The Idea and the Will

by Two Short Planks

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A selection of 12 original songs, written, performed and recorded by two short planks

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released September 30, 2013

Written, performed and recorded by two short planks

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Track Name: Duke Box Blues
Bottoms up and I'm creeping back
and I don't even want to say thank you
I've had enough, my heads rolled up
and there's puking by the pool table.
My mouth is dry from the 23rd roll-up
and a mans shouting bollocks from the corner
The grease-backed nightshift drunkards swaying and singing
To his choice on the duke box blues

the barman smiles and he says 'hello'
But he's only counting his money
Through beer and smoke and the usual folk
Today the jokes just aren't funny.
I put in my pound and glance around
as a cur butt nudges my shoulder
I press C9 B3 H1 then I'm singing
To my choice on the duke box blues

I don't think I can stagger home my knees will give way
I don't think I can stagger home my knees will give way

the kids walk in with big fat grins
and huddle themselves in the corner
They curse and hiss as I pass for a piss
Now I'm swaying by the urinal.
A voice from cubicle one says something
and a noise emanates from the second.
A blast of heat as I beat a retreat back to the sound
Of my choice on the duke box blues

I don't think I can stagger home my knees will give way
I don't think I can stagger home my knees will give way
Track Name: Day after Day
Waking up
Feel my head pounding
Staggering across the landing
Down the stairs
Breakfast toast
Go to work
Eat some lunch
Say 'hello, how are you'
Come on home
Sit alone
Pen and paper with you

I've been here before
Day after day after day after day

Weekend comes
Pressures really on me
Who can I phone to comfort me?
I want to get drunk
I'd better phone up quick
Don't want to sit alone again
Who will want me
While I hate myself
What sane mind can sit through this shit
I'm lucky
I have a good friend

I've been here before
Day after day after day after day

Stagger home
Kick a roadsign or two
Shout some abuse
Blame my life on somebody else
Fumble keys
Stare at the TV
Smoke red eyes, heavy
Aching back
Cold when I awake at night
Pull up the soft quilt
Restless sleep
Get up late
Squint my eyes
At the Monday sun

I've been here before
Day after day after day after day
Track Name: Side by Side
If I fail
Can I have my life again
Would you undress me
And put me to bed
Where I can curl up small
And hide away
When things go beyond my simple grasp
And slip on by into the dark
Where I find it hard to crawl
And take control
Take control

Got to believe in yourself
Got to feel in control
not in a middle of a mess

And if I sail
Past all my hopes and dreams
That I held dear
When I was young
I want to stand up tall
And say I tried
If I turn away
And then return
Can I take you arm and walk side by side
Open you mouth and say those words
That I want to hear

Got to believe in yourself
Got to feel in control
not in a middle of a mess
Track Name: The Eyes Looking Back
Forget my face I’m nothing
Leave this place, you are free
Staring for so long into the mirror
But the eyes looking back don’t help me
Don’t help me.

I’ve made up my mind to stand by you
And when you’re gone I can see
What it is to be with you
But do the eyes looking back want me?
Do they want me?

I miss your hugs in the evening
They make me smile when I’m down
But I’m not sure that I’m worth it
But the eyes looking back they want me
They want me.
Track Name: Happier Without Me
I know I’ve been stupid most of my days,
no-one can blame me more than me,
there’s one thing I don’t want to know,
Is how happy you are without me,
It’s how happy you are without me.

No excuse I’m stuck in darkness when in sunshines,
I open up my eyes and I can't see,
But there one thing you can say for me to go,
it’s how happy you are without me,
how happy you are without me.

I’ve worked hard at work but I’m losing it at home,
I’m bottled up and isolated from you,
I’ll understand when you say to me,
I’m leaving, I’m happier without you,
I’m leaving, ‘cos I’m happier without you.
Track Name: I Liked The Way I Used To Be
I woke up that fateful day
Wondered where my future lay
You turned my world upside down
Because you said you loved me.

Wavy wavy dark black hair
Smiling face I had no care
intoxicating liqueur store
beckons me no more... we sometimes.

I liked the way I used to be
I liked the way I used to be
Sad and lonely in my tree
I was comfortable you see
But I suppose that now I’m free

You opened up my eyes that day
I couldn’t think of what to say
I was sad and happy
Both at the same time

I look out of the window
See her standing there
As my face turns green
I wondered where my heart has been... in my stomach

I liked the way I used to be
I liked the way I used to be
Sad and lonely in my tree
I was comfortable you see
But I suppose that now I’m free

Well it’s getting on and I’m feeling old
My bodies young but my mind is mouldy
Those early moments appear again
They tell me what its all about

So here I sit alone today
Two years or so the game we’ve played
Roller coaster up and down
I’m sure I’m getting better now... so happy

I liked the way I used to be
I liked the way I used to be
Sad and lonely in my tree
I was comfortable you see
But I suppose that now I’m free

I never thought I’d hear myself
Say I was so happy
I suppose now I’m free.
Track Name: A Moment by the River
Here I am sitting by the river,
there it is staring back at me,
The sun is shining through the canopy down on me
Here I sit and I’m not sure that its me

I’ve just realised what means more to me,
I could not see that in front of me,
It’s the family.

I would never profess to being perfect,
Neither thank God would anyone,
what good does it do, comparing me to you,
when all I need to know is you’ll be there for me.

I’ve just realised what means more to me,
I could not see that in front of me,
It’s the family.

The voice, speaking back in distant tones,
just enough to help me through again,
a human touch when God has gone and left me bare,
It’s then I realise that you’ll be there for me.

I’ve just realised what means more to me,
I could not see that in front of me,
It’s the family.
Track Name: Raining Again
I put my hat on step outside,
its raining again.
Dark and cold, my necks exposed,
As I pull my scarf in tighter.

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.

Streetlight casts a yellow glow
on icy street below.
We gathered here on that funeral day,
seems like yesterday

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.

And there’s the field we’d run a play
football all day.
The heart was light, it seemed so bright,
I think I grew too fast

A misty path through an old church yard,
where I know God’s on guard.
Screeching cars, turf out from bars,
a distant drunkard shouting.

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.

A bustling queue to a dirty van,
through paper and lager cans
Young Asian man he gets a stare,
large group, white, don’t care.

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.

The noise it fades I move away,
see two shadows down an alley way.
They stop to kiss, embrace and smile,
then walk off hand in hand.

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.

Resigned pause as I push the door,
I don’t think I can take much more.
Stagger up towards my bed,
Drunk again I can rest my head.

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.

Roll a cigerette and toke it hard,
It’s still raining hard.
Sip the whisky from my flask,
getting through a day seems harder.

I don’t think I can go on,
no I don’t think I can go on.
Track Name: Edge Of My Thoughts
If I cannot care for me
Then how can I share my life with you
But someday, motivating’s tough without you

It’s mad, but on those happy days
The back of my mind is wondering, how long it will last
The pain of leaving everything and holding on to time as it move past
Track Name: Victim Mentality
Victim mentality
The state doesn’t owe me anything
I can make it on my own
I can face the world alone if I wanted to

It’s easy to blame all but me
The pain I feel, the troubles that I’m going through
It’s not someone else's fault
It’s my own, it’s my own

I don’t look above no more
The love I feel for those I’ve lost is inside of me
The life I choose to live is mine
It is mine, it is mine
Track Name: Tell Me So
When you decide that you don’t want me no more,
Turn you head, break my heart, walk out the door.
When the sky is dark and we drift apart,
Just write or phone but tell me so,
Please tell me so.

When you decide that you don’t want me know more,
Walking through the acts of love but nothing more,
If you’re hanging onto dreams without me there,
just write or phone but tell me so,
Please tell me so.
Track Name: Just Enough
Its late but I forgot to say
Thank you, so I’m saying it today
You did just enough to save me
By giving out all you had to give
By giving out all you had to give.

Life worried you each day
A ruffled brow gave it all away
There’s no way we can deny
That being there was just enough for us
That being there was just enough for us.

Now that you have passed on
I didn’t want you to go unsung
Thanks for the bad undone
As I sit alone right now
I begin to wonder how
If I did not understand
I sure as hell know now
I sure as hell know now

Life worried you each day
A ruffled brow gave it all away
There’s no way we can deny
That being there was just enough for us
That being there was just enough for us.