The Rock, the Sea, the Rising Tide

by Simon Scardanelli

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If Make Us Happy was a return to my folkier roots,  The Rock, the Sea, the Rising Tide goes to the soil.  When I first began writing songs on the guitar I played almost exclusively fingerstyle.  I took some classical lessons at 16, but quickly dropped them in favour of joining a rock ’n roll band.… over the past few years I’ve been drawn again to that style of playing and hope that you’ll find this collection of songs intriguing and rewarding. 

I’m sure you know how important the lyric - the narrative - is to me, and I’ve really enjoyed writing these stories. Created from both imagined and real life experiences, I’ve weaved them into the musical landscape of this album. The title of the album is taken from the chorus of The Ballad of Jago Trelawney; a story and character I've based on a real sea battle that took place in 1793 between the English Nymph & French Cleopatre.

I've kept the arrangements sparse - with just a violin and cello on two songs, and my old school recorder and Turkish Cumbus on another (oh and the wheezy old harmonium I found on a dump), mostly it's just guitar and voice.  It’s been a challenge to “under-produce” this album, and I’ve stuck with performance over technique on a couple of tracks which challenged my OCD as a sound engineer and audio perfectionist. It’s always difficult being the writer, performer, engineer and producer - as a self-releasing artist that’s the way it is - hard to know sometimes when enough is enough, or when it ain’t for that matter! Still I wanted to let this album be raw and real.

As always, creating an album is a labour of love, and it’s hard to let go of the process. But let go I must, so I can move on to the next.

I’m indebted to Tania Chanter for allowing me to use her wonderful painting Shipwreck Coast for the CD cover. As always I looked far and wide to find the right picture for the album, and found Tania’s work (she lives in New Zealand) and this particular painting a perfect match for the tone of the album. You can find her work at
taniachanter.com

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released September 6, 2019

Big thanks too to Sylvie Ainardi & Jean-Pierre Fauvel for cello & violin on "Patience"

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Simon Scardanelli Merléac, France

Simon Scardanelli is a singer, songwriter and occasional actor who divides his time between Brighton, UK & Mur de Bretagne, France. He has released several solo albums as well as albums with bands.

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Track Name: The Ballad of Jago Trelawney
The Ballad of Jago Trelawney

Here lies the wreckage of the man they couldn't save
all split with tar and brine in his watery grave
time now has worn him down and smoothed his roughest edge
salt bleached bony hands now grasp the greening threads

The rock, the sea, the rising tide
a harbour for the world we leave behind

Nymph sailing Eastward, to Start Point - rocky crag
watchman aloft spies revolutionary flag
and here’s Cléopâtre heaving into view
“let loose out canons boys! we’ll bid these French adieu!”

The rock, the sea, the rising tide
a harbour for the world we leave behind


Jago Trelawney not twenty summers tall
one of eighty Cornish tin men summoned to the port
sworn now to duty in the service of King George
and a share of prize and glory for every man aboard

The rock, the sea, the rising tide
a harbour for the world we leave behind

Spar twisted tangled rig, as roundshot scorched its arc
close-quartered cannonade ripped hulls and men apart
and though at last King George’s men did claim the bloodied spoil
‘twas not before near equal loss Republican and Royal

and here lies Trelawney, with lead shot in his eye
and from his hand the keepsake rolls into the tide
we’ll wrap him in the Ensign commit him to the sea
was ‘ere a Cornishman to die in better company?

The rock, the sea, the rising tide
a harbour for the world we leave behind
The rock, the sea, the rising tide
a harbour for the world we leave behind


© Simon Scardanelli 2019
Track Name: The Cold Green Sea
The Cold Green Sea


Lies and stones now weigh these folds , and will
carry my shame far below
the prying eyes and judging scorn
for a lady’s fall from grace
the cold green sea will
carry me away

I lay with my young beau on war’ s eve
a’ feared we’d ne’er be wed
his blood now feeds a field of rust
but his seed in me does bed
the cold green sea will
carry me away

my own father did disown me and
turn me from his house
for gentlewomen dare not love
‘fore a gentle soldier dies
the cold green sea will
carry me away

rise and shine you paper boys
here’s story ripe to read
a woman shamed a woman drowned
may it serve morality
the cold green sea will
carry me away
the cold green sea will
carry me away

Words & Music © 2019 Simon Scardanelli / Music Scardanelli
Track Name: Pearly Diving Sea
Pearly Diving Sea

We stood on the bridge
and we gazed upon life
as the foam flickered ribbon
Flashed memories back from the old world

But you stood your ground
With your heart on your sleeve
And your beggars delight
And your belly alive with that soft pearl

And “stay ’til the dawn”
You cried to me
“or leave by the light of this
blood moon.
I’ll keep thy precious birthstone
‘til ever we should part.”

We stand in the water
And pan for our gold
And we sift through the mud
That will softly deny us our fortune

And you look at me
With a smile of defeat
And you offer your hand
And I take it to mean we must leave soon

And “stay ’til the dawn”
I cry to you
“and sing for the pearl that’s lost
in the sea.”
And “walk to the edge of the world with me
To the pearly diving sea”
And “walk to the edge of the world with me
To the pearly diving sea”


© Simon Scardanelli 2019
Track Name: Different
Different

there’s a hole in the wall to keep thy
prayer book and candle hid
but the scent of your faith doth linger
go swiftly I’ll keep thy bid

and we stand for love
and we die for love

There’s a knock on the door - from strangers
gather your books and hide
don’t whimper or cry - be silent
from hunters I’ll keep your side

and we lie for love
and we die for love

here’s a man with an old agenda
a hatred for different folk
you’d think we could learn from history
but lessons just go up in smoke

and we lie to love
and we die to love
and we lie to love
and we die to love
to love, to love, to love.

© Simon Scardanelli 2018
Track Name: Patience
Patience

Patience is a virtue that I never had time to learn
I’ve been too busy making up for lost time to wait my turn
my best foot forward means one of them drags behind
and I’d be one step ahead of the game if I could only find - -
the starting line

keeping up appearances is easy when you never get seen
I can run around this house wearing nothing but a stupid grin
and no-one really cares but still they need to criticise
and tell me what I ought to do if I really want a better life - a better life

but I’m just sitting here waiting for the lights to change
they’ve been stuck on red and I really need to know
why I’m just sitting here waiting for my life to change…to go

my best ideas come too fast to write them down
I got a novel in my head and a hundred songs kicking around
most of them will never see the light of day
but I’m much too insecure to ever throw them away

but I’m just sitting here waiting for the lights to change
they’ve been stuck on red and I really need to know
why I’m just sitting here waiting for my life to change…to go

I never follow fashion but that’s how you get to win
jumping on a bandwagon seems be the next big thing
but I wont ride in the back of a rusty car
doesn't matter where it’s going it’s never going to be that far
from anything

but I’m just sitting here waiting for the lights to change
they’ve been stuck on red and I really need to know
why I’m just sitting here waiting for my life to change…to go
yes I’m just sitting here waiting for the lights to change
they’ve been stuck on red and I really need to know
why I’m just sitting here waiting for my life to change…to go


© 2018 Simon Scardanelli
Track Name: Human Nature - the Cry
Human Nature

you laugh at science - call it a conspiracy
say climate change is not caused by mankind
when all around you forests burn and oceans rise
don’t understand how you can be so blind

after all it’s only human nature
keeps us in the dark
and the world will just keep turning when we’ve torn it all apart

you say these things don’t indicate disaster
and I don't hear you sounding the alarm
but we are moments from the point of no return
won’t navigate this storm before it’s calm

after all it’s only human nature
blame the other guy
and the world will just keep spinning
through an ever angry sky

will nothing stop this race to our calamity
these psychopaths, these demi-gods, that rule
are playing fast and lose with everything and us
the end game of the wealthiest of fools

evolution tells us nothing more than what we need to know
we’re just passing through and planet earth will love us when we go

after all it’s only human nature
keeps us in the dark
and the world will just keep turning when we’ve torn it all apart

© 2019 Simon Scardanelli/Musica Scardanelli
Track Name: A Simple Case Of Time
A Simple Case Of Time

face the North it’s time to go
the players gathered at the steps below
the tables turn and don’t pay out they play against you

the eyes go round like flashing spurs
in red and black their faces blur
the clatter jaw of rack and ruin
a simple case of time’s own cruel
trick or treat - a flowered fate
you’d never want to be your
favourite thing

each line of us is growing old
lay down beside me when my bones are cold
and let me see the light and bring it down and burn it up
and see the light and never see the world,
and never see the world again.

© 2019 Simon Scardanelli/Musica Scardanelli
Track Name: Star City
Star City

I got a temporary situation
Living on the cheaper side of town
I thought about living in Star City
But I just don't get things done
I just never ever get done

I wake up every morning to a fog horn
the sound of breaking backs and rusty chains
so eat a wormy biscuit put my boots on
and wonder who the hell I’m gonna blame
I’ll find out soon enough and take his name.

but no-one seems to want to take my offer
responsibility’s a heavy weight
so thinking I should go and see my doctor
I lie a little just to keep him sweet
I lie a little just to get my treat.

That’s how I ended up with all this linen
cleaner than it ever needs to be
the nurses here are really quite appealing
except the one who meds me up at tea
but I’m honest I don't think that he likes me

but now I’m living on this desert island
and no-one seems to notice that I’m free
although it’s kind off strange and disconcerting
there’s always someone here to bring me tea
and God believes in someone but not me
Yeah God believes in someone but not me

I thought I had a reason to be cheerful
Thought I had reason to be glad
Seems it wasn't just this medication
really it’s the world that makes me sad
really it’s the world that makes me sad
funny fucking world is going mad

© Simon Scardanelli/Musica Scardanelli 2018
Track Name: Requiem for the City of New York
Requiem for the City of New York

She’s an old fashioned girl
chrome and yellow hair set
perched upon a barstool downtown

“it’s a crazy life!”
she laughs and throws her head back
tobacco stains, red lipstick, and fake pearls

and standing in the corner
trying not to stare
he used to be a dancer
but now his feet are bare
once he was her lover
they partied night and day
but time and tide just washed it all away

She was a Broadway girl
brash and loud but charming
and when she smiled the city
couldn't sleep

but she’s tired now
and no-one likes a loser
so throw away, disposable and cheap

and standing in the corner
trying not to preach
a world looks on with pity
for something out of reach
all of us we loved her
we courted from afar
but time and tide just washed it all away
all of us we loved her
we idolised her star
but time and tide just washed it all away.


© 2018 Simon Scardanelli
Track Name: Human Nature - the Lament
Human Nature

you laugh at science - call it a conspiracy
say climate change is not caused by mankind
when all around you forests burn and oceans rise
don’t understand how you can be so blind

after all it’s only human nature
keeps us in the dark
and the world will just keep turning when we’ve torn it all apart

you say these things don’t indicate disaster
and I don't hear you sounding the alarm
but we are moments from the point of no return
won’t navigate this storm before it’s calm

after all it’s only human nature
blame the other guy
and the world will just keep spinning
through an ever angry sky

will nothing stop this race to our calamity
these psychopaths, these demi-gods, that rule
are playing fast and lose with everything and us
the end game of the wealthiest of fools

evolution tells us nothing more than what we need to know
we’re just passing through and planet earth will love us when we go

after all it’s only human nature
keeps us in the dark
and the world will just keep turning when we’ve torn it all apart


© 2019 Simon Scardanelli

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