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This new album was never meant to be a replica of BTOT1 which has it’s own character and almost benefits from the naivety, lack of production and lack of time spent on it. A band of friends having fun and producing something to be proud of.

BTOT2 will have it’s own identity, as I wanted to ‘doff a cap’ to BTOT1 but then take it all to a different level; a different interpretation, if you like. Back behind the orchard tree. Again - friends and family having fun but with more time to work on it; more knowledge to work it up - and more production ‘toys’ to spare.

Finding that balance has perhaps been the most difficult thing about this project- but I think I have achieved it. Time will tell.

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Rob Cottingham

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released April 3, 2019

Words and Music by Rob Cottingham
Engineered, Mixed, Mastered and Produced by John Mitchell and Rob Cottingham

Recorded at Outhouse Studios, Reading, UK February 2019 and Heavy Right Foot, Milton Keynes, UK December 2018
©Rob Cottingham Ltd

Rob Cottingham: All vocals, instrumentation and SFX
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John Mitchell: Electric, Acoustic and Classical Guitars
Kerry Dawn: Lead Vocal on ‘Hero Orchestral Version’; BVs on ‘Phoenix’
Esther Wildman: BVs on ‘Find Me’; ‘Out Of Time’ and ‘Phoenix’
Anatoliy Vyacheslavov: Saxophone on ‘Find Me’

Original 2001 and updated 2019 artwork by Andrew Wildman

Rob would like to thank:

Deborah, Kerry, Sally and Charlotte for their love, support and understanding
John for his talent, support and friendship
Kerry and Esther for the vocals
Rob and Miles at Crystal Spotlight
Toliy for the saxophone
CAIRO bandmates
Kurzweil, Nord and all at Sound Technology
Cairo and Touchstone fans who have supported me during my various exploits over the years
Michael, Andy, Mike, Mims, Pete and Sam re: 2001 album
Mum, Eva, Cott and family
Dad for still being with me
Pauline for keeping us all on track

Smitten the studio cat for smelling a prawn baguette from a mile off…

Dedicated to my wife, the wonder woman who is, Deborah.

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Rob Cottingham Milton Keynes, UK

Rob Cottingham is a prolific, talented and accomplished composer, song writer, lyricist, keyboard player, and vocalist. His music ranges from intensely intimate and acoustic to a powerful broad atmospheric sound with swirling synthesizers, 'cathedralesque' organs and deep bass sounds. He also enjoys 'playing with' sounds and textures to add to the feel of the music. ... more

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Track Name: Hear Me
Hear me – can you hear me
Take my hand – I’ll lead you to the water
To the water…

Hear me – can you hear me
All I am is who you used to be
Hiding behind the orchard tree…
Track Name: Invisible Man
When you’re looking at the boys – you never ever look at me
I try to get you attention, but I guess I’m not your cup of tea
Am I just invisible, or is it just the clothes I wear
I want to feel your stockings - run my fingers through your hair…

Am I just the invisible man…just the invisible man

If I was invisible, I’d follow you down the street
Walk on through your door, find out what food you eat
Maybe you’d take a shower; maybe I’d avert my eyes
Oh – but then the thought of water running down your thighs…

Am I just the invisible man…just the invisible man

And then you brushed by me, made my head spin
But you didn’t see me, ‘cos you ‘don’t know where I’ve been’
Am I just invisible, or is it just the clothes I wear
I want to feel your stockings - run my fingers through your hair…

I cannot see you anymore…
I cannot see you anymore
Track Name: Phoenix
As the plane of my history comes crashing to the ground
The guilt which condemned me uttered not a sound
As Joy and Misery held hands like lovers – ever patient
I waited for my pain to take me to the next station

As the hills went by me, like milestones in my life
I remembered my river before it ran dry
But clouds descended over the mountain peaks
I remembered my loved ones – words…I could not speak…

Like a phoenix from the ashes – I will rise
Like a fighter on the floor, I will stand up - I will surprise
Find the innocence of my childhood – that twinkle in my eyes
I will catch my spirit – throw it to the skies

As the plane of my future goes soaring to the sky
I still remember those days gone by
But now I’ve turned the corner
And can see the light ahead
The journey I have travelled to my future has now led

Like a phoenix from the ashes – I’m alive
Like that fighter on the floor - I survived
Found the innocence of my childhood – that twinkle in my eyes
I have caught my spirit – thrown it to the skies

Catch my spirit…
Track Name: Hero
Although I know it’s never easy
And I know life gets you down
Although I know you’re getting weary
And doubt hangs in the air…

I’ll be your hero; I’ll be your clown
I’ll pick up you up when you’re feeling down
I’ll be your comfort when you’re in pain
I’ll keep you warm sheltered from the rain

If you could see how much I love you
If you could feel my tender touch
If you could hear my gentle whisper
There’d be no doubt in the air…

I’ll be your hero…

Sheltered from the rain…
Track Name: All We've Done
Sometimes when you feel lonely - sometimes when you feel lost
Think about the good times - don’t count the cost
We were flowers in the desert - candles in the dark
Laughter in the silence - we made our mark

With..
All we thought; all we said; all we’ve done

At first the shone brightly - we were walking on air
We were flying with the eagles - no doubts – no cares
You were my touchstone - my reason to be
You were my bread and water - everything to me

All we thought; all we said; all we’ve done

And then the rain set in – shutters came down
All was dark and cold; felt I would drown
Was there still a chance – a reason to hope
Maybe time for that last dance – little did I know

All we thought; all we said; all we’ve done

A glance in the shadows – a momentary stare
A hint of recognition – but as if I wasn’t there…

All we thought; all we said; all we’ve done
Track Name: Find Me
Intoxication by the alcohol and money I see, I see – find me
No liberation from the ropes and the ties that bind me, bind me - find me
No emotion as they cry and scrape to feed; to feed - find me
No denial except to deny what I see; what I see - find me

Find the child within and you’ll see
Find that smile from within and you’ll see
You’ll see – yeah
Find me

In the mirror is it man or child you see, you see - find me
A cheap reflection of an empty soul that runs through me; through me - find me
Misdirection by the smiles and the lies that fool me – more fool me - find me
“With age comes wisdom” that’s what they said to me – news to me - find me

Find the child within to fly free
Find that smile from within and you’ll see
You’ll see – yeah
Find me

Rpt.
Track Name: Hear Me (Reprise)
Hear me – can you hear me
I’ll only stay if you can – if you can

Find me – can you find me
Just close your eyes, and I’ll be there
I’ll be there!
Track Name: Out of Time
Out of reach; out of touch
Does it really mean that much
Out of line; out of time
Is there a mountain we should climb
Should climb…

Out of luck; out of whack
Have you really got my back
Out of joy; out of hate
Or is it simply just too late
Too late...

Then you touch my hand
And I understand
Even the angels came to see
The love that shone from me - from me

Then you pull me down to size
The devil in disguise
The debts we have to pay
Left wondering what to say

To say - to say - to say- to say

Then I see your eyes
And I guess it’s no surprise
Even the angels came to see
The love that’s gone from me - from me

Then I’m crushed by circumstance
Given half a chance
A damning legacy
Let’s float it out to sea

To sea - to sea - to sea - to sea
Track Name: Hero (Orchestral Version)
Although I know it’s never easy
And I know life gets you down
Although I know you’re getting weary
And doubt hangs in the air…

I’ll be your hero; I’ll be your clown
I’ll pick up you up when you’re feeling down
I’ll be your comfort when you’re in pain
I’ll keep you warm sheltered from the rain

If you could see how much I love you
If you could feel my tender touch
If you could hear my gentle whisper
There’d be no doubt in the air…

I’ll be your hero…

Sheltered from the rain…

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