Antheology

by Blake

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Antheology collects some of the many demos and tracks I have recorded since roughly the year 2000 which have not made it onto any of my albums. It was originally released in 2008 when I thought my recording career had come to an end. As I have subsequently released four albums of new material, I was obviously a bit premature with thoughts of retirement! Some of the demos on this album originally appeared on the 'friends only' Bernard Blake CD 'Into The Light' in 2002. They were mastered from the original cassettes (that's how long ago this was folks!) by Mike Hill at Attic Studios, Bishop's Cleeve. Oddly, for a collection of demos and out-takes, this is my best selling release. I think it's because people assume it's by the classical boy band Blake because of the nice picture on the cover!
This is what I wrote about Antheology on its initial release in 2008:
I feel confident that I will now be able to retire in peace knowing that practically everything I’ve written that is of any merit has been made commercially available! Whether anyone will ever pick up on my music it remains to be seen. After all, the transformation in the way music is bought and sold due to the internet has made it easy for me to be able to release my music on internationally available platforms such as iTunes but it has also made it very easy for millions of other unsigned artists to do exactly the same. Everyone these days it seems is a bloody musician! Perhaps the best chance I’ve got is for some famous person to record one of my songs. I contacted American folk singer Mary Lou Lord last year and offered her ‘You Could Be Part Of My Dreams’. I’m just waiting for the phone to ring…

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released April 5, 2008

Produced by Blake.

All songs written by Julian Pugsley except 'Without You' and 'Astronaut' by Magda McCaffry and 'Not That Kind of Girl' by Pugsley/Prais

Blake - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, harmonica, percussion.
Paul Kench - lead guitar on 'Upside Down', 'Without You' and 'Sacrosanct'
Jamie Jordan drums on 'Upside Down', 'Without You' and 'Sacrosanct'
Magda McCaffry - bass and backing vocals on 'Without You'
Adi Gray - drums on 'Not That Kind of Girl'
Sarah Pugsley - vocals on 'Not That Kind of Girl'

Photography by Blake: Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, 2002.

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Blake Bath and North East Somerset

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the UK. My new album 'Holy Roller' is released on 15th April 2017. Sign up to my mailing list and receive a free download of my track 'Vinyl Junkie': eepurl.com/dV04f

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Track Name: Upside Down
I used to think that I was smart cos I was quite concerned with art
I used to think that I was cool because I never tried at school
But now I think I’m really dumb cos she has got me under her thumb
And I’m not lying

She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down

I used to know which way to go but now I’m spinning out of control
I’m so mixed up I can’t think straight, I cannot eat, I’m losing weight
And if she leaves me I will die, well I will almost certainly cry
And I’m not lying

She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down

Sometimes I wish we’d never met
What if I go and leave no forwarding address?

She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
She’s turning me upside down she’s turning me upside down
Track Name: Digging
Moving through the morning your light is still switched on
I didn’t heed the warning, I had to carry on
Digging for an answer, hoping for a word
Passing you in corridors, feeling quite absurd
When I speak to you, when we meet

I don’t know, I don’t know
Will I ever find your love
I don’t know, I don’t know
Will I ever find your love
I don’t know, I don’t know
Will I ever find your love
Will I ever find your love

Climbing the extension, thinking I’m a fool
Checking my reflection, trying to play it cool
Digging for an answer, hoping for a word
Passing you in corridors, feeling quite absurd
When I speak to you, when we meet

Then I recognise him, then I turn away
Knowing I despise him, you I cannot say
Digging for an answer, hoping for a word
Passing you in corridors, feeling quite absurd
When I speak to you, when we meet
Track Name: Not That Kind Of Girl
I’m just an ordinary girl, I’m not chained to anyone
I know that time is on my side
I’m quite content with what I’ve got, cos what I got is fun
I want to live before I die

Don’t want to get involved cos there’s too many problems to solve
And there’s no room to be who I am

Cos I’m not that kind of girl don’t need the story of your life
And I don’t want to rule your world but I’ll take you home tonight

I keep on moving all the time, don’t wanna settle down
I want a taste of paradise
Don’t try to change me cos you’ll lose me and then you will be down
I know you think I’m really nice

Don’t want to get involved cos there’s too many problems to solve
And there’s no room to be who I am

Cos I’m not that kind of girl don’t need the story of your life
And I don’t want to rule your world but I’ll take you home tonight
Track Name: E is for Envy
Come on over, I got something to show you
It's taken me weeks but man it's something else
So what do you say, have I made the grade
I feel at my peak, I did it all by myself

Anyway, you know it doesn't matter
I can say I get a kick from the pain
I'm quite happy in my ivory tower
But I won't be coming down again yeah yeah yeah

E is for envy, baby can't you see
It's a part of me, I'm a green-eyed child
And it's driving me wild

Wait a minute I got something to show you
It didn't take too long and man it's something new
So tell me what do you think, let me know am I on the brink
Don't do me wrong I feel I'm breaking through

Anyway, just forget it
You got some pretty good luck what's that to me
How can you tell me you just don't get it
When it's as plain as ABC D

E is for envy, baby can't you see
It's a part of me, I'm a green-eyed child
And it's driving me wild
Track Name: Astronaut
I’m so bored out of my tiny mind
Am I the only one of my kind?
I’m so lonely, am I the only astronaut?
See the planet that I left behind
I wonder what I came out here to find
Was it worth it, from the earth I’m just another dot

How was I to know I’d be so alone
How was I to know I’d be so cold

All I do is stare out into space
I can’t believe I miss the human race
I’m so lonely, am I the only astronaut?
I’m just passing I’m not here to stay
That’s what I tell myself anyway
Was it worth it, on the earth it’s just another day

How was I to know I’d be so alone
How was I to know I’d be so cold

Only human, only human I’m sorry to say
I’m the blueprint, I’m the blueprint for a better way
I’m so lonely am I the only castaway
I’m the only, the one and only astronaut
Track Name: Hope You Know
Can't find the words to tell you
How much i love you
I hope you know
I hope you know how great
it is when you're with me
and we're just doing nothing
i hope you know

I hope you know we'll never be apart again
and when we're old we'll be the same as this day then

I really hope you know
I really hope you know

Don't find the time to show you
How much i need you
I hope you know
I hope you know how good
it is when I'm with you
and we're just doing something
i hope you know

I hope you know we'll never be apart again
and when we're old we'll be the same as this day then

I really hope you know
I really hope you know
Track Name: Without You
Nothing you do affects me now in any way
I’m too grown up to be pissed off with anything you say
I’ve taken rejection in my stride, it’s been good so far
I’m moving on now with my life, I’ll be in the bar

I’m doing fine, the sun still shines
Without you I’m all mine
Most of the time
Without you

I’m doing better than before, friends all say I’ve changed
And there’s no reason to be bored with all the time I’ve gained
No need for these domestic chores
The plates pile up on every floor
I can’t be bothered anymore
I’m through without you

I’m doing fine, the sun still shines
Without you I’m all mine
Most of the time
Without you
Track Name: The Old Ones
Darling we’re the old ones doing what the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones dressing like the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones talking like the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones living like the old ones do

We take a walk and we enjoy the view
And then we talk all about me and you
We share a laugh we want the world to stare
We run a bath, we could be anywhere

Darling we’re the old ones doing what the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones playing what the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones acting like the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones looking like we’re so uncool
But we don’t care

We have a kid but it was hard to do
I’m glad we did cos now the world’s brand new
We take a trip, we take the caravan
It’s not too hip but we don’t give a damn

We are the old ones, we don’t care we have fun
We don’t play by your rules and one day you’ll be old, too

Darling we’re the old ones doing what the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones dressing like the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones talking like the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones living like the old ones do

We see our friends, we see their children too
And we pretend that we are younger too
Cos way back when, when the time would go so fast
It’s not the end, no good living in the past

Darling we’re the old ones doing what the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones playing what the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones acting like the old ones do
Darling we’re the old ones looking like we’re so uncool
But we don’t care
Track Name: Sacrosanct
There’s nothing I can tell you that’s gonna make you stay
I was never in your league anyway
There’s nothing that you’re saying I haven’t heard before
Save it for the next one through your door

I wish you’d make your mind up soon
I wish you’d love me like before

Cos you’re not getting what you want
Do I have to make you sacrosanct?
Cos you’re not getting what you want
Do I have to make you sacrosanct?

There’s no way I can make you but try to understand
I never felt like I was your man
There’s nothing that you’re saying I haven’t heard before
Save it for the next one through your door

I wish you’d make your mind up soon
I wish you’d love me like before

Cos you’re not getting what you want
Do I have to make you sacrosanct?
Cos you’re not getting what you want
Do I have to make you sacrosanct?