BELLA GAFFNEY - Heaven Knows

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'A fine singer songwriter from Yorkshire Bella Gaffney, saw her in concert and really liked what I saw. Bella is also a really fine guitarist, great technique, a lot of percussion, a lot of tunings, she really knows her way around the instrument' Mike Harding (who played Cocaine on his Folk Show 9th July 2017)

'There’s a wealth of creativity within the embrace of ‘Heaven Knows’ ... a freshness that makes the difference and sets it apart from ‘the rest’....Just sometimes there’s that moment when an album opens that you know you’re compelled to listen at the expense of anything else. Everything about it is supremely attractive ... the music, the voice, the arrangements, the songs ... all combine to hold you...the latest encounter is ‘Heaven Knows’ from Bella Gaffney.' Tim Carroll, Folkwords www.folkwords.com/folkwordsreviews_104515.html


Folkstock Records are delighted to release this new album from Yorkshire singer songwriter Bella Gaffney, Celtic Connections Danny Kyle winner in 2016. Her first since 2013, then aged 19, Heaven Knows marks a significant development in terms of production and song style and is presented as a digipack with a booklet.

“Bella Gaffney came to us highly recommended by others – now she comes highly recommended by us as well.” SaltaireLive

"Stunning performances...steeped in tradition and oozing talent, her folk songwriting and performances will take her far." NottsAboutMusic

"Her treatment of the more well-known songs in her extensive repertoire is refreshingly different, and some of her own songs have a direct relevance to places and events of contemporary interest." Topic Folk Club

Splitting her time between Bradford and York, Bella has played at a great many folk and music festivals over the last few years, including Celtic Connections, Beverley, HebCelt, ButeFest, Dent, Holmfirth, Otley, Southwell, BAAFest, & Filey to name just a few. She regularly supports international acts at Bradford’s prestigious folk venue SaltaireLive, and has done the same at a variety of venues around the country. We hope this new album, produced by Lauren Deakin Davies, bring Bella’s music to new ears and is welcomed by those who already appreciate her varied material which confidently blurs the folk, singer songwriter and roots boundaries.
About Heaven Knows in the artists’ words.
My new album ‘Heaven Knows’ is a collection of mostly original songs written in the folk and acoustic style. Compared to my last album it has bigger arrangements, with guests from some great musicians I have met through gigging - including the wonderful Nick Hall and Chris Elliott. I was very excited to be approached by Folkstock, a great independent label that supports developing acoustic artists. I’m particularly excited to be working with producer Lauren Deakin-Davies, I loved her work with Kelly Oliver and Kate Dimbleby. We had a really fun time messing around, recording the songs together! Recording this album with Lauren has allowed me to experiment in both production and song writing – from the development of new guitar techniques, to new, bigger arrangements.

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released July 21, 2017

Bella Gaffney: Vocals & Guitar (all tracks)|| Concertina (2, 3) || Mandolin (6, 8) || Bass guitar (6, 9)
Lauren Deakin Davies: Bass Guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 8), Keys (3, 4, 5) || Percussion (10)
Nick Hall: Backing vocals & lead guitar (3)
Tim Spencer: Drums (2, 7)
Bella Gaffney: Concertina (3, 4, 8)
Chris Elliot: fiddle (3, 4, 9)
Heather Sirret: Bass Guitar (7)
James Gaffney: Piano (7)

All songs written by Bella Gaffney, except Gallows Pole (trad. arranged Bella Gaffney) and Cocaine (John Martyn). All songs produced by Lauren Deakin Davies. Mastered by Rob Groucutt. All songs recorded by Lauren Deakin Davies, except Exodus – recorded by Manny McKenzie and Tom McKenzie who also recorded violin, backing vocals and lead guitar in I am the Tide; drums in The Devil in Me; violin in Grandma’s House. Photos – Ewan Margrave || Artwork – Jenna Buesnel || Design – Heather Sirrel


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Track Name: Heaven Knows
Heaven knows that there’s no more love,
Even if I try.
And I know that if you asked me too,
I’d move the Earth and the skies.

Heaven knows that there’s no more love,
Even if I try.
And I know that if you asked me too,
I’d move the Earth and the skies.

Oh I know you’d never ask me too,
Heaven knows it’s true.
Oh I know you’d never ask me too,
Heaven Knows it’s true.

Be my unfinished love,
The one I won’t give up.
Be my unfinished love,
The one I won’t give up.
Be my unfinished love.

It’s the strangest thing,
I fell for you.
And I’d do anything,
To be with you.
Track Name: The Devil in Me
When did I get this cold heart?
It’s been plaguing me.
It’s not from my Mother,
It’s clear to see.
It must be the Devil in me.

When did I get so jealous?
It’s surging through me.
It’s not from my brother,
That’s plain to me.
It must be the Devil in me,
It must be the Devil in me.

When did I get so slow?
It’s painful to see.
It’s not from my Father,
Obviously.
It must be the Devil in me,
It must be the Devil in me.

Interlude

When did I get so angry?
There’s rage inside of me.
It’s not from my lover,
He’s good to me.
It must be the Devil in me.
It must be the Devil in me.
It must be the Devil in me.
It must be the Devil in me.
Track Name: I am the Tide
An empty bed and a sleepless night;
Cold and empty sheets.
How I long for your embrace;
And a warm and dreamless sleep.

I am the tide,
You are the moon.
I rise, I fall for you.
I am the tide,
You are the moon.
I rise, I fall for you.
I rise, I fall for you.

You’ve been with me, in my dreams.
You keep me safe and near.
Where this cruel world might take you yet;
I will find you here.

Chorus
Interlude

In my deepest and darkest fears,
Is the void left by you.
There’s no greater pain I have known,
Than the loss of love that’s true.

Chorus x 2
Track Name: Grandma's House
I don’t speak your language and you don’t speak mine.
But I understand your kindness and I understand your smile.
My Brother’s with me, safe in your house.
We call you Grandma, we’ll make you proud.

A wooden cross to hold,
Made from the shell of a sunken boat.
One more life is owed,
A place to call home.

Searching the waters, outside my home.
I wish I could do more, to help you move on.
This is just a token, to send on your way.
A cross can’t bring comfort, to those who weren’t saved.

Chorus
Interlude

It’s not us and them.
We stand as one.
This is now, not then.
Work must be done.

Chorus
Track Name: Cocaine
And here’s a story about Cocaine Lil.
She had a cocaine house on a cocaine hill.
She had a cocaine dog and a cocaine cat.
She even had a cocaine rat.
Oh it’s all, all around my brain, cocaine.

I’ve been walking 12th street and Maine,
I’ve been looking for someone to give me cocaine.
Cocaine, it’s all running ‘round my brain
I’ve been walking down 12th street and Maine,
I’ve been looking for a girlie to give me cocaine.
Cocaine, it’s all running ‘round my brain.

Interlude

Cocaine Lil and Morphine Sue,
Strolling down the avenue two by two.
Says Lil to Sue, ‘It won’t do no harm,
If we both have a little old shot in the arm’.
It’s all, all around my veins, cocaine.

The doctor told me again and again,
‘This cocaine boy, it ain’t for men’.
Cocaine it’s all running ‘round my brain.
That doctor told me again and again,
‘This cocaine will kill you, but it won’t say when.’
Cocaine it’s all running ‘round my brain.

Oh, please come quick,
This cocaine – it’s made me sick.
Cocaine, it’s all running ‘round my veins.

Interlude

And here’s a story about Cocaine Lil.
She had a cocaine house on a cocaine hill.
She had a cocaine dog and a cocaine cat.
She even had a cocaine rat.
Oh it’s all, it’s all running round my veins, cocain
Track Name: Go Well, Stay Well
You’re in safe hands tonight.
Rest easy, there’s no more fighting.
There’s no darkness here, only light.
You’re in safe hands tonight.

Here there is only love.
No bombs and no guns are firing.
In the peace that you found from above.
Here there is only love.

Go well and stay well tonight.
Safe journey onwards.
As the sun sets down on your life.
Go well, stay well tonight.
Go well, stay well tonight.
Track Name: Exodus
I always say the wrong thing to you.
I just want to tell you the truth,
But you don’t want me to.

I don’t think you’re wrong and I’m right,
I got my fists up ready for a fight.
And you – you do too.

There’s gonna be an exodus, exodus tonight.
There’s gonna be an exodus, exodus tonight

I turn on the TV and I look at the news.
These people don’t represent my views.
And which way I choose, I lose.

It’s what you do and not what you say.
The blind lead the blind and they’re leading me astray.
And I won’t go that way

There’s gonna be an exodus, exodus tonight.
There’s gonna be an exodus, exodus tonight

It’s been a long day, and maybe a long year…
And they tell us there’s nothing to fear!

I always say the wrong thing to you.
I just want to tell you the truth,
But you don’t want me to.

I don’t think you’re wrong and I’m right,
I got my fists up ready for a fight.
And you – you do too.

There’s gonna be an exodus, exodus tonight.
There’s gonna be an exodus, exodus tonight
Repeat
Track Name: First Light of Dawn
I won’t pretend you didn’t let me down,
But I’ve been hurt before.
Well this time I’ll stand my ground.
Leave at the first light of dawn.
Leave at the first light of dawn.

If you’d have been around, maybe you’d have seen the signs before.
Before the first light of dawn.

It’s been a long hard year,
But I’m up off the floor.
My hands are free and my mind is clear.
Leave at the first light of dawn.
Leave at the first light of dawn.

Chorus

If you’d have noticed me when I was there,
Not after I was gone.
Well maybe I was running scared,
Left at the first light of dawn.
Left at the first light of dawn.
Track Name: After The Fall
Well that old clock, keeps ticking on.
I’m so glad, it’s what it’s done all along.
No looking back, no trying to stall.
No trying to stop yourself, before the fall

At first I walk and then I fall.
And then I see, I never knew you at all.
And then I laugh, and then I cry.
And then I try to see you, through these tears in my eyes.
But you were right, after the fall.
I never should have loved you at all.

So, strip me down, and use me up.
And wash me clean, with your tears from the flood.
And pack me up and loose the key,
You were right to think you’re better without me.

Chorus

Pour me out, and drink me up.
And wash me down, with some excuse that you made up.
I pulled the thread, it came undone.
And I’m lost in the web that I had spun.

Chorus

Well that old clock, keeps ticking on.
I’m so glad, it’s what it’s done all along.
No looking back, no trying to stall.
No trying to stop yourself, before the fall.
Track Name: Gallows Pole
Hangman, hangman just hold it a little while.
I think I see my friends a coming,
Riding oh many’s the mile.

Friends did you bring me silver?
Oh, friends did you bring me gold?
What did you bring me my dear friends;
To keep me from the Gallows Pole?

We did not bring no silver,
We did not bring no gold.
Don’t you know we’re too damn poor;
To keep you from the Gallows Pole?

Hangman, oh hangman just hold it a little while.
I think I see my brother coming,
Riding oh many’s the mile.

Brother did you bring me silver?
Oh, Brother did you bring me gold?
What did you bring me my Brother;
To keep me from the Gallows Pole?

I brought you a little silver,
I brought you a little gold.
I brought you a little of everything;
To keep you from the Gallows Pole.

Hangman, hangman just hold it a little while.
I think I see my sister coming,
Riding oh many’s the mile.

Sister I implore you,
Take him by the hand.
Take him to some shady place,
And save me from this man.

Oh yes, you have a fine sister,
She warmed my blood from cold.
She warmed my blood to boiling hot,
To keep you from the Gallows Pole.

Your brother brought me silver,
Your sister warmed my soul.
Now I laugh and pull so hard,
To see you swinging on the Gallows Pole.

Hangman, oh hangman.
Hold it a little while.
I think I see my friends a coming.
Riding, oh many’s the mile.