Shelves

by Shelves

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“Singapore's hardest working power pop band” – The Business Times

“Crisp distillation of early 1990s scuzzy-fuzzy American collegiate rock and feel-good sentiments.” – The Straits Times

“So filled to the brim with superior tunes that it’s almost criminal that a songwriting talent like Noel Yeo still remains an obscure commodity.” – Power of Pop

“The songwriting is stellar, the production is pristine, and the songs are memorable. What more could anyone want?” – TODAY

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released 12 March 2012
Recording by Noel Yeo
Drum recording by Leonard Soosay, Snakeweed Studios
Mixing by Patrick Chng
Mastering by Patrick Bird, PSB Music, London
Shelf-man and Cover by Adrian Chan
Photography by Ngai Arh Chun
Logotype by fFurious
Songs by Noel Yeo

Special thanks: Little Ong, Joanne Tay, Patrick Chng, JackJack, Jason Lim, Adrian Chan, Ngai Arh-Chun, Amir Kadir, Rayner Lim, Ave Chan, Esther Chloe Masada Lee, Errol Tan, Joe Ng, Shawn Loo, Kamal Yacob, Donald Soh, Adrian Jones, Brendon Smale and Roslee Yusof

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Track Name: Against A Wall
You said it was over
You said we were wrong
You said there was nothing we could do
just move along

Didnʼt think we were special
Didnʼt think much at all
Didnʼt think weʼd be right here by ourselves
with a song

Can we make it right this time
Or if not weʼll lose our minds
Thereʼs nowhere Iʼd rather be
Than to be right here, than to be right here

Did you think we were stupid
Did you think we would fall
Did you think weʼd be living our whole lives
Against a wall

This time weʼll go further
Weʼll go further from here
Further to a world weʼll make our own
and disappear
Track Name: (She Wakes Up To) The Beat
She donʼt think she has forgotten why sheʼs in this mess
An invitation to a slumber
to anotherʼs nest
If she wanted now, if she wanted out

Some are nice and some are pretty boys she would have loved
To nestle in a loverʼs tangle and hold for all its worth
But she will get there too
she will get there soon, to the...

Beat beat beat of the bop bop
and I say no donʼt what if you canʼt stop
but she says no, she says go
Iʼm sorry understand I have one shot
Iʼm on my own Iʼve never been on top
in my world, in my world
Itʼs the only place I know

Anarchy oh anarchy
her mind an image shot
Liberty is everywhere she imagines she is not
But she will get there too, she will get there soon

Someday I will fall in love with a man who comforts me, she says
Someday I will fall in love and out of misery
Until then Iʼm fine
coz Iʼll wake up to the....

Beat beat beat of the bop bop
and I say no donʼt what if you canʼt stop
but she says no, she says go
Iʼm sorry understand I have one shot
Iʼm on my own Iʼve never been on top
in my world, in my world
Itʼs the only place I know

She waits for me and no one
Thatʼs what I tell myself
And I tell it well
Sheʼs my pillar she knows nothing
Of what she does for me
Of what she does to me

Beat beat beat of the bop bop
and I say no donʼt what if you canʼt stop
but she says no, she says go
Iʼm sorry understand I have one shot
Iʼm on my own Iʼve never been on top
in my world, in my world
Itʼs the only place I know
Track Name: Holiday
Itʼs over
Thereʼs no need to change things
Thereʼs no need to recognise
Iʼve come to realise

Someday
Someday Iʼll follow
Iʼll follow my heart that says
I will not be afraid

Woah... if you want me yes youʼve got me
Woah... on a holiday, away

Stand back
And give me a reason
Give me a chance to play
Before love goes away

Iʼll be stronger
Donʼt wanna suffer
At your hands and feet
When you are rid of me

Woah... if you want me yes youʼve got me
Woah... on a holiday, away
Track Name: Alien Invasions
Thereʼs a UFO flying over the U.S.A.
Time to clear the streets
Women and children stay at bay
At home where situation doesnʼt get worse
At home where itʼs safe, protected by love
from me, from me

Weʼve got laser guns, new technology
Weʼll be waiting
Wonʼt hesitate to pull the trigger if you came
Down to seduce our wives, complicate our lives
Corrupt our children innocent
in space, in space

Hang on, hang on, Iʼve got you all
Helpless, silent, which is more
Lucky women, nothingʼs changed
Alien invasions, like yesterday

That thing called diplomacy, I would fail if I tried
This thing called liberty, is the only thing thatʼs right
Coz Iʼm through and through American blue
Whoʼs somehow always losing to you

Sometimes I want
Sometimes I feel
Sometimes I canʼt do it all
Sometimes I fall
Falling further
Further from it all

Hang on, hang on, Iʼve got you all
Helpless, silent, which is more
Lucky women, nothingʼs changed
Alien invasions, like yesterday
Track Name: Killer Concern
It’s always a fantasy to wanna be
To be adored even by bitter enemies
To be secure in the knowledge that you’ll always be
A little notch above the gods they keep

Trying to believe in a crystal-like time
When all the words that you say, the response will be kind
There’s no need for any level of emulation
Coming at you ‘live’ it’s a sordid nation

Neon lights passing by my side
I feel joy, don’t complicate my life
Am alone with my thoughts, am feeling safe
Don’t come with your questions filled with love and hate
to me, I wouldn’t know what to think of you

Oh Julie do be aware
I walk away from your killer concern
Oh to you questions may seem fair
Just don’t discount the way your words burn

Ten years after and you’re all worn out
You’re out of verve, out of shout
Huffing and puffing, bile is boiling
Smile on your face, decay showing

The company you keep doesn’t know you well
It’s better that way, better than hell
of knowing you are all alone in a world of six billion
you connect to zero

Obvious does what obvious is
You get away with all, you get away with it
Lament and moan, cower and groan
Etched in stone, your legacy could be, dashing mediocrity

Oh Julie do be aware
I walk away from your killer concern
Oh to you questions may seem fair
Just don’t discount the way your words burn
Track Name: Star Alright
Hey hey she thinks to be
a personality would end it all
All questions of who is next
and how did they get there when
the flashing lights were on

Her eyes black mascara
She wears studded leather
why, sheʼll be a star alright

Lately she seems to find
a little peace of mind
when sheʼs alone
Alone with her thousand friends
over the world, the Web
None of whom she knows

Her eyes black mascara
She wears studded leather
why, sheʼll be a star alright

When youʼre asleep
thatʼs when she rises over the day
that leaves her behind
that leaves her behind

Does she ever really wanna be
Be the temptress on MTV
As she lives her life without sound
Is she dead for just being around
Does she know thereʼs so much more
Does she know what sheʼs looking for
Communicationʼs broken down
There her head buried in the ground
Track Name: It's Always Summer
Itʼs always summer around here
Donʼt wish another place
So come on over where itʼs clear
Where itʼs clear the sun will rise

Rise and burn forever in your mind
Till it leaves them all behind
Even your questions they disappear

Softly breathes the answer in our lives
Itʼs never obvious we try
Maybe we could be bolder than we liked
Maybe we could have turn out right

I guess weʼll keep on moving
Soldier on, a little faith will be all right
Days we will conquer and heal in the night
Track Name: One Live Baby
One live baby, one live baby blue
One live baby, one live baby you

Once I told you girl Iʼd give you the world
Or what I had of
It might not be much but I assure
I gave more than I could give

Now itʼs the time, finally
That I can see it
All this time I wasted
went away, not anymore

One live baby, one live baby blue
One live baby, one live baby you

Reasons I had reasons I could make
of how I was your obvious choice
Your obvious boy to take
your heart-shaped heart to keep

Now itʼs the time, finally
That I can see it
All this time I wasted
went away, not anymore

One live baby, one live baby blue
One live baby, one live baby you

You canʼt understand my girl
You canʼt understand her world
You canʼt understand those walls
You canʼt understand they fall
One live baby, one live baby blue
One live baby, one live baby you
Track Name: Sussed Out
Sussed out and all nowhere to go
Sussed out and all alone
Pacing ʻround again

Sleeping your head feels stuck on your bed
Sleeping Iʼm better off dead
Better from...

Trying to cancel, cancer my pain
Going for the answer, dancer to fame
What gets you up wonʼt bring you down
Mister, your master wants you to be
So dumb happy you see
Touch you there and you would soon agree

Boy youʼre so far gone
Was plain to see that she was wrong
Now youʼre home again
Could it be that nothingʼs changed

Pumped up and stuck up on the floor
Pumped up and missing all
Were too high to see

Fleshed out youʼre in a perfect way
Fleshed out youʼre farther away
Farther from...

Trying to cancel, cancer my pain
Going for the answer, dancer to fame
What gets you up wonʼt bring you down
Mister, your master wants you to be
So dumb happy you see
Touch you there and you would soon agree

Boy youʼre so far gone
Was plain to see that she was wrong
Now youʼre home again
Could it be that nothingʼs changed
Track Name: Superstar
Even if you should sing out of tune
Don’t be amused if they still love you
It will take much, much more than a lot
For them to see you with a fault

There’s no otherwise, even when you’re cold as ice
They will think you more as a sensitive shy
You can depend on your mindless fans
Bubblegum adoration in a can

Superstar, I will follow you wherever you are
You are my only guiding light in the dark
Oh superstar, superstar

How does it feel when every song
And album of yours is snapped up and gone
Is there another way where you can feel the same
Without the fear of losing your ground

Don’t you wish that you could be
A little more bird-like free
Just doing what you used to do
Having no care of fans to lose

Superstar, I will follow you wherever you are
You are my guiding light in the dark
Oh superstar, superstar