Tempus Fugit already

by Shifting Buffalo

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Howard Reed Shifting Buffalo improves on 2012's already excellent "Carpe Diem Baby" with his sophomore release - superb songs, great keyboard and guitar work, great production. A must buy!
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    Pre-order of Tempus Fugit already. You get 14 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases August 18, 2014

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about

This album is dedicated to the memory of friends and family no longer with us. The song Soap Box, written by Jon Walker, is included with the kind permission of his family. All proceeds from the sale of this album are to be donated to these charities:

Florence Nightingale Hospice - www.fnhospice.org.uk
(in memory of Jon Walker)

British Lung Foundation - www.blf.org.uk
(in memory of Russell Fuller)

credits

releases August 18, 2014

All vocals, guitars, keyboards, drum programming and mandolin - Ben Fuller
Guest trumpet on ‘Sunshine’ - Rory Simmons
Dave Smith Evolver on 'Daddy's Girl' - Howard Reed

Song-writing credits listed under each track

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Shifting Buffalo Hertfordshire, UK

Shifting Buffalo writes and records lots of stuff. Some of it is available on the internet, either to buy or download free.

Shifting Buffalo regularly indulges in 'immersion composition' (check out www.ics-hub.org) and is an inaugural member of the Burning Lodge.

You can catch Shifting Buffalo playing live from time to time, particularly in the Hertfordshire area.
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Track Name: Step by Step
Step by step we piece ourselves back together again
We can retrace to where we were before it all began
Like the pawn moves across the board one square at a time
We can take it day by day ‘til we reach the other side

Chorus:
Step by step and side by side
Hand in hand across the divide
Step by step and stone by stone
We don’t have to be alone

Step by step we keep ourselves from falling apart
We can rebuild piece by piece to make a brand new start
Like the sea erodes the stone one grain at a time
We keep putting our next foot forward ‘til the mountain is climbed

Chorus
Track Name: Sunshine
Chorus:
Sunshine, Give me sunshine, I need sunshine
To chase away my darker days

In the grey of a gloomy day the world is cold
Summer seems a long time away and I’m feeling old
When the light begins to fade I know this is going to be hard
A long winter lies ahead, the sky’s forever dark
Autumn fires burn the remains of what once lived
Commit their souls to God above in the stratosphere
Where there was bloom, life has ebbed, it’s withered and it’s died
Harsh winter lies ahead like the turning of the tide

Chorus

When the nights are drawing in and the trees are bare
Darkened streets are empty now, there’s no-one there
I’m waiting for the light to return and Spring to come around
Green shoots will reappear and a new hope will be found

Chorus
Track Name: Crossed Lines
This morning everything was fine
You took your normal path and I took mine
We could wish for nothing more, there was nothing else to need
A perfect picture of a perfect dream

Chorus:
Then in the blink of an eye everything’s changed
The fabric has crumbled, the pieces rearranged
How can so much change in such a short passage of time?
Is it really that easy to cross that line?

‘Til this morning everything was going great
I never said goodbye ‘cause I was running late
So I thought of all the good times we could have later on
But when I got home, you were gone

Chorus
Track Name: Gorgeous but Clingy
You're gorgeous
But you're clingy
Yes you're gorgeous
But clingy
Sometimes I might have to go out on my own.
Track Name: Wake!
Wake: the silver dusk returning
Up the beach of darkness brims,
And the ship of sunrise burning
Strands upon the eastern rims.

Wake: the vaulted shadow shatters,
Trampled to the floor it spanned,
And the tent of night in tatters
Straws the sky-pavilioned land.

Get up, ’tis late for lying:
Hear the drums of morning play;
Hark, the empty highways crying
“Who’ll beyond the hills away?”

Towns and countries woo together,
Forelands beacon, belfries call;
Never lad that trod on leather
Lived to feast his heart with all.

Get up, get up, lad!
Get up: those that lie and cumber
Sunlit pallets never thrive;
Morns abed and daylight slumber
Were not meant for man alive.

Clay lies still, but blood’s a rover;
Breath’s a ware that will not keep.
Get up, lad: when the journey’s over
There’ll be time enough to sleep.
Track Name: The Metro Shuffle
God forbid that we should ever talk
Human contact or emotional support
God forbid that we should ever speak
Or look each other in the eye or pass the time each week

We'll just shuffle in the metro
We'll just shuffle our Metro -oh-oh-oh
We'll just shuffle our ipods
Do the ipod shuffle again

Eyes down for a full house
Eyes cast down for a full bus or train carriage
God forbid that we should ever talk
Or look each other in the eye or plead for support

We'll just do the metro shuffle
We'll just do the ipod shuffle again
We'll just do the metro shuffle
Do the ipod shuffle again


We'll just shuffle our Metro
We'll just shuffle our Metro -oh-oh-oh
We'll just shuffle our ipods
And do the Metro shuffle again
Track Name: If I Were A Massless Photon
Born in the heat of the heart of a star
I’d travel light, I’d travel far
Spat in the decay of a bonded pair
No-one would see me, I’d be part of the stare

If I were a massless photon


I’d have speed, I’d have direction
(If I were a massless photon)
‘Til I’m sent on a new path by a moment of reflection
(If I were a massless photon)
I would not truly be
(If I were a massless photon)
Sometimes I’m part of something, now just energy
(If I were a massless photon)
My tempus would fugit, my temper would flee
(If I were a massless photon)
The line we crossed is just a dot to me
(If I were a massless photon)


If I were a massless photon, if I were a massless photon
If I were a massless photon, if I were a massless photon
If I were a massless photon, if I were a massless photon
If I were a massless photon, if I were a massless photon
I’d be rushing away from you.
Track Name: Nothing to the Party
I'm really bringing nothing to this party
Track Name: Daddy's Girl
She gets up every morning and she screams at me
She says “Daddy I love you, but I gotta get out of this place
Come on and let me out! Come on and let me out!”

She gets up every morning when I’m fast asleep
And says “Let me out! Let me out! Let me out!
I gotta get out of this place
And sit beneath my favourite tree”
But you know she’s gonna come right back again
Yes you know she’s gonna come right back again
Twenty seconds later

She gets up every morning and she screams at me
She says “Daddy I love you, but I gotta come and go as I please
So let me out! Let me out! Let me out!”


Daddy I love you
And I always will
Track Name: Gone
I see your face in the faces of others
The world is full of your sisters and brothers
But they are not the same
I hear your voice in the breeze that circles me
The distant echoes that seem to speak to me
They seem to call your name

And now that you’re gone the world feels a different place
The bed where you lay is now just an empty space
I try not to get too down but my heart keeps asking why
Why something so precious has to fade and die

Chorus:
Since the day that you left us, Since the day they bereft us
I cry in my sleep as the memories keep living on
Since the day you departed and this new life started
I fall to my knees and wish that you would please come home
But I know in my heart that baby you are gone.


And now that you’re gone the world feels a different place
The bed where you lay is just an empty space
I try not to dwell, but my heart keeps asking why
Why you had to leave us? Never said goodbye

Chorus
Track Name: As Well as can be Expected
As well as can be expected
Is how the day went
As well as can be expected
What more could you want?
Cold wind
But warm hearts
As well as can be expected
What more could you ask?
Track Name: Soap Box
I've stood on the soap-box and I've lain in the sea
And I've been everything that I ought to be
And now I'm exhausted of novelty, I'm so tired

I always take to my bed when you call
And I always sleep with my head to the wall
And I don't see the sense in seeing it all today


Chorus:
I cry with relief that it's out of my hands, I'm tougher than I'm strong
And I'll tell you a thing about a good life, It's broader than it's long


I walk through the silence, I walk through the hall
I walk through the steps that cover it all
The feeling of motion is just an illusion they say

Ignore all the cameras, ignore all the strain
Ignore all they're saying again and again
Despite the intrusion you have to retain your calm


Chorus
Track Name: You Have Returned
Have you been lost in the wilderness all alone
Searching to try to find something to call your own?
Are you too scared to come back home since a fall from grace?
Or did you just decide to disappear without a trace?

Just when I think I’ll never see you again
I turn the corner and then
You have returned
Yeah you’ve come back to me

You’ve been gone for a long long time without a word
Asked around to see if anyone’s had news, but no-one’s heard
I’ve been waiting for all this time to see those eyes
Tried hard to not to forget what they look like after all this time

Just when I think I’ll never see you again
I turn the corner and then
You have returned
Yeah you’ve come back to me
Track Name: Advice in 13/4
Choose your habits wisely
They may be hard to break
Choose your friendships carefully
They may turn out to be fake
Take your chances lightly
And always think things through
Take the credit graciously
It all comes down to you
Choose your weapons wisely
They may be hard to use
Choose your methods carefully
They may be easily confused
Pick your battles purposely
And always think things through
Accept the victory graciously
It all comes down to you