Reality & Abstraction

by Duncan Bisatt

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released April 5, 2018

All songs written by Duncan Bisatt except "The Capybara Love Song" by Duncan Bisatt and Jon Delaney and "Cold Grey Dawn" by Duncan Bisatt and Paul Woolley.
Backing vocals tracks 7 and 8 by Jakob Loveless
Recorded between spring 2016 and winter 2017 at home and at The Lodge Recording Studio, Northampton.
Mixed and mastered by Colde & Loveless at The Lodge
Thanks to Colde & Loveless, Mark Halsey, The Rogues and the Pigs
Cover: 'Salus' by Mark Halsey. Photography and design by Jakob Loveless
© Massive Rodent Records 2018. All rights reserved..

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Duncan Bisatt Northampton, UK

Singer/songwriter and long-time resident of Northampton, England. Duncan Bisatt's first album (Auto-Self-Destruct) was released in 2015. The follow-up (Reality & Abstraction) will be released in March 2018.
Reality & Abstraction takes a more diverse and occasionally folk-tinged journey across subjects ranging from politics to love and to loss.
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Track Name: I will be the King
I WANT TO BUILD A FORTRESS TO KEEP THE WORLD OUTSIDE
I’LL FILL IT FULL OF PRETTY THINGS I’LL GATHER AND I’LL HIDE
IT ISN’T THAT I NEED IT IT MAY NOT SAVE MY LIFE
BUT WITH MY CREATURE COMFORTS I CAN SHUT OUTSIDE THE STRIFE

AND WHEN I’VE BUILT MY WALL ABOUT
I’LL SIT INSIDE AND SING
AND SAFE INSIDE MY CASTLE
WELL I CAN BE THE KING

I DON’T WANT MUCH TO LIVE WITH I JUST WANT MORE THAN YOU
TO LOCK AWAY ALL THAT I’VE GOT IN CASE YOU WANT IT TOO
SAT INSIDE MY STURDY WALLS I CHOSE MY OWN DELIGHTS
DECIDE ON MY BEHAVIOUR DETERMINE WRONG AND RIGHT

AND WHEN I’VE BUILT MY WALL ABOUT
I’LL SIT INSIDE AND SING
AND SAFE INSIDE MY CASTLE
WELL I CAN BE THE KING

I’M SAT INSIDE MY FORTRESS
THEY’RE BANGING ON THE DOOR
GOT TO KEEP THEM LOCKED OUTSIDE
THE WEARY AND THE POOR

I’M SAFE IN MY SECURITY
WITHIN THE IRON RING
AND THOUGH I CANNOT SLEEP AT NIGHT
I STILL HAVE EVERYTHING
AND SAFE INSIDE MY CASTLE
WELL I CAN BE THE KING
Track Name: Just Keep Walking
WHEN YOU’RE SITTING IN THE DARK
AND DEPRESSION’S MADE ITS MARK
WHEN YOU’RE FIGHTING UP THAT HILL
THROUGH THE SANDS THAT HOLD YOU STILL

WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND TIRED OF TALKING
TAKE A WALK AND JUST KEEP WALKING
WHEN THAT BLACK DOG COMES A STALKING
TAKE A WALK AND JUST KEEP WALKING

WHEN YOU NEED A PLACE TO HIDE
STRUGGLING AGAINST THE TIDE
TROUBLES PILED UPON YOUR BACK
VULTURES GATHERED FOR ATTACK

WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND TIRED OF TALKING
TAKE A WALK AND JUST KEEP WALKING
WHEN THAT BLACK DOG COMES A STALKING
TAKE A WALK AND JUST KEEP WALKING

WHEN THE CHALLENGE SEEMS TOO GREAT
BROKEN ON THE WHEEL OF FATE
WHEN YOU’VE LOST THE WILL TO TRY
HOPING TO TAKE WINGS AND FLY

WHEN YOU’RE DOWN AND TIRED OF TALKING
TAKE A WALK AND JUST KEEP WALKING
WHEN THAT BLACK DOG COMES A STALKING
TAKE A WALK AND JUST KEEP WALKING
Track Name: Roses and Rust
FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE CITY
ON THE RAIN DAMPENED STREETS
THROUGH THE NOISE AND THE FINERY
TO A PLACE WHERE THE TWO SIDES MEET

TAKE A WALK IN THIS WONDERLAND
LIT BY NEON AND STARS
CARDBOARD CITY IN PARTY TOWN
TO THE SOUNDTRACK OF BARS

TAKE A LOOK IN THE DARKNESS
AT THINGS LOST IN PLAIN SIGHT
BETWEEN MANSIONS AND ALLEYWAYS
NEXT TO SHIMMERING LIGHTS

TAKE A WALK IN THIS WONDERLAND
TREAD BETWEEN DIAMONDS AND DUST
CARDBOARD CITY IN PARTY TOWN
STEP BETWEEN ROSES AND RUST

TAKE A WALK IN THIS WONDERLAND
STEP BETWEEN DIAMONDS AND DUST
CARDBOARD CITY IN PARTY TOWN
LOST BETWEEN ROSES AND RUST
Track Name: White Shoes
DO YOU REMEMBER ALL THOSE YEARS AGO
WAY BACK IN OUR YOUNGER DAYS
DANCING TO THE LATEST CRAZE
UNDER THE NEON LIGHTS SHINING IN THE DARK
BASS DRUM BEATING ON OUR CHESTS
DRESSED UP LOOKING AT OUR BEST

JUMP AND JIVE PRETEND TO SURF
DANCING THERE ON PLANET EARTH
WATCH YOU MOVE WITH GRACE AND POISE
MATERIAL GIRL FOR THE NUTTY BOYS

WHITE SHOES WHITE SLACKS
YOUNG GUNS RELAX
GOOD TIMES WE KNEW
THIS MUCH WAS TRUE
NEON GLOW AND FLASHING LIGHTS
ON WARM ROMANTIC SUMMER NIGHTS

LATER IN THE EVENING DEAD UPON OUR FEET
STILL THERE’S TIME FOR ONE LAST DANCE
ONE MORE ROLL IN THIS GAME OF CHANCE
AND THEN YOU WHISPERED CARELESS IN MY EAR
AND I FOUND YOUR TAINTED LOVE
FITTED ME JUST LIKE A GLOVE

ALMOST DROWNED OUT BY JAPAN
YOU HIT UPON THIS CHARMING MAN
HEAD REVOLVING FUELLED BY SNAKEBITE
OUTSIDE IN THE SERIOUS MOONLIGHT

WHITE SHOES WHITE SLACKS
YOUNG GUNS RELAX
GOOD TIMES WE KNEW
THIS MUCH WAS TRUE
NEON GLOW AND FLASHING LIGHTS
ON WARM ROMANTIC SUMMER NIGHTS

AND THEN YOU WHISPERED
GENTLY IN MY EAR
DON’T YOU WANT ME BABY
AND I KNEW THERE’S BE NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS
SO I SAID MAYBE

WHITE SHOES WHITE SLACKS
YOUNG GUNS RELAX
GOOD TIMES WE KNEW
THIS MUCH WAS TRUE
NEON GLOW AND FLASHING LIGHTS
ON WARM ROMANTIC SUMMER NIGHTS
Track Name: Cityscape
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Written in Stone
SEE IN THE CHURCHYARD A SOLDIER STANDS
HOLDS HIS GUN BY HIS SIDE
HIS EYES IN THE DISTANCE SEE NOITHING AT ALL
JUST A SYMBOL OF PRIDE

WHAT WAS HIS NAME NOBODY KNOWS
FEATURES ARE BLURRED BY THE YEARS
MADE FOR OUR MEMORIES
GREY WEATHERED STONE
PAID FOR BY MILLIONS OF TEARS

ALL AROUND HIS FEET THE CHILDREN PLAY
SIT ON THE STONE IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY
THEY CANNOT SEE FOR OH TIME HAS FLOWN
CAN THEY READ THE MESSAGE WRITTEN IN THE STONE?

ALL THROUGH THE SEASONS THE SOLDIER STANDS STRONG WEATHER AND TIME HE DEFIES
SPEAKING OF MILLIONS WHO NEVER RETURNED
LOST BENEATH GREY FOREIGN SKIES
Track Name: The Capybara Love Song
THERE’S AN OCEAN BETWEEN US
IT’S DRIFTING SO WIDE
WE MIGHT BE JOINED AT THE HEART NOW HONEY
BUT SEPARATED BY THE TIDE
YOU ARE OVER THE HORIZON
HALF A WORLD FOR ME TO SPAN
COS YOU’RE MY CAPYBARA BABY
I’M YOUR AARDVARK LOVER MAN

THERE ARE DECADES BETWEEN US
WE’RE DIVIDED BY THE YEARS
I WAS BORN AT THE WRONG TIME LOVER
IT WOULD ALL END IN TEARS
WE’RE ON DIFFERENT JOURNIES
THERE’S A FAULT LINE IN THE PLAN
LIKE YOU’RE MY CAPYBARA BABY
I’M YOUR AARDVARK LOVER MAN.

THE EMPTINESS OF SPACE LIES BETWEEN US
IT’S DIFFERENT PLANETS WE ARE ON
AND OUR ORBITS THEY WON’T INTERSECT
I COULDN’T GET IT MORE WRONG
WE’RE IN DIFFERENT CENTURIES
AN EPOCH FOR AN ALSO RAN
COS YOU’RE MY CAPYBARA BABY
I’M YOUR AARDVARK LOVER MAN
Track Name: Secrets and Lies
SECRETS AND LIES SECRETS AND LIES
ONE FEEDS THE OTHER AND THE TRUTH DIES

WE’RE TOLD TO HATE EACH OTHER
WE’RE TOLD TO STAND ALONE
THAT IF WE STICK TOGETHER WE’LL BE STRONG
WE’RE TOLD THEY’RE OUT TO GET US
TO TAKE ALL THAT WE’VE GOT
WE’RE KEPT IN PARANOIA
LEFT IN SHOCK

BUT IF A MILLION PEOPLE BELIEVE THE WORLD IS FLAT
WOULD WE CHANGE DIRECTION BASED ON THAT?

SECRETS AND LIES SECRETS AND LIES
ONE FEEDS THE OTHER AND THE TRUTH DIES

WE’RE TOLD THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
OH YES IT’S PLAIN TO SEE
BUT WHOSE TRUTH ARE YOU READING WHOSE REALITY?
WE’RE TOLD WE MUST BELIEVE THEM
WE’RE TOLD WE MUSTN’T THINK
WE’RE TOLD A FAIRY STORY BY THE RED-TOPPED INK

AND IF A MILLION PEOPLE SAY ONE AND ONE IS THREE
DOES THAT CHANGE THE WORLD FOR YOU AND ME?

SECRETS AND LIES SECRETS AND LIES
ONE FEEDS THE OTHER AND THE TRUTH DIES

SHINE THE LIGHT A LITTLE BRIGHTER
MAKE THE SHADOWS SEEM MUCH DARKER
LOOK AGAIN IN THE MIRROR
SCREAM INTO THE VOID
LISTEN TO THE ECHO CHAMBER

SECRETS AND LIES SECRETS AND LIES
ONE FEEDS THE OTHER AND THE TRUTH DIES
Track Name: Captains and Kings
SAT IN A RESTAURANT LATE IN THE EVENING
WATCHING THE CANDLES BURN LOW
MEMORIES TRADED OF OLD GLORY DAYS
A TIME WHEN THE MUSIC WOULD FLOW

TALES OF THE ROAD IN THE FADING LIGHT
LAUGHTER AND WINE FLOW LIKE MELODY

WE DREAM WE DREAM
OF HEROES AND ROCK STARS THAT WE USED TO BE
WE DREAM WE DREAM
OF CAPTAINS AND KINGS

BACK IN THE DAYS WHEN THE CROWDS CAME TO CHEER
WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
WE RULED THE WORLD AND WE ROCKED EVERY NIGHT
AND SOMETHING OF THAT STILL SURVIVES

THOUGH IT’S A MEMORY DISTANT REFLECTIONS
SOME MEMORIES ALWAYS REMAIN

WE DREAM WE DREAM
OF HEROES AND ROCK STARS THAT WE USED TO BE
WE DREAM WE DREAM
OF CAPTAINS AND KINGS
Track Name: Cold Grey Dawn
WALKING ON THE STREETS AT MIDNIGHT
PAST THE SHUTTERS AND THE CARS
IT ISN’T TIME YET TO HEAD FOR HOME
THERE’S MORE LIFE LEFT IN THE BARS

TAKE A WALK ALONG THE HIGH STREET
FIND A PUB THAT FITS THE BILL
IT’S INVITING AND HAS SPACES AT THE BAR
LOTS MORE TIME TO KILL

TAKE YOUR POISON ANY WAY YOU LIKE
SAT WITH THE LOST AND THE FORLORN
ANOTHER DRINK WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT
TO THE COLD GREY DAWN

TRADE SOME BANTER WITH THE BARMAN
A MAN YOU’VE KNOWN FROM YOUNGER DAYS
HE KNOWS ALREADY WHAT YOUR FAVOURITE TIPPLE IS THERE’S NO HURRY TO BE ON YOUR WAY

TAKE YOUR POISON ANY WAY YOU LIKE
STACK THEM UP AND KNOCK THEM DOWN
ANOTHER DRINK WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT
TO THE COLD GREY DAWN

MELLOW NIGHT THAT STRETCHES ON AND ON
ONE PLACE SHUTS BUT ANOTHER’S THERE
HAVE ANOTHER CAN YOU COUNT THEM ANYMORE
AND IF YOU COULD WOULD YOU CARE?

TAKE YOUR POISON ANY WAY YOU LIKE
STACK THEM UP AND KNOCK THEM DOWN
ANOTHER DRINK WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT
TO THE COLD GREY DAWN

WAKING TO THE SOUND OF ROLLERS
CRASH OF WAVES AND THUMP OF DRUMS
LIE STILL WRITE OFF THE DAY ‘TILL YOU’RE IN A BETTER WAY
AND THE NEXT NIGHT COMES
Track Name: Big Hands Moving
BIG HANDS MOVING ON GUITAR STRINGS
BUILD THE MELODY THAT THE MUSIC SINGS
DEEP AND GENTLE LOUD AND POWERFUL
BIG HANDS MOVING

BIG HEART BEATING PROUD AND STRONG
KEEP THE FLAME ALIVE KEEP IT BURNING LONG
SOMETIMES FIGHTING OFTEN LOVING
BIG HEART BEATING

BIG VOICE SINGING CRYSTAL CLEAR
MAKE THE HARMONY AND BRING THE TEAR
SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT AND JOYFUL
BIG VOICE SINGING

NOW THERE’S SILENCE ONLY MEMORY
LEFT TO OTHERS TO CARRY ON
WE’LL REMEMBER ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
BIG VOICE SINGING
BIG HANDS MOVING
BIG HEART BEATING

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