The Polyanna Cramp (wings it with a Musketeer's Liver)

by Matthew the Oxx

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about

The Polyanna Cramp (wings it with a musketeer's liver), this is Matthew the Oxx in lofi folk mode on tape. Stripped back, open and honest.

This album was recorded in the death throes of an extremely creative and productive relationship spanning several years between Matthew, Steve Kidby (of Brickhouse Studios, Portslade) and Tim Lloyd who contributed so many different ideas and instruments along the way.

The recording was all done on Hi-8 tape and as such there is the occasional click and pop, for the time being I am leaving the recording unmastered as I feels it has something a mastered album might not. With me of course and as ever, this is subject to change!

The Polyanna Cramp is certainly amongst my favourite Oxx recordings and there are so many magical moments in there which strike me over and over. Like Madeleine Milla's backing vocals on 'Travelling Salesmen' which lift the song from a dreamlike state into something transcendent, a song i endlessly return to. Plus there is the song 'When It Hurts' which people have often asked me to play live, and i cannot! Somehow the song escapes me every time, it was a moment.

There are lots of different stories behind the songs and the parts that make up this album, and it is something a listener can explore quite easily. The production is sparse, warm, clear and intimate which is something I have always strived to achieve as a recording musician so this for me, is a true and very personal piece of treasure.

credits

released December 31, 2012

Steve Kidby is at the helm
Matthew plays guitar, banjo, mandolin and sings throughout
Tim Lloyd plays bass, percussion & backing vocals throughout
Madeleine Milla sings backing vocals on Travelling Salesmen
Shane Round plays melodica on Those Eyes

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Track Name: Waters Calm
Hat on, came in, hard is arrival
Hell meant a lot as a child
Now on, catching fish by the river
I’ve got no time for the heavy mile
Hello mother, old as the hills
I came much further, tell me; have I paid all my bills?

Still on, come to churches and graveyards
How will I know when I see?
People singing blues in the street
Oh lord why must it be me?
Hello father, wise as the sky
I live illusion, won’t you please tell me why

Come on slowly, I find religion
Hiding inside a lover’s eyes
I don’t feel lonely, no confusion
I feel like I’m never gonna die
But hello heartbreak, free as a bird
Give me the daybreak, let my body become the earth
Hello mother, hello father
Hold me in your arms
Rest me out of harm
Sail me through the storm
To waters calm
Track Name: Skibereen
Oh father dear I often hear you speak of Erin’s Isle
Her lofty scenes her valleys green her mountains rude and wild
They say it is a lovely land wherein a prince may dwell
Why did you abandon it? The reason to me tell

Oh son i loved my native land with energy and pride
Until a blight came o’er my crops, my sheep and cattle died
My rent and taxes were too high I could not them redeem
That’s the cruel reason that I left old Skibereen

Well I do remember that bleak december day
The landlord and the sheriff came to drive us all away
They set my roof on fire with a cursed English spleen
And that’s another reason I left old Skibereen

Your mother too god rest her soul fell on the snowy ground
She fainted in her anguish seeing desolation round
She never rose but passed away from life to mortal dream
And found a quiet grave my boy in dear old Skibereen

You were only two years old and feeble was your frame
I could not leave you with my friends you bore your father’s name
I wrapped you in my cotamore in the dead of the night unseen
I heaved a sigh and bade goodbye to dear old Skibereen

Oh father dear the day may come when in answer to the call
Each Irishman with feeling stern will rally one and all
I’ll be the man to lead the van beneath the flag of green
When loud and high we’ll raise the cry remember Skibereen
Track Name: Turn & Fold
She takes a man in the hallway and she creeps up your spine
She takes a man in the hallway and she creeps
How could we be so mean?
So lowly so obscene?
Burn slow, turn & fold

She looks you up in the whole house and it reeks of your rage
She looks you up in the whole house and it reeks
How could there be so much?
Slender is my crutch
Burn slow, turn & fold

I pretend I got a raise and I raised up your stakes and I caught you out and I won the crowd

So slow, turn & fold
Track Name: Lucia
The north army got a hold on you
The north army got a hold on me
The north army got a big black cat
The north army got an old machine
The circles all came with free chocolate and a cup of tea

Livius lived along a long long road
Livius lived along a long black tie
Livius lived along a long wrong code
Livius lived and then Livius died
The circles all placed across the sofa and a widescreen TV

Oh Lucia we must keep the peace here
Lucia you gotta go to persia
They say one more one more one more one more time

Caesar know about my statuette
Caesar know about what I want to get
Caesar know about you and me
Caesar know and he won't let us be
The circles all chained to the open deck and a summer breeze

Oh Lucia I want to see you
Lucia they won't let me see you
Oh well they say one more one more one more one more time
Track Name: Travelling Salesmen
The lie in your eyes says you've had enough
Don't be shy i will not be cross
If you've had enough just say you have
The sun will burn in spite of that

Tell me the nurse sends out her love
Try as she might she can't get enough
Well I have had enough and there's nothing worse
I'm feeling rough like somebody's stolen my purse

Are we travelling salesmen?
Lucky losers couldn't be more energetic
Travelling salesmen, lucky losers couldn't be more energetic
Feeling sick, energetic

Are we travelling salesmen?
Lucky losers couldn't be more energetic
Travelling salesmen, lucky losers couldn't be more energetic
Feeling sick, energetic
Track Name: When It Hurts
When it hurts so bad
You can't even see my hand in front of your eyes
Then it hurts so bad
Someone like me has to close up his eyes and cry

Summer night come away confusion
Maybe I have had enough

When it hurts so bad
You can't even see my hand in front of your eyes
Then it hurts so bad someone like me has to close up his eyes and cry

Winter light come away illusion
Maybe I have had enough

Don't make me want to see you
Don't make me want to cry
Don't make me want to hurt myself
Don't make me want to die

When it hurts so bad
You can't even see my hand in front of your eyes
Then it hurts so bad
Someone like me has to close up his eyes and cry
So I close up my eyes and cry
Track Name: Those Eyes
In this song there's hard earth and land
In this song, got my head in the sand
Ended laughing on the point of dingal bay
Ended hiding in the bottom of the tapestry

In this smile so loaded and gold
In this smile is holding the day as it folds
In the cave behind the waterfall
Is a dandelion to soften the blow

In this talk: lead and soul
In this talk we're under the snow
You ended catching on the very next train
You ended running from my motorcycle brain

Now the sun is gone from my rusty willow's home
When another comes to rise I will always remember those eyes
Always remember those eyes