Different World

by Menhirs of Er Grah

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Reviews of 'Different World':

"It perfectly captures the timeless spirit of British folk, with an occasional nod to the blues" (Intangible 23) intangible23.canariasahora.es/archives/281
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"Tom Carter knows music. More importantly, he has a vast intelligence on what it means to be an artist in this that is a new era. Menhirs of Er Grah is only one of his many monikers and projects he has found himself developing throughout the underworld of the city of London. Seeming to be the first of Carter’s acoustic sessions, Different World brings a warm and pleasant collection of sad sad blues".

“My Orchard Fire” begins with guitar samplings similar to Johnny Cash, but the tone quickly slows down to something completely original and enlightening. And “Red Roses” is so soft that your ears will feel fragile after only one listen. But emotions flicker on and off, up and down, throughout the charismatic and purely grounded, 60’s inspired essence of Different World".

"Down tempo folk usually comes off as a simple task. An easy way out if you must. But this is an album that begs to differ. Carter’s rendezvous with misery as well as joy is on glass display to the world. Few acoustic strumming fools can get away with what he does. While wearing so many hats in the indie world, he has found the time to be Menhirs of Er Grah as the forefront of his empire. Which is an eloquently based setting where no pretentious riddle hat is required. Kick your feet up to this one, and prepare to live, laugh, strum".

(Comfort Comes) www.comfortcomes.com/2009/03/03/menhirs-of-er-grah-different-world/

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"British musician Thomas Carter doesn’t stay in one genre for very long. His project March Rosetta has two albums out on the Clinical Archive netlabel which are quite different from each other. One is a pleasant and mildly avant-garde instrumental effort of electronic music while the other is a more mainstream pop outing".

"Again, Mr. Carter shift gears with his new musical project Menhirs of Er Grah. Named after a Megalithic structure in France the music is as sparse and lonely as the stone. Different World can best be described as folk music. It is simply Carter’s voice and guitar with another second guitar dubbed in later. The sound is, to put it simply, quite beautiful. Carter’s voice has a not unpleasant wavering quality that communicates vulnerability. The guitar work provides a steady base for the lyrics which are complex yet intimate. I especially like the title track and “Red Roses”. This is slow and meandering music, easy to relax to but full of meaning".

"The album is available from Clinical Archive and The Internet Archives in 320kbps MP3. If you enjoy the music, consider supporting the artist by buying his new EP, Mourning Dove".

(Free Albums Galore) freealbums.blogsome.com/2009/04/30/p1348/

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released January 1, 2009

Written and produced by Thomas Carter. Photography by Harald Haugan. Released by Clinical Archives 2009 [CA-201]. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.

Thomas Carter: thomcarter.tumblr.com
Harald Haugan: www.photoh2.com
Clinical Archives: www.archive.org/details/ca201_meg

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Track Name: My Orchard Fire
‘My Orchard Fire’.

Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.


We’ll be in the mountains in the afternoon,
Your dress is a cotton one, made in blue,
Under the trees that are carrying fruit,
To the orchard I go carrying you.
(Into the orchard I go carrying you).

Laying in the sun like two ancient spears,
That were carried many miles from here,
Look to the sun through the fingers of your hand,
D’ you see the shadows cast upon my back?
(Do you see the shadows cast upon my back?).

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D’ you feel the heat of the summer sun?
D’ you feel your eyes meeting with mine like one?
The sound of footsteps in my mind,
As they carry you home,
Carry home my orchard fire,
I hope you’re fine…

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Walk with me to that well you seek,
And help me carry up the water clean,
And we will drink it from our hands in turn
And then we’ll carry on along that road.

And we’ll be in the mountains soon,
We’ll be climbing, climbing them soon,
Any time soon.

I want the higher altitudes,
That’s where we’re travelling,
Travelling, me and you.

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Among the streams and the tall Scot’s Pine,
You hear the sound of birdsong on the telegraph line,
We sit up with those birds there all through the night,
And we sing with them in the morning time.

Among streams and the tall Scot’s Pine,
The sound of birdsong, oh my my!
And when you’re sleeping with me side by side,
Then I’m singing with them all the time.

Then I’m singing with them all the time.

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Track Name: Different World
‘Different World’.

Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.


All of you trying to find,
What you loved in me,
In those different days.

Feels like I’m stepping a line,
That runs between us now,
That didn’t used to be.

And all of these things take time,
They take time if they’re to be,
Worth their while.

So I don’t mind,
I will wait for you,
If you want to try.

If you want to try again.

**

So take it as it comes to you,
Don’t try to be so sure,

And keep an open heart inside you,
Through it all,

And never loose that side of you,
That I adore,

In all the passing time,
That’s yet to come.

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A part of me,
Is still in love with you,
And in your arms.

But it’s better to feel,
Only the memory,
Of you now.

And I don’t have an answer,
To those who ask to know,

Except if that you,
Would only love and nothing more,
Then this would be,
A different world.

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So take it as it comes to you,
Don’t try to be so sure,

And keep an open heart inside you,
Through it all,

And never loose that side of you,
That I adore,

In all the passing time,
That’s yet to come.

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Track Name: Some Days
‘Some Days’

Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.


Some days never seem to want you,
Some days never seem to end,
And some days always try to give you up,
Some days will always bring you friends.

And in some days the world will hold you,
And then some days you can’t pretend,
And in those days, although they’re hurting you,
They’re never as bad as they seem then.

No, they’re never as bad as they seem then.

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So take me out into the city tonight,
Take me here or take me there,
And lay me down and nurse my open wound,
As only you can heal what you put there.

**

Don’t you tire of being comforted,
By all your so called friends?
Had I known how you would revel in this grief,
I would have brought things much sooner to their end.

I would have brought things much sooner to their end.

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So in the days when your restlessness,
Leaves you faded out in vain,
And there’s nowhere you can go to loose yourself,
You know better than to fall in love that way,

Oh you know better than to fall in love that way.

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Whoever you are now,
Wherever this is,
You’re on my mind again.

Could I leave you - as I said I would,
I’d still only be your victim in the end.

I’d still only be your victim in the end.

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Track Name: Red Roses
‘Red Roses’
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.

Like the water of the sea,
Like an island you can’t reach,
Like a lifeboat you don’t need,
That will only buy you time,
Like a thief.

Like a distance out of sight,
Like a feeling that you hide,
Like a fire in the night,
Well, let it burn,
Let it burn out,
Tonight.

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Oh, how you change,
Red roses blue.

Change them slowly,
As you could.

It’s the worst thing,
That she could do.

And she’s spiteful,
And she’s cruel.
But you love her still.

But you love her still?

I don’t think I do.
Track Name: No Simpler Now You're Gone
‘No Simpler Now You’re Gone’.
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.


It’s hard to disappear from somewhere you know,
It’s hard to close those roads,
But it’s the end, now, I know.

Feels like I’m loosing my voice,
My hope in that choice,
That nothing can break us apart…

That nothing can break us apart –
But you set your heart,

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On someone else, that you need more than me,
On someone else, when I believed it was me,
On someone else, that you seek more than me,
Now all of my time is through.

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Seems lately I put all my trust in God,
Well I gotta trust someone,
It’s no simpler now you’re gone,
It’s just easier to fall.

But you still made up still made your mind,
You’re finished, outta time,
And I’m alone, when I need you most.

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I need someone else, who can be more to me,
I need someone else, when it was you that I believed,
I need someone else, who can give these things to me,
Now that all of my time is through.

Now that all of my time is through.

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You have my number, and if you call,
I’d stop everything, change it all,
My work, my heart, my soul,
They need you, and I’d go,
Wherever you told me to go.

Wherever you told me to go,
For you alone.


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Track Name: The Last Time
‘The Last Time’.
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Carter. Copyright Verlaine Records 2009.

Well if you feel like I do,
You’re gonna feel pretty used,
Too much time spent wasted with these lovers,
Does no good.

And the time that it takes,
To get to heal over you,
It’s gonna be the last time that I do.

Close your eyes,
It’s already later than the A.M.
Don’t you feel that in the lies that you were breaking,
That you would break too?

There’s no need to say why that you’re gone,
I know your voice means goodbye, so, ‘so long’,
Its such a shame that all of this went on,
Without a word about it to me.

Close your eyes,
It’s already later than the A.M.
Don’t you feel that in all of this time we might have made it,
If the last time we could?

If the last time that we could?