April

by Hope and Social

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April is our new album. It's a love album to Avril Lavergne but we can't spell.

April is our second full album, recorded once again in The Crypt, West Yorkshire between January and April 2010. It includes all the usual Hope and Social fayre and some added springtime beauty in the form of Garforth Brass Band, a string quartet, the "Come Dine With Us" bottle orchestra and the band's first full blown sax solo. From the wide-eyed positivity of opening track April to the hand on heart honesty of Marching on Through it's all in there. Plus it costs nothing to download so what have you got to lose!

We continue to sell all our standard releases for "pay what you want" (above the actual price of physical production). The album took 3 months and as usual paid the band nothing so please give whatever you can to help us keep the ship afloat. More than anything we want you to hear this music so if you're skint then either just get the download for free or pay the minimum. If you've just pushed into the 40% bracket and have a Rangerover then do the honorable thing!

NB. The minimum price and the shipping covers the cost of manufacturer and shipping your CD copy of April. Please pay whatever you feel is a fair price for the music on top of that!

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released 19 April 2010

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Hope and Social Leeds

In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...

"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine
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Track Name: April
This is where I long to be
Among the springing greens
Of April

Roses blossom enraptures me
Sets off the deepest green
Of April

And if I must go
I know I'll go alone
And if I must die
Let it be the other side
Of April

Swift and swallow carry me
Above the deepest sea
And back to April

Allow me now to feel some pride
That's absent any time
Aside from April

And if I must go
I know I'll go alone
And if I must die
Let it be the other side
Of April
Track Name: Pitching Far Too High
All that I know now
I'm pitching far too high
I cannot behold
The gilted angel's robe
The guilted pierced soul
I cannot behold

And the heavens roll
And the trumpets blow
And the sun outside burns this uncertain soul

All my learning stops
Whilst trying to join the dots
That pin-prick the night
Sun streams its life through the glass
Scriptures and sermons elapse
Suddenly, I'm with you
I'm old enough now to decide
To leap out and loosen these ties
But something is grounding me
And it's something I like

And the heavens roll
And the trumpets blow
And the sun outside burns this uncertain soul
Track Name: Caught in the Wake
Caught in the wake
Caught in the waves
Of this city I know
We get pushed on our way

To wherever this sea
Is forwarding me
Ship or to shore
City or stream

English sunlight soothes me eyes
Northern vowels revitalise

Caught in the wake
Caught in the waves
Puffed up with pride
For what I can't say

So hold onto me
As I'm pulled underneath
The concrete and chrome
Of this place we call home

English sunlight soothes me eyes
Northern vowels revitalise
Springside green it wraps my sould
I'm longing for a home I know

Is this a place where our children grow?
Is this a place where I'd lay my bones?
Is this a place where I'd kiss the ground,
Of hillside and seaside and satellite towns?
Is this a place of the once were so proud?
Is this a place where I'd laugh with the crowd?
Is this a place where we can believe?
Is this a place where we can still see,
A word as a word and kiss as a kiss?
Is this a place whose people I'd miss?
Is this a place where we can believe?
Is this a place where we can believe?
Is this a place that we can call home?
Is this a place that we can call home?
Track Name: Let's Go Out Tonight
Afternoons filled with gloom
Air as thick as soup
Skin I own filled with holes
Lets in rain and cold

Harden my heart to the selfish insensitive whims of the rain
Harden my eyes to the tears of the harshest of northern terrain

Swear these clouds are tumbling down
Push my knees to ground

Harden my heart to the selfish insensitive whims of the rain
Harden my eyes to the tears of the harshest of northern terrain
There's a melancholy there in the light
Steals chemicals on which I rely
So until the seasons change...Let's go out tonight

Fly these words to fleeing birds
Lift our feet away

Harden my heart to the selfish insensitive whims of the rain
Harden my eyes to the tears of the harshest of northern terrain
There's a melancholy there in the light
Steals chemicals on which I rely
So until the seasons change...Let's go out tonight
Track Name: Follow You Into
Head like a hollow, head like a hole
I sit here waiting and weighing these bones, oh these bones
You're sleeping oblivious to the mess in this mind
Take warmth from your skin like the April sunshine, it's devine

I'll follow you into...
I'll follow you home
I'll follow you into...

Head like a hollow, missing the fun
Scaring myself with a death that's to come, it's to come
You tell me quite rightly to open these eyes
Stare out the future with a childish surprise, I'm surprised

I'll follow you into...
I'll follow you home
I'll follow you into...

Wherever that we lay our hope is our home
Wherever we go we won't go it alone
Wherever we gather we'll sing from our souls
Wherever we walk we won't walk it alone

I'll follow you into...
I'll follow you home
I'll follow you into...

Wherever that we lay our hope is our home
Wherever we go we won't go it alone
Wherever we gather we'll sing from our souls
How can a man live a life all alone?

Head like a hollow, head like a hole
Smiling contented, the place of our home, of our home
Track Name: James
We're filling our days with sunshine and grace
We're saying our prayers but we're keeping you there
Where we can see your face

James, you tested our faith
James, we'll try not to hate
James, we're old fashioned guys
James, we'll take an eye for an eye
I'll take an eye for an eye

You didn't hurt us that much
Compared to other lives you've touched
I don't feel the need to look you in the eye
Give us what's ours and let sleeping dogs die
It's no good for the blood
I always liked you too much

James, you tested our faith
James, we'll try not to hate

James, we've got to let it lie

James, you tested our faith
James, we'll try not to hate
Track Name: Ripples Rock My Boat
I still believe in the lovers entwined
I still believe in the nursery rhyme
I still believe in the appeal on TV
I still believe in the ministry

But every now and again the ripples rock my boat
I just throw up my arms and we get soaked

I still believe in the power of a kiss
I still believe in the birthday wish
I still believe in the birds on the breeze
I still believe in you and me

But every now and again the ripples rock my boat
I just throw up my arms and we get soaked
Throw this clutter overboard
Throw reasons not to out the door
We'll count our blessings and lucky stars
They'll soon outweigh these heavy hearts

I still believe in the magic trick
I still believe in our one bug hit

But every now and again the ripples rock my boat
I just throw up my arms and we get soaked
Throw this clutter overboard
Throw reasons not to out the door
We'll count our blessings and lucky stars
They'll soon outweigh these heavy hearts
Track Name: A Darkness Now is Coming
Hear me out sound for sound
A darkness now is coming
I'm allowed to let you down
When the darkness now is coming

So I will wrap my arms and my legs in holy lead
I will wrap my heart in a bible that I know but I've not read
With hearts and minds
With healing time
With holy light
I will wrap my heart in this life

Hear me out sound for sound
When the darkness now is coming
I've lost my faith in the human race
And I count myself among them
This pretty house is so run down
But I have to hold my hands up
I cannot name or lay the blame
Cos it's partly my own f*ck-up

So I will pump this knackered old heart with holy wine
I'll relight this tried old mind with these good good friends of mine
With hearts and minds
With healing time
With holy light
I will wrap my heart in this life
Track Name: Marching on Through
Come on you move like we move now
Come on you roll like we roll
Come on you shout when we say shout
Pick up your sword and let's go

Out to the east and the high high tide
Out to the west where we grew
Down to the south and our good good friends
Up to the north of our home

I've waited for years just to be here
Watching the wheels as we go
I've waited for years just to be here
Now we're home

Wherever we meet there'll be bars of angels
We'll die with our hearts out in bloom
We'll sing with the power of a million voices
Now we're all marching on through

I've waited for years just to be here
Watching the wheels as we go
I've waited for years just to be here
Now we're home

Day after day, year after year
We'll be marching on through
The roads and the towns
Of the country we've found
We'll be marching on through
Track Name: Eurospin
If I'm more use to you on fire
Bring a match and we'll burn a pyre
If I'm more use to you underground
Dig a hole and we'll come on down
Cos we're down, here for you

Take a drive from the drizzling rain
Over moors to the country lanes
Where the seeds fly confetti thin
Over petals of newborn skin
And we're down, over you

We'll roam around
Through the roads and the fields and the towns
We'll roam around
In my arms you'll be safe you'll be sound

I'll be there when your patience thins
I'll be there when you're in the ring
I'll be there through November rain
I'll be there when Sweet Child comes again

We'll roam around
Through the roads and the fields and the towns
We'll roam around
In my arms you'll be safe you'll be sound

Hold your chin up high
Hold your chin up high
Hold your chin up high
Hold your chin up high
So I can see your eyes...