If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous

by Sarah McQuaid

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about

Michael:
The last studio I worked in was a supertech palace in upstate New York and it was minus ten outside. So here I am in a shed with a sod roof, annoying wildlife and helicopters in the warmth of a Cornish spring and miles from my comfort zone.

We are so different, the two of us: a perfectionist and a gambler, a planner and a chancer. We might need a referee.

This record has been meticulously planned, but I haven’t even heard the songs. I like it that way. The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved.

Sarah:
I first met Michael Chapman three years ago, when we were both playing at the Village Pump Festival in Wiltshire, England. Watching this legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter in action, performing solo but filling the vast stage with his powerful presence and massive guitar sound, I was blown away. It’s incredible to me that he uses the same language to describe his reaction to my writing and playing; I’m honoured and humbled beyond measure.

Since that first meeting, Michael and his other half Andru have become great friends and staunch supporters. During one of my visits to their farmhouse in Cumbria, Michael said “Why don’t you let me produce your next album?” I’m so glad he did, as I’d never have dared to ask. Infinite thanks to him and to all the other people who contributed to this album: my wonderful manager, Martin Stansbury, for recording and mixing; guest musicians Roger Luxton, Samuel Hollis, Richard Evans, Georgia Ellery and Joe Pritchard; Sander van der Heide for mastering; Phil Nicholls for photography; Claire, Richie and all the staff at the Acorn Penzance for allowing us to use the Acorn’s atmospheric basement bar as a location for the photo shoot; Victoria Penrose for doing my hair (beautifully cut as always by Richard Goulden) and makeup; Mawgan Lewis for videography; Mary Guinan for artwork and graphic design; Luke New for the use of his sod-roofed annexe and stage piano; Hall For Cornwall, Alex Warnes and Phil Innes for loaning equipment and instruments; Pat Tynan and Howard Wuelfing for PR; Bob the pheasant and Nightshine the cat for their special guest appearances; and my husband Feargal and children Eli and Lily Jane for their love and support. Sincere thanks also to Arts Council England and Cultivator for their financial support, which helped to make this project possible.

My main guitar was custom-made by Andy Manson in 2008 and is fitted with a Fishman Matrix pickup; when playing live I use a Trace Elliott Acoustic TAP-1 preamp. On this album I also play my 1965 Martin D-28 (bought from Vintage Instruments in Philadelphia many years ago), Michael Chapman’s own Ibanez electric which he’s kindly given me on long-term loan, Alex Warnes’ high-strung Squier Fender Stratocaster and Luke New’s Korg SP-250 stage piano.

I’m proud and happy to be an Elixir Strings endorsed artist. I use their Medium Gauge Acoustic 80/20 Bronze set with NANOWEB® Coating (only I substitute an .018 for the .017 in the set, since I’m using DADGAD all the time). I use a G7th capo. My guitar cables are custom-made by Russ Fletcher, who also keeps all my electronic equipment working smoothly, while Julyan Wallis takes care of my guitar repairs and maintenance.

credits

released February 2, 2018

The recording, production and marketing of this album have been kindly supported by Arts Council England Grants For The Arts, using public money from the Government and the National Lottery, and by Cultivator, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.

Produced by Michael Chapman
Engineered and mixed by Martin Stansbury
Recorded in Cornwall, England
Mastered by Sander van der Heide at Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands
Cover artwork by Sarah McQuaid
Graphic design by Mary Guinan
Photography by Phil Nicholls
Hair and makeup by Victoria Penrose

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Sarah McQuaid is a singer, guitarist and songwriter, based in the UK and touring internationally. See www.sarahmcquaid.com for more info.

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Track Name: If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
There’s a boy in the garden
With a shovel and a spade
He’s going to dig himself a hole
That’s the biggest ever made
Boy in the garden
Shovel and spade
Biggest hole
Ever made
I say I know you’re having fun
I don’t want to make a fuss
But if you dig any deeper
It could get dangerous 

Now we’re drilling through the earth
Building pressure all the time
Splitting cracks in the rock
To free the power inside
Drilling through the earth
Pressure all the time
Cracks in the rock
Power inside
Some things are better left buried
Down under the crust
And if we dig any deeper
It could get dangerous

Put your shovel away
Time to call it a day
Sometimes the way to fix a problem
Is to turn the pressure off
Cos if you dig any deeper
It could get dangerous 

We’re bringing fire and flood
And trembling ground
See the pale horse
Hear the trumpet sound
Fire and flood
Trembling ground
Pale horse
Trumpet sound
I hope we can stop it
But we need to hurry up
Cos if we dig any deeper
It could get dangerous 
Dig any deeper
It could get dangerous 
Dig any deeper
It could get dangerous
Track Name: Slow Decay
When I cry out 
Does the wave roll on forever
Does it travel through the emptiness 
Of space and time
The level falls
The edges draw together 
Coming closer to the centre 
Of an infinite line
It’s a slow decay 
Like a note you hold till it fades away

The body fails
These bones won’t last forever
So I ask myself what are the things 
I leave behind
I send them out 
A bundle tied together
A present from the past 
Left for the future to find 
It’s a slow decay
Like a note you hold till it fades away

Watch it fall and rise and fall
Constantly returning 
To the smallest point of all

When I cry out 
Does the wave roll on forever
Does it travel through the emptiness 
Of space and time
The level falls
The edges draw together 
Coming closer to the centre 
Of an infinite line
It’s a slow decay 
Like a note you hold till it fades away
A note you hold till it fades away
Track Name: One Sparrow Down
There’s a sparrow at my window
And he’s spoiling for a fight
He’s attacking his reflection
And he’s puffing out with pride
He doesn’t see the cat who’s watching
From the windowsill inside

She stares at him intently
With her gorgeous golden eyes
While he flaps and struts and chatters
In a futile exercise
He can’t banish the invader 
Through he tries and tries and tries

He could have built himself a nest
Instead of battling the stranger
But the image in the windowpane 
Is all that seems to matter
It’s his enemy and nemesis
To hate and fear forever

The cat is plump and glossy
She’s prepared to bide her time
Until the sparrow falls exhausted
To the ground
And then she stands
And stretches out her back
And takes herself outside
She pads across the grass to find him
And she never makes a sound
One sparrow down
Track Name: The Silence Above Us
The silence above us
The comfort in darkness
Pale clouds in a blanket of sky
The light from my window
The trees lost in shadow
We’ll likely have frost later on tonight

I’m cold, I should go back
Inside, where I know that
It’s warm if I sit near the fire
And as I stand shivering
The mist from my breathing
Forms tendrils of smoke that drift lower and higher

Orion the hunter
Is low in the sky
The guiding star is blue
I ask myself yet again
What is this world coming to

The silence above us
The green earth beneath us
Abounding with power and life
The bushes are rustling
The small birds are settling 
Hunkering down to be safe for the night

Orion the hunter
Is low in the sky
The guiding star is blue
I ask myself yet again
What is this world coming to

As the night becomes colder and darker
More stars will appear in the sky
Tiny pinpoints of light
Shining steady and bright

The silence above us
The comfort in darkness
Pale clouds in a blanket of sky
The light from my window
The trees lost in shadow
We’ll likely have frost later on tonight

Orion the hunter
Is low in the sky
The guiding star is blue
I ask myself yet again
What is this world coming to
And what can we do
Track Name: Dies Irae
Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet sæclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla

Quantus tremor est futurus
Quando Judex est venturus
Cuncta stricte discussurus

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
Per sepulchra regionum
Coget omnes ante thronum

Mors stupebit et natura
Cum resurget creatura
Judicanti responsura

Liber scriptus proferetur
In quo totum continetur
Unde mundus judicetur

Judex ergo cum sedebit
Quidquid latet apparebit
Nil inultum remanebit

The day of wrath, that day
Will dissolve the world in ashes
David being witness along with the Sibyl

How great will be the quaking
When the judge will come
Investigating everything strictly

The trumpet, scattering a wondrous sound
Through the sepulchres of the regions
Will summon all before the throne

Death and nature will marvel
When the creature will rise again
to respond to the judge

The written book will be brought forth
In which all is contained
From which the world shall be judged

When therefore the judge will sit
Whatever lies hidden will appear
Nothing will remain unavenged
Track Name: Cot Valley
So much has changed in my lifetime
And mostly for the best
Even when the morning news is frightening
It doesn’t set me yearning for the past

There’s a valley near my home
Where children run among the stones
Instead of giving up their lives
For copper and tin

Cot Valley is green today
Where the slag heaps used to smoulder
Now a child is free to wander
And I know things could be better
But we’ve come a long, long way

There was a time when choice was something made for us by others
For some the pick and shovel, some the sword and some the veil
No difficult decisions, no surprises to discover
Just take the road that’s laid for you and hope it treats you well

And for far too many children
That’s still the way it happens
The cards you’re dealt
Are all you have to play

I’m glad I know the valley as it is now
And not the way it was before
I’m glad we don’t send children down the mines now
Or set them burning arsenic from ore

I go there with my daughter 
The world is open to her
She can gaze out at the sea
And watch her dreams roll in

Cot Valley is green today
Where the slag heaps used to smoulder
Now a child is free to wander
Yes I know things could be better
But we’ve come a long, long way
Cot Valley is green today
Track Name: Time To Love
What are we doing here now
What are we dreaming now
Up and down the street 

If we only had time
If we only had one more day
If we only had time
Time to love

How can we take this moment now
And try to make it better now
Then let it go

If we only had time
If we only had one more day
If we only had time
Time to love
Time to love

I woke up laughing
I don’t know why
To see you sleeping
Beside me

What are we doing here now
What are we dreaming now
Up and down the street
Track Name: Break Me Down
You can keep your oaken coffin
You can keep your funeral urn
I don’t want any stone above me
I don’t want my body burned
Don’t want to wind up like a pharaoh
Mummified in a museum
I don’t want to be a prisoner
In some marble mausoleum 

Let me return to the earth
When I end my days
I want the sweetest flowers
Growing over my grave
Let me crumble, dust to dust, underground
Break me down

If my organs are of use
I hope they find a happy home
Now put away that heavy makeup
I won’t need it where I’m going
When I die just dig me under
Let my bones enrich the soil
I’ve got some prime organic matter on me
Shame to let it spoil 

Let me return to the earth
When I end my days
I want the sweetest flowers
Growing over my grave
Let me crumble, dust to dust, underground
Break me down

Break me down till I am nothing
Break me down till I am one
With the good earth
Bringing better growth in time to come

You can keep your oaken coffin
You can keep your funeral urn
I don’t want any stone above me
I don’t want my body burned
Don’t want to wind up like a pharaoh
Mummified in a museum
I don’t want to be a prisoner
In some marble mausoleum 

Let me return to the earth
When I end my days
I want the sweetest flowers
Growing over my grave
Let me crumble, dust to dust, underground
Break me down
Break me down
Break me down
Track Name: The Tug Of The Moon
The tug of the moon
Is slowing us down
Drawing the tide
Buckling the ground

Little by little as centuries pass
It stretches our days
The years growing longer by such small degrees
We don’t notice the change

Until noon comes a moment too late
So we make an adjustment in time
At the end of the countdown
Before Auld Lang Syne

One second to add before midnight
And then we all cheer
With tears and with kisses
We greet the new year

While the moon passes over us
Ever more distantly pulling away
As we turn toward the sunrise
And night becomes day

We count up the lengthening hours
That remain till the end comes too soon
For an earth spinning under
The tug of the moon

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