Visitors

by Tape Hiss and Sparkle

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released March 1, 2010

lyrics by Simon Tamblyn
artwork by Simon Tamblyn
music by Simon Tamblyn

Thank you to Gareth Jones for loaning me his melodica, and to Chris Munro for loaning me his bass guitar.

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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: Visitors (The Lucida)
roll the leaf
suck in the smoke
cry so hard
hoarsen your throat
enclose us in
your mental fog

you take this too far
strange visitors at night
you play this too hard
kick and scream and fight
you take this too far
strange visitors at night
you play this too hard

cigarette holes in your hand
sleep it off
dream of the end
you call us in
again and again
Track Name: Brother of Mine, Sister I Am
at dawn i walk through the city
a brother and a son
helios cuts through the rain clouds
but his beams are then swallowed whole
and then are gone

at dusk i walk through the city
bustling and loud
luna with her one eye open
through the smog watches her daughter
walk on

hold me i'm your brother
the one you'd never leave
the endlessly forgiven
running through the streets
hold me like a sister
and don't ever despair
dream of our new future
i'll clear and fight our way there

hold me like a brother
in the city streets
in the night or daytime
between our heartbeats
hold me i'm your sister
i'll cover your back
you'll never be forgotten
don't lose my tracks
console me please
Track Name: Vodka Winter
cold wet bricks of your doorstep
was our cigarette capital
our vodka city dreams
brown little leaves would follow our feet
charge of the bitter and cold
but remember that one little something
something I chose to ignore

you know one day we'll find it
it's you and I then
stop, dance 'cause here it is

I took your advice and i kept it
like a holiday photograph
a pressing book leaf
brown little leaves still follow my feet
charge of the bitter and cold
but remember that one little something
something I chose to ignore
Track Name: I'm Not the Circuit, You Are
the streets here are a maze at night
darkness moves through season to season
keep breathing
i move your lips to form some words
apologise
please believe me
believe me
asphalt grit and power lines
try and take in all you've been seeing
we're changing

but every word I spoke to mend this
every hand put out to fix this
just made it even worse
dug up from the earth purposeless

wide eyed you say
your love is pure
light-finder you aren't anymore
white for your dress
brown for your door
green for your eyes
that don't see anymore
i'm not the circuit you are

the prince of cursing and black bags
lives and sleeps outside that window
screams at who knows
our dreams here are a mess at night
some people think they are evil
ghosts and demons

but every word i spoke to mend you
every hand put out to fix you
made it even worse
purposeless and cursed from sour earth
Track Name: Visitors (Punch The Wheel)
burn the seed
inhale the smoke
feel the world
losing its role
you tuck us in
put us to bed

you took this too far
strange visitors at night
you cried in the car
punched the wheel and cried
you took this too far
strange visitors at night
you cried in the car

the truth you hide
feel more in move in
expect the worst
but pretend in the end
your bones so thin
its all in your head
Track Name: Airports
from the word go
from the starting line shot
from the tracks the wind blew through the dust
you were running far away
far away
to a graceful swell
the wind blew you along

go now
godspeed
go safe
until we meet
go now
godspeed
i'll see you again
on a world's edge

you're far away
so far away
to a graceful swell
the wind will blow along