All Our Dancing Days

by Hope and Social

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2012 was supposed to be our year off. Let's ease back a bit, spend some time reflecting, chewing the fat. Hmmmm. An acoustic album, two tours, fifteen festivals, an Edinburgh theatre performance and six Crypt Covers later and we decided to make another album. This is a record in the truest sense of the word: a record of two months in the band's life when we locked ourselves in the Crypt with no preconceived ideas, no plan and no expectations and just wrote some music. We armed ourselves with Ray Charles' Greatest Hits, a VHS copy of The Commitments and a lot of fast food and just played to see what would happen. Basically, this is it. No huge agenda and no point to prove this time. A diary...or a...record.

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released November 12, 2012

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In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...

"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine
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Track Name: Saints Alive
Standing in the cool light of a summer's haze
Standing in the deluge of the summer rain
Well I don't why I don't know why we don't just go away

Dry your socks out then dry your eyes
Scrape that mud from your inner thigh
There's a certain kind of sickness makes us stay where the rain is

We could go where we want to go
We could do what we want to do
We could be what we want to be
Saints alive, Saints alive

You cannot tell me that you'd feel this alive
If the sun shone down for 365 days of every year
Oh Saint Assisi keep your hands from here

Oh but I know that this brings you down
It's hard to smile when you're half drowned
Oh but I know that this brings you down
But if you swim with me, I guess we'll see

We could go where we want to go
We could do what we want to do
We could be what we want to be
Saints alive, Saints alive

We could go where we want to go
We could do what we want to do
We could be what we want to be
Saints alive, Saints alive
Track Name: Boxer's Blood
I went out as you came back in
My day ends where yours begins
There's money in the kitchen draw
Half there now, I'll try find more

I woke up in a fug and fog
The grinding of the diesel cogs
The days fly by with all these signs
Show me what I've left behind

You came in as I went back out
We're ships that pass and there's no doubt
We'll find a day in two weeks' time
We'll lose ourselves in cheap red wine

These walls, these walls are crumbling round my balls
These door are slamming one by one
There's a boxer's blood in my veins
There's a boxer's blood in my veins

I'm doing the sums, I'm doing the sums
But something is wrong yeah, well something is wrong
I'm making a list and I'm checking it twice
No matter what changes a price is a price
God gave me a brain and a good set of eyes
But these forms and these boxes seem peppered with lies
I don't want to cheat and I don't want to scrounge
But I did what you told me I did what you told me
I'm doing the sums, I'm checking it twice
No matter what changes a price is a price
I don't want to cheat and I don't want to scrounge
But I did what you told me I did what you told me

These walls, these walls are crumbling round my balls
These door are slamming one by one
There's a boxer's blood in my veins
There's a boxer's blood in my veins

I went out as you came back in
My day ends where yours begins
Track Name: Let's Be Bold
I don't care what things you know
Climb up here and let's be bold
I don't care what you've been told
Climb up here and let's be bold
Let's be bold

I don't care what wars you've won
As for that what good you've done
I don't care what life you've lived
There's plenty more lives just as big
Let's be bold

We raged against the weather
We screamed against the tide
We fought a fight where there was none
Well now our arms are aching
And soon our hair will thin
So come on let's get on
Come on let's get on

Can't pretend that nothing's changed
Teenage kicks are hard to fake
Cannot say with hand on heart
I wouldn't change a single part
Let's be bold

We raged against the weather
We screamed against the tide
We fought a fight where there was none
Well now our arms are aching
And soon our hair will thin
So come on let's get on
Come on let's get on

I don't care what things you know
Climb up here and let's be bold
I don't care what you've been told
Climb up here and let's be bold
I don't care what you've been through
What didn't kill you's good for you
I don't care what you've done wrong
What's done is done what's gone is gone
I don't care what things you've seen
There's nothing there that interests me
I don't care how much you've grown
Just climb up here and let's be bold
Climb up here and sing with me
Climb up here and sing with me
And let's be bold

And yes I still remember
Yes I do recall
The blood stampeding through my heart
How we stole our pleasures
And made those pleasures last
I'd die a thousand times
Before I gave them back

While this body still can breathe
While this mind's still in one piece
While this skin's still good to touch
While this heart's still good to love
Let's be bold
Track Name: Rings from Twine
Take these specs of light
Splattered 'cross the night
The only jewels you'll know
To you I now bestow

And we'll use our tears as wine

Walk this country lane
A carpet red with shale
To our tiny church
Our abbey made of dirt

And we'll use our tears as wine
And we'll make our rings from twine

This barn as our hotel
A dance where autumn fell
All we'll need is friends
Just you and me and them

And we'll use our tears as wine
And we'll make our rings from twine

Dance with me tonight
Dance with me tonight
Track Name: By the Morning Dew
Take off your clothes
Let your scars show
They are the battle signs
Of someone that I call mine

These days are long
When nighttime comes
I cannot hold my head
Up from our unmade bed

I'm telling it true
I can't wait to be with you
By the morning dew
I will be there with you

We fuss and moan
Let good times go
Tomorrow's another day
Let loose and fly away

I'm telling it true
I can't wait to be with you
By the morning dew
I will be there with you
Track Name: Dust
There's dust in every shop in every town in every county we've counted
There's space in every bar in every pub in every place that we've been
And I see some notice that business is closing on Kirkstall Road
The country's complexion is shifting and changing, how no-one knows

There's mould in every house in every home that we've been to
There's rust on every slide in every park in every place that we've seen
And I see some girl with her mind unfurled out on Water Lane
While I'm reading the plans of a public-school man who says we're to blame
What a shame

There's truth in every lie in every line in every speech that is written
Maybe there is good in all the bile and the blood that they're spitting
But we cannot give time to fight cancer or crime when there's bills to pay
It's simple arithmetic, the ins and the outs of it will not change
They're shifting account now the money's run out, it's such a shame
What a shame
Track Name: One Way Home
I'll hold you one more time tonight
With arms as tough as bailer twine
I'll stem your tears with sage advice
The harshest, bluntest facts of life

The sun and the moon and the stars won't budge from where they are
The sun and the moon and the stars won't budge from where they are

You know I'm a betting man
But sorrow holds the strongest hand
Let's play this out with a pair of threes
And a bluffers smile that's hard to beat

The sun and the moon and the stars won't budge from where they are
The seasons and the tides won't care for you or I

So you'll shrink a little bit
No you'll never get over it
But it doesn't mean that you won't smile
So you'll shrink a little bit
No you'll never get over it
But I'll be here for you
We'll be here for you

Play you a symphony in full
The intricate melody won't calm your nerves
Sing you a lullaby you know
The simplest of melodies will sooth your soul
Read you a story out in full
The richest of languages won't calm your nerve
Tell you a simple verse I know
Repeating the same three word could save your soul

The sun and the moon and the stars won't budge from where they are
The seasons and the tides won't care for you or I
The daylight shines, the daylight shines
And the streetlight shines

Play me a symphony you know
I'll play you the same three chords 'cos it's all I know
Track Name: All Our Dancing Days
If you move a little bit out those shadows
Slide your legs a little bit like we used to
Well I'm no dancer and you're no drinker
Tease my hands a little bit just don't let me go

Ten years on now and ten years wiser
I'm in limbo a thirty-something man
I'm no dancer and you're no teacher
Tease my mind a little bit just don't let me go
(Don't let me go)

All our dancing days they should be way behind us
But a little bit of what you love it won't hurt you now and I know that
All our dancing days they should be well behind us
But when you move a little I get up get up get up get up go

Let's just watch this safely sidelined
Two kids dancing like we used to do
Lost in music, lost in motion
You and me there you never let me go
(Don't let me go)

All our dancing days they should be way behind us
But a little bit of what you love it won't hurt you now and I know that
All our dancing days they should be well behind us
But when you move a little I get up get up get up get up go
Track Name: Shake Your Gimli
When I wake up in your loving heart
When the sun cuts where the curtains part
When the birds sing the most graceful tune
And the blue skies are peeping through

Everybody wants to see it high
Everybody wants to get it low
I'm just happy now I'm sitting inbetween

We could get lost in the highest high
When we're drinking on a timeless night
But the good stuff is a hand in a hand
Yeah the good stuff is a hand in a hand

Everybody wants to see it high
Everybody wants to get it low
I'm just happy now I'm sitting inbetween
Track Name: Lucky Soul
Outside in the autumn light
A child slides up a riverside
Jump for joy and you're doubled with pain
Both at once it's sublime I'd say
All you'll need is here

Outside in the puddles and rain
A child soaked to the bone again
Heart melts but your stomach sinks
Both at once it's sublime I think
All you'll need is here

Pulling apart around and back and forth
How can a heart take this tug of war?
Every day is your best and worst
Every hour is a peak and trough
All you'll need is...
Smallest thing makes you feel the most
A couple kiss in the Evening Post
All of this you'll be going through
God knows I'm so jealous of you
All you'll need is here

Leave us now and go and hide away
That's what I'd do with my time again
Jump for joy and you're doubled with pain
Both at once it's sublime I'd say
All you'll need is here

Lucky soul...off you go
Track Name: Dixieland
Oh remember me
When the seas roll in
When the birds bed down
When the stars fall round
In Dixieland

Oh remember me
When the days fill in
When your heart slips down
The hours are dull and brown
In Dixieland

From early in the morning
Until it's late at night
There's no-one you will find
Who'll love you more than I
From early in the morning
'Till sleep just pulls you in
I'll wrap my arms around you
Though you won't feel a thing
In Dixieland
Track Name: Crockery and Lies
You're falling like a spent cigar
Shifting like a cheap guitar
Cos where she was before
There's nothing there

Scattered like a Lego set
Pieces thrown out everywhere
The bits we need are there
They're just hidden well or need repair

And there's no point going back to before

There's nothing I can say or do
To try and fill these days for you
The crockery and lies
And a decor you despise

And there's no point going back to before
Because fate had your arse nailed when she walked through your door
There's no point at all

I'm coming over right away
My coat is on I'm on my way
Cos where she was before
There's nothing there

Don't give up and don't give in
If this don't kill you nothing will
The crockery and lies
And a decor you despise

And there's no point going back to before
Because fate had your arse nailed when she walked through your door
There's no point at all