ADVENTURES IN AUSLAND

by James Cook

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This is JAMES COOK's second solo album.

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released November 20, 2014

Written, Produced, Engineered, Recorded by James Cook @ DEEPSEE Studios Berlin/London

Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Synths, Programming: James Cook
Drums, percussion and drum edits: Tom Marsh
Violin/Oboe/Viola: Anne Marie Kirby
Violins: Ed Bruggemeyer, Ros Wilks
Viola: Charlie Stock
Cellos: Terezie Kovalova, Rhiannon Lock, Evie Anderson
Trumpets: Jake Stoddard
Sax: Tom Leaper
Piano on BRING BACK THE BOOM: Oliver Ralfe
Bass Guitar on BEES IN NOVEMBER: Martyn Stary
Opera Singing and whistling on FINANCIAL TANGO: Evie Anderson
Guitar solo on THE BLACKOUT: Anton Barbeau

Brass Arrangements: James Cook
String Arrangements: Anne Marie Kirby/James Cook

Drum recorded by Smity @ Soundevice, Prague and Ed East @ Studio East, Berlin.


Mixed by James Cook, Milan Adamik and Nicola Sannino
Mastered by Milan Adamik@ Masterworks, London

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Singer/Songwriter/Producer James Cook.

Third solo album 'ANTI LOVE SONGS' out April

Check his website for more information: www.jamescookmusic.com
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Track Name: BEES IN NOVEMBER
There's too much to dream of,
It's a full metal racket
We're sound asleep to shortcomings, meaning nothing.
Fed on information, starved of an outlet.
Soon, forever means another ending.

Stop to think, try to remember the mirror, practice, poise
Locked away all night, raising Bees in November

Catch the cold, surrender your warmth to a vortex
Suck the phantom oxygen it's inside you
Seek to stutter slowly, you are the breath of an angel
Quell the fire, it extinguishes your elation.

Stop to think, try to remember the mirror, practice, poise
Locked away all night, raising Bees in November

Stop to think, try to remember the mirror practice poison member
Stop to think, try to remember the way we all felt in December
Stop to think, try to remember Bees in November
Track Name: LILLY (A LOVER'S DREAM)
Like a dragon of intervention, there was a blossom in my heart
For the love that waits a thousand years, may the end become the start
At the moment we hit clarity as our skin was intertwined,
Our love became a charity for the pearls amongst the swine

Oh lover! Lovely Lilly! You take the stars out of the sea
Oh lover! Lovely Lilly! You take the stars out of me

As I passed the painted circle full of the ladies in peach dresses
They danced around my questions, all the night had kept me guessing
The riddles of their lovers became the armies to their quest
And as i fell into the circle, we forgot about the rest

Oh lover! Lovely Lilly! You take the stars out of the sea
Oh lover! Lovely Lilly! You take the stars out of me

I walked through darkened corridors and fought with all my strength
Passed rooms with painted animals, they laughed at my distress
The walls were getting narrower, I swore I saw your face
I tripped and fell into you arms, I thought I was awake

Oh lover! Lovely Lilly! You took the stars out of the sea
Oh lover! Lovely Lilly! You took the stars out of me
You took the pain from my face,
You gave me love and changed my fate
You took the stars out of me.
Track Name: FINANCIAL TANGO
The markets crumble, the bailouts close
Cash cow pensions will be swallowed
Ten percent of the nation will be allright
But there's nothing left inside our bankrolls

Dance the last financial tango
Pick those pennies off the floor
Give them everything you've got
Those repayments aren't enough, let them repossess your soul

Lock up your passports and your credit clones
On information social networks
Electronic lockdown's not so far away
All rainy days with soon be cashless

So, dance the last financial tango
Pick those euros off the floor
Give them everything you've got
Let the bailiffs take the lot, and transfer it all offshore

Dance the last financial tango
Pick those dollars off the floor
Give them everything you've got
If your families aren't enough, then the government will fall
Track Name: DOG ARMS & DILEMMAS
Plant the black seed into the dark soil
Soon, the crisis will receed and grow
Resume positions, enable devices
Marching forward, absorbing another lifetime
Remember the 60s, and other excuses
When does a mishap become a tragedy?

For Dog Arms & Dilemmas

I am the traveller the devil will not answer
To stock responses, dividing voices
According to policy
My snap decisions, inherent within the system

Are Dog Arms & Dilemmas

You are my dilemma
Track Name: ART DECO
This landscape of beauty, with plastic adornments
It's the shape of the future, slowly wiped from the memory
The luxury of junk, a generation remembers
We skipped austerity.
The gold from the bronze age was ripped from the skyline

How come we lost our way? From the majesty of modern echoes
How come we lost our way? There was nothing better than Art Deco

This disembodied timezone, such a gentle reminder
We ushered in the machine age, from a provincial slumber
This civilian nightmare is the downtown echo of forgotten laughter

How come we lost our way? From the majesty of modern echoes
How come we lost our way? There was nothing better than Art Deco

How come we lost our way?
Track Name: BRING BACK THE BOOM
1929, 2001, 1963.
We're killing time, drinking tea, spending cash, planting seeds
I heard it on the BBC about the era of prosperity
Where did it go?
Let's get in our time machines and Bring it back!

Bring back the boom, bring it back, bring back, bring back the boom
Bring back the boom, bring it back, bring back, bring back the boom

I started my apprentiship in 1979
With my history books and my scarf and my timeless sense of style
The Borgias and the Nazis could not overwhelm my guile
So let's unburn all the books and put the jack boots on the fire

Bring back the boom, bring it back, bring back, bring back the boom
Bring back the boom, bring it back, bring back, bring back the boom

We have all the time in the world, my darling
So let's put the wheelbarrows in the back and fill them full of cash.

Let's go to the moon! Let's all go to the moon!
Track Name: THE BLACKOUT
Casting a darker shadow,
Forming a shape on my pillow
Written in breath on a mirror
Words that will stay with me forever

I never meant to throw it all away
But memory will chase me forever
When can I open my eyes again?

If I wait for the blackout, will I wait for you forever?
There's a black cat, shut out
Locked inside this cold December

We have a history that's hollow
Holes in our nature will follow
Time for you to rewrite the story
We are basking in our reflected glory

When there's nothing left will you remember us?
Sorrow will fill you like an empty cup
This melody fades into the autumn light

You will wait for the blackout, as you wait for me forever.
There's a black cat, shut out
Locked inside this cold December

If I wait for the blackout, will I wait for you forever?
There are black cats, shut out
They will be in the snow forever
Track Name: JAMIE
And if, one day, I should become a wedding singer to the young
I'd sing for all the yummy mummies
I'd croon my heart out every night
In fake Las Vegas neon lights, like some 50's Argentinian

My name would be Antonio, a burning torch, the new Tom Jones
'Retro king of the modern age'
Young girls' wet knickers on the stage

I'd have to get drunk every night, viagra pills and fishnet tights
Plastic surgery delights, like decorated Christmas Trees

In the drunken haze of a dressing room,
Pink elephants would sing of doom
A childhood song would come to me
About the time they called me 'Jamie'

If I could be, for only an hour
If I could be, for an hour every day
If I could be, like Andy Warhol said
'The brainless babe of this media age'

And if i joined the social world
The London life, the Geldof girls
Then I could be the new Hugh Hefner

My records would be number one
10 million views on all my songs,
With cover versions on 'X Factor'

My name would then be Simon Cowell
Plucking stars out of my bowels
Import a whiskey entourage of phoney queers and real virgins

Then I would shut down all the banks
So i could buy out Goldman Sachs
And leave the ruling classes ranks WikiLeaking in their own pants

In some crack den in Chinatown
With Amy, Pete and Kurt Cobain
I'd sing the song that gave me fame
About the time they called me 'Jamie'

If I could be, for only an hour
If I could be, for an hour every day
If I could be, in Justin Bieber's place
As 'the brainless babe of this media age'

Then in the glorious afterlife, singing to angels through the night
I would reflect my past transgressions
As they would harmonise with me, I'd look down at my legacy
And teach the world a few more lessons

Then I would be the Holy Ghost
I would become omnipotent
Pronounce my holy manifesto with a beard like Fidel Castro

I would become the Three Wise Monkeys
Give salvation to the junkies
Break my heart to make things right
And know that every single night...

When I return to be redeemed
Angels and Devils sing to me
The childhood song of all those years
About the time they called me 'Jamie'

If I could be, for only an hour
If I could be, for an hour every day
If I could be, at a decent hourly rate
'The brainless babe of this internet age'
Track Name: TIDAL WAVE
Unfaithful, shiny and playful
You're like water, an invitation to disorder
Ungrateful, bitter and spiteful
You're like vinyl, you reflect me like a rival

But I'm not sure if I'm having a fit
So hook me up to the National Grid
The meaning is lost when the vision is done
And my fingers are burnt by the alien sun

It's such a tidal wave when you're an ocean
Proving the people wrong, knowing a weakness
A tidal wave when you're an ocean
Watching the scenery, waiting for feeling

Unstable, there's no money for the disabled
You need a diamond to cut through the asylum
It's not paid for, there's no money on the table
Just like Jesus facing the receivers

But I'm not sure if I'm having a fit
So hook me up to the National Grid
The meaning is lost when the vision is done
And my fingers are burnt by the alien sun

It's such a tidal wave when you're an ocean
Proving the people wrong, knowing a weakness
A tidal wave when you're an ocean
Watching the scenery, waiting for feeling

I'm faithful, infallible, ungrateful, just like an animal

I'm not sure if I'm having a fit
So hook me up to the National Grid
Track Name: AUSLAND/OUTSIDE
November we rise, November we fall
Waiting for snow in late December
Whenever we fly, our chariot calls
This is the land of false horizon
We rise, we fall, we cry, we crawl
I'm escaping, I'm evading, I'm erasing, not invading
Outside, outside please tell me where your country lies
Outside, outside please tell me why your country lies?