Wax & Seal

by Tiger Cooke

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released March 4, 2005

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Tiger Cooke Dublin, Ireland

I write amazing songs that nobody knows. Indie Irish songwriter & musician with a dark-folk soul sound. (formerly Tadhg Cooke)

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Track Name: Roadmap
Roadmap

FROM THE WORDS HER KIDS WOULD SPEAK
TO THE PLACE SHE’D PART THEIR HAIR
SHE KNOTS EVERYTHING TOGETHER
UNTIL THERE ARE NO DAYS LEFT TO WEAR
UNTIL THERE ARE NO DAYS LEFT TO WEAR
LEFT TO WEAR

AND IT WAS SHE WHO FELL FOR ME
WELL SHE SAID IT FIRST ANYHOW
AND IN A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS
I WAS THERE FIRST

THROUGH SICKNESS AND HEALTH
I LOST MY WAY WITH YOU
BUT EVEN I CAN’T COMPETE
WITH YOUR ROADMAP FOR MY RETREAT
YOUR ROADMAP FOR MY RETREAT
ROADMAP FOR MY RETREAT
Track Name: George's St Arcade
George’s St Arcade


I saw her today for the first time in years
by the George’s Street Arcade
cue the flicker, and there’s the warmth

it all floods in with a wash of sin
and monochromatic light
she may have the pictures, but I have the night

and by the time I recognised her face
to late to turn around and give chase
and now that she’s gone
I wander around by the George’s Street Arcade

There’s a map of my wounds that I only roll out
When the tactics get old and I’m losing out
I blew up your bridges, but you annexed my heart
Track Name: Know You Hate Me
Know you hate me

I know you hate me, and I don’t really mind
‘cause I stole your money, yeah, I robbed you blind
it’s kind of funny that I did it to you
the girl who robbed my love and stabbed me too
you say I’m lost without you
I’m boring without you
I’ll fall without you

I got a new love breaking me in
Helps me forget about the way I’ve been

I left, and drifted away
I turned from your muppet brigade
I know you hate me, but I don’t care
You’re still shooting but my heart isn’t there no more
No I’m not lost without you
I’m not bored without you
I won’t fall without you

When I finally think the world is mine
I see another girl who makes me cry
I never know what you see in me
One day my sense will get the better of me

For all my innocence and renegade desires
I got a new love,
I got a new love,
I got a new love…
Track Name: Monochrome
Monochrome

Friday comes with patches that
I stick beneath my sleeve
keeps me saying nothing but it
hurts when I breathe
she's across the water and my
convictions taken leave
left her warmth and pictures
yeah, she's my anti-freeze

I want to take her picture
I want to steal her soul
you know it's true
we all look cooler
in monochrome

I liked it 47 times more than the rest
I've been seeing colours
and there's a shimmer in my step
sweet refrains and deeper veins
elude me now I fret
I got my finger on the release valve
but she could break me yet

There's so much I've yet to learn from you folk
so little concrete to say
you've got me stupefied, under-foot and under-thumb
I can't even understand the words you use
when you use them
but can you tell by my tone
this is not what I planned to grow

Sunday comes in candlelight
and sub-zero degrees
I'm drinking 'til the dawn
comes crawling up around my knees
She came in turmoil and calmed my heavy seas
And swiftly blew a cool heady breeze through me
Track Name: Like A Stone
Like A Stone

I vie for your attention
But it’s just so hard to keep
We’ve got this déjà-vu thing
That superstition reaps

I don’t believe your stories
I can’t believe your truths
But your sweetly infectious
It’s hard to stay aloof

I don’t ever remember a time or a place
Where we could talk
Not that I’d say much
But still I yearn for it, burn for it, burn for it

I am in a dark and lonely place
I am static at the lights
Scrambling through a pocket map
But you’re a district out of sight

I vie for your attention
But it’s just so hard to keep
We’ve got this déjà-vu thing
That superstition reaps

Lovers on the corner
In the throes of some goodbyes
While I hear the bells of Saint Anne’s
I know what it means but I can’t reply

And it’s maybe just as well
Because it keeps me on my own
No no you are not alone
You carry him around you like a stone
Like a stone
Track Name: Wax & Seal
Wax & Seal

Broke a promise sold myself the dream
been acting cagey ‘round my friends lately
they think I’ve lost the plot
think I’ve wandered from their flock

Well I took an oath of allegiance to myself
that I’d follow my eyes come hail or wealth
and I don’t see much amusement anymore
you think you’re the only one with keys to the door

who made you the judge and the jury
we’re not seeking out on everything we do
your wax ‘n seal

soapbox preaching, pot, kettle, black,
then you can’t stop the tide so you turn your back
if you’re trying to be the responsible one
you’re gonna have to clean those powder gums
Track Name: Live What You Feel
Live What You Feel

When the rain is flowing through your gutters, down your panes
It distracts me from the fall of your hand
If you feel like tonight, you’ll undress your dreams
Lose all the things that you wished to keep

If the sky turned sour under rhyme of tomorrow
I don’t know what I’d do
So when you leave in doubt, what I need to find out
Thunder is rumbling, I’m on the edge

The bells have rung, the new year’s come
There’s music through the walls
I’ve been waiting in the wings for you to come through
For you to cut loose of your restraining noose
And to live what you feel
To live what you feel

To the light of a cigarette, your intention’s never clear
Oh you’re surrounding me now
Fall succumb to my needs, fall under my spell
Love tastes better with you
Track Name: Ivory Heart
Ivory Heart

Vivid were my dreams last night
A raven in a velveteen parka flew by
And plucked out my ivory heart

You say “ivory heart? where’d you get that
ivory heart?” well I can’t say
but I knew it would be the end of me
when she plucked out my ivory heart

I took shelter under her sycamore tree
Threw stones, made faces and sang with glee
Just to reap some attention for me

You say “ivory heart? where’d you get that
ivory heart?” well I can’t say
but I knew it would be the end of me
when she plucked out my ivory heart

so I lined my eyes with soot like hers
and I ran as fast as my dream would allow
to get me twin fobs and twin keys
for my little ol’ ivory heart
Track Name: Six O Two
Six O Two

Why do you falter now love?
Now the fight you’ve won
Where have all your embers gone
Have I done something wrong?

Where can I find you, your fire has run

You stole me from a dreamer
And washed me down in you
It’s true you hid my canvas
And I felt happy too

You tore me up in an afternoon
and left on the six-o-two

Why do you falter now love?
Now I’ve cornered you
Who lies on your back seat
Where I met you

Where and who will you go to
I know your fire’s run
You tore me up in an afternoon
and left on the six-o-two

Why do you falter now love?
Now the fight you’ve won
Track Name: You Or I
You Or I

Got a blurry vision of my streets tonight
Sounds like everybody’s heard
Echoes and fragments circulate the city
Ah I knew it would get around… but not this fast

I can’t fault them no they make sense
See the glow on their skin
Leaves me wondering, what sort I am
To ignore it

I can’t handle, I can’t handle, I can’t handle
Any more, than you or I

Made my bed of regrets and new resolutions
I want a girl to break my falls
For my bed of regrets and new resolutions
Where’s my girl

I’m too careless and this town’s too small,
my mistakes will live on and on
I’m too careless and this town’s too small,
my mistakes will live on and on
Track Name: Sparks
Sparks

maybe you’re bound by a strict code of nouns
that I can’t crack
or you’re composed of some magnetic prose
that I can’t understand just yet

what if it’s true what they say about you
maybe I couldn’t care less
maybe my soul is so desperate and dry
that I can’t see through your evilness

some crazy mathemagician
figured out your formulae
you’re just habitually dating your fella
so you can’t ignore the sparks

maybe you’re right you’ve got enough in your life
and I’m too selfish to share my days
but what if you’re wrong and you’re careening on
downhill

it’s just a seasonal thing
unlike you my perennial darling

some crazy mathemagician
figured out your formulae
you’re just habitually dating your fella
so you can’t ignore the sparks
Track Name: Foolish Part
Foolish Part

"Oh wait a while" I mumbled
as I wrapped my fingers ‘round her wrist
"well if you don’t like me then talk to him
but please don’t leave like this"
"c’mon now girl, to my face
you told me so yourself
that you’ve only heart for players
who can play your foolish heart"

She unhooked her wrist
And laughed into the hall
"This is no way to woo a girl
Or to set her for a fall"
But I knew better then
As I’m certain I do now
She has only heart for players
Who can play her foolish heart

What would I do without your mind to view?
If I knew, I wouldn't waste my time apart from you