Loop Hole

from by Ruth Theodore

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keeping me afloat
is the courage of the ocean
coming on in waves
as i come crashing through this old town
rubbing into trouble
curve of the earth
salt of the sea
lining my pockets
with rubble from the deep
but i’m pacing out my boot soles
living in a loophole

just staring into space
grateful for the stars
that i’m not the only one
shooting in the dark
hanging round in crowds
going round in circles
higher than the houses
happy just to be
drifting through a sea
full of bigger fish than me
while they were swimming round in high schools
i was hiding in the rock pools

now they’re raking in a living
watering the arts
pulling up the flowers
potting up the parks
planting out the people
living in a loophole

now i could fall for your charm
i could dance on your feet
i could stay here in your arms
i could do it in my sleep
but i’m trying to feel the earth spin
higher than the houses
up there with the stars
where i’m not the only one shooting in the dark
so i just kiss you on your big heart
and go back underneath the radar


from Cactacus, released September 23, 2016
Words and music by Ruth Theodore

Produced by Todd Sickafoose

Ruth Theodore: Vocals, Guitar, Slide, Piano, Harmonica
Todd Sickafoose: Double Bass & Electric Bass
Mathias Künzli: Drums & Percussion
Wayne Thompson, Neil Thurston, Jigh Ejakpovi: Backing Vocals
Rob Burger: Organ, Accordion, Fujara
Mike Gamble: Electric Guitar
Jenny Scheinman: Violin
Annissa Olsen: Viola
Kelly Quesada: Cello
Tony Glausi: Trumpet

Recorded by Billy Barnett @ Gung-Ho Studio (Eugene Oregon USA) and Todd Sickafoose @ Earycanal.
Additional recording by Ruth Theodore @ River Rat Records and Duncan Thornley @ Map Studio.
Edited and Mixed by Todd Sickafoose @ Earycanal.
Mastered by Alan Douches @ West West Side Music.

All vocal and string arrangements by Ruth Theodore.
Additional arrangement by Todd Sickafoose.


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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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