin’ up an’ lookin’ for a fight

Say you own the streets, make up all the rules
Say you own the street, make up all the rules
You never step aside for any fool
But when I see you coming you know I always do

Baby born in the mornin’, Baby born at night
Baby born with a fever burnin’ up inside

Baby born in the mornin’, Baby born at night
Baby born in raging strom, no one hears it cry

Somebody’s sweet angel child
Knock me down, knock me over, angel child

Baby born in the mornin, Baby born at night
Baby born with eyes that shine

Easy Money In Hard Times

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - harmonica - guitar (resonator)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - drums - percussion

Big business and the government
Hand in hand to the candy store
They can’t help themselves
They keep coming back for more of that . .

Easy money
While everybody’s in hard times
They keep changing all the rules
What they think is theirs and mine

Bailing out the bankers
They say is not enough
‘cause they wanna keep their pay rise
everybody else can just get stuffed

But they spent all the money
Now the cupboard’s bare
you don’t care if we suffer
As long as you keep your share of that . .

Easy money
While everybody’s in hard times
They keep changing all the rules . .
what they think is theirs and mine

You play with our future
With a roll of the dice
To think that our taxes pays for your advice
ooooooh
Why should we listen to what you’ve gotta say
‘Cause when the chips are down you wont be around
But we’ll still have to pay for that…

Easy money
While everybody’s in hard times
They keep changing all the rules

Easy money in hard times
Easy money in hard times

 

John Henry

Traditional - Arranged Spikedrivers
Ben - lead vocals - harmonica - baritone guitar (Lowden)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - drums - percussion

 

When John Henry was a little baby
You could hold in the palm of your hand
Well the first words I heard that boy say
I’m gonna be a steel drivin’ man good lord
be a steel drivin’ man

John Henry said to his captain
Man ain’t nothin’ but a man
And before I’ll let that steel drill beat me down
I will die with that hammer in my hand good lord
die with that hammer in my hand

John Henry said to his shaker
Man why don’t you sing
Well I’m shakin’ 30 pounds from the hip on down
Don’t you hear that cold steel ring good lord
Hear that cold steel ring

John Henry hammered in the mountain
Hammer strikin’ fire
Well he worked so hard it broke his poor heart
And he laid down his hammer and he died, good lord
Laid down his hammer and he died

Lay it down now

Every Monday morning
when bluebirds sing
You can hear John Henry many miles away
Can’t you hear that cold steel ring, good lord
Hear that cold steel ring ...

 

Such a Southern Place to Be

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - guitar (Gibson 125)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - backing vocals - drums
Clive Ashley - soprano saxaphone

 

I wanna go
where the people talk slow
Like a summer breeze nice and easy
They give you the time and they give you a smile

Such a southern place to be

Another song about the south
There’s something down there in the air
Like Spanish moss hanging in the trees

Such a southern place to be

They got names for their hurricanes
Everyday boys and girls so sweet
But like a wild child outcast from a high-brow family

Such a southern place to be

Another dream about the south
There’s something down there in the air
In my rose coloured reverie

Such a southern place to be

 

Come the Glorious Day

Lyrics Constance Redgrave
Music Spikedrivers


Constance - lead vocals - bass
Ben - backing vocals - guitars (resonator + Hofner + Gibson 125)
Maurice - backing vocals - drums - percussion
Clive Ashley - soprano saxaphone

 

Come the glorious day when I see you again
Come the glorious day, come the revelation
Come the glorious day when we walk in the sun
And I tell you, I love you come the glorious day

I saw you in the dark
Smoking like Humphrey Bogart
Your eyes still held that sparkle like a star
I said what you doing here?
You shook your head and softly smiled
I knew I would not see you for while

Granma came with diamond eyes
Her smile was soft, without the pain
I jumped on board the very next train

Your momma stood there at my door
Said tell the price of my daughter’s war
Nothing you say can hurt me anymore

 

My Rooster Stopped Crowing

Lyrics Maurice McElroy & Music Spikedrivers
Maurice - lead vocals - drums - percussion
Constance - backing vocals - bass - washboard
Ben - backing vocals - harmonica - guitars (Hofner + Yamaha acoustic) - banjo

Well my rooster stopped crowin’
He wouldn’t crow no more
My rooster stopped crowin’
He wouldn’t crow no more
He used to look up at the stars
now he’s starin’ at the floor

He used to run around and strut his stuff
Crowin’ all night long he couldn’t get enough
Now he’s getting’ tired of that same old jive
Gonna need some fresh corn to keep him alive

Gonna take him to the barnyard
Just along the road
They got a lot fresh corn there
So I’ve been told
Gonna let him eat his fill
Before he gets too old

Well my rooster stopped crowin’
He wouldn’t crow no more
My rooster stopped crowin’
He wouldn’t crow no more
Now he’s been crowin’ all night
And those hens are still scratchin’ at the door

 

Liquidate My Troubles

Lyrics Maurice McElroy
Music Maurice McElroy & Ben Tyzack
Maurice - lead vocals - drums
Ben - guitar (Gibson 125)
Constance - bass
Clive Ashley - tenor saxaphone

 

Well I’ve been stuck in here since midnight
Because someone locked the door
I tried to find my way out
Now I don’t care anymore

So I’m just sittin’ in this corner
I’m being quiet as a mouse
I’m gonna liquidate my troubles
Drink my way through the house

When I came home this evening
All my clothes were in the street
The locks were new and shiny
This time I think she’s got me beat

So I came in here to see my friends
And get some good advice
I see things so much clearer now
I see everything twice

My friends say I shouldn’t worry
‘Cause there’s more fish in the sea
But they don’t seem to realise
She’s the only one for me

That’s why I’m sittin’ in this corner
I'm being quiet as a mouse
I’m gonna liquidate all my troubles
Drink my way through the house

Well I’ve been stuck in here since midnight
Because someone locked the door
I tried to find my way out
Now I don’t care, no I don’t care, anymore.

 

 

Spiked River Blues

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - harmonica-guitars (Yamaha acoustic + resonator)
Constance - backing vocals - bass - melodica
Maurice - backing vocals - drums - percussion

Oh somebody spiked the river ‘round here
Oh somebody spiked the river ‘round here
You know we all had a drink
But nobody ever cares to think
That somebody spiked the river ‘round here

We better wake up cause time’s runnin’ out my friend
We better get up cause our dance down here maybe comin’ to an end
you keep on blaming me
I keep on blaming you
Now we all got those spiked river blues

somebody spiked the river ‘round here
somebody spiked the river ‘round here
You know we all had a drink
but nobody ever cares to think
That somebody spiked the river ‘round here

We better wake up cause nothin’ seems the same
We better get up cause the tide is turning and we all need to change
you keep on blaming me
I keep on blaming you
Now we all got those spiked river blues

somebody spiked the river ‘round here
somebody spiked the river ‘round here
You know we all had a drink
but nobody ever cares to think
That somebody spiked the river ‘round here

We better wake up nothin’ seems the same
We better get up cause we all need to change
We better wake up time’s runnin’ out my friend
We better get up cause our dance down here maybe coming to an end

 

Guided By Spirits

Lyrics & Music Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocal - guitar (resonator)

I had a friend, brought to an end
Over love, lost, he couldn’t mend

How does anybody really know
What somebody else feels when they’re low
They may wake up, with one thing on their mind

May the spirits be your guide
When your down an’ troubled inside
When shadows reveal their light
May the spirits be your guide

Walked into a dream
So real to me
You were waiting there to say goodbye

How does anybody really know
What somebody else feels when it’s time to go
They may fall asleep, with one thing on their mind

May the spirits be your guide
When your down an’ troubled inside
When shadows reveal their light
May the spirits be your guide

Guided, oh lord I’m guided
Guided, oh lord I’m guided now

 

Steady Rollin' Train

Lyrics & Music by Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - harmonica - guitar (Hofner Committee + 12 string)
Constance - bass
Maurice - drums - percussion - Udu drum

I got a love like a steady rollin’ train, ridin’ so easy
I got a love, like a steady rollin’ train
So let it burn slow, over and over again

So many years runnin’ wild
stealin’ away with an angel’s smile
So many years, runnin’ wild
and I kept on thinkin’ why should it worry me

Then I woke early mornin’, all those years had gone
I heard a warning, to leave it all alone, don’t look back
Just take that ride out on my own

Get a good a gone child……home
Get a good a gone child……home

I got a love like a steady rollin’ train, ridin’ so easy
I got a love, like a steady rollin’ train
here it comes

So many blue lights in my eyes
Too many cops and not enough crime
So many blue lights in my eyes
and I kept on thinkin’ why should it worry me

Then I woke early mornin’, all those yeas had gone
Did I heard a warning, to late to leave it all
don’t look back, just take that ride out on my own

Get a good a gone child……home
Get a good a gone child……home
Get a good a gone child……home
Get a good a gone child……home

 

 

When Love Begins

Lyrics & Lyrics & Music Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - harmonica-guitars (Gibson 125 + Yamaha acoustic)
Constance - backing vocals - bass - bones - flute
Maurice - Udu drums - percussion

I feel your touch, on my skin
The first kiss, when love begins
I want more, don’t let it end
Keep me falling, falling again

When love begins, It turns my blues to gold
But when it leaves I’m haunted by a melody that won’t let go

I hear your voice, in my sleep
The first words of love so deep
I cry out for you, don’t let it end
Hear me calling, calling again

When love begins, It turns my blues to gold
But when it leaves I’m haunted by a melody that won’t let go

When love begins, it feels like summer rain
But now leaves are falling the melody never fades

 

Blue Skies This Way

Lyrics & Music Ben Tyzack
Ben - lead vocals - harmonica - guitars (resonator + Yamaha acoustic)
Constance - backing vocals - bass
Maurice - drums - percussion
Clive Ashley - soprano saxophone

You may wait on a doctor to give some care
You may wait on a priest to send you a prayer
You may wait on a lover to blow you a kiss

When all that you miss is a friend, to say….

Blue skies this way
Blue skies this way
When your heart is frozen away
Blue skies this way

You can wait on a dream that may never come
And you can fool yourself when the deal is done
You may wake up an find nothin’ to believe
When all you need is a friend, to say…..

Blue skies this way
Blue skies this way
When your heart is so far away
Blue skies this way

Thunder rattles on a window pain
Car alarm cries in vain
Long, long nights always the same
Then the morning comes…..

Blue skies this way
Blue skies this way
Blue skies this way

 

Natalie Walks (Promenades de Natalie)

Music & Lyrics Constance Redgrave
Constance - lead & backing vocals - bass
Ben - guitars (resonator + 12 string)
Maurice - drums - percussion - skulls - pixiephone

Natalie walks but she’s so far away
All the time in world till the end of the day
Son garde de corps est le fantôme Templier
(Her body guard, the ghost of the Templar)
Natalie’s there but she’s so far away

Natalie stands with the sun in her hair
Chestnut and silver light dance in the air
Shadows of winter behind a soft stare
Natalie walks with the sun in her hair

Natalie waits with her head in the cloud
Daydreams of moonlight are all she’s allowed
Silent and still, a proud bird of prey
Natalie smiles but she ’s so far away

Chorus
Je suis désolée, je suis fatigue
(I am so sorry (sad). I am so tired)
Tout le temps dans le monde.
(All the time in the world)
Comme la nuit tombe.
(As the night falls)

Pardonnez-moi, s'il vous plait
(Forgive me please)
Au coucher du soleil
(As the sun sets)
Lentement
(Slowly)
Je emvanouirai
(I will fade away)

 

 

Guided By Spirits Reprise

Music Ben Tyzack
Ben - guitar (Epiphone 12 string)
Constance - bass
Maurice - percussion
Clive Ashley - soprano saxaphone

 


Credits

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The seven credits page

 

 

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