What Came Before

by Maddie Southorn

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The result of two years of writing, producing and recording, the album is a breathtaking and bittersweet reflection on life and loss, full of texture and nuance.
The album's key moment is perhaps Save a Prayer, a plaintive piano-led elegy that is at once melancholic and uplifting. Other standout tracks include The Dance, an eerily beautiful song sung from the perspective of a music box ballerina, A Lady Always Knows When to Leave, a nostalgic lament to lost love, and the unforgettable, a cappella Chalk Marks in the Rain.

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released March 16, 2012

2012 Little Man on the Stairs Music
Written, performed and produced by Maddie Southorn
Cello - Katherine Martin

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Maddie Southorn UK

Maddie Southorn is a UK singer/songwriter & pianist.

She has released 4 albums to date, all of which have gained plaudits and airplay in both the UK and the US and invited comparisons to Suzanne Vega and Kate Bush.

She has toured nationally and shared the stage with many highly respected artists, including Kirsty McGee, Seth Lakeman and Eddi Reader.

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Track Name: Save a Prayer
You saw me standing by the wall, corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain't much fun, so you're looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go
Don't save a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after
No, don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after
Feel the breeze deep on the inside, look you down into your well
If you can, you'll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance like all dreamers can't find another way
You don't have to dream it all, just live a day
Don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after
No, don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after
Pretty looking road, I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don't ask me why I'll keep my promise, melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance but fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise
Don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after
No, don't say a prayer for me now, save it 'til the morning after
Track Name: Driftwood
It's a long way from where I'm staining
It's a long road that I have still to tread
If you're here with me then I know that there's no need to be afraid
O my love, can I tell you how I feel?
But you don't need me and I know that things will never be the same
You're too far from where I'm standing
Been gone too long you've strayed too far ahead
And you don't see me for the air is thick with words we left unsaid
Oh my love will you tell me where you are?
But you don't hear me for you've gone where I won't see your face again
Been too long where I am standing, been here so long don't know which way to turn
And I feel keenly that you left this place a long, long time ago
Oh my love, where the hell do I go now that I see clearly that the moment's gone and I am here alone?