Drainwaves

by The Drain On The Balcony

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about

35 years in the making, this is the debut album by The Drain On The Balcony.

The band formed in 1977, inspired by the excitement and energy of the punk records they were hearing on BBC Radio 1’s John Peel Show. They very soon became known as Solihull’s finest acoustic punk band, and could be heard at parks, graveyards and church halls around the county borough.

The band drifted apart in 1982 leaving only poor-quality recordings on reel tapes and cassettes.

In 2010 the band reformed with the intention of making better recordings of their old songs. The first few of these went out as a session on dandelionradio.com, the online radio station inspired by John Peel.

Inspired by making music once again, the band began writing new material.

These songs were written between 1977 and 1982, apart from tracks 01; 04; 15; and half of 16, all 2010 / 2011.

Their difficult second album "The Dark Side Of The Drain" should be released later in 2012.

credits

released March 4, 2012

The Drain On The Balcony are:
Gary - Bass, Guitar and Vocals
Gordon - Guitar and Vocals
Gran - Drums, Programming and Vocals
Martin - Keyboards and Vocals

With The Drainettes:
Emma - Vocals on tracks 01; 04; 06; 07; 12; 14; 15
Caitlin - Vocals on tracks 02; 06
Sophia & Laura - Vocals on tracks 01; 12; 14; 15


Recorded and produced by Rocker 2010 - 2011 at StAR Studios, Bristol, UK, using an AKAI DPS24 and a Mac running Reason.

Sleeve design by PS I Love You.

All songs ℗ and © The Drain On The Balcony 1977 - 2011, except track 2 written by Hazel in 1979. If anyone knows Hazel, please ask her to contact us.

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Track Name: Statistical Celebrity
He died from a knife wound on the streets of London (London, London)
He died from a roadside bomb in the province of Helmund (Helmund, Helmund)
He died from an overdose in a backstreet café (café, café)
He died from despair when he found he couldn’t pay (can't pay, can't pay)

Everyone’s fighting over my son (my son, my son, my son)
But to me he’s just my darling one

My son makes headlines
My son sells papers
My son is a newsflash
My son is the top news of the day
My son dances strictly
My son is Britain’s talent
My son is political currency
A statistical celebrity

Everyone’s fighting over my son (my son, my son, my son)
But to me he’s just my darling one

He died in a car crash on the M1 motorway (one way, one way)
He died in a nightclub – a nailbomb against the gays (the gay, the gay)
He died with a bullet from a child soldier’s gun (that's no toy gun)
He died in a market – an insurgent's suicide run (no fun, no fun)

Everyone’s fighting over my son (my son, my son, my son)
But to me he’s just my darling one

My son’s on the internet
My son is every blogger’s dream
My son makes people cry
My son has a thousand ways to die
My son dances strictly
My son is Britain’s talent
My son is political currency
A statistical celebrity

Everyone’s fighting over my son (my son, my son, my son)
But to me he’s just my darling one
Everyone’s fighting over my son (my son, my son, my son)
But to me he’s just my darling one
Track Name: Hazel's Song
The lights went out in the crowded room
Strange hands met in the silent gloom
Fingers clung to faceless arms
Felt the heat from unknown palms

Voices choked on unsaid words
Attempted sounds were never heard
A gentle touch conveyed a thought
There was no need for us to talk

Don't you think it's strange
That it's hard to say
What we really want to
During the day?
But in the night time
When I can't see your eyes
It's so much easier
Not to tell lies

My fingers said don't leave me tonight
Your arms answered and held me tight
Although it was dark it was hard to hide
Faces were blank but minds were alive

Don't you think it's strange
That it's hard to say
What we really want to
During the day?
But in the night time
When I can't see your eyes
It's so much easier
Not to tell lies

The lights came on and I saw your face
We looked so strange, felt out of place
I tried so hard to catch your eye
But you turned away and started to lie

Don't you think it's strange
That it's hard to say
What we really want to
During the day?
But in the night time
When I can't see your eyes
It's so much easier
Not to tell lies

Not to tell lies
Not to tell lies
Not to tell lies
Track Name: Can't Stop Dreamin'
Look at me & I won't hide
Tell me those rumours & I won't deny them
I don't care I don't make false claims
Won't pretend to be winning nobody's game

But I can't stop dreamin'
Can't stop dreamin'
Can't stop dreamin'
Can't stop dreamin'

I waste my time I waste my words
but don't we all yeah don't we just
Don't tell me different 'cos I know you're just the same
I ain't the first liar, ain't the first who's come crawlin' out the drain

Spike top sister I'm looking at you
I'm looking for reason I'm looking for truth
What's the use we disgust them can't you see it in their eyes
We never really get the girls, we only lie

But I can't stop dreamin'
Can't stop dreamin'
Can't stop dreamin'
Can't stop dreamin'
Track Name: Some People
Some people do
Some people don't
Some people say they will, and then they won't

Some people find
It hard to cry
Some people find it hard to look you in the eye

And if you're trying to understand
The reason for a grain of sand
You might find that all your plans
Have just walked out the door
The grain of sand got washed away
From the beach where you once played
And that is why your holiday
Is shorter than before

Some people pray
Some people smoke
Some people laugh before they've really got the joke

Some people stick
Some people twist
Some people's names are always written on the list

And if you're trying to realise
Why your dog won't tell you lies
You might find the asking price
Has fallen through the floor
The dog was lyin' but we've got no proof
It was the cat who told the truth
And that is why your hot tin roof
Is cooler than before

Some people strum
Some people blow
Some people just turn up, sit down and watch the show

And if you're tring to quantify
All the colours in the sky
You might find your chat up line's
Not working any more
The sky is getting cloudy now
The rain is falling on your town
And that is why your party clown
Is sadder than before

Some people walk
Some people run
Some people get there first, and wonder what they've done

Some people do
Some people don't
Some people say they will, just to get your vote
Track Name: Flash Kids
Sometimes I wish I had been around,
I wish I'd suffered just a little bit more
Never really got round to starting something new
It all seemed to've been done before

Don't try 'n' keep up with the flash kids
Don't try 'n' do things the hard rock way
I can't teach you anything, no, but if you knew what I'd been through tryin'
I think you'd see things my way

It's a real dump this place, at least it seems that way to me
And I seem to have lost the difference between depression and sensitivity
I was trying to remember a joke I heard, or perhaps I'd read it in a magazine
I was decidin' whether or not to laugh, Ha! It was just a dream

Don't try 'n' keep up with the flash kids
Don't try 'n' do things the hard rock way
I can't teach you anything, no, but if you knew what I'd been through tryin'
I think you'd see things my way

One day, if you've been losing like me, you might see I was right
but whether or not, I ain't gonna decide that I'm wrong
Why don't you sit down and work out your own set of values
It's time to decide where you belong

Don't try 'n' keep up with the flash kids
Don't try 'n' do things the hard rock way
I can't teach you anything you don't know, there's no point me even tryin'
You might as well walk away
Track Name: Out Of Love
You say you love me, well I've got news for you
You mean a lot to me, If I was young I could love you too
But I I know the score, I've been in love before
If I commit myself to you, you might leave me too

so I'm getting out of love
I'm getting out of love
I'm getting out of love
I'm getting out of love

I don't wanna see you cry, but I can't tell you a lie
I know I'm hurting you, don't you know it hurts me too
I I've played the game, it always ends the same
You think that we can win, but we'll only lose again

Lovers leave
And deceive
Love is lies
Scratch your eyes
Lies, Alibis
Love, just dies

so I'm getting out of love
I'm getting out of love
I'm getting out of love
I'm getting out of love

Okay so you love me, but I just can't love you
Why can't you see, what my love would put you through
You just can't ignore, that I've made love before
Love affairs come to an end, so let's just make love as friends
Track Name: 123
The world is full of people saying
I've let them down
Don't they know I let myself down first?
It's always me that ends off worst

And there's so many problems
And don't I know
I've got too many of my own
Come on, don't let me suffer alone

Oh baby
1 2 3 - Lay your love on me
Don't be too shy to say you're mine
4 5 6 - Show me some of your tricks
Come over here & give me a good time
Give me a good time

There's just so many people
telling me I'm wrong
I need someone to tell me that I'm strong
Oh, say it babe, even if you think it's wrong

And I'm lost in a rainstorm
Of lies and hate
I need someone to shelter me from the rain
Oh baby, you don't wanna see me in pain

Do ya?
1 2 3 - Lay your love on me
Don't be too shy to say you're mine
4 5 6 - Show me some of your tricks
Come over here & give me a good time
Give me a good time
Track Name: Not Me
We've been sitting here on this sofa for half the night
I made it very clear I won't give up without a fight
The lights are low and your hopes are high
But the news has nearly finished so you're wastin' your time

Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
'Cos my favourite programme is coming on

The evening's nearly over, it's twenty past nine
My parents are due back in just ten minutes time
So straighten your clothes, go and sit over there,
You can't stay over here, my old man will go spare

Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
'Cos my mother & my father'll soon be comin' home

Look out of the window, is there a car on the drive?
If my mother came in now she'd skin me alive
Turn on the light, put away that booze,
We gotta make 'em think we've been watching the news

Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you stop comin' on strong
Take it...

Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
Won't you turn my television on? (Not me)
And now we're gonna finish this song (Not me)
Track Name: Leave Me Alone
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
I'm lookin for something more from life (so leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
I'm lookin for something more from life (so leave him alone)

Won't find it in the country
Won't find it in the town
Won't find it in your bedroom, baby
So leave me alone, no, no, no, no

Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
I'm lookin for something more from life (so leave him alone)

Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
I'm lookin for something more from life (so leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
Leave Me Alone (Leave him alone)
I'm lookin for something more from life (so leave him alone)
Track Name: Surface Feeders
You didn't need to tell me how easy things have been for me
Squeeze machines hum their dull protection like a wall
You spoke to me like I was no-one but you said everything babe
You said think about it and I thought about how I looked small

So I thought about myself it's the easy way I'm an easy lay
But the way things were I had to think about you
I knew I'd gash open under the steel you're built upon
But you didn't and I knew what you'd been through

You know the sun shines on the surface
It's easy to hide when you're under it's light
You took me deeper down than I wanted to go
And I see on your own it's an empty night

You see I've got this thing about bodies
Bodies trying to hide the real person from me
I try to relate to people I look in every orifice for their soul
But I end up talkin' to jelly

So I'm walking around on the tops of things, yeah I know
And the whole world is revolving underneath me and I'm watching it like it was on some kind of cinema screen
The cinema is air conditioned and I thought of all the stale air piped through
I don't wanna breathe like that, emotion's what we need

You know the sun shines on the surface
It's easy to hide when you're under it's light
You took me deeper down than I wanted to go
I see on your own it's just an empty night

Everything you are exists outside of you
That means on your own you ain't nothing
I ain't gonna come round and preach destruction on your door baby
'Cos if it's good enough for you, well that's something

If it's good enough for you it's good enough for me
'Cos i never claimed to be anything but run of the mill
Ask me how it feels I should know
Ask me how it feels now run of the mill
Track Name: Don't Wanna Be Your Man
I never knew I'd wasted so much time
'til I tried to say goodbye for the seventeenth time
I never knew I'd done so much lyin'
I never thought it'd be me who was gonna end up cryin'

Yeah girl, Don't wanna be your man
Yeah girl, Don't wanna be your man

So stop complainin' on the telephone line
You know it's not my fault it's not for want of trying
I wouldn't be here if I could read the signs
I'd be down in the basement drinkin' your wine

Yeah girl, Don't wanna be your man
Yeah girl, Don't wanna be your man

I know what you wrote me in your letter
But I ain't got time
I'd jump off the bridge, darlin' if it makes you feel better
'Cos that there river is the only good friend of mine

Yeah girl, Don't wanna be your man
Yeah girl, Don't wanna be your man
Track Name: Hear You Breathe
Out the door (Hear you breathe)
Cross the road (Hear you breathe)
Get on the bus (Hear you breathe)

Sit (Still move)
Sit (Still move)

Pay your fare (Hear you breathe)
Get off the bus (Hear you breathe)
Buy a paper (Hear you breathe)

Sit (Still move)
Sit (Still move)

Write (Hear you breathe)
Talk (Hear you breathe)
Eat (Hear you breathe)

Sit (Still move)
Sit (Still move)

Stop
Sleep (Hear you breathe)
Track Name: The Privileged Few
Have you ever wondered what it would be like
to be one of the privileged few?
What would you do if I told them
That all I want to do is to be you

Well all your secrets are safe with me
No-one will know what you have said
I know I've got limited appeal
And if I speak you'll see me dead

What would you do with the privileged few?
What will you do when I become you?
What would you do with the privileged few?
I'd do nothing 'cos one of them's you

If and when I see you tomorrow
Don't turn your back don't walk away
Just treat it as a bit of fun
And continue as yesterday

What would you do with the priveleged few?
What will you do when I become you?
What would you do with the priveleged few?
I'd do nothing 'cos one of them's you

You know it's just a private joke
Just between me and you
Just take it like the special person you are
One of the privileged few

What would you do with the priveleged few?
What will you do when I become you?
What would you do with the priveleged few?
I'd do nothing 'cos one of them's you
Track Name: Louise
Saw Louise yesterday, 6 months since she went away
I tried to catch her eye, but she just walked on by
Maybe she didn't see, would she remember me?
I thought I didn't care, why did I walk out on her?

Louise I want you
There's nothin' I can do
You know my love is true
Louise I'm hooked on you

I'll call her on the 'phone, ask her if she's all alone
Would she still be mine, I'm sorry about last time
Has there been anyone else? I know she won't have been false
Does she still think of me, remember how it used to be?

Louise I want you
There's nothin' I can do
You know my love is true
Louise I'm hooked on you

Hello, Louise, it's me, let's make it how it used to be
"Who the hell are you? Do I remember you?"
Come on, you know me,"No, I don't know you
Goodbye, I can't wait, I'm being picked up at 8"

Louise I want you
There's nothin' I can do
You know my love is true
Louise I'm hooked on you

Louise I want you
There's nothing I can do
You know my love is true
Louise I'm hooked on you
My Lou
There's nothing I wouldn't do for you
My Louise I love you
Louise I love you
Louise I need you
To say you love me too
Louise I want you
'Cos I'm in love with you
Track Name: Student Finance Blues
I woke up this morning still on the telephone line
They’ve kept me hanging on until the end of time
Someone standing in the corner said it was a government ruse
Yes I think you’ve guessed it, I’ve got the Student Finance blues

I woke up this morning it was like walking through cement
Another letter came in the post demanding one more document
If I don’t scream and shout I think I’ll blow a fuse
Yes I think you’ve guessed it, I’ve got the Student Finance blues

I woke up this morning you’ve got mail the computer says
I’ve been trying to get things sorted for a hundred, thousand days
I’ve been searching everywhere for someone to accuse
Yes I think you’ve guessed it, I’ve got the Student Finance blues

I woke up this morning they say hope is heaven sent
But will my son and daughter ever get to pay the rent
I’m spinning round in circles, I’m bemused and I’m confused
Yes I think you’ve guessed it, I’ve got the Student Finance blues

I woke up this morning I’ve simply got to know
Got to get in touch with the people in Glasgow
I’m reaching out in desperation for just one bit of news
Yes I think you’ve guessed it, I’ve got the Student Finance blues
Track Name: Drainwaves / Over The Top
We wrote these songs when we were young
When we still had some time to play
when we still had some things to say
we knew that sounds were only waves
we knew our little band would die

we thought we'd learn from our mistakes
but then we made them all again
and though our songs were words of change
we found our lives remained the same
as all our memories went by

and if you dont know the rules you cant really play the game
you wont win any prizes but its pointless to complain
about how the world keeps turning but the numbers on the days
remain the same
and if you've lost your mind well its no use looking here
and if you've lost your bottle you can only quake with fear
and if you lost your way home you might as well sit here
another 30 years

and each night the leaves fall down
and make a pattern on the ground where i'm lain
and in the morning the rain comes down
and makes a watery sound on my brain

and now were old but we still play
because we really cant explain
that crazy sound that is the drain
we know that sounds are made of waves
and this is just a wave goodbye