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Simple Things

by Invocal

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A glimpse of how the band became what they are - a rough and ready live recording before Helen (cellist) joined, and ex-Invocal member Lucy Townsend on vocals.

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released December 10, 2002

Music & lyrics by R. Swayne

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Track Name: I've got a little axe
Up the pole
What the hell
Out to lunch and supper
Back in time to read into some tragedy and gum disease
I am infused
Need to consume
Keep a little hip flask full of toothpaste
Riddle me sweet
Never be clean
Every answer begs a similar question.

It all comes out of plastic bags
And envelopes with my initials the wrong way round
The impersonal reading junk
Impersonally speaking I sould really tell
Every single day coming down like an idiot
Searching for a steep hill
24 ways to stand still

I keep my money in my trainers
Can't keep hold of it dear
I keep one hand fast on my bra strap
And one hand
Clenched behind my back

I keep my secrets
Hidden in a rock pool
I keep my house keys pressed against my thigh
I keep my freedom
Well away from the front door
I keep my bad skin covered in daylight
I lie under my table
Eating out of a cup dear
Wash with peroxide
When I'm shopping I pray dear
I've got a little time dear,
I've got a little thought dear,
I've got a little fear, dear
And I've got a little axe, dear.
Track Name: Vodka and claustrophobia
Got another clue that I prised from you clenched fist
It didn't take me by surprise
'Til I saw you weren't sleeping.

Found another part of the map in you kitchen
They sellotaped it to the walls
When they fastened the bolts to you you cupboards

The first and last thing that you see everyday
Are the people on the walls
Make you hate every bone in your body

Betcha love the girls don'tcha
Betcha love the gear don'tcha
Betcha love the feeling of anyone touching you.

I said you were a kind man
You said I was stupid
I said you were a deaf man
You said I was part of the problem

So tell me another story
I've heard it before
But I won't let you know

'Til you've proved to yourself that you're
Boring

So tell me you think you love me
I've known all along
It's the unsatisfactory needing you'll prove to yourself that you're
Useless

Don't try to tell me you don't care what anybody says
I've seen the words tied together
Right around your neck
Draw some parallels
Euthinasia
And conclusions
Preparation
Inspiration

I'll come round shall I?
To your insomnia
Saw it on the TV
Saw it in the vodka
And your claustaphobia

I said you were a kind man
You said I was stupid
I said you were a deaf man
You said I was part of the problem.
Track Name: Never landing
Skip to the song
That's too easy
Slip to the wrong
Kind of reason
We all know you
We all feel the same
Kind of lame
Satisfaction
Re-curring stain
In a world of
Instant pleasure
Temporory peace
You can't hear me
The words I'm saying don't belong to this person
They just float around (and never land)
Like the woman
Torn and twisted by a lifetime of people
She can run down
Every street she knows and screams at the strangers
She'll just float around and never land

These are people passing through,
They're dead now (we all know you)
If you want them to be.
Floating out of lives and into bottles
Forgotten.

I can't hear you - the words you're saying sound so damn incidental
I'll just hear the noise that the voice makes
It sounds so desperate when the streets are so empty
Somebody should take you home
It won't be me
I'll always let you down.

She can run...

Don't look down and
Don't look kind
And don't look for words
And don't look for her

Floating out of lives and into bottles
Forgotten.

Don't look angry
Tired or crazy

I can't hear you
For the sound of floating words in the street.

Somebody should take you home - it wont be me
I'll always let you down.
Track Name: About you
Some day
You will
Regret
All the things you've taught yourself
About you

Some day
You will
Agree
All the things I know I love
About you

I don't know
I don't know when you'll see the things I see
We'll still do each others heads in
but you will.

Some day we'll wake without my fears
About you
Some day you'll know and understand
About you

I think one thousand thoughts a minute
And that's how I know how reall it is.

Some day
You will
Agree
All the things I know I love
About you.
Track Name: Guide to survival
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: Give back my brain
This is strange, I think I like it though-
If I had to make a choice
I think I'd make it so
And I want to
Believe me
I want to

It feels funny when you talk that way
But if the conversation ends I'll be a wreck all day
And I want to
Believe me
I want to

It feels funny to be in this room
With a dozen people wondering
Just what we do
But I want to
Believe me
I want to

You're a strange girl
But I like you though
And if I had to make a choice
I think I'd make it so
And I want to,
Believe me
I want to

These days make no sense thanks to you-
The sun is out
And I'm confused
Give back my brain
You're just so pretty - I'm so scared
We get so drunk
We'll end up dead
Give back my brain.

You're an angel
But I think you're weird
If I tell you what I'm thinking will you drop your shield
'cos I want to
Believe me
I want to

You're an angel
But you're awkward though -
How am I supposed to understand your secret code
And I want to
Believe me
I want to

I think the things I'd like to say would make some people stare
I think the things I'd like to do could get us killed out there
But I want to
Believe me
I want to

You're an angel
But I think it's weird
People calling me by your name makes me run with fear
And I want to
Believe me
I want to

You're an angel
If you whine much more
Then I'll have to put your head through the bathroom door
And I want to
Believe me
I want to

So here we are standing all nervous and on edge again
Here we are not knowing who should speak first again
Here we are wanting things uneasy to obtain
Here we are - who are you again?
So here we are standing all nervous and on edge again
Here we are not knowing who should speak first again
Here we are here we are since we're here should we start all over again?

You're a strange girl
But I like you though
And if I had to mare a choice
I think I'd make it so
And I want to
Believe me
I want to.
Track Name: We simple things
Speak in whispers
Paste and paper
Simple things -
My body wants to be unconcious
Now.
Padlocked doors and
Dreamless sleep are
All I need -
Take these images out of my head
I don't need changing
They like to speak in unison and
Don't remember why
I like to see the sinking sun
This calm oblivion
Quietly standing on a bridge above the motor way
It's colder here than anywhere -
All I'll ever notice are the things that I can't see.

I don't remember why we're kicking cars and smashing up each other
All the time I'll notice real fear - of what I'll think of next - I could be gratified or crippled by an easy answer
Any explanation you can give - we don't believe you

I was killing time when all the sand slipped through my fingers
I was freaking out and ageing fast while I was sleeping
There comes a time you know
I can't do this any more
If only you could see me now I really think I'd like to kick the bullshit out of you
And I won't feel anything
If you screw me down
Then I won't go anywhere
Uh -huh - that's right
Well up until this moment honey

Say slowly
Stay home

I don't remember how we ever felt the strength to keep on running -
all the time I'll notice real fear - I never understood
I could be gratified of crippled by an easy answer
Any explanation you can give - we don't believe you.

We'll tie our hands and our feet just to prove
It wasn't anything other than circles in my head
in my houe, in my room, and the types of people I always seem to meet.

(I was killing time....)

So when I'm running through the streets in nothing but a vest
When I'm breaking both my hands in a Nightclub fight
When I'm falling in love
When I'm learning something new
When I'm spending all my money
When I'm laughing uncontrollably
All I'll ever notice is

You'll try to stop me.