Present Imperfect

by Ablemesh

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1.
02:45
I'm an honest man and I'm rotting underground I do what I can to stop these people that bring me down I feel so diseased This damn bed's mistreated me and I'm looking awful Cancel my account Cancel life, oh shut your mouth! I don't need this I don't need that I don't need false hopes
2.
04:18
Waiting in the backdrop of a barn dance I met the strangest thing Smiling, she began to fraternise and we talked of how she sings … badly Later, up before a dirty mirror where I have stood or fled I saw straight into her eyes and in those same eyes I read Best foot forward, live a little Love comes to us Best foot forward, live a little Love runs through us Posing, like it's ever so subversive Some pseudo guru sage Never said a word unspoken Shallow as the printed page
3.
I can be mean I've been stitched up and punched to the ground I can be mean like anaesthetic bringing you round It's only a demonstration what I'm capable of I can be cruel like Shakespeare's fool minus a stage I can be cruel like death, accidents, cancer, your wage It's only a demonstration what I'm capable of I am capable of telling the truth God be my witness Capable of an attitude I can be cruel like grit in your eye and painfully loud I can be cruel like anaesthetic bringing you round It's only a demonstration what I'm capable of I am capable of telling the truth God be my witness Capable of beatitude God be my witness I'm telling you no lies You've seen it you've heard it You've run out of time Step into the light
4.
02:01
Spending my time chasing a line Write on, write on, write on Never a hit quite like the first time Write on, write on Muse going dry draining supply Write on, write on, write on Visit me soon, send us your best tune Write on, write on Dum-dum booby prize I was ready for love but not to be sucked dry Spending my time chasing a line Write on, write on, write on Visit me soon send us your best tune Write on, write on Dum-dum booby prize I was ready for love But not to be sucked dry Forever the same Forever in vain Write on, write on, write on Forever in vain Forever the same Write on, write on
5.
05:14
When I close my eyes I see the road, it blurs below And I really can't seem to slow down Then a sign says clear "Ballerinas crossing here" I think to stop but can't slow down Still the ballerinas come dancing by Chop chop - hurry through whilst the going's good Chop chop - to the other side Missing by an inch now I'm laughing, now I flinch they smile and seem to understand When I shut my eyes I see the road runs through my life and I really don't dare to slow down You cut me down, still.
6.
03:07
7.
03:32
One sees differently on higher ground pressures rest assured One sees everything on higher ground certainty restored The flag of destiny gathers dirt While I wait anticipating The march to dignity will have to hurt tearing certain lovers’ hearts apart Mountaineering alone pushing against strong winds Mountaineering alone over clouds within I'm a mountaineer
8.
She stopped to pick me up in a stolen car We went driving round no one knows where She said she played guitar Was I going far? As we sped along much too fast She liked the music loud And I had to shout to be heard at all to be sure A magpie belted out and she hit the brakes It was ten to eight when we swerved Out of control, over we roll Out of control Out of control we are reckless so bold A beat up ambulance reached the scene at nine saw the car on fire all aglow A good samaritan took us overground We were hand in hand don't you know? So... Out of control over we roll Out of control Out of control we are reckless so bold over we roll Out of control we are reckless so bold We are out of control
9.
Lucy forgot my name Lucifer got my name again Once a friend Now an enemy And everything to me I listen to her kiss I listen to her ACDC She's afraid, a crazy disco Wherever I go In her Lucy nation I know my love is not love In hallucination Lucy forgot to smile Lucy forgot my name Lucifer got my name again She's afraid She's an only child She's everything but smiles I listen to her kiss She listens to me ask for covers She's afraid, my young lover Wherever I fall In her Lucy nation I know my love is not love In hallucination Lucifer got my name
10.
This is Entonox Keep breathing in through this mask Fading fast Tell me your name again This gas, it will take away the worst Now then, where does it hurt? To a man in shock you sound miles away, echoing, fading fast This moment's a long decay So dark it could only be for real Oh Lord, right now I feel so very bad, feel so very bad I feel so very bad I'll spend my life looking back I feel so very bad I'll spend my life looking back over my shoulder Come now, come now, wake me up from this dream I feel so very bad I'll spend my life looking back I feel so very bad I'll spend my life looking back I should have told her
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Boundless optimism, supreme nihilism and sublime beauty. All seamlessly stitched together on the LP mixes.

Sean Walmsley provides songwriting highlights in Mountaineer, In Hallucination and Cancel Life. Jon Poole and Bob Leith (Cardiacs) inject pace and urgency on bass and drums. Gordon Glass sings.

Recorded and produced by Jon Poole on a 4-track cassette recorder in 1995. Remastered for release in 2017.

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released September 11, 2017

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