Kansas

by Adam Carpenter

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For the EP's second birthday, I've decided to make it pay-what-you-want. Any profits I make will be donated towards the the families of the victims in the Manchester terror attack.

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Four songs about running away from relationships and responsibilities.

Thanks to my parents and my friends - far too many to name! - to you, for buying this, your support means the world to me - to all the Manc music guys - to all who have inspired me - and to anyone who ever turned up to a gig or an open mic show.
I will never go gently into that cold, dark night.
All hail! All hail! All hail!

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released May 25, 2015

all instruments / vocals - Adam Carpenter
all songs written by Adam Carpenter

recorded at the Boneyard Studios, Llandarcy
production by Andy Francis and Phil Humphreys

Front cover photo by Markus Spiske / ramrot.com / CC-BY

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Adam Carpenter Manchester, UK

Frank Turner by way of Morrissey. Valley boy living in Manchester singing songs about strangers.

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Track Name: By My Side
the moon is bright tonight
I see it shining down on the surface of the reservoir
I don't know where you are
but the last time I was here, you were by my side

on that night
it was December, don't you remember?
you were by my side
on that night
when I told you I was ready, ready to go on

but I don't know where to go
you can't help me find my way
I am better off without you
but it won't be quite the same
here by my side
now you're not here by my side

our hopes were high that night
your eyes were a time machine, crystalline and golden
'til you said "hold it",
then something changed, how I wish you were by my side

on that night
it was December, don't you remember?
you were by my side
on that night
when I told you I was ready, ready to go on

but I don't know where to go
you can't help me find my way
I am better off without you
but it won't be quite the same
here by my side
now you're not here by my side

well, let me know
is that alright?
you could stay just one more hour
we could watch the sun rise
and even if I'd never make you change your mind
at least you were kind, you were kind

when you were by my side
on that night
it was December, don't you remember?
you were by my side
on that night
when I told you I was ready, ready to go on

but I don't know where to go
you can't help me find my way
I am better off without you
but it won't be quite the same
here by my side
now you're not here by my side

by my side, on that night {x2}
I remember on that cold December night!
Track Name: Honesty
I tried to be patient, did my best not to lie
but when the time came to end it, I was glad to see us die
I had no doubt that you loved me, so I hope you don't mind
to confess some misconceptions: I thought love was kind

what do you want from me?
what do you expect me to say?
you said to be honest
well, it's better off this way
{x2}

you never wanted my surprises, your lips were always shy
I soon gave up even trying as my attempts would pass you by
you never cared for anyone, your eyes were only for me
so get some sense and cut them out, I hope somebody'll make you see

what do you want from me?
what do you expect me to say?
you said to be honest
well, it's better off this way
{x2}
Track Name: Kansas
put that song on again
I didn't catch the name
but don't drone on again
how it's my fault, how I'm to blame
for everything that happened back in Kansas
I'm running away!

I guess we're lost again
our car rolls on down highway 49
your arms are crossed again
I know that you're silently judging me, but my job is on the line
as we cross the border the snow turns to rain
I'm running away

and I will not go gently into that cold dark night
I've been driving for hours and I'm too tired to fight
let me go {x2}

I want to go home
I want to go home
but I am home

and I will not go gently into that cold dark night
I've been driving for hours and I'm too tired to fight
let me go, let me go
{x2}

I'm running away {x2}
Track Name: We'll Be Alright
so the night began with a whisper
a monologue that cut through the gloom
a vinyl was playing "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning"
as we danced around your room

we knew the songs like childhood memories
we held them too close to our hearts
but when you got out the vodka, I shoulda probably oughta
just stop before the heartache could start

and you asked me to write you a chorus
you know these things, they don't come that way
but you placed your hand soft inside of my thigh
and passed me the rest of your whisky

I sang with a sailor's conviction
like the first day of my life
keep me near
and I promise you we'll be alright,
I promise you we'll be alright

so after two more glasses of the hard stuff
we released ourselves into the night
I was giddy with glee, smiling, "you're the one for me",
and you said "nearly, my love, but not quite"

and you know I have waited forever
and I'm not saying this just 'cause I'm high
but I love you from the bottom of my pint glass, darling
or at least 'til the good feeling dies

so we'll wash these pills with our poison
and pray we wake up feeling fine
but it's got to that stage, I'm forgetting my name
spewing line after damnable line

I sang with a sailor's conviction
or a man at the end of a knife
keep me near
and I promise you we'll be alright,
I promise you we'll be alright

I know, I know
I should probably go
but suffering don't make you a saint
and I may not see you tomorrow
I know, I'm away
this headache will last for a couple of days
but at the end of it all, when we run out of alcohol
will you remember our favourite song?

I sang with a sailor's conviction
like the first day of my life
keep me near
and I promise you we'll be alright,
I promise you we'll be alright
yeah, I promise you we'll be alright