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Afterlife Blues

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released October 8, 2013

Written by Matthew Angus
Arranged and Performed by Fast Romantics
Produced by Howard Redekopp and Fast Romantics.
Engineered by Howard Redekopp and Steve Singh.
Mastered by Joao Carvalho

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Fast Romantics Toronto, Ontario

Check out "Funeral Song" from our last LP 'Afterlife Blues', or the new single we just put out called "Julia".

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Track Name: Friends
Out in the crowd there’s a point of light
on your telephone that shines like a star in the night
all the planets spin around on a sheet of glass
I tap my finger on your shoulder but you can’t look back

No one in the world will ever love you like I do
No one in the world will ever love you like I do

All them little fireflies buzz around your head
I know all them pretty boys’ll take you home instead

Oh, but no one in the world will ever love you like I do
No one in the world will ever love you like I do

And if I’ve been cruel
I didn’t mean to offend
And if I have lied
I only meant to pretend
If you feel sad
I didn’t intend
And if I left you alone
It’s ‘cause I am your friend

I am your friend
I am your friend
I am your friend
Yes I am

No one in the world will ever love you like I do
No one in the world will ever love you like I do
No one in the world will ever love you like I do
No one in the world will ever love you like I do

I am your friend
I’ll be your friend
Track Name: Funeral Song
I just got back from your funeral
you were lying on a sheet
with some strange man standing over you
as though he knew you more than me

But you’ve still got that body
and you can dress it up in black
but when I look at you
you don’t look back

When I saw you at the spaceship door
they were calling you aboard
from all the people at your funeral
I couldn’t take you anymore

But you’ve still got that body
and you’ll remind us all of that
but when I look at you
you don’t look back

I would rather give my heart
to the traveling band
I set out to sail the moon
and all that I found was sand
I would rather hold your heart
in my two hands
I set out to sail the moon
and I came back a lonely man

I would rather give my heart
to the traveling band
I set out to sail the moon
and all that I found was sand
I would rather hold your heart
in my two hands
I set out to sail the moon
and I came back so lonely

I just got back from your funeral
you were lying on a sheet
with some strange man standing over you
as though he knew you more than me

But you’ve still got that body
and you’ve reminded me of that
but when I look at you
you don’t look back
when I look at you
you don’t look back
when I look at you
you don’t look back
Track Name: Afterlife Blues
I’ll turn a light on for you
I’ll turn a light on for you, darlin’
From up here it makes me feel so small
From up here it makes you seem so small

I’ll turn a light on for you
‘Cause I would do anything to see you
I would hold you like a bedroom wall
I would hold you like a bedroom wall
‘til there’s nothing left to hold at all

I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
can’t you hear the news?
I got the afterlife blues

And all the words I’m savin’ up for you
All the mixed up things I did not do
All the mixed up love I gave to you
All the things I learned for heaven’s sake
All the millions that I could not take
All the millions that I could not take
that I worked myself to death to make

I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
for every stone inside my shoes
I got the afterlife blues

I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
I got the afterlife blues
Track Name: Take Me Back
Take me back
back to any time before I felt the fear
back to any place before I wound up here
I don’t know the road I took
I didn’t follow no map
take me back
oh, take me back

Take me back
and I’ll pretend that I don’t know where I have been
I’ll forget about the wonders I have seen
I’ll just remember how you looked
when the sky went black
take me back
oh, take me back

You always said that you would take me back
like in some ancient black and white
you always said that you would take me back
well, I’m gonna take you back tonight

I never stole your heart
I didn’t steal your heart
You know I came by your heart honestly
Oh, take me back

It’s all black
there ain’t a morning I don’t wake up without a bell
ain’t no moment I ain’t wired up in a cell
ain’t no place that I can look
without the clickity-clack
take me back
oh, take me back

You always said that you would take me back
like in some ancient black and white
you always said that you would take me back
well, I’m gonna take you back tonight

I never stole your heart
I didn’t steal your heart
You know I came by your heart honestly
Oh, take me back

I never stole your heart
I didn’t steal your heart
You know I came by your heart honestly
Oh, take me back
Track Name: Time
All night
you never answered
fell asleep in the doorway
with my key in the door
I got an ocean
that’s as wide as a river
flowing only your love

Oh, but it takes time
it takes time
it takes time
it takes time

White lights
all on the shoreline
and the hours and minutes
buzzing like an old ship
I got an ocean
that’s as wide as a river
flowing only your love

Them white lights
shining all around us
spinning songs of love and hate
when we get hungry for me

Oh, but it takes time
it takes time
it takes time
it takes time
darlin’ if you’ve got time
come on and give me a sign
so that I know that it’s mine

Now all I ever wanted
was your love for life
your love for life
your love for life
Darlin’ won’t you show a little love tonight
Your love tonight could
throw me right in the ocean
Fill me up like the river
flowing only your love

Oh, but it takes time
it takes time
it takes time
it takes time
darlin’ if you’ve got time
come on and give me a sign
so that I know that it’s mine
Track Name: White Lights
Marry me on a lonesome day
to shutter all the fear away
to swallow up the only key
to fill my cup, won’t you marry me

Marry me and we’ll fly away
we’ll leave behind our ugly days
from the day we met in high school
when I said I’d sail you to the moon
and we’d steer our ship into the sun
there’d be a white light, a white light
and the planets will all come undone
and you’ll tie my hand
and we’ll be as one

The white lights, the white lights
I can see so much clearer in the white lights
they will wash away all our wicked nights
the white lights
the white lights

I love you
until I die
I love you
until I die

I loved a girl when I was twenty-three
(do you love her still?)
that’s why I set her free
the winter came and it married me
and now I’m living in a cloud
at the bottom of the sea

The white lights, the white lights
I can see so much clearer in the white lights
they will wash away all our wicked nights
the white lights
the white lights


The white lights, the white lights
I can see so much clearer in the white lights
they will wash away all our wicked nights
the white lights
the white lights
Track Name: Old Enough
When I was a kid
there was always this light on
when I’d come home after a night
of your love

And I’d fall asleep slow
to the glow of these bright songs
there behind the lids of my eyes
were very pretty faces
very pretty faces

And I called your name
down in my bedroom
yeah, I called your name
but I called too soon
I can’t give you no love
in this big balloon
I can’t give you no love
won’t you come home soon?
I hear you’re comin’ home soon

Now that we’re old enough
old enough
old enough

For a hundred more years
we’ll be fighting the same war
for every time he looks in your eyes
it’s a hundred more

‘cause we’ve been working so hard
and we’ve wandered so far
and it’s closing time
and at the other end of the bar
the very pretty faces

And I called your name
out across the room
yeah, I called your name
but I called too soon
I can’t give you no love
in this big balloon
I can’t give you no love
won’t you come home soon?
I hear you’re comin’ home soon

Now that we’re old enough
old enough
old enough
Track Name: 90s Life
You’re a ghost
just a lump inside my throat
in the middle of the night
I can see you, painted white
that’s the colour of the string
that I’m wearing like a ring
I was fashioning a way
I was sure that you would stay
stay
stay
stay

Let’s not fight
do you remember all those nights
when we’d turn out all the nights
salty bedrooms
sour minds
zip your dress
tie my tie
we are animals in line
everybody, float in time

Why?
Why?
Why?
Why?
Tell me why?

So
stop and think
like a drunk without a drink
like a sailor on the shore
I will wait behind the door
to be sure
but I’m not afraid
of a god who makes us wait
he’s just wasting all our time
it’s a crime
i am sure
sure
sure
sure

Tell me why?
Why?
Why?
Why?
Track Name: Atoms
I got eyes so I can see her
and a heart that wouldn’t cheat her
we move until we glow
we move until we glow

my tongue will speak a needle
put the people under tables
we move until we glow
we move until we glow

I could spend half of my life
and never leave you, darlin’
we move until we glow
we move until we glow

Did you forget just how bright it could be?
I can see what we all are made of
little ghosts spinning ‘round the apple tree
I can see what we all are made of
we will fly Enola Gay across the sea
I can see what we all are made of
but don’t forget just how bright it could be
I can see what we all are made of

Tonight, we smash our cars in
make a fast friend before the world ends
we move until we glow
we move until we glow

Tonight, we dance electrons
‘til the end of all the love songs
we move until we glow
we move until we glow

Did you forget just how bright it could be?
I can see what we all are made of
little ghosts spinning ‘round the apple tree
I can see what we all are made of
we will fly our little plane across the sea
I can see what we all are made of
but don’t forget just how bright it could be
I can see what we all are made of
Track Name: Isabelle
All I hear, Isabelle
All I hear, Isabelle
at the end of the day I’m yours
it’s the end of the day that we fight for
you’re all I need, Isabelle

Why so sad, Isabelle?
Why so sad, Isabelle?
it’s the start of a brand new day
I will chase all the monsters away
you’re all I need, Isabelle

And even though you’re with him
I’m yours
But I won’t beg
I won’t beg anymore

All I hear, Isabelle
All I hear, Isabelle
All I hear, Isabelle
All I hear, Isabelle