Smalltown Collapse

by EAR

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Second album. e.a.r in the mix: there are grunge riffs, Spanish guitars, a Lo-Fi piano ballad, a Tom Waits homage, electronic beats and the only German song we have ever recorded (and probably will ever record). Features a couple of songs which are now live set regulars: the title track and It Doesn’t Matter Where You Are. Recorded in 2003 while we were graduating from drama school in Burghausen.

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released May 15, 2003

CREDITS:
all songs written by e.a.r.
produced by R. Tschernuth - www.tschernuth.com

© & ℗ Appearance Records / www.appearance-records.com

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EAR Berlin, Germany

Once upon a time, two drama students started recording songs together. Since then, EAR have released 8 albums, the latest one being ELYSIAN FIELDS in Jan. 2015. Originally started as a kind of Lo Fi studio project with electronic influences, you could now describe their music as indie pop. They are 100% independent and like it like that! ... more

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Track Name: Spy!!
Lyrics:

Oh sure I´m sorry to hear this
But I´m dying to hear some more
Forgotten fruit rotting to the core

So I move a little closer
Forgetting all the lessons learned
Forgotten flower waiting to be yearned

Pass me some little vision
Pass me some little plan you´ve made
Forgotten flower, in bloom but it´s too late

That´s why I´m always gonna spy today
and spy tomorrow
Never realize that it´s a package of sorrow

Oh sure I´m anxious to feel you
But I´m more anxious to feel some more
Forgotten flower stripped down at your door

Oh pass me some little vision
Pass me some little plan you´ve made
I´m so afraid I´ll be back but it´s too late

That´s why we´re always gonna spy today
and spy tomorrow
Never realize that it´s a package of sorrow

Spy today
Spy tomorrow
And we´re still gonna spy tomorrow

Spy for life
We are spies for life
We are spies for life with nothing but sorrow
Rattle and shake us cause we´re all hollow
Really hollow
Really hollow
And we´re still gonna spy tomorrow.
Track Name: NIght Out With The Beasts
Lyrics:

Okay, it was a rough day
And nobody´s gonna come around here
So I pick up my clothes, I pick up my money
I pick up everything I need
for a night out with the beasts

Nilou comin round the corner
Sam is not so far away
When I´m walking close I can hear them laughin
Walking close I´m gonna hear them say
That nothing´s good and nothing´s straight
for a night out
A night out with the beasts, yeah
Just a night out with the beasts, yeah

Walking close you can hear me coming
Dropping all my drinks for you
Walking close, gonna hear you running
Cause you´re getting away
Getting away from a night out with the beasts
It´s just a night out with the beasts, yeah

I´m comin´comin´over...
Track Name: Beloved Friend
Lyrics:

Beloved friend, I know I´ve kicked your ass
I know I´ve knocked you down so bad
Let my excuse limb down to you and
give you back a little bit of what we´ve had

Is this the way of the world?
Is this the way that it whirls?
And could you ever ever hear me?

Beloved friend, I know this is diplomacy
That game of masks and noble lies

Beloved friend in your sorrow shell
All that´s wrong is that you´re not so well
Beloved friend down in your private hell
You feel no pain that I can´t tell

Is this the way of the world?
Is this the way that it whirls?
Could you ever ever hear me?

You´ve got yourself on a string
Wait for yourself in the wings
Could you ever ever hear me?
With a medication of drinks
and a songbird that won´t sing
Could you ever ever hear me?
Track Name: Before You Go Out
Lyrics:

Before you go out
Make your mask and make it good
I´ll make sure that you´ll miss me right the way you should
Before you go out
Make sure everyone´s upfront
And I´ll go
Turning turning turning turning in my sleep
Yeah I´ll be
Turning turning turning turning in my sleep

Before you go out
I´d like to tell you
Those little things that make me miss you

Before you go out
Make your mask and make it good
Before you go out just make sure it´s understood
That I´ll go
Turning turning turning turning in my sleep
Yeah I´ll go
Turning turning turning turning in my sleep

Before you go out
I´d like to tell you
Those little things that make me miss you
And that I´d really like to get to know you
Before you go out
Before you go out

Make your mask
Make your mask.
Track Name: Wrecking Handies
Lyrics:

You spread the contact disease all over this place
You spread your breaking up news without a look in the face
But I feel something coming on
We´re gathering already and it won´t be long
Until we know where you are
We´ve got you on our bastard radar
You´ve got something that we´re gonna do in
Because we´re wrecking all handies tonight
Wrecking handies tonight.

The one who speaks, he shall not hide
The smalltown lives and the smalltown´s right
So if you move, turn off your light
Because we´re wrecking all handies tonight
Tonight
Tonight
I can´t believe that it´s tonight

We know where you are
We´ve got you on our bastard radar
You´ve got something that we´re gonna do in
Because we´re wrecking all handies tonight.
Track Name: Welcome To The Only Place
Lyrics:

Welcome to the only place
You can go to tonight, yeah yeah yeah
Well, I said welcome to the only place
Well I´m not sure if it serves you right
Cause where else could your glass be filled until the wee hour
of twelve?
Well, we know you´re young and out for fun
But the girls here, they talk to themselves
Not everyone here is good for a beer
But it goes down better shoulder by shoulder
So rise from your chair and fall down the stairs
You may feel old
Well, they´re all older
So welcome to the only place
Happy to serve you tonight.
Track Name: Morgen Ist Schluss
Lyrics:

Wo auch immer ich mich rumtreib
Es bleibt bei mir
Jedesmal wenn ich stehenbleib
Sagt es mir:
Nur weiter, nur weiter
Nur weiter, nur weiter...

In all diesen nutzlosen Träumen
Hälts mich fest
In all diesen schmutzigen Räumen
Ist es meine Pest
Nur weiter, nur weiter
Du bist noch lang nicht da
Nur weiter, nur weiter
Du siehst noch lang nicht klar

Morgen ist Schluss
Ich tu den Schritt weil ich muss
Ich sag dir, morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund
Morgen ist Schluss
Ich nehm den letzten Bus
Ich sag dir, morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund
Morgen ist Schluss
Hier kommt der letzte Kuss
Ich geh den Weg zu Fuß
Morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund

Nur weiter, nur weiter...

Wann auch immer ich dich wegdrück
Verschwinden tust du nie
Komm nie mehr zu mir zurück
Es klingt so ähnlich wie
Nur weiter, nur weiter
Ich glaub du bist noch lang nicht da
Nur weiter, nur weiter
Ich glaub du siehst noch lang nicht klar

Morgen ist Schluss
Ich nehm den letzten Bus
Ich sag dir, morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund
Morgen ist Schluss
Hier kommt der letzte Kuss
Ich sag dir, morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund
Morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund
Morgen bin ich weg, mein Freund.
Track Name: Smalltown Collapse
Lyrics:

My girlfriend says she´s only been there twice
She speaks so fast, no one could catch those lies
And I must confess I have been there too
It only leaves you blue
But it´s better than smalltown collapse
Smalltown collapse

That nails you to your bed
Cages the bird inside your head
Leaves your underpants soaking wet
with regret
Smalltown collapse

You better waste
You better waste your time away
You better run
You better run and hide away
You better tell me the truth
You better show me the proof
You better wail

Smalltown collapse

That nails you to your bed
Cages the bird inside your head
Leaves your underpants soaking wet
With regret.
Track Name: Mercutio
Lyrics:

He´d found a desperate hideout
He filled the air with nasty screams
He saw their faces
He knew them all
You never figured how it would be for Mercutio to fall

Watching Mercutio fall
He had the guts to show us all
Oh Mercutio, Mercutio Mercutio
Hanging firm as he was hanging on the wire
Mercutio, Mercutio
Brave and much too shy
Iron heart with a flower trapped inside

He´d been through Juliets and unmade beds
Up to concrete heads, up to that rocky ledge
Oh Mercutio, Mercutio

You can watch him fall tonight.
Track Name: Kick The Habit
Lyrics:

All you people in your desperate hideout places
And all you people in the fearless dropout chases
Try to do the thing that you always wanted
Now I´m telling you to do the thing that you always wanted

Kick the habit while you´re on your feet
Kick the habit and just run around, run around
Kick the habit and hit the streets
Won´t you open up to that joyful sound, joyful sound

All you people on your curious flatline cruises
And all you people with your handsome skin deep bruises
All you people in your cold dry bathtubs
And getaway buses driving nowhere
Everybody out there, come on, listen to me

When I say
Kick the habit while you´re on your feet
Kick the habit and just run around, run around
Kick the habit and hit the streets
Won`t you open up to that joyful sound, joyful sound.
Track Name: Get Down Again
Lyrics:

Something fades
Something else begins
It´s too late to count out every sin
So let´s get down again
Get down again, my friend

You can still see the vapor trails
Lighting up deserted streets
A dozen holy grails wrapped in sweaty sheets
Hard to keep your eyes on the road
Hard to know where to steer
I´m clutching the wheel as the exits disappear

But you are in my backseat
My heart is pounding the offbeat
I´m down in the junk showing off funk
But there´s just one way left
So let´s get down again
Get down again, my friend

You´re such a fool
Such a fool to believe

But you are in my backseat
My heart is pounding the offbeat
I´m down in the funk showing off junk
And there´s but one way left
So let´s get down again
Get down again, my friend
Track Name: Kill The Man Who Stole Your Money
Lyrics:

Kill the man who stole your money
Follow him and shoot him down
Throw your gun into the river
And drive his body out of town

Bury him out in the desert
And no one´s gonna find you out
Just pretend you´ve never met him
Forget about his whereabouts

Why can´t you do what everybody does?
Why can´t you hide what no one should ever see?

Burn the bridges you can´t use
Their flames will turn your night to day
Wear out someone else´s shoes
They´d go to pieces anyway
Kill the thing that steals your dream

Why can´t you do what everybody does?
Why can´t you hide what no one should ever see?

Kill the man who stole your money...
Track Name: It Doesn‘t Matter Where You Are
Lyrics:

So you´re planning a fast escape in someone else´s car
The engine´s running
But your thoughts could never run that far
It doesn´t matter
It doesn´t matter, no
It doesn´t matter where you are
So you´ve learned your lesson
in the fast repetition of meaningless moves
And the wind just draws you backwards
How you stick to this magnetic blues
It doesn´t matter
It doesn´t matter, no
It doesn´t matter where you are
No, they can´t take that away from you
No, they can´t take that away
It doesn´t matter
It doesn´t matter, no
It doesn´t matter where you are