Lonesome Lake EP

LL-iTunesA nature-charmed, country-folk triple, and a leafy love letter from one songwriter to another. Released 18 September 2015 as a digital album via iTunes and Bandcamp, and also as a very limited edition uniquely hand-designed CDR (SOLD OUT).

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1. Condor (Johnson) feat. Cornerstone Brass
2. Talkin’ Like You (Converse)
3. Lonely in the Dark (live demo) (Johnson)

See ‘Roving Women: Nat Johnson plays Connie Converse’ at the Lexington, London N1 on Sun 25 October. Tickets.

Image of Lonesome Lake by Andrea Kannes, from her film ‘We Lived Alone: The Connie Converse Documentary’

Lonesome Lake EP produced by Dave Sanderson, recorded at 2Fly Studios, Sheffield. Straw & Hay Records 2015.

CONDOR
Written by Nat Johnson. Nat Johnson (vocals, guitar, piano), Hannah Browne (vocals, flute), Katherine Jackson (vocals, violin), Oliver Allchin (banjo), Chris Loftus (bass), Neil Piper (drums), Cornerstone Brass Band (led by Damian Wileman)

So the fire dies and the rest of the world sees by candlelight
You’ll be gone tonight, all the colours of you
(So the fire dies and the rest of the world sees by candlelight)

Where’s the spray? There’s none – just the prow of the boat pushing on through the foam
(Going where?)
Where this current pulls, getting ready to start to retrain as river, come back as Condor

(Where’s the spray? There’s none – just the prow of the boat pushing on through the foam)

Keep that love in your sights; it’s the rolling of thunder, mysterious lights
And row until it’s time to retrain as river
Come back as Condor

TALKIN’ LIKE YOU
Written by Connie Converse in 1951 – hear the original
Nat Johnson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Browne (vocals, flute), Katherine Jackson (ukulele), Oliver Allchin (musical saw), Neil Piper (percussion)

In between two tall mountains, there’s a place they call Lonesome
Don’t know why they call it Lonesome – I’m never lonesome when I go there

See that bird sittin’ on my windowsill? Well he’s saying whip-poor-will all the night through
See that brook running by my kitchen door? Well it couldn’t talk no more if it was you

Up that tree there’s sort of a squirrel thing
Sounds just like we did when we were quarrelling
In the yard I keep a pig or two
They drop in for dinner like you used to do

I don’t stand in the need of company with everything I see talkin’ like you

Up that tree there’s sort of a squirrel thing
Sounds just like we did when we were quarrelling
You may think you left me all alone
But I can hear you talk without a telephone

I don’t stand in the need of company with everything I see talkin’ like you
See that bird sittin’ on my windowsill? Well he’s saying whip-poor-will all the night through
Just whip-poor-will all the night through

In between two tall mountains, there’s a place they call Lonesome
Don’t know why they call it Lonesome – I’m never lonesome now I live there

LONELY IN THE DARK (live demo)
Written by Nat Johnson. Nat Johnson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Browne (flute), Katherine Jackson (violin)

How I’d like to drink with you in your kitchen late at night
How we’d talk. Don’t be lonely in the dark

I see you in that chair. Come to life. Come to England.

Well the squirrel leaps on the sycamore bones
And in my nose is the gentle sting of winter
And I picture you on a walk in the hills
Were your fingers red when you walked in England?

Well the man in the sky might be married now
The wind may have handed your bonnet down
But now you’re unburied we won’t forget
That you lived alone, you lived alone

How I’d like to drink with you in your kitchen late at night
How we’d talk. Don’t be lonely in the dark

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