Almost Smiling

by Halfbeak

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Hlafbeak's second EP in a series of ten, "Almost Smiling" is about giving up, battling away, falling in forbidden love, impossible love, rye grins, not being where you're aiming to end up and shop-keepers who don't say hello.

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released July 1, 2012

Song-writing, preformance, mixing and mastering by Timothy Gummersall

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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: The Answer
The answer said; “you know you're better off dead”,
And I just smiled “you're right no yeah”
And yes i swear I never loved anyone yeah,
Not even for a while, not even for show

Not even for a while, not even for a smile not even when back when I was five the world's just all boys and girls all tryin' to be square
And I don't know why, and I don't know why,
But I'm not surprised...

Because you're better off dead,
He's better off dead,
We're all just better off dead.

Ok so this might have been brought on,
By you tearing out my heart and flushing it away,
But everyone never has any fun,
You all just get in the way,
And you're better off dead.

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I don't know why, I can't be surprised, I dont know why.
1, 2, 4 you know what you're good for.

They're better off dead,
We're better off dead,
You're all just better off dead.

He's better off dead
She's better off dead,
I'm going to bed

Let's leave this world for the cats and dogs,
It's animal's time now let's do the right thing,
Even if i sing and make you smile and swoon you're still a fat baboon and you're better off dead


Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I don't know why, I can't be surprised, I dont know why.
1, 2, 3 you know where you should be,

You're better off dead,
I'm better off dead,
She's better off dead,
We're all just so better off ....
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Track Name: Love Song
I loved her she didn't love me,
I liked her she didn't like me,
She loved me I just didn't see,
He loved me I couldn't love him.
Kicked something out of place,
I loved her she didn't love me,
I saw something she just couldn't be,

Wanted to be what I couldn't be,
I became something I couldn't bare to be,
I cry when you give me your smile,
I laugh when you kick me in the teeth,
She loved me I just didn't see,
I loved her she didn't love me,
I saw beauty, she saw nothing at all.

I cry when you give me your smile,
I loved her she didn't love me,
I saw something she just couldn't tell,
She saw beauty, I saw nothing at all
She saw beauty, I saw nothing at all.
Track Name: Star
If I, If I'm forbidden to to speak to you,
Then I gotta write about how it's been since I met you,
Now if, If we can't be lovers,
Then I guess that's why I bought this keyboard and guitar,
Well my life is just a movie,
But without you there'd be not star.

Well I know, I know I don't have a clue,
About what's going on and where it's all going to,
But I think, I think if I could just see your face again,
It would take me back to that happy place where once I knew,
Well I've come to my conclusion there's no way I could refuse,
Well my life is just a movie,
But without you there'd be no star.
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...
Track Name: The Answer (studio version)
The answer said; “you know you're better off dead”,
And I just smiled “you're right no yeah”
And yes i swear I never loved anyone yeah,
Not even for a while, not even for show

Not even for a while, not even for a smile not even when back when I was five the world's just all boys and girls all tryin' to be square
And I don't know why, and I don't know why,
But I'm not surprised...

Because you're better off dead,
He's better off dead,
We're all just better off dead.

Ok so this might have been brought on,
By you tearing out my heart and flushing it away,
But everyone never has any fun,
You all just get in the way,
And you're better off dead.

Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I don't know why, I can't be surprised, I dont know why.
1, 2, 4 you know what you're good for.

They're better off dead,
We're better off dead,
You're all just better off dead.

He's better off dead
She's better off dead,
I'm going to bed

Let's leave this world for the cats and dogs,
It's animal's time now let's do the right thing,
Even if i sing and make you smile and swoon you're still a fat baboon and you're better off dead


Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
I don't know why, I can't be surprised, I dont know why.
1, 2, 3 you know where you should be,

You're better off dead,
I'm better off dead,
She's better off dead,
We're all just so better off ....
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