Taller Than

by Taller Than

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Recorded at Lartington Hall Studios, Barnard Castle in the winter of 1998. Additional recording at Wild Trax Studios, Lumley.

Produced & engineered by Taller Than.
Additional engineering & production assistance by Frank Gibbon.

Previously unreleased.

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released January 1, 2016

Mike Ross - Guitar & Vocal
Graeme Ross - Bass & Vocal
Mike Kelly - Drums & Percussion

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Mike Ross Brighton, UK

'Timeless, uplifting Americana with
a bluesy bias and a southern swing'

Mike writes soul wrenchin', riff bustin' songs that will make you want to share the tale of his life's journey and the lessons he's learned. Listen and you'll see why one reviewer declared him 'Soaked in soul & burnt in blues'. ... more

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Track Name: Lay It Bare
I don't believe in freedom
but I believe in fright
I don't believe in feeling
until you turn out the light
I don't think about waking up in the morning
with all the tumbling down and falling around and getting up again

I don't believe in Jesus
but I believe in sin
I don't think about talking
about the state I'm in
I don't think about waking up in the morning
with all the tumbling down and falling around and getting up again

get up
don't you think its time you started to
stand up
you know that you always wanted to
get up
don't you think its time you started to care
I'm gonna lay it bare

I don't believe in seeing
but I believe in sight
I don't believe in fighting
until the time is right
I don't think about waking up in the morning
with all the tumbling down and falling around and getting up again

don't you think its time you started to
you know that you always wanted to
gonna lay it bare
tell me do you mean it
I don't believe that you can't see it
gonna lay it bare
Track Name: Don't Leave Part 1
He picks her up on a Saturday
throws her in the car and drives away
he takes her out to the theatre
doesn't know why but it ain't no passion play
and he feels like its all gone over
no fear looking over his shoulder
don't kill me, lord you still thrill me
don't do it, say what you want to believe
Don't Leave

He knows that it's all been wearing thin
but maybe its gonna pick up after a while
but she says she's gonna be leaving him
and blows him into pieces with her smile
and he feels like its all gone over
no fear looking over his shoulder
don't kill me, lord you still thrill me
don't do it, say what you want to believe
Don't Leave

He knows the mess that he's gotten in
he's aware of the fact that he brought it onto himself
he wants to beg her to go to him
but he knows if he did then it wouldn't be any help
and he feels like a waste of space
does she see the horror in his face?
don't kill me, lord you still thrill me
don't do it, say what you want to believe
Don't Leave
Track Name: Gotham Town
come in take a seat he said
everyone's welcome here he said
have some fun but buy a drink ok?

Wait a minute who are you he said
we don't want your kind passing through he said
our minds are changing maybe we made a mistake

Don't you dare look back at me
get it together man we'll see what we can see
don't you dare look back at me
cos I won't wait

get out don't come back he said
your attitude has painted everything back he said
I've had a look and I've decided I don't like your face

Turn around
walk away
leave it till another day oh no
you can't win
not today
don't make it any worse than it is my friend

stop what you're doing and let me be I said
get your stinking hands off my I said
I'm getting out but I'm doing it my own way


cos I won't wait
time won't wait
and I won't wait
Track Name: Can Ocean Sand
When I think about the water
I see you waving with your hand
running down the beach
singing catch me if you can
you can drink the ocean
and I can eat sand
If I fell in love tomorrow
would we live on the land

Don't want a declaration, do you
don't want a big celebration, do you
at seven thirty in the morning I can't do
all the things you wanted me to do
and if I wanted to be different
I could have said I loved you

If I was drowning
would you lend a hand
If I was ever dumbfounding
tell me would you understand
if I was smiling
would you laugh with me
and if I was dying
would you finish it?
Track Name: Drowning
Don’t leave me today
If you can wait until tomorrow maybe it’ll all just go away
Wait and see, if you feel like drowning

Don’t turn me away
Couldn’t it wait until tomorrow all the things you couldn’t say
Don’t ask me, I’m already drowning

Calling out your name I see the new direction coming
Falling down like rain take me home again
Why don’t you do it
why don’t you wait and see
And let it all fall down on me

Don’t turn me away
Didn’t we wait until tomorrow
Didn’t it all just go away?
Don’t leave it to me, ‘cos I won’t save you from drowning

Don’t do today
What you can leave until tomorrow
Maybe it’ll all just go away
But don’t disagree when I say that we’re all drowning
Track Name: Keep On Smiling
I was born on a Tuesday
apparently she was born on a Tuesday too
well she should know just what to do
but I'm yawning

living on the frontline
dodging all the landmines laid by you
just don't tell me what to do without talking
don't go walking
down deep into the blue

just get away from me
(get away from me)
my life is passing me by
(I just want to keep on smiling)
don't get to close to me
it's like watching grass grow
the hours are passing much too slow
(I just want to)
it's like watching grass grow

lay me down on Friday
a consequence of laying down with you
don't you know the things you do got people talking
dig me up on Sunday
carry me to church and walk away
don't you know the things you say got me smiling
don't go sliding down deep into the blue

I was born on a Tuesday
apparently she was born on a Tuesday too
well she should know just what to do
but I'm yawning
man I'm falling
down deep into the blue

just get away from me
(get away from me)
my life is passing me by
(I just want to keep on smiling)
don't get to close to me
its like watching grass grow
the hours are passing much too slow
(I just want to)
don't you just want to keep on smiling
my life is passing me by
(I just want to keep on smiling)
don't you just want to keep on smiling
the hours are passing much too slow
(I just want to keep on smiling)
it's like watching grass grow
it's like watching rivers flow
like watching water flow
its like watching grass grow
Track Name: Nicotine Placebo
If you feel like crying tell me
I'll come along
if you feel like trying with me
are you gonna help me sing my song
cos a shuffling addiction's crushing me
in my soul today
wish that I could quit it but if I did
you know there'd be hell to pay
just wanna get high
its my nicotine placebo
just taking me high

when I look out over my shoulder tell me
what it is that you think I see
hundred million people and let me tell you
they're all looking out over their shoulder at me
gonna light me up another but I don't think
dont think I can stand the smell
don't feel like heaven but I guess that
its better than living in hell

my legs are water
my eyes are running red
just trying to do what I ought to
but there's spooks inside my head
Track Name: Go Far
Wake up and smell the roses
that grow in such profusion around your bed
look up the sky is falling
in oh so may colours around your head
don't take it so serious
don't forget that you're one of us
and lets go far

shut up and listen to what I'm saying
cos I don't appreciate talking to myself
shut up, let me know what you're thinking
and I might be the only one who cares

between putting up, shutting up,
never telling anybody how you feel
giving up, giving in,
never telling anybody

look up, the sky is falling,
or are you busy leaning on the bar
sit up, take a look in the mirror boy
did you get that rock star lotion from a jar?
Track Name: The Words That Change The World
oh believe it don't come down on me
can you feel it trying to set you free
When your soul lets you go and your spirit is free
when you're feeling locked up in the crowd
just come and get the key
do you need it
can you feel it

You no longer hide behind the wall
feeling stronger getting up and standing tall
when your soul lets you go
when you're feeling locked up in the crowd
say it once say it loud
do you need it
can you feel it

Are you sure you can be strong
Are you sure you belong
are you man enough to take the fear away
cos a change is gonna come
and the rain is gonna come
and the words that change the world will come your way

Understand it you dont have to live in fear
have you planned it or will you disappear
when your soul lets you go and your spirit is free
if you're feeling locked up in the sky
just remember that you can ask why
Track Name: Questions
Questions

Tell me do you remember
The smile on my face and the way that we felt deep inside
The smell of the roses
That drifted on by
From the window outside

And later in the evening
When the sun goes to sleep and the night gets tired
With the bells of cathedrals, ringing in my ears
And I keep on wondering

Who’s holding you now
Who’s showing you how
Who’s painting the pictures in your mind
And why did I leave it all behind

Take a look at those pictures
A warm summers day and a cold dark night
Tell me do they seem familiar
Or is it all a lie?
Tell me why ‘cos I keep on wondering
Track Name: Woman Gonna Take The Fear Away
I remember I used to look at you
with something that was close to wonder
I idolised you and all the crazy things you do
'til you tried your very best to pull me under

Don't want to talk about my feelings
don't want to lift that stone too soon
I never thought I'd see the stones you keep on putting in my way
but the woman gonna take the fear away

I followed you down a street I'd never seen
far past the bounds of reasonable behaviour
now look at you after all that we've been through
your like some drugged up mucked up hedonist messiah

Don't want to talk about my feelings
don't want to shake that tree too soon
I never thought I'd see the light through all the darkness in my way
but the woman gonna take the fear away

I remember signing autographs
and looking through old photographs with you
but now I'm through with all of that so won't you sit down or step aside won't you
Track Name: Don't Leave Part 2
Don't kill me
Lord you know you still thrill me
Don't do it
Say what you want to believe
Don't leave