vs. Big Electric

by Total Victory

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Collated EPs plus two unreleased songs put onto wax by popular demand.

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released September 21, 2016

All music written, performed, and recorded by TOTAL VICTORY
Additional vocals on Rabbit Killer by Emily Cooke and Dan Lever
Mixed and mastered by Matthew Leonard

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Track Name: Arnhem
ARNHEM

And the trees on the river as we fall in love
And the concrete in Arnhem as we fall in love
And the gray of the liver as we fall in love
And the view of the train from the south as we fall in love

They view the wall
The concrete that falls
In love in love

And the trees in the city where we fall in love.
Track Name: Counting Hill
COUNTING HILL

Let's climb up Counting Hill
Back to the start of history
You can count back from ten

Row back to where the river begins
The neck of the town where the future ends
You can count back from ten

The end of December where time stands still
We met at the bottom of Counting Hill
Everything was settled, erected in stone
We fold up the map and then walk home
Track Name: Mass Firings
MASS FIRINGS

Mass firings, energy strikes
Portraits of bosses hang in offices

At the edge of your desk lies the camera
That's hidden inside the withering plant
That we bought at our boss' retirement
And have now repurposed
To look at all of your passwords

Mass firings, sexual shame
I'm saying “I'm sorry” again and again

And if you didn't notice
I like to present myself as someone to talk to
In lieu of someone to talk to
About someone who'd like someone to talk to

Mass firings. Crisis talks
Mass firings. Unlit match
Mass firings. Vanity press
Mass firings. Mass firings

And I tapped on your window
Where vending machines light the way to your garden
Mass firings, unlit match
Where vending machines light the way to your garden

And I tapped on your window
Screaming your name
Where vending machines light the way
Mass firings, energy strikes
They light the way, they light the way

Mass firings, the sun in your eyes
You get what you want when you don't have to try
Track Name: House of Lords
HOUSE OF LORDS

I am the creep in your house
I'll lock you up when you're alone
House of Lords unsettled
Crawl along the stone

All loving fires
All loving grace
All loving fires
Will stop, rearrange

I am the creep in your room
Inside your body when you're home
House of Lords watertight
When you're home

I am the grey around the light
I am the damp inside the walls
I am the leaking your sink
I am the peeling wallpaper

House of Lords unsettled
House of Lords watertight
House of Lords unsettled
I am the grey around the light
Track Name: Winter in House
WINTER IN HOUSE

Call them up with indication
Of what it is that you wanted to say
Paint on the walls
Paint on the staircase
Book in a meeting
Invite them all in
Step to the lectern with notes in your pocket
Point to the spreadsheet, acknowledge the graph

Tension creeps into conversation
Winter in house made out of glass

Trainee vicar knocks on your door
Getting good feelings from letting down
A sense of achievement for all concerned

All that's left are tiny pieces of the glass around your home
In the cracks between the floorboards
Waiting for unsuspecting feet

An unexpected item enters your bloodstream
And chokes
And bubbles
And stops

A local meat vendor knocks on your door
Getting good feelings from letting you down
A sense of achievement for all concerned

All that's left are tiny pieces of the glass around your home
In the cracks between the floorboards
Waiting for your return
Track Name: Pine Cone
PINE CONE

It's inevitable things will fall apart
Let's pick things up when light goes dark
And the business slows
And you don't have heart for fighting
And wondering
If – and when – it's ever going to happen

It's inevitable things will only get worse
You're bound to feel like everything hurts
Sitting and considering the pine cone

In time you expect things to fade away
You write a series of messages you never get to send
Let's draw a line under what has gone
'cos what is wrong
Is not an ounce of what's to come
And what's to come
Is even worse than what has gone

Pine cone

It's inevitable things will fall apart
It's inevitable that I will only break.....
Track Name: Atherton Derby
ATHERTON DERBY

Flat cap gobshite fucked up again
Left his wife and kids in the rain

He calls out 'watch out slatterns!' as he enters the room
With a dried-up cornflake stuck to his chin
The clatter of glass
The rustle of paper
“I've come to see a man about a dog”

“Did you get a name?”
“Did you get a registration?”
Making transactions under the eyes of strangers
He says “it doesn't matter” when it matters the most

Verbs in transition
Nouns in trouble
Words in crisis
And sentences crushed
Two invoices
And neither one match
And his wife in the rain
Looks at her watch

Flat cap gobshite fucked up again
Track Name: Golden Calf
GOLDEN CALF

Had this love I called my golden calf
But never to her face!
I'd watch Cash In The Attic
Until five in the morning

I was afraid of winning the race
I was afraid of tasting success

Tell her I'm leaving to find my fortune
Been selling umbrellas
I'm looking in the puddles hoping for answers
But only when it's raining

The difference between us is love for the hate
The difference between us is hate for the love
The difference between us tasting success
The difference between us winning the race

Avuncular solutions, theoretical problems
Our family is future-proof
Took out insurance on major appliances
And a policy on the cat

I never yearn for my golden calf
I'm happy selling umbrellas
But sometimes the sun comes out
Then I wish it was raining
Track Name: Rabbit Killer
RABBIT KILLER

Little bodies on the riverside
They used to swim here
Hide in the tall grass from the sun
And make your home here

The hills, the house
The knife, the town
The sun, the rain
The moors

A blade is pressed against the throat
Of everyone you've ever known

The hills, the house
The knife, the town
Track Name: Kalfon (pas l'acteur)
KALFON

And the rain
At your door

I'm in your house
I'm on your floor
In the rain
Take off the roof
For the rain

Run your fingers through my hair
I'll touch your skin in the rain
Run your fingers through my hair

Constructed by brick
We build by brick