Double Rainbow

by Ian Roland & The Subtown Set

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1.
The Valley 03:51
THE VALLEY VERSE 1 THIS IS IT, YOU SAID TO ME, NEED TO LET OUR DREAMS BE FREE WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY IN THE END, WE KNOW SO WELL, WE CAN BE LIKE HEAVEN OR HELL WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY PUT OUR BEST WISHES INSIDE, WATCH THAT BALLOON FLOAT UP AND GLIDE WHERE WE WILL EXIST, FOREVER SAVED FROM THE ABYSS WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY CHORUS FLOAT AWAY WITH YOU ABOVE THIS PLACE, SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL I WANT TO HOLD YOU, I WANT TO HOLD YOU VERSE 2 TAKE A DEEP BREATH, WE MIGHT FIND, A NEW WAY TO STAY ALIVE WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY IN THE END, WE KNOW SO WELL, WE CAN BE LIKE HEAVEN OR HELL WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY PUT OUR BEST WISHES INSIDE, WATCH THAT BALLOON FLOAT UP AND GLIDE WITH ALL OUR HOPES IMMORTALISED WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY, WALKING THROUGH THE VALLEY CHORUS FLOAT AWAY WITH YOU ABOVE THIS PLACE, SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL I WANT TO HOLD YOU, I WANT TO HOLD YOU VERSE 3 – INSTRUMENTAL CHORUS FLOAT AWAY WITH YOU ABOVE THIS PLACE, SO HEARTLESS AND CRUEL I WANT TO HOLD YOU, I WANT TO HOLD YOU
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Butterfly 04:17
BUTTERFLY VERSE 1 SAW A BUTTERFLY TOUCH A BUDDLEIA HELD OUR BREATH AND DIDN’T STIR A TEAR ROLLED DOWN YOUR CHEEK BUT WE DIDN’T DARE TO BLINK IN CASE IT FLEW AWAY CHORUS 1 AS THE SUN BURNT RED ACROSS THE SKY I LIFTED YOU UP ON MY SHOULDERS HIGH OAK AND ASH AND ELM AND FIR CRYSTAL CLEAR JUST WHO WE WERE VERSE 2 I REMEMBER CLIMBING TREES YOU COULD TASTE THAT WOODLAND BREEZE THE ENERGY RAN FREE IT LEAPT RIGHT OUT OF ME IN TO MY WORLD CHORUS 2 AS THE SUN BURNT RED ACROSS THE SKY SIMPLY BEING FORGOT THE TIME ANCIENT FACES IN THE TREES MAKING SO MUCH SENSE OUT OF YOU AND ME VERSE 3 BREATH HUNG LIKE CLOUDS IN THE AIR SURROUNDING BUTTERFLY STILL SITTING THERE TEARS FELL ON THE GROUND BUT WE DIDN’T MAKE A SOUND IN CASE IT FLEW AWAY END (IN CASE IT ALL) FLEW AWAY (repeats)
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Songbirds 04:15
SONGBIRDS VERSE 1 DON’T RUSH IT ALL AWAY EASY ENOUGH TO SAY CHASE YOUR TAIL ‘TIL LIFE’S ALL RUN DRY DON’T RUSH IT ALL AWAY CHORUS RODEO FACTORY BREAKING THE BACK OF YOU BOUNCING YOU OFF OF THEIR WALLS BATTERED AND BRUISED YOU’RE NOT MAKING THE NEWS BUT THERE’S BACKING FOR THE BET THAT YOU FALL DOWN MID 8 HEAR THE SONG BIRDS THE MOMENT YOU BREATHE IN THE MOMENT YOU BREATHE OUT VERSE 2 COUNT ON TODAY COUNT ON JUST TODAY TAKE HOLD OF THIS ONE CHANCE AND COUNT ON TODAY CHORUS MID 8
4.
IN THE DARKNESS VERSE 1 ARE WE OUT OF DANGER YET, WE PRAY? HAVE OUR MONSTERS LEFT AND GONE AWAY? ACROSS THE NIGHT SKY, WAKING UP OUR DREAMS VOICES SINGING IN THE DARK CHORUS 1 WHERE DO OUR LIVES GO? MOVING FAST AND SLOW SPEED OF LIGHT BROUGHT US HERE SPEED OF LIGHT DISAPPEARS INTO THE VOID (BUT) I CAN HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS VERSE 2 WANT TO LIVE THAT TIME AGAIN FIRE ROSE TOO QUICKLY AND CONSUMED THE MOMENT WHEN UNDERNEATH THE NIGHT SKY, CAME A SOUND (OF) VOICES SINGING IN THE DARK CHORUS 2 WHERE DO OUR LIVES GO? DUST SPARKLES, EBBS AND FLOWS SPEED OF LIGHT BROUGHT US HERE SPEED OF LIGHT DISAPPEARS INTO THE VOID (BUT) I CAN HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS INSTRUMENTAL 2X VERSE CHORUS 1 (BUT) I CAN HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS HEAR YOU IN THE DARKNESS X3
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Colour Me In 02:29
COLOUR ME IN VERSE 1 COLOUR, COLOUR ME IN PENCIL LINE’S GETTING SO, SO THIN TRACE ME, HOLD ME STILL COLOUR, COLOUR, COLOUR ME IN. LOSING CLARITY INVISIBLE TO REALITY GREEN SHOOTS, THE WAY WE WERE COLOURS, COLOURS, COLOURS SWIRLED CHORUS YOU KNOW IT’S HARD TO LIVE IT WHEN EVERYTHING’S ALL SO GREY YOU SHOW THE COLOURS IN IT COLOURING IN OUR DAYS VERSE 2 COLOUR, PICK ME OUT AGAIN VIVID DETAIL, WAY BACK WHEN SO I CAN SEE THE HUES YOU SAW MAKE THOSE COLOURS GLOW SOME MORE REFELCTED IN A PICTURE WITH YOU LIFE IN COLOUR, BLEEDING THROUGH GREEN SHOOTS, THE WAY WE WERE COLOURS, COLOURS, COLOURS SWIRLED CHORUS INSTRUMENTAL VERSE CHORUS VERSE 3 COLOUR, COLOUR ME IN PENCIL LINE’S GETTING SO, SO THIN TRACE ME, HOLD ME STILL COLOUR, COLOUR, COLOUR … OUTRO COLOUR ME IN
6.
Searchlight 04:09
SEARCHLIGHT MID 8 INTRO DON’T KNOW WHERE I LOST IT OR WHERE IT’S GONE I HAD IT CLOSE BY ME WHEN I LEFT HOME BUT THAT WAS MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO AND NOW THE COLD HAS CREPT INTO MY BONES MY SKIN HAS TURNED ICY, MORTIFIED EASY TO CATASTROPHISE COLOURS ARE BLEACHED OUT AND FADED GONE LEFT SPINNING OUT ON THE EDGE ALL ALONE OUT ON THE EDGE, LEFT SPINNING… CHORUS GOT A SEARCHLIGHT FOR MY SOUL, SEARCHLIGHT FOR MY SOUL DON’T KNOW WHERE I LOST IT OR WHERE TO GO (GOT A) SEARCHLIGHT FOR MY SOUL VERSE 1 WENT TO THE CORNER SHOP AND AFTER A WHILE FOUND ME A SEARCHLIGHT THAT SHONE FOR A MILE COST ME QUITE DEARLY, AN ARM AND A LEG CHANCE TO FIND MY SOUL BEAT REMAINING DEAD CHORUS VERSE 2 NEIGHBOUR SAW ME SEARCHING LATE AT NIGHT SAID WHAT YOU LOOKING FOR? YOU GAVE ME QUITE A FRIGHT WHEN I COULD GET THE WORDS OUT I WAS LOOKING FOR MY SOUL SAID THEY’D LOST THEIRS A LONG TIME AGO CHORUS, INSTRUMENTAL VERSE MID 8 CHORUS (X2), INSTRUMENTAL VERSE OUTRO I MIGHT FIND IT YOU NEVER KNOW RETRACE MY STEPS NOT THE WAY TO GO PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER MY SOUL TO RECOVER, MY SOUL TO RECOVER
7.
Human Too 02:55
HUMAN TOO (aka SHOPPING TROLLEY WHEELS) VERSE 1 TROLLEY CRASHED IN TO ME, AND I FELT A PAIN EXPLODE DIDN’T SEE YOU COMING, TOTALLY UNKNOWN JUST ANOTHER HUMAN SOUL, GOING TO SHOOT OR SAY HELLO AND PASS ON BY VERSE 2 DIFFERENCE HERE WAS SIMPLE, COMPLICATED TOO SHOPPING TROLLEY WHEELS, HAD LOCKED ME AND YOU AND WE STRUGGLED TO DECIPHER, WHAT COULD BE SAID ON THIS TO PASS ON BY MID 8 (A) BUT WE COULDN’T STEP FORWARD, WE COULDN’T STEP BACK NEXT TO US, LINED UP, OTHER SHOPPERS HAD BEEN STACKED COLD TRUTH STARTED FORMING IN A FUNDAMENTAL WAY WE REALISED WE HAD TO TALK SO WE COULD FIND A WAY TO SET US CHORUS FREE, I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU (X2) MID 8 (B) DID WE LEAVE OUR TROLLEYS STANDING IN AN ISOLATED WAY ABANDONED BY THE LACK OF FAITH WE HAD TO SAVE THE DAY DID WE JUST UNLOAD THEM AND BEGIN IT ALL AGAIN DIDN’T ESTIMATE THE COST, JUST WANTED THE PAIN TO END AND SET US CHORUS FREE, I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU (X1) PRE- INSTRUMENTAL I AM HUMAN, FEEL MY HEART BEAT (X2) INSTRUMENTAL MID 8 (B) REPEAT CHORUS FREE, I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU (X1) I’M A HUMAN TOO, IN A BODY NEXT TO YOU
8.
SHOOTING STAR VERSE 1 SHOOTING STAR HIT THE SEA WHEN ANNIE HEARD THE VOICE THAT SAID HE LOVED HER A MILLION HEARTS ROSE TO SEE LOVE’S HUSHED FIRST KISS FOR ANNIE THE CURTAIN CALL WAS OVER, PERFORMANCE ALL LAID BARE ANNIE STOOD UP SMILING, HER SPIRIT STANDING THERE THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING BACK THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING… CHORUS ANNIE KEEP THE COLD OUTSIDE AND WARM OUR HEARTS SO LOVE WON’T DIE KEEP YOUR HEAD SO YOU KNOW BEST WHAT LOVE CAN DO WHAT LOVE CAN DO VERSE 2 FEAR BOUNCED OFF THE MOON WHEN ANNIE FELL A HUNDRED FEET FROM THE HIGH WIRE THE TEARS OF THE LOVE-STRUCK FILLED THE ROOM SEEING ANNIE CAUGHT THROUGH FIRE EACH GASP LET OUT DISASTER, EACH SCREAM EXPOSED DESPAIR EACH FALLING MOMENT THEREAFTER FILLED THE LIVING AIR ARMS REACHED OUT TO CATCH HER, ‘COS LOVE WILL NEVER END HOPE FOREVER AFTER GOT TO ANNIE… CHORUS VERSE 3 SHOOTING STAR HIT THE SEA WHEN ANNIE HEARD THE VOICE THAT SAID HE LOVED HER AND THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING BACK THE LIGHTS OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, ALL CAME RUSHING BACK
9.
DAY BECAME YOU INTRO HOT COALS WERE IN YOUR EYES, BURNING OUT ALL GOODBYES AND THE DAY BECAME YOU VERSE 1 SPIN AROUND ONE MORE TIME, YOU CAUGHT THE LIGHT FROM THE FIRE TOOK THE FLAME AWAY WITH YOU, MADE THE TRUTH BE YOU HOT COALS WERE IN YOUR EYES, BURNING OUT ALL GOODBYES AND MY DAY BECAME YOU. AND THOSE MEALY WORDS, THE ONES WE THOUGHT WE BARELY HEARD THE HIDDEN THREATS AND OPEN SORES, WOUNDS WE STRUGGLE TO IGNORE. I SAT DOWN, COULDN’T THINK, TURNED TO YOU AND SAW YOU BLINK AND MY DAY BECAME YOU. CHORUS YOU MOUTHED SOME WORDS, I COULDN’T HEAR YOU MOUTHED SOME MORE, I COULDN’T HEAR YOU TOOK MY HAND, I COULDN’T FEEL THERE WAS A DEATH ABOUT ME STILL. YOUR EYES SAID SOMETHING TO MY HEAD BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT, BREATHE IN YOU SAID I REACHED UP AND CAUGHT YOUR HAND AND MY DAY BECAME YOU, DAY BECAME YOU VERSE 2 SURROUNDED BY THE TAKE, TAKE, TAKE DIDN’T UNDERSTAND, THAT’S MY MISTAKE SHOULD HAVE FORESEEN THE ENSUING DISASTER, MY LEG IN PLASTER SAW THE SUNLIGHT CATCH YOUR HAIR, AS I WAS FALLING DOWN THE STAIRS, AND MY DAY BECAME YOU. (AND) THE UNDERCURRENT DRAGGED, IT PUSHED FORWARD, I PUSHED BACK AND ALL THOSE HATEFUL THINGS, BEGAN TO GATHER IN A RING JUST FOR A MOMENT I THOUGHT I SAW, YOU AND ME WALK THROUGH A DOOR, AND THE DAY BECAME YOU CHORUS INSTRUMENTAL VERSE, CHORUS
10.
GRAVITY INSIDE VERSE 1 THERE’S A GRAVITY INSIDE, PULL ME UP DON’T LET IT SLIDE LET THE ASTRONAUT IN VIEW, BE ON A MISSION TO SEE IT THROUGH ‘COS THE GRAVITY INSIDE, CAN MAKE A BLACK HOLE OPEN WIDE FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME AS EVERY SINGLE ORBIT GOES, OUTER SPACE CAN TAKE ITS TOLL VERSE 2 SHUTTLE IN, SHUTTLE OUT, WALKING IN SPACE IS VERY LOUD LITTLE TIME TO SIT AND PONDER, SUCK IT DRY ‘COS IT’S EASY TO SQUANDER EVERY LITTLE PIECE OF ME THAT’S HERE DANCES WITH YOU IN OUR ATMOSPHERE FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME AS EVERY SINGLE ORBIT GOES, OUTER SPACE CAN TAKE ITS TOLL VERSE INSTRUMENTAL VERSE 3 HOOPLA, HOOPLA, WE CAN BE OUR GUIDING STAR HOOPLA, HOOPLA, 10 TO 1 THE COUNTDOWN STARTS (‘COS/YES) THE GRAVITY INSIDE, CAN MAKE A BLACK HOLE OPEN WIDE FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME FIND ME SOME SPACE, FIND ME SOME TIME AS EVERY SINGLE ORBIT GOES, OUTER SPACE CAN TAKE ITS TOLL BUT THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTER, WHEN YOU’RE STANDING HERE SHARING THIS SPACE, KNOWING YOU’RE NEAR BUT THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTER, WHEN YOU’RE STANDING HERE SHARING THIS SPACE, KNOWING YOU’RE NEAR BUT THE MOON SHINES BRIGHTER, WHEN YOU’RE STANDING HERE SHARING THIS SPACE, KNOWING YOU’RE NEAR
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DOUBLE RAINBOW VERSE 1 PUDDLE ON THE PAVEMENT RAINBOW IN THE OIL AND PARAFFIN. DROPS OF RAIN WERE FALLING SUN IGNITING LIGHT WAVES, WE COULDN’T SEE. KNEES AND HANDS ALL MUDDY JOHN PUSHED MIKEY OVER, FIGHT BEGINS. HIGH ABOVE, CATHEDRAL-LIKE THE BIGGEST DOUBLE RAINBOW THAT’S EVER BEEN. CHORUS AND THE EARTH CRIED SAVE OUR SOULS THE EARTH CRIED SAVE OUR SOULS MID 8 AND WE RAN AND WE RAN TO THE TREASURE AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW WE WERE SURE TO HOLD VERSE 2 OUT OF BREATH AND REELING DIZZY FROM THE LACK OF OXYGEN. SHARING OUT THE WATER UNDER REDS, ORANGE-YELLOWS, GREENS AND BLUES. RAINBOW CAST ITS LIGHT ACROSS OUR LONG AND FRIGHTENED DISTANT STARES. BAG THAT RAINBOW BRING IT HOME TO WARM THE COLDNESS THERE. CHORUS MID 8 …WE WERE SURE THE EARTH CRIED CHORUS

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“Beautifully sung and beautifully played…Intimate. Quality musicianship and song-writing…” Americana UK (Jan – March 2020)

” ‘Double Rainbow’ is steeped in folk and warming orchestration. At times traditional roots and at others, it spreads it wings to a more pop friendly realm…this is an album of charm to replenish the soul with.” Travellers Tunes (17th March 2020)

“…a great album full of charming folk style melodies, which when combined with the haunting vocal style create beautiful tracks that stick with you long after the album ends.” Wall Of Sound Magazine (09th March 2020)

“Double Rainbow is an eminently listenable and enjoyable release…Brighten up a miserable winter by treating yourself to a listen.” FATEA (2nd March 2020)

“It’s an old myth that there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but seek out this one and you’ll be well-rewarded.” Folk Radio (26th Feb 2020)

“ Charming and Heavenly Contemporary British Folk.”
The Rocking Magpie (24th Feb 2020)

“Harmonious, creative and seductive, Double Rainbow is the aural signal of transformation we have been dying to hear.” Liverpool Sound & Vision (23rd Feb 2020)

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released February 28, 2020

Ian Roland - vocals, guitars
Simon Yapp - vocals, violin
Brione Jackson - vocals, cello
Nick VanVlanderan - drums
Ruby Rose - backing vocals
Recorded at: Airtight Studios, Manchester; Subtown Studios, Brighton.
Producer (tracks 1,6,7,8,9,10): Nigel Stonier
Mixed by: Sèadna McPhail
Mastered by: Alan Lowles
Songs: Ian Roland

Photography: LBPhotoUK
Cover photo: (left to right)
Jade Woodhouse (vocals, cello), Ian Roland (vocals, guitars), Simon Yapp (vocals, violin)

Website: www.ianroland.com
Copyright: 2020

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Ian Roland Brighton, UK

Songwriter, Ian Roland, and arranger-composer, Simon Yapp, produce unique Roots, Contemporary Folk music, full of heart- strung orchestration and up-close lyrical clarity. They work from Subtown Studios, in Brighton, UK, with other local musicians.

The group have supported acts such as Martin Simpson, The Black Feathers, Stick In The Wheel, TV Smith, Boo Hewerdine.

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