Flickin' the 'V's

by Tiger & Panda & Ox

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belts 02:53
we all bought belts when we left school now i'm sure we'd all fall through the badger sets we found but be tall enough to see out walking past the slabs of sharp buildings and you're in fingerpainted walls a head that's filled with penknives and feet full of walks
through the snow on a train home a teacher hopes before he falls asleep i hope i'm not a failure through the snow with no overcoat a graduate goes back to where she sleeps i hope i have a future i hope this is not forever i just want to be decent i don't care if i'm a failure i just want to go home i just want to make it home through the snow
an asthmatic breeze brought light relief the air was stuffed and sewn with heat you were young when you moved here to near where surnames come to rest you thought about the fights in secret that got you here a caravan stands on dry farm land poppies pull the wind towards its door outside a town with at least one house with at least one english flag that doesn't understand all the fights in secret that got us here they met in the water names in the water they met in the water names in the water to soften the land
you and i we make our bread working at the mercy of millionaires i'ts not so bad but we get depressed waiting for something to happen to us and we don't know what it is but it's better than this we don't know what it is and we're still waiting for it you and i we don't see life when we look out at the passers by we try to be good but we don't know what it means we don't see good in anything you and i we got it wrong we didn't love ourselves enough and now we don't love anyone and there's none left to love us so i'll settle for you if you'll settle for me in spite of my repellent nature we could wait together
physics 04:14
the poplars lined up like a camoflage net now you're hidden in your short bed the stomach of the storm is growling the clouds fell over the town like an itchy grey blanket now you're surrounded by the church bell soft on stone you're masters of the universe who haven't found their way in the world who feel like ex-pats in the town you grew up in and spend your days like copper change surrounded by the church bell soft on stone the city it seems is a jotting pad ideas piled up and jutting out insecure footing to be put without others to rely on not surrounded by the church bell soft on stone
the cold stops you from caring so you put on another layer but it gets between the cracks until you wish that you were sleeping it's getting colder in the evenings all your favourite birds are leaving you're running out of money and the will to put things right and all your principles look weaker in the winter light the dirty rain water collects in the gutter with lichen and lime that's been leached from the mortar the puddles collect the water where the animals gather and underneath the branches where the animals shelter you swear you half remember a time when you were better a time when everything felt right you swear it was so nice but that was just a time when you didn't know the truth and you can't go back to paradise
night cap 03:12


Flickin' the 'V's was recorded in our flat on City Road, London, on Sunday the 27th of November 2011. The whole EP was recorded pretty much in three hours that afternoon, with a few instruments overdubbed on later dates.


released March 2, 2012

Tiger & Panda & Ox: Olly Watson, Henry Ireland, David Burke
words written by Olly Watson and Henry Ireland
recorded by Henry Ireland


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