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Group Hug

by The Close Readers

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Sectioned 01:07
Lake Alice 04:26
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.
Elton John 04:52
Iris DeMent 03:01
Lyrics: You can hear them, right?
Sixteen Slow 06:14
The Arch 03:12
December 05:37
Lyrics: anything unclear?
Stage Divers 02:59
Bipolar 06:21
Lyrics: They are audible, yes?


"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'.


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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