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First ever compilation of The Blue Orchids' singles and 12" EP tracks for Rough Trade, alongside two unreleased tracks from the early 1980s, in a sleeve designed by Leka Mladenovic.

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released August 17, 2016

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Track Name: The Flood
THE FLOOD

Roller coaster mind arrives right on time – hold on
Roll across the clouds, laugh out loud – you’re the one
Symbols crash, atoms smash – and it’s gone
Feel no emotion, one foot in the ocean – here it comes
Here comes the flood

Nail biting time for the mind on the line – hold on
Part of the game is remember your name – you’re the one
True soul, drum roll - and it’s gone
Man of steel, sex appeal – here it comes
Here comes the flood

Gentle sleep washes away tension
The fist looses its grip
And you awake with new life
Refreshed and oppressed

Clouds roll, lightening crash – hold on
Waves rise, chains snap – you’re the one
Symbols crash, atoms smash – and it’s gone
Feel no emotion, one foot in the ocean – here it comes
Here comes the flood
Track Name: Disney Boys
DISNEY BOYS

Here come the Disney Boys
With their bag of surprises to make you laugh

Oh they’ll glue you to the floor, till you beg for more
And when you’re not looking, they slip through the door
But they make it so good, till the colour rubs off
Always new where you stood, till the colour rubs off

Here they come again
With their colour and brush to paint it good

Oh they’ll talk you to the ground, turn off the sound
Leave you with a taste of a space to be found
But they make it so good, till the colour rubs off
Always new where you stood, till the colour rubs off

The architect army’s here
With a daring design for a high-rise

Oh they’ve got you hot and cold, keep it out of reach
They’re the salt in you’re wound boys, they’re the slur in you’re speech
But they make it so good and you know that it’s right
Always make it so good and you know that it’s right
Right?

We’ll paint it good, tonight!
D-i-s-n-e-y B-o-y-s
D-i-s-n-e-y B-o-y-s
Track Name: Work
WORK

I’ll buy a boat, I’ll keep it afloat
I’ll sail the sea, emotion pulling at me
We’ll be the salmon swimming against the tide
The golden salmon, swimming against the tide of life

Work

You took the road from severe to serene
Nobody could keep pace
All alone, long way from home

Work

I’ll buy a boat, I’ll keep it afloat
I’ll sail the sea, emotion pulling at me

Work

One wrong move, one wrong thought
And I’m lost

Work

We’ll be the salmon swimming against the tide
Swimming against the tide of life

Work

Do you ever feel lonely, like the cold moon?
And you feel it’s hungry, deep down you know what for
Track Name: The House That Faded Out
THE HOUSE THAT FADED OUT

Bell rings, throw books at the door
Bell rings, drop cups on the floor
That’s where he lives and never gives
In the house that faded out

So many candles burn through the night
So many candles and still no light
That’s where he lives and never gives
In the house that faded out

They’re having a party
A political party
And they’re praying for mercy
But they won’t pay the bill

Heart aching through the night
So many hearts aching for a fight
Bell rings and the people shout
In the house that faded out

Braking in the new recruits
Pattern formed brings forth its fruits
Bell rings and the people shout
In the house that faded out

They’re having a party
A political party
And they’re praying for mercy
But they won’t pay the bill

(There’s no understanding if you don’t pay the bill)

So many candles burn through the night
So many candles and still no light
That’s where he lives and never gives
In the house that faded out

The place where the hip people meet is
Sixteen Infinity Street
Look for me and you’ll find me out
In the house that faded out

Because they’re having a party
A political party
And they’re praying for mercy
But they won’t pay the bill
Track Name: The Unknown (demo)
THE UNKNOWN

Tonight I swear
There's something in the air
Some say
It's always there
Our excitement
Takes us there
Take us there
Take us there

The Unknown

Something in the night
Is reaching to me
Something in the air
Is inside me

The Unknown

Turn around
The night is on fire
Turn around
The air is sweet desire
Turn around
Turn around

Today I say
We've got to get away
One hour
Can be an eternity
Spent in
The company
Of the one
And only
Unknown

The Unknown

Turn around
Turn around
Turn around
Track Name: Agents Of Change
AGENTS OF CHANGE

I’ve seen it written on a wall
I’ve seen it on film
I’ve seen it walking down the street
In the flesh
A vibration
I don’t hear it where I should hear it
But I hear it
The naked truth
A beautiful thing
Moving in
Agents of change

Some people say nothing ever changes
I say everything always changes
I say lookout keep on your toes
It’s ever-present it knows you well
All I’ve got to do
Is open my arms
And the agents of change
Smile on me
A frightening thing
Wild and pure
Agents of change

Walking down the street
In the flesh
A vibration
I don’t hear it where I should hear it
Oh, but I hear it
The naked truth
Oh wow
Yea yea
Agents of change

All I’ve got to do
Is open my arms
And the agents of change
Smile
Track Name: Conscience
CONSCIENCE

She is my light
She is my night
She is my warning
When I’m becoming subject to a mood
When I’m becoming subject to a friend
I hear her call

And when I feel afraid
And when I stumble in the shade
Of an iron hand
That grips the land
I hear her call

She is my word
A simple sword
Of dignity

She is my light
Track Name: Release
RELEASE

Wodin is, Wodin is
A tired old man
In the arms of paradise

A place for man
In the arms of paradise
When you’re down and out
She will bail you out

Listen brothers
Sons of the Tree
Look at you’re mothers
Get down on you’re knees
Just touch the flesh of the breeze
And feel release

Put you’re coat on
We’ll go for a walk
In the cool Celtic air

Stepping surely
Through the evening
Saying things that
Burst in dawns light

It’s cold out, hold out
You’ll never be satisfied
Till there’s nothing left to hide
Just touch the flesh of the breeze
And feel release
Track Name: The Long Night Out
THE LONG NIGHT OUT

I’m here to drown sorrow
I’ll leave again tomorrow
Something doesn’t ring true
But my head aches for you
Tonight I am a hunter
Hunting for the moon
In the guise of the snowman
But I’ll be home soon
Shhh, be silent
Please don’t shout
Listen to no reason
On our long night out
I’m here to drown sorrow
I’ll leave again tomorrow
Something doesn’t ring true
But my head aches for you
Listen to no reason
The siren voice of reason
Oh please don’t shout
On our long night out
I want to take part in the great event
Another stupid kid trying to tame a plant
Just give me one hour with the juice of a flower
I swear I’ll be a great explorer
Tonight I am a hunter
Hunting for the moon
In the guise of the snowman
But I’ll be home soon
I’m here to drown sorrow
I’ll leave again tomorrow
Something doesn’t ring true
But my head aches for you
My body is frozen
I have no will to do
Robbed by the flower
That first brought me to you
Oh Lord what can I do?
I only wanted to be with you
Oh Lord what can I do?
I only wanted to be with you
Have you noticed nothing seems built to last anymore?
When everything around you is fake who do you turn to?
When everything around you stinks where do you go?
Track Name: Sleepy Town (demo)
SLEEPY TOWN

Sleepy town, it’s getting me down
Nothing better to do than fool around

I’ve had a belly full of this
I won’t be used for no good reason
To serve the leaches of this world
Is a suckers’ existence

Sleepy town, it’s getting me down
Nothing better to do than fool around

Empty head, no hope
Keeps my feet on the ground
Search hard and score
The last hangover in town

Sleepy town, it’s getting me down
Nothing better to do than fool around

Fool around!

I was on my way
To work one day
When I heard a strange bird
And was led astray

Sleepy town, it’s getting me down
Nothing better to do than fool around

Awake old town
To the new life going down
To the fastest kids around
Getting board in sleepy town

Sleepy town, yea, yea, yea!