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released October 2, 2012

Beth Orton: vocals & acoustic guitar
Rob Burger: piano, harmonium, pump organ, wurlitzer, accordion
Brian Blade: drums & percussion
Sebastian Steinberg: acoustic & electric bass

With:
Eyvind Kang: Viola on Magpie and Mystery.
Ted Barnes: Acoustic guitar on Poison Tree, vocals on Call Me The Breeze, banjo on See Through Blue and organ on Mystery.
Laura Viers: Backing vocals on Dawn Chorus, Magpie and State of Grace.
Sam Amidon: Archtop guitar on Dawn Chorus and State of Grace, Nashville strung guitar on Magpie, violin and harmony vocals on Poison Tree and guitar on Call Me The Breeze.
Nate Query: Additional Bass on Magpie and bass on See Through Blue.
Marc Ribot: Nylon String Guitar on Candles and electric guitar on Something More Beautiful and Magpie.
Carl Broemel: Electric Guitar on Magpie.
Tucker Martine: Percussion on State of Grace.

Rob Moose: String Arrangement on Candles and State of Grace.
Oliver Kraus and Beki Doe: String Arrangement on Something More Beautiful and Last Leaves of Autumn.
Nico Muhly: String Arrangement on See Through Blue.

Rob Moose: Violin on Candles, Something More Beautiful, State of Grace and Last Leaves of Autumn.
Nadia Sirota: Viola on Candles, Something More Beautiful, State of Grace and Last Leaves of Autumn.
Clarice Jensen: Cello on Candles, Something More Beautiful, State of Grace and Last Leaves of Autumn.
Yuki Numata: Violin on Something More Beautiful and Last Leaves of Autumn.
Caroline Shaw: _____on See Through Blue.
Ben Russell: ____ on See Through Blue.

Produced, engineered and mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora in Portland, OR.

Assistant engineer during basic tracking: Andy Schichter

Marc Ribot's tracks engineered by Francois Lardeau

Strings engineered by Dan Bora and Matthew McCorkle at Tainted Blue Studios and by Scott Lehrer at Second Story Sound in NYC

Thanks: Steve Rauner, Laura Veirs, Klaus Heyne, Paul Dalen, Universal Audio, David Kerr Violins, Christian Rutledge

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Beth Orton London, UK

Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons), Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A resolutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee. ... more

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Track Name: Magpie
Magpie, magpie
I’m sitting here watching the world go by
I wonder do you ever question why
Old crow, old crow
I’m sitting here wondering what you know
You’ve seen more of the day than I could dream

I do not know what to tell you
I do not know what to say to you
I do not know what would set you free
But it’s a hard hard fight
A hard hard fight
And I’m turning this one in
I’m turning this one in
I won’t turn back, I’ve seen the sun
I won’t turn back, not for anyone
I’ve seen the sign and I know what is mine
What a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie looks like
What a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie looks like

Blue jay, blue jay
I don’t think you mean quite what you say
I don’t think you’re the friend you claim to be
Old crow, old crow
Won’t you tell me please tell me please what you know
You’ve seen more of the world than I could dream

I do not know what to tell you
I do not know what to say to you
I do not know what would set you free
But it’s a hard hard fight
a hard hard fight
and I’m turning this one in
I’m turning this one in
I won’t turn back, I’ve seen the sun
I won’t turn back, not for anyone
I’ve seen the sign and I know I am free
What a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie looks like
What a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie, what a lie looks like

Silence me and I won’t be here anymore
Silence me and I won’t be here anymore
Silence me and I won’t be here anymore
Silence me and I won’t be here anymore
Track Name: Dawn Chorus
Dawn breeze brushed my cheek and I knew what I had to leave
Dawn chorus came on glorious all wrapped up in your sheets
Beneath the noise there was silence
And what was left was ours to surprise us

And you could say that you could say that
you could say that it was my knowing
But I never knew, no I never knew,
no I never knew where this would be going

All the stories people tell and all the tales I heard from myself
It’s best you know or else get told the soft flesh that beats
‘neath your breast
Beneath the noise there’s only silence

And you could blame it you could blame it
you could blame it on my knowing
But I never knew, no I never knew,
no I never knew where this would be going

I was lonely as the moon who longs for the sun to come by
I’d wait and wait and wait and wait
but never seem to share the same sky
Beneath the noise there was always silence
But what is left comes on to surprise us

And I could say that I could swear that
I could swear that it was my knowing
But I never knew, no I had no clue, no I never knew,
where this would be going
Track Name: Candles
She’ll blow them stars out just like candles
She’ll conduct the clouds to move at certain angles
Won’t let the struggle get you down, down, down
Don’t let them horses pull you over ground

You ain’t never far from the morning light
It will get to you if you just hold tight till the morning light

Though you’ve been cold right through
to the bone, bone, bone
It’s always safe and warm back home

Sun don’t shine but it is there,
don’t see the wind but it moves your hair
Morning comes, what’s done is done,
you just found another way to cry
Sun don’t shine but it is there,
don’t see the wind but it moves your hair
Morning comes, what’s done is done,
you just found another way to cry, to cry, to cry

I’ll blow that moon out just like a candle
I’ll conduct the spheres to move at certain angles
I heard if you forget yourself
That’s when you meet yourself

Won’t let the struggle bring me down, down, down
Won’t let it force me underground

Sun don’t shine but it is there,
don’t see the wind but it moves my hair
Morning comes, what’s done is doe,
I just found another way to cry, to cry, to cry
Track Name: Something More Beautiful
Catch your eye with a flame
You know I’ll be near
You know I’ll be near
Take your time
In the morning light
There’s nobody here
There’s nobody here

When you feel too much to ever let it show
You turn it up, turn it down, turn it on, turn it round, and leave

With what you believe

You want to learn
the trick to turn
What’s not so pretty
Into something more beautiful
It’s the same place
That I learned to turn
What could be sorrow
Into some kind of mercy

When you feel too much to ever let it show
You turn it up, turn it down, turn it off, turn around, and leave
And then I just don’t concede
With what to believe
Track Name: Call Me the Breeze
Call me the sea
Call me the stream
Call me the sky
Call me the leaves

Hear my call
Hello, lo, lo, lo
lo, lo, lo, lo

Call me the fire
Call me the air
Call me the grass
The silence of the hare

Hear my call
Hello, lo, lo, lo
lo, lo, lo, lo

Call me the birds
Call me the bark
Call me the stone
Call me the lark

(Call me the sun
Call me the moon…)
Hear my call
Hello, lo, lo, lo
lo, lo, lo, lo

Call me the day
Call me the night
Call me the dark
Call me the light

Hear my call
Hello, lo, lo, lo
lo, lo, lo, lo

Call me the wind
Call me the breeze
Call me the north
The south, the west, the east

(Call me the earth
Call me the stars…)
Hear my call
Hello, lo, lo, lo
lo, lo, lo, lo
Track Name: Poison Tree
William Blake poem arranged
with additional words by Beth Orton

I was angry with my friend
I told my wrath, my wrath did end
I was angry with my foe
I told him not, my wrath did grow

And I watered it with fears
Night and morning with my tears
And I sunned it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles

Chorus

And it grew both day and night
Till it bore an apple bright
And my foe beheld its shine
And he knew that it was mine

Into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the Pole

He has cast me in shade
Night and morning have I prayed
Even turned their blood in me
Oh, those of little loyalty

I have watered it with fears
Night and morning with my tears
I have sunned it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles
With soft deceitful wiles

Chorus

And it grew both day and night
Till it bore an apple bright
And my foe beheld its shine
And he knew that it was mine

Into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the Pole

I was angry with my friend
I told my wrath, my wrath did end
I was angry with my foe
I told him not, my wrath did grow

Into my garden he stole
When the night had veiled the Pole
In the morning, glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree
My foe outstretched beneath the tree
Track Name: See Through Blue
Somebody told me look over and see
Hold you in wonder and longing to be
Somebody you just can’t believe will care for you

In the hours when spiders mend their webs
When ghosts ride up from the salty sprays
I will enter your lines of grace and read to you,
Read to you

This beautiful life that we build by hand
From scraps and shards and broken strands
I will meet you in empty space my see through blue,
See through blue

Waking with you makes each day divine
Well there ain’t nothing better to do with my time
I will enter your lines of grace and read to you,
My see through blue
My see through blue
Track Name: Last Leaves of Autumn
Oh the leaves how they shimmer
Trees lift their skirts and they quiver
Gently they lay down
To the dirt and dust and ground

They lose their innocence to find it all over
Ain’t nothing missing, they’re just high on a feeling
All they need is believing, no reason will do

I’m hanging on like the last leaves of autumn
But I’m coming through like the first shoots of spring
I’m standing outside of space of time
And I’m healing
Believing

I’m ready for a first time feeling
Something I can believe in
I’m ready for a first time feeling
Awaken sleeping season

If ever that morning came again I’d take it
If ever that morning came again I’d be there
I have tried to live each day as a last
I have found life is long and I’ve gone and got a past
And it’s best to stand in the shelter of my love

I’m hanging on like the last leaves of autumn
But one ray of sun and I bleed into one
I would light up the sky in one burning mist of flame
If I could light up the sky in one blinding mist of flame...

I’m ready for a first time feeling
Something I could believe in
I’m ready for a first time feeling
Awaken sleeping season
Track Name: State of Grace
Put my stake into the ground
Made my claim this time around
And in the selfsame circumstance I’d do the same again
Hold on out for the one I love, for the one I know I’m of
I never would be swayed

It was here before we noticed it
It’ll be here when we’re gone
And if I push you away, well let me be the first to say
That oh I’ve seen your light, it’s in the harbour
Come on pull me all the faster
Back to the selfsame day

Beauty comes in slow release
I awaken to you piece by piece
I have no need for innocence or grief
Put my hand into your hand
And all the words I understand
They fall away like endless days upon the shore
They fall away like endless days upon the shore

We were here before we noticed it
We’ll be here if it’s gone
And if I led you astray, well let me be the one to say
That oh, I’ve seen your light out in the harbour
Come on pull us all the faster
Into the selfsame day

And I put my stake into the ground
In a state of grace this time around
And in the selfsame circumstance I do the same again
I would do the same again
I would do the same again
Track Name: Mystery
Come and sing a song
Something that belongs here
Come and calm your soul
Mystery is born here

Alive, alive, alive, alive
Alive, alive, alive, alive-o
Alive-o

Come and rest your bones
You look awful tired
Fall soft upon the thought
Mystery is born

Alive, alive, alive, alive
Alive, alive, alive, alive-o
Alive-o
And a good day is nothing that we thought
Finding out brings nothing that we sought
Oh please don’t stand a mood apart
You don’t need to break your heart

One day will teach us all a year will never know

Alive, alive, alive, alive
Alive, alive, alive, alive-o
Alive-o