The Only Thing I Want Is To Know What I Want

by Slowlight

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1.
Full of Empty Sensible shoes with arch support A pocket-sprung, firm orthopaedic mattress Clothes to suit your body type A short manageable haircut Regular exercise and healthy eating Reliability and timekeeping Keeping on top of the gardening Putting the rubbish out on time I’m right here don’t forget me Don’t want to feel so full of empty Separating the recycling A varied vocabulary and relevant anecdotes A close knit group of friends A close knit group of friends Donating to charity Reusable shopping bags Keeping In touch with the family A place to call your own I’m right here don’t forget me Don’t want to feel so full of empty A close knit group of friends Varied vocabulary, relevant anecdotes Out my depth and empty, come waste away with me
2.
I’m a regular family guy I’m a 24 hour party guy The only thing I want is to know what I want I’m the saviour of rock and roll I’m the godfather of funk and soul The only thing I want is to know what I want
3.
04:01
Sirens pierce the night sky Way overhead the waves arrive Enemies incendiaries start to scream Will we make it out alive Everyone clambers for shelter but the rain is going to come sooner or later This town falls down, burned to the ground We watch on through the embers Lights go out, where are you now? Can we come out? Will we get through this blackout? Under a full moon a river of fire The sky is a dissonant cats choir The remnants of the tenements and all their tenants Who never got to say goodbye Through the darkness the end in sight A town left destroyed overnight Take cover, then discover we’ll never recover The dust never settled here Lights go out, where are you now? Can we come out? Will we get through this blackout?
4.
02:15
There’s adolescent prostitutes, pre-pubescent motherhood’s Fuck this town, fuck you all A dark grey neighbourhood, abject and destitute This town needs an overhaul Get me out, get me out, get me outta here Get me out, get me out, get me outta here The next train/plan/bus, I don’t give a fuck just get me outta here This prison that I live in, I can’t get out Communication with your fists is the height of your intelligence don’t you know a better way? You don’t need to read and write as long as you can steal and fight The religion here is bigotry Get me out, get me out, get me outta here Get me out, get me out, get me outta here The next train/plan/bus, I don’t give a fuck just get me outta here This prison that I live in, I can’t get out Maybe I’m just cynical Maybe this town ain’t that bad at all Maybe I’m institutionalised Maybe I’ll be here until the day I die
5.
01:31
(a palate cleanser)
6.
This is the god awful truth But is it worth the wait? Stare at me looking at you Will we ever be the same? Please don’t tell me to smile You don’t know what it means To feel the way that I feel Your warm hands mask your cold heart Each second a potential crack Now we just stop and start The demons are holding us back again Please don’t tell me to smile You don’t know what it means To feel the way that I feel I am so tired of keeping these words inside Let’s just pretend for real
7.
This is a form of expression You got it down to an art No sweet reunion, this is a brand new start So sick of trying, why does it have to be hard? It’s so strange that things turned out this way People change and we are not the same. It’s so strange that things turned out this way Like strange shapes. This new automation has deemed us obsolete A new competition and we can’t compete But when it comes to creation That’s what makes us unique It’s so strange that things turned out this way People change and we are not the same It’s so strange that things turned out this way Like strange shapes.
8.
9.
Oh I think we’ve thought of everything Now there’s nothing left to say So give up and drink, give up and drink Give up and drink again Until it all just goes away I’ve got a lot of reasons for this I’ve heard it all a thousand times Razor blade opinions cut so deep but yeah, let’s plagiarise I know you’ve got your reasons for this And I can tell you I’ve got mine Razor blade opinions cut so deep So yeah, let’s plagiarise
10.
Give me the signal, give me the wave All this interference will only get in our way Look through the static and it’s clear to see You and I occupy our own frequency I heard you shouting on my radio So far away, so long ago I heard your voice through the white noise It struck a chord It seemed to scream “is this real or is this just a dream? Or maybe both?.” I found your name in the liner notes I searched forever to hear those words you wrote So naive to go in blind but so excited to see what I could find Far too many drowned in the stream They’re all lost behind a screen I heard your voice through the white noise It struck a chord It seemed to scream “is this real or is this just a dream? Or maybe both?.”

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released February 22, 2018

Slowlight are:
Beth Black - Vocals, Bass, xylophone.
Colin O'Hara - Vocals, Guitar.
Neil Jarvie - Guitar.
Steven Hill - Drums/ Toy Guitar.

All music by written by Slowlight
Except "Tiger Science", by Slowlight and Kim Miller.
All words by Colin O'Hara
Except "Full of Empty" by Steven Hill/ Colin O'Hara
And "Pretend For Real" Beth Black/ Colin O'Hara.

Guest musicians:
Lewis Glass - Synth on "Cucumber"
Euan Black - Trumpet on "Pretend for Real"
Mona Hill and Colin O'Hara Jr - Vocals on "Cucumber"

Recorded by Lewis Glass in roughly one week at Glassworks Studio in a hot July in Glasgow.
Mastered by Bob Cooper at Crooked Rain, Leeds.

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