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Emporia

Going, Going… track fourteen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 264 miles Westwards into Kansas. ‘Emporia’ has changed a lot since it was first played live. Still has layers of emotion as the narrator hears from the past. The song weeps with sadness and when the pain gets too much, it cracks open with scathing guitars three minutes in.

Lyrics:

Hand in hand
I hadn’t planned

I got a message from someone about a recent liaison
When I tell you what he said you’ll understand
He says he didn’t mean to stalk but that he happened to see you walk
Out of your favourite restaurant hand in hand
With someone he didn’t recognise, which, in itself, came as no surprise
It’s not as if you’re being underhand; in fact you’re just moving on
That’s totally reasonable, now I’ve gone
but it’s the kind of thing for which I hadn’t planned

Hand in hand
I hadn’t planned
Hand in hand
I hadn’t planned
Hand in hand
I hadn’t planned

Written by: Gedge/Beer-Pearce/Layton

Live: first played At The Edge of the Sea, Concorde2, Brighton, UK on 29/08/2015 (in a very different form*)

*Previous chorus:
To be frank, it had to happen sooner or later
And yeah, I’m the one who quit
The jealousy, the disappointment, I’d don’t know which one’s the greater
All I know is I asked for it

Place: Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
GPS: 38°24’N 96°11’W
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Fordland

Going, Going… track thirteen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 129 miles North brings us to Missouri. ‘Fordland’ is pretending you don’t remember how happy your life was before. It’s about fear and not knowing the future.The song chugs away in a fairly pedestrian way but it cranks it up towards the end.

Lyrics:

I’m crossing time zones like it’s going out of style
Pretending that I know exactly what I’m doing with my life
Meanwhile I’m terrified of tomorrow

The scenery has changed
And the road’s my only friend
But the route got rearranged
And now I don’t know where this is going to end

My hopes and dreams have been completely re-defined
And all that time I’m still trying not to think about  just what I’ve left behind
And that takes a special skill

The scenery has changed
And the road’s my only friend
But the route got rearranged
And now I don’t know where this is going to end

I’m still trying not to think about  just what I’ve left behind
And that takes a special skill

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Beer-Pearce/Layton

Live: first played at the Waterfront, Norwich, UK on 23/07/2015

P lace: Fordland, Webster County, Missouri
GPS: 37°9’N 92°56’W
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Fifty-Six

Going, Going… track twelve – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 226 miles west into Arkansas. ‘Fifty-Six’ is about when you know that you’ve fucked up. A down from where there’s no up. Fifty-Six’ ends with a raucous cacophony but maybe you were wrong…?

Lyrics:

So where do I begin? What about…
Your skin on my skin, your disapproving stare, the smell of your hair
The warmth of your caress, the breeze ruffling your dress from the other side of the USA?
It’s like I never went away

And, yes, I’ve gotten what I thought I sought after but I really got it wrong this time
I’ve tried hard at being strong but I’m feeling more depleted  every day
I’m unconditionally defeated

Your picture in my ‘phone reminds me I’m alone
I should delete it but that sounds kind of desperate
No, I can handle this; I’ve just got to try not to reminisce because I’m glad I did what I did
Oh who am I trying to kid?

And, yes, I’ve gotten what I thought I sought after but I really got it wrong this time
I’ve tried hard at being strong but I’m feeling more depleted  every day
I’m unconditionally defeated

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Layton

Live: first played at the La Cita bar, Los Angeles, USA on 13/02/2015

Place: Fifty-Six, Stone County, Arkansas
GPS: 35°57’N 92°14’W
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Bells

Going, Going… track eleven – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. The second half of the album starts the drive West across the States. 896 miles separate the previous song from the destination in Tennessee. There is an alarming realisation that things aren’t right after the night before. ‘Bells’ includes the unmistakable backing vocals of Terry de Castro and some soaring guitarwork as our narrator reaches a nadir.

Lyrics:

Oh, I’ve already run out of things to say to you
Last night that really was a stupid thing to do

I should’ve heard alarm bells ringing; that’s what I’m thinking
I should’ve heard alarm bells ringing; that’s what I’m thinking
And I called you darling because I’d already forgotten your name
What a total unqualified disaster this all became

Oh I don’t want to leave you thinking that I’m just some kind of creep
But I don’t want to make a promise that I’ll never ever keep

I should’ve heard alarm bells ringing; that’s what I’m thinking
I should’ve heard alarm bells ringing; that’s what I’m thinking
And I called you darling because I’d already forgotten your name
What a total unqualified disaster this all became

But before you get too mad, remember, that we can’t lose something we never had
It’s all a game, whatever words that we use

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Beer-Pearce/Layton

Live: first played at the Waterfront, Norwich, UK on 23/07/2015

Place: Bells, Crockett County, Tennessee
GPS: 35°43’N 89°5’W
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Kill Devil Hills

Going, Going… track ten – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 176 miles southwards bouncing down the islands that brush the eastern coast of America and it’s Carolina. ‘Kill Devil Hills’ is a modern version of Dare with a sensual encounter and predatory lust. Tunefully and lyrically though it’s maybe my least favourite on the album. Thankfully even this is not at all bad.

Lyrics:

Her skirt brushed against her thighs; it swayed as she walked
And there was hunger in her eyes
She moved in close when she talked
We held each other’s stare for what seemed like far too long
She laughed, let down her hair, and then said “Hey…do you know what’s wrong?

It’s just that you can’t resist me, so don’t try!
From the second you kissed me, you knew I
Would like a man who knows what he wants
Would like a man who knows what he wants
Would like a man who knows what he wants

You can’t resist me, so don’t try!
From the second you kissed me, you knew I

You can’t resist me, so don’t try!
From the second you kissed me, you knew I wouldn’t be the kind of woman you’d refuse
So tell me exactly what you’ve got to lose”

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Layton

Live: first played at the La Cita bar, Los Angeles, USA on 13/02/2015

Place: Kill Devil Hills, Dare County, North Carolina
GPS: 36°2’N 75°41’W
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Terry de Castro (backing vocals)

Birdsnest

Going, Going… track nine – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 114 miles further South and we’re into Virginia country. ‘Birdsnest’ is about optimism and someone going out on a limb and trying a new life even with the fear that it may not work. It has so many layers to it. There are angstsy verses, poppy choruses and am ambiguous slide-y coda to end it all.

DLG told Clash Magazine, We had a really great time recording ‘Birdsnest’ at La Fabrique studios in France. It’s kind of typical of the whole album, in a way, in that it’s a song that’s full of weird ideas that often spin off on odd tangents. The main body is quite rocky, with a massive bass sound, but it kind of strangely changes key into a poppy chorus! And then the outro section harks back to the ‘jangly’ Wedding Present sound of the 80s before the final bit, which is much more subdued and gives me the chance to get my old guitar slide out! There’s enough ideas on it for a whole E.P.! I think the recording has quite a ‘positive’ sound, to match the optimism of the lyrics.

Lyrics:

So here’s another story…a man walks into a bar
It’s terrifying because he’s trying something different and he hasn’t got very far
So he buys another merlot and then doesn’t feel quite so bad
It’s like he’s finally stopped doubting his decision to give up everything he had

Because he knows this is nothing to be afraid of; because he choose this adventure for himself
And something good is just about to happen
He can feel it; a sea change in the air
And if he falls short, it doesn’t really matter because quite frankly, tonight he doesn’t care

So he puts away his mobile; he won’t be calling her again
In fact it’s like the past just never happened and it’s kind of strange but then…

But then he knows this is nothing to be afraid of; because he choose this adventure for himself
And something good is just about to happen
He can feel it; a sea change in the air
And if he falls short, it doesn’t really matter because quite frankly, tonight he doesn’t care

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Layton

Live: first played at the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, UK on 04/11/2014

Place: Birdsnest, Northampton County, Virginia
GPS: 37°26’N 75°53’W
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Secretary

Going, Going… track eight – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 94 miles to the South East and we enter Maryland. A diversive song: I didn’t like it myself at first when I heard it live but in the context of the album I love it. It’s not just frantic and wild but it shows the hypocrisy and frustration of a man who thinks the person they left should be still available at their beck and call. Ballinger’s backing vocals give it a real shambling indie verve.

Lyrics:

[His] I only ever seem to get through to your secretary
I only ever seem to get through to your secretary
I haven’t heard from you and I’m really getting worried
I haven’t heard from you and I’m really getting worried

I only ever seem to get through to your secretary
I only ever seem to get through to your secretary
And, no, I don’t really want to leave a message!
And, no, I don’t really want to leave a message!

[Hers] I’m tired of all this going back and forth; I don’t want to hear it anymore
Just let me know when your mind’s made up

[His] I only ever seem to get through to your secretary
I only ever seem to get through to your secretary
And I’m beginning to think you’re doing this on purpose
And I’m beginning to think you’re doing this on purpose

[Hers] I’m tired of all this going back and forth; I don’t want to hear it anymore
Just let me know when your mind’s made up

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Layton

Live: first played At The Edge of the Sea, Concorde2, Brighton, UK on 23/08/2014

Place: Secretary, Dorchester County, Maryland
GPS: 38°37’N 75°57’W
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Bear

Going, Going… track seven – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. Another 119 miles down the coast southwards and we arrive in Delaware. This has been a live favourite since 2013 and no wonder: the gorgeous acappela, the roaring guitars, the lyrics…oh the lyrics. ‘Bear’ is a song about doubt, about maybe you’ve made the wrong decision because who else loves you like they did?

Lyrics:

In unfamiliar surroundings it’s comforting when some thing’s just don’t change
But I won’t deny it’s quite odd when your songs come on my iPod; it’s kind of strange
But the thing I miss the most is the thing I didn’t notice; that you’re my best friend
You’d put up with me nearly to the point where you’d be really at your wit’s end

Now who’ll be answering me when I call?
Now who’ll be telling me to walk tall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
And I’m not sure I can bear to be without you, I know where I would rather be tonight
You said don’t walk away from this; you said it’s just your cowardice
Now I’m thinking maybe you were right

What did you do today without me?I wonder if you thought about me; what I left behind
No, I’ve no right to be even asking; talking to me’s the very last thing that’s on your mind

Now who’ll be answering me when I call?
Now who’ll be telling me to walk tall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
And I’m not sure I can bear to be without you, I know where I would rather be tonight
You said don’t walk away from this; you said it’s just your cowardice
Now I’m thinking maybe you were right

Now who’ll be answering me when I call?
Now who’ll be telling me to walk tall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?
Now who’ll be catching me when I fall?

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Layton

Live: 

First played live At The Edge of Sea festival, Concorde2, Brighton, UK on 25/08/2013

Place: Bear, New Castle County, Delaware
GPS: 39°38’N 75°39’W
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Little Silver

Going, Going… track six – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. Forty-nine miles south and we are into New Jersey. Storewide, after Two Bridges, the narrator decides to make the break that he was contemplating earlier. ‘Little Silver’ is fragile but you can feel the confidence building as the song kicks into higher gears with churning guitars.

Lyrics: 

You looked so shocked when I said: “I’m leaving” but I think I shocked myself
Even more for what it’s worth, I knew right then
Appearances can be deceiving but it feels like I just arrived in the happiest place on earth
Because I can breathe again

It was just time for me to go; there’s nothing else you need to know
There’s no point in questioning or anything
There’s nothing
We’d reached a cul-de-sac and I am never coming back
This is what’s happening and it’s everything or nothing

I’m sure you’re thinking I’ll regret it but in case you didn’t notice
I’m a different person now. I became someone.
And there’s no point telling me to forget it; my life’s no longer based on what you will allow
Those days have gone

It was just time for me to go; there’s nothing else you need to know
There’s no point in questioning or anything
There’s nothing
We’d reached a cul-de-sac and I am never coming back
This is what’s happening and it’s everything or nothing

Written by: Gedge/Alexander/Layton

First heard: (live in session – Gideon Coe, 6 Music 03/11/2013)

Place: Little Silver, Monmouth County, New Jersey
GPS: 40°20’N 74°3’W
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Sprague

Going, Going… track four – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 116 miles further South into Connecticut is Sprague (rhymes with ‘vague’).  A delicate, plaintiff piano song and the only song on the album written by Gedge alone.

Lyrics: none

Written by: Gedge

Live: first played live on 07/09/2016 at The Trashed, Cardiff, UK.

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Place: Sprague, New London County, Connecticut
GPS: 41°38’N 72°5’W
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