From Here to You

by Menhirs of Er Grah

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Thom Carter returns to his folk roots under the moniker Menhirs of Er Grah for a fourth album of love songs and tales from the heart.

With nods to Jackson Browne, Nick Drake, Supertramp and Bob Dylan, bristling with the energy of acoustic guitars and cranked, smokey pedal-steel, keys, bass and drums, ‘From Here to You’ is an album rich in emotional song-writing and melody. Ripe with nostalgia, memories of lost love, and the cutting, double-edged wit and optimism that made his last release (‘Billy Cross’s Daughter’) a candidate for such critical acclaim, this is an album to listen to time and again.

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Reviews of 'From Here to You':

"Utterly brilliant" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0089jhs


"Rather wonderful folk acoustics... brings to mind the great John Martyn" (East Magazine) www.eastmagazine.co.uk


“Thom Carter has held many titles in his career. You might know him as Black Crown, Filmforests, Cave Lions, Minimal States, or even March Rosetta. But, his most compelling, yet least eccentric, hat is without a doubtMenhirs of Er Grah. Way back when his short timed but full of life album Mourning Dove hit the digital streets, Thom established himself as one of the finest folk masterminds in the UK. And our man has really outdone himself with his latest effort, From Here To You. Making the call right now, this is the greatest collection of songs that Thom Carter has ever made. Period”.

“Right from the opening track, “Long Time Gone”, the true and defying of the average spirit of Menhirs of Er Grah is established once again. This time, Thom decides to keep his roots on the entire equation. And as he trot along the heavy streets of folk music, he occasionally passes the corner stores of blues (”Child of Mercy”) and a little bit of pop (”Simple Life), yet he never leaves the spirit of the folk world behind as he expresses the beauty of human intimacy that you just don’t come across anymore (check right back with “Sun Will Shine” a few tracks later). When the official tracks end with the spaced out and somewhat “groovy” cut “Time”, the transfixiating and pure human emotion might just be a bit unmanageable”.

“There is something about the spirit of Menhirs Of Er Grah that is so relatable and communicably accessible. The lyrics are everything we want to hear. Whether hidden in the darkest depths of your solitude riddled basement, or out on the sandy beaches of joy and rhythm amongst the happy and unrefined, From Here To You is sure to be a touching masterpiece that will fit whatever occasion you might prefer. Thom Carter is just that brilliant. His words are mysterious to a certain extent, but not too mysterious that you might become lost in a wet dream of pretentious desire that you would never want to wake from. This is what music was always meant to be – a beautiful process built around the ambiguous desire of an artist yearning to break free from the unnecessary boundaries of normalcy. Nobody understands this more than Thom Carter”.
(Fensepost. www.fensepost.com/main/2010/08/31/menhirs-of-er-grah-from-here-to-you-album-review/

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released 01 September 2010

Written and Produced by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010. All Rights Reserved. [VR_011]

Menhirs of Er Grah: www.myspace.com/ergrah
Thom Carter: www.thomcarter.co.uk
Verlaine Records: verlainerecords.co.uk

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Track Name: Long Time Gone
‘Long Time Gone’.
Words and Music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010. All Rights Reserved.

It’s been a long time to be leaving,
It’s been a long time to be gone,
It’s been a long time to be leaving,
But you gotta go, sometimes,
You gotta go,

Yeah, you gotta go, sometimes,
You gotta go,

I got my truth, I ain’t got no money,
Could walk a long, long way to you,
And I seen so many faces,
But I can’t see another like you,
No I can’t see another like you.

Time will only make you lonely,
Lonely as the wind that blows,
Lonely as the sight of roses,
Laid out on top of graves,
Of people that I’ve known,

So if you’re travelling back through Hastings,
If you’re driving down the London Road,
Then be sure to look me up,
If I’m still living here,
It would be good, now,
To hear from you,

It would be good, now
To hear from you.


To hear from you,
To hear from you,
To hear from you,
To hear from you.


Well she came in from the city street,
With the city wind in her hair,
And she knocked for him at the wrong door,
But he knew she was there,

And he heard her laughing,
Like she’d placed a bet,
She put her hand in her short blonde hair,
And she rolled a cigarette,

And I said hey, what’s going on?
Hey where you been so long?

So she poured herself a coffee and she pulled up a chair,
And told me she’d been moving around,
From the tip of Lake Ullswater to the bright Norfolk air,
And then back to dirty St Leonard’s town,

I couldn’t believe she was sitting right there,
Her hands all telling stories to me,
And every mark and every line upon her skin and her face,
Was looking just how I remember it being,

And I said hey, what’s going on?
Hey, where you been so long?
Hey, what’s going on?
Hey, you’ve been a long time gone.

Hey, you’ve been a long time gone.
Track Name: Child of Mercy
'Child Of Mercy'.
Words and music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010.

Child of mercy, child of grace,
Bring your courage and your beauty to this place,
Make it easy, make it gold,
Wash away all of the worries of the world,

Make those broken hearts all one again,
Give your shelter to the poor,
Make your arms to hold the World as one again,
And make this sunny day last forever more,
And make this sunny day forever more.

Bring your love here, make it start,
Bring your wisdom to every young and foolish heart,
Bring your instincts, lend to me your trust,
Change the minds of all us liars, cheats and frauds,

Make those broken hearts all one again,
Bring your shelter to the poor,
Make your arms to hold the World in love again,
And make this sunny day last forever more,
Make this sunny day last forever more.
Track Name: Simple Life
‘Simple Life’
Words and music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010.


You were talking about Allan Ginsberg,
With cigarettes and good white wine,
On the table, in a restaurant,
With your camera in your hand all the time,

And the light was changing,
The light was changing all the time,

And life is changing,
Life is changing all the time.


You were telling me all about ‘Howl’ and the Vietnam War,
And I was listening, all the while not listening,
I was more concerned about the jeans that you wore,
And the life right in front of me than what was written on some pages,

In the ‘60s,
In the ‘60’s,
One more time,

Then she kissed me,
Well, she almost kissed me,
As I told her why,


Why I just don’t mind a simple life,
Why I just don’t mind a simple life,
I take each day at a time,
I just don’t mind a simple life.


I was the first one in my family to make it,
Out of the working class and into the new,
It don’t make you better,
Don’t make you wiser,
But money can let you do things that you can’t otherwise do,

Not for wanting,
Not for needing,
Not for being just good enough at those things to make do,

Not for love,
And not for dreaming,
Not for wishing on air when you can get at the truth,
And that’s always the truth.


But I can’t even whisper to myself,
What I wanted you to know,

Life’s so crowded, life’s so fast,
All I wanna do is pack and go,

Catch a plane, ride in a boat,
Anything to clear my head,

And bring me back to that simple life again,
And bring me back to that simple life again.


So you were talking about Allan Ginsberg?
In a restaurant with good French wine,
And the chairs and tables were all spilling out onto the street,
And your camera was clicking all the time,

And the light was changing,
The light was changing all the time,

And life is changing,
Life is changing with the times,

But I just don’t mind a simple life,
I just don’t mind a simple life,
I take each day at a time,
I just don’t mind a simple life,

A simple life,
A simple life,
A simple life.
Track Name: Let Nothing Come Between Us
‘Let Nothing Come Between Us’
Words and Music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The world is eager for material life,
Far in excess of what it needs,
The ideologies on the left and on the right,
Barely have an ounce of truth between,

All that confusion,
All that debate,
Never feels like there’s room for me,
So I take myself on a different flight,
The value of which I can perceive,


Let nothing come between us,
Let nothing come between us,

Let nothing come between us,
Let nothing come between us,


I sit and watch the changing light,
As it breaks on through the cloud,
You can’t forget about these present times,
But you can leave them with the crowd,

So why take it on yourself, my love?
When there’s no one blaming you?
You will find that it’s not easy coming through,
But I know that you will.

Just keep your hope and it will lighten all you do,
When the burdens hard to bear,
And all the darkness that’s surrounding you,
Will someday disappear,

All the darkness that’s surrounding you,
Will someday disappear.



Let nothing come between us,
Let nothing come between us,

Let nothing come between us,
Let nothing come between us,


So much is wrong but it can still be put to right,
And many hands can do it fast,
You sow the seeds and then the crop will come to life,
Well, you can’t ask for more than that,

So why take it on yourself, my love?
When there’s no one blaming you?
You will find that it’s not easy coming through,
But I know that you will,

Just keep your hope and it will lighten all you do,
When the burdens hard to bear,
And all the darkness that’s surrounding you,
Will someday disappear,

All the darkness that’s surrounding you,
Will someday disappear.
Track Name: Willow Tree
‘Willow Tree’
Words and Music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010.

Willow Tree, Willow Tree,
Willow Tree Willow Tree,
Hanging out into the water of the passing stream,

Willow Tree, Willow Tree,
Willow Tree Willow Tree,
Oh, you could sell some stories ‘bout the way things used to be,

Window Pane, Window of Pain,
Window Pane, Window of Pain,
So many times I’ve looked on through the glass that’s in your frame.


It’s not hard, anymore, to see,
It’s not hard, anymore, to leave,
To leave you, Willow Tree.


Willow Tree, Willow Tree,
Willow Tree Willow Tree,
How long have you been growing there?
Growing there by me?

Willow Tree, Willow Tree,
Willow Tree Willow Tree,
Oh, I’d like to talk now with you,
But you never seem to speak.


Little bird passes by, on the wing,
With a soul and a heart, written on the wind,

Am I happy now?
I’m happy that she sings.

Singing out her song,
Singing loud and clean.


Willow Tree, Willow Tree,
Willow Tree Willow Tree,
The brown of your bark,
The green of your leaves,

Willow Tree, Willow Tree,
Willow Tree Willow Tree,
Oh, I used to play around you,
Wonder how deep those roots might be?

Oh, I used to play around you,
Wondering how deep those roots might be.


Oh, Willow Tree,
Oh, Willow Tree,
Still wondering just how deep those roots would be.
Track Name: Sun Will Shine
'Sun Will Shine'.
Words and Music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Travelling through all these foreign places,
On the way to you,
Describing what I can,

In writing down letters that have waited,
Waited all this time,
To be written down for you.

Come what may,
I still have this burning here for you,
Like a fire on the Westward Hill,

So I’ll take any road you give me
Or the Devil gives me too,
I‘ll find my long way back to you.

I’m a ship on the wake of the sea,
I’m the black flint in the white chalk cliffs of Birling,
I’m a Seer that is crying out for your need,
I’m a runaway, all caught up again in a fuss I don’t need.

My old boots, I wear them when I’m sleeping,
On the passenger side of the car that you drive,

And through these hills,
The fences and the birthing lambs,
As they walk across the scrubby land,
That I love more than you know.

Oh, be good to me sweet memory,
Don’t let me down,
Bring the good times around,

And oh,
Be tender now,
Tender to my touch,
Tender to my love,

I watch you bloom; you don’t have to fade,
Like the flowers and the leaves, you will come back again,
The wintertime is a hard time to be free,
But my little one, the sun will shine on you when you need.
Track Name: Never too Late
‘Never too Late’
Words and Music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010.

It’s never too late,
To leave it all behind,
It’s never too late for us,

Say your goodbyes,
To all that’s kept you down,
All that’s kept you here,

And though you’d be the last to care,
Tonight for you I’ll still be there,

And though you’d be the last to care,
Tonight for you I’ll still be there.


It’s never too late,
If you mean it to change your mind,
It’s never to late for us,

You say I’m wrong,
You’re probably right,
I just cant give up on the thought of me and you,


So I go through another day without you,
To make me feel the way I did when I was with you,

Oh I know how life is painted,
It wont always go the way that I want it to,

And I love you still the same,
By the golden light of change that burns in everything you do,

Form the mountains to the town,
When you finally did come down,
Just like the rain that’s falling here,

Well I picked you off your feet,
And held you next to me,
And you were laughing though the tears,

Well I picked you off your feet,
And held you next to me,
And you were laughing though the tears,


It’s never too late,
To dream of what may come,
Or what’s yet to be,

I dream so much these days,
You know it helps me keep the trouble in my heart away,

And there will be no more long days without you,
No more shadows in my way now I cant doubt you,

If it’s written in your name,
If its God or love or fate,
Then I will come back home to you,

If it’s written in your name,
If its God or love or fate,
Then I will come back home to you,

If it’s written in your name,
If its God or love or fate,
Then I will come back home to you,

If it’s written in your name,
If its God or love or fate,
Then I will come back home to you.
Track Name: Time
‘Time’.
Words and Music by Thom Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2010.


Time is always on the hour,
And time will open like a flower,
Time is really just on loan,
From where, or for how long, I still don’t know,

Time, time, time, time, time, time, time,
Time, time, time, time, time, time, time,
Time, time, time, time, time, time, time,
Time, time, time, time, time, time, time,

Time to unwind, to decide,
Time just goes, passes by,
Time, maybe, pays no mind,
Time is listening, on your side,

And time, maybe, it’s a passing thing,
And time, lady, it’s a crazy dream,
Time, baby, it’s not your kind of thing,
Time, maybe, it’s just another trip,

Time, lately, it’s been so close you hear it tick,
Time, oh really? It’s just another trick,
Time travelling, well it still might be, one day,
Time theory, it’s kind of fashionable these days,

Time, sometimes, can be a drag,
And time, like Andy Warhol said,
Is gone in 15 minutes flat,

Time, time, is all we have,
Time, time, you never get it back,

Time, maybe it’s a passing thing.