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You’re Just a Habit That I’m Trying to Break

(First played live online in 2020 and released on Locked Down and Stripped Back in February 2021).

Lyrics:

And there is something I’d been needing to tell you
It’s that we can’t go on like this anymore
And you are not going to like it but well, you
Know there’s a problem that we cannot ignore

And it’s gone on and on and on and on and on and on
But I was being clever
On and on and on and on and on and on
Wasn’t meant to last forever

You’re just a habit that I’m trying to break
I was desperate and lonely and I made a mistake
But if you could just help me stay strong
Because now the real thing came along

And that’s why the situation feels so bizarre
Of course, it’s sudden and it’s human and it’s just gone too far
I made you feel that you belong and now I know that that was wrong

Of course, I knew you would bring out that letter
There must be a hundred lines in there you could quote
Well would it make you feel any better
If I lied and said I meant these words that I wrote

And it’s gone on and on and on and on and on and on
But I was being clever
On and on and on and on and on and on
Wasn’t meant to last forever

You’re just a habit that I’m trying to break
I was desperate and lonely and I made a mistake
But if you could just help me stay strong
Because now the real thing came along

That’s why the situation feels so bizarre
Of course, it’s sudden and it’s human and it’s just gone too far
I made you feel that you belong and now I know that that was wrong

Don’t Ask Me

(First played live in the Spring of 2019 and on a session for Shaun Keaveny on 6 Music the same year. This session was released as an EP in 2020.)

Lyrics:

Can’t you accept the status quo?
You’re having serious doubts, I know, but some things are really never meant to be shared
So don’t make me tell you where I go

You’re making enquiries that you don’t need to hear the answers to
Why have you not considered that it just might be better if you never knew?

Before you strike, bear in mind that you might not like what you find

Can’t you accept the status quo?
Can’t you just please go with the flow?
How difficult is it to look the other way?
It’ll only hurt if you say so

Before you strike, bear in mind that you might not like what you find
Before you strike, bear in mind that you might not like what you find
Before you strike, bear in mind that you might not like what you find
Before you strike, bear in mind that you might not like what you find

Jump In, The Water’s Fine

(First played live in October 2018 and on a session for Gideon Coe on 6 Music on 08/10/2018)

Lyrics:

I’m going to mend you
I will defend you
Whatever’s wrong I’m sure
That I can find the cure

I know how to heal you
I won’t let anyone steal you
Away from my side
You don’t need to hide

Jump in, the water’s fine
Your problems are now mine whatever they might be
I’m the solution to your woes
The foe of all your foes
Oh you can count on me

Jump in, the water’s fine
Your problems are now mine whatever they might be
I’m the solution to your woes
The foe of all your foes
Oh you can count on me

Jump in, the water’s fine
Your problems are now mine whatever they might be
I’m the solution to your woes
The foe of all your foes
Oh you can count on me

Panama

(First played live in October 2018 and played in session on Marc Riley’s 6 Music show on 08/10/2018)

Lyrics:

A man, a plan, a canal, Panama
A man, a plan, a canal, Panama
It’s the greatest show on Earth
It’s the greatest show on Earth
My dear, let me make this clear
I am whole-heartedly given myself to you
And I’ll be your friend to the bitter end
Because love is the best thing that we do

A Christmas Eve in 1968
A Christmas Eve in 1968
It’s the greatest photo of her
It’s the greatest photo of her
My dear, let me make this clear
I am whole-heartedly given myself to you
And I’ll be your friend to the bitter end
Because love is the best thing that we do

It’s the greatest show on Earth
It’s the greatest show on Earth
My dear, let me make this clear
I am whole-heartedly given myself to you
And I’ll be your friend to the bitter end
Because love is the best thing that we do

Santa Monica

Going, Going… track twenty – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 466 miles to the South East and we arrive at the other side of America, the Pacific coast of the USA. ‘Santa Monica’ well, it’s a song about reuniting with your true love, the one you should never have left or they left you. The song references ‘A Million Miles’ in its lyrics and ends with the words “Wipe away that tear/the story ends right here”. All along to some beautiful guitar work that I could listen to forever. A yearning and yet joyous piece. Let it not be the end.

Lyrics:

You know, there’s something quite inspiring
When all said and done about just sitting here admiring a setting sun

When you returned my smile it all became worthwhile

I can’t begin to describe the happiness that I have found
And I can’t describe the lonliness when you’re around
You make me feel brand new; this is just what you do

And I know you’re wondering whether this time I’ll stay
Well, beleive me, we’re together and I can safely say:
“Wipe away that tear. The story ends right here.”

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

Live: first played at the Borderline, London, UK on 01/11/2015

Place: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
GPS: 34°1’N 118°29’W
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Rachel

Going, Going… track nineteen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 368 miles West into Nevada and as close as you can get to Area 51. It’s the most romantic song on the album, a joyous ode to love rekindled. The “best pop song you’ll hear all year” Gedge jokes onstage, “you’ll be whistling it on the way home”.  ‘Rachel’ features catchy lyrics, dancing guitars and a poppy tune that is just adorable. Fall in love again.

DLG to StereoboardEvery now and then the Wedding Present comes up with an out and out pop song, I think this might be our favourite track on the album.

Lyrics:

So we could….sleep under the stars
Drink champagne, jump railroad cars
And then skim stones forever
Because we’ll never be apart again, ah

You whisper words, I stroke your hair
Oh, I’m not going anywhere
Because I, I want to serve you
I know I don’t deserve you but I’m going to try

Listen to that guitar
Listen, Rachel, they are playing our song
One plus one equals two
Lying here beside you is where I belong

Listen to that guitar
Listen, Rachel, they are playing our song
One plus one equals two
Lying here beside you is where I belong

Listen to that guitar
Listen, Rachel, they are playing our song
One plus one equals two
Lying here beside you is where I belong

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

Live: first played at The Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK on 16/10/2015

Place: Rachel, Lincoln County, Nevada
GPS: 37°39’N 115°45’W
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Wales

Going, Going… track eighteen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 496 miles South West into Utah. Across the Rockies to ‘Wales’ where we have pure love professed in Cymraeg before roaring into guttering glory.

Lyrics:

Dymunaf Dymunaf
‘Dwi eisiau ‘Dwi eisiau
Mi garwn Mi garwn
‘Dwi angen ‘Dwi angen
Rmy’yma Rmy’yma
Ti yma Ti yma
Rydym ni Rydym ni
Byddan ni Byddan ni
Tynghedwyd Tynghedwyd
Cyd-ddigwyddiad Cyd-ddigwyddiad
Mi fydd Mi fydd
Mi oedd Mi oedd
Y mae

English translation:

I wish
I want
I would love
I need
I’m here
You are here
We
We will
Destined
Coincidence
I will
I was
That

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

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

Narration: Andrew Teilo
Mellotron & Organ: Steve Fisk

Place: Wales, Sanpete County, Utah
GPS: 34°1’N 118°29’W
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Ten Sleep

Going, Going… track seventeen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 245 miles westwards into Wyoming. ‘Ten Sleep’ is the admittance of a mistake, of a love that that was let go and must be got back. The song also has the funnest intro riff to any song ever. If it doesn’t make you happy then you are already dead

Lyrics:

Just walking and talking…realising what I have missed
About you because without you
I have no catalyst
And it’s no coincidence (well, not at least as I can see)
That everything makes total sense now that you are back with me

But never were you ever completely out of my mind
So I’m conceding….no I am pleading
You’ve got to let me press rewind
And it’s no coincidence (well, not at least as far as I can see)
That everything makes total sense now that you are back with me

Written by: Gedge/Beer-Pearce/Layton

Live: first played at The Engine Rooms, Southampton, UK on 16/10/2015

Place: Ten Sleep, Washakie County, Wyoming
GPS: 44°2’N 107°27’W
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Lead

Going, Going… track sixteen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 379 miles north into Dakota. ‘Lead’ (rhymes with ‘weed’) finally has the narrator reuniting with his former lover. Seems like they seeked him out but he was waiting. To fit in with ‘Lead’s theme we have instrumentation from previous eras crashing in at random intervals, reminders of the past

Lyrics:

So, yeah, the problems that we had were all entirely down to me
Of course I know that now but I was just pondering how I should try to call and ask if you thought we could ever be like we were before
Then just look who walks through the door!

Like a super-hero you arrived here just in time to rescue planet Earth, including me, for what its worth!
You went and tracked me down to put an end to this pantomime without any regrets and that’s about as good as it gets

And in all that time apart I never learnt to live without you
I need you, it’s transpired; you’re an addiction that I’ve acquired
I can’t apologise enough for all the stuff I used to do
You know I thought it might be too late but, hey, this is just like a first date

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

Live: first played live at the Assembly, Leamington, UK on 02/10/2015

Place: Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota
GPS: 44°21’N 103°46’W
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Broken Bow

Going, Going… track fifteen – all the tracks are named after places in the USA. 381 miles to the North West takes us into Nebraska. ‘Broken Bow’ a man who wants to go home, who feels an outsider. Someone who wanted freedom and now hates it. This song has all the roaring guitars and growling, shouty lyrics that many of us love. A favourite.

Lyrics:

At first I liked the space but I didn’t not anticipate exactly how much I would hate
Not seeing your perfect face every morning as I wake
So, yes, that was my first mistake!

Oh, I’m the man who changed his mind
Oh, I’m the man who’s been so blind

he said: “You’re not from ’round here’ and, though he said it with a smile
He made me feel like an exile
It’s becoming pretty clear that, the longer that I roam, the more I think I should go home

I should’ve done this long ago
Oh, I’m the man with the broken bow

And the pain is failure is so much greater than the pleasure of success
Yeah the pain is failure is so much greater than the pleasure of success

Oh, I’m the man who changed his mind
Oh, I’m the man who’s been so blind
I should’ve done this long ago
Oh, I’m the man with the broken bow

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

Live: first played live at the Assembly, Leamington, UK on 02/10/2015

Place: Broken Bow, Custer County, Nebraska
GPS: 41°24’N 99°38’W
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