The Battle of Airstrip One

by The Small Hours

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Coldwater Entertainment Limited
Photos by Lady K Photography (ladykphotos.blogspot.com)

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released January 11, 2011

The Small Hours are: Robin Goodchild, Edward Shiers, John Armstrong, John Bennett

Produced by John Armstrong & The Small Hours
Music and Lyrics by The Small Hours
Brass Performed by Ryan Poulson & Forrest Powell
Recorded at Hollywood Sound by John Armstrong
Mixed at Infrasonic Sound Recording Co. by John Armstrong
Additional Engineering by Cyrus Shahmir & Alek Edmonds
Mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound Recording Co.
Executive Production by Michael Burtscher

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The Small Hours Los Angeles, California

It was a dark, cold morning in March and the clocks were striking three. Rob, John and JB sat motionless in the small hours, surrounded by the complete darkness of an almost featureless room. They had not moved in several hours and in the insignificant illumination of the starless night, their bright-red ocular-protectors seemed as colourless and monotone as their party issue coveralls and Welling ... more

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Track Name: From The Future
From the Future

We've got the vision, got the soul
Got some seeds that we wanna sow
We keep the secrets no one knows
In a cupboard underground
Because we need it, because we can
For the good of your fellow man
Happy people, happy plans
We know what's best for our children

And when you see this,
Yeah when you see this you will know
There's only one way you can go

Oh oh, we're from the future you know
We're from the future, everything is wonderful
Oh oh, we're from the future you know
We're from the future

When we reach these happy days
We've got the parts that you're gonna play
Over there, you just smile away
Now there's a good little soldier
The perfect way to live forever
'cause if you bite us we bleed together
It's tried and tested, and really clever
Take what you see as a lesson

'cause when you've seen this
Yeah when you've seen this you will know
There's only one way you can go

Oh oh, we're from the future you know
We're from the future, everything is wonderful
Oh oh, we're from the future you know
We're from the future
Track Name: The Party
The Party

Everybody loves a Party
But I'm not coming out for mine
Everybody loves a party

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

The fakers in the crowd
The jokers and the clowns all got me down
Ah hoo hoo hee hee ha!
Until they go away I won't come out

Everybody loves a Party
But I'm not coming out for mine
Everybody loves a party

The guests, they all agree
A smile comes for free, but not for me
Who they want to be
Is painted on their faces, all skin-deep

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to

Everybody love a party

Everybody loves a Party
But I'm not coming out for mine
Everybody loves a party
Track Name: Hate Song
Hate Song

I don't know why they're coming for me
I don't know why they're coming for me
I don't know why they're coming for me but they are
They're coming now, they're coming now
And singing Hate Songs to themselves

You can't jump off, if you won't look down
And you can't lay blame when there's none to lay

Oh feeble, feeble world
Why won't you go easy on someone who tried to feed you?

I don't know why they're coming for me
I don't know why they're coming for me
I don't know why they're coming for me but they are
They're coming now, they're coming now
And singing Hate Songs to themselves

I caught you out trying to turn it round
But you're just like me and you know it now

Oh feeble, feeble world
Why won't you go easy on someone who tried to feed you?
Oh feeble, feeble world
Why won't you go easy on someone who tried to feed you?

I don't know why they're coming for me
I don't know why they're coming for me
I don't know why they're coming for me but they are
They're coming now, they're coming now
And singing Hate Songs to themselves
Track Name: Take A Walk
Take A Walk

Get out, 'cause it really doesn't suit you to be here
And we're fucking going under, and you don't care
No, I don't understand where you are coming from, my friend
If you think that we are going through all this to no end

Don't look over there 'cause you know what's gonna happen
Gonna get fucked over by the one we turned our back on
Just when we were there, at the top of our ladder
Gonna get fucked over by the one we turned our back

Take a cruel walk outside
Take a cruel walk outside
You don't care

Is that your girlfriend looking for another piece of somebody else?
Did you never see it coming?
You've got your head in the clouds
And now she's ruined all your planning
Your planning of a simple life at home
But it happens to the best of us and I hate to say I told you so
But I told you so

Don't look over there 'cause you know what's gonna happen
Gonna get fucked over by the one we turned our back on
Just when we were there, at the top of our ladder
Gonna get fucked over by the one we turned our back

Take a cruel walk outside
Take a cruel walk outside

Can you hear me, my friend?
Can you see nothing through to the end?
Can you hear me?

Don't look over there 'cause you know what's gonna happen
Gonna get fucked over by the one we turned our back on
Just when we were there, at the top of our ladder
Gonna get fucked over by the one we turned our back

Take a cruel walk outside
Take a cruel walk outside
You don't care

Can you hear me?
Track Name: Thought Crime
Thought Crime

Hush hush, don't talk about it
Don't tell a soul
Hush hush, don't talk about it
Don't let anybody know

We don't have to worry 'cause they're watching us sleep
They're always near
They've got the finest innovations in privacy-deprivation
So we can't afford to dream
Please, please, please won't you cure our minds before we lose control?
'cause I don't wanna know it if I'm not even allowed a soul

We're not criminals, we're not criminals
We're not criminals but we play the part
We're not criminals, we're not criminals
We're not criminals but we can always start

Speaking without talking is a trick of the living but a sign of the dead
(we are the dead)
Here comes a candle to light you to bed
Here comes a chopper to chop off your head

We're not criminals, we're not criminals
We're not criminals but we look the part
We're not criminals, we're not criminals
We're not criminals but we can always start

They'll find us, they'll see us, they'll never believe us
And they're killers, they're killers, oh my god
I said you liars, you liars, renegade Messiahs
Why'd you lead us to silence? Oh my god
I said they'll find us, they'll see us, they'll never believe us
And they're killers, they're killers, oh my god
I said you liars, you liars, renegade Messiahs
Why'd you lead us to silence? Oh my god
Track Name: Fast As We Can
Fast As We Can

I don't mind the invitation, Love
Let's watch it go before we shoot it down
Before we shoot it down, before we shoot it down

You're that kind of woman, I'm that kind of man
But we're running, we're running as fast as we can
Into the silence, out of the fray
We're running, we're running, running away from us

Why do we run away? They told us that it's okay
Why do we run away?

If people say as people do
What a boring world for both me and you
For both me and you, for both me and you

You're that kind of woman, I'm that kind of man
But we're running, we're running as fast as we can
Into the silence, out of the fray
We're running, we're running, running away from us

Why do we run away? They told us that it's okay
Why do we run away? They told us that it's okay

We'll be apart, apart until I'm over me, you're over you

You're that kind of woman, I'm that kind of man
But we're running, we're running as fast as we can
Into the silence, out of the fray
We're running, we're running, running away from us
Track Name: Think of Something
Think of Something

Honestly never say never
You know we're kinda clever
We'll think of something else to try and fill our time on earth
So silently we changed the way it used to be
When I was in your bloodstream
Nothing could infect the way we were
'Cause we were wiser souls

Don't you ever say we can all do this alone
'Cause you never know

Watch that girl, she is a lonely soul
She is a lonely soul
Watch that boy, watching the lonely girl
They are the lonely ones

Constantly I wonder how it came to be
That it's not up to you, it's not up to me
The last time I saw you I felt alive, in control
But not enough to say it's right, my head's working too slow
I need to see, I need to know if you could be the one I love
But every time you come to mind, I don't want to realize

Don't you ever say we can all do this alone
'Cause you never know

Watch that girl, she is a lonely soul
She is a lonely soul
Watch that girl, she is a lonely soul
She is a lonely soul
Watch that boy, watching the lonely girl
They are the lonely ones

All they know, they're not really on their own
Never the lonely ones
Track Name: Loose Lips Sink Ships
Loose Lips Sink Ships

You're making sure you'll never be on your own
I'm a silent trophy that you will never show
'Cause it's no fun when you tell everyone
About your sinful other life
About your whipping-boy on the side
No, it's no fun when you tell everyone

Don't leave me to hide away
Don't leave me on my own again
It's the last time, I don't like it here
Don't leave me on my own again

I can be what you want, I can be what you say
I can be myself another day

When you say “Go” I must go
But what will you do when I ruin the show?
'Cause it's no fun when you're not number one

Don't leave me to hide away
Don't leave me on my own again
It's the last time, I don't like it here
Don't leave me on my own again

I can be what you want, I can be what you say
I can be myself another day

Please don't leave me on my own again
Please don't leave me on my own again
Please don't leave me on my own again
Please don't leave me on my own
Track Name: Wicked Girl
Wicked Girl

What have you done to me?
Charm and misery
Rhyme and reason all gone away
There's no defenses against your trickery
Except to bolt and run away
I wish I had an alter-ego I could send to sort you out
What have you done to me? What's the damage?
Smashing windows in my house
But I am passing the rocks and slingshots you are using for the crime
What have you done to me? You washed my head out
These thoughts were never mine
Never mine

You wicked girl, what have you done to me
With your razor-mouth
And your twisted mind
Oh, you wicked girl, what have you done to me
With your razor-mouth
And your twisted mind
Track Name: Glass Actress
Glass Actress

Do you wanna tell me something?
Or can it wait until we can do nothing about it?
This little problem we are going through
Who knew love could be this lonely?
Lonelier than being one man
Against the world and all its mad and lonely, lonely plans

Oh, and I know we should feel something
But I think we could be dead inside
'Cause we're happier to say goodbye

I don't even care if you gave our love away
If you gave our love away
I forgave you
I don't even care if you gave our love away
If you gave our love away
'Cause I did too

We thought this was as precious
As precious as the air
Until it stopped us breathing
And we panicked and we took our share
So, I guess we sold it
Packed it in our broken car
And off the cliff we drove it
Watched it crash into the sea like they did with you and me

Oh, and I know we should feel something
But I think we could be dead inside
'Cause we're happier to say goodbye

I don't even care if you gave our love away
If you gave our love away
I forgave you
I don't even care if you gave our love away
If you gave our love away
'Cause I did too

She gave her love away
Track Name: Wellington Boots
Wellington Boots

Lay down your suitcase
Your lack of concern is so out of place
You're cheating on yourself again
By leaving now as fast as you came

Don't look back, don't look back
When you feel like you're gonna crack
Down and out I heard you shout
It's the loneliest feeling
So naïve, you're so naïve
It's amazing what you'll believe
Don't look back, don't look back

Why did you come here
Remember yourself and drink down the fear
Stay a while
To see if you can
Just point this all back towards the surface again

Don't look back, don't look back
When you feel like you're gonna crack
Down and out I heard you shout
It's the loneliest feeling
So naïve, you're so naïve
It's amazing what you'll believe
Don't look back, don't look back
Track Name: Wonderful World
Wonderful World

You chop them down before you even give them half a chance
You never know you're wrong
Until you see the blood on your hands

You run around like there's nothing wrong
Nothing wrong, nothing wrong
No one about so you please yourself
Please yourself, please yourself
Never any guilt, nothing on your mind
On your mind, on your mind
But what a wonderful world this is
Always fair, always kind

What a wonderful world, what a wonderful
What a wonderful world, what a wonderful
What a wonderful world, what a wonderful
What a wonderful world

It's a wonderful world