Love and loose ends

This album is pretty much a chronological thought of my life between 2004-2015. It starts with a break up but happiness is not far away. Things become very real but optimism fights to the end and must always be victorious. Like me, the songs are equal parts conservative and progressive – friendly but sometimes weird. Themes of love, happiness, sadness, anger and Nintendo are common to many of us so hopefully you can relate somewhere.

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It was a big decision to make this available for free. If you genuinely like this album, please share it directly with anyone else you think might enjoy it – kind of like the old days when you loaned someone a record and were excited to know what they thought of it.

All voices, instruments, recording and mixing done by me – more of a financial decision than one of vanity. Love and loose ends was recorded and mixed in lounge rooms, kitchens, bed rooms, fire bunkers, rehearsal studios, classrooms and storerooms.


YouTube playlist of all songs in order – to search individual tracks, use the video’s playlist controls (top left)


I thought you cared
I thought you cared, I thought you cared. There’s a big difference between see you later and goodbye. All the smiles and small talk in the world could never soften a blow like this. I wanna miss the girl I loved, not the one I hate. I thought you cared, I thought you cared. There’s a big difference between see you later and goodbye. You didn’t even have to get to the door – I still recognise the jingle of your keys.

To whom it may concern
How does it feel when you lay your head down? Does it seem surreal when you lay your head down. I’d like to think that you have a heart – that you have a soul. When the day is gone, is your conscious clear? I’ve drawn the conclusion that you are deluded but can you see what you have become? It’s time now you realise that you are destructive but can you see what you have become to the world? What would you think if I called you selfish? Would you change your evil, evil ways or are you too proud? I’d like to think that you have a heart…

Good place to be
Reflective ale and a peaceful mind. A heart that’s beating in a new found time. The journey starts as the last one ends. I’m ready now to feel love again. I breathe in slowly and then I breathe out. With every breath there seems to be less doubt. I close my eyes and you’re crystal clear. I think of how I’m gonna hold you so near.

Cute girl
Cute girl found my life, feels good, feel alive. Cute girl makes a sound, my head is spinning round cos I like her. Cute girl day and night, we turn off the light. Cute girl shuts her eyes, dreams now of brighter skies and I like her. But I’m not gonna think this time around – gonna enjoy the sun. Cute girl feeling free, feels free cos she’s with me. I’m so satisfied, honoured to share her life cos she deserves. Yeah she deserves – all the best that life can give and more. She comes in and I float from the floor. Higher than I’ve ever felt before. No I don’t need to think this time around, gonna enjoy the sun. Cute girl, don’t you stray, I’m so glad you came my way. Grateful for all you give cos you make my life so easy to live so please, stay with me.

Keep your distance
We’ve been strong, carried on without you for years. You keep your distance and that is fine with me. Don’t try to hide your transient existence – keep your distance. Cos I knew along that all you do is wrong, yeah I knew all along that all you are is wrong. It’s taken so much time to build our private universe. It’s hard to breathe, it’s hard to find the space to just maintain – to pretend we have a chance, so keep your distance. Cos I knew along that all you do is wrong, yeah I knew all along that all you are is wrong. Keep your distance…

Born in the right place
We walked the streets to hire games, not to act them out. When we were testing our might and laughing, others were screaming ‘finish him’ for real in a different timezone. Twenty years on, and I still hear their screams safely from my TV screen – no end in sight. Drinking beer with friends, learning nothing else matters. Writing songs to find ourselves – to find our way. But our teen angst cannot compare to those half a world away – it doesn’t seem fair. Born in the right place at the right time.

Apart
All I have left are old memories leftover from an earlier dream. I can see you but there’s distance between. It’s not enough without your touch, and I will spend my whole life trying to catch you. It could take all – all of my life to take your hand and make you my wife, and I will spend my whole life trying to catch you. Please wait for me, like the moon waits for the sun. When the day comes, when we become one, that will be everything – everything I’ll ever need, and I will spend my whole life trying to keep you (never gonna let go, never gonna let go).

Beyond blue
How am I feeling, you ask? There is no short answer to your seemingly harmless question. The five minute version trivialises everything in my life right now. So I will just say: I’m fine.

– All lyrics © 2015 Dan Slater –