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released March 23, 2015

Recorded by Thomas Le Beau Morley and Olympians
Mixed by David Pye
Mastered by Eric James

Cover artwork by David Drake
Poster art by Michael Parkin
Released by Barely Regal Records


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Track Name: Brunch Cannon
The clumsy poem you wrote about something you love
The list you made to better organise the things you left undone
Directions to a Soho eatery where you got too fucking drunk
The list of heartfelt gifts compiled on Christmas Eve
The ghost of lines through items visible five pages underneath
Dissecting and later confusing orders for a Chinese Meal
Four chicken halls might be the start of a new masterpiece

Find a melody and keep it in your head
Buy a glockenspiel make music from your bed
Scream your lungs to shards singing words you'd hard admit
Are futile and will fail but we'll make the worst of it

It's cold outside, it's raining there
Stay inside, there's nothing for you here.
Track Name: Basking Sharks
Writing reams of nothingness down to remind me I'm not above it
Reading back I saw a child sadness I'd kind of renounced
Fear not rivers of blood nor tears but more like the smooth tiny pebble you follow downstream washed by the river now flooding your family house
A healthy cynicism's fine protection because if you never mean anything you're never wrong

Basking sharks may fall in my path but only one thing will stand in my way
When you find that truce what if they don't like what it has to say?
Will the walls come crashing down in your heart
Will you retreat in that familiar place and stay and wait in relieved silence?

When tired of life and all conceit
Re-aim your craft for quieter waters
Hide out till the scene dies down

Cos growing weary and callous is not what bravery is
Track Name: Shame Spirals
Saturday smashed up in lagertown
I remember wiping vomit with my handkerchief
And Sunday morning as I leave the house
The full force of it drowns me I'm shame spiralling

Sad to say you've somewhat missed the point
No amount of Billy Bragg can write a masterpiece
And Monday morning as I leave for work
The full force of it hits like a ton of shit

Saturday wake up pick up the kids
I'm defending Peter Parker's right to privacy
And arguing when Frasier jumped the shark
When the force of it drowns me I'm shame spiralling
Track Name: Tiny Umbrellas
So we drink weak piss with a tiny umbrella wedged in it
And we bury our things with the landmines in the old sandpit
Waiter fill my cup, cos one of whatever's not enough
Should we dig up our things we would soon lose an arm or a leg

So I drink mostly alone
Finally found a place no-one is prepared to go
I only hold onto these friends
Because I can't face going out to make new ones again
Waiter fill my cup, these long hours alone are no longer enough
Should I drink to the sea, in the hope it will swallow me up?

It's all or nothing
Run away while you still can
It's all or nothing
Whole years buried in the sand
Track Name: Duvet Days
Duvet days, the best around
Tired of endless Cheers repeats, and nightly marathons of Grand Designs
On week 16, we built a town
And I'm it's mayor and I'm working tirelessly to make you all so proud

Rifles, swords and bayonets
To keep my people safe and sound
I filled a whisky cabinet
To keep my meetings sweet and on time

Don't know where it may take me
And if you lead, will I go?

Before you leap, take a breath
Hold enough in your mouth in case we need enough to share
Swing back your neck
I need something I can lean on, can you give me that?
Track Name: Disappear Completely
Heart. Is that what it's about?
Drunkenly following your dick into a strangers' mouth
And that heart, he's an idiot at best, but you're the fucking idiot that's following it
Sometimes I want to disappear completely
But I'm afraid that I would find my own way back

When you hear that rescue call know they only want you for themselves.

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