While we sleep tonight

by Paul Bell

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This is a studio album, recorded in summer 2011. It's a record about all sorts of things - chilean miners, haitian earthquakes, home improvement, jumpers, and eternity.

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released September 1, 2011

Paul Bell: Vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, baritone guitar, ebow, banjo, mandolin, accordion and shaker on “Making good”

Terl Bryant: Drum kit, shakers, tambourines, toforans, low drum, small maraca, tar, knees, small bells, tambourim, cabasa, cow bells, wind chime, cymbals

Mark Prentice: Electric and upright basses

Mark Edwards: Piano, hammond organ, accordion, harmonium, rhodes, mellotron, glockenspiels, tubular bells, timpani, harpsichord, additional noises

Hannah Holland: Backing vocals

James Middleton: Backing vocals

Stuart Wood: Bodhran on “Making good”

Produced by Paul Bell and Phil Baggaley

Mixed by Rob Bullock, assisted by Phil Baggaley at Open Road Music Studio

Mastered by Nigel Palmer at Lowland Masters

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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: Coming up
Eyes blinking into a light
I thought I'd never see
And it feels alright
Feels like the whole world's watching
Rooting for me
And it feels just right

The sun shines brighter than before
The breeze on my face seems to whisper resurrection

I'm coming up
Coming up
Coming up
In coming up
Coming up
Coming up
Been down for so long
And it finally feels like I'm coming up

Bursting into the warm sunshine of a second chance
From the darkest night
Possibility floods my soul like the morning air
And it feels alright

Let each new dawn become the sweet reminder that I need
That I am now a rescued man and there's a light that shines on me.
Track Name: Blazing clouds
There's a certain time of day when the suns going down and the whole sky glows
How I love to watch the world in the hour of the blazing clouds
As the light hits every face every blemish fades and the eyes shine
As we sit here in the warmth and the light of the blazing clouds

And all we see is beautiful
And all we see is beautiful

There is good and bad in everyone you meet, that's the way it goes.
But how I'd love to live my life by the light of the blazing clouds.
So you look past all my faults and my failures and let me look past yours
Letting grace illuminate our hearts like blazing clouds.

And all we see is beautiful
And all we see is beautiful

When the blemishes that I used to know
Get washed away in a heavenly glow
And we finally peel away the shroud
We're living under blazing clouds

And there's no regrets for past mistakes
A little grace is all it takes
'stead of hanging heads we'll be standing proud
Under the light of the blazing clouds

So I'm waiting for the day to come
The hurt and pain are all undone
The mourning's gone and the dancing's come
And there's enough for everyone

And every tear gets wiped away
The long awaited brighter day
The rest is real and joy abounds
Like we're dancing in the blazing clouds.

And all we see is beautiful
And all we see is beautiful
Track Name: Making good
Well we made some alterations
Tore down some walls
And here we sit in dust and mess
It hasn't been easy and we're far from done
We couldn't settle for less

Well we made some decisions
And they can't be undone
Hoping they're for the best
Cos I can't see the end now
And I can't see the start
It'll all be worth it I guess

Now the time has come for making good
To paint the new plaster
And sand the rough wood
I know that you're weary but we both know we should
The time has come for making good.

When we stripped back the paper and saw all the cracks.
We knew we had some work to do.
But sometimes you gotta tear things right back
So the old can make way for the new.

And when you're rebuilding, "one brick at a time"
Seems to me the only way
And not much worth doing was done overnight
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Track Name: What you're gonna do today
I've been a hater and a lover
Some days neither one or the other.
I've been weak and I've been strong
But here I am

I've been a saint and a sinner
I've been a loser and a winner
I've been right and I've been wrong
And here I stand

Now the time has come to say
Gotta let go of yesterday
Cos all that matters anyway
Is what you're gonna do today.

I've been sweet and I've been bitter
I've been a fighter and a quitter
I've been hot and I've been cold
But here I am

I've been a pro and a beginner
I've been fatter I've been thinner.
I've been first and I've been last
And here I stand

Now the time has come to say
Gotta let go of yesterday
Cos all that matters anyway
Is what you're gonna do today.

I've been a hater and a lover
Some days neither one or the other.
But I've been loved all along
And here I stand

And the time has come to say
Gotta let go of yesterday
Cos all that matters anyway
Is what you're gonna do today.
Track Name: They go together
They’re like rhubarb and custard
Jelly and Ice cream
A jacket potato and a knob of butter
Strawberries and cream
They go together - They go together

They’re like Richard and Judy
Prince Phillip and the Queen
Tom and Barbara, Simon and Garfunkel
Torvill and Dean
They go together
They go together

They’re like body odour and a poor standard of hygiene
One follows the other inevitably
They’re like ramalamalamakadinkyedydinkdedong
Whatever that means

They’re like sore bums and cycling
A pair of nobbly knees
Hercule Poirot and a series of suspicious murders
Tissue and sneeze
They go together - They go together

They’re like Laurel and Hardy
Morecambe and Wise
B&Q, M&S, C&A, H&M,
Dolland and Aitchison

They’re like heartburn and acid indigestion
Trapped wind and a takeaway for tea
They’re like a jigsaw with only two pieces
Together complete

They’re like Ronnie and Reggie,
Crusty baguette and brie (with perhaps a little cranberry)
Gin and tonic, Bacardi and cola
“Buy one” and “get one free”
They go together - They go together

Like Trinidad and Tobago
Christmas and Boxing Day
Knife and fork, one shoe and another identical shoe from the same pair of shoes
What I’m trying to say is…
They go together - They go together
They go together - They go together
Track Name: Same planet, different world
There's a girl who lives near Leeds
Working two jobs to meet the needs of the two boys she never sees
And it's not easy

There's a man from the city
His house is big and his wife is pretty
But his bonus isn't what it used to be
He says it's not easy

They walk the same planet but different worlds
From the single mum to the six figure sum
Every man, woman, boy and girl
We walk the same planet but a different world.

There's a man in aceh
Rebuilding the life that got swept away
Says he has to take it day by day
And it's not easy

There's a girl in Milton Keynes
Leafing through the lifestyle magazines
She's got 4-bedroomed en-suite dreams
She says it's not easy

They walk the same planet but different worlds
From the devastation to the middle class obsession
Every man, woman, boy and girl
We walk the same planet but a different world.

Some worry what they're gonna eat
Some worry what they're gonna tweet
Some worry what they're gonna drive
Some just praying they survive
Some people worry bout the bills
Some people worry about the pills
Take a walk inside their shoes
Don’t you know we've all got issues

Long time ago in the middle east
Came a man they call the King of peace
Lived among the last and least.
It wasn't easy.

He felt the joy and felt the pain
Lived and died and rose again.
Promised life would never end but he never said "It's gonna be easy".

He walked the same planet, stepped into our world
From the heavens high he came to die
For every man, woman, boy and girl
He walked the same planet, stepped into our world
Track Name: Dreams of home
Caught in between times
The start and the finish line
Hope of a lifetime
Goal of the meantime

There's beauty on the journey
But oh the joy of arriving safe with

Open arms and an open door
Familiar yet not seen before
This restless heart was born with
Dreams of home.

This Soul's treasure house, this...
Place where the heart is.
Distant oasis
Peaceful and tearless

We travel with this hope in our hearts
That we might bring heaven here
Track Name: Love
Love is not the easy option
It's not a means to an end
It's not a sense of obligation
You don't have to pretend

Love is more than just emotion
It's something that we do
Love should not be started
If you can't see it through

Love could change your life
Love could melt your heart
Love could put you back on your feet
Love's a blazing fire
Maybe all that you require
To hold it together

So love and don't be selfish
Love and don't be cruel
Love and hold your anger
Love and see it through

Love and keep on hoping
Keep no record of the wrongs
When everything has passed away
Love will carry on

This song that I'm still learning
This aching and this yearning
I try to understand
But it slips through my hand
If Mountains move and words are fine
And I gave away all that was mine
The truth stubbornly persists:
It all comes down to this
Track Name: Too much difference
I wear knitwear whenever I can
I'm not ashamed to say it - I'm a 5 cardigan man.
Some days it's too hot, and that's fine and dandy
And In the depths of winter, a jumper's very handy

But on those inbetween days
When the sky is all blues and greys
I'm confused and I'm dazed
I guess what I'm trying to say is...

My jumper makes too much difference
When I take it off, I'm frozen
With it on, it's like a woven oven
My jumper makes too much difference
The warmness of the fabric
Has left me feeling tragic
And I don't know whether to take it off or not.

I've kept it on, just tried to put up with it
But when I went outside, I just didn't feel the benefit
It's on or it's off, there's no room for compromise
I won't try to deceive you, or pull the wool over your eyes

It's on those in-between days
Indecision never pays
In so many ways
I think what I'm trying to say is

My jumper makes too much difference
I wish my sleeves I could chop
To render my jumper an improvised tank top
My jumper makes too much difference
If I were a little older
I'd drape it round my shoulders
But I don't know whether to take it off or not.

I went to the doctors, he said "I can't help you"
So I said "but you're a cardi-ologist", but apparently that's not what they do
When driving one day, my arms, they felt colder.
I knew I had to stop - I needed to pullover.

It was just one of those days
Those "on and off and on" again days
See, I tried it both ways
But I'm still in a malaise

My jumper makes too much difference
My t-shirt rarely matches
And you'd better beware: sweat patches
My jumper makes too much difference
Could the answer to my prayers
Be a series of thin layers?
Because I don't know whether to take it off or not.
Track Name: Extremists of love and grace
I don't want to love in moderation
That's not what my heart is for
I don't ever want to look back
Wishing I gave more

Someone told me that you've got to be the change you want to see
They made it sound so easy.
Some situations, they can seem to hard to face
We need extremists of love and grace

Jesus said "the foolish are gonna shame the wise"
My so-called wisdom left me feeling numb, and desensitised

Someone told me that you've got to be the change you want to see
They made it sound so easy.
Some situations, they can seem to hard to face
We need extremists of love and grace

Any journey, near or far
Starts from where you are
Starts from where you are
I know that it's not much, but it's a start:
A breaking heart.

Someone told me that you've got to be the change you want to see
They made it sound so easy.
But the one who gives us life helps us run the race,
We'll be extremists of love and grace.
Track Name: While we sleep tonight
Who knows what the night will bring
Who knows what joys what sorrows
Who holds our yesterdays and our tomorrows?
As I lay down my head
Somewhere someone is waking
Ground shakes and seas rise
Earth groans and earth cries
Some things are just beyond explaining
And I find myself here praying

May the light of heaven keep you warm
May the voice of Jesus calm your storm
May you know the peace that passes all understanding
May you hear an answer when you call
And the arms of angels break your fall
And the Father watch over us all while we sleep tonight

When answers can't be found
When there are only questions
I search my heart and find no suggestions
Except this sense that I must mourn with those who're morning
And in the dark times I pray that you'll find
Someone who shares your suffering
So tonight while you are sleeping

May the light of heaven keep you warm
May the voice of Jesus calm your storm
May you know the peace that passes all understanding
May you hear an answer when you call
And the arms of angels break your fall
And the Father watch over us all while we sleep tonight

While we sleep tonight. While we sleep tonight