Chalk & Clay

by Ben Morgan-Brown

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1.
Chalk & Clay 03:24
Many homes I have known, but the Chalk & Clay, Of Chiltern downs, Bedfordshire towns, still remains, In a vital part, a place in my heart, I can’t explain, I can’t explain. Heathfield lane, in love again, a fight is planned, The playing fields where Scotty Hills, made his stand, As they walked, somehow he talked, the fighting down, the fighting down Drunken nights, riding motorbikes, mirrors smashed, Forest fires, pulling out the wires, phone booth pranks, Stockwell Park, times in the dark with Tara Jayne, Tara Jayne Many homes I have know, but the Chalk & Clay, Of Chiltern downs, Bedfordshire towns, still remains, Though many times I have tried, to run away, to run away, to run away
2.
We watched those planes land, And I held my new toy in my hands, And back there the old car factory still stands. In a company car we ride, It’s got pink and green letters down its sides, And with the windows down, all your paperwork, can fly Never told you how That day Still means something, to me now Well no boy could deny, There’s nothing like your father by your side, And a lot of times, you were working, but that day you were all mine Never told you how, That day Still means something, to me now And now that you are gone, The love you showed me still carries on, And I may not be the boy I was that day, but I’ll always be your son Never told you how, That day, Still means something, to me now
3.
Never wanted a fancy car One that runs will do Didn’t need it to get that far Just to get to you And you said if I made it We would never part Never wanted a fancy car Or a broken heart Took a job in the local store when you moved away I know you thought that I was worth more than that job could pay bought a new coat on Sunday thought I looked real smart Never wanted a fancy car Or a broken heart and I drove on a different kind of road and we parted ways but I know it’s just a story I have told but I wanted to tell it my own way Never made to your new home Couldn’t get that far Wore my new coat to keep me warm Fitting the tow bar You took the guy from your new class I hear he looked real smart Never wanted a fancy car Or a broken heart Never wanted a fancy car Or a broken heart
4.
Jenny 03:47
You never love someone the way you love them when you’re young but it can’t go on and on how it began a lovers magic fades and if nothing takes its place all that’s left is an ordinary man Jenny tries to love me, Jenny tries to love me the best she can when I look in jenny’s eyes I no longer see the light it hasn’t quite turned out the way she planned and if she had her chance again I know that she’d turn the clocks back to when she settled for this ordinary man Jenny tries to love me, Jenny tries to love me the best she can I took for granted what we had, and worse I didn’t truly understand its worth but Jenny knew that it would never work The choices that we make, the paths we didn’t take, the words we didn’t say or understand they never disappear and to me it’s been made clear I am such an ordinary man Jenny tries to love me, Jenny tries to love me the best she can Jenny tries to love me, Jenny tries to love me the best she can mmmmm….. mmmmmmm…. mmmmm
5.
These Walls 02:07
Shifting walls Plaster lines A list of jobs We’ll get round to, After a while The highest room, With walls now white, The room where I Fell in love with you, By surprise Of all the walls I’ve ever known Yours are the ones, that I’ll call home Home Unclear voice Uncertain times I feel like I Finally made a choice, That was wise That was wise That was wise
6.
“You’re living in a dream world,” he said, “this talk of being an artist, It’s all in your head” And I wondered what it was you meant Were you saying my dreams were a waste of time? That I should give up on them? I can only hope that I, Made it clear between you and I, That I’m Still Dreaming Tried to live by your advice, Flitting around from job to job, Trying to build some kind of life But when I lay in bed at night, And allowed my dreams to visit me, I knew that things were not right I can only hope that I, Made it clear between you and I, That I’m Still Dreaming It’s not your fault you didn’t comprehend, We’re just different kinds of men, Particularly when it comes to dreaming But something changed and I’m not sure when, But when I came to visit you, You’d say “Play Anji, Ben” And maybe it was that the time had come, That you could see me as my own man, And not only as your son I can only hope that I, Made it clear between you and I, That I’m, Still Dreaming You finally came to watch me play, Closed your eyes and took her hand, Let your pain drift away And I played guitar at your bedside As the nurses made you comfortable As your time passed you by I can only hope that I, Made it clear between you and I, That I’m, Still Dreaming I can only hope that I, Made it clear before you died, That I’m, Still Dreaming That I’m, Still Dreaming, That I’m Still Dreaming
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8.
The smell of ferns is in the air As I carry my bags from the off license where Tommy got served if he talked just right Cheap vodka and coke for us tonight Cheap vodka and coke for us tonight And we stole glasses from the campsite bar risked the wrath of Alan Parr but his daughter drank with us as friends this is the night my childhood ends this is the night my childhood ends That summer night always returns Whenever I catch the smell of ferns Whenever I catch the smell of ferns The headland paths are mud and sand as Claire from bath she takes my hand And the grass was damp but I did not care As we lay down together there and Claire from Bath lets down her hair That summer night always returns Whenever I catch the smell of ferns Whenever I catch the smell of ferns And I know nostalgia often casts a rosy glow on days gone past but those teenage memories last the smell of ferns is in the air as i seek out the benches where I used to laugh with my old friends and we wished those summers would never end how we wished those summers would never end how we wished those summers would never end
9.
There are many ways that I have found Of keeping a good man down Just a shame that man is me Walking along with my head stuck on the ground Digging my own brains out Trying to let those feelings free And I know there’s so much more, I could let this old life bring If I hold back all those thoughts That keep running down my dreams Gotta listen to your dreams And I’m trying to work things out But I’ve not quite got there yet, And as I move through these doubts I know I’m accruing debts to you There are many times that I’ve let down The standards that I’ve set out On the way my life should be People tell me it’s hard to come around To a new way of feeling ‘bout All the wrongs that I have seen and I know there’s so much more I could let this old life bring If I hold back all those thoughts that keep running down my dreams gotta listen to your dreams gotta listen to your dreams gotta listen to your dreams
10.
I am not, one of those For filling time And I have got, what I’ve choose by knowing I I will walk, on higher roads, When there’s time I am not, the kind of man Who must let it be known, That I have got, stronger plans Than I have shown I will walk, on higher roads When there’s time When there’s time

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releases July 2, 2021

All songs written & performed by Ben Morgan-Brown.
Mixed & mastered by Josh Clark at Get Real Audio - www.getrealaudio.com
Recorded by Owain Fleetwood Jenkins at Studiowz with studio assistance from Eline Brun - www.studiowz.co.uk
Photo & artwork by Ben Morgan-Brown.

Thanks to Lorraine, Ella, Mia, Mum, Hannah, Emma & Tim, Pete & Lisa, David & Freya, Katie, Sandra, Owain & Jodie, Eline, Josh, and Jake the dog.

This album is dedicated to my dad, Alan Morgan-Brown, who died in November 2016.

Ben plays a Collings OM2hT on all tracks.

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Ben Morgan-Brown Devon, UK

Ben Morgan Brown is an acoustic guitarist whose instrumental compositions have been described as “just beautiful” by Grammy award winning producer & songwriter Joe Henry.

Nature, nostalgia, and the antics of his three-year-old border collie Jake feature heavily in his music, which draws inspiration from, and comparison to, players such as Bert Jansch, William Tyler, Toby Hay, and Sarah Louise.
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