Still Alive / A Visit To Rockfield

by Tiger Moth Tales

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    2020 initially promised to be a busy year for Pete Jones, with an album already recorded in January and various gig commitments with Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Francis Dunnery's It Bites and his usual pub & club gigs. But, Covid-19 put paid to a lot of plans, as it did for most musicians.
    ‘Still Alive’ is Jones's take on the lockdown situation, and will no doubt appeal to the mixed emotions felt by many of us throughout these difficult times.

    "This is not the album I had previously planned to put out, as I’d already recorded a collection of new songs at Fieldgate Studios in South Wales which, for various reasons beyond our control, is not ready for release yet. But like so many other things this year, this new mini album came out of the blue as a response to the times we now find ourselves in. There are different moods in the songs, inspired by my own alternating feelings. From visions of a doomed world and a growing tone of madness, to a desire to see the positives and the spirit of endurance and survival.
    Hopefully the message is ultimately an uplifting one and will resonate with others." (Pete)

    We're also happy to announce that this release will include a new bonus DVD featuring the Tiger Moth Tales band, filmed live in front of an intimate audience at the fabulous Rockfield Studios in 2018 as part of ‘The Quite Room’ sessions. www.quietroom.tv

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We've been here a long time Follow the time line Since the old king came to town History will show The overlords come and go But you can't keep a good spirit down Queuing by the chip shop Waiting by the post box Making the best of the day The church and the steeple The pubs and the people Each one has plenty to say In these troubled times So much is unknown But I still smile with pride At the place that I call home Well we've seen myths and we've seen legends Recessions and depressions We've seen happiness and hardship side by side Until those better days arrive This is just another reason to survive And we're still alive Street lights, street signs The fields and the skyline These places I know so well The men and the women The places they've lived in They all have a story to tell Passing by the butcher's People waiting in the sun I think of better days And better still to come Yes we've seen all the myths and legends Recessions and depressions We've seen happiness and heartache side by side Until those better days arrive This is just another reason to survive To those who didn't make it Even though you're gone You're still here in our memories Your spirit still lives on And though the faces come and go Well there's still one thing that I know I will be here until the day I die Staying safe and staying strong Keeping calm and carrying on Well it takes all of this and more just to survive But we're still alive We're still alive We're still alive We're still alive
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Wide awake, not sleeping Each of my doubts I'm keeping Every night's just the same Now the fear has grown impossible to tame All of their words replaying Baffled by what they're saying Learning that nothing is decided Even love is misguided Dare to dream you're not to blame Taking the time to look back Head in the clouds, what's wrong with that? Ever tomorrow to make a change Future times always seem so far away Am I so wrong after all? Longing for lost times that I recall Looking to find just one reason One thing to believe in For that one moment of faith Thank you for showing me How it was and how it could have been Everything is withering What will be left to see? Eyes will soon be dry now So many tears I've cried now Tragedy does have a beauty Heaven is hell now, not much hope to see Eden was all a fairy tale And even the light is growing pale Rage is empty and broken The dreamers never woken By and by, this ship will sail Ready to take the journey One last look, no returning Knowing that yesterday was golden Eternally beholden Now there's no more words to say
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Out of the dark night Into the day light It seems such a long way to go I'll stay out of touch Right now there's so much It's better that I don't know Don't want to see The future unwind So please don't disturb I'm hiding in my mind Insanity's rise I lean into the madness
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No lyrics, but here’s a rough description. The scene opens with a wood made of trees, but you can't see the trees for the wood. A dolphin, loping along the track, is pursued merrily by a pack of artichokes driving a Ford Steinway. The smoke clears to reveal a group of keyboards playing each other at tennis. This goes on for some time and really gets quite predictable, but the duck in the deckchair sucking a strawberry doesn't seem to mind. The scene changes, with alarming dis-consideration to a deserted street, which is quite empty. (Enter, The Masked Pipes and Drums of the loonies from Lullworth) "WEEEEE! A doh doh doh dohdly doh, a doh doh doh dohdly doh and a shop shop shop shop shop shop shopity shop. Alright, I'm goin' down the shop!" (Exit stage left) (Tom Crentonville), You What?" (Nigel Prontconk, the band leader) "I'm goin' down the shop!" (Tom Crentonville) "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (The Band) "Alright!" They dance wildly to a jig, played by a wood sprout with a vocoder. The duck abandons his strawberry and joins in. Ever they spin, in ever decreasing circles, before finally disappearing up their own sense of pretentiousness. (St. Francis of a C word) "’Ere! I just want more drones and birds meart!" The onlooking and hither too un-present crowd cheers, and the dance re-commences. Shards of light sparkle in the scented breeze, revealing a world of magic and wonder, which fades almost as soon as it appears. But wait. What in the name of sanity is this? The mad Mothster enters, riding his reputation in a careless (some might say downright irresponsible) manner. His innocent, yet satanic laughter echoes through the night, as he sails up the palace steps on mischief bent. The guards attempt to stop him, but they are as broccoli stems to a determined pig. In the ensuing preamble, Big Ben clones itself and plays merry hell with Old Father Time, while some nesting cuckoo clocks, startled by the fracas, take to the skies adding their voices to the din. Peace almost descends, but can't quite bring itself to bother. Somewhere, a phone rings. The Mothster, now clad in his leopard skin dressing gown, eventually picks it up. (Mothster) "Allo!" (The Voice of Everyone) "SHUT UP!" Things generally limber on, dwindling their way to an unsettled yet definitive halt. Much too late, the powers that be arrive to put a stop to this whole thing. And as the Mothster drops his clangers, the duck looks on, wondering what all that was about. Concluding, such is life. And back he goes, strawberry in hand.
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We've been here a long time Come rain and come shine Through each generation of change Open your window Watch the world come and go Be thankful some things stay the same Treasure your time Take a moment to breathe Gather your strength And do what you believe Yes we will be the myths and legends Expressions and transgressions Left to those who will come after you and I And while the fire of life still burns Give them lessons they can learn Give them every single reason to survive We're still alive Way before the light I’m waiting by the window Who will be the first? The first to break the silence
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2020 initially promised to be a busy year for Pete Jones, with an album already recorded in January and various gig commitments with Tiger Moth Tales, Red Bazar, Francis Dunnery's It Bites and his usual pub & club gigs. But, Covid-19 put paid to a lot of plans, as it did for most musicians.
‘Still Alive’ is Jones's take on the lockdown situation, and will no doubt appeal to the mixed emotions felt by many of us throughout these difficult times.

"This is not the album I had previously planned to put out, as I’d already recorded a collection of new songs at Fieldgate Studios in South Wales which, for various reasons beyond our control, is not ready for release yet. But like so many other things this year, this new mini album came out of the blue as a response to the times we now find ourselves in. There are different moods in the songs, inspired by my own alternating feelings. From visions of a doomed world and a growing tone of madness, to a desire to see the positives and the spirit of endurance and survival.
Hopefully the message is ultimately an uplifting one and will resonate with others." (Pete)

We're also happy to announce that this release will include a new bonus DVD featuring the Tiger Moth Tales band, filmed live in front of an intimate audience at the fabulous Rockfield Studios in 2018 as part of ‘The Quite Room’ sessions. www.quietroom.tv

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released August 1, 2020

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