Place

by Owen Tromans

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Originally released on Bearos Records.

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released May 1, 2004

All songs written by Owen Tromans (copyright control)

Recorded and mixed at Il Sauna, Varano Borghi, Italy by Andrea Cajelli and Marco Sessa

Additional musicians:

Andrea Cajelli – Drums on 1, 4, 6, 9, and 10
Elena Ceci – Vocal on 5
Marcello Diurni – Bass on 4
Matteo Laudati – Rhodes on 10
Andrea Monaci – Violin on 6
Marco Sessa – Synth on 3 and Glockenspiel on 6

Design by Matt Dornan

Thanks:

Giuseppe Marmina and family for their wonderful hospitality, Dr. Diurni and his colleagues at Varese hospital for their attention to an injured Englishman, Adrian Pannett for his good counsel, Alan Farmer & James at Fire Records for their support and encouragement and Deborah for everything.

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Track Name: Like Rheticus
Both blue girls
Wearing their halos
Holding hands
All the way down my street
Talking about Baudelaire
How you gotta be drunk on something
And they talk about Verlaine
How his guitar sounds so beautiful

And I’m stuck inside
I feel like Rheticus
Trying to get these words down
But they aren’t looking right at all

Polaroids fill my shelves
Just trees and sky
A totally deserted world
And if you want my diary
It’s by the door
Between the headphones
And the Commodore 64

It’s just blank pages
And some old numbers
You can fill it up
With your thoughts on where I’ve gone wrong

I can’t stop thinking about aeroplanes
I can’t stop thinking about Singapore
I can’t stop thinking about Jesus Christ
I can’t stop thinking about anything

Both blue girls
They’re wearing their halos
And they’re holding hands
All the way down my street
Track Name: One For The Long Drive
The sun slowly sinks
Its farewell colours fill the sky
Soon the night will surround us
A world of artificial light

And out there in the woods
Hang all our teenage witches
With their curses and their bells
Passing round handwritten spells
Drinking down their parents riches

So come away from the window
And let your hair down
We can forget about the outside
About the trouble in town

And when you stand like that
You remind me of Lucy
All smiles and wide eyes
Focused on some distant prize
Somehow still looking through me

And do you think you could love me?
And do you think you will forgive me?

You say just put me in a song
Make it the one you say is for the long drive
You say just put me in a song
Make it the one that sounded so tired

You say put me in a song
Make it the one you say is for the long drive
You say put me in a song
Make it the one that sounded so tired

Because I am so tired
Track Name: Thread
Leave the back door open
Let some air in this room
I have dreams unspoken
I have dreams I‘ll never use

We should talk about our future
But let’s just watch the swallows fly
In and out of the houses
Each perfect motion in the sky

How long have we been hanging
By this thread?
And if it’s strong enough to hold us
Should we care

One bird
With the sun on his wings
In the cherry tree
For you he sings
Track Name: This View
Put your hand in my hand
There’s a view I want you to see
The city edge spread out below
The frontier of its victory
And the ground on which we stand
Has become sacred to me
The lights beneath like a shore I know
The ebb and flow of a century

And if this turns out to mean nothing
If this is all a line in the sand
At least we could say we saw some beauty
And that we tried to understand

Juliana, it’s all darkness
And we’re trying to find our way
Track Name: The Spanish Flag
Morning’s come and knocked me flat
With bad TV and all of that
But I have a vision or two
Images of the night before
The bitter walk up to your door
The delicate situation that I blew

We headed down through the town
To your wealthy patron’s stomping ground
And he got a drink in for you
Then I saw her in the street
Long black hair and nothing on her feet
Walking with a purpose I’ve seen in few

She was waving the Spanish Flag

I caught up with the girl
Her flag held tight and then unfurled
In some dance I’d never seen
With a voice warm and low
She asked me if I’d like to go
Out into the fields

We must have walked for a mile
Before she unleashed a smile
And said thanks for taking me home
She started to walk up her path
But something made her turn back
And I said you should be careful out on your own

Then she gave me the Spanish Flag
Track Name: Some Black Plan
It lives in the dirt, it lives in the earth
In this ancient land an unfolding plan
Beneath the boughs of a mighty oak
In the charcoal burner’s hollow smoke
In the robin’s song, in the fallow field
The future is revealed

All these dice loaded, all these men condemned
All this freedom eroded, like the muddy river’s bend
And I hear the hammer fall to the floor
I hear your breath pound on these walls like war
And the wind tells me what is in store
And the ground tells me what is in store

And when I held your head in my hands
I knew this was not a good plan
That which I cannot see, and I cannot feel
But a plan it is and so real

The sweet sorrow of knowing, impossible to describe
I witness the darkness that moulds and breaks our lives
That settles over you my love in your dying room
For there is no other reason you could be taken so soon
And I must ask; whose are these hands?
But know that my asking is in the plan

And when I held your head in my hands
I knew this was not a good plan
That which I cannot see, and I cannot feel
But a plan it is and so real

Some black plan, drowning this world
Track Name: John's On The Bridge
It’s lead into gold I know
And it feels like a year since I’ve been home
John’s on the bridge I know
He wishes for love, he wishes for snow

The girl speaks of alchemy
And the snow falls thick until it’s all I can see
Upon a white road I project memories
And the magickal girl seems so far away from me

And as this year starts to disappear
I’m still driving alone
Just like winter she spares no part of me
I am in her thrall

A journey without friends
Just these visions in my head
She taught me new words and we laughed
She taught me that she would leave
John’s on the bridge I know
With his new girl he thinks about satellites
How he could stop them from spinning
And I just wish that I could hear her voice

And as this year starts to disappear
I’m still driving alone
Just like winter she spares no part of me
I am in her thrall
Knowing that she’s gone has left me hanging on
Trying to find a trace
John says to me there’s more to life than memories
You’ve got to carry on