Beneath your city; as you dream​.​.​. album

by Robberie

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zawtowers As I said in my 2016 review of the year, this is a lovely debut album from this Sheffield acoustic three piece, complete with one of the best football songs ever in "Journeyman", travelling the lower leagues and being a cult hero, and "Everyone's A Geek" complete with being in the bedroom with an Atari and thinking about old games. Lovely acoustics, and "Seven Hills" about their native Sheffield is wonderfully evocative too, complete with xylophone to bring that twinkly lights feeling. Gorgeous. Favorite track: Journeyman.
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1.
03:41
From Accrington to Yeovil, from Southend to Torquay Via Rotherham and Dagenham and then on to Grimsby He’s a man on a journey, through the lower leagues A spell at Hartlepool, plus a month on loan at Leeds... Joined his first club as a kid, a YTS trainee An unremarkable career, no club ever paid a fee But supporters they could see, that he would give his all No matter who he played for, no matter what the score He never had the money, he never had the fame No model for a girlfriend, you wouldn’t know his name But he will never be forgotton, by the fans who saw him play Still talked of in these pubs almost every Saturday He moved from club to club, before he finally retired When his gammy knee gave up and his last contract expired A testimonial was hosted by his final club And with the money raised, he opened up a pub Yes sometimes he has flutter and he still likes a drink But every player did and he don’t care what people think No medals in his wardrobe, no promotions for the fans Yet the fanzines in the attic, still pay tribute to this man The closest that he got to his Wembley final dream Was the northern semi-final of the Autoglass windscreen So it don’t matter what you’re doing, if you’ve not risen to the top An unremarkable career or if you’ve never had a job You can still touch people’s lives with the smallest thing So gather your friends here and together we will sing I may not have the money, I may not have the fame No model for a partner, plus an anglo saxon name But I will never be forgotton, by those who hold me dear I’ll be talked of in these pubs by the people who are here
2.
04:14
The sun is going down on a summer night The sky is looking clear and the breeze is slight My beer’s a little warm I’m near the end of my pint, any- body want a drink as this next round’s mine? These faces I know look back at me here I feel a lot of love from those sat near I look in their eyes and wonder how we came to be You were friends of friends’ friends but now it’s you and me So where in my story is it that you belong? Are you a friend I’ve known for years, but one that’s now moved on? Perhaps you’re someone new, who I see here every day But who’ll be gone tomorrow and who is here to stay? Keeping in touch is easy these days, but its Never been so hard despite all the ways: Minutes are unused and my texts are going free but I’ve stopped Speaking on the phone to the friends I never see We were hanging out in groups now I see you on my own We may be getting older but our friendship hasn’t grown Do I make the effort or let them all run free? If I’m not there for you then who’ll be there for me? So where… It seems as time moves on, people always change It’s funny when the ones you love, are the ones that are estranged Some friendships take the effort, while others come so easy Do I let things run their course just to watch my old friends leave me? Everyone’s paired off but I’m yet to settle down Are you always in a couple whenever you come round? Now the baby’s born does it mean I’ll never see you? Everything will change, does it mean that we will too? The moon is in the sky on a summer night Heading up the hill, it’s time to say goodbye I’m making up my story, as I go along Please don’t slip away, I hope that I am wrong…
3.
Everyone's a geek these days, I’m not alone in my geeky ways There’s no need for us to wait, the future’s here, let’s celebrate Computer club came once a week Not many dared, to join us geeks We got our kicks from those old machines Typed in the code from computer magazines My digital watch was more than it seemed Had a calculator with LCD screen All that power had me enthralled How did they fit it in something so small? Everyone’s a geek these days; Brian Cox says science rocks I’ve got a small computer in my pocket but these days no-one thinks to mock it Stuck in my bedroom with my Atari We spent hours together, my computer and me But now in every house, in every town There’s a video games console in the corner of every lounge A trip to Bardwells was such a treat Surely now, that’s obsolete? But no they say a generation of geeks will die Unless we give the kids a raspberry pi Everyone's a geek these days but I’m still proud of my geeky ways Grandma’s tablet changed her life - and I don’t mean the pharmaceutical type Everyone’s a geek these days, all this tech is here to stay There’s no-one that I’d rather be, we’re all geeks now can’t you see?
4.
03:49
It was April or May when I gave my heart I gave my heart away (you gave your heart away) Then I looked in your eyes. But then you walked away Then you walked away (then he walked away) And I try to move on, but I’m in love with you I’m in love with you (you’re in love with him) Wish that you felt the same, but you don’t love me You don’t love me (he don’t love you) Can’t get you out of my head, you’ve captivated me (captivation) It was something you said, intoxicated me (intoxication) Now its June or July and I ask myself I ask myself why (you ask yourself why) Did I feel that way? Why did I give my heart Give my heart away? (you gave your heart away) My friends always said I should guard my heart Guard it every time (guard it every time) Now I’m using my head, I know I’m over you I know that I’ll be fine (know that you’ll be fine) I’ve got you out of my mind, eradicated you (eradication) You mean nothing to me now that I’m free from you (liberation) It’s now the shortest day and I’m thinking back To that night in May (to that night in May) When we said our goodbyes, I knew that you’d become The one I’d idolise (the one you’d idolise) Must get you out of my life, you’ve complicated it (complication) I know I’m out of your league and you can’t take it (you can’t take it) Must get you out of my life, you’ve complicated it (complication) I know I’m out of your league and you can’t take it (you can’t take it)
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We’re kicking off the day with the same old breakfast show A macho male presenter and I’m the flirting girl in tow You should have seen us last night, when we were out on the lash. We’ve got more Gaga coming up, but first enjoy these ads It’s the no-repeat workday, though I think that what you’ll find Is the same old songs tomorrow, starting just past nine Listen to the hits, from when you were at school (Is it nineteen ninety four?) No I think it’s ninety two And when you go to the next town it’s the same old radio, just a different station name In the next town it’s the same old radio, just a different station name The travel news is sponsored by the same bus company Text in and you could win a monthly travel card for free If you’re driving through our patch, then put on your radio We’ll interrupt this song to tell you where you shouldn’t go Listen to the network chart, find out who’s at number one We’ve added up the plays and know the name of the top song At a weekly station meeting, we made the playlists up, yes our top 40 is a fiction but we couldn’t give a stuff Because our advertisers like it and it’s them that pay the bills Have a late night love affair and we promise you the thrills Call us for a premium or it’s just 50p to text Here’s three songs in a row cos I need a cigarette And when you go to the next town it’s the same old radio, (just a different station name) Just like when you drink in the next town it’s the same old soulless bars (with generic pub co names) When you shop in the next town it’s the same old high street shops (with the same old chain store names) In the next town, it’s all the same
6.
04:11
I’m not pointing the finger in your direction This time I know that its all me I’ll tell you straight, I can’t give you perfection Who is the person that I must be? I never thought I had it in me Now I know this is what lurks inside Waiting for my weakest moment Here I have no place to hide Tomorrow I’m starting again, please don’t judge me until then There’s a you-shaped gap here next to me An empty space, I’ve filled with self-pity It’s your vacation but you’re not coming home Each postcard reminds me that I’m alone On the other side, the grass seems so green Now I’m in a nightmare, this isn’t - what - I - dreamed The thoughts in my head, a perfect fantasy Now I’ve lived them out it’s not who I want to be It’s making me sad as I sing this song Thinking back to what we had that’s gone Another regret to add to my list One more memory for me to sift So the finger’s pointing right back at me I don’t need your help in helping me to see That I must change, this can’t go on Just give me til the morning comes, when Give me one more chance, I will prove this to you Tomorrow, tomorrow, will I love you tomorrow? Tomorrow I’m starting again, please don’t judge me until then
7.
Thanks to my sister, and all her cool friends Listened to their music and followed all their trends Copied her albums on to my Memorex tapes Learned the words to play bad covers with all my mates When I arrived at youth club, someone caught my eye So I bought myself a cheese toastie and decided that I’d try My luck to see if they just might like me I put my money in the jukebox, and started to speak... Do you like my long sleeved t-shirt, its got swear words on the back? Look, I’ve painted my doc martins to turn them blue from black Did you make your tie-die t-shirt? Will you please do one for me? If you want I’ll grow my fringe just to show that I’m indie Things were going okay but it was time to step it up if I made a compilation tape, it just might change my luck So I got out all my records and created the mix It ended with a ballad, yes I knew all the tricks Well the tape it went down well but I couldn’t lose momentum Didn’t think that they’d want flowers, so decided not to send them Instead I phoned the student radio to say hello We were the only people listening but I wanted them to know Tell me when you hear those songs, does it really seem so long Close your eyes and it feels just like the start Even though that it’s all gone, and I suppose we’ve both moved on I know we’ll always have that music in our hearts
8.
It’s a desperate situation and I’ve got a choice to make I lose, you don’t win but just I can’t take this hate They make me happy, my family and my faith Must I now choose between the broad and narrow way? This will split us down the middle and it’s tearing me apart I’m being told to finish things and I don’t know where to start And if I choose to go ahead I’ll still not understand How for us, to love like this, was not part of the plan You make so happy and I love what I have found, though I may Never be accepted and I’ve let my family down How could we be created to live a life suppressed? Either way I look at this it leaves me in a mess Am I only accepted when I wear this mask? If I pretend there’s nothing there, will you promise to not ask? Questions, that make me lie for answers that cause pain Love me as I am, for I know that I can’t change
9.
Friends dance in the other room, they’ve left me on my own They say if I don’t join them, I might as well go home All these happy people are making me feel sad. The so-called best days of our lives are the worst I’ve ever had I want to tell the strangers here that I’m out with all my friends. I’m not the loser in the corner, all alone for the weekend No I don’t need checking up on, I enjoy my company Things are OK over here, yes I’m content just being me. Though I know that... This dancefloor needs me, I’m not being funny, it’s just that I am shy This dancefloor needs me, give it one more song and maybe I will try I wish I could dance like no-one’s watching Dance like I’m not stopping, but I can’t, no I can’t even start Is anyone sat here, may I pull up a chair? I see you’ve got a table, I thought that we could share? My friends are in the other room, they’ve left me on my own Please tell me how you feel cos I’m not ready to go home... I know I’m getting on but I can’t recall the change I was dancing every week but now it feels a little strange I think my days are numbered within this old night club. Should I stick to a late bar, or stay in an old man’s pub? I want to lose it on the floor but I’ve lost my motivation Now I’m rooted to the spot for another song’s duration I’m trying really hard but I can’t lose my inhibition so I’ll wait here in the bar because moving is a mission I know exactly how you feel, I’ve been there before. Sometimes I don’t wanna dance, and my friends call me a bore. But they say there’s strength in numbers; I see that we are two I can feel the music play, so here’s what we should do: I’m going to take you by the hand we’ll go show our friends next door Let’s down our drinks in here and head for the dancefloor I don’t care what song is playing, and it’s not about romance Leave your fears right here and together we will dance
10.
04:59
You were all I knew, for all that time Well I was yours, and you were mine I lived to learn and learned to live For all you gave I tried to give The day we came to say goodbye When I moved away, something died Those many years we spent apart You were always there inside my heart The yellow lights on navy sky I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry Every time I walk away I keep coming back for more Something inside pulls me back, right through the open door I climb up one of seven hills, turn back round and then I look back on this city and fall in love with her again I’ve seen the lights, of London town Full of life, but can get you down Though the streets down south, aren’t paved with gold Those friends for life, have me in their hold The yellow lights on navy sky I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry I should settle down, 'cos I’m getting old There’s a warmth up here, despite the cold I can feel the pull, when I step off the train This city may change, I’ll still feel the same The yellow lights on navy sky I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry Every time I walk away I keep coming back for more Something inside pulls me back, right through the open door I climb up one of seven hills, turn back round and then I look back on this city and fall in love with her again I chose to leave but you swallowed your pride and welcomed me back with arms open wide In these city walls is the place I will be There's a lump in my throat, whenever I see... The yellow lights on navy sky I’m coming home, I’ll try not to cry Every time I walk away I keep coming back for more Something inside pulls me back, right through the open door I climb up one of seven hills, turn back round and then I look back on this city and fall in love with her again
11.
Beneath your city; as you dream five flowing rivers they can’t be seen underground  beneath your feet something’s rising from the streets

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released May 27, 2016

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We’re Val, Nik and Robin from Sheffield. We play heartfelt, melodic and bittersweet acoustic indiepop.

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