The Best Day You Could Imagine

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released April 11, 2019

Andrew Spittle - Guitar, vocals
Sally Lonie - Bass, vocals
Finn - Drums
All songs written by Andrew Spittle except Battlescarred written by Andrew Spittle and Lucy Spittle
Recorded and Produced by Thomas Bell


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Charcoal Burners Dunedin, New Zealand

With your skeleton crew in the cockpit pornographic zombie flight attendants serving cyanide in first class and I'm someone in economy's sole baggage I'm the body they're bringing home and heads will roll in the bowling alleys of the town when the news gets out might as well just overshoot the airport set her down in ten million parts take as many of the rebels with us - Relate (Colours) ... more

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Track Name: Winged Bird
I can hardly say your name
It's a spell I have broken
Your plastic bags to pick up trash
You released to the wind's fingers

It's easy to let go when you've been let go
Close the door your home's a planet
The planet's not your home
Walk outside untethered you'll just fall into the sky

Plastic bags like winged birds
Flutter down to the river
I can hardly hear your words
It's all stick-shake and shiver

But I know we're going down somewhere we can't choose
Someone's kid out walking's gonna keep us in their room
To die beside an untouched bowl of milk and soggy bread
Track Name: Battlescarred
Unknown, unrecognised
A hostage of dread
Past the point of no return
But it's suicide ahead
Tear yourself from the boundaries you enforce
There's nothing left to hide
And I could wish for nothing more
Battlescarred, we are battlescarred

One and the same, our stories retold
countless accounts, the struggles of old
Watching and learning as a way to conceal
Aching and burning
Why won't these wounds heal?
Battlescarred, we are battlescarred

I said leave us alone
We don't want your sympathy
A fractured surface, yearning release
I am not like you
Stay away from me
Battlescarred, we are battlescarred
Track Name: Days Behind
Have you no letters from the priest?
I've popped all my bubblewrap
Burned my car and crashed my house
Intermittent faults that won't appear
They wait for you to turn your back
Then they'll reverse over me again

Have you no new promises to make?
Keeping all these broken ones
Forgot what they remind you of
I was in your ecstasy and you in mine
Took a while to reconcile
The days ahead, the days behind
Track Name: Deadass Sea
On the chapel lawn forgetting whose side you're on
Back from that old road of mine, this time
How was your summer, how was my summer?
How was my nuclear winter by the deadass sea?
And if you'd seen what I had seen
Maybe you wouldn't ask
And if you'd been where I have been where I
Surely you wouldn't ask
Track Name: Rings Run Circles
Locked out of a parody of life
You were always at my side on the outside, lost
Light spilled from the terrace houses onto the streets I renamed you
That we walked drunk through

All these rings run circles round your heart
How d'you let it end
When you never know why you let it start
Black circles running rings round you
Everything you've done an extension of what you can't undo
And the silence won't let you explain
But the questions to the answers remain

Reappraise the visions I once had
Make them ornaments instead on your mantlepiece
Hats off to the living and the dead
And the dead still living on waiting for release
Track Name: Trailer Tragedies
Alleyway to the penthouse
Eliminate all who cross us
But I still dream of the bodies

You want my loyalty more than you should
You ask for honesty more than is good for you
We're trailer tragedies
Have we made good for nothing?

They sleep the sleep of dead believers
In afterlife skips and heaven's rivers
But we still stand and deliver

Shall we go down to the parliament?
Realign our rearmament
Or fuel the jet and just forget it
Track Name: Reticent
Always the quiet ones
With their boxes of birds
What a way to go now
Look at you in your barrel of laughs and words

Every inch the king
Undress the slave
Don't say a thing

Down in your channel
You can get no purchase on its sides
Fell into your travel
And you fell out of ours then out of mine

There's a force afoot now
It's been rumoured for a day or two
Get these knuckledraggers off me
If you want me to tell you if it's true
Track Name: Darkroom
Here's a thought thought I'd share
Now we're still on speaking terms
Now that nothing's changed
What do I have to do to leave you?

From the darkroom tray
Those reborn make their way
To the peephole in the door
What do I have to do to leave you?

How does it feel to be finished?
How does it feel to be banished?
How does it feel to be free?
I wouldn't know
No, I wouldn't know
What do I have to do to leave you?
Track Name: When I Whisper
Do you love me or is it just that I'm here
And you know I've no place else I can go?
I didn't ask for this, I guess you understand
But I guess you blame me even so
I remember back before I disappeared
When you could sometimes still meet my eye
When you go back to your room I let you be
In your silence tell myself you're just quiet

I believe that if I'm less of myself
Then I could mean more to someone else
time is empty until I fill it to the brim
I can only drink the drop that spills
I imagine meeting friends in the sun
and the shadow of myself being one
But my face is a hockey mask that no one sees
At the counter when I turn and run

In the silence of the space where I was
Maybe you'll remember when you loved me
I'll never try to stop you doing what you want
And what you want is not being around me
When I whisper to myself in my bed
I can find the words that I must believe
Keep them hidden as best I can these shallow days
Until I give myself back to sleep
Track Name: Tell You What I Could Do
Tell you what I could do
I could really get to you
I could be the face you see
In the mirror eventually

Tell you what I could do
I could follow the tracks you made
Through the snow to your empty room
Where I'll find your bed still unmade

You make me drink with the living dead
They've got the intel on where you go inside my head

Tell you what I could do
I could swallow my pride instead
I could wait for a full moon
I could shoot myself in the head

Tell me what I could do
Please you
Tell me what I should do

Tell you what I could do
I could turn myself in right now
I could say I had the motive
But the means were beyond my power to
Track Name: Blind You
You're losing your friends
you're making amends but you're making mistakes
Too little too late
And our story will end
Who will tell it again?

But you can only do what you know how
You don't have to prove a thing to me before you go now

You've taken your time
You've taken all mine, now you're giving it back
we're slow on attack
It's another defeat, it's another retreat

Everything's always behind you
Moving towards the light that will only blind you
Track Name: Robbed and Beaten
Time will tell you
what you want to hear
Will you bend
Will you break for me?

We've been robbed and beaten
We lie shot and discarded
Fucked and thrown in a garden
on your watch

Time will heal
The full moon she breaks
Get the idea
Got the shakes

We've been robbed and beaten
We lie battered and broken
The best day you could imagine
Sealed with this kiss

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