Because Even Crooks Can Act

by Oli Clipsham

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The debut solo EP from Oli Clipsham. The touring band put together for this record would later become Fallen To Flux.

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released November 29, 2011

Written by Oli Clipsham
Performed by Oli Clipsham, Sam Manyweathers and Chris Toomey
Produced by John Oram

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Track Name: Behind Closed Eyes
Too late
Too gone is the person you've been seeking
So dark
So wrong is the person that they chose to be
Sick games
Cruel aims, theatrics trying to fool you
So are you feeling safe my darling?

Hung cloak
Smokescreen, endless walls for you to see through
Dead end
Unseen are the things that try to block your way
You can't rest
So instead you're popping pills just to calm you
But still it wakes you up before the morning

Just one step closer to the fall
(But still you cling to solid ground)
The noise of screaming echoes in your ears
You don't even make a sound

Too many years of knowing this façade
(Such a surprise when it finally cracked)
So just be careful who you trust
Because some people will stab you in the back

Hid behind closed eyes
Is a brain that only knows disguise
Oblivious to its own demise
'Cos locked away inside
Are the doubts it still fights to deny
The elements of a real life

Untrue
Insane accusations flung right at you
This time
This game is proving too much for you to take
Betrayed
Dismayed you reach and try to touch the way things once were
Like tactile dreams they fade so quickly

With fire in your eyes and heart worn on your sleeve
(You try to reach the one you know has left)
But you just get a hollow shell populated by lies
The soul now reticent

Too many years of knowing this façade
(Such a surprise when it finally cracked)
So just be careful who you're gonna trust
Because even crooks can act

Hid behind closed eyes
Is a brain that only knows disguise
Oblivious to its own demise
'Cos locked away inside
Are the doubts it still fights to deny
The elements of a real life

Hid behind closed eyes
Is a brain that only knows disguise
Oblivious to its own demise
'Cos locked away inside
Are the doubts it still fights to deny
The elements of a real life

Hid behind closed eyes
'Cos locked away inside
Track Name: Nothing Left
Is it beyond you just to keep things moving?
To start something and to follow it 'til the end?
'Cos what you tend to do
Is just give up instead

Don't dry your eyes until you think we're done here
The rest of what our lives hold starts here today
'Cos this time I'm afraid
I just can't let you have your way

This is your last chance
But tight-lipped you let her run away
Are you better off with nothing left?
With no reason left to feel afraid?

A loss of patience is the start of loss
A way to prove your point but to break their trust
And then the whispers circulate your name
As a friend who slowly fell from fame

Is it beyond you just to do things our way?
Show some loyalty and loved ones never leave
Put up with all the pain
With sights on what you could achieve

This is your last chance
But tight-lipped you let her run away
Are you better off with nothing left?
With no reason left to feel afraid?
'Cos they'll still never forget you

With black eyes and tired minds
We struggle on through all kinds of fire
Sheer perseverance
And from the bottom of our hearts
We're inspired to reach for what we desire
Our motivation
The thoughts that have saved our lives

This is your last chance
But tight-lipped you let her run away
Are you better off with nothing left?
With no reason left to feel afraid?
'Cos they'll still never forget you
Track Name: Time Spent Chasing You
What's it like to be the victim
Of the story you create?
It seems an era has gone wasted
Feelings forced to dissipate

Running scared towards the outline
Shadows suffocate her face
Intimidated by the fallout
A so called absence, unresponsive space

Just a midnight message
To help her fall asleep
Left for him to find in the morning
To tell him she was out of reach

The last year slips through his fingers
If only she could see him now
Still searching for an answer
I don't think she'd be so proud of her mistake

I have come to terms with the way you are
'Cos you're too difficult for me to even recognise your scars
I have learnt to live remembering what you put me through
But as you stole my dignity I lost my respect for you

Taking baby steps to regain
Strength he lost along the way
And steadily daylight shines longer
Making new starts from decay

A selfish battle fought for nothing
Other than the way she made him feel
Every day a new horizon
Signalling the facts that she's concealed this time

One more cruel disaster
Adds insult to injury
He learns of her misdemeanours
His veins flow with misery

She still shrugs off accusations
Truths have never been so hard to find
But all the hurt all the betrayal
Can't make him chance his mind, the love he feels

I have come to terms with the way you are
'Cos you're too different for me to even recognise your scars
I have learnt to live remembering what you put me through
But as you stole my dignity I lost my respect for you

I jumped the bridges that you chose to burn the day you left
I gave my everything and you just looked away instead
Your second chance has blown up in your face, you're out of luck
I've left the past behind now I don't really give a fuck

I jumped the bridges that you chose to burn the day you left
I gave my everything and you just looked away instead
Your chance has blown up in your face, you're out of luck
(So leave the past behind)
Your futile argument has come unstuck

Just a midnight message
To help her fall asleep
Left for him to find in the morning
To tell him she was out of reach

Heartbroken, devastated
But would you just look at me now?
Weight of the world has left my shoulder
I think I can be proud of the path I've made

I have come to terms
With everything you're not
And everything we used to be
Tell me was it not enough?
I made sacrifices
Time spent chasing you
And more than just whole-heartedly
I believe we could have made it through

Could have made it through