The Chequered Beach

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lyrics

[Verse 1]
And I’ll be giving to you just one chance to
Rock the boat, get out
Then I’ll be shaking all you predators to the core (it’s all on them, the problem)
From a world bleak and cold
This may take off your blindfold
And I’ll awake the only way that you can thrive
(We have questions, any answer is a right step)

[Verse 2]
And as the gardens of the island rise in
Acrid smoke, we will learn
Who’ll be willing to forgive these drastic means
(It’s to outlive the syndicate)
The day we’ll set alight, for the only real good fight
And then we’ll throw away the keys to every door
(We have questions he’ll alleviate, the gardener)

[Chorus]
I tell you the world is terminal
But cut the pacifists and you break the retaining wall
But they're out in our gardens, praying for our children

[Bridge]
Oh now that we have some time alone
Oh I might as well say it
We've our backs to the wall
This may take off your blindfold
[repeated x4 and joined by excerpts from other sections]

[Chorus 2]
I tell you the world is terminal (another pacifist doubter, another wide-eyed coward)
But they're the catalysts for a war for us all (another weed in the flowers, another one with no answers)

[Outro]
Oh but they're out in our gardens (we might, we might, we might)
They're out in our gardens (rock the boat, get out)
They're out in our gardens (we might as well just let them in)
Praying for our children (this may take off your, this may take off your)
[repeated and joined by excerpts from other sections]

We might as well just let them in

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from The Assembly of Animals, released March 29, 2017

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Alt rock/electronic concept album. Music and artwork by Claire Laurenson from Edinburgh, UK.

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