Skyhorse

by Robert Swipe

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This music was submitted to Bandcamp in hi-resolution 24/48 format, so please download the lossless formats to enjoy it fully. My massive and sincere thanks to Balu Van Maaan and Douglas Chay for their help and support in making this album sound as good as we could make it.

Bob says of 'Skyhorse':

"This album is a very emotional response to the current state of the world - of Europe especially. I found myself feeling more European than I think I have ever felt in my life and this seemed to lead me to find a very particular set of synthetic sounds very appealing. Consequently, my starting point was a set of moods rather than the song structures I would usually start with. The words grew from the instrumentals and seemed to inhabit the soundscape - the doomed European setting, a battleground in the making. So we have haunted gun runners and pilots plunging to their deaths, clinging onto the voice of a Russian girl they could fall for - in this case, quite literally. Or we're driving through fog, not knowing where we're going, who or where we are. Or we're dancing like it's '76 - hoping the world will just go away, or at least that nostalgia will provide us with some kind of shelter from the storm, no matter how brief. The title song and the cover came as a kind of epiphany, almost simultaneously. I saw the photo of myself, aged 21 or so, staring out so hopefully at an imagined future, the brilliant blue of the mackerel sky behind me - 'where did those endless, hopeful summer skies go?'. And here I am, in that future. It looked a lot better back then, didn't it?" L.U.V. on y'all, Bob x

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released April 17, 2017

Recorded at Loft Hansa Studio, West London Dec 2016-Feb 2017. All songs written, performed & produced by Swipe. Thanks to Balu Van Maan for help with backing vocals and arrangements on "Dance like 1976", "Colosseum" and "Stripper". And a big thank you also to Douglas Chay who did the final mastering of "Heroes of the Cold War".The cover photo of Bob is by Helen, summer 1986. Thank you sis x

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Robert Swipe is a singer/songwriter/musician/producer based in West London. His previous releases include 'Madcap in the Attic', 'Bedroom Burlesque' and 'Urbane'.

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Track Name: earthmum23
So lies became facts
The internet cracked
Everyone was hacked
And all their friends attacked

The temperature rose
So the river overflows
government just froze
Carrion for crows

(Save our souls to save, save the souls we gave)
Track Name: Stripper
I gave up being a stripper
Tried another plan
Now I drink away my talent
Put the blame where I can

I used to dream about dying
Like Jesus on the cross
Or buried deep beneath the earth
Now every morning brings a loss

I saw your picture in the paper
A big voice in a sinister business
Cried in my bedroom over you
Now history will bear witness

I was a belly dancer
On tiptoe on the stairs
I could have been a black swan for you
But nobody cares

Do you remember those dreams of mine?
The ones that really scared me
So I drink away my talent
And pray that God will save me

I saw your picture in the paper
A big noise in a sinister business
Cried in my bedroom over you
And now history will bear witness

(And I'm running in the night taking off my clothes again...)

I used to dream of a forest
Naked and serene
We used to bathe in the cold spring there
Trying to get clean

I used to dream about dying
Like Jesus on the cross
Or buried deep beneath the earth
Now every morning brings a loss

I saw your picture in the paper
A big voice in a sinister business
Cried in my bedroom over you
Now history will bear witness...
Track Name: Colosseum
We're nothing new you know
The doomed are always sad
First of the few you know
Mmmm it always turns out bad

I was a gun-runner
And you my special dame
One happy summer then...
Mmm, it always ends the same...

A Bowery bum on the Colosseum
A neo-con on the Parthenon
No bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover no,
Not this time...

You're nothing special kid
Ah...don't get sore
All of those tricks you did
Mmmm, they've all been done before

The rich are always rich
The poor are always poor
Now isn't that a bitch?
This is it boys, ooooh
This is war...

A Bowery bum on the Colosseum
A neo-con on the Parthenon
No bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover no,
Not this time...

What happened to our plans?
Oooo, we had the world in our hands...
No bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover no,
Not this time...

Let's take our chances and run
Just you and me...and a gun
And those bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover no,
Not this time...
Track Name: Dance like 1976
The nation's on its knees
So please....
Just dance like it's 76
Ooooh, just dance the world away

Nightmare time is here
So.....
Just dance like it's 76
Just dance the world away
Track Name: Driving through fog
Driving
Through
Fog

In a
German
Car

Mensch
Machine
On the stereo

Es is schon

I can't see where I'm going
I don't know where I am

What
Happened to
The future?

It used
To sound
So good.

The one
We ended
Up with

Nicht so schon

We can't see where we're going
We don't klnow where we are
Track Name: Doll on the nose
Not much of a dancer
Never had much sense
Conservative by nature
Labour by experience

Now my altitude's bad
But my attitude is even worse

There's a doll with a rose
On the nose of my plane
But it's your voice in the night that's keeping me sane

I'm plunging to earth and
I know I'm not worth it
But say if I was the marrying kind...

I could fall for a Russian girl who sounded like you

Never met the right one
Well, not including you
If you could call this meeting
Look old girl....
What the devil can we do?

I'm a good looking guy
With a great face for the radio...

There's a doll with a rose
On the nose of my plane
But it's your voice in the night that's keeping me sane

I'm plunging to earth and
I know I'm not worth it
But say if I was the marrying kind...

I could fall for a Russian girl who sounded like you

I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling to earth

I'm falling
I'm falling
I'm falling in love
With yooooouuuuuuuuuu......
Track Name: Heroes of the Cold War
The heroes of the Cold War
Bathed the rich
Stuffed the poor
Boogied down
On a blue dance floor
Don't make 'em like us anymore

And we never fired a single shot
No we never fired a shot...

The heroes of the Cold War
Though we won
We're still sore
Talking tough
To the saloon bar bore
He'll join the Village People when he finds out what's in store

And we never fired a single shot
No we never fired a shot...

Reagan stood
By the Berlin Wall
Smirked and shrugged
And watched it fall

Who knew that you
Would heed the capitalist call?
But it turns out you were just as bad as us
After all

And we never fired a single shot
No we never fired a shot...

The heroes of the Cold War
Grinding down another shabby whore
With our contempt for
Every foreign shore
We'll make damn sure
The next one will be warm....

And we never fired a single shot
No we never fired a shot...
Track Name: Odysseus (Seven stars)
Seven stars to guide me home
And a purple sail to haul
If I should die battered, broken
On some foreign rock

Remember that I loved you

The gods may scorn
Evil winds may blow
But I will see your brown breasts again
If it is the death of me

Seven stars
To guide me home
If I should die
Battered, beaten, broken

Remember that I loved you
Track Name: Skyhorse
Where did those endless, hopeful summer skies go?
Thunder roars on the horizon
A new sense of beauty

Skyhorse set me free

The things we think are solid they are not real
Totalitarian ideals
A new sense of duty

Skyhorse set me free

Hooves and wings....
Monstrous things...

Let us go swimming in the summer sky now
While thunder roars on the horizon
A terrible beauty

Skyhorse set me free

Skyhorse set me free

Skyhorse set me free

Skyhorse set me free
Track Name: TTFN
Forgotten limbs that shake and clench
Our wisdom hides behind our stench
We wake to sleep
All on the cheap

Our liver spotted systems creak
Forlorn they come to barely speak
In frozen spa
Face in jar

Please put us down
Gentlt
Please make it painless

Jet planes swooping overhead
We gumble through our daily bread
And bleakly snooze
Through pointless news

With fizzing foreheads we despise
The foreigners who wipe our eyes
Drool strings hail
The Daily Mail

Please let us go
Softly
Please make it final

Ta ta for now