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 "Love's Way sounds great …. really nice mix and arrangements.
    
The title track is gorgeous!"

                   - Lisa Young  (The Lisa Young Quartet, Coco's Lunch)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vocals, Acoustic Guitar ~ Susan Clarke
Slide Guitar – Craig Sinclair
Love Choir ~ Nick Huggins, Lara Norman,
Jess Dyer, Craig Sinclair

Album Notes
‘A Prayer for You’ was written for ‘Quiet Longings’ - 
a collaborative song-writing project for Brave New 
Works, 2010. Quiet Longings brought a group of songwriters together to explore the idea of  prayer … whatever that word evoked and however each
person chose to respond.

 

A Prayer for You

I wrote these words for you
Because you asked me to 
Something that you couldn’t do
It’s a prayer for you

All those things you hide, bruised inside
Words you don’t speak 
Because you think it’s weak
But I can see it in your eyes
When you look at me 
And I can see it in your face
As you turn away 

There are hearts that hold you
Many hands can break your fall
There are arms to help carry you 
As you find your way, as we all must do

You wear your sorrow with
So much grace
Storing all your hurt and pain
In the deepest place 
Holding on, quiet and still
Thinking no one even notices
But I do and I will

There are hearts that hold you
Many hands can break your fall
There are arms to help carry you
As you find your way, as we all must do

In the name of love, in the name of love
In the name of love, it’s what we do
It’s what we do

In the name of love, in the name of love,
In the name of love, It’s what we do 

To carry us through ….
As we find our way
I wrote these words for you,
Because I wanted to

In the name of love
 


 

 


Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass 
Susan Clarke
Piano, Electric Guitar – Nick Huggins
Drums – Mark Gretton

 

He Lied

Always had someone
Always paid the price
Never stepped outside to save his life

Mmm ... he lied, lying on the inside
To save his life  

Never slept alone, ‘cept in his car
Broken down in the suburbs
Chasing that long lost star

Mmm … he lied, lying on the inside
To save his life 

Too scared to know, didn’t fit the bill
Never owned anything alone
Still maybe he will

Mmm ... he lied, never stepping outside
Oh how he tried, oh how he cried
Lying on the inside

To save his life

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass, Melodica
Susan Clarke 
Electric Guitar - Nick Huggins
Drums - Mark Gretton

Album Notes
A chirpy little heartbreak song … 

 

 

Blue Teapot

She gave you her heart
And she gave you her guitar
The distance between these two, well 
It wasn’t very far 
She gave her double bass
It was too big for your car

Oh it’s true, she gave it way
Oh it’s true, it all got too big
For a guy like you

She told you your name
So you’d know who you really are 
She told you to buy yourself your
Own beautiful guitar
So you did, the one that wore her name

Oh it’s true, she gave it way
Oh it’s true, all shiny and new
For both of you 

She asked all those questions
You thought hard and long
Finally found your answer
You created your own song
And she was left there thinking 
She might sing along 

Oh it’s true, she gave it way
Oh it’s true, you found your song 
She thought she’d found you   

She bought you a shiny little
Blue teapot
In memory of all those cups you drank 
And those long river walks
The words you spoke 
And the plans you made
And the dreams that you shared 
How’d she get it so wrong
Seeing things that were never there

Oh it’s true, she gave it way 
Oh it’s true, it all got too big
For her too 

Oh it’s true she gave too much
She gave it all away, still she knows
You never asked her to



Album Notes

Recording projects often have a difficult song. This was it (fittingly). A stubborn studio song.  In the end, after much pushing, shoving, pulling and shifting … it emerged, in all its beauty  …  bits and pieces of this song were recorded in five different places across the continent! Im glad I persisted   it contains some of my favourite album moments … Nick’s exquisite banjo chord progression …  gut-wrenching and perfectly
captures the sentiment of the song. (It’s what GREAT producers do!)  … Mel Robinson’s stunning cello
part and what you don’t hear - the huge effort by
Joe Hammond in putting it all together (If Joe had
hair, he would have lost it all on Kent River!) 

 

Kent River Lament

I won’t mention it again 
I called you lover, can’t call you friend

I won’t squirm when the bite
Breaks my skin 
It’s all ending as it begins

I won’t say another word
Questions, answers, it all hurts

I won’t cry from the heat of the burn 
What’s the point and what’s to learn? 
What’s to learn?

I won’t wonder or question why
You kept your silence, you hid the price

I won’t wish I could turn back time
Check the cost and change my mind
I’d change my mind, I would change my mind, change my mind … 

I won’t mention it again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Vocals, Semi-Acoustic Guitar - Susan Clarke
Banjo - Nick Huggins
Cello Mel Robinson

 


Vocals, Ukulele Susan Clarke
Banjo, piano, Bass Clarinet Sample - Nick Huggins 

Album Notes:
Battles Won was the complete opposite of Kent
River Lament! (one of those is enough!). 
A late
addition to the album, I sprung Battles 
Won on
Nick at overdub stage of recording.  
“ uh … Nick
.. I’ve got this new song … and .. ur .. 
well … I think
it should be on the album … it will be quick … honest". Nick, 
ever patient, listened to the song and said
"it definitely needs to be there"
.
 It WAS quick and
easy! Up to this point, I 
was really happy with how
the album was shaping up … 
with one regret  …  
I longed for more banjo! great producer has the 
gift of being a great listener! Nick created a beautiful
banjo arrangement  … 

Battles Won became a duet for Ukulele and Banjo!

 

 

Battles Won

We are all just soldiers
In our own private war  
The struggle of the righteous
We name it love
Fighting for our own truth 
Is our truth enough? 

We are all just prisoners
Of our own cruel hand 
Holding ourselves captive
We lie in pain 
Longing for deliverance
Do we long in vain?

Release the ties that bind you
Let them go and lay them down
Release the chains that hold you
Set them free
And lay them on the ground  

We are all survivors
In this restless sea 
Cast amongst the chaos, we sail alone 
Trusting in our compass
Will it bring us home?

Release the ties that bind you
Let them go and lay them down
Release the chains that hold you
Set them free
And lay them on the ground  
Lay it down

Lay it down little sister, lay it down son 
A new day and a victory will come 
Lay it down little brother
Lay it down child
And your battles will be won 

Lay it down little sister, lay it down son 
A new day and a victory will come 
Lay it down little brother
Lay it down my child
And your battles will be won 
And your battles will be won


 

 

Album Notes

Loves Way has a lot of history conceived as a kind of legendary Arthurian tale.  In the course of writing Loves Way, I developed a strain injury… too much repetitive guitar playing like a shining knight, Xave Brown, came to my rescue and recorded the main guitar part. I treasure this recording as one of life’s most precious things. I added the lead and Lara Norman added the final touch - her beautiful violin part.  Nick perfectly captured the essence of the song “ This is a conversation between the singer and the lead guitar”. Couldn’t have said it better.

I was searching for possible album titles … Nick suggested “Love’s Way” ... I pretty much said no straight away … far too romantic. Sometimes good ideas just need a little time sink in … (Nick pretty much always nails it!) When I got over my romantic cringe  … I realized that all the songs were, in fact, about loves journey in some way or another … love of self, community, truth, friendship and the cycles of life … 
plus the inevitable heartbreak.

So Love’s Way …
 

 

Love's Way

He was the good one
Or so they proclaimed  
She was the brave one
Truth called her name
He lived in a kingdom
Ruled by his queen 
She lived in a forrest
A hunter of dreams

Small things, quiet things
Lost and forgotten
Secret things, fragile things
All that’s forgotten

He was a builder, a hewer of stone 
The walls that surround him
Made by him alone
She was a dancer from some other land
The light that surrounds her
Revealing her hand
The curve of her hand 

Small things, quiet things
All that’s forgotten
Secret things, fragile things
All that’s forgotten   

Is this love’s way?  All that’s forgotten
Is this love’s way?  Lost and forgotten 

Has love forgotten its way?

 

 

 

 

Vocals, Lead Guitar -  Susan Clarke
Rhythm Guitar -  Xave Brown
Violin -  Lara Norman


 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Susan Clarke
Double bass - David Rastrick
Drums- Mark Gretton
Violin - Lara Norman

 

Blue Chevy

Everything’s breakin down
Like the old blue Chevy
You used to drive around this town
Breakin down in this town

Everything’s comin apart  
Like the old white picket fence
Surrounding your front yard
Breakin down in this town

Heading out on highway nine
Taking nothin but the west bound
Exit sign
Slowing down for no one
Pushing that red line 
Foot to the floor
I’m turnin my back to face this
Little town
Breakin down  

Run away on that open road
Warning lights sayin go ... go
So many road blocks in this town
I’m breakin through this frozen ground
And I’m leavin, I’m leavin, I’m leavin

Making no calls, making no plans
Making the best of it, anyway that I can
Making no promises
And I’m telling no lies
Making my own way, least I’m hoping
I’m gonna try, least I’m hoping 
I’m gonna to try  

But still … I’ll miss you … I’ll miss you 

Everything’s fallen away  
Still you stand in your doorway
So damn little you can say

In this town

 


 

 




Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass
-  Susan Clarke
Bass Clarinet - John Davey
Piano - Nick Huggins

 

Home (Xave's Lullaby)

Oh my darlin, rest a while
For you have traveled so far
The lines and shadows
Surround your sweet eyes
Roadmaps, traces and scars 

For you will find your way home
For you will find your way home

Oh my darlin, lay it all down
Blanket of sorrow on the sand
The salt will sting
And the tears they will fall
The ocean can carry it all

For you will find your way home
For you will find your way home

Oh my darlin, close your eyes
Let the darkness steal the light
One by one the stars will return
And speak of faith and life

For you will find your way home
For you will find your way home
For you …  will come … home

 




Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass
- Susan Clarke
Bass Clarinet - John Davey
Banjo, Piano - Nick Huggins

Album Notes
This was an album title contender … but got
crossed off when Joe Hammond described it as
“That Brutal Song”. I love that description! …
brutal, it is …  but there’s sweet release at the
end. There is a perfect Nick moment … the little
bit of banjo in the transition … makes me cry 
 
(in a good way). 

 

 

Sweet and Salty

I could cry for a year or two
Wouldn’t make any difference
I could cry my whole way through
Wouldn’t change a thing
I could wish for what time won’t bring
Too much, too little, the same old thing

Anyway, anyway, any way … A way

I could hope my nights away
Wouldn’t chase the dark 
And wouldn’t change the day
Still there’d be more tears to cry

 Anyway, anyway, any way … A way

Take out the ribbons, loosen the rope
That holds your hair
Undo the dreaded locks, open up
Feel the air, the air, the air, the air 

Sweet and salty cold air
Sweet and salty out there
Sweet and salty cold air
Feel the air, Feel the air, Feel the air
Sweet and salty cold air …

Out there

 


 

Broken Threads

And peace will be our way 
When we mend the piece
That we’ve torn
And peace will end our sacred wars
When we surrender our arms

And grace will fill our night
And comfort us with the dawn
And grace will heal our wounded hearts
With forgiveness so hard won
Forgiveness so hard won

And sorrow will be our loyal friend
Our teacher of truth and love
And sorrow will weave
These broken threads
Into a blanket strong enough
Into a blanket strong enough
Into a blanket strong enough

And peace will be our way
When we mend the piece
That we have torn

 

 

Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Double Bass - Susan Clarke
Slide Guitar - Nick Huggins
Drums - Mark Gretton
 









Vocals, Nylon Guitar - Susan Clarke
Piano - Kate Rowe, Mark Cresp

 Album Notes
Huge gratitude to Joe Hammond for recording
this song … another last minute addition to the
album … 10 tracks were done and dusted .. then
the sneaky 11th appeared.
Sometimes life is just like that … unexpected.  

 

Careless on the Ground

Another leaf has fallen
Careless on the ground
Another tender piece of life
Has come to rest and breakdown

Hanging on and keeping hold
Then some strong cold wind blows
And you give way, you give way

It slips between, without a sound
And leaves no trace underfoot
Or underground

And the beauty of it all
And the beauty of it all
In the fall

Death defying acts of wonder
Scaling heights and free fall
Catch the air and sail
When the wind calls

Hanging on and  keeping hold
Then some strong cold wind blows
And you give way, you give way

It rises up and circles round
Then breaks it’s wing and cascades
To the ground

And the beauty of it all
And the beauty of it all
In the fall     

Another leaf has fallen
Careless on the ground