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Whatever Comes After It - Album

by Heartwork

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1.
Tonight, I’m not leaving well enough alone We’ve fallen for this fiction that we’re even to the bone I’m tired of screaming to the same incessant beat Maybe if we rearranged this place we’d find some space to breathe Face it, it hurts to learn you’ve been wrong all this time A process that’s as fragile as dismantling the mind I don’t claim the answers But you’re made of straw If you know what’s right then tell me why the ocean’s near the shore It can’t be creation with no sign of intent So wrapped up in your “living proof” that dies as you dissent Revolt? You’ve too much faith in those who seek control With eyes wide Focussed on the receiving end of lies Is this in reaction to distractions that are made to amplify? I understand the anger but your candour, jeez, you must be fucking high I’ve given up, tonight!
2.
Apertures 04:20
“In a world of Sheep, I’m with the Lions” Is that the hill you wanna die on? Do you see yourself as a martyr? 'Cause according to the performance piece You preach about how you want peace But I think it’s a war that you’re after Talk is cheap and it all adds up So either walk the walk or pass the buck But you can’t cash in on compassion Keep pinning the needles of irony Then drag the lake for some new philosophy I’m starting to see it’s a pattern Suspicious of the glamorous You know who you are Enthralling to the camera But hiding your heart Write a list of the things you’re mad about And take it all out on the world Keep running your mouth with all your friends around We’ll see how this plays itself out Suspicious of the glamorous You know who you are Enthralling to the camera But hiding your heart Conditioned in a fallacy Make haste while you’re young The product of insanity Mistaken for love I saw you sat above your station Thought I should try approach you first But you ignored each and every invitation And I learned That you’re not looking for a conversation No, you just wanna be heard
3.
John Goodman 04:24
3:15’s lost its charm in sweet seclusion The ringing of a false alarm for my own amusement ‘Demi Moore’ on the first go round I can’t wait for ‘Georgia’ Something quiet just to keep me down Whilst trying not to call you By the time the drugs wear off I’ll become the clinic Another sentence that I’ll have to start But one of which I know I’ll never ever… Every time I die a little inside Put pity on a pedestal to counteract the chemical high Where is the fun in when it kicks in? When I’ve been down for so much less than this Chasing the tail of terrible things Circle back to where to the conscience is I focus on the wall The wall, it gazes back Guess I was never alone at all I’m a passenger in the backseat of my head A sore sight for sorry eyes displayed on the bed Any accident means a last will and testament But keep it secret ‘cause I don’t want to know how it ends You’re a calendar crossing days out you’d rather forget Every time I die a little inside Put pity on a pedestal to counteract the chemicals Heavy lies the hedonistic moron Dizzy but impenetrable Too far gone to sleep it all off Every distraction left on repeat Back at the trash burning on the beach 7 isn’t where I want to be Things were so much better at just gone 3:00
4.
You & Yours 03:34
Look how she’s grown You said that I don’t know the half of it The broken home And whatever comes after it I heard the news Of death, divorce and disarray And your tattoos That somehow numb out all the pain Now it kills me to say that I’ve been wrong about you all this time And though you look just like your father You’ve always had your mothers’ eyes I just wanted you to know that you’ll never learn to grow Without giving it some fight But you went head to head with disaster And still came out the other side Was it like you thought it’d be? Or did the walkout hurt like hell? The good, the bad and the in-between For a small part of yourself Been this way since seventeen I can picture you there After all, it’s in the magazines It’s not as if they’re going anywhere But I’m still having flashbacks They scare me to death The sight of the abstract art that looked like scars from your waist To the foot of the bed Look how you’ve grown You said I should’ve seen the worst of it But if I’d have known I don’t think I would’ve cared one bit
5.
Silver 04:02
Disheartened by dos whilst compelled by the don’ts Enabled the habit and left it to grow Reminded each day by the ache and the tone Sixteen years waiting patiently When will my heart return to me? Is this all worth the ephemeral rush? A great love affair slowly exposed as lust When every step forward ends back at square one, Do I still go for gold or is it time to give up? I can’t give this up! So much to write but so little left to say Always a “next time”, never a “right away” Sixteen years waiting patiently When will my mind return to me? Countdown from ten then let it out Silver will have to do for now It’ll do somehow…
6.
Poured out my heart into a little blue container And sold the rest of me for spare parts I split the atom into 3 just to see what could be With no idea of just what I had done Immortalised my disdain; rhyming couplets, grouped phrase Lost a vital sign at every turn Replaced the melancholic with hope that you’d be watching Never thought about the consequence Then came the madness without the good half In a business of magnets, we’re both sides of the same charge Please be honest with me, you know I can take it As bad as we thought it was, I bet it’s worse, we just forgot 100,000 hours takes its toll on us all, like it or not Round and round and around again A feedback loop playing in my head The simple sound of a single vow to keep Round and round and around again Dust off the old naïveté Give the quantum gravity Would rather cause a scene than be nothing Now I’ve changed from what I used to be A misremembered memory As if it would ever change the way you’d think about me Round and round and around again A feedback loop playing in my head The simple sound of a single vow to keep Round and round and around again
7.
Fire 04:08
Fell asleep in the TV light Now it’s seven years gone Awoke to find I’ve been tongue tied all along Afraid of what I hid deep inside But I’m not scared anymore These are the things that I wish I’d said before It’s not right that you would start a trial by fire when I was still getting help Trying to remember those embers whilst forgetting myself I’ve started making up excuses instead of facing up to the truth That the days I spent defending could’ve been better spent forgetting you Little agony of my life I do my best to ignore Can we strike up a deal where you leave mine and I’ll stay the hell away from yours?! See, it’s not like I did this on my own but I never came to you for a thing Cos you were far too busy to notice the state I was in Then you told me you still loved me when I moved half the country away I’ll never forgive you for that Don’t want to hear if you’re sad about it, it’s too late The good old days are done and they weren’t that great for me anyway I wasted way too long playing your wicked games Look how the tables turn Your world’s on fire now let that motherfucker burn Save yourself, rebuild but don’t return
8.
Me & Mine 02:10
History defeats itself If you can’t afford the fee, Remove yourself from the tree Sister that I almost had How old would you be, If you’d not made way for me? Alive in hypotheticals But never say a word Would your voice sound much like hers? Reposition all light to the stairs I swear I saw a figure standing there Confused your face with someone else I know And it shows that I don’t know yours Mystery beside myself Untangle all your time Steal a piece from me and mine Is this all you’ll ever be, Just something left behind? Who the hell are they to decide?
9.
The 11th hour revealed itself again As the second hand ignored it’s advances It settled in and cut the oxygen What good is a breath with no second chances? If all roads lead home; where is he now? If your words implode then say them out loud That call changed everything, all at once I could tell by the way you stopped yourself In an attempt to justify the imbalance It’s not like you to ask for help Fight/Flight, this all ends the same then it’s curtains A night light by way of the moon Here the memories lay and weigh like a burden Time will make it’s move as it cycles through Bring it in before it breaks Love is a catastrophe when it doesn’t bend your way Face to face with mortality Sound replacing shape If all roads lead home; where is he now? If your words implode then say them out loud Fight/Flight, this all ends the same then it’s curtains A night light by way of the moon Here the memories lay and weigh like a burden Time will make it’s move as it cycles through
10.
Love of mine, It still makes me nervous when you take the worst of me in stride And look me in the eyes and say you’re with me on purpose No hint of uncertainty or lies But I don’t trust my senses They make me defensive every time And leave me seeing technicolour in black and white Timeless one, Please tell me that it’s real Oh how can six years feel like six months? I’m frightened to ask in case I’m faced with a red pill I don’t see the appeal in waking up I’m done with this lack of inertia I wanna reverse or I’ll run out of luck Before we get too far can we start this all over? I blame those goddamn kids That will the days away With their sex, drugs and music that I swore was just a phase No, it’s not like it was back when we were like them Are we doomed to relive the cliches our parents set? Well, we’re not there yet… I don’t need forever, Whatever that means Just one day at a time’s enough if you are there with me Won’t beg for salvation Give the devil his due It’s worth it if this guaranteed existence is with you Looking up, Is so hard to explain when I see your face in every star You’re closer to god(s) than me but you can take their place Cos you’ve had my blind faith from day dot So what if it’ll never be perfect I wouldn’t prefer it if it was You’re still the light that guides my way home in the dark

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THIS ALBUM IS DEDICATED TO THOSE THAT DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD TO NOT PUT THE VULNERABLE AT RISK DURING THE PANDEMIC

©℗ 2021 DANIEL O'DELL UNDER LICENSE TO AAAHH!!! REAL RECORDS / BOY TOOK FLIGHT PRODUCTIONS

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released August 6, 2021

RECORDED FROM JANUARY - MAY 2021 AT DAN’S HOUSE IN BRIDGEND, SOUTH WALES

DANIEL O’DELL - ALL GUITARS, BASS, VOCALS, PROGRAMMING, PERCUSSION, PRODUCTION & MIXING

BOB COOPER - MASTERING AT THE CHAIRWORKS STUDIO IN LEEDS, ENGLAND

ADDITIONAL VOCALS ON TRACK 1 PERFORMED BY
ADAM BOUCHER, BARRY DOLAN, DECLAN MILLS, GAZ BROOKFIELD,
LAURIE COTTINGHAM & TED STARGATT

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