B i o g r a p h y
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Official Press)

Camera Obscura started in 1996. Tracyanne, John and Gavin started playing together in Gavin's parent's cellar with no drummer. They were soon joined by a guitarist called David Skirving. They recorded the 'Park and Ride' and 'Your Sound' singles for Andmoresound in Glasgow and mini album 'Rare UK Bird' for Quattro in Japan. Richard Colburn took on drum duties live with the band and played on the 'Your Sound' single until Lee joined the band in 2000. During this time they played live shows at Glasgow's 13th Note, Hyndland Church Hall, Nice n' Sleazy's, King Tut's. They also supported Snow Patrol in the Maryhill Community Central Halls and played at the Bowlie Weekender in Camber Sands. David left the band to work on his own, (forming California Snow Story) and was replaced by Kenny. Lindsay Boyd (of Andmoresound) joined on keyboards. During 2000 they recorded their debut album, 'Biggest Bluest Hi Fi' in Cava studios, producing the record themselves with Geoff Allen engineering. The single 'Eighties Fan' was produced by Stuart Murdoch. These records were released in the UK in 2001 and received airplay from John Peel and The Evening Session on Radio 1. ‘Biggest Bluest Hi Fi' was 'Album of the week' on XFM and in the Rough Trade shop. It went on to become Prime Distribution's best selling independent album. 'Biggest Bluest Hi Fi' was also released in Spain (Elefant Records), Japan (Quattro) and Australia (Gifted). The band did some UK live shows in 2001 along with their first session for John Peel on Radio 1. Lindsay left the band and was replaced by Carey and they rounded off the year playing live from Peel Acres for John Peel's Christmas show. 'Eighties Fan' was Number 8 in Peel's Festive 50. In 2002, the band played the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Track & Field's 'Pow to the People' Easter festival in London and the Chickfactor 10th Anniversary 'Black and White Ball' in London's Bush halls. This was followed by their first Spanish Tour. On their return from Spain, work began on the follow-up to 'Biggest Bluest Hi Fi', once again in Cava studios with Geoff Allen engineering and co-producing with the band. Nigel, who had played trumpet as a session musician on BBHF, and who had also been playing live, joined the band full time.

2003 saw Camera Obscura preparing for the release of the new album, 'Underachievers Please Try Harder' and single, 'Teenager' with a couple of Glasgow shows, playing in Hyndland Church Hall with The Ladybug Tranistor, and in Nice'N'Sleazy's for a Big Issue benefit show. The band also played at Spain's Benicassim Festival in 2003 alongside artists such as Beck and Donovan. The album was released by Elefant Records after the band left Andmoresound. Following its release, the band embarked upon their first proper tour of the UK and Ireland. The tour ended with one final recorded Peel session. One more single, Keep It Clean, was released. It became one of two entries into the Peel Festive 50, along with the album track 'Suspended From Class'.
2004 was a very eventful year for the band. They were invited to play live on Radio 1 from John Peel's house. For this, their third visit to Peel Acres, they were asked to put music to the words of Scotland's National Poet, Robert (Rabbie) Burns. The band came up with five songs, one of which was a version of 'Of A' The Airts the Wind Can Blaw', also known as 'I Love My Jean'. The show was broadcast a few days before Burns' Night in January and the band shared haggis, whisky and stories with John afterwards. The band were so happy with the results of this experiment that they went into the studio and recorded two of the songs.

With growing interest in the band coming from America, Elefant released Underachievers there, licensing it to the much-revered Merge Records label. The band undertook their first tour of the States and Canada in July and August, playing as far afield as San Diego in California, Montreal in Quebec and Athens, Georgia. A huge journey... A few weeks after their return to the UK, Camera Obscura played one more live show. It was a private concert- the 65th birthday party of their most enthusiastic supporter, John Peel. Sadly, the great man died that October. That concert also saw the last live appearance of John Henderson, and the band became a six-piece again. Writing commenced for album three. In 2005, work on the next record continued. The band released 'I Love My Jean' as a tribute to John Peel, and it resulted in their first Independent Chart entry. The band were also given the opportunity to try out the new reduced line-up with three shows. First was the South Pop Festival in Seville. Then the band travelled to Sweden for two shows in Stockholm and Uppsala, making new friends along the way. September 2005 saw the band enter the recording studio with producer Jari Haapalainen to record the follow up to "Underachievers Please Try Harder". This album will be released in 2006.




Biggest Bluest Hi-fi
- 2001-11-12 -



Happy new year
Eighties fan
Houseboat
Shine like a new pin
Pen and notebook
Swimming pool
Anti western
Let's go bowling
I don't do crowds
The sun on his back
Double feature
Arrangements of shape and space (Instrumental)

Underachievers Please Try Harder
- 2003-09-15 -



Suspended from class
Keep it clean
A sisters social agony
Teenager
Before you cry
Your picture
Number one son
Let Me Go Home
Books written for girls
Knee deep at the NPL
Lunar sea
I Don't Want To See You
Footloose And Fancy Free

Let's Get Out Of This Country
- 2006-06-06 -



Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken
Tears for affairs
Come back Margaret
Dory Previn
The False Contender
Let's get out of this country
Country Mile
If looks could kill
I need all the friends I can get
Razzle Dazzle Rose

My Maudlin Career
- 2009-04-20 -



French Navy
The Sweetest Thing
You Told A Lie
Away With Murder
Swans
James
Careless Love
My Maudlin Career
Forests And Sands
Other Towns And Cities
Honey In The Sun

Desire Lines
- 2013-06-03 -



Intro (Instrumental)
This Is Love
(Feels Alright)
Troublemaker
William's Heart
New Year's Resolution
Do It Again
Cri Du Coeur
Every Weekday
Fifth In Line To The Throne
I Missed Your Party
Break It to You Gently
Desire Lines

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

A Fond Kiss
A red, red rose

Alaska
Amigo mio

Eastwood
Greyhound Goin' Somewhere
Hands Up Baby
I Love How You Love Me
I love my Jean
Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver
Lemon Juice And Paper Cuts
Little Donkey
Marathon not a sprint

Modern Girl
O' That I Were Where Helen Lies
Park and ride
Phil and Don
Railway Station
Return To Send Her
Roman holiday
San Francisco song
Some Guys Have All The Luck
Sugar Town / Blue Moon
Super Trouper
The Blizzard
The Last Song
The Nights Are Cold
Your Sound


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Biggest Bluest Hi-fi

Happy new year

Did the ironing in a cowboy hat
Felt as fresh as the paint in this new flat
I will never tell you what to do
Have ambition simply to see things through

Did you know I could be a lot of fun
I'm aware that friendship can die young
As the glow from the street light bled
Down the Langlands Road we set off the best of friends

I know where I stand
I don't need you to hold my hand

Well, I've tried to get along with you
I have asked myself “What are we gonna do?”
I'm coming round to take a stand
Going to put us together with glue or an elastic band

I know where I stand
I don't need you to hold my hand

I am softer than my face would suggest
At times like these I'm at my lowest ebb
Now I can confide in you
If I cry to set the mood oh please could you cry too

Happy New Year
You are my only vice
Happy New Year
What if we compromised?
Happy New Year
I am open

Do you have to wear a frown like that?
You could have hit me with a baseball bat

Do you want to? (Yes I do)
Do you have to? (So do you)
Do you want to? (So do you)

Eighties fan

You know it really wont surprise me
If you're a wreck by the age of fourteen
The way you look
The way you look is fine

So often colour coordinated
your sister she's an Eighties fan
But that's alright
Have I told you so is mine

You say your life will be the death of you
Tell me, do you wash your hair in honey dew?
And long for all of them to fall in love with you
But they never do

Drinking vodka on the fly
Your mother has a watchful eye
So look out kid
She's onto you this time

Run away to a bed and breakfast
Console yourself with the Reader's Digest
Ringing the Yellow Pages all alone

You say your life will be the death of you
Tell me, do you wash your hair in honey dew?
And long for all of them to fall in love with you
But they never do
No they never do

I'm gonna tell you something good about yourself
I'll say it now and I'll never say it about no one else

I'm gonna tell you something good about yourself
I'll say it now and I'll never say it about no one else
About no one else

Houseboat

Took a trip on a houseboat
It was fun, you and me
I know you're really in love with him
Are you up to your knees?

Oh I'm always in decline
Always changing my lines
Always changing my mind
To be a friend is fine

I won't go sinking this houseboat
It's so hard to believe
He made you smile so easy
So make a smile for me

Will I always be denied
I thought about it last night
Could we baby, honey try
To put it right this time?

Oh how I've wanted to change
Let you take me home, let you rearrange
To find opportunity you should give yourself to me
You should give yourself to me

Oh how I've wanted to change
Let you take me home, let you rearrange
To find opportunity you should give yourself to me
You should give yourself to me

Shine like a new pin

Girl with a thick skin made you shine like a new pin
Why smother urges, which belong under dresses?
Do you wish that you could only start again,
learn to live and be pedestrian?
If all your wishes in the world come true
you'd be as good as new

What can I say that will make them jump to my defence?
I value honesty, I could never pretend
Crest fallen boys are boring
I don't know which way I'm going anymore
I can't be sure

Girl with a thick skin made you shine

Pen and notebook

You saved for a bass guitar
You knew you'd made a mistake when you first saw Marr
With your pen and notebook you've blown me away
It's the smallest words we cannot say

Your favourite colour is that of red wine
Which brings me around to your favourite pastime
With your pen and notebook you've blown me away
And I won't be blamed for not feeling the same

Are the stars out tonight
From the Southside oh the prettiest side

Will you stumble or fall tonight
Are you watching wrapped up cosy and tight

We're not the same
We're not the same
We're not the same

Swimming pool

My head's been lying dormant like a sleepy little mouse
What I have inside me it's enough to fill a house
Don't get maudlin on me cause I'm not fit for it
I'd make you another offer will it do the trick

All my days inactive will be justified
Awaken from a slumber to a rollercoaster ride

Don't get wise to everyone and everything
Leave a little room for some naiveté

To say that we will never part
And you will always have my heart
Is something that I can't deny
And you must never ever try
To go and lead a separate life
It's something I will never do, without you

Don't get wise to everyone and everything
Leave a little room for some naiveté

To say that we will never part
And you will always have my heart
Is something that I can't deny
And you must never ever try
To go and lead a separate life
Is something I will never do, without you

Don't get wise to everyone and everything
Leave a little room for some naiveté

Swimming in a pool of all clear
Swimming in a pool of all clear

Anti western

Sure to be a loner, I hear you're not the loving kind
Come on darling, I've something in mind

You're too good looking I'm always gonna put up a fight
Give in baby, be mine tonight

You talk about Lee but your words are untrue
Saying that Nancy's got nothing on you
You listen to rubbish I really despise
And tell me that sand is just grit in your eyes

Moved around honey, to stay here now would feel just fine
I'm taking your boots off, I'll keep them with mine

I'm coming around 'cause I know they say we only live twice
Well this is the first life, a need to entice

You talk about Lee but your words are untrue
Saying that Nancy's got nothing on you
You listen to rubbish I really despise
And tell me that sand is just grit in your eyes

Let's go bowling

I don't believe in anything so you may as well forget about me
It's time you took it upon yourself to go join the other team
Forget about me
Anyway, I got myself some bowling shoes
an' they are all that I can see
With all my might I scored a strike
My friend you wouldn't believe
My teenage years were wasted all on me

On Saturday I watched a film
It was black and white with Clark Gable in
I've seen that film one hundred times or more
How am I going to tell my friends
I won't be coming out with them no more?

Don't you know that I feel sad?
You only know how to get mad

I don't do crowds

I'd like to have company during thunderstorms
I'd like you to fall for me but it would soon turn lousy and wrong
I meant what I said, all I want is to be one of the best

Been getting some extra help from a special band
Oh yeah they've been helping us out
And we're thankful they're lending a hand
Here is my request: play the ones that we all know best

I don't do crowds, everyone put it down to rudeness
I laughed out loud, could they all see that it was madness?
Please come to save me from myself again,
To shield me to disguise that my heart has a secret
And this will make you sigh, and me cry

Oh will there be dancing in the hall tonight?
Cause if there is dancing I won't lack fight
It seems I'm less afraid of life itself than of what you see

You turned the heads of every boy and girl alike
Would you have them all if there were enough hours in the night?
You took care of your skin,
Sure did help but it didn't solve everything

I don't do crowds, everyone put it down to rudeness
I laughed out loud, could they all see that it was sadness?
Please come to save me from myself again,
To shield me to disguise that my heart has a secret
And this will make you sigh, and me cry

I find it funny that you never even knew
All the times when I stole a look from you
Oh what's in my mind
Oh they're gonna put me away this time

The sun on his back

He's got the sun on his back
Where there are freckles I would die for
Is he a family man?
If I had the chance I would show him all I am

I like the sound of his voice
I did my very best to impress him
Always my first choice
And I'm not ashamed to admit I've been uncool
I've looked a fool

Do you feel lucky tonight (go out it's alright)
Do you feel lucky tonight (go out it's alright)
And I will wear a badge to show my delight

Double feature

Close comes the winter
Summer is no longer
And things, they seem much bleaker
We'll see a Catherine Deneuve double feature
And our lives will fade as in darkness we will bathe

And our lives will fade as in darkness we will bathe

Double feature, you will survive
Last forever so rest your eyes
Play with words when we cannot sing
This double feature means everything


Underachievers Please Try Harder

Suspended from class

You're such a beautiful writer
that's not all you are
I'm sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you grasped
The meaning intended
I can be a friend to you
I won't pretend
I'm not interested in breaking a heart
It's not love no it's nothing like that
I'll leave that to lookers like him
Oh he's such a delicate thing
Now it's such a fragile thing that we have

I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
We could go out dancing
But, in truth it is the last thing that I have on my mind
Please say if I'm way out of line
I won't need telling twice
Now he wants to kiss
Said he can't resist
You're going to have to keep it hidden inside
I've a feeling that pigs might fly, might fly
I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
You're such a beautiful writer
And that's not all you are
I'm sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you grasped
The meaning intended

I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don't know my elbow from my arse

Keep it clean

Does it make you happy to ignore me on streets?
I guess by now you think I'm weak
I wish you could have said something before now
I wouldn't share a bag of chips with you
In my opinion you don't have a clue
I'm being cruel I'm being cruel

I don't want to be part of your scene
I'll stick with him and keep my nose clean
You're the one pretending to be licking stamps
All alone in a room following lines on maps
It's clear you don't want me here
How about I send you a book on nutrition
You can stop spoon-feeding me non-fiction
Just for a while, I will fake a smile
Why did you say she was a friend of mine?
I thought it was me you couldn't stand
I'm confused
I will win you will lose
You've taken to phoning my house when you're drunk
Confessing all your love
I wish you could have said so before now

I don't want to be part of your scene
I'll stick with him and keep my nose clean

A sisters social agony

You bruise like a cherry my darling girl
Words can mean nothing to some in this world
I want you to know I thought about you last night
I cried
Play indie rock if that's what you want
Quote Mike Leigh films it will turn them all on
I heard you were going on a first date
That's great

Don't apologise
Try your best not to disguise
To get misty eyed at times is fine
Sometimes it feels like you're the only one
A freckle appeared on your lip from the sun
Those kids that you run with, they put you down
Make no sound

Teenager

For your birthday she sent you a card
She didn't sign her name she gave an autograph
Now she's trying to call your bluff
Is she your true love?
We knew the boy who went from Mod to Ted
She asked matter of fact had he gone off his head
He was uncomplaining as a tree
Not a thing like me

You're not a teenager
So don't act like one
Sure she's a heartbreaker
Does she have one?
Is it down to me, down to me we both rarely speak?
I went for a stroll after dark
I thought of you with her while staring at the black
I didn't have you down for being easily led
Or the girl well read
I went for a stroll after dark
I thought of you and her, I think I'm going mad
Can you help me to see where I'm going wrong?
Help me finish this song

Before you cry

No sense no style
I said I loved you for a little while
When you cried no
High speed became go slow
Come back this time
Wishful thinking is going to make you mine
Push turns to shove
I got no more room for love

I hope you hear me
I can't stand you next to me
Get lost goodbye
I'll smile before you cry
I love you baby
Please don't hate me
You're feeling a little sad tonight but you'll be alright

Your picture

My friend she told me such a story but she didn't know what I knew
I laughed with my friend when she got to the end
I knew we were laughing at you

She told me that you made some money and you got yourself frames on the wall
People come by and they look at your face
And they say it's the fairest of all

Of course you protest
That's what you do best
You're modest and shy to the end

You're watching them a as they're looking at you
And you know it was money well spent

She told me you'd given up drinking to be with somebody you knew
And you tried to get into the bible
But it never got into you

You've still got some loyal disciples I suppose that I'm one of the few
I shouldn't have laughed Cause I mean you no harm
But my friend got to me before you

And next time I see you I'll be pleased to see you
I hope you'll be pleased to see me
I'll visit your picture I won't have the nerve
To tell them that they've got you all wrong

Number one son

Took a walk in the park for a laugh we drank sparkling wine
Oh yes it was dark trees could not be identified
The girl you were with did she have you on your knees
I shut my mouth my ears I don't want to hear you please

Now you're skipping school going to listen to records
Wrapped up in mohair dissing your elders
Dip a chocolate finger take a sip from my cup
Remember what you're dad said "button your lip"

You've got to toughen up for him
He's the kind who will do you in
I should know that it's no fun
You will never be number one
Number one son

God I've tried to help but I think I just hinder
Ask a better girl could she ever be kinder
Love unlike lightning can strike you twice
I don't know much, please take my advice

You've got to toughen up for him
He's the kind who will do you in
I should know that it's no fun
You will never be number one
Number one son

You've got to toughen up for him
He's the kind who will do you in
I should know that it's no fun
You will never be No.1
No.1 son.

Let Me Go Home

Hurry up, baby, 'cause we're going somewhere tonight
One glass of wine and you're mine and you know i just might...
You know i just might
You know i just might

Well the room goes boom to the sound of temptations and more
Twisting and turning that girl's looking good on the floor
Good on the floor
Good on the floor

Well the four walls they collide
Until the blue-eyed girl decides to let me go home
Let me go home

Host plays a ghost in my house, gets a fist in the eye
Vinyl is crushed in the rush for the liquor supply
The liquor supply
The liquor supply

Supremes in our dreams
Do we quit bein' obscene on the stairs
Daylight appears through the curtains and nobody cares
Nobody cares
Nobody cares

Well the four walls they collide
Until the blue-eyed girl decides to let me go home
Let me go home

Daylight appears through the curtains and nobody cares
Supremes in our dreams
Do we quit bein' obscene on the stairs

Books written for girls

You can compliment me on the style of my hair
Give me marks out of ten for the clothes I wear
You probably thought I had more upstairs
I disappoint you, I can see through your perfect smile

He likes to read books written for girls
Prides himself on being a man of the world
It's in the darkest places he gets his thrills
He will disappoint you, if you see through his perfect smile

I think separation is ok
You're no star to guide me anyway
You only wanted me to play the fool
Play by your rule

Now my door has swollen from the rain
God knows we'll never see her face again
People get shattered in many ways
They can disappoint you if you see through their perfect smiles

I think separation is ok
You're no star to guide me anyway
You only wanted me to play the fool
Play by your rule

Knee deep at the NPL

We went out dancing it was time we had fun
We didn't leave ‘til three I know we're not the only one's
When we got outside the snow had started to fall
I made a ball I threw it at Gavin because he's tall

Now we have this snow up to our knees
A Walking wonderland is always bound to please
I know it's true to say my smiles been weak
I wonder if you know by now I've fallen deep

I can hear you calling to me in the morning
How can I be falling in love with you
I can hear you calling to me in the morning
How can I be falling in love with you

You can offer me a penny for my thoughts
They're not worth a damn they're not worth a lot
I've been getting loose with my tongue and my hands
How can I expect you to understand who I am?

I can hear you calling to me in the morning
How can I be falling in love with you
She's doing her own thing
Still making my heart sing
She is moving along to the beat of a song
It's true
I'll keep you safe and warm tonight
I'll keep you safe and warm tonight
I'll keep you safe and warm tonight

Lunar sea

For the Lunar sea see the river moon
And you got it
Match the finest words to the greatest tune
And you bought it
See me cross in style
Walk the longest mile in a minute
Where do drifters go?
Wonder if they know there's no limit
At the rainbows end
Find a perfect friend say you're sorry
Make me dream at night
Break my heart on sight don't you worry
Swept the sounds of love from the skies above
And I knew it
Swim the seas of blue just to drown in you
And I blew it

You hear it, the shiver in spine don't come near it
I love it, you soar and you cry rise above it
Got my lunar sea for you're river moon
If you let it
Match my finest words to your greatest tune
Won't forget it

You hear it, the shiver in spine don't come near it
I love it, you soar and you cry rise above it
Fly by lunar sea lullaby

I Don't Want To See You

I can't believe that I'm writing this down
I can't believe I've got you in a song
I don't want to be a whining girl I'd rather not be in your world

I stole a magazine from a Laundromat
The posters in the bag they were breaking my back
All I wanted was a bench to rest my weary legs
I sat and had a greet, I have done my best

I'll get my operation on the N.H.S
Will it cure my blushes will it bring out my best?
Some will say I was a woman pretending to be a girl
I will make no comment of this I've had my fill

This can't go on
When is it going to stop?
You casually walked back to your room tonight
Take the flight of stairs and softly dim the light
Fantasize about how happy you'd be with a girl tonight

I don't want to see you down
I don't want to see you hanging around
I don't want to see you down
I don't want to see you hanging around

Footloose and fancy free

Buy me an advent calendar
It seems the thought of days without you make me sadder
Don't visit me now you make me want to do myself in
I'll see yousometime but I won't see you soon

I know something's about you
I won't spill the beans
There's a spool in my own camera that's never been seen
I could write it all down but it won't be enough
I want you to be happy with someone to love

It won't be me
It won't be you
Pretty soonwe'll agree to be free
Footloose and fancy free


Let's Get Out Of This Country

Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken

He said “I'll protect you like you are the crown jewels” yet
Said he's feeling sorrier for me the more I behave badly I can bet

Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment

Jealousy is more than a word now I understand
I know you can stay a girl by holding a boy's hand

Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment
Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment

I've got my life of complication here to sort out
I'll take myself to an east coast city and walk about

Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment
Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment
Hey Lloyd I'm ready to be heartbroken
I can't see further than my own nose at the moment

Tears for affairs

Shedding tears for affairs
I'm a funny little thing
Oh I can tell you this for nothing
Affairs don't win

Can you handle one more dirty secret one more dirty night
Is it true what they say
Will it make us go blind

You had to drive
Look me in the eye
Whisper don't cry

I'll take an interest in Illustration
It should be a laugh
But your words are with me still
They whisper in the grass

I'm shedding tears for affairs
I'm a stupid little thing
Oh I can tell you this for nothing
You won't win

You had to drive
(I didn't want to)
Look me in the eye
(I found it hard to)
Whisper don't cry
(I had to whisper goodbye)

You had to drive
(I didn't want to)
Look me in the eye
(I found it hard to)
Whisper don't cry
(I had to whisper goodbye)

So I cried

Come back Margaret

Come back Margaret he wants to adore you
Come back Margaret I'd like to explore you
Can't you see the tears in my eyes
With love for him I disguise

I like the free days with no expectations
I like it my way with no limitation
Still you see there're tears in my eyes
With love for him I despise

Darling you will always be around
Whether my mood's up or if it's down
In dreams I try to take you far away
But you never stay
No you never stay
No you never stay

Dory Previn

Fed up of girls in pretty dresses
With boys who want to teach them a lesson
Sick of the sight of my old lover
Went under sheets and covers to get away from him

You can't see what he once meant to me
So I think it's time I put him out of my mind

So I took a glimpse of Montana
Now nothing else matters
I'll heal eventually
How I adore you Dory Previn
I Turned you up to eleven for the band's ears to bleed

I can't see what he once meant to me
Do you think it's time I put it out of my mind
Do you think it's time I put it out of my mind

I can't see what he once meant to me
Do you think it's time I put it out of my mind
I can't see what he once meant to me
So I think it's time I put it out of my mind

Yeah I think it's time
I put it out of my mind
I think it's time I let my love for him die

The False Contender

I once had a love but soon had enough
'Cause he was a false contender
He got so thin there must have been deep sorrow gnawing away at him

What will I do
Will it always be you
I hope and I pray he'll leave me one day

We were so sweet under the Copper Beach
You left a mark you sunk your teeth
Into the back of my neck
Oh let's not pretend I needed the lesson that you taught me well

What will I do
Will it always be you
I hope and I pray you'll leave me one day
What will I do
Must it always be you
I hope and I pray he'll leave me one day

He'll leave me one day
He'll leave me one day
He'll leave me one day

Let's get out of this country

Let's get out of this country
I'll admit I am bored with me
I drowned my sorrows and slept around
When not in body at least in mind
We'll find a cathedral city
You can convince me I am pretty

We'll pick berries and recline
Let's hit the road dear friend of mine
Wave goodbye to our thankless jobs
We'll drive for miles maybe never turn off
We'll find a cathedral city you can be handsome I'll be pretty

What does this city have to offer me
Everyone else thinks it's the bee's knees
What does this city have to offer me?
I just can't see
I just can't see

Let's get out of this country
I have been so unhappy
Smell the Jasmine my head was turned
I feel like getting confessional
We'll find a cathedral city you can convince me I am pretty

What does this city have to offer me
Everyone else thinks it's the bee's knees
What does this city have to offer me
I just can't see
I just can't see

Country Mile

Silver Birch against a Swedish sky
The singer in the band made me want to cry
We're all inside our own heads now
We are leaving new friends
We are leaving this town
I wish you could be here with me
I would show you off like a trophy
The road it winds, it twists, it turns, now my stomach burns

Once again I'll be the foolish one
Thinking a blink of these lashes would make you come
Don't you worry, don't get in a state
I don't believe in true love anyway
Who's being pessimistic now
I could document this as our first and our last row
The more you look forlorn, the more to you I warm

I won't be seeing you for a long while
I hope it's not as long as a country mile
I feel lost

If looks could kill

Tell me where it all went wrong
Maybe I can make it better
Tell me where it all went wrong
Don't you know that you really upset her
When you act like a man who is cross with every woman he's never had
If it's true looks could kill and you will be the first to make me mad
Then you'll gotta go

Is this the kind of fate you could contemplate
A breakdown at my very sight
I promise hidden words of tenderness in every single line that I write
Still you act like a man who is cross with every woman he's never had
If it's true looks could kill and you will be the first to make me mad
Then you'll gotta to go
Maybe you'll gotta to go

Is it true looks can kill
Is it true looks can kill
Is it true looks can kill

I need all the friends I can get

I can see that you are leading her on
I think I know what you are
I can see that you are leading her on
Yeah I know what you are

You can't see that you're just the same as all the stupid people you hate
I'm not saying I'm free from blame because I need all the friends I can get
I can get
I can get

A long distance call to a mystery blond it wasn't good for business
But you say that she cries when she hears the bird's song
You want to soothe her distress

You can't see that she's just the same as all the stupid people you hate
I'm not saying I'm free from blame because I need all the friends I can get
I can get
I can get

I can see that you are leading her on
You say you're feeling listless
The people are tired and commitment has gone
To this I've been a witness

You can't see that I'm just the same as all the stupid people you hate
I'm not saying I'm free from blame because I need all the friends I can get
I can get
I can get

Razzle Dazzle Rose

Rose, I'm feeling older
I was as lucky like a four-leaved clover
I tried to be happy but it wasn't easy
When I choose my colour it'll be Razzle Dazzle Rose

Rose, I'm feeling older
Courage my love it makes me bolder
Expecting softness can lead to foolishness
When I choose my colour it'll be Razzle Dazzle rose

My Maudlin Career

French Navy

Spent a week in a dusty library
Waiting for some words to jump at me
We met by a trick of fate
French navy, my sailor mate

We met by the moon on a silvery lake
You came my way
Said, "I want you to stay"

You with your dietary restriction
Said you loved me with a lot of conviction
I was waiting to be struck by lightning
Waiting for somebody exciting

Like you
Oh, the thing that you do
You make me go
With the things that you do, you do, you do

I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it
I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it

I'll be criticized for lending out my art
I was criticized for letting you break my heart
Why would a stand be disappoint unless
Fooling all but I'm on tenterhooks, ooh with the looks

On tenterhooks,
Ooh, with the looks, the looks, the looks

I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it
I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it

Relationships were something I used to do
Convince me they are better for me and you
We met by a trick of fate
French navy, my sailor

I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it
I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it…

The Sweetest Thing

I'm going on a date tonight
To try to fall out of love with you
I know, I know this is a crime
But I don't know what else to do

My love, you're in a magazine
My love, you're doing fine, you're on TV
You pull my heart out and then you run away
From Chicago to Cleveland you make me pain
You make me pain

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

On the bus radio
"Fifty ways to leave your lover alone"
I laughed at the irony
But life is stupid, the irony all lost on me
It got lost on me

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

You challenged me to write a love song
Here it is, I think I got it wrong
I focused on the negative
The pain was too much to write and sing
Oh, it was not a nice incentive

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my other to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my other to hear you sing

When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

But she don't know just how far I'd go
Would I walk for a hundred miles
For a glimpse of your northern smile

You Told A Lie

If you were a season, you would be in bloom
I wish I had good reason to see you soon
No need to convince me that you were a catch
I bought my ticket and so at last

Who was it that said that love conquers all
Oh he was a fool ‘cause it doesn't add up
Should I believe you told a lie
On the way to my heart and on the way back

Are my eyes the coldest blue
You said once this was true
If it is I don't know what I'll do

Cause I'm stuck with them
And they're stuck on you

Was I quite bad that nothing could never challenged anyone
Or was I a lazy lazy snake
Do you want me to be a gentle diplomat
Oh you can beg and you can plead

Are my eyes the coldest blue
You said once this was true
If it is I don't know what I'll do
Cause I'm stuck with them
And they're stuck on you

Are my eyes the coldest blue
You said once this was true
If it is I don't know what I'll do

‘Cause I'm stuck with them
And you're stuck on you
‘Cause I'm stuck with them
And they're stuck on you

I'm stuck with him
And they're stuck on you
I'm stuck with them
And they're stuck on you

Away With Murder

How many times have you told me you wanna die
How many times have you told me now that you've tried
How many times will I let you get away with murder
Oh and how many times will you make me feel alive

Hey I got a feeling that there is something going wrong
I put my thoughts in a letter, send it when I'm feeling strong
Anytime you became the girl that you wanted to be
Oh I told you all along there was no point looking to me

Oh it's been hard to be strong with all of this going on
Yeah it's been hard to be strong with all of this going on
I've been lonely too, like you
I'm just like you
I'm just like you

People have been travelling miles just to hear us sing
It's a February night and I don't want to feel anything
To get away maybe I could sell kisses
In Portland I tried my pretty hand at fishing

Oh it's been hard to be strong with all of this going on
Yeah it's been hard to be strong with all of this going on
I have been lonely too, like you
I'm just like you
I'm just like you

I'm just like you
I'm just like you

Hey I got a feeling there is something going wrong
I put my thoughts in a letter, send it when I'm feeling strong

Swans

There's flowers in my house
And I bought them myself
No surprises in the record collection
You must have thought I was someone else

I'm still afraid to get lost
In a city I might explore
But I'm not afraid to have
An eloquent boy at my door

At my door
At my door
At my door

Oh you want to be a writer
Fantastic idea
You say you've never seen America
I really think you'll like it there

Maybe you should travel with me
Is this the best idea
Because you've never seen a red wood
And you've never dodged a deer

A deer
A deer
Dear

A deer
A deer
My dear

One swan is deceiving us all
Oh I for one should know
I never felt myself so graceful
And I never swam so slow

So slow
So slow
So slow...

James

James, he came to my place
He said he had to see my face
He hopes that we can still be friends
In his own way, he'll love me til the end

And, James, he came to the door
Wanting to know for sure
Why love gets up and goes
I'm sorry, but it had no place to grow
Oh, James. My love for you is stronger, don't you know

I'd like to celebrate you, dear
All in all, it's been a pretty good year
I looked deep within myself
I got scared by just how hard I fell
Oh, James, you broke me, I thought I knew you well

Oh, you had me
Honey and me, oh, sun and the moon
I'll be fine by June
I could tell that you weren't well
Oh, James, you broke me, I thought I knew you well

Oh, can't you see you belong with me
I could tell that you weren't well
Oh, James, you broke me, I thought I knew you well

Careless Love

Honey...
I've been really struggling
To think of you and I being friends
I blow hot and cold
Yeah, I'm like a yo-yo
So I don't think I should see you again

Careless love and
I didn't talk for it wasn't my style
I've had enough
I don't think that we could really be friends

And honey,
I've been really struggling
To think of you and I anonymous
You're off to mourning so
The love you give ebb and flows
So I don't think I should see you again

Careless love and
I didn't talk for it wasn't my style
I've had enough
For I don't think that we can really be friends
But I'll try again

Oh, the love I feel for you it's real
Oh, the love I feel for you it is real

Honey
I've been really struggling
To see this thing through
To the end

Careless love
I didn't talk for it wasn't my style
I've had enough
For I don't think that we can really be friends
But I'll try again

My Maudlin Career

You kissed me on the forehead
Now these kisses give me concussion
We were love at first sight
Now this crush, it's crushing
I chased your steps through the city of romance lazily
I took to the desert with your harshest words and deceives me

I'll bail you out again
I've got the readies
I'm not a child I know
We're not going steady

Your pain's gigantic but it's not as big as your ego
Promise not to abandon you, please let me go

Now I've been wearing your feelings,
Like they were worth protecting
You say I'm too kind and sentimental
Like you could catch affection

Oh in your eyes there's a sadness
Enough to kill the both of us
Are those eyes overrated
They make me want to give up on love

I embrace myself for the loneliness
Say hello to feelings that I despise

This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again

This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again…

Forest and Sands

I'm in a van, and you're holding my hand
You're travelling with me through forest and sands
I've been innocently learning a language
And you've been taking full advantage, haven't you
Oh, don't say it's true

I've lost a friend
I've been silenced again
And we kissed once
Hey, but that was in lust

I know you need more than giving moments
And sentimental stories and words only spoken seemingly
And I won't win your heart that way

Oh, it feels like none of this is real
I pretend that my heart and my head are well
But if the blood pumping through my veins could freeze
Like a river in Toronto, then I'd be pleased
You said I made you feel warm
Said I made you feel warm inside

Oh, it feels like none of this is real
I pretend that my heart and my head are well
But if the blood pumping through my veins could freeze
Like a river in Toronto, then I'd be pleased
You said I made you feel warm
Said I made you feel warm inside…

Other Towns and Cities

Drinking whiskey reminds me of you
You're the first in ages to have gotten through
I know you mean well, I know that you do
But sooner or later you're going to break me in two

Were my pupils dilated
Could you tell that I liked you
We were so unlikely
You flirt with an ex, put me to the test
Still I want to tell you that I love you the best

We turned the radiators on and there was no way back
Did you know you had The Plough star trail on your back
Your voice is quiet and I need it loud
In the night you went up and in the morning you went down

It's like you to forbid me to say goodnight
I had your brown eyes and limbs on me through the night
These words are weak and to your dislike
But you'll never believe them so I guess it's alright

Do you like the view I show you
I say look at the light
Do you still miss the way that I hold you
In other towns and cities
Who's holding you tonight

The dresses came out of the bag then the tears came
Drinking has never been the same again
I shared your trouble, I shared your weight
I lost it with you today

We don't share a birthday but we do share a sign
We shared something or was it all in my mind
There was talk of love and how I need it back
I'd be better for you than that last love of mine

Do you like the view I show you
I say look at the light
Do you still miss the way that I hold you
In other towns and cities
Who's holding you tonight

You're in another town or city
You mean nothing to me tonight

Honey in the Sun

A half full moon in Mexico City I think of you
And when I saw the Southern Cross I wished you had too
I wish my heart was as cold as the morning dew
But it's as warm as saxophones and honey in the sun for you

I've been spending half the year in a plane going up and down
You've been seeing other people from a nearby town
Been obsessing and getting depressed about us
Excess baggage and other stupid band stuff

I wish my heart was cold
But it's warmer than before
I wish my heart was as cold as the morning dew
But it's as warm as saxophones in and honey in the sun for you

When you said the veins in my left hand were shaped like a tree
Was that the very last time you really looked at me
I'm in training to become as cold as ice
I'm determined to protect my feelings disguise

When I said I didn't love you I told you a lie
Because there is no one above you although I try
Would you laugh at the time I spent calling your name
Over and over and over and over again

I wish my heart was cold but it's warmer than before
Oh I wish my heart was cold but it's warmer than before
I wish my heart was as cold as the morning dew
But it's as warm as saxophones in and honey in the sun for you

The trouble is I got me close to hating me
When I wake up in the morning it's your face I see
Where you once made me feel less afraid
You've got me pouring myself all over this page

I wish my heart was cold but it's warmer than before
Oh I wish my heart was cold but it's warmer than before
I wish my heart was as cold as the morning dew
But it's as warm as saxophones in and honey in the sun for you
I wish my heart was as cold as the morning dew
But it's as warm as saxophones in and honey in the sun for you

Desire Lines

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

This Is Love (Feels Alright)

When I found your girlfriend crying
I could have slapped you in the face
What lesson is she learning
With you acting this way

You are a good boy
Oh she's a killer tease
You are both so deserving
You are both keen to please
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
We're going to listen to Kokomo
Desert island dreaming
Go forth or be lured

Oh you're a good, good, good, good boy
She's a killer tease
You are both so discerning
You are both keen to please

So turn out the light
Just give in to the night
This is love (feels alright)
You're a star on this fine night

We could turn down the light
To give in to the night
This is love (it's alright)
You're a star on this fine night
On this fine night
On this fine night
On this fine night

Troublemaker

It's late
We turn the TV off
It's old
Makes the sound of a salt-shaker
Oh you
Want to build fires on hot days
Feel the coolness of my gaze
I'm a troublemaker

Three years in and I call to crush
What remains of this love
On a cold morning of you arriving
I was struggling for survival

It's late
We turn the TV off
It's old
Makes the sound of a salt-shaker
A windbreaker
Oh you
Want to build fires on hot days
Feel the coolness of my gaze
I'm a troublemaker
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Three years in and I call to crush
What remains of this love
Oh it's going to be one hell of a year
Keeping secrets in water tight compartments, dear
It's giving me the fear

And I fall down like a tonne of bricks
What makes me sick won't make me quit
I fall down like a tonne of bricks
What makes me sick won't make me quit

I knew what you were talking about
I knew what you were talking about
I said I knew what you were talking about
I said I knew what you were talking about

I knew what you were talking about
I said I knew what you were talking about
I said I knew what you were talking about
I said I knew what you were talking about
I knew what you were talking about
I said I knew what you were talking about
I knew what you were talking about

William's Heart

A postcard of Byron by the bed
It's a reminder of every word that he said
To die in the arms of a twenty year old
A figure of porcelain with moves so bold
You'd love to have a heart of gold
You'd have to have come from a better mould
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old

Ending the shift of a sleepless night
You were tossing and turning and holding on tight
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old

You want to know about William's heart
It's broken in two, who's feeling bad
Is there enough of a spark to sparkle again
Is he lost
Does he need a friend
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Lying to those who know you the best
Keeping a secret close to your chest
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old
The agony of the late night pub
Talking too much, old age is a curse
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old

Do you want to know about William's heart
It's broken in two, who's feeling bad
Is there enough of a spark to sparkle again
Is he lost
Does he need a friend

William
Where have you gone
Will you return to me
William
Where have you gone
Oh please, return to me

If it's a single man or a single malt
That I take in my arms when I'm feeling low
You'll say honesty has made me cruel
I say you're soft and you're made of wool
You are made of wool

New Year's Resolution

New year's resolution: to write something of value
New year's resolution: to write something would be fine
All I ever wanted was someone to rely on
All I ever wanted was somewhere to call home
You offer a friendship I cannot reciprocate
So don't beg me in a garden, for it not to end this way

I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
The sooner you admit it, I will too
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
New year's resolution: to kiss you like I mean it
With cheeks the colour of Rhubarb we'll be fine
Everybody's rushing around like they got a meeting
I just want to be here with a friend of mine
We decided to brave the elements of Spain
Because The Seven Year Itch was on telly again

I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
The sooner you admit it, I will too

I decided this pain was a landscape of blame
I decided to be only myself these days

I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
The sooner you admit it, I will too

Cool
Cool

Stay now (cool)
I wish that you would stay now
Stay now (cool)
You nearly went away now

Stay now (cool)
Oh I wish that you would stay now
I wish you would stay now (cool)
You nearly went away now

Stay now (cool)
You nearly went away now
Stay now (cool)
I wish you would stay now

Cool

Do It Again

Call my number
Twenty six and three-quarters
Turn down the lights now
Let's do it again

You were insatiable
I was more than capable
And you fought in my corner
Would you do it again

You, you, you're walking around
Can you see tears on this clown
One more time around
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again

Said, call my number
Twenty six and three-quarters
Turn all the lights down
Let's do it again
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
You were insatiable
I was more than capable
And you fought in my corner
Would you do it again

You, you, you're walking around
Can you see tears on this clown
I said, one more time around
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again

You, you, you're walking around
Can you see tears on this clown
I said, one more time around
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again

Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again

Cri Du Coeur

I like to think when I'm driving
I like to daydream a little
I like to think about the people
The faces of the young and the old
I want to watch the whole story unfold

I'm gonna drive real fast now
Forget about my past now
I know I'm a fuck-up
I know, a real tragedy
I never listen to people, you see
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Oh you can't say what's on your mind
Just go for it
Come on this time
I know, I know, I know I'll cry
I'll cry

Hot ideas in this cool head
Forget about what she said
Idolater of beauty
Oh cri du coeur
She's going to leave you always wanting more
Wanting more

Oh you can't say what's on your mind
Just go for it
Come on this time
I know, I know, I know I'll cry
I'll cry
I'll cry
Cri du coeur

Every Weekday

The last thing I want is to be tiptoeing around you
I want you to know that I'm proud of you
In my head you're nineteen going on ninety nine
You are Saturday and Sunday
Every weekday friend of mine

We got a little butter, we took a little bread
It's there for the taking, come put us to the test
We're going to make a record then sail around the world
We might not storm the charts completely
But we'll do our very best
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
As long as I'm with you
Oh I'll have a friend so true
There is nobody quite like me you say
There is no one half as good as you
I don't want to sound like I've written us off
But the words and the feelings are pouring and
I can't turn them off
No, I can't turn them off

I won't let you down
Take all of my time
But don't
No, don't
No, don't
Let me down

As long as I'm with you
Oh I'll have a friend so true
There is nobody quite like me you say
There is no one half as good as you
I don't want to sound like I've written us off
But the words and the feelings are pouring and
I can't turn them off
No, I can't turn them off

I won't let you down
Just take all of my time
But don't (don't)
No, don't (don't, don't)
No, don't (don't, don't)
Let me down

No, don't (don't)
No, don't (don't, don't)
No, don't (don't, don't)
Let me down

Fifth In Line To The Throne

I gave you a regal name
'Cause you treat me like a queen
But like a queen I don't know when I'll be slain
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And now I'm fifth in line to the throne
How am I gonna tell my king
That I don't trust his throne anymore

If you want me to leave, then I'll go
If you want me to stay, let it show
Do you want me to leave, let me know
Just let me know

I have seen your deepest flaws
I'm ashamed to say they made me want you more
But I was in awe

If you want me to leave, then I'll go
Do you want me to stay, let it show
If you want me to leave, let me know
Just let me know

If you want me to leave, then I'll go
If you want me to stay, let it show
If you want me to leave, let me know
Just let me know

Let me know
Let me go

I Missed Your Party

I'm genuinely sorry, but I missed your party
You should try holding all the guilt I still carry
Is it any wonder, then I say I'm burned out
When you say you're bummed out
'Cause I missed your party

No bourbon won't kill it
So I'll just have to will it
I won't drink the kool-aid
Try not to be afraid

You say you can see
All the goodness inside me, dear me
Say that you want me
For all that I can be

Oh I listen to Billy Joel
I watch Flashdance again
I'm going to get through Walt Whitman
I'm going to be in bed by ten
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
The roller girls are rolling
And the rocking boys are rocking
Am I just holding onto memories golden

I could go out dancing
To feel bodies close to my skin
I'd better stay
In to face the trouble we are in

Oh I listen to Billy Joel
I watch Flashdance again
I'm going to get through Walt Whitman
I'm going to be in bed by ten

Oh I listen to Billy Joel
I watch Flashdance again
I'm going to get through Walt Whitman
I'm going to be in bed by ten
I'm going to be in bed by ten

These days I'm well travelled
You can watch me unravel
I'm genuinely sorry I missed your party

Break It To You Gently

You had the office before you had the business
You had the ring before you found the girl
If it were up to you, would she be suffering still
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Then you say your arms ache from the weight of your mistakes
You're the keeper of the doomsday clock
Did I get that wrong

Oh little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

With their 45s from 82
And the looks that say I'm cooler than you
Oh they hide behind boxing fists and arrogance

I got nothing, nothing, nothing to say
About the way you spend your day
You rest your head on your hands
would you let it slip away

Little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

Little darling I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

Oh little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

Oh little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently
Break it to you gently
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

Desire Lines

I went to California
I needed sun, I warned you
When the green of your eyes met my blue by surprise
There was a storm, yeah

We could send letters
Beautiful letters
I could illustrate for you my day to day
Would that mend us

Desire lines sent me to Badlands
I'm on my way back now
I'm going to love you as I know how
I know how

The shade of Jacaranda
The heart's a lonely hunter
You mention the name
That fills my lungs with pain
Eyes like panda

I could bottle up this love
Find a stall and serve it up
But it won't be the same
My heart's calling your name, love
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Desire lines sent me to Badlands
I am on my way back now
I'm going to love you as I know how
I know how

Desire lines sent me to Badlands
But I am on my way back now
I'm going to love you as I know how
I know how

Desire lines sent me to Badlands
But I am on my way back now
Let me love you as I know how
I know how

Ginger Rogers Road
I was heading home
With an official polling card
To vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you

Non Albums Tracks

A Fond Kiss

(Robert Burns poem / Live on Peel Acres 01-22-04)

A fond kiss, and then we sever
A farewell, and then forever
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee

Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him
While the star of hope she leaves him

Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me
Dark despair around benights me

I'll never blame my partial fancy
Nothing could resist my Nancy
But to see her was to love her

Love but her, and love forever
Had we never lov'd say kindly
Had we never lov'd say blindly

Never met – or never parted
We had never been broken-hearted

Fare thee well, thou first and fairest
Fare thee well, thou best and dearest
Thine be like a joy and treasure

Peace, enjoyment, love, and pleasure
A fond kiss, and then we sever
A farewell, alas, forever

Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee

Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee

A red, red rose

( I love my Jean EP - 2005 )

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass
So deep in luve am I
And I will love thee still, my Dear
Till a, the seas gang dry

Till a‚ the seas gang dry, my Dear
And the rocks melt wi‚ the sun
I will love thee still, my Dear
While the sands o‚ life shall run

And fare thee weel, my only Luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve
Tho‚ it were ten thousand mile!

Alaska

( If Looks Could Kill EP - 2006 )

I'm in love with the Hawthorn
Sure I like the Birch
I need a hand, a volunteer
Why does the Sycamore mean so much

Do you dream of a cold Alaska
Better wrap up warm tonight
All I know is we're in a blue time
Where the land is snow drop white

You were such a pretty one
You had a kid
Did you have any idea of the damage you did

I'm in love with the Hawthorn
Sure I like the Birch
I need a hand, a volunteer
Why does the Sycamore mean so much

Is this the day that loneliness takes a hold of me
I've been stupid, unkind but I'm not too blind too see

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***
 

Amigo mío

( Keep it clean EP - 2004 )

Permanece detrás
No tan cerca de mí
No sabes dónde he estado

No te sientes a mi lado
Permanece tan lejos de mí
Como yo quiero estar de ti

Este sitio es tan frío
No hables por mí
No quiero hablar
Es perder mi tiempo
No me hagas reír
No me hagas llorar
No me preguntes mi nombre
No me mires a los ojos
Amigo mío

My Friend

( Keep it clean EP - 2004 )

You remain behind
Not so close to me
You don't know where I've been

You don't feel by my side
You remain so far from me
As I want to be from you

This place is so cold
Don't speak for me
I don't want to speak
It wastes my time
Don't make me laugh
Don't make me cry
Don't ask my name
Don't look into my eyes
My friend

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Some Guys Have All The Luck

(Rod Stewart cover / Recorded for BBC during Connect Festival 2008)

Some guys have all the luck
Some guys have all the pain
Some guys get all the breaks
Some guys do nothing but complain

Alone in a crowd on a bus after work and I'm dreaming
The guy next to me has a girl in his arms, my arms are empty
How does it feel when the girl next to you says she loves you
It seem so unfair when there's love everywhere but there's none for me

Some guys get all the luck
Some guys have all the pain
Some guys get all the breaks
Some guys do nothing but complain

Someone to take on a walk by the lake, Lord, let it be me
Someone who's shy, someone who'll cry at sad movies
I know I would die if I ever found out you were fooling me
You're just a dream and as real as it seems, I ain't that lucky

Some guys get all the luck
Some guys have all the pain
Some guys get all the breaks
Some guys do nothing but complain

All of my friends have a ring on their finger, they have someone
Someone to care for them, it ain't fair, i got no one
The car overheated, so I called up and pleaded, there was help in the rain
I called you collect, you didn't accept, you had nothing to say

Some guys have all the luck
Some guys have all the pain
Some guys get all the breaks
Some guys do nothing but complain

If you were here with me
I'd feel so happy I could cry
You are so dear to me
I just can't let you say goodbye

Eastwood

( Rare UK Bird EP )

How can you agree
With all that you concede
When all the while to me
It's cruel and can't be real
But I don't have to feel this way

My ambition fails with every passing day
My thoughts of going home are half a world away
There's something else that I could say

Maybe you can take it easy
Maybe you can take too long
Maybe you can lose the meaning all alone

You take all the plans and make them your demands
You won't be so unkind when you are on my side
I know that I can change your mind

Maybe you can take it easy
Maybe you can take too long
Maybe you can lose the meaning all alone

*** Thanx a lot to Molly for this one ***

Greyhound Goin' Somewhere

( Bobby Gentry cover / Live at Peel Session 10-07-2003 )

There ain't much time to say goodbye
But let me try while we have a last cup of coffee
The love you need I couldn't give
The life I lead you wouldn't want to live
Believe me

So ride me to the station and I'll be on my way
There's a greyhound goin' somewhere
And I just want to say
I'm leavin'
There's a greyhound goin' somewhere
Think I might just go there too

Well, I could stay another day
But I'm afraid you'll want me to say I love you
It not that I won't
It's just that I don't want
To leave another heart behind me breakin'

So ride me to the station and I'll be on my way
There's a greyhound going somewhere
And I just want to say
I'm leavin'
There's a greyhound going somewhere
Think I might just go there too
I'm leavin'

Detroit, Cincinnati, Seattle
Chattanooga, Kansas City, Dallas
San Francisco, maybe LA

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Hands Up Baby

( If Looks Could Kill EP - 2006 )

I've been hanging round
Everywhere you go in town
Watching you forget me

I want to see you crack
I'm going to get you back
Put your hands up baby

You're talking to me like I'm in your debt
You don't remember things I can't forget

Now you don't look so well
Turn that gun back on yourself
And take a load off baby

I've had enough this time
Give me back my boots you swine
It's your fault you hate me

I only hate you 'cause I hate myself
It breaks my heart that I can't wish you well

Now I could end this here
Die and take you with me dear
It could be so easy

I don't care what you do
I'll still be rid of you
Just make your mind up baby

I'll turn around I'll walk away from you
If I turn back I'll be the death of you

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

I Love How You Love Me

( If Looks Could Kill EP - 2006 )

I love how your eyes close whenever you kiss me
And when I'm away from you I love how you miss me
I love the way you always treat me tenderly
But darling most of all I love how you love me

I love how your heart beats whenever I hold you
I love how you think of me without being told to
I love the way your touch is always heavenly
But darling most of all I love how you love me

I love how your eyes close whenever you kiss me
And when I'm away from you I love how you miss me
I love the way your touch is always heavenly
But darling most of all I love how you love me
I love how you hug me
I love how you squeeze me, please me, tease me love how you love me
I love how you love me

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

I love my Jean

( I love my Jean EP - 2005 )

Of a‚ the airts the wind can blaw
I dearly like the west
For there the bonnie Lassie lives
The Lassie I love best
There's wild-woods grow, and rivers row
And mony a hill between
But day and night my fancy's flight
Is ever wi‚ my Jean!

I see her in the Dewy flowers
I see her sweet and fair
I hear her in the tuneful‚ birds
I hear her charm the air
There's not a bonnie flower, that springs
By a fountain, shaw, or green
There's not a bonnie bird that sings
But minds me oh my Jean!

Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver

(Robert Burns poem / Live on Peel Acres 01-22-04)

When first my brave Johnie lad came to this town
He had a blue bonnet that wanted the crown
But now he has gotten a hat and a feather
Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver

Cock up your beaver, and cock it fu' sprush
We'll over the border, and gie them a brush
There's some folks there we'll teach better behaviour
Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver
Hey, brave Johnie lad, cock up your beaver

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Lemon Juice And Paper Cuts

(Let's Get Out Of This Country EP - 2006)

You're young with the time to afford yourself a few fashion mistakes
You were way out of line when you told that boy of your mission
Make or break a few hearts
He's the one who keeps busy and he runs with all the bands
Little does he know they think of him a lesser man
They see a lesser man

But if you see him
Tell him I'll meet him
On the edge of town
The edge of town
When the lights go down

I got my hair cut today it would have really amused you
We're young and we can be cruel because we choose to
Lemon juice and paper cuts go like me and you
You had a bash at being my friend
It didn't suit you

But if you see him
Tell him I'll meet him
On the edge of town
The edge of town
When the lights go down

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Little Donkey

(Christmas song / Live on Peel Acres 12-21-01)

Little donkey, little donkey
On the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onward
With your precious load
Been a long time little donkey
Through the winter's night
Don't give up now little donkey
Bethlehem's in sight

Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Little donkey, little donkey
Had a heavy day
Little donkey, carry Mary
Safely on her way

Little donkey, little donkey
Journey's end is near
There are wise men waiting for us
And to bring them here

Do not falter little donkey
There's a star ahead
It will guide you, little donkey
To a cattle shed

Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Little donkey, little donkey
Had a heavy day
Little donkey, carry Mary
Safely on her way
Little donkey, carry Mary
Safely on her way

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Marathon not a sprint

( I love my Jean EP - 2005 )

Honey you were good for me but I can't deny my need to be free grows
I resigned myself to climb the stairs to your
winning thighs and endless prayers alone
My new-found confidence you hate, everything put down to fate
Nothing less or more
It's a marathon and not a sprint
That's what we said before we quit
Love should grow
Should boast

I feel I'm doing time
With someone not on my side
A mystery divide
Brings me close
To who I love the most

A friend from the capital came to visit
Will she comfort me or does she want to gossip
Who knows?
I'll take these worries to the park
I won't come home until after dark
Noone will know except you of course
I'll go swimming and ride a bike
Maybe turn into someone that you'd like
It's a marathon and not a sprint
That's what we said before we quit
Love should grow, should boast

Modern Girl

( Sheena Easton cover / Q Covered: The Eighties Compilation LP )

He wakes and says hello, turns on the breakfast show
She fixes coffee while he takes a shower
"Hey, that was great", he said, "I wish we could stay in bed"
"But I got to be at work in less than an hour"

She manages a smile as he walks out the door
She's a modern girl who's been through this movie before

She don't build her world 'round no single man
But she's getting by doing what she can
She is free to be what she wants to be
And all she wants to be is a modern girl

It looks like rain again, she takes the train again
She's on her way again through London town
Where she eats a tangerine, flicks through a magazine
Until it's time to leave her dreams on the underground

She walks to the office like everyone else
An independent lady taking care of herself

She don't build her world 'round no single man
But she's getting by doing what she can
She is free to be what she wants to be
And all she wants to be is a modern girl

Na na na na na
Na na na na na
She's a modern girl
Na na na na na
Na na na na na
She's a modern girl

She's been dreaming 'bout him all day long
As soon as she's home, it's him on the telephone
He asks her to dinner, she says, "I'm not free"
"Tonight I'm gonna stay at home and watch my TV"

I don't build my world 'round no single man
I am getting by doing what I can
I am free to be what I want to be
And all I want to be is a modern girl

Na na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na na
She's a modern girl
Na na na na na
Na na na na na
Na na na na na
She's a modern girl

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

O' That I Were Where Helen Lies

(Robert Burns poem / Live on Peel Acres 01-22-04)

O' that I were where Helen lies
Night and day on me she cries
O' that I were where Helen lies
In fair Kirkconnel lee

O' Helen fair beyond compare
A ringlet of thy flowing hair
I'll wear it still for ever mair
Until the day I die

Curs'd be the gun that shot the shot
And curs'd be the hand that gave the crack
Into my arms bird Helen lap
And died for sake o' me

O' think na ye but my heart was sair
My love fell down and spake nae mair
There did she swoon wi meikle care
On fair Kirkconnel lee

I lighted down, my sword did draw
I cutted him in pieces sma'
I cutted him in pieces sma'
On fair Kirkconnel lee

O' Helen chaste, thou wert modest
If I were with thee I were blest
Where thou lies low and takes thy rest
On fair Kirkconnel lee

I wish my grave was growing green
A winding sheet put o'er my e'en
And I in Helen's arms lying
In fair Kirkconnel lee

I wish I were where Helen lies
Night and day on me she cries
O' that I were where Helen lies
On fair Kirkconnel lee

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Park and ride

( UK Rare Bird EP )

The system we live in
It's pawn shop for roundabouts
It's making me puzzled
It's getting me troubled
It's getting me troubled

Said you would phone us
So stick to your promise
Maybe you'll swim in
Quite shallow waters
Quite shallow waters

This road just lead us down (let us done??)
When you park and ride
Do you have to look
Have to look around

Swerve to avoid this
A panic when I'm too glad
So why don't we stumble
And (?) into something
Just (?) into something

A kick will involve us
It's all that we need it
Besides I'm the safest
Get lost on your way there
Get lost on your way there

This road just lead us down
When you park and ride
Do you have to look
Have to look around

Ba da ba da ba…

This road just lead us down
When you park and ride
Do you have to look
Have to look around

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Phil and Don

( Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken EP )

Phil and Don
What went wrong
I see no reason to go on

I'll take the slack from you
Give all my love to you
I'd break my back for you
It's not enough, I know

Phil and Don
The saddest song
It breaks my heart to sing along

I'll take the slack from you
Give all my love to you
I'd break my back for you
It's not enough, I know

Phil and Don
I'll say so long
So very nearly made me strong
You very nearly made me

Railway Station

( UK Rare Bird EP )

Walking through the town where you live
And I dream of another day
Daylight failing over the railings
Past your window

As another dream in the railway station
You're too late
You're gonna have to wait all day now
'Cause no one else will help you

Follow me to the seaside
It's fine for a daydream
They just let you down
They just let you down

Summer's gone incompletely
You're no one, you can disappear
If you don't try now
If you don't try again

On a sunny day I think
It gets hard to remember
They won't let you down
They won't let you down
They won't let you down

Seen something you've done
Far in a distance
You're waiting and watching
And don't think it's helping

They won't let you down
They won't let you down
They won't let you down

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Return To Send Her

(Let's Get Out Of This Country EP - 2006)

Don't disturb my bed is what I should have said
When you kissed me my head started to sway
I took your picture
You bought me some literature
Honey you make my day

I don't want to take advantage or do you any damage
I'm not sure I can manage to stay away

We have been tender
Don't return to send her
The love that was coming your way
I will defend you my friend
I won't quietly walk away

I don't want to take advantage or do you any damage
I'm not sure I can manage to stay away

Don't be downhearted by this thing we started
I guess that's what I'm trying to say
I will defend you my friend
I won't quietly walk away

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Roman holiday

( Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken EP )

I've never had a Roman holiday
But I won't hold it against you
The look on your face when she told you she loved you
Was it priceless?

Now it seems you're well connected
You have your own flock of sheep
I don't think they are lost and I don't think they are discreet

I light a scented candle in my room
I'll hold a good thought for you
You were hopeful you said things would be ok
But they're doom and gloom

If I were good at hating I'd hate you
If I were good at loving I'd fall
I'd keep the company of a kid obsessed and I'd tell them all

I knew you well for a short spell
I knew you well for a short spell
Please don't tell

San Francisco song

( Keep it clean EP - 2004 )

You know I cannot stand your love for alcohol
You're such a tall man but you're looking kind of small
I'll send you movie stills to rid you of your ills
Because you're ill

Now you're finding out I'm hard to please
You'd better watch your mouth you'll bring a girl close to tears
I ripped up my lyric book, gave myself the blackest look
Black looks

You would think by now I wouldn't miss this place
It makes my poor legs weak and my sweet heart start to race
To race, yeah to race

Sugar Town / Blue Moon

(Nancy Sinatra cover / Billie Holiday cover / Live on Peel Acres 03-07-02)

I got some troubles but they won't last
I'm gonna sit right down here in the grass
And pretty soon all my troubles will pass
'Cause I'm in su-su-su, su-su-su
Su-su su-su, su-su Sugar Town

I never had a dog that liked me some
I never had a friend or wanted one
So I just sit here and laugh at the sun
'Cause I'm in su-su-su, su-su-su
Su-su, su-su, su-su Sugar Town

Yesterday it rained in Tennessee
I heard it also rained in Tallahassee
But not a drop fell on little old me
'Cause I was in su-su-su, su-su-su
Su-su, su-su, su-su Sugar Town

If I had a million dollars or ten
I'd give to you world and then
You'd go away and let me spend
My life in su-su-su, su-su-su
Su-su, su-su, su-su Sugar Town

La la la la…

Blue moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love on my own

Blue moon
You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

La la la la…

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Super Trouper

(ABBA cover / Tears For Affairs EP - 2007)

I was sick and tired of everything
When I called you last night from Glasgow
All I do is eat and sleep and sing
Wishing every show was the last show

So imagine I was glad to hear you're coming
Suddenly I feel all right
And it's gonna be so different
When I'm on the stage tonight

Super trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you

Facing twenty thousand of your friends
How can anyone be so lonely
Part of a success that never ends
Still I'm thinking about you only

There are moments when I think I'm going crazy
But it's gonna be alright
Everything will be so different
When I'm on the stage tonight

Super trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one

Super trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you

So I'll be there when you arrive
The sight of you will prove to me I'm still alive
And when you take me in your arms
And hold me tight
I know it's gonna mean so much tonight

Super trouper lights are gonna find me
Shining like the sun
Smiling, having fun
Feeling like a number one

Super trouper beams are gonna blind me
But I won't feel blue
Like I always do
'Cause somewhere in the crowd there's you

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

The Blizzard

(Jim Reeves cover)

There's a blizzard coming on
How I'm wishing I was home
For my pony's lame
And he can't hardly stand
Listen to that northern sigh
If we don't get home we'll die
But it's only seven miles to Mary Anne
It's only seven miles to Mary Anne

You can bet we're on her mind
For it's nearly Christmas time
And I'll bet there's hot biscuits in the pan
Lord my hands feel like they're froze
And there's a numbness in my toes
But it's only five more miles to Mary Anne
It's only five more miles to Mary Anne

That wind's howling and it seems
Mighty like a woman's screams
So we'd best be moving faster if we can
Dan just think about that barn
With that hay so soft and warm
It's only three more miles to Mary Anne
It's only three more miles to Mary Anne

Dan get up your ornery cuss
Or you'll be the death of us
I'm so weary but I'll help you if I can
All right Dan, perhaps it's best
That we'll stop awhile and rest
For it's still a hundred yards to Mary Anne
It's still a hundred yeards to Mary Anne

Late that night the storm was gone
And they found him there at dawn
He had made it but he couldn't leave ol' Dan
Yes they found him there on the plains
His hands froze to the reins
He was just a hundred yards from Mary Anne
He was just a hundred yards from Mary Anne

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

The Last Song

(Tears For Affairs EP - 2007)

I can't call you my phone will be relieved
You can't call me 'cause someone else will feel deceived
I don't understand this how did you get hold of me?
You've got me questioning my fidelity

I'll send a package in the post
I've got love to send
Should I want you the most?
It feels like I have no defense

The tree in my garden is blossoming still
It's late this year it's just like me it's wavering
Going through the motions I want to be at home
It's an effort to get on this plane at all

It was love for sure
Every cliché in the book
I loved you more and more with every desperate look

Don't thank me for breakfast with your naked skin
Don't lie don't pretend you feel anything
My heart is no longer a friend of mine
It wants to betray me most of the time

I love you my darling
I love you my friend
I love you my darling
But It feels like is the end

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

The Nights Are Cold

(Richard Hawley cover / The Nights Are Cold EP)

The fate of man is random so don't look down
The towns and the cities are all burning down
Your road is bitter like the whip off the wind
You wanna get to the end but you don't know how to begin

You want to know how
We got to where we are now
The nights are cold
The nights are cold
The nights are cold

Let my life and all its storms begin to blow
Take me here and there I don't care where I go
Oh beauty is a dark cloud when you're alone
She says she has the answers but I really just don't know

You want to know how
We got to where we are now
The nights are cold
The nights are cold
The nights are cold

Ah the only road I walk alone
Where beauty nails me to her cross

*** Thanx a lot to Jose for this one ***

Your Sound

( Rare UK Bird EP )

Your familiar sound is waiting to be found, your sound
Rain force and frost are trying not to cause this storm
Another chance ... for some other winter and say when we apply
And tiny pieces are falling in between us only for reasons why

It's important to remember what to do this year
And it doesn't help to say that you have felt this near

It's not so easy and you know that your face is trailing far behind
I cannot want that and if we're pluming feather we'll never find the time

Could it be we've tired fading
Would it help if I'd start walking away
Don't tell me to change
Don't tell me

Your familiar sound is waiting to be found, your sound
Rain force and frost are trying not to cause this storm

Could it be we've tired fading
Would it help if I'd start walking away
Don't tell me to change
Don't tell me to change
Don't tell me to change
Don't tell me

*** Thanx a lot to Molly for this one ***

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