Mike Silver - Alchemy


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Del Clouter Crikey Mike, talk about giving us our money’s worth !! 16 tracks, just like being at one of your gigs, and as they say about fine wine and maturing!!! at 73 ? Brilliant album , see you on the road 👍👍
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    'Sublime delivery... go and see him' BBC Radio 2 Cerys Matthews. As heard on BBC 6 Music.
    'Marvel at the talent...a compendium of gems...the master at work...entrances from start to finish' Grem Devlin, The Living Tradition
    'I'm smitten' BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall
    'It’s such a simple yet gorgeous, emotional song that nearly caused me to shed a tear, and it’s a song that will encourage me to dig deeper into his archive' One of Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net Fresh Faves (12th March 2019).
    A twelve page booklet accompanies the sleek digipack presentation with gorgeous artwork created by Sam Horton at www.graniteandglitter.com.

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'those who have discovered him will attest he's one of the best kept secrets in folk. Hopefully, this album might go some way to sharing that.' FATEA Magazine fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/reviews/MikeSilver/

Oh Doctor is the track which Cerys Matthews has kindly played on her BBC Radio 2 show on 4th March, which is the first play of a track from this album. We are thrilled to bits with the generous support. It is the track which will be immediately available when you pre order the album ahead of release 26th March. Not For You was voted into the Fresh on the Net Fresh Faves (the new music portal headed by Tom Robinson) and was also played on BBC Introducing Devon and Cornwall!
Mike might be a new name to you, but for many others whose life he has touched over the last fifty years, we've found that Intimate, engaging and magical, are a few words associated with the troubadour who is celebrating 50 years of a life immersed in music.

'a fitting celebration of his undoubted talents as both a songwriter and performer. Some beautifully intricate guitar work, thought-provoking lyrics and a warm and engaging vocal delivery make Alchemy: Fifty Years In Song a pleasure to listen to.' darrensmusicblog.com/2019/03/16/singer-songwriter-album-review-mike-silver-alchemy-fifty-years-in-song/?fbclid=IwAR2xuJN9IJi-UC9kSP99loajDS-jz0cc06qExisRfQPw6KJBt0k_OkQZy9Q

Arguably one of the UK's best kept secrets, Mike is releasing a compelling album which showcases his prodigious output and musical artistry, and when you listen to this sublime combination, I think you'll agree that astonishingly, despite a few brushes with national media, Mike has remained the preserve of the initiated. A session on Bob Harris's Radio 1 in the 70's and again, picked up by Radio 2 with his 'Not a Matter of Pride' (which you can find on this cd) in 2003, have not spoiled the man behind the music who remains independent and is still impressing audiences, performing to sold out audiences all over Europe! If you've not come across him, you are in for a treat as Mike Silver is a gem waiting to be unwrapped and savoured, as you submit to his restrained yet effortless and honest vocal delivery.
Mike was referred to in glowing terms in Del Newman's seminal book 'A Touch from God. It’s only rock n roll'. "For me, Mike did for music what Lowry did for painting. His songs were about ordinary people and ordinary events, but he could craft a song that could make you cry. That was a gift'.
Now 73 and still prepared to drive from his home in Cornwall to Germany for a gig, (and in fact has a tour booked there for April) Mike has worked with us to craft a 'Best of' album which we've called Alchemy, for release at the end of March. We are so proud to be releasing this album which encapsulates a thrilling ride through Mike’s output over the last fifty years. We feel that this sensitively curated work of art showcases Mike's songwriting like none other before it.
Mixing contemporary upbeat tracks such as Walk Away' and 'Down South' to stripped back tenderness from 'Not for You' and 'Breaking the Silence', the blues tinged humour in 'JCB' or the wry smile at the establishment with 'Oh Doctor', Alchemy takes you on the journey through Mike's life. Loose yourself in lush harmonies (with duets from Johnny Coppin), stunning intricate guitar work, the sweet beauty of Mike's delicious vocal range, you can revel in the articulate historical and political messages which tell the tales of the times and indulge a heady dose of familiar emotions and scenarios brought to life with Mike’s evocative lyrics.

The tracks chosen for Alchemy represent many elements of Mike's extraordinary talent, woven into a work of art which will undoubtedly bring Mike some well deserved respect from those who have yet to discover him and bring a big smile to the faces of those who had already had the pleasure, of which there are many all over the world. Inevitably, there's a range of production styles which have been carefully moulded into a cohesive whole by mastering from Folkstock's producer Lauren Deakin Davies. Mike's launch gig for this album is 26th March at Slaughtered Lamb, promoted by FolkonMonday and Folkstock Records. Marina Florance is supporting him.


released March 26, 2019

Each individual track has it's own credits, but the overall album was mastered by Lauren Deakin Davies


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Track Name: Mike Silver - Walk Away
Just walk away she said it isn’t hard to do
You forget about me I’ll forget about you
The things we said oh they just weren’t true
Don’t say you lied to see if I would lie to you

Walk away walk away….

When something feels so strong in your heart and mind
You let it magnify a million times
Everybody knows that love is blind
You only see what you hope to find

Walk away walk away….

Walk away turn your back
Get the first train and don’t come back
Walk away let me go
Walk away walk away walk away walk away

She spoke of mountains high behind her home
And told me how she walked and stood alone
Next to the sky and snow and stone
And dreamed of love to call her own

Walk away turn your back….

Drums: Steve Jackson
Bass: Dave Quinn
Electric/acc. guitars: Jo Partridge
Electric guitar: Al Hodge
Acc. guitar: Mike
Special thanks to: Mark Parry
Track Name: Mike Silver - Pollyanna

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

When Pollyanna gets the blues
She starts talking about good news
Silk dresses and brand new shoes to buy
You won’t see that girl cry
Tho’ she might have to close her eyes sometimes

Anna know what true love means
And honesty is all she need
With time and space to enough
To breathe a sigh
She’ll always find a smile
Oh there’s something in that girls’s style

Can’t you see Pollyanna he’s drawn to your name
Something like moth and candle flame
‘Cept you’d never let him burn away
No you’d never let him fall

When Pollyanna gets too low
You won’t ever see her let it show
Thinks she’ll get better if nobody knows she tried
She’ll never run and hide
She just cuts your blues down to size

Oh Pollyanna I’m drawn to your name
Something like a moth and a candle flame
‘Cept you’d never let me burn away
No you’d never let me fall

When Pollyanna gets the blues
She starts taking about good news

Percussion: Steve Cooksey
Backing vocals: Fiona Simpson and Mike
Acc. guitars: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Down South
Down South

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

Let me take you down south I got a feeling we should go
Get some sun on the skin and let the good times roll

Don’t go waiting for the tide he won’t wait for you
Lover you have won my heart all my dreams are coming true

Northern Africa she calls and beyond her to the east
Once a long of men’s dreams now a land without peace

Don’t go waiting…
Listen babe I won’t go without you
Let me take you down south

Let me take you down south let me take you down south
Let me take you down south we’ll take it as it comes
I’ll stick a grin on your mouth get you loving on the run

Don’t go waiting…
Lover you have won my heart …

Take you down south…

Synth, electric guitar: Jo Partridge
Backing vocals; Jo and Mike
Acc guitar: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Dove and the Dolphin
Dove and the Dolphin

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

We have battled Neptune’s forces to set foot on this land
And all we’re trying to do is lend a helping hand
We follow no guru we seek no acolytes
We’re trying to take away the darkness
Maybe spread a little light

There are no politicians who drive us from behind
No lawyers or bankers we’re not deaf and we’re not blind
If you seek our discredit you may lose out in the end
Our hearts are built on love and hope

We sail out of the north its there we will return
We bring music from the heart their welfare’s our concern
The dove and the dolphin our symbol our sign
We expect and we ask nothing
We’re taking aid not taking sides

If you question what we do you must question yourselves
We’re only following our hearts ‘cos someone cried for help
We have nothing to gain but the joy of a smile
And the absence of fear in the eye of a child

We sail out of the…

And so here we are our footsteps on the quay
Will they echo in your minds enough to set you free
From the ties that bind your souls to a war locked in the past
Will you never let go and find inner peace at last

We sail out of the…

Piano, lead voice on 3rd verse and harmonies; Johnny Coppin
Backing vocals: Nancy March, Lynne Reynolds, Julie Boreham and Roger Nicholls
Acc guitar: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Not For You
Not For You

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

This bird has flown she’s gone to try her wings
So soft and clear she sings it
Don’t say you didn’t know
This bird has flown

This is that time one foot on the winding road
Shoes are tied in walking bows
Its not for you to mind
This is that time

If you think it through there’s nothing very much to say
She wouldn’t hear it anyway
She’s just the same as you
If you think it through

Some day she may return but only time will tell
And you may have to wait a long long time
If she comes back you need to know
She will not fly into your arms
Like she did as a child

She’s in full bloom colours brighter than the sun
She’s found her only one
Its not for you to choose
She’s in full bloom

This bird has flown
If you think through
She’s in full bloom

Guitar and vocal: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Wrong Side of Midnight
Wrong Side of Midnight

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

He’s too close for comfort to some misty dream
Rather be part of something
That ain’t what it seems
The eyes behind the smile never match up to the grin
Why should she trust a man like him
He’s the wrong side of midnight again

He heads straight for the shower when he walks through the door
Hangs up his suit and his shirt on the floor
He won’t look in her eyes when she speaks out his name
She knows its no good to pretend

Its so hard not knowing it plays on her mind
She looks through his clothing oh what does she find
Theatre reservations second row stalls
For the week she’s away

He calls from the car says he won’t be on time
He’ll have to pass on the weekend cos his job’s on the line
Kiss the kids for me honey
I’ll see ‘em sometime

Wrong side of midnight
Wrong side of midnight

He talks on the phone when he thinks she can’t hear
Its the limo for him and limbo for her
He’s the wrong side of midnight lying again
Why should she trust a man like him
He’s always out when he’s s’posed to be in
Love’s a bitch when it gets to end
Cos he’s the wrong side of midnight agai

Acc guitar and Vocal: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Not A Matter of Pride
Not a Matter of Pride

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

She knows he thinks about her tho’ the times are not so grand
But you can only play the cards you’re holding in your hand
She knows he thinks of leaving doesn’t wanna let him go
While there’s something left unfinished something that she needs to know

He says let’s decorate the bedroom DIY from the superstore
But he’s five cans down a six-pack he’s not listening any more
Yes she feels his heart is kinder than he wants to let her think
So she exercises patience does the dishes in the sink

Take your time ‘till you decide
Its a matter of love not a matter of pride
When people get close they sometimes collide
Oh how the truth gets turned into lies

He says I wish I had some money I’d show this town a thing or tow
See my woman let her hair down like she always wanted to
Tho’ I’m just a weekend dreamer still my heart’s not far away
Would she be better if I leave her or better if I stay

Take your time…

He doesn’t want another woman she doesn’t look at other men
An affair might be exciting yet disappoint you in the end
They both know there’s something missing floating just beyond their reach
In this lover’s search and rescue will they find what they might keep

Take your time…

Piano and harmony: Johnny Coppin
Guitar and vocal: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Oh Doctor
Oh Doctor

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

I arrived late for the party that night
Got lost on the way something like that
When I finally got in just didn’t feel right
There weren’t too many faces I knew
The usual suspects I’d heard of the names
Been aware of the hype in the magazines
Not many of them could have been said to befriends
Tho’ there were a few and you

You waded in with your elbows out
That big old cheesy grin on your mouth
Throwing your head back and laughing too loud
Digging other guys in the ribs
Weaving your way in and out of the crowd
Trying to get close to the people with clout
Secretly wondering what its all about
And sneaking a peak at the waitresses legs

Oh doctor I’m in a terrible fix
But I really don’t need you to come tome quick
Could you be the reason that I’m getting sick
Perhaps you should keep away
Oh doctor I’m feeling much worse
I think I’d be much better off with a nurse
Your bedside manner’s clearly over rehearsed
You always have too much to say
Oh doctor its time to call it a day

Whispering in the ear of a household name
Hoping that they’ll let you back in the game
They’ll only make sure that you miss the last train
And you won’t get a free ride home
Sup with the devil you get little to eat
You’ll be lucky if you even get offered a seat
You’d like to feel strong but you’ll only feel weak
You’ll be talking about getting back up on your feet
You’ll win a demon like this for every day of the week
Till you find yourself right back out on the street
And discover your cover is blown

Oh doctor I’m feeling much worse
I think I’d be much better off with a nurse
Your bedside manner’s clearly over rehearsed
You always have too much to say
Oh doctor its time to call it a day

Piano: Johnny Coppin
Electric Guitar Jo Partridge
3rd verse duet: Nancy March
Backing vocals: Nancy March Lynne Reynolds, Roger Nicholls and Mike
Acc. guitar: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - This Heart Sings
This Heart Sings

© Faymusic Publishing Written by Mike Silver and composed by Johnny Coppin

A heart once called to me was in those early times
The memory is clear the everlasting kind
How the years have flow since first I knew this heart
And I was made a friend and loved as good friends are

The heart sings come rain or shine
This heart sings though it may weep from time to time
This heart is pure with love so kind
Still this heart sings still she sings

The northern star rose high the night came in so low
A fire drew me in I had nowhere to go
My welcome was assured from that moment on
And through the open door I heard this heart in song

This heart sings…

Down here among the empty streets
I stop and wonder why
How love can sometimes fail to teach
A lonely heart to fly

And now this heart is free to find another home
And we who stay behind may wonder where she’s gone
Deep in mystery will she travel far
Beyond the sky and sea to dream among the stars

This hearts sings…

Piano, vocal and harmony: Johnny Coppin
Guitar, vocal and harmony: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Elaina

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

Elaina she’s a little bit crazy she sings in a cabaret band
She got a couple of coins in her pocket to jingle
But no diamond rings on her hand
Ah but I don’t know nothing about her
Except she was in the back bar
Oh how I wish I was able to laugh and say
You know how these things are

Elaina she’s a lover of music its part of her body and soul
She lives for the song the rhyme and the feel
And she wanted to let me know
Maybe she was talking sweet nothings
I couldn’t say for sure
At the end of the night she gave me a kiss
An’ smiled as she walked out the door

Elaina I tried hard to find
A place in my heart for you
Elaina you left me behind
Once away oh how swiftly you flew
Now it seems you’re just someone I once knew

Elaina she wrote me a letter
You know sent me a picture for my wall
She might have been here for a change in her plans
But I wasn’t home when she called
And upstairs my child lies a-sleeping
She’s wrapped up she’s kissed a sweet good night
I wonder does she dream of the sun or the moon
Do the stars guide her heavenly flight

Harp: Peter Fisher
Pedal stee: Nils Tuxen
Hurry Gurdy: Jake Walton
Backing vocals: Fiona Simpson and Mike
Acc Guitar: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - N.A.S.A.

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

We got a deadline to meet we’re all ready to go
Don’t tell us nothing we don’t wanna know

We got state investment we just need replacement

We got a hundred percent and a billion more lives
If the money keeps talking ket the money decide

We got state…

Need another seven astronauts
No time to shout que pasa
Need another seven astronauts
Maybe six and another teacher
We’re taking up a British satellite
South African TV camera
Need another seven astronauts
Need another seven astronauts

When something goes wrong
How can we be to blame
Sabotage by Gaddafi or the C.I.A.

We got state…
Need another seven astronauts…

Electric guitars and keyboards: Jo Partridge
Bass: Dave Quinn
Drums and percussion: Duster Rolman
Acc guitar: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

On my TV screen I see you weep for the memory of those you lost
The icy terror in your hearts caught in history’s permafrost
Overcome you cannot speak spirit willing flesh so week
Snow and rain on iron doors a billion hearts in time with yours

Now its over sixty years since since the gates were broken down
And the hollow faces filled with dread screamed their pain but made no sound
Skin and bone in the morning chill shivering and shaking still
Unbelieving that they were called to be the ones who survived at all

Breaking the silence speaking their minds
Voicing opinions they’ve got theirs I’ve got mine
Talking in nightmares leave no-one in doubt
Breaking the silence crying out loud.

So the doorway to revenge is closed but two wrongs never make a right
And hearts of steel must make a show and leaders look elsewhere to fight
But when another sixty years have gone who will question what was done
Will they ever be allowed to speak as free as you are now

Breaking the silence….

Johnny Coppin: Piano, counter melody and backing vocal
Mike: acc. Guitar and vocal.
Track Name: Mike Silver - Pretoria

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

Pretoria you will be remembered for how you kept the devil’s vow
Pretoria your days are numbered and everybody is counting now

Gold in the ground crops in the field
Clean mountain forest and ripe fruit to peel
Blind eyes in your head no right in your wrong
Blood on your hands and lies in your song
We know your solution to any who oppose
We’ve seen it in film clips on the 6 o’clock news
You break hearts you break heads a thousand at a time
Its just a temporary victory over shadowed by the crime


Against all your power a miracle survives
The hope in the black man still keeps him a live
And you will not crush it in him or his kin
It rises against you never can win
There’s filth in your townships beneath the burning sun
There’s no communication with tear gas and guns
When you hold back a lion you have to use a chain
But you’d better not be around when he breaks free again


So here are your choices its peace or its war
Peace has been offered but you keep closing the door
No conference table can quell your desire
Of your own volition you will perish in the fire


Guitar and vocal: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - How Many Rivers
How Many Rivers

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

When I think of your smile things get all misty
I imagine I’ve seen you and then you are gone
The ghost of a dream is all that’s left over
I knew what was right and I knew what was wrong

Are you slipping away, that’s what it feels like
So long and good luck that’s how it goes
Wishes like sand on a lone desert island
Roll away from the land when the tine’s running low

How many waves out on the ocean
How many times will I say your name
How many stars wait just behind sunset
How many rivers in a season rain

I speak my mind I don’t pull my punches
If its worth saying its worth saying clear
But I’ll hold my hand up this time I’m in trouble
If I’d kept my mouth shut you might till be near

How many waves…

Standing room only in the heart deep inside you
So many who love you would I be allowed
Please don’t think about it I’ll keep my distance
Just wish it was different but I don’t know how

How many waves …

Piano: Johnny Coppin
Electric Guitar: Jo Partridge
Pedal Steel: Nils Tuxen
Backing Vocals: Nancy March, Lynne Reynolds and Julie Boreham
Acc. guitar: Mike
Track Name: Mike Silver - J.C.B.

© Faymusic Publishing Written and composed by Mike Silver

I’ve never seen her kind before
There’s no-one like her thats for sure
She’s what man like me is for
If she asked me to I’d break the law

The one I love she’s got the bug
Talking up rockeries and flowering shrubs
She never has any time for love
When I kiss her she says that’s enough

Ooh she’s got an iron will
But her heart is gold right through
What ever you try to do for her
She’ll do twice as much for you

She don’t leave a single stone unturned
She’s got green fingers she likes toads and worms
She’s a-diggin’ every hour the clock can turn
While I’m in the kitchen so the dinner don’t burn

Hey the one I loves digs for peace
She digs it long she digs it deep
Even dreams about diggin’ in her sleep
Give her a shovel she’s a JCB

Drums: Wille Wilson
Bass: Chris Duddle
Acc guitar and backing vocals: Mike

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