After Dark

by Not for Pussies

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Not for Pussies' second album, which was recorded between December 09 and October 10. It's a mix of sparkling rock/pop songs and thoughtful quieter moments. It deals with the themes of our place in the universe, death, loss and the darkness as well as the magic of life.

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released October 1, 2010

Music: Brian & Janette Kidd
Lyrics: Janette Kidd
Brian Kidd: Guitars, Guitar synthesizers, E-Bow, Drum programming, Percussion, Trumpet, Samples
Janette Kidd: Vocals, Bass guitars, Keyboards

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Not for Pussies Perth, UK

Not for Pussies came into being in 2008, although Brian and Janette Kidd have been together - and playing music together (and with others) for much, much longer.
We felt we're into an era in our lives where Bette Davis' quote about getting older (it's "not for pussies") felt very apt - and our music reflects this - and the experience of having lived a little! Our music is pretty eclectic ...
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Track Name: Ali's Blues
Instrumental
Track Name: The Garden
The Garden

How many people is it going to take?
How many voices together?
What do we do when it all starts to break down?
Nothing left then but the weather

Are we too late? Are we too few?
In the face of the majority is there nothing we can do?
Is this the end? Is it all lost?
We're the dinosaurs, the "we want more"s no matter what the cost

We are a plague on the planet - We are a plague on the earth

How do we get back to Adam & Eve? Find our way back to the Garden?
Who do we turn to - what can we believe?
No one will grant us a pardon

We know how to take - much less to give
We're abusing and just using up this precious place we live
Oh we can care - yeah we can love
But this sickness we're afflicted with means we never get enough

Oh there is no forgiveness - Who do you think you're praying to?
We're sitting here in our own mess - It's all down to me and you
Track Name: Between Worlds
Between Worlds

He greets you with a smile
but doesn't quite know who you really are
Oh, he says, It's been a while
and how on earth did we all ever get this far?

Get the coffee on and go pull up a chair
Take off your jacket son and don't just stand there like all these folk seem to do

His hands trace out the diagram
swirling colours in the canvas of his life
Get the glasses out and pour a dram
Here's a toast to you, my family, my wife

All these college pals and mates I know from school
laughing at the times when we all played the fool
I see them waiting in the wings

Words are spoken, tears are shed as we gather round his bed
I'm playing home movies in my head, hear his laughter, things he said
His hands are reaching for the door. He checks his watch, it's time to go
His eyes don't focus any more - they see worlds that we don't see
And all of those who've gone before gather round to set him free
Ah, between worlds ...
Track Name: Stardust
Stardust

Up the hill in the morning sun
we walk and talk - watch the dogs run
Above us skylarks singing - play in
a sky as clear as the first day

Way in the distance the earth explodes and
gas, molten rock and shattered glass
rises in columns, filling the air
shimmering through the atmosphere

And all of us down here, wings clipped, earthbound
No jets, no planes, no sound
The planet brings us back to ground
We stop and wonder ...

One mountain cracks its fiery crust, reminding us we're simply dust
speeding across the galaxy, but in the stillness of this day
I stop and wonder ...

How do I love you - How do I love you this way?
Track Name: Hands
Hands

The saints hold out their hands - long fingers and open palms
The beauty of their hands, brought to life in burnished shades of red and gold
They calmly gaze at us and say Behold, you make us to be keepers of your souls
And I want to be held. To feel your arms around me evermore
Have the protection of this sacred place
And I want to be held - To feel your hands upon me evermore

Our hands create this art and make of it a sacred heart
Then the delusion starts and we give up responsibility
Project our hopes and fears upon our deity
Seek forgiveness in our holy dreams
And we want to be held - Lie in your blessed arms forevermore

You bring hope to our hearts as we go on our starry way
Give comfort in the dark - the promise of another day
You brush away our tears when there is nothing more to say
You melt away my fears - and hold me like a prayer

And we want to be held - To feel your arms around us evermore
Receive your blessings in this sacred place
Believe the magic in your golden face
And I want to be held - To feel your hands upon me evermore

The saints hold out their hands - long fingers and open palms
The beauty of their hands ...
Track Name: Love Me Now
Love Me Now

I love you now
in this moment
It's all I have to give

Because right now
in this moment
is all that we can live

What might have been
or will be
will all be lost in space and time

So love me now
in this moment
where I am yours and you are mine

Where I am yours and you are mine

So love me now
Love me baby, love me right now
Track Name: After Dark
After Dark

I wait for the fading of the light and for you to wrap me up in your velvet cloak of night
Have I been hypnotised by your nocturnal song?
I can't believe that what you're doing to me is wrong
You make me feel that this is where we both belong
After dark...

No one else seduced me as utterly as you
And I don't care what they say, I know our love is true
Have I been hypnotised by your nocturnal song?
I can't believe that what you're doing to me is wrong
You make me feel that this is where we both belong
After dark...

Shooting stars burn up in space, fireflies light up your face
I see lovers in your eyes - All of those who've lived and died
Underneath it all we're just the same
Entranced like moths circling the flame
And so it goes...

The days they seem so empty, so long
I'm indifferent to the warmth of the sun
But then the evening star finally appears and with the darkness come my passions and my fears
These precious moments I have witih you my dear
After dark...

But there are monsters out there, waiting in the night
You know who they are, you can feel them prowl
I don't know how to stop them - can't begin to fight
They're reaching for my soul - tearing at my soul
I have no power against them... Only your love
Only our love...

I wait for the fading of the light and for you to wrap me up in your velvet cloak of night
Have I been hypnotised by your nocturnal song?
I can't believe that what you're doing to me is wrong
You make me feel that this is where we both belong
After dark...
Track Name: Blue Buddha
Blue Buddha

Blue Buddha - gimme some of your medicine
Blue Buddha - you got the cure for everything
Blue Buddha - how'd I get to be such a mess?
Blue Buddha - all I want is a taste of bliss

What should I do? Should I wait?
Do I just sit still and meditate?
Show me the light. Give me a clue.
I just want to be serene like you.

Blue Buddha - you got the powre to heal.
Blue Buddha - tune into how I feel.
Blue Buddha - how'd I get to be such a mess?
Blue Buddha - take me into the emptiness.

None of it's real. All that I feel.
We're all dreaming some kind of ideal.
Whatever's here. Whatever's true.
We're all reflections in the face of You.

Oh gimme some of your
I really need, I really need some of your
Oh gimme some of your
Bliss.....