Space Trees

by Venus Tree

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about

Venus Tree was a band that never was.

Jude Calvert-Toulmin started writing music on the piano at 5 years old then taught herself guitar at 9. She was a busker on the London tube during the 80s, singing and playing twelve-string guitar and the muse behind Aztec Camera's top ten hits Oblivious and Walk out to Winter.

In the 90s she moved back to her hometown of Sheffield where, during a stormy period of her life, she wrote a flurry of songs which she wanted to record. She roped in renowned Sheffield artist Sally Doherty on lyrics and flute, bongo player Steve Babalola and seventeen year old schoolgirl Katie Bell on cello.

Together, as Venus Tree, they performed a few gigs, one of them at Martin Bedford's Loft project at The Hallamshire, then went into the studios at Jude's former art college, Psalter Lane, to put together an album.

Venus Tree started to get a bit of local press. There were two problems. One, none of the other artists had agreed to join a band. The second problem was major and rapidly growing - Jude was pregnant with her third baby. Once Venus Tree made the cover of local music rag SAM the other artists jumped ship, this was going somewhere, but with Jude about to give birth, going nowhere.

The album, really just a demo tape recorded on very basic kit, gathered dust in various attics for twenty years until now.

The Loft gig footage will be cut and uploaded at some point in the future.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Jude gave birth to a son. She contributed lyrics and vocals to one of BAFTA-nominated composer Chris Mann's personal music projects then started writing again. www.mannmusic.co.uk?page_id=73

A former freelance photo-journalist for the music press in London (i-D, Melody Maker, Masterbag) Jude now started writing for the climbing press, then after her second divorce took up writing full time. She is now a best-selling author currently writing her seventh novel. All her novels are at www.fleurdelyspublishing.com

She finally found happiness with her third husband (and editor) Brian Trevelyan. They live in Sheffield with their five cats and five chickens.

Sally Doherty went on to release eleven albums, some solo, some collaborative. She has written music for BBC TV and BBC 4 Radio Drama, and worked with numerous other artists. She sang the accompanying vocals on Richard Hawley's cover of Johnny Cash's Long Black Veil and on Hawley's album Lady's Bridge. richardhawley.co.uk

Her album Electric Butterfly was borne out of a collaboration with Richard Hawley's producer Colin Elliot.

Other projects include performing and recording with folk artist Donald Grant, electro artist Scanner, jazz pianist Paul Kilvington and collaborating as singer/song-writer on two albums with Italian dance outfit Planet Funk who have had numerous hits, most memorably with ‘Chase the Sun’, a top five hit globally. sallydoherty.com

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released February 19, 2014

Music and lyrics by Jude Calvert-Toulmin
Jude Calvert-Toulmin (vocals, 12 string guitar, percussion)
Sally Doherty (soprano vocals, flute, castanets)
Katie Bell (cello)
Steve Babalola (bongos)
Recorded and mixed at Psalter Lane Art College 1994

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"Really well done and it suggests things to the psyche that are rare and moving. A very sensual listen." Bo Mar of Faerground Accidents.

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Track Name: I Miss You
I MISS YOU

I miss you
I miss you
Every time that I awake
I’m dreaming of you
Dreaming of you
In your eyes I’ve seen a light
That glows in my mind,
Glows in my mind

I miss you
I miss you
In your lips I see a taste
I long to smell and feel
Smell and feel

I miss you
I miss you
In your mouth I lose myself
In your flowing hair
I bury my face

Our flesh is real
And when we die
All of our tenderness
Will live on in the sky
Higher than Everest
And into outer space
Long past the milky way
Beyond the human race

I miss you
I miss you
In your arms I’ve felt afloat
I’m drifting with you
Drifting with you

I miss you
I miss you
In your body I am safe
I fly into the sky
Through time
Through time
Track Name: Long Lonely River
In the middle of summer
When the trees are green all through the night
I can feel a stirring
Like a hummingbird wavering in flight
I've seen a light flowing out out from your eyes
I've seen a light with the power to hypnotise

There's a passion that's poised
And it's ready to spring
From a long lonely river of pain
LONG LONELY RIVER

In the shuddering moonlight
Fiery messages delivered by hand
All the darkened confusion
Of a foreigner in a hazardous land
I've felt the warmth, a magical ring of fire
And I was moved, your breath took me higher and higher

There's a passion that's poised
And it's ready to spring
From a long lonely river of pain

From the first time I saw you
I was shimmering with a strange prophesy
Many years I've been waiting
For you to appear right in front of me
And when at last, we finally came together
I shed my skin in the peril of stormy weather

There's a passion that's poised
And it's ready to spring
From a long lonely river of pain

Now the time has come
I know I've succumbed
And I'm naked now
Feel the light

With a desperate longing I broke free at last from the bonds of the wife
I just had to be with you, it was firmly enscribed in the book of my life
I saw a light a million moons ago
A blinding light can’t tell if it’s friend or foe

There's a passion that's poised
And it's ready to spring
From a long lonely river of pain
There's a passion that's poised
And it's ready to spring
From a long lonely river of pain
Track Name: Lucia de Amor
LUCIA DE AMOR

May the highways be mellow (Driving on)
May the views be alight (Shine on)
May your welcome be soothing (Open arms)
May you sleep well tonight (Dream on)

May the starlight surround you (Shine on)
May the moon keep you warm (Misty moon)
May the trees give you comfort (Sway on)
May the birds sing at dawn (Sing on)

My thoughts will be with you tonight
My love will be a guiding light
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor

May your waking be easy (With the wind)
May your day be calm (Slow time)
May the leaves rattle gently (Shimmer on)
May you be safe from harm (Safe from harm)

My thoughts will be with you tonight
My love will be a guiding light
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor

Ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah
Ah ah ah ah ah

My thoughts will be with you tonight
My love will be a guiding light
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Lucia lucia lucia de amor
Track Name: Your Lover
YOUR LOVER

I saw your lover on the street today
His head was bowed and he was looking the other way
He’s never met me and it’s strange to think of all the things I know
About his body and his mind

He turned into the supermarket in front of me
I was lured in by a strange curiosity
He browsed through Special K and Weetabix and Cheerios
And I thought
You’re not aware of what I know

Other people’s lovers, other people’s lives
Other people’s secrets, other people’s lies
And it seems to me
Like every generation carries on
Weaving tangled silver webs

He wore a leather jacket he got from his Uncle Joe
His hair was short he had it cut just a week ago
And by the deli counter
He glanced at me unknowingly
And I had the strangest picture in my mind

Other people’s lovers, other people’s lives
Other people’s secrets, other people’s lies
And it seems to me
Like every generation carries on
Weaving tangled silver webs

I had to get into the same check-out queue as him
I saw his wallet with a photograph of you in
I left the store and all the way home I was whistling to myself
That life is stranger than a song

Other people’s lovers, other people’s lives
Other people’s secrets, other people’s lies
And it seems to me
Like every generation carries on
Weaving tangled silver webs

Other people’s lovers, other people’s lives
Other people’s secrets, other people’s lies
And it seems to me
Like every generation carries on
Weaving tangled silver webs
Track Name: Here It Comes Again
HERE IT COMES AGAIN

It’s a deep feeling I have for you
It’s a keen believing I have in you
When you walk into a room, it’s so nice to see you
When I hear the telephone, it’s so nice to hear you
And even when you’re gone, it’s so nice to think of you

My moods are spinning around
Spiraling up and plummeting down
Oh no here it comes again
Oh no here it comes again
Oh no here it comes again no no no no
Oh no here it comes again no no no no

It’s a strange feeling I have for you
It’s a jaded doubting I have in you
Your indifference really hurts
I’m tumbling into my shell
I feel like throwing in the towel
But only time will tell
I can only give so much
And then I hear that bell


My moods are spinning around
Spiraling up and plummeting down
Oh no here it comes again
Oh no here it comes again
Oh no here it comes again no no no no
Oh no here it comes again no no no no

There’s a deep wounding you make in me
Like a razor cutting away at me
You’re a man and you are scared
Of a woman’s love for you
You keep pushing me away
Afraid that I’ll hurt you
If you’d only let me in
Then you could feel love too


My moods are spinning around
Spiraling up and plummeting down
Oh no here it comes again
Oh no here it comes again
Oh no here it comes again no no no no
Oh no here it comes again no no no no
Track Name: Touch The Sky
TOUCH THE SKY

The hawks are a-hovering
The windsailers drifting
The moors are a-humming
With the wind and the light
The climbers are slowly ascending
With the rock and the air
And the peak looms beyond us,
Silhouetted by light
And we could almost, almost touch the clouds
And we could almost, almost touch the clouds

The silence is ringing
With the calm all around
The shadows are sailing
With the movement of cloud
The echo of metal a ripple
Like chimes on the wind
The figures are moving
Drawing us in
And we could almost, almost touch the sky
And we could almost, almost touch the sky

The summer is fading
In front of our eyes
The sunlight is changing
With a chill in the air
The climbers are slowly ascending
With the rock and the air
And the peak looms beyond us
Silhouetted by light
And we could almost, almost touch the sky
And we could almost, almost touch the sky
Track Name: Blind Woman
BLIND WOMAN

On a cloudy cloudy morning, I’m so empty and bereft
I’ve bashed my head against a wall (for so long)
Now I feel there’s nothing left.
It’s not a rational decision, it’s just the place we ended up
I cannot hide my feelings (any more)
I don’t want to feel this way

Holy mercy holy cow, what do we what do we what do we do now
Holy mackerel holy smoke what a way what a way what a way to go
You’re the sunshine in my eyes, what if one day the sun don’t shine
How will I find my way through life if I’m a blind woman

And the loving feelings linger, you’re the nicest man I know
And you know it’s not your fault at all, I’ve just discovered I’m alive
I know you want to try again dear, but everything stays the same
We’re not around for very long (in this world), the time has come to make a change

Holy mercy holy cow, what do we what do we what do we do now
Holy mackerel holy smoke what a way what a way what a way to go
You’re the sunshine in my eyes, what if one day the sun don’t shine
How will I find my way through life if I’m a blind woman

If I’m right or if I’m wrong the fact is we don’t get along
Let’s call it a day and start to live again
Every time I see the light, when the dawn shines through the night
I’m bubbling up because I’m free again

Holy mercy holy cow, what do we what do we what do we do now
Holy mackerel holy smoke what a way what a way what a way to go
You’re the sunshine in my eyes, what if one day the sun don’t shine
How will I find my way through life if I’m a blind woman

Seeing all your sorry teardrops, makes my body reel with pain
I’m clouded over and confused now, maybe we should try again

Holy mercy holy cow, what do we what do we what do we do now
Holy mackerel holy smoke what a way what a way what a way to go
You’re the sunshine in my eyes, what if one day the sun don’t shine
How will I find my way through life if I’m a blind woman
Maybe I’m a blind woman
Everybody tells me I’m a blind woman
You’ll regret it someday blind woman
I suspect I suspect I’m a blind woman
But I know but I know I’m not a blind woman
Everybody tells me I’m a blind woman
You’ll regret it someday blind woman
But I know but I know I’m not a blind woman
Track Name: Women Go Flying With Their Minds
WOMEN GO FLYING WITH THEIR MINDS

Yesterday, I sat on my own with pictures in my mind
Tried to let all my thoughts and fears unwind
Tried to come clean at least to me

Troubled times, nothing is clear and nothing gets resolved
All of our words are nothing to behold
Nothing we say can change things now

So fly through the sky, fly back through time
If you find a way, tell me, if you want to say, tell me tell me,
If you see the day, tell me why-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay

It’s not logical but intellect’s secondary anyway
I’ll go with my intuition any day
‘Cause women go flying with their minds

Why heavens above do men shy away from love
Why men hide away from the truth that women say

By the way it’s quite stimulating just to theorise
Try to peel layers from our dimming eyes
The biggest deception’s to ourselves

So fly through the sky, fly back through time
If you find a way, tell me, if you want to say, tell me tell me,
If you see the day, tell me why-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay