The Start Of Us

by noughts and exes

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'The Start Of Us' is the second album from Hong Kong indie-folk pop band, Noughts & Exes.

Visit www.noughtsandexes.com for more info.

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released November 6, 2010

Joshua Wong: vocals, guitars
Gideon So: piano, keyboards, melodica, glockenspiel
Kerrie-Anne Butler: vocals, glockenspiel, percussion
Alex Bedwell: drums, percussion, vocals, typewriter
Marianne Bunton: cello, vocals
Winnie Lau: bass

All songs written by Noughts and Exes
Produced by Martijn Groeneveld and Noughts and Exes
Mixed and mastered at Mailmen Studios, Utrecht, Netherlands

Album artwork design by Joshua Wong
Cover photography by Michal Garcia

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Noughts and Exes are an indie folk pop band based in Hong Kong. With an international line-up of musicians, a mish-mash of inspiration and creative instrumentation, the band has become one of the most unique sounds in the city, earning a strong reputation and cult following. ... more

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Track Name: the crime
When you touch my hand, the racing world stands
And everything’s still
And I can’t hold my breath, but forget to breathe when looking at you

Albeit so brief, moments they seem the sweetest with you
And then all of these things are likened to dreams
And fade will you too

It’s a crime to have loved you
When in time you would go
Oh such a crime to have loved you of which I’m found guilty of
I’m tried and convicted

When I close my eyes, the looking glass lies
And tells me you’re near
Yet comfort is mine, the crime’s worth the time
To have had you here
Track Name: everything
I’m trying to forget the times I never called
The slipping of my mind, the lines that you abhor
I’m starting to regret the words I never said
And keeping constant score, a foot out of the door

Is this everything to me

I’m wishing on a star and pray it ain’t a plane
But love is not as far as it once seemed to be
I’m adding up my loss and ponder why it is
You never know the cost until you’ve squandered it

Is this everything to me

And the push to shove has sent me tumbling
Longing for the greener grass is it worth it
Though repeat mistakes are often spiraling
Still you never let me go
You never let me go

Is this everything to me
Track Name: a time for love
An ego bruised and you’re hurting, a flippant word to bleed
And the wound is setting in
Slip of the tongue and you’re gutted
Are you set to scream when your walls are closing in

This is the time for love

The pain is anticipated when the grief is near
But a remedy is here
The is a call for the broken, for the ones who fear
If you have them listen hear

This is the time for love

This must be the only way to go now
Track Name: the start of us
Where a chapter ends and a page begins to fall
Where the song you sing is a solo for no more
Can you hear the harmonies? Can you hear the second string?

Where the strong in us finds the courage to be weak
And in giving up find you’re gaining everything
Would you gladly lose it all only to be found again?

This is the start of us
This is the start of us
I’ll gladly fall apart
Because this is the start of us

Is the falling down worth the height from which you fall Is there solace found when yourself is all you’ve sought This is where I start to die for our story to begin

This is the start of us
This is the start of us
I’ll gladly fall apart
Because this is the start of us

Oh, take it all
This is it, here we stand on the edge of reason and remember if we abandon our fear of falling
In the hope that it might result in some frequent flying
So we poise for it
Here we go Here we go and we go on,
to find.. to long for.. to seek..

This is the start of us
This is the start of us
I’ll gladly fall apart
Because this is the start of us
Track Name: the war
You look both ways before you cross then you go jump in front of cars
Your broken bones oh they do mend but that was fun let’s do it again
You take your time and then rush in, breaking any and everything
And taking aim you then retreat, fire once you admit defeat

The war between you and yourself
The endless song you sing
The fight is fought within
You show no signs of giving in

You call your bluff and fold your deck and then reveal that the game is chess
And this your rouse has you unraveling, spinning around your neck
You’re wearing out and wearing thin, wondering when the end begins
And then without even a blink you’re back, back up against the ring

The war between you and yourself
The endless song you sing
The fight is fought within
You show no signs of giving in

You say it’s fine coz everybody does it
And all your crimes are more of choice than habit
You sew your stripes and bury all your scars under a chuckle and a smile
Convince yourself the war is ok it happens all the time
Time to fold your flag has flown
And now you’re giving in
And that’s how you win
Track Name: cellophane smiles
Cellophane smiles and plastic happiness
Bury your cries in choked up sentences
Weathering heights, despite your vertigo
Stifling sighs, now let’s not make a show

The Glassing of eyes, the sorrow that you sing
All you deny is all their worrying
“Don’t worry I’m fine” your broken record plays
The storm is inside, you brave it everyday

The storm is building, this boat will not go down
All the roaring, this boat will not go down
Tide is over though the swell overwhelms, it will not blow you over

Cellophane smiles and plastic happiness
Bury your cries to hide your brokenness
Track Name: second best
taking your time you forget the race,
forfeit the feast for an idle taste
steeped in distraction, you’re easily drawn from the line
and you find that you go for second best
take what you want, don’t forget to pay,
the charges are steep though collected late
do what you please if it puts you at ease,
for a time, then you find that it goes

this is where it falls apart

Tracing your lines you recall regrets.
Gentle’s your fall though a steep descent
A slave to your sorrow, you long for tomorrow
but all that you find is today

this is where you fall apart
this is where I call you out

I said I’d never leave your side
In the darkness, from my sight you hide
if you fall, I’ll fall to pick you up
I’d gladly take it all I’d gladly take it all
this is where I fall apart
Track Name: the madness I make
you and I we’re the same dear, both alike in our pain here
as to who takes the blame we fight
lightning strikes the same place here, tired of living the same shit
though the cover looks great, it’s not.

Find me love

this is falling apart we seem to tear at the heart here
why is something I’d die for killing me
keep your chin up it’s ok, people say just be happy
how can love find a way when I’m way off

Find me love Hide me love

and the call of my name in the darkness where I hide away
cries aloud begs me near, lulling me from the madness I make
Where the warmth of my woes keeps me company as they corrode
I’m, in time, torn asunder, left to gather myself and repose
All the lines that I’ve flavoured with my fiction have me now entwined
And the depths that I sank to, didn’t seem very deep at the time
Now my lack becomes clearer in the light of the love that draws near
I am my own deceiver, sick of all of the shit that I’m in

save me love

and the call of my name in the darkness where I hide away
cries aloud begs me near, lulling me from the madness I make
Track Name: surrounded
hello I miss you is what my eyes betray
I go to kiss you as you walk away
I spoke of roses where you complained of thorns
I spoke of summers while you weathered storms

you were surrounded at the time

our flight turns to falling, and falling to plummeting
the ground it comes rushing up to welcome me
so this is broken but when was it breaking down
and was I blinded or simply shut my eyes

because you were surrounded at the time
Track Name: chasing lights
This is not the time for us
This is not the time for us to be giving in
Never mind the start of us
How we finish is all we’ll be remembering
Your seasons swell, you hold your breath
How long…
All that you’d held to is bound to bend
Hold on
This is not the time for us to be breaking down
All the bridges we’ve once built needn’t be the ones we smell burning

Oh Your seasons swell, you hold your breath
How long…
All that you’d held to is bound to bend
Hold on
Chasing lights
We are chasing lights