Signal To Noise

by Softwire

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Jason Breed What can I say about Softwire? Found them by chance be doing my weekly scroll of new music. Softwire have a lot of influences going on - ideal for lovers of bands like Schnauser but there are hints of Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Anathema & Ennio Morricone. The song writing is impeccable with almost a tongue in cheek attitude with a nod to The Beautiful South & Squeeze - though my only criticism is that it lacks production & layers of depth - otherwise a good album. Favorite track: Angelina.
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Written as part of February Album-Writing Month - 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

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released March 1, 2018

Written and arranged by Ben Below, Michael Kearns, Emily Feinson, Mikey Teal, Harry Cummings, Anthony Pengelly, Nick Golding, Felix Harrison, Sarah Binney, Jack Heywood, Tim Ledsam, Seth Bresnett,
Yingxin Jiang, Toby Smith, Lucasz Dygon

Mastered by Emily Feinson and Ben Below

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Track Name: Music In The Night
I wrote a parody one day
Pretended I had words to say
And not just empty lines and cliché rhymes that stole my heart away.

But then I woke a little up
To find a soul that won't give up
No matter what they say it's music in the night that keeps me sane.

And now I'm rocking on the roof
Building a new life on the groove
Did you ever find your feet run away with you?

You.
You.

The words felt a world apart
From what it felt like at the start
A disconnected page from my own stage of human nature's art.

But then I woke a little up
To find a song I won't give up
No matter what they say it's music in the night that keeps me sane.

And now I'm rocking on the roof
Building a new life on the groove
Did you ever find your feet run away with you?

You.
You.

Music in the night my sacrifice for busy lifestyle
Music in the night can satisfy my restless mind still
Track Name: I See You
When I was younger
I never knew
Of all the things a girl could do

As I got older
I looked around
Could it be you now that I have found

It’s getting colder
It’s getting late
So who am I to say you should wait

So come on baby
Let’s take it slow
I’ll show you all the pretty places we could go

I see you
And you see me
And we both know
What this could be

When I see you
And you see me
Where we’re goin’
We will always be

I see you
And you see me
And we both know
What this could be

When I see you
And you see me
Where we’re goin’
We will always be

You look so perfect
Standing there in your raincoat
A picture of a memory for me to note

And we were coming back
And you were taking off your clothes
Cradling my broken ego as it grows

You took me over
You took me down
You sent me spinning 'til I hit the ground

And I see you
And you see me
And we both know
What this could be
When I see you
And you see me
Where we’re goin’ we will always be

And I see you
And you see me
And we both know
What this could be
When I see you
And you see me
Where we’re goin’ we will always be

And I see you
And you see me
And we both know
What this could be
When I see you
Oh, and you see me
Where we’re goin’ we will always be

And I see you
And you see me
And we both know
What this could be
When I see you
And you see me
Where we’re goin’ we will always be
Track Name: Where I Want To Be
Some days seem to
Be too much to manage
I can’t seem to banish all these thoughts
In my head that
Just won’t leave me alone,
Fears I should have outgrown long before

On my own I
Don’t think I could do it
Get up and get through it every day
But with you it’s
Somehow easier to
Find my strength to find my way

‘Cause when we’re together nothing else concerns me
And that’s all I’ll ever need from you

Sometimes I find
That it’s all too much
The work the morning rush my tired eyes
That won’t focus
When the days are manic
And I feel the panic start to rise

When I come home
All I want to do
Is just collapse into my favourite spot
In my bed and
In your arms where I know
All we need is what we’ve got

‘Cause when we’re together nothing else concerns me
And that’s all I’ll ever need from you

One day we will
Leave this life behind
And far away we’ll find a better place
Of our own where
All we have to be is
Our own selves at our own pace

‘Cause when we’re together nothing else concerns me
And that’s all we ever need to be
Track Name: The Emperor's Clothes
For so long I’ve been your servant
I’ve followed you and fervent-
-ly done all your bidding, big and small
But one June day I realised - you don’t deserve my sacrifice
So now I’ll take my freedom once and for all...

I’ve had your back for all this time
I never stopped to think if you had mine
But all your signs of dedication, they were fake
Let’s back things up a tad -
if you don’t like it, that’s too bad
I’ve been giving all I had, it’s time to take back control…

I don’t need your funny games
Or your money, or your fame
Because the time is up for us, I’m breaking free…

God, do I feel like an idiot. It’s taken me this long to realise...

I hate your guts, I hate your smile
I hate the way you treat me like a child
And all the while you never realised I might go
Well you’d better believe it, I’ll do things as I see fit
I’ll take my life and live it, on my own.

I don’t like your music taste
Or the patronising face
You make each time I try to say I’m serious
‘Cause now that I’ve shed this load
I’ve seen through the emperor’s clothes
And nothing you might say can make me stay
No, nothing you might say will make me stay

Now listen here, Fraulein, I don’t give a damn
Frankly how deep your head’s stuck in the sand
It isn’t my fault that you’re too blind to see this hurts you
three hundred and fifty million times more than me

Cause I’ve had it with you, I quit, your politics is making me sick
Think you’re diplomatic? You think you get to pick? Ha!
You’ll be beggars, not choosers, just losers and booze cruisers
And soon you will rue the day you ruined what we had

But it’s gone now, you killed it, congratu-fucking-lations
The wealth of this nation ain’t much for contemplation
No bangs here, only whimpers. Sympathetic? You wrecked it!
Ya been trumped, you’re infected, don’t go looking all dejected
Time to reject us ever getting a happy ending for this story
I’m tired of always saying sorry, you’re beginning to bore me
So why don’t you fuck right off fast as you can, yeah?
It’s Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, and do svi-fucking-daniya

It’s been a year, or maybe two
It’s all a little blurred, to tell the truth
And I’ve been through such awful hardships after us
Guess it’s true I never knew
About the economic consequences of an abrupt withdrawal from the single market of the EU
But at least I’ve got a really shiny bus

I don’t regret a single thing
So you just stop your giggling
Because I’m doing well
I’m completely fine

And maybe I didn’t spot
The beautiful thing we’d got
Until you cruelly took it all away
Please, won’t you find a way to let me stay?
Track Name: Time Will Tell
Your actions define history
From the moment you would not bow
The books tell the tale here and now

You’re watching over me
With a marksman’s ability
Filled with fear and filled with dread
You took the prize and saved my head

(Chorus)
You’re watching over me
Watching over me
Watching over me
So for now we yell –
“Only time will tell”

Watching over me
Your arrows shoot through history
Like your heart, straight and true
And till this day we think of you

(Chorus)

Watching over me

Time will tell, we just have to wait
Time will tell, it’s never too late
(x3)

Time will tell, we just have to wait

(Chorus x2)

Watching over me
Track Name: In Circles
It doesn't feel summer any more
The sun is hiding all the goddamn time
The past and future turn to nothingness inside my eyes
And I'm running round in circles in my mind

And I wonder why I wasted all this time
Standing on the shore to watch the tide come in
Always chasing down the moment I can't find
With no paper trail to what I left behind

The children run away
Save it for another day
Closed down, closing in
You've got me on the run again

It still feels like winter when I'm alone
And she's still keeping sunlight on its own
When I come back will it be the same
As it was before, are we still sure or will I be a broken man again?

And I wonder why I wasted all this time
Standing on the shore to watch the tide come in
Always chasing down the moment I can't find
With no paper trail to what I left behind

The children ran away
We saved it for another day
We always knew that it was never fair
But don't be afraid

And I wonder why we wasted all this time
We're standing on the shore to chase the tide away
Always running down the moment we could never find
Without a paper trail to what we left behind
Track Name: The Day The Sky Went Out
The dark came with morning
Great cracks across the sky
With cerulean leaking
And clouds running dry

The sun started humming
It flickered then it died
The gathered crowd
They stood around
And waited

The day we all remember
The day we can't explain
The day the sky went out
And things would never be the same

The seasons keep on turning
And night and day still reign
But the heavens are forsaken
Broken landscape in a frame

The birds adapted soonest
They'd done it once before
The weather forecasts empty
No sunshine and no storms

Our leaders blamed each other
Trading empty threats of war
We've heard nothing from the astronauts
At all

The day the sky went out
The day the sky went out

The day we all remember
The day we can't explain
The day the sky went out
And things would never be the same

The seasons keep on turning
And night and day still reign
But the heavens are forsaken
Broken landscape in a frame
Track Name: Angelina
Sitting in your ivory tower, locked away from the world
While away the passing hours, speck of dust from a pearl
What happened to the girl I knew?
Was this world not enough for you?
And in the end, even towers come crumbling down, tumbling down

(Chorus)
Angelina, won’t you take a moment, pause for one second
The world around you it goes on
Angelina, won’t you realise your time is a weapon
If you won’t brandish it, it’s gone

You know that not a day goes by without someone calling for you
Even though I try and try, one head’s dumber than two
I would give up anything
I’d give away everything
Only in exchange to see you again, to see the real you again

(Chorus)

Come back, come back, won’t you come back.
Come back, come back won’t you come back to me

Out of your shell, won’t you come out of your shell

Angelina, won’t you take a moment. Angelina

(Chorus x2)
Track Name: Fearsome Engines
Crash through the membrane
To reality
Flying solo
Feels like no hope
Left for me

I’ve got no secrets
No-one to blame
Just my ego
Out the window
What remains

And the trains roll on by
Under the sodium sky
Their screams fill the air
On their way to nowhere

You speak a language
I don’t understand
All the sweet things
Come to nothing
In my hands

And the trains roll on by
So why can’t I?
They’ll take all I hold dear
And make it disappear

I tried to be kind
But I’ve fallen behind
I wanted a choice
But all I get is noise

I can’t remember
Just how it felt
Black sun blazing
These fearsome engines
Start to melt

Can’t see straight now
Horizon’s all blurred
Faceless shadows
That’s what I chose
Not a word

And the trains roll on by
Caught in the eye
I’m tumbling down
Can I still turn around?

No absolution
Hang my head in shame
I’m at a red signal
But these sins all
Look the same

It’s quantum physics
It’s Beethoven Five
It’s pantomime
Looks like it’s time
To decide

Full steam ahead
I can sleep when I’m dead
Listening out for your voice
And all I hear is noise
Track Name: Rain & Snow
1852
Father told me what I'd do
When I reached five-foot-two
A-work on the railroad I would go
A-work on the railroad I would go

1859
Felt the weight of the heavy iron
Laying track beneath the pine
Toiling through the rain and snow
Toiling through the rain and snow

1953
Riding home to Tennessee
Wonder who laid this line for me
Rolling through the rain and snow
Rolling through the rain and snow
Track Name: Cellar 103
Sand in your socks, a couple
Stray hairs on your pillow
That’s all of the debris these good-for-nothing years have left behind

So, you've been had,
You've been left out in the open
You've had enough of hoping but oh well, at least you tried

Now you're on your own again
The management apologises for the rain
On your parade, it’s only fate
That’s left you in this fragile state

Sounds like someone needs a hand
Like life it ain't gone just as planned
Well I know the best place in town
Why don't you just come on down to

Cellar 103
What’ll it be?
What’ll it be?
(x2)

If you’ve hit rock bottom and
You’re struggling for air, if
You don’t know which way is up
If you don’t really care
There’s just one place you need to go
To while away the hours
Fifty meters from the Tube,
Downstairs from the tower

They’ve got cognac! Whisky! Vodka and tonic
I’d recommend a brandy if you’re feeling melancholic
Red and white and pink and green
More liquors than you’ve ever seen
Half a hundred types of artisanal gin
A newbie wouldn’t have a clue just where to begin
So pull up a chair, sit down right there
This is the venue, I’ll take you through the menu here at

Cellar 103
Come with me
Then you’ll see

Come in and see, come in and see

What'll it be

What’ll it be, yeah yeah yeah
What'll it do-wop-de-wop-a-do diddily-bop
Yeah yeah!

Cellar 103
What’ll it be
Don’t ever leave
Cellar 103
Yeah yeah yeah...
Track Name: Honey Bee
First when I met you
I thought you were heaven-sent
Then as I let you
Take me down I could not forget

Everything that you are
And everything I'm not
Always keeps you on my mind

Every time you go away
I fear that you will stay away
It's the only thing I don't wanna find

And I give it all up for you, yeah
It's the only thing I know how to do, yeah
And I give it all up for you
It's the only thing I know how to do

Oh when she is my honey bee
She's my sweet sympathy
She's my sweet honey bee
She's my sweet sympathy

And if I told you
All the things we could achieve
Would you believe me
Or just turn around and take your leave

I know that that I have lied
And I know that made you cry
But this time I'll make it right

If you let me stay
For at least another day
I'm never gonna run away

And I’d give it all up for you, yeah
It's the only thing I know how to do, yeah
I’d give it all up for you
It's the only thing I know how to do

Oh when she is my honey bee
She's my sweet sympathy
She's my sweet honey bee
She's my sweet sympathy
She's my sweet honey bee
She's my sweet sympathy
She's my sweet honey bee
She's my sweet sympathy

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