TANK

by Halma Bravo

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All words and music written and performded by Simon Aeschbacher except: Chameleon Girl written by Oswaldo Dolci, Hans-Heini Vogel and Dario Pezzali - Alone written by Eduardo De Vicente - piano on La Vie Concrète performed by Othmar Bereuter - electronic sound effects on Bike and Loft provided by Thomas Fernier. Art work by Halma Bravo. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Simon Aeschbacher at home in London.

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“TANK was going to be the third volume of Sooner or Later Everybody Disappoints: a collection of the best ‘unreleased’ tracks. All tracks were initially recorded sometime between 2006 and 2011 but never made it onto an album. While tiding up Halma Bravo’s output I came across almost 40 tracks that had fallen by the wayside. Some tracks were fully arranged and recorded songs already, others not much more than a basic musical idea. Because the making of this album wasn't just a matter of lifting a few tracks from the archives but involved everything from writing lyrics to arranging and recording music, I decided - though essentially still a collection - to also see it as an album in its own right.” - S.A. -

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released 18 November 2014

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Halma Bravo Greater London, UK

London based DIY art pop band with five albums under its belt. Richly textured tunes meet slightly off-kilter lyrics, or is it the other way around? Some highlights have been gathered on two recently released compilations: volume 1 contains the best instrumentals, volume 2 the best songs. All done in good taste and for the enjoyment of music. Since 2006. ... more

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Track Name: Chameleon Girl
Chameleon girl
You will never show
Nobody can see the real you
Cause you camouflage so well

You behave everywhere
How people want you to
Don’t you want to be yourself
Stop playing hide and seek

Chameleon girl
You’re looking so nice
Chameleon girl
Believe me it’s true
And everyday a new surprise
Chameleon girl
That’s how you survive

Chameleon girl
Nothing gives you away
But let me tell you one thing
You make a fool out of yourself

You can deceive the world
But you can’t deceive yourself
So please stop playing games
And get a life instead
Track Name: Angora Canyon
The sun pours down
On me
And my companion
We’re out of town
Out of town
Out all afternoon

I wish this made more sense
I’m burning at both ends
I hear the words you say
But nothing wants to stay

We’re moving down
And down
Angora Canyon
We’re feeling sad
Feeling sad
Wrapped in a cocoon

Max!

We dive into the deep
I sit down at your feet
A heron drops a spoon
Stone turns into wool

I wish this made more sense
I’m burning at both ends
I hear the words you say
But nothing wants to stay

Max!
Track Name: La Vie Concrète
Sunday morning
Half past nine
I’m 47
The bells are ringing

The light is bouncing
Off the water
Looking special
But now it’s fading

Facts elastic
All fantastic
I’m a child now
Rue Laffitte

And my mother
She’s a singer
In a small town
La vie concrète

I’ll always hear you - hear you
Whatever I do
The frozen pond
I always fall through

I am standing
In my garden
In 1920
In a white hat

And the seasons
Keep on changing
The departed
Will not be coming back

Monday morning
The same routine
But the same is
Never really the same

I see roses
I see willows
In the sunshine
And in the cold rain
Track Name: We Are The Little Bits
You can have a little
A little bit more
A little bit will do the trick
It won’t do no harm
Just for once in your life
Why not ask for more
You can have a little
Or no one else will

We are the little bit more
The never you mind
If it’s not the right kind
The little bit for the sake of it
And the done and heard it all before
We are the live a little longer
The never you mind
If we end up blind

You can live a little
A little bit more
When you’re on a role next time
It is not a crime
So you have what makes
The world go round
You should live a little
Live a little more

We are the little bits!
We are!
We are the little bits!
We are!

We are the little bit more
The never you mind
If it’s not the right kind
The little bit for the sake of it
And the done and heard it all before
We are the live a little longer
The never you mind
If we end up blind
Track Name: Alone
There are times when it’s hard to believe
That it’s over between you and me
I just can’t find the excuse to move on
Now that you are not here
And that I am alone

But now is the time to walk away on my own
And be strong enough to fly
Away from you
For the first time yeah
For the first time yeah
For the first time

I remember the day that we met
And the sparkle you had in your eyes
Now is gone and there is nothing left
Just a hole in my heart
And an empty space

I was sure that you would be the one
That we would never ever be apart
Now I know there’s no prince on a horse
There’s no girl, there’s no frog
No one singing a song

But now is the time to walk away on my own
And be strong enough to fly
Away from you
For the first time yeah
For the first time yeah
For the first time

Now it’s late if you wanna come back
I’m away and I locked up my heart
There’s no me, there’s no love, there’s no us
Just a drink in a bar
And more tears for lunch

Alone…
Track Name: Hunger
Hab dich gleich erkannt
Hast dich totgestellt
Auf dem Schollenrand

Langsam bricht das Eis
Bist noch viel zu weit
Von nem Schiff entfernt

Von Hunden verwundet
Als Pizza garniert
Von Zungen besungen
Von der Ewigkeit gejagt

Ich hab Hunger!
Ich hab Hunger - ich hab Hunger
Ich hab Hunger!
Ich hab Hunger - ich hab Hunger

Hast dir Mut gemacht
Beginnst dich zu bewegen
Löst dich von mir ab

Treibst du in die Schlacht
Unterm Hochhaushimmel
Also gib mal acht

Von Waagen erwogen
Vom Zünglein belogen
Mit Atlas gerungen
Von der Ewigkeit gejagt

Ich hab Hunger!...

Wollte das noch sagen

Von Zahlen bestohlen
Vom Mond gelbgemacht
Im Blauen verwässert
Von der Ewigkeit gejagt

Von Hieben durchtrieben
Wie Glocken verklungen
Vom Wilden geträumt
Von der Ewigkeit gejagt
Track Name: Signs
Everywhere I go
There’s a sign
Everywhere I go
There’s a SIGN

Everywhere I go
There’s a sign
Everywhere I go
There’s a SIGN

Everywhere

Yaee - yaaa!
Yaee - yaaa!
Track Name: The Morning Sun
You are the morning sun
The summer breeze
The perfect tease
The chain undone

Where will I go?
Through the hole
And will you walk with me?

You are the empty cage
The clear night sky
The wandering eye
The brand new page

Where will you go?
Round the pole
And will I find you there?

You are the missing day
The rugged coast
The case what most
Would throw away
Track Name: Le Chien
Dans une autre ville
Un lieu – un lieu sans importance - sans toi
Dans une autre ville
Pour moi rien ne vaut pas la peine - sans toi

Tu dis mon nom
Je dis ton nom
Comme un flocon de neige
Et un arc en ciel

Le grand carrousel
Quand tu t'y attends le moins
Il s'arrête soudain
Je prends place près de toi

Ohhh, le chien
L’illusion amoureuse
Ohhh, le chien
Il ne meurt jamais – jamais!

Je poursuis mon chemin
Autour de mon cœur capricieux - sans toi
Je poursuis mon chemin
Vraiment, je n'ai pas d'autre choix - sans toi

Tu dis mon nom
Je dis ton nom
Mais que devons-nous faire
Sous le bleu du ciel

Sur le Pont Mirabeau
À bord d’un bateau
À une date inconnue
Nous nous rencontrerons