Burst Through The Borders (single)

by Caulbearers

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Burst Through The Borders Deep in the earth and surrounding all the stars Penetrating everything, near and far Conceived in the mist, vibrating in the word Thoughts taking forms that created these worlds Love is going to grow through the soil from the earth Scattering her seeds in this endless re-birth Filling up the spaces in every single cell Flowing in the water through the mountains and the fells Love is going to flow from the shore to the sea Sweep across the continents and every country Burst through the borders and open up the gates Redefine all lands as United States of Grace Love is going to flow from the sea to the shore Everywhere abundant, no being needing more Touching every heart, finding every soul Clearing all resistance and filling every hole Oh my skin's shed, (I) stand here naked Sometimes it might feel too much, But do we let our fears dictate this? And seek a pain-free road Into the season-less world, but it's no place to fill our cup Let it be filled up, I am in the heart, I can choose to have hope Love is going to pour from the courts and the jails Seeping from the walls in the barracks and the cells Touching every patient in every hospital Filling up the boardrooms and offices as well Love will be shared in the city and the banks Chanted at the football by the scousers and the mancs Traded in the market and shouted in the pubs Waiting at the bus stop and dancing in the clubs Love will be taught in the classrooms of the schools Stepping from the shadows and shaking up the rules Studied in the lab, sweated in the gym Sweep across the playing fields, carried in the wind Love is going to flow from the shore to the sea Sweep across the continents and every country Burst through the borders and open up the gates Redefine all lands as United States of Grace Oh my skin's shed, standing naked Grace is going to help us to love beyond our limitations We're strong as ancient oaks Caressed and kissed by the sun, (but) then it takes our roots and Shakes them, oh I am shaken, will I awaken, may I be awakened Love will come, you can muffle the drum You can loosen the strings, but the earth will sing Let it go, we can let love flow We can be in the heart, we can choose to have hope Let it go, We can let love flow We can be in the heart, we can choose to have hope Damien Mahoney 2017
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Solid Supposed When you were less than three feet tall, Did you struggle with the big and small? In your cot when you tried to sleep, Were you confused by the shallow and the deep? And the spaces open wide Suddenly become so tight And the sound was the loop of the night But a hundred times amplified. Well we age yet we lose this feeling I wonder what it could mean? Was your soul yet to conform To the shape unto which it was born? The expanding, the contracting The vibrations, the collapsing. But already we cling to the solid supposed. The fear we bring of what is outside and in. The fear we bring of what is outside and in. Well we age yet we lose this feeling I wonder what it could mean? Was your soul yet to conform To the shape unto which it was born? The expanding, the contracting The vibrations, the collapsing.
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The title track of this latest Caulbearers offering is a departure from the dark, psychedelic funk of previous releases. There is more space, more of a sense of peace and perhaps more hope in the lyrics.
Damien Mahoney’s words & music take the listener on an epic odyssey through the micro & macrocosm of human experience, as much influenced by modern, urban existence as by the timeless texts of authors such as Idries Shah, Kahlil Gibran and Neil Douglas-Klotz.

The simplicity of the chords, almost constantly revolving throughout, offer freedom for the movement and explorations of the piano, strings and voices. The slower, meditative tempo allows for the often incessant meter of the words which are like a drum beat in themselves.

The track features Howard Jacobs on drums (808 State, Beth Gibbons, Homelife, Toolshed), Anton Hunter on guitar (Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), with Ruth Blake joining Damien Mahoney on vocals. Cellos by Stefan Skrimshire, and bass by Nicholas Malin. The piano parts were added by the acclaimed composer and polyrhythmic pioneer, Edward Chilvers. Additional acoustic guitar by Andrew Mucha.

Initially written in 2017, the song’s lyrics celebrate the sacred in the everyday and the supposedly mundane whilst simultaneously dreaming of a beautiful revolution occurring in the markets, pubs, boardrooms, hospitals and schools of our towns and cities.

“As a species, we have so many difficult challenges to find solutions for, that it can feel overwhelming to know where and how to start.
I wanted to write something that had a total faith in the possibility of change, in the ability to transcend the complexities of our modern lives with simplicity. The song imagines this energy of love flooding through the world and transforming the institutions and purposes of our societies and our lives. By its nature, it dismantles the barriers that cause hardship for so many and the borders that separate us from each other.

Out of states of difficulty and uncertainty sometimes come the more positive songs! The words can be the healing themselves, a reminder of a way out or through; that all is not lost, that transformation and renewal are possible.” Damien Mahoney

'Burst Through The Borders' is complemented by a radio edit version and the B-Side, 'Solid Supposed' (feat. Ruth Blake).
Originally recorded live in Platt Fields Chapel in Manchester, Solid Supposed was released on Caulbearers’ ‘More Lie Deep’ EP back in 2011. But this version is given a total revamp with brand new lead vocals by Ruth Blake. Her haunting, multi-layered delivery has echoes of Apparat’s soundtrack for the series, ‘Dark’, and perfectly resonates with the dream-like, other worldly theme of the lyrics. Bathed in distortion and delay, Blake’s voice soars then whispers its way through the slow, Lynchian lullaby, accompanied by Caulbearers’ signature horns, strings and live breakbeats.

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released April 29, 2021

Words and Music by Damien Mahoney

Mastered by Jim Spencer at Eve Mastering in Gtr Manchester

Video by Stirzocular & Damien Mahoney
Artwork by James Roper

(See individual tracks for full production credits)

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