The Window and Day

by rhob cunningham

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recorded in Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik

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released September 18, 2014

Produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson


Additional Production Rhob Cunningham & Paul Evans


Mixed by Valgeir @ Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavik

Engineered by Paul @ Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavik

Assistant - Ari (hinn fróði)


Mastered by Ryan Freeland @ Stampede Origin, L.A.

Drawings by Adrien Merigeau

Songs composed by Rhob

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Acoustic & Vocals - Rhob Cunningham

Synthesizer, Percussion, Wurlitzer - Valgeir Sigurðsson

Contrabass - Borgar Magnason

Keys - Steingrímur Karl Teague

Baritone Sax & Flute - Rósa Guðrún Sveinsdóttir

Electric Guitar - Daníel Helgason

'Cello - Þórdís Gerður Jónsdóttir

Handclaps - Paul Evans & Valgeir Sigurðsson


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Track Name: quiet song
Quiet Song

Call your heart open for want of a better word
It's seen 'bout enough now to deem it needs more

you're not passing the basket nor asking for coin
or answering an invitation
waiting for a cause to join

& you hid your opinion like a candle held up to the sun
you practised retelling the tales the others had spun
of fate and of fable how we've now become
yearning for some inspiration
you're waiting for your turn to come


down pour the minutes
up builds the well
i'll try to hide it
but you can tell


the silence that followed the whisper you sent through the leaves
spoke of a treasure both buried and never retrieved

the moment both broken by the window and day
weighing up the situation
a different way
Track Name: ghosts (the curtain)
Ghosts / The Curtain

I got myself to thinking that there's ghosts
you told me
no, there's no such spirits
hammered out, a middle ground unfolded,
no one need ever know


i told you this might take up all my time
you showed me how
there's no such limit
bounded to the trail you leave behind
no one need ever find


if you find a difference, i'll find the time
it's all on the outside now
how i hope you're right

you cut out the chaos
and threw in some calm
to give us a scale of where we're from

a certain light, a wilful light
that little push and then an upward pull
toward the colourful
a pull toward the colourful

you always seemed certain
i couldn't concede
as you drew the curtain to reveal

a certain light, a wilful light,
that little push and then an upward pullllllllll toward the colourful
a pull toward the colourful

i got myself to thinking that we're ghosts
Track Name: the early stage
The Early Stage

There was a chain, a certain chain
a little series of events
and, at the start, a simple game
didn't need to make sense

there was a catch, there was a key
we just didn't know to look
what little chance for breaking free?
or even seeing what that might've took


we fell for the early stage
whatever that means
but it ought to mean something
you still mean something to me


there was a change, a certain change
one that no one else could see
we'd been pulling at the reins
seems that hill had gotten mighty steep


we fell for the early stage
whatever that means
but it ought to mean something
you still mean something to me
Track Name: key i see
Key I See

Now that you've started can you keep up, keep a keen eye open?
well i hope you can understand
it's a key i see you're holding in your hand

As I understand it, there's a plan to get a move on
well i hope you do
see it through
there's a door before you, you know what to do

you can't afford to fail to plan
it's a key i see you're holding

Our conversation runs just a little like a slow train
where every station stop is a waiting game
state your name and destination

you can't afford to fail to plan
it's a key i see you're holding
Track Name: you contender
You Contender

There's a girl outside with the window down
in a car behind sunglasses
with a pen in hand, she's been writing 'bout the moment as it passes
there's a boy inside by the windowsill but the curtain keeps him hid
he's been saying sorry for so long now, they've forgotten what he did

look at you contender in your starting position
look at you contender holding on

there's a time and place for a traffic jam with the lights all frozen red
it's as good a space as any, on reflection,
to look at you contender in your starting position
look at you contender just holding on

i caught a glimpse of us in the middle
now ever since we're just holding on
just holding on
Track Name: ever since
Ever Since


i might just have to step back for a sec and get my thoughts on track
you're the reason they keep turning back

the cause of my concern, i learned from the echoes i get talkin' to
couldn't ever mean that much to you

scattered words like startled birds surround me ever since you found me out

while my guards up, part of me has to think you sussed my armour out
a certain chink you'd just been skirting round

the cause of the confusion: me refusing to believe we hadn't recognised
how we never planned to compromise

scattered words like startled birds surround me ever since you found me out
Track Name: someone will
Someone Will

While i seek a one and only love.

I'm puzzled by the words we keep inside
I've never even met your eyes
For everything we've ever tried, they said
Leave it alone, son,
don't you know we can't both be wrong?
You get some just not this one.

We travel on a trail that's still being built
won't see the end but someone will
for every night the sky might spill
with the words spoken returning like an echo
(saying)
You get some just not this one.

While i seek a one and only love.

Forgetting 'bout the day we left behind
I shouldn't pay it any mind
For every night the sky might blind you
with the words spoken returning like an echo
(saying)
You get some just not this one.

While i seek a one and only love.
i want it to go on and on and on.
Track Name: Niqāb blue
- niqāb blue -


There's a girl out there
with a niqāb headdress
and the only sight that shines

is her heart-filled eyes
that belie the distress
of this old donned disguise

you won't see her passing
she don't say hello
noone gets to meet her smile

it's been a lonely ceremony
this last while



there's a knowing stare
when she meets a sister
but it's no more than a pause

in her weighed-down days
all because of some old crazy clause

she won't lose her habit
this honour bestowed
they say that it's the latest style

but it's been a lonely ceremony
this
last while
Track Name: little soul
Little Soul

Say, when did they change the rule?
I must've missed that, i must've missed that day in school
So, we'll go and start anew
maybe that's what we do

oh, precious few, keep on your toes,
nobody knows which way this may go

- And it ain't my, ain't my idea of a good time


So i'll walk slower and take down notes
you plough forward but do stay close

oh little soul, so sure what to do,
See you've been sold only one little point of view

- And it ain't my idea of a good time, it ain't my, ain't my idea of a good time
Track Name: by the bedside
By the Bedside

by the bedside
where we both said goodbye
lay a candlestick between a book, see,
so, i picked them up
and that's all it took
to be struck
just one little look
at the picture inside of us somebody took

of you in that dress, me in that state,
the both of us twisted
the night of the mess when we were so late
we both nearly missed it

you were my every wish,
like a kiss from the solitary lips on the list
for a flower i found that i gave to you
a flower i found that i gave as a gift

by the bedside
where we both said goodbye
lay a candlestick between a book
and so
a match was struck

one strike by the wick
so quick that,
there,
each were lit
and they burned for the love that they'd learned to emit

for you in that dress, me in that state,
the both of us twisted
the night of the mess when we were so late
we both damn near missed it

you were my every wish,
like a kiss from the solitary lips on the list
for a flower i found that i gave to you
a flower i found that i gave to you
as a gift
Track Name: you contender (reprise)
look at you