.​.​.​As It Goes: Songs From FAWM 2017

by TA Walker

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These are the compositions I wrote and recorded for the FAWM challenge in 2017. February Album Writing Month involves writing and recording, from scratch, 14 original songs in the 28 days of February.

Beyond some remixing, the recordings have been left as I made and posted them.


released March 2, 2017

All tracks composed, performed, programmed and recorded by TA Walker between 1-28 February 2017, as part of the February Album Writing Month (FAWM) challenge
Recorded by Tim on an iPhone 6S, and mixed by him at Sidingsound I, England
Thanks to my family for their usual indulgence of me; my fellow FAWM-ers; and you




TA Walker UK

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter, often with "electronica" and "prog" inclinations. Will that do?

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Track Name: Through The Looking Glass
Black is white
And dark is fear
No world outside your frame
Up is down
To fall is flight
The past is what we claim
We build our reality
To stand on legs of clay

Four lights, four fingers
Through the looking-glass again
Trust us, we got this
It’s warm and yellow - call it rain

Day is night
An eclipse, the sun
A cloud across the moon
A grain of sand
In billions
Will build the mighty dunes
An hourglass of untruths
To bury for all time
Track Name: Friday Night
Friday night, and I’m good to go
Down to the sofa to watch my show
This is how I get my kicks
A three-hour binge-watch on Netflix

All right
I’m gonna paint the lounge tonight
I’m here
And I brought the crisps and beer
Tonight I’ll get to episode three

To the clubs, tonight you’ll run
You’re not fooling anyone
We both know you’d rather be
Bingeing “Star Trek” next to me

All right…

A Friday night with plenty thrills
Unless that bag of peanuts spills
If the fridge is on your way
Another bottle, if you may

All right...
Track Name: Time To Dream
A line of navy blue paints the east
I won’t notice it for an hour at least
While I sail back from the moon
Aurita jellyfish wave me through
And slowly I become aware of you
And day comes all too soon

Sleep fades with the sun
That rises for another day to run
And I want more time to dream

And when our dinghy comes and lands ashore
I want to turn and cast away once more
Terra’s far too firm for me
Mapping clouds on lunar seas
Given choice, I’d choose my reveries
To cold reality

Sleep fades with the sun...
Track Name: Hide The Lute
Track Name: One Way Street
Lights are turning
Drivers learning
Buses only
Up this one way street
Cameras see me
Rubber burning
Up this one way street

Dodge the bollards
JG Ballard
Wrote the highway code
For this one way street
A nowhere road
The wrong postcode
Don’t crash too hard
Down this one way street
Track Name: As It Goes
The horses race and the dice will fall
And somehow I must make sense of it all
Look for the joker and find the ace
To save my face

Spin the wheel and turn the card
Makes no difference if you try hard
If a chance is all you take
Just one mistake

Meet the future as it goes
Around the corner, no-one knows
No need to gamble on what’s to come
Just set your face and run
Track Name: 16 Valentine's Days
Our first 14th, we celebrated two weeks late
You had a good long way to come
But you were worth the wait
We’ve met the rest together - through the rain and sun
I forgot we were once singles
Now you’re my Number One

Sixteen years of Valentines
Have flown by in a rush
Feb the 14th, the only day
Such lines won’t make me blush
Indulge me with these sentiments
That I mean quite sincere-ly
Now I can face the world
Because you’re here

This song contains more corn than last week’s veggie stew
But I loved every mouthful
Just like I’m loving you
Oh, please forgive my impudence
And my other faults as well
I had not long to write this song
I’m sure that you can tell...
Track Name: Figure 8
Track Name: Serves Me Right
Take care of it tomorrow
That train’s leaving the station
The chance of boarding, quite low
If I’m left there on the platform
Some might rightly say
It serves me right

Ignoring problems
The car makes funny noises
Until it doesn’t anymore
At least, that’s what my wife says
A quiet life must be paid for
Whatever comes my way
It serves me right

Face the music
Harsh or tuneful
Get an earful
Question if
It serves you right

Running from shadows
They’ll follow you everywhere
Look for the light source
You will no longer care
The key to the situation
To find the right viewpoint
It serves me right
Track Name: It Was Enough For Us
We nurtured love from that first spring
Internet-chatting like a champ
A dial-up connection and NetMeeting
Video sized like a postage-stamp
It made our daughter laugh today
But it was enough for us

To each other, we had to cling
When showers came, we’d only just begun
Through winter, coming back to spring
Sandwiches shared in the sun
The flowers took their time to bloom
But it was enough for us

How quickly all the years have flown
And how we long for more in store
Alternating gold and green
Each season richer than before
And at the end, for us to smile
“It was enough for us”
Track Name: The Container Ship
Track Name: Going Round The Tearooms
Perchance you may be curious
At my new odyssey
To find a new establishment
To serve my scones and tea
The last one took exception, and
Barred me permanently
For calling out the riff-raff
Who so offended me

You may recall my plaintive plea
In my hit song - I asked:
Is it too much for me to call
For a pleb-free light repast?
Seemingly, the café thought
That selling bacon rolls
A more acute priority
To please the beastly proles!

Now I, a wanderer o’er the earth
As if the mark of Cain
Were on my self, to mean that I
Can ne’er take tea again
I wander lonely as the crowd
From shop to coffee-shop
As if they did agree as one
That when I enter: “Stop!”

High tea, denied me
Alas, oh, what to do?
I’ll take it here, in my front room
Away from all of you!
Track Name: Philosophical Moment
Stop and you'll find
Everything's a different colour
Start to unwind
The threads unlike each other

Another odd philosophy
Another view unseen
When the carousel restarts
I forget what it all means...
Track Name: Fading Day
The western sky, from rose to navy blue
And breezes cross the field to me and you
The distant town, turning on the lights
The fading day lets in another night

No planetarium put on a show
Like this above us, an evening sky aglow
A billion tiny fires in the deep
Gathering to guard us as we sleep

We know the tales the skies above have told
Of hunters, dragons, ploughs and knights of old
But as the sun departs for other lands
The words leave too, and we both understand

No planetarium put on a show...