IWTB008 Dead Swans - Before And Through

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"Before And Through" is a collection of demos and live sessions with the historical Dead Swans line up:

Nick - vocals
Pid - guitars
Robbie - guitars
Ben - bass
Benny - drums

credits

released May 11, 2016

Tracks 1-2 recorded at Cro's Nest in 2006.
Tracks 3-5 recorded at Benny's house in summer 2008.
Tracks 6-9 taken from the BBC Maida Vale Sessions, July 29th, 2008.
Track 10 taken from the BBC Maida Vale Sessions, April 25th, 2012. Joey Bayes plays guitars on here.

Artwork by Linas Garsys

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Track Name: Tin Heart (Demo)
I don't believe your innocence
You're hiding lies behind distant lips
No emotion just unimpatient words
Which brings you romance you don't deserve

Shallow breathing and heavy eyes
Another day, a new disguise
Looking ahead through tomorrows rains
I've seen your face you'll never change

Every question makes no fucking sense
Every answer reminds me why I fucking quit

Don't act like you don't understand
Your act is done
Track Name: Preferring The Worst (Demo)
Looking through the window
I can see the street lights fading
Here comes the sun
And another fucked up day

I sat down by the west pier with her cries in my head
I still blame myself for never making any fucking sense
Love doesn't come and go
Love comes and leaves you all alone
Trashed dreams and broken home
Connection fails I'm still alone

Tonight I speak her crushing words
Don't repeat she already knows
Silence falls her blackened heart
The valium kicks in were falling apart
Falling apart

She hangs a slip noose on my bedroom door
With blistered lips smiling at the floor
I've lost the feeling in my fucking toes
Love has killed me but she already fucking knows
She already fucking knows
Track Name: Ascension (Demo)
Expressions drop through deadly silence.
I'm bruised and broken from a lonely start
and now you say you care so much
but I know you can't see past yourself.
I remember when we seemed so close
but now you've changed and I know how this story ends.

I never wanted your opinion.
I never wanted you fucking help.
Tender words with hidden meanings,
awkward silence, hardly breathing.
These days are getting longer
and I'm running out of time.

Sometimes I question myself: is this everything?
All alone at night inside my head,
wasting away. Is this all there is?

I've had too much time to think,
written songs that I'll never sing,
watched a town turn love to hate.
Split my fucking guts just to be away

I've had too much time to think,
written songs that I'll never sing,
watched a town turn love to hate.
this is everything, everything
Track Name: Sleepwalkers (Demo)
Sleepwalking dead, trapped inside a heartbeat, searching outside of town.
Their desperate lonely voices still have nothing to say,
were still miles from nowhere with no direction to take.
And it's getting harder to see down these broken streets.

These are feelings I've never shown,
these are the screams you've never heard.
This is a song for you and me,
another anthem to numb the pain.
Sleepwalking dead.
Track Name: Montpelier To Home (Demo)
Endless disappointment.
Expectations I'll never meet.
A crushing view of doubt is keeping me from you.
I take the last train home after every mindless fight, confessing my secrets.
Dear friends, there's only one though in my mind:
how long will it be until I see you again?
Did I say to much or was it not enough?

A calendar of guilt, another day crossed off inside my head.
I've done it again.
Another day spent locked inside.
How many times will I fall beneath your voice?
The look of your face said everything.

Endless disappointment.
Expectations I'll never meet.
A crushing view of doubt is keeping me from you.

How long will it be until I see you again?
Did I say to much or was it not enough?
A calendar of guilt, another day crossed off inside my head.
Track Name: In The Half Light (Live)
I try to focus on the lines at the side of the road,
Through blacked out windows
I see myself slowly fading away,

When I lock eyes with you,
You only see half of me,
You only see what you have fucking heard,
I keep on trying to burn those fucking pages
But their words have cut so fucking deep
I can only blame myself,
I keep on trying to forget every yesterday
It's killing me to stay here
These worthless nights all lead to nowhere,

I keep on trying to burn those fucking pages
But there words have cut so fucking deep
I can only blame myself

It's killing me to stay here
These worthless nights all lead to nowhere,
It's killing me to stay here
These worthless nights all lead to nowhere,

The glass cracks as I watch the hours falling away from me,
These were the things that I kept to myself
These are the things that I kept to myself.
Track Name: 20.07.07 (Live)
I didn't get to say goodbye,
I thought that you would never leave.
But now you're gone,
I've still got so much left to say.

All those years we didn't speak,
All those words I should have said.
But now you're gone,
And there's nothing I can do.

It doesn't matter how hard I scream,
These songs won't bring you back...
Bring you back... bring you back...
Bring you back..
Track Name: The Hanging Sun (Live)
Fuck!

Glass eyes... staring at uncaring hands,
Your sitting alone in the dark again.
With empty bottles by your side and blood stained sheets,
Your still trying to hide.

Living alone in your personal hell,
Reciting lies until they're safe to tell.
Your precious act made me think I care,
Fuck those nights I'm never coming back!

Some slumped in chairs and hardly ever speaking
Others mouthing to ears that were never fucking listening
We stayed up all night twisting old memories
All pieced together and incomplete
The hanging sun!

It watches me as I fall...
As we fall...
Fall...
As we fall.
Track Name: Southern Blue (Live)
Wandering through these same old streets, with those bitter songs on repeat, thinking back it through all these years what did it mean? It was everything, it's just so much more than fists and phrases, it's a burning fight through life's changes, thinking back through these years, I wouldn't change a thing, it's burning inside, in these moments when we lose all hope, and those times when you think there's nothing left, there's so much more to this than you'll ever know, it picks us up from the moment we're thrown, so here's to the fight that kept this alive, here's to misled youth, here's to the rest of our lives.