Storm On An Island

by Dan Sumner

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Unflinchingly political, and in the true tradition of the troubadour, Storm on an Island, takes on a host of enemies, including politicians and sections of the media for the recent backlash against refugees, as heard on The Rising Tide. There are many characters portrayed on the album, none more vividly than Mr Boatman, an ambiguous power hungry and despotic individual who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, as well as the banker who pleads his case in Money Brings the House Down. Musically the record heralds a departure from Sumner’s folkier roots, as he is backed throughout by the rhythm section of siblings John and Joe Sam (Incognito), who help to shape a more bluesy, rock sound.

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released November 17, 2017

Recorded between Brighton, London and Kent by Dan Sumner and Matt Sewell-Rutter
Drums and bass recorded in Battersea Park Studios by Juan Luis Ayala and Metway Studios by Toby May
Produced by Dan Sumner and Matt Sewell-Rutter
Mixed by Matt Sewell-Rutter at The Tape Room. Additional mixing on tracks 1 and 3 by Paul Pascoe at Church Road Recording Company
Mastered by Eric James at Philosophers Barn Mastering
Artwork and sleeve design by Tasha Tully
Photos by Kirsty Grant
All songs written by Dan Sumner, except for One World which was written by John Martyn (Island Records Ltd)

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Grounded in the folk storytelling tradition and in the spirit of singer- songwriters such as Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Dan Sumner sings about love, politics, murder and all that lies in between. He originally cut his teeth on the London singer songwriter scene and has since gone on to hone a unique style fusing his folk roots with blues and rock ... more

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Track Name: Money Brings The House Down
Money bring the house down

I’m not just the villain, you know?
There are many strings to my bow.
They say I’m driven by greed,
But I didn’t plant the seed.

This is the modern world,
For every boy and girl,
But who was led astray,
Then couldn’t pay?

Money brings the house down,
Money brings the house down,
Money makes the world go round

I don’t want to watch the news today,
News of another failed state,
An economy that couldn’t pay,
Another life laid to waste

This is the modern world,
For every boy and girl,
But who was led astray,
Then couldn’t pay?

Money brings the house down,
Money brings the house down,
Money makes the world go round

I can see the hate in their eyes,
It’s not me they should despise,
For letting the system win,
Then letting them do it again.

This is the modern world,
For every boy and girl,
But who was led astray,
Then couldn’t pay?

Money brings the house down,
Money brings the house down,
Money makes the world go round
Track Name: Mr Boatman
Mr Boatman

Mr Boatman, you’d sail those seven seas,
With glory in your sights, fortunes in your reach.
Mr Boatman, you’d spread your misery,
Over oceans wide, like a parasitic disease.

Mr Boatman, I’ve met many men like thee,
With power in their eyes, hatred in their spleen.
Mr Boatman, I’ve met many like thee,
They won’t rest until the world is lying at their feet

Mr Boatman, you know how to lure them in,
With all your polished words, your politician’s grin.
Mr Boatman, you’d fill it to the brim,
With all their hopes and dreams, then you’d let the water in.

Mr Boatman, I’ve met many men like thee,
With power in their eyes, hatred in their spleen.
Mr Boatman, I’ve met many like thee,
You won’t rest until the world is lying at your feet

Mr Boatman, you’ve pissed off the wrong man today

Mr Boatman, tell me how do you sleep at night,
Do you draw your curtains closed and pull those shutters tight?
Mr Boatman, you don’t display a worried mind.
I’ve started to feel your heart beats out of time.

Mr Boatman, I’ve met many like thee,
With poison in their veins, hatred in their being
Mr Boatman, I’ve met many, you see?
And they won’t rest til you’re lying in the reeds,
They won’t rest til you’re lying in the reeds,
We won’t rest, til you’re lying in the reeds
Track Name: Something In The Water
Something in the Water

It’s that old familiar tale of a dream that never set sail,
I’ll be lurking in the shadows tonight, waiting to catch a sight.

There must be something in the water, baby,
That turns my brown eyes green.
Something in the water, darling,
That knocks me off my feet.
You knock me off my feet.

That old monster’s here again and these days I can never pretend,
That this feeling don’t eat me up inside, sick to the stomach am I.

There must be something in the water, baby,
That turns my brown eyes green.
Something in the water, darling,
That knocks me off my feet.
You knock me off my feet.

Oh please help me,
Oh please save me,
Won’t you come and rescue me.

Oh please help me,
Oh please save me,
Rid me of this obsession

I got too wrapped up in myself, I don’t worry about no one else,
I got too wrapped up in you too, didn’t know what I could do,
Drowning in the deepest blue, darling, that was me and you

There must be something in the water, baby,
That turns my brown eyes green.
Something in the water, darling,
Knocks me off my feet.
You knock me off my feet.

Oh please help me,
Oh please save me,
Won’t you come and rescue me.

Oh please help me,
Oh please save me,
Won’t you come and set me free.

Oh please help me,
Oh please save me,
Won’t you come and set me free.

Oh please help me,
Oh please save me,
Rid me of this obsession
Track Name: Put You Down To Bed
Put you down to bed

Something’s got under my skin,
But it’s not the weather and it’s not the cold creeping in.
Something’s got me down,
But it’s not the shackles of this grey old town.

Every time I think I’ve put you down to bed,
You come and raise your ugly head.
Every time I think I’ve put you down to bed,
You come and raise your ugly head.
All the lives I never led,
And those fading years, all misspent,
And those big ideas that came and went,
Well it all boils down to the same regret.
Every time I think I’ve put you down to bed,
You come and raise your ugly head.

Something’s hanging over my head,
But it’s not the weight of these burgeoning debts.
Something’s got to give,
I want to fix this, I want to learn how to live.

Every time I think I’ve put you down to bed,
You come and raise your ugly head.
Every time I think I’ve put you down to bed,
You come and raise your ugly head.
All the lives I never led,
And those fading years, all misspent,
And those big ideas that came and went,
Well it all boils down to the same regret.
Every time I think I’ve put you down to bed,
You come and raise your ugly head.
Track Name: The Rising Tide
The Rising Tide

Here come the rising tide,
Here come the old divides,
Does everybody read the Daily Mail?
Does everybody think that kindness fails?

I know you think we’re not the same,
That our lives aren’t born out of circumstance,
They're ours to shape.
I know you think we’re not the same,
But where does it end?
What will you defend?

Here comes the rising tide,
Here come the old divides,
Does everybody read the Daily Mail?
Does everybody think that kindness fails?

Here comes the rising tide,
Here comes the sharp decline,
Does everybody read the Daily Mail?
Does everybody think that kindness fails?

I know I can’t lock myself away,
Go bury my head in the sand,
Because I don’t relate,
Coz these fears are here to stay,
And hate breeds hate,
There’s no time to waste.

Here comes the rising tide,
Here come the old divides,
Does everybody read the Daily Mail?
Does everybody think that kindness fails?

Here comes the rising tide,
Here comes the sharp decline,
Does everybody read the Daily Mail?
Does everybody think that kindness fails?
That kindness fails

-DM rant-
Secure the borders,
Build the wall,
So they don’t come knocking
At our front door.
Coz they’ll swarm our streets,
They’ll bring their crime
They’ll take our jobs,
They’ll ruin our lives.
Don’t let them in,
Root them out,
Make sure there’s not
One shadow of a doubt
That there’s no room for compassion,
It’s us or them,
Survival of the fittest,
Sink or swim

What’s love got to do,
To get through,
Through to you?
What’s love got to do,
To get through,
Through to you?
Track Name: Storm On An Island
Storm on an island

I’d batten down the hatches, but you’re not here.
All that’s left is my own fear.
This OCD that’s eating me,
Like a vice that won’t let me breathe.

Did I tell you that I love you?
That I’d do anything for you?
Don’t let me put a stop to that.
Don’t let me get in the way of that.
What stirs inside
Your heart and mine,
The words fail me
Every time.

Storm on an island,
This close to violence,
I want to jump out,
Don’t let me jump out.

They walk in circles, they never cease.
All in search of an elusive peace.
16 floors of restless sleep,
I dream I’m falling out to sea.

Did I tell you that I love you?
That I’d do anything for you?
Don’t let me put a stop to that.
Don’t let me get in the way of that.
What stirs inside
Your heart and mine,
The words fail me
Every time.

Storm on an island,
This close to violence,
I want to jump out,
Don’t let me jump out.

All I need is you and me
All I need is you and me
All I need is you and me
All I need is you and me

Storm on an island,
This close to violence,
I want to jump out,
Don’t let me jump out.
Track Name: The Year Of The Snake
The Year of the snake

What you got is what I need, darling,
Hope and light, to keep me on an even keel, darling

I could be out wrestling with fate,
On the lookout for love, but getting there too late,
Chasing dreams I never had,
And watching every good thing turn sour and bad.

What you got is what I need, darling,
Hope and light, to keep me on an even keel, darling

This city breathes a bitter air,
That chokes my heart and beckons despair,
But your eyes would pierce through this,
And all those empty smiles I could never resist.

So, what you got is what I need, darling,
Hope and light to keep me on an even keel, darling
You keep me on an even keel, darling.

I want to be where love abounds,
It’s in the heart of all that astounds.
I want to reach outside my head,
Forever love, forever there.
You keep me, keep me on an even keel

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