Helicopter EP

by Ian Roland

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Ian Roland – vocals, guitars, mandolin, songs
Lee Bridges – drums
Scott Gentry – bass
Jake Skinner – percussion, engineer

Produced by Ian Roland & Jake Skinner

Reviews of the ‘Helicopter’ EP

” Ian is a singer/songwriter from the UK who is writing some superb contemporary folk songs. His Debut EP ‘Helicopter’ is a gem of a release, I found myself singing along to songs I had only heard for the first time, that’s a talent for songwriting right there ! I happen to love storytelling and Ian gets me there too with his unique folk storytelling in song. A great release and look forward to more great things ahead ”
Stevie Connor – Blues and Roots Radio / Celtic Music Radio / WeeDan Music (July 28, 2014)

“A pastoral feeling disc this despite the opening track being called ‘Hate’ which is actually full of gorgeous harmonies and an ear worm of a chorus….a delightful gem to be sought out and listened to.”
Keith Hargreaves, Americana UK (Apr 05, 2014)

“Helicopter EP from Ian Roland – … an absorbing, warm and gentle acoustic sound… a strong lyrical base delivered by engaging vocals, arrayed over songs with a convincing sense of storytelling…”
Tim Carroll, FolkWords (Apr 20, 2014)

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released January 1, 2014

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Ian Roland Brighton, UK

Roland & Yapp. 12 string, fiddle, vocals – "more hooks than a long line fishing vessel" FolkWords. – Roots, Acoustic, Folk, Americana.

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Track Name: Hate
Ian Roland - HATE (Track 1 - Helicopter EP)
Verse 1
AS OLD AS THE HILLS, AS OLD AS THE DARK
AS OLD AS TWO BY TWO TO THE ARK, IT’S HATE.
CAN DRIVE ALL THE ENERGY OUT OF YOU
DRIVE A BITTER SCREW RIGHT ON THROUGH, IT’S HATE.
Mid
CAN’T FORGIVE AND CAN’T FORGET, THERE’S A HOLE SO HEAVY
HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY
IN YOUR HEART, IN YOUR HEART
Chorus
ANNIE, COME ON AND LIFT YOUR HEAVY HEART
Verse 2
STONED YOURSELF WITH ROCKS AND BOULDERS
TIME TO STOP HATE GETTING OLDER, HATE.
TWISTED RUIN OF A PATH WELL TRODDEN
FEELING YOURSELF GOING ROTTEN, WITH HATE.
Mid
CAN’T FORGIVE AND CAN’T FORGET, THERE’S A HOLE SO HEAVY
HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY
IN YOUR HEART, IN YOUR HEART.
FALLIBLE HUMAN BEING LIES
BURIED RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES, IN HATE

Chorus x2
Verse 3
COAXING A SMILE OUT OF YOU WHILE WE’RE CRYING IN THE RAIN x3
Mid
GOT TO FORGIVE, GOT TO FORGET
FIX THAT HOLE SO HEAVY, HEAVY, HEAVY,
IN YOUR HEART, IN YOUR HEART
Chorus x2
Track Name: Songbirds
Ian Roland - SONGBIRDS (2nd track on Helicopter EP)

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

Mid 8
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

Chorus
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

Mid 8

Chorus
Track Name: Got You, Annie
Ian Roland - GOT YOU, ANNIE (3rd track on Helicopter EP)

STARING AT THE HIGH WIRE (X4)
Verse1
STARING AT THE HIGH WIRE, TO LEVEL YOUR HEAD
THE POLE IN YOUR HANDS, FEELS LIKE A CROSS TO THE DEAD
AND THE CIRCUS MASTER ISN’T TOO KIND
JUST AS YOU STEP OUT, HE PLAYS WITH YOUR MIND
Chorus
I WANT TO TAKE YOU AWAY FROM ALL THIS HERE
MARRY ME, ANNIE
CAN’T STAND TO WATCH AS YOU QUIVER WITH FEAR
GET ACROSS, ANNIE, GO, GET ACROSS, GIRL
Verse 2
THE CROWD BELOW, ARE PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE YOU
ONE STEP BEYOND, ONE STEP THAT’S NEW
AND IN THE DISTANCE, YOU SEE THE OTHER SIDE
AS THE HEAVENS OPEN UP, YOU STEP ON THAT WIRE
Chorus
GET ACROSS, ANNIE, GO, GET ACROSS, GIRL (X3)
Mid 8
ALWAYS WAS THE ONE TO MAKE A SCENE
NO NET, TOES FEEL THE WIRE, AND THE MAKE BELIEVE
WHO WOULD EVEN CARE IF I FALL
THERE’S NO-ONE OUT THERE, NO ONE AT ALL.
GET ACROSS, ANNIE, GO, GET ACROSS, GIRL (X3)
Outro
GOT YOU, ANNIE, GOT YOU, ANNIE (X6)
Track Name: Never Be Lost
Ian Roland - NEVER BE LOST (4th track of Helicopter EP)
Verse 1
IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HAND
STEADY ON YOUR HEART
FEEL YOUR STRENGTH RISE AND SAY
NEVER BE LOST WITHOUT YOU
SWIRL AND THE TWIRLING RHYME
NEVER LET YOU OUT OF YOUR SIGHT
NEVER BE LOST ALONE
NEVER BE LOST WITHOUT YOU
Chorus
AMID THE DESOLATION
CONSTERNATION
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
CIRCLING YOU
Verse 2
BREATHE DEEP AND SLOW
KEEP YOUR SELF KNOWN
AND NEVER LET GO
NEVER BE LOST WITHOUT YOU
IN HONEY COATED WORDS
WRAPPED IN DIFFERENT CLOTHES
NEVER SINK AND FOLD
NEVER BE LOST WITHOUT YOU
Chorus
Mid 8
ONE WHOLE EARTH, SPLIT IN TO US, OUT OF US
CAN’T LOOK AWAY, CAN’T LOOK AWAY, CAN’T CAN’T
CAN’T KEEP TAKING, WHAT’S LEFT STANDING
IT DON’T WORK THAT WAY
IT WON’T WORK THAT WAY
Verse 1
Track Name: Shooting Star
Ian Roland - SHOOTING STAR (Track 5 of Helicopter EP)

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 1 Outro
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
Track Name: Helicopter
Ian Roland - HELICOPTER Track 6 Helicopter EP
Verse 1
HELICOPTER’S GOING TO LIFT YOU OUT
TAKE YOU FAR AWAY FROM TROUBLE, DISAPPEAR
YOU’VE GOT YOUR FEET STUCK
AND YOU’RE LOSING IT FAST, IT’S CLEAR
Chorus
GRAB HOLD OF ME, DRAW ME NEAR
I WILL NEVER DROP YOU, DON’T FEAR
TOGETHER WE WILL PASS THROUGH THIS TIME
LOOK UP HELICOPTER’S RIGHT ON TIME
Mid 8
WITH THE SWEATS AND THE CRAMP
AND THE DARK AND THE HOLLOW ECHOING,
THE BLAME AND THE HATE AND THE ANGER
AND THE KNIFE SLOWLY TURNING IN,
GOT TO MOVE PRETTY QUICK WHEN YOUR DEVILS
ARE ON YOUR BACK,
THE LIGHT’S AT THE TOP OF THE TOWER
BUT YOUR UNDER ATTACK
Chorus
Mid 8
MESS IT UP WITH WORDS, CAN’T TALK AT ALL,
HERE THEN GONE, OUT OF FOCUS, COLLAPSE AND FALL,
SENSES VANISH MELTING INTO THIN AIR,
AS WE REACH OUT OUR HANDS TO SAVE US
REACH OUT OUR HANDS TO SAVE US
Verse 1
Chorus