Flickin' the 'V's

by Tiger & Panda & Ox

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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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Track Name: belts
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
Track Name: through the snow
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
Track Name: fights in secret
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
Track Name: mercy of millionaires
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
Track Name: physics
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
Track Name: can't go back
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