About Us / They Don't Love You Back

by Robert Rotifer

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    Side A:
    We Have Lost
    The Knot
    Westgate Towers
    Mistakes
    About Us
    The Moon
    All the Flags

    Side B:
    They Don't Love You Back (Medley)

    All solo and acoustic, recorded November 21, 2018

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    We Have Lost
    The Knot
    Westgate Towers
    Mistakes
    About us
    The Moon
    All the Flags
    They Don't Love You Back (Medley)

    CD2
    They Don't Love You Back, Parts 1-16

    Contains lyrics booklet

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1.
We Have Lost 04:26
We Have Lost It looks like we've lost All we thought of as forever won Now appears to be gone And the sun only hardens the frost Yes, it looks like we've lost Just the thought someone from somewhere else Counts as much as yourself Now seems perfectly preposterous Oh it looks like we're lost Now if you were around in the 1980s The kind who would shine at the school debates It was obvious to see If their kind ever got to get their way Then oh what a world that would be And where have you been? After all hopes and dreams It all turned out exactly as you had foreseen It seems we have lost Admit it we've lost All the stuff we thought we'd put to bed That didn't need to be said Is now flying in shreds round our heads Yes it's true we have lost But if you cast your mind back to the 1990s Remember the kind Who were ever so pleased with themselves You'd have known That golden future of which they kept talking Wouldn't be anyone's but their own So what could you do There was a new world to win And you tried to fit in But they had no room for you Oh, you knew you had lost Now everyone's torn Even that boy over there With the Hitler youth hair That's not how he was born Yes, he may look like he's lost But just you wait till the 2020s Ah, what's that coming round the bend? Yes as much as it wasn't forever we'd won After all's said and done We will see that it won't be forever we've lost Not forever lost
2.
The Knot 03:03
The Knot You're feeling it too now, are you? That knot in your chest Since they did that thing I've not been at my best I'm smelling the damp of springtime Weeds growing in the drains I take a deep breath, but that knot still remains At night when I go out to get some wine Headlines yelling at me Stupidity, hate and hypocrisy I see them in every window Hear them behind every door When one of them coughs and another one snores I feel it again at 4am It's growing in the night You say, 'What is it now?' 'I've got something to write
3.
Westgate Towers I want to do something that won't make a difference Not feeling guilty for a whole afternoon Just lying around looking into the distance A day of no consequence I'd share with you But I'm off to the station on my way to the Smoke And the wind just hit me like a stick in the spokes As I'm riding my bike past the walls and the flowers Round the Westgate Towers The Westgate Towers On the train I'll read a book from the last century Where they sit round for ages just shooting the breeze Page after page of nothing much happening Set out in detail from starters to cheese As I'm stepping out into the St Pancras air I'll be asking myself what I'm doing up there When I could have been lying with you for an hour In the Westgate Gardens by the Westgate Towers It was only a daydream in those last few moments Before that big green bus came hurtling round the bend While over there in the shadows the destitute cowered On the dark other side of the Westgate Towers I want to do something that won't make a difference Not feeling guilty for a whole afternoon Just lying around looking into the distance A day of no consequence I'd share with you
4.
Mistakes 02:40
Mistakes These are mistakes that you can't keep yourself from making Those eggs you're eating you had no intent of breaking You thought the omelette of your dreams Would always justify the means And that a home's the place where you will bring the bacon Such are mistakes that you were brought up to be making These are mistakes you just can't stop yourself from making Your garden gate is a disgrace the paint is flaking You'd think the neighbours sympathise But they are all so organised You slipped on leaves that you could not be bothered raking You laugh it off but your own kids can see you're faking Then there's mistakes you'd rather not remember making You ran the lights because you didn't feel like braking And once again you got away You thought you'd always be okay They always told you that the world was for the taking That's one mistake you shouldn't blame yourself for making One more mistake you couldn't keep yourself from making The signs were there, and there was really no mistaking You weren't really that naive But it felt better to believe Now every time you watch the news your brain is aching That's one mistake we won't forgive ourselves for making
5.
About us 02:42
About us And when everyone had gone I said to you, 'All our friends are insane, dear What's that tell you about us?' That was 25 years ago Our little living room in our old town of birth Where the yapping of the dogs was all you heard When we went home at night we tiptoed through the turds And when our new life began I remember then it felt like some kind of mania All the women were full and round That was over 20 years ago A Victorian hospital up in Pound-chasing town Through the leaking roof the rain came dripping down A brand new human drinking to the world he found And when it all was done It was clear as the sun There was no more feigning No complaining No campaigning No explaining We'd left the world to the truly insane and What's that tell you about us?
6.
The Moon 02:43
The Moon My eyes are open wide And in the sky outside there's nothing but the moon Every now and then I hear a passing car And it sounds almost like a tune I might switch on my silver box because America's awake And you never know what happens till the next commercial break But tonight I can't be bothered Cause outside there's nothing other than the moon In my head my thoughts are racing And my legs are crossed just like a Jesus pose I must have rolled over at least a hundred times That's when I didn't blow my nose I could get up and go outside see if the bunnies are alright Stand in slippers and my dressing gown until the morning light But tonight it's much too cold And so I'll stay inside and just behold the moon My eyes are open wide And in the sky outside still nothing but the moon Every now and then the screaming of a fox Will have me quake in my cocoon I might switch on my silver box because America's awake You know he can't resist a button and that's all that it'll take But tonight I can't be fussed Because outside there's only just another moon Yes tonight it's very cold And so I'll stay inside and just behold the moon
7.
All the Flags I heard you say that a man of the world Is just a man of nowhere to you Now if that's so Then I should be happy To rip up my papers And disappear into the blue Because you know I'm a man of my word And I really have no words for you You can't find me if I'm nowhere And if you can't find me What's the worst you can do? Now there's a man I can remember He was from another time And he held all the keys But he dropped them too soon He said, 'The colours and the crescents The eagles and the lions I want all the flags waving when I walk into the room' Because you know I'm a man of my word And I really have no words for you You can't find me if I'm nowhere And if you can't find me What's the worst you can do? Now there's a man I can remember He was from another time And he held all the keys But he dropped them too soon He said, 'The stripes and the stars The eagles and the lions I want all the flags waving when I walk into the room' I heard you say that a man of the world Is just a man of nowhere to you Now if that's so Then I should be happy To rip up my papers And disappear into the blue
8.
Only the 1st idea That's all that really counts You may have 2nd thoughts About being a 3rd country But time is marching 4th La5the truth offends you The mu6that which holds Our 7thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together The music's that which holds Our seven thoughts together And now it's over I'm making peace with the facts We had a good time But there you go It's your decision To pull the rug from under me Was nice to know you 21 years That's three times seven And all it boils down to Is these seven lines Or let's have seven more And then we're done It's done As I walked out in the ups and downs My shoes sank into the muddy ground I saw the trees tied to the wires The stencilled words on the stacks of crates The secret village behind the gates Half hidden road, half buried tyres Red brick farmhouse like an English dream The clouds were floating clotted cream That dotted shadows on the land Children's swings, a bench, a barbecue Beyond the hedge just out of view The empty static caravans Those barren branches will carry fruit Along they'll come on their long commute And they will spill out of their vans They'll work the orchards and fill the crates They'll fill the silence behind the gates With words that we don't understand Red brick farmhouse English dream A gravel drive that fits two BMWs A vintage watering can The hedge was not in leaf yet You could see the sun set through the windows Of the empty static caravans A question hangs in the silent air What if they don't come again this year? Driving and driving and driving and driving From Canterbury down to the sea Keep going east we are driving and driving Down the A2 from Canterbury Late for the ferry we're driving and driving From Canterbury down to the sea Past all the lorries the hills and the valleys Down to the sea from Canterbury Driving and driving and driving and driving Down to the sea from Canterbury Driving and driving and driving and driving Down to the sea I feel England fade as I'm driving and driving Down to the sea We're driving to the sea Driving to the sea Driving to the sea We're driving to the sea We're driving Driving Driving Driving Drive into the sea Over time you felt your feelings change As the realisation came through And the way that your friends simply brushed it aside Was an option not open to you You know they'd want you to put another record on But your needle's stuck on the same track All the places you loved where you felt so at home Well, it turns out they don't love you back Yeah, it turns out they don't love you back You've done anger and grief, denial, disbelief And you cracked some dark jokes on it too But what you really saw was the underside of a bus As the nightmare turned out to be true You know you really shouldn't take yourself too seriously And you don't want them to see you crack But all those places you loved All the streets where you strolled All those cute little shops And the grass where you rolled All those shiny new buildings and houses of old All the rebels and those who just do what they're told Those who follow their pride Those who follow the gold Well, it turns out they don't love you back Yes, it turns out they don't love you back Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Above a sunny Irish beach The ferry soon was out of reach Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Cause over night the grass turns wet Slide down the slope you'll end up dead Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide It's not as harmless as it seems You'll hit the ocean while you dream Don't you sleep through the tide Won't you sleep through the tide So I woke up on sandy ground My bag lay up there where I'd lain down Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide We travelled half the continent And this could nearly have been the end Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Time is slipping by and I just wanted you to know That while we're both around I'm glad I got to warm your toes And by the way I'd really like to stay Yes if I may I'd really like to stay the day Time is slipping by and I just wanted you to know The things you know already Wouldn't hurt to say them though And by the way I'd really like to stay Yes if I may I'd really like to stay the day Only the 1st idea That's all that really counts You may have 2nd thoughts About being a 3rd country But time is marching 4th La5the truth offends you The mu6that which holds Our 7thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together
9.
Only the 1st idea That's all that really counts You may have 2nd thoughts About being a 3rd country But time is marching 4th La5the truth offends you The mu6that which holds Our 7thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together The music's that which holds Our seven thoughts together - Eins zwei drei vier fünf sechs sieben Eins zwei drei vier fünf sechs sieben Wooh ooh wooh ooh
10.
And now it's over I'm making peace with the facts We had a good time But there you go It's your decision To pull the rug from under me Was nice to know you 21 years That's three times seven And all it boils down to Is these seven lines Or let's have seven more And then we're done It's done
11.
12.
As I walked out in the ups and downs My shoes sank into the muddy ground I saw the trees tied to the wires The stencilled words on the stacks of crates The secret village behind the gates Half hidden road, half buried tyres Red brick farmhouse like an English dream The clouds were floating clotted cream That dotted shadows on the land Children's swings, a bench, a barbecue Beyond the hedge just out of view The empty static caravans Those barren branches will carry fruit Along they'll come on their long commute And they will spill out of their vans They'll work the orchards and fill the crates They'll fill the silence behind the gates With words that we don't understand Red brick farmhouse English dream A gravel drive that fits two BMWs A vintage watering can The hedge was not in leaf yet You could see the sun set through the windows Of the empty static caravans A question hangs in the silent air What if they don't come again this year?
13.
Driving and driving and driving and driving From Canterbury down to the sea Keep going east we are driving and driving Down the A2 from Canterbury Late for the ferry we're driving and driving From Canterbury down to the sea Past all the lorries the hills and the valleys Down to the sea from Canterbury Driving and driving and driving and driving Down to the sea from Canterbury Driving and driving and driving and driving Down to the sea I feel England fade as I'm driving and driving Down to the sea We're driving to the sea Driving to the sea Driving to the sea We're driving to the sea We're driving Driving Driving Driving Drive into the sea
14.
Only the first idea That's all that really counts You may have second thoughts About being a third country But time is marching forth Laugh if the truth offends you The music's that which holds Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Holds our seven thoughts together Ooh the music's that which holds Our seven thoughts together
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17.
His name was John He wore check shirts He lived in Baron's Court I never saw him driving He preferred public transport He could have built himself an igloo From all the records he had bought And in the round of humankind He was the most lovely sort Yes in the round of humankind He was the most lovely sort You could see him at the concert See him at the record fair If the music was worth hearing You would know that John was there And then one day the hand of God Appeared out of thin air And a voice said “Have this ticket, John For you I have a spare” Yes a voice said “Have this ticket, John For you I always have a spare” His name was John He wore check shirts He lived in Baron's court He never dropped what you have got He preferred a drop of Port He liked to count in sevens And he didn't care for sports And in the round of humankind He was the most lovely sort Yes in the round of humankind He was the most lovely sort
18.
Over time you felt your feelings change As the realisation came through And the way that your friends simply brushed it aside Was an option not open to you You know they'd want you to put another record on But your needle's stuck on the same track All the places you loved where you felt so at home Well, it turns out they don't love you back Yeah, it turns out they don't love you back You've done anger and grief, denial, disbelief And you cracked some dark jokes on it too But what you really saw was the underside of a bus As the nightmare turned out to be true You know you really shouldn't take yourself too seriously And you don't want them to see you crack But all those places you loved All the streets where you strolled All those cute little shops And the grass where you rolled All those shiny new buildings and houses of old All the rebels and those who just do what they're told Those who follow their pride Those who follow the gold Well, it turns out they don't love you back Yes, it turns out they don't love you back
19.
Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Above a sunny Irish beach The ferry soon was out of reach Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Cause over night the grass turns wet Slide down the slope you'll end up dead Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide It's not as harmless as it seems You'll hit the ocean while you dream Don't you sleep through the tide Won't you sleep through the tide So I woke up on sandy ground My bag lay up there where I'd lain down Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide We travelled half the continent And this could nearly have been the end Don't you sleep through the tide Don't you sleep through the tide
20.
21.
Time is slipping by and I just wanted you to know That while we're both around I'm glad I got to warm your toes And by the way I'd really like to stay Yes if I may I'd really like to stay the day Time is slipping by and I just wanted you to know The things you know already Wouldn't hurt to say them though And by the way I'd really like to stay Yes if I may I'd really like to stay the day The weight is coming down The weight is coming down The weight is coming down The weight is coming Down to the ground
22.
And by the way I'd really like to stay Yes if I may I'd really like to stay the day
23.
As I walked out in the ups and downs My shoes sank into the muddy ground I saw the trees tied to the wires The stencilled words on wooden crates A secret village behind the gates Half hidden road, half buried tyres Red brick farmhouse like an English dream The clouds were floating clotted cream And dotted shadows on the land Children's swings, a bench, a barbecue Beyond the hedge, just out of view The empty static caravans A question hangs in the silent air What if they don't come again this year?
24.
Only the 1st idea That's all that really counts You may have 2nd thoughts About being a 3rd country But time is marching 4th La5the truth offends you The mu6that which holds Our 7thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together Our seven thoughts together

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single LP: About Us
double CD: About Us/They Don't Love You Back
bundle LP & double CD
24 track download album

The 24 track download version of this album is the digital version of the double CD About us/They Don't Love You Back, a joint release by Gare du Nord Records and WIAIWYA Records.

CD1 About us, also available as a single LP, is an all new solo acoustic album

CD2 They Don't Love You Back was originally released 7/7/18 by WIAIWYA as a one-track 77minutes album. This version has been sliced into 16 cuts to allow for nipping in and out, but the general idea of the song cycle is to listen to it in one go.
For a digest version there is track 8, the medley, which fills side B of the About Us vinyl release (Tracks 1-7 on side A of the LP)

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released March 29, 2019

all songs written, sung and played by Robert Rotifer
additional spoken words on They Don't Love You Back Part 3 by Marie Rémy and Tjinder Singh
Track 1-8 recorded and mixed by Ian Button
Track 9-24 recorded and mixed by Robert Rotifer
Mastered by Ian Button

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