Another City, Another Sorry (album)

by The Answering Machine

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"Perfect pop songs...a fantastic debut" - NME

"A host of memorable choruses..you will need a lobotomy to evacuate them from your brain" – Clash

"A bombastic debut...that manages to consume a catalogue of Britpop influences, melds them with a little Smiths, Wedding Present and The Strokes and repackages the lot into a vibrant, youthful energy worthy of a much wider audience" - Music Week

"Sunny anthems full of vim and handclaps with yearning Blur-ish ballads, it's near faultless" - Planet Sound

"Their effervescent guitar racket and head rushing melodies lie somewhere between The Strokes and the indie-pop of the mid- 80s " - Guardian

"Pavement for the pill popping generation... A pleasing racket from start to finish" - Artrocker

"An assault of infectious energy, ricocheting backing vocals and glorious wide-eyed pop" - The Fly

"with oodles of charm and youthful energy, their catchy and life-affirming indie pop songs are fuelled by Strokes-esque riffs and infectious 1980's pop melodies" - Independent

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released 15 June 2009

All tracks written by Colclough/Fogarty/Evans/Perry
Under exclusive license to Heist Or Hit Records 2009.

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Track Name: Another City, Another Sorry
I’m so confused that I can’t see,
Circumstances say how it should be.
This party is underrated,
Let’s go into town and get wasted.
I know that I’ve got to kick back,
But I know that you’ll just sit back.
Yeah, you know it’s true,
This city’s a tomb.

And I make it clear,
But you won’t let go.
And your words rip back
When I tell you ‘no!’.

Never gonna go, never gonna go back home.
In this city here all night, alone.

I’m sort of lacking certainty,
Situations tease the drunk out of me.
Darling, you’re so underrated,
Let’s go back to yours’ and get wasted.
I know that I’ve got to kick back,
But I know that you’ll just sit back.
Yeah, you know it’s true,
This city’s a tomb.

And I make it clear,
But you won’t let go.
And your words rip back
When I tell you ‘no!’.

Never gonna go, never gonna go back home.
In this city here all night, alone.
Track Name: Obviously Cold
You’d think by now I’d have learnt my lesson,
I’ve always found my teachers depressing.
Before I know it she’s on her knees,
And I’m on mine, begging her ‘stop this, please!’

You’re round here again,
But I don’t think you ask for much.

Obviously cold,
Obviously cold.

We got caught up in a situation,
Her lips squeezed tight, she kills the conversation.
Wouldn’t you know it, she’s cocked her knees,
Take off that dress and hand it to me.

You’re on your back again,
But I don’t think you’re deep enough.

Obviously cold,
Obviously cold.
Track Name: Oh, Christina
I show you up, you can’t wear that dress,
Your friends are all blocks, they’re all architects,
Constructing shapes that I can’t see,
Walking Dictaphones and trendy magazines.

I saw you there at the Friday Show,
You looked so strange in your brand new clothes,
You spoke with an accent I don’t know,
I guess it’s true, we all have to grow up soon.

You said you had places that you needed to be,
But places aren’t the same when you’re not with me.

Oh, Christina,
You know I don’t really wanted to leave you,
Acting out scenes on the bedroom floor,
You never used to act this way before.
Oh, Christina,
I only came around so I could see you,
Try and take back what you said before,
It’s not that simple, it’s not simple at all.

‘So Go’, you said, and I did,
You’ve got to stop talking in patterns and grids,
I know, it’s true, this shouldn’t be the end,
Oh, let’s just pretend.

You said you had places that you needed to be,
But places aren’t the same when you’re not with me.

Oh, Christina,
You know I don’t really wanted to leave you,
Acting out scenes on the bedroom floor,
You never used to act this way before.
Oh, Christina,
I only came around so I could see you,
Try and take back what you said before,
It’s not that simple, it’s not simple at all.
Track Name: Tomorrow
These words came when you did not,
But I’m too pissed to care,
My eyes are tied up in that scenester’s hair.
So hold me down and save yourself the trouble,
Coz tomorrow it won’t be like that.

These words came when you did not,
But I’m too fucked to mind,
Your hands are sticky, wrapped up in mine.
So kiss me now and lets get into trouble,
Coz tomorrow it won’t be so bad.

She gets frustrated on the phone now,
She winds the cable round her neck and calls me back.
And I am sitting on my own now,
But I’m not like that,
I’m never gonna be like that.

And all my friends are static like mathematics,
And yesterday I think I finally worked them out,
And later on I guess I’m gonna go up town,
…until tomorrow.

These words came when you did not,
But I’m too pissed to care,
My eyes are tied up in that scenester’s hair.
Let’s hide in bars and joke about the old days,
Tomorrow, it won’t be like that.

She gets frustrated on the phone now,
She winds the cable round her neck and calls me back.
And I am sitting on my own now,
But I’m not like that,
I’m never gonna be like that.

And all my friends are static like mathematics,
And yesterday I think I finally worked them out,
And later on I guess I’m gonna go up town,
…until tomorrow.
Track Name: Cliffer
Voice on loop, give your mouth a rest,
Plug your face into that cigarette.
Pick up the pieces,
No one really cares anymore,
They don’t care what you thought.

Oh, just because I’m on your side,
It doesn’t mean you’re right.
Oh, just because I’m on your side now,
Cliffer!

Useless words gush through my palms,
The wave of your voice crashing through my arms.
Just rake up the reasons,
No one really cares anymore,
They don’t care what you thought.

Oh, just because I’m on your side,
It doesn’t mean you’re right.
Oh, just because I’m on your side now,
Cliffer!

We fall in, we fall in line.
We take our, we take our time.

Oh, just because I’m on your side,
It doesn’t mean you’re right.
Oh, just because I’m on your side now,
Cliffer!
Track Name: Emergency
Cut the ropes, cut the ropes, cut this empty road,
Unplug this factory town,
I’ll take my compass down.

Departure boards, double doors, humming exit signs,
The tracks and railway lines, God, I miss your style.
Get up, get out,
It’s no good now.
Light that lighthouse light,
Through telescopic sight, I’m sailing home tonight.

Are we going to make this last?
I think I spoiled it all last night, and for what?!

We float like spectres on the corner of the street,
‘til we find our way back home.
Emergency! Emergency! Emergency!

Cut the ropes, cut the ropes, cut this empty pulse,
Replace its hollow sound,
I’ll take my compass down.

Get up, get out,
It’s no good now.
You are out of sight, I want you here tonight.

Are we going to make this last?
I think I blew it, there’s a surprise!

We float like spectres on the corner of the street,
‘til we find our way back home,
Do you remember the lives we stole from songs?
We float like spectres on the corner of the street,
We lost our way back home.
Emergency! Emergency! Emergency!
Track Name: Oklahoma
Oklahoma, she won’t be your friend
She waits at the disco for her song to end
Oklahoma, she must know my name
It’s been six months now
I’m tired of this game.

And I keep on trying not to go harder
Trying not to be smarter
Trying not to notice you.
And I keep on trying not to go harder
Trying not to be smarter
But I can’t go on.

I miss my friends but I like her tone
Her eyes are black like telephones
And I try, and I try, and I try.

Oklahoma, she won’t be your friend
She waits at the disco for her song to end
Oklahoma, she likes to reflect
Ignores you at parties
What did you expect?

And I keep on trying not to go harder
Trying not to be smarter
Trying not to notice you.
And I keep on trying not to go harder
Trying not to be smarter
But I can’t go on.

I miss my friends but I like her tone
Her eyes are black like telephones
And I try, and I try, and I try.
But I, I can’t remember.
Track Name: Lightbulbs
She’s got that look in her eyes,
She’s got too much on her mind,
She wants to relax, she says she thinks that it’s time.
I know, her fingers taste like home,
But she said ‘go’!

Oh, just shut up,
It’s not like that.
She retracts like a brick wall,
But I’m her cracks.

Her eyes just popped like lightbulbs,
We can turn this, we can turn this round.
But she won’t try.

She’s got that blood in her eyes,
She’s got that blood on her thighs,
She wants to react but she can’t cut her ties.
I know, her fingers taste like bone,
But she said ‘no’!

Just shut up,
It’s not like that.
She retracts like a brick wall,
But I’m her cracks.

Her eyes just popped like lightbulbs,
We could turn this, we could turn this round.
But she won’t try.

She Said, She Said, She Said.
Track Name: It's Over! It's Over! It's Over!
I’m everything that I claim to be,
Just lace my head with drink for honesty.
My hearts out of bounds, and you’re out of town
So hurry up and keep it simple.

Just hold me tight,
Coz we’ve got time.

And she said ‘Oh, I’m sorry for what I did’,
She took me down the halls and spires, the telephone wires.
And she said ‘Oh, I’m sorry for what I did’,
And she told me ‘it’s over, it’s over, it’s over’.

I’m not as smart as I’d like to think, but I’m young.

People have no rights, they have great wrongs,
Bands have no rights, they only have great songs.
Don’t use big words coz they mean so little,
Just hurry up and keep it simple.

Just hold me tight,
Coz we’ve got time.

And she said ‘Oh, I’m sorry for what I did’,
She took me down the halls and spires, the telephone wires.
And she said ‘Oh, I’m sorry for what I did’,
And she told me ‘it’s over, it’s over, it’s over’.

I’m not as smart as I’d like to think, but I’m young.
It’s over!
Track Name: The Information
Those words that I tried not to say,
But words don’t seem to come out the same.
Please don’t look at me that way,
Coz I’m not interested in what you say.

Sometimes it feels like these buildings are asleep,
You’re so smart and I’m so bored.

And I know,
You’re so awkward on the phone,
Please don’t speak so loud.
Why won’t you come home?
Or just stay out all night, again!

It’s sweet when you quote the books you’ve read,
But you’ve said too much, I know that smile too well.
And I tried hard not to make you stay,
Coz you’re not interested in what I say.

Sometimes it feels like these buildings are asleep,
You’re so smart and I’m so bored.

And I know,
You’re so awkward on the phone,
Please don’t speak so loud.
Why won’t you come home?
Or just stay out all night, again!
Track Name: You Should Have Called
I tear into faces like corridors,
I stare at these places,
Have we been here before?
I tried so hard,
But I guess you’ll never know.

You should’ve called!
Oh, you should’ve called!

If something’s wrong just tell me,
You know you should’ve called.
You change your plans to please me,
But you don’t say nothing at all.
If something’s wrong just tell me,
You know you should’ve called.
I’ll make this easy
But don’t waste my time,
You should’ve called.

I glare into faces like TV sets,
I scare myself but I still have no regrets.
I won’t try hard,
But I guess you’ll never know.

You should’ve called!
Oh, you should’ve called!

I’m sorry but I’m fine,
I’m sorry I’m always on time,
I’m sorry you can’t read my mind,
I’m sorry!

If something’s wrong just tell me,
You know you should’ve called.
You change your plans to please me,
But you don’t say nothing at all.
If something’s wrong just tell me,
You know you should’ve called.
I’ll take make this easy
But don’t waste my time,
You should’ve called!