Songs of Love and Lust

by The Awful Truth

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The debut album from The Awful Truth.

The album explores themes around sexual politics and the philosophy of love. Each song tells a story.

It was recorded live in Chorlton Central Church. Hippies were “Dancing for Universal Peace” next door. All instruments were recorded acoustically without amplification.

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released June 15, 2015

MG - vocals, guitar, piano, organ
EAW - cajon, percussion
CWP - double bass
EMB - melodeon, piano
AF - harp
LR - backing vocals
VLH - backing vocals
DBH - violin
Tekla - backing vocals

Mixed by The Awful Truth
Mastered by Ben Whitfield

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Mathew - guitar/vocals
Eddie - percussion
Chris - double bass
Ele - melodeon
Alice - harp

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Track Name: In Too Deep
He sold you dreams with promises
That’s how he won your heart
With pretty eyes and ready smiles
He eased your knees apart
Then when he had you in his grip
He held your self-belief
You saw within his easy grin
The sharpness of his teeth

And you promised you would never fall
For such a man as this
Only fools are fooled by whispers
And the softness of a kiss
But history’s persuasive
Much more than you’d concede
And the life you watched your mother live’s
The life you feel you need

But it’s too late
You’re in too deep
You’ve given up too much
You ought to keep
And he will take
All that he needs
You’ll find you’re in a hole
That you can’t leave

And you’ve started to mistrust him
And you watch him all the while
Unwilling to confront him
Case he leaves you with a smile
He’ll tell you what you want to hear
You’ll hear what you desire
You know he knows your every fear
You fear that he’s a liar
Track Name: Romance is Dead
Their eyes, they met outside the toilet near a crowded dancefloor
She told him, no, in fact, she’d never really been here before
She’d been looking for her friend in a corner unexplored
He’d been going for a wander, he was basically bored
A pair of bar crossed lovers
Don’t tell me Romance is Dead

The sound of Britney filled the room as they enjoyed their first kiss
And you could see that pretty soon it would be her place or his
He told her that his name was Darren, she said her name was Liz
He took her bag and held her coat because she needed a piss
He picked up all the cab fare
Don’t tell me Romance is Dead

And if Romeo were here instead of knocking round Verona
He’d be in for a shock
He’d stand there fingering the lime stuck in his bottle of Corona
‘Til it went 3 o clock.

He made a brew and moved some clothes so she was able to sit
And then he slid up right beside her and they kissed for a bit
But when they moved into the bathroom’s when they got down to it
She even let him takes some pictures coz she thought he was fit
He only showed his brother
Don’t tell me Romance is Dead.

And if Romeo were here instead of knocking round Verona
He’d be in for a shock
He’d stand there fingering the lime stuck in the top of his Corona
‘Til it went 3 o clock.

Their eyes, they met outside the toilet near a crowded dancefloor
She told him, no, in fact, she’d never really been here before
She’d been looking for her friend in a corner unexplored
He’d been going for a wander he was basically bored
A pair of bar crossed lovers
Don’t tell me Romance is Dead
Track Name: Men and Women
She sat up straight in order to assess her situation
And realised a headache of the devil’s own creation
In a filthy room in, truth be told, much worse accommodation
Than ever before had she known

And after some effective if quite brief deliberation
She reckoned alcohol and loneliness a sorry combination
Making love without love just elaborate masturbation
But better than doing it alone

It seems it’s been this way right from the beginning
Life is just so different for men and for women
Don’t ask why

And never one to dwell on any sense of an occasion
And keen to make the most of this spontaneous liaison
She suggested they engage in one more quick collaboration
Before she had to say her goodbyes

She told him he could call her if he had the inclination
Perhaps meet up again without such strong intoxication
But he really should take nothing from this little indication
Only that she’d give him a try

It’s seems it’s been this way right from the beginning
Life is just so different for men and for women
Don’t ask why

And still she felt this nagging sense of guilt at her behaviour
She wasn’t looking for a hero, wasn’t looking for a saviour
And somewhere close approaching satisfaction’s what it gave her
So she couldn’t quite understand why

She hadn’t put herself in trouble, hadn’t put herself in danger
Almost everything’s uncertain, almost everyone’s a stranger
Thinking on society’s inequities enraged her
She decided not to bother to try

It’s seems it’s been this way right from the beginning
Life is just so different for men and for women
Don’t ask why
Track Name: Took Away Tomorrow
She breathed around a heartbeat
As he stepped down from the train
Though their eyes still held affection
Their kisses were restrained
Her mind it flooded backwards
To how she’d watched him walk away
When he took away tomorrow
And only left her with today

She wasn’t looking for an answer
She wasn’t needing to be heard
She wasn’t looking for another chance
To make him only hers
She wasn’t waiting for to hear him
Say the words he’d never say
Of how he took away tomorrow
And only left her with today

He’d been aching for adventure
She’d been aching deep within
He’d been hoping for postponement
She’d been needing to begin
Though nothing’s ever black and white
Only shades of grey
He took away tomorrow
And only left her with today

He wasn’t looking for forgiveness:
There was never any blame
But he took away tomorrow
And only left her with today
Track Name: Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
I can't believe you wanna leave
Even though you'll hurt me so
I'm down on bended knees
Begging please not to go

Then of all the love we shared
Think of all the fun we had
And now you're gonna leave
Don't you know you'll drive me mad?

My life
My heart
My love
Is in your hands
And now you're gonna leave me
Gonna leave me for another man
Track Name: Fell in Love With Love
I was looking for to suffer such emotion
To lose myself in some pure fantasy
To dance in deep delight and deep devotion
Abandon my mind and be free
So I jumped into the fire without a question
I took it on without a second glance
Though getting burned was never my intention
I felt the flames of love and took a chance

I fell in love with love and I got damaged
I fell in love with love and I got pain
I felt the flames of love but still I managed
To fall in love with love some time again

When it came around again it caught me yearning
When it came around again it heard me sigh
And weakened men will not be too discerning
If they see the flames of love before their eyes
But the fire that had me burning quickly faded
And with it cooled my own sweet reverie
And love would not be pushed or persuaded
To dance slowly in the moonlight with me

I fell in love with love and I caused damage
I fell in love with love and I caused pain
I felt the flames of love but still I managed
To fall in love with love some time again

When it came again I tried another angle
One of caution one of reason one of thought
In order that my mind might disentangle
This mystery of love that I’d bought

But I think I asked it far too many questions
And tied it up in far too many rules
Thought devotion might develop deep deception
Thought deception might reveal some kind of fool

But of course I was a fool to be so careful
To think that my resistance was so strong
If it comes around again I will be grateful
To quench the flames of love is always wrong
I’ll jump into the fire without a question
I’ll take it on without a second glance
And though getting burned is never my intention
I’ll feel the flames of love and take a chance

I’ll fall in love with love and there’ll be damage
I’ll fall in love with love and there’ll be pain
I’ll feel the flames of love and still I’ll manage
To fall in love with love some time again
Track Name: The Dance
We took the dance floor when we met
Our bodies close, our feet in step
As the band began to play its set
I believe we danced the tango

We moved in time to every note
Assisted (maybe kept afloat)
By vodka smuggled in my coat
Laced with passion fruit and mango

You whispered softly in my ear
Do you think we’re gonna make it to the end?
Our bodies tired, the tempo dropped
The rhythm died, the music stopped
Oh Maestro, take it from the top
We need to dance again

I guessed (though I was never told)
You were falling from another’s hold
Your body warm, your eyes were cold
But you welcomed my advances

For strangers true we danced so well
And quickly to my arms you fell
I didn’t ask, you didn’t tell
Of other men and other dances

You whispered softly in my ear
Do you think we’re gonna make it to the end?
Our bodies tired, the tempo dropped
The rhythm died, the music stopped
Well you collapsed, I fell on top
We cannot dance again

You asked if I might take you home
You didn’t wish to walk alone
My hand was cold, your body warm beside me

You grabbed my buckle with a grin
Unlocked the door and pulled me in
I’m guessing you were hoping
We might just dance again

We kissed before the sun had set
My lips were dry, your mouth was wet
The smoke curled from my cigarette
When our bodies were untangled

Your eyes were fixed the other way
As you asked politely if I’d stay
You knew that I would walk away
From the way my feet were angled

You whispered softly in my ear
Do you think we’re gonna make it to the end?
Our bodies tired, the tempo dropped
The rhythm died, the music stopped
I tied my lace, you fixed your top
We’ll never dance again

You whispered softly in my ear
I don’t think we’re gonna make it to the end
Our bodies tired, the tempo dropped
The rhythm died, the music stopped
I didn’t turn, you didn’t watch
We’ll never dance again
Track Name: The Snake
On her way to work one morning
Down the path along side the lake
A tender hearted woman saw a poor half frozen snake
His pretty colored skin had been all frosted with the dew
"Oh well," she cried, "I'll take you in and I'll take care of you"
"Take me in oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman, " sighed the snake

She wrapped him up all cozy in a curvature of silk
And then laid him by the fireside with some honey and some milk
Now she hurried home from work that night as soon as she arrived
She found that pretty snake she'd taking in had been revived
"Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman, " sighed the snake

Now she clutched him to her bosom, "You're so beautiful," she cried
"But if I hadn't brought you in by now you might have died"
Now she stroked his pretty skin and then she kissed and held him tight
But instead of saying thanks, that snake gave her a vicious bite
"Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman, " sighed the snake

"I saved you," cried that woman
"And you've bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I'm going to die"
"Oh shut up, silly woman," said the reptile with a grin
"You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
"Take me in, oh tender woman
Take me in, for heaven's sake
Take me in oh tender woman, " sighed the snake
Track Name: First Love
For my first love, I fell quickly.
I was looking for to fall
Having bought it all from movie screens
And photographs on walls
I guess that I was hungry
I was looking for my fill
My first love came too easy
But I loved her still

She, herself, loved other men
Before I came along
Other men who broke her heart
Other men who did her wrong
When she came to me she faltered
Her heart against her will
My first love was not easy
But I loved her still

There’s no photographs, no letters,
Only fading memories
Of more misery, in truth, than happiness
Though I don’t entertain regret
I don’t know that I’ll forget
I guess that’s just the way your first love is

In the end it turned quite sour
As we went our separate ways
I guess this often happens
I feel no bitterness today
Though I think about her sometimes
Perhaps I always will
I don’t allow myself to wonder
If I love her still

There’s no photographs, no letters,
Only fading memories
Of more misery, in truth, than happiness
Though I don’t entertain regret
I don’t know that I’ll forget
I guess that’s just the way your first love is
Track Name: Never Quite Loved You That Way
I hear you say you’re going to leave me
But it’s me that you want to be near
You say, “I wish I could stay; please believe me”
I guess you guess that’s what I want to hear
You tells me that your heart is a burden
That will push and pull you each and every way
Well, me, I know that nothing is certain
I’m just hanging on to each and every day
The hurt I guess I’m going to uncover
Won’t be dealt with in despair or dismay
For though it’s true to say that I was your lover
I never quite loved you that way

I hear you say you’re going to miss me
You’ll ache and you’ll twist for my touch
You’ll long for to hold and for to kiss me
Well words, on their own, don’t mean much
I’m not saying I don’t understand your reasons
Just remember that the choice was always yours
And, no, it don’t amount to treachery or treason
There’s nothing to apologise for
I don’t expect to quickly recover
At least not tomorrow or today
But though it’s true to say that I was your lover
I never quite loved you that way

But if they tell me that she now loves another
I can’t be sure I will so easily say
Though it’s true to say that I was your lover
I never quite loved you that way

Though it’s true to say that I was your lover
I never quite loved you that way
Because of all the things I like to keep inside
You know I never quite loved you that way
Though it’s true to say that I was your lover
I never quite loved you that way