Silhouettes and Photographs

by Corstorphine Craig

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released October 22, 2013

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Corstorphine Craig Edinburgh, UK

Corstorphine Craig is a songwriter who lives next to a zoo in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sometimes he gets woken up when the lions roar, but all in all it's a satisfactory arrangement. His music has been featured on BBC, XFM and has soundtracked television shows on MTV and Showtime. ... more

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Track Name: No Acceleration, No Brakes
Do you ever feel like you're rolling downhill
Rolling downhill
No acceleration, no brakes
Downhill
Downhill
Your feet are calm and still
So many cars around you but the only thing you see is moonlight

I know all the steps to take
The worst mistake you'll ever make
I've got the tools of the trade
The worst mistake you'll ever make
The worst mistake you'll ever make
The worst advice you'll ever take
The worst mistake you'll ever make

Do you ever feel like you're tumbling through the sky
Tumbling through the sky
No parachute, no guides
Through the clouds
Through the clouds
Your feet are useless now
So many stars around you but the only thing you see are streetlights

I know all the steps to take
The worst mistake you'll ever make
I've got the tools of the trade
The worst mistake you'll ever make
The worst mistake you'll ever make
The worst advice you'll ever take
The worst mistake you'll ever make

Do you ever feel like you’re rolling downhill?
Track Name: No Breaking Her
I've got a feeling there's just no breaking her
Thought I'd made a breakthrough when my palm touched hers
Within a second she pulled her hand away
As I stumble over every word I should say

And for a second I stood outside myself
Realised how I must look to everyone else
How can you turn the tables when they’re broke in two?
How can you speak when you are not spoken to?

Ahh ahh ahh

I’ve been reading that book you said was great
Listening to that guff band that you rate
There's this story I've told noone before
If I tell you now would it make you like me more?

Well walking home a boy with two hearing aids
Walked up to me and he went to kick my legs
I moved away and said "What you playing at?"
He screamed after me "What you laughing at?"

Ahh ahh ahh

Is it delusion that keeps this hope alive-
Did I misread every time we locked our eyes
Is there something that's keeping us apart
and if not why the sudden change of heart

I’ll start pretending I don’t see her arrive
I’ll keep ignoring her then she’ll realise
I’ll smile at everyone else and frown at her
Until she’s screaming there’s just no breaking him

Ahh ahh ahh
Track Name: Bus There, Bus Back
The bus there
I’m light as a feather
The bus back
Heavy as ten tigers
The bus there
I saw a shimmering meadow
The bus back
I caught a fisherman’s shadow

If I’d caught the earlier bus
Well then we wouldn’t have to rush
We could have bought risotto rice
We could have cooked up something really nice
But I didn’t

It’s just the loneliest part of the longest ride
It’s just the ladder going up to the water slide
It’s just the pound you put in to keep it free
It’s just the wave that pulled you down in the big blue sea
It’s just the love you walk with but never touch
The ebony walking stick to replace the crutch
It’s just the lingering look that took your breath
The jump into the puddle that got your socks wet

The bus there
Listened to Radio City
The bus back
My battery died on me
The bus there
Got delayed til half nine
The bus back
Always leaves bang on time

The bus takes the long way around
and stops in almost every town
Kirkcaldy, Leven, Anstruther, Crail
As I arrive the sun’s started to ail
But you’re waiting

It’s just the loneliest part of the longest ride
It’s just the ladder going up to the water slide
It’s just the pound you put in to keep it free
It’s just the wave that pulled you down in the big blue sea
It’s just the love you walk with but never touch
The ebony walking stick to replace the crutch
It’s just the lingering look that took your breath
The jump into the puddle that got your socks wet
Track Name: The Gloom Next Door
How can you sleep when the neighbour’s so loud?
How can you wake when you’ve just slept three hours?

Smoker’s cough, rattles the walls
3am, drinking again

How can you work when you’re the walking dead?
How can you play when you’ve such a sore head?

After dark up with a start
3am, shouting again

How bothered can you be when you’re so tired?
How can you sleep it off when you’re so wired?

Ear on wall, police on call
3am, fighting again

3am and she’s screaming again
Her children have school in the morning
Track Name: The Late Gatsby
Am I the lonely man
The Gatsby to your Daisy Fay
I’m tired of almost everybody in the world
I’m sick of trying and failing to find your hand
To hold

Am I the bitter man
Who crumbles like a house of cards
At the mere mention of your name in company
Whose heart rate loses control so pathetically
That’s me

You knew every inch of me
I came up short
You wanted more and
If I find what you’re looking for
Will you still want more
And more and more

Am I the foolish man
Who walked you to the door and knocked
I wish I could say I would do things differently
But the door closing was the first I knew that you’d
Lost me

You knew every inch of me
I came up short
You wanted more and
If I find what you’re looking for
Will you still want more
And more and
You saw every inch of me
I wasn’t worth
Your house, your wine
Your family’s time
Your hands, your eyes
Your love.
Track Name: Four Eyes
Flawless enters the heart of man
Thoughtless wanders on every plan
Her poetry etched out on every tree
Each bough and limb aching with majesty

Four eyes threw me a smile again
Dodged it, and it landed on my friend
Her memory inked out upon his skin
The laser left traces of her within

Four eyes, one gaze
Two lips, one kiss
Four eyes, one gaze
Two arms, only one embrace

She’s no dancer but she moved me
I’m a chancer noone believes
The ice is left melting upon the bar
The glass is left shattered in tiny stars

Four eyes, one gaze
Two lips, one kiss
Four eyes, one gaze
Two arms, only one embrace

Four eyes, one gaze
Two lips, one kiss
Four eyes, one gaze
Two arms, only one embrace
Track Name: Photographs Of You And Your New Lover
I've been looking at some photographs
Of you and your new lover
I don't like the way he looks at you
I hate to think he sees the things in you that I do
You tell me it won't last forever so
Listen to me
And put somebody else in your life

I don't like the way he takes your hand
Kidnaps your hallowed name and scrawls it in the sand
For anyone to see
Oh darling please
Listen to me
And put somebody else in your life

When feelings start then feelings grow
And when they come they seldom go
Left on their own they just wither away
But like a boat on sea of blue
Your lover came and plundered you
There always seemed to be another way

I don’t think he’s got the notion yet
Of where you two are going
And if love is just an ocean you
Are sailing when you should be rowing back to me

If there’s something in that box for me
Go ahead and let it out for all the world to see
You’re swearing your own heart to secrecy
Listen to me
And put somebody else in your life
I’m not saying this for me
Put somebody else in your life
If only love can set us free
Put somebody else in your life
For a moment you might see
Put somebody else in your life
You better run to follow me
Track Name: Avaline
Avaline, rest your crooked spine
Walk with me, come talk with me
I won’t take any time

Half-alive, cos breathing is your right
Take me down to your old town
Where as a lass you’d shine

Lead me to where your old house once stood
Wiped away one new year’s day
With it your childhood

Golden days, and your friends were so great
Now you’re the last, time runs so fast
All seemed like yesterday...

Love came your way, you married straight away
He stayed with you, went grey with you
Died in your arms last May

Before you go, remember the window
Where as a girl you’d view the world
And imagine you were old
Track Name: Private Polly
Private Polly keeps it all in
they say she’s broken a few hearts
and that’s how she begins
Melancholy fools in her wake
She’d do without the burden
but she’ll live with the headache

This tangled euphoria
Tell me a story
A secret you’d share with no other
And as it gets heavier
Our eyes grow steadier
A glimmer that this could be ours and ours alone

Graphic artist back in Berlin
Caught her up to something
and he wishes it were him
Fear of the first time we hold hands
The fear of saying I love you
and the fear of hearing it back

This tangled euphoria
Tell me a story
A secret you’d share with no other
And as it gets heavier
Our eyes grow steadier
A glimmer that this could be ours and ours alone

Private Polly, pulls up a chair
stares into her coffee
as the sunlight hits her hair
Maybe this time, maybe she’s mine
an afternoon’s shared solitude
for the chance to catch her eye

This tangled euphoria
Tell me a story
A secret you’d share with no other
And as it gets heavier
Our eyes grow steadier
Keep me from spending these hours and hours alone
Track Name: Best We Never Know
These eyes have seen one thousand stares
But none haunt me like yours
This heart's withstood one thousand tears
Still I follow your lures

Your words won't last so just take them back
Take them back and we'll walk on
If you were me then you'd agree
It's best we never know

Now I'm a soul of simple joys
A soul of simple means
But you arrived and spun my life
Into complexity

Our hands aren't clasped so just
Take yours back
Take it back and we'll walk on
If you knew me then you'd agree
It's best we never know

Our dreams will crack so just
Take yours back
Take them back and we'll walk on
If you knew me then you‘d agree
I’ll never let you go
If you were me then you'd agree
It’s best we never know
Track Name: Silhouette
Silhouette of love gone by
Dare I write to you tonight
Silhouette of happier times
Might I find that you were right

The words are said
The memories bled
The wheels are set in motion
And this will be the last time
The beds are made
The debts repaid
The walls are painted red
and this will be the last time

Silhouette, a winter street
A snow-flecked hand takes hold of me
Silhouette, a dancefloor tomb
And eyes that follow round the room

The words are said
The memories bled
The wheels are set in motion
And this will be the last time
The beds are made
The debts repaid
The walls are painted red
and this will be the last time

Silhouette, take your time
step into the firelight
Silhouette, I can’t see
With your shadow over me

The words are said
The memories bled
The wheels are set in motion
And this will be the last time
The beds are made
The debts repaid
The walls are painted red
and this will be the last time
Track Name: Seven Numbers, Seven Words
Seven numbers in my hand
An argument with you is the plan
And I swear I’ve got no other choice
God lend me an angry voice

Confrontation’s not my game
Hurting feelings gives me shakes
But when reason’s lost beyond all hope
Well then you buckle up and cope

And don’t you harm my resolve
and don’t throw in some doubt
and use your voice as a shield
Remind me, don’t remind me

Seven words lodged in my throat
Now’s your chance just let them go
But when you bite your tongue so awfully hard
When you release those words can scar

And don’t you harm my resolve
and don’t throw in some doubt
and use your voice as a shield
Remind me, don’t remind me

Should I stand or should I run
before all is said and done
At least you know you had a chance
In any other circumstance
At least you know you had a chance
In any other circumstance