Sing Your Life EP

by Rev Simpkins & the Phantom Notes

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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 & the Phantom Notes 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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Track Name: Sing Your Life
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!
Track Name: Dunwich
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
Track Name: Shingle Street (Brass Band Version)
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
Track Name: The Orfordness Lighthouse is Falling Into the Sea Blues
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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