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"Better 'n' las' week"
              Phantam Chic's Debut Album

We are very excited to have released our "debut" album!

Why "Better 'n' Las' Week" we hear you ask? Because during one of our first gigs we heard a member of the audience whisper to his friend "they'm bedder 'n' las' week" (here you have to imagine this said in a rural Somerset accent, it's not terrible typing honest!)... from there on we have always aimed to be "better 'n' las' week"!!

Our album includes a variety of songs and tunes, some well known, others written by us! Arwen and Viks are responsible for most of our own songs, and Arwen is our harmony hero. We ask for a harmony... she writes it! All except "Dreaming" have been arranged by Phantam Chic, with harmonies by Arwen.


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Read on for a play list, followed by the lyrics for our own songs.

Play list:

01: Song of Exmoor Vikki Nuttall 12-string Guitar/Vocals: Viks
Flute: Bex
Clarinet: Arwen
02: Festival & Five Minute Jig Arwen Leaver 4-string Ukulele/Descant Recorder: Arwen
Flute: Bex
Violin: Viks
03: San Francisco Bay Blues Jesse Fuller Banjo/Vocals: Viks
C-melody Sax: Bex
Clarinet: Arwen
04: All One Arwen Leaver 8-string Ukulele/Vocals: Arwen
12-string Guitar: Viks
Violin: Bex
05: Rainbow over the Moon Vikki Nuttall Dobro/Vocals: Viks
Clarinet: Arwen
Flute: Bex
06: Improvisation 1 Arwen Leaver Native American Style Flute:
Arwen
07: Nobody Knows You Jimmy Cox Banjo/Vocals: Viks
C-melody Sax: Bex
Clarinet: Arwen
08: The Blackest Crow Trad. Violin/Vocals: Viks
Flute: Bex
8-string Ukulele/Clarinet: Arwen
09: Improvisation 2 Arwen Leaver Native American Style Flute: Arwen
10: Mixed Emotions Bex Smith / Arwen Leaver Vocals: Bex
Vocals/Dobro: Viks
Vocals/6-string Ukulele/Native American Style Flute: Arwen
11: Mrs Jamiesons Favourite Charles Grant Violin: Viks
Flute: Bex
4-string Ukulele: Arwen
12: Ring of Poppies VikKi Nuttall Vocals/Dobro: Viks
Vocals/Flute: Bex
Vocals/Native American Style Flute: Arwen
13: House of the Rising Sun Trad. Banjo/Vocals: Viks
Clarinet: Arwen
C-melody Sax: Bex
14: Improvisation 3 Arwen Leaver Native American Style Flute: Arwen
15: Magic Hand of Chance Vikki Nuttall 12-string Guitar/Vocals: Viks
C-melody Sax: Bex
Descant Recorder: Arwen
16: Life I'm Living Arwen Leaver 8-string Ukulele/Vocals: Arwen
Flute: Bex
12-string Guitar: Viks
17: Dreaming Trad. Clarinet: Arwen
Flute: Bex
Banjo: Viks
18: Take It Easy Jackson Browne
/Glenn Frey
Vocal/Banjo: Viks
Sopranino Sax: Arwen
C-melody Sax: Bex

Lyrics:

Song of Exmoor - by Vikki Nuttall


From Soggy Moor to Badlake Moor
Past Froude Hancock Stone
On an Exmoor Pony
You’re never alone

CHORUS
Oh how wonderful to be
on Exmoors purple heather
Spikey blackthorne tree
rolling misty weather

Long ‘ood to Chapple ‘ood
thro’ Dulverton Town
Up on the hill the views are good
In the bracken
A Stag lies down
CHORUS

High in the sky
a pair of buzzards fly
searching for vole or mouse
Far below hens hide
in their fowl house
CHORUS

Yer Mother
We’re in trouble
thik ol’ yaw is out
Go fetch the Land Rover
to bring ‘er ‘round about
CHORUS

‘Ave ‘ee zee’d ol’ Charlie vox
long as a gate and twice as theeen
‘ee roams about and sniffs his patch
an’ gits what ‘ee kin
CHORUS

Park yer ol’ ‘oss my friend
‘ee’ll be alright in the yard
Come in- and sup some whiskey
by the fire
CHORUS

Come on Dave
it’s time to go
saddle up the ol’ grey
Go steady over HADDON HILL
Whoa Pony Whoa
Whoa Pony Whoa

Come on Bex
it’s time to go
saddle up the ol’ bay
Go steady over HADDON HILL
Whoa Pony Whoa
Whoa Pony Whoa


This is a horse ride across Exmoor and all places and events are real.
Exmoor  accents:
Drop ‘W’ in wood
F  is V
S is Z
EE is YE ( you )
Zee’d is seen.
Yer is here or you.
Thik o’ yaw is that old ewe (sheep )
‘oss is horse….!!
All are in common use today on Exmoor.

Dave was a local character who died on Haddon Hill saying "whoa pony whoa" - this is immortalised on a bench at the Lowtrow Cross Inn!

Froude Hancock Stone on
                      Anstey Common

Exmoor Ponies


All One - by Arwen Leaver


You are alone & you must follow your way.
You are alone & you must follow your way.
There's no other way that'll get you there, there's no other choice to make.
There's no other path that'll take you home, there's no other line to
tread.
 
Along the way, you start to  realise: the word alone, it simply means
"all one".
The word alone, it really means "all one".
 
One heart, one choice, one love, one voice, one need, one soul, one
desire to be whole.
 
One heart, one choice, one love, one voice, one need, one soul, one
desire to be whole.
 
 
You are ALL ONE & you will follow your way.
You are ALL ONE & you will follow your way.

A play on words

Sunset at Brendon Hill

Arwen plays the
                      Bumblebee at Porlock Feb 8th

Rainbow over the Moon - by Vikki Nuttall


For the last kiss
And the last good bye
B’fore we have to part
‘fore we have to part

CHORUS
So just remember
The last time we saw
A rainbow over the moon
Rainbow over the moon

As time goes by
And slips away
We hardly notice ourselves
Hardly notice ourselves

CHORUS

(so) Don’t be blue
There’s somebody for you
Cos there’s always a light
Always a light

CHORUS


This song was written as a plea to save a marriage.


Rainbow

Mixed Emotions - by Bex Smith and Arwen Leaver


CHORUS
Do-wye do-wye...

I have so much mixed emotions
I don’t know where to start.
But there’s something that is certain
I love you with all of my heart

Life doesn’t teach us everything
I don’t know how to feel
But time and love and caring
Will surely help us heal

CHORUS

We’re in this world together
Cant imagine us apart
I’ve always felt we’re strong enough
To live life heart to heart

Life can be like a season
Changing with the weather
We could take this as a reason
To start our new forever

CHORUS

We cannot take for granted
Life is short as both we know
Let’s hold firm and grab the ride
To see where we will go

What’s been done is over
We can move on to the next
Our times of changing needs
Are as yet unwritten text

CHORUS

We’re in this world together
Cant imagine us apart
I’ve always felt we’re strong enough
To live life heart to heart

Those mixed emotions are still there
But I think I made a start
In showing that I love you
And that we’ll never part

CHORUS




Originally written as a poem while at Thorness Bay on the Isle of Wight, then later put to music by Arwen

Dedicated to Alec


Teazles at Thorness Bay,
                      Isle of Wight


Bex's Busking Box!!

Ring of Poppies - by Vikki Nuttall


CHORUS (1)

Make me a ring of roses    
when I come back to you
Make me a ring of roses
cos' I belong to you

Well it’s a mighty fine day and I’ll be on my way
To see what I can see
Well I….. Won’t be long cos' I’ll git forlorn
Without you by my side

Well I was Strolling along and I met a man
He said come join with us
To fight the Hun in our forefather’s lands
I said where do I sign

Well I Went to France in Canada’s Artillery
We fought in the mud
And suffered the peculiar grub
All by the River Marne

ONE GUN SMOKE day and down I went
In the earth so brown
Last thing I saw was your face
I’ll write home no more

CHORUS (2)

So make me a ring of poppies
To lay down by my side
Make me a ring of poppies
To lay down for our lives

Final...
Make me more than a memory
Keep my love alive    


"My middle name is Marne, as was my Mothers, to commemorate the Canadians efforts in the battle of the River Marne France in 1914."
Viks


Poppy field


Playing at Dulverton
                      Folk Festival 2013

Magic Hand of Chance - by Vikki Nuttall


Howling winds & Fragmented spins
While (the) owls hoot so The river shoots
(well) It’s the magic hand of chance
(yes) It’s the magic hand of chance

CHORUS

So what do the seagulls say
(yes an’ ) what do the seagulls say
(well) they talk to the crow While the people row
Over the sea to Lundy

(well) They sail thro’ the races With their smilin’ faces
Lundy’s in a haze Will it be fine for days
(oh) It’s the magic hand of chance
(yes) It’s the magic hand of chance


(look) It’s ol’Jim Crow An’  he’s flyin’ oh so low
Thro’ my cross roads of crisis
Come fly with me And you will see
It’s the magic hand of chance
(yes) it’s the magic hand of chance

Chorus

Those howling winds & Fragmented spins
It’s the magic hand of chance


The inspiration for this song came when sitting on the quay at Appledore one day looking over to Lundy, watching the gulls and crows. A grandfather and his grand-daughter were close by and the little girl asked "what do the sea-gulls say".

Needle
                      Rock, Lundy

Life I'm Living - by Arwen Leaver

This is the life I'm living now
come take my hand I'll show you how
to hold it together with love
until we reach the skies above.
This is the life I'm living now
 
Things aren't always what they seem,
yet inside your soul you know what
it means.
So hold it together with love until we reach the skies above.
Yes inside your soul you know what it means.
 
In this world things come and go,
but deep in your heart things stay you
know.
So hold it together with love until we reach the skies above.
Deep in your heart things stay you know.


A song written following a negative life experience.

Arwen at Froude Hancock
                      Stone

Stage set up at Porlock Village Hall, Feb 8th
We have had a lot of fun driving to Baronial Hall Studio in the heart of the Brendon Hills, West Somerset in the summer of 2013 to record in an old barn and we hope you enjoy the end result.
Thanks to Steve who has done a fantastic job with the recording and mixing :)