Recorded by Darek Mudge at the shed over a really long time, probably about 2007 – 2010. We were really lazy with releasing this one as we were all tied up with our other bands.
The CD version has two bonus tracks – Wrong Wrong Wrong and Always, from the album.
2. Mum and Dad
3. Summer Ends
4. You and the Bishop
I don’t understand people they don’t know what they want / they just want to sit around looking nonchalant / I don’t think that they know what they think that they know / and I know I don’t wanna go where they think I wanna go / I don’t understand people they got nothing to say / everything they say is what they’ve heard somebody else say / is it all as boring as they always say it is / they get up in the morning, don’t even know what day it is / I don’t understand about the french revolution / but in 50 thousand years of human evolution / they haven’t even learned to recognise the truth / they’ll believe anything, they don’t want the proof / survival instincts are non existent / if the shops closed down they’d be dead in 5 seconds / I don’t understand people what are they on about / every time they open their mouth what’s those noises coming out? / what language are you speaking it’s not one that I’ve heard? / every first word’s blurred every second one’s slurred every third is absurd / never mind where are you coming from what planet are you living on? / we look kinda similar but we don’t have that much in common / people do the weirdest things / running around like ants, getting down with the program / getting all busy they make themselves dizzy / spending all their energy making someone’s life a misery / I don’t understand where are these ants all coming from / what are they trying to achieve, have they even begun / why so serious, what’s the big mystery? / there ain’t that much history that can’t be undone / what are they trying to achieve and have they even begun? / there’s not that much history that can’t be undone / there is not much history that can’t be undone / there is not much history that can’t be undone
MUM & DAD
what kinda childhood would you have liked to have had / if you could go back and make it a little bit more rad / if you could swap your brother or your mother or your dad/into somebody different, how could that be bad?/would you be better off now if there’d been more rules to follow /you’d have more to kick back against and say that you were forced to swallow so much of their crap / none of it fit you /you’d come off a little cooler but it’s a big compromise to commit to / what if your dad was a cop, or a drunk, or a car salesman or dead or a banker or a wanker /what if he never impressed you with anything but it didn’t matter and you didn’t care/what if your mum was stupid or weird or a brain surgeon or a bus driver or absent or normal / what if she numbed you with boring morality but that was normality and you weren’t aware /what kinda adulthood would you like to book /if you could take a look into the future somehow / would you swap your sofa or your boss or your lover / into someone you actually feel an attraction to now / what if the change was unbelievably small / but suddenly you didn’t know yourself any more / you can’t understand the things that you’re thinking / you only recognise every third word and they’re not linking together / like someone’s yelling in your ear when you’re drinking / I’m nodding and smiling but i’m getting this sinking feeling that everything is like it is for a reason / and i’m getting this sinking feeling that everything is like it is for a reason / what if your dad was asthmatic, asiatic, albino or an actor, drove a tractor never smacked you / what if he never impressed you with anything but it didn’t matter and you didn’t care / what if your mum was angry or russian or pretended to be happy or had delusions of grandchildren / what if she numbed you with boring morality but it was as natural as brushing your hair /I can’t hear you over the music / your message is not getting through / did you say something about going to munich? / or did I confuse it with / having a picnic, or / wearing a tunic or / playing the – music’s too loud I can’t really hear you / i can’t really get any nearer / did you say something about heavy metal / or was it just babble about putting on the kettle / riding a camel / eating an apple
it’s a 2 drummer summer call the plumber come at once jump in your plumber’s truck / there’s water everywhere downstairs it’s very messy when your shtick becomes unstuck / all the young bucks who paint their trucks in summer’s colours paint their corners set their clocks / quick call the drummer, son the summer’s on the run we’re almost running out of luck / you might have read a thousand books on modern art but still your hand seems to be stuck / when summer ends again your friends pretend again remembering it didn’t suck / from dove to duck from buck to schmuck to dumb fuck from tick to tock from tock to tick / the solar flare in every photo everywhere’s almost enough to make you sick
YOU & THE BISHOP
when you said I’m going out for a take away I didn’t know you’d be taking yourself away / can I come with you I hadn’t finished saying what I was saying before you said your life’s too big and too messy to fit into mine / I can’t understand why you’ve got to keep trying / since when has a square peg fit into a round hole? / you might get it in there but it will be painful / since when has a square peg fit into a round hole? / you might get it in there but it will be painful / we both couldn’t move much it would be uncomfortable / fighting for corners to paint ourselves into / it’s not very difficult to understand / there are corners of the chessboard where you don’t want to land / I forgot what I was saying when I found out you and the bishop had something planned / then you said I’m going back to my friends even though I don’t really have that many friends / most of my friends are all your friends but in the end I’m not involved with too many of them / like people I only see when I’m out at night / if I was to see them during the day I might recognise them but not know how to speak to them / probably cos we haven’t got anything in common / 9 times out of 10 there is nothing worth saying / I would prefer if we didn’t keep playing the game where you stand there and talk and I just stand there smiling / and pretending to listen / I’m comfortable with uncomfortable silences if that’s ok with you they’re just more honest / I’m going back to my friends to try and pick things up with them again