Two Steps Back

from by Marc Block

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Marc's new album, Brisk & Breezy, sees him revisit the “jaunty acoustipop” of his former band, Marc Block and the Breezes, overdubbing his own voice, guitar, bouzouki, harmonicas and percussion, with further backing vocals by Rachel Delicata and double bass by Martin Bentley. It’s an exuberant collection of mostly original songs, including new recordings of some of Marc’s old favourites from his younger days.

    CD artwork by Frank Duffy (, photography by James Fagan.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Brisk & Breezy via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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For many years I was in an unhealthy relationship, broadly coinciding with the time I wasn't writing songs. During that time I kept thinking of the phrase "one step forward, two steps back", and finally it came to this song. I wrote down seemingly random lines during a train journey, which I later fashioned into not so much a narrative, as some verses that rhymed. It’s heavily Bob Dylan-influenced, and I promise never again to name-check him in a song.


Two Steps Back by Marc Block 2009 © Glasspool Music

Bright green on the sycamore and willow
Only ash and the oak are still bare
Gospel Dylan’s in my headphones
And it’s a slow train takes me there
Slow train takes me there

And I’m one step forward, two steps back
Down the slippery slope I go
Walking up the down escalator
Climbing on a greasy pole

Oh mercy I’m on my way to the city
Men are talking of the game without end
Recent things that you said are on the rise
I’m just trying to help a friend
Just trying to help a friend

We stop in our tracks in the country
Swollen river fills the meadow
Blossom’s on the bush, the wind is blowing
Fields are green and turning yellow
Green and turning yellow

One across the table, one beside me
Remaining strangers, in red
Man it’s true I hardly know you
But right now you’re always in my head
You’re always in my head

In Bartholomew’s Yard the sun is shining
There’s so much that I don’t know
In the gatehouse I can stop for a while
And I let my whistle blow
I let my whistle blow


from Brisk & Breezy, released October 7, 2016
Marc Block: Lead and backing vocals, guitar, harmonica, djembe.
Martin Bentley: Double bass
George French: Keyboard



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"one of the most exciting singers I've heard in a long, long time" - Mike Harding

"passionate and careful in his treatment of traditional material" – Rob Bartlett

“..a great voice” – James Fagan

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