Songs for Friends and Enemies

by Dan Ball

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about

I like to choose a month and try to squeeze an album out of it. This the one for July 2012. This was all done in a sort of refrigerated box surrounded by the sweltering, cicada-screamfest of Korean Summer. I'd occasionally nip out for an absurdly sweaty run in the mountains, then come down and try to cool off with some cold juicy cherries in front of the fan. There are some new songs here, and some that I have been working on for donkey's years.

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released 30 July 2012

Thanks to all the friends and enemies who inspired and encouraged this album and who make life interesting and brilliant, especially to Cat, Alan and Cian for their generous ears.

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Track Name: Secret
I can only go
from what I know
to what I don't
You won't understand
No
You can't command me though
or protect me
just relax and let me flow

You've got to let me go
gotta let me go

Cause you know my secret and you can keep it
and I think you will
and if you don't
I'll probly love you still
because you're so brilliant
cos you are so brilliant

you know my secret
I think you'll keep it
you know my secret
I think you'll keep it

I confess that I feel this
I feel we exist just to kiss
Is this dangerous news?
major issues?
six seconds gone
and I miss you

gotta let you go
gotta let you go

Cause you know my secret
and you can keep it
and I think you will
and if you don't
I'll probly love you still
because you're so brilliant
cos you are so brilliant

you know my secret
I think you'll keep it
you know my secret
I think you'll keep it
Track Name: Bully Beef
Tag, You're it, No Tag-backs
I think I'm having a heart attack
Tag, You're it, No Tag-backs
I think I'm having a heart attack

Please don't speak
turn the other cheek

No I know I won't fight back
I think you're on crack
No I know I won't fight back
I think you're on crack

although you know
please don't let it show

no no no no

now it's time for a sucker punch
knuckle sandwiches for lunch
now it's time for a sucker punch
knuckle sandwiches for lunch

unaware
unprepared sitting there

what's your beef with the bully chief?
how can you bite? you've got no teeth.
what's your beef with the bully chief?
how can you bite? you've got no teeth.

so innocent
so ignorant

no no no no
no no no no

hold me back laddie, hold me back.
what's the story man? what's the craic?
hold me back laddie, hold me back.
what's the story man? what's the craic?

Is this really real?
Is this how I feel?

Your daddy's bigger than my daddy
but your daddy's not bigger than me
Your daddy's bigger than my daddy
but your daddy's not bigger than me

please don't burn this bridge
now you're on the edge

no no no no
no no no no
Track Name: Lonely at the Club
Lonely at the club
the DJ's stupid
he doesn't know a thing about music
every track that comes on
I know I could do better

At the back smokin I-don't-know-what
too scared to dance
I don't want to dance

The girls look so good
but I feel like shit
I wish you would
I wish you'd touch it
she radiates
a beautiful glow
that ties my mind all up
in black silk ribbons
of guilty heat
but please don't dance next to me
I don't like other people
don't dance with me

don't dance with me
I don't like other people
I like to dance alone
I like to dance alone

I don't know what drugs you kids are on but
I feel like where's the magic music gone?
this music's hollow
so much sound is thrown around
when I'm walking down the road
companies throw out sonic logos
what was honest love exploding
is now concealing and controlling

Lonely at the club
I think I'm in love
I'm drinkin to get rid of
all sensation
the music's too loud
to have a conversation

I suppose we all need to get mindless
and put shit behind us
lets go wild for real
wanna feel like a child
reveal your soul
it turns to dust though in the morning
why must monday be so boring?
If I'm so free
then please tell me
why am I
why am I, so, so lonely at the club?
Track Name: Destroy This Life
Destroy this life
that you've been living
Destroy this life
have you got the guts to?
Destroy this life
and make a new one

I think you should be movin on
I think it's time that you get gone
you've been just holdin on, it's wrong
you're singing the same old song

Destroy this life
that you've been living
Destroy this life
have you got the guts to?
Destroy this life
and make a new one

I think you should be plantin seeds
I think you've got some dreams to feed
I think you've got to admit
that you need
you need
you need something you are not getting

Destroy this life
that you've been living
Destroy this life
have you got the guts to?
Destroy this life
and make a new one

I think you need to take a chance
I think you need to wake and dance
I think you need to pull off your pants
and go into a trance
Track Name: Sensual Creature
you are a sensual creature
it shows in the way you touch
you were my sexual teacher
and I love you very much

i hope that you can find the flower
in your dream that smells like me
I slipped between your eyelids
and planted my shallow roots you see
 
and even when I can't reach her
you taught me not to push
and how this ecstatic seizure
can turn the mind to mush
 
I hope that you can find some freedom
in your time upon this earth
and that you do not waste it all
bothering to regret your birth
 
you are a sensual creature
I can feel it in your hands
you know to catch and release her
until she understands
 
I hope that you don't cast a shadow
in my mind until I die
These fears that come to me
they travel through my head. I don't know why

you are such a playful being
Everything's part of a game
This is something I want to sing
and I don't care if it's lame
 
I hope that you can find some things
to call your own and some to share
I hope that you cand find a place
to call your home that's everywhere
 
You're your sister's brother's keeper
and you're doing all you can
No need to fear the grim reaper
now you know the ways of man
 
I hope that you can find the shoes with wings
and everything you need
the flaming sword, the talking-horse-friend-to-the-end,
of course, of course

You are a sensual creature
when nobody's in your way
And I would ask you to leave
except I'll die if you don't stay

I hope that you can find a place
inside my life to suit your taste
It will be hard to escape with my hands
clasped tight around your waist

you are a sensual creature
it shows in the way you touch
you were my sexual teacher
and i love you very much
Track Name: Everybody Wants In
When I'm on a roll
you're close behind
you can't let go
of my good vibes
you think I'm such a fascinating guy
somewhere inside
I feel it's a lie

and that's when it all starts to unwind
I lose control. I lose my mind.
you run home lock doors and close the blinds
I guess that's why good friends are hard to find

They're hard to find because when you're up
everybody wants in
but when you're down
it's like there's no greater sin

when you're up
everybody wants in
but when you're down
there is no greater sin

when you laugh you'll never laugh alone
just shed one tear and you're on your own
the man who smiles smiles from a throne
he reviles any weakness shown

when I'm pumpin blood
you can't deny your vampire clutch, your evil eye
when your green eyed monster watch me fly
don't forget the days I wanna die
days when I
wanna die
wanna die

when you're up
everybody wants in
but when you're down
there is no greater sin

I know you love me but
you can't stand me when I'm down
I know you love me but
you can't stand me when I'm down
when I'm down

when you're up
everybody wants in
but when you're down
there is no greater sin

I know you love me but
you can't stand me when I'm down
I know you love me but
you can't stand me when I'm down
when I'm down
when I'm down
Track Name: I Hope You Never Die
I'm gonna sing this in my own way
Cos I don't want pale imitation
You are an amazing fountain of creation

Your truest voice
bright like a horn
when I was young
I could have sworn
I felt your presence stomp through me.
I knew that you, only you, knew me.

You were never trapped and pinned down,
by crowds following you around
you knew justice and variety
and stayed blind enough to see

Your truest voice
bright like a horn
when I was young
I could have sworn
I felt your presence stomp through me.
I knew that you, only you, knew me.

Adventurous, brave in your imagination
passionate in your insane engagement
like an author writing a book with the reader one page behind
I hope we never catch up
I hope you never die

Your truest voice
bright like a horn
when I was young
I could have sworn
I felt your presence stomp through me.
I knew that you, only you, knew me.
Track Name: You Don't Really Know Me Anymore
The things we used to do before
have become legends and folklore
cause you don't really know me anymore

You missed the game you don't know the score
you don't know what this button's for
Cause you don't really know me anymore

Your famous eyes of blue
could be scanning the skies in Timbuktu
but the grapevine's dry
I don't hear about you
now anymore

you could have dumped one girl and picked up another
you could have found your long lost half brother
but we don't really know each other
anymore

The data about you my brain had stored is draining out through a secret door
cause I don't really know you anymore
memories of olden times days of yore
fading like black and white photographs in a drawer
cause I don't really know you anymore

I hope its not to late
I don't want to start from a clean slate
I need you to get up-to-date
with the the story of me

The special reasons we became friends
may never come back again
I am not asking you to pretend
but without you I can't make sense

I need you to hear about
How this plot is turning out
cause no one round me knows me to my core

You were there for page seventeen
so you know what page seventy means
even if you missed a little in between

When I talk to you the truth comes out
I remember what I'm all about
thinking how you used to hear me out
I miss you so bad

Everything is changing now
and I just want to get back somehow
to the only roots I ever managed to put down
in the ground
Track Name: Ready for Love
If youre ready for love
then take off the kid gloves
and start doing pushups on your knuckles

you make me chuckle sometimes
you think you can get away with it
you make me laugh with your hare-brained schemes
and your diamond dream giraffe

yeah yeah
yeah yeah

If youre ready for love
then take off the high heels
and start doing laps of the train station

you think this mental masturbation
will somehow magically solve this situation
don't make me wait for your hare-brained schemes
and your diamond dream creation

yeah yeah
yeah yeah

If youre ready for love
then take out the earphones
and start to realise that youre alone

you make me think of a throne made of thorns
you make me pink like a bone in the morning
don't make me wink till it sinks in baby
don't be thinkin maybe
just say
just say


yeah yeah
yeah yeah

If youre ready for this
then open your fist
close your eyes
and I'll give you a surprise

you think they can hear your plaintive cries?
out where the painted hills meet the desert sky
I told you the truth
and then I told you a lie

yeah yeah
yeah yeah

If youre ready for life
then the world is your wife
and you can forget about the knife

only the moon can burn away the mist
only you know how it feels to exist
have the tenacity to persist
have the capacity to resist
and let me know
if I can assist you
I'll do my best to

yeah yeah
yeah yeah
Track Name: When Most Boys Want Toys
When most boys want toys
don't have to look far
if it's not the football
it's the guitar
but that can't sum up all you've wanted so far
what can we call what you are?
twinkle twinkle little star

For some folks it's all about the wife
and some folks can live the unexamined life
but everything that's put in front of you
you take the knife of your mind to it
and cut right through it

I love to be
and to be free
but I'm not sure
what to do
with me

For some folks it's all about the babies
and some folks it's all about the maybes
but that can't sum up how you've been feeling lately
do you have something to say to me baby?

For some folks it's all about the romance
and some folks need to know everything in advance
but everybody's got the same thing down their pants
I know you can't sing
so shut up and dance

I love to be
and to be free
but I'm not sure
what to do
with me

When most boys want toys
don't have to look far
if it's not the football
it's the guitar
but that can't sum up all you've wanted so far
what can we call what you are?
twinkle twinkle little star

For some folks it's all about the wife
and some folks can live the unexamined life
but everything that's put in front of you
you take the knife of your mind to it
and cut right through it
Track Name: Prisoner of Pleasure
Surely none of this can be
the murder mystery
the minstrel that lost control
what did your body tell you about your soul?

The needle rising like a steeple
I love the way you touch people
I can't keep
all the things you gave me

You can't save me
you couldn't even save yourself
but I couldn't help wanting to know
what lay behind

Prisoner of pleasure
was your neuron flash trash or treasure?
in the final measure
in the last test of your flesh
the knife just inches in your chest
the knife just inches in your chest

I always hear it in blue
the misty spirit of you
in music that pulls me though
like wet clothes through an old mangle
by the time I heard your song
you were already gone
it seems so wrong
but so long
so long


Prisoner of pleasure
was your neuron flash trash or treasure?
in the final measure
in the last test of your flesh
the knife just inches in your chest
the knife just inches in your chest

In a dream
In a dream
bent double and I don't know why
you flourish
a origami butterfly
folded from a suicide note you never wrote
it flutters off soft
over the roads you traveled
and all the frowns
and scowls
and bleak grimaces
that over took the only face you had
to carry you through this place

You moved your fingers like a little bird
You moved your fingers like a little bird

Prisoner of pleasure
was your neuron flash trash or treasure?
in the final measure
in the last test of your flesh
the knife just inches in your chest
the knife just inches in your chest
Track Name: 1999
istenin' to smashing pumpkins
with my arms around you
hey, you know what?
i can do a mean kurt cobain too!
i like the same music as you

some people like to smile
and play football
i like to cry for a while
i don't like sports at all
i don't know why they force us all!
but i loved you warts-an'-all

when I had hair down to my ass
in biology class
I was a chloroplast
you were the sun

poetry that we were too young for
we knew we were done for
but I often wonder
who wrote the last line
in 1999?

i believe in equality
and i'm interested in you bodily
i'm something of an oddity
and i don't care what you thought of me
and apart from autonomy
i don't care what i grow up to be

things were so simple
in the days of pimples
you liked my dimples
i liked your nipples
we used to laugh about farts
now my heart is crippled

Now I guess that's all in the past
well, how long could it last
sarcastic, iconoclastic obsession

Remember flirting in art class?
It hurt you moved on fast
I heard lies when I asked
who wrote the last line
in 1999?

listenin' to smashing pumpkins
with my arms around you
hey, you know what?
i can do a mean kurt cobain too!
i like the same music as you
Track Name: Miraculous Medal
She used to hide the miraculous medal in a drawer
every time she'd do something that Padre Pio shouldn't see
she used to hide the miraculous medal in a drawer
every time that I knocked on her door and she opened to me

Supposedly young then, but I felt old
she called me a loser with no goals
so I spat in her face and I asked her out
a heart made of waste meat basted in doubt
thumped in my chest as I confessed
and who woulda thunk it?
who woulda guessed?
who would've thought that girl said 'yes'

Her skin is warm
under her uniform
we've already started
friction burns from the carpet

Here he comes like a dart
to tear me apart

He wastes no time
and now I'm
buried in the back garden
buried in the back garden
I am buried
in the back garden of the last of the faithful Catholics of Killinarden

She used to hide the miraculous medal in a drawer
every time she inclined to meddle in something
more than the catholic catechism had provided
for the body and blood that she gave up down on the floor

The Poor Servants of the Mother of God
had they observed, may have felt it odd
the way she smiled through her braces
and our three legged races
brought her to places I never should
brought her to places that felt so good

Her skin is warm
under her uniform
we've already started
friction burns from the carpet

Here he comes like a dart
to tear me apart

He wastes no time
and now I'm
buried in the back garden
buried in the back garden
I am buried
in the back garden of the last of the faithful Catholics of Killinarden

Now she hides the miraculous medal in a drawer
she believes that she's done something the holy father'd rather ignore
now she hides the miraculous medal in a dark corner
pushing aside the net curtain,
she's wide to the Garda Síochána
Track Name: Older Stronger
Back when older meant stronger
which it doesn't any longer
I was afraid of you for you
now I'm afraid of you for me

Back when harder meant smarter
guess I seemed like a non-starter
you name it I was scared of it
but now I couldn't give a shit

Your belly's too big for your back
I'm waiting for your spine to crack
How could you burn and never learn?
I always knew the worm would turn

Back when boredom was danger
I was a little stranger
Now I have learned some of the rules
and tried to turn them into tools.
Track Name: Assymetry
I

are we really friends?
or is this happening again?
we're bluffing when we're suffering this fucking sin:
asymmetry

are we really friends?
are you still stuck on him,
like i'm stuck on you,
and she's stuck on me
and the chain of pain goes on endlessly...

am I just too thin?
not your idea of a man?
it's like a voodoo doll of me full of pins made
the mood you were in
when you met me

how to make amends?
every message that you send
sets me wondering again
what are my chances out of ten?
what's yet to be?

CHORUS

I wanted you for my lover
but you saw me as a brother
like an agent undercover
listening how you loved another man

II

and now you want to try
and even after all i've cried
i feel something in me died
when i looked in the mirror of you
and could not see me

i look up at
the sky cookin' up blue and white
i don't wanna fight
i'm feelin' it's not right
we met in the river
we will never ever
get to the sea

you know it's not that i
it's not that i don't wanna know
i don't care if this "friendship" blows
but you're just too slow
i fell in love with you
in seven seconds
four years ago

CHORUS

I wanted you for my lover
but you saw me as a brother
like an agent undercover
listening how you loved another man

A-A-A-Assymetry
when's the love I'm givin out gonna be given back to me?
A-A-A-Assymetry
when's the love I'm givin out gonna be given back to me?
A-A-A-Assymetry
when's the love I'm givin out gonna be given back to me?
A-A-A-Assymetry
when's the love I'm givin out gonna be given back to me?
Track Name: What Are We Doing?
I hope you want me
otherwise your eyes just haunt me
there's plenty of fish in the sea
but they all swim faster than me
I give up
but then I get hungry
need something to fulfill me physically

what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing brother?

I know you like me
It happens quite often actually
there's plenty of fish in the sea
but I only fish mentally
give away my body for free
it's just a worm on the hook inside of me

what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing brother?

I hope you like me
It doesn't happen that often you see
there's plenty of fish in the sea
but none of them swim quite like me
I'm the one who's amazing and free
I'm looking for someone to get crazy with me

what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing brother?
what are we doing to each other?
what are we doing brother?