Misty History

by Redvers Bailey

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Redvers Bailey goes back to basics. No band, no studio trickery, only angelic singing, beautifully performed acoustic guitar and a focus on finely crafted joyful folk narratives woven from playful rhymes and contagious melodies.

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released 01 February 2014

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Track Name: Long Time Secret Lover
Long Time Secret Lover

Constance says she's not ashamed it's just easier this way
This relationship's on the rocks cus we're always wrecked
It takes more than one great night to write a classic story
We weren't always strangers, in your last life you were Juliette
I was jealous of the sins accumulated with him
Turned out I got a sister, I wished for a brother
You're my best friend's long time secret lover

My finger's on the pulse of the death of society
Dylan's so well read these days he just plays Trivial Pursuit
There's whispers going round all of China what we did last night
Climbing through my window, pulling down my curtains with your boots
We're making love, the sex police appear outside
Please hide outside the back door in the snow in your birthday suit
The tyrant tried himself as an old man for his war crimes
You can tell so much about a person by the way they leave you
You are creeping by the moon
To each other's rooms
But we all know where you are
In our house of pornagraphic cards
Love's the only force can make an enemy a friend
You went out with Aaron and brought home Caleb instead
Turned out it was your fate to relate to another
You're my best friend's long time secret lover

Your other words for love were easy and convenient
I felt I didn't fit in, I was from outer space
I thought I could adjust to polygamy, well I can't
I'm a fully paid up functioning member of the human race
We were drinking to my health
Not knowing my kidneys had failed
I was talking, I didn't think
What the listener would think
No one berated me until they discovered
You're my best friend's long time secret lover
Track Name: Tender High Fives
Tender High Fives

We both looked back at 12 paces
Because love it is a duel
Episodes begin and end
Something new is pulled into a vacuum
What do I desire?
Now is a perfect time to write a new bucket list of things to do

Once a gun appears
In the story it must be fired
Only a fool would bring a gun
To a knife fight
Since I’m spending all this time travelling
I am multinational a bit irrational

Maybe the less you have
The more you are required to boast
Do you have a heart of ice?
It’s why you wont take off your coat

No tender high fives
Now is a perfect time to write a new bucket list of things to do

Will this boy fall in love again?
Dancing in the dark
He must have had some other girl
Printed in his heart

No tender high fives
Now is a perfect time to write a new bucket list of things to do

I’m sitting in an empty lot
Thankful for what I’ve got
Start again
Begin again
When you arrive at the end
Track Name: I Broke Up The Band
I Broke up the Band

You and I went back years
Shoulder to shoulder we grew 10 years older
Our favourite muse inspired our tunes
Amazing a girlfriend could end both band and best friends
Our guitars on the back seat
Blood soaked song sheets and bed sheets
I hated you

We broke up the band
She broke up the band
You broke up the band
I broke up the band

I always thought another chance
Would come find us one day
We’d sing like the old days
But you moved on
I moved away
We’re 20 years away the day we met in science
It’s history that shaped me I miss you mate it’s a shame
I loved you

We broke up the band
She broke up the band
You broke up the band
I broke up the band

You and I went back years
But boys and guitars aren't indestructible

We broke up the band
She broke up the band
You broke up the band
I broke up the band
Track Name: Hounded By Ghosts
Hounded By Ghosts

What's going on with my cigarette?
What's going on with all the regret?
Cigarettes, regrets hand in hand
I'll draw you a diagram in the sand
Of hands held so tight that you wake in the night wIth tears on eyelids
Like drops of colour on a silver minnow

I sometimes walk past your window
You play Nintendo on your own
Sat on my throne
You don't comb your hair like that no more
Who would you comb it for?
My mind takes photographs
I wonder as I wander from the path

I'm hounded by ghosts? Ghosts

I look away from it as it looms before me
like a whale in a sailor's story
I'd sell a soul to keep to kill my idol
I'd run away but I'm too bone idle
Stand and embrace instead of fight
Things that go bang, that go bump in the night
And may nightmares end with the softest pillow

I sometimes walk past your window
It's weird it's not a sin though
You play Nintendo sat on my throne
On your own
You don't comb your hair like that no more
Who would you comb it for?
My mind takes photographs
I wonder as I wander from the path

I'm hounded by ghosts? Ghosts, ghosts, ghosts
I'm hounded by ghosts, ghosts
I'm hounded by a ghost
Track Name: Carry Me Round In Your Head
Carry Me Round In Your Head

Everything is quiet
All on our own until we meet
At arrivals or on Skype
It’s lovely to see you on my screen
It will feel like it’s all a dream
‘til you're standing next to me

If you sing along to this song
When I'm gone or not there
You can carry me round in your head

And when I look at the sky on a Monday night
I can see you face in my mind’s eye
It’s not the same
But it keeps me sane until Wednesday
It is nice to have some time to spend by yourself
But not all the time

If you sing along to this song
When I'm gone or not there
You can carry me round in your head
Track Name: All Of Your Words
All of Your Words

When I was young
I was younger then
I shone like the moon
But danced like a bear
With both of your hands like feet
Running through my hair
I’m feeling your pain
But don't be concerned
I will always treasure all of your words

You opened your mouth
A diamond dropped out
You showed me your rings
One started to shout
With all of your words
Washing out my mouth
I’m feeling your pain
But don't be concerned
I will always treasure all of your words

Going to write a book one day
With all of the notes that I took
Going to take on board
All the speeches you read
With your beautiful curves
Hanging off that frame
I’m feeling your pain
But don't be concerned
I will always treasure all of your words

You stole me the files
On Pandora’s affairs
You stole me her locket, hope
And a lock of her hair
With all of my crimes
Looking oh so fair
I’m feeling your pain
But don't be concerned
I will always treasure all of your words

When I was young
I was younger then
I shone like the moon
But danced like a bear
With both of your hands like feet
Running through my hair
I’m feeling your pain
But don't be concerned
I will always treasure all of your words
Track Name: Sing Like Heroes
Sing Like Heroes

You know I think that last night we had a really good time
This morning when I woke up I had laughter lines
And all my smiles are made of bits and bobs we said
This glass of water tastes sweet it's quenching my thirst
Although my throat hurts I want to go to work
I want to pay my way
It brings a smile to my face
I supposes this is just the way it goes
It goes

That I want to sing like Janis Joplin did
Sing like Jeff Buckley did
Sing it’s a beautiful thing
It’s a beautiful thing that my heroes did
That my heroes do

Because they opened up my eyes to the ways of the wise
And it's opened up my heart like a Kinder Surprise
Who’d have thought it was wrapped in foil
To stop it getting spoiled
You know the pain has gone away, the love well it stayed
And the amount you receive's the amount that you give
The sum that you get paid's the number of souls you enslave
But I suppose that is just the way it goes
Hey it goes

That I want to sing like Kurt Kobain did
Sing like John Lennon did
Sing it’s a beautiful thing
It’s a beautiful thing that my heroes did
My heroes do

And my heroes change
Change with my needs
They nurture and feed
They are here right now
Wearing a thin disguise
I don’t want to look like them
I want to see through their eyes

I want to sing like Robert Johnson did
Want to sing like Alex Chilton did
Sing like Elliott Smith
Sing like my heroes do
Sing sing sing
I just want to sing
Track Name: Seven Year Heart
Seven Year Heart

Why can't their books cohabit that shelf
Two lonely magnets don't attract they repel
She killed his ego with martial arts
He slept with her friend
Desecrated her heart

They're not in love
They share a bed
It’s been seven years
There’s different cells in their heads
Cells in their flesh
And cells in their hearts
They could have grown together
But they grew apart

They're strangers now they drifted apart
She got quite lost
No navigational chart
When they make love he doesn’t look in her eye
She’s sure his love shouldn't make her cry
She’s scared to be single
Doesn't see the danger
Of sticking around having sex with her stranger

They're not in love
But they share a bed
It’s been seven years
There’s different cells in their heads
Cells in their flesh
And cells in their hearts
They could have grown together
But they grew apart

Every seven years every molecule’s renewed
They're stuck together with malignant glue
He’s lost her now
He wasn't so smart
He slept with her friend
Did a shit in her heart

They're not in love
They share a bed
It’s been seven years
There’s different cells in their heads
Cells in their flesh
And cells in their hearts
They could have grown together
But they grew apart
Track Name: Animals
Animals

We've refused to grow up with each other for years
We are butterfly collectors
Birth, death, love and tears
We've a small ambition to take over the world
But you look too pretty with my quilt, no clothes and your curls
Can it breed?
Time to feed?
Will it hurt me?
That's what we think when we meet

We are all just animals
Let's get on
Be amicable
We are animals
We are all just animals
Let's get on
Be amicable
We are animal

Well I don't know a lot about anything
But I know a little bit about almost everything
We are magpies collecting shiny things
And you are very shiny, very shiny when you sing
Can it fuck it?
Can I eat it?
Will it hurt me?
Is our programming?

We are all just animals
Let's get on
Be amicable
We are animals
We are all just animals
Let's get on
Be amicable
We are animal

You can always trust me to say the wrong thing at the right time
I can alway trust you to say the right thing at the wrong time
We can trust each other to say the right thing
To say the wrong thing at the wrong time, the right time

Are you human? You're a killer; it is there in your eyes
We just don't like admitting it, we are so civilised
All the clocks are ticking here, verbs spilling everywhere
No one really knows why we edit our behaviour

We are all just animals
Let's get on
Be amicable
We are animals
We are all just animals
Let's get on
Be amicable
We are animal
We are animal
We are animal
Track Name: Sixteens
Sixteens

Diana and mother Teresa died the same weekend
Someone somewhere drank too much
Was ejected with his friends from the Brunswick pool table
He fell and grazed his chin
Claimed the bouncers pushed him
As lying is not a sin
For someone who is injured by the shards of shattered dreams
Reason to the unreasonable is as precious as life coaching from sweet sixteens

We elected a new leader
A teenage perfect storm
Danced vintage soul
Made mad love 'neath the stars
We argued on your birthday
Was the day that I left town
Still my ghost is haunting our favourite places even now
We could have cut the atmosphere had we had a laser beam
We caught the same bus out that day
I remember I was sulking like a sweet sixteen

Adam repaired the glasshouse while Eve is with John Wayne
Her children have grown up now
The tables turned again
I hear fathers everywhere talking to their sons
Take a glimpse into the future
Look at your girlfriends mum
I'm supposed to be a man now
Always acting mean
I'm as soft as the first tears upon the faces of sweet sixteens

A bad prime minister in a pop up tent camping VIP
Invited vampires into artist entrance 3
They're drinking all the profits and voting with their feet
But the votes don't win elections
It's the counters decide the seats
And when you left it changed me
I learned some self esteem
Went back in time and met you for the first time as a sweet sixteen

I still adore my home town although she bellows that I've changed
My childhood can remember the trees I carved my name
Life's brilliant series of misunderstandings flies so fast
To look at those old photographs is living in the past
Now kids divorce their mothers while they're drunk on puberty
You only get one childhood and I'm trapped now as an adult
Still my soul Sweet sixteen

The Biddle Brother's parrot called you my last date's name
Danced endlessly into oblivion then walked the walk of shame
I prayed you didn't notice but choked upon my drink
And you just sang along to vampire weekend and wiped beer from my cheek
There's nothing quite as tragic as an old man with a dream
I'll hope that I'm inseparable from mine as lovers
Sweet sixteens

Redvers Bailey