Architect of this Church

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released June 20, 2009

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Hope and Social Leeds

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: Living a Lie
"Living a Lie"

You know it's all in the eyes
We could change the world tonight
Take my hand
It'll be alright

We're running the race to the line
We're fighting the good good fight
Take my hand
Pray to God I'm right

You know it's all in the eyes
And this cruel suspicious mind
Won't relax 'til I've seen yours cry
So cry once for all mankind
Cry twice for the love of your life
Take my hand
It'll be alright

You know it's all in the eyes
We could change the world tonight
Take my hand
It'll be alright
Track Name: Stuck Like Glue
"Stuck Like Glue"

I've seen this advert a million times,
It's trying hard to desensitize its lying side.
A bigger car and a thinner wife,
A thinner Bible a bigger life,
No compromise.

It's the final sign to me,
That we're stuck in the 80s.

I swear to God that I know that man,
He's standing there with his Rictus grin,
Ê It's an alibi,
Anyone can just trip and fall,
But why on earth would you hide it all?
I don't know why.

It's the final sign to me,
That we're stuck in the 80s.
And the church screams endlessly,
It'll save one place just for me.

And the rain comes down,
On a Bible town,
And the neon glows,
And the coins just roll.
As a waitress smiles,
She ignites my bones,
And I miss home,
And I miss home.

I swear to God that I've seen this scene,
The cabaretÊatrocity,
Entertaining me.
I'm trying to lie a blameless life,
But I don't know how I'll sleep tonight,
As a passer-by.

It's the final sign to me,
That we're stuck in the 80s,
And the church screams endlessly,
It'll save one place just for me.

And the rain comes down,
On a Bible town,
And the neon glows,
And the coins just roll,
As a waitress smiles,
She ignites my bones,
And I miss home
And I miss home
Track Name: Sunlight Hold Me
"Sunlight hold me"

Sunlight hold me,
Make me wholly alive.
Sunlight scold me,
Keep me far from tupperware skies.

And do what you can before it is time.
And do what you can before it is time.

Sunlight hold me,
Relight all, all that has died.
September through to May,
Hibernate the English way...inside.

And do what you can before you have to wave us goodbye.
And do what you can before you have to wave us goodbye.

Slim Slow Slider
Van's cruel timbre... beware.
"I know you're dying girl"
These words strike an unusual despair.

And do what you can before you have to wave us goodbye.
And do what you can before you have to wave us goodbye.

Dowse now with enlightening rays,
The pubs and the clubs and useless chains,
The hiding place of a people betrayed,
The fast food and tracksuits and an underworld of grey.
Raise now from the drab and the blue,
Halifax, Coventry, the M62,
And bring sunshine.
Track Name: Drink the Drink
"Drink the Drink"

Here we are we're never moving far.
Got to get me a different clothes to wear,
Got to get me a drink to drink,
Got to get me a different point of view.

Apathy you're paralyzing me,
Got to get me a different place to be,
Got to get me a book to read,
Got to get me a different point of view.

You don't believe in all you see you say you want to be at home.
You don't believe in all you see you say you want to be at home.

Game show buzz does what the morphine should.
Got to get me a different clothes to wear,
Got to get me a drink to drink,
Got to get me a different point of view.

So cuddle me, I fear relentlessly.
Got to get me a different clothes to wear,
Got to get me a drink to drink,
Got to get me a different point of view.
Got to get me a different book to read,
Got to get me a different place to be,
Got to get me a different point of view.

You don't believe in all you see you say you want to be alone.
You don't believe in all you see you say you want to be alone.
Track Name: King of Spain
"King of Spain"

I don't need to see the proof,
I believe the things you do are dignified.
I took in the photographs,
Even though they didn't match your alibi.

But all of this was lies.
But all of this was lies.
But all of this was lies.

King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us anymore?

But I recall the nights we knew,
The babbling brook the evening dew,
And underneath the sycamore tree,
A heaven sent soliloquy.

King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us anymore?

King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Rome why don't you talk to us?
King of Spain why don't you talk to us?
King of Rome why don't you talk to us?
All of you why don't you talk to us?
All of you why don't you talk to us?
All of you why don't you talk to us?
All of you why don't you talk to us anymore?
Track Name: Do What You Must
"Do What You Must"

Somebody call my name,
Call it out in another way,
Do what you must,
Get through the day.

If there's a clouded rage,
Hidden here in a hooded face,
Do what you must,
To get through the day.

Shout it shout it out, shout it out,
Do what you must.

I've worn the mournful vail,
With the dog at the door and the Sunday failure,
In the night,
A dream of grey.

There are a million ways,
To live with the grief of the unexplained,
Do what you must,
Get through the day.

Shout it shout it out, shout it out,
Do what you must.

So dolly where's that sting?
We'll live through this sadness and sing to the hymn,
Through all the dust the stone the rain,
We'll get through the day.

The bells the organ drone,
The soot black stone, the tower, the flag on the pole,
Do what you must,
Get through the day.

Shout it shout it out, shout it out,
Do what you must.

You can't face the morning,
Without the help of the night.

You can't face the morning,
Without the help of the night.

You can't face the morning,
Without the help of the night.

You can't face the future,
Without knowing what's left behind...
Track Name: In Hope
"In Hope"

As I emerge from restless dreams,
Chlorophyl is waking me.
The home I've known for all these years,
Greets me with a mother's tears.

And in Hope I know,
I'm just two miles from home.
And in Hope I know,
I'm just two miles from home.

The home that's grown as I have grown,
Spread its arms and let me go.
The walls, the lanes, the playing fields,
Armed with Achilles' shield.

And in Hope I know,
I'm just two miles from home.
And in Hope I know,
I'm just two miles from home.

All the faces they might change,
Jobs and debts get re-arranged.
But in the shadow of the tree,
England still makes sense to me.

And in Hope I know,
I'm just two miles from home.
And in Hope I know,
I'm just two miles from home.

The home that's grown as I have grown,
Never let me go.
Track Name: Red Red Rose
"Red Red Rose"

At ten past eight,
I'm leaving home,
We'll drive along the bypass 'til we find that road.
The coastal road,
To somewhere new,
Where they don't treat the drink they drink as something they should cling on to.

At ten past nine,
I'll take that flight,
And yes we're looking older now but you live this way you're bound to.
We'll wave goodbye,
To all that grey,
But at least a climate where the seasons mark out with distinctive change.

And tomorrow am,
We'll start anew,
In a village where the people there can talk about religious views,
Without the need,
Of laws in reams.
Or the worry that the words you use will light some all engulfing fuse.

The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...
The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...
The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...
The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...

And tomorrow am,
In somewhere new,
In a different place you feel the weight of everything you've been through.
So I've got to change,
I need to change,
Cos I don't talk to you no more without the need of fear or rage.

The speeches, the anthem, the law with no momentum; I cannot give myself to you.
We're so much older now we need a new home town, a place that we can call our own.
And doll you're proof enough that people are some good they just need space where they can grow.
With speeches and anthems the shape and size of this one, they just need space where they can grow.

The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...
The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...
The blue skies the green fields i keep them all in here...
The blue skies the green fields I'm tired of keeping them in here..
Track Name: Looking for Answers
Looking For Answers
I'm longing for winter to make it cold,
Snuggle in with the one that I've had and now hold.
They're bunching me in with these tuneless fools,
I've got an anger could kill the likes of those.

Give it to me,
I know it's only the truth.
It's this time of year,
And I'm longing for proof.

These questions burn and they twitch and rage,
In spaces made by the boredom of gaining age.

And these thinking blues are a stinking crime,
There's so much more to be done with such little time.

Give it to me,
I know it's only the truth.
It's this time of year,
And I'm longing for proof.

It could be all that I now need,
A little bit of sanity,
I'm not looking for answers,
I'm just looking to play the fool.
A little bit of addiction,
It never hurt me it won't hurt you.

I'm trying to learn just to die with pride,
Like the birds and the trees and the earth in time.
But I've got this complex and it makes me fear,
That I'll die knowing nothing and feeling less.

Give it to me,
I know it's only the truth.
It's this time of year,
And I'm longing for proof.

It could be all that I now need,
A little bit of sanity,
I'm not looking for answers,
I'm just looking to play the fool.
A little bit of addiction,
It never hurt me it won't hurt you.
Track Name: San Francisco
"San Francisco"

All the way to San Francisco,
Without a care in the world,
Without a care.
All the way to the edge of the ocean,
And I breathe and I sigh,
With the tide.

Where did it go to?
Where did it go to?

Drive the night through a state and its city,
Every road every town,
Are all mine.
All the way to insomnia city,
With my heart in my mind,
And a smile.

Where did it go to?
Where did it go to?

We've given up on a dance in the morning,
We've given up on it's us versus them,
We've given up on all that we promised in San Francisco.

Now I'm home and I'm back in my city,
Everything has a place,
And a weight.
Now I'm home and I'm king of my castle,
But you've changed and you've grown.
Without me.

Where did it go to?
Where did it go to?

We've given up on a dance in the morning,
We've given up on it's us versus them,
We've given up on all that we promised in San Francisco.