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The Beyond

by Test Card Girl

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The Beyond is the 3rd single from Manchester artist Test Card Girl's synth-folk EP 'Fly' due out in July 2022. The lyrics were written during a long car journey, looking out of the window, watching the white lines pass and thinking about where life is going. It's about the uncertainty which, at times. can be all-pervading. How much do we decide for ourselves, and how much of our lives follow an inevitable path that we watch ourselves treading, often confused or resentful, but not brave enough to step off? The track was produced by Seadna McPhail at Airtight Studios in Manchester and features Andy Hargreaves (I Am Kloot) on drums and Nathan Sudders (The Whip) on bass.


On the way to the mountains
On the way to the sea
Happy in the silence
Content as you and me

Looking out the window
As the white lines pass
Aware of the darkness
Somewhere in the past

If I could only see
Over the next hill
Under the bridge to the beyond
To the beyond

Ah - ah
Ah - ah

More than half to go now
Less than half again
Waiting for the right time
Not knowing to say when

One day feels certain
The next feels overwhelmed
Existing to the sound of
Ever present bells

If I could only see
Over the next hill under the bridge to the beyond
To the beyond

Ah - ah
Ah - ah

And if my chain breaks in the morning
It doesn’t mean I’ll stay

And if my trains late in the evening
I haven't run away
Run away

On the way to the mountains
On the way to the sea.


released May 6, 2022
Lead Vocals, Synths: Catherine Burgis
Drums: Andy Hargreaves
Bass: Nathan Sudders
Produced by: Seadna McPhail
Mastered by: Graeme Lynch

Written by Catherine Burgis
Artwork: Spencer Robens


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Test Card Girl Manchester, UK

Test Card Girl is a solo project by new Manchester indie singer-songwriter Her first single 'Holds Me Down' was released in 2020 and picked up by BBC 6Music, Radio X, Absolute Radio and XS Manchester and she was named Steve Lamacq's BBC 6 Music 'One to Watch' in January 2021. She is due to release her debut 'EP' Fly in Summer 2022. ... more

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