State Of The Art

by Martha Bean

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released September 15, 2011

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Martha Bean Leicester, UK

Songs are ‘full of charm, delicateness, and pure, unadulterated loveliness’**, veering from enigmatic and sobering, to the brooding razor-sharp.

Recently played on BBC 6Music and supporting the likes of Marika Hackman, Scott Matthews and Seth Lakeman, Martha has a world-class voice well worth keeping your ears open for.

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Track Name: State Of The Art
Knowing when to stop is the hardest part
I see into your heart, it's sincere
But I, I can't help myself
Delving into it further
When it's no good for anyone

Knowing when to start giving me a chance
Looking out for number one
'Cause I see your face always
If I close my eyes, I am such a disgrace

I'll squeeze water from a rock until it dissolves
You see into my heart, crystal clear
But I, I can't help myself
Descending further

(Chorus)
It's the state of the art
Of a bleeding heart
You hear in the night
You hear in the night

(Instrumental)

Knowing what to say is harder still
Lie a little to numb the thought
That you might not ever change
If I close my eyes, we can re-arrange

(Chorus)
The state of the art
Of a bleeding heart
You hear in the night
You hear in the night

It's the state of the art
Of a bleeding heart
You hear in the night
You hear in the night
Track Name: Forever Long
When the waters of the tides come in
Then you will know my secrets
Although there isn’t much to share
You know I just can’t keep it in

When the fire in the flame burns out
Then I will know it’s over
Although there isn’t much to despair
You know what I’d prefer

(Chorus)
Speak swiftly or hold your breath;
You can’t go hanging on
Such beauty can’t be denied
Forever Long

(ah ah ahhh, da da da...)

When the people speak of such true grace
Then I will know I’m falling
Although there is no time to spare
You know I’ll just keep keeping it in

When the fire in my heart burns long
That’s when I’ll know it’s over
It all becomes too much to bear
Until I just can’t keep it in

(Chorus)
Speak swiftly or hold your breath;
You can’t go hanging on
Such beauty can’t be denied
Forever Long
Walk quickly now, don’t hesitate
You can’t go hanging on
Such beauty can’t be denied
Forever Long
Track Name: Until I'm Asleep
No-one knows it so well
The silence in living under its’ spell
How treacherous and hostile, yet fragrant in scent
There’s no hope avoiding once you give your consent, so

(Chorus)
I’ll be fine, drinking my tea
With four brick walls, who needs company?
I’ll sing, sing to myself until I’m asleep

It’s warm outside, and I still breathe
To choose to smile, or choose to seethe
I’ll wait to see what might be my fate
You close the door, it opens the gate

When time moves on, and turns his eye
He leaves with but a weary sigh
For you make your bed on which you lie
I’ll lie by mine, and sing ‘till I die

(Chorus)

(Instrumental)

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: Incessantly
When did things get so bad?
You’ve lost more than you thought you had
It’s when to know
To change something
It’s needing to change
Everything

When did things get so sad?
It’s one thing after another

(Chorus)
The pain remains incessantly
Whilst I decay
The pain remains incessantly
Whilst I decay

(Cello Instrumental)

(Chorus)
The pain remains incessantly
Whilst I decay
The pain remains incessantly
Whilst I decay
Track Name: Cyanide
Once I heard that life was optional
A game for those who like dysfunctional
To put existence on the line
Anticipation in our decline

Once you said I was dispensable
Irrelevant, and immaterial
To make some distance, to find a sign
Determination to re-design

(Wooo aaaaa ooooh...)

(Chorus)
‘Cause you can’t stop the rain
Though you may try in vain
And still the winds endure
But I’ll be there
Yes I’ll be there

Once I thought that pain was requisite
The less you give, the more you get of it
The sweet and sour entwined
But now I see how you were lying

Now I see through your tricks and schemes
How they were trying to rid me of my dreams
Now I am no longer naive
For you I can only grieve

(Woooaaah)

(Chorus, heavier)
‘Cause you can’t stop the rain
Though you may try in vain
And still the winds endure
But I’ll be there
Yes I’ll be there

You’re cyanide....
You’re cyanide...
You’re...
Track Name: I Give My Word
Slowly, slowly
No need to worry
About the things
You’ve left behind

Lowly, lowly
Is better than holy
No need to remember
Why you cried

(Chorus)
Just know that I believe in you
Know my words
Trust my words
And so you know that I am true
I give my word
Give my word

Slowly, slowly,
Eventually
I’ll be the girl I left behind

Happy, happy,
No more melancholy
For life’s too short
To be unkind

(Chorus)
Just know that I believe in you
Know my words
Trust my words
And so you know that I am true
I give my word
Give my word