Remember To Smile

by Neil McSweeney

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This album was recorded during 2005 at G2 studios in Sheffield, England. It was mastered to vinyl at Abbey Road Studios, London. Postcards was released as a single by Kids Records in June 2007.

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released May 15, 2006

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Track Name: Sunrise
Sunrise, over the hillside
Oh, when I held you
Broken it seemed
Later (& it always gets later)
The moment had faded from my memory
But oh, then I held you
To hide from your tears
And over your shoulder
The past reappeared.
How can such rapture
Ever be recaptured
If never was it real?
Track Name: Postcards
Talk like a believer
Sabre in your hand
It's murder if you mean it
When the promised land is a sea of sand

You'll never believe us though
It's too far out of the range
Of all you think you know you know
Just wait for the satellite
To beam us all into space
Man you'll see we had it right
And the postcards will say...

Face you future long lost loves
With your desert moon and chemical sun
Victory is defeated, your days are done
The dust has won
Track Name: Walleye Jean
She big Jean
She wall-eye
She wear the mark of the butterfly
She big Jean wall-eye
Break your heart soon as pass you by
One man bathe in the warmth of the sun
I'm baking in the heat of her love
She may do me wrong
But she still burn when the sun long gone
Track Name: Broken Truth
There's a song and it plays in your heart
Soft and low as a funeral march
I've walked that rhythm
I've drowned in those chords
Been lost in that melody myself before

When that feeling takes hold
And you think you are lost
Disappointment has furnished your heart
All that you've sold doesn't match to the cost
Well it was never your load from the start

All your dreams are remembered
Refracted inside
And spill like fear out of your eyes
Well I took light from you
So shine you broken truth

Play it again from the start
Pick out a tune on this old guitar
The colours are dancing just out of my reach
A couple more drinks may be all that we need
Track Name: Smile
As long as I am free
I might as well be free just to lie here
If anyone comes a-calling
Don't speak
And in the quiet cradle of sleep
We'll share the warmth of our quick lives,
Move more slowly for a while
And remember to smile
Track Name: Flowers
Upturned flowers catch the sun
The sky grows dark they droop as one
And hang their heads as if in shame or shyness
Hide their stamen from the rain
But there is one frozen tall
To whom secrets of the heavens will now be revealed
And with enraptured, fearful gaze
Takes in the stars and takes hailstones in the face

Oh my love I need some of that joy
My roots lay rotten in the soil

Oh my love, I am nothing without you
I am nothing without you
I am nothing without you
Though my love the night's been cruel
We'll wait for the sun and we will be warm again

Weathering takes a heavy toll
For every smile a tear must roll
We're all defeated in the end
You might as well count the stars among your friends

And oh my love, I'm with you
Whatever you want to do
Track Name: London Road
Sitting in the park passing time
Watching stars with a bottle of wine
You notice something in my smile
So we head off into town
Just in time for kicking out
Call a friend but there's no reply
They're never about, but it was worth a try

And we go rolling down the London Road
Though we know it's not the best way home
Sitting on a corner staring at our shoes
Sick to my guts for the love of you

The garage up ahead closed down
But the petrol smell still hangs around
And you don't like it like I do
We're singing about the hip lap drive
And I can't dance to save my life
But I've never felt more like I wanted to
Still something tells me not to

As we go rolling down the London Road
Though we know it's not the best way home
And sit on a corner staring at our shoes
You never shut up
I never make my move
Track Name: Long Way Round
If I make light of the things I love
It's just fear of loss to abate
But all I need is the sky above
And my loneliness is allayed

I always take the long way round
As happy in fields as cities or towns
When I lose my way it's just a new way I've found

So come with me and we'll put to sea
There's a land out there to be built
I'm not sure what life has in store
But I promise now that we will

Always take the long way round
As happy in fields as cities or towns
When we lose our way
It's just a new way we've found

So always take the long way round
Be as happy in fields as cities or towns
And when you lose your way
It's just a new way you've found
Track Name: Heartlands
Shining through the faded celluloid
Embers of a time in burning youth destroyed
The words just come and go
Ebb and flow
Trying to find a feeling to express
And chain it to the world before there's nothing left
And everything you know
Is a distant glow

And the fiery, peaceful fear
Settles at your side
To be lost in this land forever
In this heartland
Forever in this heartland of your mind

Silhouetted hearts they beat in time
From the dread syncopation comes a will of iron
Broken at a stroke; but, what a stroke

And the fiery, peaceful fear
Settles at your side
To be lost in this land forever
In this heartland
Forever in this heartland of your mind
Track Name: Let The Side Down
She don't like what she sees
To feel fine is disease
To run wild is for her to breathe
Jim Lick is her man
And he tries to understand
But when he buys a ring for her left hand

She say:
Don't you let the side down again
Don't you let the side down again
I thought that you might last until the end
Then you go and let the side down again

Nick Slope take his place
With his drizzled, scrimshaw face
Which she beats just because she can
Cos she don't like what she sees
To feel fine is disease
To run wild is for her to breathe

And she say:
Don't you let the side down again
Don't you let the side down again
I thought that you might last until the end
Then you go and let the side down again