Two Thousand and Fourteen

by Finn Johansson

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about

This album (except for one vocal take and a touch of New Zealand-based mastering) is entirely a product of a 2014 spent in Cork City, Dublin, Liverpool, Drogheda, London, Belfast, Bicester, Kinsale, Inishmore, Amsterdam, Berkhamsted, Southend-On-Sea and the Irish Sea.

Recorded in whichever room I was in at the time, a farm, Soteria: a gaff rigged schooner and the Dublin College of Music (thanks Alex),

Performed and mixed by me.

Thank you to everyone who made friends with me along the way!

credits

released July 1, 2015

Arthur Pawsey
Dick Whyte
Chris Falconer (Lynny Lynn)
Aine Palmer
Alex Borwick (played and produced)
Joel Cosgrove (mastered)

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Track Name: Farce
Walk me over the rise
If you believe it, is it still a lie?
You've got caves in your face and the wind's blowing through
It's a shame the things we things we think we have to do

Keep that silver spoon to remind you
Sharpen your harpoon, they'll find you
Oh
Bring me that bottle painted a medical blue
Oh
I hope you don't think about me as much as I
Think about you

Your grandfather let out a cry
'You don't eat, you don't shit, you don't shit you die'
He's got more advice for you too
Drinking that bachelor's brew
Cussing along to the news
He won't let you know he's so easily bruised
It's a shame the things we things we think we have to do

Keep that silver spoon to remind you
Sharpen your harpoon, they'll find you
Oh
Bring me that bottle painted a medical blue
Oh
I hope you don't think about me as much as I
Think about you

Oh, something's wrong
Something's wrong again
Ahhhhh
Track Name: Why Did I Eat So Much Food?
My hungry eyes are crying out for more
but I can hardly fit through the door
I'll be relegated for sure to be rolling on the floor

Why did I eat so much food?

I'll be maxing out that visa debit
but that hotpot, man, I've got to get it
Oh brother I know you thought it but I went ahead and said it

Why did I eat so much food?

Salt and pepper pain in my stomach once again

Didn't picture it this way
I thought that we'd be rolling in the hay
oh, I know it's only Toblerone but my god, it feels like clay

Why did I eat so much food?

Find a witch and turn me to a cow
take a look and see who's smiling now
I've got more stomachs than eyebrows, and I'll fill up all the hours
with pecan pie and toblerone and you

Why did I eat so much food?

Salt and pepper pain in my stomach once again
Track Name: Gregor Samsa
My
My brain
My brain is
My brain is an

My brain is an idiot
My brain is an idiot
My brain is an idiot
Now

My
My brain
My brain is
My brain is an

My brain is an idiot
My brain is an idiot
My brain is an idiot
Now
Track Name: Jesus Christ: Weirdo (Jesus Christ, Weirdo)
Well, Jesus Christ I know that he
was not a lot older than me
when he claimed to be all of those things he claimed to be

But don't try to say that I don't admire
the man that they all called a liar
it's just that dying is a big responsibility

& I know that if it was on me
& I didn't think that I would make it out of my 30s
the job description that would come to me
would probably not be
'Carpenter'
Track Name: Ramadan Blues
Didn't anybody ever tell you where to find that old Qur'an
'cause I
I
Don't have the time
to tell you now

I've got the Ramadan Blues
The Ramadan Blues
I've got the Ramadan Blues
Talkin' Ramadan Blues

Sun is high in the sky but it warms me none
I'm a thief and a spy, but at least I'm a solid one
Wa-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Forty days and forty nights
we ride the Ferriss Wheel
& I
I know you do too

I've got the Ramadan Blues
The Ramadan Blues
I've got the Ramadan Blues
Talkin' Ramadan Blues

Sun is high in the sky but it warms me none
I'm a thief and a spy, but at least I'm a solid one
Wa-ooo-oo-oo-oo-oo
Forty days and forty nights
we ride the Ferriss Wheel
& I
I know you do too

It's a hard way to go
Track Name: Artificial Brain
You got by, you ran dry
and what do you do when you can't go home?
You had time
But you waited this long just to watch it go away
Aritficial Brain

Sometimes, oh sometimes
a man wishes he wasn't born at sea

I'm all vowels babe
consonants are a luxury to me
it's an artificial breeze

You got by, you ran dry
and what do you do when you can't go home?
You had time
But you waited this long just to watch it go away
Aritficial Brain
In the artificial breeze
(repeat a bit)
Track Name: No Hand Was At The Wheel
the darkest day of the year
and my heart is on the rail
the darkest day of the year
and whose hand is at the wheel
whose hand's at the wheel

who will tell 'em what has happened
out here beyond the dawn
out here beyond the horizon
who will tell 'em that you're gone

oh, the breaking sigh
no answer in the mystery
once you held me helpless
once it mighta been

cold was sharp across the high desert
you and me in the secrets
once it must have been
not only my heart on the rail
once it must have been
no hand was at the wheel
that no hand was at the wheel
Track Name: There's a Devil Creeping Up On Me
You're a sad little part of my life
Oh, I know
I wish that you were bigger
& you make me want to stay in my dreams
longer and longer and longer and longer

There's a devil creeping up on me
Gonna use my soul for kindling and timber
& His voice is like a tambourine
Ringing underwater in the winter

I wanna hear the alcohol in my mouth
I've forgotten more songs than I remember
But if I live a couple decades more
I'm sure I'll wish that I'm a couple decades younger

There's a devil creeping up on me
Gonna use my soul for kindling and timber
& His voice is like a tambourine
Ringing underwater in the winter

ain't the greatest gals born on a
ain't the greatest gals born on a December
ain't the greatest gals born on a
ain't the greatest gals born on a December


There's a devil creeping up on me
Gonna use my soul for kindling and timber
& His voice is like a tambourine
Ringing underwater in the winter

I've written songs about Louisianne
Though I ain't never been to America
And I don't even have a flag
And I'm scared of guns, but I've got a bumper sticker

There's a devil creeping up on me
Gonna use my soul for kindling and timber
& His voice is like a tambourine
Ringing underwater in the winter

I'll be swimming in your pockets (high harmony)
I'll be in your brain, twirling all the dials
I'll be swimming in your pockets (high harmony)
I'll be in your brain, twirling all the dials

There's a devil creeping up on me
Gonna use my soul for kindling and timber
& His voice is like a tambourine
Ringing underwater in the winter

I feel like a shitty hotel
my knives are damp
and my food's been there for ages
well my dumbwaiter ain't much but it's mine
but my bookshelves are like animal cages
Track Name: Cows and Guns
You closed your eyes and saw
a land of sulfuric underground fire
& you thought that'd suit you fine
so you set yourself a-tumbling down

I walk into your house and all the fish stop swimming 'round
maybe they feel it too
everybody thought that I was singing about god
but I was singing about you

Everyone you love is still alive
you're waiting for someone to take a dive

Mmm

You're not groovy
you're not groovy
you're not groovy at all

When I hear you talk
I could open a non-screwtop bottle with my bare hands
when you call me out
I feel like the dog
that couldn't bark

I walk into your house and all the fish stop swimming 'round
maybe they feel it too
everybody thought that I was talking about god
but I was talking about you

Everyone you love is still alive
you're waiting for someone to take a dive

Mmm

You're not groovy
you're not groovy
you're not groovy at all

Alright

I walk into your house and all the fish stop swimming 'round
maybe they feel it too
everybody knew that I was talking about you
did you even want me to?

Everyone I love is still alive
they might as well be on the other side

Mmm

I'm not groovy
I'm not groovy
I'm not groovy at all
Track Name: You Closed The Lid On Me, You Sank Into The Sea
You don't have a lot of songs in your heart
but you don't charge for the ones that you find
but the wolves have got the scent on your clothes and they know
and the ink is running down your arms

Where'd you go?
and how long have you been gone?

You don't have a lot of fear in your eyes
but bring her up and you'll bring it all out
and I can't say enough to you in my mind
to make it seem like you're around

Where'd I go?
and how long have I been gone?

Well, wherever it was
It rained so hard, I forgot who I was
thought I was a bird on the road, getting killed by cars
made of howling steel
all studded with stars

and it rained so hard
the whole damn town sank into the sea

I don't have a lot
of love
in my life
but lord, I've got a lot of pills

Where'd I go?
and how long have I been gone?

Well, wherever it was
It rained so hard, I forgot who I was
thought I was a bird on the road, getting killed by cars
made of howling steel
all studded with stars

and it rained so hard
the whole damn town sank into the sea

Shirley, oh Shirley, surely you know
that there ain't no time to be wasting
and even if we had that time
surely now wouldn't be the time to be wasting that time

Don't close the lid on me,
I
Won't close the lid on you
(x2)

Casey, oh Casey, in case you don't know
We've got another joint to be casing
and even if we had that dough
we wouldn't really have that dough

Don't close the lid on me,
I
Won't close the lid on you
(x2)

Amanda, Amanda, a man doesn't know
how many steps he'd be taking
to walk across the waves to you
walk across the waves and start wasting your time

Don't close the lid on me,
I
Won't close the lid on you
(x2)

Well, wherever I was
I wrote you a note out of cuttlefish bone
tried to sing it to you, but my throat was on loan
and all of the well-known nobodies went home

and it rained so hard
the whole damn town sank into the sea

Into the sea