Most Things Lose Their Shine

by Warde Elliott and the Nortons

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Despite all the fun Warde, Tim and Pete have, the songwriting on this new album has a serious side. Some of the songs were written through a time personal loss and reflection.

Although some songs deal with sadness and grief the challenge was to keep them upbeat and energetic. This is NOT an album full of sad ballads. It is sometimes rock, sometimes a little country and sometimes the tempo slows. The songs are quite very personal but easy to relate to. There is no one genre, as the songs just came out the way they did. with no planning and no thought of radio airplay or stardom.

I don't write songs with an album or theme in mind. I just write songs, and when there is enough we make an album. Whether that is good, bad or otherwise I'm really not that concerned.


released November 17, 2018

Words and music by Warde Elliott
Produced by Warde Elliott

Recorded by:
James Oysters Kilpatrick at the Oyster Cave
Dave McCluney at Atlantis Recordings

Mixed by Alex Quayle at Salt Studios
Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering
Artwork by Magenta Black

Most of the acoustic played by Slim Pickin’s Norton
All electric guitars and some acoustic played by Brother Jim Norton
All the Piano was played by Outlaw Cousin Pete

Drums were played by Tony Floyd & Piet Collins
Bass was played by Steve Hadley & Pete Lawler (Harmonica)
Saxophone was played by Matthew Habben
Cello was played by Mel Robinson
Backing vocals by Michelle Serret-Cursio, Pete Lawler, Fiona Lee Maynard & The Nortons
Along with some great input from Richard Gillard


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Track Name: Rise
I realise now it’s only just begun
This fight I’m fighting that I thought I’d already won
It’s one thing to get this far
It’s a whole other thing to stay where you are

It’s so easy to slip
So easy to fall
So hard to rise above it all

Time comes and it’s gone so fast
So quickly the future becomes the past
And it passes by in the beat of a heart
if you’re not careful you’ll be left at the start

It’s so easy to slip…

And if a crack should happen to appear
I can understand your fear
Because it’s far from graceful when you’re falling from grace
It’s just another rat trap that’s been set up in this rat race

It’s so easy to slip…
Track Name: Cry Out Loud
Did you listen? Did you hear? Did you talk?
Did you even make a noise? Did you move or just lay still
Waiting for a break in the storm to go and make your kill?

And did you hide, to see it out
And did you hurt and cry out loud

Did you look? Did you see? Did you notice?
Did you even recognise the truth when it’s all around?
You couldn’t look me straight in the eye, I want to take you down

And did you hide…

How does it feel when you tell all the lies
To the ones who saw you through forgiving eyes?
There’s only so much that they’re willing to do
You’re gonna have to stand on your own two feet
Ain’t anybody here anymore want to help you through

And did you hide…
Track Name: Just To Be Loved
I never wanted for anything – just to be loved

I know it sounds a little cliché
But it’s what I think, it’s what I want to say
Because you made me feel this way

I never wanted for anything – just to be loved

She made me feel like snow upon my cheek
Made me feel fresh and young
Made me breathe some life again

I never wanted for anything – just to be loved

Unconditional, that’s my only condition
I know it sounds a little hypocritical
but that’s just me all over
Track Name: Brand New Sky
I kissed the cheek of you
Closed your eyes too
And I promised to do the things that I knew
Would mean the most to you

I’ll tell them all about you
Be just like they knew you
We both know it will never be true
But it helps to ease the heartache

A light so bold and stark
Sometimes you long for dark
But sooner or later you’re gonna look fear straight in the face
It was there in your pale blue eyes
Just like a brand new sky
The darkness dissolves into the light
There’ll be one last star gonna shine tonight

I’ll tell them all about you…

Sometimes you don’t need the truth
A little lie is gonna get you through
Sometimes it’s just a case of getting through

I’ll tell them all about you…

You’ll kiss the cheek of me
And I hope you’ll see
In my eyes a brand new sky
Track Name: Little Secrets
I can’t believe it was such a beautiful day
I just wanted the rain to come and wash my tears away
But still the sun keeps shining reminding me not so gently
This world ain’t just revolving around me

And now I realise I’m just like everyone
We’ve all got something that we’ve done that we won’t tell

And its those little secrets that you keep
Got you so scared of talking in your sleep

The setting sun was flicking through the trees
Made me feel like I was driving in an old movie scene
So I wind the window down and light myself a cigarette
And start trying to drive like a movie star would

And now I realise I’m just like everyone…

And its those little secrets…
Track Name: Most Things Lose Their Shine
If gold is what you want to wear
Ain’t no point in hanging around here
Cause I’m a man of steel
There ain’t nothing precious about me

If diamonds are gonna win your heart
We’re not gonna make it past the start
Cause I’m a man of simple needs
And you’re a woman of complex greed

And I believe in time most things lose their shine

Gold leaf walls and marble floors
Watching stocks rise and fall
To me it’s all a bore
but there ain’t nothing dull about me

If fame is what you’re looking for
Best go knock on another door
Because I’m a man who very few know
And you’re a woman who wants it all on show

And I believe in time most things lose their shine
Track Name: Fell Out Of Love
It could have been any other day when we said goodbye
Your picture in the window was waving at me
The distance flew and I felt like I could fly
I was finally free

I guess that seems like I didn’t care but I did
I just fell out of love

The day we spoke I confess I was drinking
Under a big old tree smoking hash and singing songs
Those were happy days and I got a lot of thinking done
It could have been Madrid, it could have been anywhere
I would have felt like I belonged

I guess that seems like I didn’t care but I did
I just fell out of love
Track Name: Free Our Hearts
It’s all history now I suppose
And I think I understand
Why you chose just what you chose
But I’ll always stand by my friend

You were always gonna be a stand out
you always had the brightest eyes
I love the memory of us just hanging out
Ignoring all those grown up lies

Telling each other that love’s gonna free our hearts

Not a day goes by when I don’t think about
If somehow, some way I could have help you out
Maybe you wouldn’t have felt quite so alone
Maybe even held a boy of your own
Because that’s the love that truly freed my heart

You were always gonna be a stand out...

One day I’m gonna get on that motorbike and ride
And explore this big country
And I know you’ll never be by my side
I tell myself your heart is truly free

You were always gonna be a stand out.
Track Name: Sunnier
You say you want to be me
How easy it would be
All these rendevouz with strangers and their ladies
But I beckon you to stand in my shoes
And see these one night stands with lonely lovers are so empty

And everything seems to be sunnier under my cloud

I say I want to be you
And do the things you do
Have your honesty and how you see things through
You ask so many questions but never you’ve asked why
The truth is like a baby
So much to say but can only cry

And everything seems to be sunnier under your cloud

When it rains there’s a rainbow
And that’s the earth hoping
that the sun’s gonna shine some more
And I hope it’s gonna shine under my cloud
Track Name: Where Has All The Love Gone
An innocent heart, you watched it fall apart
You thought you could pull it back together single handed
You never could understand
Just how things could get as such
I can’t be with one of you when I love you both so much

Where has all the love gone
Surely can’t just disappear
It’s got to be some place here

As innocence erodes, so many emotions explode
You find so many roads, down to escape
Hell I’m not proud of how I shaped up
I don’t want to know where I’m going and I’m not looking back
My hearts been broken and I’ve fallen through the cracks

Where has all the love gone…

Where was I hiding on the night when I heard
The truth finally spoken please not another word
Keep lying
Track Name: My Most Perfect Day
I’ve found a lot of answers
But none to the questions that arose
You might think that I’ve lost my composure here
Because I’m crying, and I’m a grown man
I’m sick and tired of being an emotional damm
I want to break down these barricades
That imprison my heart and leave it in shade

I want some light
To blind me, to touch me, to warm me, reveal me in love
So let me dream, like I’m in some wild romantic scene
And everything ends the way that it would
on my most perfect day

It’s hard to watch someone’s pride erode
When everybody spoke of the promise that he showed
But who made the promise was it he or all of you
Who expected so much from a young man who never knew
What his part was in the puzzle or was it in fact for him to solve
When all he really wanted was some truth to be told

I want some light...

I tend to confuse love with loneliness
On my most perfect day there would be only us
When the night time comes you’ll always want to stay
That would be my most perfect day

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