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Head Like An Attic

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This eleven track release takes in eracode's favourite original songs from the last twelve years, and includes a few remastered salvages from some old four track audio tapes and outtakes. Other recordings are more complete, with some never-before-heard tracks in the mix.

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released July 31, 2015

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eracode Cape Town, South Africa

eracode is the songwriting project of Cape Town area man Anton Marshall. Founded in 1993, it has served primarily as a spare room writing and recording project, existing in secret alongside Marshall's other bands Three Bored and Three More White Guys, Long Time Citizen, the Dollyrockers and others. ... more

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Track Name: I Guess We're Having Fun
I GUESS WE'RE HAVING FUN
(Marshall)

there's too much air
in the bodies of the little children on the beach
they scream it out
like animals being roasted alive

you're in the water
a dozen tiny fishes are nibbling at your toes
they give you thanks
for all the food your feet disturb

so look around at the pretty faces
the people on the sand from the different places
vying for the cool and the shady spaces
i guess we're having fun
the birds and the bees, the indigenous tree
the boys and the babes in the summer breeze
each one hotter by a couple of degrees
with their bodies set to stun
i guess we're having fun

all along the shore
umbrellas are erected by some irritated men
two metres distance
all around will be respected

strange furniture
for a stranger's house that no-one owns
yet the sun's been setting
has the often been left on?

so look around at the pretty faces
the people on the sand from the different places
vying for the cool and the shady spaces
i guess we're having fun
the birds and the bees, the indigenous tree
the boys and the babes in the summer breeze
each one hotter by a couple of degrees
with their bodies set to stun
i guess we're having fun
Track Name: Weed
slacker bob lived on welfare checks
in a low-rent government-grant complex
spent a little bit on bread and beans
and the rest on a five pound bag of weed

a five pound bag of weed,
a five pound bag of weed
o the livin' is just allright with a five pound bag of weed

bob gone out to see miguel
cos sick miguel don't feel so well
to the corner and back ain't gone too long
but now the five pound bag of weed is gone

a five pound bag of weed,
a five pound bag of weed
o the robber done broken in, took the five pound bag of weed

slacker bob gonna report this crime
no robber gonna get no weed of mine
deputy say he gonna do what he can
put an APB out on a smokin' man

a five pound bag of weed,
a five pound bag of weed
APB out on a smokin' man and a the five pound bag of weed

two days later bob get a call
to come on down to the justice hall
deputy say we found your guy
doing 80 in a 50 and a DUI

and a two pound bag of weed
and a two pound bag of weed
o the livin' is just allright with a five pound bag of weed
Track Name: Blood
BLOOD
(Marshall)

blood! these streets aren't nice
blood! there's sin and vice
blood! as cold as ice
blood!

they say this town was founded
how the west was won
by a madman on the run
by the devil and his gun

they say he came from parts unknown
with a saddlebag of sand
he killed an innocent man
took his children and his land
and called it

blood! these streets aren't nice
blood! there's sin and vice
blood! as cold as ice
blood!

blood! these streets aren't nice
blood! there's sin and vice
blood! as cold as ice
blood!

they say this town is evil
that no-one ever leaves
no, no, no-one ever leaves
and nothing left is clean
in this town of

blood! these streets aren't nice
blood! there's sin and vice
blood! as cold as ice
blood!

they say this town is evil
Track Name: Head Like an Attic
HEAD LIKE AN ATTIC
(Marshall)

i know an old man who sits on a porch
rocking his chair in the sun, getting scorched
likes to tell stories about the war
and all about what he was fighting for

he got a head like an attic
full of dusty old charms
a body full of scars
with tattoos on his arms

when he was a rover he travelled the world
drank with pirates and princes with pearls
got in some fights, stayed up all night
he made lots of money and kissed lots of girls

he got a head like an attic
full of dusty old charms
a body full of scars
with tattoos on his arms

now and again his confession will stop
like a tape that's erased by magnetic drop
says he gets meals from the diner down the street
and a room at the back of the store with a cot

he got a head like an attic
full of dusty old charms
a body full of scars
with tattoos on his arms
Track Name: Never Coming Back
NEVER COMING BACK
(marshall) (c) Sheer Music Publishing

mary said to joseph
your son's made up his mind
he's quitting his construction job
and he's leaving us behind
he's talking crazy like the president
saying now he understands
how the war for our freedom
is happening in some foreign land

i swear i had a dream just like this yesterday
and i have to tell you baby i'm afraid

that he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back

joseph thought about it
he said honey, don't you fret
forever is a long long time
to be thinking like that
he's gonna get himself to thinking
he's gonna come to realise
he's gonna learn to tell the difference
between the emotion and the lies

and you will see that everything will turn out great
and I am surely not afraid

that he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back

mary said to joseph
a letter come today
regrettin' to inform you
is what it started to say
he was far across the ocean
on the other side of the world
he was six months in the desert
he didn't even have no girl

they say he felt a bolt of lightning
hit him hard in the chest
and just like that bolt of lightning
he was gone in a flash
he didn't get himself to thinking
he didn't come to realise
he didn't to tell the difference
between the emotion and the lies

i swear i had a dream just like this yesterday
i have to tell you i'm afraid

that he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
he ain't ever coming back
Track Name: Death is on the Guestlist**
DEATH IS ON THE GUESTLIST
(Marshall)

the last night i dreamt my life was a show
the stage was ablaze with the heavenly glow
of redheads and blondes singing my songs
the man at the door and the girl on the floor
and the VIPs I'd never seen before
and death...
death is on the guestlist

so put your cigarettes out, i can't handle the smoke
and most of my friends will get by without coke
but you can buy me a jack with a beer on its back
and i'll play like a god it really isn't that hard
to come out sounding clever or terribly smart
when death...
death is on the guestlist
Track Name: Innocents and Vagabonds
children dressed in sunday best
settle down and listen well
to stories of the olden days
the way our mothers taught us
traditions are not written
remember what is handed down
desire drowns in memory
as memory requires

la la la ...

you innocents and vagabonds
come put away your fear tonight
come fill your cup with chronicles
and warm your soul with insight
for some things pass as people
but the love you give will stay with you
so keep these things about you well
the way our mothers taught us

la la la ...
Track Name: Taken Out Taken In
TAKEN OUT TAKEN IN
(Marshall) (c) Sheer Music Publishing

nine o clock and the street is quiet
save for the sirens and the distant sound of cars
we're watching out for friendly headlights
to turn the corner of your street

the sidewalk's cold underneath our asses
but it's better out here than being back inside
another car but still the wrong headlines
better check your wacth, man, you know it's getting late

taken out, or taken in
be in the police or the gangsters down on hazeldene

i try to start a conversation, you know
something about the news or maybe the government
you exclaim: 'oh god, please no
seventeen's too young to be a criminal'

taken out, or taken in
be in the police or the gangsters down on hazeldene
taken out taken in
what choices fall to the times, the times we're in

later in the parking lot
a million miles from all that deathly silence
you get out of the car and say:
'let's stay out late tonight'
Track Name: I Can't Find a Single Hook To Pin These Lyrics On (The Hook Song)
i was cleaning out the cobwebs
felt like cleaning out the world
i found some songs that i had dug out
a big dusty book of words
i tried to play my way through something
words i wrote when i was young
i got up way until the chorus
when i realised there wasn't one

so this is where the chorus should be
this is where the chorus comes
but i can't find a single hook to pin these lyrics on
i couldn't find the next line either
*
so i'll rhyme that last line with a
*

i sent the lyrics off to grierson
just to see what he could do
i got them back in 50 pieces
'return to sender, please, thank you'
it seems a shame to waste those verses
just cos choruses are few
so i threw them all together
in this hooked up country stew
so this is where the chorus should be
this is where the chorus comes
but i can't find a single hook to pin these lyrics on
i couldn't find the next line either
*
so i'll rhyme that last line with a
*
Track Name: The Top of the World
THE TOP OF THE WORLD
(Marshall)

standing naked in the garden
taking fruit from sacred trees
asking god what he'll deliver
if maybe someday you'll believe

i choose to spend my time
being faithful to the idea of you

though the look your lover gave you
could sometimes make you feel a fool
your lack of fear has brought you failure
an ignorance of all the rules

i choose to spend my time
being faithful to the idea of you