Splintered Man

by Splintered Man

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    Beautiful matte gatefold CD album with lyric sheet and cover design by beatthepulp - www.beatthepulp.com

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1.
The sun has lost its shine The moon is yours and mine It's getting too dark to see your eyes And now, now it's time Like light slipping away Not far enough Stay by my side In a little room in Berlin Was where our love would begin We closed the door on the world outside And unlocked the one within Like light slipping away Not far enough Stay by my side A bed of broken arms Lulls the sleeper deeper in There's no way around this way of thinking A blanket of shed skin This new love of mine Set your flesh alarm And now it's time Like light slipping away Not far enough Now we're slipping away Not far enough Stay by my side
2.
A soft and dark presence By my side Hey youngest one The roads open wide There is nowhere we can't go With you by my side Do not leave me With the sound of my own voice These hollow belongings They echo endless Keep on talking till the light Floods in response Like children on our shoulders Suspended in wonder We entered Dartford tunnel In the dead of night The faces of missing people Appear at our window Telling us to slow down Begging us to lay low I love you ain't that enough To propel us Like children on our shoulders Suspended in wonder We entered Dartford tunnel In the dead of night
3.
At times I'll be unavailable, At times I won't return your call, At times I'll be unavailable, At times I won't return your call, My battery will not be charged, My signal will have no bars, But I'll get back to you, At times my tone will be engaged, At times my voice will begin to fade, At times my tone will be engaged, At times my voice will begin to fade, Messages will not be received, Touch my screen, There's not much beneath, But I'll get back to you, At times you'll make me break up, At times you'll predict my every word, At times you'll make me break up, At times you'll predict my every word, In my hand is your hand set? This contract I may come to regret, But I'll get back to you, But I'll get back to you, Let me get back to you
4.
Sun is burning Birds from the sky The ground swallows them whole Beneath us they fly Makes some people sweat Makes some people cry I wanna go home I don't know why Two girls are chasing Leaves in the breeze Spinning in circles Innocent and complete Makes some hearts melt Makes some hearts freeze I wanna go home And uncut my keys Lover do not dwell on the passing of this time Before I was yours and before you were mine Together we will be in a seasons infancy Witness your own death and be set free Witness your own death and be set free Alleyways whisper An illicit embrace The carnival of the company I keep As it freaks and mutates That's where I found my place And then I found my place I wanna go home Now it's too late I wanna go home Now it's too late Go home to no home
5.
Oh My 04:28
Oh my friend I Don't want to leave you behind In your arms Bodies of milk and flesh Turn to dust and light Over the years You developed an intolerance For western appetites And Eastern accents Oh my friend I Don't want to leave you behind Oh my little dreamer I Don't want to leave you behind In your thoughts Spirits of youth and snow Turn to glass at night In strange new living rooms Dancing to a familiar Husbands and wives And their bittersweet lovers Oh my little dreamer I Don't want to leave you behind I'll hold you down while you fit Slap you round and wipe the drool from your mouth So tired of your rolling eyes I roll mine I roll mine right back And they meet for a second and in that second There's a spark of recognition Like morse code like Geiger counters
6.
A Quiet Life 04:04
Sometimes it all gets too much feels like my head will explode Sometimes it's never enough I can't ever let it go Sometimes I'd rather be anywhere but here Well you know I would do anything for a quiet life I'd go out on a limb for the simple things to be enough I'd take off my socks and shove them in the mouths of the ones I love But for now I'll let them blather on and I'll keep my big mouth shut Sometimes I get so lonely I find someone to follow Sometimes it seems so obvious even a child would know Sometimes I wonder if she disappeared How long would it be before they saw I was still here Well you know I would do anything for a quiet life I'd go out with some young dumb teenager who'd be grateful for love I'd take off my clothes and sink into the sea and never come up But for now I'll let it wash over and I'll keep my small mind shut I'd live in a hut live off berries and nuts and get rid of this taste in my mouth I'd rely on my gut instinct on my sensing sense and my nous But I drink till I cannot speak and try to tell you what I'm harping on about and your actions speak so loud you know I end up having to shout Anything for a quiet life
7.
Patient Song 05:02
Broken promises Held up in visiting hours There is a box of chocolates And a bunch of flowers Now the patient's on the mend Pure gold at the rainbow's end We are family secrets We are storms in a teacup We are books without covers Under no illusions Now the patient's on the mend Pure gold at the rainbow's end Now the patient's on the mend We are gold at the rainbow's end Broken promises Held up in visiting hours There is a box of chocolates And a bunch of flowers Do not mistake my forgetfulness Occupy my mind of absence
8.
Parent Song 04:02
Oh mother I was afraid because I did not know where you came from Oh father I was ashamed because I did not know where you belonged And I grew up and I grew distant I got lost in an instant But now I'm coming back Oh mother when you protest and get arrested The police can never keep your message withheld Oh father when you refuse to raise your fists It hurts more than violence ever could And when they bring your trial to the courts, You stand up and you speak for The ones who have no voice Oh mother when you sat on my floor in a cloud of stubborn smoke And spoke of your history Well your mother your never knew her you lost her you lost her twice First in a hospital and then again in the country And although you never found her You never once grew bitter And you never quit You never could quit And father your father was a gambler and he lost you, he saw all he had and he threw it all away With your head bowed asking for assistance from his mistress Come bail me out son bail me out again, He said bail me out son bail me out again Oh Mother I'm no longer afraid because I know exactly where you came from, And Father I'm no longer ashamed because I know exactly where you belong, From the permanence of old scars To the first beat of a new heart You will always be there
9.
There was a love that I had for so many years There was a love I had I had to change myself to lose it The past is a cold water bottle The past is an unearthed electric blanket The future is a warm globe, The future is one hot potato There was a love that I had for so many years There was a love I had I had to change myself to lose it A future with no trial or error Is a future with no raison d'être Rifling through the corpses in my closet There's no hole deep enough There was a love that I had for so many years There was a love I had I had to change myself to lose it I had to lose myself to changes It's never going to happen again It's never going to ever end
10.
One night when we Are close to sleep A high pitched wail Will pierce the silence The windows will shatter And we'll drowsily mutter Have you come to save us To save us from us I think the shape of your head One night when we Are counting sheep Silence will cease For a foreign wail Dogs will growl and howl Then break like chalk Sons and daughters in the dust Of their faithful mutt I think the shape of your head I lost the space in your bed I lost I lost I'm lost One night as we slumber Silence will surrender To a Sound never heard of Hovering above The cracks in the kitchen will widen No door fits in its frame And are you here to save us To save us from us I think the shape of your head Reminds me of something else
11.
There was no place for me in the world An artefact out of context The next best thing I thought you were So I began to build my plans around you The joke is I was serious You corrupted me With your innocence With your little sharp manner and dress Well I guess I guess I guess You led me down a brightly lit alleyway I was all set for resignation and debt And then you went and whispered something And then you went and whispered something You went and whispered something I'd fail to ever forget You corrupted me With your innocence With your little sharp manner and dress Well I guess I guess I guess You corrupted me So when you went and made your discovery It was me left feeling naive Please Leave me out of it Hold me keep me deep inside Inside inside Where our bodies cannot lie

about

Debut album by London-based Splintered Man, featuring Simon Kobayashi of smallgang and Alex Carter. The songs were written over a two year period and showcase the fluid intuitive playing of both. The songs deal with lost and new love, coming to terms with the past and the present, and the anxiety of domesticity. Coming on with pretty and hooky melodies that belie the impressionistic and incisive lyricism, the album is one for late nights and early mornings.

credits

released August 11, 2014

Vocals and Guitars: Simon Kobayashi (smallgang) and Alex Carter.
Drums and percussion by Matt Atkins (Crumbling Ghost, Slowgun, Smallgang).
Cello on 'Stay by my Side' and 'I Think the Shape of Your Head' by Jon Clayton.
Recorded and mixed at One Cat Studio, Brixton with Jon Clayton.
Mastered by Owen Turner at the Sick Room, Norwich

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