It's Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice

by Elle Osborne

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"It's Not Your Gold Shall Me Entice" is the third album from Elle Osborne - the follow-up to 2011's "So Slowly, Slowly Got She Up"

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released November 6, 2015

All words and music by Elle Osborne, except Come Write Me Down – traditional, from the singing of the mighty Copper Family of Rottingdean, East Sussex

All songs arranged and produced by Elle Osborne, with Alex Neilson and Mike Hastings, except Come Write Me Down, The Hired Hand, and All One, arranged and produced by Elle Osborne

This Ship Is On A List borrows a chorus from the traditional shanty Haul Away

Engineered by David Lynch at Electricaudio; assisted by Krystof Sciri
Mastered by Francis Kimberley at Hungry Bear Mastering

Front cover photo of Katherine Compton by Stanley Compton
Back cover photo of Elle by Eliza Eagle
Design by Eliza Eagle
Layout by Caroline Archer

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Anna Mutter, Caroline Archer, Franc Roddam, Ian Kearey, Jenny and Marcus Brown, John Copper, Mike Bray, Chief Super Nigel Spencer, Dr Nikki, Roger Stamp, Susan d’Souza, Tim Rabjohns, and
You

Alasdair Roberts – bass, backing vocals
Alex Neilson – drums, backing vocals
Dan Quinn – melodeon
David Lynch – Hammond organ
Dusty Springsteen – backing vocals
James Yorkston – shanty chorus
Mike Hastings – guitar, backing vocals, Jew’s harp, tubular bells, autoharp
Simon d’Souza – saxophone

Remembering Simon d’Souza 1963 – 2014

© Elle Osborne 2015
9th House Recordings
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Track Name: I Don't Like Sundays
I Don’t Like Sundays

Not so much a life, as a passing of years
And not so much belief as a passion of fears,
I saw the cloud come like a shroud, stealing all your joy
And it’s not so pretty now, bonnie boy

When you’re wondering where everyone has gone to
and it seems no-one is wondering where you are
Please don’t take it to the house of drowning sorrows,
No-one’s ever pretty for long in that bar

Sundays always do this to you, darling

You just need reminding of how beautiful you are
Careful not to wish it all away so fast
Sometimes all you can do is put one foot before the other
and heed the conversation tween the future and the past

Sundays always do this to you, darling
Track Name: Salt
Salt

It’s a good night for thunder
with the wrens flying high
And an old boy from the harbour warns
there’s weather on that sky

But some scar-face of a skipper
with ambition and no sense is wailing
“Get on lads – you only get wet once!”

In like a lion
out like a lamb
Set sail a boy
came home a man

But all that came back of most men
was the wood of boats they fished from
And all that remained of their women
was the homecoming they wished them

And daughters born with boys’ names
cried after their fathers
And all the sons and brothers
grew up quicker than they’d rather

In like a lion

And all the streets and beaches
moored with fishing boats
Sails stiff with salt and solitude
rigging ringing with ghosts

In like a lion

And the girls in Spanish dresses
in the carnival parade
Danced with the boys in silver buckles
their grandfathers made

In like a lion…
Track Name: This Ship is on a List
This Ship is on a List

This ship is on a list
It’s all so one-sided, it’s almost capsizing
and good for nought but filling with water.
This isn’t the ship, I’d hoped and had cherished and had fought for

This ship is on a list
Of long lost lovers, sisters turned to mothers
brothers turned away from their daughters
If it wasn’t for the skipper, I’d jump ship to another,
Or swim for dear life to clear water

This ship was set to sail
with cargo, full rigging, a crew and their singing
We were bound for high seas and plain sailing
But now the bo’ sun’s bowed out, and the mainmast is over the railing

This ship is in dry dock
The rudder is rotten, the longshoreman’s long-forgotten
The ballast won’t last past the morning
The sails are snapping, the hull’s only good for scrapping
And the less said the better about the mooring

This ship was set to sail
with cargo, full rigging, a crew and their singing
Away, haul away! We’ll haul away for Rosie!
Away, haul away! We’ll haul away Joe
We were bound for high seas and plain sailing
Now the fo'csle is fucked / bo’ sun’s bowed out / hull’s bound for hell / gunwhales are gone, and the mainmast is over the railing
Track Name: Come Write Me Down
Come Write Me Down (The Wedding Song)

Come write me down, ye powers above
The man that first created love,
For I've a diamond in my eye
Wherein all my joys and comforts lie,
Wherein all my joys and comforts lie.

I will give you gold, I will give you pearl
If you can fancy me, dear girl,
Rich costly robes that you shall wear
If you can fancy me, my dear,
If you can fancy me, my dear.

It's not your gold shall me entice
To leave off pleasures to be a wife
For I don't mean or intend at all
To be at any young man's call,
To be at any young man's call.

Then go your way you scornful dame
Since you've proved false I'll prove the same
For I don't care but I shall find
Some other fair maid to my mind,
Some other fair maid to my mind.

Oh, stay young man don't be in haste
You seem afraid your time will waste
Let reason rule your roving mind
And unto you I will prove kind,
And unto you I will prove kind.

So to Church they went that very next day
And were married by asking, as I've heard say,
So now that girl she is his wife
She will prove his comforts day and night,
She will prove his comforts day and night.

So now his trouble and sorrow is past
His joy and comfort has come at last
That girl to him always said, Nay,
She will prove his comforts night and day,
She will prove his comforts night and day.
Track Name: And Everything
And everything

Someone came bringing books for you
Swinging a bag for you
Singing songs for you

Someone had to tell her
He’s not the one for you
He’s not the one for your books, nor your song

Because, you can’t give him anything,
anything, anything
Not a call, a curse, or a compliment
anything, not anything

He can’t take anything,
anything, anything
Not a joke, a job, or a Jamieson’s
anything, not anything

You can’t take anything,
anything, anything
Not a vow, advice, or a vitamin
anything, anything

He can’t give you anything,
anything, anything
Not a thought, a thank, a Theramin
anything, not anything

He’ll just take everything
anything, and everything
Your time, your trust, your Temazepam
everything, your everything

Don’t go giving him anything, anything, anything
he’ll just take everything
Your dreams, your dazzle, and your dinner money
And everything
Track Name: The Hired Hand
The Hired Hand

I was hoping
on a way in
an open door
Just a place at a table
only this much
more

I was reckoning
on a blessing
Nothing too grand
Just a gesture
of small pleasure
A touch from a higher hand

But in the wishing
for the blessing
and the beckoning door
I hadn’t bargained
on the hardened
Reckoning for more

But still hoping
for a helping
of a higher kind
Is the premise of a promise
And an open hand
Track Name: Toast (The Ballad of Michael 'Mini' Cooper)
Toast (The Ballad of Michael Mini Cooper)

TV’s favourite child arsonist
is charming the nation again
40 years on from the first time,
he’s relighting the love and the pain

Regaling the doctors and case workers
with his methods for catching a flame
The press incandescent with piety
But no-one round here’s to blame

But when you’re silenced with violence
And you’re given no chance and no choice
And when you’re brilliant and bored and you’re beaten
Fire is your vengeance and voice

And you had fuel enough for a lifetime
and truth enough to survive
And it doesn’t take much to see what you did was a cry not a crime

So raise a glass to the wise and the weary,
Here’s a toast to the righteous and wronged,
And here’s to you, here’s to you Mini Cooper
May your fire burn bright and burn long

Here’s to you, here’s to you Min Cooper
May your fire burn bright and burn long
Track Name: Undone
Undone

Narrow will I make my bed
Learn to lie alone
That I might lead a maiden’s life
Tho maiden am I none

Cut off my long yellow hair
Dress in mans’ array
Make myself unbeautiful
No more will I stay

And I’ll wake up too early
And I’ll go to sleep too late
and I will not be bid hurry
and I will not be bid wait

And at all hours and in all weathers you will find me now
Hiking the hills of the county
Walking off the woe I will not have hold me
Undoing this thing that has undone me

Narrow will I make my bed
Learn to lie alone
That I might lead a maiden’s life
Tho maiden I am none
Track Name: All One
All One

I chopped wood, I carried water
I got young again and bold
I got free in the freeze
and furry with cold
I stood tall in the trees
and a mountain for a home

It’s one small space and a letter
between all one and alone

One small space and a letter
with all your thoughts out to roam
and your feelings out to tender
and no reception on your phone
and every step you take is one more feat for skin and bone

It’s one small space and a letter
between all one and alone

Take the time to know you
that only lone allows you
It was hard as hell and yet I
couldn’t have learned it better
One small space and a letter
between all one and alone