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Leap Of Faith

by Mint Biscuit

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1.
Quiet Jam 04:03
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Leap Of Faith Na na na na na Na na na na na Na na na na na You know you’ve been under too long You know you’ve been under too long You know you’ve been under too long So what you gonna do about it? What you gonna do? Take a leap of faith. You said, you wanted to make a difference You said, that things would have to change Look out, cause all you have are memories You’ve gotta write another page Take a leap of faith You’ve carried your burden too long You’ve carried your burden too long You’ve carried your burden too long Now what you gonna do about it? You’ve carried your burden too long You’ve carried your burden too long You’ve carried your burden too long Now what you gonna do about it? What you gonna do? Take a leap of faith. You said, the world was meant for dreamers You said, it was time to take the stage Look out, your life has come between us You’ve gotta write another page Take a leap of faith. Na na na na na Na na na na na Na na na na na Na na na nana na Take a leap of faith. Take a leap of faith Take a leap of faith! Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Na na na na na Na na na na na Na na na na na Na na nana na.
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If I Was A Lonely Goatherd Well I’m not a lonely goatherd, And I’m not the president I don’t have a million dollars, I’m not counting my last cent I’m not driving in a Cadillac, Or shoveling cement I’m not sitting in a mansion, Or in a refugee tent Yeah I just play the guitar, and my baby pays the rent Well, Obama’s in the Whitehouse, but Trump is at the door Kim Jong Un and Vladimir want to start the next World War Bojo and the Tories, yeah we’ve seen it all before Yeah and no-one really knows what the Europeans are for But it’s a fine fine day, to start all over again There won’t be a better day, to start all over again And if I believed in Santa, I’d grab a pen and write Bring peace to all the Syrians, and stop the endless fight Bring joy to all the children who cry throughout the night They deserve to live in happiness, they deserve a better life And it’s a fine fine day, to start all over again There’ll never be a better day to start all over again Well if we can’t learn to put all our jealousies aside To put our faith in Jesus, and go along for the ride To learn to love each other and for what we have inside To work out how best to live, before we all must die We won’t get a better day, to start all over again No we’ll never see a better day, to start all over again
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Pretty Words 02:32
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River Carry You You say that it’s serious You want to live in a bigger house with a bigger garden And more room for all your stuff And a fully tiled en-suite You say you need to move on from here You got sick of this street years ago And all the cars, and all the passing feet You say the neighbours don’t like you any more You say they talk about you in the dark And as you hide beneath the sheets You wish for an exit from it all You wish the rain would never fall Yet you wish the river would carry you to the sea You say the people get you down You say their words are mean And their faces, and all their screaming kids You say you’re sick of all the dogs Doing their business on the street And all the banging dustbin lids You wish for an exit from it all You wish that that rain would never fall Yet you wish the river would carry you, to the sea Well I’ve got news for you my friend You’ve gotta get up from your bed Walk right down the street, and over that bridge You’ll never get away, so why don't you today You’ve gotta make it at least as far as that park Make it safe across that bridge Don’t let the river carry you to the sea Don’t let that river carry you to the sea
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Spent Some Time Spent some time in a lonely place Spent some time missing your face And I know that you must be somewhere That I would go, alone with you Spent some time in a lonely place Searched for hours without a trace Tried to find a way to let you know That I’d come home, to be with you Yes to be with you And now it seems so clear I’ll never find you here And I don’t know just what I’m gonna do Without you to hold me near Spent some time in a lonely place Just got caught up in the race And when I turned around, all I found All I knew, had disappeared Had disappeared And now it seems so clear I’ll never find you here And I don’t know just what I’m gonna do Without you to hold me near To hold me near
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Summer Song 04:13
Summer Song In a momentary lapse of reason You changed the weather, changed the season You sang out clear, it won’t be long Until we hear our summer song Past winter’s ruin we sailed our boats on Until we reached tall reeds on the seashore We knew our fear here did not belong We sang out clear our summer song And now we swim soft shades of shadow The victim’s quote we shall not remember The ships we sail will carry us on We sing out clear our summer song
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Round The Twist Lift up your eyes, the dawn surprise You chase the sun through perfect skies To fall into a dream Who can tell you what it means? Who can tell you what it means? Your life is never what it seems In darkest woods the thrill’s still there You run and shout without a care You call it make believe No-one is seeing what you see You lie so perfectly You lie so perfectly Hey! Do you notice? Can you hear this? Are you going round the twist? Or is there something you have missed? Hey! Do you notice? Can you feel this? Are you going round the twist? Or is there something that you miss? You throw the book, you raise the blade You look towards your masquerade And all the mess you made Towards the sin that you purveyed Oh if only you’d behaved The distance of your chemical stare The way you treat the ones who care You’re sinking in despair Oh but it’s not really fair You’re gonna need some help down there Hey! Do you notice? Can you hear this? Are you going round the twist? Or is there something you have missed? Hey! Do you notice? Can you hear this? Are you going round the twist? Give us back the one we miss.

about

Solo album from Mint Biscuit aka Richard Thomas, guitarist and vocalist of the band Mint. Recorded with some lovely guitars on fairly basic digital recording equipment in Richard's front room in Cockermouth.

My "leap of faith" in this instance was to start playing, composing and recording tunes again, after several years out of the game. The "burden" of which I speak in the title track is, of course, the burden of my poor mental health, which I have carried for far too long, ever since the band Mint broke up in 2002 and I ended up quitting my degree course at Durham with a case of depression.

This album is also a response to some nasty things happening in the outside world. If I Was A Lonely Goatherd addresses these directly - the war in Syria, the Trump presidency, Brexit - all making me worry for the World at large. River Carry You is an illustration of how it feels to have paranoia and feel like the whole neighbourhood hates you. Spent Some Time is a love song, but a love and loss song too, which thankfully I have not experienced myself, I was projecting myself into someone else's shoes. Round The Twist is a psychedelic verse about dealing with drug addiction.

All happy stuff, then!


Review of Leap Of Faith
by Hans Werksman of herecomestheflood.com

"Richard Thomas, guitarist and vocalist with the recently revived English band Mint, has collected odds and ends for an album by his solo project Mint Biscuit. Leap Of Faith is an apt title for this charming collection of sketches, instrumentals and demos.

Thomas has a knack for coming up with snazzy melodies, rooted in the folk tradition. Yes, he is out of tune every now and then, but the material is strong enough to be transferred to a full band treatment. For now this homespun album is 101% of a man reconnecting with his guitar and voice. It's rough, but it is also brutally honest".

Review of Leap Of Faith
by Rob from The Local Protocols:

"Just sit back and get lost in your mind while listening to true Indie music.. Richard Thomas and Mint Biscuit Sounds can do that for you. One word, Refreshing".

credits

released February 20, 2020

Total running time: 41:08

All music by Mint Biscuit (Richard Thomas).
Cover artwork by Kathy Barbro in the style of Wassily Kandinsky.
Released by Mint Biscuit Sounds.

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"Melodic cacophony oozing loveliness"

"Most prolific act of 2021"

Fresh and crunchy tunes from Welsh guitarist and songwriter,

Mint Biscuit
(Richard Thomas).

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