Sweet Sister Starlight

by Fit and the Conniptions

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released 21 March 2011
Brian Hedemann: Drums (except tracks 6, 10, 11)
Paul Tkachenko: Bass (except tracks 6, 10, 11); Tin whistle (track 6)
Sean Taylor: Guitar (tracks 2, 4, 7, 10, 12)
Alex Lynn: Guitar (tracks 1, 3, 9)
Kevin Davy: Trumpet (tracks 6, 10)
Saskia Doornbos: BVs (tracks 2, 6, 7, 12)
Jamika Ajalon: BVs (track 5)
Wayne Myers: Vocals; Guitar (except tracks 9, 10); Keyboards (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12); Alto saxophone (tracks 4, 7, 8); Bass (tracks 10, 11)

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Track Name: Sweet Sister Starlight
sweet sister starlight, setting out your stall
in the sunlight, smile at you all
hypnotise the little ones
paralyse the bigger ones

dealing with the demons always at the table
healing with the angels long as she is able
hypnotise the little ones
paralyse the bigger ones

all for that better day, hope and faith half gone
still for that better day for everyone
hypnotise the little ones
paralyse the bigger ones

sweet sister starlight drink your sacred wine
in the moonlight until the end of time
hypnotise the little ones
paralyse the bigger ones
neutralise the little ones
pay off the bigger ones
Track Name: Turnaround
not looking for a woman
not looking for a man
just trying to get by in this big world best I can
mmm, best I can

I used to love a woman
but she grew so tired of me
nearly lost her very will to live before I set her free
ooh, I set her free

turnaround around around now
turn around
turn around around around now
turn around, turn me around

and I used to love my brother
but we grew so far apart
had to leave that band we used to have before I broke his heart
ooh, I still broke his heart

now my nights are cold and lonely
and my days so very long
this is my lot my lesson my reward – this is my song
ooh, this is my song

turnaround...
not looking for a lover
not looking for friend
just waiting for the wheels to turn around now, change my story's end
ooh, change my story's end

turnaround...
Track Name: Love Less And Live
I loved you so with all my heart,
all my soul and all my might,
so when you left I nearly died of grief
I never will love anyone again,
no man nor woman,
with that depth of cosmic error and belief

error and belief
error and belief
error and belief
not with that depth of cosmic error and belief

never love except the One
who is the One the only one
and pray to Thee that I may find relief
heal me, my broken heart
sorry soul and failed might
that I might love again – but less – and live

love less and live
love less and live live live
love less and live
I might just learn to love again – but less – and live

laila, hineni shomer
geshem, sheleg, ruach se'era
klum lo yafchideni, tsur yisrael yishmereni
laila, laila

love less and live
love less and live live live
love less and live
klum lo yafchideni
Track Name: Spellbound
spellbound, spellbound, spellbound

spellbound, but i'm still standing - I look into your eyes
and then away, I cannot stay, will not claim this prize

see I fucked up – i've been fucked over – I just can't take the heat
I should get right out of the kitchen, groaning, bitching, but it's all too neat
and anyway, i'm spellbound, spellbound, spellbound

all hung up and left dangling in my own sweat in my own shit in my own piss
and yet somehow i'm still angling for a safe path out of this

and i'm spellbound, but i'm still moving, and I will still be free
you cannot win with grace nor sin please just let me be...

spellbound, spellbound, spellbound
Track Name: Spider Song
come into my parlour said the spider to the other spider
tell me are you spider are you fly
your wings a blur of gossamer, your body black and shining
and a million tiny crystals in your eye

hey – count the legs, replied the spider, feel these threads I spin you
i'm arachnid as arachnid I could be
but let us mesh our webs together from the ceiling to the leather
sofa over there – just you and me

no, one web is enough said spider one, no two are better
only one can be the master of it all
I know, said spider two, and slowly finished biting through the threads
that held old spider one upon the wall

now, come into my parlour said the other spider. how, said spider
I am just a spider, ain't no fly
oh I'll be climbing walls forever, and I don't know even whether
I'll be stuck down here until I die

oh no, please come back here said spider two – I am so lonely
climb this thread that I have lowered in your way.
lonely, said the spider, you're a spider - we are lonely.
I don't trust your thread to hold me anyway

so the spider scuttled to the opposite far corner
where a new and shining web was soon his own.
now I don't know whether those two spiders were too clever
but I do know that each one just died alone

so come into my parlour said the spider to the other spider
tell me are you spider are you fly?
come into my parlour said the spider to the other spider
me oh me oh me oh me oh my!
Track Name: Wander In A Dream
wander in a dream,
everything i've ever seen every place i've ever been
it all was in my dream

don't know where to go
don't know what I know
can't see what time will show what will happen to me so
maybe I will never know

I suppose I'll continue writing to you
even if you won't write to me
everybody knows i'll continue thinking of you
even now I am free

I'm running far away
nowhere I can stay, nothing left to say
I'm just running far away
wishing on a star
I've forgotten who you are
so very long so very far I was wishing on a star
I've forgotten who you are

little way down the road I met a man who loved you
such a sad and lonely place
little way down in time I'll be beyond you
but that man will always wear my face

and I suppose I'll continue writing to you
even if you won't write to me
everybody knows I'll continue thinking of you
even now I am free

and I wander in a dream
everything I've ever seen every place I've ever been
it all was in my dream
don't know where to go
and I don't know what I know
cannot see what time will show what will happen to me so
maybe I will never know
and I hope I never know
and no-one ever know.
Track Name: Many Many
when poetry is good to me words come so easily
when she's a bitch that same old itch still stings and burns
stings and burns inside of me
through scars and tears through waxy ears
through endless whiskeys, wines and beers
distorted by my jaundiced eye
bad memories and present fears
all skew all whiff all bluff no cliff
all hand no eye all full of spliff
no dice no games no crying shames
no rank no pack no drill no names

the one who all must praise still sings
and I must tell her many things
the one who all must praise still sings
and I must tell her many many many things

many many
many many many things
many many, many things

many many
many many many things
many many

when poetry is good to me words come so easily
when she's a bitch that same old itch
still stings and burns – stings and burns inside of me

many many
stings and burns inside of me
many many stings and burns

many many
stings and burns inside of me
mene mene
tekel upharsin
Track Name: Mistress Song
by turns my mistress harsh and gentle
wrapped in unfamiliar mantle
trapped by all she cannot see
beneath the grey forbidding sky

by choice my mistress for a song
will sell her secrets to the one
who bids the best but not the highest
burning bridges in the forest

bring my mistress poison ivy
she will make from it a gravy
for the evening sacrifice
and throw the plate back in your face
in your face
back in your face

by turns my mistress gentle, harsh
and loving, with the simple force
of one whose right is always wrong
will answer every bell you rang

by choice my mistress in the sea
did cast away her jewels so
earned her keep another day
and let the leaning lesson lie

now bring my mistress finest wines
to wash her face as evening wanes
to splash upon your carpet floor
break the glass and disappear
disappear
break the glass and disappear...
Track Name: Wood For The Trees
you can't see the wood for the trees my friend, you are blind
you don't know the hell I've been through just trying to be kind

day is dawning – don't you know it
when we can be free – don't you know it
yeah, you and me
we can all be free

in our new world all is peaceful, everybody wears a smile
eating berries off of bushes, float in single file

day is dawning – don't you know it
when we can be free – don't you know it
no-one will grow old
just do what you're told

follow your leader – she knows everything
no-one will succeed her – she's everlasting

you can't see the wood for the trees my friend, do not be surprised
you don't know the hell I've been through just trying to close my eyes

day is dawning – don't you know it
when we can be free – don't you know it
yeah, free as an ant in a nest
just so long as you pass the test
don't you know you're no better than the rest
just so long as you pass the test
Track Name: Broken
I was broken and you came
and the world was right again
I was falling – you lifted me
with the kissing that you gifted me

I was wrong – you made me right
with your warmth all through the night
I was bad – you made me good
in the moments when you could

I was drowning in these lies
and you cut me down to size
I was burning and you cooled me
and your loving nature fooled me

I was lost – you said goodbye
no tears in your eye
I was broken once again
but the memory remains

I was broken and you came
I was broken and you came
I was broken and you came
and the world was right again
Track Name: Nothing's Any Fun Any More
I fried my pleasure circuit smoking all the time
now nothing's any fun any more
I lied when I told you everything was just fine
nothing's any fun any more

nothing I can do, nothing I can say
ain't easy doing nothing, got to do it anyway
nothing I can say, nothing I can do.
nothing else that I can say to you

I fried my pleasure circuit smoking all the time
now nothing's any fun any more
I lied when I told you everything was just fine
nothing's any fun any more
Track Name: Solemn Ground
all were lost and all were found
and all were saved and all we bound
to secrecy on solemn ground

love was wrong, love was here
love was gone, but love was near
love was weeping – weeping in my beer

love weeping in my beer
love weeping in my beer
love was weeping – weeping in my beer

I was young, I was old
I was hot and I was cold
I was bought – and I was sold

all good dreamers pass this way
all lost all found in shadow play
on solemn ground – so far away

far far far far away
solemn ground so far away
on solemn ground – so far away

all were saved.
all were saved.
all were saved.
all were saved...

all were lost and all were found
and all were saved and all were bound
to secrecy – on solemn ground

far far far far away
solemn ground so far away
on solemn ground
on solemn ground
on solemn ground - so far away.