Remnants & Aftershocks

by Not for Pussies

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The fifth album from Not for Pussies (Brian & Janette Kidd)
Eight contrasting songs, written, recorded and produced in 2014-15, at a time when Janette was dealing with an illness. As a result, many of the soundscapes and song structures were produced by Brian in the studio, with Janette stepping in to contribute her parts when she could. As a consequence, the album is driven by solid rhythms and broad synthesizer and e-bow based textures. A long time coming, but another is just around the corner! Watch this space....

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released February 28, 2015

Music: Brian & Janette Kidd
Lyrics: Janette Kidd

All instruments: Brian & Janette Kidd
except track 5, "Choirgirls" - beats by Joe Logan

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Not for Pussies at Stellasounds, 2014/15.

All album art: Brian & Janette Kidd

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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: Lotus
Lotus

Give yourself up to me, baby
This is where you're meant to be
Feel the power of a woman
There's a universe in me

Lotus in a thousand skies
Floating in my colour-time
A thousand kisses on your fingers
I am all and all is mine
Track Name: and so it goes ...
and so it goes ...

The stars lose their hold
and race to their deaths in the brightening sky

We may grow old,
but I see millennia in your eye

A new day is born,
spreading her wings into the light

My heart is a Phoenix,
resurrected from the deepest night

Don't let your sorrow die,
it sweetens every day

No kind of apocalypse
can take your love away

The stars lose their hold
and race to their deaths in the darkening sky

And so it goes,
on the wings of a butterfly ...
Track Name: Spring Fever
Spring Fever

Blossom is bursting
The buds are a-bloom
The birds are all flirting
and I'm all a-swoon
Blackbird is singing
way up in the tree
My robin is building
a bower for me

Daisies look skywards to fat bumble bees
buzzing with gold dust all over their knees
Spider is spinning, so what can I do
other than offer a dance up to you...

Blossom is bursting
The buds are a-bloom
The birds are all singing
and I'm all a-swoon
Squirrels are busy
way up in the tree
The bunnies are building
a bower for me

Daisies look skywards to fat bumble bees
buzzing with gold dust all over their knees
Up in the chimney the jackdaws are shy,
watching the world with a beady blue eye...
Track Name: Choirgirls
Choirgirls

Seven years since I last saw you, my girl
Here you are, suddenly back in my world again

We were young, on our own and far from home
It was cold and the old town deep with snow
Candlelight and the choir held back the dark
In our eyes and our hearts we lit a spark

Your cinnamon-speckled face
in golden candlelight
Mandarin and sandalwood
in golden candlelight
We wet and wove the straw
in golden candlelight
We both created stars
in golden candlelight

Oh we sang our hearts out
Yeah, we sang, we sang
Girl, we sang our hearts out
We still do, me and you

Your cinnamon-speckled face
in golden candlelight
Mandarin and sandalwood
in golden candlelight
We wet and wove the straw
in golden candlelight
We both created stars
in golden candlelight
Track Name: Heart
Heart


How much can a heart…..hold?

My Daddy was a quiet man, he never said much, but oh….
He carried much more than most men, his shoulders held up my world
My Daddy was a good man, he never did any harm
He carried his share of heartache, he held it in his arms
He never had ambition, he worked and he worked hard
He learned things don’t come easy, and some things break your heart
He never did ask for nothing, he gave his whole life through
The path we trod was difficult, but I know that he was true

How much can a heart …. hold?

Your Daddy was a quiet man, he rarely spoke his mind
but his brush could catch a landscape, all a shimmering in the light
Your Daddy was a good man, did his best for his family
and he gave his all to the system, all his creativity
He sat on his ambition, he worked and he worked hard
He learned things don’t come easy, and some things break your heart
He never did ask for nothing, he gave his whole life through
The path he trod was difficult, but you know that he was true

How much can a heart…. hold?

They taught us to walk and then how to run
They watched us fall down and joined in the fun
Oh they were the guys, who cherished their wives
and this was the best, the time of their lives
When the sun is high…. and the days are long…
Oh the endless possibilities… What could go wrong? What could go wrong?

We share a history, we come from common ground
and the gentle hands that raised us, we were always safe and sound
Expressed in all their actions, in the life they lived each day
was a love you can’t imagine and it’ll never go away
My Daddy taught me something – to be strong and to be true
and my heart is full of the love he gave and I give that now to you
Yes, my Daddy taught me something – to be strong and to be true
and my heart is full of the love he gave and I give that now to you
……. I give that to you.
Track Name: Headgirl
Headgirl

(Part 1)

Woke up one day with the walls closing in
Just being upright took some discipline
The room is spinning – I can’t take this pain
It’s like a bomb has gone off in my brain
Raided the cupboard and swallowed some meds
Can’t understand what’s going on in my head
Stumbled around and then went back to bed
There’s no escape – Oh, I wish I were dead

I called the doctor – I need some advice
Can’t take the pressure, my head’s in a vice
He sent me off to see some specialist
to rule out anything that he might have missed

My palms are sweaty and my mouth is all dry
Trying not to lose it in the drumming MRI
These tubes and needles are freaking me out
The drugs go in and my precious blood goes out
They fill in forms and they scratch their heads
I’m a receptacle for all sorts of meds…
I’m just a face in a hospital bed
I’ve lost the plot, yeah I’m losing the thread…

(Part 2)

There’s a hooker hiding over in the corner
and I’m the rookie out on the mat
He’s got his buddies running interference
so he can knock me flat

Now this gorilla’s on my shoulder
and he’s telling me I gotta do a drop
I need to sandbag or oversell
just to win me a pop

Now this is feeling something like a beatdown
I’m losing count of all the heels
Oh, I’m suspicious of a screwjob
This wasn’t in the deal!

Thought I was number one contender
somehow maintaining my no-sell
I’m in the ring with a whole stable
and they’re stretching me all to hell!

!Part 3)

Headgirl! What's going on inside your head, girl?!
Crazy, crazy Headgirl!

And then my head explodes!
Track Name: 50 Fathoms Down
50 Fathoms Down


We are all one, so I’ve been told
but this ship I steer is me and me alone

The leaden weight descends and pulls me down
to depths so cold and dark, I’m all alone

I feel the world -
all light and warmth and love slip from my grasp

Somewhere far off life carries on
and here I am 50 fathoms down