Agony

by Practical Lovers

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Our first full length LP - released on I'm Not From London records November 2015

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released November 27, 2015

All songs written, sung, arranged, recorded and produced by Jack Wiles. Bass by Mark Connell, recorded at The Lab by Miles Clark. Piano on Grave of Romance by Miles Clark. Artwork by Victoria Umansky

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Practical Lovers London, UK

"Nottingham's answer to your darkest moments. Hearbreakingly honest and lyrically poignant" - Famyard

"A really enjoyable update on the 1980s electro-pop template." - Leftlion Magazine

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Track Name: Put it Bluntly
I hadn’t seen you in a while
and we were reminiscing
about the way things used to be
and what we used to say
you were used to me.
murder mystery in the background
we were feeling pretty ropey
but it was good to be with you
and do the things we do
not on a Sunday

and it had never happened before
small miracle believe me
I wasn’t digging for a nerve to strike
I never thought I’d find an opening

but I had to put it bluntly

I never see it in the subtext
just take it as it happens
ride a wave of small talk with me
just pleasantry and triviality
you couldn’t look me in the eyes
and you turned your body away
it was plain to see
you were upset with me
I made you angry

and it had never happened before
small miracle believe me
I wasn’t digging for a nerve to strike
I never thought I’d find an opening

I haven’t seen you in a while
and I’ve been reminiscing
about the way things used to be
and what you used to say
when you were used to me
now there’s tension in the background
I’ve been feeling pretty ropey
it would be good to be with you
and do the things we do every Sunday

and it’ll never happen again
I’ll make a miracle, believe me
I’ll never dig for a nerve to strike
I’ll never try to find an opening

I’ll never put it bluntly
Track Name: Never Again
let’s take a little trip down memory lane
maybe we can feel a little familiar pain
that was never resolved
when I think about the way that we acted then
it was clear to me that we could only ever be friends

and if it broke you up so bad
then never do it again

it was clear we had both been hurt before
should have known that I just couldn’t afford
to get involved
looking back it was always fundamentally flawed
you were only hitting play but I was hitting record

and after what I thought we had
I’ll never do it again
Track Name: Inside Job
I’m in love with a memory
so old that all I can remember her by
is this love
and now it’s such a big part of me
it seems the one thing on my mind
is this love

and if I speak your name when noone’s there
who am I talking to?
is this love?
and if I still can’t look at anyone but you
is this love?

I try not to let it get to me
I fill my life with things that she might like
days go by
it’s only love because I let it be
because I let it grow so deep inside
the days go by

and if I’m holding on by fingertips
to keep this thing alive
is this love?
and if I pledge my heart to someone who’s not mine
is this love?

your face is getting blurry
all I see when I look back in time
is this love
and I can’t tell no more
if I’m still seeing you or just a lie
is this love?

there is so much of you in me
made indistinct through entropy
that now I can’t pretend to be
half the man I used to be
I hope there’s some of me in you
that if I looked I could see through
the ground
this earth
your heart
and to the truth

is this love?
Track Name: Full of You
I’m not sleeping well these days
my head keeps grinding on and on
my head’s all full of you
pills and bottles leave a haze
my breath keeps scraping in and out
my chest is full of you

when my bones are aching
eyes are heavy like the curtain that came down
right after our show
my resolve is breaking
every sleepless night is pushing in the only
direction I know

and I’ve been building things
just to burn them down
just to get my head clear
I’ve been making something out of nothing
just to tear it down
to tire me out enough to get my head clear

and I’m not tired
I’m not worn down
and though I’ve tried
I can’t lie down
and my poor mind
it won’t slow down
my heart’s on fire
I can’t lie down

My life’s a daydream
imagination throwing shapes and figures
they’re always the same
they’ll take your curves and angles
imitate your grace and wonder
something I can’t tame

I’m running out of ways to occupy myself
the devil’s making work for idle hands
and every time I feel a little pleasure
it reminds me how I felt when we held hands

and I’ve been building things
just to burn them down
just to get my head clear
I’ve been making something out of nothing
just to tear it down
to tire me out enough to get my head clear

and I’m not tired
I’m not worn down
and though I’ve tried
I can’t lie down
and my poor mind
it won’t slow down
my heart’s on fire
I can’t lie down
Track Name: Nobody There
It’s funny how your world gets smaller
when you can’t just get into you car and drive
it’s like when you find a feeling
that you didn’t realise was inside

you said that there was somebody there
and you had to get out
you said it felt like someone was there
and you had to get out

you had to get out

it took me 25 years to tell you that I loved you
I wish I’d known how easy it was going to be
I think you knew about me all along though
I never found it that easy to see inside me

you said that there was somebody there
and you had to get out
you said it felt like someone was there
and you had to get out

there was nobody there but me
Track Name: The Work Around
I’ve been worried about my health
I’ve seen the symptoms on tv
I haven’t talked to you about it
and I can’t talk to noone else

but you will work around it
like you always do

I’ve been talking to myself
just to keep things crystal clear
surround myself with friendly voices
even when there’s noone here

but you will work around it
like you always do

it’s not easy being yourself
when there’s so much else to do
when I make time to think about it
I wish I was as strong as you

because you will around it
like you always do
Track Name: No Reply
I waited for days
no reply
yeah I waited for days
no reply
I phrased it seven different ways
no reply
I waited four fucking days
no reply

no reply

and I knew in the beginning you were special
and when I met you for a second so was I
and now I see you on the backs of my eyes
and I can’t stand another second going by
with no reply

I tried you more than I should
more than was good for my pride
and I found myself drifting off
I thought that we could slip away if we tried
but now there’s just tangled wires between us
and I can’t reach you from where I lie
no reply
now there’s just static between us
and I can’t reach you from where I lie
no reply
I thought that you were made of something different
I thought that you could make it right but you just lied
you just lied
and now I’m clawing at the backs of my eyes
and I’m hoping that the blood can wash you from my life
as I cry

I waited
for days.
Track Name: Restless
I’m restless
no I’m not feeling comfortable with love today
and I bet this is coming from the feeling
I have lost my way
and I bet this
is coming from in my head yes
it’s coming on, it’s coming strong and
I bet this
is going to feel a lot like I did yesterday
I expect less from myself
healing is taking my time away
I can’t fix this
there’s something wrong with my head
yes there’s something wrong with me

if I don’t know myself
how can I string someone else along with me
what’s wrong with me?

I’m desperate
to find a feeling that will stand up to my gaze
but it’s hopeless
I’m staying here to think it over once again
it’s hopeless
Track Name: Textbook Romance
if I fall in love this time
I’m going to check it out thoroughly
I’m going to scope out all the angles
and look for all the things that worry me
I’m going to look into your background
I’m going to stare into the distance
I’m going to check up on your family
and go to where you spend Christmas

I’m going to buy every textbook
ever written on romance
my love is going to be perfect
I’m getting out of this no man’s land

I’m going to plan every evening
down’ to the last detail
I’m going to write every menu
and pre-mix every cocktail
I’m going to script my conversations
and I will always be charming
I won’t make any faux pas
and I will never be alarming

because I’ve read every textbook
ever written on romance
my love is going to be perfect
I’m getting out of this no man’s land

so now I’m looking for that someone
to target my affections
but I don’t want somebody difficult
I’ve had enough of rejections
so if you’re practical and organised
and you’re tired of being lonely
we can plan our love together
but would you please apply only

if you’ve read every textbook
ever written on romance
our love has got to be perfect
we can get out of this no man’s land
Track Name: Falling Down
If you said what you meant
I’d probably resent it
if I said what I mean
then I think you’d leave me
and then where would we be?
alone in misery
so we’ll try to ignore
the feeling that we’re falling down

together we’re falling down

if I could pull myself
together would that help?
if you could relax
and just act more like yourself
then we could return to
the life that I yearn to
live with you
but it’s not the same
and together we’re falling down

together we’re falling down

I remember when I made you happy
and you understood me
but when you look at me
it’s not how it should be
we’re scared to face this
we hide in complacence
and we’re never changing
we’ll stay here forever
we’re falling down

together we’re falling down
Track Name: Grave of Romance
Quick they’re pairing off
better find a match before the music stops
and you’re left alone
quickly sell yourself
or be a customer for someone else
or be left alone
you’re the one for me
or are you just a product of the urgency
to bring someone home?
it’s getting hard to tell
is that love or just another trap I fell into?

they say romance is dead
I think I found the corpse in my bed
they say romance is dead
but the ghost is living on and on in my head

who needs a symphony
when I can woo to R&B
from my mobile phone
you try to play the game
it seems like every day the rules are changed
and you’re left alone
why would you look inside
when you could just revel in the boasts and lies
I can’t believe
you say it’s sink or swim
does that mean the current that I’m drowning in
was made by me
I can’t believe

they say romance is dead
I think I found the corpse in my bed
they say romance is dead
but the ghost is living on and on in my head