Archie

by Harriett Allcroft

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Melbourne-based vocalist Harriett Allcroft's debut album Archie will be released on December 1st 2018, ahead of a launch as part of the Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival on December 8.

All compositions by Harriett Allcroft.

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released December 1, 2018

Phenomenal Musicians :

James Bowers - Piano
Tamara Murphy - Bass
Kieran Rafferty - Drums
Shaun Rammers - Tenor Sax

Recorded at Ginger Studios on June 28 + 29, 2018

Mixed and Mastered by Jimi Lloyd-Wyatt at Ginger Studios

All songs written and arranged by Harriett Allcroft

Photo by Giulia McGauran

Graphic Design by Ellen Porteus

Thanks to Archie, the studio dog and the name-sake of this album.

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Melbourne-based vocalist and Caramello Koala enthusiast.

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Track Name: We've Come Through The Clearing
We've come through the clearing, our journeys end is nearing.
I'll stay here, steadfast, resolved of all your doing.
I was hoping we might see us through.
Now I know, better, there is no us together.

Your heart is a river, the blood flows thick and freely.
A chasm of helplessness, you better stop the bleeding.
Bandages and panadol don't cover wounds like yours.
Only love does, and hope helps. It also hurts like hell.

Keep no secrets from her.
Be open, kind and honest.
Bring no demons to her.
Nightmares are unwanted here.

We've come through the clearing, our journeys end is nearing.
I'll stay here, steadfast, resolved of all your doing.
I was hoping we might see us through.
Now I know, better, there is no us together.
Track Name: Lovely
Lovely, you say I'm lovely but I feel lonely.
Fooled me, and then you schooled me on how a heart could grow.
Now I'm wondering, and I'm walking but I'm not feeling.
My hands are heavy, my eyes weeping, but I'm still breathing.

Oh lovely, you say I'm lovely but you won't hold me.
Will you face me? Please embrace me, for I am shaking.
It's so quiet, all I hear is cars rushing by.
And you've gone home, you've left me all alone and I'm not afraid to cry.

Green and blue was all you heard.
Me and you was all I saw.
Changing colours, we've both learnt, to sleep alone.

Lovely, you say I'm lovely so why deny me?
Your door's not closing, but it's sure not open.
Have I been locked?
You could trust me, and could love me and be afraid to fall.
I would catch you, and would hold you, your walls how quick they'd fall.

Green and blue was all you heard.
Me and you was all I saw.
Changing colours, we've both learnt.

Oh, don't go.
Please stay.
Please stay.
Please stay.

Green and blue was all you heard.
Me and you was all I saw.
Changing colours, we've both learnt.
Track Name: Nocturnalist
Never knew I'd feel the way that I do.
Something 'bout being this close to you.
I'm being drawn in the night to the light, illuminating from you.
We need a release switch to end this safely.

Talking it over and thinking it through.
The same conclusion keeps leading me back to you.
I know that we should take it slow, but baby I just want you to know.

Baby I want you to feel the same way too.
Baby I want you to feel the same way too.

A line's being crossed, those words have been spoken.
What was sacred now is broken.
Heaven's gates have been opened.
It's raining down I'm falling hard.
And baby I hope my name's on your cards.

Baby I want you to feel the same way too.
Baby I want you to feel the same way too.
Track Name: And That Was When
I remember you, I remember you.
I remember picking myself up off the ground.
The sky was falling down.
You barely made a sound.
I left you notes and you did not open them up for days.

It's so cold outside.
It's so cold by your side.
I don't know which is colder anymore.

And that was when my heart broke, the moment that you chose to stoke, the fire that was trying to survive inside.

It's so cold outside.
It's so cold by your side.
I don't know which is colder anymore.

We're sitting face to face, but you're looking away.
The table shook, I felt its tremors run all through my body.
And I'm walking past your house.
I can see the lights are on.
They shine so bright, when I turn my face up, I feel your warmth.

It's so cold outside.
It's so cold by your side.
I don't know which is colder anymore.

And that was when my heart broke, the moment that you chose to stoke, the fire that was trying to survive inside.

It's so cold outside.
It's so cold by your side.
I don't know which is colder anymore.

Bodies blocked by front doors, different desires. My heart is so tired, of trying to convince you that I'm worthy.
You exist around me, but you're untouchable, inaccessible. You're leaving me.

It's so cold outside.
It's so cold by your side.
I don't know which is colder anymore.

And that was when my heart broke, the moment that you chose to stoke, the fire that was trying to survive inside.

It's so cold outside.
It's so cold by your side.
I don't know which is colder anymore.
I don't know which is colder anymore.
I don't know who is colder anymore.
Track Name: Full Circle
Thinking and kissing and hugging,
and talking 'bout your loving for something or nothing
Or is this really something, or nothing, or something
Am I just gonna lose my mind?

Laughing and crying and talking,
Are we just back and forthing, ignoring the issues?
The trials and tribulations of doing this side-ways,
my mind is gonna split in two.

You didn't waste my time only you stayed on my mind.
And just cos it's ending does not mean it must be devastating.

Oh, waiting and wishing and hoping that you are gonna fall in, the way that I've fallen.
It's getting hard to function whenever you're near me, my heart is beating way too fast.

We're ignoring elusive emotion,
This constant hesitation, it's draining, I'm empty.
I'm running out of patience and hope, we've been doing this for far too long.

I didn't waste my time, only I wish I stayed on your mind.
And just cos it's ended does not mean it must be devastating.

Oh I can't do this anymore, waiting listless by the door.
We're not moving. We're not moving.
We've come full circle.
Track Name: The World Is Full Of People
The world is full of people who will go there whole lives and not actually live one day.
She did not intend on being one of them, she believed in moving mountains.
She believed in taking breath away, and touching every one of your senses.

She believed in giving things ago.
She believed in taking chances on the unknown.
She believed in striving forwards.

And never apologise for speaking your mind.
It's all that you had, at one point in time.
You must never apologise for speaking your mind.
It's all that you had, at one point in time.


The world is full of strangers who believe in all the dangers that can come from stepping outside your front door.
Oh they don't move forwards, they don't even move backwards, they stay right there in the known.
Sometimes it's easier to close the blinds and pretend you cant see outside.

But if you do that, I promise you.
There are so many things you will lose.
Remaining secluded won't do you no good.

Just come out, it's nice here, the sun is shining down.
The bees will not sting you, you won't be swallowed by the ground.
The air is so cooling, it will calm your fears down.
Come out, it's nice here, the world is turning round.
Track Name: Arm's Length
Hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on.

When we first met, I thought about you and Christmas,
only then Christmas came and you did not care for Christmas.
The summer nights, so hot and in a daze, you pulled me down, a weight on my face.
You swam for a moment, but I drowned for a year.

Together, but completely apart, does arm's length keep you exempt from breaking hearts? From breaking hearts.
Oh we're together but completely apart, does arm's length keep you from breaking hearts? Hearts.

Now it's autumn, I still think about you and Christmas, but only when I hear that band, or walk past the pub we met in. I remember hearing everything that you didn't say. I waited but never came the day.
Then you said, I've got a new girl this Christmas, she meets my sister tomorrow. I never knew that you had a sister. You never told me you had a sister. You never told me you had a sister.

Fresh cut grass and the rain smells the same, any place in the world.
Fresh cut grass and the rain smells the same, any place in the world.
Fresh cut grass and the rain smells the same, any place in the world.
Fresh cut grass and the rain smells the same, any place in the world.

Together, but completely apart, does arm's length keep you exempt from breaking hearts? From breaking hearts.
Oh we're together but completely apart, does arm's length keep you from breaking hearts? Hearts.

Hold on, hold on. Hold on, hold on.
Track Name: Oh Darling
Oh darling can you see me now?
I'm standing up and pressing on.
We danced around and I fell down.
Oh darling can you see me now?

Oh mother can you hear me now?
You're saying words that you don't mean.
We danced around and words rained down.
Oh mother can you hear me now?

Oh sister can you feel it now?
I think you know what I might mean.
They say the grass is always greener.
Oh sister can you feel it now?

Oh_____
You had your hands tied behind your back and now they're stuck.

Oh darling I'm so sorry now,
we backed and forthed for far too long.
Up and down you span me round and round and round and round.
Oh darling I'm so sorry now.

Oh mother you knew all along.
You were right and never wrong.
You held me tight while I cried all through that long cold night.
Oh mother you knew all along.

Oh sister I can't help it now.
He broke my heart, and then he moved on.
He's gone away and he's not coming back, it's well and truly done.
Oh sister I can't help it now.

Oh_____
You had your fingers crossed when you promised not to break me. To break me, you broke me.

Oh sweetheart, I can't love you now.
I've washed my hands of all you done.
We made a start, and I played my part.
Oh sweetheart, I can't love you now.'

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