Cotton Wool and Knotted Wood

by Hope and Social

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This little album started life as a live set for our Winter Warmer gig at the Georgian Theatre in Richmond, North Yorkshire, December 2011. We'd decided to re-arrange some of our songs for a more stripped down acoustic feel but, as usual, we all got a little over-excited and started gathering instruments to re-arrange the tracks. Soon we had amassed reed organs, out of tune hand bells, a shambolic brass section (us), pianos, guitars, ukuleles, whistles, double bass, drums and a violin. The gig was such a lovely night that we decided to record the tracks - adding a couple of new tunes to the best of the set.

The album was recorded live over 5 days in The Crypt, West Yorkshire. Three of the tracks were recorded as part of our Big Red Button night and the voices of those who came down for the evening can be heard on the title track Knotted Wood.

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released March 25, 2012

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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: Knotted Wood
I have not nor will I leave
Something in which I still believe
For love is such a complex thing
Not simplified by writs or rings

Oil my skin
To keep the badness in
For eyes that see just good
Are as much use now as knotted wood

I have not nor will I fight
For things I don’t believe are right
So pass my shield and dry your eyes
And listen to these battle cries
WOOOO-HOOO

Oil my skin
To keep the badness in
For eyes that see just good
Are as much use now as knotted wood

I demand a thousand days
To make some sense of what we’ve made
I do not want to build on sand
Unstable feet need stable land

Oil my skin
To keep the badness in
For eyes that see just good
Are as much use now as knotted wood

I WILL SAIL…my father’s boat
I WILL SAIL…my father’s boat
I WILL SAIL…my father’s boat
I WILL SAIL…my father’s boat

Oil my skin…