Come to the edge

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Come to the Edge

"You said come to the edge. We can’t we said, we’re scared. Come to the edge you said. We came, you pushed us. We flew."

Nothing captures place and time better than music.

A lot of the songs on this album reflect a time when weekends were full of family music, when guitars and home-made songs were the currency of togetherness.

Jim was a big part of that. He has his own family now and lives in Manchester. I’m glad he could re-join us for at least one of the many tracks he made his own.

Times change, kids grow and spin away into new orbits. Nothing is for keeps.

Tumbler began two years ago when Harry suggested recording and we found Dave. Suddenly a whole bunch of stuff that was fun to sit around and play together turned into something more.

Two albums in, the music has developed and increasingly sits alongside new material. The last two years have seen Harry grow as a writer and performer.

Our kitchen concerts don’t happen so much these days. Endings though bring new beginnings. I don’t know where or whether Tumbler goes next. Whatever the future holds I’m grateful.

Richard Grace
England
2016

PS The opening quote borrows from Brandon Bays ‘The Journey’, a book we still intend to read sometime.

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released July 26, 2016

Black sheep, Falling, Week and Dial copyright Harry Grace

All other songs copyright Richard Grace

Engineering, mixing, mastering, production and additional instrumentation by Dave Needham at Dark Horse Studio, Epsom, England

Design by ThincTanc

With thanks to: Beck Crumpton for additional vocals on Joanne; Ian Wherry for piano on Joanne; Paul Davis for drums on all tracks except Sweetest Thing and Joanne.

Most of all, thank you for listening.

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Tumbler Epsom, UK

Folk/rock project Tumbler introduce 'Ushuaia' - follow up single to albums 'Come to the Edge' and 'You Said'.

Featuring Harry Grace, Dave Needham and Richard Grace.

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Track Name: Black sheep
Baa baa black sheep have a little wool
You can stay up late just don’t fall off the wall
Take your time it’s all for me
You gave your life so we could flog it for pretty much free
And even when the sun don’t shine
I’m telling you baby you’re just not my type
I wouldn’t try to rob you blind
I’m crooked
So baa baa black sheep have a little wool
You’ll need it when humanity, leaves and winter fall
Fatter sacks from closer shaves
You just ain’t what the target markets want to save
At the end of the day
And even when the sun don’t shine
They’re shifting lilos at inflated price
And though they’ve heard the joke a thousand times
They’re laughing
Take me high enough to try and make it there
Take me high enough to see the sun
So bye bye black sheep have a little wool
And even when the sun don’t shine
Their crops can still photosynthesise
And even when their livestock dies
They’re laughing
We’ll take you high enough you’ll wanna come in here
You’ll wanna give your life to see our sun
And I’m better, babe, don’t ask me why
Just read between the lines
What’s the matter, baby, is the print too fine?
We made it watertight.
‘Cos the drop, so sheer, second we’ll kick you off the edge
Can’t catch me, babe, don’t even try
Now whose left behind?
Not I
Track Name: Don't take much
Seems it don’t take much
You got to wonder how
From a loving touch
To this great big row
A bunch of things got said we’re not talking now
Okay this don’t bother me
I never liked you anyway
Secretly I kind of love her
And I know what I’d like to say

Oh babe we work so hard
Yes and hold on so tight
Get worried when it don’t feel right
And all of the time
Love flows so strong
So deep and fine we can’t go wrong
The thing is we need to get along, so…

Just let it flow
Trust and let go
Oh babe love’s stronger than you and I know

Too soon yet
To end hostilities
Got to keep that jaw line set
Secretly I want to find a way
To forgive and forget

Oh babe don’t it seem sometimes
Love’s a hard road to choose
And the harder we try the more we lose
But love ain’t no mountain, no
Love ain’t no goal
All we need to do is let it roll
You know just kind of take it slow, yeah…

Just let it flow
Trust and let go
Oh babe love’s stronger than you and I know

Just let it flow
Trust and let go
Oh babe love’s stronger than you and I know
Track Name: Falling
What does it mean to say you’re falling?
Am I cruising for bruises on my knee-
(Nei)ther admit we feel ecstatic
Electricity
Between us when we speak
I don’t know what you just said
Not sure what it meant but
Oh my God say it again
All these individual moments
Are just components that all link back to you
(You) smile as they come together
They come together the old mixed with the new
I don’t know what you just said
Not sure what it meant but
Oh my God say it again
I don’t know what you just said
Not sure what it meant but
Oh my God say it again
In this moment
All else falls away
And as the planet turns
Does the planet change?
Forever was only yesterday
And we can still return
To when the world’s first pterodactyl
Was terrified
Of falling from the sky
Long before the clouds were stained
By transatlantic aeroplanes
I guess the ground
Was the last thing on his mind
I don’t know what you just said
Not sure what it meant but
I don’t know what you just said
Not sure what it meant but
But oh my God say it again
Snapback you’re talking faster
Backtrack from ‘ever afters’
One sure fire way to lose her
Babble on about your futures
Too fast and too far gone
To get back to where you were but
Oh my God. Just oh my God
What does it mean to say you’re falling?
What does it mean to say you’re falling?
Track Name: Nothing to hold you
You got your camembert sandwiches wrapped up
A bottle of wine in your pocket
A clapped out overcoat in a carrier bag
Lady are you leaving me?
And is that a ticket to London town
Fast in your hand?
I haven’t known you long
But something told me this time
That true love
Was going to stay a while

Got nothing to hold you
I can’t keep or control you
Oh lady I’m sold on you
But all the same it’s goodbye

You know I ain’t that much of a mixer
And all that you told me was true
A camera being my only pride and joy
Outside of being with you
And now as I linger on platform nine
Waving to you and trying to keep from crying
I lift up my camera
And take a first and last photo of you

Got nothing to hold you
I can’t keep or control you
Oh lady I’m sold on you
But all the same it’s goodbye

Got nothing to hold you
I can’t keep or control you
Oh lady I’m sold on you
But all the same it’s goodbye
Track Name: Sweetest thing
Washed out with love for my love
What a lady
You know she knocked me off my feet
And dragged me down between the sheets
And before I could count up to ten
She’d shot me into orbit once again
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
Oh heaven’s above
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
I’m all washed out with love

Washed out with love for my love
It’s balmy weather
And there’s a lawn mower in the distance
Putt-putting across the lawn
While on the bed I rest my head
On legs that stand for all that keep me warm
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
Blue skies above
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
I’m all washed out with –
Ain’t love the sweetest thing
Makes you want to laugh out loud
Makes you everything you’re meant to be
My love’s the sweetest thing
Got to tell you it makes me proud
To think that I’m with her and she’s with me
Washed out with love for my love
Well maybe one day
I will find out just what it is
That she ever found in me
But in the meantime I’m content to lie
Beside my love and let the hours slip by

Doo-doo-be-doo-doo
All the stars up above
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
Yeah I’m all washed out with love
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
Oh heaven’s above
Doo-doo-be-doo-doo-doo
Yeah I’m all washed out with love
Track Name: Week
Wednesdays are my favourite form of modesty
They often pass unnoticed between the borders of the week
Wake up in the morning scream ‘Where has it gone?’
You lose yourself like you’re the opposite of strong
But I pretend that I chose my rights
And I pretend not to tap out three times
But I gave in
To protect my pride I gave in
To the honeyed lies
But I - I won’t run from this house we built from stone
And I - I won’t run from this house we built from stone
And sometimes I go mess around just to prove I can
I’m willing and I’m able, at least I think I am
In twenty years they’re sure that I’ll forget today
So why the hell should I mind if it turns out ok?
But I pretend not to be defined
By how I spend hours nine through five
But in the end
For an alibi I gave in
To the honeyed lies
But I - I won’t run from this house we built from stone
And I - I won’t run from this house we built from stone
Without my mother’s organising
Rigorous and binding
To futures I don’t need
Because I love improvising
Dancing between the lines
I know I will never read
‘Cos if the sky is really falling
Aren’t we all just stalling
Before the final piece?
And no roof of granite tiles
is gonna stop it finding
Stop it finding me
But I won’t run from this house we built from stone
And I – I won’t run from this house we built from stone
Track Name: Winter cold heart
Night time, a silvery moon
Snow clouds, massive sky
We were walking, you and I
Upon a lake of ice
‘Take my shoes, take my heart
Take this token’
Oaken trees, a freshening breeze
You were gone

Brown shoes, powdery snow
Sweeping now across the ice
And the silent empty night
Where once walked you and I
Falling down upon my knees
Searching, searching
For a token, for a heart
There was none

Cast my coat to the ground
Cast my soul to the dream
That is lost shall be found
Truth is seldom what it seems

Heart and soul I gave to you
This much at least I held as true
We believe until we see anew
A winter cold heart, and token too
Looking back between our tracks
All I gave you were some footsteps
A mile or two, a pair of shoes

Cast my coat to the ground
Cast my soul to the dream
That is lost shall be found
Truth is seldom what it seems
Track Name: Diamond in a drawer
Ten years nearly, hell, love really can be blind
Looking back there were cracks but not so clearly at the time
One long night
His love for her just dies
He can’t work out what for
He looks for clues and finds
A diamond in a drawer

Needs must concede love’s a complicated game
Though it’s everything that makes life work
No two loves work the same
Nonetheless
A basic truth remains
To open every door
Risks getting hurt again
A diamond in a drawer
Open each door
Risk getting hurt some more
Hold back and lose it all for sure
Open each door
Risk getting hurt some more
Hold back and lose it all for sure

Just one year in when he bought her the ring
Out of all the things he gave her
I guess that meant everything
Just a ring
She took but never wore
Despite how much it cost
That wasn’t what was lost
A diamond in a drawer
A diamond in a drawer
Track Name: Joanne
Joanne with silence above her
Walking slowly on rivers of water
Like when we were young
There’s a beauty in widows that weep
There is peace in the eyes of the sleeping
Before you
Before you I kneel down
And still weeping

Joanne across time-worn canvasses
With choirs in the echoes of churches
The story was told
Doors are broken and swing in the wind
For every ending there’s surely time to begin
Before you
Before you I kneel down
And still weeping

Joanne the silence of memory is yours
The silence of wind on the battlefield
To yearn evermore
I could paint you the graves and the names
There are so many silent beneath the rain
Before you
Before you I kneel down
And still weeping
Track Name: In safe hands (ft. Jim Grace)
Baby baby baby babe
You’re going to wake up
You’re going to walk
Going to find your peace
And your road
Going to make this world your own
Until you trace your steps back home

Every step you take is planned
You’re going to wake up in safe hands

And there’s no need to fear at all
It’s only shadows nothing more
It’s just imaginings at your door
And if you reach out, and if you’re strong
They fade away and the fear is gone

Baby babe understand
You’re going to wake up in safe hands
You’re going to wake up in safe hands
Baby baby baby babe
You’re going to wake up
You’re going to walk
You’re going to find your peace
And your road
Going to make this world your own
Until you stand on higher ground

Baby babe understand
You’re going to wake up in safe hands
You’re going to wake up in safe hands
You’re going to wake up in safe hands
Track Name: Dial
Sometimes
Sometimes I wait by the phone
But lately
Lately I get too damn tired
And happiness is the strangest word I ever heard now
As it whispers through the trees
And sometimes
Often I just lie with the sins that you keep
Hey you
Don’t lose your hope
I’ll be there at the tone
You’re halfway home
When you
Follow your road
I’ll be there at the tone
You’re halfway home
And contaminate my pillowcase
As it infiltrates through the membranes
And keeps me awake
Dreaming
And don’t you see your residue
Is never quite lost when dawn breaks?
Hey you
Don’t lose your hope
I’ll be there at the tone
You’re halfway home
When you
Follow your road
I’ll be there at the tone
You’re halfway home
And others may come at you so bite back your tongue
Believe you can’t follow through the things that you’ve done
Tomorrow’s another day, another day, another day
And happiness is the strangest word I’ve ever heard
But it’s never quite there when dawn breaks
Hey you
Don’t lose your hope
I’ll be there at the tone
You’re halfway home
When you
Follow your road
I’ll be there at the tone
You’re halfway home
Track Name: Freedom the cry
First the guns the tanks the machinery
Of state oppression control completely
And then one voice, one light in the darkness
Instantly gone but replaced by a million
And swept by a tide of human emotion
The wall crashes down and oppression is broken

Here’s to the cause
To revolution to freedom
It’s all over the news
It’s almost like being there
Alongside them

Freedom the cry
Legion the tide
Legion we stand side by side

Legion we stand
Triumphant in glory
She took both my hands
Look closer to home for the story

Freedom the dream
If you would be free
The god of small things holds the key

There’s only one dream
Worth having she said
Only one dream she said
The dream is to live
While you are alive
And only to die when you’re dead

Do what you do, do what’s expected
Don’t shake the foundations of all you’ve erected
And don’t stand out from the crowd
Don’t risk what you’ve got for what beats in your heart
And don’t fly too close to the sun
You never were meant to be some kind of chosen one

Follow the crowd
Choose safety, choose easy
Lose all you are meant to be
Follow the crowd

Legion you stand
Triumphant in glory
The comfort of crowds
The price everything you are meant to be

Freedom the cry
The freedom to fly
The freedom to live till you die
There’s only one dream
Worth having she said
Only one dream she said
The dream is to live
While you are alive
And only to die when you’re dead
Freedom the cry
The freedom to fly
The freedom to live till you die
She took both my hands