The Boat Builder

by Simon de Voil

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released February 1, 2011

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Simon de Voil UK

Simon de Voil is a Scottish singer/songwriter and sacred musician, now based across the water from Seattle in Washington State.
Known for soulful, often haunting songs that invoke the spirit of his homeland, as well as his own personal story, Simon pairs thoughtful and inspiring lyrics with compelling piano melodies, and a rich, tender vocal style.
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Track Name: Your Wedding Day
Do you remember that I wrote you this song?
it was late in the afternoon and we’d just eaten chocolate cake
sun was streaming through the windows making beautiful light
you were looking radiant and I was so full of joy
on your wedding day

It was seven years ago but not that that matters now
and this was our sacred place, this was our special day
sun was streaming into the room making beautiful light
you were looking radiant and I was so full of joy
on our wedding day

Will you remember that I wrote you this song
and the life we shared before things went wrong?
I meant every word I said, think you did too
but now there’s nothing left but this love that I give to you
on your wedding day
Track Name: Sacred & Scarred
I don’t know how to hold your hand
and reach beyond broken vows.
You shared my world and it was beautiful
sowing our dreams, it was just beautiful.

I’ll take my time in letting go
and make sure that I can still hold your hand.
You shared my world and it was beautiful
broken and whole and it was beautiful.

I can’t let this soil my world
so I reach for you but darling where’s your hands now?
You share my world and it’s so different now
violated and scorned but still beautiful.

I don’t know how to hold your hand
and reach beyond spoken vows.
This is my world it’s so different now
sacred and scarred, it’s just beautiful
Track Name: Dreich
It rains more in my heart than the hills on a dreich wet day
so I reach out to my friends and they hold me with such grace
the sun will shine

No I wouldn’t have made it through without you

Come I’ll give you rest

I will give you rest
the sun will shine
Track Name: Acid Rain
The anger falls down on my skin like acid rain

You can go your way
and I will pack my own things
we’ll be on our best behaviour now
but don’t dare we say it’s ok
cause it’s not ok

I don’t cry so often
my truth’s more clearly spoken
sun shines in my heart every now and then
but don’t dare you say it’s ok
this is not ok

How come in my mind’s eye I see you trapped and lonely
locked up in a tower and I watch you lying there?
So I can’t say that it’s ok
cause I know you’re not ok

I will go my own way high up on this mountain
plant these seeds and maybe some forgiveness might grow
so maybe one day I can say
that it turned out ok
but the anger falls down on my skin like a gentle acid rain
Track Name: Arctic Winter
It’s been a long long night
I’m waiting for the rising sun
my arctic winter
weathering the storms.
Wish you could hold my hand
I know you share the same fate too
but we’re poles apart now
and your winter ’s still to come.

At first I searched for you
the pull to be there by your side
but when the moon rose
could see I was alone.
And the sea froze cold
It’s made up of a billion tears
shed there by all of us
since the beginning of time.

When the first storm came
I thought that I would die right there
that there’d be nothing left
but a soul can’t freeze.
And when I opened my eyes
I saw the most beautiful lights
shining all around me
I knew I was lucky to be alive.

Wish I could take your tears
and wipe all of my pain away
but it’s our humanity
and it’s your Antarctic sun.
You know it’s been a long long night
still waiting for the coming dawn
been months of winter now
I’m waiting for the sun.
Track Name: Frozen
Love is such a thing that we might die for
in a world that’s not quite so pure.
Come and take my hand and I will follow you
to a place so calm and still.

He goes to where his bride lies sleeping
beautiful, beneath the ice.
It’s cold and he’s not sure if he’s gonna die here
but he lies down, reaches out to touch her hair.

Love is such a thing that I might live for
in a world so full of pain.
Come and take my hand and you could follow me
to a sacred grove so full of life.

My love I called I called for you
I called your name four hundred times.
Track Name: Cosmic
He’s cosmic
falling through a vacuum in time
spiral ever downward
through a dark and empty void.
Maybe I’ve been here before
but I know it was a long long time ago
I saw myself as an angel
charred and falling through the void.

Cosmic maybe I’m cosmic
Maybe I live here
But maybe I’m stuck here

It’s just empty
a place devoid of any noise
everything’s just waiting
watch him as he falls.
And it pulls him
tugging at the fabric of his form
bursting to be open
so the new life can be born.

Cosmic maybe I’m cosmic
Maybe I know this
But maybe I’m stuck here now.
Track Name: The Boat Builder
I could not stay, it’s just I could not stay
without you by my side
so I built myself a round wee boat.
I wove my boat from willow and birch
and pushed my way out through the surf
to where the tide would carry me away.

It took some time for me to build myself
a sturdy clinker boat
I did not know how to work the grain.
But I built my boat from oak and pine
and found a way to scarf the joins
steam the wood so it would fit just right.

I raised my sail and I rowed my boat
across the sea of tears
of pain and grief and shame.
To find the croft where we both lived
we worked the land with love and care
till you broke down and said “I need to go”.

I found the ruin of our home
and there’s no roof there now
the foxgloves they grow tall.
The wren’s still there, the blackbird too
where once I grew those pansies for you
and in the kitchen garden the herbs still grow.

Before I left I took my seed bag out
the one you mended for me
I broadcast on the wind.
So when you come and look around
you’ll see my flowers for miles around
the flowers hold the colours of my love for you.
Track Name: Circle Dance
We sow these
these seeds of love and human kindness
the light to shine in nights of darkness
bright stars to help us find our way
Track Name: Died And Went To Maine
Feel like I died and went to Maine
to learn to be myself again.
I’m in a cabin all alone
with tomorrow’s porridge cooking on the open fire.
Learning to use a chisel and a plane
and build in myself a sense of home again.

Open my palm, breathe deeply
turn and face the wind.
Won’t hold my dreams too tightly
lest they fall through my fingers like sand.

Feel like I died and went to Maine
to learn to be myself again.
I’m on an island all alone
with tomorrow’s porridge cooking on the open fire.
The stars are shining overhead
and I am lucky and I am blest
to be following my dreams.
Track Name: When The Snow Came
Can’t quite believe what I see with my eyes
so I have to reach out
check that it’s there.
It’s only my life but it’s good now
beautiful and kind now
and gentle and I’m more wise now.

And how could it all work out?
How could it be this fine now?
Look at my life I survived somehow
and I’m building a brand new home.
Still the tears of betrayal are just endless
but keeping them alive would be useless
hurts nobody else but me.
It’s time to see things differently.

I was finding my way when the snow came down
covering over my tracks
on the path to where I belonged
was now a place that time had moved on.
So I look above at the stars tonight
so crisp and clear and there’s no moonlight
the air is cold on my face but I’m warm inside
and there’s a fire in my new home.

I look outside at the snow tonight
it’s barely light by my candle light.
My lover she calls for me
draws the fire deep in my soul.
And how could it all work out?
How could it be this fine now?
Look at my life it’s so good somehow
and I’m building a brand new home.

Can’t quite believe what I see with my eyes
so I have to look twice
check that it’s there.
It’s only my life but it’s good now
beautiful and kind now
and gentle and I’m more whole now.
Track Name: Master Carpenter
Christ you are the master carpenter
wield well your tools in the workshop of our world
so that I who come rough hewn to your bench
may become a truer beauty of your hand and touch

Christ you gave to me the gifts of courage and faith and laughter
and took my hand and pushed me out from your sacred nest
to go where I don’t know where soldiers spit and curse
to carry your light of truth out to an endangered world
this world of ours, this world of mine
Track Name: Longing
I long for you
thirst to be home with you
run to you
feel this longing inside.
In sorrow I called to you
in joy now I smile with you
reach out with open heart.

I am one with you I long to be there beside you
I will run to you, run home and be waiting for you
I will look to you, remember and look for you.

In love and separation
in our broken perfection
we heal and grow beyond.
In darkness I could see light
so in life now I see shadows
like a river walk beneath some tall beech trees.

I am one with you...

In love and separation
when you’re broken wide open
standing there with nothing left to hide.
So fragile with such beauty
and your candle burns so brightly
lantern held high through the long wild nights.

I am one with you...

In love and separation in our broken perfection
we heal and grow beyond ourselves.