The Difficult Second Album

by Duncan Reid and the Big Heads

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about

So here it is. Two years after Little Big Head, the "difficult" second album. Except it wasn't difficult at all. In fact these two years have been the most fun of my life. A voyage of discovery spent with the nicest, most talented people on earth. Tony Barber has weaved his magic on the record again and I must give a special mention to Alex “Darling Boy” Gold. Alex got me back on the stage after The Boys, has been there the whole time and had a huge input into this album.

We’ve made more friends than I can list here, all of whom have helped us get out there and spread the word. If you haven't seen us live I hope you do soon and, who knows, maybe you'll come along for the ride as well!

credits

released June 6, 2016

On this album The Big Heads are:
Alex Gold: lead guitars, keyboards and vocals.
Duncan Reid: bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals
Sophie Danger Powers: guitar, backing vocals.
Ciara Lavers: drums

Huge thanks to Tom Lynam who played drums on a multitude of tracks.

Produced by Tony Barber - significant input from Duncan Reid and Alex Gold.
Engineered by Tony Barber (except when he got stuck in the US for getting married.)
Engineering assistance to cover for an impounded Tony Barber: Harvey Birrell
Recorded in Tony’s shed in Essex and mixed in his bedroom in Brooklyn
Mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Street

Sleeve Design by Bobby Goulding
Photography: David Apps Photography

Big Thanks to Andrew Matheson, The Boys, Tine Hammer, Hugo Zunker, Harry Steen, Keith and Danielle Winson, Keith Newman, Peter Antony, Stephen Doyle, TV Smith, Mariano Asch, Bernd Lange, Bobby Goulding, Anna Donarski, Garth Twa, Chris Jones, Stephen Harland, Johan Hargeby and all at Sound Pollution, Allan Nazareth, George Houston, Janne Lagestrom, Jens Simmons, Mauro Venegas, Jamie Danan, Heather Britton, Jalle Jardland.

Contact: Duncan@littlebighead.co.uk
www.littlebighead.co.uk
P 2014 Duncan Murray Reid
© Duncan Murray Reid
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Track Name: Just As Good As I Used to Be
I've been looking in the mirror
Looking at my face there
Staring back at me

Stunned reflection in my eyes
Looking at the lines where
A young man used to be

Years spent living like a rock star
Nights spent on the tiles are
Catching up with me

Days spent playing Peter Pan are
Coming to an end, I
Guess it’s bound to be

Mmmmmmm But I'm just as good as I used to be
Mmmmmmm and boy I used to be good
Mmmmmmm I'm just as good as I used to be
Mmmmmmm and boy was I real good

Well, once upon a time I'd
Stay out all night long, a
Stallion in his prime

Now I'm likely to be shattered
Stamina in tatters
Bedtime on my mind

Girls were there for making passes
Now I need glasses
Just so I can read

These days I just take my chances
Swerving lewd advances
For a cup of tea

Mmmmmmm …..
Track Name: Little Fingers and Toes
7.20 it's a stretch and yawn
7.30 and he pulls his trousers on
7.50 as the train pulls in
10 past 8 and his head begins to spin

Working all day through
There's just so much to do
Home at seven, and he's feeling black and blue

But when Jack comes running
Everything's gonna be fine
little face smiling
toys all left behind
yeah when Jack comes running
Everything's gonna be fine

It's gonna be fine
Cos he's so divine
Those little fingers and toes
dimples and nose
Yeah Little Fingers and toes

Another dawn he's nearly had his fill
Another morning and he's running to stand still
Another afternoon of stress and strain
Another evening on a late and jam packed train

But when the key's in the door
He hears those feet on the floor
Now he knows just what it's all been for

Cos when Jack comes running....

How can he be sure
That everything will be OK
How to be secure
every day

Oh when Jack comes running....
Track Name: Baby Doll
Saw you on your way just the other day
Looked you in the eye you looked away
Caught you on my phone like a bird of prey
When I looked again you'd run away

And I said hey there baby doll
I'm your man
I can save your life
Yes I can
Hey there baby doll
I'm your man
I can take your life
Yes I can

Walking through the town searching high and low
Looking in the bars like a hooded black crow
Have you seen this girl I wanna know
Have you seen my latest Marylyn Monroe

And I said hey there baby doll….

It could be so nice
It could be so damn exciting
You can make your choice
And I'll go either which way you wanna go
Heaven here with me or hell down below
Track Name: Joe
Joe's been standing on his own
Since he don't know when
No he don't know when

He's been happy on his own
Well maybe now and then
He thinks he needs a friend, Oh oh oh

Joe's not made like other men
He doesn't get it when
They laugh and joke with him

Life goes on whatever's said
But deep inside his head
He'd like to start again, Oh oh oh

There's one thing he's sure he knows
You need some help to stand alone
A hand through all the highs and lows
Before your hopes and dreams have flown

There's nothing more that he can say
That wouldn't be cliched
Nothing more to do but live and wait

Jo's been standing on her own
Since she don't know when
No she don't know when

She's been happy on her own
Well maybe now and then
Her thoughts turn to men, Oh oh oh

Jo's been thinking to herself
He's out there somewhere now
Someplace near somehow

One to scoop her off the shelf
Someone she'd allow
Into her here and now, Oh oh oh

There's one thing she'd like to know
How to find a love that grows
The one to shield her from her cares
One that answers all her prayers
Track Name: Another City
Got a call to say hello
Should I stay or should I go
Oh I just don't know

The sky is dark it looks like snow
The wind is cold and it does blow
Yeah I just don't know

Riding on the Clipper
Staring at the river
Flowing through the night to who knows where
Party boat draws nearer
Things are getting clearer
Watching all the happy people there

Saturday night on the river and the world seems alright
Saturday night all the lights are burning bright
Saturday night on the river, all the world's out tonight
And I can't call another city home
And I'll be back however far I roam

Stepping out onto the pier
Crowds of girls in party gear
Well I just don't know
Boys in clusters standing near
Telling jokes and drinking beer
Yeah I just don't know

Walking to the 12 Bar
Strolling by the fast cars
Driving in the night to who knows where
Bouncers on the front door
Ready for a world war
But I'm alright when I'm in there.

Saturday night on the river …….
Track Name: Long Long Gone
Cases full, boxes packed
Apple Macs, clothes all wrapped
For another day
There’s always another day

Time to go, the car’s outside
Heartfelt hugs and teary eyes
See you another day
Always another day

Oh what happened to that little girl
With baby cheeks and angels' curls
She's all grown up, eager to get on
She's long long gone

Friday night new found friends
Busy girl the phone call ends
See you another day
Always another day

The world is new, the future's bright
Out of mind is out of sight
Till another day
Yes just another day

Oh how bitter sweet to see her now
She's on her way showing how
She's all she needs
There's none she depends on
She's long long gone

All at once the mobile rings
How are you the voice begins
On another day
There's always another day
Track Name: C'est la Vie
Shit happens, that’s the way it goes
Life’s a mother, everybody knows
Some you win and, some you know you’ll lose
No use complaining, no point in singing the blues

Ooh sha la la lee, C’est la vie
Ooh sha la la lee, C’est la vie
What will be will be, C’est la vie
Ooh sha la la lee, C’est la vie

Don’t worry, don’t feel let down
There’ll be another, any minute now
What’s it matter, if the world’s a bitch
When life’s in tatters, let’s all act rich

Ooh sha la la lee, ……

No point acting like Victor Meldrew on a bad day
No point looking like a bulldog chewing on a wasp
No point being like that all grumpy and uptight
Ahh Ahh You know I’m right.
Track Name: When We Were Young
When we were younger we'd party the whole day through
Looking back now
Laughing and joking we were happy just us two
Times gone by
Drinking was fun such a blast and so brand new
Long ago now
The world was our oyster we owned it all me and you

You used to be a better man than this
Laughing all the time
Used to be much better with the drink
Gotta get over it
Used to be a better man than this
Happy all the time

Then we got older the world took on different hues
Looking back now
Darker days spent at home often just you and the booze
The clock kept ticking
You felt the world owed you but Lady Luck spoiled your view
Life meant nothing
Long days spent on your own looking for long lost clues

You used to be a better man than this
Laughing all the time
used to be much better with the kids
Gotta get over it
Used to be a better man than this
Happy all the time
Track Name: End of the World
The weather man's going crazy
He told us why but it's hazy
Something odd bout the ozone
Something bout fire and brimstone?

Looks like Gods had enough of
All our sinning and free love
He loves us all but our times up
Which represents quite a hiccup!

oh oh well
Off to hell

What's that you say
No time to pray
It's just the end of the world
No cares today
No bills to pay
It's just the end of the world

They say it ending this Tuesday
Armageddon and doomsday
Wonder if I can reclaim
What I paid on the holiday

Oh oh well
Time will tell

What's that you say.......

Looks like the world's going nuts
Even the corner shop's shut
There's just a sign on the door
Please help yourself gone to Lahore
Track Name: One Night in Rio
Rio de Janeiro is one hell of a sight
The hills start to sparkle as the day turns to night
And high up in the heavens
Jesus keeps a watchful eye
For all the good it does him
No one cares I wonder why

Copacabana where the rich people play
Everything's for sale if you've money to pay
But high in the favelas
Poor folk try to make ends meet
For all the good it does them
History’s got them already beat

Was there we took a taxi to the rough end of town
Had to pay the driver more to take us around
To a bar in a street where the buildings come tumbling down

So we're living it up in a bomb site city
Watching all the girls looking oh so pretty
Yeah, and we're feeling alright
So we'll all get drunk tonight

Sat with a cocktail at a table outside
Laughing and joking as the people arrived
But somewhere in the wreckage
Something opened up its eyes
Fifty teenagers looking for someone rich to fry

They lined up on the street across from where we were sat
Eyes glaring, arms folded primed to attack
Liz said lets leg it
Run for our lives
I said you're in your high heels
Let’s stay and prepare to die

Was then a bald guy headed over the street
Laughing and joking said it’s nice to meet
To the teenage zombies who got bored
And went elsewhere to eat

So we're living it up in a bomb site city
Watching all the girls looking oh so pretty
Yeah, and we're still alive
So lets all get drunk tonight

Well the speakers blew up before the band could play
But the people kept on partying any way
It didn't seem to matter
As the sun rose on another day

So we're living it up in a bomb site city
Watching all the girls looking oh so pretty
Yeah, we were so alive
And we all got drunk that night
Yeah we all got drunk alright
Yeah we’ll all get drunk tonight
Track Name: Not the kind of Guy
Well I said hey will you walk a while with me
While we set the world to rights
And I said hey, could you stay a while with me
On this cold and frosty night

Cos I spend my life pretending that I'm tough
thats why I'm not the kind of guy girls generally hug

Well I said hey that's another year over
Another just begun
And I'm still here chewing things over
thinking ‘bout the things I've done

And I still spend my life pretending that I’m tough
And I'm still the kind of guy girls don't hug

Well I said hey why don't you take me with you
We could set the world to rights
And maybe I could learn to be a bit like you
And not end up in fights

Oh show me how I can stop right now pretending that I'm tough
No reason why to be the kind of guy girls don't hug

Maybe I'd stop spending my life being a mug
You could show me how to be the kind of guy girls might hug
Track Name: Wasting Time
Saturday, lie in bed
Calm and peaceful, in my head
PA's on, the radio
No one's bugging me, take it slow

Feeling happy, so laid back
The weekend's here, and that's a fact
Feeling lucky, today’s all mine
I've even thought of, a word that rhymes

Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
I'm just wasting time
Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Always happy wasting time

Saturday, half past ten
Laugh and joking, with my friends
Vodka shots, roll a few
Watching both of you, look askew

Feeling happy, so laid back
If I was Irish, this'd be the craic
Feeling lucky, wild and free
Completely blasted, lucky me

Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
I'm just wasting time
Oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh
Always happy wasting time

And I said, Oh the worlds all mine
Cracking jokes, drinking wine
Laugh out loud, all the time
And all my cares can hang and damn well wait outside
Track Name: Bonus Track: Pretty Little Rachel
When he gets to work each day he knows –oh o oh o oh
She’ll be wearing all the latest clothes –oh o oh o oh
High heeled boots and fingernails that go
Eyelashes that almost touch her nose

She walks around in long black tights
Its driving him insane

Chorus
Pretty little Rachel
What can he say that will make you
Say that yes he can date you
Show you out on the town

Pretty little Rachel
Don’t say no he can’t take you
Please say yes he can make you
Help his dreams all come true

There she goes she’s running for the bus
His eyes follow everything she does
Can he get the courage to say Hi
Takes a deep breath Yes he’s going to try

Will she tell him to buzz off
tell him to get lost

Chorus

Wouldn’t it be nice to walk her home
Better than anything he knows
Wouldn’t it be nice to hold her hand
Better than a ride in Disneyland