Clancy is 50

by Bonbon Experiment

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Clancy is 50 03:57
Cindy is indie Bobby is gobby Mandy is dandy Ali is pally Suzanne is deadpan Terry is very Bunny is funny Maisie is crazy Paula is taller Tony is bony Milly is silly Duncan is drunken Holden is golden Martin is smarting Leila is paler Mark is dark Vera is nearer Tina is leaner Sarah is fairer Nigel is nifty Clancy is fifty Nigel is nifty Clancy is fifty
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Etymology 03:46
What could have been What should have been They say the mud sticks We’re making walls with sticklebricks It was outside the norm And something new was born I knew you so well No one else to tell That when you went away It was as if there was no way back for me to feel this way Wonder and extremes The reality of dreams The elevator only stops Once the button’s pressed The silence only goes Once you are undressed There’s elegance in tears An award to last the years The mirrors in the floor A lock upon the door What could have been What should have been
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Europe 07:28
Europe plays on like a big drum Europe plays on like a big drum I will stay when the rhythms gone I will stay when the rhythms gone Europe makes me wanna dance Europe makes me wanna dance Europe makes me wanna take a chance Europe makes me wanna take a chance I landed in Helsinki and saw the frozen sea I knew at once this was the place for me I landed in Barcelona and felt the autumn sun I knew at once I was gonna have some fun I am a singer in a European band I am a singer in a European band
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Circles 03:39
Susan lost the confidence When her friends deserted her That radiant girl Started to cut herself Nobody understood What she was thinking of When she took the pills When she cut the veins Go back round again Go back round again Whatever life offers up Go back round again Tommy tried drinks and drugs To combat his shyness Became addicted to them both And ended up in rehab I remember thinking That kid’s got the whole world Until I saw him next And the change was devastating Go back round again Go back round again Whatever life offers up Go back round again Paula’s dad abused her And she left home at sixteen Slept rough and caught an STD Before she pulled her life around Now she runs a charity And’s been invited to the palace Gives inspirational talks To bewildered boys and girls Go back round again Go back round again Whatever life offers up Go back round again Danny joined the army To get away and see the world Lost his leg to an IED Saw his best friend killed Now he’s training To be a paralympian Someday you’ll see him Taking home the gold Go back round again Go back round again Whatever life offers up Go back round again
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Can’t you tell by now what the cost will be? How heavy the price What the loss will be? Should we even try Knowing odds are stacked against? Is there something else We should set our sail against? Should I be surprised After all these years And if I start to cry Will you dry my tears Does it even have to be A reasonable exchange Or could we pretend that life is not this strange Try the wrong key And you’ll not succeed Keep it in the family Who’ll give you what you need Before I give up Let me feel As blind as I am At last I can see Instead of tilting windmills Blow with the breeze Understand the seasons And fall with the leaves Now you are ready Unlocked an answer The rhythm is steady Just waitng for a dancer Something great is sure to make All the sacrifices worth the wait A lucky break is all it takes To recognise your past mistakes Can’t you tell by now what the cost will be? How heavy the price What the loss will be? Should I be surprised After all these years And if I start to cry Will you dry my tears Before I give up Let me feel As blind as I now am At last I can see Instead of tilting windmills Blow with the breeze Understand the seasons And fall with the leaves Now you are ready Unlocked an answer The rhythm is steady Just waitng for a dancer Something great is sure to make All the sacrifices worth the wait A lucky break is all it takes To recognise your past mistakes Something great is sure to make All the sacrifices worth the wait A lucky break is all it takes To recognise your past mistakes Something great is sure to make All the sacrifices worth the wait
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She was green The lushest I had seen I met her in the undergrowth Hiding in the bushes She told me she was fecund She told me she was fertile Six days later She gave birth to our child Our baby is enormous Our baby’s got 2 heads Our baby’s made of vegetation He’s outgrown his bed. Our baby is enormous Our Baby’s got 2 heads Our baby’s made of vegetation He’s outgrown his bed She wanted a family I said just one is fine She was one of millions And this one was just mine I rejected him at first He was a surprise Until someone said He’s got his daddy’s eyes The seed of love Sown far and wide The soil was our bed The trees were our hide She left with the seasons I thought we were done Returning in the spring We made love in the sun
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There’s always a fine line Didn’t we ask for extended time? The debts are held in China used to fund extensive crime There’s always a space free When you have to park your car As if someone is watching her Planting hints about where you are Can you sort out the miracle? Now you know the hidden truth all roads end in the middle now someone imitates the inner you? There’s always a fine line Didn’t we ask for extended time? The debts are held in California used to fund extensive crime There’s always a lasting phrase That your mind cannot leave alone By the time you are that phase Thing are well in the danger zone Can you sort out the miracle? Now you know the hidden truth Would all roads end in the middle now someone imitates the inner you? Can you sort out the miracle? Now you know the hidden truth Would all roads end in the middle now someone imitates the inner you? Can you sort out the miracle?
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The streetlights glow with rain The sun went down on our meeting You had to catch your train The time we had was far too fleeting You put your hand to mine, On the glass of the railway carriage, A poet who doesn’t need words, I was collateral damage. Still the feelings strong Much more than a Facebook LIKE I kiss your lips On the photo on my Skype When would I hold you again Handle once more your fragility – How could you/ forget my name When other lovers competed with me? Why aren’t you Why aren’t you Why aren’t you able to love me? Why aren’t you Why aren’t you Why aren’t you able to love me?
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Reading Tove Janssen “The Summer Book” And imagining a constrasting life Half of the year spent in darkness Half of the year spent In light And how would you find The way to exist – In small towns ice bound Half the year? And what kind of purpose Must you insist To enable life To go on from here. The history of Finland Gives me reason to believe That dreams can emerge From the snow and the trees No wonder it seemed a country that could Be taken apart, but left as it stood How every young nation looks to its roots And waits endlessly for the tree to bear fruits…. So as the gulf of Finland Freezes with ice We huddle up warm And look to the sky The ice breakers will come And the dark nights will end I am your lover I am your friend The history of Finland Gives me reason to believe That dreams can emerge From the snow and the trees
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Protect yourself from all that you were frightened of Be the one who means the things he says Live your life of bravery and confidence Stop the madmen playing with your head Light a candle for the missing ones Warm the masses with your flame Stand upon the monument and paint it red Do not let them kill in your name Where are all the revolutionaries? Where have they all gone? Look in the mirror at the revolutionary Something tells me you are the one Where are all the revolutionaries? Where have they all gone? Look in the mirror at the revolutionary Something tells me you are the one Where are all the revolutionaries? Where have they all gone? Look in the mirror at the revolutionary Something tells me you are the one Where are all the revolutionaries? Where have they all gone? Look in the mirror at the revolutionary Something tells me you are the one

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"Clancy is 50" was begun early in 2017 just before I turned 50 and completed in early December the same year. "Clancy" was an alter-ego who first appeared on the Bonbon Experiment song "I'm Not Clancy" in 1985. The title track led to me deciding to write and record a new album that was both looking back, and also a bit of a statement about where I am now. The 10 tracks are very varied, using a range of different instruments and can be seen as revisiting various musical ideas, whilst hopefully being new and interesting songs. There's definitely an eighties and nineties theme about songs like "The Hidden Truth", the playful "novelty" track "Baby's Got 2 Heads". The longest track "Europe" clearly came out of my anger at the Brexit vote, but musically is a driving piece of Motorik-enabled techno, part early Underworld, part Krautrock. Its lyrical companion piece if probably the last track recorded "The History of Finland", which used words I'd written in 2016. "Fragility" revisits the "demo" track of this poignant ballad which I recorded in a different version on this summer's surprise album "Return of the Juno 6", whilst "Revolutionaries" and "All the Sacrifices" are rousing and epic. "Circles" is another story song, but as well there are more personal tracks about growing older, thinking about life and love such as "Etymology" and "Fragility." Its a tight collection, lasting just over 45 minutes. Available to stream or to download, its my 35th album since 1984, and the 10th since resurrecting the Bonbon Experiment name in 2007.

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released October 22, 2017

Alll words and music by Adrian Slatcher.

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Bonbon Experiment Manchester, UK

Bonbon Experiment is the main musical project of Adrian Slatcher. He records for the online label BDM Recordings. Since 2007's Vertical Integration he has released 14 albums including two since lockdown, ASMR & Signed S.K.

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