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  1. What a waste of skin
    the man you let in
    and what a price to have paid
    to have it your way
    I'm amazed you stayed
    I mean, what an ugly place
    not strong enough to call his bluff
    or leave the love to rust.

    I will always have my sympathies for you
    let's loosen up the bandages, inspect the wounds
    I'll show you mine, you show me yours
    we've nothing to prove
    we're just a pair of hypercondiacs in bloom.

    You: trained to stay a little faith couldn't save you
    no better off getting lost
    with the one who couldn't hope
    to stay afloat.

    Turned up one day, took it all away
    what a waste of space
    he's all guts and no brains,
    but the heart breaks all the same
    and no one escapes
    trying desperately to come clean
    fuck sake, just say what you mean
    or do me the decency
    and leave me be.
    ...
    You: trained to stay
    blamed away that behaviour
    no better off getting lost
    with the one who couldn't hope
    to stay afloat.

    Let me help you man, 'cus I have been there
    and I can tell you that it don't go anywhere
    you've got to stack your needs
    against your reasons, please
    you're about halfway to the door
    and I'm going back for more
    and more
    and more.

  2. Oh, ply the reigns
    lead this old dog astray
    I'd like to behave
    but you're calling my name
    it's just another time
    and I'm just another time
    and I wouldn't be ready for you
    if you were mine.

    It's coming easy
    but it's leaving easier
    and it's coming easy
    but it's leaving easier.

    I'll let you slip ahead
    from me and my peg-leg
    reserved for the curb
    in the middle of the road
    I'd say a vow
    but it's such an empty sound
    I'd rather lay down
    kiss your mouth.

    There is nothing in my heart
    that I wouldn't take apart for you
    just take a look here
    there is plenty of room.
    So I'll dust off my receiver
    and you'll open up your signal
    and I'll finally hear you rising
    from the crackle of the speaker
    the warmth of your sweet voice
    lights a fire in my eardrums
    and the coming, endless going
    isn't easy, and you know it
    so come on, honey, don't you make me
    go it alone
    don't make me.
    ...

  3. If I'd only known you would slow me down
    I would have chased you out
    given you the slip
    crossed you off of the list
    and pressed for an early release
    and if I'd only found higher ground
    I might have survived
    So just come with me, quietly
    I know a place I can put you to use.

    This will be your tomb: my engine room
    so knuckle down
    it looks like you work for me now
    welcome to the house of fun
    where I get all my thinking done
    twenty-four years, finally in the clear
    still living in the wake
    of all my mistakes.

    But I am not a slave driver
    I've got time for ya
    and I will keep you close
    you'll never even know I'm there.

    Lay down in the snow
    a deep freeze
    could really cool me down
    so turn off the taps and relax
    I just like having you around
    we can reconcile
    with a knowing smile
    some piece of mind
    or rattle through the days
    loosen the chains
    and live like free men.
    But until then...

    This will be your tomb: my engine room
    so join the crowd
    it looks like you work for me now
    or am I doing it wrong
    did I come on too strong
    like a drunk on a crawl
    too heavy, as always
    they handed down the days
    just camping in my grave
    where I will remain
    with all my mistakes.
    ...
    Bleeding like a pig
    over everything that you ever loved
    so hold the creature down
    and we'll cut it's throat
    you can be my guest
    believe me, this what I want
    let's just get it done
    breathe a sigh of relief
    as we put it to rest.

  4. Skye
  5. Man is cheap to run
    not easily undone
    his furnace burns a duller sun
    until his love is done
    the head obeys the body
    body's life is lonely
    lovers never knowing
    the fire's heat is weak
    the precious dead and long gone
    sat beside them so long
    spat them out a swan song
    but left the lights all on
    so cheap and badly framed
    the weening and the waned
    hang thin across these days
    and he can't be loved again.

    But I can
    and I will
    in our bed
    that's where we'll live
    the master of my callow heart
    the dye is cast, now
    so where to start
    and sure enough
    easy to love.

    Where exactly is the line
    that I drew the last time
    hands have never been so
    dirty by design
    heaven opened up its gates
    but I went round the back way
    had myself a long stay
    and left the way I came
    dig a little hole, where
    the man can call his home, where
    silence fills the air, where
    the devil makes his lair.
    Or live a little larger
    we can farm a little harder
    we can walk a little farther
    and love a little, too.

    We're sailing hard along the causeway
    strapped with nothing more to say
    they'll pick apart any words you'll find
    and you can't have mine
    so are you ready to die
    pinch yourself and feel alive
    sail away to the other place
    with the pretty lawns and pearly gates.
    Send a letter when you arrive
    let me know that you'll be alright
    in the vault, you can look inside
    it'll probably be time.

    But I can
    and I will
    in our bed
    that's where we'll live
    the bodies piled up in my mind
    the dye is cast, now
    so where to start
    and sure enough
    easy to love.

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British Berlin-based singer-songwriter.

Since early years spent in the small-town basement studio writing and performing with my first band, that frenetic energy has given way to a softer-edged acoustic direction.

After moving to Berlin in 2015, the combination of time and good company has helped me explore my solo material further than I expected. Now here I am about to release my debut EP Sharp Relief, a record I'm proud to finally share.

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