This Ain't Hollywood

by Silence is Sexy

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The second album by Silence is Sexy. Sad songs for optimists.

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released September 29, 2008

Written and performed by Silence is Sexy: Hendrik-Jan de Wolff, Pim van de Werken, Barry Spooren and Bart Reinders.
Additional arrangements by Michiel Flamman

Recorded en mixed by Martijn Groeneveld at Mailmen
Additional recording by Martin Beusker
Mastered by Zlaya Hadzic at Studio 150

Solina string ensamble and Fender Rhodes by Job Roggeveen
Mellotrons and Horn samples by Frank Boeijen
Additional synths by Martijn Groeneveld
Produced by Pim van de Werken

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Track Name: Come Back To You
One day our house must burn down
My memory will fade
Move on, it’s getting late
I chose a right direction
By opening my arms
But there’s a limit to our days

This is the end of everything I look forward to
And why did I let my daily thoughts lead me away from you?

Whatever takes me away
I will come back to you
I’ll do what it takes to get there
Whatever takes me away
I will come back to you
I’ll follow your footsteps

I don’t want a happy ending
I just want a start
A future for our past
Tell me what has happened
To endless careless days
I knew they would not last

This is the end of everything I look forward to
And why did I let my daily thoughts lead me away from you?

Whatever takes me away
I will come back to you
I’ll do what it takes to
Whatever takes me away
I will come back to you
I’ll follow your footsteps
Track Name: Night Out
Let’s squeeze out every drop,
life is too short to stop
Why can’t we stay a safe distance away from the top?
We talk and talk and talk and then agree
It won’t set us free

The dj is playing a song,
I’m caught singing along
Words hit my ear and I know crystal clear I was wrong
My thoughts go round and round while hearing the sound
I still haven’t found

The sheer comfort of drinking and taking pills
Is not enough for me
I need something real to grasp on to
The sheer comfort of drinking and taking pills
Is not enough for me
I need something real to grasp on to

A time to be born, and a time to die
If it’s all useless, why should I try?
To do what is right in your eyes
Why should I?

A time to seek and a time to lose
Do I have options, something to choose?
A time to laugh and a time to cry
Why should I?

A time to mourn and a time to dance
Why should I bother if it’s all chance?
If life is just one sad goodbye
Why should I?

I want to live and don’t want to die
If it’s all useless, why should I try?
The day is done and the end is nigh
Why should I?

A time to be born, and a time to die
If it’s all useless, why should I try?
To do what is right in your eyes
Why should I?
Track Name: 1984
The details are coming back
Painting over black
They wake me and make me smile
On Saturday mornings
I was walking on the chairs
If I could I’d meet you there

Pictures made in ’84
I can’t see them any more
I remember everything

The sound of the neighbours phone
Our broken doorbell’s drone
I still hear it loud and clear
When the war was still cold
The stories we were told
They took place so far from here

Sit still and wait
I’m sailing a stormy lake

Picures made in ’84
I can’t see them any more
I remember everything
In a dream and on tv
All the memories come to me
I just want them to remain

The details are coming back
Painting over black
They wake me and make me smile

Picures made in ’84
I can’t see them any more
I remember everything
In a dream and on TV
All the memories come to me
I just want them to remain
Track Name: This Ain't Hollywood
The way you look reminds me of a movie scene
That we were in
You said your line and I was shocked in black and white
Our plot wore thin

How the years went by in a single sigh
Have you understood?
On this sinking ship we are losing grip
This ain’t Hollywood

Oh, I can imagine everything ends well
That far away
All the scenes you’re showing me seem to be the parts
That I can’t play

On this sinking ship we are losing grip
Have you understood?
This ain’t Hollywood

You pretend that you’re not faking
Plastic dreams won’t last for long
And as long as hearts are breaking
I’ll play my part by being strong

This ain’t Hollywood
Track Name: On The Beach
I went to stay the night away
Sleeping on the beach
A perfect sight on guiding lights
Kept you within reach
Our worn out track made me think back
To where it all began

While my trust tried to leave
Faith was growing underneath my fear
When the rain touched my skin it was clear
I was not alone

The stars they shine much brighter now
But it appears to me
I can’t make it on my own
And let you keep the key

While my trust tried to leave
Faith was growing underneath my fear
When the rain touched my skin it was clear
I was not alone

It’s hard to trust what you can not see
When I’m falling you will carry me
Track Name: You Are A Mirror
If you could name what we want to be part of
Ideals that we share but never show
The beauty’s hidden underneath the surface
Today might be the day to let it go

You’re screaming out that you might need a saviour
A hero or a saint to heal our broken hearts

We should have left these thoughts so many years ago
But time and time again we don’t and let them grow
You are a mirror showing me what I hide
How far do you bend before you break the light?

Where can I find the words to take you higher?
I’m staring at the books I never read
I fear to feel the fear that’s still inside you
And fill my thoughts with words I leave unsaid

You’re screaming out that you might need a saviour
A hero or a saint to heal our broken hearts

We should have left these thoughts so many years ago
But time and time again we don’t and let them grow
You are a mirror showing me what I hide
How far do you bend before you break the light?
Track Name: Where Were You
Why don’t you tell us
Is it better to hold on
Than to hold on to what we had?
Once we had a dream
We all tried tried to make the best
Of what we tried hard to forget
On and on we run
Looking for cover
And something real to cling on to

Where were you?
Why do you stand so far off in times of need?
Let us please set our hearts
On something that we can believe

You saw everything
Kept us waiting
Show us the empty parts that much need to be filled
Why don’t you tell us
Who will lead us
To the place where we were meant to lay our hearts

Where were you?
Why do you stand so far off in times of need?
Let us please set our hearts
On something that we can believe
Track Name: Talk
The evening was so unreal
You asked if my lips were sealed
I tried to talk but my mouth just wouldn’t move
Thousands of things to say
But to my growing dismay
I couldn’t find a single line I could approve

In an artless way,
all the sounds we play
They say what I should tell you
without a single word,
I’ll make sure you’ve heard
I feel for you

Maybe we’ll walk the shore
Talk about movies and more
And I will find a thousand lines you’d like to hear
Answers I need to know
Do you think life’s just a show?
And if I play you Johnny Cash will you draw near?

I’m afraid I will never reach you
As long as I can’t speak out
Words are waiting for you
Until I shout out loud

In an artless way,
all the sounds we play
They say what I should tell you
without a single word,
I’ll make sure you’ve heard
I feel for you

I need you here tonight
I need you here
I need you here tonight
I need you here (I feel for you)
I need you here tonight
I need you here (I feel for you)
I need you here tonight
Track Name: Spider
I used to make plans for the years ahead
Piled them up inside my head
While time spun its web around
All the dreams I turned down
I have to face now where I have gone
’cause tomorrow has just begun

My dreaming heart slowly fell apart
Somehow I need another start
Spider, you put me in your web
And left me there in my despair

I’m stuck in my ever growing past
Time took over way too fast
Is there a way to get out of here?
I feel the spider drawing near

My dreaming heart slowly fell apart
Somehow I need another start
Spider, you put me in your web
And left me there in my despair

If I could turn back time
I’d say: Life’s what you make it
Track Name: Closing Titles
I was thinking about the end of the story that I’m in
Let’s walk to the horizon and just leave them wondering
The closing titles should begin with “it was not enough”
I guess back then you knew I wasn’t ready for your love

I believe that time will teach me when
We’ll meet again and climb our ladder to the moon
This is almost home

I thank you for the rain that showed me there are times of doubt
It made me wonder about the sun and gave meaning to the clouds
I’m happy to be here, knowing where I’ll be someday
With your heart close to mine we’ll keep the black moods far away

I believe that time will teach me when
We’ll meet again and climb our ladder to the moon
This is almost home