sea of japan (you hear my voice)

from by ed lofstedt

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They threw us into orbit but they'll have to drag us back
Cuz we've been turning into peacocks, brushing up our wildcat acts
And throwing all our weakness into sacks then in the water
Then we're bored right through

And recently we're finding that our parents' lives and ours
Were really more or less identical
All be it drawing different scars
Our history is all that we are

We're sipping our sweat from the sewers
We buzz like flies at the roadside, and I

I am blissful and whiskey tonight
Candlelit and quiet
Sailed away on the dark Asian sea
And emptied out my mind

The matador is leading but unless he leaves he'll always lose
So if you think I'm quitting well I'm winning cuz I got to choose

I'll follow the arrow until it drops
Secure in the knowledge that when my heart stops
I'll be more grateful for the devils I know
Than jealous of the angels I don't

Sail with me on the dark Asian sea
Empty out your mind
We're more landfill the longer we live
But time is on our side

I feel like the offcuts of divine experiments gone wrong
But bring me the darkness and I'll show you where the light belongs

Let the dreamers fly higher than their high-rise homes
And polish the concrete up into chrome
Cuz all of their anger is yours to spray
In whichever direction you choose to face

It's all the eccentric excitement of youth
But never let go of the truth
You'll be more grateful for the devils you know
Than jealous of the angels you're sick that you don't

You claim that they'll love you, you know that they won't
They'll chuck you adrift and leave you there to float
So float on the dark Asian sea
I am blissful and whiskey tonight

So lay down your arms, take the hands of St. Peter
A glance to the ground with a breath that propels you upwards
Cut all your ties to crooked casanovas
Forget all their language, you could never understand it

Jettison all the bones that you've broken
They're calling you in so run when you hear my voice
You hear my voice


from sweep me away (full release), released March 20, 2017
Recorded with The Ed Lofstedt Assembly

Ed Lofstedt - guitars and vocals
Darren Fellerdale - keys, bass and percussion
Benji Staples - drums

Song and lyrics written by Ed Lofstedt

Initial recordings and arrangements by Darren Fellerdale and Ed Lofstedt.

Final recordings, mixing and mastering by Benjamin Whitehouse at Cellar Tapes.




ed lofstedt Bristol, UK

Plays folk. Channels post-rock. Dreams post-punk. Eats pop.

"One of the UK's best up and coming songwriters...a credit to his craft." - All Will Be Well

Ed channels electronica and post-rock through his folk songs, drawing in huge dynamic shifts, spellbinding stagecraft and bewitching lyrics.

Ed's new EP 'sweep me away' is out now!
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