Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy

by Luke Leighfield

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1.
I’m falling behind everyone and everything that I said I’d be When I poured out my heart so many years ago I said, “I’m undefeatable! I’m moving on, I’m growing strong!” But if you looked you’d see nothing has changed So I re-think and re-write, and re-make promises to you About things that will happen but they haven’t happened yet I go wrong, I fail and lie and I cross all the lines I make excuses for failing every single time
2.
You’re in everything I do, everything I say, you’re everywhere You’re all I hear, you’re all I see and you’re everywhere And I can’t escape the fact that I’m going deaf And I’m growing blind and oblivious And I’m lazy and I don’t care And I can’t escape the fact that everything I say is a lie about life, and my life is a lie And I don’t know the truth anymore And I say I don’t care when I do I don’t care, but I couldn’t care any more It’s all ingrained now, lines are blurred, and i always hated compromise Make it concrete! Give it clarity! But nothing scares me more It’s growing in, growing out, I’m growing up and this has changed me For better or worse? Richer or poorer? I could never tell The tape of life winds further as tension threatens to break And it’s crackling – will it make it? Will it make it? Pass it back through, keep this rolling, keep everything moving ‘Cause if it stops it might never work again We can’t escape the facts
3.
I never say what I mean and if you didn’t know better You’d think I talked in riddles to get my kicks Minutes of laziness spark hours of confusion And this becomes a mystery as fact melts into fiction I’m never around, and I miss the sound of your voice right in my ear I’m not proud that I’ve let you down – I’ve let you down my dear And though we’ve had fights and sleepless nights, this will come to an end “Don’t look back if you can’t smile, don’t look forward if you can’t dream” I never think before I open my mouth to speak No, I don’t like to make things too easy I’ve dug holes in seconds of thought And I can spend hours and hours and hours and hours and hours trying to fill them So take some advice from someone who doesn’t know much And think through every little thing
4.
I woke up this morning, saw another of those days Of ambitions destroyed and hopes washed away I woke up this morning and I prayed for rain To brighten up monotony and help me live again There’s been fallow times for you and I But I know the rain will come again
5.
Tears fill your eyes and tears are filling mine You’re not the only one to hate this As doubts fill your mind they start to enter mine You’re not the only one that ever was scared I’m always so selfish, you’re always so selfish I’ll never back down, you’d never back down Can’t we think of someone other than ourselves? When you feel you can’t go on, I’m singing the same song Oh, we all get disheartened my dear When you just can’t back down We’ve all got it wrong but we all come around in the end
6.
I built a fortress and I let no-one in I raised a temple, but it fell When we let our guard down, who knows what will happen? We’re weak and we’re vulnerable, we’ve lost all control It all falls down in the end
7.
Do you remember when I said I’d never make the same mistakes As all those people I took the time to criticise? Well i wore their shoes and I fell into their footprints all too easy And finally I realise that it’s all too easy to do it wrong Even if your heart’s in the right place And finally I realise that I’ll probably be kicking myself Until I’ve got no legs left I want to be so much better. I want to be the person I am in my mind The person of my heart, and not just a part of this addictive cycle Of lying and fooling and getting it wrong, and never ever getting things done
8.
Today is a day that I love a good cliché ‘Cause all the love ones finally made sense I listened to clarity and I understood all the imagery I carried the lyrics in my bag all week And all the lyrics that I wrote came out like New Found Glory And I was tempted to smoke for the first time in my life ‘Cause I’d look cool and sophisticated – all I’d need is a cravate Then the NME would like me and the kids, well they love that I’d never understood, I’d never understood But the sun came up and the mist was clearing I’ve got a mountain to climb I binged on Iron and Wine Longed for pop from time to time But that just wouldn’t do ‘Cause Mariah can’t be your muse right now Keep it quiet! Wear drainpipe jeans Get a checked shirt. Wear better shoes But dirty them up and do it well, the cool kids can always tell If you’re faking
9.
I miss those summers in the park, not a care in the world No cars, we all rode bikes but only so far And my mum used to say “Make sure you’re back by five! Don’t stay out late and don’t rip a hole in your jeans” But the innocence has gone and my life is in my hands And if the world were a book I could never read it all So pick a chapter or a page, but it’s not that simple I need time to love you and I need time to write I need time to see my friends and figure out this life Is music everything? Did we get it right? All i know is we’re having fun now It’s not that simple. It’s never that simple You’re not that simple. You’ll never be that simple
10.
It’s too little, too late, and you’re just a flower Who’s got so far to grow It’s open to debate if this little flower Will ever want to know which way it should go When you’re so numb that you can’t let anything out And you don’t know what you think But you know you want to shout about the old days When life was simple and you were so in love I’ve never hurt so much before And i’ve never thought so deep That you reap what you sow You reap what you sow
11.
Why did we ever come here when we knew we’d just get lost In masses of mazes of questions that we will never know the answers to? And why did I make promises that I always knew I could never keep In impulse and myth and legend and song? A scandal of the senses Fall deeper with me When did I stop caring about every minute of every day? I let the hands wind faster. I let the time fade away And when did I start to lie about my hopes and my dreams? When did all these questions emerge? It all came from nowhere
12.
It’s been so long old friend We’re growing up and we’re starting to change Did we ever want this Or did we want to stay the same? Trials and tribulations Were nothing but a blessing in disguise Looking back with slightly wizened eyes Now I see we should have appreciated all of it Change changes all of us We made plans, we made choices We moved away and fell apart I forgave you for the past These bad feelings could never last This place is so big I could never make it mine Home is where the heart is My home is mine

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'Garde Ta Foy, Garde Ta Foy' was recorded between August and September 2006.

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released December 4, 2006

Luke Leighfield - vocals, piano, organs, violin, backing vocals
Jonathan Jefferies - bass guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Dan Halliday - drums, percussion
Jake Brooks - electric guitar
Rich Rowe - trumpet
Lucy Jones - trombone
Ruth Jones - french horn
Katie Hawcutt - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute
Steve Baldwin - soprano saxophone
Mike Halliday - soprano saxophone
Will Howick - cello

Backing vocals - Hannah Cope, Jonny Holley, John Layton, Becca Lieu, Andy Mort, Benjamin Munday, Jennie White

All songs written and arranged by Luke Leighfield
Produced by Luke Leighfield and Dan Halliday
Recorded and mixed by Dan Halliday at his house in Malvern, except backing vocals recorded at Jonny Holley's house in Southampton, and piano recorded at Malvern Girl's College
Mastered by Steve Baldwin
Assistant engineer - Steve Baldwin

Photography by Dave Shearn
Package design by twoducksdisco - twoducksdisco.co.uk
Released by Got Got Need Records - gotgotneedrecords.com

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