Sleeper Train

by tiger & panda & ox

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this is kind of a 'single', a 'double "a"-side' even.

the title song, 'sleeper train' is accompanied by a music video we made with frances dixon. it is a fan video for the bbc series 'smiley's people', based on the john the carre novel. you can see the video here: and you can download it for free when you purchase this digital single.

the second song is 'can't go back' from from the 'flickin' the "v"s ep. i know that traditionally the 'album track' would get the video and the 'non-album' track would be a kind of 'b'-side but we don't care about that. sleeper train is such a perfect song for the le carre-style video and we just thought the two songs went nicely together as a couple



released September 11, 2012

tiger & panda & ox are olly watsn, henry ireland and david burke

'sleeper train' video filmed by frances dixon and edited by henry ireland



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Track Name: sleeper train
old friend oh hell
we're in trouble now
we've seen too much
like the milk plate moon
from the sleeper train
that curves it's light over hills

watching it shine
gave us time

darkening feathers
are getting stronger
to support long journeys
as the birds fly north
we train our lens
on their home sick path

watching their flight
gave us time
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