Lion Taming for Astronauts


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Rocketship»
Icarus»
Home»
Sandcars»
You woke me»
Puppet»
Paper Animals»
6 week Itch»
Tales from the Circus»
So Silent»
Love As If»
This Town»
Crash»

The Musicians

Andi Neate - acoustic guitar and vox
Paul Gilbody - double bass
Lauren Hayes - piano and backing vox
Anne-Sophie Linge Valdal - backing vox
Wendy Weatherby - cello

Recorded by Matt Easingwood and Davy Gray at the Bongo Club 5 March ‘07.
Mixed and mastered by Matt Easingwood at the Sound Cafe.

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Scottish singer songwriter and guitarist Andi bares her folk rock soul on this album, the product of a landmark gig at Edinburgh's Bongo Club this March. This set finds Andi , who is a regular on festival stages across the UK, dispensing an impressive series of songs from her previous releases, Icarus, Flutter-by and Paper Animals, reaching a climax with a strong pairing of This Town and Crash.

Add the impeccable backing of Paul Gilbody (bass), Lauren Hayes (piano), Wendy Weatherby (cello) and Anne-Sophie Linge Valdal (backing vox), and this street-tough acoustic artist is set to go far.

MU Magazine

(review of Lion Taming for Astronauts)

 

ROCKETSHIP

There wasn’t much before we opened our eyes to the starry skies,
Impossible dreams,
There wasn’t much before we all got lost on the way back to earth,
No one was hurt,

One million reasons to believe,
There’s more to this than what we see,
One life is not enough to live,
So I blast off, off, off
I’m blasting off,
In my rocket ship,
In my rocket ship,

There was no time to change our clothes,
Leave a note pack for the road,
No time to find our friends,
Say goodbye,
Won’t see them again,
See them again,

One million reasons to ask why,
There’s more to this than meets the eye,
One life is not enough to give,
So I blast off, off, off,
I’m blasting off,
I’m blasting off,
In my rocket ship,
In my rocket ship

Take my hand in the dark,
Take the gamble take the spark,
Leap of faith, honestly,
Leap of love with me,

Guitar, toothbrush, paper and pen,
See you one day and never again,
Goodbye earth, hello to the moon,
Mars, Venus,
Jupiter soon,
Jupiter soon,

One million reasons to explain,
Why nothing ever stays the same,
One heart is not enough to loose,
One heart is not enough to gain,
So I blast off, off, off,
I’m blasting off,
I’m blasting off, off, off
I’m blasting off,
In my rocket ship,
In my rocket ship


ICARUS (for Catherine)...

I believed in flying because you did
Trusted you to reach the sun
So I helped you build your wings
With wax and steel and string

We awoke to find the rising sun
The perfect day had begun
But my hands they shook with cold
And inside my heart froze.

You were in my dreams
You were in my everything
You were in my dreams
So I painted you black gold

I saw you smile
Tears rolled down your cheeks
So light you floated far away
So bright
I was jealous of what you could see

Like an eagle or a swan
Silhouette across the burning sun
For a moment I was inside you
For a moment I was beside you again

HOME

Home, Home my endless search,
My helpless heart, my naive words,
The day has come to end this curse,
Each lesson conquered is one more verse,
~
Home, I wear you under my skin,
Sometimes a scar, so faded and thin,
My own front door,
Enticing us in, to the grown up world about to win.
~
Oh, Home you have carried me, carried me this far,
So windswept and world weary in the search for what you are,
The love that blinds, the life that shines and the heart that pulls us free,
Home you are everything in me,
~
Every sun that sets on a brand new day,
New beginnings that seem to stay and stay,
Friends and lovers who pass on the way,
And a soft kiss, a memory-full trade,
~
There’s nothing like time to make you feel old,
Memories pass, hot then to cold,
Feels like I’ve been letting them go,
Now that I’ve grown,

Chorus
~
Welcome home, back from the race,
Welcome home, to you and your latest face,
Did you run, did you hide,
Take the world out in your stride,
Did you feign did you fake?
Find the right place

SANDCARS

We were driving home,
Singing, playing games,
On the back seat,
One of 3, one of 5,
Boys they laugh , they tease,
They shout, they curse, they sleep,
Oh remember the way things used to be,

So dry those eyes, and look straight ahead,
Say how you feel and show what you mean,
I won’t regret no, one more minute that I stand here,
I won’t regret one more day,

Sand cars in the sand,
Bows and arrows made by hand,
Fields of boys,
With bikes and with guns,
One girl 10 to one,
Prove herself fight all of them,
At the same time,
If that’s what it takes,

CHORUS

So take your time, don’t get there too soon, too soon,
We grow up too fast, like it or not, take your time, take your time,
Can’t turn back the days, take back the nights, take back my life,
So take your time,
Don’t get there too soon, too soon, take your time, take your time,

Heard every word you ever said,
It looked like I never did,
Tried everyday to be true,
Waited to fall into place,
No surprise as I fell from grace,
No-one else ever knew,

WOKE ME

You woke me in the early hours
So I sat on the floor hearing you laugh
You said wait and I won’t be long
Now I’ve waited two days
And it’s taking too long.

You're sitting too close and you’re moving slow
Hand down her back and inside clothes
Pushing me away with the back of your hand
I know she likes it but you don’t understand.

I can make you listen
I can always make you listen ….can I?
I can make you listen
I can always make you listen ….can I?

Have you noticed we don’t talk
You’re never on time and you don’ care at all
Pushing me away with the back of your hand
I know she likes it but you don’t understand

 

Wanna talk to you baby
Wanna tell you just how I feel
Like a lost little girl in the winter
Fool for ever having chased after you

Who am I now?
Who am I now?

I’m so bored of waiting
For you to do what you’re always saying
I’m so confused by your lying days
But the way you walk and talk
Still blows me away

This is my heart on a string
Left hanging like a puppet again
You’ve left once and you’ll be back again
I’m not ready for the chaos you bring to me
So keep your distance

Waking up on the 13th floor
Sunday morning comes just like before
Pigeons singing incessantly inside the walls
And there’s twelve more bodies
Lying outside the door

Who am I now?
Who am I now?

Uh oh, it’s happening again
Uh oh, the patterns and the trends
They said lightning only struck you twice
So fifth time around it doesn’t feel so good

 

 

PAPER ANIMALS
The world is passing me by,
I sell good coffee to the discerning eye,
And everybody wants a piece of me,
The devils and the demons, and the beggars in the street,

But I'm so bored on a rainy day,
I'm making paper animals just to give them away,
To random children with red noses and bright eyes,
Watched by mothers with drugs in their eyes,

CHORUS
I don't want you to even talk to me,
I don't want you to even drink my bllod,
I forbid you all to take a piece of me when you're leaving,
I forbid you to even go there,

And Gary holds his slashed up wrists,
He says you're my guardian angel, you're my saving grace,
And Phil's wrapped in a blanket, and he's walking in circles,
Today he's silent, but tomorrow he's talking,
And John he follows me from door to door and from box to box,
And he wants to share his food with me, he wants to share his bed,
But I can't help, no I can't help him at all,

And Jimmy says you're too naive,
You've got to grow up girl,
You've got to learn to believe,
In yourself, In yourself,
Innocence, in a sense,

But I'm so bored on a rainy day,
I'm making paper animals just to give them away,
To random children, with red noses and bright eyes,
Watched by their mothers with drugs in their eyes,

CHORUS

 

6 WEEK ITCH...

Sleeping dogs they are catching up on me
I don’t know what is done to make them see
What did I expect anyhow
Fall at my feet I am a king now

I’ve got the 6 week itch and I’m scratching it, scratching it
You’re gone now so what of it, what of it
I’ve grazed my feet again, stupid fool, stupid fool
Those bull’s horns are broken and it’s bleeding me away, bleeding me away

Back again was it such a good idea
Going to have to win the next week test again
Going to write some more songs and let it be
Waste no more energy on what you see

I’ve got the 6 week itch and I’m scratching it, scratching it
You’re gone now so what of it
I’ve grazed my feet again stupid fool, stupid fool
Those bull’s horns are broken and it’s bleeding me away

TALES FROM THE CIRCUS

5 yrs and 2 days later,
Joined the circus to be a lion tamer,
Fell in love with the circus clown,
High wire flier left the ground
Had my turn with the fire breather
He set me on fire, swore he’d leave,
Now he’s gone, gone, gone, gone too far

Ringmaster married the bearded lady,
There was love and laughter, ringside seats,
Woe, ho ho what a disaster,
she ran away with the girl from across the street
Now his microphone sighs and it cries
He sits alone out of reach cause she’s
Gone, gone, gone too far

Chorus
What we’re looking for is someone who can fly,
Save the world from hurt, care enough to try,
What we’re looking for is something more worthwhile
Light the way on a jagged day, no more need to cry

Now I’m fed up being this cannon ball
Blasting through every circus wall
No last laugh, no safety net, no red nose
One more tear stained vest,
What goes up must come down,
In irregular circles from time to time,
In time, perfect, perfectly in time

So I stand with my back up, my back up against the crowd
I’ve closed the curtain for the final.
‘m Gonna find a super hero and learn to fall,
With no wings, no trampoline, no grand finale
In time , perfect time, oh perfect harmony
Fly me

 

SO SILENT...

This is no place to make a sound,
So sit and be silent, don't move around,
Sleepy shadows golden dawn,
Another day to be born,

Waiting, waiting to pounce,
Dawn chorus brings unwanted romance,
My heart is open wide,
My heart is open wide,

CHORUS
So silent except for the clock,
The pouring rain tries to wake me up,
Wind in the chimney, holes in the roof,
No hiding the difference between me and you,

So angry and scared of the dark,
Watching you sleep has lost it's spark,
Anxiously bored and counting the stars,
Waiting for something, something to start,

Impatient, twitching, wide awake,
Obsessively thinking, hard to break,
My heart is open wide,
My heart is open wide,

CHORUS

So silent except for the storm,
Pushing, and pushing my heart on and on,
I care what you think and I think too much,
I brave the storm,
And now I'm lost, I'm lost, I'm lost.

 

LOVE AS IF  
Remember the kiss we so nearly missed,
Guided and guilty as sin,
But I wasn’t so shy when you reached me inside,
Carried me off in a spin,
But there’s lies within lies, lost compromises,
Hero’s that don’t always win,
But no dragons live here, just flight and more fear,
Making it hard to begin,

CHORUS

Oh surprise when you captured my eyes 
And stole the future away, 
I wasn’t expecting the whole world to move, 
But the ground it fell away, 
Fell away,

So lets pretend to know where we’ve been,
What’s going on, destroy everything,
Hide in the shadows and run from the sun,
Let jealousy bite
One more sleepless night alone…

CHORUS

MID 8
love as if for the first time,
So bright, so bright and brand new,
So love as if for the first time,
just me, just me and you,
Me and you

So remember the kiss we so nearly missed, guided and guilty as sin,
It’s going to take some time for our worlds to collide,
Gonna hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on hold on till then.


THIS TOWN

This Town, this town,

Is filled with stars,

Being loud, being brash,

Simply who they are,

This town, this town,

Is filled to capacity,

With plays and players, songs and singers,

Saying watch me, watch me, watch me, watch me,

This town, this town,

Has confused me long enough,

Won't let it make me break me, feel this way,

Let the silence mean to much,

This town, this town,

Has qualified me for the prize,

The prize of knowing picture postcards lie,

Scattered in the dust,

Escaping from my heart,

Escaping from my, from my, from my, from my heart,

This town, this town,

Has taken me far too long,

To recognise the truth and were it belongs,

This town, this town,

Has watched me follow the crowd,

With simple twists and turns of fate I fell,

Onto the ground,

Escaping from my heart,

Escaping from my, from my, from my, from my heart,

Escaping from my heart,

Escaping from my, from my, from my, from my, from my heart.


CRASH

 

No peace, no silence,
Nowhere left to go,
People are everywhere rushing to and fro,
No time to eat, no time to sleep or care what we breath,
And all that I hate in the world has left its mark on me,

CHORUS

Till there's a crash and the door slams,
Blood on the floor,
Waiting for survival,
Waiting for something more,

You sleep you eat you dream, you watch TV,
There is so much more to this than you want to see,
You turn my world upside down,
You leave me cold, you leave me sad,
And so I shut you out,
I close the door,
I search myself for some way out,

CHORUS

We listen to you cry everyday, about your life, and about poor me,
This time you are on your own, theres no-one left to listen to you moan,
So get on up, up, off the floor, it's not just you who can't stand it anymore,
And you've got so much to give and it's standing right in front of you,
It's not called your sex, it's your self respect,
So get on up, up off the floor, it's not just you who can't stand it anymore,
You've got so much to give and it's standing right in front of you,
It's not called your sex, it's your self respect,

CHORUS