The Hidden Year Disc Two

by Tape Hiss and Sparkle

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The Hidden Year is a double disc of material collected and recorded after 2011's For You In Your Cubicle. Themes surround the concept of a journey or a hidden history, memory and knowledge. The songs have been remastered in order to improve the listening experience.

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released January 3, 2011

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Tape Hiss and Sparkle Cape Town, South Africa

Tape Hiss & Sparkle was started in 2009, by Simon Tamblyn while he was still in The Sleepers. TH&S is Mandisi Nkomo on drums, Helen Westcott on bass, Catherine Schenck on cello and Tamblyn on guitar and vocals.

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Track Name: Okay Allright
you find
what you never wish you would
burst a vein
dirty hook
a knife
with which you just nick yourself
turn the word

i hope that its going to be
okay allright
it's going to be
fine allright
it's going to be
okay allright

the fear slips in underneath the hood
you lost your hope
in that road
throw away the remnants of the chain
so find another one
Track Name: The Strangled Sun
you know it's all fine when you know the verdict
and you know it's all on the side where you hide
waiting under pine canopies i don't want to be here
anymore

these last ten days have been so misleading
timber was cried but no tree fell
waiting under pine canopies to get your fill
keep out this wild sun today

if you were the warm walls of a home
if you had breathed out goodbye
i would be right before you to meet your eyes again

under pine canopies
to get your fill
you know its all
Track Name: Cruelty
fire away
at this bruised little spider soul
and you look on
as the gutter water washed him away
down
down to the ground

look at these tired
these tired eyes and know
that they'll never betray

he tried to build his nest strong
venus spinning for his eyes
you look on
as the gutter water washed him away
down
down to the ground

look at these tired
these tired eyes and know
that they'll never betray
and look at these hungry
these hungry hands
they know that you'll fire away
fire away fire away
i don't care anymore
fire away fire away
this house is not a home
fire away fire away
twenty three holes filled with nothing
blood
nothing
Track Name: Pretoria
Pretoria
I'm simplicity
the lines upon the road the thunder beats
with greatest care
bows around the trees
the buzzing nights
the swelling melodies
now she swirls the air
sending flowers to greet me there

Pretoria
I'm complexity
the quiet moments of our urgency
with greatest care
bows around the trees
the buzzing nights the swelling melodies
now she swirls the air
sending flowers to greet me there
now the hidden streets guide me to your open door
Track Name: The Gun
now in the deepest season
i will be there with you in this life
then under doubt's foul seizures
then betrayed by your muse

oldest bones in the flesh are intertwined
questions grow there in our eastern coastline
but the gun
it reminds me of your life
pull the trigger
and explode
fire fire all this must burn

fear is the only reason
i can't be there with you in this life
shine like you really want to
and let go of the strife in this room

bitter heart sheltered in the kindest frame
questions start in the town that holds my name
but the gun
it reminds me of your life
pull the trigger
and explode
fire fire all this must burn
Track Name: A Vow The Witness The Ground
you waving as i go
is the last thing my memory serves me but i know
there are easier things to wake up to
plumbago blossoms in my strangest dreams
you still wave even though
i left ten years ago

you were the only one
you were the only one
turn to contact
turn to rescue
a fragmented life

the city called me out
out to the dirty streets
the gutters shy and proud
you were the only one
who they never allowed
into the den of lust and guilt peppered with doubt
spilling on the gravel from the ground

it could not hold you still
it could not hold you still
turn to contact
turn to rescue
a fragmented life
I'm tired of myself
I peel away this weathered mask I hold to
this sense of sin

the city called me out
out to the glass and steel monoliths
i took a vow
i was as a worm to moth
as a needle is pulled through cloth
as the words were born inside my mouth
inside my mouth
spilling on the gravel from the ground

we are the only ones
Track Name: Fascinator
no giant ego
i love your lashes
the dust from the landscape
is a red mist turning
some lunch from a petrol station

i hope that we
never have to stop
Track Name: Vert
all we ever want
all imperative
to push the deserts back to the sea
living evidence
of another mouth
of the teeth around
she with green invades then leaves

listen here
you were wrong
i thought you had left long before
love your mom
love your dad
silver spoons were in your school friends drawers

she with green invades then leaves
on the opposite town's end pleading
all they took from us
all those accidents
a slip of sole beneath the heel
in this
suburb
city
country
trying to live without words
Track Name: Everything Is In Vibration
a snatch of conversation
a breath of fresh air
this is potassium iodide
everything is in vibration

oh the world is so small
leave the light on

how do we build our armour
our offices underground
our fire-drill parties
everything is in vibration

oh the world is so small
please leave the light on

nothing will last forever
that's what you say
i know our love will stand
everything is in vibration
Track Name: Tut Tut
broken window
your cellphone
watch the matrix
break some bones

turn a page just for once
a slap of takkies on wet ground
throw your five rand in the pond
take it away
give it back

hey what's that sombre stare
to drown the world
i wasn't speaking in there
just mumbled words
and i felt so all alone
in a crowded room
i tried to keep my control
my control

lick my lips with cobra spit
long grass trembles underneath
oh despair oh despair
koki marks over my face
where you all tried to place
what a night what a night