Strange Looks, Funny Handshakes

by The Melting Ice Caps

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we'll have to march through the streets wearing v-necks and sensible shoes i've lost count of the injustices meted out despot government blues and yet this love never grows old this careful love never grows old oh no this love never grows old be careful love we'll have to guard against ever falling sick, or losing our minds as inequality gets set in stone, god help the one of us institutionalised and yet this love never grows old this careful love never grows old and yet this love never grows old be careful love one day there'll have to be one of us without the other one won't regret a second spent with you or on fighting them
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pent up, penned in, squashed on a saturday can't say you've missed this, but can't see another way among that music all your work lost in the noise the dissonant anthem of the year wrung from hard won toys, you're... hemmed in, frustrated, held back by another's fears, you've not trudged this slowly up Whitehall for several years among that music all your work lost in the noise the dissonant anthem of the year wrung from hard won toys and so much music too many hits, too many waves a dissident's whistle in your ear sings the time you've saved away there must be an easier way i can't share my tricks i had a voice then lost a voice something didn't click
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Once Removed 03:36
where i live, just a few streets away could be seen as a separate world there's a cling film screen dropped in between those pent up and those grossly unfurled as the worldwide campaigns still expand, here a good boy is stabbed and abandoned a partition wall thrown up around each ambition and longed for horizon in a stupid manor oh i know you had nothing and then they took that away but you've still got a mind of your own so don't lead my son astray take a fingernail up to that screen make a fissure and gently expand it find the thing that you're good at again something worldly and less solipsistic in the postcode that sustains us let's not fall for divide and rule again unite against the real enemy let's lift our heads from graffitti strewn desks and scream
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through the streetlights refracted in the drizzle past the bare trees reflected in the glass may your train hurry back to what you're missing warm kitchen windows swimming past i'm willing it for you... i did it you don't have to through your time as the centre of attention and the days when nobody wants to know may your thoughts hurry past all that you're missing where you go let somebody kind go there you go kicking off once i was kicking off like you but are you fast enough? once i was fast enough like you but the rabid overtakers will be taking over soon they'll be setting off the fire alarms as you daydream in your room they'll be climbing your staircase new products in hand strange looks, funny handshakes confusingly bland will you heed this warning? dig down with your friends mine is not your story this is not the end
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a spokesperson comments and calls it a day a life made successful by choosing a frame they never believe you if you don't make a fuss a spectacle looms around simple things and it's slowly spoiling us and i never really get to what it is i should be doing cos i'm always looking back on what's just been done don't be like that just leave it out i'll make a start it doesn't have to be perfect we tore up a matchbox stuck cards on our spokes a wheel made to rattle brave faces on show i try to retrace you you're not to be found and hope is this hard-wired little thing we feel stupid for carrying and i never really get to what it is i should be doing cos i'm always looking back on what's just been done don't be like that just leave it out i'll make a start it doesn't have to be perfect type it all out; hit save no further comment today except to remind you of: the cards i pegged upon my spokes the screwed up paper down my throat the fire in the playing fields my stinging legs out in the cold i never let myself be told she's listening just behind the door my legs crossed on the bedroom floor and now you don't want to be found a curate's egg i carry round it's easy just to disappear when you were born before the year they came and nailed all our lives down a country turned into a town for all the good that does us now
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it's warm enough; leave your coat it's cold enough; wear your armour keep your daydreams afloat foreground your many charms smudge the bastions and mainstays skip the blusterers, the deadlocked doors lean a long time on defences there'll be no victim in this war well i was so eager then i was a plan unfurled please keep that thought alive put yourself in the world smudging bastions and mainstays skipping blusterers and deadlocked doors leaning longingly on fences there'll be no victim in this war someone ought to have a word, ought to put themselves forward i shan't take my coat off; i'm not hanging around i'm a little backwards in coming forwards but i'll be hanging around, hanging around it's warm enough leave your coat it's cold enough wear your armour just keep your daydream afloat and foreground your many charms like l'amour...
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i don't like finding you cold windows, early morning dew so much stale air for just one person to carry how strange that there's no more pan droplets scattered on the floor how can life be there at one moment then nowhere? life reappears you steer me clear, meaning well in the midst of awkward lines i notice something more old shoots re-bloom glass traps warm air in a room these are evergreen signs enough to reassure i'm rearranging things pot plants and office uniform such ordinary things can still bring some comfort i'll sell this stupid house move near to those i care about i say that every year but never do it laughably i've been too concerned with my legacy when you can see i should have been concerned with the people around me
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Pigeon 02:16
nom de plume pigeon grey, a solo room you're overspent and this beast was surely sent to call you up and hold you to something to call you out for cleaving to nothing when hereabouts i offer you something like flight without power home's to bear place your trust in the the concierge life so rehearsed feathered blood, a wounded nurse to call you up and hold you to something to call you out for cleaving to nothing when hereabouts i offer you something like flight without power this high out of reach the river looks fat the banks all breached circling sky riding current vapour trail left untouched by the torrent nom de plume pigeon grey, a solo room, you're so rehearsed feathered blood, a wounded nurse
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joined my first band in 94 or 95 we weren't very good, but felt alive ten years after that i hit on something good and reached the margin of the edge of the fringe it couldn't be easier it couldn't be easier to make a pretty song but isn't it hard though to guess the words that you'll be thinking of some mid-noughties contemporaries made their mark others are now theatres gone to dark bands turn into solo projects, run their course but i'm still curious to trace back to the source no one writes the melodies i want to hear maybe that's what's keeping me here no one writes the melodies i want to hear is that what's keeping me here? it couldn't be easier it couldn't be easier but isn't it hard now?
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Rivulet 02:49
i'll fend off your detractors at least for here and now you'll know how to rebutt them twenty years on with everything you do... but i won't be the only one that you'll ever want or need rivulet to river grows harbour out to sea i need to get much better still have to write that song the one you'll still be hearing a hundred years on no matter if you want to but i would still quite like to be something added something multiplied i am not quite set to be so divided and taken away and oh how i loved you then how i love you now

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Released by Pale Fox Records.

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released May 19, 2016

All songs written, performed & produced by David Shah.

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