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The second album.

Recorded over a weekend at the Bakehouse in Glandford by Heironymous Melchers, assisted by Edward Raison.

Mixed at the Bakehouse by Heironymous Melchers (DC)

Mastered at Philosopher's Barn by Eric James


released January 12, 2015

All songs written and performed by Heed the Thunder:
Alex Gordon - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, trumpet, flugelhorn
Mark Waters - double bass, vocals
Kate Gathercole - vocals, banjo, accordion


Heironymous Melchers - eBow guitar, distortion and bass drum on Blackest Night
Jeron Gunderson - drums on Basilisk, Street Life and Lucky Man


hanclaps on Basilisk: Jeron, Ed, Simon, Ally
bells and claps on Horrible Condition: Alex, Kate and Mark
shaker/woodblock/twinkles on Lucky Man: Edward Raison

Album artwork by Kate



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Heed the Thunder Hereford, UK

Alex Gordon: lead vocals, guitar, trumpet
Mark Waters: double bass, vocals
Kate Gathercole:vocals, banjo, accordion, guitar and melodica.

(Sometimes) Nick Acons: violin

And on the recordings:

Crum Hall: drums
Matt Dowse: trombone

"Heed the Thunder's musical trail weaves them through punk, folk and Americana to a place they call ruralcore." (Umbrella Factory)
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Track Name: Blackest Night
Arm in arm with the blackest night
When I'm weak there'll be no fight
Her icy fingers grip me tight
When I'm arm in arm with the blackest night

She's my lover and my friend
Her role to hold me and defend
my place in life with all the lost
Never grow just count the cost

When rage is gone and darkness follows
Bleakest moors and icy hollows
My soul in deepest torture wallows
Night welcomes weary travellers home

Darkness loves the slowest songs
She forgives me all my wrongs
She sees me come it won't be long
Before we're falling and we're one
Track Name: Interested in People
I’m interested in people
The sounds that they make
The changes they go through
And the steps that they take

I go for the broken
The outside and worn
And those who bear the silence
And live through the storm


My interests are changing
Adapting every day
Since I’ve been getting older
And you’ve been away
My future is much shorter
I pray that yours will last
Look into the sky lad
The cosmos is so dark


There’s a list of things to do
To do before you die
Some of them outlive you
If you really try
When I go out these mornings
The seasons changed from green
To low-lights of the autumn skies
And colours rarely seen

Track Name: Basilisk
The snake that I love
I took to with skill
I savoured the poison
Administered at will

Fangs deep inside me
They darkened my hide
A new mark is tattooed
“I’m only here for the ride”

Foreseeable future
I will be in the grip of the ride
And you, my love, will find me
In the land of the deaf
the dumb, the blind
or hugging my pillow
using words that you warned me about
fangs deep inside me
you can hear it when I shout

I’m a basilisk rider
I’ll soon be leaving town
Desperation, we’re headed
Low country, but we still go down
Track Name: Street Life
Far away from life’s illusion
Stand up straight don’t take the cure
It’s a forty stop solution
Might make you feel unsure

This is a street life
Anything you want to see
Anything you wish to know
See a ruby as it glistens in the snow
Pick it up, a little blood you will know

Don’t shoot the messenger
He’s come so far, he’s hurting, he’s in pain
He’s fleet of foot, he’s good at begging
Living well beyond his means
Carries a knife inside his jeans

A rocking boat, a feather boa
Of itching teeth and shaking hand
I feel my ageing knees will buckle
As the violence flows
From my unprotected hand
Track Name: Drink up and go
No, go away
I won’t be having you back to play
I tried for long
But you and I will never ever be as one
It’s just the truth
Now go your way make the mistakes of youth
My eyes will stare
While the wind lifts the leaves and gently whips your hair

The forces between us are horses
That lead us
Down on different roads
The dice keep on landing
On our lack of understanding
Let’s drink up and go

I wish you well
But further than that I’d be afraid to tell
Can you see the trees
The gathering shadows
Between you and me
I hope and I pray
That a woman will find and marry you one day
For the furies that I unleashed
Will make it hard for you to kill that beast
Track Name: Will to succeed
You gave me the will to succeed x2
You gave me the will
Now I’m paying the bills
To succeed there’s a price
To success

I don’t have the time to lose x2
I don’t have the time
For the lace in my shoes
I’d be losing too much valuable time

You gave me a structure to hang off
To hang off and to make productive
It’s a time of great growth
And I swear on my oath
I’ll be hanging only good things and not darkness

But where there’s a will there’s a way
What happens tomorrow who will say
But here today there’s a will there’s a way
There’s a way and there’s a light
And there’s a rock
that I can use to grind the good corn
into flour
Track Name: Horrible Condition
what don’t kill you makes you strong
that which get’s you, that lasts long
if I get close to the meaning of life
I know my day’s are done

So I spend my time hitting fingers and nails
And evenings drinking gin
I pick up my guitar, I can’t play a note
From the horrible condition I’m in

Well this road is dark and long
And on it come fragments of song
There’s not a thing I can do with them
With my hands upon the wheel

So I curse this pain running through my brain
Like a train of iron and steel
Flowing through the land to another man
Until the music is revealed
Track Name: Lucky Man
I’ve trod this lonely earth
I tilled it and I sowed
You live a lonely life
When you die, you’re on your own

Standing close beside me
I ain’t been loving like I should
You have the right to live your life
When I’m gone there will be you

But that’s alright, cos I’m a lucky man

I’m a little rabbit’s foot
Keep me close to your fragile heart
You need someone you can rely upon
When the shit all blows apart

Got to end this dependence
Get past my disability
And if I’m burning slowly
Will I slowly start to see

Is that alright? Am I a lucky man?