The Shrieking Violets

by The Shrieking Violets

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The Shrieking Violets was a band based in Manchester from circa 2008 to 2012. Formed by Natalie Bradbury, it featured various other musicians live and on recordings, including but not limited to Dominic Oliver, Tristan Burke, Lauren Velvick, Catriona Gray, Sarah Hill and Stuart Hales.

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released February 14, 2010

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The Shrieking Violets Manchester, UK

When I was at school I didn't say very much, but wrote copiously. My ambitions were to be editor of the Times, a rock 'n' roll music journalist or on Top of the Pops. I felt like if you weren't loud you were ignored, but my year 9 English teacher, Mr Hodgkins, noticed that I did have things to say. He once said he knew that I was 'no shrinking violet' so I decided to be a 'Shrieking Violet'. ... more

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Track Name: Song for Jethro
It was winter
When I went home
And the canal had
Frozen over

The ducks and swans were on their feet
Trying to walk on ice
But slipped and fell
Sometimes through a hole

It was your birthday
The day before
You'd had an argument
With your mum and stepdad

I was scared you'd fall below
And not be able to climb out
Or your heart would freeze
Never to thaw

It was Christmas
When I went home
There was a snow storm
But just for one day

You told me a long time ago
About when you were homeless
And sleeping
In stairways in the cold

It was dark now
Almost all the time
Your dad and little brother had shut you out
Out on the other side

I just wanted to stay bed
All day in the warm inside
I'm sorry I couldn't see you
What could I say?

It was new year's
Then came the fog
I couldn't see
Behind or in front

Please don't lose your way and hide
Like the bright big moon that night
The world will go on
We're past the shortest day
Track Name: Song for Sunshine
I like the autumn sunshine
It doesn't burn my skin
It just casts dramatic shadows
Makes me feel like
It's time to start all over again

I like the winter sunshine
It doesn't happen very often
It paints pretty colours in the sky
Makes me feel like
It's time to start all over again

I like the spring sunshine
And the birds and flowers it brings
Makes me feel like it's almost summer
Then it'll be time
To start all over again

It's time to start all over again
It's time to start all over again
Get up
Wake up
It's time to start all over again

I like the autumn sunshine
It doesn't burn my skin
It just casts dramatic shadows
Makes me feel like
It's time to start all over again

I like the winter sunshine
It doesn't happen very often
It paints pretty colours in the sky
Makes me feel like
It's time to start all over again

It's time to start all over again
It's time to start all over again
Get up
Wake up
It's time to start all over again
Track Name: A Summer Waiting
Waiting for the blackberries of summer
Waiting for the blackberries to grow
No this year we won't make a crumble
Cos you don't come round here anymore

Waiting for the thunder to rumble above us
Waiting for the lightning to light up our rooms
Knowing this year it won't light us up together
Because you won't be coming round too soon

Oh another summer
Waiting for
Something to happen
To me that isn't you

Oh another summer
Waiting for
Something to happen
To me that isn't you

Waiting for the summer grass to turn brown
Waiting for the funfair to roll into town
Waiting for the summer rain to stop humming around us
Waiting for the summer air to fill with sounds

Oh another summer
Waiting for
Something to happen
To me that isn't you

Oh another summer
Waiting for
Something to happen
To me that isn't you

Waiting for the full moon to come round again
Waiting for the tide to go out
Waiting for the storm to blow us down
Waiting for the canal to flood us out
Waiting for the sea to drown us out
Waiting for the wind to blow us down
Track Name: Song for Autumn
The autumn leaves
Are falling from the trees
But you're not here with me
To walk around and see
No you're not here with me
To walk and see

The autumn leaves
Are crackling all around
Carpet of red and brown
On the ground
But you're not here with me
To walk and feel

Well you can write it up in books
Like everything that you have known
Put it in your diary
Like everything that you have found
But you're not here with me
To walk and feel

I chose you a leaf
To show you what I found
Took it inside
But it shrivelled up and died
But you're not here with me
To walk and feel

Well you can write it up in books
Like everything that you have found
Put it in your diary
Like everything that you have found
But you're not here with me
You're not here with me
Track Name: Tongue Tied
I can't talk to you
Don't know what to say
Can't go up to you
Wouldn't have
Anything to say anyway

I play with my hair
And stare at my shoes
I play with my hair
And look at my feet

Can't talk to you
Don't know what to say
Can't go up to you
Wouldn't have
Anything to say anyway

I play with my hair
And stare at my shoes
I play with my hair
And stare
Cos I'm tongue tied, tongue tied, tongue tied
Track Name: William Harvey Statue
You pushed me up against the wall
Said it was like we were in some kind of indie film
The stars they pumped above us
By the William Harvey statue

Where are you now though
Back then I thought that making love
Meant that you had to love
Where are you now though
Back then I thought that making love
Meant that you had to be in love with
Me

You said it was the perfect kiss
Just like the Jens Lekman sang about
The blood rushed to my head
By the William Harvey statue

Where are you now though
Back then I thought that making love
Meant that you had to love
Where you are now though
Back then I thought that making love
Meant that you had to be in love with

You said I looked like an angel
In my 1950s yellow lace dress
The butterflies you gave me in my stomach, though
Turned into moths that ate it all away

Where are you now though
Back then I thought that making love
Meant that you had to love
Where you are now thought
Back then I thought that making love
Meant that you had to be in love with
Track Name: Song for Matt
You used to cast all my shadows
Even the ones under my eyes
But it’s okay, it’s okay
I can turn on the lights

No need to go to the cinema
Watch TV to anaesthetise my mind
It’s okay, it’s okay
I can turn on the lights

You used to star in every film
We ever we went to see
But it’s okay, it’s okay
I can close my eyes

No need to go to the cinema
Watch TV to anaesthetise my mind
It’s okay, it’s okay
I can close my eyes

You used to be in every book
I ever lent you
But it’s okay, it’s okay
I’ve written you out

No need to go to the cinema
Watch TV to anaesthetise my mind
It’s okay, it’s okay
I’ve written you out

You used to be in all the song lyrics
We ever listened to
But it’s okay I can make my own noise
To drown you out

No need to go to the cinema
Watch TV to anaesthetise my mind
It’s okay, it’s okay
I can drown you out

You used to pave every street
We ever walked down
But it’s okay, it’s okay, I live in
A different city now

No need to go to the cinema
Watch TV to anaesthetise my mind
It’s okay, it’s okay, I live in
A different city now