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Campfire

from The Glass Age by Dan Whitehouse

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Master of the understated and subtle, Dan Whitehouse releases the first single from his new album The Glass Age.

Campfire points to a deeper universal intelligence, and how we are deeply unified by the warmth of both sun and fire. Working with producer Gustaf Ljunggren, the track is best described as minimalist electronica and represents an exciting development in Dan’s creative evolution, now six albums in. Dan shines light upon the origins of the track by saying:

“With Campfire I’m likening the glowing sunrises over Tokyo Bay, to the campfires burning back home in the UK.

“During my time in Japan, I ran something called The Rising Sun Stream Series - it would be 5am in Yokohama, and evening back in the UK where some of my followers would gather to hear my songs. These sessions really connected us - it felt like we were gathering around the same sun, albeit in different forms.”

The needs of humanity are touched upon throughout the single, but perhaps most noticeably the transformative power of our own perception: “When you change the way you look at things; Watch the things you look at start to change; Through the flame of this gentle blaze; Everything is re-arranged” - the opening lyric elucidates.

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Campfire

V1

When you change the way you look at things Watch the things you look at start to change Through the flame of this gentle blaze Everything is re-arranged

CHORUS
This love we share glows like a campfire,
The embers crackle and we hum along.
We share the heat, the light and simple songs, And all our troubles are long gone


V2
A minutes silence every morning
Pay our respects to the great
Force awakening rising above us
A heat that penetrates our skin and fuels our chest

We do not surrender
There was never combat She comes in peace
We are one

CHORUS
This love we share glows like a campfire,
The embers crackle and we hum along.
We share the heat, the light and simple songs, And all our troubles are long gone


CAMPFIRE - JAPANESE LYRICS
(キャンプファイヤー (Katakana))


V1
ものごとのみかたをかえるとき (monogoto no mikata o kaeru toki) それがへんかしはじめるのをみて (sore ga henka shihajimeruno o mite)
このおだやかなほのおのひをとおして (kono odayakana honoo no hi o tooshite) すべてがふたたびアレンジされる (subete ga hutatabi arenji sareru)

CHORUS
きょうゆうするこのあいは、(kyouyuu suru kono ai wa,) キャンファイヤーのようにかがやく(kyanpufaiyaa no youni kagayaku) のこりのひがパチパチとなりひびく (nokorino higa pachipachi to narihibiku) ねつ、ひかり、そしてシンプルなきょくをきょうゆうする
(jounetsu, hikari, sosite shinpuru na kyoku o kyouyuu suru) すべてのわたしたちのトラブルはきえていく
(subete no watashitachi no toraburu wa kiete iku)

V2
まいにち いっぷんの もくとう (mainichi ippun no mokutou) いだいなひとに けいいをひょうする (idaina hitoni keii o hyousuru) ちからがめざめ わたしたちのうえにのぼっていく
(tikaraga mezame watashitachi no ue ni nobotte iku)
ひふに ねつがしんとうし、むねにきょうきゅうする (hihuni netsuga shintoushi, muneni kyoukyuu suru)

わたしたちはほうふくしない (watashi tachi wa houfuku shinai) たたかいはにどとない (sentou wa nidoto nai) かのじょはあんしんして (kanojo wa anshin shite) わたしたちはひとつに (watashi tachi wa hitotsu ni)



VOCABULARY

When you change: ~を かえるとき(~o kaerutoki)
the way you look at things: ものごとのみかた(monogoto no mikata) Whatch the things you look at それをみて(sore o mite)
start to change: へんか しはじめる(henka shihajimeru)
Through: とおして(tooshite)
the flame: ほのお、ひ(honoo or hi)
this gentle blaze: この おだやかな ほのお(kono odayakana honoo) Everything: すべて(subete)
re-arranged: ふたたびアレンジされる(hutatabi arenji sareru)
This=この (kono)
love=あい (ai)
share= きょうゆうする (kyouyuu suru) glows=かがやく (kagayaku)
like a campfirel= キャンプファイヤーのように (kyanpu faiyaa no youni) The embers = のこりのひ (nokori no hi)
crackle=パチパチと (pachipachi to)
we hum along = ハミングする、なりひびく (hamingu suru or nairhibiku) the heat=ねつ (netsu)
the light= ひかり (hikari) simple= シンプル (sinpuru)
songs =きょく (kyoku)
all = すべて (subete)
troubles= トラブル (toraburu) long gone = きえていく (kieteiku)
Vocabulary
A minutes = いっぷん (ippun)
Silence = もくとう (mokutou)
Every morning = まいあさ (mai asa)
Pay our respects = けいいをひょうする (keii o hyousuru) To the great = いだいなひとに (idaina hito ni)
Force = ちから (chikara)
Awakening = めざめる (mezameru)
Rising = のぼっていく (nobotteiku) Above = うえ (ue)
Us = わたしたち (watashitachi)
Skin = ひふ (hifu)
penetrates = しんとうする (shintou suru)
fuels =ねんりょう、きょうきゅうする (nenryou, or kyoukyuu suru) chest =むね (mune)
Surrender = ほうふくする (houfuku suru) Never = にどとない (nidoto nai)
Combat = たたかい (tatakai)
In peace = あんしんして (anshin shite) One = ひとつに (hitotsu ni)

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from The Glass Age, track released June 17, 2022
Dan Whitehouse
Gustaf Ljunggren

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“Subtle and delicate melodies” The Sunday Times

“Nothing short of beautiful – **** ” RnR Magazine

Singer-guitarist Dan Whitehouse renews, reinvents and reimagines - touching listeners with his observations and moving them with his sensitivity and impeccable songwriting.
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