Glorious Birds

by Laura Catlow

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released January 23, 2013

Words and music by Laura Catlow except Echo Beach by Martha & The Muffins.
Mixed and mastered by Bobby Pook.
Vocals & guitars by Laura Catlow, extra guitars and backing vocals by Pook.

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Track Name: Happy New Year
It wasn't the worst, for the best I'm waiting still,
I won't see her cry, the memory of last time makes me ill.
And I won't lie, no not a word
And I will try to keep my voices heard.
It's easier to say, it's easier pray, it's easier to wish your entire life away.
I was gonna go to that lunch time Buddhist meeting but I totally forgot, watching films and eating,
I hadn't said I would, I didn't say I'd stay, so I don't suppose it really matters anyway.
New Years makes me sad it makes me want to cry, remembering the faces I wish were by my side, so we will give three cheers to friends that we have lost and family who've gone that we didn't see enough.

So sing all you want, take what you can and leave what's left to the generation next
And when you lie down and take your last breath I hope they are kind, what did you expect?

We are getting closer every single day to that event that we think won't come our way,
And every year marks a step further on so I hope you didn't go and waste another one.
Now I'm all talk I say I wanna fly but I think my wings were clipped when I was just a child
The morning sting of the wind from the sea keeps me coming back once more unto the breach

So sing all you want, take what you can and leave what's left to the generation next
And when you lie down and take your last breath I hope they are kind, what did you expect?
Your future's in their hands,

A night for making lovers, a night for losing friends, a night for kissing others and holding strangers hands.
A night we'll all remember, a night that we'll forget, talking of the past and the people we regret.
So we'll bang on the table with glasses in our hands, shouting all the words from all our favourite bands,
And we'll dance on our chairs and Sally's bound to fall and at midnight I'll remember to give my mum a call.

So sing all you want, take what you can and leave what's left to the generation next
And when you lie down and take your last breath I hope they are kind, what did you expect?
Track Name: Florence And The Wall
Black skies, lit up eyes, wide and luminated by the moon, the only light to guide you home. Dogs run through rained on streets and biting at our ankles, splashing dirty water and you moan.
Air's thick and full and smoked of every life that's breathed it in and spat it back and makes you numb. And when you talk to me, the way you look at me, helps me realise what I've become.

Between Florence and the wall, I'm happiest of all, there's not another heartbeat in the world.
I'll dig a hole for me and you, it's big enough for two.
We don't have to say a word, one word, one word, no no don't say another word.

Night time thrills you and makes your fingers tremble and turning in your stomach as you go. And then later you watch as she awakens in the darkness and the quiet and you know
You're never going home, it's as if she was created, for this very purpose she was made,
To grab onto your heart as you watch as she awakens, in the cold and the chilled morning parade.

Between Florence and the wall, I'm happiest of all, there's not another heartbeat in the world.
I'll dig a hole for me and you, it's big enough for two.
We don't have to say a word, one word, one word, no no don't say another word.
Track Name: If You're Reading This
It's time to shake that old screw, I've got a hammer in my hand for you.
I decided to start a new and I'll bang it out of you.
Every day seems just the same, I wait for the tram in the rain,
I go to work and no one knows my name, I come home at the end of the day.

Every time I try to find the words, I lose my line and it, it seems so absurd when I, I try to explain why it's killing me.

I wish I lived in a hotel room or could just get away with you,
We'd order in the whole night through, eat and drink til we couldn't move.
I like the sound of a train going by and the noise of the traffic at night,
As I'm quiet for some time and you lay closely by.

Every time I try to find the words, I lose my line and it, it seems so absurd when I, I try to explain why it's killing me.

I'm starting to miss my electric guitar and you, I wonder if you know how far I will go til I crack,
I know that it's self pitying of me, I just wanted to already be, who I wanted to be.
This is my suicide note, the words I want you to know
But next week I won't feel the same, and maybe nothing's changed.

Every time I try to find the words, I lose my line and it, it seems so absurd when I, I try to explain why it's killing me.
Track Name: I Always Go Too Far
I'm on it, baby in my bonnet, get it when I want it, anyone would think I had it made.
I'm lonely, thinking of you only, God oh when you stone me, try and wipe the smile up off my face.
You're closer, drinker and a smoker, never getting older, lie to everyone about your age.
I'm Tony, looking at my money, I'll make you a star honey, anyone would think I had it made.

Drop me right where you found me, stop me just as I get to the best part, the best part. I always go too far.

I'm better, better in a sweater, maybe when you get her, everyone will think you have it made.
Some trophy, betting on your pony, ride her home you phony, trying to get her picture on the page.
Don't win it, maybe I'm a cynic, you know your just a gimmick, whoring till you die upon the stage. Don't retire, Jesus loves a fighter, always getting higher, anyone would think I had it made.

Drop me right where you found me, stop me just as I get to the best part, the best part. I always go too far.
Track Name: Echo Beach
I know it's out of fashion and a trifle uncool
But I can't help it, I'm a romantic fool.
It's a habit of mine to watch the sun go down.
On Echo beach, I watch the sun go down.

From nine to five, I have to spend my time at work.
My job is very boring, I'm an office clerk.
The only thing that helps me pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back in Echo Beach some day.

On silent summer evenings, the sky's alive with light
A building in the distance, surrealistic sight.
On Echo Beach, waves make the only sound.
On Echo Beach, there's not a soul around.

From nine to five, I have to spend my time at work.
My job is very boring, I'm an office clerk.
The only thing that helps me pass the time away
Is knowing I'll be back in Echo Beach some day.

Echo Beach, far away in time, Echo Beach, far away in time...
Track Name: Milk
On our computer screens and in our moisture ridden dreams, we're who we thought we would be,
And our TV sets when they're turned off and we reflect we see our faces gleam.
Cos we're famous, oh so famous, we're as famous as we thought we would be
We're famous, so very famous, you and me.

Drop down right in the centre of it
Squeeze me right in the middle dammit.
I don't think we are going anywhere too fast
So we'll drink until we crash and we'll dance until we burn, we'll live until it's all behind us, only the photos will remind us,

That we're famous, oh so famous, we're as famous as we thought we would be
We're famous, so fucking famous, you and me.

I'll jump into the lion's cages,
That same story of all the ages.
I don't think we are going anywhere too fast.
So we'll drink until we crash and we'll dance until we burn, we'll live until it's all behind us, only the photos will remind us,

That we're famous, oh so famous, we're as famous as we thought we would be
We're famous, oh so, you and me.
Track Name: January Fourth
I scratch til I itch and I love til I kiss and I live til I fucking die
And all along I've realised, I don't give a shit about anything but you.
I laugh til I'm sore and cry til I'm roar and give you all I have until I'm over.
The world will keep rotating however much we're aching and I don't wanna stand up here alone.
On and on it goes and the pressure grows and grows
And I will never know it means but I will love you forever.
I'm standing on the edge and you pull me from the ledge
And I don't know how we stay here without falling.
We're just another planet and I don't know how we stand it
Never knowing, spinning, floating in the black.
I dream until I sleep and look back after I leap
And apologise for losing it again,
But one day we will stand safely on the sand
And I want you right beside me at the sea.
On and on it goes and the pressure grows and grows
And I will never know it means but I will love you forever.
I'll keep your secrets close in a town that's full of ghosts
(I swear they're gonna haunt us if we stay)
Let's pay the world a visit, we'd be stupid to miss it
There's so much more that we have got to see.
We'll drive until we stop and do whatever we want
And live until there's no life left for living.
I've promised it before but you have my word and more
You've got me, if you want me, forever.
On and on it goes and the pressure grows and grows
And I will never know it means but I will love you forever.
Track Name: Better Days
I will remember you and I won't let you down, and every time I think of you and forget you're not around and every time I try to make a picture of your face, up inside my mind it all blurs into space.
I hate myself each time I forget to miss you, I won't let you leave my memory like this.
And I know you'll be fine, it only hurts a while, and I'll remember better days, this time.
I sat for days tried everything to make you see a way, that we could be the same again, that things might be okay.
I maybe went too far, I probably made you worse, or didn't do enough, or give you time to learn.
I hate myself each time, I forget to miss you, I won't let you leave my memory like this. And I know you'll be fine, it only hurts a while, and I'll remember better days, this time.
Track Name: Happy As Ever
I had a foolproof day, everything went my way, no one died and no one lied to me,
The suns about to burst, I didn't go to work, we got up and drove down to the beach.
But times like this remind me, that everything can suddenly go wrong but no one can stop me sing this song.

I'm never coming down, the rain could fall I'll drown, I want to stay right here tomorrow's never coming round.
I hope that you can see, that when it's you and me and it's like this, I'm happy as I ever thought I'd be.

No one has to change, these bricks around our blood and brains may grow and fall, inside we're still the same,
And memories may fade but I know this one'll stay, whatever we become we'll have this day.
And times like this remind me that everything can suddenly go wrong but no one can stop me sing this song.

I'm never coming down, the rain could fall I'll drown, I want to stay right here tomorrow's never coming round.
I hope that you can see that when it's you and me and it's like this, I'm happy as I ever thought I'd be.

I know you think I'm crazy, I go from one extreme, down to another but I'd save you in a heart beat.
I'm never coming down, the rain could fall I'll drown, I want to stay right here tomorrow's never coming round.
I hope that you can see that when it's you and me and it's like this, I'm happy as I ever thought I'd be.
Track Name: Bright Lights
The nights are getting lighter, I can see your face much brighter as we hold each other tighter and the sun is setting down.
I'm shaking and you shiver so we go and buy some liqueur, oh we've only got one liver but won't think about it now.
And as the darkness slowly paints the sky, I know that I am yours and you are mine.

You smoke another smoke and I choke another choke and I tell another joke drawing faces in the sand.
Far away we hear all the screams and all the cheers and the thudding from the pier of the songs that we can't stand.
As the day light drowns into the night, I know that I am yours and you are mine.

Maybe in a year we won't be here again but I'll still have the fondest memories of when, we would talk for hours and hours back then knowing this would never end.

I don't mind and I'll be fine when you're not mine anymore and you would have somebody else as yours but let's say maybe there's a chance we will dance another dance just in case we grow old and die together hand in hand, let's not rule it out my friend.
And as the morning creeps upon the night, I know that I am yours and you are mine.