It Was Red & Gingerbread

by Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band

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Double A side 7" vinyl single

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released December 4, 2015

Nancy Kerr - lead vocal and violin
Rowan Rheingans - violin, viola, banjo and vocals
James Fagan - guitars and vocals
Tim Yates - double bass, melodeon and vocals
Tom Wright - drums, guitars and vocals

Produced by Tom A Wright and Nancy Kerr
Photography by Elly Lucas

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Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band Sheffield, UK

Folk Singer of the Year BBC Folk Awards 2015

"Outstanding chamber folk" (The Guardian) "Simply Perfection" (English Dance and Song Magazine)

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Track Name: It Was Red
Well I've seen fires that split the summer
Seen forests burning to rise again
Sent from the sky to land asunder
Your songs are turning tears to cooling rain

I heard their rhythm, it was in the thunder
It was heard at midnight and through the day
Your catechism, my eyes of wonder
That once had seen you could never look away

Ch:
You are the tune no one expected
Unsung and unpredicted
Like a dream in the night ahead
I thought the moon
It just reflected our silver light
But when it rose up it was red

No priest or templar ever told the future
And if they could perhaps we'd never fall in love
Well I'll repent if you're the preacher
For your songs of gold and the moon above

Ch

As red as blood, as black as carrion
Our muse is scattered on battered wings
Bruised and bolder, the muse is older now
And still she sings

I've heard them say blood-moon's arising
And this could be the end of all joys
Well I can face that far horizon
If the final chorus is in your voice

Ch
Track Name: Gingerbread
You can see me anytime you need me
Warm beyond a reason
Night is on the wing
And you could linger like a grind of ginger
Making love a season
Heating up the skin

You could water me with tears of hunger
Like the wheat in winter
Pressed into a bed
Like a handprint, flour upon a black dress
White against the darkness
Leavened into bread

Ch: We are not our gravest deeds
You are not your grieving
For the bravest flower seeds
As the birds are leaving
As the thin glow of summer's death
Will turn the leaves to red
May the wind blow like a lover's breath
Still warm as gingerbread

Dreams are kneaded into walls and windows
Sheltering our sorrows
Dusted and adorned
With the sweetness of some kind tomorrows
Sugar's incompleteness
Wrested into form

Ch

While the black sky spreads its myth of thunder
That we labour under
Reckoned by the dead
These are crude thanks, charity and food banks
For our harvest splendour
Pepper for our bread

Ch