Underachievers Please Try Harder

by CAMERA OBSCURA

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The band's new album features the virtues of its successful first album and announces a new stage full of great achievements and unforgettable moments. Basing on good taste and hard work, CAMERA OBSCURA have reached an enviable cult status which is getting closer to massive. CAMERA OBSCURA's songs make the audience surrender to their charms with each listen: this is a new example of classic pop with that 'something special' so difficult to define: maybe because of Tracyanne's vocals? or the wide assortment of always exquisite influences, ranging from 50's girl bands to 60's soft pop or country pop? or maybe the transparent production of Geoff Allan, who has worked with MOGWAI, TEENAGE FANCLUB, THE DELGADOS, ARAB STRAP, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN? or maybe it's that songs like 'Teenager' are simply perfect? CAMERA OBSCURA know how to reach people's hearts with sweet melodies wisely dressed with delicate arrangements and bittersweet lyrics. A wonderful sample of mellowness, wisedom and worked-up pop jewelry.

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released August 21, 2003

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Track Name: Suspended From Class
You’re such a beautiful writer
that’s not all you are
I’m sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you grasped
The meaning intended
I can be a friend to you
I won’t pretend
I’m not interested in breaking a heart
It’s not love no it’s nothing like that
I’ll leave that to lookers like him
Oh he’s such a delicate thing
Now it’s such a fragile thing that we have

I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
We could go out dancing
But, in truth it is the last thing that I have on my mind
Please say if I’m way out of line
I won’t need telling twice
Now he wants to kiss
Said he can’t resist
You’re going to have to keep it hidden inside
I’ve a feeling that pigs might fly, might fly
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
You’re such a beautiful writer
And that’s not all you are
I’m sorry about making a pass
It was subtle but I think that you grasped
The meaning intended

I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
I should be suspended from class
I don’t know my elbow from my arse
Track Name: Keep It Clean
Does it make you happy to ignore me on streets?
I guess by now you think I’m weak
I wish you could have said something before now
I wouldn’t share a bag of chips with you
In my opinion you don’t have a clue
I’m being cruel I’m being cruel

I don’t want to be part of your scene
I’ll stick with him and keep my nose clean
You’re the one pretending to be licking stamps
All alone in a room following lines on maps
It’s clear you don’t want me here
How about I send you a book on nutrition
You can stop spoon-feeding me non-fiction
Just for a while, I will fake a smile
Why did you say she was a friend of mine?
I thought it was me you couldn’t stand
I’m confused
I will win you will lose
You’ve taken to phoning my house when you’re drunk
Confessing all your love
I wish you could have said so before now

I don’t want to be part of your scene
I’ll stick with him and keep my nose clean
Track Name: A Sister's Social Agony
You bruise like a cherry my darling girl
Words can mean nothing to some in this world
I want you to know I thought about you last night
I cried
Play indie rock if that’s what you want
Quote Mike Leigh films it will turn them all on
I heard you were going on a first date
That’s great

Don’t apologise
Try your best not to disguise
To get misty eyed at times is fine
Sometimes it feels like you’re the only one
A freckle appeared on your lip from the sun
Those kids that you run with, they put you down
Make no sound
Track Name: Teenager
For your birthday she sent you a card
She didn’t sign her name she gave an autograph
Now she’s trying to call your bluff
Is she your true love?
We knew the boy who went from Mod to Ted
She asked matter of fact had he gone off his head
He was uncomplaining as a tree
Not a thing like me

You’re not a teenager
So don’t act like one
Sure she’s a heartbreaker
Does she have one?
Is it down to me, down to me we both rarely speak?
I went for a stroll after dark
I thought of you with her while staring at the black
I didn’t have you down for being easily led
Or the girl well read
I went for a stroll after dark
I thought of you and her, I think I’m going mad
Can you help me to see where I’m going wrong?
Help me finish this song
Track Name: Before You Cry
No sense no style
I said I loved you for a little while
When you cried no
High speed became go slow
Come back this time
Wishful thinking is going to make you mine
Push turns to shove
I got no more room for love

I hope you hear me
I can’t stand you next to me
Get lost goodbye
I’ll smile before you cry
I love you baby
Please don’t hate me
You’re feeling a little sad tonight but you’ll be alright
Track Name: Your Picture
My friend she told me such a story but she didn’t know what I knew
I laughed with my friend when she got to the end
I knew we were laughing at you

She told me that you made some money and you got yourself frames on the wall
People come by and they look at your face
And they say it’s the fairest of all

Of course you protest
That’s what you do best
You’re modest and shy to the end

You’re watching them a as they’re looking at you
And you know it was money well spent

She told me you’d given up drinking to be with somebody you knew
And you tried to get into the bible
But it never got into you

You’ve still got some loyal disciples I suppose that I’m one of the few
I shouldn’t have laughed Cause I mean you no harm
But my friend got to me before you

And next time I see you I’ll be pleased to see you
I hope you’ll be pleased to see me
I’ll visit your picture I won’t have the nerve
To tell them that they’ve got you all wrong
Track Name: Number One Son
Took a walk in the park for a laugh we drank sparkling wine
Oh yeah it was dark trees could not be identified
The girl you were with did she have you on your knees?
I shut my mouth my ears I don’t want to hear you please
Now you’re skipping school going to listen to records
Wrapped up in mohair dissing your elders
Dip a chocolate finger take a sip from my cup
Remember what you’re dad said "button your lip"

You’ve got to toughen up for him
He’s the kind who will do you in
I should know that it’s no fun
You will never be No.1
No.1 son.
God I’ve tried to help but I think I just hinder
Ask a better girl could she ever be kinder
Love unlike lightning can strike you twice
I don’t know much, please take my advice

You’ve got to toughen up for him
He’s the kind who will do you in
I should know that it’s no fun
You will never be No.1
No.1 son.
Track Name: Let Me Go Home
Hurry up, baby, 'cause we're going somewhere tonight
One glass of wine and you're mine and you know I just might...
You know I just might
You know I just might

Well the room goes boom to the sound of temptations and more
Twisting and turning that girl's looking good on the floor
Good on the floor
Good on the floor

Well the four walls they collide
Until the blue-eyed girl decides to let me go home
Let me go home

Host plays a ghost in my house, gets a fist in the eye
Vinyl is crushed in the rush for the liquor supply
The liquor supply
The liquor supply

Supremes in our dreams
Do we quit bein' obscene on the stairs
Daylight appears through the curtains and nobody cares
Nobody cares
Nobody cares
Well the four walls they collide
Until the blue-eyed girl decides to let me go home
Let me go home

Daylight appears through the curtains and nobody cares
Supremes in our dreams
Do we quit bein' obscene on the stairs
Track Name: Books Written For Girls
You can compliment me on the style of my hair
Give me marks out of ten for the clothes I wear
You probably thought I had more upstairs
I disappoint you, I can see through your perfect smile
He likes to read books written for girls
Prides himself on being a man of the world
It’s in the darkest places he gets his thrills
He will disappoint you, if you see through his perfect smile

I think separation is ok
You’re no star to guide me anyway
You only wanted me to play the fool
Play by your rule
Now my door has swollen from the rain
God knows we’ll never see her face again
People get shattered in many ways
They can disappoint you if you see through their perfect smiles

I think separation is ok
You’re no star to guide me anyway
You only wanted me to play the fool
Play by your rule
Track Name: Knee Deep At The National Pop League
We went out dancing it was time we had fun
We didn’t leave ‘til three I know we’re not the only one’s
When we got outside the snow had started to fall
I made a ball I threw it at Gavin because he’s tall
Now we have this snow up to our knees
A Walking wonderland is always bound to please
I know it’s true to say my smiles been weak
I wonder if you know by now I’ve fallen deep

I can hear you calling to me in the morning
How can I be falling in love with you
You can offer me a penny for my thoughts
They’re not worth a damn they’re not worth a lot
I’ve been getting loose with my tongue and my hands
How can I expect you to understand who I am?

I can hear you calling to me in the morning
How can I be falling in love with you
She’s doing her own thing
Still making my heart sing
She is moving along to the beat of a song
It’s true
I’ll keep you safe and warm tonight
I’ll keep you safe and warm tonight
I’ll keep you safe and warm tonight
Track Name: Lunar Sea
For the Lunar sea see the river moon
And you got it
Match the finest words to the greatest tune
And you bought it
See me cross in style
Walk the longest mile in a minute
Where do drifters go?
Wonder if they know there’s no limit
At the rainbows end
Find a perfect friend say you’re sorry
Make me dream at night
Break my heart on sight don’t you worry
Swept the sounds of love from the skies above
And I knew it
Swim the seas of blue just to drown in you
And I blew it

You hear it, the shiver in spine don’t come near it
I love it, you soar and you cry rise above it
Got my lunar sea for you’re river moon
If you let it
Match my finest words to your greatest tune
Won’t forget it

You hear it, the shiver in spine don’t come near it
I love it, you soar and you cry rise above it
Fly by lunar sea lullaby