Light Time & Sound

by Helen Dorothy

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pip3676 Helen is my oldest friend, Absolutely thrilled to hear and purchase her wonderful third album. So glad to see a rendition of Eucalyptus Man, as an old favourite of mine. So many emotions ran through me hearing this album, Helen's lyrics and vocals are playful, haunting, soulful and unique, every song on every album evokes such emotion. You have excelled as ever dear friend. Pip x Favorite track: Last Run Moment.
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1.
Radio Angel 05:43
Radio Angel © Helen Dorothy (2009) Have you heard the radio angel on marine band sixty-two Today is her last broadcast - I hear she’s going to Utiku To all you boys who are out there on the deep blue southern swell This is fisherman’s radio listening and I hope that you go well Radio angel – out across the waves Radio angel – a voice to keep you safe And if I ever needed angels, this is the kind they would be Nothing celestial, nothing divine, just ordinary folk who are happy to shine They'll look out for yours, take care of mine, and they do it with... Heart and soul Heart and soul We’ll look out for each other If we have heart and we have soul Have you seen the triple-one angels when there’s darkness and despair They send the men in red to clear the way and those in blue to clear the air Here come the aerial angels shuddering through the sky And they hover like a spaceship while the seconds are flashing by Triple-one angels – send us someone brave Triple-one angels – there’s someone here to save And if I ever needed angels, this is the kind they would be Nothing celestial, nothing divine, just ordinary folk who are happy to shine They'll look out for yours and take care of mine, and they do it with... Heart and soul Heart and soul We’ll look out for each other If we have heart and we have soul Now there are angels in the mountains and there are angels on the surf But they’re not the martyrs we hear about who are blowing lives away from earth So here’s to all you angels out there on the wing You’re just ordinary people doing your own thing With heart and with soul With heart and with soul We’ll look out for each other If we have heart and we have soul
2.
Another Way 03:55
Another Way © Helen Dorothy (2014) She was going on her way; it was a fine, sunny day She was feeling on top of the world I made a noise in the shack, stopped her in her tracks And you can see how events unfurled She heard me... Scratching and a-whining, scrabbling, and pining And yelping to be free Yapping and a-yowling, whimpering, and howling For someone to let me free ‘Cos I missed... The tumble and rough in the dandelion fluff Come on and set me free Throw me a stick for a warm wet lick Come on and set me free I like the sun on my belly, a whiff of something smelly Come on and set me free And a hound dog mate to bark at the gate with Come on and set me free She went up to the house, but shrank like a mouse Not a place she wanted to be She went swiftly on her way this fine, sunny day Heart low, brow so heavy They’re the ones choosing And we’re the ones losing Come on and set us free It was invisible her, and miserable me Come on and set us free ‘Cos I need the... The tumble and rough in the dandelion fluff Come on and set me free I’ll deliver your stick with a slobbery lick Come on and set me free I like a tickle on the muzzle when my nose solves a puzzle Come on and set me free And a hound dog mate to bark at the gate with Come on and set me free Along comes a man in a uniform Goes up to the house where the reception is far from warm. Puts me in a truck, drives away Tells me it’s my lucky day There’s another way of loving me There’s another way of being with me There’s another way of loving me There’s another way of being with me There’s another way of loving me There’s another way of being with me There’s another way of giving A better way of living And another way of loving me.
3.
Touch & Stay 04:15
Touch & Stay © Helen Dorothy (2008) Neil Young said: “I need a crowd of people but I can’t face them day to day” Well I know you know what he was trying to say. Puff, in a cloud smoke I am there, and then I vanish in the very same way I’d rather that than fight and play when You’re pacing all over the room And I’m down on my knees with my fingers madly drumming I see the flash of panic in your eyes And I know exactly what’s coming… Touch and go, or touch and stay Tell me which one is the way I should have listened to the warnings And if you really know You really want the touch and go Then go and touch someone else And don’t come back in the morning Time and time again you give me the feeling there’s nowhere you would rather be This cosy life, just you and me I feel the quickening of your pulse and I know I can’t let this curiosity Untangle you and set you free Hey, does your skin not fit, are you turning away, giving me the shoulder But not to cry on I hear distraction in your breath as you dream to weave yourself a carpet, a magic one, to fly away on Touch and go, or touch and stay Tell me which one is the way I should have listened to the warnings And if you really know You really want the touch and go Then go and touch someone else And don’t come back in the morning Touch and go, or touch and stay Tell me which one is the way I should have read all those warnings And if you’re trying to say You really want the touch and stay Then it’s touch and go But I’ll see you in the morning And if you wanna say You really want the touch and stay Then it’s touch and go But I’ll be there in the morning
4.
(Another) Saturday Night © Michael O'Leary (2003) I have been drunk! On each of Baudelaire's Fancy wings have I flown. On wine, poetry and the tail-wing of virtue Have I in drunken chariots gone. Drink! Drink! Drink! With the nebulous goal, To find the limitless mind and soul. On! On! On! Through light, time, and sound Too late! I fall to the ground. Which I hit with a terrible smash And as a Phoenix, turn to ash. You ask, "Like the bird Will you rise again soon?" I answer, "Yes, Sunday, Monday, Or maybe Tuesday afternoon!"
5.
Be Kind To Your Heart © Helen Dorothy (2016) Be kind to your heart It will be your friend It will go with you to places Where your mind may never bend And it will make you whole But it can leave you hollow Go easy on your mind Like the sun, like the rain It will be in all the places Where your heart takes you again Where it can rest with peace Or spin in sorrow And it will make you whole But it can leave you hollow And it can rest with peace Or spin in sorrow Be kind to your heart It will be your friend It will go with you to places Where your mind may never bend And it will make you whole But it can leave you hollow Go easy on your mind Like the sun, like the rain It will be in all the places Where your heart leaves you again Where it can rest with peace Or spin in sorrow And you shall be whole again... And you can rest with the peace…
6.
Over The Line © Helen Dorothy (2010) She’s gone away She might never be back They gave her nineteen years of their lives Then she did a vanishing act They treated her well And how they loved her They really, really cared for her But when she told them she found it way too hard To pick up the phone or post them a card It just left them hanging in the air…. It’s a funny old world A funny old world we live in The people that we’re closest to Can be the people to whom we’re giving The hardest time And sometimes it works out fine But sometimes we take it a little too far And we’re stepping over the line He’s run away But I guess he’ll be back He gave them every day of his life But they never cut him any slack He showed them respect But that was ‘cos he was made to And you could see he was even afraid to And when they told him that he was a waste of space Such a shame he had his father’s face It just left him hanging in the air…. It’s a funny old world A funny old world we live in The people that we’re closest to Can be the people to whom we’re giving The hardest time And sometimes it works out fine But sometimes we take it a little too far And we’re stepping over the line When we take it a little too far We find we're stepping over the line Sometimes we take it a little too far And we’re stepping over the line
7.
Eucalyptus Man © Helen Dorothy (2007) Here’s a tale Set in New South Wales Where the ironbark rails Weave through the dusty ranges pale There’s a man Acquires a plot of land Plants a eucalyptus stand Then offers his daughter Ellen’s hand To the suitor who can name all the trees Five hundred of them, ragged and pale Shivering in the breeze And Ellen she said As she lay down on her river-gum bed "I’ll never be wed to a eucalyptus man" So, they came and they went The bushman and the city gent But the rules could not be bent, Then, a scientist from Kew Said he’d stay a month or two And they marveled at all the gums he knew And she hoped and she prayed He’d get his stringybarks, his bloodwoods, And his blues mixed up with his greys And in Ellen’s gloom She stayed inside her bluestone room Crying "I’ll not be entombed with a eucalyptus man" Soon, it came to pass The day to name the very last And lift the spell that had been cast And share together the stories of their pasts But such a simple, simple mistake One that any gum tree expert could make And as he stumbled to the road He sealed Ellen’s fate She threw back the sheets Came running down no shoes on her feet Singing "My life is complete without the eucalyptus man" And down in the groves Waits the boy from town she already chose And the hot wind blows away the eucalyptus man.
8.
In The Breezy Summer Air © Helen Dorothy (2009) In the breezy summer air she passes Stepping through the waving grasses A woman with a basket filled with washing from her day Butterflies on the wing And on the line her fisher-king Flies off to chase cicadas that are ringing through her day And the bathroom towels are softly flapping Leggings twirl like ribbon wrapping Fitted sheets—basking sharks gulping in the air Shirt sleeves gesticulating Left sock with its right sock waiting Her washing gently drying in the breezy summer air She chooses blue pegs for his denim blue Green ones for just a few things Pink pegs for the smaller items hidden out of view White for a pillow case Tear stains from her sleepy face Are rinsed away to a distant place far out of view And the bathroom towels are softly flapping Leggings twirl like ribbon wrapping Fitted sheets—basking sharks gulping in the air Shirt sleeves gesticulating Left sock with its right sock waiting Her washing gently drying in the breezy summer air
9.
Twelve Of Us 03:48
Twelve Of Us © Helen Dorothy (2014) We are people off the street skulking like foxes Our names spinning in ballot boxes And now we’re weighing up a dude in the docks And it’s all a strange situation The Judge sits up high and large Madam Secretary reads out the charge And over in the corner the Detective Sergeant who headed the investigation I look around and what do I see Eleven blank faces staring at me And we carry the same weight We've got to find a common way Through the million different shades of grey That you get between the black and the white To see whose wrong and whose right Crown Prosecutor’s got an act that’s slick Defence Counsel are sharp and quick And up in the gallery they all feel sick And dizzy with their emotions It’s hands on the Book for the moral achievers Hands on hearts for the non-believers Hands in the air for us fact receivers We’re pushing aside our emotions I look around and what do I see There's eleven faces frowning with me And we carry the same weight We’re trying to find a common way Through the million different shades of grey That you get between the black and the white To see whose wrong and whose right I look around and I hope to see Twelve of us in harmony And we all carry the same weight We’re trying to find a common way Through the million different shades of grey That you get... Between the wrong and the right The wrong and the right
10.
The Unspoken Word © Helen Dorothy (2015) In a story never told A memory never awoken Like a message placed inside a hollow egg that can never be read until the shell is broken The unspoken word Can be a remedy to ease the pain and stop its transmission Be curious, be shy Embrace your imagination Feel the tension rising, rising, when the spell is unbroken The unspoken word Maybe, maybe the silence is a love admission
11.
Last Run Moment Lyrics © Helen Dorothy (2014) Wait for the moment Soon it will come And the pain of your joy is gone Touch me and know I feel Whisper with smiles and tears Uncurl my fingers And hold me near It's all you can do Love me It's all you'll do And the world is calling It's fast, it's slow There are dreams, there are nightmares The highs, the lows It's all you can do Watch me It's all you'll do Touch you and hope you feel Whisper and pray you hear Wait for the moment It's all I can do

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All songs written and produced by Helen Dorothy except
'(Another) Saturday Night' - a poem by Michael O'Leary
'Last Run Moment' - music 'The Last Run' by Paul Symons from 'Spaceman' recorded at Braeburn Recording Studio (2004)

Recorded/engineered by Dave Trail & Adele McCartney at Tsunami Sound Studios, Levin, New Zealand

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released September 28, 2017

Helen Dorothy—vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola, percussion

Paul Symons—vocals, pedal steel, dobro, electric and acoustic guitar
Paul is in demand as a solo performer, accompanist and recording musician. After spiraling the country in a vintage Bedford school-bus playing pubs, ski-fields, and festivals, he settled down to play with legendary party-band The Dusters, and alt-country combo Too Far Gone. He has two well-received self-released albums under his belt, and performs his original music with Lott.

Lott—double bass
Lott is a multi-instrumentalist who has played venues and jazz/blues festivals worldwide, and all the major New Zealand folk festivals. He plays guitar in his own Slippery Noodle avant-garde jazz trio, and performs as bassist or percussionist with New Millennium Beatniks, and Goth & Pixie. Lott contributed double-bass to bluegrass band Wires & Wood’s 2010 Tui Award winning album.

Neil Billington—blues and chromatic harp
Neil is one of New Zealand’s leading exponents of the harmonica, combining a rare capacity for both the traditional blues harmonica and the less typical chromatic harmonica. Neil performed at the 2016 ‘Live Magic’ blues festival in Tokyo, where he was invited to play with the lead act, slide-guitar legend Sonny Landreth.

Janet Holborow—cello
Janet has numerous projects under her belt as a high calibre session musician. She performs in many musical combinations including the lively 'bistro cabaret' act The Crimson Club.

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Helen Dorothy is “an acoustic folk artist in an honest sense” (NZ Musician, 2009). She writes "beautifully-crafted, intelligent songs rich in memorable imagery" (fRoots Magazine, Jan 2014).

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