Passengers Greatest Hits

by Hiawatha Telephone Company

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    A limited edition printed CD with 12-page 'passengers' photo-lyric booklet in a special hand-numbered envelope-sleeve

    Includes unlimited streaming of Passengers Greatest Hits via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    The whole album is available as a pay-what-you-want (nothing is fine) download. A few copies of the CD with photo-lyric booklet are still available too (see above). There's also a songbook containing the lyrics and chords to the songs included with the download..

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about

Passengers Greatest Hits was inspired by a series of photographs which gives the album its title, and some of which feature in the accompanying lyric booklet.

Recorded straight on to cassette mostly in single-takes over the weekend of 1st and 2nd of March 2014 in a Margaret Street loft, Brighton (UK).

This CD edition is limited to 100 numbered copies worldwide.

There's an interview about the album over at Brighton Music Blog brightonmusicblog.co.uk/2014/04/28/hiawatha-telephone-company-plays-passengers-greatest-hits

"You have to treat this album differently from the things you’d normally listen to. It should feel more like a stroll around a small art gallery than putting on a CD."

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released April 28, 2014

Jon brought his guitar, vocals and songs and a cold,
Martyn Lewis Moss (Butterfly House) played keys, bass, egg shaker and tape recording.
Maria Marzaioli (Slum of Legs, Reds) brought the violin and extra vocals on Woody's song.

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Hiawatha Telephone Company Brighton, UK

Singer-songwriter, wannabe-band sort of thing, Hiawatha Telephone Company is named after a t-shirt, & a company that still exists.

The 2009 album 'Harry Smith was my Father' has been described as "immaculate and ... the acme of intimacy in music" (Common Folk Meadow blog). A second album 'Passengers Greatest Hits' was released in April 2014.
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Track Name: If I didn't love you
If I didn't love you, I could not breath
The air is getting thin up here while I'm waiting to leave.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't want to stay
Getting dizzy in the moment keeping the cold at bay.

If I didn't love you I might not see
Every little thing you do here every thing you do for me.
If I didn't love you then I wouldn't want to stay,
in the centre of your world each and every day.

If you really loved me you wouldn't want me to change
If i could move mountains then the empires I'd rearrange.
If you really loved me you'd not have wanted it all
If I knew how to reach you we probably wouldn't fall.

It's my fault I shouldn't have loved you
It's my fault I shouldn't have tried
It's my fault for loving you
I shouldn't have felt, I shouldn't have cried

If I didn't love you I wouldn't feel this way
The world would keep on turning each and every day.
If I didn't love you I wouldn't feel so cold
knowing I'll be without you as I grow old.
Track Name: Twins
We're not all the same but we're all related
Not all in the game but we're all playin' it

You cry your heart out at little things
I try to comfort you, with little things

We're not all the same but we're all related
we're not all in the game but we're all playin' it

Your clear blue eyes, can reflect the sun
My clear blue thoughts don't hurt any one

I sigh out loud sometimes, I might wear a frown
that doesn't mean honey, I don't want you around

We're all the same but we're not all related
we're all in the game and we're all playin' it

Politicians are trying their best but it's so complicated
The next ones will still make a mess, that much is fated

Some people are looking for peace but just ain't that strong
But a soldier fighting for peace seems incredibly wrong

We're not all the same but we're all related
we're not all in the game but we're all playin' it

Two people can be so close, yet fight all the time
Love is a battelground, makes no reason or rhyme

We're all in the game, we're all related,
We're all the same, yeah, we're all playing it

We're all in the game and we're all related,
We're not all the same, but it's so complicated
Track Name: Keep it simple
Keep it simple, keep it clean,
this could have been the best day that there's ever been
the sun is shining, and we're having fun
there's a happy feeling for each and every one

keep it simple, keep it queen
all the riches in the world won't make you free
you don't need money, just to keep them beat
you don't need honey when you taste so sweet

keep it simple, keep it green
you're the best thing that I've ever seen

you give smiles without it needing to be said
you take the heavy thoughts from off my head
you give love without asking in return
you teach me things I didn't think I'd need to learn

keep it simple, don't be mean
a little kindness will keep you clean
Track Name: The cost of going to work by train
I dreamt I'd be an artist but I ended up a booking clerk
for a funeral parlour in Great Yarmouth
that was selling resting places by the yard

And I didn't ever want to stay there, I knew I wouldn't get that far
I thought I'd make it to the city, I thought I'd play a better part

So I thought that I might be a sailor and sail across the briny sea
Find myself a pretty little mermaid to
come back and live at home with me

But a mermaid wouldn't live a life on dry land
And I knew I couldn't spend my life at sea
So I thought I'd try another kind of life again
I thought I'd try to find a better me

My hands grew hard from working as a farmer
I tried my best to feed the common man
My sweat fell on the soil to feed the flowers
and the rain washed it far into the sand

But the people wouldn't eat the food I grew them
and the birds ate the seeds right off the trees
the rain it fell and washed away the crops I grew
and i knew a farmers life was not for me

So I bought myself a smart dark blue suit
and a shirt from a man in Saville Row
and I found myself a desk in an office
so I could teach myself things I didn't need to know
and I was the boss of a little man
and a taller man was leaning over me
every day I picked my peck of paperclips
and Peter pickled penny thoughts for free

And I stood on the platform at the station
whistling the earworm in my head
asking why I had forgotten why I came here
and the truth I thought I heard she said

that life is not the thing that you would live for
and straight lines are just straight lines until they bend
you can live the life you choose until its over
and the train will always get you in the end
Track Name: Come home soon
Are you ever coming home
I'm just sitting here alone
You've been out on the town
Have you been having fun, acting like a clown

I've been waiting here for you
Well I had nothing better to do
You told me that you'd be home soon
But now the candle's gone out and
I'm sitting by the light of the moon

You say that I shouldnt worry about you
You tell me you'll always be true
It's not that I don't believe what you said
But the night is dark and my eyes are turning red

I've been waiting here for you
I had nothing better to do
You told me that you'd be back home soon
And I'm sitting here feeling like some sort of goon

I've been waiting here for you
Well I had nothing better to do
You told me that you'd be home soon
Now the candle's gone out
and I've been howling at the moon
Track Name: Lolita on the knee
So many accusations hanging round the town
I'm sick of all the people who keep on hanging around

You know I didn't do it
You've known me all my life
I'm not that good at lieing
I'm not brave enough to try

So many accusations hanging round the town
I'm tired of all the guilty eyes that are quick to put me down

You know I couldn't do that
I'd never cross that line
But I've been living in the shadows
For nearly half my life

Many of my foes live in glass houses throwing stones
They need to find a way to hate just short of breaking my bones

But you know I couldn't do that
I'm not that kind of guy
You never spoke my language
You have never heard me cry

So many accusations flying all around
I don't think I can say what's really rooted on the ground
All this fear and confusion and misery
I never thought the eyes would be staring hard at me

You know I didn't do it
can't believe the things they say
It's hard to really know
anybody anyway
Track Name: Ain't no rainbow (at the end of the road)
The snow's settled deep I've got my big boots on
There's bears out there so I carry a gun
Fire's burning down but the embers ain't gone
And I'm chopping wood so tomorrow won't come

Sometimes this old life takes its toll
and you won't stop me from growing old
You keep on looking for that pot of gold
but there ain't no rainbow at the end of the road

Well these days are cold and bitter too
I'm growing older while I'm waiting for you
The engine's running but there's nothing to do
Driving round in circles won't ever get you through

The chickens ain't laid in a week or two
Foxes bide their time and are laying low
If you play chicken there ain't nowhere to go
If you're a hen-pecked feather-covered soup-full-of-bones
Track Name: Woody's song
Sometimes these days can seem so long
and everything you do goes wrong
Even getting out of bed is tough
and the night can't come soon enough
But when you feel like life is weighing you down
and you seem a lot more lost than found
Listen to the words that Woody said
They're worth repeating, keep them in your head

You've got to love everybody and write a song a day
Don't get lonesome as you go on your way
Eat and dream right and dance all night
Make your mind up boy yeah wake up and fight
Like Woody said in nineteen forty two
This next year is gonna rule for you

You know that life can be so cruel
and sometimes play you for the fool
People aren't always on your side
They've got their own and they'll take you for a ride
But it don't matter to me and it shouldn't matter to you
What ever other people have, don't make it right for you
Find your own way to walk a crooked mile
The rain will end soon and the sun will smile

Like Woody said in nineteen forty two
This next year is gonna rule for you

You've got to love everybody and write a song a day
Don't get lonesome as you go on your way
Eat and dream right and dance all night
Make your mind up boy yeah wake up and fight
Track Name: Waking up with you
When I wake up in the morning
and bring you coffee in bed
And you get up in the morning
Shake the sleep out of your head
And the sun's out shining brightly
in a sky that's deep and blue
Every morning that I wake up
I'm glad I wake up with you

Like the Tulips in the springtime
You make my heart sing
Like the birds in the trees
I'm always glad you're here with me

Put the flowers in the vase there
I'll put the kettle on
Put some more logs on the fire
We can keep eachother warm
Sitting with you in my arms love
and that smile upon your face
I feel I'm lucky dear to have you
I know this is my only place

Radio chatter in the background
The wind plays music in the leaves
Your face rosy like the sunshine
Your smile brings me to my knees
I know you make me happy
and I know I'm happy to be
In the warmth of your love dear
and you here in love with me
Track Name: Dave
Dave, you say that you're good and that you're a little bit misunderstood
but you don't know the right thing to say, these days

Dave, you say that you're worried and you're a little bit changed
but you can't always stay the same, these days

oh, Dave the modern world is sorry
but you don't seem to fit in well these days

Dave, you're having trouble sleeping and you've nothing to feel guilty about
Dave, you're having trouble weeping there's nothing much that you feel like crying about

Oh, and you know, you used to feel something
Track Name: Song about time
I've got nothing to say 'til we get there
so don't slow down
I've got nothing to say 'til we get there
so let's not turn around
The wild roses wrap round the tree trunk
and the grapes wither on the vine
Oh young men you'll all grow old soon
we'll all turn to dust in time

Oh the people will be gone in a moment
and their bones will burn with lime
so go and live for the moment
because you cannot battle time

The time it takes is its own now
for you cannot hurry time
That moment you brought has gone now
because you cannot borrow time

But the snow will fall from the mountains
and the rivers all end up at the sea
New buds will blossom and die again
and in death you'll sleep with me

Oh the feeling will be gone in a moment
and the weather will turn out fine
so go and live for the moment
'cos you cannot battle time
Track Name: I'll never leave you baby
I'm a simple man, in a complicated world
I do what I can, and just watch each day unfurl
I don't seek out surprises, and I don't go seeking fame
And I guess it's not surprising that my troubles still remain.

One thing that never changes is the love you give to me
You make me feel a weight has gone and one day I'll be free
So I want for nothing and no adventure do I need
When I have you in my heart for all the world to see

I'll never leave you baby
You know I never could
Eventhough you sometimes think I might
and even tell me that I should
seek out things I haven't seen
and dream and look and find
But I'll never leave you baby
On that you can rely

I'm a simple man and I don't ask much from life
It doesn't give me much but enough just to survive
I don't seek out great riches or diamonds or a pearl
I don't need any of those things when I have you in my world