The Wayward Buskers

by Ian Cockburn and the Whole World

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The first album, featuring a legion of fantastic guest appearances

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released December 30, 2009

Mastered by Owen Lloyd, Features Adam John Miller, Ste McCabe, David Broad, Shaun Day, Helen Butlin, Anna Rogers, Liz Hensor, Emil Andrews, Jean Genet, Tonieeee and Jo Clay, Max Broady, Horton Parks, Tim Ireland, Beth Maiden, The What I Wanted To Dos, Jo Wolfarth, Kathleen Reilly, Ellen Booth, Lucy Canter, Circuit Ben, Hywel Lewis, Ema Stafford, Bob Cockburn, Emily Clavering, John Perry, Leesh Gregory, Amyas Varcoe, Jake Sinetos

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Track Name: Pettigrew Crescent
We've been closer before
Than we are now
And I hope we'll be closer again
We've been closer before
Than we are now
And I hope we'll be closer again

But if we are
Wouldn't it be far
too bewildering to figure
That the time we're most
Geographically close
Is the time when we are most severed?

We've been closer before
Than we are now
And I hope we'll be closer again

We've been closer before
Than we are now
And I hope we get closer again

But if we do
Wouldn't it be too
Ironical beyond measure
That the time our hearts
Are furthest apart
Is the time when we're closest together?

People drift apart and away
as sure as they
drift towards one another
It's a natural thing
of which i sing
like the seasons and the weather
It's Good to change
You shouldn't stay the same
for the sake of another's pleasure
But I hope one day
We remember the way
That we felt when we wrote those letters

And as the feeling returns
For a moment it burns
And we'll hug for what feels like forever
As we recollect
and our eyes connect
And we reclaim our buried treasure

We've been closer before
Than we are now
And I hope we'll be closer again

We've been closer before
Than we are now
And I hope we'll be closer again

But if we're not
at least I've got
Something that's warm, sweet and clever
The person you'll be
Eternally
Inside my mind, whatever
Track Name: Couples Holding Hands
Woke up this morning with a smile upon my face

Full of all goodwill towards the entire human race

Rushed out my house to joyfully greet

The first perfect strangers I’d meet

Unfortunately they turned out to be a pair of lovers

Whose body language made it clear they cared not much for others

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more obnoxious than couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothibng more obnoxious than couples holding hands

I never found true love, I should be glad for those who did

Congratulations! Then again, who are you trying to kid?

Half of you ain’t found true love, you’re only being phoney

You do it just to irritate and to make us feel lonely

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more annoyingthan couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more soul-destroying than couples holding hands

And seemingly one half of each hand-holding happy item

Seems actually quite ill-at-ease as the clinch is tightened

"Hey Girls, Hey boys, hands off my fella

He’s mine, all mine, can’t afford a collar"

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more frustrating than couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more infuriating than couples holding hands

I had a girlfriend, just for a spell

I thought, "just this once, I’ll try it as well

My hand was sweaty, unpleasant to the touch"

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like her! No!

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

There’s nothing more vexatious than couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

Couples holding hands

What throws me in to rages like couples holding hands?

I don’t really mean it

I don’t really mean it

I was being facetious

I don’t really mean it

All couples are beautiful

All couples are lovely

They’re so sweet

Aaah

Blah blah blah….
Track Name: Same Old Scenes
There’s too many Titians in this exhibition of women being ravished by Zeus
Too many Rubenses full of exuberant psychotic gods on the loose
Too many boring postcards of Venice
So-called “still lifes”, of piles of dead pheasants
And sad suicides of fair maidens defiled
And oh, there’s another Madonna and Child

Same old scenes
So often the same old stupid scenes
Same old themes
When they could have painted their wildest dreams

There’s too much pornography pretending not to be, posing as moral instruction
There’s too many hazy daubs by Veronese, not enough Bruegel concoctions
There’s St Sebastian’s harrowing fate
And Holofernes’s head on a plate
Nondescript classicised portrait busts
Naked girls showing the perils of lust

Same old scenes
From the Byzantines to the Nazarenes
Same old scenes
When they could have painted their wildest dreams
Track Name: We Said We'd Never Wear Beige
We said we’d never wear beige

We said we’d never wear beige

If living must result

In turning into an adult

At least we’d never act our age

We said we’d never wear beige

We’d never reach that stage

Never let our glamour drop

When the party has to stop

And conformity is all the rage

I didn’t realise that when we were apart

We were taking different routes

I didn’t realise that while I took to art

You took to wearing puce

I thought we said, I thought we said

I thought we said, I thought we said

I thought we said, I thought we said

We’d never be caught dead

You said you’d never wear beige

You said you’d never wear beige

And you’re surprised that I’m appalled

I can’t believe you have the gall

To act as though nothing has changed

How can you stand there in beige

How can you stand there in beige

You traitor
Track Name: Hey Shauny Day
Animé amethyst eremite clematis

Lithograph aquatint Angevin anubis

Wonderment double-u lazuli marabou

Waterslide dynamite alcopop feverfew

Hey, Shauny Day, colt catapult crochet, Shauny Day, croquet

Hey, Shauny Day, bet baronet Bombay, Shauny Day, blasé

Anti-disestablishmentarian

Non-numerical nanogenarian

Eleemosynary extrapolation

Katzenjammerful concatenation

Tantamount autobahn autoharp pachyderm

Sesame celery entre nous entropy

Waxicles a propos catamite calico

Escapade accolade Scherezade Gubbio

Hey, Shauny Day, pet parapet Pompeii, Shauny Day,

palais
Hey, Shauny Day, met marmoset meleé, Shauny Day,

mauvais
Thanatological tattermalion

Septilateral Pelyponasian

Eleemosynary Erythroblastosis

Mecamelamine metamorphosis

TRY NOT TO FLY BUT TO SURF ROUND THE EARTH

LIKE TO SPAIN OR TO MAINE OR TO PRUSSIA OR PERTH

LIKE TO HULL OR TO MULL OR TO RUSSIA OR RHODES

ÖTLAND OR GÖTLAND OR THE EDGE OF THE GLOBE

Hey, Shauny Day, tope telescope tokay, Shauny Day, touché

Hey, Shauny Day, sand saraband sauteé, shauny day, sashay

Please let me wonder, please help me Rhonda

My little honda, da do ron do ron da

Hokum hokum hallucination

Token token teleportation

Woken woken Wembley station

Oaken oaken asphixiation

Lyrical lyrical lyrical lyrical lyrical lyrical larrikin

Cynical cynical cynical cynical cynical cynical Saladin

Miracle miracle miracle miracle miracle miracle mannequin

Pinnicle pinnicle pinnicle pinnicle pinnicle pinnicle Paladin
Track Name: A Toast To The Coast
This land is your land, this land is my land

From Cornish Land’s End to the Scottish Highlands

And the country is one small island

Between two seas a slender slip of dry land

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

Wherever you are it’s temptingly close

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast!

Scarborough, Clacton, Ilfracombe, Strumble Head

Cromer, Whitley Bay, Stonehaven, Troon,

Redcar, Eyemouth, Flanborough Head

The shells and seaweed, the harbours and beaches

The waves a-crash and the seagull a-screeches

King Lear’s valedictory speeches

The United Kingdom’s outermost reaches

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

The bits of Britain that I like the most

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast!

Beachy Head, Foulness Point, Milford Haven, Pwlgwaelod

Brighton, Robin Hood’s Bay, Banff, Nairn, Butt of Lewis

The lonely lighthouses the cavernous caves

The King Canute-defying roar of the waves

That brought Dunwich to a watery grave

And one day will do even London great scath

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

The sweetest setting summer can boast

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

The sweetest setting winter can boast

A toast! A toast! A toast to the coast!

A toast! A toast! A toast- to the coast! (Hear Hear! Cheers!)
Track Name: Calon Lân
Nid wy'n gofyn bywyd moethus
Aur y byd na'i berlau mân
Gofyn rwyf am calon hapus
Calon onest, calon lân.
Cytgan:
Calon lân yn llawn daioni
Tecach yw na'r lili dlos
Does ond calon lân all ganu
Canu'r dydd a chanu'r nos.