Small town boy

by Paul Bell

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"Small Town Boy" is the fourth album from singer/songwriter Paul Bell. Nine new songs written with Paul's trademark melodic sensibility and lyrics that connect life's big mysteries with its everyday hopes and struggles.

Paul teamed up with producers Dan and Matt Weeks of weeksweeksweeks for this album, and there's a richness and freshness to the sound as a result, adding horns and lap steel to the sonic palette of Paul's acoustic guitar and piano. Real grown-up songs.

The album features live favourites "Four" and "California" along with some new songs including the brooding "River", toe-tapping "No love lost" and the uplifting closer "Still got a way to go".

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released December 2, 2013

Produced by Dan and Matt Weeks for weeksweeksweeks.
Recorded at Rubble Mansions and Air Studio F.
Mixed by Dan Weeks at Rubble Mansions.
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers, Finland.
Photography by Mark Pierce.

Dan Weeks: Drums, Percussion, Programming, Harmonium, Keyboards, Saxophone, Recorders, Rhodes, Hand claps, Backing vocals.
Matt Weeks: Electric bass, Upright bass, Acoustic guitars, Electric guitars, Hi-strung guitar, Wurlitzer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Hammond, Backing vocals.
Russel Smith: Lapsteel, Electric guitars.
Paul Bell: Vocals, Acoustic guitars, Electric guitars, Piano, Mellotron flutes, Hand claps.

All songs written by Paul Bell Copyright Control © 2013

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Paul Bell Nottinghamshire, UK

"I like that, I like that very much - Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2.

Paul is a singer/songwriter based near Nottingham. Featured on BBC Introducing, toured the UK with Cafe Nero.

Gigs in Coffee Shops, Churches, Pubs, Festivals.

Four independently released solo albums.
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Track Name: Bend
See the brittle branches on the ground
The ones the winter winds brought down
Lying thick upon the forest floor.
Too stubborn to bend any more

So when the storm comes...

I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break
I Hope our "give" outgives our "take"
I feel the leaves begin to shake and I hope we bend
I Hope we don't break

When our hearts grow dry and hard
Feel like we'd been pushed too far
Weighed down by December snow
I wonder, will we buckle, will we grow

I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break
I Hope our "give" outgives our "take"
Everybody makes mistakes and I hope we bend
I Hope we don't break

Instrumental

So when the storm comes...
When the storm comes

I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break
I Hope our "give" outgives our "take"
I feel the leaves begin to shake and I hope we bend

I Hope we bend, I hope we don't break
I Hope our "give" outgives our "take"
Cos everybody makes mistakes and I hope we bend
I Hope we don't break
Track Name: California
I’d write the songs of the open roads
Or the sundrenched beaches where the palm trees grow
They say you only write what you know
And this ain’t California

No snow capped mountains where we are
Some days I’d trade these speed bumps for a boulevard
We’re so close and yet so far
Cos this ain’t California

Small town boy
Open your eyes
Look to where your treasure lies
And who’s to say your words won’t fly
Though this ain’t California
We’re all here tonight

We don’t have an interstate
I guess it’s a little like the A38
Ten times as long, and twice as straight
Cos this ain't California

Thursday morning, skies are grey
It lacks the grandure of the ‘frisco Bay
It seems a million miles away
Cos this ain’t California

Small town boy
Open your eyes
Look to where your treasure lies
And who’s to say your words won’t fly
Though this ain’t California
We’re all here tonight

Instrumental

So I don’t need a Hollywood sign
A three bedroomed semi will do just fine
What we have is yours and it’s mine
Though this ain’t California
This ain’t California...

Small town boy
Open your eyes
Look to where your treasure lies
And who’s to say your words won’t fly
Though this ain’t California
We’re all here tonight
Track Name: In our hands
Some say love is in your eyes
In the way you look at me
But maybe that's a trick of the light

Some say love is in your voice
But talk is so cheap
And words can lose their meaning

So I say...

Love is in our hands
Not just in our hearts
If love’s to mean something
This is where it starts
Love isn't words alone
Love is flesh and bone
And a life poured out

Some say love is in his kiss
That's not where it is
It sounds more like lust to me

Some say love is in your heart
But feelings ebb and flow
And they can deceive you

So I say…

Love, love love is in our hands
Not just in our hearts
If love’s to mean something
This is where it starts
Love isn't words alone
Love is flesh and bone
And a life poured out
Track Name: Four
Oh I wish that I was four
I'd get to dress up more
I'd spend more time outdoors
I wouldn't have to pay the bills
I'd have Calpol when I'm ill.
I wish that I was four

Oh I wish that I was four
I'd be more self assured
It would be cute when I snored
We'd be princesses and kings
You would push me on the swings
I wish that I was four

We'd play games
You'd let me win
I'd have ketchup with everything

Oh I wish that I was four
I'd see no rich, no poor
I'd sit cross-legged on the floor
Silly things would make me laugh
instead of showers, I'd have baths
I wish that I was four

Oh I wish that I was four
I'd get out of all the chores
I'd be ignorant of wars
But I have long grown past the size
When I could have a shoulder ride
I wish that I was four

Runny nose?
I'd use my sleeve
Say "it's true"
And I'll believe you

Instrumental

You'd explain
I'd understand
I'd get scared
You'd hold my hand

Oh I wish that I was four
I might be less mature
But I’d know that I am yours
I'll drink from a plastic cup
And not hurry to grow up
I wish that I was four

Oh I wish that I was four
It'd be simpler I'm sure
Oh for cynicism’s cure
We'd be quickly reconciled
And I could trust just like a child
I wish that I was four
Track Name: On the run
Well your eyes don't look at me like they used to
And the gentleness within your voice has gone
What's gone wrong?

With our voices raised and tempers fraying
And the silences we leave can feel so long
What's gone wrong?

But what we've got here's worth chasing
Come and take my hand

When love goes on the run we've got to find it
We've come too far to let it get away
When love goes on the run, there's nothing to be done
But to keep on going
And we'll find love along the way.

We decided long ago to follow
A love that sometimes tries to get away
It goes astray

But what we've got here's worth chasing
Come and take my hand

When love goes on the run we've got to find it
We've come too far to let it get away
When love goes on the run, there's nothing to be done
But to keep on going
And we'll find love along the way.

So we fan the gently glowing embers
Love is still the fire that keeps us warm
Track Name: River
You can't stop a river running
It keeps on til it hits the ocean
It will always find a way

You can't stop a heart from loving
Love is such a force of nature
It will always find a way

And this love is so strong
It can carry us along
And this love is so strong
It will never see you wrong

Like raging tidal waters
Pulled by forces they can’t fathom
Love will not be tamed

Love can quickly overwhelm us
Once you dip your toe into the water
It can carry you away

And this love is so strong
It can carry us along
And this love is so strong
It will never see you wrong

And this love is so strong
It can carry us along
And this love is so strong
It will never see you wrong

And tonight as I sing well I feel your love
And my heart is so dry but you never give up
When I’ve done all I can
You reach out and you take my hand

And tonight as I sing well I feel your love
And my heart is so dry but you never give up
When I’ve done all I can
You reach out and you take my hand

And this love is so strong
It can carry us along
And this love is so strong
It will never see you wrong

This love is so strong
It can carry us along
And this love is so strong
It will never see you wrong
Track Name: No love lost
There’s no love lost
No love lost
No love lost
But love can still be found
There’s no love lost
No love lost
No love lost
It all comes back around
Track Name: Love is happening
Oh, my heavy heart
As I read the morning papers
And oh the wars that rage
But show no sign of ending

This world could shake your faith
But I think that we should look again

Beyond the headlines,
And all the talk of hate
Love is happening
Love is happening
In the darkness
Brighter shines the flame...
Love is happening

Oh…..Love is happening

Love can fill your heart
and the space that lies between us
Oh… hate can eat you up
but love will make you stronger

Bright eyes, alive with hope
I can see - love’s already here

Beyond the headlines,
And all the talk of hate
Love is happening
Love is happening
In the darkness
Brighter shines the flame...
Love is happening

Oh…..Love is happening

Melt the cold hearts
Open up the space where love is happening
Love is happening
Sometimes you feel it, I can see it on your face
Love is happening
Love is happening

Beyond the headlines,
And all the talk of hate
Love is happening
Love is happening
In the darkness
Brighter shines the flame...
Love is happening
Track Name: Still got a way to go
Maybe you woke with a fire in your heart
Maybe you woke with a pain in your head
Maybe sleep has left you behind.
It’s all you can do to get out of bed

Maybe you woke with a song in your heart
Maybe a thousand thoughts in your head
Bleary eyed with a heavy soul
Cheeks still wet from the tears you shed

But the light still shines, though there's darkness
And the fire still burns though there's cold
And the way we are, it isn't how we started, or how we'll finish
We still got a way to go

Maybe you wish you could make a new start
Take back some of those words that you said
Maybe you think that your chances are gone
But don't take your eyes off the journey ahead

Cos the light still shines, though there's darkness
And the fire still burns though there's cold
And the way we are, it isn't how we started, or how we'll finish
We still got a way to go

So if it all comes right in the end
But right now nothing's changing, I know

That the light still shines, though there's darkness
Ad the fire still burns though there's cold
And the way we are, it isn't how we started, or how we'll finish
We still got a way to go