Proper Brew

by Vera van Heeringen

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Produced by Andy Bell and Vera van Heeringen.
Engineered and mixed by Andy Bell at www.coldasafrog.com
Mastered by Andy Seward at www.andyseward.com
Graphic Design by Tiny at www.designbyif.co.uk

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released June 18, 2015

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Vera van Heeringen Llansilin, UK

“I urge you to discover this charming album”
Alan Harrison, NoDepression

“More accomplished, more polished and thoroughly beautiful album. Vera has a gift that brings guitar a life in a way that’s entirely her own”
Tom Franks, FolkWords Reviews

“ a highly regarded and valued addition to the growing canon of UK-based Americana flavoured releases.”
Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky
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Track Name: Believer
BELIEVE LIKE A BELIEVER

Working hard to shift the sand
The tide is out
Before your morning faith
Turns into evening doubt
By the time you shift the sand
The tide comes in
You watch the waves roll in

Trying to forget the past
The things that were
The bad things and the could have beens
The thought it stirs
A lonesome wait, nowhere to go, all doors shut tight
Waiting for one to open wide
Open wide

Chorus
Believe like a believer
Throw yourself around
Don’t be scared to change direction
When things go round and round

Balancing along life’s edge
Not falling down
Better than to sit and watch
Be safe and sound
Give up the good, face the unknown
The order’s tall
But could you risk not feeling all?

Chorus
Track Name: Never Enough Time
NEVER ENOUGH TIME

To be scared and to feel safe
To stand still and ride the waves
Never enough time
Never Enough time

To be weak and to feel strong
To grow old and to feel young
Never enough time
Never enough time

To love and to forget
To remember and regret
Never enough time
Never enough time

Take off your hat and bow
To the day, to the here and now

To hold on and to let go
Through the highs an through the lows
Never enough time
Never enough time
Track Name: Cold Winter Evening
COLD WINTER EVENING

Coming down the stairs
She looks him in the eye
The music just a gentle hum

His tears are rolling down
He begs her not to leave
But she knows that the time has come

Chorus
Cold winter evening sets the tone
He longs for her, she just longs
To be alone

How the years went by
It’s hard to understand
All they’ve built has come tumbling down

It’s love they’re looking for
But as they dug down deep
It’s sadness and regrets they found

Chorus

Winter’s coldest days
Frost has settled down
Memories playing on his mind

He keeps the fire warm
Loud music to disguise
The silence that she’s left behind

Chorus
Track Name: Wildest Truth
WILDEST TRUTH

Sometimes it’s better
To leave it all unsaid
Let the heart sing
Leave the words inside your head
The joy or sadness, the good or bad

Chorus
Let the rugged wildness be your wildest truth
Let the truest sadness be your saddest blues
And the bluest darkness, keep it blue until
Light comes shining like you know it will

Let it be a melody,
A color or a song
Or just a tuneful feeling
Like in a place where you belong
Just don’t make it right or wrong

Chorus

Don’t make the small things bigger
Don’t narrow down the bold
Don’t turn a stream into a river
Or a path into a road
Beauty simple but untold

Chorus
Track Name: Riverside House
RIVERSIDE HOUSE

Three whole days of driving
Three whole days
The road stretched out before me
All choices have been made
No looking back
My mind all clear
To think of all that I hold hear

Two more days of driving
Two more days
Pink skies, rain and sunsets
Morning mist and drifting shapes
Wind on down
Wiggle my way
I've got nothing left to say

Chorus
Can I come down to your riverside house.
My woes and worries I’ve come without
Can I come down to your riverside house.

One more day of driving
One more day
I can smell your fresh ground coffee
There is no better way
Than you and me
I just can’t wait
Until the winding roads turn straight

Chorus
Track Name: Mad Jack
MAD JACK

Mad Jack befriended the lonely
His soul imprisoned but walking free
Swears at life, bottle in hand
He tells the world to make a stand
For freedom

Chorus
His eyes changed into a darker colour
From blue to black
The blackest blue
He looks right through you

He lost all when he served the war
Body unscathed, inside all scars
The powerful images in his mind
His heart shrunk and it robbed him blind
Of freedom

Chorus

Mad man staggers through darkness
With anger tainted by sadness
Come near him, no I wouldn't dare
Across the street I look and stare
In freedom

Chorus
Track Name: Milk and Honey
MILK AND HONEY

Forty years of waiting
Forty years you’ve known
Hope had never faded
To find family of your own

Wishing to return to 1963
Not to have set sail
To cross the open sea

Chorus
Excess children shipped away
Good white stock is worth the money
For them never to return from
The land of milk and honey

Believing you were orphaned
Forced to changed your name
A life once full of laughter
Would never be the same

Chorus

Many years of labour
Feeling empty and alone
You buried all the longing
For a place that you call home

Chorus

Forty years of waiting
A silence so profound
Now you have the voices
Of the brothers you have found
Track Name: Wisdom
WISDOM

We both sing the words in a song
I am on the surface
You reach far beyond
Growing together to grow far apart
I speak from my mind
You dream from your heart

Chorus
In hearing your laughter happiness lies
Deeper than sadness
Than you will abide
My love so precious
But not defined
You are you alone and you’re mine

Moments are mortal, but rise without end
In a history of living
Together we stand
It’s a journey that has just begun
Wisdom is shifting
To father by son

Chorus
Track Name: My Sweet Man
MY SWEET MAN

Raging of the storm
Stirs up all the thoughts
I whisper to the wind

The noises of the sea
Amplify the hurt
Reminds me of its sin

Chorus
It’s the deepest, richest sand
That makes me long for my sweet man
It’s the empty tired shore
That makes my heart so sore

Staring at the sea
I go back in time
The nightmare has begun

Fighting for your lives
I watch you and them
Drown beneath the sun

Chorus

Distant as it seems
Little as they were
The children hold you dear

The wind wraps round my voice
I tell you all I know
I am sure you’d like to hear

Chorus
Track Name: It's All Been Said
IT'S ALL BEEN SAID

I am longing to go back
For my feet to walk those tracks
The tracks it knows so well
Dust and dips and swells
The story that it tells, it tells

Chorus
Running for a train, I know I’m late
I’m asking my old lovers on a date
Can’t find the words I am looking for
Because it’s all been said before

I am longing to go home
Get away from the unknown
As I ramble without aim
I look for things the same
Hold on to what remains, remains

Chorus

I would drive a thousand miles
We could sit there for a while
I would see the light of day and
As you walk away
Promise you I’d stay, I’d stay

Chorus