Miracles For Beginners

by Nick Harper

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A more intimate acoustic recording with great new songs including the iTunes No.1 single 'Blue Sky Thinking'

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released August 31, 2016

I'd like to thank Crispin at Crookwood, Foxy Fowler, Mercedes Murray and Zand for the loan of precious equipment without which this recording would not have been half as good; Ian at SE Electronics; Malcolm and Neil at Newtone Strings and George Lowden for making a guitar that makes writing and playing even more enjoyable. Also Lily for being a bright presence in the studio. Justin for much valued advice and friendship and Jackie for accidentally-on-purpose humming the songs she inspired and making dinner whilst I was 'working'.

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Track Name: Miracles For Beginners
Back from the naughty step
I can’t remember what it was I did wrong
I was in the wilderness so damned long I wore a groove in it
It was incredible that you wanted to be my little girl
But we had to grow all the way up
It’s a shame about that
But what a good time we’ve had

You hold me up – I keep you warm
I fill your cup after dinner
All along we perform
Miracles for beginners

Back in the olden days they’d have said that you fell from above
We’re too sophisticated for that old stuff so forget about it
If there was a next world it’d be missing one
Prayers would have been answered as you fell into mine
But some people see angels all the time so forget about it
We know a song about it

And I’ll sing your praise on Sunday morning
But we don’t have church and we are not sinners
We don’t ask god – we’re just performing
Miracles for beginners

You hold me up – I keep you warm
I fill your cup after dinner
All along we perform
Miracles for beginners
All along we perform
Miracles for beginners
Miracles for beginners
Track Name: Blue Sky Thinking
I dreamt of a dream of a girl I saw
I wanted to see her around some more - blue sky thinking
Beautiful, kind, and all adored
Easy to write a love song for - blue sky thinking

Blue sky thinking
Let me dream of having you
Blue sky thinking
Let my blue sky dream come true

We’d live in a house with a roof of straw
With small leaded windows and old wooden floors - blue sky thinking
With our children - two and two is four
What’s important to us now will be for evermore - blue sky thinking

Blue sky thinking
Let me dream of having you
Blue sky thinking
Let my blue sky dream come true

I’d be the crazy boy, you’d be the sweetest girl
Together we will save the world – blue sky thinking
I’d write you the perfect song no-one’s ever heard
That says ‘I love you’ with three little words – blue sky thinking

It was blue sky thinking
Let me dream of life with you
It was blue sky thinking
Made my blue sky dream come true
Track Name: The Field Of The Cloth Of Gold
I followed my father’s baggage train to the field of the cloth of gold
To try and lend some honour to the family name on the field of the cloth of gold
Am I to be denied my rightful claim on the field of the cloth of gold?

I rested across the valley with the vermin in the stable
About a million miles from the ermine and the sable
Where the fat king laughs out loud and mocks a sermon at his table
On the field of the cloth of gold

Well I puffed out my chest and I took a look around the field of the cloth of gold
I covered up my crest but left my colours unbound on the field of the cloth of gold
You’d never have guessed the amount of mad fools I found on the field of the cloth of gold

There were minstrels and mountebanks and harpers and clowns
Cudgelling the air with a riot of a sound
And jousting to the death for a tiny patch of ground
On the field of the cloth of gold

So the first day was done as the second day begun

When I spent my coin and I had my fun on the field of the cloth of gold
We split a line of elms in the midday sun on the field of the cloth of gold
No one ever said we were there to get anything done on the field of the cloth of gold

I tried my parley with the ladies, so fine and so fair
There was something going on, but there was wine a-going spare
And in the end I got blind drunk and they yelled, “What the hell is he doing here
On the field of the cloth of gold?”

So the second day was done
With a thumping head the third begun

I was with the smiths and the squires from the English shires on the field of the cloth of gold
Hoisting the good sir knight with their Archimedic wires on the field of the cloth of gold
He’s such a heavy weight it’s not just the horse that tires
On the field of the cloth of gold

I asked the king for his grace and his mercy
With a waft of his ring and cuff of lace he turned and cursed me
To a pretty French princess all rosy face and dainty curtsey
On the field of the cloth of gold

And the third day was the last
The time flew by so
Those days on that field were the best
Yes yes yes!

Let the long flags flutter let the falcons fly above the field of the cloth of gold
Framed up against a beautiful day’s blue sky on the field of the cloth of gold
We must look pretty small from up there you and I on the field of the cloth of gold

So spare a thought for the goodly folk chained up by poverty
But kings fortunes spent on tournaments can change the way you see
But on the whole I know where I would rather be
On the field of the cloth of gold
Track Name: Magic Feather
Little rook in the midst of the parliament
They hop and chatter, but everybody knows he’s going to be sent away
Because he’s white, He’s got a red eye
The trees are ringing with the cackles in the twilight
Little rook takes one last look and takes flight – he’s away
Because he’s white, He’s got a red eye

Can you believe that his family cannot be allowed to be together
By the very same tribe that helped the elephant fly
With a beautiful lie and a magic feather?

The dark orb high in the tallest ash tree alone
In the upturned branches – sceptres for a throne
It’s alright

How can it be that a family cannot be allowed to be together
By the very same tribe that helped the elephant fly
With a beautiful lie and a magic feather?
Track Name: Evo
My heart made glad today
By a man who gave some away
Who lives a life worth living
Down Bolivia way
With a joy you get from giving
And not from what you’re paid
The world needs men like Evo Morales
To show the rest of us the way

He likes football to be played with the feet - not the hands
He’s using them to take back his own land

Well I had to laugh today
About the fuss they made
Cos Evo wore a chompa
When he met the King of Spain
Well he wouldn’t have worn the uniform
Where the suit with the face hold sway
World leaders need men like Evo to lead them
To lead us to a better day

He likes football to be played with the feet – not the hands
And he’s kicking the empire’s troopers out - claiming back his land

Morality evolving
What is in a name?
When a problem needs it’s solving
Do you have to play some game?
Send in men like Evo
Get it done today
The world needs men like Evo Morales
To show the rest of us the way

He likes football to be played with the feet – not the hands
All the world over people want their freedom in their own land
Track Name: 2 Secs.
He shapes his mouth and the air takes the sound
That narrows and swells unseen valleys and mounds
That surge through the ether and barge in her ears
Down happy canals two syllables steer
Where tributaries join with the flow of the years
And sing to her heart from their gondolier
And the waveforms dance back to him when she speaks
And give up their treasures between their peaks

They build it in their heads
This is what they said:
He say, ‘Love you’
She say, ‘Love you’

Two seconds of thoughtless affection is all
To build up the temple with marble white walls
A habit unthinking gives voice to the feeling
To paint the long frieze on the beautiful ceiling
A touch and a stroke and a kiss and a smile
The door made of oak and the red roof tiles
Two words two secs a look and a sigh
On a little stone bridge at least a mile high

They build it in their heads
This is what they said:
He say: ‘Love you’
She say: ‘Love you’

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‘Love you’
‘Love you’
Track Name: Always
Really know ya love ya dearly
See ya want ya near me
Always always

Like a social gambler playing roulette - Having been diagnosed by Dr. Tourrette
But having no conventional boundary set - I fly
When I look back on the world – Then I see the one who loves me
I am the one who loves you - Not because you do, just because I do
I was born to give life a shake
I’m a half-baked snake make no mistake
But everyone seems to be on the make - I fly
When I look back on the world – There I see the one who loves me
I am the one who loves you - Not because you do, just because I do

Really know ya love ya dearly
See ya want ya near me
Always always

It really is about what you give and not what you get
And it’s no damned good if it’s full of regret
But I haven’t done anything that bad yet - I fly
When I look back on the world – Then I see the one who loves me
I am the one who loves you – Not because you do, just because I do
These clichés are clichés because they are true
And we live them through like we‘re bound to do
So let me say hey babe hey you yes you I love you
When I look back on it all – it’s you who makes it all
I am the one who loves you – not because you do, just because I do

Really know ya’s love ya dearly
See ya want ya near me
Always always
Track Name: Your Love Has Saved Me From Myself
I’m a badly drawn cartoon in the wind up to waking up
My hair’s gone ka-boom, fell out with my face and they ain’t making up
I’ve got to drive a million miles, but my misery stays a secret
Because I’m going to roll over and kiss you while you’re still warm from sleeping

Your love has saved me from myself

Down the stairs and out of the door and I jump into the car
But my brain begins its boiling before I get very far
It’s funny how time stands still when you’re driving under bridges in the rain
I was thinking about bailing out, but a smile flickers into flame – your love

Your love has saved me from myself

Finally I get into town and all the lights are green
But no one at the junction’s moving – they can hear the siren’s scream
And you can feel the tribe working together because some poor soul’s in trouble
And my thoughts read, ‘I love you’ in a little white bubble

Your love has saved me from myself
Track Name: Communication
Whether us comes, it takes the time it takes
Whether us goes away forever
All we can say, it takes the time it takes
Helps us to stay this way together
As one, in line, in deep, in time
Our wandering fates, separate yet intertwine, underneath the same skies
At once free, ever unified

Reckless and strong, helpless and needy for someone
Making our way on, tracing our paces back on themselves
It’s free and it’s wild, feeling the child within one another
Helping each other, walking away together
And with no hesitation, communication

Wandering fates, separate yet intertwine, underneath the same skies
We’re at once free, ever unified

Decisive aware, childish and dithering
Needing to share, unselfish considering
That we’re led by momentum feeling the force of Father Time
Reading the river, riding its course with open minds
And with no hesitation, communication
Track Name: Simple
Naked - simple
No drums no bass no style nice easy pace - simple
Same chords different order nothing to declare at the border – simple
Same cut same chase same old shoes same old face – simple
Same faults same flaws doh ray me and that’s all - simple

I’ve got everything I need and more

Glass of wine laugh and a joke a good time down the line – if it ain’t broke – simple
Acoustic guitar and a kiss on the cheek – edited highlights of the week – simple
Food clothing shelter – simple
Life the universe and everything – simple

We’ve got everything we need and more

No symbol no logo no product placement no market knowhow no no no - simple
No enticing jiggery-cakery no icing from the half-bakery - simple
1 2 3 – simple
Life the universe and everything – simple

All together now
We’ve got everything we need and more

42. Yes it’s true I am - simple