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released June 18, 2015

Harry Orme - Guitar/Vocals
Francesca Haincourt - Vocals

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Track Name: Colour & Bruise
Late nights, and day trips, and journeys home by car
Train rides and loose lips, the easing of our guards
And the hours they passed, and the sun it set
And we sat down to watch

She's wearing every colour that you could care to name
And any smile you give her, well she'll greet you with the same

It has not crossed her mind
She shall remain naïve
She shan't respond in kind
She knows not what she does to me

Pavements and music, putting names to faces new
Scalding my bad habits, the push and pulling of our views
And I washed her clothes and she washed mine
And we sat and shared our meals

I took a trip to see her and she met me at the gate
Not knowing that I've tried and failed to give her up for my well being's sake
You'd trip and fall and bruise yourself just to coax that laugh again
Which of us could turn our back on such a sweet refrain

I do not plan to pry
As to how much she has seen
The stakes are now too high
I can't stand what she does to me

And she won't listen to my words
But oh, she must have seen, she must have heard
I'd carve them in the dirt
Into the trees my words I'd burn
I'd etch them in the earth
I'd teach the winds to use my tongue when they converse
If I thought then she'd learn
Oh if I thought that that might make my words stand firm
And so to admit I am ashamed that I'm still hers
If ever the tide should turn

I struggled to believe her as by her side I lay
And hoped her place there in my bed would cease to mock me by the breaking of the day
To linger on the looks too long a game too dangerous to play
To think how close and yet how far could drive this man insane

I think she's heard the sigh
And felt these eyes so keen
She's seen it by and by
She knows just what she's done to me
Track Name: On a Dime
I've seen no canvas look so blank
Egos inflated before punctured and sank
Words stood up tall but actions fell short
A product of limited thought
And I've been played at my own game

For you evoked a time when once you were my neighbour
You solicit feeling but cannot return the favour
This scene it seems you've seen fit to disown
You gave a simple no then you were swiftly flown

I've seen no canvas look so white
Words rained down heavy but actions fell light
And it appears as a truce between limited minds
Though our own was poorly timed
And I've been played at my own game

For you evoked a time when once you were my neighbour
You solicit feeling but cannot return the favour
This scene it seems you've seen fit to disown
You gave a simple no then you were swiftly flown

So as far as I have been concerned
A table has been turned on me
Through the duration of this jaunt
So do not hide behind a wire
Let's in the end retire as one
And we can both get what we want
For what we want is both one and the same

For you evoked a time when once you were my neighbour
You elicit feeling but cannot return the favour
This scene it seems you've seen fit to disown
You gave a simple no and you were swiftly flown

You can tell all you want of your friends and the laughter and japes
But I've never seen anyone spin on a dime in quite the same way
You could at least let me know where you are
That doesn't seem too much to ask
These fleeting times when you're in my grasp
Track Name: No Cigar
You looked me in the eye and pulled a smile
And from your mouth a tide of praises poured
It amounts to a betrayal when I was frightened to find
That you were the one that I called

I exercised the utmost restraint but still I faced the charges
I did not heed the warnings but still that leaves this question unanswered The benefit of my doubt, by this point, has long been outlasted
So please remember it's not just what we say but what we do

So darling tell me, what was I?
A seed to be sown and uprooted in time?
Oh what was I?
An exit to take if you got scared down the line?
Oh what was I?
I'd be good to you I swear

Well at first I could not call it your fault
But something tells me you just did not care to know
Not to stand and classify your heartfelt testimony false
But I struggle now to see what else the evidence might show
So please remember it's not what we want but what we've had

So darling tell, me what was I?
A trinket you keep in that purse by your side?
Oh what was I?
An option to bear in the back of your mind?
Oh what was I?

So is close really better than nothing?
God up above only knows
Would it really just be a matter of years?
You took all I had to give except those
So please remember it's not just what we've seen but what we've known

So darling tell me, what was I?
An animal bound and then drained of all fight?
Oh what was I?
Some drinks on the house and a bed for the night?
Oh what was I?
A fruit freshly picked to be eaten when ripe?
What was I?
A taxi to your plane and a tearful goodbye?
So what was I? What was I?
All I know is, to you, I was nothing compared with the glint in his eye
So what was I?
I'd be good to you I swear
Track Name: Tooth Against Gum
That at first you thought him ugly gave me hope
As did your temporary tenure in my bed
But I've been hurt now more than once
And you're becoming harder to defend

Were you naïve? Or simply greedy?
Don't you see issue? Or don't you care?
I should have seen the signs those times you could not understand what I was saying
When you could not comprehend my deep discomfort
It turns out sleeping back to back could well be the coldest kind of close

But I was perfectly prepared to remain silently smitten
Not to anticipate advancement of feeling
As long as the pain did not increase
But you undertook almost the only act that could have made matters worse

And now I wonder no more
There's no way to argue with such evidence
So now you've ground me down
Like tooth on gum you've stripped away the surface

Was I naïve or simply lonely
To let you have me? Well that we'll never know
You dipped your toe into the water when you were not sure how much that I had heard
That you would not have breathed a word I find insulting

For I was perfectly prepared to remain silently smitten
Not to anticipate advancement of feeling
As long as the pain did not increase
But you undertook almost the only act that could have made matters worse
I see you somewhat differently now

And so our situation has become a scab
There's nothing do be done, per se
Only to leave it well alone
Now the time has come for me to make my way
If I don't want to drown
Then surely somehow I must stoop to swim
When at first I felt the knife slip in my guts
I could not tell if what this was
Came down to surgery or murder
With whom you share your sleep
Is none of my concern, my dear
Until I am allowed to act as agent

For I was perfectly prepared to remain silently smitten
Not to anticipate advancement of feeling
As long as the pain did not increase
But you undertook almost the only act that could have made matters worse
I see you somewhat differently now
It seems to me my duty is to make it as if we had never met

You say that we're to close now
But this is not what friends are for
I cannot stomach anymore
No matter how hurt you might be
You say that I can't do this
But that's just not your choice to make
I did not come here to debate
So let's agree to disagree

You lament that once you thought our friendship could not be restrained By crossing borders, crossing oceans, crossing countries
Well so did I, my darling, I once did too
I did not come to make you hurt but, to be honest once again,
I'm glad you do
You said you did not think I'd mind, but I don't think that's true
I don't think you thought of me at all
Track Name: Beaches & Rooves
You both arrived at a difficult time
Reminded me to laugh and be free
Live lived outside, we tip-toed out across the shore
When the sun was no more, and those lights
Oh those lights, scattered on the sand

So seven thousand miles across the sea
There are two other waiting for me
Not sisters or mothers or lovers of mine, just friends
And I loved you both without hope or agenda or aim
And I miss you both with a strength that these words
Cannot possibly hope to convey, suffice to say
That beaches and rooves, they will always remind me of you

Life lived at night, we swapped questions and replies
In a language that was not your own
Live lived on high, on this roof a cold wind blows
As we shout to those below, and those lights
Oh those lights that from city buildings hang

So seven thousand miles away from me
There are two others I'm longing to see
Not sisters or mothers or lovers of mine, just friends
And I loved you both with all the honesty that I could muster
It seems to me that the time that we spent together could not have Possibly passed any faster
But beaches and rooves they will always remind me of you

These days I see your faces through an electric haze, a dim reflection
And maybe some day you will fly from your third nest, back to your second
And I will be here with my arms open wide, if I haven't
Found a new nest of my own

So seven thousand miles across the sea
There are two others, both beautifully free
Not sisters or mothers or lovers of mine, just friends
And I thank you both for the lessons that to me you gave
And I envy you both for the freedom with which
You enacted your airborne escape, but you remain
For the sands on the beach, and the winds on the roof
No they never shall fail to bring back the two of you
Track Name: Poison Sponge
I want to crawl inside and climb up top
And burrow in and find a place to hide
To dredge and dig and work my way across
Until I embed myself behind those eyes
To alight, to take a seat, to take control
To take your wheel within my grasp and take a drive
To chip away at what you call your self control
And within your thoughts perpetually reside

And when I'm done I'll cut a little hole
And scrabble scrape and work my way outside
To step out in the cold and admire my new found home
An empty shell a book lay open wide
I don't know why

I want to cast a shadow over every step
Down every road that you might choose to trek
I want to hover over every bed
In which you might choose to lay your head to rest
I want to whisper goodnight in your ear
At the set of each and every evening sun
I want to shake you suddenly from sleep
At the breaking of each newly golden dawn

In the glass I want to be there staring back
In each reflection that your sight might dare to catch
To hold a match to all I've found, and raise it to the ground
To sweep it up and bottle all the ash
To roll it up, to light the end, to take a drag
To take you back, to feel you fill my lungs
I want to hide in every face that kindly greets you through the day
I'm not sure what this is that I've become
I don't know why, I don't know why

I don't know why that I, that I am filled
With such dark desire, I don't, I don't know why
I don't when it was I dropped to depths of such outrageous greed
And so these words describe a man who is no friend to you or me
I don't know why I can't step out to view the world through others' eyes This little poison sponge is now an agent I cannot deny
I don't, I don't know why
I don't, I don't know why