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Still Life 2006

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released May 23, 2006

All music & lyrics performed and recorded by Mike Crook
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Engineered & produced by Richard Mitton

Chris Kennish: Sequencing & arrangements on "Rain or Shine" & "Hi"

Diane Watson: Backing vocal on "Rain or Shine", "Rapidly Moving Eyes" & "Today"

Andy Marshall: Lead Guitar on "I Know" & "Y' Not Comin In"

Rob Leslie: Sequencing & choir vocal on "Never Change the World" Sequencing on "Aurrite"

MC Flip Flop: Middle 8 vocal on "Milestones"

Artwork by Guy Hepworth

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Track Name: Just
As I dull the left side of my brain I know the other will open up to love and pain
And I catch sight not twice but once I know I’m gonna fall in love again
So I look away, but it just don’t do no good
The feelin’ is apealin’ to me
To my blind side, on my board side, now I’m open wide

Just think it over
This is not like me; you’re a lot like me
Just think it over
Not usually superstitious but the stars are in position

I think I read, no I think I heard
That if your hands matched another’s, you were meant to be together
And I don’t usually read my stars but it said that Venus will align itself with Mars
Yeah that’s me and Venus is supposed to be you
And I know that I sound absurd. Forgive my every word
Just saying all this stuff in a stupid kind of way
Just to hide my nerves, hide my nerves

Just think it over. These sound like lines and I’m out of my mind
Just think it over. Not usually superstitious But the stars are in position

And I know you’ll walk away. And usually that’s ok
But I’ve something left to say (pause)
No it’s gone

So I’m gonna leave it all to fate
Love for rent, make sign, place an ad and just watch this space
And all those girls with their rapidly moving eyes
Can smoke and drink away till Mr right he finally arrives
When will he arrive?

Just think it over. From across this bar it could go far
Just think it over. There’s a car outside yeah but it ain’t mine
Just think it over. We were meant to be, well at least for me
Just think it over. Where for art thou Juliet it isn’t quite last orders yet
Just think it over. Not usually superstitious but the stars are in position
Track Name: I Know
I don’t know where to begin
In fact I don’t know much of any thing
Did I reach you or did I just preach to you

I know that I just don’t know X2

What I mean and what I say, can mean the world of difference
In this game of love that we play
Times I should have waited, Moments just too late and
Words that tried to reach you, Never got passed my lips
Or my heart. My lips never gave away my heart

I know that I just don’t know X2

I was cool and in control, What’s that you say
Should I have let myself fall?
No, make them wait for heaven, Brush away commitment
God it feels so good to, stand alone at this bar
In this life, like I said before
This feeling is now my wife

I know that I just don’t know X2
I just don’t, I just don’t, I just don’t

I know X4

Sorry seem so pretty lame, I won’t name no names but I never let them in
And while I stand up here and waste my time
The’re are those out there who have the sense to find
A soul that’s warm and kind
Love sees all but I am blind

I know that I just don’t know X2
I just don’t, I just don’t, I just don’t X2

I know X4
Track Name: Hi
Hi
Another moment has arrived
The mountain I have climbed
Just to meet you eye to eye
And I just say hi

Why do I watch you pass me by
I’ve seen you and I hide
Behind my casual disguise
But please don’t think me blind

Cos there are times
I’ve watched you in my mind
I think your fine
Like golden silken twine
Wrapped around my mind

So I’m resigned
To saying hi and bye
So desperate to pry
Into your heart and mind
Into your heart and mind
Into your heart and mind
Into your heart and mind
Track Name: Rapidly Moving Eyes
Caught in a frame of photo flash flames, breathless and pink wide eyed
Lick a trip from your skin only brings it again, I dream of American pie
I see a vision of shape caught on retinal tape, carries a blood stained cry
So pull me along cos the dream is that strong, rapidly moving eyes

Turning my head, moving like lead, I reach for your disguise
Pulling back from the land you offer your hand, drawing me to your light
Your dancing in time you dance on my mind, from colour to black and white
But your looks out of place now we’re face to face, rapidly moving eyes

Sleep walk with me
Sleep talk with me
Sleep dance with me X2

Wake up in a sweat, dripping regret, a crime I won’t let lie
Take a shower at four wash the vision of your, what, where, who and why
It flickers over my mind rock radio third eye, hungry again tonight
You’re a suitable girl in a beautiful world, rapidly moving eyes


So tired of this
Synaptic mist
Dream of clouds
Crawl through bliss
So shake me free
Let me see
A dream that sits in reality
Track Name: Facts of Life
Sleeping, way to split night from day
Talking, you do when you try to say
And loving is a precious commodity

Ooh facts of life
Ooh facts of life yeah

All the world’s a stage
And pleasure’s the same as rage
We all want to beat the cage
Be free for our seventh age

Ooh facts of life
Ooh facts of life
And you know however hard I try
I can’t seem to change the way my own wood grain lies
Maybe you change it for me
You sound surprised, you sound surprised …(CHORUS)

Solving a cure for the common cold
And keeping the maniacs off the road
Saving a space for our mortal souls

(CHORUS)

And if you’re coping with sods law
Or dining with Soft Mick
Drawing the long straw
Just shows you don’t miss a trick

Sex, of course is a fact of life
Money, yeah is a fact of life
Drugs, Fags & Booze there a fact of life
Boys that do girls that do boys that do girls that is a fact of life
Death isn’t fiction it’s a fact of life
Pale politicians opposed to proper heroes is a fact of life
Saying too much and changing very little
Mild facsination over global descacration is a fact of life
Glossy magazines filled with fuckin nothing
Media teams lead us to what we think and read us it’s a fact of life
Love, Truth & Music is my facts of life…X 2
Track Name: Rain or Shine
The red haired girl in the corner seems shy but kind
Sipping on white wine and soda she bides her time
Looks for a gap in the weather to shine shine shine

Shine rain or shine she’ll be mine
Come shine rain or shine she will be mine

The red haired girl in the corner has special powers
A flower for this generation amist thorns and ploughs
Still looks for a gap in the weather between sun and clouds

Clouds sun and clouds the love is ours
Between the sun and clouds the love is ours

Come rain or shine X4
Rain or shine X4

The red haired girl from the corner is on her feet
Wearing a raincoat of purple, she pounds the street
Giving out seeds for tomorrow of love and peace
If the weather’s foul or nice she’ll just love you twice
If the weather’s foul or nice she’ll just love you twice

Come rain or shine X4
Rain or shine X4
Track Name: Milestones
Miles and miles of stone, miles and miles of steel
Miles and miles of time,to bring a life-time to heel

The day is won and lost, on time and time’s the same
Shall we all move on, or travel this circle once again

Fall over, historical landmarks
Fall over, empires of the past
Fall over, backside over breast
Pick yourself up make a stand
At the door with flowers and come in

There are books and books on faith, Books and books on fire
Chapters on the truth, Then call that man a liar
The time to read is now, but read between the lines
Is it on the level, or hidden for us to find

It’s all over, glossy covered front pages
It’s all over, inside and out
It’s all over, the news of the world
Is separate good from the bad times
Put your best foot forward and come in

MIDDLE 8

From years and years of dark
To years and years of light
There’s enough to work it out
So come on and use your minds (X 3)

Come on over, join the individuals
Come on over, there’s a party for the best
Come on over, don’t forget to bring a bottle
Take a leap for all mankind bring it home your more than welcome in
Track Name: Y Not Comin' In
I’ve eaten all my greens and swallowed all the lies
I’ve broken someone’s rules but I’ve kept between the lines
I think I’m being watched, I know I’m being crossed
Am I getting paid or should I put it down as lost

I spend all day just washing so I’m clean enough to vote
Keep my buttons done to hide the lining of my coat
You’re not too pretty and your life’s looking thin
Y’ names not down so y’ not coming in

I’m waiting in this line forever and a day
Rehearsing all my swear words so I’ve got something to say
Given half a chance I’ll blow it through a horn
But I find out at the desk that my applications torn

I spend my day just working so I’m rich enough to live
But my money’s sliding down the drain I’ve nothing left to give
You’re not too pretty and your life’s looking thin
Y’ names not down so y’ not coming in

So I’m pressing on this guard to see if he’s awake
Tap him up for tickets just give this guy a break
But he takes me to one side and looks me in the eye
Says nothing in this world’s for free until the day you die

I spend all day just beggin for this gravy train to stop
It seems I’m not the only one this platforms chocca-block
You’re not too pretty and your life’s looking thin
Y’ names not down so y’ not coming in

I spend all day just wishing for my losing streak to break
I don’t know how much more of this my aching heart can take
You’re not too pretty and your life’s looking thin
Y’ names not down so y’ not coming in

Y’ not coming in, y’ not coming in, don’t you waste my time y’ not comin in
Y’ not coming in, y’ not coming in, you don’t know Jack, y’ not comin in
Y’ not coming in, y’ not coming in, y’ too danm ugly so y’ not comin in
Y’ not coming in, y’ not coming in, you can wear a suit n’ tie but y’ still not comin in

I spend all day just asking this am I the only one
And a small voice from the corner says………..yeah!
I’m not too pretty and my life’s looking thin
My names not down so I’m not getting in
Track Name: Never Change The World
I was born on a Tuesday the right side of poverty
I blame my mum and dad for everything that’s wrong with me
My eye-sight’s perfect, my hearings good
If I fell someone would pick me up, they would
With a little bit of effort I got most of what I want
If it were an actual race I’d be up there near the front
I work I’ve got a job I play I love and am loved
Just for entertainment well a button will be pushed
If I’m hungry I eat, if I’m tired sleep takes me
And if they’re worn, new shoes for my feet

I will never change the world X4 (CHORUS)

I’m vegetarian, I think that means I care
I give change to the homeless but only if its spare
I follow the greatest football team in the world
I am never penniless, I always win
Don’t get me wrong, I’m in a constant state of guilt
About my life and how easily it was built
All over the globe, there is so much wrong
Too much pain, it’s a big problem
It’s just so far away

CHORUS

So ask me again what I really believe in
And I’ll try and be clever but more than likely my answer will be thin
And I sometimes think that not having to cling to anything
Can be the most dangerous place in the world to be in
And when history ask what side of the line I was on
What was he doing here, well best forgotten.

Chorus X 2
Track Name: Aurrite
It starts with a feeling like this
Like breathlessness from a kiss
Drowning in all that I know
The urge just to panic is old
Breaking my rules from inside
I’ve got to get rid of this pride
The universe lays out a plan
Hold on as tight as you can

Simon says it’ll be aurrite
Mother says it will be aurrite, be aurrite

Marvel at things of the age
And remember to be amazed
With happiness never assured
Keep thinking it’s only the world

Placing my bets on aurrite
Going all out on aurrite, aurrite

The memories are spread on the floor
Sit in the middle unsure
Play the old records I know
And dance ‘till the coffee is cold
Gamble my sure things on luck
Break all the rules by the book
Reach for the stars in the sky
Or reach for the dream in my mind

I believe it will be aurrite
All the imminent signs point to aurrite
The magic 8 ball says it will be aurrite
It’s looking like a beautiful day it’s gonna be aurrite
Be aurrite
Track Name: Today
The clouds are all grey, I hope it don’t rain today
The final adjustments from Miss to Mrs. are okay
And I hope that the guests miles from here aren’t delayed
But I hope most of all that we both feel the same way

Cos there’s only one way I will get through today
Is to know that you’re here by my side
So do me the honor of taking my hand and I’ll
Take yours far and wide
I’ll love you tomorrow the same as today X2

Thousands of pounds worth of flowers stuck on the M40
The best man’s in charge of the ring god forgive me
And I don’t think your mother approves of the brown colour scheme
But the only thing I need to know is do you love me

Cos there’s only one way I will get through today
Is to know that you’re here by my side
So do me the honor of taking my hand and I’ll
Take yours far and wide
I’ll love you tomorrow the same as today X2
And the day after tomorrow I’ll feel the same way
I’ll love you tomorrow the same as today
Well I’m not sure about Tuesday but hey
I’ll love you today X4