Ants and Angels

by Peter Murray

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credits

released 01 January 2006

Peter Murray wrote the songs and produced, sang the songs and added backups, played bass and guitar on all tracks, and was the drummer on Murray vs. the Ants and Ears Make Wax. He also played glockenspiel, chord organ and sitar guitar in various spots. He played the guitar solos in Gen X DJ on E, Live Alone and Heavy Sleeper (solo 1).
Michael Holt played Rhodes and Wurlitzer and grand pianos and sang backups, and arranged horns for Live Alone and backup vocals for Angels.
Davide DiRenzo played drums on all the tunes except the ones Peter played on.
Justin Abedin played guitars. Dave Celia also played guitars including the last guitar solo in Heavy Sleeper.
Ron Lopata played keys and did some programming for Gen X DJ on E, and Dafydd Hughes put his Rhodes piano through a computer program he wrote to simulate a Kaoss Pad in Lucky to Breathe.
Kevin Fox was an entire cello section in The Ark.
Charlie Gordon played trumpet, David French and Chris Gale played saxophones, Don Kerr played one tuba note, and the late Jerry Heath played trombone on Live Alone.
Michael Jack co-produced and engineered most of the recording, and Matt DeMatteo co-produced and engineered as well on 2, 5, 7, 8 and 10. Michael mixed the record at Phase One, and Joao Carvalho mastered the record at his studio.

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Track Name: Gen X DJ on E
He’s a generation X DJ on E
And he’s givin’ you his URL
He’s a hottie and a dude as far as you can see
Or as far as you can tell…
cause you’re on E as well

He’s a generation X DJ on E
And he’s scopin’ out the T and A
Though he’s givin’ you the creeps and he’s twice your age
You’re so high that what the hey…
You’re not an easy lay

And the rave it spins just like the tunes he plays and
The sound will fill your head for days and days

He’s a generation X DJ on E
And he’s givin’ you his URL
Though he looks like someone from a movie or TV
It’s a shame that he can’t spell
And doesn’t Google well

He’s a generation X DJ on E
And he’s given you his URL
He’s a generation X DJ on E
And he hasn’t got a hope in hell
Track Name: Skydiver Friends
My crazy skydiver friends
invest a lot in their good time
They see it as a means to an end, not the end in itself
Sometimes that means ‘til the end of the night

Good times aren’t free
Good times aren’t free
Good times, good times

My crazy skydiver friends
will drink and dance the night away
Don’t bother talking sense into them
about change, now and here
They’re happy when they have enough change
for a beer

CHORUS, SOLO

They only ever notice the band
when it’s time to go home
But when the music stops they all go home alone

CHORUS x2
Good times, Good times
Track Name: Lucky to Breathe
We are happy to be here
When we can control our fear
We all wish the world would let us be ourselves
Let us out of our shells
That makes us feel safe

We all want to live in peace
Though we never will agree
We all raise a glass and toast the better life
The duller side of the knife
We hold to our throats

We are living in a dream
We sleep through our greatest scenes
We won’t wake until we reach the other side
Lucky to be alive
Lucky to breathe
Lucky to breathe
Lucky to breathe
Track Name: Never Easy
It’s never easy
But it’s not too hard
Raise your voice so we can hear you
What’s in your heart and mind

It’s never easy
Don’t think that out loud
Take your stand on one leg only
Don’t fall or they will laugh

It’s never easy
But it’s not that hard
Plant your seeds and give them water
Have faith the sun will shine
Track Name: Where Do You Go
You passed her last night
Outside of the men’s room, humming an old tune
Maybe she wasn’t alone
The time passes slow
Your job is a bore, you’re waiting for more
The weekend comes and it goes

Where do you go
When love’s all around you,
but love can’t find you here
Where do you go
When love surrounds you,
but love can’t find you here

You hope to collide
With the woman of your dreams, who is all that she seems
You hope that you don’t get hurt
You pass on the stairs
She gives you a nice smile, you’re thinking she has style
But you’ll never see her again

CHORUS

Here you are
Standing alone in the shadow you made yourself

CHORUS
Track Name: Live Alone
Who turned your lights on, baby?
Who put your finger on the pulse?
If you would just listen, maybe
I won’t do the tango while you waltz
Into a new room, one where the ceiling’s on the floor
I’m thinking that real soon
You may see me waltzing out the door

I want to live alone, I want to be alone
I want to make a home

It’s more fights than fun times lately
We’ve gone past our date of best before
This romance is feeling cagey
Security feels more like a chore
I need some more room, I need just to see some open sky
Why can’t you see that?
Why are you always asking why?

CHORUS, SOLO

I need some more room, I need just to see the open sky
Why can’t you see that?
Why are you always asking why?

I want to live alone, I want to be alone
I want to make a home
One where I can be myself
One where I won’t live with you
Track Name: Murray vs. the Ants
Growin’ a bit of a beard, and actin’ a little bit weird
Talkin’ to myself again,
little things become my friends
But I’m thinkin’ bout waging a war against the ants
Stompin’ the floor and chasin’ bugs
Crawlin the walls and liftin’ the rugs
It’s Leiningen vs. the Ants, here we go once again

In Murray vs. the Ants
It’s just me against the world
They don’t do nothin’ to me but crawl around

Drank all the wine I bought
The food I got is starting to rot
But I’m thinkin’ bout waging a war against the ants
Stompin’ the floor and chasin’ bugs
Crawlin the walls and liftin’ the rugs
It’s Leiningen vs. the Ants, here we go once again

CHORUS
Track Name: Ears Make Wax
I’m feeling like my body has a mind of its own
Sometimes it leaves me all alone
I can’t control the things it does to cushion the blows
When harm is near it always knows
How to keep me safe from harm
It never fails, it never gives a false alarm

Ears make wax, eyes make tears
Drinking makes me older
Eyes make tears and I don’t know why
Why do they have to make me cry?

It’s kinda like my body has a brain for itself
It only uses just for health
No matter what I do to try to stand in its way
My body has the final say
And it keeps me safe from harm
It never fails, it never gives a false alarm

Ears make wax, skin makes sweat
Thinking makes me older
Skin makes sweat and I don’t know why
Why can’t it just let me be dry?

Ears make wax
Eyes make tears
Skin makes sweat
Brain makes fears
Living makes me older
Track Name: Angels
Searching for truth
Is a man, who’s quite prepared to lie to himself
Speaking of faith
Is a man, who’s waiting for his dreams to come true

We all need angels
To help us save ourselves
We all need angels
To move the clouds and show the sun

Pining for youth
Is a man, who’s wasted all his time on regret
Hunting for love
Is a man, who doesn’t know his heart from his hand

We all need angels
To save us from ourselves
We all need angels
To move the clouds and show the sun

Some only see their demons, when their angel’s near
Some only hear their demons, when their angel’s near

Speaking of faith, hope and love
And all the things we hide in our hearts
We all need angels, we all need angels – you are an angel
Track Name: The Ark
Nubiles pair off on their way to the ark
Life is fleeting
Clouds moving in, hope for shelter is slim
Time to play safe

Don’t delay, find your way
Get on the ark

Pressure of time places heart before mind
Where it should be (so they say)
Winds signal storm and we have to keep warm
Plan for winter

Don’t waste time, save yourself
Get on the ark
Don’t delay, find your way
Get on the ark

BRIDGE

No time to waste, although life’s not a race
Don’t be dead last
Clouds getting dark, no more room on the ark
Where will you be?
Track Name: Heavy Sleeper
I’m a heavy sleeper, when I wanna be
I turn out the light, and sleep through the night
Heavy dreamin’

I’m a heavy dreamer, yeah you know it’s true
Eyelids are closed and plans are composed
As I dream of you

If I can’t have your eyes before mine
I might as well dream ’em
If I can’t see your face when I wake
then I go back to sleep and I dream it

I’m a heavy sleeper, yeah I do it well
Put my head down and I’m down for the count
I’m just floatin’

I’m a heavy sleeper
I’m a heavy dreamer
Heavy sleeper, heavy sleeper