A Long Way To Blow A Kiss by ANT

A Long Way To Blow A Kiss

Released on 29/04/2002

Fortune and Glory Records (UK)

11 song CD album 

(FORCDALB107)

01. The Trick

02. Maybe Love Will Return

03. Any Girl Can Make Me Smile

04. History

05. When I Need You To

06. Waste The Days Away

07. A Long Way To Blow A Kiss

08. I Always Hurt The One That I Love

09. Every Drop Of Rain

10. Today As Yesterday

11. April Rain

 

Recorded at home in an upstairs bedroom in Bermondsey & a downstairs kitchen in Stratford between April 1999 & September 2001 on a Roland VS840 digital 8 track studio, mixed to DAT.

Wurlitzer and backing vocals on song 7 were recorded at Cushy Productions in Stockwell London by Suzanne Rhatigan. Mastered at Transfermation at London Bridge in September 2001 by Richard Dowling. Featuring: ANT on vocals, guitars, electric keyboard, drum machine, percussion, balalaika, ukulele-banjo and harmonica. John Morrison on bass guitar & Suzanne Rhatigan on backing vocals and Wurlitzer piano (7).

ANT proves a delicate little joy – he should consider giving up the day job – TELETEXT.

Just about the perfect long lost rejection, ex-girlfriend/boyfriend record you'll ever hear, trust me – TASTY FANZINE.

A tender, wistful acoustic bedsit shuffle of songs about love rain & loneliness - CARELESS TALK COSTS LIVES.

Delicate, bittersweet love songs fused with beautiful acoustic resonance – PENNY BLACK MUSIC.

ANT inhabits the bittersweet territory of Nick Drake & Clifford T Ward, evocative of wide open spaces and a warm spring breeze - The best drummer’s album you’ll ever hear! – LOGO MAGAZINE.

The whole album drifts by like a sunny day - SOUNDSXP.

Beautifully uncompromising and simplistic, a real joy - SLANT MAGAZINE.

Recorded with an enthusiastic cheapness which enhances its appeal no end – ROCKSOUND. 

A minor (key) masterpiece - GOLDFLAKE PAINT.

Wonderfully charming solo debut – THE HERALD OBSERVER.

Draped in loveliness, a national treasure – TWEEKITTEN.

Possibly the loveliest album of the year so far – UNIVERSITY OF TEESIDE STUDENTS UNION MAG.

A blinding, lovingly crafted debut album, lovelorn songs layered with gorgeous acoustic strums, a stunning raw talent, Antony Harding is someone we will be hearing plenty more about – CITY LIGHTS.

THE TRICK She turns my dull life around with a nod and a wink. God bless her because now I can hardly think. May I stay out of your way when I've nothing nice to say, except I'm sorry. How d'you know when to go, that's the trick I wish to know, well I'm listening. She places a sparkle into these tired eyes and how I marvel just waiting on her surprise. May I stay out of your way when I've nothing nice to say except I'm sorry. How d'you know when to go that's the trick I wish to know, well I'm listening. May I stay out of your way when I've nothing nice to say except I'm sorry. How d'you know when to go that's the trick I wish to know, well I'm listening. I'll just sit in the corner Oh I won't say a thing. I promise you won't even notice me or the huge hopes I bring, the huge hopes I bring.

ANT the trick

MAYBE LOVE WILL RETURN It doesn't matter if I follow my heart, it doesn't matter if you follow your stars, I'm always in your hair, I'm always on your nerves. It doesn't matter if your spirits rise, it doesn't matter if our luck turns, our love's no longer hot, our hearts no longer burn. And we know love can come as quickly as it goes. And we know when love hurts it's time to let it go. And we know time can heal so we should take it slow and maybe love will return. It doesn't matter if I follow my head, it doesn't matter if you follow your friends. We break up when love starts, we break up when love ends. It doesn't matter if your spirits rise, it doesn't matter if our luck turns, our love's no longer hot, our hearts no longer burn. And we know love can come as quickly as it goes. And we know when love hurts it's time to let it go. And we know time can heal so we should take it slow and maybe love will return. I love the smell of your skin cream as you dress in the morning, I hope it'll be ok. And I love your tongue as it dances in my mouth, Oh just tell me it'll be ok.

ANY GIRL CAN MAKE ME SMILE Leave love in two it's easy, brush the broken bits into the past. Any boy can make you smile but only I can make you cry. Push all the pain away again, I try to clear my bed of you. Any girl can make me smile but only you can make me cry. You close your eyes but there's no paradise. I count the cost, of all we've lost and all we've wasted. Leave love alone it's easy, just take yourself to bed and dream. Anyone can make me smile but only you can make me cry. I close my eyes but find no paradise. I count the cost, of all we've lost and all we've wasted. Any girl can make me smile but only you can make me cry, only you can make me cry.

HISTORY Even if it’s over I still love you. My heart’s not free it sank to the bottom of your sea and now it flounders. Even if we’re broken we can fix it. My love won’t die until you look it in the eye and break the bad news. Without the magic or the chemistry we can only become history, without the spark or the urgency, we go to pot we go to pot. Even if we’re all spent I’m still dreaming. My heart’s not sure quite how to love you anymore and so we’re falling. Without the magic or the chemistry, we can only become history, without the spark or the urgency, we go to pot we go to pot. Without the magic or the chemistry, we can only become history, without the spark or the urgency, we go to pot we go to pot.

ANT a long way to blow a kiss

WHEN I NEED YOU TO I was too far ahead to see the tears wet her cheeks. I could have made a mess of love so easily. With all the care in the world I still saddened her and chased away that happy smile I'd waited all day for. Oh stubborn heart you never show your pretty face when I need you to. Oh bumbling heart you never act with any grace when I need you to. I was too far ahead to see love disappear. I went and let that little devil whisper in my ear. With all the care in the world I still angered her and chased away that special look I'd waited all day for. Oh stubborn heart you never show your pretty face when I need you to. Oh bumbling heart you never act with any grace when I need you to. Oh stubborn heart you never show your pretty face when I need you to. Oh bumbling heart you never act with any grace when I need you to. Did I forget that she was there the angel by my side. Did I forget that she was there I was no longer on my own. Did I forget that she was there just a few steps behind with tears in her eyes with tears in her eyes.

WASTE THE DAYS AWAY When your eyes open wide for the very first time on a new day, I'm not there to say, how I feel when I steal the first smile you reveal on that new day I regret to say. I waste the days away dying to see your face. I beg the night to stay so dreams can take your place. When your eyes shut tight on these lonely nights, I am miles away I regret to say. I waste the days away dying to see your face. I beg the nights to stay so dreams can take your place. I waste the days away dying to see your face. I beg the nights to stay so dreams can take your place, take your place.

A LONG WAY TO BLOW A KISS It's a long way to blow you a kiss and there's always a chance that it will miss. Caught in between being in love and being far apart, joy meets sorrow half and half. There is no need to eat no need to sleep. There is no need to rise or even speak. Lost in the space of this bed dreams take me to you instead to your window across the sea. It's a long way to blow you a kiss and there's always a chance that it will miss. My lucky eyes, lucky lips and my lucky fingertips hate the waiting that they do.

I ALWAYS HURT THE ONE THAT I LOVE I should thank my stars I found her, she's full of hellos not goodbyes. I should throw my arms around her and never bring tears to her eyes. For she flashes me those sweet smiles that make my blue skies stay and she always brings birds that sing sweetly all day. I should rub my eyes in wonder at the way she makes time fly. I should kiss the air around her and never bring tears to her eyes. For she fills me with butterflies that take my breath away and she always brings birds that sing sweetly all day. But I always hurt the one that I love, I always hurt the one that I love.

a long way to blow a kiss by Ant
ANT a long way to blow a kiss

EVERY DROP OF RAIN You're in my room and now you're down my street. You fill every thought and you grace every dream that I dream. You look at me with eyes of blue and my heart pounds when you do without warning. You fall with every drop of rain, you are the sun that shines again with each morning. My heart feels so light so I just let it go with my phone in my hand and your hairs hanging onto my clothes. You look at me with eyes of blue and my heart pounds when you do without warning. You fall with every drop of rain, you are the sun that shines again with each morning. Oh I always see you in everything that I do. Oh I always see you in everything that I do. Oh I always see you in everything that I do. Oh I always see you in everything that I do

TODAY AS YESTERDAY My eyes are glued tight to you as you walk across the floor. I follow your trail of wet footprints right back to the front door. All too aware of how easily I can tread on your toes but I can't resist so I still follow wherever you go. Falling taking all your time, adoring each way you make me smile. Falling spiralling away, today as yesterday. Am I awake or stuck in a dream I still cannot be sure until I hear the sound of your key in the front door. All too aware of how easily I can bring you down but I never learn so I still follow you 'round and around. Falling taking all your time, adoring each way you make me smile. Falling spiralling away, today as yesterday. Falling taking all your time, adoring each way you make me smile. Falling spiralling away today as yesterday. Falling taking all your time, adoring each way you make me smile. Falling spiralling away, today as yesterday. Falling taking all your time, adoring each way you make me smile. Falling spiralling away, today as yesterday, today as yesterday, today as yesterday, today as yesterday.

APRIL RAIN Please send her kisses with all the things she misses, her friends and the sea. And whisk her homesick thoughts far away to where she longs to be. And love strikes with lightning no wonder it's so frightening how sudden it can be. And love claps with thunder so is it any wonder it's hard to get to sleep. Don't let your sunny face cloud over to let your tears fall like April rain. We'll let the darkened clouds pass over and lift your spirits way up high again. Please send her wishes with all the things she misses, her friends and the sea. And let her telephone ring when she gets sick and tired of me. And love strikes with lightning, no wonder it's so frightening how sudden it can be. And love claps with thunder so is it any wonder it's hard to get to sleep. Don't let your sunny face cloud over to let your tears fall like April rain. We'll let the darkened clouds pass over and lift your spirits way up high again. Don't let your sunny face cloud over (don’t let your sunny face cloud over)
To let your tears fall like April rain. We'll let the darkened clouds pass over (we’ll let the darkened clouds pass over) and lift your spirits way up high again.