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Written as part of Softwire's Album-Writing Month Challenge, inspired by fawm.org

All money raised from sales will go to Youth Music to help transform music education in England - www.youthmusic.org.uk/what-we-do

All songs will be at least 96% awesome, we promise.

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released April 30, 2019

Written, arranged, and performed by Ben Below, Raeya Viðhl, Mikey Teal, Michael Kearns, Joe James, Emily Feinson, Harry Cummings, Anthony Pengelly, Jake Jones, Sean O'Connor, Tim Ledsam, Sarah Binney, Yingxin Jiang, Taiwo Olateju, Nick Golding, Lincoln Stone, Andy Huang, Hereward Mills, Benjamin Dobson, Lukasz Dygon

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Track Name: Troubled Thoughts
Verse

You need to make new friends
Cause the old ones have stopped calling
They won’t pick up at all and lead you straight to answerphone

You need to learn to make amends
You can’t spend your whole life stalling
One day you’ll need to stop this crawling and pick up the microphone

Pre-Chorus

And I get troubled thoughts, I think we all do
When you have troubled thoughts, that’s no excuse

Chorus

I won’t wait, not another minute
You’ve been kicking this can down the road for too long
Gotta anticipate the day we’ll run out of patience
I won’t wait, no not another minute
I’m not asking a lot, even Gods have their limits
I can’t take another day of this anticipation

Verse

Another argument
Every day it worsens
It’s getting harder to converse until we put this thing to bed
I can’t stand you when
You won’t admit that you’re not always right
And every time we fight it’s playing havoc with my head

Pre-Chorus

And I get troubled thoughts, I think we all do
When you have troubled thoughts, well that’s no excuse

Chorus -

Bridge

I have troubled thoughts
You have troubles too

Chorus
Track Name: Ritual Necessity
Hear me on your wireless beams. Infiltrate your darkest dreams. Never going away
Come apart between the seams. New yet ancient memories. Now are here to to stay.

Heartbeat to heartbeat. Complete the recipe.
Get me out of their heads
Heartbeat to heartbeat. Ritual necessity
Out of their hair

Older than your tattered books, your flowing robes and knowing looks, you’ll know me when you see me.

Heartbeat to heartbeat. Complete the recipe.
Get me out of their heads
Heartbeat to heartbeat. Ritual necessity
Out of their hair
Track Name: Perspective
The world is quieter from all the way up here
The shifting skin of all the things that loom big when you’re near
Before I never saw the laws that governed all these monstrous forms
Now the cosmic choreography’s made clear

The shadows grow longer as the sun retreats
My head is heavy and my body’s weak

But the night will not last forever
And the stars remember the day
The fire we preserve until morning
Is what keeps us alive until we can again find our way

The world was louder then, still ringing in my ear
But all I had for giving back were silence, doubt and fear
In turn I was concerned with how to learn the words and make them heard
And so I missed what I still had to hear

And I tried to say I couldn’t last so long
Devoid of what I needed to belong

And at last I know how to set it all aside
I am past the small hours of the night
From the land I’m off into bottomless blue sky
Now I stand in golden morning light
Track Name: Bioluminescent
Ready? Let's do this.

Never thought I was romantic
Always thought I was so smart
But from the day I saw you
had to take it from the start

I thought I'd lived before
my path entwined with yours
Now I can't seem to sleep
Don't leave me incomplete

Your name's on the tip of my tongue
and it tastes bittersweet
The atmosphere's electric
you're in the air I breathe
Like lights in the depths of the ocean
you are glowing in the deep
You're bioluminescent
you're all the light I need
with you I see
and through the night
you come alive

Never thought I'd catch me drifting
til I saw you in the street

You told me no big deal
You said in time I'll heal
But I can't help how I feel
Please give me something real

(Chorus)
One day I'll see the light
I'll realise you're right
I try to but I can't
I'll give you all I am

Your name's on the tip of my tongue
and it tastes bittersweet
The atmosphere's electric
you're in the air I breathe
Like lights in the depths of the ocean
you are glowing in the deep
You're bioluminescent
you flash and then you're gone
you give no warmth
and through the dim
you draw me in
Track Name: Cardiac Recovery
Here it comes, 8am!
the sunshines beaming through
The business robots pass me
In their power suits

But all the while,
I start to contemplate
Just why i’ve left my body
In this messed up state

Ohhh last night, I lost a part of me
That special girl who left me needing cardiac recovery
She rejected me a tonne, I’d ran fresh out of luck
I thought she was the one, but she couldn’t give a … Ohhh last night, I lost a part of me
That special girl who left me needing cardiac recovery
I’m squinting at the sun and stumbling the streets
I’ve lost all pride and dignity, a beacon of defeat, yer a beacon of defeat wooow

I thought I’d upped my game,
I thought my chat was slick
But I heard her talking after
Sayin’ “who’s this cocky prick”

I’ve got to say that it hurt me
Cut me deep, I must admit
As I turn my back
My good friend offers me a hit

I’m not sure what this was
I’m oh so new to this

That’s when it started happening
I don’t feel that upset anymore
I feel a tingling
This party
This party right here
I think this is the best party
Is the single most, amazing party i’ve ever been too woooaahh (start raising voice at the end)

I think it’s wearing off
Starting to feel quite sick
Line
Line
Line
Line
Fuck
Track Name: Bang Your Glass
Bang your glass on the table
Stamp on the floor
Tonight, could be the last time
That we drink
So have one more, cause tomorrow
We could be gone - gone so fast
So, bang your glass on the table
Shout till you're hoarse

Stand by our side
Together we're stronger and,
If we should fall,
We'll fall together

If you stand with me, we're free
If we stick together then, you'll see
If you stand with me, we're free
If we stick together then you'll see what I mean

Bang your glass on the table
Stamp on the floor
Tonight, could be the last time
That we drink
So have one more, cause tomorrow
We could be gone - gone so fast
So, bang your glass on the table
Shout till you're hoarse

Is this the end?
This could our last night and,
If we see this through
We'll be singing forever

If you stand with me, we're free
If we stick together then, you'll see
If you stand with me, we're free
If we stick together then you'll see what I mean

Bang your glass on the table
Stamp on the floor
Tonight, could be the last time
That we drink
So have one more, cause tomorrow
We could be gone - gone so fast
So, bang your glass on the table
Shout till you're hoarse
Track Name: Heartbeat (Eyes Evaded)
Today we’re fine
While we tow the line
Won’t break inside
While we compromise.

Yesterday we faded
Eyes evaded
What’s this thing we’ve made it?
Honestly I’d trade it

In a heart heart beat, a heart heart beat,
A heart heart beat, a heart heart beat.

Sticky tape
Won’t work this time
That line’s crossed out
One final time

Don’t lecture me on life, love
Just try to leave my life, love, life love, love life (hah)
Track Name: End Of The Line
I’m on rails, I’m not in control
Of the fate of my tortured soul
I’m in pain, ‘cause I never learn at all
And my final destination is terminal

I can’t forget or leave my baggage behind
I can’t remember why I’m losing my mind
I’ve missed every chance I had to change
Now I’m stranded at the end of my range

I had ideas way above my station
Now I’m the victim of my own creation
I’m quite certain that this isn’t my time
But I guess I’ve reached the end of the line

I’m not ready, not ready for the end
But I already, already lost all my friends
I’m not ready, not ready for the end
But I took up a position that I could not defend

This journey, this journey
Terminates here, terminates-
This journey, this journey
Terminates here, terminates!

I’m not ready, not ready for the end
But I already, already lost all my friends
I’m not ready, not ready for the end
But I took up a position that I could not defend

This journey, this journey
Terminates here, terminates-
This journey, this journey
Terminates here, terminates-
This journey, this journey
Terminates here, terminates-
This journey, this journey
Terminates here

Welcome to nowhere
Hope you have your fare
Track Name: Blemishes
God, we were sublime.
How we’d shift and shimmer,
Switch and spin out of an act.
Take any trouble still kicking around,
Thrash it out into the pink streaked, white snow
Flesh of the newborn day
Because you were such a good girl
naked and plain
show me your worth
c'mon let's make it a game
put your hands on my chest
slip them under my skin
tear up my heart, and
make me write it again
Where do we draw the line?
Playing saints and sinners
Wishing we were still in an act.
Take a good long listen for sounds
Thrash about inside your cage and spit in the
Mouth of the tempered clay
With your tender body at the whim
Of my insecurities
I don’t think we’ll ever get clean
I don’t think we’ll ever get clean
Track Name: You Don't Know
Crash the boat
You don’t know
How you got here

Hit the rocks
You forgot
Your fear

Don’t you wanna know where everybody goes when they expire and retire with their dwindling soul?
Don’t you wanna know what happens to the fabric of a person when their skin can’t hold their body whole?
Don’t you wanna know?
Don’t you wanna know?
You don’t know

Fragile suit
It’s a hoot
Get found

Soldier boy
Playing coy
Stand down

Don’t you wanna know where everybody goes when they expire and retire with their dwindling soul?
Don’t you wanna know what happens to the fabric of a person when their skin can’t hold their body whole?
Don’t you wanna know?
Don’t you wanna know?
You don’t know

Find me unworthy
Find me a fraud
Blood on the inside
Bones hit the floor.
Find me a wreck
One grief-stricken casualty,
But one day I’ll rest
In the arms of the one I see...

Don’t you wanna know where everybody goes when they expire and retire with their dwindling soul?
Don’t you wanna know what happens to the fabric of a person when their skin can’t hold their body whole?
Don’t you wanna know?
Don’t you wanna know?
You don’t know
Track Name: Chilli Saviour
One large onion
One red pepper
Two garlic cloves
One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
One heaped tablespoon of hot chilli powder
One teaspoon of paprika
One teaspoon of ground cumin
Five hundred grams of lean minced beef
One beef stock cube
Four hundred grams of chopped tomatoes
One half teaspoon of dried marjoram
One teaspoon of sugar
Two tablespoons of tomato purée
Four hundred grams of red kidney beans
Plain boiled long grain rice

Soured cream

Chilli saviour
Chilli saviour
Chilli saveyayayayayayaya HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAYAYAYAAAAAAAAA YAAAAAAAAAA YA YA YA YAAAAAA, YAHHHHHH

You offered your kindness
Without my repentance
You smited my hunger
With spicy deliverance

Broken by famine
Worn down by the plain
With your arm doth take me
Unto your reign

Praise be the one
Who walks with the empty
With red spoon and aproon
Provides us with plenty

Absolve us of sin
O feed of the pure
Your culinary skill
Leaves hunger

No more
*ding*

Visions of torment
The masses cry out
With bountiful spoonful
You reward the devout

Lest not be starving
Lest not we crave
A merciful supping
To us you gave

Prayers will be said
In the glory of your name
Prepare us your sustenance
With your mighty flame

Let it be known
Our world you have cured
Deliver us from evil
Starvation endured

AHAHAHAHAHAH
AAAAAAAAA HA
OOOO HO HO HO HO HA, AAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

You saved me
From hunger
Can I repay ya?
My chilli saviour
Track Name: While The World Sleeps
Verse

Footsteps echo through the trees
Now just distant memories
Footsteps Echo, footsteps echo, footsteps echo, footsteps echo, footsteps echo

Ignorance is bliss, they say
And here the bliss intends to stay
All we ever wanted were our cosy lies and homely lives
Our messed up dream of paradise

Chorus

Another district weeps, while the world sleeps
Talk remains cheap, while the world sleeps sleeps

Verse

Discarded plastic flutters over empty streets
Born and ever drawing forward by a fierce and piercing breeze
These roads were once roamed, these roads were once roamed

The slabs that make the pavement groan and crack
Once a symbiosis with repairmen but repair is never coming back
These roads were once known, these roads were once known

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