Try Fly Blue Sky

by The Heart Strings

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1.
04:02
Bang, crash, kablam, smash You’re an evil superhero Keeping me at zero Zap, zoom, whack whack, K-boom You’re a tattooed, Robert de Niro Keeping me at zero And if you can’t, don’t, won’t finish me off I’ll take the knife, you take the kryptonite If you can’t, don’t, won’t finish me off Leave here tonight, leave me to feel alright Oh we were just kids, we were just kids, Oh we were just kids, we were just kids, Ohhh, I can’t wait, to get old. Kids, kids You did what you did Cos you didn’t know any better But you should have known, when to let up Sticks, stones You broke every bone You broke everything else You broke, yourself
2.
Red shiny suit,
lightening stripes,
knee high boots He always looks dashing under the lights You couldn’t tell
but he’s sad tonight, Like a bat out of hell
he’s a Human Cannonball and he’ll still take flight But he’ll be thinking... This helmet’s OK for today, but when she breaks me
 All the moustache wax in the world wont save me.
 And I wont be leading the way, so where she takes me All the moustache wax in the world wont save me,
wont save me. Alone in his tube, arms by his side, too late to move
 He thinks of his girl and the rising tide No way out, one way to go,
 she’s gonna hurt
 And all he can do is brace for the blow And he’ll be thinking... This helmet’s OK for today, but when she breaks me
 All the moustache wax in the world wont save me.
 And I wont be leading the way, so where she takes me All the moustache wax in the world wont save me,
wont save me. He’s all set, knows where he’ll land, heads for the net At least some things go according to plan.
3.
He had a way, a little way, a way with words 
 He wore a cape, a silver cape , and looked absurd 
 And in his moth, his tiger moth, bust and smashed
 He never sunk, he never saw what was long since dashed He kept on, he kept on, he kept on, and he kept on
 He kept on, he kept on, he kept on, and he kept on Oooohh - he wanted the heights he wanted the view
 Oooohh - he wanted the lights he wanted the loot
 Oooohh - he wanted to fly and he flew
 Why cant I, why cant you And then a maze, a crazy maze, that slowed him down
 And then a dame, a crazy dame, that spun him round and round
 And then a hand, a broken hand, cold and pale
 And then a heart, a broken heart, old and stale But he kept on, he kept on, he kept on, and he kept on
 He kept on, he kept on, he kept on, and he kept on. Oooohh - he wanted the heights he wanted the view
 Oooohh - he wanted the lights he wanted the loot
 Oooohh - he wanted to fly and he flew
 Why cant I, why cant you
4.
04:46
It seems as good a day as any To start my trek across the ocean, With no funds for ship or sail I’ll use my legs and my devotion. An aqua bike will be my vessel And high adventure the land I seek, So farewell friends who’ve come to gather Waving hankies, tear on cheek, oh… It’s a long, long way to go on a pedalo, a pedalo It’s a long, long way to go on a pedalo, a pedalo My joy was surging, spirit soaring The sky was huge, the sea was placid, But soon my vim was somewhat dimmed By bucketloads of lactic acid And then a ship took me aboard Was full of whiskey and hearty sailors, I rested up, then pedaled onwards Once I found out they were whalers It’s a long, long way to go on a pedalo, a pedalo It’s a long, long way to go on a pedalo, a pedalo I saw a mermaid, thwarted pirates Wrestled sea squids, this and more But as I ponder that horizon I fancy someone moved the shore, oh Hope can come, and hope can go, But for the most part it seems to go But still I huff, and still I puff On my yellow pedalo It’s a long, long way to go on a pedalo, a pedalo It’s a long, long way to go on a pedalo, a pedalo.
5.
Born in Santos 1920 Boy with gust and guts aplenty Stole some rope and leapt from tall trees Taught himself the high wire trapeze Under that big top over that crowd He always looked up he never looked down He was as Light as a sparrow Fast as an arrow Bright as a Star (Jose Fernandez) If you could’ve seen him You would’ve been him You would have loved (Jose Fernandez) Light as a sparrow Fast as an arrow Bright as a Star The greatest, the greatest, the greatest. How so fearless, how so dashing? What of Terra Firma crashing ? Tish and pish and, what about it ? Never even thought to doubt it Nightly he dreamt and daily as well Flimsy his grip till one day he fell No longer … Light as a sparrow Fast as an arrow Bright as a Star (Jose Fernandez) If you could’ve seen him You would’ve been him You would have loved (Jose Fernandez) Light as a sparrow Fast as an arrow Bright as a Star The greatest, the greatest, the greatest.
6.
03:54
In an apron, frying bacon, I saw her gleam like a coffee machine, and I was taken Hiding out in the gloom of a greasy spoon She shone through the grime like a winter moon, a winter moon I wanna know where the rest of her goes Ask then maybe you’ll know I wanna see her without any clothes on Ask and you might behold some Of Mariana, Mariana She served me my pies with wanton brown eyes And if I’d have lived in the olden days I’d have dueled at dawn And died on a blade, on a blade I wanna know where the rest of her goes Ask then maybe you’ll know I wanna see her without any clothes on Ask and you might behold some Time after time after time I came and I paid and I dined, I watched and I reeled and I pined Till it clicked in my mind All the while her smile was telling me Come back tomorrow and spend all of your money …
7.
Cobwebs cover this old shed Cover this tin Inside, something long since died Something worn thin No joy, left in this old droid Left in these nuts and bolds and these waning volts Winding down to a grinding halt I used to be a star in the olden days Now I’m in the dark, of the new golden days She’s hot, the Alba of robots The spark in my heart I’m rust, I should’ve been scrapped, crushed, sold as spare parts. That was a bad dream, thanks to the A-Team Now you’ll see - sparks’ll fly through the dead of night As they buff me up to a brilliant shine I used to be a star in the olden days, Now I’m going large, in the new golden days Look at me I’ve never been so shiny Look at me I’ve never felt so ugly Turn ‘em off, turn off all those flashing lights I belong in black and white There’s nothing wrong with black and white.
8.
I have a tale But not a tail Like Felius Domesticum It’s of a girl A real girl I’m calling by her real name And thus began A summer camp sonnet She saw a boy who would soon be a bee in her teenage bonnet Nina and her very long hair Held a torch that got her nowhere She hit him with a thunderbolt smile Everything she had she threw Every dress and every shoe Nina and her very long hair Held a torch that got her nowhere As hard as she tried He never looked twice He never did see the light And end the plight of Nina Sometimes a film Comes over me Like a cold cup of tea And I forget, what I was set To snag and bag, grab and seize At seventeen She was still reeling She went to camp with a comb and a tent and that same old feeling Nina and her very long hair Held a torch that got her nowhere As hard as she tried He never looked twice He never did see the light And end the plight of Nina And so she snipped, she cut and she clipped Enough to thatch a cottage roof And once she’d preened She glowed and she gleamed Off she set to make him swoon She was the girl with very short hair that got her nowhere.
9.
She found him the same way
 She finds all her new flames
 Close to an old grave I better get my shoes on
 I better get my coat on
 I better grab my hat cause This is gonna be her new disaster
 This is gonna take some looking after
 Yeah this is gonna be her new disaster
 Cause everytime I try to steer her clear
 She makes a mess and ends up back here She sunk like the last
time And swam for the frontlines
 Half dead but still trying I better get my shoes on
 I better get my coat on
 I better grab my hat cause This is gonna be her new disaster
 This is gonna take some looking after
 Yeah this is gonna be her new disaster
 Cause everytime I try to steer her clear
 She makes a mess and ends up back here I used to advise her, 
inbetween despising her
 But this time I'll have no time, this time I'll have no time
 This time I'll have no time - 
this is her disaster not mine. She could've kept her head on
 She could've kept her dress on
 She could've been long gone…
10.
03:32
We are little rocks, floating through the Cosmos
 Trying not to get lost, 
so la la la la la lost How hard can it be,
 being space debris
 you drift drift drift drift on, hoping to land on 
your feet Float past giant stars, Earth, Jupiter, Mars
 No place to call ours, 
it ba ba ba breaks our hearts Black holes can grind us, hot suns will blind us
 Drift drift drift drift on,
 hoping that they won't find us There's no place like space
 There's no place like space
 For wondering
which way, how come, which way, how long There's no place like space …
11.
They sawed the wood they forged the steel, Steel that was sober, safe and stern.
 They gave me rails instead of wheels,
 Wheels that could leave and not return. I have my street I have my hill,
 Hill to go up and then come down,
 And that's my lot from now until a dinosaur destroys the town. I hear that rumble,
 I hear that roar.
 With one last grumble,
I pine like I've pined before 
 I am a Tram but I long to be, a 500 cc. So in my tiny Truman Show,
 Show where the buildings block the view,
 I watch the people come and go,
 Going and talking like you do.
 I heard of a tree, the king of the trees,
 A tree that's as big as a battleship,
 Now that would be a sight to see
If I could only get to it. I hear that rumble,
 I hear that roar.
 With one last grumble,
I pine like I've pined before 
 I am a Tram but I long to be, a 500 cc. I'll chug chug chug chug chug
 Till I go out with a thud,
 Till I go out with a thud.
12.
03:01
It was night, when the ship pulled ashore To collect, the comrades of war
 When a man, my old man's old man
 Spied a dame, that lit up his heart with a bang And that night, that night ... That moon, shone about as bright as it could shine Those stars, climbed about as high as they could climb
 They knew, something strange was going on When the man, who was Stan,
saw the dame by the name, of Joan But her face, was soon lost in the crowd
 Morning came, and that chance was drowned At his post, he moped then leapt when he saw
 She'd be there, to share the whole of the war And that night, that night ... That moon, shone about as bright as it could shine Those stars, climbed about as high as they could climb
 They knew, something strange was going on When the man, who was Stan,
 saw the dame by the name, of Joan In a frame, on a shelf, in the lounge
 They look old, black and white, buttoned down
 You forget, that they lived, and they ripped, and they roared

about

“One listen & you'll be hooked. It has the same energy & excitement as hearing Sufjan Stevens for the first time & just like Sufjan this will become a shop favourite. An absolutely charming & essential album you must hear." A Rough Trade Album of the Week & Year 2008

"This deft debut is flushed with romanticism … The Heart Strings sweetly believe there's magic in the air, and convince you they have a point." Uncut Magazine 4 ****

“This is pop music at its most majestic, weaved to nourish our senses completely. Making us dream of fairytales.” Subba-Cultcha 4 ****

"… heart-breaking loveliness." Tasty Fanzine

"It's one of the best records you will own, and you will own it, obviously.” Unpeeled

"Sure to make your heart skip flutter ... quite perfect…" Losing Today

“An excellent record … " Rockfeedback 4 ****

“… classic pure-pop.” Drowned in Sound

“… opens the curtains wide to greet the day, cutting an album so infectious you'll want to spread it by fair means or foul.” Gigwise 4 ****

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credits

released July 7, 2008

Produced & Mixed by Julian Simmons & Todd Roache
Recorded at din by Julian Simmons
Bits n bobs recorded in various homes by The Heart Strings
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering

All strings and horns arranged by The Heart Strings except Mariana (Strings) by The Heart Strings + Julian Simmons and Nina (Horns) by The Heart Strings & Radford, Somers, Dowell.

Strings scored and performed by Fiona Brice (Violin), Emma Owens (Viola), Vicky Matthews (Cello) except Jose Fernandez, violin by Aessi Gunwardhana.

All Horns by Jon Radford (Trumpet), Ben Somers (Saxophone), Bob Dowell (Trombone) except General Sherman - Graham Mathews (Tuba) and Alex Harper (Saxophone Solo & Outro)

Vocals, Guitars, Organs, Electric Pianos by Todd Roache
Drums and Piano by Max Roache
Electric Bass by Arthur Bassingham
Ebow guitar on Pedalo, Tonebank CT470 and Hohner P100 on 1942 by Julian Simmons
Double Bass by Rex Horan
Piano on Mariana by Will Foster
Harp on Jose Fernandez by Kate Smith
Accordian on 1942 by Sophie Smiles
B. Vocals & Harmonies by Galia Admoni
B. Vocals by Dan Mount, Tony Bowen, Toph, Samantha Younger
B. Vocals on Mariana by Matt Avery, Dan Bowen, Fiona Brice, Chilli Gold, Alexia Hagen, Marcus Hoyle, Serj Kotecha, Chris King, Zara Lawless, Dan Mount, Katie Wynne

Written by Todd Roache
C&P 2008 Grandpa Stan Ltd

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