All the Signs Were There (feat. Roisin O'Hagan)

by S J Denney

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'All the Signs Were There' is S J’s second slice of new material for 2019 and offers another delightful change of pace. Breezy is not what you normally expect from this measured and driven artist, but it works. There’s no mistaking the attention to detail, great arrangement and polished delivery throughout this Beatles-inspired track. From the opening bars of bright acoustic guitars, the bass and drums irresistibly invite the listener to hitch onto this upbeat groove. When Denney’s voice joins the party, he’s the cheerleader for a determinedly optimistic ride. And this time he’s accompanied by Roisin O’Hagan. A wonderful artist in her own right.

This is a cautionary tale of human timidity. But instead of bawling you out for your shortcomings, Denney puts his arm around you and offers some friendly advice. There is a way forward, if you stop treading those same circles. It’s a familiar story to many, rarely told this succinctly.

S J is filling the gap of his potential with these new recordings. His style has been carefully assembled down the years, with influences vintage, modern classic and left of field. This time in the studio has been spent putting together something that effortlessly rises above what has gone before. We are now hearing the authentic voice of this highly talented singer-songwriter.

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It’s no use wishing on a rain cloud
You should be looking to a star
When it comes to it
You’ve got to follow my advice
When it comes to it
You don’t think twice

And when you’re waiting for tomorrow
You could be living for today
When it comes to it
You’ve got to open up your mind
If you look for it
Then you will find

When I tried telling you that all the signs were there
You didn’t listen, but you lived your life with care
If you had a choice
Would you believe me when I say-
“Every mountain points a different way”?

These are the lessons you’ve been learning
So don’t repeat the same mistakes
And though you recognise their faces
You don’t expect a warm embrace

When I tried telling you that all the signs were there
You didn’t listen, but you lived your life with care
And you may never be the one I thought you were
But something’s telling me you get what you deserve
If you had a choice
Would you believe me when I say-
“Every mountain points a different way”?

When it comes to it
You’ve got to follow my advice
When it comes to it
You don’t think twice
When it comes to it
You’ve got to open up your mind
If you look for it
Then you will find

credits

released May 24, 2019
S J Denney - Vox, backing vox & acoustic guitar
Mat Leppanen - Bass guitar, drums & percussion
Ville Leppanen - Electric guitar
Roisin O'Hagan - Backing vox
Rus Rogers - Trumpet

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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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