Bolu

by Tom Rosenthal

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Tom Rosenthal's third studio album 'Bolu', written in the months following the birth of his first child, comprises 16 varied tracks – a number of which offer reflections on his new-born daughter, and the world she is entering.

'Bolu' also marks Rosenthal's first foray into the world of the upbeat. As well as his usual piano balladry, 'Bolu' includes a handful of songs that can be danced to, including 'Watermelon' (one of the Huffington Post's top 20 music videos of 2014). There are also reflections on modern life in 'The Meaningless of Numbers' and 'Don't You Know How Busy and Important I Am?' but fundamentally, this is a album of notes written to his daughter.

'Tom Rosenthal's songs have always been moved by nature, creativity, strangeness or love, but to hear his simple philosophies for life tied up into such bright, generous and joyful advice for a child does give way to something extra-special.' (Kim Hillyard, When I Heard You)

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released April 13, 2015

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Track Name: Run For Those Hills, Babe.
Run for, run for those hills babe
let go of the dark days.
let go of the world.

Make it all up as you dance along
just like we all have done,
for all of our lives.

The kingdom is yours
the seas the shores,
it's like you've only just arrived.

Dive in, the water will be lovely,
go keen and go boldly
go wherever they sing.

It all comes, it all comes when
it wants to, not when you want it to,
at the strangest times.

The kingdom is yours
the seas the shores,
its like you've only just arrived.

Unknown is king
your eyes will bring
all you need to survive.

Let's go, half an ear on the radio,
life was made moons ago,
somewhere behind those skies.

Run for, run for those hills babe
let go of the dark days.
let go of the world.
Track Name: Watermelon
Watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon
watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon
watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon
watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon

It's watermelon time
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom,
It's watermelon time,
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom,
It's watermelon time
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom
It's watermelon time
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom
It's a fruit based love

Watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon
Watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon
Watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon watermelon

I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom,
It's watermelon time,
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom,
It's watermelon time
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom
It's watermelon time
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom
It's a fruit based love
I said boom boom boom boom boom boom boom
It's a fruit based love

It's a fruit based love
It's a fruit based love
Track Name: Don't Wait
Don't wait, oh waiting's for losers, losers are late.
Mum knows, i've travelled the sunsets waiting for you.

Did you ever see the faces of the moon? I promise you
love there's one or two.
Did ever wish the keys were in the door? I promise you love it opened before.

Don't hide, oh hiding to nothing, nothing to hide.
My shoes, they've worn out the long roads hiding from you.

Did you ever see the faces of the moon? I promise you
love there's one or two.
Did ever wish the keys were in the door? I promise you love it opened before.

All the losers are late, darling. If you like it don't wait.
All the losers are late, darling. If you want it don't wait.

Did you ever see the faces of the moon? I promise you
love there's one or two.
Did ever wish the keys were in the door? i promise you love it opened before.
Track Name: The Meaninglessness of Numbers
I couldn't count the lines upon your face, left no trace, the moment's gone.

I couldn't count the steps that it took, and all the moves that led to you.

That's the meaninglessness of numbers to me.

The ones the twos the threes , fly with the breeze, amount to none, infinity plus one.

The figures of the news, the boundless blues,
a story lies in every soul.

That's the meaninglessness of numbers to me.

I couldn't count the who's, the how's, the wheres,
the glances shared, the blinking eye.

Oh the morning trains, the midnight pains, all add up to make a life.

That's the meaninglessness of numbers to me.

I couldn't count the times, the wines, the names,
oh life is not a numbers game

Give me a million or give me one, i do not care,
i only care that it begun.

That's the meaninglessness of numbers to me.
That's the meaninglessness of numbers to me.
Track Name: Just As
Just as i thought you could not sleep you slept
Just as i thought you could weep you wept
Oh go on surprise me, do the very best you can.

Just as my mind had formed the words it froze.
Just as the strawberries landed upon your nose.
Oh go on surprise me, do the very best you can.

Cos you've got the cheekiest face in London
You've got the cheekiest face around.

Just as i thought i knew your face it changed
Just as you learned how to move you stayed
Oh go on surprise me, do the very best you can.

Cos you've got the cheekiest face in London
You've got the cheekiest face around.
Track Name: Big on Questions
You're big on questions and you're small of eyes
You're left of reason and you're right on time
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you.
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you.

You're big on questions and you're kind of eyes
You're left on wisdom and you're right on line
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you

I don't know how, i don't how to get to rest of you
I don't know how, i don't how to get to rest of you

You're big on questions and you're kind of eyes
You're left on wisdom and you're right on line
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you

You're big on questions and you're small of eyes
You're left of reason and you're right on time
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you
But I don't know, I don't know to get to rest of you
Track Name: Non-Verbal Communication
Where do we all go my love?
Where do we all go my love?
Where do we all go my love?
Where do we all go my love?

Wooooo woooo woooo wooo

I think I know the importance of non-verbal communication and
I know this cos you told me so.
If we do things well they will last forever, something before we go.

Woo wooo wooo wooo

Oh the essential resists the telling but the heart can't resist the love and if it leaves its always nearby.
I can tell you nothing more than she was she and I was I

Where do we all go my love?
Where do we all go my love?
Where do we all go my love?
Where do we all go my love?

Wooo wooo wooo wooo
Track Name: Don't You Know How Busy & Important I Am
Don't you know how busy and important i am? I got so much to do.
Ask me to out dinner on Friday night, i can't go, i got too much to do.

Maybe i'm just trying to distract myself from my mortality.
Maybe i'm just trying to distract myself from my mortality.

Oh i'm too busy to finish thing song
I'm too busy to dance
Too busy to cry
Too busy to die
Too busy to see the chance

Don't you know how busy and important i am? I got so much to do.
Ask me to the disco on Friday night i can't go, I've got too much to do.

Maybe i'm just trying to distract myself from my mortality.
Maybe i'm just trying to distract myself from my mortality.

Oh i'm too busy to see the sky
I'm too busy to know
Too busy to fly
Too busy to die
Too busy to rest my soul

Don't you know how busy and important i am?
I got so much to do.
Don't you know how busy and important i am?
I got so much to do.

I'm too busy to finish this song.
I'm too busy to finish this song.
I'm too busy to finish.
Track Name: How Could I Not?
I don't know how your brain works so well and if i did i might explode.
Even if could, i don't think that i would, want to decipher your series of codes.
A lifetime of trouble but how could i not love you.

Yeah we humans we crave a certain certainly but no mystery
ever got old.

A lifetime of troubles but how could i not love you.
A lifetime of troubles but how could i not love you.
Track Name: Forests on the Way There
Sitting in the back seat of your mothers car
there were forest on the way there
it rained all the way there

Sent some complex signals
to the others on the road
I was sending all mindbeams
but everyone was hiding

Is there a word
for the things we heard
in the day?

Is there a sound
for the things that we found
on our way?

Calling out the names of the animals
there were mountains on the way there
you read all the way there

Numbers getting smaller
and the spirits getting low
i was sending all the mindbeams
no one ever found me.

Is there a word
for the things we heard
in the day?

Is there a sound
for the things that we found
on our way?
Track Name: To You Alone
Cried out, to you alone
Whats in you? Throw me a bone.
Oh life, what did you know?
How do we ever decide?

Careful love, blow it away
Let's go there, what do you say?
Oh life, why did we wait.
How do we get to the sky?

Called out, to you alone.
What made you? Maybe you know.
Oh life, let it all go.
How do we get to the sky?
Track Name: Everyone is Everyone Else
Everyone is everyone else
Take a picture of yourself
Look around for those you know

Variations on a theme
the minds creations,
the body dreams

Go find your genealogies and you'll see
We'll all babies, making stories, stories.

Everyone is everyone else
We all have felt the way you felt
The tragedy of different times

Your enemy he goes to bed
Thinks upon the words unsaid,
The tragedy of distant minds

Variations on a screen
The minds creations,
The body dreams.

Everyone is everyone else
roll the big dice for yourself
the covers and the book within

Go find your genealogies and you'll see
We'll all babies, making stories, stories
We'll all babies, making stories, stories
Track Name: Panda in the Chandelier
Theres a panda in the chandelier
Oh what have we got here? what have we got here?

Well i'll tell you how it got up there
This is a story of a young girls flair
for throwing pandas

It was her fathers friends wedding day
and she was dragged along, as is the way,
for the poor young ones.

As the big people did their thing
the panda bear she did swing
oh the panda bear
flung through the air

Well a serious man with a frown
came with a ladder and took it down,
aren't ladders handy

He had never seen this happen before
Pandas normally stick to the floor
Call it good timing

And you got your panda back
you got your panda back
you got your panda back
and your were happy about that
Track Name: I Got Myself a Finish
Oh love is blind
Oh love is blind
Oh love is blind blind blind

Those shady lanes,
Those shady lanes.
Nothing risked, nothing gained.

I kicked a stone
I kicked a stone
It finds a hole
It finds a hole

Oh love is blind
Oh love is blind
Oh love is blind blind blind
I fought to the end
I fought to the end
I fought to the end
I got myself a finish
I got myself a finish
I got myself a - wo wo wo ba ba ba da ba ba

Oh love is kind
Oh love is kind
Oh love is kind kind kind.
Track Name: All of Them Dreams
If you're having troubles babe hit them with beams
You've got 99 problems and all of them dreams.
Life will give you something like an ebb or a flow
Stare them right in the eyes, babe, and give it a go.

Oh don't you shy away your heart beats the day
Oh time is not alone with you.

Oh don't you shy away your heart beats the day
Oh time is not alone with you.
Oh don't you shy away your heart beats the day
Oh time is not alone with you.
Oh don't you shy away your heart beats the day
Oh time is not alone with you.
Track Name: Borrowing
Hey you on the lonely roads
Hey you in the morning bright
I've only borrowed you

Hey you who cannot talk
Hey you so close to sleep
You only borrowed me

Hey you with the crying eyes
Hey there on the softest sea
You've only borrowed me

Hey you in the bath of sky
Hey you in the kitchen light
I've only borrowed you

Hey you in the great beyond
Hey you who will not be gone
I've only borrowed you

Hey you by the train window
Hey you in the darkest room
I've only borrowed you