Fingertips of the Silversmith

by Tiger Cooke

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1.
Rid Of Her 04:08
Rid Of Her My bad deeds and misdemeanours Course through me Every time I sleep Next to you Bowled over in a back street Trying to glue myself together again Like I was before It’s just a flesh wound Her face appears like a political statement All angles fumbling for a foothold I never wanted her But I can’t get rid of her Blind sided, hung over ‘cause I tried to flush her out of my frame Blind sided, blitzkrieged I could never do it in the cold light of day I dried up two years ago Now I’ve nothing but a few stray sentiments Her face appears like a political statement All angles fumblin' for a foothold I never wanted her But I can’t get rid of her She ends on uptones, flies her flag Wears her bloodline, like a military badge Why do I feel just like your Ted Hughes I don’t know what’s coming Don’t know which tone Don’t know which tone to use I’m an upstanding young citizen Bystanding in my own show Try not to think about it Try not to think about it I want a weapon that will cleanse my soul Her face appears like a political statement All angles fumbling for a foothold I never wanted her But I can’t get rid of her
2.
Andrea’s Fault I knew this'd be my last stand So how could you have saved me? I blindfolded myself 8 months ago I really believed in this distance thing I’ve been blissfully moving myself along Not doubting our positions at all Now I’m playing it back in my head Tryna work out the changes I suppose I saw it coming And you can call it what you will I stepped over each chasm Because I thought it was all Andrea’s Fault Andrea's Fault I remember someone on the starboard bow Playing games with you over my head And it never made sense ‘til now And now I see it I don’t know how I missed it before I suppose I saw it coming And you can call it what you will I stepped over each chasm Because I thought it was all Andrea’s Fault Andrea’s Fault I knew this would be my last stand So what could you have done for me It’s a peculiar position That I now find myself in (x3) find myself in (x4) wire myself in tie myself in to the faultline (x4) I've got my hands on a seismic shift oh can't you feel these platelets drift But this is no Chelsea nor Lorraine This is strange unmapped terrain Fool that I am I'm not a man I am carrion
3.
Out Of Reach 03:44
OUT OF REACH It’s early afternoon Dusty sunlight spilling through your door I’d long given up on you O, my pale blue muse But every phrase I scrawl On my bedsit walls… say That you’re out of reach, out of time, Out of mind, but not out of mine, I can’t let your scent fade No matter who you’re waiting Or saving your sighing for Pitch clouds forming, deep in my skull, Have my troubles begun? I can’t trace them, these knots I've tied, years trying to explain you with every phrase I scrawl on my bedsit walls… But you’re out of reach, out of time, Out of mind, but not out of mine, I can’t let your scent fade No matter who you’re waiting Or saving your sighing for Loving or hating Or demystifying… Oh some good things come to those who wait But I do alright on my own With no patience of my own To reach you…
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GRINDING TEETH This is a war of subtle defences Grinding teeth and hidden agendas All this time I've longed for defection... to your side But who would you trade me for? This is a war of subtle defences... You're cut in black, and I'm stealing advances Flash of your flesh heightens my senses This is a war of subtle defences... I say,... “I will protect you always” And we both know that's not true But these are the lies that keep things smooth Keep things smooth I'm not sure any more where I stand Born a refugee in my own land This is a war of subtle defences... And I will protect you always And we both know that's not true But these are the lies that keep things smooth...
5.
THIS ISN'T EASY Every day seems ripe But it's all turned to wine by night And I feel curiously reconciled With the knots you tie around my spine Falling through your hoops It's not like I can't see the truth But I gravitate towards the gun With every text you fire through my lungs This isn't easy for me Nor should it be I was wrong all along about you But I'm too far gone to change my view All it took was a mild transgression And a question My space or yours This isn't easy for me This isn't easy for me Bruises start to show It'd make sense to let it go But I drink-dial you every night You play me without dice This isn't easy for me Nor should it be
6.
Not In My Nature I hold vague beliefs That leave me nowhere to belong I crave your approval But I’m clinging to the walls I worship your detachment Even when my bluffs are called Feel no shame nor contradiction In where my loyalties fall But it’s not in my nature To wait and see If I slip between the cracks ‘cause you make it hard for me My eyes, scattered and bloodshot Tell tales of a reckless mind Your frame, gilded and golden Voice full of money, in a sinner's smile Seeking love in anonymous places A second life on a wireless basis Somewhere I don't have to read the faces You never notice my distractions While I’ve got tattoos of yours I never claimed to understand it But I've got a thing for your Polly Jean But it’s not in my nature To wait and see If I fall between the cracks ‘cause you make it hard for me
7.
There’s An Elvis In Us All Bedlam on the corner there’s a darkness on the town yet another fella’s burned out and gone Home-brewed fuse is burning a little too fast for the crowd bite the bitter bullet to sleep prescribe to dream wonder how I’ll end up will I go that far? who’ll be there to push me? there’s an elvis in us all stealing all the outtakes clearing out the vaults wrap him up in autumn to have and be sold wonder how I’ll end up will I go that far? who’ll be there to push me? there’s an elvis in us all between the heart and the life lines maps of wars you wage and lose dread the hours of last orders with all these unlived lives with all these unlived lives with all these unlived lives.... ...buying all the bootlegs learning all the words listening closely for the signs we missed before
8.
YOUR GREEN LIGHTS I was breaking my deficits were surely down to her I was waking and suddenly tracing every string back to you Moving in tangents waltzing with strangers through music aisles But I’m signal blind and I can’t see your green lights in your blue eyes Resurrected, and I find myself browsing again I know names now, and I forget them, but at least that’s a start Moving through circuits new and old, fumbling for sparks and footholds But I’m signal blind and I can’t see your green lights in your blue eyes if they’re there at all vinyl hissing through a warm sweet evening talking til the temperature’s freezing I love not knowing what you’re thinking but it’s killing you getting washed up on the rocks self control picks these locks why ruin this gorgeous tension 'though it’s killing me 'though it's killing me 'though it’s killing me But I’m signal blind and I can’t see your green lights in your blue eyes in your blue eyes... in your blue eyes... if they're there at all...
9.
I Knew Better I was lost, upstate, On a wave of psychadelic urges and dirges and beaches of the heart Someone screamed, and the sky sung seconds As we faded and fell like cinematic art Over here, With the stone cold nights I can’t sleep without pasting up pictures in my mind Of home, where nothing ever changes It’s caught in a current of double time I knew better Times like these never come without a price We took what we could But we all left something sweet behind I was down, Run down I was drowning in tides of friend’s friends I was lost, Double-crossed and alone With gunslinger fingers ready by the phone Oh you know better you say, “nothing changes here” But I know when I’m gone it’ll all disappear I knew better Times like these never come without a price We took what we could But we all left something sweet behind
10.
Your True North Crossing the lines, blurring the factions am I yours or are you mine? But now's no time to get possessive not while I'm circling your lights I need to calibrate your true north is my escape o you chose my fate your true north, my firth of Forth spilling forth from my lips the ancient meter swells and dips... Losing the thread, leaving the tramlines shred my knuckles on your city walls I shoot to the south of where your heart is 'cause I fear a full dose I might break or come close though that's not a bad way to go I need to calibrate your true north is my escape o you chose my fate your true north, my firth of Forth spilling forth from my lips... ...Redcoats are coming without warning and it won't be long 'til I'm caught, hung and quartered in that order and the sound of the fall the breath in your hall o the waste of it all the waste of it all... I need to calibrate your true north is my escape o you chose my fate your true north, my firth of Forth spilling forth from my lips the ancient meter swells and dips...

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released October 22, 2010

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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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