RGB acoustic live album

by Granfalloon

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You can't eat the elephant whole You have to carve it up or else you will choke You can't drink the lake in one go You have to sip it down or else you will drown You can't shift the Pyramid whole You move it brick by brick Lest you make yourself sick I'm choking - pat me on the back I'm choking - pat me on the back I'm choking - pat me on the back And carve the elephant up You can't eat the elephant whole You have to carve it up or else you will choke You can't drink the lake in one go You have to sip it down or else you will drown Man kann sish nicht jeden Schuh anziehen Wer über Wasser geht, der muss Barfuß gehn You can't shift the Pyramid whole You move it brick by brick Lest you make yourself sick You can't eat the elephant whole You have to carve it up or else you will choke You can't drink the lake in one go You have to sip it down or else you will drown
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You can see the place it used to stand There goes a broken man There goes a broken man When there's nothing left to lose Every ego bruised Keeps the world amused I know that's a hefty weight to share with you An unappealing mess of feeling But oh You could have the fix I need You can see the place it used to land Falls like a broken branch Upon your broken ground Forgive and forget Not every pound of flesh comes To regret I know that's a hefty weight to share with you An unappealing mess of feeling But oh You could have the fix I need I ask to much of you But branches break And people too I hope in time With string and glue And glue and string We'll mend these broken things I know that's a hefty weight to share with you An unappealing mess of feeling But oh You could have the fix I need
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I accede I will sheath my sword O break my shield upOn the floor Swear your oath You will end this war That we may lie Nevermore These burdens are not small This timber it must fall Desire is not my sole domain We are partners or nothing We work together or we idle alone We live together or we die alone Air your truth, shall I not speak? This conversation must not cease Face to face or side by side We find our strength when unified This fire rages tall In your exalted hall Desire is not my sole domain We are partners or nothing We work together or we idle alone We live together or we die alone Desire is not my sole domain We are partners or nothing We work together or we idle alone We live together or we die alone
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Pink on the board Sacrifice What the ritual is for It’s good for the spirit O this dirt is good for the soul Touch your head and touch your toes If you don’t want to go in one of those One of those Purr like a cat And it’s hard to know Yes it’s hard to know that Are you happy Or are you healing your bones? Touch your head and touch your toes If you don’t want to go in one of those One of those A little bit of dirt is good for the spirit A little bit of dirt is good for the soul Touch your head and touch your toes If you don’t want to go in one of those One of those
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O lover of mine, you bring me gifts Cut from the boudoir of Princess Eugenie Clipped from the tomb of Queen Nephertiti So thoughtful that lover of mine O darling of mine, you send me presents Flowers from the dirt of Washington's grave A token of loyalty; honest and brave That sweet thoughtful husband of mine They light fires in your mind Which in turn earns our means to survive These objects of love form the basis For the money that we need to survive O lover of mine I sent you trinkets Pieces of flannel from the market in Stretford Scraps of silk from barmaids of Salford O gullible lover of mine O darling of mine, would you believe that These flowers aren't really from Washington's grave? I picked them down by the canal in the rain Sweet gullible darling of mine They light fires in my mind Which in turn earns our means to survive Objects of love form the basis For those wonderful stories you write It lights fires in the mind All these whatnots and trifles and baubles and lies Objects of love form the basis For the things we both need to survive
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I got swallowed whole by a hurricane It picked up my house Right off the ground And tossed it around All over town I got swallowed whole I fell into the cracks the day the earth shook A monumental quake Caused my ground to ache Caused my ground to shake Caused my ground to break And I fell right in I've been laid low by a force of nature Brought down by a force of nature Been swallowed whole by a force of nature Hell I fell in love with a force of nature Hell I fell right in As I sank below from ice to fire The thrill of terror cried Something stirred inside Threw it open wide Somehow I survived As I sank below I've been laid low by a force of nature Brought down by a force of nature Been swallowed whole by a force of nature Hell I fell in love with a force of nature Hell I fell right in Hell I fell Hell I fell Hell I fell Hell I fell right in
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Like a dog Like a dog Like a dog Like a dog on the corner Barking Barking Barking Barking at its own echo Barking at the echo of an echo of an echo In some endless feedback loop A million screaming voices of failure say: Ego Ego Get out of your own way Giants Giants Giants Sleep beneath the stars in the night sky And they fight O they fight How they fight They fight with the stars in the night sky They only name stars after you when you're in the ground The million screaming voices of failure say: Ego Ego Get out of your own way Ego makes you stupid Ego makes you mad Ego makes you foolish Ego break it bad Get out of your own way
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How maddening it is, How oddening this evening is becomening How sweet it is to feel From brain to belly to balls How sweet it is to feel And even in my darkest jokes Beauty can be found At the gallows the humour turns into truth And beauty can be found So keep laughing Keep laughing out loud Shake old penny copper rust down From your houses of glum Turn it into falling joy A fence is for the birds They can sit on it if they please Offense is for the birds And even in my darkest jokes Beauty can be found At the gallows the humour turns into truth And beauty can be found So keep laughing Keep laughing out loud Don't diminish This precious intensity With your words Rattle the bones of misery And keep laughing Keep laughing out loud Keep laughing Keep laughing out loud
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Feel the strings pinned to every word pulling thought through Choose your news source carefully as carefully as it chooses you Shrink the language, shrink the conversation Confirmation bias is a bias of confirmation The end is coming for you Give us this fear with our daily bread - pull those thoughts through Facts distract from the narrative, the narrative that’s distracting you Shrink the language, shrink the conversation Confirmation bias is a bias of confirmation Keep us from following the money To those party donors who own the papers that we read The end is coming for you Give us this fear with our daily bread Pull those thoughts through Facts distract from the narrative The narrative that’s distracting you Feel the strings pinned to every word Pulling thoughts through Choose your news source carefully As carefully as it chooses...
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Hold the gun to my head and tell me I'm happy Tell me that this is the thing that I've longed for for so long So long Blood is rising in my temples A heart that is pounding is a heart that wants and desires So long For a card that is marked from the moment it's dealt From the moment it lit you knew it would burn to the end Give me happiness, give me death I’ll take whatever you have left Give me a happy death - I’ll take a happy death Heal all my scars and pardon my crimes All deeds undone, the hours of fun forgotten So long For a card that is marked from the moment it's dealt From the moment it lit you knew it would burn to the end Give me happiness, give me death I’ll take whatever you have left Give me a happy death - I’ll take a happy death Give me a happy death I'll take a happy death Make mine a happy death
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Love is a series of doctors from one to the next Life is the quest for a little more respect Be a class warrior Be a backseat driver Be a complicated edcuated member of society But humans are humans Where ever you go And that's important to me Fear is a plague of petunias that wither and die Hope is the fire of a righteous mind Shoulder to shoulder with 56 more I'm standing by the parliament and raising my voice Shoulder to shoulder me and 56 more O we want the choice Though people will talk I Cycle They may want me to walk but I Cycle Sex is the fumbling function of form over shame Money has no function at all Gentlemen Only Ladies Forgotten A vat of acid on the 16th hole should show my dislike T.E. Yates is burning bungalows At Rivington Pike Though people will talk I Cycle They may want me to walk but I Cycle Age is a reason to know what we're laughing about Death is the laugh that we haven't had My sensible locks never lower than my ears In shirt and pants and boots I'll spend my retirement years I'll keep my bees company See what they have to teach me Though people will talk I Cycle They may want me to walk but I Cycle Though city folk stare I Cycle Through Preston streets fair I Cycle
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This album captures a special performance of the Granfalloon album 'RGB' by Richard Lomax, stripped back to acoustic guitar and vocals.

In December 2020 this recording was performed in its entirety before an invited studio audience at The Yard in Manchester, and streamed live to the public.

Inspired by minimal solo albums like 'Pink Moon' (Nick Drake), 'Rejoicing In The Hands' (Devendra Banhart), and 'Benji' (Sun Kil Moon)... this album features the tracks from 2019's RGB pared back from their grand studio arrangements to the songs beneath, showcasing their original folk and blues inspired roots.

Cello overdubs have been added to a few of the songs by Maya McCourt (Salt Moon), one of Lomax's collaborators from the Positive Songs Project.

Included with the album are the bonus songs I Cycle by Lomax and a cover of Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, with which the live performance was closed.

credits

released February 5, 2021

Richard Lomax - vocals/guitar/cigar box slide/mandolin
Maya McCourt - cello

Recorded and mastered by Andrew Glassford at The Yard in December 2020
Artwork, 'A Gordian Cat's Cradle' by Jo Ruessmann
Graphic design by Joe Beech

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Granfalloon Manchester, UK

Manchester based composer and recordist. Lo-fi. Folk. Psych. Songs. Unusually long neck for a man my height.

Contact: info@granfalloonmusic.com

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