Costume Drama

by The Shrugs

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released September 14, 2012

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Track Name: Aramoana
“Time can heal your wounds”.
That’s what they say when they preach.
“Your pain gets pounded down
Like a shell on the beach.
Until what once was hard in your hand
Turns to sand”.

But I, I’m unconvinced
Cos there’s some things that’ll never heal.
Some cuts are too deep
There are some knives you’ll always feel.
So just don’t look down
At the scars on your heart.
Track Name: Tell All the Vultures
Are those vultures in the sky?
Or have I got something in my eye?
I can hear their carrion cries
But I’ll just carry on

Tell all the vultures and the hungry wolves that circle round our door
They are mistaken if they think that they can push us to the floor
Tell all the vultures and the hungry wolves I just love you more and more

Are those creatures of the night?
Out on the edges of our sight
Are they looking for a fight?
Well I’m gonna give em one.

And those fair-weather friends
You know I know they’re just pretend.
And now they’re coming to an end
I’m gonna ditch them all
Track Name: Christian in Name
Polyester had a plan
But lukewarm drowned her by hand
Blind faith likes to see to life
She’s keeping dollar bill in strife
Tommy gun will shoot them all
Lazy susan can’t recall
Rubber johnny give a fuck
Candy bar’s got such bad luck

You’d better watch your back Eddie
You’ll meet your bench mark out at sea
If you chris cross my path again
Lord only knows what happens then

Rosy cheeks was quite embarrassed
Sucking dick behind the parish
Adam’s apple tasted foul
New year’s eve threw in the towel
Bob’s your uncle smoking crack
It won’t bring your aunt Helen back
Cracker jack don’t give a shit
Merry Christmas this is it

You’d better watch your back Eddie
You’ll meet your bench mark out at sea
If you chris cross my path today
Lord only knows you’ll have to pay
Track Name: Cobham Bridge
Say a prayer for me baby
Say a prayer for my soul
Say a prayer for me baby
And send it down this hole
Wrap it up and send it down this hole

Well I’m not long for this life now
And I’m not long for this place
One more time before I go
I just wanna see your face
I wanna see your pretty pretty face

Well this world is like you baby
It’s pretty to the eye
But if you see it with your heart
Now you can’t help but cry
When you really see it you can’t help but cry
Track Name: You're So Brave
Once I was drowning
In the pacific
You sailed to save me
Cos you’re so terrific

I was in danger
Of asphyxiation
You gave me mouth-to-mouth
Resuscitation

Waterlogged and turning blue
I thought that I was destined for a watery grave
I was drifting off to sleep then you
Came and saved my life because you’re so brave

You single-handed
Fight off the pirates
Do you understand it
How much I admire it?

Once I was drifting
Salty and blistered
My skin was a prison
Till you gently kissed it

Waterlogged and turning blue
I thought that I was destined for a watery grave
Just about to be fishfood
Pummelled into purple by the punishing waves
I was panicking that I was through
Giving up all hope that I would ever be saved
I was drifting off to sleep then you
Came and saved my life because you’re so brave
Track Name: Fishing for Sharks
I’m going fishing for sharks tonight
To catch a shark you gotta get your hook on right
Oh fisherman get your hook on right
Oh fisherman get your hook on right

Empty ocean when I close my eyes
Purple deep from where the shark will rise
You’re a shark in a human size
Oh shark I don’t believe your lies
Track Name: Stone Song
You don’t have to worry
You don’t have to care
You just have to trust me
That I will be there

To be solid as a stone
To be impervious to pain
I’ll be looking after
Looking after you again

A stone is the same
All the way through
Just cut me open
You’ll see that it’s true

I am solid as a stone
I am impervious to pain
I’ll be looking after
Looking after you again

Just being heavy
That’s what a stone’s for
So I’m putting my weight on
Your side of the see-saw
Track Name: Funny Feeling
Got a funny feeling there’s something missing in your life
You’re telling me stories, you’re always getting into strife
One day you’re gonna wake up and look who you follow
It’s gonna leave feelin kinda empty and hollow

Gotta funny feeling there’s something missing in your home
It’s not your computer, your ipod or your cellular phone
One day you’re gonna wake up and look at your gadgets
It’s not gonna leave you feeling fantastic
Track Name: On Wooing a Humanities Undergraduate
You think love is war and sex is violence
You shouldn’t read so much social science
But if you ever want someone to break the silence
Call me and I’ll come round

And if you need someone to mow your lawns
While you discuss the politics of porn
With a girl whose hair is newly shorn
Call me and I’ll come round

Cos I’ve been waiting for your call all night long
Just like Blondie except not quite so blonde
And I’ve been waiting for your call all night long
Just call me and I’ll come round

And if your car breaks down on the way to work
And the mechanic turns out to be a sexist jerk
And you need an ear while you go berserk
Call me and I’ll come round

And if your girlfriend drops you on the floor
You don’t wanna be a lesbian no more
And you wanna find out what a man is for
Call me and I’ll come round
(and I‘ll bring one with me)
Track Name: Skinny Arms
He’s the type of guy
Who wears spiders in his socks
His mouth is full of soil
And his head is full of rocks
He lies like a lawyer
Like a real estate man
Selling snake oil
By the bottle and the can

But oh yeah
Do you wanna treat your lover like that?
Like you don’t really care
You should never treat your lover like that.

He’s the type of guy
When he’s walking down the street
Making sleazy eyes
At the girls that he meets
Maybe I’m blind
Baby I can’t see
Why d’you want him
When you could have me?

But what can I do to make it all right?
I’ve got two skinny arms to hold you tight
I can forgive you everything tonight
I can forgive you everything tonight
Track Name: Blank Pages
My history has been erased
Editorially replaced
Now I’m waiting for you to grab your pen
And leave your trace
In its place

Cos I will leave my pages blank for you
You can write whatever you want to
Please do

Water to wine and blood to ink
Write me a prescription for a drink
And I’ll get drunk on your words and I’ll shout New York
Down your sink
Yeah I’ll feel stink

Cos I will leave my pages blank for you
You can write whatever you want to
Metaphor simile allegory
I just wanna be a character in your story
So I will leave my pages blank for you
Yeah it's true
Track Name: Pearl Diver
Hold your breath and leave the surface
Don’t be scared of deeper water
Don’t be scared of sharks that circle

Scatter fish send silver sparkles
Shooting out through deepest purple
Make your way down to the secret

Feel your way along the contours
Searching for the hidden beauty
Ride the current to your treasure

When you find it hold it gently
Even though your chest is bursting
Hold it like you hold your child

When you find it hold it gently
Can’t you feel your chest is bursting
Hold it like you hold your child