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"Desire Lines" (2013)




This Is Love (Feels Alright) lyrics - Camera Obscura

When I found your girlfriend crying
I could have slapped you in the face
What lesson is she learning 
With you acting this way?
You are a good boy
She's a killer tease
You are both so deserving
You are both keen to please

We're going to listen to Kokomo
Desert island dreaming
Go forth or be lured
You're a good, good, good, good boy
She's a killer tease
You are both discerning
You are both keen to please

So turn out the light
Just give in to the night
This is love (feels alright)
You're a star on this fine night

We could turn down the light
To give in to the night
This is love (it's alright)
You're a star on this fine night
On this fine night
On this fine night
On this fine night

Troublemaker lyrics - Camera Obscura

It's late, we turn the TV off
It's old, makes the sound of a salt-shaker
You want to build fires on hot days
Feel the coolness of my gaze
I'm a troublemaker

Three years in and I call to crush what remains of this love
On a cold morning of you arriving
I was struggling for survival

It's late, we turn the TV off
It's old, makes the sound of a salt-shaker, a windbreaker
You want to build fires on hot days
Feel the coolness of my gaze
I'm a troublemaker

Three years in and I call to crush what remains of this love
It's going to be one hell of a year.
Keeping secrets in water tight compartments, Dear
It's giving me the fear

I fall down like a tonne of bricks
What makes me sick won't make me quit
I fall down like a tonne of bricks
What makes me sick won't make me quit

I knew what you were talking about
I knew what you were talking about
I knew what you were talking about
I knew what you were talking about

William's Heart lyrics - Camera Obscura

A postcard of Byron by the bed
It's a reminder of every word that he said
To die in the arms of a twenty year old
A figure of porcelain with moves so bold
You'd love to have a heart of gold
You would have to have come from a better mould
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old

Ending the shift of a sleepless night
Tossing and turning and holding on tight
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old

Want to know about William's heart?
Is it broken in two? Who's feeling bad?
Is there enough of a spark to sparkle again?
Is he lost?
Does he need a friend?

Lying to those who know you the best
Keeping a secret close to your chest
To die in the arms of a twenty year old, twenty year old
The agony of the late night pub
Talking too much, old age is a curse
Want to know about William's heart?
Is it broken in two? Who's feeling bad?
Is there enough of a spark to sparkle again?

Is he lost? Does he need a friend?
William where have you gone?
Will you return to me?
William where have you gone?
Please return to me

If it's a single man or a single malt
That I take in my arms when I'm feeling low
You'll say honesty has made me cruel
I say you're soft and you're made of wool
You are made of wool

New Year's Resolution lyrics - Camera Obscura

New year's resolution - to write something of value
New year's resolution - to write something would be fine
All I ever wanted was someone to rely on
All I ever wanted was somewhere to call home
You offer a friendship I can not reciprocate
So don't beg me, in a garden, for it not to end this way

I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
The sooner you admit it I will too

New year's resolution - to kiss you like I mean it
With cheeks the colour of Rhubarb we'll be fine
Everybody's rushing around like they got a meeting
I just want to be here with a friend of mine
We decided to brave the elements of Spain
Because The Seven Year Itch was on telly again

I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
The sooner you admit it I will too

I decided this pain was a landscape of blame
I decided to be only myself these days

I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
I've been cool with you
The sooner you admit it I will too

Stay now
I wish that you would stay now
Stay now
You nearly went away now

Stay now
I wish that you would stay now
I wish you would stay now
You nearly went away now

Stay now
You nearly went away
Stay now
I wish you would stay now

Do It Again lyrics - Camera Obscura

Call my number
26 and three-quarters
Turn down the lights now
Let's do it again

You were insatiable
I was more than capable
And you fought in my corner
Would you do it again?

You, you, you're walking around
Can you see tears on this clown?
I said one more time around
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again

Said 'Call my number'
26 and 3/4
Turn all the lights down
Let's do it again

You were insatiable
I was more than capable
And you fought in my corner
Would you do it again?

You, you, you're walking around
Can you see tears on this clown?
I said one more time around
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again

You, you, you're walking around
Can you see tears on this clown?
I said one more time around
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again
Let's do it again...

Cri Du Coeur lyrics - Camera Obscura

I like to think when I'm driving
I like to daydream a little
I like to think about the people
The faces of the young and the old
I want to watch the whole story unfold

I'm gonna drive real fast now
Forget about my past now
I know I'm a fuck up
I know, a real tragedy
I never listen to people, you see

You can't say what's on your mind
Just go for it
Come on this time
I know, I know, I know I'll cry
I'll cry

Hot ideas in this cool head
Forget about what she said
Idolater of beauty
Cri du coeur
She's going to leave you always wanting more, wanting more

You can't say what's on your mind
Just go for it
Come on this time
I know, I know, I know I'll cry
I'll cry
I'll cry
Cri du coeur

Every Weekday lyrics - Camera Obscura

The last thing I want is to be tiptoeing around you
I want you to know that I'm proud of you
In my head you're nineteen going on ninety nine
You are Saturday and Sunday
Every weekday friend of mine

We got a little butter we took a little bread
It's there for the taking, come put us to the test
We're going to make a record then sail around the world
We might not storm the charts completely
but we'll do our very best

As long as I'm with you
I'll have a friend so true
There is nobody quite like me you say
There is no one half as good as you
I don't want to sound like I've written us off
The words and the feelings are pouring and
I can't turn them off
No I can't turn them off

I won't let you down
Take all of my time
But don't
Don't
No don't let me down

Fifth In Line To The Throne lyrics - Camera Obscura

I gave you a regal name
Cause you treat me like a queen
But like a queen I don't know when I'll be slain

Now, I'm fifth in line to the throne
How am I gonna tell my king
That I don't trust his throne, anymore

If you want me to leave, then I'll go
If you want me to stay, let it show
Do you want me to leave, let me know
Just let me know

I have seen your deepest flaws
I'm ashamed to say they made me want you more
But I was in awe

If you want me to leave, then I'll go
Do you want me to stay, let it show
If you want me to leave, let me know
Just let me know

If you want me to leave, then I'll go
If you want me to stay, let it show
If you want me to leave, let me know
Just let me know
Let me know
Let me go

I Missed Your Party lyrics - Camera Obscura

I'm genuinely sorry that I missed your party
You should try holding all the guilt I still carry
Is it any wonder that I say I'm burned out?
When you say you're bummed out.
'Cause I missed your party

Bourbon won't kill it, so I'll just have to will it
I won't drink the Kool-Aid, try not to be afraid
You say you can see all the goodness inside me, dear me
Say that you want me, for all that I can be

I listen to Billy Joel
I watch Flashdance again
I'm going to get through Walt Whitman
I'm going to be in bed by ten

The Roller Girls are rolling and the rocking boys are rocking
Am I just holding onto memories golden?
I could go out dancing to feel bodies close to my skin
I'd better stay in to face the trouble we are in

I listen to Billy Joel
I watch Flashdance again
I'm going to get through Walt Whitman
I'm going to be in bed by ten
I'm going to be in bed by ten

I listen to Billy Joel
I watch Flashdance again
I'm going to get through Walt Whitman
I'm going to be in bed by ten
I'm going to be in bed by ten

These days I'm well travelled
You can watch me unravel
I'm genuinely sorry that I missed your party

Break It To You Gently lyrics - Camera Obscura

You had the office before you had the business
You had the ring before you found the girl
If it were up to you would she be suffering still?
You say your arms ache from the weight of your mistakes
You're the keeper of the doomsday clock
Did I get that wrong?

Little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

With their 45s from 82 and the looks that say
I'm cooler than you
They hide behind boxing fists and arrogance
I got nothing, nothing, nothing to say
About the way you spend your day
You rest your head on your hands.
would you let it slip away?

Little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently
Little darling I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

Little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently
Little darling, I try
Oh at least I look on the bright side
I'll break it to you gently
Break it to you gently

I'll Break it to you gently

Desire Lines lyrics - Camera Obscura

I went to California
I needed sun, I warned you
When the green of your eyes met my blue by surprise
There was a storm yeah

We could send letters
Beautiful, let us?
I could illustrate for you my day to day
Would that mend us?

Desire Lines sent me to Badlands
But I am on my way back now
I'm going to love you as I know how
I know how

The shade of Jacaranda
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
You mention the name
That fills my lungs with pain, eyes like Panda
I could bottle up this love
Find a stall and serve it up
It won't be the same, my heart's calling your name, love

Desire lines sent me to Badlands
But I am on my way back now
I'm going to love you as I know how
I know how

Desire lines sent me to Badlands
But I am on my way back now
I'm going to love you as I know how
I know how

Desire lines sent me to Badlands
But I am on my way back now
Let me love you as I know how
I know how

Ginger Rogers Road
I was heading home
With an official polling card to vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you, lad
I vote for you

"My Maudlin Career" (2009)




French Navy lyrics - Camera Obscura

Spent a week in a dusty library
Waiting for some words to jump at me
We met by a trick of fate
French navy my sailor mate
We met by the moon on a silvery lake
You came my way
Said, I want you to stay

You with your dietary restriction
Said you loved me with a lot of conviction
I was waiting to be struck by lightning
Waiting for somebody exciting
Like you
Oh, the thing that you do
You make me go ooooh
With the thing that you do (you do, you do)

I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it
I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it

I'll be criticized for lending out my art
I was criticized for letting you break my heart
Why would I stand for disappointed looks?
I'm fully grown, but I'm on tenterhooks
Ooh with the looks, on tenterhooks
Ooh with the looks, the looks, the looks

I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it
I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it

Relationships were something I used to do
Convince me they are better for me and you
We met by a trick of fate
French navy, my sailor

I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it
I wanted to control it
But love, I couldn't hold it

The Sweetest Thing lyrics - Camera Obscura

I'm going on a date tonight
To try to fall out of love with you
I know, I know, this is a crime
But I don't know what else to do

My love, you're in a magazine
My love, you're doing fine, you're on TV
You wore my heart out then you ran away
From Chicago to Cleveland you made me pay
You made me pay

When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

On the bus radio
"50 ways to leave your lover", oh no
I laughed at the irony
But like a stupid, the irony got lost on me
It got lost on me

When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother

You challenged me to write a love song
Here it is I think I got it wrong
I focused on the negative
The pain was too much of an incentive
Always my incentive

When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you song
When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother to hear you sing
When you're lucid, you're the sweetest thing
I would trade my mother
But she don't know just how far I'd go
Would I walk for a hundred miles for a glimpse of your northern smile?

You Told A Lie lyrics - Camera Obscura

If you were a season you would be in bloom
I wish I had good reason to see you soon
No need to convince me that you were a catch
I bought my ticket and so at last

Who was it that said that love conquers all?
Oh, he was a fool 'cause it doesn't add up
Should I believe you told a lie
On the way to my heart and on the way back?

Are my eyes the coldest blue?
You said once this was true
If it is I don't know what I'll do
'Cause I'm stuck with them and they're stuck on you

Was I quite bad that nothing could never challenged anyone
Or was I a lazy lazy snake?
Do you want me to be a gentle diplomat?
Oh, you can beg and you can plead

Are my eyes the coldest blue?
You said once this was true
and if it is I don't know what I'll do
'Cause I'm stuck with them and they're stuck on you

Are my eyes the coldest blue?
You said once this was true
If it is I don't know what I'll do
'Cause I'm stuck with them and you're stuck on you

'Cause I'm stuck with them and they're stuck on you
I'm stuck with them and they're stuck on you
I'm stuck with them and they're stuck on you

Away With Murder lyrics - Camera Obscura

How many times have you told me you wanna die?
How many times have you told me now that you've tried?
Ooh and how many times will I let you get away with murder?
Ooh and how many times will you make me feel more alive?

Hey, I got a feeling there's something going wrong
I put my thoughts in a letter, send it when I'm feeling strong
In the time you became the girl that you wanted to be
Oh I told you all along there was no point looking to me

Oh, it's been hard to be strong
All of this going on
Yes, it's been hard to be strong
With all this going on
I've been lonely too, like you,
I'm just like you....
I'm just like you....

People have been travelling miles just to hear us sing
It's a February night & I don't wanna feel anything
To get away, maybe I could sell kisses
In Portland I tried my pretty hand at fishing

Oh, it's been hard to be strong
With all this going on
Yes, it's been hard to be strong
With all this going on
I've been lonely too, like you,
I'm just like you....
I'm just like you....
I'm just like you....
I'm just like you....

Hey, I got a feeling there's something going wrong
I put my thoughts in a letter, send it when I'm feeling strong

Swans lyrics - Camera Obscura

There's flowers in my house
And I bought them myself
No surprises in the record collection
You must have thought I was someone else

I'm still afraid to get lost
In a city I might explore
But I'm not afraid to have
An eloquent boy at my door

at my door
at my door
at my door

Oh you want to be a writer
Fantastic idea
You say you've never seen America
I really think you'll like it there

Maybe you should travel with me
Is this the best idea
Because you've never seen a Redwood
and you've never touched a deer

a deer
a deer
dear

a deer
a deer
my dear

Are swans deceiving us all?
Oh I for one should know
I never felt myself so graceful
And I never swam so slow

so slow
so slow
so slow...

James lyrics - Camera Obscura

James, he came to my place
He said he had to see my face
He hopes that we can still be friends
In his own way, he'll love me til the end

And, James, he came to the door
Wanting to know for sure
Why love gets up and goes
I'm sorry, but it had no place to grow
Oh, James. My love for you is stronger, don't you know?

I'd like to celebrate you, dear
All in all, it's been a pretty good year
I looked deep within myself
I got scared by just how hard I fell
Oh, James. You broke me, I thought I knew you well.

Oh, you had me
Honey and me, oh, sun and the moon
I'll be fine by June
I could tell that you weren't well
Oh, James. You broke me, I thought I knew you well

Oh, can't you see you belong with me?
I could tell that you weren't well
Oh, James. You broke me, I thought I knew you well

Careless Love lyrics - Camera Obscura

Honey...
I've been really struggling
To think of you and I being friends
I blow hot and cold
Yeah, I’m like a yo-yo
So I don’t think I should see you again

Careless love and
I didn't talk for it wasn't my style
I've had enough
I don't think that we could really be friends

And honey,
I've been really struggling
To think of you and I anonymous
You're off to mourning so
The love you give ebb and flows
So I don't think I should see you again

Careless love and
I didn't talk for it wasn't my style
I've had enough
For I don't think that we can really be friends
But I'll try again

Oh, the love I feel for you it's real
Oh, the love I feel for you it is real

Honey, I've been really struggling to see this thing through
To the end

Careless love
I didn't talk for it wasn't my style
I've had enough
For I don't think that we can really be friends
But I'll try again

My Maudlin Career lyrics - Camera Obscura

You kissed me on the forehead
Now this kiss is giving me a concussion
We were love at first sight
Now it's crush
It's crushing
I traced your steps through the city of romance lazily
I took to the desert with your harshest words
and they saved me

I'll bail you out again
I've got the readies
I'm not a child I know
We're not going steady

Your pain's gigantic but it's not as big as your ego
Promise not to abandon you, please let me go

Now I've been worrying about your feelings
Yeah they were worth protecting
They say I'm too kind and sentimental
Like you could catch affection

Oh in your eyes there's a sadness
Enough to kill the both of us
Are those eyes overrated?
They make me want to give up on love

I'll brace myself for the loneliness
Say hello to feelings that I detest

This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again
This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again

This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again
This maudlin career has come to an end
I don't want to be sad again

Forests And Sands lyrics - Camera Obscura

I'm in a van,
And you're holding my hand
And you were travelling with me through forest and sands

I've been ever so needy learning your language
And you've been taking full advantage, haven't you?
Oh, don't say it's true

I've been so afraid,
I'm a sadness again
And we kissed once, even that was the last

I know I need more than given
Moments and sentimental stories
Words only spoken seemingly
That I'm warming your heart that way

Oh, it feels like none of this is real
I'll pretend that my heart and my head are well
But if the blood pumping through my veins could freeze,
Like a river in Toronto,
Then I'd bleed please,
You said I made you feel warm, said I made you feel warm inside

Oh, it feels like none of this is real
I'll pretend that my heart and my head are well
But if the blood pumping through my veins could freeze,
Like a river in Toronto,
Then I'd bleed please,
You said I made you feel warm, said I made you feel warm inside

It feels like none of this is real
I'll pretend that my heart and my head are well
But if the blood pumping through my veins could freeze,
Like a river in Toronto,
Then I'd bleed please,
You said I made you feel warm, said I made you feel warm inside

Other Towns And Cities lyrics - Camera Obscura

Drinking whiskey reminds me of you
You're the first in ages to have gotten through
I know you mean well, I know that you do
But sooner or later you're going to break me in two

Were my pupils dilated?
Could you tell that I liked you?
We were so unlikely
You flirt with an ex, put me to the test
Still I want to tell you that I love you the best

We turned the radiators on and there was no way back
Did you know
You had The Plough star trail on your back?
Your voice is quiet and I need it loud
In the night you went up
And the morning you went down

It's like you to forbid me to say goodnight
I had your brown eyes and limbs
On me through the night
These words are weak and to your dislike
You'll never believe them so I guess it's alright

Do you like the view I show you?
I say look at the light
Do you still miss the way that I hold you?
In other towns and cities
Who's holding you tonight?

The dresses came out of the bag then the tears came
Drinking has never been the same again
I shared your trouble, I shared your weight
I lost it with you today

We don't share a birthday but we do share a sign
We shared something or was it all in my mind
There was talk of love and how I need it back
I'd be better for you than that last love of mine

You're in another town or city
You mean nothing to me tonight