Waiting For Tomorrow

by Emma Flowers

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about

I wear my heart on my sleeve, so here it is....

I could not have made this album without the unstinting guidance, warmth and musical bonding I had with Martin Stephenson, a rarely surpassed talent in these islands.

They say “never meet your heroes...”. Martin is the exception that may prove that rule.He introduced me to some other fine musicians whose talent and musicianship has enhanced these songs. Thank you Martin, Malcolm and Niles; you just “got it”.

My musical DNA was set by my Mom, Margaret, an original rock and roller, and lovely afternoons at my Nan’s, Kathleen Higgins, immersed in old records.

Finally, without Lesley I wouldn’t be the person I am now. Love always.




Track Listing

1.All My Life
2.A View from Down There
3.Fullness of Time For June and Barry
4.Singing April Showers For Jayne. You knew.
5.We’re All Called Me
6.Better Road to Come
7.A Little Bit of What Kills You For Catherine Weller
8.Soft Water City For my city
9.La Luz
10.Bridge to the Stars For my Mom

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released March 1, 2019

All songs written by Emma Flowers

Produced, recorded and arranged at Barbaraville Studios, Invergordon by Martin Stephenson

The musicians:
Emma Flowers -Acoustic & electric Bouzouki, lead & backing vocals
Martin Stephenson -Acoustic & electric guitars, Bass, Keys, percussion and backing vocals
Malcolm McMaster-Pedal steel guitar
Niles Krieger -Fiddle & mandolin
Jim Johnson -Drumming

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Emma Flowers Birmingham, UK

Emma is a well-travelled, literally and figuratively, Brummie singer/songwriter, who lives up to her name by being a late bloomer.
All that experience had to go somewhere, so it goes into her songs, intelligently crafted, lyric-heavy, but always accessible.
Her debut album "Waiting For Tomorrow" sees her songs lifted by the expert hand of Martin Stephenson.

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Track Name: All My Life
All My Life

Words & music by Emma Flowers

Intro

All my life, I've been waiting for tomorrow
Every day seems like a circle through my eyes.
Now and then, there's been pain there has been sorrow
And the nights were long just living with those lies.

The world is cruel to those who can't have freedom
Condemned to live in darkness and in fear.
Living lives, not revealing it's true meaning,
As each day and month becomes another year.

Chorus.
Every time you try to get on board that life affirming train,
There’s a voice inside that tells you "stop, it's not your turn again"

There is always love around us if we want it,
There's a special one just waiting to be found.
Just be true to all your inner feelings
And don't bury your true self beneath the ground

Instrumental

Chorus
Every time you try to get on board that life affirming train,
There’s a voice inside that tells you "stop, it's not your turn again"



Take a chance, hitch a ride on a new highway,
And put yourself into another frame.
Don't look back, keep your eyes on new horizons,
And start living a new life with your real name.
Track Name: A View from Down There
A View from Down There

Words & music by Emma Flowers

intro


Look straight ahead don't turn around
There’s something happening down there on the ground
You don't see them as you're passing by.
And you can't feel the tears that they cry

Have you ever wondered what happens when
You've walked on and passed them by again
After all you can't give to them all
And there must be a reason why they lost it all

Chorus

Silent shapes in the rain
Worn faces etched with pain
Ever wonder why they sit and stare?
Grey faces blending in with
Grey streets and rubbish bins
All they got is a view from down there

instrumental

How can we all get it to end?
They could be our family, they could be our friends
Just ask yourselves, do you really care
if all they’ve got is a view from down there

Chorus

Silent shapes in the rain
Worn faces etched with pain
Ever wonder why they sit and stare?
Grey faces blending in with
Grey streets and rubbish bins
All they got is a view from down there
All they got is a view from down there
Track Name: Fullness of Time
The Fullness of Time

Words & music by Emma Flowers

Intro
A Precious commodity, everyone’s friend
But a fickle one when its back turns in the end
When it feels like its up, expired and completed,
The whistle has blown, and you’re left defeated

Its always your lover when its just quarter to,
But at one minute past its washed its hands of you.
All those hours and minutes, but no seconds it seems,
Its all in the past, along with those dreams.

Chorus

The Fullness of time, your partner in crime,
But never a friend when your heart’s on the line
You wish you had longer to work out a sign,
But your dreams won’t come true, in the Fullness of Time.

Instrumental

There once was a time, not so long ago
When it didn’t march on, it meandered so slow,
Well who would have thought then, the very last line,
Would be written at midnight, in the fullness of time.

The Fullness of time, your partner in crime,
But never a friend when your heart’s on the line
You wish you had longer to work out a sign,
But your dreams won’t come true, in the Fullness of Time

The Fullness of time, your partner in crime,
But never a friend when your heart’s on the line
You wish you had longer to work out a sign,
But your dreams won’t come true, in the Fullness of Time

But your dreams wont come true, the Fullness of……..time
Track Name: Singing April Showers
Singing April Showers

Words & music by Emma Flowers

Just a child inside the man
You couldn't understand, or ever try see my point of view
We never had a conversation
So I lived a separate life
Never knowing what I was supposed to do.


Never wanting adulthood all you wanted was to sing,
a way of pushing back the doubt.
You were only truly happy
With those old Jolson songs, they just seemed to be a brief way out.


Chorus
You could have tried communicating,
But it meant that I was waiting
Alone and facing all my fears.
We were never on a level
So the detail stayed in the devil
Now I'm singing "April Showers" through the tears

You were just a product of a world afraid to talk
If you could What tales you might have told
Had you opened up your heart
Maybe I would have understood you more.
generations lost between young and old.

Chorus

But all i have are memories of songs you taught me then
When I hear them now I can understand
that inside of you there was something crying to get free
And the tears flow over and over again

Chorus
Track Name: We're All Called Me
We're All Called Me

Words & music by Emma Flowers

You gotta think
You gotta think
You gotta think...
Outside the box, look past the label
We’re all just faces sitting round the table
Look through the doubt and you’ll find the key
Open the door
And see it’s just me

Jump off a boat, step off a plane
We’re all just people and we’reall the same
If you build a wall to keep me out
Will it really save you from all that doubt?

The language is clear, the voice precise
It whsispers I’m here
It cuts nice with you.
The heart still beats and the soul still lingers,
These arms can hold and touch through their fingers.

Throw away your fear, open your heart
Say we’re all just children and that’s a start.
If you cut us all, we all bleed red
So stop the hate and try.. love instead

Instrumental

The language is clear, the voice precise
It whispers I’m here
But it cuts no ice with you.
The heart still beats and the soul still lingers,
These arms can hold and touch through their fingers.

You gotta think...
Outside the box, look past the label
We’re all just faces sitting round the table
Look through the doubt and you’ll find the key
Open the door
And see it’s just me
Open the door
And see it’s just me
Open the door and see
We’re all called me.
Track Name: Better Road to Come
Better Road to Come

Words & music by Emma Flowers

The sky all dark and heavy, the stormy clouds they wait
They're getting ready, ‘cos they wanna seal my fate.
But one things getting clearer as the time ticks slowly by
The fog is lifting slowly and I know the reason why
Cos there's a better road to come,
Yeah there's a better road to come now baby



Well my life has been a struggle full of dreams all torn apart
But when I met you baby, well I knew right from the start
That the reason's getting clearer why I wore that mask of shame
I'm getting so much nearer now to knowing my real name...
Cos there's a better road to come,
there's a better road to come now baby


I can see into the future, and it's looking pretty bright
Because you know my baby we are doing what is right.
There will be pain and sorrow, but goin' back's a crime,
and we will be together until the end of time
Cos there's a better road to come,
Yeah there's a better road to come now baby

There’s a better road…
Better road to come now…
We’re on a better road now baby
Better road to come
We’re on a better road to come….
Yeah, there’s a better road to come now baby…….
Track Name: A Little Bit of what Kills You
A Little Bit of What Kills You

Words & music by Emma Flowers

When you came into my life you turned it upside down

You did just what you wanted and then ran all over town
But lately all the heartache has been just too much to bear
All those broken dreams and pain you never spared

It takes two to tango so they say, but I'll never dance with you
you treated me so badly it just broke my heart in two
The lessons I've been learning they don't need an old dance floor
Now I've choreographed your way right out the door.


Chorus
They say a little bit of what kills you makes you stronger
But when you tried to break this heart of mine...
I told you I don't want you any longer
Now I'm picking up the pieces one more time

Solo

The future's looking brighter now you're right out of my life
You just were never worth all of that trouble, all that strife
You tried to kill me in many ways but it really set me free
You feel alive when you're facing your own mortality.


Chorus
They say a little bit of what kills you makes you stronger
But when you tried to break this heart of mine
I told you I don't want you any longer
Now I'm picking up the pieces one more time

Repeat
Track Name: Soft Water City
Soft Water City

Words & music by Emma Flowers

Intro



Walking down the Street, where that concrete ramp starts
Not a thing of beauty but it holds a place in my heart.
The massed friendly faces, and their stoic smiles
Are all things that come back to me as the car eats up the miles.

Built by heavy metal, in the factories and its songs
never shouting out its wares.
its modesty belongs
In a quiet determination to get on with its work
The people smiled through labouring
In jobs they’d never shirk.

Chorus
Soft water city, and your waterways so pretty
I just had to write this down
because.....my hometown,
I’m in love with you again.


From the mountains in the West it came
That clear, pure liquid gold
It bathed our children’s bodies and it satisfied our souls.
Watering our green spaces,
The gardens and the parks
A city built on industry
It washed away it’s marks.

Chorus

Unspoilt by progress since the
Dawn of the modern age
Canals given a new life as the perfect stage
For rest and relaxation they come from near and far
Now the city bathes itself its water is its star

Chorus x2

I’m going home to Birmingham
Track Name: La Luz
La Luz

Words & music by Emma Flowers

Intro

You shine down on the valley with a million watts of power
You never fade and leave us with dark night
The beauty that you bring us well it changes hour to hour
In a never-ending show of light

La Luz shine down
La Luz shine down
for all time.

In my dreams you make me feel at peace with the world
As you bathe me in your soft and gentle hues...

When I wake up every day you fill the sky with blue
Bringing me the joy to be alive
And you stay there with me through everything I do
Piercing the darkness like a knife

La Luz shine down
La Luz shine down
For all time

Instrumental half verse

La Luz shine down
La Luz shine down
For all time

In my dreams you make me feel at peace with the world
As you bathe me in your soft and gentle hues...


Even when the day is done your stellar show is there
Weaving patterns, your energy won't slow
I never want you to leave me, and know how much you care
Cos you teach me everything I know.

La Luz shine down
La Luz shine down
for all time.
Track Name: Bridge to the Stars
Bridge to the Stars

Words & music by Emma Flowers

Let's build a bridge to the stars
It's not very far
But it's the perfect place for me and you.
Let's build a bridge to the stars
Don't need a rocket ship on the way to Mars
Because we've got our love to see us through.

We'll put it all together bit by bit
Each and every day
Until we've got a bridge that goes right to the Milky Way...

Let's build a bridge to the stars
It's npt very far
And we've got our love to see us through.

Instrumental

It's a space and time continuum
That we'll walk into
I won't get n travel sickness
Cos I know a Doctor Who can...
Build a bridge to the stars
It's not very far
And we've got our love to see us through

Let's build a bridge to the stars
It's not very far
But it's the perfect place for me and you.
Let's build a bridge to the stars
Don't need a rocket ship on the way to Mars
Because we've got our love to see us through.
And we've got our love to see us through
Yes we've got our love to see us through.

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