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There are Certain Books That Break My Heart

from All Power to the Bookshop by Steve Roberts

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    All Power to the Bookshop, Steve's latest album, began as an Arts Council project about our relationship with books and reading. He explores how our memories, our hopes and dreams, our thoughts and emotional responses can be formed by the books we read and share. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that acts as propaganda for bookshops and reading.

    Wild and chaotic, capricious and frustrating, there are certain physical laws that govern secondhand bookshops and like gravity, they're pretty much nonnegotiable.
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    digital album releases December 3, 2021
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There are certain books that break
my heart
And I only have to catch a look at
their cover art
To be taken back to my mum and
It’s like I see my self on their library
My dad was a reader all his life.
It wasn’t highbrow literature but he
knew what he liked
Maybe cowboy books or cops and
Now they’re bittersweet treasured
Girls in summer dresses breaking
Hard drinking detectives and space
ships off to Mars
Oh I always knew, yes I always knew
I’d be a reader too.
My mum never really opened books
She never had the eyesight that
would let her take a look
So she never read what she did
W as listen to books that read to you.
Of girls in summer dresses breaking
Adventures to impress you and
romance after dark
So I always knew that I could listen
Yes I always knew that I’d be a
reader too
There are certain books that break
my heart.


from All Power to the Bookshop, releases December 3, 2021


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Steve was/is the singer and songwriter with Liverpool’s 16 Tambourines who signed to BMG and toured and recorded throughout Europe in the late 80s and 90s.
He’s since recorded 3 solo albums and one with the band Captain Pop. He’s also written for TV and semi theatre pieces about the Cold War and Surveillance. He lives in the Peak District.
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