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Foreign Television

by 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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1.
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
2.
Island 04:32
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
3.
Heaven 04:39
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
4.
All the Time 04:10
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
5.
A Fine Blaze 03:30
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
6.
Steady 03:42
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
Never Mind 05:30
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
10.
Japan 03:51
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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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. New album coming in September, 2022!

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