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Last Will & Testament (Almost Live!)

With Ben about to jump ship and the end of the band in sight we decided to record our tunes live in the studio. Not a music studio of course but the drama annex at Collyer's College Horsham.

We played along to drum machine and second guitar parts pre-recorded to DAT onto our usual four track cassette machine. A little vocal reverb was added in the mix but nothing was replaced or overdubbed.

Twenty nine songs in one session was a gnats optimistic and we flag in places but it may be of interest as some of these songs were markedly different in their live versions and a few had benefited from a couple of years of gigging.

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released February 28, 2015

It was us that done it in May 1990.

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The Gits (UK) UK

They came, they hung around, they left.

Hopeless optimists from Horsham in the UK who set out to achieve very little and were wholly successful.

1987 - 1990.
Power Pop or Neo-Acoustic, nee Indie.

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Track Name: Happily Mad
I don’t like to argue, but when alone with my thoughts
I want to scream at myself (to try and think)
To wake myself up (to make a change)
To kick me where it hurts
Then pray to change our luck
Then pray to change our luck

I don’t want to speak out, but when I’m in a crowd
I want to scream at them (to make them think)
To shatter their sleep (to blow a fuse)
To wipe the smug smiles off their face
Wave goodbye to our dreams
Wave goodbye to our dreams

Don’t get mad at me, don’t get mad at me
I just want you to be happy, so don’t get mad at me
You’ve got to come of age, you’ve got to come of age
I wrote this song for you, badly written but certainly true

You’re still mad at me, you’re still mad at me
I just wanted you to be pleased, but why are you mad at me?
I think you’ve come of age, I think you’ve come of age
I wrote this song to you but I don’t think it could be true
Track Name: JK Rant
Oh God I’ve had it up to here with you
Your clothes, your face, your voice just grates and grates and grates
And you, you hypocrite oh was I fooled
White soul boy on the pull, which girlfriend is she on the pill?
Your pack of six will soon be full, but not of gold

As I’ve heard the words behind the backs
Give me fiction dismiss the facts
You can have it all, You can have it all

The words that I speak aren’t quite what I feel
Even my mouth can’t get that contorted, may the truth be distorted
Dope head or smack head it’s all the same to me
Blow by blow she’ll make you grow that I can guarantee
But into a man or a cripple you’ll just have to wait and see

As I’ve heard the words behind the backs
Give me fiction dismiss the facts
You can have it all, You can have it all

You see I’ve heard it so many times before
And I’ve seen it so many times before

I don’t have to explain myself to you, you know
The price was right but it’s you they’ve sold
I’d rather rip my tongue out than be told
Oh daddy darling daddy, I want that one
It’s gotta be pink so I can get turned on all day long
Now I’m in the driving seat but I think I’ve said something wrong

As I’ve heard the words behind my back
Goodbye to fiction this is fact
I don’t want it all, I don’t want it all
As I’m hearing the words behind my back
Goodbye to fiction this is fact
You can have it all, You can have it all
Track Name: That Dunkirk Feeling
Demand action, demand all that you need
If power's what you're after, then stick with me
Haven't you heard I'm the new messiah
So demand action 'till you're blue in the face

It's so shocking, what they've printed about me
I think I'll have to sue them, great prime T.V. time
Even more publicity
And it's so shocking, c'mon keep on printing about me

But no more home truths

Aim high but always wide of the mark
You must obey, must obey
Aim high but always wide of the mark
You must obey, you must obey
Track Name: The Greatest Gift
I am tired and I am lonely in this God forsaken town
The noise of silence is so nervously loud
The ticking of a watch or a car in the street
Is enough to make this poor boy shiver in the heat

Why can’t I be near you now, why can’t I touch your face
Your eyes I know are beautiful, but lost without a trace

Sitting all alone with cigarettes as his friend
I think of all my heroes’ and pathetically pretend
I am that man, the one that gets the girl
The one that is so far away living in a separate world

Your picture is on wall like a sentimental guard
Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you hide, but I always try too hard

So rest my imagination and consider the truth
He is a romantic and you have all your youth
Summer dreams and summer looms like the greatest gift of all
Tell her she is beautiful and tell her not to full

Why can’t I be near you now, why can’t I touch your face
Your eyes I know are beautiful, but lost without a trace
Your picture is on wall like a sentimental guard
Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you hide, but I always try too hard
Track Name: I'm Hit
See the fist, but wait for the smile
Here it comes rushing to my face
I’m it, I’m it, I’m it, But I’m hit

I’m falling and calling on bended knee
Don’t take me down here with you
I never meant what I said but say it I did
You know it hurts to be hit with the truth

My nose in the dirt, palming the sweat
Muscle taught, biting at the bit
I’m it, I’m it, I’m it, But I’m hit

I’m falling and calling on bended knee
Don’t take me down here with you
I never meant what I said but say it I did
You know it hurts to be hit with the truth

But don’t even the score
I couldn’t take that again
But don’t even the score

So you’ve evened the score
I can’t take it again
Not again

So here’s the twist, you missed by a mile
And now I’m laughing, laughing at your face
’cause I’m it, I’m it, I’m it, but I’m hit

I’m falling and calling on bended knee
Don’t take me down here with you
I never meant what I said but say it I did
You know it hurts to be hit with the truth
Track Name: Desire
Answer, just one answer is all I want, and please try this time to be true
Did the past seem too distant or the future all too clear
When I faced your back was it out of fear
Try hard not to feel used for there's nothing I can do

Keep me away from it all. To see you smile won't break my fall
Passion's burning, burning like fire. Keep me away from this desire

I now know that beauty is only skin deep you told me that it was true
Despite it all and because of it all, my goal is always out of reach
I now know that it's not true. And I'm not yet through

Keep me away from it all. To see you smile won't break my fall
Passion's burning, burning like fire. Keep me away from this desire

Maybe this time it wasn't even luck, I'll just have to wait and see
Damning you won't do any good. My mind says I shouldn't my heart says I should
I've waited and I've seen, so listen to me

Keep me away from it all. To see you smile won't break my fall
Passion's burning, burning like fire. Keep me away from this desire

Answer and just one answer is all I got. And this time it was true
The past it has gone now it's the future that's here
I turned my back so you wouldn't see the tears
Which were in my eyes 'cause I knew. I don't desire you

Keep me away from it all. To see you smile won't break my fall
Passion's burning, burning like fire. Keep me away from this desire
Track Name: Touch Down
These last two days have been a revelation
I’m back is what I think I said
Feeling boxed in, out of time and out of tune
Was I glad to be alive or still wishing I was dead

Touch down

I’m not a buck an hour
That’s why I’m driving away
My mind is full of diamonds
You too will be great one day

My brother he was so right
Personality that is the key
So what’s the secret how could you do so well
Did he throw it all away because of me

Touch down

I’m not a buck an hour
That’s why I’m driving away
My mind is full of diamonds
You too will be great one day

I look back at what could have been achieved
Of a hero turned to waste
Who looked at me with spite in his eyes
Now I see tears of love streaming down his face

Touch down

I’m not a buck an hour
That’s why I’m driving away
My mind is full of diamonds
You too will be great one day
Track Name: Hold Me Now
Hold me now, in your arms
I'll rise to the bait of your feminine charms
But talking and talking
Won't make you understand
I'd hate to love you and leave you behind

It's the time of our lives

Please don't cry, Please don't cry
I have had my doubts from time to time
I'm sorry so sorry it came out this way
But shut up and listen to what I say

It's the time of our lives
Track Name: Very Little Point
“What’s the matter with you?” She said, she said
“What’s wrong with you?”, I replied
“All of a sudden I feel very quiet”

So very quiet, so very quiet
Very little to say, so very little point
And I said, and I said

“I know what you mean” She said, she said
“I’ve been there before”
“Eloquence in silence, so very clear”

So very clear, so very clear
But how could she know, could she know?

“What’s the matter with you?” She said, she said
“What’s wrong with you?”, I replied
“All of a sudden I feel very quiet”

So very quiet, so very quiet
Very little to say, so very little point
“Of a kin” I said. “But it can’t be the same”

“What’s the matter with you?” She said. “He’s dead”
Track Name: Spend & Learn
As the actress said to the Bishop, “This will only take a minute”
“You must be joking” he replied, “Less than five would hurt my pride”
She hid the sound of laughter by saying

It’s just a matter of time, and time means money
So spend as much as you can

As the jet roared down the valley, bombing reds camouflaged as sheep
The pilot saw angels up in the clouds, “I think I’ll join them” he said out loud
Waving goodbye from his ejector seat

It’s just a matter of time, and time means money
So spend as much as you can

They analysed all the moves and soon came to a decision
It’s a strange game in the way that the only winning move is not to play
Lets hope that they can keep a promise

It’s just a matter of time, and time means money
So spend as much as you can

I’ve seen him bear that cross so many times before
A cross of his own choosing, a cross of his wrong doing
He should have learned by now

It’s just a matter of time, and time means money
So spend as much as you can
Track Name: The 17th 23rd
She saw him from the 17th floor
She cried out but he was gone
He found himself on the 23rd
Not wanting to stop what he’d begun

Please never make this change

Don’t want to loose more sleep
But he’s diving in so deep
His heart and mind can’t keep on taking
What he is feeling

And if he turned the tables he’d end up wrong
Just like so many times before
He tries to understand why she cries
But time may heal what he never thought he had

Please never make this change

Don’t want to loose more sleep
But he’s diving in so deep
His heart and mind can’t keep on taking
What he is feeling

Please never make this change
Track Name: Tidal Wave
You were in my dreams last night
You seemed desperate and anxious to know
I told you that when the dust dies they'd realise
That you weren't trying to walk on water but to float

It's useless to try and fight the tidal wave of hope
It's useless to try and fight when only nothing lasts forever
But I hope that you can prove me wrong

You will be on the screen tonight
Reasoning without fault and calming the storms
I like you 'cause you're different, or is it a dream
If this is a bluff then God help us now as we're fit to burst at the seams

It's useless to try and fight the tidal wave of time
It's useless to try and fight when only nothing lasts forever
But I hope that you can prove me wrong

You will be in the hearts and minds of millions tonight
The wind from the shore is blowing a sea change
I like you 'cause you're different, or is it a dream
If this is a bluff then God help us now as we're fit to burst at the seams

It's useless to try and fight the tidal wave of life
It's useless to try and fight when only nothing lasts forever
But I hope that you can prove me wrong
When nothing like this can last forever
But I hope that you can prove me right
Track Name: Bear Up
As I stand here alone all I can see around me
Are clowns, so in love with themselves
Excuse me if that’s too precise
You’re well past taking my advice
So just keep on sniffing away girls

And here from our sponsors is the final word

You’re only one of five billion people
And I hope that makes you feel real small
Your mind is your own cage and keeper
If you find the key you’ll grow up tall

And guess who I think is the cause of this disaster, it’s Clare Rayner
For the population explosion how could you not blame her
She took the fun out of fear of being in love
The fun out of fear of being in love
And that’s why I think it feels so empty

And here from our sponsors is the final word

You’re only one of five billion people
And I hope that makes you feel real small
Your mind is your own cage and keeper
If you find the key you’ll grow up tall
Track Name: Factory
With my mouth in my heart
I wake up in a sweat
Remembering what might have been
In my utopian dream

Don’t throw stones in greenhouses
You’ll only end up hurting yourself
The vision is clear but yours is misting
Everything I say you just keep a twisting

Remembering what might have been
In my utopian dream

I tried to be good
But it came out as God
What felt like a river soon became a flood
So if what I say comes out in a muddle
It’s because I want you, plain and simple

Remembering what might have been
In my utopian dream
Track Name: Mother Knows How
They walked up the hill hand in hand
Her thoughts were pure his were bad
She came back home a crying, he forgot to tell her he was only lying
How soon will her mother know

Now Jill has a plan for revenge
To finally get even with Jack
So she invited him up for a picnic and laced the well with arsenic
And told him to drink deep

But he’d been warned before and so he knew the score

Your mother knows how, your mother knows
Ask my dad he should know that your mother knows how

His face was smug when she told him to go away
Another win lad well done that’s what his father would say
The cacophony of the explosion made her feel quite ill
That she really meant to tell him she had mined the hill
Just like her mother had told her

Your mother knows how, your mother knows
Ask my dad he should know that your mother knows how

Erase him from your heart she said
Erase him from your heart she said
I’ve erased him for my heart as only mother knows how