Seamonster

by Chiara Berardelli

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1.
It’s a tale of free floating love Love that has wings but no home to speak of And it flies, high above buildings In search of the light Been growing since I was born Stories I’ve heard, pictures I’ve drawn No wonder, it’s heavy And precious as gold Love with no name Yet as real as I’m standing here Waiting for a place To land
2.
Road 02:59
Loving by numbers That’s how it felt Pieces of paper Kissed as though heaven sent The thoughts in my head You never once wanted to know I guess you’d say the same for me But you were the grown-up in this show And you left me stranded Out on the road Is it any wonder Nowhere feels like home? And so am I like you? Or miles apart? You think with your head Whilst breaking my heart It’s all about arriving And how high you can go But I’ll take the journey No matter how slow You left me stranded Out on the road Is it any wonder Nowhere feels like home?
3.
Seamonster 03:42
Woke up one morning Truth was in my eyes Bright and blinding Even a fool would realise Over my shoulder The dream has gone I can see I can’t touch it I want it so bad First a whisper Then it became a shout Sucking up the oxygen Drowning all the colour out Over my shoulder The dream has gone I can see it I can’t touch it I want it so bad Want it so bad And from the deep The Seamonster’s rising It stirs in me All the buried longing In my heart My heart Over my shoulder When it’s gone it’s gone I can see it But I can’t touch it I want it so bad
4.
Would you take my hand ‘cos the seas are rough? Would you kiss my head show me love’s enough? Please don’t look at me like I’m from Another Planet I don’t choose to feel this way I never said my pain was the worst But it’s on my chest like a load of lead Please don’t look at me like I’m from Another Planet Don’t you think if I could fix it I’ve had done it? Who gave you The right to choose The view of me You’d rather see? Please don’t look at me like I’m from Another Planet Don’t you think if I could fix it I’ve had done it?
5.
Days 02:50
There are days I only see Hands holding Eyes locking Skin touching Lips kissing And those days, all I can be Is head down Hands in pockets Heart heavy Feet dragging We’ll are meet Lonely Sometime in our lives What would it take Not to run, not to hide? We’ll all meet Lonely Sometime in our lives I want to greet it With my heart open wide Wait for those days I rise above Life giving Peace loving Free flowing All knowing No box ticking Pigeon holing Dream making Boundary shaking Days, days, days Dream making days
6.
She's a robot out in space Been sleeping for two whole years Resting her metal Conserving energy for what lies ahead Deep Space Hibernation That's the name Deep Space Hibernation Nursing the flame Fire in my soul Has been burning so low I'm leaking like a sieve There's no joy in me No love to give Deep Space Hibernation Is what I need Deep Space Hibernation Sounds good to me It's not that I want life to stop It's more I'd like to get off And maybe if I buy some time I'll get back my peace of mind Today is the day they wake her up And cautiously they wait To see her fly Chasing comets 'Cross night skies Rosetta Time fleeting Stay Rest your bones Sometimes it's too much Deep Space Rest your bones Don't want to go home When you're tired Curl up inside
7.
Best Friend 02:56
They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger But they don’t say how long you have to wait And what’s the point of growing all those muscles When the one you really need’s about to break And all the while the wheels of life keep turning And I don’t want to be one to complain But it’s taking all my strength to just keep swimming This one goes out to those who feel the same Can’t go over Can’t go under Can’t get round it, no The only way is through While you’re travelling Won’t you show yourself A little kindness Be your own best friend Your own best friend They say the grass is greener like it isn’t And I’d love the chance to lie down in your field But I’ve had all I can bear Of staring over there I’ll water my own grass ‘til it grows Water my own grass ‘til it grows I’ll be my own best friend
8.
Sanctuary 03:30
I had lines carved on my heart Words on my lips No place to say them Of arms aching to hold A child on my hips And you, knew You gave me Sanctuary You gave me Sanctuary The water was rising I was quiet Silenced by shame Out in the cold Nose pressed to the glass Watching their lives The story unfold And you, you knew You gave me Sanctuary You gave me Sanctuary The water was rising I have found a place To rewrite the story With grace You gave me Sanctuary You gave me Sanctuary You gave me Sanctuary Water is rising Water was rising
9.
There was a time When I would do most anything To change The air I breathed And every choice Every left and right and sweet goodnight I whispered Haunted me Like a player in a casino game I was bargaining with fate A little drunk A little late And the mist is clearing now And I think I see the way And it’s leading somewhere new That’s ok I leave behind The things I didn’t know I didn’t need Along the way Travelling light I can run and chase the sun Depending on the day Sometimes I take a look behind Just to see how far I’ve come And I’m not the only one And the mist is clearing now I think I see the way It’s leading somewhere new And that’s ok And I still get lost sometimes When the light is dim The branches brush my face And I hear the fear within And I still get lost sometimes Then the mist is clearing And I think I see the way It’s leading somewhere new Yeah the mist is clearing now And I think I see the way It’s the road to somewhere new That’s ok
10.
We’re not young We’re not old And the rest is waiting We hold on We let go And slowly, slowly we grow And I see the storm Rolling over And here in the sun I believe The best is yet to come

about

The songs on this album have been inspired by the loss of a dream, my dream of one day becoming a mother. It's an invisible loss, hard to put into words, even harder to talk about over dinner.
The grief I experienced stretched its' tentacles into all of my relationships and every aspect of day to day life. Gateway Women is a support group founded by Jody Day for women coping with involuntary childlessness. It was a lifeline to me.
I would like to dedicate this album to all the gateway women and men who tread the rocky path to 'Somewhere New'.

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released March 2, 2018

All songs written by Chiara Berardelli (Copyright Control)
Chiara Berardelli piano, vocals, keyboards, guitar on Somewhere New. Paul Tasker all other acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo and mandolin. Ian Stoddart drums, washboard, triangle. Jonathan Lilley bass. Jackie Baxter cello. Andrew Alston accordion, concertina. Ross McCrae trombone. Rich Merchant cornet, trumpet. Biff Smith additional vocals, spoken word on Deep Space Hibernation.
Recorded,produced, mixed and mastered by Johnny Smillie at La Chunky studio in Glasgow. www.lachunky.com
With the exception of piano on Another Planet, piano and Chiara's vocal on Deep Space Hibernation and guitar and brass on Somewhere New which were recorded by Luigi Pasquini.
Graphic design and illustration by Melvin Creative, Glasgow. www.melvincreative.co.uk
My thanks also to Julian, Stephen, Chris, Justin and Kate.

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Chiara Berardelli Glasgow, UK

Chiara Berardelli is an Italian Scottish singer/songwriter who left her job as a doctor to follow her calling to make music.
Growing up playing classical piano she spent most of her time working out how to play any songs that made it over the airwaves to the Highlands of Scotland.
A lover of words, chords and honesty she sings about life and how it affects her.
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