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This is a collection of early recordings from 2008 to 2010 including an early studio EP, live recordings from gigs, radio sessions and rehersal recordings.

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released February 2, 2011

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Track Name: Pints Of Beer & Guitar Strings
One after the other for as long as I remember
I know that things are different since the last December
I've done a lot since then, can't recall all that I've seen
Always heading forwards without really knowing what that means
I lost the map back their somewhere, had a plan I'm sure I did
Am I supposed to be here? Was this my dream when I was a kid?
I've decided that I couldn't really give a shit
I'm happy in my life and if that's not a dream then tellme what is

I should have played for England by now
I should have left this old town and not come back
I should have money in my pocket
A house and a wife
A job in middle management and a grown up social life
None of these things have I got and you can keep the lot
You cannot buy what I've got
No you cannot buy what I've got

The other day a friend of mine took me to one side and said
If you carry on this way you'll forever be in the red
After this is over all you'll have are a bunch of songs
You'd better make yourself some money, don't wait too long
I took this friend of mine, took him to one side and said
I've got my own road to take, keep your eyes straight ahead
As long as I've enough for pints of beer and guitar strings
As long as I am able I will play and I will sing

I should have played for England by now
I should have left this old town and not come back
I should have money in my pocket
A house and a wife
A job in middle management and a grown up social life
None of these things have I got and you can keep the lot
You cannot buy what I've got
No you cannot buy what I've got
Track Name: Little Nazi
Oh my darling, my how you've grown
My little flowerpot, if only I'd known
The words you speak, they make me feel so alone
Can you hear yourself? You chill my bones

Your mentality sails by out of my reach
So don't expect my sympathy
Can you justify? Cos I can't tolerate intolerance
Judge people by their deeds not what you see

Oh my darling, you go repeating these things you've heard
You haven't lived it so why use those words?
We've got it right and you're so very badly wrong
The tide is turning, you'll be long gone
Track Name: Keep Your Chin Up Kid
You and me well we go back a long way,
A better friend I could not have,
Life has thrown a lot in our direction,
Some things stuck while others bounce right back,
You've been there to lend your sympathy,
And tell me where I was going wrong,
The mark of a friend worth having is one who knows,
When to back you up or set you straight,
And I won't let you down,
No I won't let you down,

So listen to me lend me your ear,
I'll be honest I don't know what we're doing here,
We've been drinking until our pockets run dry,
And we've talked all night
I know that today you're feeling low,
Life has been hard lately I know,
But tomorrow will come after tonight,
And you will be alright,
You'll be alright,
You'll be alright

Tonight we will drink to all good things,
To that stupid football team, to Billy Bragg's strings,
To good friends a loves both present and past,
From first to last,
To Sir John McDermott, to Theakston XB,
To Lazlo Woodbine and to skirts above the knee,
To staying out so late you'll see the sun rise,
And to knowing you've done things right,
So listen to me lend me your ear,
And I'll tell you just what we're doing here,
We're drinking until our pockets run dry,
And we'll talk all night,
Wherever you are wherever you go,
Life will get hard sometimes I know,
but just keep your chin up kid and you'll realise,
That you will be,
Yeah you will be,
Yeah you will be,
Alright.
Track Name: Covers Band (Not A Fucking)
I can play Oasis
Beatles back catalgoue, it ain't so hard
But there really is no way you'll hear that from me today
I'll say it slow, loud and clear
We're not a fucking covers band

I can play Paul Weller
I can probably strum any tune you name
But if you can't open your mind, why should I give you my time
I'll sat it slow, loud and clear
We're not a fucking covers band

If you only want what you've already heard
How did you find all those songs at first?
Just because its not on your TV
Doesn't mean that it cannot speak to me
I'm sick of all the same old shit
Recycled standard top ten hits
In a few years nobody will care
That we played things you've never heard
But we'll have given all we've got
Whether anyone gets it or not

So yes I can play oasis
But tell me what would that achieve?
For once why don't you try?
You never know what you might find
I'll say it slow, loud and clear
We're not a fucking covers band
Track Name: You Know It's Me
I know the meaning of life
Its to be like everyone else
You've got to stop and look around
Just be the face in the crowd

Yeah you know it's me now
Coming round your corner
Yeah you know it's me now
I can be the one

We all look the very same
Keep in your mind what's my name?
I'm gonna break that old trend
Make sure I give people hope

Yeah you know it's me now
Coming round your corner
Yeah you know it's me now
I can be the one
Track Name: Looking Better Today
Take the pieces of my broken life,
Add together once or twice,
Gotta find that bit of me,
That can take on you,
Over the top now I knew I was wrong,
No one let me know,
Never thought that this could be,
My time is now,

All I seem to say,
All I seem to do,
All I'm going through,
I'm looking better today
Track Name: Hindsight (live rehersal)
We stood so tall, we hung high above the rest
We stood so tall, feet planted firm and stuck out my chest
We could never fail, this is the way we shall always be
We could never fail, we could fail could we?

We may go down but we'll go down kicking

Time has passed now, I can't see you anymore
Time has passed now, we had enough but we wanted more
We were bound to fail, now its all so plain to see
We were bound to fail, we were bound to fail weren't we?

We may go down but we'll go down kicking
Track Name: Anywhere But Here (live rehersal)
I sit here alone in this room
With nothing much really to do
Or out on the cold grey street
The wind goes through me from my head to my feet
And in this place I can't seem to find
Anything that feels worthwhile to occupy my mind

It's days like today that I wanna be anywhere but here
Just get on a train, buy a ticket for anywhere but here
I want to get out, go now
Get away from this old town
I want to be anywhere but here
Track Name: These Four Walls (live acoustic)
Another day I rise and shine
Early afternoon when I first rub my eyes
Up early this time
Just me and my computer screen
I spend half of my day shooting the things that I see
This is my scene

If these four walls could talk
I doubt that they'd have much to say
I'll get around to getting a life
Just not today, not today

My friends say I should step outside
Go and make something of myself
Step into the light, not sit and hide
None of the jobs that I can see
Are half as easy as staying homeon my settee
Daytime TV

If these four walls could talk
I doubt that they'd have much to say
I'll get around to getting a life
Just not today, not today

Tomorrow I will show them all
Well, maybe not tomorrow but I'll do it one day
Some other day
Until then I'll stay at home
Sit and put the world to rights here on my own
All on my own

If these four walls could talk
I doubt that they'd have much to say
I'll get around to getting a life
Just not today, not today
Track Name: Battle Scars (live acoustic)
All your words run through my head
I sit and recount all the things that you said
Contemplating right and wrong
Seperating broken promises from deeds done
All the while I smile and shake my head
You dare not beat a path, you follow them instead

Bring me heartbreak, bring me failure,
Bring me glorious defeat
Bring the unknown, bring me danger,
Keep your mediocrity
At least I know, I'll have stories and battle scars to show

If only you could hear
The things they say about you when you're not near
They see us all as sheep
Just another problem solved to keep their lives sweet
All the while they laugh and count their bread
You dare not beat a path, you follow them instead

Bring me heartbreak, bring me failure,
Bring me glorious defeat
Bring the unknown, bring me danger,
Keep your mediocrity
At least I know, I'll have stories and battle scars to show

Put you foot down and go
Track Name: Move On (live acoustic)
We went shouting up from the rooftops,
Before we really knew what we could handle,
Me and you kid, we could have took the world on,
Instead we now move miles apart, in unfamilar ways

And I think of a time when we stood side by side,
you looked me in the eye as I bought lie upon lie,

So it goes, sometimes we get things wrong,
When all has been and gone,
You just have to let go, have to let go,
So it is, try not to stay too long,
Another time will come,
you just have to let go, have to let go,
And move on

I look into those eyes that I know so well,
But I don't recognise your face,
Your voice seems so familiar,
But all your words sound so strange

And I think of a time when we stood side by side,
you looked me in the eye as I bought lie upon lie,

So it goes, sometimes we get things wrong,
When all has been and gone,
You just have to let go, have to let go,
So it is, try not to stay too long,
Another time will come,
you just have to let go, have to let go,
And move on

So it goes, sometimes we get things wrong,
When all has been and gone,
You just have to let go, have to let go,
So it is, try not to stay too long,
Another time will come,
you just have to let go, have to let go,
And move on