The Light​-​Filled Corner

by The Grownups

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The Grownups' debut album - 20 years in the making!

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released August 21, 2011

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The Grownups Melbourne, Australia

The Grownups appeared on the Australian independent charts in the late 80s with two singles (Into The Beyond and Snakebite) and an EP. They reformed in the 2010s as a recording-only project. Their debut album, The Light-Filled Corner, features 20-year-old songs alongside recent tracks. ... more

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Track Name: What You Had In Mind
I feel like an old man
Pining for his adolescence
Like a wind-up toy with
Built-in obsolescence

Maybe everyone’s great
When there’s no pressure on
It’s only at crunch time
That we hear your song

And once again, I find I’ve done something wrong
As usual, it hasn’t taken me all that long
But as you shake your head and bring me to task
All I want to do is find the courage to ask you …

Am I the idea you had as a little girl
Am I the hope you kept alive in a great big world
Am I the poem you held close to your chest
Am I what you found when you’d sorted through the rest

You control the conversation
Like a lightly felt ghost
And contribute with all the sincerity
of a talk show host

I feel staked-out, mapped
measured and mined
Like I broke a social contract
I never knew I’d signed

Once again, I find I’ve done something wrong
As usual, it hasn’t taken me all that long
But as you shake your head and bring me to task
All I want to do is find the courage to ask you …

Am I the idea you had as a little girl
Am I the hope you kept alive in a great big world
Am I the poem you held close to your chest
Am I what you found when you’d sorted through the rest

Am I the lyric you scratched out on a pad
Am I everything you couldn’t get from your mum and dad
Am I the thing that drove you on through the rain
Am I the drug that took away a little of your pain

Am I the reason, the wish, the longing, the thought
Am I the solitary moment your pocket-money bought
Am I the daydream you used to get through the time
Am I even close to what you had in mind

So that’s your palette
That’s it, your emotional range
What narrow means
To get your own way

We didn’t get too far
at all today
But I suppose I’ve said
What I came here to say
Track Name: You Are All
You took a long time to get home
Such a long time to get home
And it’s raining outside
Like it’ll rain forever

Inside the dreams of simple men
Are fading
As a simple man lies here
Waiting

And in that ugly-beautiful moment
When you finally realise
What you’ve got, and how quickly
You could lose it all

Cos you are all
You are all
You are all
You are all

And the pain that had defined us
is now hollow
As the pleasure that now binds us
grows

And in that awful-happy instant
You become what you’ve become
And nobody round here
Troubles you at all

I felt your heart beat yes
When you took on this whole mess

And the lights came on
When you started with your song

And the sky burned blue
Trying to keep in touch with you

And the time ran out
It ran out too soon

Cos you are all
You are all
You are all
You are all …
Track Name: My Hideaway
I feel desperate some days
Feel like metal some days
She takes the red, takes the grey
Because she is my human hideaway

They expected us to wait
How can they expect us to play it their way
They’ve got another thing coming today
Because she is my human hideaway

You get fragile some days
You get sort of far away
I’m here to tell you, I’m here to stay
Because you are my human hideaway
Hideaway, Hideaway
You know, you are my human hideaway

I get angry some days
Don’t know why I feel this way
Gonna get you, we will get away
Cos you are my human hideaway
Hideaway, Hideaway
You know you are my human hideaway

I said that, some days are lonely days
You know that some days are lonely days
You know that some days are lonely days
Some days are lonely days, some days are lonely days, yeah but

These days are crazy days
You know that, these days they are crazy days
You know that, these days are crazy days
And I can’t wait to reach my hideaway!

Hideaway, hideaway
Cos you are my human hideaway
Hideaway, hideaway
You know, you are my human hideaway

You know, you are my human hideaway

I’ll be home tonight
It’ll be all right
I’ll be home tonight
I will be your human hideaway
Hideaway, Hideaway
I will be your human hideaway
I will be your human hideaway
Track Name: I Found The Border
I found the border
ragged hem
Where you begin
And I end

I found the border
hazy grey
where you mean everything
you say

I found the border
fraying ends
where your enemies
are also your friends

Waves crashed us
Maybe a hundred times
We clung to everything
Not over the sides

We crawled through trenches
[gritted in the gale]
We tasted the blood
[of the martyr’s nails]
We rose from inside
[our barricade]
Crushed by the fading
[hope that remained]
The little hope that remained
[the little hope that remained]

Then we found the border
scissored ledge
where peace begins
battle ends

We found the border
the picket fence
where experience discovers
it’s lost innocence

When our breath left us
One question remained
Would we just lie there
Or would we get up again

Well, we got up again
We got up again
We got up again
We got up again

Got up through the darkness
Up through the pain
Up through the night
That had no day
There was no day
There was no day
There was no day

Till we found the border
Razor’s edge
Where new beginnings meet
Those terrible ends

I found the border
Ragged hem
Where you begin and everything else
suddenly ends

It suddenly ends.
It just ends …
Track Name: Suddenly I Love My Life
I said that she was pretty
The moment she was gone
But love will never get me
Well, even I was wrong

I thought that I would take her
But she has got me by the …
And I am weak as the day is long
And suddenly I love my life

I thought my friends were honest
And I was to be married
To a gang of single boys
Who turned out to be not much like me

Well I thought that I could stand up
But I fell down to the floor
I thought I was in for the night
You kicked me out and you slammed the door

I said, boy oh boy
I said, boy oh boy
I said, boy oh boy
Suddenly I love my life

Well I thought I’d met my match
But like so many others
She just fell, undone
And I just passed her by

So I can rule the world now
And no one here can touch me
But pride became my tripwire
And I fell, happily

I said, boy oh boy
I said, boy oh boy
I said, boy oh boy
Suddenly I love my life

Well, I thought my friends were honest
And I was to be married
To a gang of single boys
Who turned out to be not much like me at all

I thought that I could stand up
But I fell down to the floor
I thought I was in for the night
You kicked me out and you slammed the door

And I said, boy oh boy
I said, boy oh boy
I am face down in your gutter
And suddenly I love my life

I said, boy oh boy oh boy
Boy oh boy oh boy
I’ve got a mouthful of your garden
And suddenly I love my life

I said, boy oh boy oh boy
I said, boy oh boy oh boy
I said boy oh boy
Suddenly I love my life
Yeah
Track Name: The Very Move (The Very Twist)
Strong, like the needs of a child
Rushed, like weeds growing in the wild
Thrown like a tantrum, like a vision, like a scream
Unfelt like history, an incision, a dream
Cast upon the sea, a boat adrift
The slightest breeze, the greatest gift
A source of pride and derision
I am history’s latest revision

The very move, the very twist
Tell you the truth, this is bliss
The very move, the very twist
Don’t even bother trying to resist
The very thought, the very gist
Is this why we all exist?
The very move, the very twist
I don’t know why, but I need this

I need this
I need this
I need this
Not every job you do will earn you money
Not every joke you make will be funny
Sometimes you’ll win
Sometimes you’ll lose
But make every move
A dance move

All the power of addiction
All the joys of affliction
A constant source of elation
A constant source of temptation
Your needs are important to us
Someone will be with you soon
Welcome to the light-filled corner
Of the world’s darkest room

Where, the very move, the very twist
Tell you the truth, this is bliss
The very move, the very twist
Don’t even bother trying to resist
The very thought, the very gist
Is this why we all exist
The very move, the very twist
I don’t know why, but I need this

I need this
I need this
I need this
Not every job you do will earn you money
Not every joke you make will be funny
Sometimes you’ll win
Sometimes you’ll lose
But make every move
make every move
make every move
make every move
make every move
make every move
A dance move

Warmer, colder
Closer, near
You cannot see me
Cos I’m not here
Track Name: Thick Skinned
You came roaring back to life
You came roaring back to life
Down the freeway, five gears,
Nothing but strife

You were the centre of good
We were the open two
You were the right thing
I knew I had to do

Of course you’re right
I realised
Then I slipped right back
behind my disguise

Cos you are you
And I am me
And you are everything
I hoped you would be

So it leaves me sad
It leaves me blue
It leaves me mad about
the way I left you

Thick skinned, I need to be
Thick skinned, I need to be
Thick skinned, I need to be
I cannot be this raw,
Anymore

Such pretty thoughts
Such pretty scenes
So much more than they could
ever have been

Now it’s 3 AM again
I wish I wasn’t here
I wish I could just click my fingers
and disappear

Cos you are you
And I am me
And you are everything
I hoped you would be

So it leaves me sad
It leaves me blue
It leaves me mad about
the way I left you

Thick skinned, I need to be
Thick skinned, I need to be
Thick skinned, I need to be
I cannot be this raw,
Anymore

So it leaves me sad
It leaves me blue
It leaves me mad about
the way I left you

Cos you are you
And I am me
And you are everything
I hoped you would be
Track Name: When I Discover You
What are you doing in there?
What and who and when and where?
What secret thing?
What secret sting?
What are you doing in there
where no one can see?
A secret plan
you plan to use to against me?

Well I will see through you
If that’s what I have to do
I’ll see right through you
And I’ll discover the truth
When I discover you

I will come in and I will break it down
I will hear you sing your silent sound
I will know before you can act it out
I’ll find the truth
You can have no doubt
I’ll stop you before you stop me
It will be my victory
It will
It will

Cos I will see through you
If that’s what I have to do
I’ll see right through you
And I’ll discover the truth
When I discover you

So I open the door
And there’s you sitting on the floor
So carefully
Wrapping a gift for me
Track Name: To The Dunes
Well I refuse
To think of you
Somewhere in my minds eye
That horizon is still blue

Through the rushes to the sand dunes
Looking out to the sea
In that deathly moment
Time stands still for me

Ah lost lover
Do you think of me
Do you surface
Or do you sink beneath the sea

Ah the sea
Do you sink
With me
With me

Through the rushes to the sand dunes
Are you in that place
Where no light can reach
Looking out to the sea
Dragged down by the burden
And the beach
In that frozen moment
Through the rushes to the sand dunes
And the shining sea
Time stands still for me
In that frozen moment
Where all will ever be
Ah, lost lover
All will ever be
I sill see your face
Did you finally surface
I refuse
Or sink without a trace
I refuse
I refuse
To think of you

Ah, lost lover
Did you make it to shore
Are you caught in the riptide
Adrift for ever more
ever more

Well I refuse
To think of you
Track Name: I Wish
I wish I wish I wish I wish
It was all just as simple as this
And I could tuck you right into my sleeve
And take you along with me

I wish I wish I wish I wish
I was that and them and not this
I wish I could float right out to sea
Without all those waves crashing over me

I do not hate you, I never did
It was all just love keeping well hid
I think it’s time we took our chance
And blew it all on our own romance

Yeah I know it got the better of me
I know it set too many things free
But if you put me back on the carousel
This time round I will get off well

Cos I wish I wish I wish I wish
It was all just as simple as this
And I could tuck you right into my sleeve
And take you along with me

One day I will find my own God
He’ll be rough and sore and slow and odd
And he will take me by the open hand
Travel me to an open land

And he will speak of things I can not say
And he will walk me through those backsliding days
And he will wonder why I was never told
There was more than darkness in my soul

And I wish I wish I wish I wish
It was all just as simple as this
And I could tuck you right into my sleeve
And take you along with me
Track Name: Let's Get Psychotic
There’s a sickness in me
In my whole my family
A genetic lock
No key

For all the grins and the smirks
For all the no way that lurks
For all the bullies and the jerks
I hope this works

Let’s get psychotic

Big car, small engine
A family of seven
Wrapped around a baby
All gone to Heaven

Well I’m left gutted and guessing
About everything
There’s no way left for me
But free

Let’s get psychotic

What if it was meant to be …
Track Name: Lucky Me
Just me
Finding the truth
Me and the burden
Of proof

Lucky me

We find we’re right
We find we’re wrong
It ends too soon
It takes too long

How could I resist
Your kiss
After tonight
You don’t exist

Again I hear that
Barking dog
In my inner
Monologue

Lucky me
Oh lucky me

Well I forgot who I was talking to
I forgot what’s what
I cannot sleep
Running too hot

That’s what I get
That’s what I got
Life of regret
Caught in my own net

For all the good it’s done
I’m still an unfired gun
Show me the door
I don’t need this any more

I found the circle
The inner few
From the trail of bodies
That led to you

Lucky me
Oh lucky me

Someone get me a drink
Someone get me some water
Track Name: Beautiful
This rain is beautiful
This rain is beautiful
Cold and driving
Life reviving
Beautiful

This home is beautiful
This home is beautiful
Rough and tumbling
Warm and humbling
It’s beautiful

This life is beautiful
This life is beautiful
It’s blind and twisted
Blink and you’ve missed it
But it’s still beautiful

Even this grief is beautiful
Yeah this grief is beautiful
It’s timeless and lengthless
And it’s grip is relentless
But it’s still beautiful

Because you are beautiful
Yeah you are beautiful
When you least intend it
Like you came here to mend it
You make everything beautiful
For me
Track Name: The Grand Illusion
The Grand Illusion
keeps us safe

The Grand Illusion
gives us shape

The Grand Illusion
keeps us warm

The Grand Illusion
gives life form

The Grand Illusion
It knows our name

The Grand Illusion
It feels our pain

The Grand Illusion
It keeps us going

The Grand Illusion
feels like growing

The Grand Illusion
It knows our way

The Grand Illusion
It has our say

The Grand Illusion
It knows our name

The Grand Illusion
takes aim ...
Take it

The Grand Illusion
of fear of forage

The Grand Illusion
of knowing and knowledge

The Grand Illusion
of debt and doubt

The Grand Illusion
let’s shout it out

The Grand Illusion
through which we’re flowing

The Grand Illusion
that keeps us owing

The Grand Illusion
of gain and foregoing

The Grand Illusion
is not worth knowing

[It is yours]

The Grand Illusion
It has your name

The Grand Illusion
controls the game

The Grand Illusion
It reaps what’s sewing

The Grand Illusion
cannot keep going

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