Yorkshire Electric EP

by Hope and Social

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The EP that wasn’t an EP.

This collection of songs started life as the soundtrack for a large outdoor light and video show. Over four weekends and visiting four towns the work entitled Yorkshire Electric would have used rare and unseen footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive to weave a story of the rich and varied communities of the Yorkshire Dales and East Coast.

Sadly, due to funding cuts the project was cancelled but we decided to pull together what we had and make 5 songs as a record of the project and the time we spent in the studio. The songs, like the artwork, explore the land and lives of this bit of the country and are drenched with a sense of nostalgia and memory. It’s well trodden ground for us but hopefully there’s a clarity and focus to this which warrants its title.

Read more about it here: www.hopeandsocial.co.uk/2018/01/11/yorkshire-electric-ep-wasnt-ep/

Enjoy folks.

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released January 17, 2018

All songs written by Hope and Social

Mixed by Ed Waring

All songs performed by Hope and Social: Simon Fletcher, James Hamilton, Richard Huxley, Gary Stewart, Ed Waring and Simon Wainwright

Recorded at The Crypt, West Yorkshire November 2017-January 2018

Huge thanks to everyone who supports us and keeps us going. You are appreciated more than you will ever know.

Yorkshire Electric by Hope and Social is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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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: People Change
Smell of grass on a summer's day
Heading out east to the Yorkshire bays
I will miss you

Blanket laid on the rolling hills
The sun cuts through like a closed fresnel
I will miss you

A burst of leaves like a spray of paint
I see a snowdrop and my heart just melts

I would have loved just to stick around
But something's changed and I don't know how I'll forgive you

People change

Specks of white on a smooth green baize
The short short nights
The long long days
I'll miss you

Spider's nest of the winter's trees
The wind just blows the rain just freezes

Drum of rain on the westward wall
The April showers the autumn squall

I would have loved just to stick around
But something's changed and I don't know how...

People change

We'll stay, stay, where the winds just howls

It's people that change it's the place that remains
And that's why we can still call this home
These hills and these fields
They're not fickle or feared
And that's why we can still call this home
It tells me no lies
And with no compromise
It just grows as I think I should grow
People can change
Yes now people can change
And that's why we can still call this home

Come on now
People change
Track Name: Over These Walls
Abide with me my love and let me set the scene
I'm watching celluloid of lives we couldn't dream
There they are in black and white
Let me know the colour of their hair

Abide with us a while and let us meet their eyes
A frozen eulogy of long forgotten lives
Let us paint the shadows in
Let us know the colour of their hair

Show me one more wall
Show me one more stream
Show me one more tree but make it evergreen
Evergreen

I see a lover there, a mother and a child
I know a war will come and take away their lives
Maybe we've the same to come
Maybe there'll be horror in our lives

Show me one more wall
Show me one more stream
Show me one more tree but make it evergreen
Evergreen

Come take my hand
Come take my hand
Over these walls, over these walls, over these walls
They've seen it all
They've seen it all
Over these walls, over these walls, over these walls
Come take my hand
Track Name: East Coast Bays
Pour my blood into a field of hay
Drag my body to the East Coast Bays
I'm in love with a land that loves the way that I do

Lay me down under an autumn tree
Wash my body in a babbling stream
I'm in love with a land that loves the way that I do

Oh my soul, comes alive when I'm heading home
Oh my soul

We know what we've been told
This world is growing old
That's OK we're growing older too
My world my sweet sweet sage
My world of constant change
Let me stay and change a while with you
I'm in love with a land that loves the way that I do

Come on play until our knees are grazed
Stop the clocks and let the evening play on
I'm in love with a land that loves the way that I do
I'm in love with a land that loves the way that I do

Oh my soul, comes alive when I'm heading home
Oh my soul

We know what we've been told
This world is growing old
That's OK we're growing older too
My world my sweet sweet sage
My world of constant change
Let me stay and change a while with you
I'm in love with a land that loves the way that I do
Track Name: Lay In The Long Grass With Me
Your soul's down
Sitting on the ropes
Your chin's proud
Taking blow on blow after blow

The clock turns
Spinning round and round
A whirlpool
Trying to pull you down, pull you down

Take us all back home
To where we said we'd grow

Lay down the hourglass and lay in the long grass with me
Go where the birds fly where time has no meaning be free
Be free

Go now
Following the flow
That the herd knows
Following the flow as it goes

Time's no friend of ours
It flows with no regard for us

Lay down the hourglass and lay in the long grass with me
Go where the birds fly where time has no meaning be free
Be free
Track Name: Oh My Kid
Oh my kid I wonder where you are
Oh my kid I wonder where you are
Are you down where we used to play
Are you kicking round with a ball
Are you there where we used to hide
1, 2, 3 you're all out by the wall

And oh my kid
I see you every day
There in a face
I see you every day
Are you calling around to play
Catching bullyheads in the stream
A brand new bike that you want to ride
Or are you struggling just like me?

Meet me by the pub
We're going to have a drink to what we could have been
If we had only stuck by our guns

Me I'll play in goal
And you can be a soldier brave and bold
We're going to change the world
We're going to change the world

Maybe I could sing
And you can play the drums we'll do our thing
We're going to change the world
We're going to change the world

Meet me by the pub
We're going to have a drink to what we could have been
If we had only stuck by our guns