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The Once And Future Thing

by Blue Orchids

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1.
GOOD DAY TO LIVE Today's a good day to live! A good day to live A good day to live A good day to live Bap bap bada bap bap ba dada! We came down From the high ground Speeding through the land With our cargo safely stowed Destination No soul knows I escaped one man's prison With adventure on my mind With my fingers gripped like steel To the belly of the beast A good day to live A good day to get what you give And give what you get Bap bap bada bap bap ba dada! A good day to live It's not your money If it doesn't have your face on it I take while you're sleeping And spend it while you're weeping A good day to live As good as any other A good day to live A good day to get what you give And give what you get With no regret
2.
Jam Today 02:41
JAM TODAY Ricky is a dandy rake Chooses only to eat cake Says: I don't work for my pay Give me jam - jam today Jam today Jam today Jam today That's what Ricky says Didn't ask to be born so low Just looking for my chance to blow Doesn't have to be this way Just give me jam - jam today Jam today Jam today Jam today That's what Ricky says Jam for you and jam for me Jam for dinner jam for tea Jam served on a silver tray The people want their jam today Jam today Jam today Jam today That's what the people say Jam today Jam today Jam today Politician in the sun Signs a deal for everyone Doesn't care what it says He knows he'll get his jam today Jam today Jam today Jam today The people want their jam today Jam today The people want their jam today
3.
FEATHER FROM THE SUN Like a feather from the sun Drifting through the sky we come Like a flower in your gun Broadcasting to the whorl: Put down your weapons Resistance is futile Our braves are everywhere Diaphanous and majestic Like a feather from the sun Drifting through the sky we come Like a feather from the sun We know your mind Resistance is futile Like a feather from the sun Like a feather from the sun Like kisses to your brow Broadcasting to the whorl: We know your mind Resistance is futile Put down your weapons Like a feather from the sun Drifting through the sky we come Like a balm upon your brow Broadcasting to the whorl: Our braves are everywhere Diaphanous and majestic Resistance is futile Put down your weapons Like a feather from the sun Like kisses to your soul Like a flower in a gun Like a feather from the sun Under the Octave we go Reeling from the dolorous blow Like a feather . . .
4.
Motorway 02:17
MOTORWAY When I was a kid I lived By the motorway The motors flew past All night and day It was a strange music They did play And their whispered voices Seemed to say Jump the fence And come away I knew I'd stick out my thumb someday And follow the motorway Hey! Motorway Motorway is like life No one stops until they break down Motorway is like death It takes your breath No one knows what's waiting Just around the bend I knew I'd jump that fence one day And follow the motorway Hey! Motorway I knew I'd stick out my thumb someday And follow the motorway Hey! Motorway Motorway sets the blood Racing in my veins That motorway rhythm Speeding through my brain Motorway is adventure Danger fluke and fame I knew I'd jump that fence one day And follow the motorway Hey! Motorway
5.
Rosy Hours 03:39
ROSY HOURS Lying in the arms Of the one I love Where this mortal feeling Meets eternity There my mind grows wings And flies me far away To a broad bright ocean On a sunny day Waist deep I stand In the glassy swell Thinking of my exploits And the tale I'll tell All I've ever known All I've ever done All I've ever wanted And all I have become Take these holy bones And roll them faraway Where this mortal feeling Meets eternity In these rosy hours Fancies flee away All my lusts and labours Laid out before me All I've ever known All I've ever done All I've ever wanted And all I have become Take these holy bones And roll them faraway Where the broad bright ocean Meets eternity
6.
AUGUST REBELS The revolution will not be serious The revolution will be hilarious August Rebels August Rebels August Rebels Fair weather my friends August Rebels - making whoopee in the sunshine August Rebels - making mayhem on primetime August Rebels - give 'em enough dope August Rebels - here we go August Rebels - more blood please August Rebels - making mayhem in the sunshine August Rebels - making whoopee on primetime August Rebels - give 'em enough dope We fair weather friends The revolution The revolution The revolution The revolution The revolution The revolution The revolution The revolution Hilarious August Rebels - in the sunshine August Rebels - making mayhem on primetime August Rebels - making mayhem August Rebels - rang dang digger dee danga dang August Rebels - making mayhem while the sun shines
7.
Whisky Burn 02:50
WHISKY BURN Well there's a burn upon a hill Where there's a pot and there's a still Where I do conjure spirits fair I pluck the heaven right out the air To make you warm when you feel cold To make you bold like men of old It's bringing all good things to thee That little burn of whisky My whisky burn my whisky burn My whisky burn my whisky burn All the riches we will earn My whisky burn my whisky burn One day a police came to see He came to put the burn on me I roughed him up and tied him down And moved my rig right out of town To whisky burn my whisky burn My whisky burn my whisky burn All their statutes I do spurn For whisky burn my whisky burn Sweet burn I raise my glass to you So all my wishes will come true Their law shall not apply to thee My little burn of whisky My whisky burn my whisky burn My whisky burn my whisky burn All the fame we're gonna earn My whisky burn my whisky burn It makes me warm when I feel cold It makes me bold like men of old It's bringing all good things to me That little burn of whisky My whisky burn my whisky burn My whisky burn my whisky burn My whisky burn my whisky burn My whisky burn my whisky burn
8.
Iron Tree 03:31
IRON TREE Men call me the Iron Tree Iron Tree Step up take a swing and see Why they call me the Iron Tree Iron Tree A gypsy told my mother This boy's gonna cheat destiny He's gonna laugh in the face of authority And stand strong like an Iron Tree Like an Iron Tree Iron Tree I'm the Iron Tree Iron Tree Men call me the Iron Tree Step up take a swing and see Iron Tree No axe no saw no blade can cut me Iron Tree I am the Iron Tree Iron Tree Down through the mists of history Through the shifting sands and mystery One thing is a certainty There has always stood an Iron Tree An Iron Tree Iron Tree An Iron Tree Iron Tree I told my coach today Nothing's ever gonna get past me I'm gonna make history I swear by the roots of the Iron Tree By the Iron Tree Iron Tree Men call me the Iron Tree Iron Tree Step up take a swing and see Why they call me the Iron Tree Iron Tree I'm The Iron Tree
9.
RUNNING BLIND In my mind of many mansions Lies a forest of old pine A cloak of moss will adorn me And you may find me running blind Running blind through halls of knowledge Running blind through fields of snow Running blind into a future That was born an age ago Running blind to find my maker Running blind through factories Running blind through vaults of wonder Far beneath the German Sea In my mind of many mansions Lies a city outside of time No mundane light will ever pierce here But you may find it running blind Running blind the mad professor Running blind into the night Running blind to find my true love Running blind right to the door Running blind Running blind Running blind to find my maker Running blind through factories Running blind through vaults of wonder Far beneath the German Sea Running blind through vaults of knowledge Running blind through fields of snow Running blind into a future That was born an age ago Running blind Running blind
10.
ROAD TO PERILOUS On a winter morning thick with frost At a time and place now long since lost Tiny kicking feet are bound and blessed And set upon the road to Perilous I took a look through the long lens Took a long look through the long lens The long lens I saw a Valkyrie rider searching for one good soldier I saw a man of Longsight grow swan's wings and take flight Perilous All on the road to Perilous All on the road to Perilous Perilous I saw a land of plenty but all the people’s plates were empty A multitude marching without rest set to storm the gates of Perilous Perilous All on the road to Perilous All on the road to Perilous Perilous I saw a hundred good families all scattered and divided I saw a shield-bearing maiden turn into a sleek black raven Perilous All on the road to Perilous All on the road to Perilous Perilous I saw a man of honour marching with a golden banner I saw a bright-faced woman gathering all the noble fallen Perilous I saw an army of children led by a nameless pilgrim All on the road to Perilous Sworn to storm the gates of Perilous Perilous All on the road to Perilous All on the road to Perilous All on the road to Perilous All on the road to Perilous Perilous Perilous Perilous I took a look through the long lens Took a long look through the long lens
11.
GROUNDHOG LIFE Not right But funny Macabre and sickly Cubist black rite Awkward pink puss Non-dimensional And the plaque says: 'Blue balls in gore' Latin never caught on here We prefer square fork Plus tongue of bees Orchis Mark 1 drinks electric Colour shifts from neg. to vapour If not to contain this new poison Mutation will prevail And all known exhibits are to suffer For trifle of fool with no sense of mirth The worst kind of malefactor Benighted by them stars from birth What may grow on this square earth? But that not fit for recompense Feed the futile save the seedling Dust in room is entrance Purple nail slimy keypad It don't fit sad boy's bell jar Story always bad We laugh so slowly Exhibit case newly broken Proud misfit shambles apelike On the stage display full stamen Crowd recoil in mob horror Orch. Mark 2 condescending Leaves an absence by osmosis What is lost is not of this world Sector Arc cannot be reproached On this planet no sane thing may hold sway So unplug slippy vine thing And live to curse another day Alarmed intruder Slave of reflection Shattered the fading Next t one unfazed crew Too sated to crawl out Nowhere with them wheel Will sleep in bar museum Happy was Mark 3 Fine membraned Deemed bee doomed Sub-harmonic density So the noise blossoms Coaxed into fragments His coat unimaginable Perfumed and bizarro Them awe kids them terrible Crawling all over Eating dead beetles And spit out stones Marriage of confluence Vague and unstoppable The smile creased my lovely company Mark 4 not real but splendid Cast new shadow on digital tile Plucks self from ether No shoelace to knot Exhales black venom Sacerdotal smile Fear seems to please Town of obtuse angles Run by B. Nero Mark 109 Sweet sticky plasma Creepies love those one Signpost point straight at them Must follow inward trajectory Into violet space careening Pollen sneeze smeared on cuff Speaker not heard for arches Green dress did smell so sour Orchid leaf at mouth of tunnel And so into the musty silence Beat retreat on the heel of the hybrid Bizarro band cast out and grateful Nevermore to darken door Message for honey: Seem so fleshy my love I grow orchward Radiation prison Live in same house But got rooted Same street Same town All just insame

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The long-awaited new album! This is the first real full-band album from the Blue Orchids to be released in the now since "The Greatest Hit (Money Mountain)" and features eleven new studio tracks.

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released September 27, 2016

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Blue Orchids Manchester, UK

Continuing the mystical thread and acid explorations which were a hallmark of The Fall's initial line-up, Martin Bramah has quietly crafted a trove of psychedelic visions unparalleled among musicians of his generation.

Despite never quite cracking mainstream public consciousness, Blue Orchids endure as a living treasures of head music for post-punks, with a series of deeply-magical recordings.
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