Bourbon on the Rocks

by The Quixotes

/
1.
2.
3.
04:29
4.
5.
03:40
6.
7.
06:07
8.
03:31
9.
05:19
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
01:19

about

Our 2012 album, with some strong influences of early The Divine Comedy—albeit with less tongue-in-cheek literary references—cross pollinated indie-pop and big ballads with something approaching a "big band" sound with strings and brasses.

A lifetime of joy, hope, passion, loss and finally inevitable misery compressed into a single album, "Bourbon on the Rocks" includes the lyrical rock version of "Everything in its own place", now retitled "Everyone Knows Their Own Place", the big ballads of "Careful What You Wish For" and "Jigsaw", and the gentle reflection on war and loss, "Lusitania", closing with the Pink Floydian epic "One Thousand Souls".

credits

released September 27, 2012

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

The Quixotes London, UK

With infectious and highly melodic tunes, The Quixotes specialize in songs about abject misery. Straddling multiple genres including electronica, indie- rock, 80's pop and blues. The rather schizophrenically monikered Quixotes are in fact merely one Matt Black, a London- based singer- songwriter. ... more

contact / help

Contact The Quixotes

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: The Start of Something Big & Meaningful
Did someone swap the signposts at that crossroad?
A cunning deviation sent me traipsing down the wrong road
I known I’ve got some direction in my own soul
You made me lose my way
And now I’m falling down your manhole

The sun was rising in the sky
I never thought to wonder why
Now I begin to surmise
I saw your witch-hazel eyes

It’s the start of something big and meaningful
The start of something deep and beautiful
She said that I’d forget you
Maybe some prophecies come true
For she said I’d see tomorrows new dawn too

Which way do you think that I should go now?
I’m back at that crossroads but this time I’ve brought a map
I’ve hauled the weight of the world upon these shoulders
I don’t want to carry you upon my aching back

The sun is setting in the west
I lay my head down on her breast
Now that I begin to rest
I see there was no contest

It’s the start of something big and meaningful
The start of something deep and beautiful
She said that I’d forget you
Maybe some prophecies come true
For she said I’d see tomorrows new dawn too

She said that I’d forget you
Maybe some prophecies come true
For she said I’d see the new dawn through

It’s the start of something big and meaningful
(Something crazy, yet divine)
The start of something deep and beautiful
(Something amazing, yet benign)
Track Name: Edgware Road
He has his mood swings on K-Tel
And never said he felt so well
He's afraid he's frayed his only hope
To be left swinging from a soap on a rope

He's still travels East, the Circle Line,
From Baker Street to Baker Street
Never quite managed to jump off at Edgware Road
And you can't give up while you're ahead
When you never get ahead
Because you're always running in penultimate place
You're not even bad enough to be last
At least that would be some sort of distinction
Whatever philosophical toilet he sits and thinks on
Must almost give him strength to carry on

He’s been round and round and round and round
He's been lost and found and lost and found
And lost

His life is like the M25
But though he thanks fuck he’s still alive
He always returns to where he started
There was never any faithful to be departed

He's still travels East, the Circle Line,
From Baker Street to Baker Street
Never quite managed to jump off at Edgware Road
And you can't give up while you're ahead
When you never get ahead
Because you're always running in penultimate place
You're not even bad enough to be last
At least that would be some sort of distinction
Whatever philosophical toilet he sits and thinks on
Must almost give him strength to carry on

He’s been round and round and round and round
He's been lost and found and lost and found
And lost
Track Name: Everyone Knows Their Own Place
When you set your hair on fire
Cutting out the liars and the wired
Taking down every life inspired
It’s just so
Everyone knows their own place
Everyone knows their own place

If I had run
Would you have run any faster?
25-miles exclusion zone
Around your compassion
And everyone here,
Everyone knows their own place
Everyone knows their own place

How could you always turn away?
I’m asking nicely
Why you should stop and see
How the other half lives
You’re gonna to hurt somebody
If you want to hurt somebody
It might as well be me

Real beauty, well, it’s only skin-deep
Contain yourself boys
I know what you seek
And everyone,
Everyone knows their own place
Everyone knows their own place

Though we have feasted
From the toppest table
We’re on our knees
And we’ll scrounge the crumbs your floor
Everyone here,
Everyone knows their own place
Everyone knows their own place

How can you always turn away?
I’m asking nicely
Why you should stop and see
How the other half lives
You’re gonna to hurt somebody
If you want to hurt somebody
It might as well be me
It might as well be me

You might as well hurt me

Might as well hurt me
Track Name: Lusitania
When I’m washed-up on a deserted mind
Free at least from my mother’s tide
My mother’s side
In a sea that thinks like bourbon on the rocks
That news still comes as such a shock
Didn’t see you there
When were you ever there?
No guts to see it through
And you knew, you knew

Take me away, Lusitania
Take me away, Lusitania
Water’s so cold
From the tales the seafarers told
They made me stay

Though I’m hopefully grief-stricken
Shipwrecked and frost-bitten, almost smitten
Any drift towards an Atlantic coast
Is away from the one I love the most
When will she sail away?
Did they ever sail my way?
Maybe it’s hard to fathom
That I never let them

The boiling bourbon sea
Should’ve made her fall for me
But tell the Lusitania
That I never let her

Take me away, Lusitania
Take me away, Lusitania
The water’s so cold
From the tales the seafarers told
They made me stay

If I could stand for
What I stood for
Then I’d swim for
The shore
Track Name: Jigsaw
I lived in Dullsville, Tennessee
Where no-one dared to visit me
I drew the curtains on the rainskies
Went to pieces in my lover’s eyes
Left those pieces on the floor

You took the jigsaw of my dreams
And made the picture in the my hands
Your spirit calms like morphine
It clears the raindrops from these vagrant lands
You picked the pieces from the floor

Takes the pressure off me
It makes it easy on me
Takes the pressure off me
I cannot think for myself

You’ve got the complete picture
Do you like what you can see?
Didn’t leave me with a rough edge
It’s filled the gaps in all my dreams
You won’t lose one small piece of me

Takes the pressure off me
It makes it easy on me
Takes the pressure off me
I cannot think for myself
And where you lead, I’ll follow
When you jump I’ll make that leap

Now the challenge is complete
Will you box me up so neat
Find a attic space
Leave me to the dust and defeated
You’ll still have one small piece of me

Takes the pressure off me
It makes it easy on me
Takes the pressure off me
I cannot think for myself
And where you lead, I’ll follow
When you jump I’ll make that leap
Track Name: Never Thought of You (That Way)
Every girl knows how to get all her joys
But, oh, boys will be boys
We never think we’re good enough
And all these friendships are illusions
It’s some delusion
To think we can all be that tough

Is there something you want to tell me?
Now what could you have to say
You compress the body, restrict the thought
Any way you please, it’s like your papa taught

Take me any way you want me
I sense feelings your lips can’t convey
And all this time you’ve heard me say
That I’d never thought of you that way
No, I’d never thought of you that way

So what are we doing here
Is it the fear that we find too attractive
We’re out of our depths and out of our minds
And we can try and try and never get it right
If only I could dream
But it’s keeping me awake at night

Is there something you want to tell me?
Whatever you have to say, oh, say it now
And if before I’d ever been so helpless
Now our time has come to confess

So take me any way you want me
I sense feelings your lips can’t convey
And all this time you’ve heard me say
That I’d never thought of you that way
And I’d never thought of you that way

Why have I never thought of you
Never thought of you
Well, I’ve never thought of you that way
And I’ve never thought of you
Never thought of you
No, I’ve never thought of you that way
Well, I’ve never thought of you
Never thought of you
Well, I’d never thought of you that way
Well, I’d never thought of you that way
Track Name: The Beginning of the End
Beginning of the end
We might as well be friends

(Beginning of the end
We mights as well be friends)
Track Name: One Thousand Souls
Somewhere out there
I found my dreams intact
Somewhere out there
I saw a future beckon to me
Somewhere out there
I saw a face that changed one thousand lives
And somewhere out there
I chanced upon a destiny

Somewhere out there
There lies the answer to my fears
Somewhere out there
I'll find the changes to the years
Somewhere out there
I'll watch a chasten thousand souls
And somewhere out there
I'll watch them lose their self-control

Life was something precious to them
They wasted all their years
Crying into someone elses unforbidden tears
Forget yourself, or so they say
Death lives on in other ways
Fifty years, for what it pays
The price of buried lives

You can't predict the future
Like you can't forgive the past
I'm losing all my freedom to ghosts the dead outlast
It changes all the ways I think
Before the time an eye could blink
And be brought back from on the brink
One thousand souls reach out

They brought me down to earth
And crushed the final lust
Showered me with senses I can't convey

They sacrificed my love
And cleansed my sacred stains
Turned me to a state of disarray

They watered down my dreams
And canonised my soul
Only now can I understand what it was I threw away

Only now can I understand what it was I threw away
Memories, memories

If my memory can wait awhile upon your mind
Maybe I can escape my time
But if my memory just faded out into the haze
At least I'll have the knowledge
That I once burned unto your gaze

Somewhere out there
I wrote the words that changed a world
Somewhere out there
I watched one thousand souls unfurled
Somewhere out there
I thought your face looked just the same
But somewhere in here
I know I've known you like I'll never know again