Drainwaves

by The Drain On The Balcony

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1.
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
2.
Hazel's Song 04:04
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
3.
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'
4.
Some People 03:58
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
5.
Flash Kids 04:43
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
6.
Out Of Love 03:33
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
7.
123 02:48
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
8.
Not Me 02:01
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)
9.
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)
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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)
13.
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
14.
Louise 04:34
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
15.
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
16.
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

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.

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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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