Foreign Television

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Al Dixon hidden gem. one of my favorites of 2019.
standouts: "Is This a Joke," "Heaven," "A Fine Blaze." Favorite track: Is This a Joke?.
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released October 21, 2019

All songs written and recorded by Francis Allen between 2016 and 2019.
Album artwork by Daria Allen (legend).

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Foreign Television Wales, UK

Foreign Television is the solo project of Francis Allen, a musician from Wales, UK, currently based in Moscow, Russia. There are two Foreign Television albums; 'Youthless' (2013) and a new, self-titled album, released on October 21st, 2019. All songs are written and recorded by Francis Allen. ... more

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Track Name: Is This a Joke?
They see through me don’t they
Could it be an epiphany
To pull me from my old ways
I don’t know what you’re talking about

What’s fallen on you lately
We were in the sea it’s a mystery
Chased out of lazy Sundays
Always somewhere else

Too slow to move
And when I do
Wonder why you’re not moving too
Sounds like a joke that’s been overused
Can you stand this

What objective truth
Could ever make us happy
Scrambling waning values
Trying to make you want me

Too slow to move
And when I do
Wonder why you’re not moving too
Sounds like a joke that I’ve overused
Can you stand this
What objective truth
Could ever let you want me
Track Name: Island
Who can we blame
That’ll make us feel better by the morning
We get lost in our own minds
Born into the wrong time
Or choose to look at things that way maybe
Shame nobody listens
Ask for permission to cry like a baby
Talk about yourself too much
Never heard you ask a question with any sincerity
Hard to explain
Always either joking or taking things too seriously

Please keep the noise down
You’re making a scene
Self-conscious spoke too much
And you still don’t know what I mean

Oh I drift to an island sometimes
And I know why but can we honestly say that we’ve tried
Look at them look at you look at me taking things so seriously
Look at them look at you look at me taking ourselves so seriously
Track Name: Heaven
Everybody rained on
Gets swept in a current
Leaning backwards
Hiding from it

It’s alright
I don’t believe you
But it’s alright
It’s alright
I need you
And it’s alright

Watch where you focus
We’ll float just above it
No time to hold us
No burglars coming
Then catch yourself swearing under your breath
Why can’t they think the way I do
Or see what I am to you
I lose

It’s alright
I don’t believe you
But it’s alright
It’s alright
I need you
And it’s alright
It’s alright
I don’t believe you
But it’s alright
It’s alright
I need you
Is it alright

All of you
All of me
Track Name: All the Time
You can breathe out now
Nobody wants to kick your head in
Imagine wasting light
Uptight out of our minds
Trying not to listen to a screaming television
That stays on all the time
And plays on a loop behind the eyes

Stomach turning
Waving from trains
Things seem easier that way
Every time I’m in it
I realise I’m in it
What if they’re right
The same thing all the time

All the time

Terrified too much to lose
Has no-one told you
The sun is high let me play the fool
Like it won’t fall through
Track Name: A Fine Blaze
Either losing a grip or reaching for it
After all that was used semi-conscious confused
All those days half awake
Didn’t I hear I swear I heard you say you need me now
Floating through the rain worlds away
Breeze through the window never deadening on me now
Almost watched it fade stuck delayed
Why would we stare either ahead or behind us now
But if we found a way found a way
Breeze through the window never deadening on me now
Track Name: Steady
Not quite a teleport
And know it’s going to spin away
As soon as it feels you try
Struck by a quick crashing wave
It’s all in your face
Strange if I told you now you’d find me overfamiliar

Swear that I could taste it
Went back there in a dream
Overcast as it should be
Weren’t we all supposed to
Hold each other not back but steady
Track Name: Computer Games
I’m not insane I know it can’t be mine
Why would we want it as we planned it
Seemed one in a million at the time
Now a spiral behind your eyelid

Teenagers too loud
Or looking for attention heads bowed
We can’t swim where’s the coast
Nights spent running from chasing ghosts

Can anybody see them
Restless for good reason
Closes in so kick out
Painted as lose or shut your mouth

Feel it closer always
Now pathetic and teenage
Like the messages we’d send
Isn’t she’s fed up with her boyfriend

This is for us and you can’t have it
Wasted the day are you out of your mind
Fall face down if you can’t stand it
Those are excuses get it right

We’ve found out it’s automatic
Notice the eyes, a shift in the tone
Am I a suitcase in your attic
Or a pattern you used to dial on the phone

No one’s trying to find you out
When there’s no noise and there’s no doubt
Next to long-forgotten middle names
There’s us through a window playing computer games
Track Name: That's Enough!
Blown out candles with a wish
Is it ever enough
There’s a pressure there’s a weight
Do you think it’s deliberate
In the distance a commotion
And we never seem fussed
Call me by my name and I’ll shut it all up
And never talk about the things we know are crippling us
It’s soaked us through and it’s never enough
Track Name: Never Mind
Some kind of hell
Assess yourself through someone else
As long as you’re well
Move away from each other and we’ll do it for ourselves
Us versus them
Drummed into my head and you’ll tell me again
The pull’s too much
There’ll be no crying away until you’ve given enough
Me and my friends
We felt it before
We weren’t wrong then
When it’s all I see
Blown away in my recurring dream
We know what it means
All I want
Into the waves in the dimming light
Hands up never mind
All I want
Is to mean it when I say
I was never my body anyway
Track Name: Japan
It won’t wait
I’ll stay up all night
There’s no way
Can’t shuffle through and won’t hide
Tricked us
Into calling it a meantime
Scribble away
Then come back to a straight line
It won’t wait
Always often sometimes
These days if I’m a coward then I don’t mind
Your face
I was alright

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