Then Again

by S J Denney

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S J’s songs are crafted with finesse and delivered with a punch that demands attention – this is not a passive soundtrack. Add to indie a fusion of blues, funk, dance and heartland rock to get a real tour de force, captured on his debut album, Then Again, which is available now on The Animal Farm label.

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released May 19, 2017

All songs written by S J Denney

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11 & 12 arranged by S J Denney, Mat Leppanen & Ville Leppanen
Tracks 4, 6, 7 & 10 arranged by S J Denney, Mat Leppanen & David Booth

Produced, engineered & mixed by Mat Leppanen & Ville Leppanen at The Animal Farm
Elements of tracks 6, 7 & 10 engineered by David Booth at The Recording Booth
Mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering

S J Denney - Vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, e-bow, piano & percussion
Mat Leppanen - Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, programming, drums & percussion
Ville Leppanen - Electric guitar & slide guitar
Bee Bakare - Vocals & backing vocals
Roisin O’Hagan - Backing vocals & percussion
David Booth - Piano & percussion
Artwork concept by Alex Hutchinson & S J Denney

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S J Denney Leigh On Sea, UK

S J Denney is an Essex-based singer-songwriter.  He performs folk music with an indie edge.

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Track Name: The Knee-Jerk Blues
Daylight creeps into my room
Mayday screams and bus fare fumes
The books that I read
Say these are my best years

Water flows upon my face
I’m waiting for your fall from grace
Stop hesitating cause you’re displaying fear
We got the knee-jerk blues
And I’m ready to win or lose

Please never be the same
Please never be the same
Please never be the same
Please never be the same
We got the knee-jerk blues
And I’m ready to win or lose

This headlock’s gonna hold me down
I spent too long in your surround
Climbing a mountain of your astounding views

We got the knee-jerk blues
And I’m ready to win or lose
All my brothers to the sea
You give me the hunger that I need
Then, under the cover of the night
The rain turns to thunder in my mind
We got the knee-jerk blues
And I’m ready to stand and fight

Please never be the same
Please never be the same
Please never be the same
Please never be the same
We got the knee-jerk blues
And I’m ready to win or lose

Win or lose
We got the knee-jerk blues
We got the knee-jerk blues
Track Name: So Much More
I miss your magical ways
It’s a terrible thing, to behold this place
With the heartache that she brings
Upon you today
My burning desire will blow you away

Cause I’ve got so much more I can give to you
I could even the score with a kiss from you
But I’ve got no reason to hang around
When I’ve got so much more to give

And then, you choose to become
The truth moving within
All the songs we sung, to describe the suffering
I’m with you today
This beautiful world may take us away

But I’ve got so much more I can give to you
I could even the score with a kiss from you
But I’ve got no reason to hang around
When I’ve got so much more to give

I’m where this journey begins
On the back of your hand
You can let me in but you won’t do that

Cause I’ve got so much more I can give to you
I could even the score with a kiss from you
But I’ve got no reason to hang around
At your door, like I’m missing you
You could call this a war for permission to
Give me a reason to hang around
When I’ve got so much more to give

I’ve got so much more
I’ve got so much more
I’ve got so much more
(I’m with you today)
I’ve got so much more
(I’m with you today)
I’ve got so much more
(I’m with you today)
I’ve got so much more
(I’m with you today)
I’ve got so much more
Track Name: This Is Where It Rains
When her spirit talks to me
I wonder how you feel
You kept me under lock and key
Now I’m like a tiger
Nipping at your heels
Your eyes are getting wider
And the guilt is keeping you still
We’re slipping under again

They never tell you this is where it rains
If only they knew
There’s a time bomb that is ticking in me

Now I remember what was there
And all there ever was
The thing that caught me unawares
Was how I let it happen
Till I made it stop
I tap into a pattern
Then I fall away at the top
We’re slipping under again

They never tell you this is where it rains
If only they knew
There’s a time bomb that is ticking in me

Sometimes I wonder
About the things that we did
I’m slipping under again

I can hear it counting down
Five-four-three-two-one

They never tell you this is where it rains
If only they knew
There’s a time bomb that is ticking in me

(There’s a time bomb that is ticking in me)
A time bomb ticking in me
(There’s a time bomb that is ticking in me)
There’s a time bomb ticking in me
(There’s a time bomb that is ticking in me)
A time bomb ticking in me
Track Name: All I See Is You
Not a cloud in sight
Now you’re in my mind
I’ve been waiting for this day
We could live the dreams
Other people see
We could chase them all away

There’s a rainbow shining through
Still all I see is you
And these words, that I say
They are true
Baby, all I see is you

So hear the singers sing
And a bell will ring
As all the people pass us by
Can you feel my touch?
Do you see my love
When I look you in the eye?

There’s a rainbow shining through
Still all I see is you
And these words, that I say
They are true
Baby, all I see is you

My words are scattered on a canvas
I drift into another world
That someone coloured all around us
In this everlasting moment that we share

There’s a rainbow shining through
Still all I see is you
And these words, that I say
They are true
Baby, all I see is you
Track Name: Not Your Maker
Keep holding on
And don’t let the wonder
Become a memory
Take your time
To justify

And if you remember the things that I say
Drift in to the sound
You’ve got to figure out
I’m not your maker

Somewhere in-between
All this madness that you’re giving to me
Is feeling that I lost
On a road that I’m trying to cross

Another day
And maybe you’re ready
To face the enemy
Peace of mind
I’m terrified

And if you remember the things that I say
Drift in to the sound
You’ve got to figure out
I’m not your maker

Somewhere in-between
All this madness that you’re giving to me
Is feeling that I lost
On a road that I’m trying to cross

(I need more time)
I’m walking in code
(I need more time)
I’m talking it off
(I need more time)
Track Name: The Great Unknown
He was just an honest man
Living life from day to day
But then they dragged him to his feet
And threw him out onto the street

He just needs another ride
You can see it in his eyes

He wants to take a step into the great unknown
And find a place that he can call his home
But if he keeps on living life this way
Will he ever see the light of day?

He’s gonna break it down again

Now he’s planning his escape
To a land where he can breathe
But now there’s something in the air
In these feelings that we share

You’ll see him on the other side
If he makes it out alive

He’s got to take a step into the great unknown
And find a place that he can call his home
But if he keeps on living life this way
Will he ever see the light of day?

He’s gonna break it down again
But he’ll get there in the end

By stepping out into the great unknown
To find a place that he can call his home
(Break it down)
You may have heard his story on the news
(Break it down)
I’d do the same if I was in his shoes

He’s gonna break it down
Track Name: Bite My Tongue
Each time that I wander, which way should I step?
I lose my direction from one room to the next
If I stood on my head and I counted to ten
Would you call it a breath of fresh air?
I’m starting to wonder if there’s anybody there

I’m looking up for a sign from above
I never meant to offend anyone
Maybe I should bite my tongue

A moment of madness may take us away
From all of the sadness that we live with every day
But I’ve started to face that I made a mistake
And I gave you a status to share
I’m starting to wonder if there’s anybody there

I’m looking up for a sign from above
I never meant to offend anyone
Maybe I should bite my tongue
Maybe I should bite my tongue

I just keep on waiting for an answer to my prayers

I’m looking up for a sign from above
I walk this road but I’m ready to run
I’ve never tried to offend anyone
Maybe I should bite my tongue
Maybe I should bite my tongue
Track Name: Across the Waves
I’m calling out across the waves
So won’t you save me now?

On and on and on we go
Even though we know the pain
On and on the sirens sound
Calling out across the waves

We may have lost the feeling
But that won’t stop me dreaming

On and on and on we go
Even though we know the pain
On and on the sirens sound
Calling out across the waves

We could ride across the waves
If there’s room enough for two
So take my hand and hope for joy
You can move me
By performing like you do
To the sky

The wind that blows across the waves
Is all she gave to me

On and on and on we go
Even though we know the pain
On and on the sirens sound
Calling out across the waves
Track Name: If You Look the Other Way
Take a step into your future
Write with ink another bled
If you look the other way
Can you forget?

I’m still picking up the pieces
Of the jigsaw that she left
If you look the other way
You’ve got to...

Remember the place
Remember the time
Remember the reason why
A moth to the flame
You’ve planned your escape
Preparing to pass me
By... flying high

Through these doors, I keep on sliding
While you hide inside my head
If you look the other way
You’ve got to...

Remember the place
Remember the time
Remember the reason why
A moth to the flame
You’ve planned your escape
Preparing to pass me by

We don’t hurt anymore
Though we might
Cause we’ve got to be sure
That we’re alive

If you look the other way
Say your goodbyes
Track Name: Even Now (featuring Bee Bakare)
Stop taking the words out of my mouth
(You told me to keep my feet on the ground)
But you lost your head in a dream for two
(I was lifting you up)
I was pushing you down
Guess we’re even now

(Will you be there, wearing a frown?)
I’m trying to stay away from this town
(But I saw your face look back at me)
First I was lost
(Then you were found)
Guess we’re even now

Tell me what you expect from me
I don’t know where to begin
Instead of seeing the best in me
You only see the pain within

Stop taking my words and twisting them round
Each corner I turn, I’m learning how
To be myself, if I just let go
(Now I’m shining a light)
And I’m blowing it out
Guess we’re even now

Tell me what you expect from me
I don’t know where to begin
Instead of seeing the best in me
You only see the pain within

You were shining a light
(You were blowing it out)
I was asking you why
(I was telling you how)
Guess we’re even now
Even now
Even now
Track Name: The Lighthouse
It’s the news I always feared
There’s a fire in my veins
When it burns for you
Can I get a little faith?
My love...
Can I get a little faith?

Turn the lights out and I will guide you home
I am the lighthouse, that’s shining all alone
When you hear a voice that you can’t make out
And the storm ahead is closer now
I’m the lighthouse
Your lighthouse
I’m the lighthouse
Your lighthouse

The mist is clearing from my eyes
I remember the last wave
Washing over you
I was in a better place
That night...
I was in a better place

Turn the lights out and I will guide you home
I am the lighthouse, that’s shining all alone
When you hear a voice that you can’t make out
And the storm ahead is closer now
I’m the lighthouse
Your lighthouse
I’m the lighthouse
Your lighthouse

You think it’s over but it’s not
You think it’s over but it’s not
You think it’s over but it’s not

Turn the lights out and I will guide you home
I am the lighthouse, that’s shining all alone
When you hear a voice that you can’t make out
And the storm ahead is closer now
I’m the lighthouse
Your lighthouse
I’m the lighthouse
Your lighthouse
Track Name: Step into the Fray
When the nightmares come
And the sky turns grey
I look away
I look away
Now my battle has just begun

But I feel its touch
And my knees drop down
I look around
I look around
Cause I’m not gonna win this one

You can hide yourself away
As I step into the fray
Step into the fray
Step into the fray

Got a temper stare
And I can’t let go
I never know
I never know
Till I shake-from-the-hip tiptoe

You can hide yourself away
As I step into the fray
Step into the fray
Step into the fray

Can you hear me now?
Can you hear me now?
(I look away)
(I look away)
Can you hear me now?
(I look around)
(I look around)
Can you hear me now?