The E​.​P Collection - Outtakes and Rarities 2008 - 2010

by Nick Stephenson

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The 'E.P Collection' is a compilation of the three E.P's I put out leading up to my debut album 'Dream Logic'.

As well as containing nearly all the songs from 'Every Small Movement', 'I Heard the Quiet' and 'Almost Dream Logic' including 'Tide Land' it has some previously unreleased demos including 'No Golden Returns', 'The Glass Clinic' and 'Ice in the Fireplace' plus two unreleased Ground Dust recordings (recorded just before the band split up in Feb 2010) and covers of Fairport Convention ('Farewell, Farewell') Kate Bush ('Hounds of love') and Wilco (Jusus ect.) with singer Katie Masson.

It contains version of 'Ain't no Sunshine' with my rhythm section at the time. This comprised Dream Logic producer Bill Johnson and future Nick and the Sun Machine drummer Simon Hadwin.

It also contains a very early version of 'Baby A' (which I would go on to record with Nick and the Sun Machine for my second album, Wide Lying smiles) which contains a few alternative lyrics.

Hope you enjoy listening to these recordings as much as I enjoyed making them.

Nick Stephenson x

credits

released December 7, 2015

1.Shining Trees
2.Hounds of Love *
3.Farewell, Farewell **
4.Jesus etc.***
5.Tide Land (early demo)
6.Don’t let it bring you down +
7.Babt A (early demo)
8.Ain’t no Sunshine ++
9.The Glass Clinic (early demo, alt. end)
10. No Golden returns (early demo)
11. Ice in the Fireplace (demo)
12. The Sea at St Ives (Live)
13. 100 Years of Frost(with Ground Dust)
14. Baby A (with Ground Dust)

All tracks by Nick Stephenson except:
* by Kate Bush
** by Richard Thompson
*** by Wilco
+ by Neil Young
++ by Bill Withers
Tracks 1 - 12 produced by Bill Johnson and engineered by Justin French
13 and 14 produced by Lewis Lawson

Nick Stephenson: Guitar/ Vocals
Katie Masson: Vocals
Bill Johnson: Bass, Keybords
Simon Hadwin: Drums
Richard Groves: Vocals, ChaosPad
Mark Stephenson: Vocals, Bass
Joe Brooks: Lead Guitar
Michael Wigram: Cello
Artwork by Samantha Davey
Photography by Gosia Morozinska

© 2011 Nick Stephenson Music Ltd.

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Track Name: Hounds of love (Kate Bush cover)
When I was a child:
Running in the night,
Afraid of what might be

Hiding in the dark,
Hiding in the street,
And of what was following me...

Now hounds of love are hunting.
I've always been a coward,
And I don't know what's good for me.

Here I go!
It's coming for me through the trees.
Help me, someone!
Help me, please!

Take my shoes off,
And throw them in the lake,
And I'll be
Two steps on the water.

I found a fox
Caught by dogs.
He let me take him in my hands.

His little heart,
It beats so fast,
And I'm ashamed of running away

From nothing real--
I just can't deal with this,
But I'm still afraid to be there,

Among your hounds of love,
And feel your arms surround me.
I've always been a coward,
And never know what's good for me.

Oh, here I go!
Don't let me go!
Hold me down!
It's coming for me through the trees.
Help me, darling,
Help me, please!

Take my shoes off
And throw them in the lake,
And I'll be
Two steps on the water.

I don't know what's good for me.
I don't know what's good for me.
I need your love love love love love, yeah!
Your love!

Take your shoes off
And throw them in the lake!

Do you know what I really need?
Do you know what I really need?
I need love love love love love, yeah!
Track Name: Farewell Farewell (Richard Thompson cover)
Farewell, farewell to you, who would hear
You lonely travelers all
The cold north wind will blow again
The winding road does call

And will you never return to see
Your bruised and beaten sons?
Oh, I would, I would, if welcome I were
For they love me, every one

And will you never cut the cloth
Or drink the light to be?
And can you never swear a year
To anyone of we?

No, I will never cut the cloth
Or drink the light to be
But I'll swear a year to one who lies
Asleep along side of me

Farewell, farewell to you, who would hear
You lonely travelers all
The cold north wind will blow again
The winding road does call
Track Name: Jusus ect. (Wilco cover)
Jesus, don't cry
You can rely on me, honey
You can combine anything you want
I'll be around
You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun

Tall buildings shake
Voices escape singing sad sad songs
tuned to chords
Strung down your cheeks
Bitter melodies turning your orbit around

Don't cry
You can rely on me honey
You can come by any time you want
I'll be around
You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun

Tall buildings shake
Voices escape singing sad sad songs
tuned to chords
Strung down your cheeks
Bitter melodies turning your orbit around

Voices whine
Skyscrapers are scraping together
Your voice is smoking
Last cigarettes are all you can get
Turning your orbit around
Track Name: Don't let it bring you down (Neil Young cover)
Old man lying
by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by,
Blue moon sinking
from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky,
Cold wind ripping
down the alley at dawn
And the morning paper flies,
Dead man lying
by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around.

Blind man running
through the light
of the night
With an answer in his hand,
Come on down
to the river of sight
And you can really understand,
Red lights flashing
through the window
in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying
in a gutter in the lane,
If you're walking home alone.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around.

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning,
Just find someone who's turning
And you will come around.
Track Name: Baby A (early demo)
Hello, hello to you today. I sink my ship, I loose my un-abandoned prey
And I want to see what’s in your way
I get horses down to ruin stages flying phase

And I’ve got no mind to be tied down or be confined
Baby I’ve got no mind

A sly snake moves and rattles thorns
And he cracks when he sees his ideas worn
Oh his thunder stolen, so put out
The tensions swollen and now there’s room for doubt
Room for doubt

And I’ve got no mind to be tied down or be confined
Baby I’ve got no mind

Oh I’ve been dreaming, dreaming drinking up my own mind!
Track Name: Ain't no sunshine (Bill Withers cover)
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she's gone
Wonder if she's gone to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know,
Hey, I oughtta leave young thing alone
But ain't no sunshine when she's gone

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness every day.
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Track Name: Ice in the fireplace (demo)
Nick Stephenson: Vocals and Guitar
Track Name: The Sea at St Ives (Live)
Down to the sea we go for a holiday, race on the sand, this is the only way, down by the sea, a once a year holiday.

So very sound to know that we're going down
Track Name: 100 Years of frost (with Groud Dust)
Religious building painted in the snow, it blows inside the night, the sparing light of cold.
My toes are all freezing, my hands I cannot see, my ears are barley covered,

Oh the ice will cease to be with us, a hollow crust, I seek to trust and be with us.

Love will go and walk outside me; I wake 100 years of frost.

Her boundless energy, believe in all it’s worth and see, believe in all its worth, when its gone.
Track Name: Baby A (with Ground Dust)
An empty vessel lies awake. I sink my ship, I loose my un- abandoned prey
And I want to see what’s in your way
I get horses down to ruin stages flying phase

And I’ve got no mind to be tied down or be confined
Baby I’ve got no mind

A sly snake moves and rattles thorns
And he cracks when he sees his ideas worn
Oh his thunder stolen, so put out
The tensions swollen and now there’s room for doubt
Room for doubt

And I’ve got no mind to be tied down or be confined
Baby I’ve got no mind

Oh I’ve been dreaming, dreaming drinking up my own mind! (repeat)