Sketches of the September Leaf

by The French Defence

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released September 16, 2013

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Track Name: The Tabby Cat
I fell out of bed on a Sunday
Opened my eyelids and then
Opened my curtains and then
Opened my window and yelled:
"If this is all that we're here for
Then I'd rather be somewhere else
What do you mean, there's nowhere else?"
Are we just fooling ourselves?

There's nothing
There's nothing

A tabby approached as I pondered
Drinking coffee on the step
Drinking can help me forget
...what was it that I just said?
Oh yes - a tabby approached me
Quizzed me with infinite eyes
Patiently heard my replies
Then purred, with a nod to the skies:

"There's nothing, and you're nothing..."

So now the tabby has left me
And I'm sitting here on my own
Sitting here outside my home
But now my coffee is cold
What did he mean when he motioned
His head to the grey clouds above?
"We're not here for long, so just love
Every minute, because

We're nothing...
Just nothing."
Track Name: Becketts
On old Becketts' sofa
Tired, hungover
She nestled in my arms
A round of toast and
A mug of tea in my hand
I couldn't feel more calm

So comfortable and close at our friendship's start

I wanted to marry her then
Marry her there and then

On a Sheffield platform
Cuddling to keep warm
She kissed me full and long
And she so won over
My parents and my brother
It never once felt wrong

These times I wonder how we ever drifted so apart

I want to share a bed with her
Wake up late with messy hair
The coffee cups and cats appearing round the door
She's the girl I wished for
And she's the girl I miss more

She's down in London now
I hope she's following her heart

I want to share a bed with her
Wake up late with messy hair
The coffee cups and cats appearing round the door
She's the girl I wished for
I want to share a bed with her
Wake up late with messy hair
The cats and coffee cups covering the floor
She's the girl I wished for
And she's the girl I miss more

On old Becketts' sofa
Tired, hungover
She nestled in my arms...
Track Name: If You Still Want Him
You don’t say
But I know that you like me
And I don’t mind
If you say that you don’t think about me
That’s just fine

But if you say you think your boyfriend’s holding you back
Well take a trip with me today
I’ve got a lunch all packed

We can walk along the seafront
We can dance around the fountain
We can hold hands at the fairground
We can cuddle in the mountain rain
And when we come home late at night, well if you still want him that’s just fine
But I don’t believe you will

People say that they see a connection between our lives
Yesterday I could see the reflection in your eyes

They said they think you think your boyfriend’s holding you back
Well, take a trip with me today
I’ve got a lunch all packed

We can walk along the seafront
We can dance around the fountain
We can hold hands at the fairground
We can cuddle in the mountain rain
And when we come home late at night, well if you still want him that’s just fine
But I don’t believe you will...
Track Name: The Chinese Room
That lampshade is too dark
Blocks out our inner sun
How can we see to progress?
To know how far we’ve come?

Going through the motions
Pretending that we’re fine
Show our face in public
Our friends are none the wise
Going through the motions
An inevitable decline
Maybe it’s just time

I’ll leave this key behind me
You know just what it fits
If you want to unlock it
It’s yours to take the risk

Going through the motions
Pretending that we’re fine
Keep up an appearance
Just waiting to resign
Going through the motions
Another glass of wine
Maybe it’s just time...
Track Name: Point Blank
We fell into friendship
Through mutual respect
She came out of nowhere
Went straight to my head

Our interests were similar, superficially
At least initially, something within her
Was loveable, loveable, loveable
From up close
From up close

We fell into friendship
And little much else
And after a year I
Crawled back to my shelf

Overfamiliar
She felt me to be
Lost all mystery
I couldn't be her
Loverboy loverboy loverboy
From so close
From so close

This was not what I'd been dreaming of
I thought we'd make it to True Love
This was not what I'd been dreaming of
I felt certain that she felt the same way as me
But I wasn't close

We fell out of friendship
I regret it now
I confessed my feelings
And she cut me out

We're no longer talking
I've not seen her for
Eighteen months or more
Still in my head we're walking
Arm in arm, arm in arm, arm in arm
So close
So close
Track Name: Comedy
I thought that we’d agreed an end to hostilities
So why have you still got my number on speed?
Is this only tea and biscuits, or something more planned?
Often seduction is not what it seems

But when all your favourite films and songs still hurt yet turn me on – fuck you
It’s nigh on impossible for us to get along – fuck you
Please don’t try to resurrect what should be dead and gone
Our love was no sacred cow
I thought that you’d figured that out

You came – too late to banish traces of who began
Some destination this turned out to be
Please don’t try to expound on theories you’ve read about
You’ve had your fun but now you’d better leave

‘Cause when all your favourite films and songs still hurt yet turn me on – fuck you
It’s nigh on impossible for us to get along – fuck you
Please don’t try to resurrect what should be dead and gone
Our love was no sacred cow
I thought that you’d figured that out

Whose piss-poor casting brought us together as leads?
‘Scuse me for asking, but no-one believed
We’d ever succeed

So quit it, quit with your insipid shit-eating grin
This was no comedy written for screen

‘Cause when all your favourite films and songs still hurt yet turn me on – fuck you
It’s nigh on impossible for us to get along – fuck you
Please don’t try to resurrect what should be dead and gone
Our love was no sacred cow
I thought that you’d figured that out
No way was this ever how we were supposed to play out.
Track Name: Nervous
What is it that makes you cough so much
In the shower every morning, dearest love?
I know you’re not smoking any more
So is this some kind of warning we’d be foolish to ignore?
 
If there’s some dark disquiet in your head
Where happiness has never made its bed
Or if it’s something that I’ve done
I’m not too good at noticing
So tell me if I’m aggravating

What is it that gets you so uptight
When your jaw clicks in the middle of the night?
If I could unwind you to your feet
As the temperature dissolves us into summer’s sweaty sheets
 
You’re scratching at your eyes when you’re asleep
You're picking at your fingers with your teeth
These nervous tics do worry me
But I know we're prone to bottling
So tell me what you find frustrating

Despite all this I love you ENDLESSLY
And I get the feeling you're in love with me
I hope I haven't misread you
But I know that I can be improved
So ask of me all that you want to.
Track Name: At Either End
Will this be our last night together?
I see the sheets flag a surrender

'Cause there's nothing more to see
And nothing more to say
We've got nothing in between
And less at either end

Instead of crying or going ballistic
I just covered my ears and claimed I missed it
Do you not want boyfriends, or is it ME you don't want?
I'm just not sure I'm fit for being in love

Now there's nothing more to see
And nothing more to say
When we've got nothing in between
And less at either end

I thought that we would last forever...
Track Name: Seconds Ending
You’ve still half your drink left
But we’ve run out of time
So you’ll go to your house and I’ll go to mine
And I’m trying to say something that doesn’t just sound like a line
But nothing comes to mind.

Dissecting our story this evening cast me in harsher light
You said you felt for me more than I for you, and we both know you’re right
How can I reply to those charges without sounding unkind?
Nothing comes to mind
Nothing comes to mind

I never knew how to react
The moment that you beckoned me back
I was wrong in accepting
In leading you on like that

But it wasn’t planned

You’ve still half your drink left
But we’ve run out of time
So you’ll go to your house and I’ll go to mine…