Pea Soup

by Helen McCookerybook

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    This is a limited edition 7” vinyl release of 100 copies that runs at 33 1/3 R.P.M. and has five tracks on each side, the shortest of which is 5 seconds long. The sleeves are hand-stamped and signed. See photographs for details, and please note these are hand made items and each one may have imperfections as part of the process. This is the Black & White stamped cover version.

    Note: The Green and Spring cover versions have sold out. All cover versions are within the limited edition of 100.

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    There are a limited number of 'Mis-shapes' available. There is nothing wrong with the vinyl on these ones, but there will be stamping or colouring flaws that mean I don't want to sell them at full price. Mis-shapes cost £7.00 and are limited in number. They are part of the 100 edition.

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Feminist Jingles, Daisychain, The Cutty Wren, Equal Parts, Pea Soup, Green, The Sea, Anarchy Skiffle, and 5 more. , and , .

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Degas 01:53
Degas, Degas The morning sunshine lights the scene The dancers gather here serene All sketched in charcoal line Degas, Degas The ruffled dress each dancer wears 'Neath airy windows, spiral stairs And boards of golden pine Degas, Degas Degas, Degas The old man drawn in shades of brown Peers through the gloomy wash surround His eyes still piercing bright Degas, Degas The master here explains the dance Expressing with his face and hands This ballet of delight Degas, Degas I see beyond the shadows The hours of toil and pain That bring to life such beauty And make it breathe again Degas, Degas The morning sunbeams light the scene The gallery is full again Which picture d'you prefer? Degas, Degas He stood aloof, he scratched his head This enigmatic man who said 'La ligne est mon couleur' Degas, Degas
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Time after time, we've sat this way So little time, so much to say You talk to me, I talk to you We sit and work our troubles through My champagne friend, we sit tonight And toast misfortune, gesundheit! Sometimes I see the answer to the puzzle that is beating you Sometimes you find a strategy Tos solve a problem troubling me My champagne friend, we sit tonight And toast misfortune, gesundheit! Just like the wind, we'll sway and bend Until the end, my champagne friend.
4.
Three of them lay in the bed Her lover, herself, and him in her head Goodnight, her lover said Goodnight! Please oh please, don't come out to play Stay hidden away, stay hidden away Everyday thoughts don't torture this way Stay hidden away, stay hidden away! Three of them lay in the bed Her lover, herself, and him in her head Goodnight, her lover said Goodnight! I love you, I hate you, I want you, I don't I want to make love with you, I know I can't Get out of my heart and get out of my head Get out of my body, get out of my bed! Three of them lay in the bed Her lover, herself, and him in her head Goodnight, her lover said Goodnight my lover, goodnight!
5.
Hare 00:53
Hare Leaping through the fields of green Powerful and lean In the springtime Hare In the distance, you're in flight Swift and feather-light In the sunshine Lost in a blink you jump so fast Springing over the tumbling grass Oh It's your shyness I adore And your wildness even more So wonderful to see You're so free You're a Mad March Hare
6.
Shall we start at the end and work backwards from there It’s more easy than finding our way through the fog That obscures all the good things and hides them from sight Turns true love to dust, and turns day into night. It was easy before when unhappiness reigned To embrace the familiar, the hurt and the pain It was easy to love them and treat them as friends Not so easy for those who begin at the end So tell me our future, oh what will it be Can we throw off the demons that darken our days Free ourselves from the patterns that turn us away From the hope that can surely turn night into day Starting a story is easy to do But finding the ending, well that’s up to you.
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You've no idea how it feels to me at my time of life To hold a young baby in these arms of mine My pacemaker's ticking my heart to the grave But new life's reminding an old man that he can smile. My roll-up's a part of my smoke-pickled face My flat cap's askew and my specs need a clean I don't like anyone who wan't born in my street But here is your baby so small and so sweet. New life, new life New life, new life That's right, new life The baby and the old, old man He died on our doorstep that dull Christmas Eve A man full of hatred, a man full of love A baby reached through to the human inside His eyes filled with tears at the sight of new life. New life, new life New life, new life That's right, new life The baby and the old, old man
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Blues In 'O' 00:05
Oh!
9.
Swifts 02:00
I'm dreaming of migrating birds That fly from Africa To build their nests in chilly northern climes Sailing on the song of nature Gliding on magnetic fields Their journey mapped out from archaic times. Cruel invaders shot the friendly dodos Curious of the strangers, they just came to say hello, who are you? Living beings are built to move Though humans sit and watch them On an animated screen at home Giving wings to flightless beings Might seem just like a flight of fancy From an optimistic aerodrome Cruel invaders shot the friendly dodos Curious of the strangers, they just came to say hello, who are you? Just like birds, migrating humans Flow away from danger So don't greet them with angry, hateful words If we make a hostile world We make our neighbours strangers We'l make ourselves extinct Like ancient birds Cruel invaders shot the friendly dodos Curious of the strangers, they just came to say hello, who are you?
10.
Bad Girl 00:54
You bad girl, you mean chick! Oh, your cruel mouth, your tough talk, your harsh words! You bad girl, you mean chick! Mmm, na na!

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The name Pea Soup came from the Austrian guitarist Robert Rotifer, who named my beautiful green Gretsch guitar 'The Pea Souper' after London fog in Victorian times. I call her the Green Goddess.
There will be 100 7" high quality vinyl copies with hand-stamped sleeves.
Every track is less that 2 minutes long to make this a miniature album, mixed and mastered to the highest standards but produced as DIY as I could do it. Just like the Elizabethan miniature painters that I love so much (inspiration for the Big song logo).

7" Vinyl, Big Song Records, HMcC05

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released February 29, 2020

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Helen McCookerybook UK

Helen McCookerybook is an outstanding songwriter who's beginnings formed in the punk era, old associates The Monochrome Set/The Pirhanas her first band was The Chefs (John Peel fave) She later signed to RCA with her band The Horns and had a couple of minor hits
Helen took 20 years out to become a Mum and PHD, taking up her songwriting again in 2003. Suburban Pastoral was her 1st solo record.
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