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Still Time

by Andy Mort

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Written and recorded in one week as part of the Rapid Response exhibition at the LTB Showrooms in Coventry (Autumn 2023). The lyrics were inspired by answers from the audience to the question: "If tomorrow was your last day on Earth, what would you choose to do (or not do)?"

Rapid Response was created about the looming demolition of the Litten Tree Building (home of the LTB Showrooms). The beat in Still Time is comprised of found sounds from the creaking floors and doors around the building, which I wanted to let speak before it loses its voice forever.

lyrics

We'll take one for the road if the bar's still open
And head up the hills at sunrise
I've packed what I found round the house and I'm hoping, it's a big enough bag of supplies

Just bring yourself 'cos I need nothing else
We'll laugh as we try when we slip and we slide
Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
We'll ebb and we'll glide in and out of our minds

There's still hundreds of songs I've not had chance to sing,
But there's only the time for one more.
I want conclusions and closures, and I'd like to read
the end of the book in my drawer

Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
Let's sing without fear that the critic might hear
Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
Leave your wristwatch at home, time can leave us alone.

Let's doodle and paint what we see in the world
In between, we're the same underneath
We're a cloud of starlings, we swim in the sky
We dance and we float on the breeze

Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
Hold me in your arms and turn off the alarms
Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
Put your money away, it seems worthless today

I'll write you a letter so these words don't just fall through my hands as they're turning this phrase

When the sun bounces down from the top of the morning,
and we've built up a house on the sand,
We'll strike up the fire, reminisce through the evening,
Before the waves claim back their land.

Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
You're the flicker of light in the embers of night
Just bring yourself, 'cos I need nothing else
your music drifts on at the end of the song.

credits

released December 18, 2023
Music and Lyrics written by Andy Mort
Inspired by attendees of the Rapid Response Exhibition at the LTB Showrooms, Coventry (October 2023) with Jane Bracey
The beat is made from creaking floorboards and doors around the Litten Tree Bar before its scheduled demolition in early 2024.
Special thanks to:
Atmos (bass recorded on location at the LTB)
David Smout (guitars and additional production)
Ben Munday (guitar)
Matt Cotterill at 300 Acre Studios (production and mixing)
Mastered by JP Braddock at FormationAudio

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Andy Mort Warwickshire, UK

Andy Mort is a singer-songwriter and ambient sound artist from The Midlands in the United Kingdom. He blends dream-pop with haunting ambient post-rock soundscapes. His music explores what it might mean to be human in a world of anonymising systems, prescriptive algorithms, and rapid innovation. ... more

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