Chicks Dig Ska

by The 'Bones

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Full length album by The 'Bones - ska band based in Dunedin, New Zealand from 2003 to 2008.

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released July 1, 2008

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The Mentalist Collective Dunedin, New Zealand

A group of musicians with a philosophy of experimentation with different instruments, styles and timbre.

The Mentalist Collective originally formed in 2008 under the name The Mentalists.

Brendan Christie joined the two enthusiastic song writers Scott Campbell and Seamus McCarthy and shortly after released this EP "Here is a Tree, Where is the Sun?" and are currently working on further material.
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Track Name: Keep on Smiling
Sitting back, lying on the couch
Things are going badly but don't let this opportunity by
You've seen it before and history doesn't lie.
Stop and think, what more can you do?
It won't be quite as hopeless if you think of what is tried and true
The only thing to change is your attitude.

Keep on smiling and it might just be going your way
Keep on running for the gold and you might take it home someday.
But keep on smiling.

It's a nice day sitting by the edge of the fence
The grass is always greener but it never makes sense to get down
What goes around, comes around.
Look at your desk, the same as you know
It hasn't changed a bit since you carved your name years ago
Don't keep feeling low, just plaster on a smile and don't let the boss find out now

Keep on smiling and it might just be going your way
Keep on running for the gold and you might take it home someday.

Keep on smiling and it might just be going your way
Keep on running for the gold and you might take it home someday
But keep on smiling.
Track Name: Plans for Tonight
Well my friend, now, in the end
you can understand it's true, it's true
Everything I need from you, you see,
Can only be from you.
Well it's a quarter past eight, its getting late,
The clock has been gyrating for a while
But asleep you're not, you're looking hot
your appearance makes me stop and think and smile
Let's go out in style.

We'll drink the dregs out of the keg,
and shake a leg, let's go, let's go.
Get into the car, to a local bar
And we can start the show.
Well, we'll be alright, see all the sights
and we'll have a night with plenty of romance.
Then we'll hit the town, turn it upside down
and find a quiet place where we can dance,
only if we get the chance.

So my girl we have the world
They curl down to our feet, our feet.
Nothing else can stop us now,
Nobody that we meet.
Well I love you so and I hope you know
how hard it is for me to find the words to say
That I love you so and I hope you know
that I hope you're going to marry me someday...
so marry me today.
Track Name: I Can Hardly Complain
I can hardly complain,
Though you've made me this way.
You'd do best to refrain
From these words that you say.

You wouldn't want to make me feel
all too special
but darling when you say my name
it's nothing superficial.
What's going on in your mind when you say I mean nothing to you?
I guess pretty soon I'll find that there's really not much I can do.

Don't you know that we just follow
all the lines that are laid
We're like a train that running on a certain track
and there's really no choice to be made.
You turn your back on me but you know in your heart I'm still here.
Cause when I've got nowhere to go I might as well be there.

I can hardly complain
though you've made me this way
You'd do best to refrain
from these words that you say.
Track Name: So Long
It's been so long
but baby I'm coming home.
Who cares whose wrong,
maybe we should change our tone
It's just the conversations that we have
are never quite the same on the phone
so I'm coming
'cause it's been so long.

I wrote a note a day or two ago
and sent it away to your house
and as I walk up to the door I know
I need to be as quiet as a mouse
because it's 2AM and I don't know where you've been
the house looks like you've had someone in
But the thumping in my head is the thumping of the bed
and the note is unopened in the rubbish bin.

This is your slow song
telling you so long.
So long.

This is so long
Baby, I should have known.
I lef the note I sent so that you would
know I have been and gone.
I'll remember all the good times that we've had
but it's time I went out on my own.
So I'm no coming home.
This is so long.
This is so long.
This is your slow song.
Track Name: Keep it in the Family
Just keep it in the family, my mother always said.
You were born with the remedy, if only in your head.
Go help your sister, she's crying, she's better being fed
Than wrapped around a fist until she's inches from dead
She's only four years old and she cannot understand
Why her father gets frustrated and things get out of hand.

Just keep it in the family, our problems are our own
And we don't need no one else messing with our home.
Someday you'll grow up you will see, when you're older you will know
The direction that you're facing is not the way you wanna go.
Remember how you feel and what you wanna change
And maybe in the future it won't be quite the same.

So keep it quiet and you know it won't be far away
When we can look back and we'll say
After everything we've been through today
We're still a happy famliy
You know it won't far away
When we can look back and we'll say
After everything we've been through today
We're still a happy family.
Track Name: Fovea Phobia
Two nights ago as I was walking through
the path back from your place, the way that I knew
would get me back to bed, I took the nearest avenue.
Then it came at me and took me by surprise,
this creature with glowing big red eyes.

You don't understand.

I went to run, I tried to cry
but the only thing that happened was a whimpery sigh
Like a giant fist that grabbed me,
The fear it kept me on place and then it hit me
The creature kept walking straight on through
but it wasn't after me, it was after you.

Outside the rain pours with people sleeping indoors
Running down to the place you stay, I've got to find a way
To beat it there and fight it off, I wonder why you pissed it off
Running down to the place you stay, I've got to find a way
And oh, what this mighty creature will try to do next
It's got me scared from my feet to my neck
I've got to try and keep its eyes in check
Tell me what I've got to do next?

So what you know, I managed to beat that vicious creature back
and never again in the avenue was it to show
And I guess this is where the story ends,
but there's one more thing to tell you know my friend:
It'll never end,
Cause in the end, locked up in a police station
A prisoner of my imagination, it depends.
And I guess that the jury will decide
but there's no more need for me to run and hide.

Outside the rain pours with people sleeping indoors
Running down to the place you stay, I've got to find a way
To beat it there and fight it off, I wonder why you pissed it off
Running down to the place you stay, I've got to find a way
And oh, what this mighty creature will try to do next
It's got me scared from my feet to my neck
I've got to try and keep its eyes in check
Tell me what I've got to do next?
Track Name: Geskapo
He sounded loose on the phone
Like nobody was at home
I silently whispered
"I need to get myself right out of here.
All my passports look all wrong
and my family has gone
I feel like I'm being watched and it has got me running scared."

So he asked me what to do
but I could think of nothing new
I said that he had better try and get out while he can.
Then in the background was a shout
and the phone suddenly cut out
and sadly it wasn't the first time it had happened to this man.

They will come for you
There's nothing that you can do.
You're gonna have to run to Timaru
Gonna have to get through them to get through
And they will come for you.

So brother won't you listen to what I say
If you cross them you will pay
and don't try to run to me cause there is nothing I can do
Because the trust in me you've paid
Is the one mistake you've made
I figured that you would forget that I'm a member too.

They will come for you
There's nothing that you can do.
You're gonna have to run to Timaru
Gonna have to get through them to get through
And they will come for you.
Track Name: Mexycan
You work all day in an office
You cannot breath and you cannot focus
Your rent and phone bills are late
You can't stop thinking about the people that you hate.
So what you gonna do?
You know nobody's going to be waiting for you
So get down off your throne and get down to the 'Bones
and just for one night pretend you're a Mexycan.
Track Name: Waiting for Tomorrow
There she goes again
Walking by my window
It seems we've always been
Waiting for tomorrow
I guess we've got chemistry
A perfect titration
So baby what's it gonna be?
What do you want from me?

But she don't care
I'm out tomorrow
She'll still be there
And I won't beg or borrow
She's not gonna lock me outside
Ain't no need to hide.

Yesterday we had a fight
even though we're good friends
the bad time's in the spotlight
but the good times they never end.
As the sunset is setting low
by sunrise we'll be getting high
still waiting for tomorrow.
No one else is going to say it, say it, say it again, no, no.

But she don't care
I'm out tomorrow
She'll still be there
And I won't beg or borrow
She's not gonna lock me outside
Ain't no need to hide.
Track Name: Secret Service Girl
Lately I've been thinking I've been getting too involved
You see I cannot sleep at night until this mystery is solved
She came in that night and she saved my life back in 1994
And then she ran into the darkness until I couldn't see her anymore

Why did she save my life that day?
The answer I never heard her say
And I wanna know today.

I chased her round in circles and all I got was resistance
and then she skipped the country and I haven't seen her since
Now this infatuation has got me hunting round the clock
you may think that I'm a stalker but I'm telling you I'm not.

I didn't even get a chance
She may as well be hiding out in France (or Pakistan).

And oh and she left me there, in my underwear,
I didn't get the chance to thank her but i guess she doesn't care.
And oh, I guess it is her job, a secret service girl is what
And I may find her or not, she is incredibly hot.

I never even got a chance
She may as well be hiding out in France

And oh and she left me there, in my underwear,
I didn't get the chance to thank her but i guess she doesn't care.
And oh, I guess it is her job, a secret service girl is what
And I may find her or not, she is incredibly hot.
Track Name: Sleep All Night
Until the day I locked myself away
I was keeling over, a horrible sight,
With so much on my plate and I couldn't eat a bite.
The work is piling up each day
I'm making money but don't wanna be
the richest man in the graveyard, honey.

And you can sleep all night if you want to,
but you won't get nothing done.

Until the day I locked myself away
Told my friends I was leaving to a far off shore,
Put a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.
By myself is fine, I can have more time
Didn't really care the humanity is reliant on sociability.

And you can sleep all night if you want to,
but you won't get nothing done.

And you can sleep all night if you want to,
but you won't get nothing done.