The National Trust

by Matthew Searles

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Matthew Searles sings and plays upright piano, acoustic guitar
electric guitar, turntables, Weevil three-oscillator-ring-mod synth, Yamaha CS1X synth, Casio CZ101 synth, Yamaha SU10 sampler, kalimba, stylophone, melodica, tambourine, shaker, drums, toy xylophone, toy piano, toy drum, ukulele.

Produced on an Apple Mac using Logic.


released September 17, 2012

All tracks written and produced by Matthew Searles. Vocal melody on Time Travellin' Blues written by James Rampton. Words on The Witness by Alan Stead. Photography by Dave Parsons. Various background noises and performance by Daisy Belle Searles.


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Track Name: Movement
Glad you finally made it
Welcome back to the rain
I’ve been biding my time
Now it’s starting again

Don’t know how to describe it
Can’t say anything new
But then music should give us
Things that words cannot do

Felt aggressively happy
So elated I cried
Had so much self-expression
That I’m empty inside

This is the movement
Never to be fulfilled
Oh it’s such an improvement
When we’re not standing still

This is the movement
Never to be fulfilled
Forward motion’s improvement
All you need is the will

It’s a first-world misfortune
Uninspired by content
Call it paradise syndrome
Grandiose non-event

I’m the worst of the worst
No, I’m worse still than that
Manufacturing anger
Because that’s what I’m good at
Track Name: Time Travellin' Blues (Feat. James Rampton)
Woke up in ‘36
Watched the Berlin Olympics
They told some stories, oh they lied
It was the year that Kipling died

Woke up in ‘47
As Henry Ford went off to heaven
Commies scared the USA
And Pepper taught the band to play

Woke up in ‘58
Lolita sealed poor Humbert’s fate
When CND said ban the bomb
And Michael Jackson came along

Woke up in ‘69
With Vietnam the battle line
When they were landing on the moon
And Woodstock played a different tune

Back and forth in time again
Reliving every stupid trend
No better off per capita
I need a flux capacitor
Up and down the fam’ly tree
Watching winners make hist’ry
The gaps in truth they get wider
I need a hadron collider

Woke up in ‘71
The war on drugs has just begun
A bath-tub claims the lizard king
And Frazier rules the boxing ring

Woke up in ‘89
When Marty went a second time
Emporer Hirohito dies
And Dalai Lama wins peace prize

Woke up in ‘93
And saw a twelve year-old me
Nirvana take the music throne
I’m at the nightclub all alone

Woke up in 3010
Now I’m not going back again
No Earth, no life, no skin, no cells
There’s only me and HG Wells
Track Name: Krokodil
Oh, it tastes so good
I’ve got to put it in
She’s so misunderstood
I cannot feel my skin

Oh, it feels so right
Don’t care if it’s a sin
Her jaw snaps tight
I’ve lost another limb

She isn’t ready yet
There’s more to come
‘cause I have got to get

(Inside) She will eat you from the inside
She’ll devour you no doubt
Even though you’re full of poison
She will hollow you right out
(Outside) She will eat you from the inside
She is what it’s all about
She will drink every last droplet
She will leave you with a drought

Oh, there isn’t any reason
We didn’t play to lose
For her it’s hunting season
Now my face is just a bruise

This isn’t in her nature
Oh her scent is all around
But this is how they made her
Now she’s pinned me to the ground

Hold on
She isn’t ready yet
There’s more to come
‘cause I have got to get
Track Name: Aneurysm
Just what makes you tick, she said
Oh, just this time-bomb in my head

Waiting for the sword to drop
Praying for the noise to stop

The rushing in my ears so loud
The deadly bruit of the crowd

The seconds tick by twice as fast
Knowing each could be your last

It makes no difference to know anything about yourself
Oh it’s always going to be
It makes no odds to push against the continental shelf
Of such enormous certainty

I walk about on glass and pins
I feel the shake as it begins

Then consequence seems awfully small
Embrace the scream, destroy it all
Track Name: Kandahar (Feat. Jasmin Searles)
A silent night
The solid heat, the twisted bed
Dreams of a fight
It’s not so quiet in my head

It’s always men
The endless waves are overthrown
If I run again
Don’t think I’ll ever feel I’m home

It doesn’t matter where you are
These things will find you
We think we’ve come so very far
Well, look behind you

From west to east
We say it couldn’t happen here
The seeds of peace
The only fruit they grow is fear

From north to south
They cannot leave the wound alone
I close my mouth
It’s full of dust and brick and bone

It doesn’t matter where you are
These things will find you
We think we’ve come so very far
Well, look behind you
It doesn’t matter where you are
These things will find you
Could be New York or Kandahar
It’s right behind you
Track Name: Electro-Convulsive
It got so bad I couldn’t move
Though trashy fiction tries to prove
That there are better things to try
Still I’d have been content to die
The only barrier to this fate
My endless catatonic state
So I prayed to this nameless god
To strike with his divining rod

This is the only thing that works for me
They saved my life with electricity

I found the spark that lay within
And so recovery begin
With 85 Joules to the brain
That I might live and love again
And though my memory is bleached
An empty shell on washed out beach
At least the sun will reach inside
And leave no corner that could hide
Even a shadow of a doubt
To exponentially spread out
And fill the skies with endless black
To take me down, to take me back

Oh Syliva, Oh Hemmingway
I’m sorry, truly, I can’t say
What’s right for you, for me it’s this
And that’s a fact I can’t dismiss
Track Name: Your Defaulting Heart
Like like comment post post
Repost it if you care
Snap load tag go share
Cause friends will always share

Believe opine
It’s right it’s right it’s mine
Dare to care
Then write it everywhere

Your defaulting heart
Keeps letting me down
Where do I start?
Let’s not mess around
Track Name: SideStep (Feat. Jessi Cox)
Sometimes when we’re weak
We find the strength we really seek
Sometimes when we’re low
We find the will we need to go

Everyone I know
Is broken up, in need of friends
But I will never go
I will be there until the end

When life just lays you open wide
I’ll take it on, you step aside
When it bears down and doesn’t stop
I’ll take the strain until I drop

Hold on
I’ve got you
Be strong
You’ve got to

You found a permanent solution
To a temporary problem
Didn’t want no absolution
Just your trespasses forgotten

Pick up the pieces of your mind
No DSH of any kind
It’s time to put those things away
Don’t think tomorrow, just today

I haven’t seen you for a while
It’s even longer since that smile
Lit up my life, I’ll try to be
There for you as you were for me

Don’t cry for help, just ask me straight
We’ll put it right, we’ll clear the slate
Cause talk is cheap and words are token
We’ll fix all the things you’ve broken
Track Name: Lost
Possessions packed and playlist tracked
The currency, the paperback
The mp3 the low-in-tar
The CCD, the SLR
Protection from the sun above
That beats down like a boxing glove
The arid strip that doesn’t change
The shadow of the mountain range
The beaten track we leave behind
The hungry pack, collective mind
We seek the heat, we curse the rain
And try to find ourselves again

And though my mind feels like the mist
On the horizon’s mountain tip
I try to order all my thoughts
Into this book that’s on my hip
All these words just take an age
I have to write them out to see
But there’s a drawing on this page
I like to think you made for me

Never felt so lost
Never felt so far from home
Never lost for words it’s true
Never felt so far from you

And with a continent this size
We’ll try to stick to where we grew
But always looking to the skies
We know that really isn’t true
We cost ourselves in hours and days
We have the pictures and the scars
We lost each other in the haze
We can’t remember who we are
Track Name: Trust
Where is the trust?
Track Name: Glitch/Regret
You don’t have to be mad to work here
Just clinically depressed
If clothes maketh the man
I must be pretty badly dressed

Fear God, honour the king
Go forward to your thing
Just wear the uniform
Shut up, weather the storm

That’s smile’s the perfect pitch
But I think we’ve hit a glitch
We’ve hardly started yet
That smile’s tinged with regret

I don’t do this for my health
I’m not in it for the money
Well, what else is left?
It’s really not that funny
Track Name: Enough Already (Feat. Alan Stead & Jessi Cox)
This is where I push myself.
Track Name: 404 (Feat. Paul Coltofeanu)
In the bone-creak of the garden chair
In the stifling, blinding summer shade
We sense it, feel it’s always there
We just can’t hear the sound of age

Things don’t work quite like they should
I’m losing pages everywhere
What happened?
A little warning would be good
Forgetting ages, losing hair
What happened? [Repeat]

Hear the classics float over the privet
Close your eyes, forget the ache
Full of pins and plates and rivets
Close your eyes for goodness’ sake

It’s little things, just petty woes
So terrible, the things I’ve done
To go with every tiny flow
To speak to God then turn and run

I still know what love means
I just can’t remember how it works
Track Name: Home Invasion
Let’s show our game-face to the world
Don’t tell them how we bowed and curled
Beneath the many tiny pressures
That you applied just to protect your pleasures

Let’s not articulate our rage
But guild each tiny squalid cage
Don’t think community or need
Just fight their gluttony with greed

You’ve lost the National Trust
You’ve cost each one of us
You don’t repay the loan
We will invade your home [Repeat]

What happened here was no event
It was devoid of all intent
This sort of thing cannot be planned
It isn’t taking any stand

Let’s vote with minds and hearts and feet
Not fists and sticks and in the street
Somebody said there was a fight
We’re gonna break it up tonight

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