Borrowed Time

by Birte Paulsen

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released June 30, 2016

Birte Paulsen - guitar, vocals
Alfie Weedon - double bass, ukulele, vocals, percussion
Mishkin Fitzgerald - piano, accordion
Ben Weedon - violin

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Birte Paulsen Brighton, UK

Inspired by Folk, Chanson, Americana and Scandinavian eccentricity, Birte Paulsen and her band deliver dark Indie Folk with a sigh of Nordic melancholy and vocals that have drawn comparisons to Ane Brun, Lene Marlin or Agnes Obel.

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Track Name: Fool
I’d never do anything that I couldn’t do on my own

Me, my friends and two men we don’t even know getting a family ticket

That’s all I remember of home right now

I am not losing sleep, I am not what you need

Everything you heard is true, I’m no angel, I’m a fool

And I guess it never meant a thing what you said and what I did


And I need more than you taking all the best and leaving me the rest

I don’t want to wait until you change your mind

I don’t want you near me, go waste someone else’s time


And why you lied to me I will never know

So I crawl back into my shell where I have been before

I’m prepared not to care should you reach for me once more

I’m bleeding inside my cocoon but maybe I love you no more



Plug me in and these four walls could keep me standing

Maybe if I did my best and tried I wouldn’t need you to be satisfied


I’m all right but I am so alone, I sit here and pick up the phone

I’d never do anything that I couldn’t do on my own

She’s preparing lunch right now and I just want to go home
Track Name: Tar Pit
I think of you
And I don’t know why
In the morning
Or late at night
How you shone
When we were young
How I thought
You could do no wrong

You will never think of me
You will never think of me

Your mind has wings
And I watch
As it takes off
To greater things
All that remains
Is a tar pit for the soul
And I’m forever trying
To emerge unscathed and whole

You will never think of me
You will never think of me

And I don’t believe that time will heal
It never really changed the way I feel

You will never think of me
You will never think of me
Track Name: Rabbit Hole
You found your way
Under my skin
It’s almost like I don’t know
Where to begin

You claw and prise
My chest apart
With your slow smile
Reach for my heart

Down the rabbit hole
All my good intentions
Disappeared without a trace
Down the rabbit hole
Never to be seen again

You’ve got me here
By the throat
And all I can think of is
What you wrote

Never to me
But someone else instead
Perhaps you should leave
This whole thing for dead

Down the rabbit hole
All my good intentions
Disappeared without a trace
Down the rabbit hole
Never to be seen again

Down the rabbit hole
I go to get away
From you and all that you might do
Down the rabbit hole
I will cut you loose
Track Name: Borrowed Time
I wonder where he is
As I go to sleep
What my heart craves
And what my mind believes
Are such different things

Five days for my heart to get its fix
And my thoughts are up to
Their old tricks
Again and again

I can still see him sitting there
In the cold November air
As I sharpened my claws
As we were drawing straws
And he came out on top
Now I don’t know how to
Make it stop
Borrowed time is all I’ve got

And I know he is lonely
And I know he wants to leave
This place where nothing heals
Bruises can’t be concealed
Under my skin

Five days for my heart to get its fix
And my thoughts are up to
Their old tricks
Again and again

His words still burn like fire
Deep in the vault of my desire
And I wish he would go
And let me heart explode
Cause I’ve got sickness in my blood
And I don’t know how to make it stop
Borrowed time is all I’ve got
Track Name: Used To Be Friends
In my dream I was there again
Throwing stones into high grass
Down by the old railroad tracks
When you and I used to be friends


Is there a place
Where things go when they are broken
And no one wants them anymore?
Failures and mistakes
All on a shelf
Gather dust behind closed doors
But you and I used to be friends


In my dream I was there again
Unchanged under blue summer skies
And all of us so foolish again
Choking on each others’ lies


Is there a place
Where things go when they are broken
And no one wants them anymore?
Failures and mistakes
All on a shelf
Gather dust behind closed doors
But you and I used to be friends
Track Name: Berlin
Like a beautiful creature
Wounded in war
Your scars still a feature
Unwanted and raw

I’ve fallen in love
With your sadness
With your defiance
I’ve fallen in love
With those bullet holes
And those used up hopes

There was something so alluring
About the way you didn’t care
Your sweet insistence, my persistence
Would not lead us there

I’ve fallen in love
With your sadness
With your defiance
I’ve fallen in love
With those bullet holes
And those used up hopes

And those phantoms of the past
With their whispers
And their looking glass
Laid to rest
Made my peace at last

I’ve fallen in love
With your sadness
With your defiance
I’ve fallen in love
With those bullet holes
And those precious hopes
Track Name: Fresenhof
Wenn de Wind dör de Bööm weiht
Un Gras nich mehr wassen deiht
Un geel all ward
Denn kummt bald de Tied
Wenn de Storm över't Feld geiht
Wo lang schon keen Korn mehr steiht
Un Mehl all ward
Denn ist bald sowiet,
Dat de Dag kötter ward
Un de Nach de duert lang
Un de Kinner vun Naber
De warn in Düstern bang
Wenn de Regen vun't Reetdack dröppt
Mien Söhn buten gauer löppt
Sonst ward he natt
Denn snurrt bin'n de Kat


Wenn de Wind dreiht, vun Nord weiht
Un Reg'n geg'n de Finster neiht,
De Schieb'n daal rennt
Denn föhl ik mi wohl.
Wenn dat Füer in Kamin brennt
Un jeder di bi'n Vörnam nennt
Weil he di kennt
Denn is uns Hus vull
Denn de Nabers sünd disse Tied
Ok nich geern alleen
Un de Teepunsch an't Füer
Mokt de Wedder weder schön
Wenn de Bläder sik brun farvt
Un Water steiht inne Groof
Denn ward dat Harvst
Op uns Fresenhof
Track Name: Traces Of You
Well I sit here all quiet and I look
At your picture
And I drink to your health and I hope
You feel better
I have built my dreams around you
And I’ve changed my world around for you


Still I’m a peasant and
She’s the queen
Some things will never change
I’m not what you needed
Me to be
Can you tell me who is to blame?

For how long can I hide you
Inside of my head?
Covered in sugar and lies
Tugged under pillows
In my bed
Hoping no one ever finds
Traces of you


Well, I sit here all quiet and I look
At your picture
And I drink to your health and I hope
You are closer
Just a little closer than before
Track Name: Blue Winter Eyes
Blue winter skies
And arms that pull me close
I dream of making them mine
Blue winter eyes
See straight into my soul
But turn away from what they find

I wish I was back in Georgia
Underneath those willow trees
Where I thought that I knew you
Where you said you’d wait for me

Blue winter skies
So sad and beautiful
I will forever hold you close
Blue winter eyes
And a heart so full
Like a landfill about to overflow

I wish I could lock you in here
And throw away the key
So that you could never go back to her
So that you would stay with me

Blue winter skies
And arms that pull me close
I dream of making them mine
Blue winter eyes
See straight into my soul
But turn away from what they find
Track Name: Black Thumb
I believe it’s true
History is repeating itself
And your eyes so green and blue
Will never look at me like that, never again

Cause I have the black thumb
Everything I touch runs dry
I’m so tired of being strong
Just want to curl up and die

You wear a t-shirt in wintertime
As we meet up in the street
And all your words sound so sublime
You’re all I had but could not keep

Cause I have the black thumb
Everything I touch turns black
I’m so tired of being wrong
Teach me how to forget

And among all those empty chairs
Fortune slips right through my hands again
This time it’s too much for me to bear
This time it does not feel the same

I have the black thumb
Everything I touch runs dry
I’m so tired of being strong
Just want to curl up and die
Track Name: If You Could Play Me Backwards
It seems I can still see you
Coming up the drive
In the fading October sun
In another life
If you could play me backwards
The pictures you would see
Frozen flowers in your backyard
They would look nothing like me


You never said you loved me
As you were lying on my bed
Drinking old Irish whiskey
And playing games with my head


It seems I can still see your
Face through that screen door
And my books and magazines
All scattered on the floor
I’m still up there on Mulholland
I still breathe the air I swear
You might not see me anymore
But I am still there


You never said you loved me
As you were lying on my bed
Drinking old Irish whiskey
And playing games with my head


If you could play me backwards
See pain you will never feel
Another loner moving onwards
Another cut I know will heal
Track Name: The Only Thing
From the playground and the school yard
To a winter night in spring
You were the angel and I played my part
As the devil who broke your wings


It’s been a whole long lifetime
And I tried hard to adjust
Since I got caught up in my own lies
Since I forgot just what I lost


And love might be the only thing
That I have never had
And love might be the only thing
That I would want instead


You were alive again last night
As I drove down Sunset Boulevard
And I wished I knew how to cry
As that pain ripped out my evil heart

And love might be the only thing
That I have never had
And love might be the only thing
That I would want instead


Like day and night in this city
Everything is a broken heart disease
I’ve come all the way from nowhere
And I am down on my knees


And although we were childhood friends
Flowers on the wall of my memory
Never wishing on stars but ourselves in the end
I let you die inside of me


And love might be the only thing
That I have never had
And love might be the only thing
That I would want instead