Gold illustration of an eye peeking through a keyhole

MUSIC

Gold In A Brass Age

Album Cover of Gold In A Brass Age with gold illustration of a moth on black background

Released: March 2019

DAVID GRAY SHOP

Gold In A Brass Age

  • 1. The Sapling (3:26)

    Gonna lay down in the grass
    And watch that acorn
    Split in two
    Slowly take root
    While the clock upon the wall
    Makes idle boasts
    And my mind’s out cruising
    Silent coasts

    Though the ghosts of better days
    Might twist my eyes
    Gonna stand my ground
    Watch that sapling rise
    Just as long as I’ve the strength
    Well I’ll raise that flag
    Like a wisp of cloud
    From a mountain crag

    Now this is awkward
    I kept it bottled up too long

    Years like tiny drops of rain
    On a glassy lake
    Leaving nought but circles
    In their wake
    Though we barely comprehend
    What the question is
    Only know for certain
    The answer’s YES

    Now this is awkward
    I really don’t know where to begin
    I kept it bottled up too long
    I know that feeling too yeah
    Don’t ask me where the time has gone
    I know that feeling too yeah
    Days I can’t tell no right from wrong
    I know that feeling too yeah
    I kept it bottled up too long
    Know that feeling
    Know that feeling
    Tell me about it tell me about it tell me about it

    Like sunlight breaking through yeah
    Tell me about it tell me about it tell me about it
    I know that feeling too

    Gonna lay down in the grass
    And watch that acorn
    Split in two
    Slowly take root
  • 2. Gold In A Brass Age (4:20)

    In search of sleep I close my eyes
    My head is filled with buzzing flies
    I don’t know if you realise
    How much it means

    Pray tell me where that feeling went
    I gave my best by accident
    In vain I strive to represent
    How much it means
    How much it means
    How much it means

    Now I’m lost for words
    My mind fast forwards
    It’s gone the moment I reach towards
    Gets crowded up on top
    I’m still trying to hold it up

    These people who have lost their faith
    Who speak of love but play it safe
    Arise you fools
    The day is brief
    Don’t you see how much it means
    How much it means
    How much it means

    Every moment I got
    Every moment I got
    How much it means
    Every minute I got
    Every beat of my heart
    How much it means

    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah
    It’s gone the moment I reach towards
  • 3. Furthering (4:32)

    Just keep pouring I’ll say when
    Walk me further in
    Lose the weight that’s in these bones
    Fly like skipping stones
    Cross the surface of the water
    Till its arms enfold

    These drifts of blue
    My gift to you
    My gift to you
    These drifts of blue
    These wild drifts of blue

    Now the nest has taken wing
    And the tree might sing
    I’m the ghost of Christmas past
    Peeking through the glass
    Like an arrow finds its target
    It comes back to me

    These thoughts all skewed
    My gift to you
    My gift to you

    What we don’t know
    What we don’t know
    What we don’t know
    What we don’t know

    What we don’t know it can’t hurt us baby
    What we don’t know sure can’t hurt us baby
    What we don’t know it can’t hurt us baby
    What we don’t know sure can’t hurt us baby
  • 4. Ridiculous Heart (4:01)

    What was there in the first place
    Like a sun rising
    Like a sun rising
    Lifting out of the haze

    Coming home by the long road
    I could tell from a mile out
    Yeah could tell from a mile out
    Just the look on your face

    All the keys to the kingdom yeah
    And the moon in its phases
    Yeah the moon in its phases
    May we dance and erase

    Ahh ahh ahh
    Whatever else
    Whatever else now

    With an eye to the keyhole
    While a shout in the distance
    Yeah a shout in the distance
    Takes me back to the start

    That was deaf to the warnings
    Won’t take no for an answer
    Won’t take no for an answer
    This ridiculous heart

    Won’t take no for an answer
    Wants you all to its own self
    Needs you all to its own self
    This unquenchable heart

    What was there in the first place
    Like a sun rising
    Like a sun rising
    Lifting out of the haze

    Yeah yeah
    Yeah yeah yeah

    Ahh ahh ahh
    Whatever else
    Whatever else now

    What was there in the first place
    Like a sun rising
    What was there in the first place
    Like a sun rising
    What was there in the first place
    Like a sun rising
    Like a sun rising
    Like a sun
  • 5. It's Late (2:16)

    It’s late wake up
    Baby wake up it’s late
    It’s late wake up
    Baby wake up it’s late

    Diving into that sea of images
    Thundering white horses
    Ever frozen in stasis

    No turning back baby
    From where we’re going
    No turning back baby
    From where we’re going

    Like a feeling that’s more than a heart can hold
    Somehow controlled
    Multiplied a billionfold
    A billionfold
    A billionfold

    You know how it is
    It’s late wake up
    Honey wake up it’s late
    It’s late wake up
    Baby wake up it’s late
    It’s yours alone honey
    It’s yours alone
    So please wake up baby
    Wake up it’s late
  • 6. A Tight Ship (4:49)

    The better then
    To know myself
    That fear be damned
    And love be wealth
    To sing it like
    A mountain stream
    To dance like no-one sees

    That blinked an eye
    That flashed a smile
    But missed it by
    A country mile
    Now sleek to dive
    In mirrored pools
    And dance like no-one sees

    So seize the day
    Yeah aim it true
    We’ll live the way
    That lovers do
    We’ll go defenceless
    Open wide
    We’ll let the senses
    Be our guide
    We’ll break the surface
    Snip these strings
    Relearn the grace
    Of selfless things
    We’ll dance like no-one sees
    Dance like no-one sees
    We’ll dance like no-one sees

    Now sleek to dive in mirrored pools
    So sleek to dive in mirrored pools
    In mirrored pools so sleek to dive
    And kiss the face
    Yeah snip these strings
    Relearn the grace
    Of selfless things
    Then sleek to dive
    (Tonight we dance like no-one sees)
    So sleek to dive
    And sleek to dive
    (Tonight we dance like no-one sees us)
    (Tonight we dance like no-one sees)
  • 7. Watching The Waves (4:44)

    I’m here watching the waves
    Just how long can it be
    Till that melody strays
    Through my mind and I’m cancelled
    Can’t see no wood for the trees
    Can’t tell the land from the sky
    When you’re in up to your knees
    Soon find out who your friends are

    Ah for the taste of it sweet
    One more time from the top
    Thoughts like crumbs in the sheets
    Words thrown like coins in a cup
    Just one more house in the rain
    Just one more spoonful of salt
    And now I’m at it again
    Banging on like it’s my fault

    Everything you are
    Everything you are
    Everything you are I long to be
    Everything you are
    Everything you are
    Everything you are I long to be

    I gave it all I could give
    I took that ghost for my bride
    Went day by day trying to live
    With my heart on the outside
    I watched the shape of it rise
    To dance like wind through the wheat
    Steal the light from your eyes
    In the space of a heartbeat

    Everything fills with distance
    Yeah everything

    Everything you are
    Everything you are
    Everything you are I long to be
    Everything you are
    Everything you are
    Everything you are I long to be
    Everything you are
    Everything you are
    Everything you are I long to be
    Everything you are
    Everything you are
    Everything you are I long to be

    Songs that push through the dirt
    Ploughing these roads into fields
    Sounding the notes of the words
    Till everything fills with distance
  • 8. Hall Of Mirrors (4:03)

    Life in these mirrored halls
    Rings hollow bright
    Hearts grown like icicles
    In dead of night
    The weight of longing falls
    And spirit crush
    Then as my engine stalls
    That oh too solid ground
    Comes rising up

    Faith versus charity
    Fake versus real
    Salt versus vanity
    Click versus feel
    Gap between what we say
    And what we mean
    Still love you anyway
    Not ours to reason why
    We can but dream

    Baby let’s dream ooo ooo ooh
    Let’s go Let’s go Let’s go
    Let’s go go Let’s go Let’s go

    Not ours to reason why
    Not ours to reason
    Not ours to reason why
    Not ours to reason

    Baby when that oh too solid ground
    Comes a rising up
    Hey now don’t look down now
    Baby when that oh too solid ground
    Comes a rising up
    Hey now don’t look down now
    Baby when that oh too solid ground
    Comes a rising up
    Hey now don’t look down now
    Baby when that oh too solid ground
    Comes a rising up
    Hey now don’t look down now
  • 9. Hurricane Season (5:35)

    This is hurricane season
    Hurricane season

    Just how did I get
    So tired and mean
    With eyes that flicker
    Like a movie screen

    A brand new ceiling
    Same old deluge
    Put finer feelings
    In the centrifuge

    It gets as if the merest breath
    Of wind could knock me down
    Gets as if the merest breath of wind
    Could knock me down
    And this is hurricane season

    Straight from the ocean
    All shiny white
    Can’t get that image
    Out of my head tonight

    It gets as if the merest breath
    Of wind could knock me down
    It gets as if the merest breath
    Of wind could knock me down
    Gets as if the merest breath of wind
    Could knock me down
    And this is hurricane season
    Hurricane season
    This is hurricane season
    Hurricane season

    So what do we do but make-believe
    What do we do yeah
    So what do we do but make-believe
    What do we do yeah
    So what do we do but make-believe
    What do we do yeah
    So what do we do but make-believe
    What do we do yeah
  • 10. Mallory (4:45)

    Ah to be lost
    However briefly
    Lost in a place
    Yeah such as this
    Was to be free
    Of the shackles of the known roads
    Yeah to be free
    Of all that is

    I cleaved to the wind
    And I saw it far beneath me
    The whale of a lie
    Something blue among the trees
    The face of the wave
    That stole my breath as it engulfed me
    The print of my eye
    On all it sees

    Deaf to reason calling out to me
    Deaf to reason crying out
    Deaf to reason calling out to me

    She spoke and my head
    Was full of murmurs like a green field
    That last that we saw
    He disappeared into clouds
    Should that moment arise
    Well I’ll be running I’ll be spring heeled
    The taste of your words inside my mouth
    The taste of your words inside my mouth
    The taste of your words inside my mouth

    Deaf to reason calling out to me
    Deaf to reason crying out
    Deaf to reason calling out to me

    Our shadows at dawn
    Our shadows at dawn
    Oh my god
    Our shadows at dawn
    Well they were rising up to meet us
    Our shadows at dawn
    Oh my god
    Our shadows at dawn
    Yeah they were rising up to meet us
    Our shadows at dawn
    Oh my god
  • 11. If 8 Were 9 (3:40)

    If skin should touch
    And words evaporate
    Trouble clear out of sight
    With my whole body listening
    My heart leans out
    Like these old river trees
    Closer to be where you glide
    Moving under me glistening

    If 8 were 9
    I would hold you
    I would rock you
    I would shelter you darling
    If 8 were 9
    I would lift you
    Lift you clear off the ground
    Through the gates into morning

    That time would stretch
    Stretch out these magic hours
    Into days into years
    Tomorrow lost in the distance
    A voice speaks out
    Says ‘Hey man, let it go’
    But when a heart has been true
    It don’t make any difference

    If 8 were 9
    I would hold you
    I would rock you
    I would shelter you darling
    If 8 were 9
    I would lift you
    Lift you clear off the ground
    Through the gates into morning
    If 8 were 9
    If 8 were 9
    If 8 were 9
    If 8 were 9
    Through the gates into morning
    Yeah eh eh eh
    Through the gates into morning