This Lonely Occupation

by Rob Britton

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1.
About a Dog 04:28
It rained the other Tuesday outside the tunnel walkway You said "I have to see you, come meet me on the hill" You pulled across the table (and don't think I'm ungrateful) A girl in your position could shred the opposition And I talked some shit And you called me on it And I want to be the only The friend that you are phoning I long to walk away from this lonely occupation I want to be the hero the timer nearing zero I want to take this boredom and nail it to the ceiling And I speak some shit And you call me on it and then some... It rained the other Tuesday I was lying in the hallway You said "I have to see you, I'll meet you on the hill" You held the glass away from this lonely occupation A girl in your position has better things to live on And I spoke some shit And you called me on it But I meant what I said And you meant what you did
2.
Surfacing 03:35
A walk around a river, a moment in the aisle A table full of strangers, the fastest ever mile A cafe on the seafront, a half-shark in the rain A car stopped in a gateway, and a car stopped there again Like surfacing Like surfacing It's all forgiven It's like surfacing A fire after the rainstorm, a box of broken stuff The ants who climb the wall there, a cluttered kind of love The last one in the shopfront, a ladder painted black The starlight on the carpet, and all the words I lack Like surfacing Like surfacing It's all forgiven It's like surfacing And you've seen me with the lights on and you've heard it all before you could write it with the lights off you could scrawl it on the floor and it's less the way it happened and it's not the way it was but I bought it from somebody and I sold it at a loss and it's not that I don't want to cos I always always do but the nights are getting longer and I'm breaking things in two for the feeling. stars. out.
3.
Another Us 02:10
Leave the sound on Leave the lights on Keep yourself awake Lock the cupboards Break them inwards Stop for heaven's sake It's so obvious There's another us Leave your coat on Tear the curtain Meet in person now Hide the contents Keep them content Keep them asking how It's so obvious There's another us Somewhere more than here Somewhere nowhere near
4.
Hands Up You're just stalling now Stop trying to change your lines Back up It's a big one tonight Spent stuck on patterned tiles Left up to you we would just spend every night indoors It's tired This small town ennui You wore out mine, I wore out yours And all I'll ever be Is all I was before Hands up All avoidable If we just stayed here inside Back up the one club again Back in the same tired lines And ll I'll ever be Is all I was before And all these disco lights? Just a plastic floor Hands up if you've seen this one before I can't get of off the stairs Back up The third floor is quiet Like anyone even cares And ll I'll ever be Is all I was before And all these disco lights? Just a plastic floor
5.
Snowdrifts 04:12
Here the tree fell Here the dogs decide Sideways snow fall Drifting on one side I'm calling it in The state that we're in The state of this thing Is calling us in Here the dogs run Here the fields unwind Sideways tree fall Something on my mind I'm calling it in The state that we're in The state of this thing Is calling us in Here the hand hold Here the skin and sighs Here the swing pulled colour from your eyes I'm calling it in The state that we're in The state of this thing Is calling us in And this isn't true There's nothing to do I heard the call too I'm glad it was you I'm glad it was you
6.
Hymn 04:24
Dock the lights on Main Street Bring the cat inside Wrap the windows tightly Velvet trap of night Light the trees from this way See the branches dry Halogen the pavement Wash your tired eyes Pull the broken gateway Straight across the line Throw to flow the back way Washed up on the sides Motorway horizon Down the aircraft glide Meteors and flightpaths Thank you and goodnight

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The music had been knocking around my head a while, but the lyrics, the recording, the mixing and the mastering were all done in one day on September 10th 2020. So sorry if it's a bit rough around the edges. It means well.

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released September 11, 2020

Rob did it all like a big martyr.

Cover photo by Donna Blackburn <3

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Rob Britton London, UK

Just can't stop making albums, it seems! I am also in Luxembourg, Menaces and Keith Top of the Pops and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band, so go and look at their pages. They're good!

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