No Wall Too High

by Thermal And A Quarter

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1.
Wrapped in glitter, a promise inside Oh please won’t you give me that sugar rush to my core A faraway legend, a bare-back ride Oh please won’t you tell me that story once more Sweetness and love in my mouth Pull the trigger on this memory It’s enough to break my heart Again and again for me It was a fine night, a fine time Beside still water in the high school park And I’m dealing with this difficult rhyme With the greener grass of the here and now I could believe If I ask maybe I will receive ‘Cause it hurts so much to have loved you so I got lucky on that summer night And the clocks on the wall they ran so much slower (so much slower) You were the music of a song I’d yet to write A filter photogram of my future And then I hurt you too much So drowned, so lost in some other me It’s enough to break my heart Again and again, for me It was a fine night, a fine time Beside still water in the high school park And I’m dealing with this difficult rhyme With the greener grass of the here and now I could believe If I ask maybe I will receive ‘Cause it hurts so much to have loved you so
2.
The wind plucked and pulled me in And Heaven’s voice it pulled me out A heartbreak glimpse, a face within That’s our lot, in God we doubt It came down, it came down The mist, it rose, left the ground And in that space, is only fear Where division may once more appear Down it fell in no time at all A mere moment in the long view It was a symbol it was a wall Between them and us, me and you It came down, it came down The mist, it rose, left the ground And in that space, is only fear Where division may once more appear Ground zero, just another scar Fading patterns of the wound This memory won’t bleed no more Thoughts so heavy, they rise too soon It came down, it came down The mist, it rose, left the ground And in that space, is only fear Where division may once more appear The wind plucked and pulled me in And Heaven’s voice it pulled me out A heartbreak glimpse, a face within That’s our lot, in God we doubt
3.
Watching waiting hating Up on the watchtowers Lights blazing searching finding Kiss the whistleblowers Am I the only one Who can see hear fear Taken all I can bear All the watchtowers And all the good men Walls in all the right places Keep us in keep us out Keep us all keep us without All the watchtowers And all the good men Simple needs, simple love The dice they are a-rolling Believe belief the old lie The old comfort the apple pie Am I the only one Who can see hear fear I’ve taken all it’s very clear All the watchtowers And all the good men Walls in all the wrong places Keep us out keep us in Keep me fat sell me thin All the watchtowers And all the good men All the watchtowers Without And within
4.
The story done, the storyteller spent The lie blooms, an inkblot spread What do I see? What do I believe? To the grey water I have been led Look up at the truth! Spinning around in the sky The dogs of doubt wait outside This edifice of lies Give me bread, give me factories Give me wine, give me theories Keep me in line, file away my stories And these will be your victories And now you’re sad about this pass Bold graffiti on the edifice of lies Will I attend tomorrow’s mass Empty laughter answers my cries Look up at the truth! Spinning around in the sky The dogs of doubt wait outside This edifice of lies Give me bread, give me factories Give me wine, give me theories Keep me in line, file away my stories And these will be your victories There’s only here There’s only now There’s only here There’s only now Get out of class Get out of mass I’ll show you how I’ll show you how
5.
Girl I’m in a holding pattern Girl I’m coming back Rearrange your clothes Rearrange your life Rearrange your spending patterns Girl I’m coming back Girl, I’m in a holding pattern Girl, I’m turning around Rearrange your gardens Rearrange your roads Rearrange your weather patterns Girl, I’m turning around These circles, these turns My back straight, windows open wide I hold my breath I’m flying I’ll make it, yes I’ll make it, I’ll cross this divide Girl, I’m in a holding pattern Girl, I’m turning back Rearrange your head Rearrange your love Rearrange your thinking patterns Girl, I’m turning back Girl, I’m in a holding pattern Descending from the skies Rearrange your work Rearrange your dreams Rearrange your sleeping patterns Girl, I am lying awake I’m lying awake I’m lying awake
6.
No Two Ways 03:51
The stages I’ve been and seen Solo, provider, and now outcast Leave it to me, I’ll take it from here In the slow lane I can make it last No one needs to know Where I have to go No one has to pay To make me stay I’ll be on my way My line is living, young and strong But I must go, I don’t belong Leave it to me, I’ll take it from here I’m on the right side, I have no fear No one needs to know Where I have to go No one has to pay To make me stay I’ll be on my way There’s always a baby at the end of the room There’s always a lady staring up at the moon There’s always a body that death took too soon No one needs to know Where I have to go No one has to pay To make me stay I’ll be on my way
7.
Willow Man 04:05
It’s a mystery smile, a gesture arcane My dumb wide eyes look, then look again And no one knows, nobody knows then What to do or what to say, how or when To the willow men Movers and shakers, towering tall Nobody knows, they just rise and fall Time and tide is a mystery here That river’s flow holds no fear For the willow men Oh the willow men For the willow men Oh the willow men Dark sarcasm, and truth that hides Nobody ever knows how they divide The children wait under the hot empty sky They know and go and keep running on dry My life, it’s on the line, it’s all in a file No one knows, nobody knows Where it moves or lies Only the willow man He’ll pick it up and smile Oh mercy, another untaught rule And I’m the fool Send me back to school Send me back to school Throw that rule book at me now! Send me back to school Woah, you played me for a fool Send me back to school The willow man His turn will come The willow man His number called The willow man Will have to go
8.
Solstice 04:21
It’s like an edge-of-the-seat flick Where the fair fast hero Spends all his time in slo-mo I’m dry and I’m cold and I’m caught in camera The holy sphere has divided my calendar And the sun stands still high above In a new twist to this old love I’ve got a freeze-frame on the fast lane For all my dreams of you For all that’s sweet and true Why oh why were you so fond of me I ask the waters of this dried-up sea And the sun stands still high above In a new twist to this old love You know I need to slow it down, I need to take that five I used to love this town With you there, to keep me alive And the sun stands still high above And the sun stands still high above
9.
Moor Song 03:36
It’s an Eliot wasteland This moor we’re in Astray in the dark Because we’re living in The horizon bare But many forces call Evil and death they say Are sure to befall So find me, find me In this dark land Turn me, turn me With a gentle hand They say music brings places And people bring love But here is a killjoy With power from above So I’m off to the fair I’ll peddle my ware No reason to fear now Soon I’ll take a bow So find me, find me Lost in rainbow colour Come back and find me I still need your favour Find me, find me Two lovers astray On the dark moor
10.
It’s getting warm here now, just look up at the sky Clouds of dreams and smoke and street side stir-fry The old city, she hides beneath a coat of biz wax Got to pay your number man, got to pay your service tax You can hear me grouse, and now you have the news I’ve got a bad case of the Bangalore blues There’s a secret handshake of the Bangalore soul That slow sweet humour, that cheeky hyper-bol Our temples of food, our oases of coffee Give me that dog-eared book under a cool Cubbon tree Now you hear me sigh, so you have the news I’ve got a bad case of the Bangalore blues The nights are getting longer, but you can still pay the rent Go get some brews in your liver, now that’s money well spent The cats around here are at the top of their game They clog up the works but they fuel the flame I’m an old city boy, staying fast and loose And I’ve got a bad case of the Bangalore blues

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A first-of-its-kind collaboration between Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) and Mathew Kurian (formerly with the United Nations University, Dresden, Germany). 10 songs on the themes of 'division' set against the backdrop of 25 years of German Reunification. Launched at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN, in Bonn, Germany, Oct 2015.

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released October 15, 2015

Album concept by Mathew Kurian
Lyrics by Mathew Kurian and Bruce Lee Mani

Guitars, Vocals, Guitar Synths - Bruce Lee Mani
Bass, Backing Vocals - Leslie Charles
Drums, Percussion - Rajeev Rajagopal
Backing vocals - Ragini Ramanathan & Rini Mukhia
Recorded by Rahul Ranganath at Audio Academy Studios, Bangalore, India
Mixed by Rahul Ranganath and TAAQ at Taaqademy Studios, Bangalore, India
Mastered at Black Dog Mastering, USA.

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"Thermal And A Quarter (TAAQ) is on the vanguard of the Indian Rock Scene" - NPR, USA

Founded in 1996, TAAQ is an eclectic, irreverent (but usually relevant) band that considers itself and its music as bastard children of the world. At home everywhere, belonging nowhere. Always true, tight, intense and ready to laugh.
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