The Difficult Second Album

by Duncan Reid and the Big Heads

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1.
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 …..
2.
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....
3.
03:28
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
4.
03:55
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
5.
03:58
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 …….
6.
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
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03:28
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.
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
03:48
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
13.
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

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
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The UK's best looking and most superb proponents of heavy melody power pop punk. Based around former member of Joey Ramone's favourite UK, band The Boys, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads have been ripping it up on all corners of the globe except most of them. Catch them if you can! ... more

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