The Mainland

by Pollyanna

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1.
I’m not a book, I’m just looking for meanings I’m not a painting, trying to colour up my life I’m not a song, I just want to speak my mind I’m not a movie, starving to look dark and sexy Don’t take my pain for a piece of art, I’m moving on Don’t take my hunger for desire, I’m moving on Because I want a real life I covered the pages of a lifelong diary With all the little things that I wished for you and me Our best friends at my birthday party Your arms that made me feel both so loved and free Don’t take my pain for a piece of art, I’m moving on Don’t take my hunger for desire, I’m moving on We’re all fighting the same battle, equally noble Trying to stand on a slippery ground
2.
Brighton 03:39
Wouldn't it be fun to end it all, up in Brighton? Never take the train back home Never wait for you for hours at the station Slowly guessing you would finally not come Wasn't it much nicer when we took boats We had time to think, then, sliding on the water It's hard to realise the sea is shallow there We would sail our hearts up until they broke against the shore Wouldn't it be fun to end it all, up in Brighton? Here exactly where I don't belong I can feel the privilege of being a stranger Ignoring all the dramas that shaped this town End a life in the Marina, start over on Saint-James And talk all night of battered things and rock widows Gazing at the forming clouds, it suddenly gets dark A mighty cathedral above the amusement park
3.
Is it about to rain? Is the sun going to shine? It's so hard to tell Though it is summertime Does this look in your eye Mean I'm already out of your heart? Outside, you say it is summertime Have you seen the swallows lining up on the wire? Are they about to leave, is this the reason why they gathered? Or should I mind The threat in the sky And the strange colour of the clouds? There should be a place Where I could live without holding your hand But I just need you to decide Have you seen the swallows lining up on the wire ? Are they about to leave, is this the reason why they gathered?
4.
I'm not even in love with you But I shiver when the phone rings And if it happens to be you My feet start weirdly shaking I'm so happy when I find a way To drop your name in a casual conversation And get a chance to discuss you with my friends I like to let them bring up the subject We often talk about this anyway And I'm not even in love with you It hasn't started yet So be careful! Don't go break my heart Like it doesn't matter to you With this charming smile of yours Darling you're a tiger with soft skin Darling you're a tiger with soft skin
5.
I turn on the stereo I play my favourite song It's funny how it sounds the same Funny how it hasn't changed at all Since you left With all the shatters and breaks Now I'm just proud to stand here And hum to this song So Bonnie still beats the drums And sings of an impossible love I close my eyes, I know it's over I pretend I'm just two months younger As I haven't met you I'm haunting a fading town I'm lonely like a hunter Lonely but strong Outside, spring is blooming, ivy leaves are breathing in And here we are, and it's a mystery I hope that sparrows don't mock me I know they're like people out there They don't know and they don't care And hopefully, summer will let me Sing with them and dance again Because it is somehow relieving That some things are left untouched, Unshattered, uncorrupted By your will to disappear
6.
Kids 04:27
When the kids left they said they had to work In London, in the States, in Poland or in Spain So they left, and sometimes they're not so far away, they say But we all know they're gone, we all know they left home Though we can still hear them playing in their overheated room So the kids left, and maybe they will forgive us for all our little secrets All the things that we kept away from them Now they left, they are sometimes back with us for Christmas Then they sit at our table and smile when you ask if all is fine Things have changed so much, don't ask me how Now our kids have their own secrets to hide Though we can still hear them playing in their overheated room
7.
Bruxelles 04:13
As I walk along the wall And you're on the other side I can feel you and I can hear you You're just out of sight They say that it can't be That you're gone, no one can change it But I don't mind if it sounds crazy Because reason can't help a broken heart All these nights with you When I go to sleep You can't take them away You can't take them away from me So go, leave, I don't care I'll follow you everywhere To the secret place you chose The other side of a concrete wall It's not thicker than a cotton sheet Not higher than a fist Oh now I'm ready to fight Not to let you go So you can leave, I don't care I'll follow you everywhere Now I can see with my eyes closed The other side of the concrete wall
8.
I'd like to be broadcast in heaven I'd like to be famous in hell I'd like to be hummed by the angels I'd like to be danced to by devils So wherever you go, You will hear me calling you And there is not any last thing we do See, I just wrote another song for you And I can make something new about us With or without you The lonely days are gone now The lonely days are gone now So they say What could I give to push that door? What should I lose to get a little more? Reason could be the first thing to leave A soothing thought: now madness is a treat But there are things impossible to share Like blood and heartbeats, so I'm counting what is left Oh I still have the holy holy anger Because you made sure I couldn't care I can make something new About us, with or without you And the lonely days are gone now, The lonely days are gone now, So they say
9.
Old Rockers 03:29
They come from a time When youth was young When hope was easy And revolution not gone Beware! Old rockers are coming back They're not even close to giving anything up Their shining guitars, their glittering suits Their teenage girlfriends and curly haircuts Beware! Old rockers are coming back And I'm not even sure they ever left at all Standing on the tube walls, two meters high They'll never clear the stage before they die And you'll be too old then, already too old I tell you their grandkids are ready to take it on So all you can do is sing for yourself In your room, sitting on your bed It makes you feel better but it's just a selfish design That's not much but it helps kill some time Before time kills you, it helps kill some time
10.
I wish I worked in a factory I think I was born in the wrong century To hear the metal in my head Creaking and tolling like a bell And baby, it's not my fault that I was born so late Because no doubt I could have been one of those Unknown heroes Tough men tackling their task Breaking their bodies and their backs A muscle shining with sweat on my shoulder A coal fire burning on my skin In our past, there would be no mass murders To cast a shadow on our future And the innocence of revolutionary times Would make my heart beat like a drum One day an accident would blow up the mine Some comrades would come from the Rhine To rescue our men and then all together We'd celebrate the rise of brotherhood I wish I worked in a factory...
11.
It's not the smoke that darkens the sky some days That made me run away Not the old men longing for the old times When their lungs got dark and their noses red Not the boring plains and the hills black with coal The cutting breeze and the cold It's just that I didn't see you fight so hard Not to let them bring you down Then I saw your face turn grey And I saw when your eyes grew weary, And I thought I don't really want to go on like this Then I asked you if we should leave You used to let the sun always shine in our room Though the rain kept dancing in the yard Your hair smelled like flowers, you'd say that spring is just a state of mind Then I saw your face turn grey And I saw when your eyes grew weary, And I thought I don't really want to go on like this Then I asked you if we should leave So don't tell them it was the smoke You can tell them it's not the smoke
12.
Hit the Road 02:58
Come on, get in my old car Take your drums and guitars It just seems I can drive until the end of time We all have things to escape, I won't ask about yours, Though we can talk it out Until the end of the night Hit the road before they catch us And then cut our wings I'm not that tough It's not too late to be young In spite of what they say Our parents act like children So why can't we do the same ? I never thought I would age hsere, between rivers and trees, Still living on the ashes of 1917 Hit the road before they catch us And then cut our wings I'm not that tough So we'll sing to the flute and we'll dance to the drums Until everybody's drunk or dead

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released February 18, 2013

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Pollyanna Paris, France

A (French) indie-folkster. Her honest songwriting and her heart-warming voice has led her to share the bill with riot grrrls stars (Sleater Kinney), sophisticated indie pop (Wilco), chanson (Françoiz Breut), rootsy folksters in Tennessee and shanty choirs in Germany. Her experiences as an outsider (in Europe and the Americas) open up her musical field to all things pop, rock, folk and folklores. ... more

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