These Are The Good Old Days

by The Finest Hour

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released September 15, 2012

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Track Name: Never Heard Of Dylan
I met her in a crowded bar in August
The jukebox played her favourite song
She'd never heard of Dylan and the words she sung were wrong
But still she sang along
Still she sang along

I can still recall the boots on her feet
And the aftershave she wore
She'd never heard of Dylan and the words she sung were wrong
But still she sang along
Still she sang along

She likes to know the words to all the songs she's heard
On radio and TV, laptop computer screens
The DJ plays the songs she's heard a million times before
To all those beats she moves so sure, pounds her feet to sounds so pure
Pounds her feets to sounds so pure
And all those words, she gets them wrong but still she sings along

I saw her just the other week
To her these days have not been kind
Still she puts on all her makeup and ties her hair just right
I'll leave her now as I found her dancing off into the night
She'd never heard of Dylan and the words she sung were wrong
But still she sang along
Still she sang along
Track Name: Janey
Nothing could come between us, two dreamers
All except the fault of our design
You know I never pretended that 'least said soonest mended
When you needed a fix, oh, how I tried

I don't want to hear your views
Straight from those red-topped newspapers no
Until you can think alone and read between those lines, I don't want to know

So go and cry to your mum, all the terrible things that I've done
And send your stepdad round to break my legs
No more waking the neighbours, second rate favours
And the disappointment running through my head

I don't want to hear your views
Straight from those red-topped newspapers no
Until you can think alone and read between those lines, I don't want to know

So leave now Janey I can't take this
Track Name: Calverly Road
Does victory come to he who fights longest or he who knows when he's beat?
Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking I'll try not to stare at my feet
Would that I could show you all that you mean to me, but that will never be my style
Even if I knew you could be had for the asking, I'd sit back and hesitate a while

Like water dripping onto a stone eventually I hope to make my mark on you
If I'm honest I know I'll watch you go and you'll be walking down the Calverly Road
You'll be walking down the Calverly Road
You'll be walking down the Calverly Road
When you go

I will be there for you, I will take care of you, I'll show you how to be good
We'll talk through our problems in an old bus shelter, we'll sit back and watch the sun come up
Then I'll walk you home in the early morning rain, questioning who stole our time
With a smile and a glance I'll think I've got a chance although I never quite believe that you'll be mine

Like water dripping onto a stone eventually I hope to make my mark on you
If I'm honest I know I'll watch you go and you'll be walking down the Calverly Road
You'll be walking down the Calverly Road
You'll be walking down the Calverly Road
When you go
Track Name: Reasons To Complain
Clench your fist above your head for all thing you believe
In your mind know right from wrong, all good hearts will stay free
All that I need to find is a way to pass my time
That feels right and worthwhile to me

I don't need your reasons to complain about my day

Held with gaffer tape and glue through glory and through pain
All must come and go but still the memory remains
All that I need to find is a way to pass my time
That feels right and worthwhile to me

I don't need your reasons to complain about my day
Track Name: Pocket Change
My bank phoned me, early morning, with some bad news
In broken English they informed me that their patience was through
You see I do not have enough money to pay what I owe
And the charges they make get my worried, deep in the red I will go
The change in my pocket is never quite enough for what I need
The change in my pocket will never set me free, will never set me free

The phone company, rung this morning, with some bad news
My identity, without warning, had been stolen and used
To take a contract out in my name many miles away
Now they want to know if I've left the country within the last few days
The change in my pocket is never quite enough for what I need
The change in my pocket will never set me free, will never set me free

Graduates head for the dole queues, factories go to wall
Bankers still get all their bonus, those at the top take it all
Politicians line their pockets with more money than I'll see
From now until the day I die it's counting pocket change for me
The change in my pocket is never quite enough for what I need
The change in my pocket will never set me free, will never set me free
Track Name: Crooked Little Line
I remember how my drink tasted so bad
Until someone turned to me and said, "You know, I think it's just the air in this place"
I remember all the good times that we had
And in my mind's eye I can almost still make out that smile on your face
I never danced because they never played my music in those filthy nightclubs that we spent our time
I watched her move across the floor so perfectly in a crooked little line
In her own crooked little line, a little line
Track Name: Control
How can you talk so much with so little to say?
And offer me your shelter even though you brought this rain?
Here we are one more time, you bring me down again
Slowly grind me down, take my thoughts away
Tick another box if I do what you say
Take control of me in all your little ways

Hold me down, take my crown, wear a young man down
Stop me from saying anything to anyone
Track Name: Keep Your Chin Up Kid
You and me, 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 bounced 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 ran 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 and love 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 stay out so late you see the sun rise
And to knowing you've done things right
So listen to me, lend me your ear
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 chinup kid and you'll realise
That you will be
Yeah you will be
You will be alright
Track Name: Turn My Face Away
Your assurances are as empty as a politicians promise
The moves you make say more than words
Simply stating something as fact doesn't make it true
Repeating all the lies you've heard
What are you afraid of?
Think it through, think it through
What are you afraid of?
Think it through

Can we please, please, please restore some sanity?
Some constructive thought and logic to this place
I just can't see what you tell me you can see
I shudder at the words you say and turn my face away

Glancing nervously over your shoulder to check who is within earshot
Before you begin to speak
Demonstrates to me that you cannot be all that proud of yourself
You carry shame for your beliefs
What are you afraid of?
Think it through, think it through
What are you afraid of?
Think it through

Can we please, please, please restore some sanity?
Some constructive thought and logic to this place
I just can't see what you tell me you can see
I shudder at the words you say and turn my face away
Track Name: Feel The Same
It's morning, I can't find my life
I spark up a match, hoping to find my way
But you know me and I feel the same

I'm placed in a hole with no way out
Feel like I'm gonna die, time changes everything
But you know me and I feel the same
Track Name: See For Miles
I've wandered round, took no notice of anything, gotta climb these walls
Or knock knock knock them down, knock knock knock them down, now I see for miles
A time for clarity, familiarity of knowing exactly what you think you'll find

Come and follow me, I'll take you to a place I know well
You've been there before, take your time, it will come right back

I am fortune bound, or all will crash around my ears, there's no middle ground
I'll knock knock knock them down, the walls of this old town, now I see for miles
I'll throw down my restraint, there's no cause for complaint, for knowing exactly what you think you'll find

Come and follow me, I'll take you to a place I know well
You've been there before, take your time, it will come right back
Track Name: Indigo Night
This goes deeper than we'll ever know
Things were never like those good old days
Better a bad day being free
Than living your finest hour in chains
Can you see that the stars are out tonight, my dear?
Hold your head high and have no fear

Days go by, subtle changes
We work and play, rearranging the order of the way we spend our time
Waves lap against the shore
Until you can see the sand no more
And I know by now these things take their time
I've got a feeling we will be fine

Thinks he knows more than I ever will
Never read a book in all his days
Ignorant to his own ignorance
Regurgitate their words to fan those flames
Can you see that the stars are out tonight, my friend?
Go find me some logic, come talk to me then

Days go by, subtle changes
We work and play, rearranging the order of the way we spend our time
Waves lap against the shore
Until you can see the sand no more
And I know by now these things take their time
I've got a feeling we will be fine

The cynical few get me down and I listen on as they make their row
And smile to myself at the things they say
We pound these streets in our worn out shoes, though it seems good hearts only ever lose
With the truth exchanged for fear and darker days
We all bow down to our TV screens, this is nothing at all like I thought it would be
Sometimes it hard to tilt your head to face a clearer sky
I will judge this town by the things I see, not by tabloid news and shit TV
I'll always try to see through my own eyes
I've got a feeling we will be fine
We'll be fine

These are the good old days

All those neon lights wash over me
Through the dark I strain my eyes to see
Those lights wash over me
I feel pavement beneath tired feet
As I wander through these poorly lit streets
Over the cracked concrete
The time that has passed has changed things love
These things help to kill my mind
Slowly the details fade my love
And I still don't understand why, as these days roll by

Mad strangers rant in empty bars
And talk of who'll be first to fall
The first against the wall
Taxi drivers talk amongst themselves
Waiting for some drunk to take home
They drive away alone
The time that has passed has changed things love
These things help to kill my mind
Slowly the details fade my love
And I still don't understand why, as these days roll by

These days I move in circles
Between my job, my favourite pub and my bed
If only for a little while
I'll take anything, just something else instead

She puts the pretty glass in her handbag
In a short skirt she feels the cold
But won't admit she's getting old
Though tomorrow her problems remain
Sometimes it doesn't hurt to delay
To take the brain away
The time that has passed has changed things love
These things help to kill my mind
Slowly the details fade my love
And I still don't understand why, as these days roll by

Under this enticing sky, this indigo night I know what I must find
I leave my life behind, abandon all that I desire, float on into the night