Neighbour of the Year

by Nat Johnson

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“Dark debut a treat for fans of PJ Harvey and Alela Diane.” – Subba Cultcha
“A very beautiful record indeed.” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Genuine and irresistible.” – Now Then
“9.3/10″ – Backseat Mafia
“A clear labour of love, at once deeply personal and entirely relatable. A triumph.” – For the Rabbits

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released November 17, 2014

All songs by Nat Johnson
Additional players: Katherine Jackson, Hannah Browne, Oliver Allchin, Chris Loftus, Neil Piper and Stannington Brass Band
Produced by Dave Sanderson, mastered by Nick Watson
Straw & Hay Records

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Nat Johnson Sheffield, UK

“A treat for fans of PJ Harvey and Alela Diane” – Subba Cultcha

Singer-songwriter., ex-Monkey Swallows the Universe / Nat Johnson & the Figureheads.

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Track Name: Not Now, Horse
Swallowed flies escalate horseward

Not now, horse; be saddled or be swept away on a lungful of the cold dawn air, heavy, neighing cloud!

Little turnips grow. Leave them alone

Do not dig; their enormity is all a myth

Let them sleep in earth, like we all must do, when all your dirty dramas are as still as you

Sink your withering words without sound in the shallows

Let me throw your voice to the nesting sparrows

Be silent now – it’s almost dark enough to hear all those songs you forgot to love

Finish what you’ve begun, leaving things badly drawn

Light arrives from the sun, a billion babies born

As, thighbones high, we wade out and out and out and out

Until we become nothing…

…And are everything, things we’ve never seen

We breathe out at last, we breathe out at last
Track Name: March, March
Comfort never comes to those who compromise the melody

Hidden in the minor notes: the failure of the family



I am sorry/that’s alright

I’d forgotten I could speak

You are wrong and I am right; march forever next to me



Don’t say more, some live and some learn

But all this stuff is starting to burn



I’ve got the ride if you’ve got the answers

And I was just saying it’s not your fault

Sure, it’s a ray of love, but just stand to the side so it doesn’t mess with your heartbeat



I have nearly won myself, gathering these parts of me

But I keep a piece apart for the fortune of the family



Standard lies, a sickly room

Hallow the lowest point



I’ve got the money if you’ve got the answers

And I was just saying I could believe

Sure, it’s a ray of love, but just stand to the side

So it doesn’t mess with your heartbeat

I was just saying it’s not your fault

And I’m speaking to everyone at the same time



I’ve got the money if you’ve got the answers

And I was just saying I could believe

Sure, it’s a ray of love, but just stand to the side

So it doesn’t mess with your heartbeat

I was just saying it’s not your fault

And I’m gathering all these bad parts of me



I was just saying it’s not your fault

And I’m speaking for everyone at the same time

I’ve got the money if you’ve got the answers
Track Name: I've Been Shot
I see spots; it’s all the drops of rain before they land
Life’s a beach; I’m glass and rock all battered into sand
And all that rain it dies again each time it hits the street
Did it jump or was it pushed? And did it aim for me?
I could understand that more than what you do

The times between the lines you seem
To speak so unrehearsed
Aren’t long enough for my grey stuff
To fathom what it’s worth (worth to you)
What’s worse, we’re humans shouting into space
And all that kamikaze rain shouts back into my face
And I can understand that more than what you want

When I’ve been shot I sleep a lot
And then I come back for more
And like the rain, I die again
Each time I hit the floor
Track Name: I Can't See You
The mirror’s wrong / Are my eyes open yet?
It’s not my face / I saw you turn away
I can’t see you / Stopped dead in the road with your hand over your mouth
I can’t see you / Just glass I’m looking through

I let her go / She wasn’t having fun with me
She’s been around / Come back, you took the best of me
I can’t see you / You melt off the curb with the last of the snow
I can’t see you / Just glass I’m looking through
Track Name: Neighbour of the Year
This isn’t for you, it’s not about you
Hearing a page turn through paper walls
Never your name but you heard it all –
Mumblings of witches, porn without pictures
Sigh for the fame, go outside, look above
We’ve got the same bit of sky to love

Over you and into the blue
I can’t spot a single one
For the clouds they conspire;
The full moon’s on fire
That is not the setting sun

Where is your lover? Did you lose each other?
It was a bad year, they keep what I sow
It’s coming back here so walk like you know

And I’ll tell it to the board: til my fortune’s restored
I cannot afford the truth
But I’ll do what I like; I’ll ride a mountain bike
Though the streets are flat and smooth

Do you get lonely? Ever so lonely?
I’ll play the same chords, the same lines of doubt
Again and again til they put the moon out

But I’m not scared; you seem well-prepared
And there’s skin upon your nose
So give good cheer for your neighbour of the year
I’m the hero no one chose
Give good cheer for your neighbour of the year
You’re the only one who knows
Track Name: DOG
If I had a dog, I’d call him to me
And we would forget about work and everything

And I would run and he would run
And I would call and he would come

If I had a dog, I’d tell him my name
And we would forget about money and everything

And I would throw and he would go
And I would talk and he would know

It’s important to walk
There are friends yet to meet
My dog says “Forget about it!”
My dog says “Let’s run in the woods”

I will run and he will run
I will call and he will come
Track Name: Shelter
That’s one enormous sky, there
I’ll peer out from your arms, here
We grow slow as grass; don’t rush
And you, with your serious voice, shhhh

My lily-coloured love, don’t say too much
But pull my bones apart from their velvet clutch
In the middle of your heart I laid my touch
In a bid for survival

Since the moment I said everything was alright
I have been sheltering in our house
As a curse storms about
A curse storms about and I open a window
I’m dying to get out these days

But there’s so much to be learned from staying in
And waiting for my love to cover my skin
In the middle of my heart a truth’s growing
I am oak

A curse storms about and I open a window
I’m dying to get out these days

And you’re the only one who’s seen in my head
You pull me off the floor and put me to bed
In the middle of the room you held me and said shhhh