Paula Darwish & The Country and Eastern Band

Paula Darwish & The Country and Eastern Band

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This music blends the spirit of rock with the beautiful rhythms and melodies of the East. Once described as Gram Parsons meets Rachid Taha in Turkey. Funky grooves from East and West with lyrics in english, turkish and kurdish. From Istanbul to Nashville - the only borders are in your mind.

Biography

Love it or leave it, few could challenge Paula Darwish and The Country & Eastern Band in terms of sheer originality. Inventing your own genre of music is not for the faint hearted but then who else in the world is mad enough to try and mix Dolly Parton and kurdish folk in the same set?

Don't expect sandals and kaftans - their gigs are as much about rock and dance grooves as they are about ethnic origins. After 5 years of a monthly residency at the Iguana Bar in Manchester, The Country and Eastern Band have earned their stripes as an exciting and intriguing live band. They now play at dedicated world music night Club Couscous which is a tribute to the dogged determination of Paula Darwish to pull world music out of the elitist ghetto to new audiences.

The band that started off playing rocked up versions of Turkish folk alongside Paula's own country spiked english ballads has melded into a heady fusion of languages and beats. The sound is never better illustrated than in their stomping eastern take on Dolly Parton's Jolene.

Paula was born in Yorkshire in northern England into a mixed arab english family. She has lived in England most of her life but also in Greece and Turkey. She studied Turkish language and literature in London and Istanbul after falling in love with the music she had heard in Turkey.

The Country and Eastern Band was formed in Manchester in 2002. It began as loose coalition of musicians interested in eastern music and has now settle into the current regular line-up. The band members have brought their own influences to the music notably Ric Gibbs on drums who has brought a north african flavour to some of the songs. Also, the addition of Serpil Kilic on saz has given the band the opportunity to experiment with more traditional anatolian folk sounds.

Festivals played in 2007 include: The Manchester International Festival, Manchester Celebrate Festival, Hebden Bridge World on Your Doorstep festival, Chorlton Arts Festival and High Peak Music Festival.

Lyrics

Time to go

Written By: Paula Darwish

Welcome to the world where the mighty fall
Where the lies die young and the truth grows tall
Welcome to the land called indignation
Do you need some education?

Lost in the great ship complication
Time for damage limitation
Sailing in a sea of empty statements
Maybe you need sweet salvation

Bye bye, bye bye

Welcome to the land where the poor ones weep
Where the tears flow fast and the blood runs deep
Step onto the land of desperation
Sinking in the sand is a strange sensation

Lost by the meaning of a sovereign nation
Such a dangerous aberration
Can you give an explanation
Sorry's not in the equation

Bye bye, bye bye

The wind can change with a fatal blow
When the shop goes down you have to row
Retribution can be slow
Don't look back it's time to go

Now bye bye bye

My land

Written By: Paula Darwish

Dry your eyes
Stay your heart
Say goodbye
It's time to part

I,ll be lost
I'll be alone
I don't know when I'll be home
But it makes me feel strong
When I think that you'll wait for me

A servant now of history
A stranger called a refugee

I see fire light up the sky
I hear thunder in my mind
But it makes me feel strong
When I think that you'll wait for me

Steal your mind
I'm still alive

Do you hear a voice
Do you hear a cry
Do you hear the words spill from the sky
Your land is my land and I know that you'll wait for me

River Lea

Written By: Paula Darwish

Lost in the shadows and the summer breeze
Cold dark waters of the River Lea
A thousand secrets of a thousand years of history

And there’s nothing pretty about it at all
Neglected houses and graffiti walls
Urban heroes and a stray dog yawning wide

And sometimes in these days
I think just how good life can be
And lost in all my thoughts
I find myself by the river lea

Is it too much to want?
Because I 'm hoping that it’s gonna flow forever so

Come on sista open your mind
Lay bare your soul and put it next to mine
Cos I’m all naked but I’m not feeling cold
Come on now, free your soul
Take it to the ocean and let it flow
With all this love we can sail on through the night.

Well I sit by the river sometimes on my own
Thinking how the city looks so old
And I shiver in the shadow of the people’s history

In this hostile city where the people feed
The spirit of love into the air we breathe
And leave their colour on these grey old factories

And sometimes in these days
I think of how hard life can be
Of all the hopes and dreams
Buried in the banks of the River Lea

When you whisper to me, you make me breathe
When you hold me in your arms, you set me free
When you take my love, you give me energy

And sometimes in these days
I think what life has brought to me
And lost in all my dreams
I find myself by the River Lea

First Rain of September

Written By: Paula Darwish


First rain of September
Hasn’t stopped my fire for you
Still I lay awake
And hope my fantasy is true
Not some weird obsession
Some mad infatuation
First rain of September
Hasn’t stopped my fire

I‘m a sinner
Not a saint I know
No fear of hell
Will stop my flow
I’ve broken all the rules to go
Where I said I’d never go
Am I the lowest of the low
To close my eyes and blindly go

First rain of September
Hasn’t stopped my fire

The only time you’re out of mind
Is when I lay asleep at night
And then I dream the day has come
When I will face what I have done

I love to be tormented by
The flames of this forbidden high
I love to drown inside
The rivers of raw desire
And deafened by this
Selfish lust
No wise one can shout loud enough

First rain of September
Hasn’t stopped my fire
First rain of September
Hasn’t stopped my fire

I am an Island

Written By: Paula Darwish

I am an island

Another story, story of love
Can it be over
Can it be true?

All the words you said to me
Ring round my head like poetry
Everything you did for me
Like gold dust in my memory

But I am real, I’m alive
Yes I know how to survive
To be in love is divine
To be alone, well that’s just fine

Cos I am an island
I am an island

There’ll be another story
Another story soon
Basking in the glory
Of a new moon

Must I live without you now
There is away, I know how
To shelter from the winter storm
To protect myself from harm

Cos love is bigger than today
Love has but a shallow grave
Love is bold, love is shy
Love is great and love is high

And I am an island
I am an island

© Paula Darwish 2003

Wave

Written By: Paula Darwish

Wave

My love is a wave rising high on the ocean high
Your breathe is like sun on my skin
When I feel you sigh
I look up in awe when I see the stars above
No song is good enough for the one I love

Everything looks like I never saw it before
Everything tastes like the sweetest fruit of all
Every sound rings like a symphony from the gods
No song is good enough for the one I love

When I was young and I slept by the river
And I dipped my feet
And woke with a shiver
Did I dream, did I dream of you?

When I was young and I climbed in the trees
And I fell down hard
Upon my knees
Did I cry, did I cry for you?

My love is a wave
My love is a wave

Lakes Below

Written By: Paula Darwish


I won't let you go down
No I won't let you fall
Take the hand to pull you back
Right where you where before

See the autumn leaves fall in the wind
See them growing back again in Spring
With your hand on your heart
Tell me you still believe

There's a better place to be
There's a part in it for me

I won't let you go down
No I won't let you fall
Breathe deep remember when
You walked so brave and tall

Take away my dreams
Would I be me
When I hear the words that make me weep
With my mind under siege
Will I still believe

There's a better place to be
There's a part in it for me

You took a journey down to where the spirits meet
To the lakes below where the tears seep
In the mists of ages took your seat
See the water's rising in the heat
And you are coming back to me
And you are coming back to me
And you are coming back to me

See the lion lick its wounds and roar
We've been down a million times before
With our bodies broken
We have walked
To a better place
To be

No more

Written By: Paula Darwish


le le le, le le le, le le le, le le hoy

I need somewhere to rest my head
You pulled the blankets from my bed
You punish me with taunts instead

Don't want no more

I just can't communicate
The fear that bought me too this place
The tortured journey I have traced

Don't want no more
Don't want your war

le le le, le le le, le le le, le le hoy

I am tired I cannot face
To flee another hostile place
My home in stairwells daubed with hate

Don't want no more

Outside the windows see for miles
Inside each door a world on trial
Where just one step is fifty miles

Don't want no more
Don't want your war

Silver Sailor

Written By: Paula Darwish

Silver Sailor, night on fire
Lunar landscape of desire
Stars above I hope you always watch over me

Fill my heart and make me strong
I've been waiting for so long
And right now I feel this journey
Just goes on and on

When my armour's wearing thin
You're still there to let me in
Stars above I hope you always
Shine over me

I can climb the extra mile
When I dream about your smile
And I know your love
Is lifting me to higher ground

There's a world that I can see
With a little place for me
Where the moon and stars
And you are shining over me

Peace of Mind

Written By: Paula Darwish


We met through chance and situation
Merging paths one weary day
Love came quickly to the rescue
And carried us on open sail

But now the leaves of doubt are falling
And the path is hard to find
Hey i don’t really want to ask you
But i must have peace of mind

Could it be that time is passing
Pulling us in different ways
Could it be that you are changing
Or have you something to hide

Could it be imagination
Or could it be my tired eyes
Hey i don’t really want to ask you
But i must have peace of mind

Many roads there are behind us
And many more i’m sure to come
But even when you are beside me
Still i have no peace of mind

I saw a ship wrecked and deserted
And now my dreams are full of fear
Hey i don’t really want to ask you
But I must have peace of mind

Discography

Do What You Love - planned release early 2008
Urfa Folk Song - Oriental Media, Berlin 2006
Autumn Sessions - Paula Darwish 2005
Island - Paula Darwish 2003
Country and Eastern - Paula Darwish 2002

Set List

1.Intro _ (le le no more)
2. Venge Yeno
3. Ormiye
4. First rain of september
5. Eyvallah Sahim
6. Wave
7. Mavilim
8 Rindamin
9. Jolene
10 Daye Daye
11. Lakes below
12. No more
13. Shake me
14 Time to Go