Smoke Signals

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Smoke Signals is the debut album from Oktoba

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released October 29, 2015

All songs written and performed by Chris Athorne
Recorded, mixed and produced by Tim Bidwell at The Clockwork Owl Studio, Brighton.
Mastered by Nick Lewis at Brighton Mastering

Performances from..
Drums - Chris Boot
Bass - Ben Daniel
2nd Guitar - John Smith
Keys - Chip Phillips
Cello - Jocasta Whippy
Pedal Steel - Francois DeVille
This and That - Tim Bidwell

Vocal Performances..
Bo Lucas (Wind Fire Water Stone)
Cordelia Gartside (Something New)
Phoebe Freya (On My Mind)

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oktoba Brighton, UK

Oktoba is the project of alt folk, singer songwriter Chris Athorne.

Honest story telling with an emotive deliverance leaves live audiences captivated with his tales of love and life.

The past year has seen performance at Latitude Festival, The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party and Sofar Sounds.
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Track Name: Smoke Signals
Oh Father don’t be sad
Your sons are doing all they can
To rule, the name of their past

And Mother I know you are tired
You’ve done your best of all of your life
And know, we won't forget

But when the rain is falling on the fire
Smoke is blowing signs to go

We pack our bags and wave to home
Suddenly we’re on our own

Call me right
Call me wrong
Call this dream too long
Goodbye I’m not coming home

And Brothers yeah sure we are tight
We had our doubts
We had our fights
We learnt to hold the fort

As a family some tears were shed
But when laughter sung we broke the break
There’s no peace without war

But when the rain is falling on the fire
Smoke is blowing signs to go

We pack our bags and wave to home
Suddenly we’re on our own

Call me right
Call me wrong
Call this dream too long
Goodbye I’m not coming home

Call me right
Call me wrong
Call this dream too long
Goodbye I’m not coming home

Call me right
Call me wrong
Call this dream too long
Goodbye I’m not coming home

Call this dream too long
Goodbye I’m not coming home
Track Name: Something New
Well I don’t wear my heart down
On my sleeves no more

No I don’t wear my heart there cos
I’ve been there before

And I don’t drink till sunrise
To wake up on the floor

No I drink then darling no
Cos I’ve been there before

I ain’t got much
But I got enough
Just the clothes on my back
and a heart of love

And if you
Give it a chance
To see where it lands
and start something new

I’ll share with you my shelter
I’ll share my food and more

I’ll share with you my shelter cos
i’ve been there before

I ain’t got much
But I got enough
Just the clothes on my back
and a heart of love

And if you
Give it a chance
To see where it lands
and start something new

Well, I’ve been making circles lately
Hoping that my mind won’t break me now
Don’t break me now

And it’s the roll of a dice thats going to save me
The kind of advice that’s going to shake me down
Oh shake me now

Because I ain’t got much
But I got enough
Just the clothes on my back
and a heart of love

And if you
Give it a chance
To see where it lands
and start something new

Oh well I ain’t got much
But I got enough
Just the clothes on my back
and a heart of love

And if you
Give it a chance
To see where it lands
and start something new
Track Name: Aeroplane
We’re just stones thrown into the oceans arms
A feather in the wind
A carnival

But ain’t it funny
How clowns cry unhappy tears

And only when you’re down
is when you’ve had it up to here

Cos I could be your sunshine
you could be the rain
Don’t roll into a stop sign
then you’re never gonna see the tunnel
I will go the whole mile
Learn to fly an Aeroplane

Let us toast
and sing along as one in song
Like a tidal wave don't stop until its done

But ain’t it funny
How laughter cures an empty heart

And only when you’re lost
is when you feel the most at home

Cos I could be your sunshine
you could be the rain
Don’t roll into a stop sign
then you’re never gonna see the tunnel
I will go the whole mile
Learn to fly an Aeroplane
Track Name: On My Mind
Call me round
To calm me down
Call me to your door

Love me now
Don’t mess around
Because soon I’ll be gone

From foreign towns
To common lands
Your thoughts will own the room

But now my only thought
is lying next to you

Oh honey your on my mind
Every day and night
These tides will change by the morning sun
But oh honey
You’re on my mind

Well i can't try to understand
the forces of your way
Just trying to be a better man
to carry on these days

But i can learn to build a wall
And make a home with you
So come on now
Lets build it to the moon

Oh honey your on my mind
Every day and night
These tides will change by the morning sun
But oh honey
You’re on my mind

And if you go now baby
Well I’ll see you there

Because no mountain or ocean
Will be the reason to keep us from meeting

Cos, honey your on my mind
Every day and night
These tides will change by the morning sun
But oh honey
You’re on my mind

But oh darling
You’re on my mind

But oh honey
You’re on my mind
Track Name: Run
The waves they crash into the storm
Painting pictures as they formed
Each one gone now forever more

The sun it sets into the west
My fist it beats upon my chest
Telling my heart to beat some more

And we’re not hear to exercise
Practice, preach or compromise
Cos no one hears you when you’re gone

Don’t follow suit through lack of trying
Hoping one day that you’ll buy in
To an invite through the door

As oh
When we’re older and our bones
Ain’t like when we were young

Oh will you hold
Your head up and know

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

Oh you should have run
Run Run

And we used to play upon the sands
Building castles with our hands
When they’d crash down
Oh we’d build them tall

But now to build a castle as a man
I must find first a masterplan
Thats stops me crashing
through the floor

As oh
When we’re older and our bones
Ain’t like when we were young

Oh will you hold
Your head up and know

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

Oh you should have run
Run Run

As oh
When we’re older and our bones
Ain’t like when we were young

Oh will you hold
Your head up and know

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

Oh you walked you should of run
Run Run

When you walked should have run
Run Run

When you walked should of run
Run Run

Oh you should of run
Run Run

When you walked you should of run
Run Run

Oh you should have run
Run Run
Track Name: I'll Be Fine
I’ve been going back and forward
Going places I don't want to go
But my ghost keep telling me to ride along

And hold the door don't leave me hanging
Find a cure to this inner madness
I’m not lost in love
I’m just going blind

But if I don’t find my way soon I might cry
But if all I have is you then I’ll be fine

Don’t need much for this one way sadness
Just enough to secure this panic
I keep on lining them up
and you just knock them down


And to the rest I tell my stories
Cos in this chest beats a heart of glory
As in my life
I’ve love, laughed, seen and tried

But if I don’t find my way soon I might cry
But if all I have is you then I’ll be fine

But all love is gone
It’s been dried up
and served to us all as a metaphor

So run and tell your god
That we’ve got higher hopes
For this flesh and bone

And one day when we are older
And I say those words I told ya
You’ll stare at me with those eyes of
I knew you would

But if I don’t find my way soon it’ll be alright
Cos if all i have is you then
well I’ll be fine
Track Name: Tongue Tied
How do you feel
Because I ain’t seen you
for a long time it feels

As these days
come and go
And before we know it
we’re just names on a phone

Cos we’ve been going
back and forth my love
Trying to find a way we can all be one

Ignore the warning signs
and the writing on the wall
Tongue tied and twisted
Let’s not miss it all

Well I stumble
through the room
Your mind’s already in places
were the stars meet the moon



And by sunrise
You’ll be gone
To my early morning lover
soon our roads will meet once more

Cos we’ve been going
back and forth my love
Trying to find a way we can all be one

Ignore the warning signs
and the writing on the wall
Tongue tied and twisted
Let’s not miss it all

Tongue tied and twisted
Let’s not miss it all
Tongue tied and twisted
Let’s not miss it all
Tongue tied and twisted
Let’s not miss it all

Cos we’ve been going
back and forth my love
Trying to find a way we can all be one

Ignore the warning signs
and the writing on the wall
Tongue tied and twisted
Let’s not miss it all
Track Name: Wind Fire Water Stone
I’ll hold you till the morning comes
Spend my years showing you my love
And if this road we take
shows us trouble I’ll be brave

Because you’re my
Wind fire water and my stone

I told you once I’ll tell you twice
Loving you ain’t rolling dice
And in this world we’re in
not all of us can win

But you’re my
Wind fire water and my stone

You’re my
Wind fire water and my stone

Well and you are the best of me
The sweetest thing I’ve ever seen
Well I sing this song
with these words to you women

You’re my
Wind fire water and my stone
You’re my
Wind fire water and my stone

I’ll hold you till the morning comes
Spend my years showing you my love
But if this road we take
shows us trouble I’ll be brave

Because you’re my
Wind fire water and my stone
Because you’re my
Wind fire water and my stone
You’re my
Wind fire water and my stone
Track Name: Sticks and Stones
Out in the darkness
the rooster crows
At the fork in the road
which way do you go

My mind is helpless
a grain in the sand
Fly me away from the troubled lands

Like wine needs time to breath
Will sight come soon to me

Pull me up from the burning fire
Unchain my wings and take me higher
These stick and stones don’t break my bones
But it’s hard to know when you can’t find love

I feel this city is breaking me
Am I in a cage or am I free

A thorn comes from beauty
a rose from the reeds
And like hope handle carefully

Like wine needs time to breath
Will sight come soon to me

Pull me up from the burning fire
Unchain my wings and take me higher
These stick and stones don’t break my bones
But it’s hard to know when you can’t find love


Pull me up from the burning fire
Unchain my wings and take me higher
These stick and stones don’t break my bones
But it’s hard to know when you can’t find love

It’s hard to know when you can’t find love
it’s hard to know when you can’t find love
Track Name: You to Me
I took my car
and drove it too the waters edge
To watch the waves
crash upon the shore

And for a moment
it felt the ocean was a part of me
But then i looked up
to see your face once more

Because I
I belong to you
and you to me

Sometimes I
find myself in jeopardy
Lost and lonely
holding back the tears

But darling
well you're the one that saves me
Bringing me to my senses
or the face my fears

Well as I
well I belong to you
and you to me

Well and I know
no matter where which way that we will go

That I’ll roll
back to you just like a rolling stone

Well and I
I belong to you
And I
Well I belong to you
And I
Well I belong to you
And I
Well I belong to you

and you to me