Misadventures

by The Melting Ice Caps

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1.
Hope 01:55
i'd only known from books and extrapolations from my small experience that i'd do anything to have you home colours heart lifting rumours and hope always to the end such courage hard-pressed disciples a small space till we make the evening news this kitchen sheer-weight hell in tupperware and foil your every well-meant phrase i'd do anything not to hear them colours heart lifting rumours and hope always to the end such courage hard pressed disciples a small space until we make the evening news
2.
i'm smuggled out of view on a friday night inserted en plein air all in plain old sight dark looks from a flickering time traveller like Pathe News revealing a long and pockmarked road a dry hand's careful hold a shadow from the headlight playing on the hedgerow of another winter i'm only here to write it all down for you in a notebook narrow ruled; i'm unbound how easily the evidence gets found a mobile phone signal followed down a long and pockmarked road a dry hand's careful hold a shadow from the headlight playing on the hedgerow of another winter and will a future reader wonder why we never stopped this? dearest future reader earnest future listener understand that i relied on you to follow me down a long and pockmarked road a dry hand's careful hold a shadow from the headlight playing on the hedgerow of another winter
3.
The Frame 03:02
you've heard all my problems so here's a different story line and heart then over there never was much more than she said, he said, i said lights down, exit stage left but how do we believe in the way that it needs? blinded by the light from the projector on the screen wrong-footed by flickers on a cave wall getting off my head, getting out of my mind just to be... just to feel free just to be rid of the frame I wish I could turn my songs into bright square pictures then they'd work much better in bullshit Facebook feeds I like rhyme and reason and some “enemies of the people” but how do we believe in the way that it needs? how do we believe? blinded by the light from the projector on the screen wrong-footed by flickers on a cave wall getting off my head, getting out of my mind just to be... just to feel free just to be rid of the frame just to be outside the world just to be alone
4.
you cut the cord and immediately find the core of you refuses to be gone an easy birth a life in reverse: the old have won the young have lost again wish i could at least be on the winning side of something minor league or major barely matters anymore time spent as a tourist masquerading as a purist saving face a saving grace now i'm this far you want this all for your one-and-only child and the poor kid doesn't want outright disgrace so what he does in the world will never be enough distance heals but distance feels a waste wish i could at least be on the winning side of something minor league or major barely matters anymore time spent as a tourist masquerading as a purist saving face a saving grace now i'm this far saving face a saving grace i'm nowhere
5.
Uniform 02:15
and there was a bully some dickhead at your school now halfway through his life and not so different to you set free to a conference peak return fare paid glimpsing there another life if things had gone his way no sense placing effort here just perpetuating feelings but one last time: how'd you always look so at ease? must be the knowledge that you've got options and answers where i've got fears it's like i'm the one on the run reason all but displaced by a fairytale doubt cannot be tolerated nuance equals failure go on then, i'll mug right through a hastily staged end-of-year revue for one last time: how'd you always look so at ease? must be the knowledge that you've got options and answers where i've got fears it's like i'm the one in the wrong i'm the one on the run
6.
Waymarks 02:43
back and forth i go and each decision's made by a cast of thousands at least that's how it played out today the world will have moved on within the time it takes me to get my map aligned with all the waymarks when i finally get there will the land just fall away? what's expected's no longer the same would i have been happier if i never tried? well, i love the warm air pressing at my side the world will have moved on within the time it takes me to get my map aligned with all the waymarks when i finally get there will the land just fall away? what's expected's no longer the same i think i've got an idea i can use and then i hear the news and think: maybe not, maybe not at least that's how it played out today the world will have moved on within the time it takes me to get my map aligned with all the waymarks when i finally get there will the land just fall away? what's expected's no longer the same
7.
Inland 01:24
quickening pulse the sweat of your hand riverbank burst seagulls inland a crack in the sky unspecified howl give it up then or give it up now sweet, your dogged old way this delirious day you'll be and i'll be what everybody wants if only this one time pressure untold summer's day moon weather on hold subsonic boom shortcuts plead desire lines happily tired my trademark sighs sweet, your trousers half-mast ditch the agonies passed you'll be and i'll be what everybody wants if only this one time if only this one time
8.
brine flows the time goes and still no real detractors to be seen skin peels do you feel quite as you intended in victory? oh, you're slowly drifting back the tether rope's gone slack the lapping of the waves grows louder oh, you're sad but you're relieved back down from your beliefs we want to know we want to hear your winning speech i don't believe your projected sense of certainty you're thirsty and angry the landmarks aren't where they were supposed to be oh, you're slowly drifting back the tether rope's gone slack the jeering of the crowd grows louder oh, so sad but so relieved back down from your beliefs and sober up we want to hear your winning speech wipe your face we'd like to hear your winning words you've got to get out of this now how you gonna get out of this now, or ever?
9.
the sun comes out and warms my brow then slips behind enormous clouds given that i'm going it's the last time i'll be lonely even though i'm leaving take a final look around me i just can't breathe this NO2 i need my life back and so do you even though we're tied down it's the last time we'll be tired haven't got the guts to quit but one day we'll get fired hey, i see enormous clouds
10.
Volte Face 01:37
flicking through channels telling myself i'm not really watching QVC a fascinating demo of a heated shelf i wonder how they get to be so confident of all they say "be cautious," says the bedtime play take it with a pinch of salt say it's no one's fault volte face and leave it, baby swim across the Channel wish good health on those who glimpse your goose-fat thighs a carburettor here and a clutchbox there i'm not sure how we'll synchronise when what was one becomes undone and all because you won that once take it with a pinch of salt say it's no one's fault volte face and leave it, baby
11.
yes, i heard you the first time there's no real need to ask me again if sometimes you speak too loudly or if you just slightly misexplained the end of the bulletin that thing on your mind the unthinking kindness shown by a stranger on the underground your phone, purse and keys swept out to sea a well-known phrase or saying can never quite be found maybe it's for the best though it's safer to be unaware so i'm suddenly fascinated by brushing away a long stray imaginary hair that thing on your mind the unthinking kindness shown by a stranger on the underground your phone, purse and keys swept out to sea a well-known phrase or saying can never quite be found and yet again i didn't notice when you missed a beat i read it might be nothing might be chaos incomplete i'll say again i didn't notice but i did, i did well, someone somewhere is working on fixing you that thing on your mind the unthinking kindness shown by a stranger on the underground is gonna be a breakthrough soon...
12.
i'll never ride the Brighton merry-go-round with a Swedish dancer as the sun goes down but i wouldn't really want to anyway hey, Mr quiet heart you know i'll never be in love but with you i'll never skydive in a leotard from the peak of the Eiger though it's not so hard i just wouldn't really want to without you hey, Mr vertigo you know i'll never be in love but with you i'll never drive the Monte Carlo Way what with sterling falling and the debtors barely held at bay for one more day hey, Mr stoney broke you know i'd sooner choke than leave you I love you I do

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London, October 2018

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released October 9, 2018

Written, performed & produced by David Shah at home.

Mastered by Mark at Marketstall Recording Studio.

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