Little Shivers

by A B Robb

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02:45
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01:41
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00:46
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03:29
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04:06
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01:56
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released March 29, 2016

All songs written, played, recorded and mixed by A B Robb.
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound.
Art by Marisa Di Monda, photo by Leo Woodhead.
Special thanks to Kirsten Taylor and Time Robb.

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Track Name: Untitled #1
At our window
While you're sleeping
What new delight is this?

Give a shiver
Little quiver
I make to blow a kiss

While you're dreaming
It is scheming
Hands behind its back

Seeking entry
As it's storming
Out there, on the track
Track Name: Home, Post-War
You said that you'd be coming home, post-war
It's just that everything's the same as it was before
I've still got a boulder inside my shoe
Treading heavily

So come out of the bathroom
Skin all wrinkled, woebegone
I was only a child when I realised what was wrong

Stand there holding your breath
You know I'd hate
To drag it out
Track Name: Nostalgia Night
It's late right
We should go home
I'll come and see you out
And if the street light
Frames your face right
I'm gonna try it out

It must be two am
You'll get a cab then
Or maybe come to mine
You know she's downright
Lonely
And it's nostalgia night

And I was uptight
Weirdo
Couldn't let it show
Only wanted
One fun night
As I was starving slow
But I held tight
Stayed cool
And now I just don't know

Waiting for Anna to call
Doesn't mean I'll pick it up at all
You're not the one bright spark in the dark
You should be careful what you pull apart

Too late right?
Track Name: Nocturne
You've been inactive
Chemically reactive
So lift the latch and step outside
The moon is showing, glowing, growing low
In the pin-pricked sky
Track Name: Aflame
Your parents' generation made the nightmare love
And I've seen them circling the hawks and the doves
They're weaving sticks together with the utmost care
Using ribbons cut from their children's hair
And every single second there's a new one made
Cats in the alley, eyes aflame

The story's long, long, long

And oh, why stop when you've not had enough?
Bodies lurching for the filthy cup
Let's not delay

I know the medication's been a trial sweet
So you stay inside and forget to eat
Before your brother joined the army he was nothing too
You should see now what he can do
What I'm saying is the answer is to drink it up
Eat the body, taste the blood

The story's long, long, long

And oh, why stop when you have had enough?
Bodies lurching for the filthy cup
Who's not to blame?
Track Name: The Mine
The distance only grows
They're lining up in rows
The curling of their toes
And golden teeth

A path upon a curve
They're marching now observed
By figures darkly robed
And golden teeth

The water's muck and murk
They're lowered in the dirt
With limbs that roil and work
And golden teeth

The hooded one screams
'Isn't this such fun'
As he stabs his gleaming stick at everyone
And the slag-heap shudders blackly in the sun

Well given what a shiver winter's been
It'll be awhile before I get clean

Given what a shiver winter's been
It'll be awhile before I get clean

Given what a shiver winter's been
It'll be awhile before I get clean
Track Name: Clever, Clever
Another day and another pay
Clever, clever
Pull the lever
I don't care if I chug thick air
When I get such pleasure
Wearing leather

And at night
I hear the trains roll by
And a cold wind at my door
And I know what waiting's for

Another year and nothing to fear
Clever, clever
Post the letter
I don't mind if you tan my hide
When I get such pleasure
Wearing leather

And at night
I hear the trains roll by
And a cold wind at my door
And I know what waiting's for

Another hour and I don't know how
I'm not too clever
To pull the lever
Track Name: Or Never-Ending
Sixteen years
Or never-ending
Feel the consequences of your bending frame
Track Name: Idle Spirals
How long is your piece of string?
And what would you have me bring?
I wasn't gonna do anything
You know I wouldn't wanna do anything
Track Name: Bitter Winter
The long lost son
In bitter winter
I must say I'm surprised you've come
When seemingly the day was done

Show me my smile
Where it met your mother's
Quite tenderly for quite a while
The sentiment begot the style

The glass of wine
The wood-fire, smoking
I'm still wondering how the deal gets made
When everybody's getting played

And outside your room
A whole vast world churns
With such fullness that you turn away
Wouldn't dare to leave a cold embrace

So I've seen you strung
Beneath these rafters
Sick from suffering the same old sting
Face twisted in an awful grin

The dead of night
A blackbird singing
Not spreading wings and taking flight
What if the shadow cuts across the light?
Track Name: Long, and Long, and Long
I barely remember the start
Or the whole second part
Was a warm autumn day

Lugging the box to the car
We were praying would start
For our running away

On, and on, and on
We've been this way before
Long, and long, and long
Not waiting anymore

Then cracking wise in the dark
For the tiniest spark
In the tent wet with rain

Remembering bad coffee we brewed
That'd darkened your mood
We just pour down the drain

On, and on, and on
We've heard it said before
Long, and long, and long
Not listening anymore