The West Virginia Holding

by Halftime Parade

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The West Virginia Holding

By Halftime Parade

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released October 3, 2015

Halftime Parade is Steve Myers, Ben Bailey, Ashley Jones and Orlando Goodall.

Steve: Drums, percussion and backing vocals
Ben: Bass guitar, percussion and backing vocals
Ashley: Electric guitar, violin and backing vocals
Orlando: Vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion

West Virginia Holding recorded live, afternoon of 05/09/15, by Ashley, at Steve’s house.

Front cover photo taken by Tom Fallon.

All songs written by Orlando Goodall.

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Track Name: Eye for an Eye
Tonight the ships are resting in the bay
Telling us bad weather’s on the way
Blinking lights where the sea meets the sky
As far as the eye can see
And if the life guard worked nights
She would rescue me

You never did have an eye
For seeing where things lie
And you never did see me

We flow with the estuary down to the sea
It goes in through the mouth
No, out actually
Once propelled in forward motion
Deep into the Atlantic Ocean

There are more grains of sand
In my beer
Than 2ps in the machines on the pier
An ice cream drips and fifty seagulls appear
And there are more grains of sand now in my beer
But we’re no safer now than we were before

You never did have an eye
For letting things lie
And you never did let me
Track Name: The Noose
On an uncomfortable chair I wait for you
Impatiently
The night and the day come together
More frequently than you and me

The love that I had for
Still hangs around
Like the end of a noose dragging along the ground

See you around

Under front doors you hear televisions
Dinner cooking
Or the most beautiful singing
Under our front door you would hear guitars or arguing

You said 'hey I know you from somewhere'
Yeah well I knew you from everywhere
The clubs and the pubs and the kitchens up above
On the fire escape
And in my dreams

The love that I had for
Still hangs around
Like the end of a noose dragging along the ground

So tie me up and let me down
My love for you still hangs around

See you around
Track Name: Ghost Town Let Down
How many 2nd chances
Can there be left in the world?
Cos I’ve used my fair share
But I’ve still got some time to kill

In the place we used to go for beers
And play guitar outside until 3am
(and play cards inside until 6am)

You could hear the sea
And see the hills
(you could see the Wilson unloading)

Don’t underestimate your old friends

They knocked it down
Fucked it up
Built it up
And sold it back to the charmless graceless ones
Back to the selfish careless ones

In this glitter and glamour
Ghost town let down
Track Name: Empty House
You said there were a million ways to get out of here
So get out of here
Cos I’ve been following you down the wrong tracks
Through the cracks
Around the back

Around the back of your neck
Where your long dark hair flows
Around the back of your neck
Where his fingers close

Now people are starting to talk
Words are creeping out from the shadows
People are starting to talk
Whispers dangle from branches

There’s a picture hanging above
A bed in an empty house

Where we once said those words
That didn’t bring us any luck
After all
Track Name: Big City Lights
Shadows rise
From sleep out of the corner of your eye
Shadows rise
Like smoke above the big city lights
Shadows rise
In the rear-view mirror but they do not wave bye-bye
Shadows rise

They come for me
They speak to me
And we stay up all night
They laugh at me
Dance with me
Shadows rise
Track Name: In Another Life (Unplugged and calmed down)
For every leaf that falls from city trees
There will be a million more like you and me

So shut me up or pay the price
No you wouldn’t want to be me in another life
Take me out with the trash and don’t think twice

There’s really nothing left here worth to see
A disconnected short circuited culture
Vacant through hyper popularity

So meet me in the vapour trails
I’m down on the floor

So shut me up or pay the price
Cos you wouldn’t want to be me in another life

Well I wouldn’t want to be here in another life
So take me out with the trash and don’t think twice
Track Name: Grapevines and Gravestones (Unplugged)
Christine it’s been 37 years
While I shower in hypocrisy
I wrote this one just for your ears

Cos your hands are looking older
The veins are starting to show
And my crooked British teeth have turned
A lazy shade of yellow

I’d rather hear the trees
Bending in the wind
Than to see you waste your time
Trying to change the mind of a bad friend

For how long can you celebrate with a frown?
I’ve dug my nails into this armchair
Like it’s a fucking roller coaster

Everyday you’re looking sadder
Like an upside down clown
And all the ones we used to know around here
Are on the grapevine or a gravestone

I’d rather hear the trees
Bending in the wind
Than to see you waste your time
Trying to change the mind of a bad friend

No it isn’t cute or sweet
It’s fucking sickening to see
How a man like him could control your destiny
Well I’ll stop him if you’d let me

Bad Friend
Track Name: Empty House (Almost a capella, kitchen demo)
You said there were a million ways to get out of here
So get out of here
Cos I’ve been following you down the wrong tracks
Through the cracks
Around the back

Around the back of your neck
Were your long dark hair flows
Around the back of your neck
Where his fingers close

Now people are starting to talk
Words are creeping out from the shadows
People are starting to talk
Whispers dangle from branches

There’s a picture hanging above
A bed in an empty house

Where we once said those words
That didn’t bring us any luck
After all