Arrows

by The Longcut

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1.
04:44
IN LIFE YOU WERE SO UNAFRAID IN DEATH YOU WERE SO UNPREPARED WHY SHOULD WE LIVE OUR LIVES ON THE SHELF AND WHY AM I SO AT ODDS WITH MYSELF TURNS OUT WHAT I THOUGHT WAS PRECIOUS WELL IT WAS EASY TO LET GO WE WRENCHED THE BONES FROM THE GROUND AND THE RAINS FROM THE SKY WITHOUT EVER QUESTIONING IF WE WERE RIGHT I OPEN THE WOUND AND I WATCH IT RUN OUT EMBARK ON OUR PATHS WITH CACOPHONOUS SHOUTS TO THE SEA NO HOME FOR US THERE I TURN TO THE WOODS A TEN THOUSAND YEAR HISTORY FELLED WITHOUT CARE I LOOK TO THE SKY I LOOK TO THE STONE TURN BACK TO THE SUN AND THEN YOU WERE GONE
2.
05:40
DID YOU LEARN TO PULL YOUR PUNCHES DID YOU LEARN TO HOLD YOUR TONGUE AND DID YOU LEARN IT’S ALL FOR NOTHING A LIFE HAS COME UNDONE DID YOU LEARN TO TRUST YOUR HUNCHES AND DID YOU LEARN TO HAVE SOME FUN COS IN THE END IT’S ALL WORTH NOTHING YOUR WORLD HAS COME UNDONE DID YOU MEAN TO BLEED THE PATIENT DID YOU MEAN TO SUCK HIM DRY HOW COULD YOU GET SO DAMN COMPLACENT YOU SAW THE WORLD THROUGH OTHERS’ EYES YOU PULLED THE SPIRIT OUT OF THIS CRIPPLED HEART OF MINE IN THE NIGHT I HEAR YOUR MOVEMENT IN THE LIGHT I SEE YOUR LIES DARE YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SILENCE IF YOU’VE GOT NOTHING LEFT TO SAY EVEN WHEN YOU SHOUT YOUR LOUDEST IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYWAY DARE YOU TURN AWAY FROM VIOLENCE IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR WAY DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS TO LEAVE IT TO TURN YOUR BACK AND WALK AWAY I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW I’M HERE AND NOW
3.
04:26
FALLING FALLING A SHIFTING GEOMETRY TURNING TURNING RELENTLESS GRAVITY FRANTIC FRANTIC TUMULTUOUS ENERGY FRACTIONS FRACTIONS OF WHO WE USED TO BE I REACH OUT MY HAND TO FIND THAT POINT WHERE WE CROSS THE LINE MY CONCENTRATION BREAKS SECRETS REGRETS NO SENSE OF CONSTANCY TELL ME TELL ME WAS IT JUST FANTASY BREAKDOWN BREAKDOWN IN OUR TELEMETRY FRACTALS FRACTALS REPEATING ENDLESSLY I REACH OUT MY HAND TO FIND THAT POINT WHERE WE CROSS THE LINE CONNECT INSPECT REFLECT REJECT
4.
08:41
A HEAVY AFFECTING LIFTING CONFUSED NOTION IN OUR MINDS INCREDIBLE OBSERVATIONS AWAKENING AWAKENING A SURGING AN OVERWHELMING FORWARD MOTION IN OUR LIVES AN ENDLESS ACCELERATION IT’S HAPPENING IT’S HAPPENING IT’S ALL HAPPENING ALL HAPPENING OH IT’S ALL HAPPENING ALL HAPPENING THE FEELING OF ISOLATION SLIPS BEHIND INTO THE DARK THE FREEDOM OF FEELING STRIKES AND IT’S OVER ME IT’S OVER ME ALL SENSE OF FOREBODING SIMPLY TAKES ITS LEAVE OF ALL OF US REPLACED WITH A GROWING SENSE OF PHILOSOPHY PHILOSOPHY IT’S ALL HAPPENING ALL HAPPENING OH IT’S ALL HAPPENING ALL HAPPENING OH IT’S ALL HAPPENING ALL HAPPENING OH IT’S ALL HAPPENING ALL HAPPENING IN OUR LIVES
5.
04:23
6.
05:48
UNDER THE GATHERING SULPHUR NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST DROWNED OUT BY PANIC BIRD CALL NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST BARE BRANCHES BLACKENED LEAVES FALL NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST FRUSTRATION I CAN’T SHAKE OFF NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST LET GO OF ALL YOUR REASON NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST RUN WILD AMONG THE TREASON NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST SLOW FADE SPLIT SUN HORIZON NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST CUT LOOSE FROM ALL YOUR TIES AND NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING LOST
7.
04:23
ASHES ARE FALLING FROM THE SKY AND I’LL KEEP SINGING GRAVITATIONAL PULL TAKES HOLD I’M THE REFLECTION IN YOUR EYES OUR TEARDROPS STINGING TRYING TO DRINK IN ALL YOUR LOVE BEFORE THE NIGHT TAKES HOLD INTO LIFE TOGETHER IN OUR THOUGHTS FOREVER INTERTWINING ETHER SPACE BETWEEN EACH OTHER WE SAW THE CHALLENGE AND FACED IT DOWN OUR LOVE’S AN ADAMANT FORTRESS NOW OUR BEATING HEARTS ARE THE ONLY SOUND REVERBERATING WALLS INTO LIFE TOGETHER IN OUR THOUGHTS FOREVER INTERTWINING ETHER SPACE BETWEEN EACH OTHER I NEVER THOUGHT THAT WE WOULD END SO FAR APART OUR LIVES ARE CHANGING AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START AND WHAT WAS EFFORTLESS IT NOW ALL SEEMS SO HARD WHAT ONCE WAS SIMPLE SEEMS TO TAKE ALL THAT I’VE GOT OUR LIVES ARE CHANGING AND I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD END
8.
03:35
HELD TO THE MARGINS AFRAID OF SHAME THIS LACK OF CONFIDENCE BETRAYS OUR WORDS AGAIN THE WHOLE DAMN MOVEMENT THE WHOLE DAMN STRAIN IT STANDS INVESTED IN THE TURNING OF THE GRAIN YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE WHO LAID INTO THOSE SONS OF BITCHES WITH ANGER WHERE DID THAT GO A BRAZEN LIE A TURNING CRY A TELLTALE SIGN A COMPROMISE HOW CAN I FEEL SUCH ANGER WHEN I’M ONLY THIRTEEN YEARS OLD YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE WHO LAID INTO THOSE SONS OF BITCHES WITH ANGER WHERE DID THAT GO A BRAZEN LIE A TURNING CRY A TELLTALE SIGN A COMPROMISE HOW CAN I FEEL SO HELPLESS WHEN I’M FUCKING THIRTY YEARS OLD
9.
03:42
DID SLEEP BETRAY YOU IN AN UNEXPECTED WAY WITH IMAGES RECALLED FROM DARKER DAYS A BRIEF RESPITE IN GROWING LIGHT A SILENT YEARNING LEADING YOU ASTRAY LOOSE TEETH CRACKED LIPS BRUISED NAILS AND ACHING HIPS TORN HAIR CUT DEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP LOST TEETH TORN LIPS BLACK NAILS AND FINGERTIPS TIRED LUNGS IT HURTS DEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP YEAH IT DAWNED UPON ME IT BLOSSOMED IN MY MIND WHAT I’D BEEN SEARCHING FOR WAS OPEN THERE FOR ME TO FIND NO REASONING WAS NEEDED I PUT MY DOUBTS BEHIND ACCEPTED ALL THE ONCE CRUEL RAVAGES OF TIME LOOSE TEETH TIGHT LIPS BRUISED HEELS AND ACHING HIPS TORN HAIR CUT DEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP OH LOST TEETH CUT LIPS BLACK NAILS AND FINGERTIPS TIRED LUNGS IT HURTS DEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP NO SLEEP
10.
07:05
DON’T STAND AND STARE THE TRUTH ISN’T THERE IT’S ONLY CLEAR ON THE INSIDE AND IF WE TAKE CARE THOUGH EXPRESSION’S RARE I KNOW WE’LL FIND IT HERE TONIGHT TAKE OFF YOUR MASK LET DOWN YOUR HAIR LET FEELINGS FLOW UNLEASH YOUR CARES LET GO EMOTE WITH STYLE AND FLAIR YOU’VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO HAVE ME THERE JUST KNOW I’M ALWAYS ON YOUR SIDE AND HOLD THE LIFE INSIDE YOU TIGHT

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released April 6, 2018

Written by The Longcut. Recorded by The Longcut over several years and locations in Manchester and Salford. Drums and additional guitars recorded by Chris Snow at Ouija Studios, Ancoats. Trumpets on Popic arranged, played and recorded by Tom Knott. All mixes by Tom Knott. Mastered by Carl Saff, Saff Mastering, Chicago. Original artwork by Liam Palmer.

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The Longcut Manchester, UK

Forming in Manchester in the early 2000s, The Longcut quickly built a reputation as a fearsome
live act, and released two albums (A Call and Response, Open Hearts) to critical acclaim in 2006
and 2009.
Returning from a nine year hiatus, The Longcut released their third album Arrows in April 2018.
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