Ten Years of Bad Ideas - Volume Two

by The French Defence

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The second collection of out-takes, demos rough ideas and other assorted detritus.

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released October 30, 2014

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Track Name: Small Moves
Please don't think I'm cold
I'm just shy
It takes me longer to get involved than I'd like
It's not my style to blunder in
Yeah, I admit that means I sometimes miss things:

But I want to be next to you when you wake up
I want to be close to you as we grow up
I want to be next to you when you wake up

I'm ready to give the rest of my life
Over to mornings of simple bliss cast in your eyes
Even when you fall asleep
I could stay up all night just watching you breathe

'Cause I want to be next to you when you wake up
I want to be close to you as we grow up
I want to be next to you when you wake up
And glad that I'm here.
Track Name: Resolution 8
Start as you mean to go on this year
Start as you mean to go on this year
Start taking charge of your life, and getting things done instead of sitting round here
Start as you mean to go on this year

I am resolved in this one
I am resolved in this one

Start as you mean to go on this year
Start as you mean to go on this year
Leave your ex-lovers behind, they mean nothing now - that needs to be clear
Start as you mean to go on this year

I am resolved in this one
I am resolved in this one
Track Name: Ladder Laid Flat
We've written you a note
I'm not surprised
You haven't taken any of your precious time
To read the crimes
We've accused you of

You look good from afar, so it's a shame
You’re playing footsie underneath the counterpane
But it's no game
When you kick our legs from beneath us

But the top of the tree doesn't seem too bright
As the lightning charges above
So scurry on down to a safer height
If you know what's good
Be understood
You won't slip that far

You're in the Bull and Bear, oh animal
Consorting with the vultures you consider friends
It just depends - what d'you think you are?

You're reading out the scores as they come flooding in
You say it's not your fault that we've all lost again
But I contend
It doesn't look like that from here

But the ladder laid flat over melting ice
Isn't gonna hold your weight for long
Your knack of not listening to our advice
Should worry you
Oh hurry fool
We'll not save your arse

If you want this life of comforts then you've got to earn it
I know it's not right to both want your cake
And burn at the stake
Everyone else who deserves it

So choose another sport
And pick the teams
Keep leaving all us weaklings to run laps around
The playground
While you win the cup single-handed

But a ladder laid flat over melting ice
Isn't gonna hold your weight for long
The crack that you hear from beneath your thighs
Should worry you
Oh hurry fool
The water you once sailed through
Is gonna pull you under soon
I hope you sink fast.
Track Name: Airwaves
Your voice on the tape
I don't sleep these days
Bending railways can't bring your face

Smile if you want to
Don't be afraid
I won't hurt you
We said we're mates.
Track Name: Easterly
Caught in an easterly
There's no escape but for crocuses west of a tree
Petals are shivering
Cowering, quivering
Fragile in yellow and green

This cold snap is making the news
It's too dangerous travelling through
This cold snap is making the news
The snowfall keeps me from you

Blizzards are forecast, there's no escape
We just hunker down lonesome in bed
But blanketwarm's nothing
We hanker for comfort in breath, and in skin, and in hair

This cold snap is making the news
It's too dangerous travelling through
This cold snap is making the news
The snowfall keeps me from you

Morning brings magic
A brilliance of white rouses us from our beds at the dawn
The absence of traffic
Replaced by the sight of sledges and scarves before long

This cold snap is making the news
It's too dangerous travelling through
This cold snap is making the news
The snowfall keeps me from you

This cold snap is making the news
Feel the snow seep through your shoes
This cold snap is making the news
The snowfall keeps me from you.
Track Name: The Itch That Can't Be Scratched
Hannah, don’t leave me alone
Tell your sister I need her so
For without her everything is black
She’s become an itch I cannot scratch

Helen, your house feels like home
Tell your daughter what she must know
For although she’ll never love me back
She’s become the itch that can’t be scratched...
Track Name: Here To Hug You
So, you’d bet your life on blind infatuation?
Well then - so, I guess, would I
But how can you maintain this cold façade?
It must be really hard to keep up this pretence
That you’re just friends
It pains you

So he challenged you to meet his ‘better half’
What did you do?
D’you play it cool while inside every synapse faltered?
Gruesome, thinking of those two
Somehow you made it through as best you could
But even floundering I’d say you handled it OK
As well you should

Take a leaf out of my book
If you don’t confess you’ll end up getting hurt

He’s not using you but please don’t do this to yourself
Find someone else
I’m here to hug you if you fear that love has passed you by
Well it hasn’t quite.
Track Name: Diagonals
Her bedroom in whispered hush
She begs a contact
Shudders inside, open-mouthed
The arch of her back

Pale pink sunhat
Pin badge of a cat
The elastic on your beads has snapped
The elastic on your beads has snapped
Pale pink sunhat
Pin badge of a cat
The elastic on your beads has snapped
The elastic on your beads has snapped

“Slide your badly-laddered tights into your handbag
You’ve still got those carpet burns
I’m sorry about that”

Frayed pink sunhat
Pin badge of a cat
The elastic on your beads has snapped
The elastic on your beads has snapped
Pale pink sunhat
Pin badge of a cat
The elastic on your beads has snapped
The elastic on your beads has snapped...
Track Name: Life For One
Every weekend I visit my friends
Or they visit me, it often depends
On where we all are
Or who’s got a car
I’ll travel by train
It isn’t that far

And we drink
And we dance
And we live
And we laugh
But when Monday comes
I’m still living a life for one

And sometimes a girl will visit my world
She might like my songs
She could inspire one
I’ll doubtless fall fast
As times from my past
Conspire to prove
It probably won’t last

And we’ll have a nice time
She might come back to mine
But when dawn arrives
I'll have nobody by my side

Oh when Monday comes
I’m still living a life for one.
Track Name: Melt
Falling water still surprises
You're not yet used to liquid eyes
Lean in closer, almost silent
I've not got much breath tonight
I've not got much breath tonight

Was I ever less invited
To be the focus of your smile?
Even though it seems unlikely
I've not used up all my lives
I'm not used up, not yet:

You don't know what you're doing
Not yet...

So we never quite ignited
Now I couldn't melt you if I tried
Can't you see you still entwine me?
Reconsider
Rethink:

You don't know what you're doing
Not yet...

Falling water still surprises.
Track Name: From A Bus Window #1
European service stations are much better than ours
But why should that concern me when I’m still 12 hours away from you?

This flat Belgian landscape, it goes on for miles
There’s no point in direction
It just all looks alike
I’m too tattered and tired
But you keep me alive, you do

For now I’m stuck in my seat as I write
“I just want to be the most beautiful piece of your life”

We pull into Brussels
Grey concrete in view
Wait 30 minutes
I’m thinking of blue skies over Austrian tramlines
Beautiful winter night-times suit your sleepy eyes
But you keep me alive
You do

For now I’m stuck in my seat as I write
“I just want to be the most beautiful piece of your life”

A high-rise apartment, you’re waking alone
I’ll see you this morning
Oh please take me home
I’m too tattered and tired
But you…