Dartington Dreams and Nightmares EP

by Ben Calvert & The Swifts

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    Dartington College of Arts was an experimental arts school, hidden away on a country estate in Devon, England; a beautiful, isolated, inspiring and haunted place, with its own ancient and modern myths and legends. Ben trained in Theatre there for three years.
    The EP tells the stories of lives within the setting of Dartington's sprawling gardens, historic buildings and performance studios, aided by a swirling, psychedelic, phasing version of The Kinks classic song See My Friends.
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Dartington Dreams and Nightmares is the new EP by Ben Calvert & The Swifts. Dartington College of Arts was an experimental arts school, hidden away on a country estate in Devon, England; a beautiful, isolated, inspiring and haunted place, with its own ancient and modern myths and legends. Ben trained in Theatre there for three years.

The EP tells the stories of lives within the setting of Dartington's sprawling gardens, historic buildings and performance studios, aided by a swirling, psychedelic, phasing version of The Kinks classic song See My Friends.

“I first went there half my life ago. It blew my mind. It changed everything. Years later, I still have Dartington dreams and nightmares.” Ben Calvert

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released September 8, 2018

Vocals, Guitars and Piano: Ben Calvert
Hannah Lawson: Strings

Recorded and mixed by Ben Calvert
Meet Me 'Mongst The Leaves mixed by Jemima Baber-Calvert with assistance from Ben Calvert

Mastered by Pete Maher

All songs copyright control except See My Friends,
written by Ray Davies, published by Kassner Music

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Ben Calvert & The Swifts Birmingham, UK

Ben Calvert & The Swifts’ psychedelic alt-folk first saw the light of day in front of a few hundred avid ears and eyes when they played Moseley Folk Festival September 2010.

In October 2011 the band’s debut album Festive Road was released to critical acclaim.
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Track Name: Meet Me 'Mongst The Leaves (Dream Version)
Meet me 'mongst the leaves
When the trees have done their show
In the garden's glow
At the statue's feet

Down we go
Here flows the river Dart
Past the old stoned crow
To the cold town square

I hear a voice in the cavalcade
But I've come to the wrong parade
I am here
No where near

Holy men are going spare
As the birds have flow
As the Devil cares

Lily White sits and cries at night
'Cause her lover's hanged
By a jasmine hoop

I hear a voice in the cavalcade
But it's come to the wrong parade
I am here
No where near

The churches chime
We stand in line
St James counts ten
Begin again

Meet me 'mongst the leaves
When the trees have done their show
In the garden's glow
At the statue's feet
Track Name: Matthew & Mary
Goodbye to parents they leave me to settle in this green
Out to the bar to meet people with names like Matthew & Mary

I will get drunk and go wandering in the gardens
I'm dressed in white
I'm a grass-stained ghost
People walk me home
Their names are Matthew & Mary

Run golden cornfield to Foxhole to shelter in its sanctuary
In Yellow House there are pretty girls there from the Home Counties

I will fall in love with a flipping gymnast
From her bones statues are cast
I am with friends
Their names are Matthew & Mary

We will get drunk and explore the gardens
We will get dressed up and we will go dancing
I am with friends
Check names: Matthew and Mary

Sketch all the buildings in sunlight literally
Find ways of talking about the arts, set, sex sequences and scenes

I am with friends
Their names- Matthew & Mary
Track Name: The Maid of the Mansion
She goes down in gardens to take in the view
Strange cold stone statues they wait for the rain
The maid of the mansion is awfully tired
A wish for a rainbow
It's an overturned smile

The apples are bobbing
Competitive fruit
The sweets of the orchard are dark at the root

She goes to the chapel to see what's to do
Bread in her heart and fish for a few
Swimming in silver their porcelain eyes
Cut rays in her heart as she stands in the line

The maid of the mansion in awfully tired
She stands in the pulpit her arms open wide
And a tap on the shoulder tells her it's here
The rhythm on the roof that keeps things clear

She walks up form gardens all wet from the shower
With soil in her soul for the apples and flowers
That she'll pick at the end of the day
Track Name: The Sea, The Sea
In the dark of your room I will leave you a bastard
Oh the king of your bones he is almost in action

In the cold night deliver a soul

When he creeps down the halls he'll believe he's an actor
Filming breeds tiny lies
I can feel him in the rafters

In the cold night deliver a soul

Oh a cold night is fleeting
Oh the winter snow is healing

In the cold night deliver a soul

Do you dream he'll return by the sea with his father?
Water mirrors a ship
Ocean stars sink disaster

In the cold night deliver a soul
Track Name: See My Friends
See my friends
See my friends
Playing 'cross the river

See my friends
See my friends
Playing 'cross the river

She is gone
She is gone and now there's no one there
Except my friends playing 'cross the river

She just went
She just went
Went across the river
Now she's gone
Now she's gone
Wish that I'd gone with her

She is gone
She is gone and now there's no one there
Except my friends playing 'cross the river

She is gone and now there's no one there to take her place
She is gone and now there's no one else around
Except my friends playing 'cross the river

See my friends
See my friends
Playing 'cross the river

See my friends
See my friends
Playing 'cross the river
Track Name: Riverdown
River runs and the river runs deep
Will you catch me when night falls and willows weep?
Who's been losing sleep while angels swim in gold?

I had a sunflower
I gave it away
You picked the petals as dusk stole the day
Who's been laughing as children grow old?

It's the way they bring you up
It's the wait that brings you up

Can you see stars dance in blue over sea?
The sand is warm and to be is to be
When you're with me the night's never cold
When the sun's down, the beauty of it all

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