Le Bateau

by Rook and The Ravens

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1.
'cause I don't wanna go that way even if the trains are late even if the roads are safe I don't wanna go that way 'cause I don't wanna go that way even with the options weighed even if the seams have frayed I don't wanna go that way the reaper's fingers in the till said “have you paid your bills?” said “I was never asking for your life, I was only asking for your time, this time, this time” so don't come home with blood on your hands and expect me to want the truth and don't come home with blood on your hands and expect me to want the truth 'cause I don't wanna go that way even if the game is played, even if your temper strays I don't wanna go that way there were bodies in the attic there were bodies in the floor there were bodies in the ceilings and the doors there were bodies in the garage there were bodies in the car there were bodies in the silence and the dark
2.
forgive me dear, for all I see is you pictures of you in all your glory pictures of you that stole my heart pictures of you in every doorway pictures that settle every thought I am breathless I can take no more I've been waiting in this place too long I will spill the truth my love It's yours I have memories I've saved for you I could save another day or two while you show me round this crystal sky so blue forgive me dear for all I see is you (pictures of you in all your glory) you should lead the way and pull me through flutters like the start it's like this young girl's retaken my heart
3.
you got it wrong there never was a piece of the pie there was a song I wrote for you while I was inside and before you and me and baby I go back each night for the light show watching the worlds collide, satellite radio watching the fires light there was a word and no-one had to say it at all there was a bird and someone had to teach it to talk and before you and me and baby I go back each night for the light show watching the worlds collide, satellite radio watching the fires fight satellite radio you got it wrong and before you and me and baby I go back each night for the light show watching the worlds collide, satellite radio watching the fires die satellite radio
4.
03:13
if you've ever failed to set the room on fire lend me your ears, 'cause I've had twenty-seven years of kicking cans down the road, digging holes and fitting moulds tonight I feel like breaking habits kept for years I'm into the dig, you're off like a finch we'll meet on the level often it is said off the top of my head advocating the devil if you've ever helplessly tried make it the last time you took the hard line if you ever swap your hat it'll be alright the one that fits won't always come in black and white dug a hole 'cause you couldn't wait put another one on the slate tonight I feel like it could never be too late all of that bait dressed up like bait needn't wait any more
5.
there is no side of my consciousness that you have never seen from the spice heads in the market to the morning shakes and somewhere in between and when I met you you were minimal in weight you just floated on the surface on your own tectonic plate they call you paracetamol they call you co co codamol they call you soluble ampheta-hope I make you better-mine she wants you to follow her in to the fray she forgets her purse but you’re willing to pay you play the disciple and she plays the joker you’re endlessly patient you’re there when she wants to be sober she only wants to be with boys like that and you don’t wanna be with girls like that she tells a tale of betrayal but the story isn’t true still I relinquish my religion I choose to believe in you they call you paracetamol they call you co co codamol they call you soluble ampheta-hope I make you better-mine you offer her something she’s not had before you feel like she’s willing to let you be more you grab her and tell her you’ll always be there you’re starting to get somewhere then she’s changing her tune says she feels like she’s wearing a noose around you then you watch her recline to the scourge on the name of this town you’re waiting for her to come down and we run from the cops as they’re pushing the spice heads over but they came to the house and section her in her pyjamas she's convinced there’s no problem until they cut off her resources now they poke with a stick as she rattles around the asylum where your story isn’t true I choose to believe in you
6.
01:14
she's going round in circles you'll never break scene she's another diversion a woman who gets what she needs presents the cup, she's filling it up now she's opening up, woo-oh she's so in love with you by the time you could call her bluff she was spinning a yarn round the sequel you were in love with her but it's not enough
7.
02:36
wait, wait wait until you play the heartsrings wait, wait wait until you snap the shoestring wait a little longer, talk to me put another ring on the old oak tree wait, wait for me you dropped my porcelain heart and keep me in the dark in a state then you told me that it's late in these four walls that I hate so I guess we'll call it straight, I'll always wait
8.
03:00
written in the peeling of the paint twenty-seven years I will retain damaged where I held you like a saint mother up and slammed the door now our house ain't a home no more it's a place we hang our laundry out to dry a wind picked up and blew the nest and no-one knows what happens next the dispelling is a'swelling in the sky in a place we hang our laundry out to dry money weren't enough to sway her heart though she took it and she drank it by the cart the mediator said that was the start mother up and slammed the door now our house ain't a home no more it's a place we hang our laundry out to dry the papers in my father's desk say change is coming soon I guess there's a failed attempt for every time you try in a place we hang our laundry out to dry mother up and slammed the door now our house ain't a home no more it's a place we hang our laundry out to dry there's room for you inside the bed but you learned to sleep alone instead there's a caustic and begrudging last goodbye the dispelling is a'swelling in the sky in a place we hang our laundry out to dry
9.
I can't think back to a time when you weren't there when I cared about her and it's always a sad thought every time I tie my shoe don't think I've ever taken a step without her when I ran ahead you stayed put I looked back, you said “no, it's too late” there was a fork in the trail and I had to chase her tail I couldn't imagine a day without her and I can't explain what she does but she's sweet and she needs my love and I care about her and I care about her and the moments that I am without her are all queueing up and looking to find their way
10.
03:48
you saw hickory smoke from your partner's mouth this is where her heart burned out she took your clothes and she took your cash drink her down till the colours clash on the lash we got collared outside by a man with a flask who had tar on his tongue and a favour to ask I said “I have no change, it's for your own good - you'd only spend it on what I would” we'll sniff your coke and smoke your stash on the lash this is where we toast the cenotaph this is where cold water fills the bath on the lash your brothers blood on your disco feet this is where our demons eat being sick in the bathroom bin laughing, better out than in the beat of the city is a drunken thud the earth is moving where you're stood on the lash this is where we toast the cenotaph this is where cold water fills the bath on the lash
11.
I don't need to be a hero I'm just happy to be all you know and the roads are getting vicious so I'm wrapping you in cotton wool every last time I could see you was the last time I could feel love Poppy on your first trip home I never drove so slow Poppy on your first trip home your momma's looking sleepy in the mirror but she's watching you like she owes someone a million and I wonder who I owe mine to every last time I could see you was the last time I could feel love all there is to say is that no-one feels the same as I do with you in the back, who am indebted to?

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released April 9, 2020

C&P Rook and The Ravens 2020
recorded at Pinhole Sound Studio, Manchester, UK 2017-2019
all tracks engineered and recorded by Adam P. Gorman
all tracks mixed by Adam P. Gorman
all tracks mastered by Jim Spencer at Eve Mastering
all tracks produced by Rook and The Ravens and Adam P. Gorman
additional engineering on “When I Ran Ahead” by Paul Higham

special thanks to Adam P. Gorman, India Shan Merrett, Paul Higham, Michael Ainsworth, Adrian Lambert, Michael Parker & Alex Hayes
sleeve photography & concept by Adrian Lambert
sleeve design by Michael Parker
R.I.P. Le Bateau, Duke Street, Liverpool

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