.​.​.​hits close to home.

by Irish Handcuffs

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    This was produced by Trilob Records for our UK Tour 2015 with our friends in Sweet Empire. It features our album "...hits close to home" on one side and Sweet Empire's "Old Ideas Keep Fighting Us" on the other. There were 50 of those made and we have two left. You'll also get an instant download of our album straight when you buy this.

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about

Debut album, out November 2014 via Fond of Life Records and Shield Recordings!

www.fondoflife.net
www.shieldrecordings.com

credits

released November 21, 2014

All music & lyrics written by Florian Kötterl, arranged by Irish Handcuffs
Additional backup vocals by Christian Kötterl
Recorded & mixed by Benedikt Hain at Outback Recordings, Zwiesel
Mastered by Jason Livermore at Blasting Room Studios, Ft. Collins
Photographs by Sebastian Prößl www.dtkphotography.de
Artwork & layout by David Finke

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Track Name: Should've Run
Walkin by the river, no soul I wanna meet
I'll dive up where the bridge meets the street, where the old bar used to be
Forever is a long time, throwing rocks into the sea
Just to find out that it's just like what it always seemed to be

And so I count the lines across your face
Follow me into this lonely fucked up place where I hide

I should've run, but I believed in all those words you said – made mistakes on repeat
Close to my soul I hold you dear, drown with all those memories and secrets that you kept

Roamin' round the spots where angst and pleasure meet
Abandoned houses, lonely corners and the store across the street
Buildings keep on staring as the city swallows me
And the stories that they tell, they just keep me on my feet

Don't believe in second chances!
Track Name: Singing to the Dead
All alone you keep on walking these streets, follow footsteps, stumble over nails and glass
You bury dreams you bury hopes, swallow all your fears and choke
You keep looking for yourself in others' eyes

So you'll be sleeping on the floor and you'll be comin back for more
Say you've been shutting out the world for so long

You don't have to say goodbye, cause I will carry on
Just say a 1000 words to me, but I won't come back home
Believe in me though I keep tellin lies
Cause we've been down this road before, been screaming til our throats got sore

We're singing to the dead, verse after verse goes down
It all remains unheard
For now we just keep movin on
Yeah we just keep holding on
Track Name: Random Places
A sentimental feeling crawling up your spine and you realize that everything has changed
The years go by – We're watching buildings tumble as we stumble through another day

And then you tell me that the world's spinning too fast
No more time for your adventures
Well you always had the time – but you never got it right

Take a breath and think
And accept that you can never change the past

Close your eyes and see
And embrace the path you chose, that brought you here
Clocks tick with no mercy – no regret no revelation and no sign of slowing down
Life spits you out at the most random places – can't make any sense of it

And then you tell me that the world's spinning too fast
No more time for your adventures
Well you always had the time – but you never got it right

And then you tell me that the world's spinning too fast
No more time for your adventures
Now you'll never have the time – THERE'S NO REASON / THERE'S NO RHYME
Track Name: Chasing Ghosts, Killing Time
I think I got the message, well I've heard it all before
I learned the lesson: nothing gold can stay forever
All those lines from books so clever, they collect dust up on the shelves
but will forever float around in someone's troubled mind

And all the nights we stayed up talking – scratching itches from those cuts along the way
And we've been screaming at the walls – counting scars and chasing ghosts and killing time

And now you feel the distance of all the years gone by
Wish someone wrote em down in style, no chance you'll forget
Songs of love and songs of failure, stories carve our lines into the world
So done with waiting, so done with waiting for so long

And I just have found the reasons for this mess – you know what I'd do
to feel like the way I felt with you
Hell no...I could never care about those words
Hell no...your dreams never turn out the way they should
Track Name: White Coat Syndrome
Good morning new disease – it's nice to meet you in those early hours, barely on my feet
But you know what bothers me? It's how those spiders nest inside my mind and tell me how to feel

And all those thoughts keep me up, and all the voices in my head never shut up
Hand me drinks, give me cheap thrills – I need to get my mind off of this mess

Farewell to sweet dreams, welcome to depressing hours wanderin round the streets
Why do these walls stare at me like the wolves? Hungry eyes and plastic skies keep me up on the move

And all those thoughts keep me up, and all the voices in my head never shut up
Hand me pills and no more thrills, I need to get, I need to get some rest...

Quit screaming all the time, and my thoughts will be mine, will I ever have the guts to say...
It's getting way outta line, let my thoughts just be mine, will I ever have the guts to say?

All the lies we tell, all the things we say just to feel more visible

Will I ever place my feet on solid ground?
Or just end up a ghost with no meaning
Track Name: Derail
Walk uphill - walking old tracks, wearing old scars, fighting old wars
My weapons of choice never change - no, escapists never fail - waiting to derail

No, I won't cease to be alive - with a heart that's pumping blood and lungs gasping for air

And we go blind from the city lights - and we go down in the city, this town that broke our hearts,
but we'll never have to see it again

Everyday slips further away - further away
The weapons of choice still don't change - this escapist's yet to fail - waiting to derail

No, I won't cease to be alive - with a heart that's pumping blood and lungs gasping for air

Well, everyone can change, it's just a question of the will - will I ever get close to this?
Walk the walk, talk the talk - a treadmill and it just won't stop
Running 'round in circles down the drain – derail...
Track Name: Road Ahead
Hopeless on your FM dial
I was spinning broken records while
You were spilling out your guts like waterfalls
Just try to shake off the little things that
make you unaware that life can...
...life can be just beautiful sometimes

Doin time, livin day to day cause time is on our side

I can't believe, how the world keeps turning on and on
And we're still here all the same
You've got to hold on to the things that make you whole

Save these words for rainy days
Close your eyes and drift away
Excuse me, while I find comfort in these songs
Just try to shake off the little things
you hate and that keep you from your goals
and make your life oh so miserable

Doin time, livin day to day the fun just never ends

And you say there will be a time
When this won't mean a thing
Life is going to catch up in the end, but
if you don't see us for a while try to find us...
...you'll find us left of the dial!
Track Name: Grindstone
It's the weight of the world that drags down your shoulders
keeps your nose to the grindstone
What keeps you goin on trying
despite shitty days – do you have some cards up your sleeve?

You're so afraid of the world
Feel like you'll never have a chance (and)

The weight of the world
When trouble hits you in the face with a brick and it just tears you up
The weight of the world
Don't let yourself drown in it, don't let yourself drown and fall apart

You leave it all behind now, you leave the past to past
Hide your fears behind this phrase
Do you believe what you say or fake it all for yourself
You're falling apart at the seams

You're so afraid of the world
So sure you never had a chance (and)
Track Name: Skip the Seasons
You're hypnotized by those white lines, the head is shut and thoughts replaced by highway signs
But when the stars come out at night, empty streets an empty sky, flames open your eyes wide

The panic's gone, the distance grows and nothing seems alright, but I don't wanna know the reasons
The fun is gone, the tensions grow and I don't know what's right, but I don't wanna skip the seasons

Cause everyone is gone, it's just you and those bright lights and those unfamiliar feelings
It's way too late for apologies and a talk and I'm sure you know the reasons

Cause it's got so dark in here and I can barely breath
Waste the time away...
Track Name: Too Close to Home
If only life could be more like the movies
I'd be sad, but not so fucking dull
And I know it'll work out well
cause that last scene's already been shot

I don't believe in using tricks
but do believe some magic works
Yeah I know some magic works

I keep on counting the lines across my face
Every inch a lasting trace
Do you ever feel like life's passing you by
like it's too late?

If only days could be filled with just highlights
Every word, every word just means the world
and the hero never dies
cause it's all planned and scripted that way

Well I don't live in cheesy flicks
But I sure do hope this goes down well
God I hope it'll work out well

I keep on counting the lines across my face
Every inch a lasting trace
Do you ever feel like life's passing you by
like it's too late?

Lives living between the lines - struggling with words to say
our hearts have grown so cold
Days that we spend passing time – living with hearts on our sleeves
and fists clenched to our chest

If only life wouldn't cause so much heartache
Loved ones lost, as life won't play by the rules
We find comfort in our friends
And shoulder that we can lean on

I don't believe in using tricks
but do believe some magic works
Yeah I know some magic works