New Season

by Luke Leighfield

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about

New Season was recorded over ten days in February and March 2011.

credits

released 26 March 2012
Luke Leighfield - vocals, piano, Hammond organ, Rhodes piano, other organs, backing vocals
Matthew Reynolds - electric guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
Ben Price - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Aaron Graham - drums
Ben Browne - trumpet
Conroy Williams - trombone
Jonnie Fielding - violin
Martin Radford - cello

Choir - Sam Briggs, Adam Brown, Hannah Brown, Mel Cross, Steve Cross, Annie Elliott, Becky Elliott, Lydia Emerson, Ruth Fernandez, Oliver Gaskell, Jennie Genders, Emmah Geraghty, Duncan Howsley, Tim Jones, Luke Leighfield, Lee Mitchell, Hayley O'Toole, Ben Price, Sarah Price, Tom Price, Dave Shearn, Erin Shearn, Vicky Stephens

All songs written and arranged by Luke Leighfield
Produced by Luke Leighfield
Assistant producer - Matthew Reynolds
Mixed by Peter Miles
Mastered by Stephen Baldwin

Drums, bass and guitars recorded in Newton Abbot by Peter Miles
Vocals recorded in Southampton by Matthew Reynolds
Piano recorded in Guildford by Dan Halliday
Strings, brass and choir recorded in Southampton by James Bragg

Photography by Tom Price - tomalprice.com
Design by Duncan Howsley - labexposure.com
Leaves emblem by Secretly Swedish - secretlyswedish.com
Released by Got Got Need Records - gotgotneedrecords.com
£1 from every sale of New Season is donated to Christian Aid - christianaid.org.uk

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Track Name: Slow Down
Slow down, let your heart rate fall
Slow down, let your heart rate fall
You're caught up in the stress, you're caught up in the strain
But this too shall pass

Slow down, let your heart rate fall
Slow down, let your heart rate fall
You're busy being busy and it's numbing the pain
But this too shall pass

You'll need buckets for the tears when it all comes crashing down
When all we know turns on its head and your old life can't be found
So light a fire to heat our hardened hearts until they beat for you again
With a love like the expanse of the oceans

Slow down to know what you love
Slow down to clear the fog
To give time where it's needed, to give love where you love
'Cause this too shall pass

Slow down, simply to breathe
Slow down, simply to take the air into your lungs
Then push it out again, and breathe it in again
'Cause your time is short

Slow down, teach me to live
Slow down, regulate every beating of my heart
Slow down
Track Name: New Season
It's been a difficult season but we've seen it through
There were times when I was beaten; I relied on you
The waves were breaking over my head, I couldn't get away, I was drowning
But you threw me in those waves to learn to live again

Can you feel the temperature rising? It's climbing to a glorious heat

It feels like spring is here and it leads to summer
You've stripped my branches so that I can bear your fruit
Winter was killing me but now it's just a memory
And I'll be ready for autumn when she calls

So take this difficult season - let it burn you, let it fire you
And I'm still here - it hasn't killed me so it's made me stronger
So when these waves are breaking over my head, I'm gonna stand tall, unflinching
Taking challenges as compliments, I'll learn to live again

Plant me in the ground and let my roots grow deep
I'm ready to bear fruit - this is a new season
My arms are stretching wide and I am begging you come in
Let's leave the past behind, let's leave the past to die

This is a new season
Track Name: It's You
I was drunk at the wheel, I was never really in control
It was only a matter of time before it all came to a halt
I was cutting corners and compromising
I simply never put the time in to think of you

When the crash came, it was a blessing in disguise
It was formulated 'cause you are patient and I've been waiting my whole life
To know the reason that I'm here, to know the meaning of my time
In this world

It's you - you are the one I love

I'm a petulant child, I don't really know what I need
My eyes are bigger than my stomach, I know I'm consumed by greed
We're constantly searching for pleasure but we can never get enough
Without you

Spending money on clothes, living for a Friday night
Maybe I'll find love within these walls if I play my cards right
Is anyone's intention here deeper than a night in someone's bed?

Since you've plucked me from the lion's mouth, I am not the same
Sure I miss some things from the past but they're no good for me
A quick fix drug that never gets results, it even leaves you in more pain
We've had enough for today
Track Name: Whispering
When I sit and I am quiet
And I hear what you intended
The sound of birds quietly talking
The sound of wind bringing trees to life

When I sit and I am still
And I feel what you intended
Heat on skin, beads of sweat forming
Sunshine turning white to bronze

I have time but it's been years since I've sat and listened to your voice
It is quiet but it is there

Seasons change, the heat comes back
What once was dead, it too grows back
Light beats dark, life beats death
You have not breathed your final breath

So, friends, take heart - all is not lost
All you need is some sense of hope
Tides, they turn, feelings change
Nothing and no one is beyond repair

How could I ever have even a moment's doubt?
You are quiet but you are there
Track Name: Patience
If these are the last words I write and then I am rendered dumb
Melodies don't spring to mind and my commentary is done
If fear takes over from hope and love, and I lose sight of the goal
Where there once was air I suffocate, and then I stumble and I fall

Then it is not my time, I misread the signs, this is not who I was called to be
You know me better than I know myself, I barely understand the slightest thing

You're gonna need some patience, it's gonna take some time
Before you get where you're going, before the stars align
A plan is in motion, but you don't know its design
And I say, "your will be done and not mine"

The journey's so much smoother now since I let go of the reigns
And when I fall off you extend a hand and I get up and ride again
I have no clue where we're headed here but the views sure are divine
And when your wisdom wills it, I will let my light shine

It's been a difficult year but I'm starting to learn that you are right
Track Name: Time
I try hard but I am reckless, I am thoughtless and I am rash
I have friends who I love but I don't show my love enough
I need you but I still tell myself I can do it on my own
I am stupid

I want to succeed but I get bored and I get restless and then I quit
I make plans but they are difficult so I give up and that is it
I want the will to see things through but I'm not prepared to spend the time on it
I am stupid

I'm gonna make some time for you

I build my plans on sand when I know I should build on rock
I get surprised when the storms come and they take away the lot
I know what I have to do but I still try to take shortcuts
'Cause I am stupid

I claim to be in the for the long haul but I want a quick result
And then when it comes it still wasn't quick enough
Lord, give me the patience to do the things I love
'Cause I am stupid

You be the potter and I'll be the clay
Take my life and mould me 'til I am not the same
As the man who lies, the man who cheats, the man I used to be
'Cause that just isn't me
Track Name: The One Thing
When a good man dies and everyone around him is reduced to tears
It is difficult to see the sense, it is difficult to know why
When there's food to eat but we still see people starving to death
Where have we gone so wrong? How can we hide away?

We are scrabbling through the dark, the world is crying out for answers
I'm falling on my knees - Lord, illuminate this madness

You are the one thing that makes sense
You are the one that I rely upon
And when this world doesn't make sense
It is you that I count on

When a marriage falls apart and you find yourself living on the streets
With a needle in your vein and a hole in your heart
When you've turned to drink because life's become unbearable
Anything to numb your mind and anything to numb your heart

And though we cannot do the maths
I know that your way is perfect and your way is right
And I'll strive for justice - keep my paths straight, Lord
Straight through the narrow gate to paradise

You are the one thing
Track Name: Live for More
We work so we have money, then we spend it all on nothing
And it got me thinking - what was that for?
When we meet our end all will become dust
Notes will burn and coins will rust

It is not easy to break out of the mould when it's got you on your knees
It is not easy with a world in opposition

I want to live for so much more
There must be so much more
Than the greed and the fighting that's gripped us in this world

Here in these four walls I have everything I need
I have a roof overhead and some food and a bed, but still I'm not happy
So can you force me to look back? Can you give me some perspective?
'Cause it's only when I live for others that I find myself

Break my heart for what breaks yours, let me never find true peace
'Til hope and justice are restored and there are no more tears
Let the burning coal sting my lips and sear me to my soul
Peel my heart right open
Track Name: Garde Ta Foy
I know it's been hard, nothing short of agony
To place one foot in front of the other, just to keep moving
You could barely see a path, let alone a destination
But I am lighting up the way - I am guiding you home

Keep your faith, brother - you are where you're meant to be
You are holding a sparkler but soon there'll be a firework display
You cannot see it but this is all mapped out
You are holding a sparkler - soon there'll be a firework display

Times have been testing, the cracks began to show
But I never gave you more than you could handle, I just wanted you to know
That these struggles have been building character, I've been watching you grow stronger
Getting ready for the next thing that's in store
I'm guiding you home

Words have been spoken and they are coming true
For me and you

Are you ready for a new season?
Track Name: Do Not Settle
Do not settle for less than you deserve
Do not settle for less than what you're worth
Do not settle 'til possibilities are gone
Do not settle 'til you've exhausted what you have

Do not settle if you want to win the prize
Do not settle if there is fire in your eyes
Do not settle if your soul is crying out
Do not settle - just let it all come out

Do not settle, you are worth so much more
Do not settle, you are worth so much
Do not settle, it is you that I adore
Do not settle, it is you that I adore

Do not settle until you practise what you preach
Do not settle, it is well within your reach
Do not settle for the opinions of this world
Do not settle for the opinions of this world