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Underachievers Please Try Harder

by CAMERA OBSCURA

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You’re such a beautiful writer that’s not all you are I’m sorry about making a pass It was subtle but I think that you grasped The meaning intended I can be a friend to you I won’t pretend I’m not interested in breaking a heart It’s not love no it’s nothing like that I’ll leave that to lookers like him Oh he’s such a delicate thing Now it’s such a fragile thing that we have I should be suspended from class I don’t know my elbow from my arse I should be suspended from class I don’t know my elbow from my arse We could go out dancing But, in truth it is the last thing that I have on my mind Please say if I’m way out of line I won’t need telling twice Now he wants to kiss Said he can’t resist You’re going to have to keep it hidden inside I’ve a feeling that pigs might fly, might fly I should be suspended from class I don’t know my elbow from my arse I should be suspended from class I don’t know my elbow from my arse You’re such a beautiful writer And that’s not all you are I’m sorry about making a pass It was subtle but I think that you grasped The meaning intended I should be suspended from class I don’t know my elbow from my arse I should be suspended from class I don’t know my elbow from my arse
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Does it make you happy to ignore me on streets? I guess by now you think I’m weak I wish you could have said something before now I wouldn’t share a bag of chips with you In my opinion you don’t have a clue I’m being cruel I’m being cruel I don’t want to be part of your scene I’ll stick with him and keep my nose clean You’re the one pretending to be licking stamps All alone in a room following lines on maps It’s clear you don’t want me here How about I send you a book on nutrition You can stop spoon-feeding me non-fiction Just for a while, I will fake a smile Why did you say she was a friend of mine? I thought it was me you couldn’t stand I’m confused I will win you will lose You’ve taken to phoning my house when you’re drunk Confessing all your love I wish you could have said so before now I don’t want to be part of your scene I’ll stick with him and keep my nose clean
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You bruise like a cherry my darling girl Words can mean nothing to some in this world I want you to know I thought about you last night I cried Play indie rock if that’s what you want Quote Mike Leigh films it will turn them all on I heard you were going on a first date That’s great Don’t apologise Try your best not to disguise To get misty eyed at times is fine Sometimes it feels like you’re the only one A freckle appeared on your lip from the sun Those kids that you run with, they put you down Make no sound
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Teenager 03:40
For your birthday she sent you a card She didn’t sign her name she gave an autograph Now she’s trying to call your bluff Is she your true love? We knew the boy who went from Mod to Ted She asked matter of fact had he gone off his head He was uncomplaining as a tree Not a thing like me You’re not a teenager So don’t act like one Sure she’s a heartbreaker Does she have one? Is it down to me, down to me we both rarely speak? I went for a stroll after dark I thought of you with her while staring at the black I didn’t have you down for being easily led Or the girl well read I went for a stroll after dark I thought of you and her, I think I’m going mad Can you help me to see where I’m going wrong? Help me finish this song
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No sense no style I said I loved you for a little while When you cried no High speed became go slow Come back this time Wishful thinking is going to make you mine Push turns to shove I got no more room for love I hope you hear me I can’t stand you next to me Get lost goodbye I’ll smile before you cry I love you baby Please don’t hate me You’re feeling a little sad tonight but you’ll be alright
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Your Picture 03:08
My friend she told me such a story but she didn’t know what I knew I laughed with my friend when she got to the end I knew we were laughing at you She told me that you made some money and you got yourself frames on the wall People come by and they look at your face And they say it’s the fairest of all Of course you protest That’s what you do best You’re modest and shy to the end You’re watching them a as they’re looking at you And you know it was money well spent She told me you’d given up drinking to be with somebody you knew And you tried to get into the bible But it never got into you You’ve still got some loyal disciples I suppose that I’m one of the few I shouldn’t have laughed Cause I mean you no harm But my friend got to me before you And next time I see you I’ll be pleased to see you I hope you’ll be pleased to see me I’ll visit your picture I won’t have the nerve To tell them that they’ve got you all wrong
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Took a walk in the park for a laugh we drank sparkling wine Oh yeah it was dark trees could not be identified The girl you were with did she have you on your knees? I shut my mouth my ears I don’t want to hear you please Now you’re skipping school going to listen to records Wrapped up in mohair dissing your elders Dip a chocolate finger take a sip from my cup Remember what you’re dad said "button your lip" You’ve got to toughen up for him He’s the kind who will do you in I should know that it’s no fun You will never be No.1 No.1 son. God I’ve tried to help but I think I just hinder Ask a better girl could she ever be kinder Love unlike lightning can strike you twice I don’t know much, please take my advice You’ve got to toughen up for him He’s the kind who will do you in I should know that it’s no fun You will never be No.1 No.1 son.
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Hurry up, baby, 'cause we're going somewhere tonight One glass of wine and you're mine and you know I just might... You know I just might You know I just might Well the room goes boom to the sound of temptations and more Twisting and turning that girl's looking good on the floor Good on the floor Good on the floor Well the four walls they collide Until the blue-eyed girl decides to let me go home Let me go home Host plays a ghost in my house, gets a fist in the eye Vinyl is crushed in the rush for the liquor supply The liquor supply The liquor supply Supremes in our dreams Do we quit bein' obscene on the stairs Daylight appears through the curtains and nobody cares Nobody cares Nobody cares Well the four walls they collide Until the blue-eyed girl decides to let me go home Let me go home Daylight appears through the curtains and nobody cares Supremes in our dreams Do we quit bein' obscene on the stairs
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You can compliment me on the style of my hair Give me marks out of ten for the clothes I wear You probably thought I had more upstairs I disappoint you, I can see through your perfect smile He likes to read books written for girls Prides himself on being a man of the world It’s in the darkest places he gets his thrills He will disappoint you, if you see through his perfect smile I think separation is ok You’re no star to guide me anyway You only wanted me to play the fool Play by your rule Now my door has swollen from the rain God knows we’ll never see her face again People get shattered in many ways They can disappoint you if you see through their perfect smiles I think separation is ok You’re no star to guide me anyway You only wanted me to play the fool Play by your rule
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We went out dancing it was time we had fun We didn’t leave ‘til three I know we’re not the only one’s When we got outside the snow had started to fall I made a ball I threw it at Gavin because he’s tall Now we have this snow up to our knees A Walking wonderland is always bound to please I know it’s true to say my smiles been weak I wonder if you know by now I’ve fallen deep I can hear you calling to me in the morning How can I be falling in love with you You can offer me a penny for my thoughts They’re not worth a damn they’re not worth a lot I’ve been getting loose with my tongue and my hands How can I expect you to understand who I am? I can hear you calling to me in the morning How can I be falling in love with you She’s doing her own thing Still making my heart sing She is moving along to the beat of a song It’s true I’ll keep you safe and warm tonight I’ll keep you safe and warm tonight I’ll keep you safe and warm tonight
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Lunar Sea 04:56
For the Lunar sea see the river moon And you got it Match the finest words to the greatest tune And you bought it See me cross in style Walk the longest mile in a minute Where do drifters go? Wonder if they know there’s no limit At the rainbows end Find a perfect friend say you’re sorry Make me dream at night Break my heart on sight don’t you worry Swept the sounds of love from the skies above And I knew it Swim the seas of blue just to drown in you And I blew it You hear it, the shiver in spine don’t come near it I love it, you soar and you cry rise above it Got my lunar sea for you’re river moon If you let it Match my finest words to your greatest tune Won’t forget it You hear it, the shiver in spine don’t come near it I love it, you soar and you cry rise above it Fly by lunar sea lullaby

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The band's new album features the virtues of its successful first album and announces a new stage full of great achievements and unforgettable moments. Basing on good taste and hard work, CAMERA OBSCURA have reached an enviable cult status which is getting closer to massive. CAMERA OBSCURA's songs make the audience surrender to their charms with each listen: this is a new example of classic pop with that 'something special' so difficult to define: maybe because of Tracyanne's vocals? or the wide assortment of always exquisite influences, ranging from 50's girl bands to 60's soft pop or country pop? or maybe the transparent production of Geoff Allan, who has worked with MOGWAI, TEENAGE FANCLUB, THE DELGADOS, ARAB STRAP, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN? or maybe it's that songs like 'Teenager' are simply perfect? CAMERA OBSCURA know how to reach people's hearts with sweet melodies wisely dressed with delicate arrangements and bittersweet lyrics. A wonderful sample of mellowness, wisedom and worked-up pop jewelry.

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released August 21, 2003

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