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Strange Weather

by T.E. Yates

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1.
Condition 04:28
I was born with a small scar Although tiny it’s indelible I was born an ugly duckling Then became an ugly swan It’s a condition not a sickness Both a blessing and a curse And you know you shouldn’t worry Worry only makes things worse As I child in the playground My coat was my only friend I even wore it in the summer Through fear that it might rain It’s a condition not a sickness Both a blessing and a curse And you know you shouldn’t worry Worry only makes things worse Social situations are so difficult for me I can’t read body language And I don’t know how to flirt It’s a condition not a sickness Both a blessing and a curse And you know you shouldn’t worry Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse Worry only makes things worse It’s a condition not a sickness Both a blessing and a curse And you know you shouldn’t worry Worry only makes things worse It’s a condition not a sickness Both a blessing and a curse And you know you shouldn’t worry Worry only makes things worse It’s a condition not a sickness Both a blessing and a curse And you know you shouldn’t worry Worry only makes things worse
2.
When I get home today I’ll have a brand new feather for your favourite hat I’ll go into the woodlands And pick out the very first one that I find Sit down at your table Try to join the conversation No one sees me, no one hears me And it’s It’s just like I’m not there I think I’d like to talk to you Much more than anyone I stand here looking at you But the words, they don’t come They just don’t come It’s just like I’m not there Like I’m a ghost Although I’d like to help you There’s nothing I can do to halt Your imminent downward spiral And perhaps this feather This small token of affection I give you Can provide a wing To help you fly when you have hit rock bottom Walking ‘round the reservoir In the thunder and the rain I see the fierce horses and I see them start to run They’re running blind They’re running scared They’re running away from everything And, what’s more, They’re racing towards nothing Directionless Sit down at your table Try to join the conversation No one sees me, no one hears me And it’s It’s just like I’m not there It’s just like I’m not there, like I’m a ghost It’s just like I’m not there, like I’m a ghost It’s just like I’m not there, like I’m a ghost
3.
The streetlights are on But there is golden sunshine The blossoms are a-fallin’ But there are no branches You learned from the master even though he rarely teaches You should have been grateful but instead you learned so little You want them to love you even though you can’t love them They can see straight through you, through your phoney, false demeanour Through your empty promises And the arrogance of your master When you see your reflection in your broken antique mirror Don’t you see those eyes you see are not your eyes? Every day is the same day in the house of the defeated They have no idea that there’s more to life than money Accidents are waiting for these vulnerable and needy You must be vigilant in the palace of your master You want them to love you even though you don’t love them Take me to your master so that we can learn
4.
Fairy Tale 01:51
There is no princess in the tower There’s no knight in shining armour If you kiss the frog he won’t become a prince There are no dragons guarding castles There’s no princess to be rescued There’s no evil queen waiting to thwart your plans And you see love is just a fairy tale that never comes true I’m afraid reality is rather grim There will be no happy ending When the book comes to an end Just disappointment, emptiness and sore regret There are no wicked witches casting spells to transform you into something else There is no ogre underneath the bridge There are no wizards brewing potions inside oversized black cauldrons There are no goblins, pixies, elves or trolls And you see love is just a fairy tale that never comes true I’m afraid reality is rather grim There will be no happy ending When the book comes to an end Just disappointment, sore regret and loneliness
5.
Man of diamonds Man of spades Man of hearts And jack of all trades Man of clubs And man of kings Man of queens And jack of all trades Jack of all trades Tinker, tailor Soldier, sailor Rich man, poor man Beggar man, thief Butcher, baker Candlestick maker All of these trades, yes Jack of all trades Jack of all trades All his life he’s endeavoured Done everything as best as he could Turned his hand to every trade Competent with many a task Always striving for perfection Improving his abilities Skilled and capable though he is He hasn’t mastered anything Man of diamonds Man of spades Man of hearts And jack of all trades Man of clubs And man of kings Man of queens And jack of all trades Jack of all trades Tinker, tailor Soldier, sailor Rich man, poor man Beggar man, thief Butcher, baker Candlestick maker All of these trades, yes Jack of all trades Jack of all trades The more occupations he tries his hand at He dilutes his abilities Capable of many things Man of many métiers Jack of all trades Master of none Jack of all trades Master of none
6.
Mystery Mystery Mystery Mystery Mystery girl Looks out her mystery window Watching the mystery weather Well, it shouldn’t snow in July It’s strange to snow here in July It shouldn’t snow in July Mystery boy He comes and knocks on her window And says, ‘isn’t the weather strange for this time of year?’ ‘Leave me alone’, she said, ‘I don’t love you anymore Yes the weather’s very strange, but it’s your conversation that’s keeping me cold' Keeping me cold Mystery Mystery (Mystery) (Mystery) Yeah, yeah, it’s strange weather for July And you cannot kiss through glass Mystery boy Bows his head as he walks away Broken hearts can take time to mend and it’s strange weather for July It shouldn’t snow here in July It’s strange to snow in July But we can’t talk about it

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released November 12, 2021

T.E. Yates - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Musical Saw
Sarah-Jane Pearson - Vocals
James G. Wilson - Electric Guitar
Fran Lydiatt - Keyboards, Piano, Synths, Vocals
Matt Gallagher - Organ, Vocals
Al Grundy-Moore - Trumpet
Biff Roxby - Vocals
Mikey Kenney - Fiddle
C.J. Hillman - Pedal Steel Guitar
Daniel Francis Owens - Bass Guitar, Electric Upright Bass, Double Bass
Matt McNicholas - Drums, Percussion

All words and music written by Thomas Edward Yates
Produced, engineered and mixed by Biff Roxby
Mastered by Dan Watkins at WR Audio
Recorded at WR Audio, Swinton, England
Artwork and design by T.E. Yates
T.E. Yates logo by Martin T. Higgins of Foke Studio

© & ℗ T.E. Yates 2021

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Biff and Dan at WR Audio
Stacey Jay Kelly of Pixel Initiative

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