Bad Ideas (2016)

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Bad Ideas (2011 - 2016)

Unreleased self-titled third album


released April 18, 2016

Recorded throughout the latter half of June 2015 at Greenmount Studios, Leeds.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Jamie Lockhart, Lee Smith and Rob Slater.
Mastered by Bob Cooper.

All songs written, arranged and performed by Bad Ideas: Sam Cook, Dan Neale, Chris Coleshaw and Nate Davenport.

Photography, cover art and layout by Steven Haddock.
Art concept by Sam Cook and Chris Coleshaw

Copyright © 2016 Bad Ideas.
Copyright ℗ 2016 Bad Ideas.
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Management by Zealous Projects



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Bad Ideas Lincoln, UK


(2011 - 2016)

Borrowing their name from the lyrics of an old Alkaline Trio song, BAD IDEAS is a

British punk rock group that owes as much to the youthful swagger of 90’s Brit-pop groups and guitar led indie bands as it does trans-atlantic punk rock.
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Track Name: Castles
I'm not ready for anyone but me
But I must say that I'm lonesome
Oh, my sweet
So go steady when pulling at my seams
I've been drinking, barely sleeping
Feeling weak

I'm laughing aloud, my head in the clouds
And I feel kinda proud
I've tried as hard as I might
To bury this bag of tricks I carry around

I built my castle in the sand
Fooled you all into thinking my walls are tumbling down
I've mixed cement with my own hands
Found the stone by the stockade
that my neighbours tossed aside

So go steady when climbing. Oh, it's steep
And the turrets, they've subsided now for weeks.
So go steady, tread carefully
I don't mean to appear rude but you all have to leave
Track Name: Give Up
I have spent the first few days of this year
Calling everyone I know
I am hopeless, I am hopeless - give me hope
My friends, they've spent the first few hours of this year
Along with me as we repeat ourselves
Coming up and staying in
We're old

And you have spent the first days of this year
Along with people I don't know
In the places we would go and in our homes
And I'll resent the time you'll spend without me
And the fool you'll find to keep you sweet
The ground you'll grace beneath your feet

I've been living out of the back of my car
I have got the feeling I could be a while here
Pack my things away and wonder where you are
What to do with all these bags of clothes and old guitars

And if this was the start, the way I mean to go on
I just might give up on this year
And if this was the start, the way I mean to go on
there is oh, so little hope for me
Track Name: It's a Bad Time
It's a bad time
A bad time for me, son
Fourteen years
I still haven't one quite right for me
In my state of mind
My list of problems could black out the sun
If you held them up

Are you sure you're mine?
You won't pay attention to positive praise
Squeezing your face from anyone
Are you sure you're fine?
You're a damaged human
You won't listen to me when I list my problems

For what I witnessed, they could lock me up,
And they did
I'm just hopeless, helpless, lazy and feckless
My kid
Track Name: Lighting Fires & Making Mess
I know you look like the last one
That I'd hope to sit on the top of and rest
Catch my breath
Hills can't grow taller with sunlight and water, it's true
What's feeding you?

I took the trouble of avoiding the trouble that's you
Gave up on everything: you, me, the truth

Last night I found a good place
To stop this endless walking, call an end to the day
Watch your feet on broken glass 'cause I've been drinking
Throwing bottles, lighting fires and making mess
Making up for time I've missed

I took the trouble of turning around for the view
I'll take the trouble to stay here and take it in too
Track Name: Here Comes Trouble
You always had the wits about you
To match gods you couldn't hide if you tried
You always had something about you
Wouldn't take the shit that I do
Let 'em try - oh my, oh my!

I never had no doubts about you
I read the troubles or two in those pretty eyes
I can see the fire build up in you
Before the others really do
When all the parts have been your fool

Yes, it took some weeks and months for me to win you over
You were my little bulldozer
Now that I am by your side, I'm no longer in your wake...

We are the biggest wave; the cardinal sin
So tell me how you make such noise for such a little thing
You never said we would take prisoners
Never promised anything
You never promised a thing
Track Name: Brian's Boat
We need to speak. You'd best believe me when I leave
My feet carry me through the front door or they'll creep any which way

I'd tell you again but it won't change a thing

You'd best believe I'm killing Monday with my teeth
You won't see me take a back seat with my dream ever again

I'll take to the sea; don't follow me

I'll wake for the wind to pick up
I'll wake for the wind to pick me up
There's islands in the sea
There's islands in me

Godspeed! Brian please don't let me down
With your feet hanging from the starboard bow
Track Name: Summer's Patient Skies
We'd spend hours outside
Race our cousins on bikes
We couldn't see the wheels for losing light
Oh, we stretched the summer's patient skies

We would cut the tall grass from the roots to fight each other in the sun
Hollow trees for hide and seek - my brother made a fool of everyone
Tunnels under shelters that one day used to save us all from bombs
Garden with the house was sold to someone - hope they know what they've got

Boys, it's getting dark
Will you come back in the house?
Track Name: My Happiness/My Health
It's laughable now, but I wouldn't laugh
Thinking of just how we got so worked up
I'm telling you now: I am not proud
Of what we forgot and of who I was

Something's stolen me from myself
Took my happiness and my health
Something's taken me from you
And left you with this idiot, this fool.

Came home and our house looks so different now
Though nothing's changed it has somehow
Promise me now, we'll stop digging holes
Holes in ourselves we cannot fill

You with your big ideas, you know nothing
Ooh, have your great ideas got you lost again?
Track Name: Oh My Trouble With Sin
Oh, my dad will play hell when he finally figures out
How I've been spending my time
Why on earth did he send me down?
Oh, my trouble with sin and the rules we cut in stone
They felt so much better apart
Observed from the sky than down here alone

I'm coming home with a heavy heart
Holes in my hands, I'm falling apart
I'm coming home with a broken heart
Holes in my feet they walked me so far

To hell you'd send me and my friends
If only you knew the half of what we did
To stay on the better side of it
To stay on the buoyant side of the ship

Oh, wine passes the time. I never found it hard to find
Oh, lies that I told: "five thousand" was only five
Oh my! I'm telling you know, I never did appreciate
How good's the fruit you forbid us to touch, to smell, to taste