Beauty in the Strangest

by The Cosmic Puppets

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Recorded on location between August 2005 and August 2014 at:
The Bunker, Bonnybridge; The Coach House, Dollar;
Cockburn Farm Cottage, Balerno; Fletcher Place, Crieff;
Foghorn Cleghorn Studio, Dundee; Homegrown-Productions, Larbert;
House of Rage, Alloa; Pollution Studio, Hebden Bridge
and St. Peter’s Church, Dundee.

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released December 26, 2014

Produced and Mixed by Tony Halsall and Alexander Stewart
Engineered and Mastered by Alexander Stewart
Front Cover Album Artwork by Jane Sedgwick
Album design by Tony Halsall
Photography by Toby Caine and The Cosmic Puppets

Tony Halsall - All Vocals and Keyboards
Alexander Stewart - Rhythm Guitar: Bass / Electric and Acoustic Guitars / Electric Sitar
Liam Blair - Lead Guitar: Electric and Acoustic Guitars
David MacLeod - Drums and Percussion

All lyrics by Tony Halsall

Music by Tony Halsall and The Cosmic Puppets, except Vulnerable (But Strong) by Tony Halsall, Edward Rackham and The Cosmic Puppets

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Track Name: Beauty in the Strangest of Places
Sometimes things look better messed up
And I guess I’ve been messed up for some time
I notice the leaf trapped under the window
She don’t want me but I can’t let go

And It’s why I’ve spent all this time going ‘round in circles
It’s why I’ve spent all this time going ‘round in circles
It’s why I’ve spent all this time
It’s why I’ve spent all this time

I’m transparent ‘cause I choose to be
It’s why I lead her to abuse me, yeah
Can I lose something I never had?
I’ve taken the light for granted
This is truly me

And It’s why I’ve spent all this time going ‘round in circles
It’s why I’ve spent all this time going ‘round in circles
It’s why I’ve spent all this time
It’s why I’ve spent all this time

Under the Moon the naked girl dances
I’m riding the rhythm I made last night
The crest of a wave I sang through my mouth
Beauty can be found in the strangest of places

And It’s why I’ve spent all this time going ‘round in circles
It’s why I’ve spent all this time going ‘round in circles (‘round and ‘round in circles)
It’s why I’ve spent all this time
It’s why I’ve spent all this time

Under the Moon the naked girl dances
Under the Moon
Under the Moon
Under the Moon )O(
Track Name: Need to Grieve
I can’t take this torture anymore
I need to know if she wants me to go
I can bury the past but I don’t think she can

Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me
Maybe I wasn’t worth the effort
Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me but I hurt

I can’t be rejected anymore
Our friendship died years ago
I didn’t think I would ever reach this point but I have

Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me
Maybe I wasn’t worth the effort
Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me but I hurt

I need to grieve and move on
I can’t take your word any more
Your word doesn’t mean much to me
You gave me your faith
Now you’ve taken it back from me

I guess her future doesn’t include me
She can live her life through someone else’s’ lyrics
Or smoke herself into an early grave

Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me
Maybe I wasn’t worth the effort
Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me but I hurt

I need to grieve and move on
I can’t take your word any more
Your word doesn’t mean much to me
You gave me your faith
Now you’ve taken it back from me

Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me
Maybe I wasn’t worth the effort
Maybe she didn’t want to hurt me but I hurt
Track Name: Inside She's Dying
Inside she’s dying
On her own she’s crying
Denying the truth
That her body knows
Why doesn’t she listen anymore?
To the inner voice she heard
She heard as a child

I helped build me up in your head
So it’s my fault in a way
And as we closed the distance our long distance love faded away

How could you think of me that way?
When no-one else has ever seen it before
Maybe it doesn’t exist at all
And maybe no-one will ever find out

She drowns her reality with more drugs
Which is why things are so fucked up

How could you think of me that way?
When no-one else has ever seen it before
Maybe it doesn’t exist at all
And maybe no-one will ever find out again

She has two faces like the Moon
One lit by the Sun
And the other in darkness

I don’t understand
I just don’t understand
I don’t understand
I don’t understand
Track Name: The Reject
She has deserted me like any reasonable woman would
See a glimmer of happiness but it’s pulled from under me like a rug
Forget the days, waste them into night
She will bring joy but won’t stay

Go on I dare you
Push the big red button
I drink because I need to

I had to sober up twice in one day
The hours tick tick by and still no word from you
I’m lying in a bed of thorns I made yesterday
Did a pretty good job of humiliating myself

Go on I dare you
Push the big red button
I drink because I need to

You reject me like my birth mother did
Half the arseholes on this planet don’t deserve to breathe the fucking air
Long gone is she
Long gone is she
Long
Track Name: Vulnerable (But Strong)
She runs with her child in her arms
Runs from the man who frightens her
She looks around in the scrub
The black clouds bellowing into view
The tree she saw is struck and in flames
The flames take hold

But I know that you care for me
I know that you love me
I know that we’re meant to be
Forever you and me

Fruit begins to crumple and burn
Like the love she had is forever lost
But now she has a little girl

The man she loved is angry and jealous
To realise what he has lost, and the cost
Those he loves the most he pushes and pushes away

But I know that you care for me
I know that you love me
I know that we’re meant to be
Forever you and me

She is vulnerable but strong
She will take anything on as her duty
And devastate worlds with her beauty

She runs with her child in her arms
Runs from the man who frightens her
(Devastate worlds with her beauty)
She looks around in the scrub
The black clouds bellowing into view
(Enthral me with her beauty)
The tree she saw is struck and in flames
The flames take hold
Track Name: The Whole-Half Truth
All I ever wanted was to love you
Ah don’t you know?

I could have left a little note
Just watch it disappear down the drain
An act of random violence is calling me

Sometimes I feel so stoned I can’t move
So why would I want to, want to?
Oh if I had wings I’d fly

All I ever wanted was to love you
Ah don’t you know, don’t you know?

Don’t wanna leave you without saying goodbye
Don’t ever wanna turn away and not look back
Would this smoky room feel the same way if I’d never met you?

I can’t believe the destruction I’ve left behind
Where do I go from here? the seagulls slide in the sky
I’m surrounded, I’m surrounded, I’m surrounded

Sometimes I feel so scarred I can’t move
And why would I want to, want to?
Oh if I had little wings I’d fly

All I ever wanted was to love you
Track Name: Used to Believe
I cannot believe that you doubt the stars
And you don’t believe in silly selfish dreams
I was born at ground level and I was raised by the devil

I used to believe you were unlike the others
I used to believe in you
I used to believe you were unlike the others
I used to believe in you

True love never dies

I cannot believe that you doubt the stars
And you don’t believe in silly selfish dreams
I was born at ground level and I was raised by the devil
And I’m still tryin’ to find my way

I used to believe you were unlike the others
I used to believe in you
I used to believe you were unlike the others
I used to believe in you

I used to believe you were unlike the others
I used to believe in you
I used to believe you were unlike the others
I used to believe in you
Track Name: Pretty Gifts
You can keep your pretty gifts
‘Cause it’s you that I really need
I can’t talk to you about anything
That truly matters to me

I’m so stressed that I can barely breathe
It’s only myself I can’t deceive
I can’t be bothered to read between the lines
But I do remember the good times

How I want her
How I need her
How I want her
How I need her

I’m pulled by the tide
And she pushes me aside
She sings of death so beautiful
What is there to go back to?
What on Earth is there to go back to?

I know I can be sadistic
But you know you have that same streak too
I feel bad for the things I’ve said and done
Though it wasn’t really me that said them to you

The Moon pulls the tide
And at night she shines
She sings of death so beautiful
What is there to go back to?
What on Earth is there to go back to?

Memories come flooding back
And I know there is no way back for us
I’ve seen your blossom fall
And it doesn’t surprise me at all

Feel like tearing my skin from my limbs
There’s no such thing as freedom
We’re all on someone’s leash
Freedumb is where control begins…