Silver Linings

by The Sandman's Orchestra

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THE SANDMAN’S ORCHESTRA is a duo made up of Pierre Laplace, a singer/songwriter from Lille, France, and his 16-year-old niece, Léonie Gabriel.

The story of the duo started in May 2010 when, after a family lunch, Léonie picked up a guitar and starting singing a few covers. Everybody was astounded by the beauty of her voice, and Pierre offered her straightaway to work on some songs together. It was a case of instant chemistry : as soon as they started singing together, Pierre and Léonie realized that their voices blended beautifully and that they shared the same musical sensibility. Pierre then started writing songs for the duo, layering down tracks in his home studio. Some of the songs are sung as duets, others are sung by Léonie alone. The young singer also added vocal harmonies of her own which show a musical sense that is amazing considering her age. She also wrote the music of the song "Cradle of Light".

“Silver Linings” is The Sandman’s Orchestra’s first album. Recorded and produced by Pierre in his home-studio, this record is a collection of atmospheric ballads with elements of folk songwriting and touches of jazz and electronica.

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released June 24, 2011

THE SANDMAN’S ORCHESTRA – SILVER LININGS

Léonie Gabriel : vocals, guitar on « Cradle of Light »

Pierre Laplace : vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, piano, Wurlitzer, keyboards, beats, percussion, sounds

Guests :

JB Hoste : drums

Pher : trumpet

Written and produced by Pierre Laplace, except « Cradle of Light », written by Laplace/Gabriel

Recorded by Pierre at home, Lille, May 2010/May 2011, except drums, recorded by JB Hoste, April 2011

Mastered by Patrice Kubiak at Studio KA, Faches-Thumesnil, France
Artwork by Pierre, layout by David Briatte

Thanks : JB Hoste, Pher, Patrice Kubiak, David Briatte, Richard Huyghe, Ambroise Yon, Maurice Delahaye, Mark Wale, David Appleton, Jules Gabriel

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Track Name: Cast a Shadow
CAST A SHADOW


I keep searching high and low
for a place where I can rest a while

I keep holding you so close
my arms ache and I can barely breathe

I'm under your spell
in a raging storm

you mess with my head
and I want more

I used to be free
and now I’m walking in chains
I follow your tracks
and fade away

your light cast a shadow
in which I've been hiding

will you ever let me go
and wander my own path
like I did before

maybe some day you will know
I've lost my mind through yearning
and all my love is wasted

I keep holding you so close
your soul is what I long for

I used to be free
and now I’m walking in chains
I follow your tracks
and fade away

your light cast a shadow
in which I've been hiding
Track Name: How Lonely
HOW LONELY

I leave a house full of strangers
I step outside into the gloom
the night is just a hollow whisper
I guess I love this world of blue

the darkened sky gives me cover
my weary eyes will not be fooled
everything is so much clearer
my true colours will shine through

how lonely it feels
under the sea
when your voice is calling

into the fire
when my flame is dying

inside a dream
when my soul is waking
Track Name: May Flowers
MAY FLOWERS

I pick up a flower and don't remember what it's called
I lay it to rest there between a lilac and a rose

I sit back on the chair and time freezes
memories float before our tired eyes

and the girl with the golden voice is singing "hallelujah"

life shivers and shines
against the cold of death

it's time to say goodbye while music fills the air
and we surrender to the endless whirl of ghosts and shadows

if there's a silver lining
I will untie it from its cloud
find some kind of blessing
in the eternal darkness rising

later on I daydream while kids hop around
as if there was no tomorrow
and the girl with the sweetest voice is singing "over the rainbow"

life shivers and shines
against the cold of death

it's time to say goodbye while music fills the air
and we surrender to the endless whirl of ghosts and shadows

life shivers and shines
against the cold of death

it’s time to say goodbye while music fills the air

life shivers and shines
against the cold of death
Track Name: You Won't Be Lost
YOU WON’T BE LOST

he hides away inside his room
and nobody's here to watch or listen
some people say he's just a fool
and has no sense of what is real

outside the flowers are all in bloom
children on swings are in heaven
so many trails for you to choose
but you've forgotten what is dear to you

lean on me
come closer
close your eyes
you won't be lost

I walk alone into the room
I feel a void wider than the ocean
a cloud appears out of the blue
your mind's forever out of reach

you're half asleep in the gloom
I crack a joke and you smile at me
and now I'm left without a clue
but these are the moments I want to steal

lean on me
come closer
close your eyes
you won't be lost

your loneliness keeps haunting me
like a wolf howling at my door
the tenderness and love that I feel
won’t be hidden anymore

your face reminds me of the moon
so pale and so hard to decipher
a quiet voice whispers and croons
that I should take you out of here

lean on me
come closer
close your eyes
you won't be lost
Track Name: To The Moon
TO THE MOON

the lonely journey that I took
was not learnt by the book

I left on a whim
without a note or a kiss

and all the places that I've seen
can’t compare to what I saw
from my spaceship

I travelled to the moon
‘cos I'd made a promise to you
that I would pick up a stone
from that old friend soon

the earth was just a speck of dust
and all my hopes turned to rust
when I realized I was lost in space

you know how I tend to drift away

I travelled to the moon
‘cos I'd made a promise to you
that I would pick up a stone
from that old friend soon

I travelled to the moon
and I broke my promise to you
Track Name: How We Used To Feel
HOW WE USED TO FEEL

stay with me
or walk away in tears
do as you please now
you know our wounds can’t be healed

endlessly
I left clues for you to read
but you were too busy
being afraid of everything

I see your face pale with wonder
in the dead of sleep
I hear your voice and your laughter
as I drift and float upstream
hoping that some day
you will remember how we used to feel

leave me here
there’s a storm across the hill
it’s coming closer
will you find it hard to breathe

how to live
with all the memories
of when you were younger
and thought you were made
for being free

I see your face pale with wonder
in the dead of sleep
I hear your voice and your laughter
as I drift and float upstream
hoping that some day
you will remember how we used to feel

dive with me
swim with me
where the river runs deep
Track Name: Cradle of Light
CRADLE OF LIGHT

there’s a child in me who refuses to give in
slips into my clothes when I wake up in the morning
a little animal who won’t bark with the dogs
and cries out whenever I forget to show her love

there’s a man beside me, he is caught in a dream
the devils inside him wage war relentlessly
he turns to me and says “we’re on a quest for beauty
I’ve been waiting too long for my soul to be set free”

life is overflowing
like a stream of tears
like a cradle of light
and the world disappears
swept away with a frown
when there’s too much too feel

the sound of the river fills my dreams endlessly
fairies and angels talk to me in my sleep
I walk into dark woods and take in nature’s mysteries
if only you knew how strange it is to be me

everything that echoes in this room is precious
every crack in the wall shows new worlds to us
I came to you with open hands and an open heart
nothing we’ve built here will ever fall apart

life is overflowing
like a stream of tears
like a cradle of light
and the world disappears
swept away with a frown
when there’s too much too feel
Track Name: Hello Stranger
HELLO STRANGER

hello stranger
in my mind’s eye pictures of you flicker

I haven’t forgotten what we used to share and love
and all our conversations lingering on

how could we ever fall this low
and not even feel shame or sorrow

hang on to your halo
before it’s swept away

will I ever know
why darkness came to stay

goodbye stranger
I knew your cold blue eyes would not surrender

the walls you’ve built are strong
and mine are paper-thin

we played it out to perfection
then you led me on

how could we ever fall this low
and not even feel shame or sorrow

hang on to your halo
before it’s swept away

will I ever know
why darkness came to stay
Track Name: The World Won't Remember Your Name
THE WORLD WON’T REMEMBER YOUR NAME

a dark-haired girl
with her tambourine
up here on the stage
seizing the moment

soon the wind
will take away your dreams
this is how it goes
always

I’m afraid the world won’t remember your name
but for some reason I do remember your face

how will you feel
when the curtain falls
and the honeymoon is over

we’re slaves
to what we leave behind
this is how it goes
always

I’m afraid the world won’t remember your name
but for some reason I do remember your face
Track Name: The Darkest Waters
THE DARKEST WATERS

she came back from the darkest waters
and celebrated with a smile

she got out of the deepest river
and the light in her eyes will always shine

I was playing my battered guitar
strumming chords and waiting
I never thought she'd have gone that far
shedding so many tears

lost again in haunted mazes
echoing your desperate calls
hoping that I would leave traces
songs of love to heal your soul

she found solace in her favourite colours
the ones she paints and treasures

she's the beauty that never flickers
and the light in her eyes will always shine

I was pounding away at the piano
in the grip of time and shadows

even if our spirits roam
you know I'll keep you close

lost again in haunted mazes
echoing your desperate calls
hoping that I would leave traces
songs of love to heal your soul
Track Name: Everything Comes Alive
EVERYTHING COMES ALIVE

I brush off the ashes of the past
and shut down the voices inside

rolling waves brought me here
I found a home for weary dreamers

the endless winter of the soul
has given way to summertime

The morning brings a blaze of light
I follow trails of fading colours

everything comes alive
the wind and the feathers
the dragonflies
the swallow by the river
my sleepy eyes

loving faces floating by
stay with me outside my shelter

birds of prey up above
lead me to the shallow water

I want to stand here for a while
and let my wildest fancies roam

I’m haunted by the flowing stream
and the sounds of passing creatures

everything comes alive
the wind and the feathers
the dragonflies
the swallow by the river
my sleepy eyes
the shadows and the flowers
the silver clouds