The Space Between

by Simon Waldram

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Steven X Davies Simon is an Artist who I have followed for many years now. I have had the pleasure to see him perform and grow within his works. This Album is his best yet and I would recommend this to anyone who likes great honest songwriting and straight up performances. Some awesome tracks including the track Broken Hill which was a collaboration with Joan X Davies. Favorite track: Broken Hill.
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Flecked white in your eyes Sunsplashed, a theatre surrounded by lights I watched you dance I've seen a thousand people stare In truth, I wouldn't mind if I thought you didn't care They've lost their chance I know it gets you down Trapped in a mind where potential is bound All of your life Tangled up by words But all of your confusion seems dead to the world When you dance
Distances 05:01
He's alone in a room in another new town Work's kept him away for more than two weeks now He thinks about phoning home, but he knows how it will be A pause and sigh, a timid reach across the distance That fills the space between What he says and what he means She probably still loves him but still it seems That something has gone Too many miles away, across the divide She prepares herself for another lonely night She thinks about where he is and who he could be with Then berates herself for lacking trust because She knows the space between Who she was and doesn't want to be After being hurt before, sometimes it's hard to see When it's right to trust or when something is wrong When he gets back home, nothing's been resolved That's what he tells himself as familiar doubts take hold He thinks about where he is and where else he could be Then looks at her and feels he can't give up so easily They know the space between What they have and what they could have been Then suddenly in that moment she sees things differently She looks him in the eyes and decides it's gone on for too long
Broken Hill 07:55
A late November starless night In the middle of Sturt Park Two figures in the distance Walk hand in hand through the dark I turn away and walk on home Past the Silver City Highway Where cars drive through the powdered rust From the storm that came yesterday Dusty sunsets, deep red dawn Houses dotted in lines so still Oh wonderful, haunting Broken Hill Sitting on the Line of Lode As coal trucks pass us back Down there on the road below With sand in the grips of their tyres The dust has settled down for now But it will rise again And by the creek a flower grows Rising like the sons of our friends Dusty sunsets, deep red dawn Houses dotted in lines so still Oh wonderful, haunting Broken Hill
Like the first day in spring You make everything Feel alright And when the evening draws in The fact that you're here Makes the world still look bright Don't let the morning rain Wash it all away But like the turning of the tide Nothing stays the same and that's just fine And when you have to leave I'll know you were here From the memories you left behind And then the morning sun Will bring another day
We first met in a park in Autumn Your blonde hair framed your eyes of grey The morning sun shone on your shoulders And I felt myself float away Caught up in the shades of feeling That change so easily The light projects deceiving pictures And shows us what we cannot see But within another place and moment Nothing is the same In our last meeting by the walkway Your new black hat couldn't hide The indecision your eyes showed me As the rain fell from the evening sky No longer the shades of feeling The light fades as the end is nearing As you turn to me and you say "I told you it would be this way"
Lowlands 01:58
And by now I'm crying another emotional overload Was it the wrenching pain or the predictions I've been told? Forever's such a long time to bode ability and I can't stop believing that's it's all I'll ever be I have to keep remembering to choose life every day Not left myself get lost or offtrack in any way I have to remember that when life gets painted blue and builds up walls around that the only way out is through And by now I'm doing things they never said I'd do I sing better when I whisper But I know more than I knew It should be a crime to tell a future to someone Because the odds are against them Before they have begun I have to remember that when life gets painted blue and builds up walls around that the only way out is through The only way out is through
Candle Wax 03:24
24 hours a day, I don't give anything away Who am I to do what I say? Wrote a letter, threw it away It said I'd like to see you again I'll leave it to the stars and the moon I'll leave it for someone else to do My heart's made of burnt candle wax Rarely do I take what I know and use it as some place to go I'd like to sit right under a tree Myself and and a book, with the world empty My heart's made of burnt candle wax But could it take the essence away Accepting what we think we can't say I'd really like to say I love you But I'll hold back, find something else we can do My heart's made of burnt candle wax
The dreams I had when I was young Were like a race I could never run I'd stay up through the night to see the sun But I was wasting time I took a train to a barren town Got caught up in feeling down I kept on waiting for a turnaround But it never arrived Now I can tell you just what went wrong I once thought things were working out, but... It didn't last for long Now I can tell you just why I'm here Everything I say and do Is cloaked in doubt and fear I had a friend who I pushed away I was in love, she didn't feel the same Then she left for good and I remained On the losing side The past has given so perspective so... I understand the things I used to know Nothing stays the same, but so it goes I know I still have time Now I can tell you just what went wrong I once thought things would never change That's why I sing these songs Now I can tell you just why I'm here Everything I say and do Is a fight against the fear
Losing Myself (free) 01:28
Sometimes when I draw I go too far But I can't erase what I can't remember I'm losing myself I'm losing myself That face looks familiar But the mirror won't tell me who it is This is my late December I have given all I can give
I can't help but think of when Your days had days in front of them You told me of your plans but then They crumbled into sand again And then I knew it was too late I couldn't save you from your fate I never saw you fall and break All I could do was wish and wait I suppose you never knew Just how much I thought of you And as the cracks between us grew I just didn't know what to do And then I heard you'd slipped away Like all those fleeting yesterdays I wish I could have made you stay It's much too late now anyway You can never go home again...


From Left Lion magazine, June 2014:

"Some terrific acoustic albums have come out of Nottingham in the last couple of years and the latest is Simon Waldram's The Space Between. Darker and more brooding than the likes of Marc Reeves and Gallery 45, this is a melancholic and involving album that mixes a range of styles. It's very accomplished and there is some terrific songwriting in evidence. More lo-fi indie pop than folk rock, highlights are the heartbreaking 'The Only Way Out Is Through' ("I have to keep remembering / to choose life every day") and the lovely 'First Day In Spring'. Waldram also has the confidence to throw in an instrumental track, the brilliant 'Lowlands'. The Space Between may be downbeat and gentle, but there's plenty here to admire. Lyrically and musically it's an excellent record, written and performed by a talented singer-songwriter who I hope to hear a lot more from in the future."
Nick Parkhouse


released November 2, 2013

All songs written by Simon Waldram except:

Broken Hill - written by Simon Waldram and Joan Davies
Interaction Of Colour - written by Simon Waldram and Mary Beth Lindqvist
The Only Way Out Is Through - written by Joyce Davis and Simon Waldram
Candle Wax - written by Steven Davies

Simon: vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards and drum programming
Matt Constantine: cello (Distances, Broken Hill and Interaction of Colour)
Rachel Barnes: violin (Broken Hill and Interaction of Colour)
Peter Yttergren: drums (Broken Hill)
Mary Beth Lindqvist: additional vocals (Interaction of Colour)
Robert Scott: keyboards (The Only Way Out Is Through and How To Let Go)
Steven Davies: lead guitar (Candle Wax)
Andrew Skelton: keyboards and Rhodes piano (Losing Myself)

Recorded between August 2009 and July 2013
All songs mixed by Simon Waldram except The Only Way Out Is Through and Losing Myself - mixed by Mark Elmore at the Crash Factory, Nottingham

Mastering and additional editing by Simon “Pog” Price

This album is dedicated to the memories of Gwenda Breloer, Martin James Brown and Emma Bellamy


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