That Edge (feat. MaJiKer) (2024)

It doesn't matter where you were
When you got that look in your eyes
I only wanna wipe it off
And there are a
Hundred ways
Hundred ways to do that
I think I'm gonna do the
Math again

Figure it out
While the pulse gets high
From miles away
From miles away I

I don't live
Close to that edge but if
I can give
Some kind of wave let me
Know

It doesn't matter where you were
When you lost that look in your eyes
I'm only glad to see it off
And there are a
Hundred ways
Hundred ways to keep that
I think I'm gonna keep my
Cool again

Figure it out
While the pulse sets in
From miles away
From miles away I

I don't live
Close to that edge but if
I can give
Some kind of wave let me

You were told to choose from push and pull
You were told to choose but
Ended up with both
Like you always do
Oh
You were bold and sent them over now
Over
Oh oh oh oh oh

And I know
Each of the places I go where you've
Been have turned
Spine-tingling

I don't live
Close to that edge but if
I can give
Some kind of wave let me
Know

*

SONGS FOR STUDIO CLOWN KNOWM (2020) 

Slowly 

If those that you 

Were born and bred among 

Could see the world to me that you’ve become 

I know they’d stare 

And feel how sad it is 

That all our first flush loves 

Should come to this 

Slowly they age like all of us 

Not for a while 

But for all time 

Mm 

Some day when I 

Am walking down the road 

I’ll see you and I’ll think you’re growing old 

Of course by then 

You’ll see the same in me 

But that is not the way 

We run our dreams 

Slowly they blind us to ourselves 

Mm 

 *

As Though 

As though to stretch the day again 

Far as you can see 

You make your name with one patient 

Ah ah 

The thought that the pulse was your work 

And all of the breathing 

Ah ah ah ah 

As though to find the night again 

In between such gold 

You turn your face from the window 

It’s not a blind it’s not a way to sleep for good 

The thought that the breath was your fault 

And all of the bleeding 

Taking you far from your fellow man 

You say that it’s not what you thought 

But look where it’s leading 

Oo ah ah ah 

Mm 

The thought that the pulse was your work 

And all of the breathing 

Oo ah ah ah 

 *

TELL A FRIEND (2017) 

Here & now 

Could it really be 

Half an hour 

Since you got the call from medicine? 

Looking at you now 

Can’t imagine 

You were ever one for giving in 

We should get away 

Celebrate the fact that you’re still with us 

We should go and see 

Where the world’s at 

And so we go we go again 

Looking for the here and now 

Looking for the here and now 

The popup pulse beating on the edge of town 

Neon lights purple feet 

People in the prime of high times we can’t hope to understand 

Still we’ll try 

Good to feel the buzz 

Of the city 

Funny how it used to bother me 

Good to feel the heat 

Of the summer sticking to our limbs 

All it took was nearly losing you 

To suscitate 

My whole stake in life 

I can’t cry for relief now 

I’m better off running round 

Heady with being then trying to come down 

From the moment 

Better better 

Half asleep what is that? I don’t sleep 

Better that I never try better that I never try 

Every night 

Waiting by your better side 

Telling you if you only make it 

Say I’ll play 

We’ll go find the kind of night that once made our day 

All it took was nearly losing you 

All it took was hard to bear 

Now there’s 

Now there’s something to see here 

Something to see 

And so we go we go again 

Looking for the here and now 

Looking for the here and now 

The popup pulse beating on the edge of town 

Neon light purple feet 

People in the prime of high times we can’t hope to understand 

Still I’m glad we’re here to try 

This feels like the moment to break into life 

 *
Give yourself some credit 

Smart adverts go for my eyes 

In the morning light in the morning light in the morning 

Hard to ignore but I try 

In the morning light in the morning light in the morning 

While I’m usually quite resistant I’ve been failing of late 

Take heart A.I 

While I’m not the kind of guy 

Who does things on impulse 

Don’t lose your grip 

Keep a note of where I click 

Bit by bit you’ll build a picture up of how I 

Spend my time 

Then you’ll find 

You can read my mind 

In the morning light in the morning light in the morning 

I’ve been distracted by how to get rich 

In the morning light in the morning 

Gain perfect pitch 

Shed a pound a day or learn to speak a language with ease 

Take heart A.I 

While I’ve yet to click on buy 

You’re not far off 

You will reach the 

Soft spot in my heart and if you plant a dart there you will find I’m 

Really not that 

Hard to turn 

Once you learn 

What it is I yearn for 

Imitation watches 

No dice 

Medication, cheap vacations 

Snake eyes 

These are not my style at all but one more roll might reveal 

My vice 

Take heart A.I 

Take heart A.I 

While I’m not the kind of guy 

Who does things on impulse 

Don’t lose your grip 

Watch where I click 

Bit by bit you’ll 

Build a picture up of how I like to 

Get my kicks and with that info at your 

Fingertips it won’t be long until your dice read 

Six six 

(Give yourself some credit) 

In the morning light 

I am giving in 

Clicking on the side 

And typing in my pin 

 *

Home is where 

This city doesn’t feel like my own 

Man I confess, I confess 

A part of me would still rather be 

Further west, further west 

The pace of life is different out there 

Slower for sure, slower for 

And trying to get around doesn’t seem 

Such a chore, such a chore 

Pull up a chair and I’ll tell you some more 

Places are easy to face when not 

Standing there in front of you 

Faces are fonder when not in your own 

Wait until they slide from view 

Then you’ll miss ‘em 

Picture a town where nobody tries 

Hard to impress, hard to impress 

And you’re considered fine if you just 

Do your best do your best 

The people there don’t care for career 

Status or pay, status or 

But if you have a great big idea 

That’s OK, that’s OK 

No-one will bother to get in your way 

Places are easy to face 

When they’re not in front of you 

Faces are fonder when not in your own 

Sayings always ring true 

Letters are lovely to read 

Photos are simple to show 

Home is where the head is not 

Home is where the 

Home is where head is not 

Home is where the head is not 

Home is where the 

Home is where the head is not 

Wait, who is that I see 

With his head on the bar? 

Someone from my distant past 

My he’s come far 

I turn around I’m in no mood to catch up with someone who knows me from 

Way back when 

He’s from the same town as me and I don’t want him meeting my 

New found friends 

I’ve been dishonest in claiming that world as my own though it’s where I was 

Born and bred 

(I soon fled) 

Places are easy to face when not 

Standing there in front of you 

Faces are fonder when not in your own 

Sayings always ring true 

Letters are lovely to read ah but 

Baggage is hard to unpack 

Home is where the head is not 

(Home is where the) 

Home is where the head is not 

Home is where the head is not 

(Home is where the) 

Home is never walking 

Back 

*

The ones 

Another morning on the plane to work 

Another overcrowded downer 

I don't know why I never spend the night there 

And treat myself to some hotel with decent views 

I'd ended up behind the thing I dread 

A stranger keen on interaction 

I must admit 

I can't see the attraction 

Cause though you get 

The time of day 

Where they come from why they're heading 

That way 

When they've had their say 

You've still half a conversation left and don't know how to fill it 

Thank you for the time kill 

'Scuse me while I take this call 

But as the morning turned to afternoon 

She still had her neighbour 

Manhattan charm was clearly what he wanted 

That I understand 

Closing my eyes 

Opening my ears 

Suddenly wanting to hear 

Where they'd take it after both their 

Gap years changes of career 

After all the brothers and the sisters and the cousins and beyond 

After what they thought about the H bomb 

After favourite songs 

After love and politics and what we're doing here if we are 

Thank you for the time kill 

We should grab a drink some day 

We might be the ones who 

Don't run out of things to say 

Once upon a once upon a once upon a once upon a 

Once upon a once upon a once upon a time 

By the middle of the flight 

He was Andrew 

By the middle of the flight 

She was Angeline 

By the middle of the flight 

He was Andrew 

She was Angeline 

By the middle 

Good 

By the middle 

By the middle of the 

By the middle of the flight 

They were laughing 

They were holding hands by the middle 

Once upon a time I thought I knew my mind I thought I knew my mind I thought I knew my mind I thought I knew it 

Once upon a time I thought that life was better spent was better spent on auto-pilot 

Then upon a time I started looking round I started looking round and found I liked it now 

She's called Angeline 

He's called Andrew 

They make quite the team 

And we're getting off the flight (he’s called Andrew now) and we're getting off the flight 

And we’re getting off the flight and we’re getting off the flight 

We should grab a drink someday 

And they're gonna make a life (she’s called Angeline) and they're gonna make a life 

And they're gonna make a life and they're gonna make a life 

Not run out of things to 

Say say say say say say say say 

(By the middle of the flight 

He was Andrew 

By the middle of the flight 

She was Angeline 

By the middle of the flight 

He was Andrew 

She was Angeline) 

*

Re Preston 

As predicted 

He is getting into you 

And he's learned your language 

And your friends all approve 

Fearing you would do much worse 

But I see you're 

Still a little ill at ease 

And I think I know why 

So allow me please 

Isobel don't be put out 

If your Preston 

Doesn't say the word out loud 

And if Preston speaks in punch lines 

Just give him time 

Charming banter 

When the beer is in his hand 

Courteous manner 

When you need a man to take your friend 

To her stop at night 

Conversation on the way 

Back in time to down 

Anything to hand and say "why the frown"? 

Isobel don't be put out 

If your Preston 

Doesn't say the word out loud 

And if Preston speaks in punchlines 

Just give him time 

You can change him though it’s hard when 

Preston’s not even trying 

So don't you go for public praise 

His story will be you're mates who can take a joke 

Along the way 

You may well get a dance if the soundtrack's old enough 

A story of love sung proud 

Signalling to the crowd this is for 

Show signalling to you 

This is for real 

Isobel don't be put out 

If he can't quite say out loud 

What you know he's feeling now 

And if Preston speaks in punchlines 

Just give him time 

You can change him though it’s hard when 

Preston’s not even 

Mm 

*

This is the future 

T-t-ten she wakes on Sellafield Way 

Too late for the break of day 

On the way to meet with a friend in town 

She can see the streets where I used to play 

Play till the sun went down 

We would've been neighbours if dad had got the house he went for 

We would've been classmates if I'd been born a little late 

But this is the future now 

And it has taken all these years for 

Fate to look our way 

T-t-ten I wake on Sellafield Row 

Too late for the day to show 

On the way to wait for the westbound train 

I can see the bus she would sometimes take 

Take to avoid the rain 

We would've been neighbours if dad had got the house he went for 

We would've been classmates if I'd been born a little late 

But this is the future now 

And I will be learning 

How my housemates knew her back in college 

Not close but friends for sure 

How the world that lies outside my window 

Means just as much to her 

As the season breaks into bloom bloom 

(One left leg turning around turning around too slow slow) 

(One right leg turning around turning around too soon) 

10 in December 

10 in the spring 

I wake too late to 

Rise with the sun and 

She does the same 

Life lets us lie lie 

We would've been neighbours if dad had got the house he went for 

We would've been classmates if I'd been born a little late 

But this is the future now 

And I will be learning how 

You’re never the hero you thought you’d be and that’s OK but 

You’re never the neighbor you thought you’d be and that’s a shame 

But this is the future now 

And it has taken all these years for 

Fate to look our way 

Even though we passed it twice a day 

Passed it twice a day day day day day 

*

Dale at 39 

Dale my man is for the roadtrip 

Taking off alone 

We’ve all been saving to help him 

Saving to help him go 

Dale my man is for the diner 

Dale is for the dime 

That buys the coffee that makes you 

Feel like you’re in your prime 

Or at least it used to do 

When the world was young 

Man I really hope you find yourself (turn turn 40 in November) 

Just like you found me (turn turn 40 in the fall) 

Man I really hope you find the calm you crave 

Save a bit save a bit and hey then 

You can sleep easily 

Deep enough to dream 

Of all the good in the world the 

Good in the world you’ll see 

Love the open 

Love the open road 

And it will love you in turn and show you a landscape 

Bigger than the one you’re from 

Bigger than you dared 

Dared to long for 

Man I really hope you find yourself (turn turn 40 in November) 

Just like you found me (turn turn 40 in the fall) 

Man I really hope you find the calm you seek 

(Mired in local legend 

You might find 

Trying to spend a week there 

Is taxing to body and soul 

However a quick drive 

A little further 

Along this stretch of well-provisioned desert 

Will soon yield a wealth of wonders 

Without wishing to play favourites 

We must admit 

We have been trying to improve on 

Buddy B for years 

But having been unsuccessful with each new attempt) 

Dale will come back to the flat 

(We’ve given up) 

Line every surface with snapshots of places he stayed at 

The tricks of the light 

Captured for all time in black and white 

Kept there to show to his family and his friends 

Coming in to say 

Happy returns 

Turn one year on 

Tell tell what went down 

I’d stake a claim on bonding with nature 

I’d place a bet if I could 

He’d be the kind for the open air 

Stars in the sky there 

Sprung from their shell 

Lend him our ears as he comes downstairs in time to tell the tale 

*

A plan 

The day should start with stretch and sprint 

Clearly 

The day should start with sweat 

Or so they say but I can’t swear to it now 

Swear to it now 

Swear to it now 

The day should end with light relief 

Empty your head and then get to your teeth 

The day should end like that 

Or so they say but I can’t swear to it now 

Maybe the order's out 

Maybe the front is where the back should be 

How am I to know? 

Better take it slow 

Better take it slow 

I can't function function 

Till there’s a plan but 

I can’t pick one pick one 

What if I’m wrong? 

A life in bits 

Deserves a list make one 

Take the tasks in turn 

And hope the sense sticks 

I can't function function 

Till there’s a plan but 

I can’t pick one 

Since they’re all 

Close to call 

Maybe the order's out 

Maybe the back is where the front should be 

How am I to know? 

Nothing looks right on the page now 

No use starting 

Until you’re clear 

How long to take 

How long to 

Spend on one thing 

Before you stop 

No use sleeping 

Until you’re sure 

When to wake up 

When to wake up 

I can't function function 

Till there’s a plan but 

I can't pick one 

What if I’m wrong? 

What if I’m wrong? 

*

The wagon 

Another stick to light 

Sadly I'm not paid to push them 

But if they call I’ll bite 

I don't need to quit I just need to do less of it 

Though I'm having second thoughts 

Since you left the scene 

My life's been pretty lean 

The wagon doesn't seem untenable 

Now that you're on board 

Just do the best you can 

Bad bad times are bound to come that weren't part of the plan 

Tearful nights outside friends with cigarettes in their hands 

Passing them around like joints 

Since you left the scene 

My life's been pretty lean 

The wagon doesn’t seem so dreadful 

Now that you're on board but 

Even if I don’t get on I 

Hope you plan to stay the course 

Once in a while you'll feel a phantom forming (April) 

In between your fingertips 

And then 

Pick up a pen 

Or failing that a toothpick (your make believe) 

You might even put the end to your lips 

Now and then 

Fire without a flame 

No need to fret 

That's how it works 

Some people need a patch (1-2-3) 

Some people need a goal (4) 

You need a tube to fill the U 

Something to roll 

Turkeying can take a toll 

Cutting out at once 

Trying to play the big man big man 

Hours spent in front of the mirror 

Trying not to hear 

Buddy in your ear 

Telling you to crack 

Everybody's coming to see 

The wagon as it passes 

Be there and I’ll give it a wave 

And maybe then a smile to wish you well 

Once in a while (April) 

You'll feel a phantom forming 

In between your fingertips 

And then 

Pick up a pen (reach for the pack) 

Or failing that a toothpick (your make believe) 

You might even put the end 

To your lips 

Now and then 

Even though 

It’s not the same as smoke 

Monday 

Tuesday 

Sing songs of struggle 

*

Half love 

Here's a photo of Grace 

Hair in front of her face 

Never one to play the beauty queen 

Every photo I have 

Shows her looking like that 

Even so I think I'm falling in 

Half love, it's unrequited with a twist 

Namely that if she should ever 

Turn around I know instead of saying yes 

I'd let left brain set the pace and turn her down 

Not that I'm proud of it 

Not that I'm glad 

Here's a photo of us 

Each one leaving the crust 

As we gossip through our favourite meal 

She's been talking bout Tim 

Least I think it was him 

Either way I know just how she feels 

OK I guess I've forfeited the right 

To feel envious when she finally 

Ends up with someone special by her side 

Even so I wish we were meant to be 

Which is why these 

Pictures of where we’ve been are needed here tonight 

Not ideal but 

They help fuel the pain I fain would feel 

Feel 

Half love it's unrequited with a twist 

Namely that if she should ever 

Turn around I know instead of saying yes 

I'd pull back then feel let down 

OK I guess I've forfeited the right 

To feel envious when she finally 

Ends up with that someone special by her side 

Even so I wish we were meant to be 

Which is why these 

Pictures of where we’ve been are needed here tonight 

Not ideal but 

They help fuel the pain I'm finally learning how to feel 

*

Southern compass 

After the lights out of November 

After the cut to the cold 

I’m left feeling twice as old 

Pin all my daydreams to a liner 

I feel the need for a change 

Head for someplace more humane 

Lisbon is the compass point for me 

Barca bakes my being and leaves it happily making friends beside the sea 

Francis leads my yearning to Assissi 

Tell me why the magnet in my soul 

Always draws me to the south and 

Never to the Pole 

Pulling with a force I can’t control 

(This is where I thought I'd find myself I thought I'd find myself in someone else's shoes 

I don't need I don't need to find their feet 

Make believing barely helps the health but rarely causes early death and 

I've no use I've no use for their boots) 

Tempered my temper (roll!) 

Just for a time there 

Tempered my temper 

Just for a while just for a 

Down from the mainland 

Came a drama 

Cool as a mouthful of ice 

Bloodshot and precise 

Though all my friends are keen to go there 

I won’t be there by their side 

Far too late to change my mind 

Lisbon is the compass point for me 

Barca bakes my being and leaves it happily making friends beside the sea 

France can be the spirit guide to 

Tell me why the magnet in my soul 

Always draws me to the south and 

Never to the Pole 

Pulling with a force I can’t control 

(This is where I thought I'd find myself I thought I'd find myself in someone else's shoes 

I don't need I don't need their feet 

Make believing barely helps the health but rarely causes early death and 

I've no use I've no use for their boots) 

Tempered my temper 

Just for a while there 

But if I go there 

I can’t help but harm it 

(Acting like the glass is always fuller on the other side) 

If I want to see the sights 

If I want to sing the songs 

I can’t help but change the 

Parts I get wrong 

(Acting like the glass is always fuller on the other side) 

(Over the way) 

Lisbon is the compass point for 

Lisbon is the compass point for me 

Barca bakes my being and leaves it happily making friends beside the sea 

France can be the spirit guide to 

Tell me why the magnet in my soul 

Always draws me to the south 

Never to the Pole 

Always to the dream in me 

Never to the real in me 

Always to the fantasy 

Far too faint to hold 

(This is where I thought I'd find myself I thought I'd find myself in someone else's shoes 

I don't need I don't need their feet 

Make believing barely helps the health but rarely causes early death and 

I've no use I've no use for their I've no use for their I've no use for their) 

*

Groundhog 

So you’re gonna go 

This’ll be our last sunset 

Taking in the red 

Taking in the gold 

I can’t believe it 

Cider on the hill 

City on the horizon 

And all around the sounds of life dancing 

We could learn the steps tonight 

I want I want to keep this 

Moment 

Perfect 

And if I could have a groundhog 

Then I’d want it to be this one 

Spend my every evening here with you 

In the cradle of the world made new 

(Did you) 

Did you ever know 

(Did you ever know) 

I was paying attention? 

Taking in the clothes 

Taking in the hair 

Each hint of perfume 

All of them are here 

(All of them are here) 

Doubling the horizon 

While all around the sounds of life beckon 

We could join the dance tonight 

Perfect 

Moment 

And if I could have if I could have a groundhog 

Then I’d want it to be this one 

Spend my every evening here with you 

Wrapped up in time time wants you 

Wind it up again 

Tick it till it tocks and count to ten 

Talk me till we click again 

If we had some empties here 

You could take a spin 

Maybe stick a dare in there 

If we had some empties here 

I could take one too 

Maybe stick a dare in there 

Maybe stick a dare in for you 

And if I could have a groundhog 

Then I’d want it to be this one 

Spend my every evening here with you 

You’re becoming the view 

You’re the sum of all I long to see 

And you’re looking at me 

Fonder than you used to do 

And I’m looking at you 

Light fades and night draws near 

Tell me 

Can’t we just stop right here here?