Carruthers Gets Bashed

by Blake

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Write a song and make the changes clear Make a vow and sign your name right here Improbable most times But possible sometimes You could be part of my dreams Write a poem and make the endings rhyme Make a pledge and mix your soul with mine Improbable most times But possible sometimes You could be part of my dreams I could be happy with our love shining around Let it shine Write a thousand times ‘You are on my mind’ Write a book and give the plot a twist Put my name right to the top of your list Improbable most times But possible sometimes You could be part of my dreams Write a joke and make the punch line good Take a walk and carve our names in wood Improbable most times But possible sometimes You could be part of my dreams
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She likes to see herself as number one She likes to tell you all the things she's done And everything she does is so much fun But she's not all that Turns up at parties but she's always late They gather round her but she makes them wait She knows she'll make it cos it is her fate But she's not all that We are not worthy to tie up her shoes One day she knows she will be breaking news But when she's broken how much will we lose? Cos she's not all that
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He’s got a sim card full of numbers He checks his emails on his phone But it seems to suggest That he just ain’t passed the test He’s alone He’s got a widescreen television In his secondary home But man he’s under attack And he can’t live with the fact He’s alone Marketing man we seen you coming Marketing man we got you running Change your plan Marketing man He’s got a fistful of prescriptions He’s got a lungful of thick black fear And man he’s walking the track But there’s a hound at his back And it’s near He had a first class education He used a false start to get ahead But now he’s got to the top He’s got a long way to drop When he’d dead Marketing man we seen you coming Marketing man we got you running Change your plan Marketing man
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You build your house upon the sand You like to get things on demand Why don’t you come and hold my hand it’s easy To hide your face inside your hands And say you just don’t understand All these things that God has planned now baby If you try to believe Who knows you might just succeed Don’t tell me you ain’t got the time Make up your mind God knows I’ve made up mine baby Make up your mind God knows I’ve made up my mine God knows I’ve made up my mine Your hair is curled you’re looking great You hang your hopes upon a date Maybe this time round the wait will be over I see your face begin to fall He’s not the picture on your wall But you could really have it all I’ll show you
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Cafe Retro 02:33
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A sunny day comes undone As the rain falls down and drenches everyone Oh no it seems I’ve got a little hole right here in my soul I feel it leaking and the rain is getting in Oh my I wring my hands and then I throw my prayers at the sky But is there anybody out there listening I’m sick and tired of all the good things that I waste I’m sick and tired of all the pain that I create I’m sick and tired of all the troubles that I just can’t shake You’ve heard it all before but are you listening I’m sick and tired of all the promises I break I’m sick and tired of all the money that I make I’m sick and tired of all the numbers that just don’t equate You’ve heard it all before but are you listening A little cloud before the sun But like a shroud the darkness covers everyone Oh no it seems I still got very many miles to go But where I’m heading is a mystery to me Oh my I wring my hands and then I set my eyes to the sky But superstition only keeps you on your knees I’m sick and tired of all the good things that I waste I’m sick and tired of all the pain that I create I’m sick and tired of all the troubles that I just can’t shake You’ve heard it all before but are you listening I’m sick and tired of all the promises I break I’m sick and tired of all the money that I make I’m sick and tired of all the people who turn out as fake You’ve heard it all before but are you listening O Lord can I make it without you? O Lord I can’t get by without you O Lord can I get by without you? O Lord no
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You’ve got the bluest eyes And you got the sweetest smile But they make me feel so blue When you’re gone I can’t explain But there’s something wrong inside my brain Cos I love you Yeah I love you Cos you got the bluest eyes Like the summer skies The bluest eyes Make me feel so high You got the warmest kiss And you got the softest lips But they make me feel so blue When you’re gone I feel so low And there’s something wrong inside my soul Cos I miss you Yeah I miss you Cos you got the bluest eyes Like the summer skies The bluest eyes Make me feel so high Cos you got the bluest eyes Oh darling don’t forget That I will never let you down Or mess you around Cos you got the bluest eyes Like the summer skies The bluest eyes Make me feel so high Cos you got the bluest eyes
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A Better Way 03:26
It isn’t easy, man, changing your inner situation We need a better plan, a decent chance of liberation Our lives they ebb and flow, things get in the way There’s only one who knows a better way A better way The people on TV, they’ll try to tell you it’s OK They give you stuff for free, but man you always have to pay A storm is gonna blow, the clouds are turning grey There’s only one who knows a better way A better way “Take heed what ye hear…unto he who hears shall more be given.” Mark 4.24
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It’s a shame you’re not around anymore You were the greatest one I heard and that’s for sure But don’t you worry about a thing You recorded it now everyone can hear you sing Dreamed so many times I’ve seen you on the stage Then I’d come round to you house after you’d played But when I wake up you’re not there Although the sun is shining, all the trees are bare And this song goes out from me to you Danny go right down to the sea You’ll be the man of 1000 years Little child of mine I was only one When you wrote that song I’d only just begun And all my life was filled with laughter But you had finished it, begun a second chapter And this song goes out from me to you Danny go right down to the sea You’ll be the man of 1000 years There’s such purity and magic in your songs No-one writes them like you used to now you’re gone I hope you know just what you’ve done You’ve given the sunny side of heaven to everyone Now this song goes out from me to you Danny go right down to the sea You’ll be the man of 1000 years
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Breathe 04:30
In a moment all hope is lost And it leaves you counting the cost Oh Lord have mercy on your children We don’t know what we are doing We have lost our way Oh Lord make haste to help us hear us Listen as we pray Your love is sweeter than wine Your touch and everything’s fine Your peace is all that I need Your Truth as I live and breathe Can you hear me calling your name Can you heal me, cast out this pain Oh Lord have mercy on your children We don’t know what we are doing We have lost our way Oh Lord make haste to help us hear us Listen as we pray Your love is sweeter than wine Your touch and everything’s fine Your peace is all that I need Your Truth as I live and breathe
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Save me from this hell I need something to believe I know very well the fires are waiting for me Something's going on I feel the heat all around It won't be very long before I'm dead in the ground So make my dying bed cos when my time is through He wants to buy my soul but it's gone I'm going to give it to you I'm going to give it to you It's day but there's no light without you shining on me Eternity of night without your divinity Something's going on I feel the heat all around It won't be very long before I'm dead in the ground So make my dying bed cos when my time is through He wants to buy my soul but it's gone I'm going to give it to you I'm going to give it to you
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Heard it in the moonlight Sounded like a call Or maybe just the leaves were whispering I really don't recall But it was there in the morning And I took it down the stairs Stayed with me through school and suddenly I didn't seem to care Cos there was nothing else I could do Yes there was nothing else I could do And it's true Lying in the gutter Staring at the stars Cos nothing ever mattered much to me But being where you are Climbing up the mountain The summit is so far Tell me am I getting close to you Or am I wishing on a star So I kept it beside me And I thought I heard it sing People said I dreamed my life away But I didn't hear a thing And I concentrated harder And I learned to sing along Soon I knew the chords and melody And then I had the song
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about

Reading the original sleeve notes below, I realise I again thought I was releasing my final album with Carruthers Gets Bashed. I assumed the cupboard was now finally bare - what an idiot! I find it inexplicable that I came to this conclusion when I knew full well that I had left off three songs that would appear on what would be my next album, By The Banks Of The A350, just nine months later: Falling, Baby Don't Be Down and Sevens And Nines.

I felt like Carruthers Gets Bashed was a step up from Final Whistle in terms of production values. I resisted the urge to utilise more than eight tracks on most of the songs and I remedied my mistake of placing the vocals too high in the mix that I had made on my previous effort. I mixed using headphones rather than speakers for the first time and this seemed to help.

Original sleeve notes:

This is my fourth album (if you include Karmatruffle’s What You Do Comes Back To You) and, possibly, my last. Simply because I’ve nearly run out of songs! Good ones, at any rate. I still had some left after Final Whistle that I was going to let die, but for some reason they kept niggling away at me. After an enforced break from all things musical during the latter part of 2006, the New Year arrived with fresh inspiration and I decided to give some of these discarded orphans a chance. I originally intended to record a single called Blake’s 7 inch. This turned into an EP, Blake’s 7 inch (extended), and, after I’d recorded six or seven songs, I realised it was going to be a fully fledged LP.

When I was in Karmatruffle, we’d toyed with the idea of calling our album ‘Carruthers Gets Bashed’ – can’t remember why exactly, but it was something to do with Paul’s experiences at Cheltenham Boys College. The tune itself was originally from a song called ‘Dirty Old Man’ which was rejected by the band mainly because of its ridiculous lyrics. It reminded me of the Grange Hill theme – in a ‘Ripping Yarns’ kind of way – so I thought it worked well.

‘You Could Be Part Of My Dreams’ was the last song to be written. I went to see Duke Special play in Bristol the other day and it’s kind of inspired by him. The chorus I dreamed. I was onstage singing it with, I think, Linda Ronstadt. I was Van Morrison!

‘She’s Not All That’ and ‘A Better Way’ were both recorded by Karmatruffle for our single release on the Ectomusic label. Unfortunately, after we fell out with the company we had no access to the sound recordings and we couldn’t be bothered to record them again for our album (having spent over six months working on them in the first place). I re-recorded them based on the original demos I had made on my Tascam four track. I kept Magda’s original bass line from the tape for A Better Way and built the song around that. I discarded the record company’s alterations to ‘She’s Not All That’ and enjoyed recording it as I originally intended.

‘Marketing Man’ was a song that never went further than a demo but I was desperate to record it as I could hear the cowbell part and I’d always wanted to have a song with one on! Perversely, I don’t even own a cowbell so I had to settle for a frying pan. ‘Make Up Your Mind’ is a song that after I’d finished writing it I was convinced it would be a huge hit for Robbie Williams and my fortune would be assured. How wrong I was.

Café Retro I recorded in 2002 and I simply added some reverb to the original four track recording. (Apologies to John Barry.) ‘Man of 1000 Years’ I wrote about and for Danny Kirwan. It’s pieced together with the names of his songs and it’s just about my favourite thing I’ve written. ‘Bluest Eyes’ I actually recorded for Final Whistle but it didn’t make the cut. However, on re-listening I realised it was a lot better than I remembered and I thought it slotted in well amongst the mainly noisy stuff I’d been recording for 'Carruthers'.

‘Sick and Tired’ is a song I’d never even demoed. It’s clearly influenced by Elliott Smith. ‘Breathe’ is about some heavy stuff that Sarah and I have been going through lately. I just felt it was time to do a Neil Young thing. I sacrificed a song called ‘Sevens & Nines’ to make room – it was inspired by Goldfrapp and had an eschatological bent, but I didn’t really like the idea of an electronic blues too much.

‘Give It To You’ was a song Karmatruffle turned their noses up at. I wrote it in France at the same time as ‘Beautiful Star’. ‘Wishing On A Star’ was another rejected one – I was really pleased with the way the recording of this one turned out.

Bernard Blake
March 2007

Overplay review:

"There’s a warm glow to the 13 tracks here from Bath singer/songwriter Blake, AKA Julian Pugsley. ‘Carruthers Gets Bashed’ is an album swimming in hazy ‘60s melodies, sparkly indie and beer-fuzz Britpop. And why not. It’s good to see a man in touch with his emotions. He’s probably not afraid to have a good cry every now and then, either.

“You Could Be Part Of My Dreams” is a suitably hearty start to things. A singalong in the style of Dylan meets Snow Patrol, it’s 100% instant happy-making. Similarly, the Hammond organ-fuelled, “She’s Not All That” has a touch of the Monkees. However, “Marketing Man”, “The Bluest Eyes” and “Café Retro” filter their grooviness through a slightly quirkier, more restrained Belle & Sebastian filter to make sweet, affecting pop songs.

It’s not all Rickenbackers and flute sounds, though. “Sick And Tired” uses chiming piano for a classy Supertramp sheen. “A Better Way” and “Breathe” also ring the changes with fuzzed-up mix of Led Zep guts and Oasis swagger. “Give It To You” is an even darker proposition as a Pixies bassline rubs up against slide guitar to generate some evil heat.

While Blake may falter slightly on the more serious moments (the earnest folk of “Make Up Your Mind” and slightly maudlin “Wishing On A Star”), it’s the passion and colour of his more propulsive tunes that makes him memorable. Take “Man Of 1,000 Years”. It’s the most happily frantic cut to come out of a stereo since The Boo Radleys’ “Wake Up Boo”. But where there’s sunshine and adrenaline, there’s also soul."

credits

released March 28, 2007

Produced by Blake.

Blake plays Tanglewood TW68 electric guitar, an unidentified bass guitar, Conrad drums, Jim Dunlop harps, Vintage VE660 acoustic, Hohner melodica soprano, Stylophone, kazoo, Yamaha PSR180 keyboard, various percussion...
Magda McCaffry plays bass guitar on 'A Better Way'.

Thanks to: Sarah, Cas, Magda, Dean, Amanda, all the Carters and Pugsleys, everyone at St. Katherine's and you for buying a copy of this CD!

'And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.' Mark 4:24

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