Love Songs for Late Bloomers

by The Linger Effect

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Originally released as a 23 song hand-dubbed cassette in January 1999 on Pop-Stock Records (PS01). This digital reissue adds 7 bonus tracks from the same 4-track cassette recordings ca. April 1998 to January 1999. (NB. Download the full album file instead of individual songs to get the bonus tracks.)

Instrumentation via acoustic guitar, electric guitar, distortion pedal, chorus pedal, cheap crap Casio keyboard, cats, and humanoid vocals.

While these recordings have been remastered from the original analogue cassette tapes, very little in the way of noise reduction has been applied due to the negatives outweighing the positives with regard to such processing. As the source material already presents a fairly limited frequency range, it was decided not to further decrease said range with hiss reduction.

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released January 1, 1999

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The Linger Effect St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Reputedly abandoned as an infant on the unforgiving permafrost of northeast Newfoundland and raised by sasquatch, TLE is the type of one-man music machine that arrives only once per generation. Velvety 6-string chuggalug, chilly Teutonic synth, Eurodisco, & Mancunian post-punk bound together by a sticky, spunky aplomb that only a lifetime of being switched on and steetwise can engender. ... more

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Track Name: The Shadow Box
the air is alive
warm and electric
a woolen blanket
of ash-grey light

keep still
stay quiet

no dust unsettled
on pillows of down
your breathing's steady
your sleep is sound

cos you're not alone
you're just alone with me
Track Name: Pathways
help me i'm feeling down
say the words and bring me 'round
come and tell me a secret
come and tell me i'm your secret

tell me something's happening
because i already believe
you make me set new records
for just how much one person can dream

say the words and prove me right
i don't want to stay in tonight
lead me through the garden
and down the pathways of your heart
Track Name: Light Years
a walking eclipse you hurt my eyes
until they're splitting from the sides
i only know you from afar
but to know you at all is to know you by heart

a laser pointed at my life
'til i'm only seeing black and white
i only know you from afar
but to know you at all is to know you by heart

every neuron alights in waves
and every dormant cell awakes

you make the planets all align
you make the stars lose their shine
i only know you from afar
but to know you at all is to know you by heart
Track Name: Spoil
this wound is old
but the blood's fresh on your hands
you've taken everything
that used to mean anything
i'm sorry for the way you are
but you aren't sorry
and not finished yet by far
whatever you can gather
in your clenching hands
is how much you spoil
i don't understand
Track Name: Turncoat
i knew you'd come back
your breath warm upon my back
your eyes, ever-knowing,
at last seeing and showing

words which once hindered
in silence now expire
your past it turns tinder
and we're warm in the fire
Track Name: To The Letter
slowly read the letter again
i sign my name to it
i don't understand
i can't get my head around it
to long for too long
and not let anyone inside
is all that i've perfected
and all i'll ever try
i can't find a reason
not to doubt you
not to do this
not to play it out
a replayed reply
a prefab aside
to let you know
no go, let go
let go, let go
a thought to let out
i'll only get over it
give up, get out, fall down, fall out, fall over
fall over, fall over, fall over, fall over, fall over
follow me, follow me
follow me, follow me
follow me down
i'll stay
drowned
Track Name: Still
it's all that i can do
to stay so still with you
that you can count the breaths i take
that you can count the hours that break me gently
please just leave well-enough alone
the hours that roam around me and you
in this darkest room

let's not give it a name
let's just give it a moment to be
so gently stirring
whirring away
Track Name: Saturday
come on over - i know a way to pass the time
you hesitate, but i don't think she'd mind
and isn't it a waste to spend the day alone?
Track Name: Kiss Me On The Eyes
pull off my glasses -
i was meant to be kissed on the eyes
here in my driveway with the music too loud
for this time of the night
i remember a time when you were just a wish
on stars like these
which tonight come crashing down
and landing all around my feet

with constellations in your hair
and ions in your eyes
waltz me across this garden of stars -
dance me through the sky
Track Name: Happy Memories
there's a photograph i've been keeping
under the sweater - third drawer down
a clipping of someone else's past
a fading smile a stranger cast

no happy memories
no memories at all

your face is so familiar
the features are so well-known
bright green eyes and tiny hands
but the name i can't recall
Track Name: Where Words Fail
come on boy and let's take the easy way
out of the city and out to the highway
no ties to anything tonight
so just cut the engine and ride the sky

my hands work where words fail me uh-oh

no names or faces or traces of kin
our bodies just shells which we travel within
with every smash-up and every smash-in
you know i think i'm getting closer to home

my hands work where words fail me uh-oh
Track Name: New Wave Now!
everything's working in my favour
i can speak so clearly to you right now
my head and heart are both in flight
motor functions functioning right now
work these hands and work this mouth
i will work it out for you right now

my hands are moving, the air is rushing,
through my fingertips it moves right now
through the last empty inches to you
through the last empty inches i move right now
i will speak my name to you
the new wave will start today - it starts right now

everything's working in my favour
everything's working in the fervor now
your eyes are looking into mine
my hands are working overtime right now

through the last empty inches to you
through the last empty inches i move right now
the new wave will start today
the new wave will start today - it's starting now
Track Name: Sleepover
it's alright if you want to turn inside
this can wait for another time
it's alright if you don't want to talk about it
this can wait for another night
it's alright, i don't mind tonight
it's alright if you don't want to think about it
this can wait for another life
it's okay, it's alright, take your time
it's okay, it's alright tonight
Track Name: The Top Down
you live with her, but you go out alone
i've seen you driving on your own
the top down - the wind in your thinning hair
and your eyes - oh your winning eyes

take me for a drive tonight
take me for a drive tonight
tonight i want to feel alive
tonight, tonight

say you never want to go home again
say you never want to go home again
tonight
Track Name: Hop On Pop
circa 1994
you had it all and wanted more
but now the world's a bigger place
and i'm just a familiar face

oh come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

humour me and tell me this
like a slow-motion-shot screen kiss
moments linger - keep you up at night
and nothing has ever been more right

oh come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

two strangers in a corner shop
the glance you sold and the drinks you bought
a five-o'clock-shadow and cheap cologne
the pissing rain as you dropped me home

oh come on, come on, come on, come on, tell me my name
oh come on, come on, come on, come on, tell me my name
oh come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

i know it's late and you've somewhere to go
and that someone there does she even know
the thousand strangers in her bed
a harem of the walking dead

oh come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

two strangers in a corner shop
your money's old and the face you flaunt
is all out-of-date, second-rate,
everything a lifetime too late

oh come on, come on, come on, come on, tell me my name
oh come on, come on, come on, come on, tell me my name
oh come on, come on, come on and just hop on, pop
Track Name: Wait
what's the hurry, baby?
i'm not going anywhere
i'll just sit and wait for you
to come back around

what's that you're saying, baby?
i can't understand anything
keep quiet, sit tight and wait for a moment
to come along

i know you better than you'd like
and you like me more than you'll let me know
i know you better than you'd like
and you like me more than you'll let me know
let me know
let me know
let me know
Track Name: The Sea Will Have Her Day
please take me away from here
i can't breathe
take me to where the sun will shine
and i can believe you can keep me safe
i know this is hard to bear
but even in my sleep i can hear it coming
roaring over the hills
and someday soon
the sea will have her day with me
Track Name: Home
though your trousers are pressed
what now is more pressing
is the shameless hope
that i'm hopelessly lost
in your news-anchor hair
and your Windex eyes

i'm taking in air
but i can't catch my breath
i'm walking on air
but i can't catch my breath
as your cigarette curls
around my head
closing around me
like a frightened girl
when home is so far away

your ether hands wash over me
your eager hands wash over me
Track Name: Seeing Stars
the windows are open wide
the stars blink at us inside
you, you just want to hide
well, try to see it from my eyes
you've learned to see is dangerous
but i see you and all that you are
and it's so cool, if oblivious to you
but i don't wanna close my eyes
oh i could never close my eyes
i've got a story to tell you
and it's alright - yeah it's alright

i've a story to tell you...

the windows are open wide
the stars blink at us inside
oh c'mon, let's go outside
oh c'mon, let's go outside
i've got worlds to show you
and it's alright - yeah it's alright
Track Name: This Open Space
the night in waves moves through me
a gentle pulse propels me on
from a thousand dead ends to this open space
something's happening to me

a starscape stretching over me
a thousand eyes i see
your smile beaming down on me
not a dream, not a dream