modern fables

by julia deans

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credits

released September 12, 2010

all songs written by julia deans
recorded & produced by david wernham and julia deans
recorded at andere baustelle, berlin; the sitting room, christchurch; studios in the city & a.p., melbourne.
horns on little survivor recorded by ian macalister at the james hay theatre, christchurch.
mixed at studios in the city.
mastered by chris gehringer at sterling sound, new york.

artwork & design by anna lea kelly
photo by stephen tilley

this album is dedicated to my grandparents - elizabeth & austen; sheila & jack.

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Track Name: little survivor
i wanted to be
a little survivor
but all that i have
is a constant reminder
that if you can leave
then how can you love me?
and so i go on
so it goes on

i wanted to hold
this feeling forever
but now that you're gone
it's fading away
and if you can leave me here alone
how can you that you love me?
and so i go on...
Track Name: modern fables
i founded a faith
i built it on modern fables
the stories were true
they just didn't make much sense

the reminder that's been forgotten
in the hope that we need not know
we dissolved in our own solution
all the promises we made long ago

i founded a faith
you called it a false religion
i said you were right
it's nothing to do with god

it's the novel that won't be written
it's the letter that no-one sends
it's the jury without decision
when we've already reached the end, because

this machine can barely function
under the weight of rocks and bones
but we can continue making progress
if we never know

i founded a faith
you said it was raw and foolish
but left all alone
you gave in and joined the throng

you embraced all the sweet delusions
let your constant reminder go
the result's a foregone conclusion
and your countenance tells us so, now listen

this machine can barely function
from running around the neighbour's bend
but there's nothing to stop us making progress
if we just pretend, come on let's pretend

(modern fables, they tell the truth of anyone)
Track Name: recovery
everyone wants recovery
fitting it like an open wing
i don't wanna talk about it now

night comes down the details slip
cover your hands just wait and sit
i don't wanna think about it now

with a little practise
you could be a hero
full score or nothing

everyone wants an open wing
shelter to hide and heal again
i don't wanna think about it now

the shadows will fall in retrograde
keeping you safe from no-one
i don't wanna live without you now

with a little practise
you could be a hero
full score or nothing
you could be my hero
my hero

coming out of the shade
i won't doubt any more
novelty won't erase
what is carved inside
the heart is where you hide

with a little practise
you could be a hero
full score or nothing
you could be my hero
with a little practise
you could be a hero
full score or nothing
Track Name: a new dialogue
why won't you take me out i am more
than willing to leave
i won't wear anything but my heart
on my sleeve

all you wanted is all i need

don't talk to me like i'm
one of your cynical peers
talk to me like a lover
you'll wear me out with your
subtle defences my dear
one day you will

crossed wire and foiled ire is the house
that we live in
all so anaesthetised we don't feel
the cold begin
no bowing out the audit is far
from unclear

all you wanted is all i need

don't talk to me like i'm
one of your cynical peers
talk to me like a lover
you'll wear me out with your
subtle defences my dear
one day you will

let me open the weir
you'll be calm down here

don't talk to me like i'm
one of your cynical peers
talk to me like a lover
you'll wear me out with your
subtle defences my dear
one day you will

talk to me like a lover
no bowing out now the audit
reads too fucking clear
one day you will
Track Name: high and clear
high and clear
you've been feeling so alien

cool and near
you've been distant from everyone

you better keep your ear to the ground
you gotta keep your fear on the run

high and near
you've been distant from everyone

cool and clear
you've been feeling so alien

you better keep your ear to the ground
you gotta keep your fear on the run
Track Name: skin [everything is coming to a halt]
i've got fifteen different skins
most are thick but some are thin
everything is coming to a halt

six to wear with perfect ease
aces tucked inside each sleeve
everything is coming to a halt

come on lead the way now

concentration keeps you rich
but you need more money to cut that itch
everything is coming to a halt

temporise to buy more time
and the cheek to slip your hand in mine
everything is coming to a halt

come on lead the way now
come on lead the way now
come on lead the way

we've big pockets to keep you in
but until you leave we won't begin
everything is coming to a halt

all impatience slows you down
but you feed your hunger for nothing
everything is coming to a halt

come on lead the way now
come on lead the way now
come on lead the way
Track Name: friend
here's better day
we can start over
it's always been this way
you let me begin again

when i say
why hold on?
you stop and show me

here's a better day
forget those idiots
they won't amount to anything
we'll just start over

when i say
why hold on?
i don't feel so strong
but you

(here's better day, hold on)

when i say
why hold on?
i don't feel so strong
but you

(you help keep me strong, my friend)

you keep me so strong

here's a better day
thank you my friend
Track Name: the wish you wish you had
sooner or later you're going to find
you've been left out on your own
where nothing quite fits and the little critic
keeps your case at home

you've gotta take a look at yourself
a little luxury
really take a look at yourself
did you give it all you had?

i'm sorry's no good for me
your story's all make-believe
it's only the wish you wish you had

one of these days you'll admit you should have
kept your contacts close
there's nothing like fickle alliances
to release your friends from foes

you've gotta take a look at yourself
a little luxury
really take a look at yourself
did you give it all you had?

i'm sorry's no good for me
your story's all make-believe
it's only the wish you wish you had

you've gotta take a look at yourself
a little luxury
really start to see yourself
did you give it all you had?

i'm sorry's no good for me
your story's all make-believe
it's only the wish you wish you had
Track Name: run
tired
worn at the seams
we're not yet released from our dreams

you better run

one
fitful reprieve
we're holding back hope for relief

you better run, run

all my apologies
thrown back
for shooting you down
an obsolete currency
to move you around
you better run
you better run

arms
won by degrees
and all of us know what it means

to make you run, run, run

all my apologies
thrown back
for shooting you down
an obsolete currency
to move you around
you better run
you better run
you better run