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I've Tried Saying No to the Slugs

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The greatly anticipated "jaw-droppingly powerful" second album. Twelve delicious compositions from the much-adored acoustic quartet. The band blend cracked themes with inventive, restless acoustical loveliness, including guitar, cello, clarinet and well-drilled harmonies.

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released January 1, 2009

Music & lyrics by R. Swayne

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Track Name: Lonely Ownio
Burn the roof, the rafters
I'll do my ever after
Wreck the memory no
Requiem for me, no.
Here they come, the horsemen
Here they come, the hangmen
Demon's grow in the spaces
That we create by waiting.

Use your words for justice
Use a pen to message
Speak with telephonic devices
Your telephonic devices!
Use your words for justice
Use a pen to message
Speak with telephonic devices...
Or why not send a text? or, like, email? or myspace or facebook or something? or just come round?
But I don't want to seem desperate.
Although I am.
No I'm not - that was a joke.
Anyway, where was I?
Something about... the Four Horsemen of the Apolcolypse...?
Uhhhm
Oh yeh...
If you don't soon use some means of comminucation
The world will end, all death and tragic devastation
Call...me or text.

You never use your telelphone
I'm on my lonely ownio
You never come on MSN
I'm standing in your garden!

If you don't soon indulge my innocent fixation
The sky will fall, the earth implode, anhialation.
Call...me or text.

Sometimes I fear you're letting go
Like when you said you were hetero
What did she mean I boggle?
In my night vision goggles.

If you...
Track Name: Peace and love
Well have you seen the storm?
It's headed here for sure
Well gosh it looks as if we'll have to stay the whole damn night
When this confusing war's
Not distant any more
I'll meet you here
And we will have ourselves some wine
We'll drink to peace and love
And other hippy stuff
Sing all we know
By Mama Cass
And Kisty MacColl
We'll drink to these 4 walls
The roof and big strong door
We'll drink to one another
And to absent friends

It's alright
For tonight

We knew the score (that the world's evolving truly cruelly)
We told them all (Blah blah blah blah)
But no-one heard (cos we smell a bit of pachuli)
What about that storm? (what about that Pinot Noir?)

It's alright
For tonight

Through the light box
Through the mail box
A monsters invavding my home
(and my own problems become misuscule)
it's a nightmare
global heartbreak - I need to have everyone close

Lets drink some wine, some wine and whi-eee-i-eeeing but forget about the
things that aren't really that important

Tut and sigh, and cry-eeee-i-eee-i but remember to hold every person you
have thoughts for.
Track Name: Where the gotten go
The bed is cold and all the coins I stole weigh me down
And make it hard to keep afloat

Concise I'm not, my memory's shot - that's the trouble,
I forgot to mention I'm not your whore. I'm not yours.

Devil come, so all the walls turn red, and I am pinned inside this world and drowning in my bed

Clever girl
Looks like I've won
Ding dong!
Let's put this twisted night behind us
Try to get along

Chicken run, run, run
You can't stay where you are
They bred you so your wings are useless for a reason, girl

And I don't want your blood down my pinafore
Cos once it's splattered
Then you've had it and there's
Only seven hours 'til I cower
Stuck in Red's Room.

She's a button nose
You're a number not a name
No-one knows she goes
No-one knows she knows the game

Where The Gotten go
Where The Gotten go to get
Get The Gotten gone
Get The Gotten
Gone to bed
You've forgotten though
Get to bed and there it's red
And you're The Gotten now
You're The Gotten, run from Red
Red runs round the room
Down the walls and on the bed
Red runs into you
Down your eyeballs, up your legs
You're The Gotten now
You're the chicken, you're The Gone, it won't be long
It's time to run, run, run

Button run, run, run
I'm not repairable
They push your head until it's under or they make you kill

And you don't want my blood round your head at all
I'm the patterns
Lines of Saturn
And I fell through Red's room.

I'm not your...

I'm a succubus
You're a number not a name
No-one knows 'bout us
No-one knows we knows the game

Where The Gotten go
Where The Gotten go to get
Get The Gotten gone
Get The Gotten, gone to bed

You've forgotten though
Get to bed and there it's Red
And you're The Gotten now
You're The Gotten, same as Red
Red's all fallen through
And you're waiting now to land
Red runs out of you
Down the creases in your hands
You're The Gotten now
You're the chicken
You're The Gone
I can't hold on
It's time to run.
Track Name: Graffiti
Amongst all of the scrawl
On the toilet wall
The words are written;

"I've tried saying no to the drugs
But they just won't listen"

Also Kaz is a slag
And apparently shags
For Bacardi Breezers

So we're sharing our feelings
With underhand dealings
And sleaze - oh jesus

I've got a heart full of love
But what does it matter?
'Cos when it touches yours
They both just shatter
Got a pen in my hand
And there's ink pouring over my fingers
And I seem to mess up
Every person I touch
And do 'things' with, as do you

So I'm leaving the loos
And I'm trying to move
To a song I'm loathing
She says "You don't dance
Badly for a straight man" so I
Make a mental note
To change my clothing

Fay thinks it's funny
To superglue money
To floors and ceilings
And watch the idiot's prayers
As they try to get what isn't theirs
And she laughs and I don't
'Cos I know the feeling

I've got a heart full of love
It's frequently broken
'Cos when it touches yours
They both burst open
And I'm trying to look cool
But the snot bubbles don't really do it
But at least I'm not Clare she's got
Legoman hair, she's a....


I've got a heart full of love
And you've got some peanuts
A high risk of torture
And anaphylaxis between us
And you're making me swoon
But it might be the fumes from your marker
Our eyes meet and bam,
Self restraint we have lost it
A spell binding kiss mildly spoiled
When I was sick

Great deflate
The hedonism's starting
To stagnate
And while I'm sitting here
I contemplate
If I have got time to manicure?
I read all the walls
They are poignant with poetic merit
But if Rachel's so cool
Then in Heaven's name
Why can't she spell it?
Track Name: Sweep and Sooty
Oh let's get down - we're gonna go under
And I've wondered
How this climate came to be
It's a long and tedious story,
And you bore me
When you compare me to things you've seen.

Have you seen the TV?
That nature documentary
On nasty bigits, fragile freaks and those who just can't read.
They round 'em up unfairly
And lock 'em in the telly
Then watch them all unravel,
Fall to bits and pieces
Or EXPLODE.

"I'm great, get me, I'm a bitch and
I like girls - stop the bus, take a picture..."
I'm not like anyone I've seen
In a single magazine
Who should I be?

Crrrrass is the word - too little, overtold
It's the new world
Rolling fights and tits and tears.
And then as the boundaries loosen
E X E C U T I O N
...
...and a band new dance - da-da da-da da-DAH!

You be bad and I'll be goody
I'll be sweep and you be sooty
I'll be a novelty tory
You be a revolting bore and
I'll distort myself and you
Define myself through what I screw
And all the hate intoxicates us
But! we'll be in all the papers.

So alone

But so well known

Someone take me home.

Come out from the stocks and crawl back in your box
And enlighten us dumb congregation
I've got no style
And no feminine whiles
And you've got no imagination
I like beliefs
And peculiar teeth
And I'd rather be fat
Than be Gillian McKeith
And though I am human
Thus often improper
If I had a wife
I don't think I would swap her
And though I am stupid
And sometimes I stammer
I don't seem as if
I've been hit with a hammer
But I've got no elegence
I've got no fashion sense
Got NOTHING!
...but I've got a new dance - da-da da-da da-DAH!
I think tonight we might be in a puppet show
You're very cute, I wish you could do more than squeak, though.
Can't help but notice you forgot to wear some pants, there -
Don't like to make a fuss, a song and dance, da-da da-da da-da

Have you seen the TV?
That nature documentary
On nasty bigits, fragile freaks and those who just can't read.
They round 'em up unfairly
And lock 'em in the telly
Then watch them all unravel,
Fall to bits and pieces
Or explode...

(INS)

Oh just someone take me home.
Track Name: Magic tricks
I watch your mouth
As you look down
You are enchanting, aren't you

And I'm a cloud
Of unclear sound
And absorbed vagueness
Till you go.

They put me in the welcome centre
And I can't choose when people enter
My head is full of magic tricks and
Other errors that I'm loathed to fix because

I have thoughts -
Below, above -
You a lover
Me in love -
How odd, how odd.

From the highs
And through the floors
You be my head
I'll be yours
Let's go, let's go...

(INS)

I watch your hands
And understand
That life's not simple for you you

And you won't know
How far I'd go
To make things bearable,
Sharable.

I heard it all this afternoon on radio 4
The characters were us, and the protaganist was either/or
A cold, sardonic play about the issue of repression
The battle of the brain against the evils of confession - oh my God.

I have thoughts -
Below, above -
You a lover
Me in love -
How odd, how odd.

From the highs
And through the flaws
You be my head
I'll be yours
Let's go, let's go...

(INS)

I've had thoughts below, above and
I've been down, my simple sadness
I'm all out of wasting time and all my love -
Let's go.
Track Name: La la la I'm not listening
I should hear a battle in my head I think my
Rationale is sleeping or it's dead I've no control today
Perspiration isn't a good choice of bed wear
Much as I ignore the little voice it's in there anyway
Asking me annoying questions

Is this thing worth risking?
La la la I'm not listening
Rational forward thinking'
Only getting in my way...

I can't remember driving in to work today
Is this a normal thing?
Or should I be concerned?
Who chose my clothes today?

I slowly see the perils of the nightclub
When I realise
The kids are playing Fight Club
And my colleagues say
Am I ok? 'cos OFSTED are on their way (shit!)

Rejoice, rejoice, I've found my cashcard
Tell the world I've found my rightful path
I much prefer my manner
And my posture
Since I started my relationship with
Vodka - We're so loving!

(Done and done it's strangely calming,
quite cathartic, hardly harming)

And while I'm not averse to some destruction
I occasionally wait on some instruction
But the voice in my head
Is quite possibly dead
It says nothing.

RAH!
Track Name: Cheer up, frowny face
I tell you
I cut here
To get away from me,
The cause a
Disorder
Disordered mentally.

Rosie:I tell you
I fight me
With blades and other things The cause a
Disorder
And you say back to me...

Rachel: Oooooh CHRRIISST!
I only came her for a quiet pint,
And now I'm feeling so LOW
I may as well just go HOME
Or STAB myself in face - she's so depressing!

SHHHHH!

Sarah:My friend, she's got this problem,
Her world just closes in on her from time to time
And other times she's fine
But when it hits her, all she sees is darkness, she gets so LOOOW

Sometimes I see it coming
It starts with morbid thoughts and oh! she can't relax
Anxiety attacks
I wish that there was something I could say to make it GO Ohhh

RaHave you tried saying...

Cheer up, frowny face!
You've got such a pretty smile
But you've been sulking for a while
You're bringing down the place.

I don't really think it's that simp-

Two words; Lighten. Up.
I can understand you cried
When your bereavement councillor died,
But you've been sad enough.

I've never known you to be this insensitive!

Sarah:My friend, she's got this problem,
Her world just closes in on her from time to time
And other times she's fine
But when it hits her, all she sees is darkness, she gets so LOOOW

I also had a friend once (well done!)
She lost her job, her man and oh! she was a mess
Suicidally depressed
I had to tell her that she had to pull her socks up
So now, she's fine!

Depression IS actually a serious ILLNESS - "Oh it is NOT!"

Anyway I think you'll find that
When you're in need of sound advice and empathy
You can always count on me
There's nothing life can throw at you that can't be healed by these
Uplifting words...(5-6-7-8)

Cheer up, frowny face!
You've got such a pretty smile
But you've been sulking for a while
You're bringing down the place.

Two words; Lighten. Up.
I can understand you cried
When your bereavement councillor died,
But you've been sad enough.

Ro:I'm hyperventilating
My head might burst if I don't run away from here
Or fill myself with beer
Tomorrow I'll shiver under a duvet in a pool of self loathing

Sometimes I see it coming
It starts with morbid thoughts and oh! I can't relax
Anxiety attacks
I wish that there was something I could do to stop it coming
Cos I can't control my breathing
All I think about is leaving
And my head is near exploding
And my sanity's eroding
Every minute I can feel it
And I think that I can heal it
With a blade I'll fix it fast
Or with a broken shard of glass
And I can't stand the way I do this
It just makes things more confusing
But I can't control the shakes and all the terrible mistakes -
I can't cope.

(CHORUS)

Well. I hope I don't KILL myself tonight.

Ra: If YOU've been effected by any of the issues raised in tonights broadcast of
"Cheer Up Frowny Face" or, you would like my top tips on any other issues,
Such as what to do if someones having an asthma attack
Or has just been diagnosed with termi-
"Shut UP Rachel."
Track Name: Guide to survival 08
I see myself in a healthy kind of way
I can balance serotonin with an 8 pack and a blade
There's a gun at my Dad's house that I think I can mend
And a tingling in my fingers which just won't go away
I'm gonna find myself a lover
And treat her really well
I'm gonna take her to the river
And give her .....silly things

Having fun are we?
Having none.

I read my book it tought me everything I know
You know I wrote that book it taught me everything I know:
Always keep your feeling in your fists,
And always check for breathing when you've gone too far again.

My my, my mother told me not to worry
My my, my other half concerns the neighbours
My my, stick and stones will break my bones and
My my, words'll never hurt when I'm out cold.

I read my book...

My my, my dress was new on just this morning
My my, my balance isn't what it could be
My my, sticks and stones will break my bones and
My my, my life will never hurt when I'm out cold

Keep to well lit streets and don't repeat what you have seen of me
Try to understand - this wasn't planned - this wasn't planned

I see myself...
I feel nothing. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

My my, my other half is sleeping soundly
My my, survial guide was missing pages
My my I never knew not to cook with nightshade
Oh my! accidents will happen all the time.
Track Name: Ow
And so the evening goes -
Just as I turn to go home
You find some brandy and some gin ... uh-oh.

I'm in another home
You're in another country
And we can't see the state we're in - oh no.

Ah-ah-OW you said
You've climbed right in my head
It's getting light and we are so inebriated

Uh-uh-oh my lord.
We've both been here before
So I am damned and you are too, we can't create a

Mood without a song
And what a song
You chose for me

How careless and how wrong
And how in love
We seem to be.

(INS)

I lose a lot of things
My card, my health, my house keys
My appropriateness again.

I meet up with my friends
Oh girls you gotta help me
Please shut me up and shut me in - but then,

Ah-ah-OW you said
You've climbed right in my head
It's getting light and we are so inebriated

Uh-uh-oh my lord.
We've both been here before
So I am damned and you are too.

So what goes?
I don't know,
I am unable and undone.

I'm just slow -
I spose so,
I think I'll go.

(INS)

Ah-ah-OW you said
You've climbed right in my head
It's getting light and we are so inebriated

Uh-uh-oh my lord.
We've both been here before
So I am damned and you are too.
Track Name: You're spoiling us
Got my heart in my mouth as I look at the stairs
I wonder if I should go up , 'cos you're there
And I'm desperate to say - it's not up to you to decide
When I know, when I don't, what I can and can't handle
You're failing, I'm falling - what in the world is going on?

It's been weird for a while and nothing adds up
Your stories are vague and edgeless
You're in pain and you're pleading with me to shut up
I wish I would shut up too, I annoy me
My clawing and full blown paranoi-ing
Indulge me, oh spoil me - and tell me what is going on.

I'm aware I've a bad imagination
(Got my heart in my mouth)
And it wouldn't be the first time
(As I look at the stairs)
I've believed my own creation
(I wonder if I)
There's a big black cloud that hangs above our bed
(Can go up)
It was in the middle of the night
('Cos you're there)
And I thought you might be dead
(And I'm desperate to say)

No stalling, no stories,
Tall tales or Jackanories
You're failing
I'm falling
What in the world is going on?

I can deal with most things
But when you censor information
I just fill in the gaps with my deprived imagination
Oh my heart is in my mouth and I'm lamely wishing hard
For an easy explanation
As I'm walking up the stairs
And I'm opening the door, and I'm looking at your face
And it looks like you know that I know that you're so
Spoiling us

Got my heart in my mouth as I tell you how much
I love you
Now it's your turn to talk
And I can handle anything
So long as it's everything
Track Name: I've fallen into a hole
All sides are wanting answers - today's the day I speak
I'm almost overpowering my mighty cowardly streak
But wait... oh no.

I've fallen into a hole
Therefore lost all control
Thus can not be held responsible for anything
The fire service are here
A man is yelling at me
"You must inform us where you are
Or how can we be there to help you out?"

I like the slugs and insects
(This hole is home)
We've all become good friends
(Drip, drip, damp down here, we like to chuckle and to scuttle)
And they don't judge my feelings
(If you fall down, drip drip, damp down here)
Not like the ones up there
(Don't be scared we're all your friends)

I've fallen into a hole
Therefore lost all control
Thus can not be held responsible for anything
(Tick tock, take stock, drip drop, time to stop)
A crowd have gathered to see
I wonder why that should be
It's not like I'm important - just ignore me, I'm exhausted
Please don't shout.

If you think I'm in trouble now
You should have seen me just an hour ago
They swarm, these painful choices - close my eyes and fall....

I've fallen into a hole
Therefore lost all control
Thus can not be deemed of rational mind
At this current time
If your enquiry's really urgent
Leave a message with the earthworms
If they pass it on, I will respond, if I re-emerge.