Sing Your Life EP

by Rev Simpkins

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1.
Sing your life like it’s a song Sing it tender, sing it strong Weep with others as they weep Oh, sing of truth when talk is cheap And, when you can, sing joyfully Let your melody run free Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! When the world’s all din and noise Keep some music in your voice If you’re hated or provoked Then sing with passion Sing in hope that if you share a melody You might make friends of enemies Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Sing your life like it’s a song And as that tune rolls on and on The more honestly you sing You’ll find that others soon join in And as your melodies entwine May your harmony be fine Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! While breath remains within me I shall not keep from singing While breath remains within me I shall not keep from singing Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Sing your life like it’s a song Sing it tender, sing it strong Weep with others as they weep Oh, sing of truth when talk is cheap And, when you can, sing joyfully Let your melody run free Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song! Oh, sing your life like it’s a song!
2.
Dunwich 04:49
I hear those voices that will not be drowned My love, come down with me to the stony Suffolk shore Where the curlew bows his head as the angry breakers roar My love, take off your clothes and come into the sea We’ll sink beneath the swells, find ourselves a city I hear those voices that will not be drowned My love, where are the towers, the steeples and the spires From which the bells rang out as fishing boats retired? Where are the crooked lanes, the streets, the market-places? Of cobbled roads and homes, the currents left no traces I hear those voices that will not be drowned My love, where are the graves? Where do the townsfolk sleep? Who mourns for them tonight? Who does remembrance keep? The waves devoured their bones, and years their memory Yes, time will come for you, tides roll relentlessly! I hear those voices that will not be drowned
3.
While you're asleep Downstairs I'll creep and drive to Shingle Street I'll sit alone and count the stones for a hundred years Horses roll in down towards me Break between my ribs Big sky brooding Empty but for me Rain turns to sleet While at my feet polished pebbles come and go As great waves roll, lost church bells toll Choirs sing to broken souls Horses roll in down towards me Break between my ribs Big sky brooding Empty but for me Horses roll in down towards me Break between my ribs Big sky brooding Empty but for Electric wires Far distant fires Puncture heavy air Far out to sea a broke body is lapped by black water Horses roll in down towards me Break between my ribs Big sky brooding Empty but for me
4.
The sea rolls up, the waves crash down And leave you sobbing with the lighthouse blues They’ll eat your spit, they’ll take your town And leave you sobbing with the lighthouse blues Here come the swash, there go backwash I hear you sobbing with the lighthouse blues To lick your bricks, red paint, whitewash I hear you sobbing with the lighthouse blues Remember when you flashed your warnings? And with your honky horn blew through those mists? But now your fate is slowly dawning You’ve caught that long-shore drift, now Uh oh! Lantern come, and lantern go There’s no use sobbing with the lighthouse blues Gone with my right-side middle toe There’s no use sobbing with those lighthouse blues Remember when you flashed your warnings? And with your honky horn blew through those mists? But now your fate is slowly dawning You’ve caught that long-shore drift, now Uh oh!

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Sing Your Life is the lead single from the forthcoming album/book, "Big Sea", the Rev's first new album in 11 years.

This EP features 3 non-album tracks: Dunwich, Shingle Street (Brass Band Version), and The Orfordness Lighthouse is Falling into the Sea Blues.

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released May 1, 2020

All songs, words, arrangements and recordings by the Reverend Matthew Simpkins
Produced by Matthew Simpkins
Sing Your Life mastered by Eric James at Philosophers Barn, Norfolk

All vocals and instruments by the Reverend Matthew Simpkins except:
James Death, drums on tracks 1 and 3
Karl Younger, bass on track 3
Toby Bull, trumpet on tracks 1 and 3
Daniel Merrill, violin on track 3
Sian Simpkins, french horn on track 3

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Rev Simpkins UK

Notorious sinner-songwriter, folk symphonist & Anglican priest.
The Rev’s unique psychedelic gospel and freak folk owes as much to the Old Testament, & the dark folk tales & barren landscapes of his native Suffolk, as it does to his musical heroes Nick Drake, Captain Beefheart & Blind Willie Johnson. He comes from a long line of priests & preachers whose fiery performances characterise his style. ... more

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