When The Dust Just Won't Settle

by Captain Wilberforce

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1.
Sad Machine 04:10
Sad Machine Hey little sad machine. Staring back at me with one eye closed. Feeling disconnected. A little puzzled thing. You little sad machine. Don’t call him blinkered he’s focused. Feeling just like a puppet left holding its own strings It’s like he’s standing on an escalator just behind his life. Just too late, too late, too late to change the mistakes When you dissect a rainbow all you’re left with is rain. Can’t put it back together and if you could it wouldn’t be the same He’s living life from a distance. His cards so close to his chest He’s only using 10 percent of his brain – He can’t remember where he left the rest. It’s like he’s standing on an escalator just behind his life. Just too late, too late, too late to change the mistakes It’s like he stepped into an elevator just before the fire Too late too late too late to make an escape
2.
The Last Dance is Over They’ve got history; she wants to keep it in the past They had chemistry but apparently, some things don’t last She calls him a dreamer and she’s not the only one He sits alone in the darkness ‘til the clarity of dawn And it’s over There was poetry in the letters that he wrote her And the way she kissed his forehead, eyes, his lips and his throat Moving together, seamless and slow But the shapes of these memories are now fractured and they know. Once we had the world at our fingertips, love within our grasp But the world weighs hard on our shoulders and it comes to pass: The last dance is over. It’s over. So please don’t lecture me, about how it’s supposed to be Because it’s over. And please don’t lie to me, about how great things could be Because it’s over. Please don’t lecture me, or think you can lie to me, cos it’s over
3.
The View From an English Breakfast She came into his life like some kind of a revelation An angel in a stained white apron Like a heart attack from out of the blue He fumbles nervously and upsets the ketchup, and he claws at his t-shirt Wishing he could wash away his pin-up tattoo. She stands by the til her delicate arms folded, holding the universe together, then she offers him a hint of a smile Sometimes time just stops like it’s waiting for us to get off And the view from an English Breakfast Can be the prettiest view in the world And today is the living proof He fumbles for his glasses, he can’t think what to do or say, Lips of rubber and fingers of clay. A living breathing mistake. Oh Oh Oh And catching her eye Oh Oh Oh is like grasping for light Oh Oh Oh Something that he’s never had the training to do Sometimes time just stops like it’s waiting for us to get off And the view from an English Breakfast Can be the prettiest view in the world And today is the living proof And ten years later on some Tuesday night She says “remember when we met you looked so frightened” But the view from an English Breakfast Can be the prettiest view in the world And today is the living proof Today is the living proof…
4.
I Think That She Knows Staring at you sleeping from the door Last night is burned into my memory Spiking on the Richter scale of lust, Well Maybe I should get back home A quizzical look, from over a book My head is an earthquake, my confidence shook I think that she knows, but how could she know Unless somebody told her who could have told her One day soon I’m sure I’m going to trip Going to fall apart let the whole thing slip Counting minutes as I lie awake But there’s nothing I can do Feel the last breath of summer on my neck. Well So much for my intuition Here I am again outside your door Why do I do this to myself? A quizzical look, from over a book My head is an earthquake, my confidence shook I think that she knows, but how could she know Unless somebody told her who could have told her One day soon I’m sure I’m going to trip Going to fall apart let the whole thing slip Counting minutes as I lie awake But there’s nothing I can do
5.
I'm The Fool 03:15
I'm the Fool So here’s the great detective, Sifting through his life Searching for the clues of what went wrong Everyone’s suspected But every little circumstantial clue Leads him back to how he treated you I’m just lost here in the dark Running blindly Going round and round in circles Cos I’m the fool Yeah I’m the fool I’m the fool who let you go My friends all tell me that nothing good comes easy And nothing easy ever lasts. Seems that I didn’t try hard enough Blessed with 20 / 20 hindsight It’s not hard to work out you were right Now I’m a close friend to loneliness We all make mistakes I guess But I’ll always regret I’m just lost here in the dark Running blindly Going round and round in circles Cos I’m the fool Yeah I’m the fool I’m the fool that you let go
6.
The Finest Excuses Over and over we go Like some waterfall that flows Shining molten gold, in the first cool rays of morning Leaving the city behind Sleepless wide-eyed Don’t ask when we’ll arrive Cos we don’t even know ourselves; how can we know? When they tell us to come home, we’ll only use the finest excuses In a world that’s bigger than lifetimes, we’ll close our eyes and push in a pin And get on a plane and don’t look back We’ve all shovelled cultural snow, but that’s all that they know If we leave them alone, one day they may come around Put all our shiny toys down, disconnected slash unbound Close our eyes to their dogma, return all the lies we’ve been sold, so many lies When they tell us to comply, we’ll only give the finest excuses It’s a world that’s bigger than lifetimes, so close your eyes and push in a pin And get on a plane and don’t look back Oh, never look back
7.
We Don’t Know Anything It all went wrong tonight, didn’t know where to go, I’d called all the friends I know I don’t have my own place so things can get crazy And I didn’t want to be around you Yeah, we talked but I didn’t really want to talk too much Cos everything always hurts when you lay yourself bare Couldn’t even look you in the eyes. It’s all gone so wrong tonight I don’t know who I am How can you ever know? God it’s so hard to show, how you’re feeling to someone that you love Back when we got together – you always talked so tough, you’d say it’s not enough just to get by And if I just tried, I could prove them all wrong You always seemed so sure. But you don’t know anything, you don’t know anything, we don’t know anything I don’t know who I am Changes from day to day God it’s so hard to say, how you’re feeling to someone that you love Watching the sun come up. Everything comes around. Watch me prove them wrong
8.
Silence Echoes A warm breeze leads me by the hand Guides me slowly through the trees And no one’s ever going to find me here. Where I’m safe. Where I’m safe Silence echoes round the room Pulls me back to earth The emptiness just hurts Hurts me to my bones. Holds me like a curse My head becomes a bowling ball, fingers in my eyes and nose Tossed down the hall at all the truths I’ve ever known One by one by one they hit the ground leaving nothing standing. Silence echoes round the room No one notices but me And nothing will ever be the same again in this place. In this place. My head becomes a bowling ball, fingers in my eyes and nose Tossed down the hall at all the truths I’ve ever known One by one by one they hit the ground leaving nothing standing. Nothing. Nothing’s going to be the same again. One by one by one they hit the ground Leaving nothing standing. Leaving nothing standing. Leaving nothing standing. A warm breeze takes me by the hand And no one’s going to find me here.
9.
When it Rains She didn’t really get the joke She turned away and gave a nervous smile Didn’t really know what to say at all, She stood up. She walked out I don’t even think she turned around Like she was never even there at all And when it rains I always feel like I’ll get washed away Right now the clouds are looking grey Just trying to lift the weight of mountains laying on my shoulders People tell me to have faith, that my mistakes will lead me somehow to another plane But there’s only so much I can take, at least today. It’s alright, it’s ok. I didn’t really like her anyway. Like saying that will somehow reprogram my brain. And when it rains I always feel like I’ll get washed away Right now the clouds are looking grey Just trying to lift the weight of mountains laying on his shoulders Oh lord, make me an optimist, and fill my glass half full Remove this curse of thinking the worst will happen Oh lord make me an optimist, I’m not asking for a luxury car And yes, I guess it’s a messed up request, as a lifelong non-believer and a shameless lyric stealer. To catch this tiger by its tail The way to win is first, to fail. Oh lord make me an optimist, I’m not asking for a luxury car And yes, I guess it’s a messed-up request, as a lifelong non-believer and a flagrant lyric stealer. So catch the tiger by his tail.
10.
Like It Never Happened Congratulations, on your status change today. Lots of likes from the gang, hangers on, distant cousins It’s good to see you’re getting out and moving on Love the pics by the way, ;) So good-looking! And all I’m hearing on the radio are love songs. Remind me not to fall in love again. The evidence is gone you’ve scorched the earth between us I look into your eyes and know there’s nothing there The trumpets and the choirs exchanged for one heart beating; a heart that beats alone (my heart now beats alone). Like a dog with no shoes on. I could not see the problem. But now you’re gone, but now you’re gone it’s like it never happened. I close my eyes and see you standing with your bags packed, the sunlight dancing on the snow So what we had is gone you’ve scorched the earth between us I look into your eyes and know there’s nothing there The trumpets and the choirs replaced by one heart beating; my heart now beats alone.
11.
Green, Unpleasant Land Charity begins at home, by checking out his wallet and his mobile phone Cos if it feels like trouble then it’s probably trouble. Working the weekend away or so he says, But when it feels like trouble then it’s probably trouble. It all boils down to you, you knit the truth, into a comfy jumper that suits your seesaw moods until the world’s a mirror smiling at you And no one can disturb you. Living in your green and unpleasant land. There’s hot, hot hate, every day on a plate delivered by the voice of the Sun and if it seems like trouble then it’s probably trouble. The envy, resentment and bile; raging like a toddler past the chocolate aisle. Cos if it seems like trouble then it’s probably trouble. Sails her ship alone, to some twilight zone, where all the faces are more like her own Skies are passport blue, taking back the rules, from all the unbelievers. But no one can disturb you. Nothing’s going to change your mind. Living in your green and unpleasant land.
12.
Take Me Home to the Moon This could be a lonely flight Past forgotten satellites Hope the pay is worth the price Take me home to the moon Sleeping dead will be reborn Only fifteen months ‘til dawn In space no one hears you yawn Take me home to the moon

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released May 1, 2020

Si Bristoll - Vocals, Guitars
Carl Banks - Drums, Programming
Rob Simpson - Guitars, Production
Massimiliano Borghesi - Bass

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Captain Wilberforce Leeds, UK

Since the release of debut album Mindfilming in 2004, Captain Wilberforce have had airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio Leeds and Radio Aire as well as recording a live session for Dermot O'Leary's Radio 2 show. They've also had songs synched to programmes on HBO, ITV and The Fashion Channel ... more

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