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released October 13, 2017

Produced, Engineered and mixed by Ben Mckone at Boogie Back, Muswell hill

Gecko is Will Sanderson-Thwaite

Vocals, Acoustic guitar, synth: Will Sanderson-Thwaite

Guest musicians:

Drums, MPC, Percussion, Vocals: Ben Mckone
Bass: James Mckone
Piano, Synth: Chris Read
Synth, Hammond Organ, Rhodes: Luke Allwood
Electric guitar: Joe Price
Backing vocals: Moa Taylor Hodin
Backing vocals: Lewis Bootle

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Track Name: Got Science
I got lost on an Elephant road
My head spinning
And how time passes 
Heaven knows
You wake up in a carnival occasion
You can’t help moving around
The heat blazing
We shared a kiss outside a cash dispenser
And I’m glad that we did
We ignored some stormy weather
You know, feed a flower it grows
Treat it sour it shows
But we could always go to the movies

We got science
We got maths
You’re staying after class

We got science
We got maths
Stick to the cycle path
A higher pass
Just riding past

So we resume this trip with bridges burnt
Keep travelling on but to where we’re not concerned
I’ve got to know my route round most these service stations
Can’t get complacent while this world’s still young
So you can run on ahead I’ll just keep tearing round corners
Taking it in
See me leaping through wardrobes
This race is finished
A crowd cheers
But see the man in the red clutching his water like a trophy

We got science
We got maths
And I don't care about psychology



We got science
We got maths
You know science like biology

We got science
We got maths
From the reindeer to the wallaby

We got science
We got maths
And we don't need your terminology

Keep it specific
Scientific
You must have missed it
Like deep physics
I mean business
I’m not a businessman
I’m a busy man

Let’s bring it to the proverbial periodic table
Been on the journey early since Blue Peter got Mabel
I need it like school jumpers need your name upon the label
And to play ping pong in a credible way you need a flipping table
Not apathetic like these clowns in the circus bored
Keep spinning round this country
Electric like a circuit board
Get in the deep end
Stick your head beneath the surface water
Asleep in Victoria
Awaken in the Northern Quarter
‘Cause there’s more to life than counting minutes you can’t stop it
Ignore the clock
Chuck the sundial in a shadow puppet
‘Cause I’ve played to a thousand
And I’ve played to seven people
But if those seven people each in turn told seven people
And those seven people continued this game of recall
Then that’s ….142?




Anyway that’s not the point like wrong decimals
You can cause an avalanche from just a few decibels
I’m home down these train tracks
Coach seats lets face facts
Don’t trace back like Hansel & Gretel it’ll get gory
See some easy sweets and it’s more feasible to ignore me
But concentrate and listen to the moral of that story
Don’t scoff a gingerbread cottage with your backs hunched
Walk straight past that witch’s house
And take a packed lunch
You’re holding on to that tension in your back you’re so stressy
I’m driving off into freedom I’m like Jesse
Pinkman I’m a figment of your imagination
Sometimes I feel like an overworked doctor
Got too much patience /patients
‘Cause I’m in it for the long haul
Don’t leave an answerphone message
If you think you made the wrong call
It’s not that I just want to do this
I flipping have to
When I worked in a school
I tried to ship my demo in the lunch queue
And in the playground got embroiled in a far too serious for infants rap battle
‘Cause this is the absolute essence of my being
My eyes are always looking
I’m still working on the seeing
So throw away your caution
Hold off your apprehension
Else I got science
You just got after school detention
Track Name: Solder
Creeping out your speakers
Feel the heat just like fajitas
Guitar cannot defeat us
Learn the chords and we’ll meet freedom
Not the naughtiest
Son of an accordionist
Guitar can’t stop the awkwardness
But it sure can make less boring bits
Drum breaks over lunch break
Heard Simon could summon up some bass
Without anyone helping
‘Just keep that going ’til the bell rings'
I can sing and play guitar but
Not at the same time!
That might take longer to learn
Than this one break time

Clem’s brother’s in a cool band
They’re not even a school band
They know all the rules and
I wish we were a cool band
Taught us ‘bout the Beastie Boys
They’ve got real CDs boys
If you haven't seen these boys
You really need to see these boys
Pacing round guitar shops
At the amps we would be staring
They always kicked us out
But were so much nicer to our parents
Spilling out The Croft voices lost but not forgotten
But in the morning when we’re yawning
Sound like Dot Cotton

Call it what you like
I dipped my head in the stream and now it’s all I can dream about

There’s no way out

Stick together like Solder
We’ll just never get older

Making a cocktail out of Mum & Dad’s drink cabinet
They won’t notice not having it
What’s a bit of rum & Sa-vig-non cab-er-net?
Lost in a field now
Crawling like a field mouse
And things are kind of hazy
Has anyone seen my sister Maisie?
I’ve known her since the day that she was born
And now someone’s said she’s disappeared down a path made out of sweetcorn
‘You trying to say Mais is lost in a maze of maize?'
And what is happening here?
We’re just passengers crashing through
Road isn't clear
Fashioning lassoes just trying to steer
Just hurtling into the dark
But I’ll wear short sleeves purposefully
So you can see my heart
And if I fall off this narrow road
I’ll hang on to that pommel horse
Don’t know where this arrow goes
But in exams I always went off course
Won’t find me in no Olympic park
No medals not even for taking part
Thanks sports day
But I’m a ninja turtle
Life’s up and down
But I just run through hurdles
Track Name: There Was A Time (Interlude)
There was a time before the internet
When if you wanted to send an email you had to tie it onto a pigeon with a sat nav
And if you wanted to attach a photo
You had to put it in the beak of a sparrow
And then tie the sparrow onto the foot of the pigeon
It was called the ‘70s I think
I don’t know
I wasn't there
Track Name: iPhone, Therefore I Am
iPhone, you phone
No-one’s got no phone
Kick it old school
Like the home phone of a Roman
They build the phones
Just to break the phones
Then they make new phones
Then they break those phones
We think about our phones
More than we ring phones
Now I’m all over the place
Like a polyphonic ringtone
When the end of the world finally thunders
We’ll be watching it through the screens of our iPhone 500s
Trying to get the best shot

When you’re alone and out in public for longer than you planned
Grab your phone out of your pocket
And just stare into your hand
And on a train don’t look out the window
People will think you’re mad
Grab your phone out of your pocket
And just stare into your hand

We go to places to take photos of places
So people acknowledge our faces were in these places
But when our faces were actually in these places
Our faces weren't acknowledging the places they were faced with
It’s something that I’m not certain can be healthy
First day of holiday take a swift selfie
Help me!
I thought I’d look hot
In fact I almost burnt to death
I think one day my obsession’s gonna hurt me
No matter how many pages I’ve refreshed I’m still thirsty
And the fulfilment always seems to avert me
It’s like its never Friday 
I’m always stuck at flipping Thursday
Wake up online and stay on it ’til I’m sleepy
If I could I’d live in an ://’HT-Teepee’:\\

Who’s in charge here?
Me or my charger?
Percents in the red I feel physically lethargic
‘That’s it guys forget me’
‘I’ve completely lost it’
‘Go on without me’
‘I’m Polly Pocket minus the pockets’
Until hang on in the corner there i spot it
Surely not
My jaw just drops
An available plug socket!
Now I’m plugged in
Relaxed
Forgetting all that frantic stuff
Sipping a latte
Catching up on candy crush
Just treating myself
I’ve put my brightness on full
I think my mind’s part machine
And my dream’s a computer
Let’s face it we’ve just gone ‘Back to the Future’
Imagine the kids from the 80s' faces
If they saw the gadgets we use on a daily basis
Their minds would be blown
They’d find it insane though
I can imagine their disappointment after we try and explain Aeroplane mode
‘No it can’t actually make you fly’
‘It just puts your phone into a sort of permanent state of no signal’
‘A bit like living in Cornwall’
Track Name: Rapunzel
I’ve been stuck my whole life in a tower
These bells make my head ring every hour
And every night I pray for a ladder that’s up to the task
‘Cause I’ve been craving the sweet outdoors
Talk about dreams I don’t know about yours
But it doesn’t seem that much to ask
Get me out of here
And get me out fast

Why you running around girl?
Hair so pretty but you don't know your up from your down
Why you running around girl?
Why you running?
Why you running around?

Then one day I was sat at my window seat
Spiky hatted man came into my vicinity
And he stared
He stared right up at me

He said

‘Lay down your hair to me
It can act like stairs for me
Then I’ll climb up there to thee
And your life you could share with me’

I said

‘Boy, are you deluded?
Then we’d both just be up here are you stupid?
I’m trying to leave this bloody location
Not double its population’

The whole situation got real frustrating

‘And even if your mad plan did bear fruit
Would you allow a grown man dangle from your roots?
And don’t be so presumptuous for that matter
I’m not looking for love
But I am looking for a ladder’

He said
‘Girl the world’s full of danger
My castle’s the safest place for an angel like you
With your golden hair so beautiful and long
It would just attract the wrong kind of people
The drunks on life’s paths are inherently evil
And I don't want anyone to do you harm
That’s just where I’m coming from’

And I said

‘Can’t you see what you’re saying to me?
Or are you too focused on saving me?
All I wanna do is get out of here
But I wanna run round fields
Dip my head in streams
Eat berries, my life has been so incomplete
I don’t see how I could make it any more clear
You wanna save a girl from a tower
Only to then build more walls around her
Can’t you see that it’s just the same?
I’m not and ornament
Yeh I’ve got a brain’

Then he said

‘I think I see what you mean’

And then he kindly pulled over the neighbours’ 10 foot trampoline

That’s why I’m running around boy!
Hair so pretty I’m still finding my up from my down
That’s why I’m running around boy!
That’s why I’m running
‘Cause I’ve never been running around
Track Name: Milk Teeth
Dear Jo
I’m writing in response of your letter
There’s a chance you might not remember
You did send it back in November
November 1997
I’m afraid we’ve had a bit of a backlog
Here at tooth fairy HQ
We’ve had a few staff cutbacks
And it’s taken a while to get back to you
But your letter was something quite special
It made my day I can assure you
Especially as most of our post goes:

‘Dear Tooth Fairy
You didn't pay me enough for my molars
So I’m filing a lawsuit’

You said the kids at school were teasing you
They said I wasn't real
But you believed in me
You said you always will
From now to the next millennium
Which thinking about it was just three short years from then
But it was a popular word at the time
But your letter really helped believe me
Its amazing to feel your belief in me
As soon as they stop leaving their teeth
So many just stop believing in me
And I loved the picture you painted me
You really captured my likeness faithfully
Your use of colour amazed me
And that red elephant with a handbag next to me well
It was just…it was just completely pivotal to the piece as a whole
And I wonder what you’re doing now
So many years have passed it’s strange
You said you hoped you’d grow to be either a doctor, an astronaut
Or a member of All Saints
Well never say never ever
Have I ever felt so low?


Did you follow your dreams Jo?
Or get lost in between Jo?
And of course we have to make compromises
I for one wasn't thrilled when I had to diversify
50% tooth management
50% selling washing up products
But that’s working life
Just as long as it’s working right?
It’s a scary business
When life gives you lemons sometimes you have to make fairy liquid

But just follow the stream Jo
You’ll get to the sea Jo
Like a radio wave crashing the aerial
Swim like a little mermaid Ariel
Follow the stream Jo
You’ll get to the sea Jo
Life’s a game of risk and you’re a new player
But trust you’ll be fine I’m the toothpaste soothsayer

I know times are tough at the moment
It reminds me of the ‘80s
For someone whose life is teeth
I’d never seen such calcium deficiency
It’s like someone just woke up one day and decided to steal all of the kids milk!
But that was before you were born
But now the cycle’s returning
It’s a struggle to keep your head above water
And just keep the treadmill turning
The cuts have hit my department hard
There’s three of us left
The office is empty
We’ve had to draft in the Easter bunny to take calls at reception
We tempted him with eggs as an incentive
Modern life is expensive
It’s hard not to be defensive
Me and St Nic have lost contact
Even Rudolph’s on a zero hour contract
World’s gone mad

But now to the point of my letter
What I really want you to remember
You’ve gotta drink up life like you did in ’97
Turn the amplifier up to 11
Paint pictures
Life is your sandpit
Don’t care if people don’t understand it
Go on the swings
Find someone to take turns with
Your time is worth something tell that to the internship
Stride out into the world
But don't be too scared to ask for some help
‘Cause if you can believe in a tooth fairy
Sure as hell can believe in yourself
Track Name: The Library
Metaphor manipulator
Wordplay articulator
Got a new ink cartridge
And I just refilled the printer paper
If knowledge is power how come Donald is powerful?
Blonde floppy hair about as subtle as a power tool
I tried the museum but I got museum feet
And if you’re not getting a coffee
You’re not getting a seat
I tried university it was £9000
Tried to find a library they kept tearing them down
I went to the observatory but I couldn't get a space
Apparently you have to planet ahead seems strange
Turned to the bank
Never felt more a loan
The world’s my oyster card
If it’s off peak and within the zones
I wrote to the council
Tried my local MP
But it all just got lost in a constituent sea
I searched the job centre
But there wasn't an entrance
I queued so long
When I got there I was getting my pension

‘Cause if you want knowledge then go to the library
And if you want solitude then go to the library
If you want good internet then go to the library
And if you want a book then go to the bookshop

Open the page on a brand new chapter
They call me a useful bit of hardware if you wanna charge your phone in mainland Europe
I’m an adapter
I’m the verb velociraptor
I’m lost in the narrative
Like Bob trying to build without his tractor
In Alaska
That’s tragic
And it’s gonna take ages
But you can’t take it all in if you just flick through life’s pages
I’m a vegetarian, Aquarian, librarian
Got lost in the bookshelf of life
Quite a scary thing
Stared at my face in a lake
Got quite delirious
And they said Harry Potter’s godfather is a black shaggy dog
You cannot be Sirius?
Just searching for that secret garden
But they paved up the walls as we speak I beg your pardon?
And in its place another betting shop
Forgetting what is important
Ladbrokes? £5 says its not
From here to the Iberian peninsula
We can be invincible
But no man’s an island
You hear me then Caligula?
Keep it colloquial
Share the knowledge
Spread vernacular
Language isn't set in Rosetta stone
Feed it like a Dracula
Or vacuum cleaner
Got my eyes on a prize Dyson
Charging like a bison without a license through the high street
They can cut through our guts
But they can't cut our imaginations
Stand adjacent to librarians
Let’s block the flipping pavements
Appease me 
I’m wearing the glasses like I’m 3D
They’re gonna pay like I wasn't even offering a freebie
They want us lost in our jobs
We want corn they give us cobs
They give us scorn we give our logs
When we should be lighting our own fires
Following our own desires
Tracking our own tyres
Growing our own Hyacinths
Plugging our own wires
Track Name: Any Other Room
In any other room
In any other room
I could be noticed

They come in in their droves
From open ’til closed
Thousands pour in
Yet thousands more go
Snaking out the room
You can see the path grow
All eager for a glimpse of some primo Leonardo
Grumpy dads dragged through the crowd by their stealthy kids
Excusez-moi path as they limbo under selfie sticks
All trying to get a picture of a picture
Picturing that picture through the phone taking their picture
And everybody’s picture looks like everyone else’s picture
Like the original picture
But a smaller blurrier fixture
All the cameras held aloft makes the view limited
Next time just type Mona Lisa into google images

And here I am sat in a frame here opposite
Take anyone’s time but nobody’s yet offered it
Or realised there’s another painting to view
I’ve seen more backs than a masseuse in a queue
Occasionally they might turn and say
‘Right we’ve seen that shall we find the cafe?’
Try to catch their eye as I’m singing my lost song
Who am I kidding? They’re just thinking about a croissant

I can’t make
I can’t make
I can’t make
I can’t make no sound

In any other room





Always the wedding singer never the bridegroom
Its hard to get by when that loneliness finds you
If I was painted in a time that had iTunes
My playlists would just be sad songs
I feel like a raindrop trying to stand out from the shower
Or a tall person competing with the Eiffel tower
Although your height might be above average for a human
It would be of literally no interest to an architect

But then it was like my clouds were a parting shore
I realised I had everything I’d been asking for
How could I have never seen
The whole time everybody was looking at her
She’d been looking at me!
And I’m just sat here frozen
She could have the world but it’s me that she’s chosen
My heart’s racing I’ve never felt more alive
Think my whole painting’s glowing like ‘A Starry Night’
Yeh she’s a work of art
I mean she actually is a work of art
She’s like the Mona Lisa
Pinch me she is the Mona Lisa
I get lost in her eyes
If I’m a safe she’s unlocked me
She must have got the Da Vinci code
Just staring at that smirk in her features
I try to find the words but I’m speechless
Track Name: Home Late
If you go left I’ll go the opposite of right
If you’re the day I’m the thing that comes directly after the night
If you’re a swan I'm an ugly duckling come of age
If you’re a tree then open your book I’m a page
If you’re lightning I’m the visual representation of thunder
If you’re Australia I’m a more technical term for down under
If you’re a jar I’m a slightly open door or container of jam
If you're indecisive I’m not really sure what I am

I might be home late
I’m writing this out on the bus
I’m coming back to you babe
Glamorous life on the N29 yeh on a Tuesday
We’re heading out into the dark
And I don't know where to start

If you’re Fahrenheit I’m minus thirty then half that degrees
If you’re the wind I’m an above his station breeze
If you’re woodwork I’m a skillset requiring a sander
If you’re bamboo I’m the main dietary needs of a panda
If you’re the moon I’m a conspiracy theorist’s bone of contention
If you’re the wheel I’m a pretty essential invention
Floating up above then well I guess I’m the sky
And if you’re a bird
I’m a mid 90s RnB ballad
I mean I believe I can fly

To the middle of nowhere
Just follow my strides
And if we’re going in circles we can see it all twice
To the middle of nowhere
Just go against the tide
We could be deep in the distance
But you’re by my side
Track Name: We'll Get There
Cross London Bridge past that London Dungeon
Sometimes pollution makes it hard to function
Sunk in the air there’s a passing judgement
Just search in the haze for the punctuation
But the fun’s gotta stop somewhere the page reads
Lack of apostrophe could drive a man crazy
In the sign for the coffee shop
Next to the office block
Looking for a double meaning
Settle for a double shot
Did I mention I like you a Latte?
We could share stories we just glance ‘cross the cafe
Ostriches burying deep into our phone screens
If only just to seem a little less lonely

And I don’t mind
My head is fine
Just breathe in air
We’ll get there
And though this world can feel so cold
Just breathe in air

Now I’m not used to this Highland climate
But make something out of bamboo I’ll climb it
Don’t understand a word which is awkward
But apparently there’s no better place to be in August
Not that we get a chance to see the festival
Sat in an enclosure like an oriental vegetable
Love is something that can grow slowly
She seems nice but she still needs to get to know me
And I need to get to know her in every sense
She’s also from China such a coincidence
What are the chances?
We’ve so much in common!
She absolutely loves bamboo
And maybe one day we could try for a baby but
We’ve gotta take our time we’re not crazy
And it’s our business I won’t shout it with candour
Just a day in the life of an unsuspecting panda


It’s a man’s world providing you’re a straight man
And you’re not one of those from another race mans
Not all the world’s a stage
We forget the stage hands
Stuck behind the curtain and kicked into the wasteland
And you can see it from Manor House park view
Can’t see past it but the park can see past you
Don’t feed the ducks bread
Messes with the ducks head
Bird seed is much more sensible
And I felt like digging my phone from my pocket
Holding it out over the water just to drop it
See the ripples it creates like the constant sound waves
And feeling refreshed from the splashing sound made
But of course I’m far too sensible
A compromise would be more easily defensible
Instead of such a dramatic gesture of sorts
I turn it off and for once just let myself walk
Track Name: End Of The World
I’m an insect and I’m the winner
Your world has ended
Mine’s just a beginner
You tried the pesticide
But mate the best survived
All the rest just died
It’s just me left alive
I used to know this brer
Name was the Polar bear
But when I went round his place
Now there’s no-one there
And the poor elephant
Used to be so elegant
Then all the crops just turned rotten
She used to never forget
Now she’ll just be forgotten

And I know
I know
It’s hard to take this seriously
And I know
I know
Until we’re falling in to the sea

Our time is transient
Just like the bandicoot
Everything will eventually crash
(Yeh crash bandicoot)
But like the Romans
Ancient Egyptians
Whatever drowns will first make a splash
So you had your chance
Things did get well advanced
But not enough to share around
That’s when the ruling class
Packed up their things in bags
And headed in to the clouds




So wave goodbye to the cute koala
I’m afraid you’ve ruined all of it
The only creature that’s a survivor
Is the one that lives in the sh…
Shrewdest of hiding places
You only know what you've got when its gone
I’m not crying there must be something wrong with my antenna
It’s poking me in my eyes
I’ve got no eyebrows I’ve never been surprised
Are we that different in fact though?
Granted I don't have a backbone
You call me a plague but who took all the world’s resources?
And then scorned Mother Earth
No wonder the poor girl’s exhausted
But if you want advice
I am not that guy
I’ve got five eyes
You’re having a laugh
But it would be sensible
To know how to grow vegetables
And pack the essential tools
For building a raft
Track Name: Volcano
I woke up from such a deep sleep
If I didn't know better I’d think I'd been asleep for weeks
Yesterday was the first day of winter
So I took an early night just something I’m inta
Snow covered the forest floor all over
Not my scene I may be a bear but I’m not a polar
Iciness on my feet just feels against nature
Even the squirrels have been acting so strange lately
They gathered up all the food that could be found
But didn't eat any they just buried it in the ground
It was completely nuts
I thought it could have been a religious thing maybe
But I’m not that clued up on bushy tailed deities
So I got myself all cosy deep inside my den
Some say I live in a right hole
But my hole is actually two trees down on the left
Past the badgers and the foxes its a pretty mixed area
Up and coming
With really great scenery
And decent connections to the central forest amenities
Been in the family for years
Back then it was an absolute steal
Literally I mean my grandad nicked it from a wolverine
But this morning something happened you wouldn't believe
I was so confused I thought I must have been deceived
Somehow I thought what I was seeing must be wrong
But the trees were now green and the snow

It was completely gone

Speckled light was seeping through any treetop spaces
I heard male birds sing explicit songs about mating
All the animals in fact seemed to be breeding like rabbits
And the rabbits only took breaks between breeding to eat cabbage
My reality was unravelling
I’m just a bear I don't think I could bare time travelling
I went to the river to cool off and get my head straight
And got hit by about fifty salmon jumping directly in my face
Found my dad
Asked him if I need herbal medication
He said ‘Son it’s time we had a talk about hibernation’
Though seasons change
The feelings don't
What’s at the top of the volcano
Is not yet set in stone
What a palaver
There’s no butterfly here it’s all just lava

I woke up to a bright light
Hard to adjust to
I had to close my eyes a few times to get accustomed
I couldn't see anything other than pure white
My mind started searching I thought maybe I’d died
Disorientated my heart started pounding
I tried to speak
But I just couldn't get the sound out
I couldn't remember anything
It was the strangest feeling
But then I realised the white was just the ceiling
Turning my head took pretty much all of my powers
I saw some cards and the most ridiculous amount of flowers
Hospital room had almost become a forest
I thought whatever happens I could probably become a florist
Drifted off again and then when I regained consciousness
A new face appeared and things got complicated
I was just staring at her I thought I know this face
But my head was just far too all over the place
Then it hit me
She’s the spitting image of my daughter
But my daughter was a hell of a lot shorter
My daughter still wanted to be lifted on my shoulders
But there was my daughter
She was just older
How long was I gone?
I could hear the new years countdowns
Like trying to clutch at straws while a wolf blows your house down
This isn't fair
Thought of all the moments I’ve missed
Birthdays, Christmas’, angry family camping holidays
I wanted to be there for all that now it’s past me
The good, the bad, even the dad dancing
My reality was unravelling
I’m just a man I don't think I could handle time travelling
She said:
‘I know you’re feeling shaken up
But dad thanks for waking up’

Though seasons change
The feelings don't
What’s at the top of the volcano
Is not yet set in stone
What a palaver
There’s no butterfly here it’s all just lava

It’s all just lava

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