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We had a few weeks going spare in the summer of 1993 so knocked out three albums and fifty songs. One of the releases filled up both sides of a C90 cassette so we've split it into two, not least so I can fit all the songs titles on one page.

This is the 2014 Remaster.

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released August 22, 2014

All songs by Robert Boole & Richard Knowles

The digital image, Gardes Républicains devant le Palais de Justice, by Eugène Atget is courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

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Voice Of The Rain UK

Faute de Mieux

1980s, 90s, 2015.

Mainly of an acoustic bent but known to wind up the distortion on occasion.

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Track Name: The Natural
Waving from your gate, Sunday evening 1988
And I never loved you more than I did then
Running down the lane, looking back trying to miss my train,
'Cause that would be good reason to stay

The start of the summer not everything changing
But my friendships were starting to fade
And I, I dreamt about you, it was the natural thing to do
And who needs friendships anyway

Moving in with me, paid our rent and we got the key
And I never loved you more than I did then
Drinking summer wine, we hung our hopes on a lovers line
And never threw our tickets away

The height of the summer not everything changing
But my friendships were falling away
And I spent all my time with you, it was the natural thing to do
And who needs friendships anyway

Single little room, where we made love in the afternoons
And I never loved you more than I did then
Keeping to ourselves, never needing anybody else
And kicking all the rain clouds away

June July, August, nobody saw us

The height of the summer not everything changing
But my friendship have melted away
And I spent all my time with you, it was the natural thing to do
Who needs friendships anyway
And I spent everyday with you, it was the natural thing to do
Who needs friendships anyway

Waving from your gate, Sunday evening 1988
And I never loved you more than I do now
Drinking summer wine, we've hung our hopes on a lovers line
And never found good reason to play

Though the summer is over
Track Name: Safe & Sanguine
How can I express on you
These feelings are platonic
Fair weather friends may come and go
Let me be something constant

And we'll be friends for life
Because something happened to bring us together
Safe and sanguine I'll be there
For you someone to turn to whenever

Put away those jealousies
I never liked you sister
And I never kissed her, no

We'll be friends for life
Because something happened to bring us together
Safe and sanguine I'll be there
For you someone to turn to whenever

You feel that life has let you down
Gets worse as you get older, I'll be your shoulder
Let me, help you out
Let me, help you out

We'll be friends for life
Because something happened to bring us together
Safe and sanguine I'll be there
For you someone to turn to whenever

Safe and sanguine I'll be there for you whatever else I may be
Track Name: Not Just An Idle Threat II
You walked out of my dreams through the kitchen to me
Said, "Don't you find this quite existential"
I was hardly impressed but liked the way that you dressed
And your girl about town credentials

We kissed by the old parish church
And though I still can't believe it myself
You quoted Camille Paglia
Sang American songs in a voice that was almost praying
Night and day

Didn't see you for weeks, went through loves cold-turkey
In a sense yes I was addicted
Then right out of the blue, picked the phone up to you
Felt your horoscope had insisted

We met by the Charrington Pier
And though I still can't believe it myself
You quoted early Germaine Greer
Sang American songs in a voice that was hardly there

All my cards were aces hearts were wild in clubs we danced
All our time was spent discussing Hardy's sense of chance
Or instead, in my bed

You went travelling to Rome but in a year you were home
With a coin from the Trevi Fountain

We met by the old parish church
And though I still can't believe it myself
You were quoting Camille Paglia
When someone started ringing the bells

We kissed by the old parish church
Said the things that we'd known all along
Both quoting the simplest of words
You made me promise to write you a song
Or you'd be upset

And that's some threat
Track Name: All's Well
Midnight and all's well
Though he couldn't be more out or sorts with himself
How many secrets to cover the lie
Is the pain worth the pitch or a single betrayal
That ruined a life

All for the sake of a moments desire

Midnight and all's well
Though she couldn't be more out of sorts with herself
How many memories make up a love
Will they all disappear like the spectre of someone
That's no longer there

Hold out your hands and find nothing but air

Drawn in guilt lines
But in the world's eyes
Nothing's changed

What inside is broken outside looks the same
Just the same
Just the same
Track Name: Carla
Carla is the name of my girl
She holds me together like a rubber band
I run my fingers through her auburn kiss curls
Kiss her in a language I don't understand

I know it's hard to feel a part of someone else's love affair
But this is one secret that you can share
When we walk out together wow, the sky is full of stars
And though some of them are clichés we'll let it pass 'cause

Carla is the name of my girl
She holds me together like a rubber band
I run my fingers through her auburn kiss curls
Kiss her in a language I don't understand

The exhaust fumes of previous loves dissolve to nothing when she smiles
Now all those tragicomic failures seem worth while
My abstract thoughts of love have found some one to give them form
Now I can see and touch and wish that we'd met before

Oh Carla is the name of my girl
She holds me together like a rubber band
I run my fingers through her auburn kiss curls
Kiss her in a language I don't understand

The first of all my dreams was of two lovers mind in mind
Embracing doubts and facing compromises
Until my second dream begins the sky is wild with leaves
A girl holds out her life to a boy upon his knees

Carla is the name of my girl
She holds me together like a rubber band
I run my fingers through her auburn kiss curls
Kiss her in a language I don't understand
Track Name: Darkness Visible
So you think you've got a dark side
Well how do you know
You think you've got a dark side
But just how far will you go

You'll smile when the frame crashes laugh when the car loses control
And welcome this depression in this darkness visible
But there's no excuse for being flippant about the life we're living
We'll give an inch but will you take a mile of what we're giving

And is this real, 'cause I can't really be sure
What kind of senseless world have I been born into
Do you know, it just gets harder to see how to be
Aren't you Ill at ease with

A world that wants your dark side and well how do you know
And if they really want your dark side, just how far are you willing to go

All dressed in black and hair and forced to quote the blindest people
Who welcome this depression in this darkness visible
But there's no for being flippant about the life we're living
We'll give an inch but you will take a mile of what we're giving

Are you for real, 'cause I can't really be sure
What kind of foolish world have I been born into
Do you know, 'cause it just gets harder to see how to be
And if your Ill at ease then

Mourir c'est facile

You'll smile when the frame crashes, laugh when the car loses control
And welcome this depression in this darkness visible
But there's no excuse for being flippant about the life we're living
We'll give an inch but will you take a mile of what we're giving
Track Name: Anthony Days
Your mother or madness, your father so straight laced
Your soft way of speaking, your little boy hurt face
It charmed the girls
You gave up your studies, said you just couldn't think straight
Washed restaurant dishes, and became my flat mate
And charmed the girls

Eighty-nine Anthony days
And every one of them still showing
Rig lights from the beach esplanade
I wonder if they're all still going

We share the same birthday but your style is ground breaking
Like hiding in wardrobes, to hear her love making
I never laughed so much as when you got caught

Eighty-nine Anthony days
And every one of them still showing
Rig lights from the beach esplanade
To this party we're all going

But you sassenachs, keep to yourselves
And think you know much more than anybody else
But you sassenachs, keep to yourselves
And think you know much more than everybody else

I hear you got married, to a French-Canadian
You met by some river, it sounds so arcadian
But you always were a proper charmer

Eighty-nine Anthony days
And every one of them still showing
Rig lights from the beach esplanade
Are coincidences growing

But you sassenachs, keep to yourselves
And think you know much more than anybody else
Eighty-nine Anthony days
Track Name: Tricks
There are so many ways to get you to take notice
And this is just one of them
A handful of words wrapped up in a tune
A clumsy attempt at a refrain, that goes like...

See yourself in my imagination framed
Hear the kind of world that I'm suggesting
Don't you recognise yourself in what I say
Am I being a little too subjective?

Well, this is my view and if I hardly know you
It's 'cause you don't want me to get too close to you
And I will keep my distance, your resistance has to end
And when it does I'm through

Change the key and other doors will open
Know the tricks and then these spells are broken
Wait until you get to see the final view
It's of me and not you

There are so many ways to get you to take notice
And this is just one of them
Track Name: Atlas
Why does the world weigh heavily upon my shoulders?
Why is it so hard for me to feel anything?
Oh I don't have the answers that you say you're after
Don't you know I'm asking too

How many days have I got left? How many summers?
How can I say words that mean anything?
Oh I don't have the answers that you say you're after
Don't you know I'm asking too

World falling
I'm falling
Down
Track Name: The Great God Dumps
There's a place we're all going but I don't know where it is
Or what it's like, could it be it's inside me to find
Well here I am self evident, what am I going to spy here
At twenty-five I thought that I might have a better idea

But some things can't be known in terms that I can understand
Jump in the dark, hope to find something that I can recognize

The Great God Dumps has guided me, call it self deception
It doesn't really change a thing if I believe I've been led here by

Something, someone, read faith for fate is reason
Someone, something, bigger to believe in

Than myself, but what a scale we've awarded to ourselves
Still only just big enough to ruin everything we have

The Great God Dumps has guided me, call it dream or fiction
It doesn't really change a thing if I believe I've been brought here by

Something, someone, read faith for fate is reason
Someone, something, bigger to believe in
Something, someone, read faith for fate is reason
Someone, something, bigger to believe in

Well here I am self evident what am I going to spy here
At twenty-five I thought that I might have a better idea, of the
Place, we're all going but I don't know where it is
Or what it's like, it could be it's inside you and me
Still to find
Track Name: Absinthe
Marching bands throw coloured paper cardboard floats process
Balloons and badges copper children part time majorettes
But I'm not going to the carnival though I have nothing else to do

And in my room these distant voices can't help me forget
The feel of absence dreaming absinthe smoking cigarettes
For I'm not going to the carnival all my thoughts attuned to you

I've always said that it doesn't bother me
But solitude has the means to throw you
Are the chance that was never offered me

Makes me think of smiling faces lazy afternoons and ticker tape
But in my room these hazy ideas seem to lose their shape
For I'm not going to their carnival all my thoughts are tuned to you

I've always said that it doesn't bother me
But solitude has the means to throw you
Are the chance that was never offered me
Now it seems I will never know you

I've always said that it doesn't bother me
Solitude has the means to throw you
Brings to mind wasted possibilities
Words never said when they might have shown you

I will never know you