The Black Lamps

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Cat No: ONI15/ONI15CD/ONI15LP
All songs written by Firth/Ormston/Scarfe/Stewart except 'Awkward' written by Bower/Firth/Ormston/Scarfe/Stewart
Recorded and Engineered by Steve Ellis at Orion Studio
Produced and Mixed by Lyndon Scarfe and The Black Lamps
Mastered by Tom Woodhead at Hippocratic Mastering
Cover art by Dean Ormston, sleeve design by Jamie Briggs

www.theblacklamps.co.uk
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released January 12, 2015

The Black Lamps are: Greg Firth - bass; Dean Ormston - drums; Lyndon Scarfe - guitars and keyboards; Liam Stewart - vocals and guitars. Backing vocals by Anna Firth and Amber Scarfe.

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Track Name: The Archivist
I’ve watched your life
In detail miniscule
Ear-wigging reams
Of voyeuristic notes

I can show you how you feel…said the archivist

Your movements caught
Chronologically bare
Obsessive lines
Of unreciprocated prose

I can show you how you feel…said the archivist

You’re in my blood
You won’t shake me off your shoe
The more you push
The closer I become

I can show you how you feel…said the archivist
Track Name: Casa Disco
I’ve been waiting here, amongst the tinsel waste
Decembers been and gone but still it’s smell remains
Darkness descends above the Christmas lights
The pavement shivers in the drizzling rain

As the buses pass, the January sales
I’m stood at Casa Disco on my own

It’s getting late, where can you be
Am I the only one who doesn’t know

Shutters coming down on the January sales
I’m stood at Casa Disco on my own

Feet are getting cold, I sink into my coat
Am I the only one who doesn’t know

As the buses pass, the January sales
I’m stood at casa disco on my own
Track Name: Colour 8
A gentle push to
The small of my back
On my way down
I look through the windows
I see all kind of problems
All mostly the same
A heavy drink
Of stirring emotions

As time travels through
The last of myself
My tight-fisted heart
Is slowly dissolving
No longer volatile
Just soaring and free
The ill at ease
Start taking over
Track Name: The Smoking Party
You are a contradiction
We are a shared experience
These are our sunflower curtains
Hung like a faded masterpiece
You said we’d stay together locked
Into the world of eternal risk
This is no time for sleepy heads
Let’s stay awake forever

Hope the smoking party never ends

You smile like a constellation while
Putting the doubt back in my mind
I promised you that I understood
I want this to last forever

Hope the smoking party never ends

Why.. why should I wait for this
Tell me why…why should I stand for this
What if we never wake up
Track Name: Awkward
The mother the father the same
The brother the sister the same
Shirts and ties in the rain
It’s over, it’s over, It’s over

The bitter the lager the smoke
The tears the reunion the joke
Hymn books one shared between two
It’s over, it’s over, It’s over
Track Name: Planets
I watch the dying yellow sunshine
Stretch across you in slow-motion
And I can’t keep my stupid thoughts together
I look for you
The way I always do
I swallow hard then I follow

Something’s are never worth fixing
So I grab out my hair
To write you a poem
I should cry for you
The way I always do
I’ll make the bed
You’ll never lie on
Track Name: Are There No More Surprises?
Because our sum
Is nothing divided by none
Are there no more surprises?

Our clocks have stopped
Alarms that will never go off
Are there no more surprises?

It’s hard to fit
Into squares when your mind feels ellipse
Are there no more surprises?

Our ray of hope
Has stretched out as far as it goes
Are there no more surprises?
Track Name: Low Hanging Fruit
I’m movie star
I’m Palm d’Or
Yes that’s me
Yes that’s me alone
On paperbacks
Fumbled and worn

A brand new wave
As English as
Class and decay….this is me

I’m kitchen sink
I’m Cote d’azur
Surrounded
Confounded by lust
And spoonfuls
Of hand me down dust

I’m wet dog smell
As English as
Shame and disgrace….this is me
Track Name: Gene Pool
As complicated as a wish
Or as simple as a gene
Multiplying to a mass
That could tip the family tree

And it’s haunting me
Is it installed in me

From the caveman to a spaceman
In the stifle of a sneeze
You play the waiting game
While I succumb to my disease

And it’s haunting me
As it installs in me
Track Name: Scissors, Paper, Stone
You’re the one for me
You sweet and salt the sea
How was I to know
Unsure the love would grow

You’re the one until
Every drop has spilled
The frailest alchemy
This strange philosophy