June Said

by Martin Ansell

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Martin Ansell - Brief Biography

Born in Gillingham, Kent, raised on peanut butter and The Beatles, Martin played harmonica on the gravestone of St Mary's Church until a plastic guitar changed his life at the age of 8. "I fell in love with the acoustic guitar listening to Roy Harper, Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen and all that happy stuff!"

In 1986 he was signed by Chris Blackwell to Island Records and his album The Englishman Abroad, produced by Rupert Hine, with guests Howard Jones, Phil Palmer (Dire Straits) and Trevor Morais, was released. One of the tracks, Shine, was subsequently included in the film soundtrack of "Better off Dead" starring John Cusack and another, The Eighth Wonder, was a huge international success when covered by Miguel Bose.

Since then Martin's songs have been covered by both Sally Barker and The Poozies and he has toured Europe with Van Morrison, Chris Isaak, The Fixx and Tom Robinson, to name a few.

Martin’s subsequent partnership with Debbie Cassell in the duo Woman Wants Tall Man has led to two albums, 'Woman Wants Tall Man' and 'Best With The Head Off'.

His solo acoustic album 'June Said' is dedicated to his mum who died on September 30th 2006 from a brain tumour. Far from morose, it contains uplifting songs like 'Chain Smoking Insects' which stabs at GM crops and 'The Settler', a song about a young woman who paints naked men.

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released March 2, 2012

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Track Name: Chain Smoking Insects
CHAIN SMOKING INSECTS
© Martin Ansell

1. See those fields
That's not mist
That's chain smoking insects
With a thousand yawns
Antennae dawns
Twitching as they pass the matches

CH: Chain Smoking Insects
Worrying about the crops
Hope that the farmer loves you
And the experiment stops

2. Green grasshopper
Used to be so chirpy
Now it's doubtful
He'll see thirty
When the sprayman comes
Better fly or run
Otherwise you'll be blown away

CH: Chain Smoking Insects
Worrying about the crops
Hope that the farmer loves you
And the experiment stops

CH: Chain Smoking Insects
Chewing an unknown stack
Bless the digestive system
Pray they never pack up
Track Name: The Settler
THE SETTLER
© Martin Ansell

1. There was a young girl with lively
Ideas in her head like birdwings
All fluttering round the eaves and
She couldn't keep still for an evening

2. The boys that she drew were humble
Enough with their clothes on the floor
But behind a door came a mumble
And a stumble and tumbling laughing

CH: Just settle down, just settle down
Just settle down she said to them
Just settle down, just settle down
Once settled down she drew them in

3. The villagers whispered about her
And some of the boys went round there
To find that their friends weren't missing
But dangling from her fingers

4. Once in her room white and naked
Nobody cared what she painted
Her beauty was so surrounding
Their hearts and their souls weren't grounded

CH: Just settle down, just settle down
Just settle down she said to them
Just settle down, just settle down
Once settled down she drew them in

5. Then one of them fell deep in love
That painting was not good enough
He said that the colours weren't right
Unless he was holding her tight

6. They followed the streams and hedges
She studied him at the edges
Then something inside was shifted
Her spirit ran wild and lifted

CH: Just settle down, just settle down
Just settle down she said to them
Just settle down, just settle down
Once settled down she drew them in

7. She was a young girl once again
Ideas in her head like birdwings
All fluttering round the eaves and
She couldn't keep still for an evening

CH: Just settle down, just settle down
Just settle down she said to them
Just settle down, just settle down
Once settled down she drew them in
Track Name: Forest Of Jeans
FOREST OF JEANS
© Martin Ansell

1. I was walking in a forest of jeans
I wasn't scared, it wasn't dark
But there were so many labels I just had to stop
For some coffee
I was walking in a forest of jeans
I was feeling confused, it was a moment
My daughter could have used
She could've had the biggest flares in the world
They looked like sails to me
They were sails setting sail
In a forest of jeans
So let the fashion sail round the world
Don't let the passion die out of it.
Track Name: What Happened To The Wooden Man
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE WOODEN MAN?
© Martin Ansell

1. They came down from the sky
Like ghosts haunting a tomb
They peck and scratch at me
And there's nothing I can do
I just stand and I dream
And sometimes I get so far away
And the mossy green covers me
And you can hardly see the grain

CH. Whatever happened to the wooden man?
Did he just get up and walk away?
Whatever happened to the wooden man?
Did he just go back to the woods again?

2. They came out of nowhere
And they lifted my up high
Lay me down on a big truck
And they said "We're going for a drive"

CH. Whatever happened to the wooden man?
Did he just get up and walk away?
Whatever happened to the wooden man?
Did he just go back to the woods again?
Track Name: Handmade
HANDMADE
© Martin Ansell

1. There was a man who was afraid
Of everything handmade
He said that most things come out of machines
And that's the best way of keeping things clean
Inside machines it's safe and clean

2. He had a wife wrapped up in clingfilm
Most of the time she looked quite ill
But she did not like things touching her skin
Except for plastic that's extremely thin
Touching her skin, extremely thin

CH. All the pain in this man's life's handmade, yeah

3. They had a dog who was self conscious
Of everthing it had to do
They had to take him out into the park
And turn their backs on what he had to do
He ran away but left a clue

CH. All the pain in this dog's life's handmade, yeah

CH. All the pain in the man's life's handmade yeah
Track Name: Lost Afternoon
LOST AFTERNOON
© Martin Ansell

1. Bubble blowing boy on the banks
Of a long lost afternoon
In the distance church bells rang
Blow the biggest one you can do

CH. One moment they're living
Then they're lost to the wind

2. On a gravestone I would play
Harmonica till my lip bled
If a stranger came a bit close
The spell of the tune broke like a thread

CH. One moment they're living
Then they're lost to the wind

Has anyone
Has anyone seen my long lost afternoon

3. In my mind I travel back there
Like I could kiss yesterday
Bet you wonder what did you wear
And I'm wonderin' what did I say

CH. One moment we're living
Then we're lost to the wind
Track Name: Track Of The Moon On The Water
Track Of The Moon On The Water
© Martin Ansell, 2012

1. There is never enough time in the day anymore
I don't worry, I don't run
I settle myself down and I gaze from a shore
Life looks simple like the sun
Oh and the innocence in me
I'm caught and tied and captivated until

CH. The track of the moon on the water dazzles me
She's clever enough, enough to know my mood
I rock and I sway and rise
To feel her quickening
The ballad of love is soft and gently moved

2. There is something about light
That changes spirits
Lifts you up lets you go
And the romances of night
May the moon fill it
With only things that lovers know
Oh when the innocence in me
Is lost to arms that pull me closer still

CH. The track of the moon on the water dazzles me
She's clever enough, enough to know my mood
I rock and I sway and rise
To feel her quickening
The ballad of love is soft and gently moved
Track Name: Mother In The Sky
MOTHER IN THE SKY
© Martin Ansell

1. Mother in the sky
Single breath turns dark clouds
Blowing by
Heavy man breaks table stuck on
Crossword 13 down
Waitress pouring coffee
Leaves the bill and also town

2. Mother in the sky
Thousands mourning young girl
Choked on fly
Angel kept in farmer's barn
Heaven waits for trial
God gets angry at last
Pope runs record beating mile
Queen snubs rumour
Aliens gave heart transplant for fun
Prince now back on solid food
Ends affair with "that nun"

Insect to fly new jet plane
Old horse sits on car
World leaders in shock announcement
"Earth to merge with Mars"

Mother in the sky
Mother in the sky
Mother in the sky
Track Name: The Hill
THE HILL
© Martin Ansell

1. Midnight mist from the heart of strange woods
Cloud like fists and vapour trails
Dawn will find you softly lying
A perfect lid for for a world turned pale

CH. When all the words are silent
All is calm and still
A painter shades away the night
And the sun is coming over
The sun is coming over
The sun is coming over the hill

2. Lovers turn in sweet dreams of ardour
Express trains of thought without the lines
Of pain and trouble
Waiting for a rainbow
In this place there's always time

CH. When all the words are silent
All is calm and still
A painter shades away the night
And the sun is coming over
The sun is coming over
Over the hill

The sun is coming over
The sun is coming over
The sun is coming over
Oh the sun is coming

Can you feel it, can you feel it
The sun is coming over
The sun is coming over
The sun is coming over
Oh the sun is coming
A plane, a bird, a dot on the skyline
The sun is coming over the hill