Volume One: 'Earth to Shovel'

by Ruth Theodore

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'Earth to Shovel' is the first volume in a new and of course highly original collection from folk musician Ruth Theodore. Tearing around the guitar with hobnail boots and a brass slide, this time Ruth is backed by barber-shop vocals and plenty of rhythm. Recorded live in the River Rat Records studio on board a boat, expect stamping feet, birds, and the sound of people making music.

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released October 20, 2014

All words and music by Ruth Theodore

with:
Elliot Jett - Countertenor Vocals and Piano
Jigh Ejakpovi - Tenor Vocals and Percussion
Wayne Thompson - Baritone Vocals and Drums

A Paul Of Sound Production
Mastered by Doug Shearer at the Pierce Rooms.
© & ℗ Theodore 2014

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Ruth Theodore London

New record 'Cactacus', produced by Todd Sickafoose, release 23rd September 2016!

Ruth taught herself guitar as a busker, going on to share a stage with award winning artists such as Ani Difranco, Chastity Brown, Nick Harper. Releasing 5 records to date receiving high praise from The Guardian, BBC Radio3 & BBC6music.
Ruth can also be found playing crazy eastern european Violin in dark corners.
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Track Name: Whistle Blower
WHISTLE BLOWER

even now i hear the whistle
clear as the night
clear as the night
a whistle blower on the river
that’s good to know

but beats me why you seem to be
picking on a species like me
endangered as the honey bee
and just as deadly deadly

ask me you’re the dangerous one
picking any reason under the sun
why you’re gonna have to move us on
oh come on, like you’ve never put one foot wrong
oh give over
i don’t like you whistle blower
I said give over
i don’t like you whistle blower

Cause you’ve been letting off steam off steam
since I was fifteen fifteen
and healthy as a runner bean
and full of pipe dreams pipe dreams

now i can tell that you know as well as me
as you bundle me into the backseat
of your jeep, white as a sheet
that you learn to cheat when your ends don’t meet
so pull over
I don’t like you whistle blower
i said pull over
whistle blower

and i’ll tell you now what i told the police
this is my home and where my baby sleeps
so if you want me to up and leave
you’ll have to make me, make me

and you kno i heard you say
you’d house us all up if you could
which goes to prove you just
bad news that sounds good
see our dying art
of broken parts
yeah it can sing and dance

and sure enough it is the greed the greed
that leaves you feeling empty empty
once you’ve bitten off more than you need
that hunger is less and less easy to please

so come on and chase me the whole world over
like i’m just here for you to walk all over
yeah I said you’re nothing but a big bulldozer
and i don’t like you whistle blower
Track Name: Jonas' Song
JONAS’ SONG

i’ve woken this morning
to find that i am older
that time has folded inwards
that its happened without warning

but who am i to speak of lifetimes
of years you’ll never own
you are after all another perfect
chance that i have blown

oh remember how the wind blew
as i swam you out to sea
i was always wild
and you the spit of me

and for a flash in that ocean
we were vessle and daughter
me floating on my back to keep your
head above the water

but i forget happy memories
ones i have not earned
and focus to remember how
the tables now have turned

and i seek your reassurance
when its dark and i’m alone
that i was only young i couldn’t
do it on my own

that i was only looking forwards
cause now i’m not so sure
i want the future that i
traded you in for

this is your mother speaking
this is her voice
that strange vibration
that muffled noise

that told you jokes on car rides
that whispered in the sea
that sang as you were sleeping in the
quietest part of me

before i walked you through a doorway
where i was asked to explain
that this was my first time
that we were afraid

and i was asked to lay us down upon
a bed already made
knowing one of us would come around
only one is saved

and you let me live that day
and i’m not ungrateful
but sometimes late at night
i don’t feel saved at all
i don’t feel saved at all.
Track Name: My Rivers And Me
MY RIVERS AND ME

we've got places to be
my rivers and me
we've got places to be
my rivers and me
we've got silences to fill
and fingers to slip through
moments to get swept up in
and decisions to rush into
and for what?
just give it a shot
you gotta give it your all
gotta give it your lot
reciprocated or not.

and you know sometimes we disagree
my rivers and me
i once thought i had the sea
lie in his bed next to me
but it was all just a phase
he was just caught up in a wave
i was sorry, you know, watching him go
still you don't stick your oar in if you're not gonna row

oh take me to the pea green sea
where nobody is heavy
and you can dive if you like
see Gravity in the pea green sea
nobody is heavy
so you can use all your might
but we’ll be free
my rivers and me

and i remember when we
we thought you and me
might be riding the river
that would lead to the sea
but the green of the weed
would not let us pass
so we threw down our oars
and abandoned our raft




and since its like
i've just been treading water
seems every good kiss
some how has me cornered
and she says the weeds
are all in my head
yeah she says the weeds
are all in my head
and maybe she’s right
and i grow little by little
i mean every river
started off a trickle

oh take me to the pea green sea
where nobody is heavy
and you can dive if you like
see Gravity in the pea green sea
nobody is heavy
so you can use all your might
but we’ll be free
my rivers and me

so if you want to swim
you've gotta come on in
oh believe me
you don't wanna be stranded
well then don't just stand there
cause believe me when i say
just look at the sea
licking the shore
letting us know
that she’s
hungry for more

oh take me to the pea green sea
where nobody is heavy
and you can dive if you like
see Gravity in the pea green sea
nobody is heavy
so you can use all your might
but we’ll be free
my rivers and me

and if there is no sea
at my journeys end
if round every river corner
there’s another river bend
the i turn to my current
plugging away
i turn to my whirlpools
to my eddies and say
hey you!
why the commotion?
didn't they teach you?
there's more than one ocean
Track Name: Peacock-Feather-Eye
EVERYONE’S A TIME BOMB

i’ve been spending time
with a friend of mine
peeping through a tunnel
thirsty in the face
he speaks to me of space
like you could pour it through a funnel
and he’s on the money
he’s on the money

and he’s always telling me something
about how the treasure is real
how it makes you feel like living
is the one thing you can die from
i mean everyone’s a time bomb

so with no time to waste
i’m hot on the case
i’m digging through the rubble
earth to shovel this is your captain speaking
mental as a puzzle
but i’m on the money
i’m on the money

‘cause i’m always searching for something
for a sign that the treasure is real
for a sign that it’s living
and it’s the one thing you can die from
that everyone’s a time bomb

yeah you can fall down drunk
you can fall down hurt
but all the while time is throwing on the dirt

so keep moving
or be buried

oh ground control
i’ve dug myself a whole
now i’m broken broke and drowning
but better off than many
i’m hopeful as a penny thrown into a fountain
so i’m on the money
and yeah we’re on the money

‘cause if you’re always wishing on something
then who cares if the treasure is real
whatever makes you feel like living
is the one thing you can die from
i mean everyone’s a time bomb

so keep moving
or be buried