Group Hug

by The Close Readers

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"THE INDIE RELEASE OF THE YEAR" NZ Musician magazine: timgruar.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/the-close-readers-group-hug/


Released now! Order above or go to the good folk at Slowboat Records, Cuba Street, Wellington.

As featured on Kim Hill's show on Radio New Zealand!! Listen here: www.podcastdirectory.com/podshows/10314322

Article in DomPost: www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/5247008/From-writer-to-rocker

Review here: mysterex.blogspot.com/2011/06/close-readers-group-hug-austin-records.html

Anyone looking for the text that used to sit on this page, I've put that here: theclosereaders.blogspot.com

The beautiful cover image is a painting by Megan J. Campbell 'Compassion'.

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released June 10, 2011

All songs written by Damien Wilkins

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The Close Readers Wellington, New Zealand

Formed in 2010, this band records the songs of New Zealand fiction writer Damien Wilkins.

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Track Name: Lake Alice
LAKE ALICE
words & music: Damien Wilkins

Have you ever been charmed
Have you ever been harmed
By the same person in the space of an hour?
And did they leave on your clothes
And turn on the shower
And sit you in the sun and laugh at the steam
As it rose from your chest?

And did they say it was for the best?
And tell you who’s gonna clean up that mess?

Have you ever been warmed?
Have you ever been warned?
Have they taped up your mouth and made you
Crawl to a place in the dark
Where they sent a spark
that went through your brain?

And did they explain what that was for?
As you swam through the door?

And when it all came out many years later
They said it wasn’t cruelty or malice
That’s just what happened
If you happened to be at Lake Alice

Did they reset the gauge?
Did they write a new page?
Was someone else directing the play?
Did they remove your shoes and make you dance
With someone who insisted it was happening in France?
And did they tell you to hold each other tight
And did you do it with all your might?

And when it all came out many years later
They said it wasn’t cruelty or malice
That’s just what happened
If you happened to be at Lake Alice


There’s one thing that always did their heads in
Cos despite the name and the need for grace
There wasn’t any lake at Lake Alice.
Track Name: Iris DeMent
Lyrics: You can hear them, right?
Track Name: December
Lyrics: anything unclear?
Track Name: Okay (I Think I'm Going To Be)
Lyrics: They are audible, yes?