demonstration blues

demonstration blues

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  • released: 1 march 2012
  • all songs written by: david ding

a not-so-shocking turn of events

practicalities put to one side
with indignation you once tried to hide
buoyed by a little flirtation
hitherto secret thoughts don’t seem quite so shy

a not-so-shocking turn of events
changes the scenery, tears down the fence
buoyed by mild intoxication
put opportunity over common sense

forgive me, future you,
i’m sorry i did not request permission

one foot in front of the other one
closed eyes, covered ears, hand across the gun
buoyed by some pretty persuasion
melting like butter knives falling in the sun

forgive me, future you,
i’m sorry i did not request permission

forgive me, future you,
i hope you can excuse my predilection

forgive me, future you,
i’m sorry i did not request permission

forgive me, future you,
i hope you can excuse, oh won’t you excuse
please please excuse my predilection


pristine

on a quiet night
by the river side
i looked at you and you
looked at the sky

and when i closed my eyes
and felt your lips touch mine
i had a feeling
you weren’t feeling anything

you’re unbelievable
you’re unbelievable
i don’t believe you
i don’t believe you

you’re incredible
you’re incredible
your credibility
has got no credit with me

and when you walked with me
through the empty streets
you held my arm
because your shoes were hard to walk in

arriving at your door
i’m not expecting more
you say it’s getting late
i smile and make my way

you’re unbelievable
so unbelievable
i don’t believe you
no i don’t believe you

you’re incredible
just so incredible
your credibility
has got no credit with me


cut me up

you
you said come to me
i’ll take you
just come with me

there’s no one else
talk to me

i’ll make it all all right
just take it

just take it

cut me off
cut me up
cut me out of this life

i know you wanted me to be
like no one else could be

and feel
everything you’ve done for me

we’re wasting time
looking for another way

we’re wasting lives
and no, there is no other way

no other way

cut me off
cut me up
cut me out of this life


forgotten life

just a distant memory
from a forgotten time
all those things went out of sight
now they’re out of my mind
how could i feel i’m missing out
when nothing’s going on
you might say i’m in denial
you might not be wrong

can you hear what i’m trying to say?

they all said i’d grow someday
but they never said when
and they told me i’d find my way
but no offers of how
i suppose i grew a little bit
but i’m not as tall as i’d like
and the days just fall away
and i’m not really putting up a fight

can you hear what i was trying to say?
can you hear what i’m trying to say?

just a fading memory
a forgotten life
and everything’s gone out of sight
and i’m out of my mind
i don’t think i’m missing out
is anything going on?
i might well have been in denial
but now i’m just gone


keep

we’ve passed the sell-by date
but let nothing go to waste
i think we’ve got another day or two

and if we try once more
we’ll try behind closed doors
we’ll only have ourselves to blame

you had a way
of saying everything
but let no words escape

i turned the page
but couldn’t shake away
the look upon your face

we’ve passed the sell-by date
but let nothing go to waste
i think we’ve got another day or two

and if we try once more
we’ll try behind closed doors
we’ll only have ourselves to blame


seeing it through

i’ll admit that i’m not happy
but i don’t feel that sad
it’s just the come home come around come back this way comedown

just ’cause no one’s a round
it doesn’t mean i feel alone
they all stopped making sounds when i cut off their heads
with the scissors

things were going downhill before i got here
and i’m just seeing it through
i made mistakes i made escapes i made some money and now i’m just making my bed

no sparks were ever going to fly
and that’s all right
i was relieved i nipped the bud, sense of achievement understood
your lack faith
it’s disturbing


remnants of the other life

i will you tear you to pieces
rip the flesh from your bones
would you rather i repeat it?
or leave a message on the telephone?

there’s a mark on the street light
scratches on the back door
remnants of the other life
before we got what we asked for

they say you’ll come back again
others said you never died
is it if or is it when?
or is it just another lie?

they never stop
telling us
we’re not the ones

we missed our shot
and now we’re lost
so help us god

left behind
we walk the ground
our footsteps fall

we’d try again
be better yet
but you don’t forget

i see you’re coming back again
back from the other side
better than it was then?
now you don’t need to hide?

will you tear us to pieces?
rip the flesh from our bones?
ever release us?
or keep us safe in your home?


requisitely sensitive

here comes that old rose tint again
telling me you were my only friend

looked at the world together
said we’d make it better
didn’t know how but we could still pretend

but look how much we fucked it up instead

lack of preoccupation left me open wide
nothing to hang my hopes on, or fill me up with pride

so we made agreements
i sacrificed some freedoms
committed fallacies, but steered clear of crime

but the rose tint always fades away
when the lights come on
funny, i don’t miss it when it’s gone

you said you wrote a letter to me
said when i got back home there it would be

what were you trying?
think you’d get me crying
over all i’d lost in you
when you left me

but all that time and effort
could’ve been better spent
though i picked it off the floor
your words remained unread

and yeah, i might have hesitated
had a second thought, then a grin
should i leave it intact or do i rip it up
before i throw it in the bin?


actor

i won’t break the silence
i won’t disagree
i won’t push the button
i won’t cause a scene

i won’t blame anyone
i know the fault’s with me
i won’t delude myself
in thinking i had needs

i won’t make new friends
i won’t climb the tree
i won’t shake things up
i won’t show my teeth

i won’t forget my place
i won’t see what might be
i won’t unlock my door
i won’t pretend i’m free

and when i fall asleep i’ll make sure it’s of only you i’m dreaming

i won’t read those books
i know they lie to me
i won’t seek new thoughts
or live in fantasy

i won’t take names in vain
i’ll keep my sundays free
i won’t have thoughts impure
i’ll never spill my seed

and when i fall asleep i’ll make sure it’s of only you i’m dreaming
’cause when it comes to me you’re the only one that i believe in

i won’t tell you no
i won’t fight or flee
i won’t try to stop it
i won’t cry or plead
i won’t tell anyone
our secret i can keep
i won’t do anything
to break your love for me

and when i fall asleep i’ll make sure it’s of only you i’m dreaming
’cause when it comes to me you’re the only one that i believe in

if i could fall asleep i’m sure of only you would i be dreaming
’cause when it comes to you and me it’s only you that they’re believing


find my way

i saw that bright white light shining on the road ahead
i let my mind drift on, i didn’t see how it could end

i let your smiling eyes guide me as i closed my own
And when i woke up alone i could still hear the last thing you said
to me

i’ll find my own way back home
i’ll find my own way back home
i know it’s late but i’ll go
don’t worry, i’ll be back before you know

you said we’d leave this town, leaving everything behind
and get as far away as we could run then we would hide

i never understood why i could never work it out
why didn’t i see what everybody else could only shout about
shout out loud to me

you’ll find your own way back home
you’ll find your own way back home
i know it’s late and the time rolls slow
don’t worry, we’ll be there, you know

i’ll find my own way back home
i’ll find my own way back home
i know it’s late but i’ve got to go
don’t worry, i’ll get there, you know
don’t worry, i’ll get there, you know
don’t worry, i’ll get there, you know


©2012 david ding