Unusual Suspects

Unusual Suspects

Produced by: Steve Argila
Mixed and Engineered by: Stephen Krause
Arrangements by: Paul Reiser and Steven Argila

All songs written by Julia Fordham and Paul Reiser
Muttley Melodies (ASCAP) / Nuance Music (BMI)

Photo : Simon Gluckman

Released Date: 2010
Muttley Bosco Records

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You Keep Me On My Feet »

You’re no New Year’s Parade
All smiling and waving
Throwing roses while paving
The way for the band
Upbeat up town

You’re no 4th of July
More the 1st or 2nd
Full of promise that beckons
Drawing me in
Closer to your skin

(You know you know) you’re no stroll down
(You know you know) you’re no stroll down
easy street
But you keep me
You keep me
You keep me on my feet

You’re the curved crescent moon
All waxing and waning
Shining, fading and changing
Night after night
Black back to white light

(You know you know) you’re no stroll down
(You know you know) you’re no stroll down

easy street
But you keep me
You keep me
You keep me on my feet

You hold me up you hold me up you hold me up
You hold me back
You hold me down
You keep me rooted to the ground

You keep me, you keep me
You keep me on my feet

You hold me up you hold me up you hold me up

Fine »

How long have we struggled
How hard have we tried
How loud the chains rattle
As they break up inside
I’ll be fine without you
I’ll be fine without you
It would be a big mistake
For you to underestimate me
I’ll be fine you’ll see
With your sword and dagger
You have hacked away
At my love, I’ll stagger
And limp but I will stay

I’ll be fine without you
I’ll be fine without you
It would be a big mistake
For you to underestimate me
I’ll be fine you’ll see

I know that I can seem quite frail
As if I might blow down in a gail
I’ve fallen down before
A gust of wind took me to the floor
But I got up with my head bowed and tucked
I pressed against a howling gail force nine
My fists clenched and punching
I crossed the finishing line

I’ll be fine without you
I’ll be fine without you
It would be a big mistake
For you to underestimate me
I’ll be fine you’ll see
I’ll be fine you’ll see
Fine

Shadow »

Can I bring my sadness to your door
Can I bring my loneliness and lay it on your floor
Can I bring my mixed bag of sweet and bitter tricks and …
Can I bring my goodness to your door
Can I bring my whole safe there and lay down on your floor
Can I bring my hammer, hook and nail and slam a hole to hang my shadow on your wall

My shadow, shadow, shadow on your wall
Can I hang my shadow
Up from the highest gallow
Whether it’s one inch or if it’s 9 feet tall

Can I bring my silence to your door
Can I bring my bulldozer and park it on your floor
Can I bring my blue tent and pitch it there for no rent
Can I hang my shadow on your wall

My shadow, shadow, shadow on your wall
Can I hang my shadow
Up from the highest gallow
Whether it’s one inch or if it’s 9 feet tall

Can I lay down in the winter and bounce back in the spring
And in the summer you can hear me sing
Hear me sing

Can I bring my pure love to your room
If I come tomorrow it won’t be a day too soon
Can I bring my hammer, hook and nail and slam a hole to hang my shadow on your wall

My Shadow, shadow, shadow on your wall
Can I hang my shadow
Up from the highest gallow
Whether it’s one inch or if it’s 9 feet tall
Whether it’s one inch or if it’s 9 feet tall

UnSung Hero »

I try to hold my head up high
Pointing north or to the sky
But my best intentions
Slip into dissention
Heading south by nightfall

Whatever you do, be safe be true
And remember that I love you
Be brave be wise
And know inside
You know, you’re my UnSung Hero

I try to take things in my stride
Keeping hope and faith alive
Trusting and believing
You’re okay and leading
Onwards back home to us

Whatever you do, be safe be true
And remember that I love you
Be brave be wise
And know inside
You know, you’re my UnSung Hero

I keep your photographs
Scattered round the place
Everywhere to remind me
Of my favorite face

Whatever you do, be strong be true
And remember that I love you
Be brave be wise
Come home alive
You know, you’re my UnSung Hero
Whatever you do, be strong be true
And remember that I love you
Be brave be wise
Come home alive
You know, you’re my UnSung Hero

Good Ship »

There’s a black knot under my skin
Oh no, the rots set in
Seeping out of these pores
Peeling the paper off the walls

Don’t let this good ship go down
Hold on with two hands
Or we both might drown
Don’t let this good ship go down

Clinging to my soul like cellophane
Trickling like old lead paint
Through these veins
Tugging at my heart
With rusty springs
Running up for take up with broken wings

There’s a dark cloud over my head
Here comes the watershed
Pelting down on my day
Washing my life as I know it away

Don’t let this good ship go down
Don’t let this good ship go down
Hold on with two hands
Or we both might drown
Don’t let this good ship go down
Chipping at my core
With blunt cold knives
Playing on my mind
All through the night
Shaking up my faith and my belief
Wearing down the bond
We swore to keep

We sailed six out of seven stormy seas
Oh how the north wind blows
Feel the pull of the undertow

Don’t let this good ship go down
Hold on with two hand
Or we both might drown
Don’t let this good ship go down

Clinging to my soul like cellophane
Trickling like old lead paint
Through these veins
Tugging at my heart
With rusty strings
Running up for take up with broken wings

Stolen Kiss »

I know you have secrets
You keep from me
I’m gathering evidence daily

I snoop around
Like a sniffer hound

The case for the defense
Is slow to build
My feminine intuition will not yield

The web of deceit
How your silence speaks

I can’t put my finger on it
But something is a miss
Did you fall in love or was it
Just a stolen kiss
Just a stolen kiss

I sift through the details
And still pretend
Meet Miss Denial
My new best friend

I admit I’ve tried
To turn a blind eye

I can’t put my finger on it
But something is amiss
Did you fall in love or was it
Just a stolen kiss
Just a stolen kiss

I can’t fool myself any longer
I’m willing myself to get a
Little bit stronger

You say all the time
It’s just in my mind
But I swear I’m not crazy

I can’t put my finger on it
But something is a miss
Did you fall in love or was it
Just a stolen kiss
Just a stolen kiss

I swear I’m not crazy

Walking Shoes »

This can’t be right
I want to drive and drive
And drive the whole night
Past the sign to home
In this car alone

Mile after mile
‘Till I come to my senses
Bracing for my 180
Stepping on my brake slowly

For the U-turn
A crash and burn
Is mercifully avoided
Drifting back to base
With no saving grace

Down going down
Could I sink any further
Anchored in these endless blues
Reaching for my walking shoes

Patched and stitched cobbled together
Barely bound and loosely tethered
Better to have lost than never
To have loved at all
Nothing ever lasts forever
Consider this my farewell letter
Sealed with a kiss from regretful lips

Wisely and slow
For if I go to fast
Then I might stumble
Running down that hill
With Gods speed and will

I’ll put one foot
Right in front of the other
Digging in these well worn heels
Like these walking shoes I feel

Patched and stitched cobbled together
Barely bound and loosely tethered
Better to have lost than never
To have loved at all
Nothing ever lasts forever
Consider this my farewell letter
Sealed with a kiss from regretful lips

Walking on the air, walking on the moon
Anywhere but these eggs shells in this room
I pace around in small blue circles
Like these walking shoes I feel

Patched and stitched cobbled together
Barely bound and loosely tethered
Better to have lost than never
To have loved at all
Nothing ever lasts forever
Consider this my farewell letter
Sealed with a kiss from regretful ever grateful lips

Say Hey Kid »

In the dream the curve balls keep on coming
Coming at me thick and fast
I’m ducking and I’m diving as they fly past
Then I pick up my imaginary bat
And start smack smack smack smack smacking
Them back

As the voices in my head get drowned out by the crowd
The pitchers doubled up as he’s laughing out loud
Then I hear the catcher shout
How’s that you’re out

And the dream it seems to keep on coming
Coming at me from left field
I’m now a gladiator with no shield
I’m on my knees the master cracks the whip
The lions are smack smack smack smack smacking their lips

My pleas for mercy are drowned out by the jeers of the crowd
The Emperor’s thumb is up then it slowly turns down
And the whole arena cries
Let her die

And the truth is I don’t care, cos I can’t go on
There is no hope left, there is nowhere to run
So I’m bracing myself for the final blow
Then I see you there in the tunnels light glow

In your hands you are holding a white flag
You’re waving it and crying
Whispering that you’re sorry
For everything
In a flash I’m back back in our backyard
You’re pitching, I’m smack smack, smack smack smacking ‘em hard

My legs are given wings by the cheers of the crowd
I’m flying rounding 3rd as I’m laughing out loud
And I hear you say, hey kid you can do it

Say hey kid you can do it
Say hey
Say hey
Say hey kid

Trusted »

We went with a man to the fair
He ran his fingers through my hair
And other places
But we won’t go there

I was 8 and you were 10
We didn’t know then
Some men can’t be trusted
Trusted

We went on the swings and the rides
For chocolate ice cream
And other bribes
Cotton candy
A sweet thin disguise

I was 8 and you were 10
We didn’t know then
Some men can’t be trusted
Trusted

Best to not tell Mum or Dad
As it was their friend who had
Told us to get off the bus
And that he would pay for us

So we went with the man to the fair
And left what happened buried there
A dark secret we choose not to share

I was 8 and you were 10
We didn’t know then
Some men can’t be trusted
Trusted

Minefield »

I might get myself in trouble
Keeping you here in this bubble
Pink and soft and safe and warm
Since the day that you were born

Hide the scissors and the matches
Hurry batten down the hatches
Lock the doors and pad the walls
Seal the windows nail the boards

How can I tell you
The worlds not only beautiful
After all

It’s a minefield out there
Please be mindful to take care
In the minefield
It can be a minefield

A B C D, 1 2 3 4 off to school
Then out the front door
Hope and loss, love and despair
All waiting for you out there

How can I tell you
The worlds not only beautiful
After all

It’s a minefield out there
Please be mindful to take care
In the minefield
It can be a minefield

Run run for cover
There’s an incoming coming
There’s an incoming coming coming
Head to the river
It will always deliver
It’s the only thing I know
To dive in and go with the flow

Here’s the knife go ahead sever
All these ties until when ever
You might want to come back home
You’ll be fine out there alone

Now I can tell you
The worlds not only beautiful
After all

It’s a minefield out there
Please be mindful to take care
In the minefield
It can be a minefield
Out there