A Hurricane, A Thunderstorm

by the second hand marching band

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about

A four year long quest to produce an album independently. We did our own playing, singing, recording, studio building, mic purchasing, mixing, mastering and production.

This album has 20 instruments on it, six different singers, and on some songs 71 tracks of stuff. Woah.

We hope you like it.

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released 02 March 2014

This album features:

Peter Liddle (singing, horn, banjo, guitar, dulcimer)
Sophie Sexon (singing, flute)
David McLintock (Ukulele, singing)
Rowan Smith (Ukulele, singing, drums)
Liam Greenshaw (Accordion, singing, drums)
Jen Livingstone (Glock, singing)
Fraser Hughes (Bass)
Jef Sinclair (Clarinet, singing)
Alistair Beith (singing, guitar)
Alasdair MacKenzie (Saxophone, singing)
Andy Bonar (Violin, singing)
Rich Merchant (Cornet, trumpet, singing)
Ross McCrae (trombone, singing)
Sophie Leckenby (drums)
Ryan Breckenridge (mandolin)
Stoo Alexander (singing, melodica)

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Track Name: Bypass
Each step we take
Is destined for failure
So why would you walk the plank
When you can walk the plank hand in hand

I tied a ribbon around you
Your neck, your cheeks and your hair
If this is despair, I think I can weather it well

The harbour lights
are something you don't see here
I can show you A roads and B roads
to swell the love in your heart
The day is bright
the night is glowing in red
who said that romance is dead?
Because of the landscape I think you misread.

It could be enough to listen closely to what I say
No flowers, no poets live around here.
But in my mind, you are singing
all around us people are singing
shops and bars and retail parks singing
factory outlets and tax havens singing
and all the words just come out of their buildings
in the streets the voices are ringing
and the words i love you are written in six foot letters on a motorway sign
on the bypass home
Track Name: This is the Story
This is the story of everything that went wrong
Cure can never better prevention
The collapse of the stilts, and we're still falling
Something new will come along and replace the thing we called home

This is the story of how we got locked in this room
And made it a casket to furnished it as our tomb
This is the story of how we learned to laugh
At things that were said and done on our behalf

The sun is setting over the chance you get for some relief
The moon is pulling the tide over the sea walls that save us from grief
Track Name: We Will Convince You
so you think you are very sad
but we're here to convince you otherwise
you think you've read all you can read
and politics has left you dissatisfied
I don't want to change you mind
It's the last thing on mine
kissing the ground for security
you know that change is necessary

apologies but there is no answer
every one of us is rotting away
so let's spend out time on dancing,
let's spend out money on nothing

you can travel through the year, and not change at all
when I picked up my lover from the station, she said she had seen it all

tallest buildings, smallest homesteads
"and I shopped till I dropped" said she
I will will make you a homestead darling
If you do a little dance with me

it's important in life to expect to be free
a bond, a union, a pact between
the words you make truth or lies
sometimes it's just our life-line
we hold hands and walk straight through
the ties and chains and ticket stiles
two fingers for hoping we'd fail
and two hands holding the final nail.
Track Name: Climbing Up the Walls
I am climbing up the walls
To see if you can fall into my arms
Closely as we walk
Finding reasons not to talk and hear your
breathing climbing up a hill
I will be here still, when you are
gone and looking over walls
To see if I can fall into you heart

You ought to be waiting for me
You've got to be waiting for me
You've got to be making mistakes for now
So that one day you'll be waiting for me
Track Name: Love is a Fragile Thing
it will never be the way we want it
in the face of an argument
your words just act as a death mask
just flowers on a monument
we all fall into it

making my way to the one true love
don't you stop me
don't you stop me
I pray to you like you're god above
don't you stop me
don't you stop me
I'm making my way to the one true love
to remind her of
how much I love here
and how much I can love
I'll be your shelter
when I get better

making my way out over the coals
and on to the shore to warn them all
that love is a fragile thing
oh love is a fragile thing
I'm waving at ships to avoid this port
and waving my flags as a last resort
for love is a fragile thing
oh love is a fragile thing

it will never be the way you want it
it's possible to concede
your words just act as a crash mat
when you fall head over feet
but we all fall into it


making my way to the one true love
don't you stop me
don't you stop me
It's not what I've been dreaming of
but don't you stop me
don't you stop me
I'm making my way to the one true love
to remind her of
all that's left here
and how much I have lost
I'll be your shelter
when I get better

making my way out over the coals
and on to the shore to warn them all
that love is a fragile thing
oh love is a fragile thing
I'm waving at ships to avoid this port
and waving my flags as a last resort
for love is a fragile thing
Track Name: Signpost
hold tight, for your life has more to come
just because you don't feel right today
doesn't mean that you can't get over this hump
if I'm a lump then I'll get out your way

or maybe I'm like a stuttering car
faster than walking but slower than others who
took care of their engines when times were good
like I never learned that I should

if we're going the same way I'd like to come too
my radio's broken, my heart is too weak to
sing you the songs that I know that you'd like
so I whistle and mumble for the rest of our night

but I'll get you there, I'll get you there, I'll get you there
drop you off with a smile on my face and I'll
think in the dark hours that maybe I should
be posting a signpost the other way
Track Name: You Will/My Body is a Mess
You have every intention of
Causing a storm in a teacup
You will, you will, you will, you will
Always do that
But it started when you were a baby
You never knew you could, you could, you could, you could
Be so misguided
You and I nothing to discuss
You walk away and we go straight out of here
no need for apologies
no need for words at all
you have filled my heart, and I am tired

My body is a mess
my body is a sign that
I am past my best
I am past fighting
I just want to curl up
And grow old with a brain that
Can make me say things
Can make me feel more brave than
As time slips on
My body is a stage
Being acted on
Directed by someone.
Track Name: Mull
the seasons will permeate
with your disgrace
winter's sarcastic scorn
mocks summer's warm embrace
the words that you placed deep in my heart
ache like a mistake
oh my Damocles, my hate

I cannot think of what
to sing at your wake
what would I say
what would I do
when they ask after you?
I am terrified of that

so I'll cover you with stones
cover you with moss
cover you with flowers
forget what I've lost
I had a dream your bandage untied
and that you were alive
and I was terrified of you

I cannot think of what
to sing at your wake
what would I say
what would I do
when they ask after you?
I am terrified of that

I won't sing
I can't sing
I'll never sing
Don't sing
Track Name: Spark
Scorch marks show where
You tried your best
I am soaked
and your match is strong enough

You won't set my heart on fire

And you won't know
how to set me alight
so place your tinder all around
and I'll wait here for the spark
Track Name: A Hurricane, a Thunderstorm
you are the victim to blame
I haven't got a reason to care more
and you are always to know
the sense of the way to go out

something will interfere
with plans that we've made
a hurricane, a thunderstorm
a waste of a breath
cos I have a thought
but I don't have the space
to tell the truth


you walk out the door with a bang
would you even look up to see if
just say it was another fine year
and you will lie again, and you will lie again

something will interfere
with plans that we've made
a hurricane, a thunderstorm
a waste of a breath
cos I have a thought
but I don't have the space
in my black heart

the sound will keep you waiting for more and for more, and the
thought will keep you breathing and keeping the score and the
hold they have on your neck is like an embrace cos
you know that you're never even till they've had a taste
you know that you're never even till they've had a taste

the sound of ours is deafening the spivs and the crooks
the things we said broke holes in their doors and their roofs and
the sounds we make are deafening to you and your like
we will make the same sound until this begins again

and break into you heart
and break into your home
Track Name: You Said You Were a Broken Person
I woke up to find you discarded
By that familial love that keeps you so warm
I'm inadequate in every department
and I'm guarding you without a sword

I broke into your compartment
Just to read what you wrote about me
Do you consider that I dishearten
All the things you give pulse to
Well I'm sorry

You said you were a broken person
Why would you be more broken without me?

So I ran and I ran and I ran
And I hid and I hid and I hid
And I made me some drastic plans
To be with you always
And these things
That we say
Will they ever make, any difference anyway?

And the stars in your eyes
And the blood on the stair
We need to prepare, we should have prepared
Track Name: Wrench of My Hand
I post my thoughts into your arms and wait for a dignified response
And I wait and I wait until it comes around in the grey morning
And this grey morning is filled with doubts and ways to turn around
this vacuum into doubt

Would you ever waste it, we know
Would you ever waste it, we don't think so

So I try and I try not to forget that
I make my self into something that I can't revert
But he speaks softly to me, and as I fall asleep
he tells me that the courage and the finish line will never meet

Instead we open our hearts, we open our hearts to start
and if I reach in, I can kill or I can save with one wrench of my hand

I can kill, I can save with one wrench of my hand

If we make more sense of what we can say I would
As the effects take hold, I'll guarantee you
Track Name: Paper Year
Some day you'll find that I am not here
I've left you behind, or so you'd think
But I'll be outside, preparing the sign
On the roof I took my thoughts
And painted your name beside mine
With a heart that said will you keep me for all time
And as the red paint runs, our house bleeds for us
Gutters carrying thoughts, messing up our neighbourhood