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Another Nice Mess

by Greg Hancock

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Blood on my hands and my heart on my sleeve - I never made plans to get up and leave. Just a moment of madness... no attempt to deceive. But mixed in with the sadness, there's a sense of relief. The smile on my face is hanging by a thread. I hate the empty space next to me in my bed. I shot myself in the foot and got a spring in my step. When I knew you'd gone for good - the better I slept. Don't expect it all to make sense. Don't build up your defence. When you're not in control, just go with the roll And put it down to experience. But don't expect it all to make sense Don't sit on the fence. When you're washed by the tide Go along for the ride Don't hide Don't fall And don't expect it all to make sense.
We all like to point the finger at anyone who disagrees But I don't like it - not one little bit When the finger's pointed back at me But you can't just stand in the middle Sometimes things ARE black and white. And compromise is a coward's fiddle When the time comes to pick a side And you take a stand And you hold your ground though you understand That it's going to bring you down. Because even if one side gets what it wants Neither side can win. Another nice mess you've got us into. Another nice mess we're in.
Headlong 03:39
It was easy at first. Our unquenchable thirst Brought out the worst ...but it was fun at the time. We didn't listen to sense We were much too intent On rushing headlong Over every line. I got your message today And I couldn't wait To hear what you had to say And to see how time might have changed The person I knew. Because it always seemed to me That I was following you blind. So it's strange to find That in your mind.. I was leading you. And when I think of the ways we lived our lives It's a wonder either of us survives So when this answer arrives I hope you will share my view That it wasn't worth the price ...well...except maybe once or twice... Still. It's nice To know that I'm still remembered by you.
The Water 04:16
I won't bring you joy. You're going to have to learn to find all that kind of stuff for yourself. I've nothing to deploy in my defence. But in spite of everything You still think we can win - Though you've still only put one foot in the water. You might make me smile. And that might be more than enough For a while. But it won't take us the extra mile. And if you really must Keep talking about trust You'll need the feet of a saint to get across the water. And all our friends are gathering like black storm clouds. But it only started mattering When the noise from crowd Got much too loud.


Towards the end of 2019, with the UK feeling bitter and anxious about BREXIT and the impending General Election, Greg decided to record a few demo tracks with George Arnold at Rapunzel Studios. The intention was to live with the songs for a while and then maybe plan to bring in other musicians and re-record the songs with a view to producing a new album in early 2021.
And then, as the world closed down in March 2020, and live performances had to be cancelled, studios closed and everyone stuck at home... the plans changed. We decided that the demos were already good enough to be worked up into releasable tracks. Greg asked George to work on two of the tracks from his lockdown in Barcelona, and sent two tracks to Lukas Drinkwater in Stroud. This EP is the result.


released June 10, 2020

All tracks written and composed by Greg Hancock
copyright Greg Hancock 2020

Greg Hancock: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals
George Arnold :Tracks 1 & 2 everything else
Lukas Drinkwater: Tracks 3 & 4 everything else

Tracks 1 - 4 main vocal and Greg's guitar recorded by George Arnold at Rapunzel Studios, Devon. Celestial Choir in Track 1 recorded by Greg Hancock in his shed.

Tracks 1 & 2 other instruments recorded and mixed by George Arnold in Barcelona

Tracks 3 & 4 other instruments and backing vocals recorded and mixed by Lukas Drinkwater at Polyphonic Recording, Stroud. Mastered by George Arnold


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Singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Devon, England.

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