Wonderfully honest and raw, coupled with some beautiful song writing
— Folk and Honey
   

 

 

Words & Music Ulli Mattsson

Arranged by Ulli Mattsson, apart from 'Magpie' arranged with Emma Ringqvist

Produced by Ulli Mattsson

Engineered and co-produced by Amir Shoat

Mixed by Amir Shoat & Ulli Mattsson

Mastered by Shawn Joseph of Optimum Mastering

 

Guitar, fretless bass, drums, percussion, programming & vocals - Ulli Mattsson

Violin, harmonica, drums & backingvox - Lena Nyberg

Rhodes, backingvox - Emma Ringqvist

Lead guitar - Jacob Carey

Backingvox - Janette Pierechod

Snoring - Beth the Dog

 

Cover photo by Bettina Von Zwehl

 

Feral was recorded at Ulli's studio, London Fields, London, and on the boat Svalan, River Lea, London - apart from:

'On A Wire' in Amir's studio, Clapton, London

Drums on 'Magpie', 'All things Undone', 'Mother' & 'Wandering Lights' + Rhodes on 'On a Wire' & 'Magpie' recorded on Emma's narrowboat 'Ms Behavin', River Lea, London

Violin & Harmonica on 'Blue Whales' & 'Winter's Waiting' recorded by Lena & Emma in Lena's apartment, Stavhopparegatan, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Blue Whales

Float my home on the river
When I have a sail I go to sea

Know I can find you where the whales gather
Why don't you come home to me?

I wish for blue whales
I wish for hammer sharks
I wish for their voices
In the dark

I'm sorry that I made you cry
I know you will keep your heart
open and wild
First Nation will be my final call
First Nation will be my port

I wish for blue whales
I wish for hammer sharks
I wish for their voices in the dark
and I wish for you

We glow in the dark

I wish for you
I miss you

Mother

Mother please come home
Father is missing you so
All I can hear is that he is crying
I know you made sure
never to be found again

Never a woman who needed a home
A shiphand, a husband or a son
And when you were all alone
You used to sing your song to your soul

You're a nomad
You are a shaman
Your trade it was in this land
And your ship was always bound
For a different shore
A foreign land

Children throwing stones
You took them in and you set all their bones
Wrapped them in some dirty cloth
Gave them some water
Then just set them off

Mother please come home
Father is missing you so

RIVERWOMAN

The Riverwoman
Has her fire stoked
Her dog will notice
When the kettle boils
And they'll howl together
Aooo aoooo

She'll push her boat out
Through headless storms
She'll push her boat out
But she'll never know
Who she left behind
A o o o

She's the Riverwoman
The only woman I have ever known

There are crying sailors
There are sailors' corpses
There are crying sailors
Everywhere she goes
She's the Riverwoman
Aooo

Only the tide will take her
Only the tide will know
Only the tide will take her
On her riverboat
To places we will never know

She's the Riverwoman
The only woman I have ever known

In the rhythm
In the rhythm of my heart
The rhythm
She's in the rhythm of my heart
In the rhythm of my heart

MAGPIE

One is for sorrow
And two is for joy
Three for a girl
And four for a boy

Five is for silver
And six is for gold
Seven for a story
That's never been told
That's never been told

Never cared much for sorrow
Want to loose myself in joy
Find myself a girl
Or find myself a boy

Never cared much for silver
Never cared much for gold
As long as it's a story that's never been told
That's never been told

If I see you alone on a branch
I will never walk you by
I will say good morning Mr Magpie
How is your wife?

Never cared much for silver
Never cared much for gold
As long as it's a story that's never been told

If I see you alone on a branch
I will never walk you by
I will say good morning Mr Magpie
How is your wife?
Where is your wife?

WINTER'S Waiting

Queequeg I've found her!
And she'll take us both on board
Today I walked for miles and miles
And the mockingbird showed me his Valentine

So now this winter's waiting is over
So now this winter's waiting is over

Like the Sirens you call me
But I am safe in harbour tonight
All the ships they are recruiting men
And tomorrow dawn we'll all set sail

So now this winter's waiting is over
So now this winter's waiting is over

Oh, oh my love now this winter's waiting is over

ON A WIRE

On a wire
Nothing is certain
For sure
Black or white
This I do know

And neighbours
they talk
And friends they
walk away

At least I know now where you are
At least I know now why you stayed

On a wire
No one did notice
You walked so slowly away
Left your home
Left your country
Left your mind
Left your memories
To stay

At least I know now where you are
At least I know now why you stayed
So long
On a wire
On a wire
On a wire

ALL THINGS UNDONE

All these things undone
I'll make sure I do them for you
I'll do them for you

And all these things unknown
I'll make sure I know them for you
I'll know them for you

Now rest

And all these children unloved
I'll make sure I'll love them for you
I'll love them for you

And all these things unsaid
I'll make sure I say them for you
I'll  say them for you

Now rest

I'll do them for you
I'll say it for you
Now rest

WANDERING LIGHTS

Now when your body feels like it is on fire
Is it time
Is it time to go?

Your aching mind is higher then pylons
You don't want to know
Want to know

Lights

Wandering lights

Call it a voodoo or call it a rising
I'll do these things undone
I promise
And no more wandering lights

last song

Arise from this land
We made our home
Arise it'll be earth shattering

We will love again
My darling it's earth shattering
We will love again
My darling we shall

You are still in me
In the wind
In the poplar trees
You are still in me
My darling

Again, again, again, again
We will love again

And it will never be the same