Why We All Drink Wine

by The Red Cliff

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released February 27, 2016

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The Red Cliff Taipei, Taiwan

The Red Cliff is a folk/rock Anglo-American trio currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Singers/songwriters/guitarists Mark Darvill and Caleb Cole met in the cruel harsh winter of 2009, and in 2014 recruited the drumming services of Moshe Foster. The result is an at times melodic, at times frenetic blend of folk and rock. ... more

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Track Name: Collapse
Never thought I'd see the day you'd pander to a room
An open letter signed by women of fortune and men who had nothing invested in you
I've seen the lives of generations pander to their will
Now I feel it's just a matter of time before the sharpest divide collapses in on itself

Who knows how long, angel
You're inside yourself just like a matryoshka doll
Let them know your face freely
And remove the mask that you wear cause they told you to

In a tunnel of total darkness I began to sleep
I found myself inside a room full of people, though nothing's familiar, they knew it was me
And when I woke, I felt the dream it lurked behind my back
Our privacy is just a region where strangers with badges and power feel is free to attack

Who knows how long, angel
You're inside your shell just like a matryoshka doll
Let them know your face freely
And remove the mask that you wear cause they told you to

Collapse, Collapse in rain
Collapse, Collapse in rain

Who knows how long, angel
You're inside your shell just like a matryoshka doll
Let them know your face freely
And remove the mask that you wear cause they told you to
Track Name: And He Would
Correct me if I’m wrong but it seems your memory’s in tact
Settled in the places where your friends all saw you last
And I will never understand just how it came to pass
That you flit around the hills at night waiting for someone to react

Uncomfortable in your own skin
Out of luck and the options are wearing thin

Say something
Say anything
‘Cause we’re all getting off lightly and nobody feels your pain
And if you
Can’t find your way back home tonight take heart
That nobody knows your name

The world gets colder everyday as every second ticks away
I feel I’ve been in luck ‘cause though I’ve strayed my efforts entertain
So while everyone else shares their quiet homes in a quiet place
It’s unfortunate that some are forced to keep out of our way

Uncomfortable in your own skin
Out of luck and the options are wearing thin

Say something
Say anything
‘Cause we’re all getting off lightly and nobody feels your pain
And if you
Can’t find your way back home tonight take heart
That nobody knows your name

Set expectations low
If I want too much then I can’t have anything
And yes I see I know my position’s always safe because of it

Say something
Say anything
‘Cause we’re all getting off lightly and nobody feels your pain
And if you
Can’t find your way back home tonight take heart
That nobody knows your name

Nobody knows your name
Track Name: Newport Beach
The wind blew the waves as we walked down the beach
Moon pulled the tide away
I know they ain't deep, but those tide pools they keep, all the memories and thoughts of the day
A pistol wielding mad man with taste for revenge, set off on his horse late at night
I'll never understand why we ever made the plans, but now we have to move as fast as we can

Last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy
Last dance with the enemy

With the money by my side I crept into a den of briars and thought to pray to the ghosts in the fog
He shouted in the wind as the fog got so dense, that he couldn't see the torch in his hand

Last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy
Last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy

Thought all my life I was a captive
To the belly-aching poor and a rollout bed
Surrendered all I had just to make a hasty grab and now the money's here as sure as I am dead

Creeped out and focused and sure that he'd moved on, Chanced all my luck one last time
Crazy how it ends with the still and silent wind, giving way against a pistol crack a dawn

Last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy
Last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy, last dance with the enemy

I know they ain't deep, but those tide pools they keep, all the memories and thoughts of the day
Track Name: Keep Walking
There's always two sides to every story that you hear
And though there maybe nothing real to fear
The other side can often send you deep into the depths
Faltering resistance and a lack of confidence

Keep walking
Keep talking
Keep believing the things you do have meaning
And if you wake from uneasy dreaming
Keep breathing

Having thought the grass would be much greener round the fence
I presented my defence
And having spent so much time in denial of the rest
I considered my regrets

Keep walking
Keep talking
Keep believing the things you do have meaning
And if you wake from uneasy dreaming
Keep breathing

Keep breathing

There ain't no way of knowing what could happen
Sometimes you have to pick a path though you're not really certain
I have a choice to not accept that my whole world has frozen
I choose to see what happens round me is coincidental

But it's already late and my phone is ringing
Annoyingly I had planned to turn in early this evening
And though the telltale lines of time cannot be visibly seen
They've been embedded since long ago in all the beds we've lain in

So don't tell me why you spend so much time sleeping
'Cause I don't know what it means or what it's for
And I'm sick of telling you why I spend so much thinking
So for now let's kill our words and let our actions speak for us

We can change
This is not a slow descent into old age
It is just the beginning of the next phase
We can change

Keep walking
Track Name: Friends
They say that a friend will be there through the hard times
No matter the reason, they know you'll need them to stand by
And if they know, you'd do the same for them, my friend, well, you held up you're end of the bargain

They say that a friend will keep your deepest secret
To honor your trust, man, you know, they'll never repeat it
And to their graves, your friends will take the words you say to a place that they're way better off in

To know your friends, you first must know yourself, my god, if you don't then you won't know the answers

And if you find your friends in short supply, be thankful for the ones you've got, cause there ain't no use in crying

Hey, Hey

And if you find your friends in short supply, be thankful for the ones you've got, cause there ain't no use in crying

To know your friends, you first must know yourself, my god, if you don't then you won't know the answers

And in the end, the friendships that you cherish, they will never perish, man, come hell or come high water

Hey, Hey
Hey, Hey
Hey, Hey
Track Name: Why We All Drink Wine
Don’t you think it’s funny that since the beginning of time
Everyday man has had to get out of bed
Yet what should be the most routine part of your life
Everyday has me longing for the end

Time’s made up of loosely related
Routines and dreams which quickly fade in
An age which raises questions like never before

With no sickness and no war
I’d probably be bored

Upon musing on the nature of the passage of our lives
I wondered if we knew we’d live forever would we still have reason to cry
It’s the hour of need when most people are forced to come alive
You feel left behind
Trapped inside your own mind
It’s why we all drink wine

Stop at every blind bend to be told proceed with care
Fate can sometimes catch you unaware
Sometimes I think of taking a precautionary route
For the foreseeable future refrain from going out

Feeling blue in spite of the room
Kind of missing the warmth of the womb where
I wouldn’t have to watch my best friends trip and fall

‘Cause we all know what’s in store

Upon musing on the nature of the passage of our lives
I wondered if we knew we’d live forever would we still have reason to cry
It’s the hour of need when most people are forced to come alive
You feel left behind
Trapped inside your own mind
It’s why we all drink wine

Far too late to realise
I lost the will to criticise
Subject to the prying eyes
Making light of your demise

Upon musing on the nature of the passage of our lives
I wondered if we knew we’d live forever would we still have reason to cry?
It’s the hour of need when most people are forced to come alive
You feel left behind
Trapped inside your own mind
It’s why we all drink wine
And it’s how we all get by
Track Name: Koxinga
On a list in the back of his head he keeps the names of those who've wronged him
Underneath that four post bed a thousands souls are screaming for
The sky was red and overcast, the masts of ships broke the horizon
Though his eyes had seen the past, his mind was firmly focused on the

The darkness that surrounds you
Tends to mark the calm before the storm
When you hear the thunder of those cannons
Makes you wish that you were never born

As the fire rained from the sky a flaming ship sailed through the harbor
Black tea and stolen rum caroused men whose thirst was just for blood
Was black against the moon and strewn it was across the ship deck
Even from a safe distance the heat from fire was felt from all

The darkness that surrounds you
Tends to mark the calm before the storm
When you hear the thunder of those cannons
Makes you wish that you were never born

I slip away from all the memories I keep
I feel no pain, but I'm running out of air
I guess I'll get some sleep
As I descend into the deep

The darkness that surrounds you
Tends to mark the calm before the storm
When you hear the thunder of those cannons
Makes you wish that you were never born
Track Name: Ecstatic
s that all you have to say
Before we go inside and play
I can’t believe it’s come to this
Go forth my son you’re shaking
Time to give it a twist

Did you know
I was racing around while you wanted to take it slow

I found all my strength from the lights in the room
Like heat from fire in the increasing gloom
Comforting to say the least
But not without uncertainties

Now I’m burning a hole inside
Out of sorts but beaming a smile
The way that the words roll off of your fingers
Is leaving me tongue tied

What would my family say
If they knew I spent the evenings this way
And what some of my best friends wouldn’t give
To be here with me
Though they may say it’s a trick

Did you know
I was racing around while you wanted to take it slow

I found all my strength from the lights in the room
Like heat from fire in the increasing gloom
Comforting to say the least
But not without uncertainties

Now I’m burning a hole inside
Out of sorts but beaming a smile
The way that the words roll off of your fingers
Is leaving me tongue tied

Did you see
I was on top of the tallest tree
Could it be
That everyone here is just like me

I found all my strength from the lights in the room
Like heat from fire in the increasing gloom
Comforting to say the least
But not without uncertainties

Now I’m burning a hole inside
Out of sorts but beaming a smile
The way that the words roll off of your fingers
Is leaving me tongue tied
Track Name: Plain Clothes
I'll be your city boy, your kid from Alabama
Anything you please
In others eyes, you know I wouldn't hold a candle, but I guess we'll see
If truth is colder than a Minnesota winter, good to hear you're free
If pain you feel ain't without beauty and a story, then it's pain indeed

Hold out your hands and let the rain collect inside
beware the coin like truth for both will have two sides

An absent mind, he left his house without a raincoat, pouring cats and dogs
The pretty girl with a polka dot umbrella, ran across the road
A fella's luck can come by chance, but there are some who, do believe it's made
As for me I don't see any rhyme or reason, but who am I to say

Control your head and may your words keep what you know
As for me I'll be downstairs forever in plain clothes
As for me I'll be downstairs forever in plain clothes