Found Wanting

by Rob Britton

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released January 5, 2009

All songs © Rob Britton 2008
Recorded at Owl Hat Studios
Strings on 'Like Breaking Glass' arranged in part by Andrew Stanley

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Track Name: Hello
The sun is high
the sky is blue
the morning dew licks over you
your carnival-eye heart a beat from letting go
So put on costumes in your room
and tear a face from TV too
the worse you’ve got is never going to better you

Hello

A moment on the lips
to spend a lifetime on the kiss, well really!
Passage from a film that just describes you best
Round and round and round
you went to ground and how and now
you’re like a painted window faded in the morning sun.

Hello
Track Name: Love From London
Lily white face and ageless skin
took a gentle battering
all the people came to see
the branches snapping off the tree
Left them lying in a bar
in the back seat of his car
crumpled up and trampled down and smeared across the cenotaph
Take a picture of the earring
it’ll be front page by morning
you can say you saw it first hand
this is how you take the world in
Shake the small town apathy
tangled hair and broken teeth
burning cars and burning trees
and coffee stains on single screens

And just run far
just outrun what you are

Be in London by evening where under the sunset
they’re opening boxes in everybody’s heads
and losing perspective is so recommended
the best you can do is the best you can do

So send a postcard back to them
as though you’re all that’s happening
oh the places you’ve been in
who do you think you are again?
Let your parents use the phone
kill yourself to stay ten stone
promise them you meant to call
you piss your twenties up the wall
Lying sideways face the door
as scalpel blades serrate the floor
wrap yourself in disco lights
dream of clear Midland nights
Then brush the country from your teeth
and keep the sadness underneath
just keep the sadness underneath
‘cause now you know where these roads lead

You just ran far
and forgot what you are

So in London this evening you’re under the sunset
and opening boxes in everybody’s heads
and losing perspective is so recommended
the best you could do was the best you could do
So you find yourself almost asleep in the kitchen
you boiled the water now where does that fit in?
You walk for three miles in any direction
but cannot walk yourself right out of your own skin
You’re wrapped in the past and you’re stuck with no chance of escape
but the dark path of least resistance
is calling to you from down the side of the bed
and if this is the high life I’d rather take death
But that’s giving in just as they all said you would
like they thought you were easy
well let them get fucked
you just lost your perspective – it was recommended
the best you could do was alright

You’ve got your lily white face and ageless skin
you took a gentle battering
let the people come and see
branches hanging from a tree
That was now and this is then
and who are they to recommend?
Who do you think you are again?
Track Name: Star
We’d like a word Rob
a vague note of compromise
All smiles are one way
lost in the mirror eyes
Beautiful dreamer
it’s time to realise
Man cannot live on
hope’s idle tranquilize

Wish on a star and keep walking your weary line
it’s all you can do in the end

We need to talk Rob
and stop trying to visualise
A way to stop the clock
exposing your pretty lies

Life slips away while you’re toeing the party line
and things never end if you just cannot change your mind
so wish on a star and keep walking your weary line
it’s all you can do in the end
Track Name: The Heel
Headlights on the midnight hedges
water through the moving ink
fathering a month of Sundays
breathless in the kiss of drink
Memories made of karaoke
papered in the endless bars
understudy snowy angels
underhanded bathroom stars

All call me forgiven
and call me the heel
and call me through my sister
and call me to sea

Richer never made it better
poorer made it even worse
clothes they might as well be cardboard
words may just as well stay verse

So call me forgiven
and call me the heel
and call me through my sister
and call me to sea

Bury me in Fiat Pandas
christen me a simple fuck
dogs who walk though broken glass doors
slide but never come unstuck
How is it too dark to see them?
How’d they ever get away?
How is it too late to save them?
How could I have made them stay?

So call me forgiven
and call me the heel
and call me through my sister
and call me to sea

Don’t call me forgiven
and call me the heel
and call me through my sister
and call me to sea

Don’t call me
Just call me
Don’t call me
Please call me
Track Name: Like Breaking Glass
Close all the doors
turn out the lights
Turn down the noise
and hide the knives
Those Palais lights just burned a hole in our mornings
I’ve seen enough and oh I need you, I need you

This just feels like breaking glass

So I’ll buy the drinks just for your smile
and I’ll hear your voice for just a while
You need some sleep, man
so calm down, just calm down
She’ll never leave, man
so calm down, just calm down

This just feels like breaking glass

So I’ll dream of warm hair tonight
and I’ll see your face and I’ll be fine
You need some sleep, man
so calm down, just calm down
She’ll never leave, man
so calm down, just calm down

This just feels like breaking glass
Track Name: Setting Free The Bears
Sorrow floats
in midnight runs
Just this once
hurry, come

Faster than falling stars
faster than speeding cars

Don’t take the train
don’t call a cab

Wake me up
we’re not friends
After this once
never again

Softer than broken flowers
into the early hours

When you leave me
you won’t want me
When you want me
you won’t touch me

In my bear suit
Track Name: Empties
Radio’s a lipstick mark
camera flash across the park
“Up from 25 to 10”
dressing for effect again
Blonde of brain are in my roots
studded belts and ‘fuck me boots’
Out by “In at number 3”
Don’t you stay awake for me

Deep below the orange glow
on cold bus station seats
Dreams are only for the lonely
and you’re stuck here with me

Rolling floors and lighter sparks
corner creatures kiss the dark
Blue to red and back again
raffle ticket on a pin
Heels with nothing left to lose
sodden carpets stick to shoes
Light and bass and out by three
did you stay awake for me?

Deep below the orange glow
on cold bus station seats
Dreams are only for the lonely
and you’re stuck here with me
yeah you’re stuck here with me
Track Name: Found Wanting
Paint cracked skirting
tear the curtain
some uncertain hour
Birds sing longing
still found wanting

Long grass trodden
Torn dress sodden
Some hope

Door frame sighing
swept glass flying
done with crying out
Homeward running
birds sing longing
still found wanting now

Long grass trodden
Torn dress sodden
Some unnatural hour
folded into the earth

I’m out here
Track Name: The Gardener
I had hopes of amber skies
I had hopes of garden lines
Overstranded, lighthouse minded
Quiet corner of my own

I was born dead so I’m not scared
Katie drew these tangled vines
Silent fox howl, forest headed
Hoping for garden lines