Heart of Oak - E​.​P | One

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Several years in the making, this is the first record from Jimmy Broomfield A.K.A Heart of Oak, Named after the oak trees grown, harvested and sent to sea by his ancestors, Broomfield's are heartfelt, earnest songs about the big themes in life delivered by a natural storyteller with a heart as big as his smile.

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released May 1, 2016

Music + Lyrics - J.Broomfield
Produced by Bob Cooper @ Airtight Studios
Mastered by Audio Animals
Artwork by Vera Ickler

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Heart Of Oak Southampton, UK

Heart of Oak A.K.A Jim Broomfield, is a songwriter originally from the New Forest/Southampton, U.K. His debut record, “EP One” is the first in a planned series of E.P’s over the next 18 months.

Recorded and mixed by Bob Cooper, in 26 hours, at once intimate, soulful and heartfelt, EP.One is a direct translation of a live show honed through relentless touring within the UK and Europe since 2014.
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Track Name: Faded Flags
Faded Flags

So many times I’ve asked, “Who am I supposed to be?
Too scared to ever dream, in case someone takes it away from me.
Said “I’m not living a life, I’m just hesitating?”

And oh my love, we can be so much happier than this.

So many times I’ve asked, “why are you the one I love?”
So many faded flags of all the dreams of girls I will never know.
Maybe I bring it on myself?

And oh my love, we can be so much happier than this.

Bury me in dirty sheets and upturned memories,
Bury me beside my dreams and all that I’ve achieved.
Take me to the river and let my body leave,
And if I see the pearly gates, I’ll know I’ve been deceived.

And oh my love, we can be so much happier than this.

Love, don’t be so mean, if I’m stronger than I was, it don’t mean a damn thing.
Track Name: Better Weather
Better Weather

Tied to the power-lines with your friends,
bound by blood and good intentions,
you’re in the seams of all my years,
but then again, too few to mention.

And I have come to know that it all just settles down,
that in all my years of leaving I’ve learned nothing
and some days I feel so underwhelmed,
but I have come to know that it all just settles down
in the end.

For a while now, I’ve wanted to join my brother on the sea,
place my faith in demons I don’t need,
but I realise I’m scared, I’m underprepared and fucking up.

And I have come to know that it all just settles down,
that in all my years of leaving I’ve learned nothing
and some days I feel so underneath it all,
but I have come to know that it all just settles down
in the end.

So burn the bridges that brought us here, they could never teach us anything at all.
Track Name: Little More Than Nothing Else
A Little More Than Nothing Else

And in every finite meeting there’s a spark,
a point where this could be it, a “bottled promise”,
but I get so caught up in my loneliness I forget to overcome my nerves.

Right or wrong, I’m rolling home the same,
I’ve had enough of these unexpected days,
“you’d be a fool to find me beautiful” I’d say,
“but I need you now, a little more than nothing else”.

I don’t care what dead men did to other dead men in a world that I don’t belong too,
I just care about you.
And what was it that you were looking for?
Someone that you don’t know in some town you’ve never been too?
Oh you’ve been a fool.
Track Name: Skin and Bones
Skin and Bones

When I’m ninety-five years old, will you sing to me the same way?
And when I’ve failed on all my goals will you believe in me the same way?

She says “you’re tragically flawed, but you’ve got a good heart”
and my mind’s been in the gutter since this morning.

And I know that it don’t come easy, you’ve got to fight for the things that you love
And I know that it’s hard to believe, when the waiting’s got the best of me.

And if I could be comfortable with the here and now, I’d be fine,
but if I could learn to count on all my demons and my blessings, I’d be set to fall.

And if all I am is skin and bones, there’s nothing left to guide me home.
Track Name: Somewhere, Another Life is Waiting
Somewhere, Another Life is Waiting

Tell nobody not to worry, I've got good luck coming through,
and don't tell anyone about the girl I gave to you.
Build a levee to the stars, try to keep good love away,
for I'm sure I will be rolling home again someday.

We know you can't get there from here, but all the winter we've been trying.

I've got a good heart, I'm just not sure how to use it,
and these days we're only talking through tin cans and twine.

And we know that you can't get there from here, but all the winter we've been trying.
Track Name: First of Everything
First of Everything

You are millimetres and miles away,
I don’t want the wind to take you anywhere
you are the only marrow left inside of these old bones
you are the dust in these walls,
the first of everything.

I’ve been drowning in these rooms,
a thousand lessons learned too late
But I’m a little bit too cold to be redeemed
Track Name: Untitled
UNTITLED

Since I was born, well I’ve believed,
I’m going to find someone who’s going to marry me.
And if at first I don’t succeed,
I’m going to dust myself down and mend my skinned knees.

For I’ve been reckless, and I’ve been wild,
I’ve chased love upside down and half way round the world,
and all my letters, from citites by the sea,
don’t mean nothing 'till you’re here with me.

And all my friends, well they’re just like me,
we’re all trying to hold on “introspectively”
So dust off my heart, or leave me alone,
am I leaving you here or are you taking me home?

And all my useless “love me?” songs,
I’ve sung them upside down and half way round the world
And all you letters, in cities by the sea
Don’t mean nothing 'till you’re here with me

at home.

Since I was born, well I’ve believed, I’m going to find someone who’s going to marry me.