Kerosene, Matches & Time

by The Happy Pill Academy

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Kerosene, Matches and Time represents a collection of tracks almost entirely about bitterness, remorse, unlawful imprisonment and death, but with a little cross-dressing and redemption thrown in for good measure…

Frontispiece Matthew Guy Ibbs describes it as, “A constant battle between the songs that I want to write, versus the songs that come out… which are usually darker, more cynical.”

The result is a series of intricately composed, gutsy songs that take on matters of the mind, with bold melodies and a fearless voice.

The Happy Pill Academy blends together strong lyrics with elements of 90’s grunge infused riffs, reminiscent of Nirvana / Eels / Beck.

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From www.emergingindiebands.com

"The English alternative-reality project The Happy Pill Academy released the LP Kerosene, Matches & Time yesterday.

An eleven track album of whimsical thought and lo-fidelity production that will either have you running for the hills or delightedly spending the roughly forty two minutes of its duration in quiet appreciation.

Fold away any preconceptions of expectation and pop that tidily in to the drawer and think more of that storage space in which treasures are randomly stowed that you always intend to get round to sorting out, but never do – you will be in the right frame of mind to enjoy the acoustic guitar led meanderings through its engrossing journey.

I somehow think this isn’t the last time I will be keen to share new material by The Happy Pill Academy."

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released January 26, 2018

Music & Lyrics by Matthew Guy Ibbs
Performed by The Happy Pill Academy

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The Happy Pill Academy is from London in the United States of Britain. It is a one-person endeavour but that one person maintains a healthy relationship with the other, largely imaginary, members of the band.

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Track Name: An Introduction to a Song About a Wedding
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh
Click Click
Ahem
Click
Track Name: A Song About a Wedding That Never Took Place
A Song About a Wedding That Never Took Place

Hey sunshine, you ordered a bride she arrived in a packing crate
The wedding was amazing, you were resplendent in your tuxedo
She looked radiant in her cargo pants and t-shirt, a curious choice for such an awesome day
Invited guests and well-wishers all clapped and laughed
I said that, I said that, I said that, my speech went down well
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Hey Sunshine
The Divorce was just as nice as the wedding in its own unusual way
And I don’t see a reason to complain
The judge was pretty much on her side for the proceedings
Uh Oh, Uh Oh, Uh Oh, Here we go…
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh *Ahem*
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Oooh, I don’t care, you decide
Hey Sunshine, here we are
This is where we ended up
This is just as I expected
And there’s no reason to complain
There’s no reason to complain…
Hey Sunshine, here we are
This is where we ended up
This is just as I expected
And there’s no reason to complain
There’s no reason to complain
There’s no reason…
There’s no reason…
There’s no reason…
There’s no reason…
There’s no reason…
There’s no reason…
There’s no rhyme…
You got it
You got it going on
You got it
You got it going on
You got it
You got it going on
You got it
You got it going on
Spoken:
This would all have gone a lot easier if you’d just paid attention in the first place
I can’t be held responsible for every single thought that goes through my mind
This was your wedding after all, what do you want me to do about it?
I mean, this just seems like a waste of time
I would caution against it in future. OK?
Hey Sunshine Hey Sunshine
Hey Sunshine Hey Sunshine
Hey Sunshine Hey Sunshine
Hey Sunshine Hey Sunshine
Hey Sunshine Hey Sunshine
Hey Sunshine Hey Sunshine
Ah yeah, all righty
Track Name: Facsimilia_Facsimilia
Facsimilia Facsimilia

Oh hey you, you gotta take the rough with the smooth
You have to learn to stand still before you can
Move on from this mess you created
You better shift your ass and shift it good
This sweetness I don’t see
This sweetness I don’t see
Another visitor, stay for a while
Stay forever while I compile
A list of all the things I hate about you
Right now, I hate about you right now
This sweetness I don’t see
This sweetness I don’t see
I know I’m in there somewhere but I’m right at the back, I’m right at the back
I think you’d compliment me if you thought it was appropriate but I’m right at the back yeah I’m right at the back
I know you think about me on a regular basis but I’m right at the back at the back of the queue
I don’t think that I’m overthinking this but I’m right at the back yeah I’m right out the back
I was joking what I said before
I’m certainly not trying to be some kind of bore
I’m always trying to make new friends
But I’m guessing that this is where that ends
This sweetness I don’t see
This sweetness I don’t see
This sweetness
This sweetness
I don’t see
Track Name: Dearest Amy
Dearest Amy

You say there’s no more time to run away
Your eyes say to stay another day
I’m losing…
What I’m losing I am prepared to give away
I’ve been saying the same old lines for far too long
I’ve been singing the same old song and now it’s over and done
No changes, no movement ‘til you came along
All the old ways are leaving, they’re over and done, over and done
One word in this moment, the veil falls to ground
An invitation to remain without a sound
You’re losing…
What you’re losing is destined to come back around
I’ve been saying the same old lines for far too long
I’ve been singing the same old song and now it’s over and done
No changes, no movement ‘til you came along
All the old ways are leaving, they’re over and done, over and done
You say there’s no more time to run away
Your eyes say to stay another day
I’m losing…
What I’m losing I am prepared to give away
I’ve been saying the same old lines for far too long
I’ve been singing the same old song and now it’s over and done
No changes, no movement ‘til you came along
All the old ways are leaving, they’re over and done, over and done
Track Name: I'm Not Cross, I'm Cross-Dressing
I'm Not Cross, I'm Cross-Dressing

I got home from work and found your note on the kitchen table
Looks like you’re leaving me and I don’t know if I am able
To follow you because you didn’t leave a forwarding address
Fuck you for going I am gonna look my best
Gonna go to the bedroom and put on all your fancy dresses
Gonna dance around like a lonely guy
Gonna go to the bathroom and I’ll put on all your fancy makeup
Gonna dance around and this is why
I know you’re leaving ‘cause you couldn’t stand the competition
I know you’re leaving and it must have been a hard decision
I wish you’d stay ‘cause it really isn’t at all shady
I’m just really mother-fucking sexy lady…
Gonna go to the bedroom and put on all your fancy dresses
Gonna dance around like a lonely guy
Gonna go to the bathroom and I’ll put on all your fancy makeup
Gonna dance around and this is why
Oh come back baby ‘cause I really miss you more than ever
It’s great alone but it really is better together
Oh come back baby ‘cause I really miss you more than ever
It’s great alone and now I’m all dressed in leather
Gonna go to the bedroom and put on all your fancy dresses
Gonna dance around like a lonely guy
Gonna go to the bathroom and I’ll put on all your fancy makeup
Gonna dance around and this is why I’m gonna…
… go to the bedroom and put on all your fancy dresses
Gonna dance around like the loneliest lonely guy
Gonna go to the bathroom and I’ll put on all your fancy makeup
Gonna dance around and this is why
Gonna go to the bedroom and put on all your fancy dresses
Gonna dance around like the loneliest lonely guy
Gonna go to the bathroom and I’ll put on all your fancy makeup
Gonna dance around and this is why
Track Name: A Conspiracy of Crows
A Conspiracy of Crows

The station burned to the ground
They said that no one was around
No one important they say
Just some old homeless guy
Filed as an accident
And it all went away
‘Til someone stuck there nose in
Stuck it in where it wasn’t wanted
Some reporter chasing a lead
Found her dead the very next day
Filed as an accident
And it all went away
The moral of the story is don’t get involved
The moral of the story is you will be next
The funerals held at the same time
The funerals held in the same place
They orchestrate this as a warning
They orchestrate this as a warning
Filed as an accident
Filed as an accident
This, a conspiracy of crows
Made it all go away
Filed as an accident
Track Name: So I Live - Part 1
So I Live

Gotta get up
I’ve gotta get up to stop from sleeping
I’m living a lie to stave off the weakening
Your hand is bleeding
Your head is intriguing
So I live my life
So I live my life
Track Name: Untitled or, Fuck You Sarah
Untitled or, Fuck You Sarah

This maybe for ever, you are still the sunshine on the hardest day that I’d ever had
Stay with me, don’t sever, the pace was set on overdrive and you remained right there and your
Smile softened this warped leather, a simple conversation opened up in time and I tried to
Hide, another poor endeavour, so I will steal the darkness from your eyes and bring you back to
Life is not forever, you will hold on to me now and we will make it through this
Night for worse or better, you radiate, sigh, float on high and drew us back to you and
I saw this coming, blowing in on a wind from miles around
And you ain’t a liar, you could not hide, Oh but
I saw this coming, blowing in on a wind from miles around
And you ain’t a liar, you could not hide the truth, Oh but
I saw this coming, blowing in on a wind from miles around
And you ain’t a liar, you could not hide the truth in your
Eyes will not shine forever, I will steal the light and you’d be back in the ground where you belong
This maybe for ever, you are still the sunshine on the hardest day that I’d ever had
No names, but fuck you Sarah, and you are a liar, you could not hide the truth in your eyes
You are a liar
Track Name: Safe In My Arms
Safe in My Arms

This is not a love story
I should not be here right now
I followed you here from work
This will not end well for you
This will not end well for me
Either way, you will not be
Safe in my arms
You will not be
Safe in my arms
This is not a love story
I should not be here right now
I should be tagged and bagged
And stored away for safe keeping
Preferably out of direct sunlight
Regardless, you will not be…
Safe in my arms
You will not be
Safe in my arms
You will not be
Safe in my arms
You will not be
Safe…
Track Name: I'll Set You Free (But I Doubt You'll Like it When I Do)
I'll Set You Free (But I Doubt You'll Like It When I Do)

Hang around with me tonight and never say it’s time to leave
Dance around for me don’t fight or suffer through this sweet reprieve
No lessons, no lessons learned…
Don’t forget to feed the flies and don’t forget to act surprised
You see this coming round, you see this coming round again? Again.
You don’t really think, you can’t really think you’ll survive because
I’ll set you
I’ll set you free
Stay the night with me, ah, stay the night with me not because you want to because you need to
Stay right there for me I said stay right there for me, this is not a request
Don’t forget to act surprised
Don’t forget to feed the flies and don’t forget to act surprised
You see this coming round, you see this coming round again? Again.
Why do you always die, why do you always die at the end?
I’ll set you
I’ll set you free
But I don’t think you’ll like it when I do…
No one likes it when I set them free
Track Name: In the Dust of This Planet
In The Dust of This Planet

Turned another corner
Broke another nail
Deadened on the inside
Nothing left left to say
Sweet and sublime
I don't know how the hell you still ain't mine
In the dust of this planet
And the shape off things to come
You'll never take the final step
In the dust of this planet
In a permanent embrace...
You and me
Burned alone for so long
I walked another trail
Soaked and ever moving
Your shadow starts to pale
We are the denied
And I don't know how the hell you still ain't mine.
In the dust of this planet
And the state of things to come
You'll never take the final step
In the dust of this planet
In a permanent embrace...
You and me
In the dust of this planet
In the empty void of space
You'll never say the final word
In the dust of this planet
The still remains of...
You and me
In the dust of this planet
You'll never say
What I want you to say
In the dust of this planet
And the end that is to come there's always...
You and me

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