House Divided

by The Awkward South

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many thanks to my talented friends for helping to make this EP possible

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released 01 March 2012

all words & music by steve hatch except 'southeast by miles' which was co-written with guy nottage

recorded and produced by steve hatch

vocals/guitars/bass/mandolin/accordion/melodica/ harmonica/cornet and robots - steve hatch

banjo (on 'kimi said' and 'southeast by miles') - matt young

upright bass (on 'lay down with the dogs') - adam darroch-thompson

trumpet (on 'southeast by miles') - luke fabia & luke thorpe

fiddle (on 'st christopher road' and 'forget to know you') - anton patzner

second lead vocal (on 'southeast by miles') - guy nottage

special thanks to chris blanden for the bassline on 'st christopher road'

artwork by the lovely liz pope (ej_pope@hotmail.co.uk)

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Track Name: Kimi Said
“You like complication”, Kimi said
Then sipped green tea to hide her trembling lip
I stared at her heatin’ cheeks and cocked my puppy head
Well what’d she say to make her turn so red?

All my life I thought I could be happy in my simple way
Then you came along and wrecked my plans forever
In the simplest way
I fell in love today

The sun jumped through the window when I caught her eye
Laid a hand so gently to her fragile smile
Gave a sigh, the weight was gone, winter up and died
As she freed a laugh that swept the cold aside

All my life I thought I could be happy in my simple way
Then you came along and wrecked my plans forever
In the simplest way
I fell in love today

Kimi please don’t tease me
I’ve wanted you for life
But I released my hope so long ago

Swam into a frozen lake
Hid underneath the ice
Will take some global warming
To melt my self-defences

All my life I thought I could be happy in my simple way
Then you came along and wrecked my plans forever
In the simplest way
I fell in love today
Track Name: St Christopher Road
You and me, runnin wild drinkin black coffee
It was an off-peak day my two-course valentine
You and me, hot nectar from the same-same tree
It was an off-peak day my two-course valentine

Never worried about the winter
You don’t see it comin when it’s May

And if the truth were documented only in lip-slips
Then you can shove ‘em in your pocket,
You deserve it

St Christopher Road
Drivin home the feelin I am missin something
St Christopher Road
On my own with feelin I am missin something

You and me, runnin wild eatin black cherries
It was an off-peak day my two-course valentine
You and me, ambrosia from the same-same tree
It was a two-peak day my off-course valentine

Never worried about the winter
Usually sunny when it’s May

And if the truth were shot to 35mm film strip
And the lights were turned down low
The class would fall asleep and dream

of St Christopher Road
Drivin home the feelin I am missin something
St Christopher Road
On my own with the feelin I am missin something

Vacant, am I missin something
Vacant, am I missin something

Home is where the heart is
Even when it’s broken
Track Name: Forget to Know You
If we lived time backwards my tears would suddenly stop
And our low story would end at the top

Your ratty red sweater and my old faded black jeans
Pull their seams together and exhale the weather
As they forget seasons they seen

At first I would be sick of you
And your heart would shrink
At the sight of me…but

Every day forgetting gets much easier
All those tired habits wake up new
As you forget to know me
And I forget to know you

If time worked backwards this rain would turn into steam
And we’d soon settle into routine

The bottles I shattered fly from the floor to my hand
The same fist that shouted your bloodletting pleasure
Kisses my bruises away again

At first we would cry hopeless
But hope always returns
That’s how we unlearn

Every day forgetting gets much easier
Slowly drifting further towards you
As you forget to know me
And I forget to know you

I enfold you tightly – your family gathers all around
The tears run home to your eyes
And your daddy would spring from the ground

The bleak depression that miscarried us away
Now keeps the baby alive in your belly
And I would find more and more comforts to say
At first the pain is raw yellow bone
But scars can make amends
Rewinding from the end

Every day forgetting gets much easier
Sunshine of the spotless mind, we two
As you forget to know me
And I forget to know you

Every day forgetting gets much easier
Every day forgetting da-da-daa
Every day da-da-da…
Track Name: House Divided
I aint proud of the pain I’ve done
But I promise that’s behind me
Quit that house on the rising sun

But when an unclean sin comes out of a man
He goes through dry places
Seeking rest and finding none
He says I will return to the house from which I’ve come

And he finds it swept and put to order
Swept and put to order
Swept and put to order

Distant drums to the back of the head
I am a house divided
Distant drums to the back of the head
I am become a house divided

Seven dirty demons come back to a man
Who cannot brave the desert
Didn’t quit my house for something worse
But I’ll be god-damned before I beat this curse

Distant drums to the back of the head
I am a house divided
Distant drums to the back of the head
I am become a house divided
Track Name: Lay Down with the Dogs
Little by little my humanity crumbles
And now I lay down with the dogs
For one shining second, you thought I was someone
But then caught me babbling, raving, unravelling
Slack-jawed and drooling on the back corner floor
Head come un-tethered in the basket before

Oh I tried to hide it; I wish you’d ignore it
It was only a moment now it’s under control
It’s under control
It’s under control
By the morning’s sweet dawning the dark cloud will pass
And the man with the good things inside will outlast…

The rabid savage, the cynical sinner,
The ever-born loser I’ll never let win
I just need to find someone who’s been where I’ve been
Who knows how to forgive when I stumble, when I crumble
When I shed my old skin and lay down with the dogs

South-bound travelling can sometimes serve you well
Perspective defines the cunt from the king
The difference makes heaven from hell

Little by little, humanity crumbles
And now we lay down with the dogs
For one ego moment, we thought we were human
Then stumbled, then we crumbled
Then we shed our sweet skins and lay down with the dogs
Yes we shed our sweet skins and lay down with the dogs
Track Name: Southeast by Miles
Solitude again - it's Tuesday night
Fluorescent light is draining
All the colour from my face

On a mission waking Camp Lejeune
My whisky tune is breaking
But Dickel's burn cannot erase

How I traded home with her for a hotel
I didn't know that road would never end

I'm southeast by miles
Sharing the same night sky
Sacrifice seemed worthwhile
But now I'm throwing stones
At the stars above
Wishing I could take her back

London Bridge again, the Gravesend train
Rolls into the station
I drag my battered bags on board

Across the midnight sky Canary Wharf
Glows in isolation
Why did I ever cut the cord?

A tattered photo won't stop me feeling alone
She's just a disembodied voice on my phone

And I'm southeast by miles
Sharing the same night sky
Sacrifice seemed worthwhile
But now I'm throwing stones
At the stars above
Wishing I could take her back
Wishing I could take her back

Some decisions come to haunt you,
Throwing shadows on your past
But even if I see her on the street
Would our eyes meet?
Or would I still be

Southeast by miles
Sharing the same night sky
Sacrifice seemed worthwhile
But now I'm throwing stones
At the stars above
Wishing I could take her back
Wishing I could take her back
Wishing I could take her back