The Real Thing

by Roxanne de Bastion

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Roxanne de Bastion's debut album 'The Real Thing' is released on Nomad Songs on April 19. 2013.

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released 19 April 2013
All songs by Roxanne de Bastion
Produced by Gordon Raphael & Roxanne de Bastion
Sound Alchemy by Gordon Raphael
Mastered by Steve Honest
Drums played by Tom O. Marsh
Hammond Organ & Wurlitzer played by Gordon Raphael
Recorded at Abtlg.m Studio, Berlin
Photography by Nicholas Blake
Design by Mr. Suff
(c) Nomad Songs 2013

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Track Name: 1964
How do you do?
I have come to tell you that I like you
Darling you see
I’ve got a feeling I might get to know you

Someday you and I will be older
Promise me you’ll try to uphold a
positive and youthful point of view

It’s winter time
boiler’s broken, cracks up in the ceiling
Withnail and I
becomes more like my life with every year now

Here in London town where I reside
sometimes feels just like postwar times
without insulation, without space…

Darling you see
I’ve got a feeling I might get to know you
How do you do?
I have come to tell you that I love you
Track Name: Here's Tom with the Weather
Here’s Tom with the weather

You can’t accuse me of having no conviction
You can’t accuse me of wanting fame or fortune
Only that I saw so much contradiction
Only that I knew how to spell it out

Some natural inspiration
Some natural doubt

I watched the bandwagon approach me
I waved and let it pass me by
I watched American Gladiators
switched it off and went outside

Some disastrous invention
Some incredible design

I don’t believe the pope and bishop
I don’t believe the Marlborough man
I believe in evolution
I believe in the good of man

Some rational conclusion
some truth that lies at hand

I left in love
I left in laughter
I left in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abides, I abide.
Track Name: Some kind of Creature
Some kind of Creature

I know I’m young but now I’m scared of dying
if my body fails me now
in my mind I know I’ll keep on trying
to get back up somehow

Some kind of creature holding me

For seven years I woke up to early
they robbed me of my dreams
Although I’m still tired, I’m awakening,
it’s a slow recovery

Some kind of creature holding me

Some kind of creature
has its way with me
forces me onto my knees
its’ suffocating
It’s in your hands now
you can start to breath
look into its eyes and say “stop following me”!

All this worrying has made me sick,
you know not what you speak of
Don’t you try and tell me I am weak
and challenge what I’m made of

Some kind of Creature holding me
Some kind of creature
has its way with me
forces me onto my knees
its’ suffocating
It’s in your hands now
you can start to breath
look into its eyes and say “stop following me”!

Everybody has a hidden draw,
god forbid you find mine
maybe once undisguised and naked
my nemeses will run and hide
Some kind of creature
has its way with me
forces me onto my knees
its’ suffocating
It’s in your hands now
you can start to breath
look into its eyes and say “stop following me”!
Track Name: Empty Space
Empty Space

They know you for your beats,
your industrial
spray cans and bullet holes,
indestructible

to me you are a temptress
you keep pushing me away
and so I had to leave you
although I would have loved to stay

But you have nothing for me
It’s only empty space
Basking in the shadows
of your former glory days.

You aint got no cash
and nothing else to do
and so you’re on the playground
and who could blame you?

When everybody’s waiting
for you to be a star
but you are to hung over
“Ey Alter, komm mal klar!”

They might call me crazy
for leaving you behind,
but even freedom feels like captivity
if you have it all the time.

So don’t feel criticized,
I hope you stay the same.
Forever subsidized and righteously untamed
so don’t feel criticized
I hope you stay the same
forever subsidized and never to be blamed
Track Name: Red and White Blood Cells
Red and White Blood Cells

Will you forgive me?
You can't trust my sense of direction.
Will I forgive me?
I can't trust my immune system.

Because it's you and me and red and white blood cells,
It's between you and me and red and white blood cells...

Your agenda hit me right on the head
I can't pretend anymore,
give me apple juice and Paracetamol!

Because it's you and me and red and white blood cells
It's between you and me and red and white blood cells...

And they dance, dance and dance!
They dance, dance dance dance!

It's between you and me and red and white blood cells
It's between you and me and red and white blood cells,
…and if I had more of them I'd be better!
Track Name: The Life I lead
The Life I lead

I know it’s late but hear I am burning midnight oil
get the sixpence out before you lock the door
there’s no denying
It’s a sign, an indication,
my instant gratification

Oh, the life I lead

You gave me no crutch, no safety net, I’m here on my own
and yes I do forget what it was like before.
I can’t remember
aint no beans here to be spilling,
prophecy is self-fulfilling

Oh, the life I lead

Where this path will take us I don’t know
I had no alternative but to let go anymore
Jealousy might rear its head every once in a while.
I know I can’t go back, it won’t be worth my while
There’s no point crying
break out of this isolation,
it’s on us to save the nation!
Oh, the life I lead
Track Name: Handwriting
Handwriting

You got me down
You got me down and now I’m on

This is the best that I can do
This is the best that I can do

Love me on Paper
Boy I want your handwriting
Don’t leave it ‘till later
You’ve got me enticed and you got me right

So I can drown
So I can drown in my own tears like Alice did

This is the best that I can do
This is the best that I can do

Love me on Paper
Boy I want your handwriting
Don’t leave it ‘till later
You’ve got me enticed and you got me right

Do you seek to conquer me like the old man in the sea?
Do you wish to entice me just to leave me to this misery
just to prove you’re a very manly man?
Yeah you’ve proved you’re a very manly, manly little boy.

This is the best that I can do
This is the best that I can do
This is the best that I can do

Love me on paper,
Boy I want your handwriting
don’t leave it till later,
You’ve got me enticed and you’ve got me right,
You’ve got me enticed and you’ve got me right.

This is the best that I can do.
Track Name: Somewhere upon Avon
Somewhere upon Avon
Prospero broke his staff in two
this town’s asleep, I feel it and so do you
and all the children that were born and raised here
speak only when spoken to
But it’s my home, I was born here
I was taught that the universe ends outside the city walls
and oh, we used to play here
we tried to escape from here
but then we turned five and were put in to uniforms
Cardigans and ties don’t suit me well
they’ve made my voice soft and my face pale
I know now better than to state my opinion
the scars on my knuckles tell the tale
But it’s my home, was born here
I was taught that the universe ends outside the city walls
and oh, we used to play here
we tried to escape from here
but then we turned five and were stuck in a uniform
Sometimes I dream to leave the sleeping place
To seek a change of day and a different sky
But let’s not go there, don’t you make me tell you
That Prospero was trapped and so am I
And it’s my home and I belong here
although I know that the universe don’t end outside these fucking city walls
and oh, my children will play here
they’ll try to escape from here, but then they’ll turn five and I will buy them there uniform
Track Name: My Shield
MY SHIELD

Lights were lights and shapes did not equate faces
the sounds remain the same and hit the right places

take me home

Remember when we dreamt we could fly?

Doesn’t seem so strange in the night.

All they do is take it away from you

All they do is take it away, don’t let them take it away

Hold on to what you want
you don’t want to be one of those cynical cynicals

Hold on to what you know was true

Hold on to what you want
you don’t want to be one of those cynical cynicals

Hold on to what you know is true

Feelings were just feelings, but your body was smaller
You can contain them so much better when you’re taller

Remember when I mapped it out on paper

and wondered where we’d be ten years later?

All they do is take it away from you

All they do is take it away, don’t let them take it away

Hold on to what you want
you don’t want to be one of those cynical cynicals

Hold on to what you know was true
Hold on to what you want
you don’t want to be one of those cynical cynicals

Hold on to what you know is true

Toys were toys, but we were soldiers
The music is my shield in the trenches
keep me safe

Remember when we looked at the stars?

We didn’t know how close they are.

Hold on to what you want
you don’t want to be one of those cynical cynicals

Hold on to what you know was true
Hold on to what you want
you don’t want to be one of those cynical cynicals

Hold on to what you know is true

All they do is take it away from you

All they do is take it away, don’t let them take it away!
Track Name: The Real Thing
The Real Thing

How could I sleep
with the whole world to meet
and everything ahead of me?

I could use some
where I’m going
it’s a hard and long lonely road.

It’s hard to loose it all
if you had it all
and you think everyone owes you.

Like father, like son
you’ve passed it on,
we’re all foreigners,
we don’t have a home,
not one we call our own,
that train has long gone…

So if I ever find
what I’m out to find
at least I’ll know
I found it alone.

But don’t you worry now,
this path I’m going down
is where I meant to go
a stranger told me so,
he said that my dreams would come true,
if I keep doing what I do,
and I intend to

Good night my darling one,
I know it won’t be long.
This life is just a ride,
it’s powerful and bright,
it’s almost like the real thing.