Riches to Rags

by Jo Bywater

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RICHES TO RAGS was Judges Award winner for Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge Nov 2014.

The challenge is to select a piece of artwork on display at View Two Gallery Liverpool and write a song to accompany / express the artwork.

This is song is free to download for 3 months until 27th May 2015. Enjoy.

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RICHES TO RAGS (lyrics)
Do you know I used to be a Queen?
I followed you here
Enticed and entranced by your need
But I know I’m never going to be your Queen
Though dress in golden seams
I’m left alone with my dreams

And I gave my colours for you
Gave my colours for you…

Honey, how I ache to be your queen
Oh invisible me
Now we’re strangers its clear that I
Served a purpose it seems
Left to dote in the breeze
Carry all that I’ve seen

And It’s alright
I know how you feel
I can’t keep you here
You’re not meant for me

And we used to dance and you’d hold me so firmly
I’d fly like a bird
And you’d touch me so softly I’d slip through your arms
Like the breath that you drew
When you kissed me
Unhooked me from all that I knew

Now all I know is you
Now all I know is you…

Darling I could never never be your queen
The world worn weary
This Goddess has dignity
And darling I rage like the sea
You took all that I had
From riches to rags

Not sure I exist
Chameleons and twists
Laments of lives gone by
I float between two skies
I’ve been chasing ghosts
Since you caressed my throat
Spinning mirrors and smoke
I tenderly choke

And we used to dance and you’d spin me so firmly I’d fly like a bird
And you’d touch me so softly I’d slip through your arms
Like the breath that you drew
When you kissed me
Unhooked me from all that I knew

Such a beauty, you told me I shone like a charm
These red lips you could kiss
That remind you of sunsets so bold
So unspoiled, I unfold, you took me from all that I knew

You unhooked me from all that I knew
Yeah you took me from all that I knew
Yeah you took me from all that I knew
And all that I wanted was you
Now all that I’m haunting is you

© 2014. Jo Bywater.

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released February 27, 2015
Written & performed by Jo Bywater.
Recorded/Mixed/Produced by Crosstown Studios, Liverpool.

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jo bywater Liverpool, UK

Yorkshire-born, Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Jo Bywater assumes the from of an innovative and inspired musical force. Rhythmic, tactile, rockin’, poetry. Debut album ‘Cycle Grace Pulse Break’ captures both the whispering gentleness and dynamic power of Jo’s expression. Bluesy and captivating. Chasing Tales EP released 27th September 2013. ... more

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