Things I Knew

by Halfbeak

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Songs brought on by momentary lapses of clarity and certainty.

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released 27 December 2014

All songs written by Tim Gummersall, except "Light On The Ceiling", by Jolyon Pagett.
Original recording by TIm Gummersall (guitars, voice), Jolyon Pagett (guitars, voice) and Theresa Elflein (bass, voice) in London December 2013.
Produced by Damien Lane, Sydney 2014.

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Halfbeak UK

Halfbeak is a London band, featuring the songs of two Sparklehorse-Tom Waits-Shoegaze-obsessed Australians: Tim Gum, Jolyon Pagett, the talents of Theresa Elflein (keys, electronics, vocals), Alex Craig (drums), and Rob Hartley (bass). We like to explore the interplay between words, music and, sometimes (when we can afford it), visuals. Our first EP "Things I Knew" was released in December 2014. ... more

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Track Name: For Anon.
Many have tried and never will know,
And you'll curse it if you let it stray but you're helpless and slow,
It fills without warning and is wasted on those,
Who are staring right through ya to hearts that are closed,
Through Paris and London with their streets that collide,
With a million warm faces with their sad darting eyes,
Through the smokestacks of history and the rapids of yer life,
Is the true love between two that never arrives.

So sing with me friend,
Put your arm in my hand,
If we never know how it is then that's just how it is,
We'll drink for the lucky and salute all the rest,
Who wander through living without knowing their best.

To the beautiful and crooked it's all just the same,
Where one is the poison the other's the chain,
The weak ones they settle and the little ones grow thin,
And there's others who lay hiding, they never peer in,
And in fathers and mothers through all of their lives,
Is the true love between two that never arrives.

So sing with me sister,
Put your arm in my hand,
If we never know how it is then that's just how it is,
We'll drink for the lucky and salute all the rest,
Who wander through living without knowing their best.

For me I am broken, I'm shattered and numb,
I'm outstanding and restless and useless and dumb,
But I know I have seen it, and I'm glad it exists,
And I'll keep warm knowing we're all part of this.
Track Name: Happy
What you couldn't do, Becomes a part of you,
And what you didn't say, It will never go away,
It's a shame for you, that things didn't work out,
But it's a beautiful world and I hope you never let it get to you,

It's not true what they say, everything won't be ok,
And it's not true what they write, sometimes you just can't fight,
And some people will be ok and others will die alone tonight,
What else could you do, don't let it get to you,

It's a shame for you, it's a shame for me too, things didn't work out this time,
But it's a beautiful world and I hope it never becomes too much for you.
Yeah it's a beautiful world, and you're a beautiful girl.
Hey happy, stay happy...
Track Name: Light On The Ceiling
We're getting up with our sleepy heads,
Down here under the stairs,
The lights dehydrated and disfigured,
It's barely able to stare,

I think it'll head up to the sundeck,
Put sunflower seeds in it's hair,

One of these days you will kill me,
Each time you come in here it's such a surprise,
How every contour of every line,
Sinks in with your rhythm and beats with your time,
Why can't we be light on the ceiling,
Can't you see it concertina in between us?
Track Name: Cheer Up Chops
Above the nearing dawn,
And you close the blind,
You beat it by 10 minutes again,
And your room is getting light.

And you've got to get a job,
Sort out what to do,
Find out some direction,
And your friends believe in you.

And you're meeting all new people,
And they work so very hard,
I couldn't do what they do,
And I'm still in love with you.

I know it's so hard to get by,
Without a drink or two,
But you're a fighter my friend,
And all your friends they love you.

I know it's hard when you are tired,
And you can't sleep at night,
You gotta get that chin up cheer up chops,
And keep those smiling eyes.

Keep those smiling eyes...