Red Thread

by Rob Tunbridge

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about

I didn't realise, in 2016, that I was going to make another album. There I was, with my wife, on a train, going to a place called Nakayama that just happens to be the last stop on the line, when an idea for a song started forming in my head. I wrote the basic idea down, on a scrap of paper I had in my pocket and thought to myself: "That's a good idea, think I'll call it "end of the line." When I got back to England, a couple of weeks later, I tried to finish the song but it seemed that inspiration had deserted me and no matter what I tried, it just wouldn't come together.

Roll on another few weeks when suddenly, out of the blue, (now that's a good song title) Matt Lawson asked me if I was working on anything, as he had a few new lyrical ideas that he was going to send over to me. I read through his lyrics and a couple of them jumped up and slapped me around the face but, I was still struggling to come up with any melodies or musical ideas.

During this period, I had been toying with the idea of releasing a single and floated the idea to a few members of my family and a couple of close friends. The song, Together Forever, was one Matt and I had written some time ago, that had just sat on the back burner. I worked on this “single” and realised that I had nothing suitable to put out with it and I didn't want to release just one track on its own. So, I began looking for something new that I could release alongside it.

At this time, I still didn’t realise that I was going to do an album. But, like a perfect storm, ideas started coming along. If I was going to do an album, it would be based around Together Forever but, what direction did I want it to take? I knew that I wanted the songs on the album to be positive and I said to Matt: "I don't want any sad love songs. If we are going to do love songs I want them to be happy."
"Another thing I don't want to do are protest songs, I want songs that reflect a more enjoyable aspect of life."

If we go chronologically in order of the songs being written (not recorded) for this album, then technically, it would have to be: Rave On, this is a cover version of a Buddy Holly classic and is one of the first songs I learnt to play. The next song is another cover version, this time of a song by Cat (Yusef) Stevens, How Can I Tell You? Taken from the Cat Stevens album, Teaser And The Firecat. (I’ve always loved this album and would really like to record ALL of the songs on it!) Once again, this was one of the earliest tracks that I was playing and I remember sitting down with my siblings and friends, singing both of these songs, long ago, in the mists of time. Then there is Stones, yes, this is another cover version, this time it is a Status Quo track and to those that know me well, it should come as no surprise that I have finally done one of their songs. This one is written by Alan Lancaster and I have loved it from the first time I heard it. It is an album track that can be found on the Status Quo album, If You Can’t Stand The Heat and is probably not that well known, which is one of the main reasons that I chose it.

The three cover versions are on this album for two reasons. Firstly, because they are personal favourites that bring back happy memories and secondly, because I feel they all keep in with the Red Thread theme of the album.

Keeping with the chronology of the writing, the next track is Oh! Baby. This was written by Stuart Bennett and myself when we were using the name, Strategic Plan. We never actually recorded this song but it is one that I have always enjoyed and, having only recently made contact with Stuart again, after a very long time trying to track him down, I wanted to acknowledge the fact that Stuart was my first musical cohort and also that I still strongly believe that we wrote some damn good songs together, that really do stand the test of time.

As I mentioned previously, Matt and I had written Together Forever, several years ago and originally, this was a track that Matt did for himself and the original version is with Matt's vocals. I have always loved this song and wanted to do my own copy and that is the track that appears on this album.

End Of The Line, came along next. well when I say it was next, what I mean to say is, it was the next song completed. During this phase of the album's creation, there was a real flurry of activity and there were several songs all being worked on at once.

Now it gets a little confusing because, the original idea for End Of The Line became a new song, Rollin' Along, I wrote another new song which is now called End Of The Line but, didn't finish Rollin' Along, wrote Red Thread (Akai Ito), took Matt's lyrics for Following Me and wrote the music for that, and started working on the melody and music for Nuff Said, as well as another one of Matt's ideas, Lighthouse, taking shape. four songs completed in about two weeks! Also, during this time span, I wrote a couple of other tracks that are currently on the back-burner. But I still hadn't finished writing Rollin' Along, as this one was proving a little trickier than I had originally envisaged when I started writing it in Japan, all those months ago.

This gave me 10 songs and one that I really liked, but was struggling to complete. so, I focused on finishing Rollin' Along and once I had completed that I wrote Love Is Here To Stay. There you have it, a chronological order for the writing of the songs. But that doesn't tell the whole story, as they were not recorded in that order.

When it came to actually recording the tracks, they were laid down in this order: Together Forever; End Of The Line; Red Thread (Akai Ito); Following Me; Stones; Rave On; How Can I Tell You?; Oh! Baby; Lighthouse; Nuff Said; Rollin' Along; Love Is Here To Stay.

As a side note, when I finished recording Following Me, I really wasn’t sure of which other tracks to record and at this point I really wasn’t sure I would be able to do a full album. It was while I was struggling with Rollin’ Along that I thought “sod this” and started thinking about some of my favourite songs that I could maybe use on the album, if indeed that was the direction everything was going to take. It was during this period, that I finally decided that it would be an album and that it would be called Red Thread. This helped me to regain my focus and suddenly I knew what I wanted to do. Well, almost.

The running order for the album sort of happened on its own, without any real thought going into it. As I recorded the tracks they seemed to begin falling into place. I had originally intended to structure the album as a sort of story of my life, over the past 12 - 15 years or so, starting with the way I felt at the beginning of this time with Stones, working through my meeting and falling in love with my wife and then ending with the song End Of The Line. I still think that would have worked quite nicely but I prefer the ebb and flow of the tracks in their final positions and I feel it makes for a more enjoyable journey.

So, the songs were duly written and the 12 tracks were recorded. They are presented to you now, in the album Red Thread. I really hope that you enjoy them, as much as I do. There is a story of love and happiness, with a splash of my own humour thrown into the mix, within the tracks on this album and, even if I say so myself, I think they are damn good.

Here is where I get to say thank you to a few people so: Big thanks and love to my Mum, my sisters Angela & Nichola and my brother John for suffering the most when I first started to play. Your encouragement, criticism and humour, then and to this day, is something that I really appreciate.

Stuart Bennett: Thanks for the great times when we were Strategic Plan & then Table For Two. I think we wrote some bloody amazing songs during our time together and I have drawn on them, and used them as inspiration to this day.

Matt Lawson: For the lyrically input and putting up with my destroying your hard work, to make it fit my melodies. Also, a big thank you for your encouragement, at the right moments and the kicks up the arse when I have need them, much appreciated.

Thanks, are also due to other members of my family and friends, for supporting me in so many ways. There really are too many to mention, each individually by name but I would like to pick out a couple for special mention: Dad, Tracey, Julie, Kira, Richard Castle-Hacker, Vikki, Jenni and uncle Tom Cobbly and all!

Final thanks must go to the wonderful Sayuri. She has really suffered the most during the recording of this album. Listening to me screech (I honestly believe it was singing but I am reliably informed otherwise about this) as I was writing the songs. Listening to me swear, constantly, when something wouldn’t go right when I was practicing the guitar, keyboards, Bass, programming the drum lines, singing or generally trying to record stuff. For putting up with the questions: “What do you think of this?” or “How do I say this in Japanese?” or “Any chance of a cup of tea, while I’m doing this?” She is my inspiration, my best friend, my life and I dedicate this album to her and to the Red Thread that joins us. (Can I have that bacon buttie now?)

I hope that you are still Following Me. That the Stones, do not weigh you down, because Together Forever, we will find that Love Is Here To Stay. Oh! Baby, Rave On because up ahead there is a Lighthouse and as we are Rollin' Along, following the Red Thread, I will wonder, How Can I Tell You? That we maybe approaching The End Of The Line, Nuff Said.

Rob T
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released November 3, 2017

All voices and Instruments: R. Tunbridge

Produced by: R. Tunbridge

Record at: absic.rocks studio, Chelmsford ENGLAND

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Rob Tunbridge is a singer/songwriter, based in Chelmsford, Essex England.
His music draws on his love of Glam Rock from the 70's and Synth Pop from the early 80's and was once described by a music critic as: "Status Quo, meets Erasure, crashes with Depeche Mode and Slade, the result being, a unique style of music that can only be classified as Rob Tunbridge!" ... more

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Track Name: End Of The Line
End Of The Line

Getting older every day but I don’t care
‘bout the way I look or the clothes that I wear
And I really don’t give a damn now what I say
I’m another day older and I’m heading for the end of the line

It’s getting harder to work and even harder to play
And I feel my joints are aching in every way
And by 10:00pm I’m dreaming of my bed
I’m another day older and I’m heading for the end of the line

CHORUS
I’m heading, for the end of the line
I feel it racing on and pray it ain’t my time
And being young, seems so long ago
I’m on a roller coaster ride to the end of the line

Now Einstein said that time is not a constant thing
And as I grow older I know just what he means
The years that once passed slow now go racing by
I’m another year older and I’m heading for the end of the line

Chorus

Chorus
Track Name: Stones
Stones

I'm moving on, I don't know where
I've just gotta get me away, from here
So long gone, I'm lost in time
Looking for an answer, waiting for a sign
Stones in my head, stones in my head
I don't know how to break stones in my head

I'm reaching out, I don't feel a thing
The gloves, that I'm wearing are made of my skin
No-one knows what I'm tryin' to hide
But when I start breaking you'll see through my eyes
Stones in my head, stones in my head
I'm trying hard to break stones in my head

It's cold out here, still I'm feeling fine
'cos no one's gonna ask me to come on inside
I don't wanna know but I guess I do
'cos maybe these stones are made out of you
Stones in my head, stones in my head
I really wanna break stones in my head

I'm moving on, I don't know where
But, I've just gotta get me away, from here
So long gone, I'm lost in time
Looking for an answer, waiting for a sign
Stones in my head, stones in my head
I don't know how to break stones in my head
Stones in my head, stones in my head
I really want to break stones in my head
Track Name: Together Forever
Together For Ever

Together for ever, I would wait a lifetime for you
Together for ever, I would lay my heart on the line
I'll stay 'til the end of time just to hear you say that you'll be mine

Together for ever, for just a moment inside the picture frame
Together for ever, I know it sounds stupid but
There are no words to explain
how my love is linked
Is linked to your name.

CHORUS
And I love your smile,
I love your touch, 'cos I know it's so right
And I love our dreams,
I love the moments together
when you're in my heart
You take me high with love's embrace,
I know my soul will never, ever let go
You are the breath, that gives me life,
we'll be together 'til the end
‘til the end of days

Together for ever, we took our chances me and you
Together for ever, no-one can break, what's meant to be
You are the key you’re my destiny,
you fill my dreams and all my fantasies.

Together for ever, I know our love will never end
Together for ever, you are my heartbeat, you're my best friend
I know I don't have to pretend 'cos my love is linked
Is linked to your name

CHORUS

Together for ever, I will share my lifetime with you
Track Name: Following Me
Following Me

The wind is changing dust won’t settle
And I, still get lost in your eyes
Tides are turning birds won’t fly
Still I, get blown away by your smile
Still I, get blown away by your smile

The leaves are falling hands are cold
I won’t leave our past behind
Stars are shining. Time stands still
I really can’t believe just how I feel
Still I, can’t believe how I really feel

And I’m falling, I’m slipping under water
I’m falling dreaming that I’m walking
You are following me - Into the unknown
You are following me,
you’re following me, following me.

Ruins crumble seas turn green
And I, have your head upon my heart
Pavement cracks but the World keeps turning
Still I, can’t live without you by my side
Still I, can’t live without you by my side

Church bells ringing, fires burn
I, can’t see the wood for trees
Thunder, lightning, no more fear
Still I, get blown away by your smile
Still I, get blown away by your smile

And I’m falling, I’m slipping under water
I’m falling dreaming that I’m walking
You are following me - Into the unknown
You are following me,
you’re following me, following me.
Track Name: Oh! Baby
Oh! Baby

Living alone, away from the crowd
I call your name, I call it out loud
But you never hear ‘cos you’re too far away from me
You and me were meant to be
We seem to have the right chemistry
Thinking of you, sitting at home
All I have to do is pick up the phone and tell you…

CHORUS
Baby, I love you, you drive me crazy
what am I supposed to do?
‘cos I love you, you drive me crazy
What’s am I supposed to do?

I dread the times that we’re apart
They say, absence makes for a fonder heart
When I’m with you I know that it’s true
Thinking of you, alone at night
Reunited, our love is alright
It’s reassuring to know, just where you are
All I have to do is get in my car and tell you….

CHORUS

Break

CHORUS
Repeat to fade
Track Name: Red Thread (Akai Ito)
Red Thread (Akai Ito)

You told me a story, when we first met
How we were joined together, by a single red thread
You said that this happened, before we were born
To be, always together, was our destiny

No matter how far apart, we may be
This single red thread, always joins you and me
It was always the plan, that we would meet someday
Akai ito boku to kimi

And then you told me that this single red thread
Joined our hearts & thousands of miles
couldn’t keep us apart.
We just had to follow where this thread led
Always to be together
Is what the red thread meant

No matter how far apart, we may be
This single red thread, always joins you and me
It was always the plan, that we would meet someday
Akai ito boku to kimi

Ad lib to fade
Track Name: Rave On
Rave On

Well, the little things you say and do
Make me want to be with you-ou-ou
Rave on, it's a crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
When you say I love you
Rave on

Well, the way you dance and hold me tight
The way you kiss and say good ni-i-ight
Rave on, it's a crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
When you say I love you
Rave on

Well, rave on, it's a crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
I'm so glad that you're revealin' your love for me
Rave on, rave on and tell me
Tell me not to be lonely
Tell me you love me only
Rave on to me

Well, rave on, it's a crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin'
I'm so glad that you're revealin' your love for me

Repeat 1st Verse and Choruses

Ah-Ah - Ah!
Track Name: Love Is Here To Stay
Love Is Here To Stay

You are here, standing by my side
I know that you’re the one for me
So many miles, had kept us apart
But fate had different plans for you & me

CHORUS
‘cos love is here, love is here to stay.
It grows stronger every day
Yes, love is here, love is here to stay
Yes, love is here to stay

Late at night, I watch over you
I hear you breathing gently in your sleep
I stroke your hair, you snuggle in to me
I love the way you feel wrapped in my arms

CHORUS

Bridge
I think back to when you were not here
All those lonely nights & lonely days
But fate had other plans that we just couldn’t see
You and me are really meant to be

Instrumental

Chorus ad lib to fade
Track Name: Nuff Said
This is an instrumental so, there are no words here.
Track Name: Rollin' Along
Rollin’ Along

Took a green line train to the end of the track
To Nakayama then we’re coming back
Just another gaijin, here in Japan
As long as I’m with you, I don’t really give a damn

I’m rolling along, just rolling along
I’m rolling along, with you by my side
And I’m feeling alright.

Took a blue line train to the end of the track
To Azamino then we’re coming back
Enjoying the strangeness in this land they call Japan
As long as I’m with you I don’t really give a damn

I’m rolling along, just rolling along
Yes, I’m rolling along, with you by my side
And I’m feeling alright.

Took another train to the end of the track
Down to the coast and then we’re coming back
Walking on the beach, strolling hand in hand
As long as I’m with you I don’t really give a damn.

‘cos I’m rolling along, just rolling along
Yes, I’m rolling along, with you by my side
And I’m feeling alright.
I’m rolling along, just rolling along
Yes, I’m rolling along, with you by my side
And I’m feeling alright.
Track Name: Lighthouse
Lighthouse

I have your heart here in my hands
We’ll stick together through the good and the bad
I know for sure
That this is love and

I’ll be your lighthouse
Protect you from the storms
I’ll be your lighthouse
I’ll keep you safe & warm
I’ll be your lighthouse
Through it all

Let’s take our dreams and live them to the full
This journey that we’re taking, will never end
I will fight for you, every punch I’ll take for you ‘cos….

Chorus

Break
I would walk through mountains, just to be with you
I could cross the deserts if you were by my side
I would carry the world upon my shoulders just for you
I will lie awake at night to watch over you

Chorus x2
Track Name: How Can I Tell You?
How Can I Tell You?

How can I tell you that I love you?
I love you, But I can't think of right words to say,
And I long to tell you that I'm always thinking of you.
I'm always thinking of you,
But my words just blow away. Just blow away.
It always ends up to one thing, honey,
And I can't think of right words to say.

Wherever I am girl, I am always walking with you.
I'm always walking with you,
But I look and you're not there,
And whoever I'm with, I'm always, always talking to you.
I'm always talking to you,
And I'm sad that you can't hear,
Sad that you can't hear.
It always ends up to one thing, honey,
When I look and you're not there.

I need to know you, need to feel my arms around you,
Feel my arms surround you
Like sea around the shore.
Each night and day, I pray in hope that I might find you,
in hope that I might find you,
Because hearts can do no more,
Can do no more.
It always ends up to one thing, honey.
Still, I kneel upon the floor.

How can I tell you that I love you?
I love you,
But I can't think of right words to say,
And I long to tell you that I'm always thinking of you.
I'm always thinking of you.
It always ends up to one thing, honey,
And I can't think of right words to say.
Track Name: Cry (Bonus Track)
CRY

Why turn away with that look in your eye?
Why do you say you believe all their lies?
The feelings inside you try to deny
Hurt so much it's no wonder you cry

Why did you say all the things that you said?
Why did you let your heart rule your head?
No-one said it was easy to do
Nobody said it was all up to you

You cry at night for a love once divine
You cry at night for a love now denied

Why do you read your diary at night?
Why fool yourself it will be alright?
the picture you've got is tear stained and torn
wonder why you're keeping it at all

Why do you listen to false hearted friends?
Why fool yourself that it had to end?
No-one else but yourself to blame
know that love can never be the same

You cry at night for a love once divine
You cry at night for a love now denied
You cry at night for a love once divine
You cry at night for a love now denied

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