The Sprawl

by Stephen James Buckley

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Written and recorded in May 2014. Performed, engineered, produced, and mixed by Stephen James Buckley.

It was mostly recorded in my house, apart from the drums, which were recorded in Hello Bamboo's practice room,using Stuart Smythe's drumkit, and I got a lift there with all my recording gear thanks to the kindness of Bik.

This album is dedicated to Violet.

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released July 24, 2014

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Stephen James Buckley UK

Stephen writes and records songs in his room. He plays all the instruments.

Stephen releases his music for free on the internet, and occasionally plays live. He has a voice like 7 years bad luck.

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Track Name: Dearest Diary
Dearest diary, it's not about you anymore
There was a time when I was so sure
That you were important, I'd never get bored
Dearest diary, these days I need more

Won't you stop trying to second guess my moves?
Won't you stop trying to justify my blues?
I'm through with you

My baby's waiting in a hotel somewhere
Just swimming around, without a care
I'm stepping outside my head to see what's there

Into insignificance you pale
Clinging terrified to the rails

Won't just stop trying to second guess my moves?
Won't you stop trying to dictate all my moves?
I'm through with you
Track Name: Pharmaceutical Conspiracy
Am I sick 'cos I see this?
Do I see this cos I'm sick?
Have they got my head on ice?
Up to their dirty tricks?
Those Chemists took my heart
And performed their tests
When your heart belongs to The Chemists
It's impossible to rest

Everywhere I look I'm seeing the signs
Up in the sky
They say it's nothing but a side-effect
Over-prescribed
A trick of the eye

And I take my medicine
There's so much medicine I take
I've got some to help me sleep
And some to keep me awake
Conspiracy goes deeper
Than I previously feared
Maybe there's no conspiracy at all
And I'm just not thinking clear

Everywhere I look I'm seeing the signs
Up in the sky
They say it's nothing but a side-effect
Over-prescribed
A trick of the eye
Track Name: AKB48
She shaved her head in shame
She was forced to leave the band
When a night spent in a hotel
Upset all her fans

Someone came at her with a chainsaw
"What you do that for? You broke my heart"

When she gets too old
She'll be forcibly retired
From a thousand waiting hopefuls
One lucky girl gets hired

Someone came at her with a chainsaw
"What you do that for? You broke my heart"
Track Name: Suddenly Out Of Nowhere
Sitting in his house, he'd started to unravel
Fixating, decimal-placing, walking off the edge of the map
When he heard the words, he gave up on time-travel
New dimension, likes of which he had never seeen

Step outside
Open your eyes
The laws of space and time defied
Suddenly out of nowhere

Standing by the sea while his mind it went a-floating
All the possibilities, all the knowledge gathered to impart
When he held her hand in the hospital, just waiting
For a vision clear and calm,swimming into view

Sorry about earlier
I was not in my right mind
Seen enough of that for now
Shall we step outside?

Step outside
Open your eyes
The laws of space and time defied
Suddenly out of nowhere
Track Name: The First Dog In Space
The first dog in space
Felt something was amiss
But it just wasn't her place
To voice her concerns about this

The first dog in orbit
Felt something was afoot
On the rocket Sputnick number 2
She got awfully warm up there...

She never came back down

The first dog in space
Strange wandering savior
Of the human race
But we never thanked her
We kissed her nose
Wished her "Bon voyage"
And sent her spinning
Into the vacuum

She never came back down
Track Name: Bella's Gonna Save The World
Bella's gonna save the world one day
Oh, Bella's gonna save the world
She might not know it yet cos she is quite a modest girl
Bella's gonna save us all one day
I know this much is true
Bella's gonna save the human race cos it's the kind of thing she'd do

She'll fight the spiders
She'll kill 'em good
It's to be expected
This is understood

Bella's gonna save the world one day
Oh, Bella's gonna save the world
She might not know it yet cos she is quite a modest girl
Bella's gonna save us all one day
I know this much is true
Bella's gonna save the human race cos it's the kind of thing she'd d

Hair in pigtails and shoes that flash
Better beware!
Or she's gonna kick you ass(tral body)
Out of orbit you'll be sorry, yeah!
Track Name: Zithers
Welcome to the world
Stand up give us a twirl
"Do you have the guts?"
"can you give enough?"
I sing about cicadas
And alien invaders
But crumbled at the touch
I never gave that much

My my, forgive my myopia
I I I'm pleased to meet you
You you tunnelled through my temples
It really is that simple

Some divine plan
That takes you by the shaking hand
And leads towards the burning yellow sun

Saw you on the screen
Dreaming little dreams
A perfect silhouette
I'll never forget
I sing about your mother
And your older sisters
Forever in your debt
Even though we've never met

Some divine plan
That takes you by the shaking hand
And leads towards the burning yellow sun

Saw you swimming there
Like you didn't have a care
All the bones outlined
Grown from skull and spine
I sing about cicadas
And alien invaders
Now there's you as well
Be sure to give 'em hell

My my, forgive my myopia
I I I'm pleased to meet you
You you tunnelled through my temples
It really is that simple
Track Name: Submit To The Satellite
God in neon
Pink neon
If not God then some interstellar being
Out of my depth in decimal places
Stared at the sky so long I saw faces

Baby I'm a cynical man
And these epiphanies confuse me

I submit, I submit to the satellite

A new colour, brand new colour
If not God then some subconscious Other
Sign of the Pisces round her neck
When I came to I was just a nervous wreck

Baby I'm a cynical man
And these episodes enchant me

I submit, I submit to the satellite
Track Name: The Sprawl
The Sprawl is bigger than us all
We crawled out of the sea
The Sprawl is bigger than us all
We fell out of the trees

Sun-worship monkeys
Building machines
In our own image
The succesful disease

The Sprawl is bigger than us all
We call ourselves God
The Sprawl is bigger than us all
Walk tall against the odds

Sun-worship monkeys
Building machines
In our own image
The succesful disease

The Sprawl will crush us all