The Soar Before E​.​P

by Stoney

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The Soar Before E.P - The first in a new series of little releases by Stoney. This Very special edition was made possible by the wonderful Stoney fans who pledged their arses off to make it happen.

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released 15 November 2011

All songs written & performed by Mark Stoney.

Additional instrumentation provided by this star-studded cast:
Guitars: Jonny Pilcher, James Gabbie, Jake Owen
Drums, C.J Eiriksson, Joe Clegg, Kyle Thompson
Keys: Andy Dollerson, Steve Cowley
Bass: Chris Heirlein
French horns: Ant Clifford & Anna Rodriguez
Cello: Julia Cory
Violin: Phoebe Hunt
BV's : The Bloomhouse bunch – Jen, Fran, Paul, Derek, Amy

Let it go & Skyline produced & Mixed by C.J Eiriksson.
Albatross produced & mixed by Mark Stoney addition prod: Jake Owen
Glory days produced & mixed by Mark Stoney, additional prod: Darin Prindle
Mastered By Nick Landis at Terra Nova, Austin, TX

Cover artwork:
Illustration: Hannah Stoney www.thethinks.com
Photography: Derek Chapman
Cover design: Amy Chapman
Insert design: Phil Gribbon & Hannah Stoney

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Stoney Austin

A British transplant in Austin, Texas. Songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, lover, fighter, procrastinator.
Former Bobby Jealousy singer/guitarist.

"More than Animals" is my new full length solo album due for release in early 2014
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Track Name: Let it go
I was watching you
Slowly drifting out of view
lying in the dark
Wide eyes and heavy heart
There was nothing I could say.
Bound to bridled words
you swallowed your unspoken hurt
and tried to hold the space
with amazing wasted grace
But nothing seemed to change
I let it all just fall away

And it crashed
And I broke
Collapsed
And I woke
Oh lord
I didn’t know
That I found love
Until I had to let it go

Holding all I’ve left
And desperate in my hopelessness
dying to believe,
I persevered to breathe
On the ashes of the burnt out flame
Trying to bring it back again

And it crashed
And I broke
Collapsed
And I woke
Oh lord
I didn’t know
That I found love
Until I had to let it go
Track Name: Albatross
Albatross

My Heart was cast to greener grass
There in your garden walls
I laid my plans to trade my hand
And answer to your call

was heading for your warmer shores
there on my sinking ship
I raised the mast to race my past
Your name upon my lips


there in the storms, illusions formed
Around my guiding stars
the sirens call, they tug and pull
on the strings of wounded hearts


Then I saw the trail of second chances lying wasted in my wake
And saw that every heart I’d ever held I’d never failed to break
Forsaking grace for shame, I sailed away, and became a drifting wreck
with the saviours cross an albatross to hang around my neck.

Now I’m lost in a tempest
I’m Drowning in doubt
Tossed by the rapids
My last hope devoured
My will has surrendered
My soul enslaved
To the raging waves

Because I stopped believing it could change
Because I stopped believing it could change
Because I stopped believing it could change
Because I stopped believing it could change
Track Name: Skyline
Skyline

The passion turned
Oh the passion turned
To a firefight
It crashed and burned
And it crashed and burned
In a white light

And the echo screams
And the echo screams
Across our ruins still
Our broken dreams
In the bloodied streams
Still run through our killing fields

So would you dare to rebuild the skyline
From the fallen shards?
and stand again on the fault lines
That tore it all apart?
Restored to be
Forever temporary
And rise to tumble down?

Raise the flag
Would you raise the flag
In the wasteland?
And take it back
Would you take it back
As your heartland?
Was the moment all that beautiful
That you’d take another risk?
and go through all the pain again
Just to catch another glimpse?

So would you dare to rebuild the skyline
From the fallen shards?
and stand again on the fault lines
That tore it all apart?
Restored to be
Forever temporary
And rise to tumble down?

You can’t stop it falling down
You can’t stop it falling down
You can’t stop it falling down again
Track Name: Glory Days
Glory Days

Impatient is anticipation,
The curtain rose on your empty stage
And everyone watched your space
There from a high expectation
You fell to earth as you fell from grace
Now everyone’s losing face

And the memory’s now just a haze
as you lie with your head in the lap of the glory days
Still the moment you soared in golden rays
is something that won’t fade away
is something they cant take away

Oh how the mighty have fallen
The vultures swoop up above your head
But they’ll bury you before you’re dead
I still hear your promised land calling
In your broken dreams and your heart of lead
But they’ll bury you before you’re dead

And the memory’s now just a haze
as you lie with your head in the lap of the glory days
still the moment you soared in golden rays
is something that won’t fade away
is something they cant take away

Fallow the dream now
know that it’s not all in vein
Fallow the dream now
Until you can sow hope again
Until you can sow hope again

Somehow you’ll find a new way
when you lift up your head from the lap of the glory days
to rise & refine until gold remains
over & over again