Gobstopper

by Jay Stansfield

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'Gobstopper' is the second original album from songwriting and storytelling troubadour Jay Stansfield. (C) & (P) Jay Stansfield. 2013.

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released June 3, 2013

All songs written by Jay Stansfield

Piano // Bass Guitar // Percussion // Synth // Language Master // Vocals // Harmonies // Electric Guitar & Samples performed by Jay Stansfield

Drums performed by Rob Ashworth

Recorded and Mixed at NoName Studios, Burnley, Lancashire by Rob Ashworth.

Produced by Rob Ashworth and Jay Stansfield.

Audiophile mastering by Tim Dorney at Flightpath III.

Artwork by Jay Stansfield.

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Jay Stansfield Lancashire

Original, affecting and a tad bonkers, Jay Stansfield has charmed us with his inventive approach to songwriting.

An artist with an eccentric songcraft, wrapped up in a 60s pop sheen.

He has steadily built a bank of great songs and some amazing videos - in his fiercely independent fashion. This culminated in two LPs last year...Unwound (a remix album) and Gobstopper, attracting much acclaim.
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Track Name: Building A Shield
Softly softly,
Blow the candle out,
And show me,
What it’s all about.
Delicately bruise me,
On the edge of a knife every day, day, day,
Come and save me,
Show me a better way,
Right now,
It’s so scary.

Suffering in silence never did me any good,
It’s a draining waste,
And I will not forget that sound,
The day you killed my butterflies and sent them away to heaven,
Watching as they fluttered away into the dark,
Broken dreams,
They melted away into the earth,
Breaking me you drifted away into my soul,
And I tried so hard to be good,
For you,
But you never knew,
What I had to do,
To feel safe from you,
All these years.

Building a shield,
Over my heart,
Instead of feeling free,
Building a shield,
Over my heart,
Instead of being me.

Suffering in silence never did me any good,
It’s a draining waste,
And I will not forget that sound,
The day you killed my butterflies and sent them away to heaven,
Watching as they fluttered away into the dark,
Broken dreams,
They melted away into the earth,
Breaking me you drifted away into my soul,
And I tried so hard to be good,
For you,
But you never knew,
What I had to do,
To feel safe from you,
All these years.

Building a shield,
Over my heart,
Instead of feeling free,
Building a shield,
Over my heart,
Instead of being me.

Building a shield,
Over my heart,
Instead of feeling free,
Building a shield,
Over my heart,
Instead of being me.
Track Name: Miss Another Day
Where were you when the family needed you most, Dad?
Were you buying your favourite fancy new motor car?
Or were you just out there working?
Miss another day in my lifeline, baby,
Miss another day in my life.

Where were you when I finished primary school, Dad?
Were you laughing? Dancing? In a sea of technology?
Or were you just out there working?
Miss another day in my lifeline, baby,
Miss another day in my life.

Oh how I long to stand beside you,
And hold your hand,
Feel your presence,
Nothing more,
Nothing more.

Where were you when I painted a picture of you, Dad?
Were you watching your other child as they wandered down the wedding aisle?
Or were you just out there working?
Miss another day in my lifeline, baby,
Miss another day in my life.

(INSTRUMENTAL SOLO)

Miss another day in my lifeline, baby
Miss another day in my lifeline, baby
Miss another day in my lifeline, baby
Miss another day in my life.

Oh how I long to stand beside you,
And hold your hand,
Feel your presence,
Nothing more,
Nothing more.
Track Name: My Concubine
Don’t be a stranger,
What’s the point of that?
I know I hurt you,
I was unhealthy,
Will you forgive me?
Will you see that I’ve changed?
Or is that deranged?

(Ooh) my concubine,
(Ooh) I’m out of line,
(Ooh) and everytime I hang my hopes up in the river,
Falling forest.

We will be running,
Far away from this,
We never make up,
After we break up,
Really I’m sorry,
For those things that I said,
I was out of my head.

(Ooh) My concubine,
(Ooh) I’m out of line,
(Ooh) And every time I hang my hopes up in the river,
Falling forest.

This is a phase,
That it had had to be,
Pulling me all out,
Into the open,
Shattering always,
What would your Daddy do?
What would Daddy do?

(Ooh) my concubine,
(Ooh) I’m out of line,
(Ooh) and everytime I hang my hopes up in the river,
Falling forest.
Track Name: Secrets & Lives
Turning up,
In the middle of the night,
My hair is wet,
My hands are tied,

And I am only half a person,
Now that you are gone,
And I deal with it so quietly

I cry over the smallest thing,
Right about now,
Choking up as I sing,

And I’m living a secret life,
Living a secret life,
Behind this door,
Where nobody knows my mind.

(Or where I hide)

Slicing into the middle of my arm,
My blade is sharp,
My skin so warm,
And I am only half a person,
Now that you are gone,
And I deal with it so quietly.

I cry over the smallest thing,
Right about now,
Choking up as I sing,

And I’m living a secret life,
Living a secret life,
Behind this door,
Where nobody knows that i’m living,
A secret life,
Living a secret life,
Behind this door,
Where nobody knows,

Who I am,
Or what I’m going through and I’m living,
A secret life,
Living a secret life,
Behind this door,
Where nobody knows my mind.
Track Name: Happening
Walk to the light my darling,
If you’re lonely,
As I’m only four footsteps away.

What do you see my sweetheart?
Is it sunshine?
Only tongue-tied fools will follow me.

Wasting away in a darkened shell,
I hope you’re well,
I hope you’re well this time,
Nobody has a perfect life you know,
I will stand and watch this garden grow,
And this is always happening,
Happening to me.

(INSTRUMENTAL VERSE)

Lie in your deathbed my enemy,
If you’re lowly,
As there’s no ‘we’ in this kiss and tell

Wasting away in a darkened shell,
I hope you’re well,
I hope you’re well this time,
Nobody has a perfect life you know,
I will stand and watch this garden grow,
And this is always happening,
Happening to me.
Track Name: This Was Real
I was a fire burning brightly when he came along and extinguished me,
His water as powerful as the sea,
And I was so blinded by unexpected tides,
This was real.

I was alive living fully when she came along and inverted me,
Like a mother with arms open,
Set me free,
And I was so blinded by unexpected eyes,
This was real.

Looking into space isn’t easy,
When you’re dying,
Looking at your face isn’t easy,
When you’re crying over me,
Yesterday’s news came suddenly…

(INSTRUMENTAL)

Looking into space isn’t easy,
When you’re dying,
Looking at your face isn’t easy,
When you’re crying over me.
Track Name: Believe Me, Wholesome
As I take my last breath,
Please be my ear,
As I won’t be here too long,
And when I’m gone you will see.

Believe me, wholesome,
My only Son,
Please relieve me,
I’m only one more,
This tower forgoes,
And history will be unravelling,
This mystery will begin travelling,
History will begin happening,
Over and over and over and over,
Over and over and over and over.

As I say my last words,
Please leave my side,
As it always ends this way,
Another day you will see.

Believe me, wholesome,
My only Son,
Please relieve me,
I’m only one more,
This tower forgoes,
And history will be unravelling,
This mystery will begin travelling,
History will begin happening,
Over and over and over and over,
Over and over and over and over...