Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
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Part I: Fly Boy Blue

It's a lethal ballet
Air traffic congestion
I'm having a baby
Second thoughts
Scotch, dinner and
Someone's dancing on the box
A former MP and no one's watching
My oldest friends are a serious habit
Fly boy blue, so bring your faces
Home to my sweet trampoline
And acres of crash site love

Someone's dancing on the box
A former MP and no one's watching
My oldest friends are a serious habit
Fly boy blue, so bring your faces
Home to my sweet trampoline
And acres of crash site love

Presidential delays
Suppose I'm just lucky
I'm having a shindig
Me, Red Bob and The Ivory Host
And someone's shouting on the box
A chinless prefect gone Godzilla
My newest friends have forgotten my name
But so have I so far so good and home
You and me trampoline
And oceans of crash site love

Part II: Lunette

What can be said of the cigarettes smoked
A prop for a joke or a mark on the clock
If I stopped would the bus ever come
Would the dawn ever kiss me forgivingly knowing what's done
Would the drivel make scribble, make sense and then song
Would the woodbines denied black another man's lungs
Perverse as it may sound I sometimes believe
The tip to my lips just reminds me to breathe

What can be said of the whiskey and wine
Random abandon or ballast for joy
That was scuppered with trust
Little more than a boy
And besides I'm in excellent company
I'm reaching the age when decisions are made on the life and the liver
And I'm sure, last ditch that I'll ask for more time
But Mother forgive me
I still want a bottle of good Irish whiskey
And a bundle of smokes in my grave

But there isn't words yet for the comfort I get
From the gentle lunette at the top of the nape of the neck that I wake to
And where are the words for the leap in my chest
When mischief appears either side of the scar on your nose
Made by a rose thorn
So you claim
By a rose thorn

Song facts

"I mentioned we've changed the way we work. I voiced a documentary on The Beatles White Album for Radio 2 that included an interview with one of the staff at Abbey Road. They stated that towards the end of the band if any three members were working together the music would flow and the work ethic was as strong as it always had been but if all four Beatles got together an air of despondency would descend and the wheels would stop turning. I'm no stranger to group dynamics being one of seven kids and I took the idea of having different days off from one another to the band. Not that we hit any kind of creative wall but we wanted to see what the different combinations of elbow members would throw up.

Before Craig and I joined the band the others were called RPM (Richard, Peter, Mark. Cute eh?!). Musically this is what happens when the three are left to their own devices. We were lucky to be joined by the amazing Pete McPhail on sax who Craig and I first worked with when producing I Am Kloot. "Fly Boy Blue" is a fractured account of the crazy stresses and joys of international air travel and returning home after a long stay away. There is plenty to be proud of in the UK but there is also plenty to be ashamed / fearful of and coming home has at times been a bitter sweet experience.

"Lunette" means 'little moon' and in this context refers to the semicircle at the bottom of a woman's hairline. Unfortunately it is also the brand name of a 'menstruation cup', an item none of us knew existed at the time of writing the song and the reason that it's not the album title. Lyrically a straight up, first draft diary entry. Pretty much a live take musically. Long live R.P.M." - Guy Garvey

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