B i o g r a p h y
 (by Joe Muggs)

Tunng: always different, always the same. The band we meet, gathered in a cosy room in a Dutch barge on the Thames, are here to talk about a record that is dramatically different to any of their previous three. It's got a new lyricist and a new lead vocalist. It's got drums. It's got synthesizers. It's got massed singalong choruses. It's got guitar solos. And rather noticeably it hasn't got singer, songwriter and Tunng founder Sam Genders. And yet, and yet... this is the exact same group of people who first took the stage for Tunng's first ever show. Very different, but very much the same. But then they have always had a creative relationship to the concept of a band line-up. Begun in 2003 as an inter-city project by Sam, who lived in Derbyshire, with Mike Lindsay who was working in a studio in London, Tunng were essentially a duo with friends drifting in and out of the studio and pub contributing bits of this and that, eventually resulting in the deliciously strange 'Mother's Daughter And Other Songs' album. When it came to time to "go public", though, Sam stepped aside, remaining a silent partner, while a London-based line-up of Phil Winter (electronics and samples), Martin Smith (exotic percussion and the occasional clarinet), Ashley Bates (banjos and guitars) and Becky Jacobs (harmony vocals and melodica) gathered with Mike to recreate his and Sam's songs on the stage. Despite everyone involved having musical projects of their own on the go, this loose set-up proved extremely durable, with album no.2 'Comments of the Inner Chorus' written and toured in much the same fashion.

By 2007's 'Good Arrows', however, life on the road had brought the musicians together, and very naturally the amount they played together began to be reflected in the way they worked in the studio: Tunng had become a band - and Sam, too, was drawn into this, joining the more collaborative writing process, and for the first time regularly being a part of the live performances - even as he was working the acoustic supergroup project The Accidental at the same time. Eventually, though, being a full-time part of a band wasn't for the ever-independent Sam, and he once again stepped aside, this time completely. But the rest of the band were very definitely taken with the group musical identity that was continuing to develop, and as they came back together to assess their experiences of touring and things that were going on in their own lives - as Mike puts it, "everyday stuff and hedonistic adventures alike" - they realised they really wanted to put the full experience of Tunng on stage into the new record. The mission to establish this dynamic in a studio was a long one, though. Where previously the directness of capturing Mike and Sam's songs on record - what Martin calls "snatched moments" - had been a rapid process, leading to three albums in three years, now experimentation and time was needed to make the collaborative process work. As all this was going on, all the members were "having adventures", living their lives, growing up and bringing experiences back into the studio, which all added to the rich tangle of ideas that needed to be picked apart to find the new sound.

Three things finally pulled the sound together. First was the emergence of Becky as a lead vocalist alongside Mike. With her distinctive voice and stage banter a vital part the sound and personality of Tunng's live shows, it seemed natural now to have her sing lead vocals in the studio, and she is now a keystone for the sound, indeed, says Mike: "in many ways it's her album!". "I'm very happy with that," she laughs, "but really I love how my voice sounds on this, the way the production has made it work; it's still Tunng but closer to how we've always been on stage." Second was the entrance of long-time friend of the band Ben Bickerton as a contributor to lyrics. Ben had already contributed some lyrics to 'Good Arrows' but this time around he became, as Mike puts it, "almost a member", working seriously on five or six songs, bouncing ideas back and forth with the band. "There was no particular agenda," says Ben, "and no set way of working, but I was there to help develop the song words as the music developed." With his input, the album's richly-woven lyrics became a tapestry of images of travel and nautical life, allegories of adventure and discovery spilling from every song. The third and final impetus came just as the band were becoming frustrated with their writing producing nothing but, in Martin's words "loads and loads of sketches" - and it was touring and recording with the Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen in early 2009. "It was an adventure in itself," says Mike, "and it shook us up and reminded us how good it was just to get up and play." Re-energised and with new-found discipline, but still with the sense of democracy that came from being a full-blown band, they took to the studio again, and throughout the summer, hammered the album into shape. What emerged from that hammering is radically different from any of the previous three albums: for the most part the intimacy and domesticity of previous songs is replaced by a grand sweep, a feeling of a wide world being explored and alien experiences being processed and drawn into the band's lives. It's got a swagger in its step and a swing in its hips, it's not afraid to kick up a jig and blow its own trumpet. And it's got guitar solos. And yet it's still Tunng, still with that bucolic oddness and modernist gleam that made those very first basement recordings so intriguing seven long, strange years ago. They were different then, and they remain very different now; still different, but still the same. That's Tunng.




Mother's Daughter And Other Songs
- 2005-01-10 -



Mother's daughter
People folk
Out the window with the window
Beautiful and light
Tale from black
Song of the sea
Kinky vans
Fair doreen
Code breaker
Surprise me 44
Pool Beneath The Pond

Comments Of The Inner Chorus
- 2006-05-22 -



Hanged
Woodcat
The Wind Up Bird
Red and Green
Stories
Jenny Again
Man In The Box
Jay Down
It's Because...We've Got Hair
Sweet William
Engine Room
Band Stand (Instrumental)
Bodies

Good Arrows
- 2007-08-27 -



Take
Bricks
Hands
Bullets
Soup
Spoons
King
Arms
Secrets
String
Cans
Wood
Clump

...And Then We Saw Land
- 2010-03-01 -



Hustle
It Breaks
Don't Look Down Or Back
The Roadside
October
Sashimi
With Whiskey
By Dusk They Were in the City (Instrumental)
These Winds
Santiago
Weekend Away
Salty water


Turbines
- 2013-06-17 -



Once
Trip Trap

By This
The Village
Bloodlines
Follow Follow
So Far from Here
Embers

Heavy Rock Warning

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Magpie Bites
Pioneers
Take From Black
The Bonnie Black Hare


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Mother's Daughter And Other Songs

Mother's Daughter

Young girl stuck to the water
Time will tell if you're your mother's daughter
Time will tell if you're your mother's daughter

Stone boat adrift on the ocean
Rows for the shore with the devil's devotion
Rows for the shore with the devil's devotion

Red girl picture was broken
Stand in the glass the angel's in motion
Stand in the glass the angel's in motion

White swan watch with a wry smile
Raise up your wings for the wind and the last mile
Raise up your wings for the wind and the last mile

Young girl stuck to the water
Time will tell if you're your mother's daughter
Time will tell if you're your mother's daughter
Time will tell if you're your mother's daughter
Time will tell if you're your mother's daughter

People Folk

I saw the sun
I saw the sun
I saw the sun fall on everyone
I saw the sun the people had to run

I see the stars
I see the stars
I see the stars try to reach my heart
I see the stars the people the way they are

I felt the flame
I felt the flame
I told my friends to watch their aim
I felt the flame of the people felt the same

I saw the eyes
I saw the eyes
I saw the eyes sparkle in my mind
I saw the eyes and the people folk it out

I heard the sound
I heard the sound
I heard the sound and the beauty ground
I heard the sound and the people gathered 'round

I touched the lips
I touched the lips
I touched the lips and next scene I'll shapes
I touched the lips and the people fell in love

I saw the sun
I saw the sun
I saw the sun fall on everyone
I saw the sun the people had to run

Out the Window With the Window

I was smart, drunk, alright

You walk in the park
You look at the sky
Sit on a pillow
Count up the stars in your head

Lay me low
Damn beauty
Odd beauty
Love like blood

Out the window, with the window
Out the window, with the window, ok!

Friendly four seagulls

Beautiful and light

(Hi, come on in. Hello)
(Hi, come on in. Hello)
(Gotta make one quick call)
(4 - 3 - 1 - 5 - 9 - 9 - 7)

Katie feels a snap and switches off the tap
Walks out to fetch the shotgun from the shed
Feels just a little rush and climbs into the car
Slow down a moment
Drives out along the lane and calmly into town
Stops to let the music come around
Walks down to the bank and draws a quiet breath
Slow down a moment

Switch on, all's fine
Burn out, on fire
Stitched tight
(Hi, come on in. Hello) Beautiful and light
(Gotta make one quick call)
(4 - 3 - 1 - 5 - 9 - 9 - 7)

Lights a cigarette, climbs the marble stairs
And waves the gun around
To paint a meaning
Money comes like rain
Feel this, easy feeling
She drives the car away
And laughs and smiles
And stops to count the notes out for a while
And when she's done, drives on
For a sunrise

Switch on, all's fine
Burn out, on fire
Stitched tight
Beautiful and light
Beautiful and light

Tale From Black

She washes all the young blood from her hands in the sink
And she knows that the lights will be there for her
Breaks down the bodies to dark subtle ink
And she scrawls on the parchments that hang in the air

She rides a horse over stones in the night
And she closes her eyes and lets go of the reigns
She knows the radios run through the night
And she knows that the lights leave the prettiest stains

She builds a shrine and a typing machine
And she curls up to write down her tales from the black
Prays for a soft breeze and cool gentle rain
And she prays for the bodies that rise slowly back

She knows the dunes where the steel cities grow
And she knows when they jail her they'll grind down the key
She knows the lights lay the heaviest blows
And she knows that the sand must submit to the sea

She builds a bird out of plywood and gold
For to carry the old souls on up to the sun
Turns on the TV and sits in the cold
And she dreams that sometimes she's the prettiest one

She knows the thrill of the chase in her veins
And she knows that the sinking's a trick of the light
Prays for the silence and cool gentle rain
And she prays that the radios run through the night

Song Of The Sea

My old transistor radio buzzing
Hot crazy island dirty she does it
I love this city but does she love me
Work for a paycheck that burns up on rent day
No sweeter evil would I wish come my way

Bring me song of the sea
Sing me a song of the sea
Hang me a song of the sea
For me, ohh

Busy black roadway, light scattered skyline
No sweeter promise, smell of this highlife
Hole in my heart where a hill and a tree were
Score for a song thrush in that place where we were

Bring me song of the sea
Sing me a song of the sea
Hang me a song of the sea
For me and my, oh

Kinky Vans

Kinky vans
Kinky vans
Kinky vans
Kinky vans
Kinky vans

Fair Doreen

Oh, fair Doreen, the night has seen
You ply your trade so sweet
And though they come your soul to stun
No anvil shall you be

No anvil shall you be Doreen
No anvil shall you be
Although they come your soul to stun
No anvil shall you be

Oh, fair Doreen, your treacled lips
That taste of other worlds
Though they may claim your soul be stained
Thou art not Satan's girl

Thou art not Satan's girl Doreen
Thou art not Satan's girl
Though they may claim your soul be stained
Thou art not Satan's girl

Code Breaker

Like Watson and Crick
You seem to look
Into my soul
And though my DNA
Is too small for your scope
You make it much deeper

Hydrogen bursts
Inside a star
Don't mean a lot
From whereabouts we are
It's too far for your scope
But you make it much further

Code breaker
Code breaker
Code breaker

I've searched around
Here for the key
But I'm blind to it
And quantum theorists tell me
They've never seen the likes of your radar

Code breaker
Code breaker
Code breaker
Code breaker...

Surprise Me 44

We'll come around when the sun falls down
We'll slow retreat from the soft wet heat
We'll amble down when it's all washed out
The burned up the sold up the fools and clowns
We'll say goodnight to the long day's sky
We'll give our souls up to old July
We'll watch the girl with the long soft sigh
You'll come alive with those late night eyes
And surprise me with everything you do
Untie me with everything you see
We'll weld a piece of the light inside
We'll snap the smiles as the black dogs die
We'll stick with Susie because she's got time
You'll show her how with those late night eyes
And surprise me with everything you do
Untie me with everything you see

Well the sun and the rain enters us hoping blind
That it's loud enough to see
And we all sing…

We'll light the fires when the sun winds down
Coil up retreat to the red white sound
We'll scramble down as they all rush out
The burned up the sold up the fools and clowns
Move through the molecules like you do
Let all the moments go down on you
We'll sleep tomorrow it's nice to do
We'll sleep tomorrow it's nice to do
And surprise me with everything you do
Untie me with everything you see

Well the sun and the rain enters my broken blind
And it's loud enough to see
And we all sing…

Pool Beneath The Pond

( Japan/US/Australian edition )

Pool beneath the pond
The skater shall beware
Touch the sand beyond
You'll be welcome here
Blink and miss the twist
The skater shall beware
Touch it and it slips
But you'll be welcome here

Dead lilies and pond skaters on our pond
This innocent slight tremble in your hand
Safe havens and close alleys and green smiles
This innocent no walks along dark aisles

Red stickleback with white teeth like small knives
Black beetle and dark tremble in its smile
Dead lilies and pond skaters on our pond
This innocent slight tremble in your hand

Comments Of The Inner Chorus

Hanged

Break in the Sun
Till the Sun breaks down

Woodcat

Woodcat oh once a girl but not since the incident
Lives in the darkness making friends with the animals
Eyes burning yellow I miss your sweet kisses
I miss having coffee in bed watching TV
The ghost of an image it's just fleeting glimpses
You're there then you're gone through the roots and the nettles
I miss your hard edges I miss your bone marrow
I miss having coffee in bed watching TV

And we all had a lovely time

I'll look for a man to turn me into a hare
Just like they did when you did what you did
And the court came around and the verdict flew out
And the rats ran about and the change trickled down

And they left your brown body gentle and shivering
Back in the clearing with the deer in the evening
And I'll come and find you; small sleek and silent
And we'll live like lovers in an old wooden rhyme

And we're in for a lovely time

Come close up to me, fire in an open hearth
Raised in a vessel of our only action
Some satisfaction, some sweet satisfaction
From all of this everything, spun 'round the middle

And they said it was a lovely time

The Wind Up Bird

These books were alive they spoke to me
The books have nothing to say

Inside ahead, it was a flood of white noise
Aside the chair, it shut down for four days
Green and brown are growing sweet a now aside
You run the bar in through a picture of your time

The wind-up bird was her new muse
The wind-up bird was her new muse
The wind-up bird was her new muse
She made the frontpage bad news

Tell me a story inside
Lie if you like but make the details true in my mind
We need to feel absolutely wrapped in your glove
Lie back and listen
As I read you, my love

The low mower side, sharpened his blades
And we all told you that it's good to be scared
I turned the page and start laughing at my friends
I looked into her eyes, so that we could pretend

The wind-up bird was her new muse
She made the frontpage bad news
The wind-up bird was her new muse
She made the frontpage bad news

What is that over there
That? That's a rocket chair

We need to feel absolutely wrapped in your glove
Lie back and listen
As I read you, my love
Tell me a story inside
Lie if you like but make the details true in my mind
We need to feel absolutely wrapped in your glove
Lie back and listen
As I read you, my love

Red and Green

Red heels and bright blue eyes
Walking a steady line
Fire bombs and mortar shells
Deep kisses through the night
Dancing on thin ice
Chained up at the ankles
I look in your red eyes
And cover my green skin
Twist like an adder
Fall like a slice of snow
Dart between rocks
And I know what the darkness knows
Annie don't cry it's a delicate thing that we made
Sparrow don't cry it's a delicate thing that we made

Blind time, weighed out in time
Smite our own private sea
Time, gargantuan beat
Red and Green

Pick up my skin from the shelf by the bed
I can slip into my old ways, slip down the stairs
Let me make you sweet tea
Let me make you hot toast
Let me kiss you all over my only, my host

And in time, time, somewhere in time
Sail our own private sea
Time, sweet, terrible, sweet
Red and Green

Annie don't cry it's a delicate thing that we made

Stories

Comments of the inner chorus
Comments of the inner chorus
Comments of the inner chorus
Tomes, stories, magical words

See it happen, stories happen, stories happen
Illusions and puppies are his righful property
He can touch them and take them wherever he chooses

Go the demons, demon, demon
Demon, demon, demon, demon
Go the demons
Go the demons
Go the demons
All this was a long time I remember
All this was a long time I remember
I remember, I remember, I remember
I remember, I remember, I remember

Jenny Again

Throw the knife into the stream
Run away across the fields
Leave me lying where I fell
Rivers running out of me
Meet my Jenny in the lane
Take a car and run away
Get as far as you can get
Before the new day

Your heart beats quick and strong
Your mind pores over it all
Don't worry because no one saw me fall

Sit inside a little chef
Look around but not at her
See my kisses on her lips
See my fingers in her hair
Think of this against your will
See the knife edge slipping in
See the questions in my eyes
As I ask them

I went so quick it makes you shudder that I'm gone
Are we so brittle has your soul turned into stone
And though you loved me I'm not Jenny in the night
Some decisions don't thread back to being right

Your head blurs quickly tonight
Your edges diffuse in the light
Don't tell me that your throat is getting tight

Change your name and find a job
Marry Jenny in the spring
Buy a dog and call him Pete
Push the children on the swings
Think about me now and then
Try to find a peaceful space
Count the days as they go by
Count the lines upon your face

Your heart beats quick and strong
Your mind pores over it all
Don't worry because no one saw me fall

Man In The Box

Distance of the barrel
The joining of the tin man
Drinking the man in the box
Toiling don't go with conspiracy

Go up the top floor
Waiting, waiting to be comforted

Jay Down

Soft wings and gentle tongue
Mountains that breathe as long as Kipling
Oh sorrow song of it all

All that static air
Old stream tangled hair
Firepower from somewhere
All tongues twisted here

Jaybird on old black branch
Whisper all secrets past
Old man don't be afraid of it all

Jaybird hold your tongue
Whisper all that's done
Deep down lover's song
Where did we go wrong

It's Because...We've Got Hair

We don't like it anymore, than you do
We don't like it anymore, than you do
All in the time we'll push the end of the line
We thank you for your life and fulfilment

Thank you for your life and fulfilment
Thank you for your life and fulfilment
And all of the tween will, shall never be seen
And founded by the sons of our children
Founded by the sons of our children
Founded by the sons of our children
Protecting the secret with hands on the wheel
Ride on, ride on through the fields
Ride on, ride on through the fields
Ride on, ride on through the fields
Come back, come back will you
Stand up and sing with us
Stopped with a chop in the neck
(O.K.)
Turn to face the sun
In the moonlight
Turn to face the sun
In the moonlight
We're in the old routine
With you, with the machine
There are places on the grass in the graveyard
There are places on the grass in the graveyard
There are places on the grass in the graveyard
There may be a virus in, they're welcome to join us
Sitting in every evening in the house
(Make me happy)

Sweet William

I saw you kiss sweet William
In a forest of red leaves
The rain ran cold against my neck
The wind lay down to sleep

I walked all night in stillness
And I walked all day as well
I walked across the desert plains
And through the jagged hills

I slept inside the north wind
In a coracle at sea
And in the deepest darkest woods
My dreams sang songs to me

I dreamed I killed sweet William
And I kissed his cold white brow
I washed his body in the lake
And I sewed his eyelids down

Sing a song of sixpence
Battles in the past tense
Picked out by the snow

If I should find sweet William
Lying pale beneath the snow
I'll row out to the deepest depths
And let sweet William go

I'll watch him sink beneath the flood
And back to where he came
And pray to God and death and blood
I might forget his name

Engine Room

Stuck in a holiday
Far into the river
Sick of the flower rhymes
Go now and for our hands
A tax haven for our friends
Go sit in the corner
Hide in the engine room
There to keep us warmer

The tickets were six pounds
Photography forbidden
Rugged up safe and sound
Your actions are forgiven

Stuck in a holiday
Far into the river
Sick of the flower rhymes
Go now and forever
A safe haven for our friends
Go and sit in the corner
Hide in the engine room
There to keep us warmer

Safe haven for our friends
Go and sit in the corner

Bodies

( Extra track on ltd. CD )

You've grown up so much since I saw you all those days ago
Still got that look about you still got those things that we know
Red gilded place in the woods and the words that were said
Black twisted branches that hid all the things that we did

You threaded wasps on to string and you gave them to me
You touched the edges of their wings and the insides of me
All of the years make a picture that's faded and bright
All of the years make us different and faded and bright

Bring back the bodies and lay them out for me
Smooth down their crisp clear white wings in the morning
Bring back the yellow and black of the bodies
Lay them out slowly and string them up gently for me

Small piles of sticks built up like temples to time in the sun
Beds of green leaves laid out where fear and O negative burn
Strange to see you in a suit but your shoes are still red
Strange to see you at the front after all that you said

Your face changed a long time ago
But you're the same underneath this sleet
That whirls around like a line between worlds
And there are birds in here singing lullabies to me
About bodies and you and me and all that we've seen
And you and all that you've seen

Bring back the bodies and open them for me
Lift out their shimmering hearts in the morning
Bring back the yellow and black of the ocean
Let me out slowly and sing to me coldly
Bring back the yellow and black of the bodies
Let me in slowly and string me up sensitively

Good Arrows

Take

All eyes ablaze
We saw her in the old light, whoa, in the old light
Seventy years to fly closer to sunlight, whoa, to the sunlight
She sings to the stereo, making dirty pictures with her hands in the lamplight
And knows where the mourners go
We'll sing a coronet, bringing her back from the grey light

Climb through the car of girls
Screaming through the streets, hard at his lungs
And computer listens to everything, whispering asleep if there's a drift from old mall

Years are a trifling thing
Passing in an eye's blink, whoa, in an eye's blink
Forty five years go by in nothing but a day's time, whoa, in a day's time

Take take take take take take

All eyes ablaze
He saw her in the old light, whoa, in the old light
Seventy years to fly closer to the sunlight, whoa, to the sunlight

Bricks

The bicycles inside your skull
Send you away and off you go
Into the streets where all the pretty girls collect their thoughts for you
And aggravate your paranoid
Can you not see a star out there

Where all the bricks are bright and free
Where all the bricks are bright and elegant and free

The lizard skins around yourself
Drop off and let the others through
In reds and whites and blacks and blues
Each facet shines or breaks anew
And in a big tall building she lets out her hair into the street
Where cars and trucks career through it
Until the ends get wrecked and split

Where all the doors are bright and free
Where all the doors are bright and elegant and free

The sun revolves around the sun
And then around a bright black moon
And in a café by the sea you stir your tea and suck your spoon
And when your breakfast comes you're miles away
And all your eggs get cold
You're where the light is blinding bright
And all the windows tilt to you

Where all the bricks are bright and free...

Hands

He stands with his head in his hands
In the corridor in A&E
He couldn't resucitate her
And now he'll go home to his wife for tea

We sing as the sky falls down
We sing as the sky collapses
And make what we can of this
It's okay, we're all going to end up dead and gone

He crawls into her aorta
To pull him out of his reverie
And mentally puts her back together
With sticks and glue until she breathes

He crawls like a rat inside her spine
It's a passage to another world
He pulls on a coat of new born skin
And sends a secret message to that girl

Positions himself in space
And looks down on such slight a thing
Swears he'll make what he can of this
Because one day out there we will all be dead

So leave your imprint upon
All the atoms you press against
All the people you press against
Because one day out there we will all be
Leave your imprint upon
Every mouth that you press against
Every word that you press against
It's okay because one day we will be dead

All the Lidl lights

Bullets

Green hills and enemies
These things they make us sentimental inside
Your words are gelignite
Or just another sentimental aside

We're catching bullets in our teeth
And though it's easy when you know how it's done
They split the secret up six ways before they gave it to us just before dawn
And now we don't remember

Our blood and guts are out
We spread our bones across the table at night
We cut our fingers off
To give ourselves those little extra insights

We're catching bullets in our teeth
And though they try hard not to say how it's done
They always do
They spill the secret out six ways
And beg for our forgiveness
Just before dawn
And now we don't remember

We're catching bullets in our teeth
It's hard to do but they're so sweet
And if they take a couple out
We try to work things out
We catching bullets with our
Heads and hearts and all the darkest parts of us
It's strange to find such light
In such endless night

So sweet to lose a friend
You leave the church and taste
The air in your lungs
Old lies and fireflies
Carve angels on your eyes
And all is undone
You whisper prayers into the dark
Up to a god in whom you've never believed
You always do
You split the secret up six ways
But it won't make it any easier to see
And now we don't remember

We're catching bullets in our teeth
Its hard to do but they're so sweet
And if they take a couple out
We try to work things out
We're catching bullets with our
Heads and hearts and all the darkest parts of us
It's strange to find such light
In such endless night
We're catching bullets in our backs
We sent the undertaker back
Into the garden in the drought
To try to work things out
We're catching bullets with the best resources that we've got
We're happy then again we're not
We shout - through the endless doubt

Soup

Soup !

Spoons

Up the stairs they glided into the attic
Dusting the sheets raise the skirt automatic collapse
Together like spoons
And it was over far too soon
So they chose another room
And another room
And another room
They chose another room
A dark a tiny room

King

Four foot nothing knees stained with dirt
When we went hiding why don't you seek?
No one came looking for me
Your head restless with greed

She carried on shoulders like a little king
She is worshipped and adored
Invisibly worshipped and ignored
No one came looking for me

Twisted metal and underground deeds
This weightless town no good for me
Your head restless with greed
Your fate laid down in deep

Arms

In your veins
The bed slips away
Bricks dissolve, and the walls get thin

In your arms
I see through my skin
My organs float in the candle's glow

In your bones
The sound of the rain
Soothes something in my darkest heart

Visceral thing
Intangible song
Things i've known seem to fall away

Here I go
Again
Here I go
Again

In your brain
Lights creep to my eyes
Stars get stuck
In my swollen throat

And you're on fire
And I'm getting close
Event horizon, a whirlpool's edge

Here I go
Again
Here I go
Again

Secrets

Find a pine tree up in the hills
With a hole that's silent and dark
Place your hands and stand as you feel
Whisper secrets into her heart
Small black stones with glass at their edge
Soft red squares that sigh as they bleed
Yellow curves shaped just like a girl
Wood-cut discs that nobody sees
Tell me frankly, tell me again
What you told me out on the street
All these trap doors slip behind time
Drag like cans on strings on your feet

Open up your tin of cold soup
Heat it up with bread from the shop
Sit in front of Jeremy Kyle
Wonder when the secrets will stop lock your secrets inside a tree
Let it grow for one hundred years float your thoughts far off out to sea store them
Up in pelican's tears

String

Hang my eyes up on a hook
Swells the panic I can't look
Inside my own skin
I fail to find myself again

A million faces look the same
And their replies evaporate
There's no soul behind these eyes
If they can't glue me back again

Ghosts drop hints
And whisper things
Just blood and bone and bits of string
Blood and bone and bits of string

Family portrait on the wall
Quiet confusion, circle this
I can feel my mother's hand
But I can't find her face to kiss

There's no soul
Behind these eyes
If they can't glue me back again
Someone's life inside a box
Nothing here resets the clocks

Ghosts drop hints
And whisper things
Just blood and bone and bits of string
Blood and bone and bits of string

Cans

Here comes another one
Faster than the one before
Here comes another one
Faster than the one we saw before

Another bus another plane
Weve done this all a hundred times before
Lets stitch another one
First one to the ceiling gets the floor

Bright lights block out the sun
No time to sleep all time to turn
Because there goes another one
Stand on the edge and watch it turn

And if you find you feel you're falling through the floor
Just put your hand out in the dark
And feel the bones inside you singing out again

A pint of this will take your legs off at the knees
And pull your spine out to a cord
And leave it glowing on the floor inside the rain

All decisions pleasure made
Lift up our bodies in the air
Just to feel another one
Fall out of the tube and hit the air

Let's all march into the sun
Friends we remain for friends we are
Walk towards the sleeping sand
Bolted together like we are

And in the morning we'll turn on t.v.
And watch the news and eat cornflakes
As continents divide
It's fine if we are by our side

And in the evening we'll turn off t.v.
And watch the stars
And crack open a can or two
And it's all fine if we are by our side

Here comes another one
Faster than the one before
Here comes another one
Faster than the one we saw before

Wood

( Extra track on ltd. CD )

The boys pitched their old canvas in sun
And the scattering light swam around them
And they held up their chemical tin
Like a small god cold dish around them
The night grew a great white tree of stars
And the teacher heard words in the darkness
Found the boys laid out in the sun
Where the wild horse lives from his harness
(This is the heaviest tree I've ever carried!)

Clothes in his tree-house have few people
And the paper did he finish marking
They came up this people smell his boots
Because he still couldn't stop the hills talking
The boys pitched their old canvas in sun
And the scattering light swam around them
And they held up their chemical tin
Like a small cod cold dish around them

Follow the needle
Up through Swincome Wood
Follow the pathway
Anyway you could
You follow the needle
Up through Swincome Wood
Follow the pathway
Anyway you could

The night grew a great white tree of stars
And the teacher heard words in the darkness
Found the boys laid out in the sun (follow the pathway)
Where the wild horse lives from his harness (anywhere you go)
Those in this tree have few people (follow me in)
And the paper did he finish marking (up through Swincome Wood)
They came up this people smell his boots (follow the pathway)
Because he still couldn't stop the hills talking (anywhere you go)

Clump

( Extra track on ltd. CD )

You will run to
You will run to
In the distance you will run too soon

We will come to
We will come to
In the distance we will come to find you

They will speak slow
They will speak slow
In the distance they will speak slow and true

We now hold on
We now hold on
In the distance we now hold on to you

We will come to
We will come to
In the distance we will come to find you

They will speak slow
They will speak slow
In the distance they will speak slow and true

We now hold on (x4)
Hold on (x8)

...And Then We Saw Land

Hustle

When I come home, you won't be there any more
When I come home, you won't be there any more
And you will tear off your clothes and kiss the floor
When I come home, home, home

When I see land you will conjure up a storm
When I see land you will conjure up a storm
And I will tie your hands to the highest mast
When I see land, land, land

And we will hustle, hustle, hustle to be free
Free from all the
Happy thoughts and smiles across the sea
In favour of the
Mean, mean, moves,
And back doors to the heart from where we
Always, always fall apart

And you will slide on the back seat of my bike
And you will slide on the back seat of my bike
And I will ride you home drunken in the rain
And you will win again and again

Now it's your turn you will tie me to the tree
Now it's your turn you will tie me to the tree
And you will sing and sing, forever you and me
And in the dark you wonder what I see

And we will hustle, hustle, hustle to be free
Free from all the
Happy thoughts and smiles across the sea
In favour of the
Mean, mean, moves,
And back doors to the heart from where we
Always, always fall apart

It Breaks

Milly passes from the swing
Runs home for her tea
Wants to twist her wedding ring
And sink in her settee
In the dark she asks aloud
If they can really see
But if you hold it carefully it breaks

On a fairground ride they met
A boy who held her hand
For a moment he'd forget
And she would understand
But the bells inside her head
Were all that she could hear
But if you hold it carefully it breaks

And just like the book says
You might be through with the past
But she's not through with you

We don't give up easily
Drowning out the tide
Drawing black and bleeding sea
At least we stopped and tried
And the crows flock overhead
Moving restlessly
And when you hold it over me it breaks

We don't give up easily
Drowning out the tide
Drawing black and bleeding sea
At least we stopped and tried
In the dark she asks aloud
If they can really see
But if you hold it carefully it breaks
(Eventually)

Don't Look Down Or Back

She rises with the sun
Awakens and undone
The postman passes by
And after thoughts reply, they do

The TV flickers restless
The hours drain away
Blood rushing like a stream
Lie detectors stray, away

Seratonin undertaker
Flooding through her brain
Hits the circuit breaker
The choices will remain

Don't look down or back
All trees have carved a track
On the souls of all before, Oh

Saving for a rainy day
Banks threaten to foreclose
The colour slide to the grey
And nestles in her toes

She rises with the sun
Awakens and undone
The postman passes by
And after thoughts reply, they do

Seratonin undertaker
Is flooding through her brain
And hits the circuit breaker
The choices will remain

The roadside

Where are you going to
Can I go with you
No, you have to stand guard
Stand where I can see you

It's getting so, so cold
What are you going to do
You should stop worrying
When they waded naked into the water

Take me, baby
Take me, baby
Take me, baby
Take me, baby

Take me, baby
Take me, baby
Take me, baby
Take me, baby

It's getting so, so cold
What are you going to do
You should stop worrying
When they waded naked into the water

He turned on the side and lay listening
Raising his head, taking a gun in his hands
Blazing down at the girl on his right
Frozen with fear, he hears a sound on the roadside
Frozen with fear, he hears a sound on the roadside

Take me, baby
Take me, baby
Take me, baby
Take me, baby

Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)
Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)

Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)
Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)

Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)
Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)

Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)
Take me, baby
(He hears a sound on the roadside)

Woke up and the rain had stopped
And the fires burnt out
You should stop worrying

October

A trick of the light, a turn of the tide
A rift in a valley, full moon in July
Red summer sun mourning, a cold April sky,
That lonely October, so cruel to deny.

A Wish for a fountain lost in the wind
A kick from a new life about to begin
A south facing island that floods in the spring
Will call to October new life, it will bring
It will bring, it will bring
It will bring.

A drop in the ocean short of the line
Cursing a feeling caught up by the night
Repairing the ruin reducing the sting
That falling October will bring
Hope that is dreaming, love that is torn
Dancing like dust in the eye of the storm
Truth will be lost when the mocking bird dies
October returns with its cold winter skies

Awe can't be touched, faith can be blind
Fooled by a past that the world left behind
Hidden in rocks that are lost to the shore
Of silent October we choose to ignore

Sashimi

Escaping through plastic
White beads into the mixture
Expensive, delightful
It's true the unproud

Adventures in your wake
Black blood is pouring into
Discomforts, shortcomings
That made you kill them

So come in and lie down
Lift your feet up off the floor
Sashimi, sashimi

Escaping through plastic
White noise into the next room
Her touch is elusive
It ties us all down

We're moving, ecstatic
She drops like sweet surrender
We're falling through atoms
She's so understanding

So come in and lie down
Lift your feet up off the floor
Sashimi, sashimi, sashimi

Don't lead her astray
Don't lead her astray
Don't lead her astray
Don't lead her astray
Sashimi, sashimi, sashimi

Don't lead her astray
Sashimi, sashimi, sashimi
Don't lead her astray
Sashimi, sashimi, sashimi

Don't lead her astray
Sashimi, sashimi, sashimi
Don't lead her astray
Sashimi, sashimi, sashimi

With Whiskey

He believed in you
Remember when he said
"Words are always hard to manage,
Can't get out of bed"

Now hear him
Through the empty city
He swept you off your feet
You're sweeping up the dust now, baby
Drink your whiskey neat

Come on, old lovers
Fall down in the grass
Wake up with the breeze
Gather 'round the torn up pictures
Join the family

Hold the blankets tighter
Turn on all the lights
Mummify the lovers
Burn them in the night

Gather our belongings
And throw them off the train
Let go off the railings
Let go off the reins

Take on me
Take me on
Take me on
Take on me

Come on, old lovers
Fall down in the grass
Wake up with the breeze
Gather 'round the torn up pictures
Join the family

Now hear him
Through the empty city
He swept you off your feet
You're sweeping up the dust now, baby
Drink your whiskey neat

Hold the blankets tighter
Turn on all the lights
Mummify the lovers
Burn them in the night

Gather our belongings
And throw them from the train
Let go off the railings
Let go off the reins

Take on me
Take me on
Take me on
Take on me

These Winds

Helena's hollow
She lives in a sail
Drift on a promise
Of delicate details

Her ark is a shipwrecked
Touch till she breathes
Love's whisper passing
And laying down reeds

Caroline the shy girl
Made only of air
Breathlessly singing
On a wing and a prayer

Secrets that shadow
Lie in the deep
Carried along
And laid down to sleep

These winds
And cold, dark rain
Blows, breaks
And remains

These winds
And cold, dark rain
Blows, breaks
And remains

Josephine's beauty
She hides with a veil
Speaks reassuring
But her voice is frail

Dancing covertly
Afraid we might fall
Sweep me away
And feel nothing at all

These winds
And cold, dark rain
Blows, breaks
And remains

These winds
And cold, dark rain
Blows, breaks
And remains...

Santiago

Remember the first and last goodbye
Looking for answers to untie
We traveled the long road
And at night we dreamed that we could drive

Racing ashore and taking hold
We're biding our time and growing old
We're circling questions
Looking for direction and self-control

Why did we go, Santiago

Memories fade in late July
She's looking too close and feeling shy
It's taken forever
Well, love will often lead us awry

Remember the first and last goodbye
Places to grow and hide the lie
We traveled the long road
It gave us sight for the price of his eyes

Why did we go, Santiago

Weekend Away

Wander through the wreckage
Of the dancing flaws
Faces turn in the light
A stranger on the brink of love, love
Confusion near delight

A cup of something warm
In the dead of night
We're friends in need indeed
Lies that only flatter love, love
They whisper until we bleed

Burning blindly like the sun
Our hearts beat in rhythm all alone
All our wishes are undone
Forget those days, they've gone

Piling in the back at the end of it all
We're friends in need indeed
Lies that only flatter love, love
They whisper until we bleed

Drifing into days
When all is said and done
In blue, yellow and grey
Stuck inside our head are all those names gone by
You're desperate to get away

Burning blindly like the sun
Our hearts beat in rhythm all alone
All our wishes are undone
Forget those days, they've gone

And it's only a weekend away
It's only a weekend away
Let it be beautiful
When we sing the last song
It's only a weekend away

Salty water

( Hidden track )

I carried you away
And no one saw you leave
I placed you in my pocket for safe keeping
A miniaturized version of you

And I will wear my halo in the sun
So no one sees me cheating
Well, I didn't mean to see
To shipwreck you with me

And now our poisoned pirate ship is broken
And shards of wood and glass turn into ocean
Rocks on top of rocks are in my view
They leave my mouth wide open

Salty water wash me
Salty water wash me

Like concrete turns you right
Steel turns me on
Metal doors will close and they will open
Don't step on factory floors you will fall down

Compartments allows you in my mind
Like boxes on a slip line
And I will wear my halo in the sun
So no one sees me cheating

Salty water wash me
Salty water wash me

Wander through the wreckage
Of the dancing flaws
Faces turn in the light

Turbines

Trip Trap

She is sweet, she is sour
A, a poisonous flower
We, we’ll trip trap discover
That will change by the hour

By This

Now the dawn is breaking
All the breath has gone
In the hearts they're waking
Love is always there
Pass the lives we don't know
Silent on the stairs
All the trails are leading
Home

Lead your highlife back
Down to the ground
All your crazy lanes
Are paved with gold
Take your meaning home
Passionate song
You copy you paste you lose
Now that you have gone
Waiting in darkness
Necessary wrong
Under the bridge now
Now is where you're from
Night buses run cold
Cold in to the dawn
Over the rail line
Line up for the stars
Out on your last limb
Limber then your done

Climb up to the high
Life that you fear
Calling all your names
Which one is real

Lead your highlife back
Down to the ground
All your crazy lanes
Are paved with gold
Take your meaning home
Passionate song
We will fall down through
Love that is gone
Climb up to the high
Life that you fear
Calling all your names
Which one is real
Drawing all your peace
We live and feel
By this

The Village

And there were people
And there were choices
Our minds were lost on the floor

And through the first door
Into the last room
Who knows how long we were there?

We take it back now
Remember somehow
Return the feeling before
You copy you paste you lose
Break into the room
It will be over soon
But we don't believe a word you told us

Will we ever tire
Hanging on a wire
And we don't believe what they have sold us

Awoke uneven
Distorted reason
Our minds hung on wires

We took the secret
And turned it backwards
Left it behind on fire

And though we need to
Although we want to
We don't remember a thing

And there were people
And there were choices
Our minds were lost on the floor

Break into the room
It will be over soon
But we don't believe a word you sold us

Will we ever tire
Hanging on a wire
And we don't believe what they have sold us

Break into the room
It will be over soon
But we don't believe a word you sold us

Will we ever tire
Hanging on a wire
And we don't believe what they have told us

Bloodlines

His turbines twisting back to her
Sea ripples like thin skin surf
Golden beauty of shadow clouds
Purest desert for our lost souls

Warmly kissed on the hand and the check
She walked along the line unraveled at the seams
Unkind, even love will bring down
Turbines spinning back around
You copy you paste you lose
Earth ripping under your skin
Golden beauty of shadowless sins
Twenty four karat blue
Name and bloodlines revolving through you

Tender bellowing through his shell
Two extremes together
Brings a life they'll never tell

There's no way of knowing how
Turning tables, engines and down
Start again, system and friends
Your thin blue lines are written again

There's no way of knowing how
Turning tables, engines and down
Start again, system and friends
Your thin blue lines are written again

Follow Follow

Through smoke and sleight of hand
He does what he can
He gets on by on his own

Follow him on the street
Silent on his feet
Diamonds fall on his door

The underground man
Hiding where he can
Raises his feet to the fire

Forgets as he sleeps
Under the midday sun
He lets his loneliness tire

After your heels
With calling all around you
Whispering near
You take a full scream with you

After your heels
With calling all around you
Whispering near
You take a full scream with you

Follow, follow, follow, follow
Follow, follow, he said
Follow, follow, follow, follow
Follow, follow, he said
You copy you paste you lose
The faces he scams
Through smoke and sleight of hand
You have to see it to believe

Take what you can
The camouflaged man
Like him you look right through

He covers up his eyes
And like the time he buys
You won't find him again

After your heels
With calling all around you
Whispering near
You take a full scream with you

If you miss him
A word is hard to see through
Call for your attention
Your heart is hard to value

After your heels
With calling all around you
Whispering near
You take a full scream with you

So Far From Here

What we had was all the same
We were all so far from here
All our thoughts were lost
They were lost in time
They were all so far from here

So we drank and we laughed
And we talked over night
And the barrel rolled behind
The mountains pass, they disappear
To the black they are confined

Never feel like liars
Never feel like lying
Never feel like liars
You copy you paste you lose
Never feel like liars
Never feel like lying
Never feel like liars

And we'll run, and we'll run
And we'll run, and we'll run
And we'll run, and we'll run
And we'll run, and we'll run

Take a thought and lose it again
And again we draw a tear
From the dark cloud lost
Lost in the rain
Is all that's reigning here

So we drank and we laughed
And we talked over night
How the barrel will roll
We'll be caught in the light
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And the air will be cruel
And the spark will ignite
While we drift we'll escape
With a glimpse of last night

Never feel like liars
Never feel like lying
Never feel like liars

Never feel like liars
Never feel like lying
Never feel like liars

And we'll run, and we'll run
And we'll run, and we'll run
And we'll run, and we'll run
And we'll run, and we'll run...

Embers

We get out and walk
We get out and walk away
Got to step to step
Guiding you to step to step this way

Heavy Rock Warning

Wasting time out of
Cupid's half-written scrawl
Dreaming can't be taught

Ruthlessly spoken
Lost at sea in the droves
You seal your fate below

Sail me away
We'll lose touch for a day
And it's gone

Drifted away
And you're lost anyway
But it's gone
You copy you paste you lose
Sail me away
Cast your line to a
Damaged life lost ashore

It's brutal to the core
Wasting time, such a
Foolish crime that is true

It's all they want from you
Far from land but your
Head's in the sand

Float me away
We're in love for a day
And it's gone

Cast us away
We'll make love for a day
But it's gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone

Non Albums Tracks

Magpie Bites

( Magpie Bites EP )

The voices in your head have borrowed songs in from the night
The bullets in your head have lodged discretely out of sight
The broken sticks have found their way into your covered eye
The rabbits throat is open underneath the swollen sky

The serried ranks of bitter men have turned into the wind
The great machines are on their way the ships are rolling in
The ravens stand together deep in conversation and
A million tiny points of light surround you in the sinking sand

Satellites grow weary and begin to dream aloud
Dark machines see clearly for the first time up to now
Just like magpies we collect a little bit of each
And head towards the place that's always slightly out of reach

Air in a softer key
Ah, softest bite
Oh, don't you mind?
Your breath is to tell
You're breathless
You're breathless
Your breath is to tell
All soft is fine
Your breath is fine
All soft and just..
All skies slip into eternity

Subtle lights grow weary and begin to dream aloud
Dark machines see clearly for the first time up to now
Just like magpies we collect a little bit of each
And head towards the place that's always slightly out of reach

Pioneers

( Bloc Party Cover / Pioneers EP )

If it can be broke then it can be fixed
It if can be fused then it can be split
It's all under control (x4)

If it can be lost then it can be won
If it can be touched then it can be turned
All you need is time (x4)
All you need is

If it can be broke then it can be fixed
It if can be fused then it can be split
It's all under control (x4)

If it can be lost then it can be won
If it can be touched then it can be turned
All you need is time (x4)
All you need is

We promised the world we'd tame it
What were we hoping for (x2)

A sense of purpose and a sense of skill
A sense of function but a disregard
We will not be the first (x4)
You said you were gonna conquer new frontiers
Go stick your bloody neck in the jaws of the beast

We promised the world we'd tame it
What were we hoping for
We promised the world we'd tame it

Breathe in, breathe out
Breathe out, breathe in
Breathe in, breathe out
Breathe out, breathe in
Breathe in, breathe out
Breathe out, breathe in
Breathe in, breathe out
Breathe in

So here we are reinventing the wheel
I'm shaking hands with a hurricane
It's a colour that I can't describe
It's a language I can't understand
Ambition, tearing out the heart of you
Carving lines into you
Dripping down the sides of you

We will not be the last (x7)

Take From Black

( Pioneers EP )

She washes all the young blood from her hands in the sink
And she knows that the lights will be there for her
Breaks down the bodies to dark subtle ink
And she scrawls on the parchments that hang in the air
She rides a horse over stones in the night
And she closes her eyes and let's go of the reigns
She knows the radios run through the night
And she knows that the lights leave the prettiest stains
She builds a shrine and a typing machine
And she curls up to write down her tales from the black
Prays for a soft breeze and cool gentle rain
And she prays for the bodies that rise slowly back
She knows the dunes where the steel cities grow
And she knows when they jail her they'll grind down the key
She knows the lights lay the heaviest blows
And she knows that the sand must submit to the sea
She builds a bird out of plywood and gold
For to carry the old souls on up to the sun
Turns on the TV and sits in the cold
And she dreams that sometimes she's the prettiest one
She knows the thrill of the chase in her veins
And she knows that the sinking's a trick of the light
Prays for the silence and cool gentle rain
And she prays that the radios run through the night

The Bonnie Black Hare

( Magpie Bites EP )

On the 14th of May, at the dawn of the day
With me gun on me shoulder to the woods I did stray
In search of some game, if the weather prove fair
To see can I get a shot at the bonny black hare

I met a young girl there with her face as a rose
And her skin was as fair as the lily that grows
I says, my fair maid, why ramble you so
Can you tell me where the bonny black hare do go

The answer she gave me, O, the answer was no
But under me apron they say it do go
And if you'll not deceive me, I vow and declare
We'll both go together to hunt the bonny black hare

I laid this girl down with her face to the sky
I took out me ramrod, me bullets likewise
Saying, wrap your legs round me, dig in with your heels
For the closer we get, O, the better it feels

The birds, they were singing in the bushes and trees
And the song that they sang was, She's easy to please
I felt her heart quiver and I knew what I'd done
Says I, Have you had enough of me old sporting gun

The answer she gave me, O, the answer was nay
It's not often young sportsmen like you come this way
And if your powder is good and your bullets are fair
Why don't you keep firing at the bonny black hare

Oh, me powder is wet and me bullets all spent
And me gun I can't fire, for it's choked at the vent
But I'll be back in the morning, and if you are still here
We'll both go together to hunt the bonny black hare

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