Unread Books - EP

by The Roulettes (NZ)

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Recorded in a Mercer woolshed 2009.

Produced by The Roulettes.

Thanks to:

Fred and Pip Senior for the use of the woolshed that made this recording possible. Tristan Jamieson for the kind loan of his amazing class 'A' home-made hand-wired amps.

We would also like to thank Darren McShane, John Laing, Jonathan Hughes, Andrew Fagan, Fleur Jack, Stephen & Richie at Amplifier and our families and friends.

All songs McLean/Grant (control)

J McLean - Guitar
B Grant - Bass
T Stott - Drums

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released September 5, 2010

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The Roulettes (NZ) Auckland, New Zealand

Mark Queenin
(drums - right)

Justin McLean
(guitar/vox - centre)

Ben Grant
(bass/vox - left)

The Roulettes are currently in the process of completing an album, due for release later in 2017. First tracks are up here now: Venus Burns and Dogs. We live in Auckland.
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Track Name: Unread Books
A pile of unread books beside his unmade bed
And big ideas would echo in his unmade head
For the man without ideal
Must be satisfied to kneel
It was a crime he could not feel but he knew better not to reveal
To the girls he pursued in the crowded halls
Who gathered so excited by the notice-boarded walls
So pleased was his reflection
He would not entertain direction
But his anger lay ‘neath his skin, like clay
Where it smouldered and churned
All this talk of revolution
It’s just talk of revolution
But he lacks the evolution
So he blames his constitution
Track Name: Call
Call
This is a call
From all the numbers written on your wall
You know what you can do if you get strung out
Pick any number, pick any number out

Fall
Don’t bang your head on the wall
Look up at the letters written ten feet tall
They say ‘You know what you can do if you get hung out,
You know what you can do if you get strung out’

You know what you can do if you get strung out,
Pick any number, pick any number out.
Track Name: The Green Lantern
Do you remember summerlong?
with Stevie Smith and Major Tom?
Take your pills and put your helmets on

Do you recall the second man?
Got off the plane a crippled man
With a chip inside your damaged head
you'd have to turn it off before you went to bed

D'you read about the dirty man?
Fell for the girl with the sunripe tan
It didn't bother him that he was old and grey
It didn't stop him trying to have his wicked way

Do you remember at the moonlight screening
the midnight gleaming in your quiet eyes?
If I'm a little bit quick I'll sneak the feeling
From yesterday's dim dreamlit lies
Track Name: Join The Fray
Something I stole
Blew the whole thing open
If I fell
The fall got broken

Hey, it's OK
Join the fray
Hey, it's OK
Join the fray

I threw up the words
And the world came after
Then you said the word
And the word was laughter

Hey, it's OK
Join the fray
Track Name: Lazy
Crazy
I think I’m going crazy
The phone in minor tones says I’m alone no yes no, no maybes
Hazy
Sunsets drive me crazy my bones are feeling stoned
and I’m alone without my baby

I turn over and over in my bed
But I can’t get these alcohol stains out of my head
The brain is in the station but the engines are dead and I feel so lazy

Crazy
Sunday after crazy
Days that last for days of full ashtrays
Without my baby
Maybe, maybe
Today could be the day
Maybe/Baby

I turn over and over in my bed
But I can’t get these alcohol stains out of my head
The brain is in the station but the engines are dead and I feel so lazy
So lazy
Track Name: Shining Surface
He was so disinfected
and then the girl connected
such a shining surface
she's going to serve his purpose

when she left the dishes
she went against his dishes
yeah, she felt his thunder
and she was slipping under

such a shining surface

seen in their local places
displays of jokes and graces
he has his different faces
he doesn't leave no traces

and she was scared and silent
she became compliant
to respect his wishes
she never left the dishes

such a shining surface