Rose​-​Cunted Glasses

by The Quixotes

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"Rose-Cunted Glasses", the deeply brilliant new rock-pop, concept double-album for bass, drums, guitars and organ. Tinged as ever with deeply personal lyrics, including the beautiful ballads "Stone the Crows", "Little Island/Safe Place" and "If I Had Known Then What I Know Now", the album features the anti-establishment and political side of The Quixotes.

The first half is The View from the Left, the rosy mental afterglow of a peacenik, Corbyn-loving world long since consigned to history even though it never existed anyway, with the political rock of "Overboarders" (the migrant crisis filtered though the happy glow of Facebook), and the dark ballad of "Get Out of Jail Free" (a love story between Rebekeh Brooks and Andy Coulson played out across the London Monopoly board).

The second half is The View From the Right, a state where the myth of personal freedom is quietly subjugated to the point of social breakdown, most notably in the opener, "Autopilot" (mass shootings) and "Dressed in Water" (trolls and SJW's described using armed missiles). But whatever the view, ultimately it's a story of unrequited love: in the end once we finally remove the glasses, left or right doesn't matter, all we have left is a life lost to ourselves no matter what the colour.

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released August 17, 2016

Written and performed by Matt Black

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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

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Track Name: Technophobe (format c)
Thoughts, thoughts everywhere and not a thought to think
And decisions need to be made right now
Coulda been a contender yet can’t change for better
And questions only run my batteries down
I hope no-one knows
I can’t boot up in the morning

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I can’t stand staring out of all these windows
I always keep on crashing out
For now my thoughts are happy wandering
On my blue screen of death I'll shout
I hope no-one knows
I can’t boot up in the morning

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I cleared out the temp files
Started afresh for miles and miles
Clear ahead on the road
Tried to get mean but got mowed
I hope no-one knows
I can’t boot up in the morning

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Track Name: What the Actual Fuck
He only sees his worlds
Through his rose-cunted glasses
Catch the gaze of all the girls
With freely easy passes

He only sees his world
From the back of a rifle
Moving heaven, this girl
She’s so delightful

What the hell do we hear for
We never listen
What the hell do we see for
We’re never looking
What the hell do we touch for
We’re never feeling
What the hell are we here for
We never visit
We never visit
We never visit
We never visit

Oh, let’s stop the war
So long as we can all keep fighting
Every pity so raw
With flames these words igniting

It does not matter about the how
Because you know we’re right
Everything so clear to you now
Let’s us prey upon your fright

What the hell do we hear for?
We never listen
What the hell do we see for?
We’re never looking
What the hell do we touch for?
We’ve got no feeling
What the hell are we here for?
We never visit
We never visit
We never visit

They only seized their world
Through your rose-cunted glasses
Catch the gaze of all the girls
With freely easy passes

They only seized their world
On the back of a rifle
Moving heaven, that girl
She was so delightful

What the fuck do we hear for
We never listen
What the fuck do we see for
We’re never looking
What the fuck do we touch for
We’re never feeling
What the fuck are we here for
We never visit
We never listen
We’re never looking
We’re never feeling
We’re never visit
We’re never healing
Track Name: Jazz Hands
Seeing as now you’re here
Why don’t you take your shoes off?
And settle down for the evening
I’ll turn the LED-lights to their multi-coloured mood mode

Let’s light a candle for love
Vaguely Vanilla-scented

I’ll take the single seater
You can curl up on the couch
And cuddle up to cushions
While I put another log on the authentic fire and stoke her

Let’s light a candle for love
Notionally Fresh Bread

The Best of Sade’s on low
We know how to relax

I will decant me a cognac
I’ll get you a sherry while I’m up and about
And we can drink each other cosy
As if there’s nothing better to do than talk

Let’s light a candle for love
Almost Almondesque

We should hug either mental
End each days with such highs
Fall apart under the duvet
That always ends up on your side and leaves me cold

Let’s light a candle for love
Everything Totally Rosy
Track Name: Happy Accident
Over the hill now and we’re freewheeling
Close my eyes and feel the wind in my hair
Don’t you mention all the wars I’ve been through
I’m coming back to life, wandering fair

It was a happy accident
A happy accident

Weaponising misery, hits me round the face and so
Takes me to places I never needed to see
If I’m your perfect victim, you needed much more dayglo
To brighten up your life and startle me

It was a happy accident
A happy, happy, happy accident

I won’t obsess about the social mobility
And reach up and join the skiing classes

Happy accident
We’re all happy accidents
We’re all happy, happy, happy accidents
And all the happy accidents that are waiting to happen
Track Name: Take It All In
You cannot take me anywhere
I’m smuggled into and out of countries
I’ll get you jailed for life
You cannot hide me anywhere
I’m smuggled into and out of bedrooms
Shin down rusty drainpipes
You cannot leave me anywhere
Tie me to a comfy chair
You cannot leave me anywhere
Tie me to a comfy chair
And torture me
And torture me

There’s too much to see
There’s too much to see
I can’t take it all in in one life
I can’t take it all in in one life

You cannot lead me anywhere
Up garden paths to cenotaphs
All dressed for laughs in bear skins
You cannot lead me anywhere
Tie me to a comfy chair
You cannot leave me anywhere
Tie me to a comfy chair
And torture me
And torture me

There’s too much to see
I can’t take it all in in one life
I can’t take it all in in one life

I’d cry for you
I’ve tears for two
For all I seen
Can anyone help me?

There’s too much to see
There’s too much to see
I can’t take it all in in one life
I can’t take it all in in one life

There’s too much to see
There’s too much to see
I can’t take it all in in one life
I can’t take it all in in one life

There’s too much to see
There’s too much to see
I can’t take it all in in one life
I can’t take it all in in one life
Track Name: When the World is Getting Boring
When the world is getting boring
I just close my eyes and make believe
It doesn't help me when I'm down
But if I could make some sense of it
I could get my feet back on the ground

As my mind begins to tremble
When my brain starts running down
I lose all sense of time and place
And crown myself behind another face

As my John begins to wilt
When my machismo's running wild
I drive my nerves insane
And tie myself down to feel all the pain

When the world is getting boring
I just close my eyes and make believe
It doesn't help me when I'm down
But if I could make some sense of it
I could get my feet back on the ground

When the world is getting boring
The world is getting boring
Track Name: Stone the Crows
I’m peering round doorways
Letting cats out of bags
Curiosity kills me
And carries me away with you
I dig through your secrets
Your strength and your weakness
Looking between the covers
What will we the find

Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
I found out what no-one else knows

You are so lightweight
Like a paper-weight
I could fold you up
And carry you around for luck
I can’t hear you through the encyclopedic volumes
On the shelf
They’re calling to me

Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
I found out what no-one else knows

Amazed to find a day exists
When night begins to fall
I thought you’d be hard to resist
But no-one knows it all

Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
Stone me, stone the crows
I found out what no-one else knows
I found out what no-one else knows
Track Name: Overboarders
I’m reaching sentience
Growing more confident every day
Starting to ask more questions
Hanging off on your every word

And though you’ll all ignore me
As I battle on regardless
Then we’re doing as we’re told
And not as we’re pleased

Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under

I’m seeing through your haze
Taking every new day as it comes to me
But perhaps it never really comes
The old one just lingers in the air
Like a toxic fart in your fallout shelters
And all our unfiltered newsfeeds

Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under

We’ll drown anyway under the pressure of exceptional expectations
We’re gonna drown anyway under the weight of their special investigations
So jump first

Overboarders over borders
They jump first
Overboarders over borders
They jump first
Overboarders over borders

I’m feeling quite, quite lost
What a beautiful concept to not be found
Am I happier to be a distant
Than to be contained?

Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over, push me under
Roll me over
Track Name: Get Out of Jail Free
They got away with words
Please gamble all our lives away
While we complain about the lack of free parking
Near Leicester Square in the evening

Do not pass go
Do not collect two hundred pounds
Throw for the win
Play the get out of jail free card

Chance your arm in shame,
You’ll never forget old whatshername
When she sheds her water works
Electric Whitechapel’s all disturbed
While we’re all sent to Coventry

All the way from Whitehall to Liverpool Street
They beat the community services and super taxes
Smokin’ your Strands and your Pall Malls and your Marlboroughs
We’re digging in the wrong place
You’re never the droids we’re looking for

Do not pass go
Do not collect two hundred pounds
Throw for the win
Play the get out of jail free card

Chance your arm in shame,
You’ll never forget old whatshername
When she sheds her water works
Electric Whitechapel’s all disturbed
While we’re all sent to Coventry

For all the hotels outside
And barring all your freedoms
Where everyone can see you now
On Her Majesty’s Pentonville holiday
Aren’t you so glad that you came to stay?

Do not pass go
Do not collect two hundred pounds
Play the get out of jail free card

Do not pass go
Do not collect two hundred pounds
Play the get out of jail free card

Do not pass go
Do not collect two hundred pounds
Play their get out of jail free card

Play their get out of jail free card
Track Name: Autopilot
Keep down low, no radar here
Close your eyes, you can’t see their fear
Flying down the empty hall
Unfriendly posting on your wall
Don’t want to hurt your feelings
Like drinking innocent smoothies
All the files here, no-one cares
Surface to air

Nihilist comes to life this morning
He don’t look so friendly
When he left for school
He turned on autopilot
Banks to the left, liars to the right
He wants to feel alive, so
No-one goes home from here alive

Don’t slap us on the wrist
You make it harder to resist
You can only twist the knife in
To take from us all that a life is
So punish all the honest men
Make sure we’re all back here again
Turn your autopilot off
We don’t want to crash and burn

Tie your shoes, come in to land
Unload the baggage into hand
Wouldn’t notice to begin
Armed with more than a toothless grin
Don’t want to hurt your feelings
Innocently or otherwise

Nihilist comes to life this morning
He don’t look so friendly
When he left for work
He turned on autopilot
His bank’s to the left, lawyers to the right
He wants to feel alive, so
No-one goes home from here alive

Don’t slap us on the wrist
You make it harder to resist
You can only twist the knife in
To take from us all that a life is
So punish all the honest men
Make sure we’re all back here again

Oh! woe is you
Oh! hope is me
But hope never set us free
Oh! woe is you
Oh! hope was me
When freedom hurts, it’s real

Nihilist comes to life this morning
He don’t look so friendly
When he turned up to vote
He turned on autopilot

Don’t slap us on the wrist
You make it harder to resist
You can only twist the knife in
To take from us all that a life is
So punish all the honest men
Make sure we’re all back here again
Track Name: Edward Snowden in Hell (A Phoney War)
They drug their reason
Tie my soul down
Make it easy
To play my shadow around
They suckle on illusions
Fed on distant sirens
Bled out basic instincts
While shackled to the phone

They say there's nothing here
They tell us not to fear
But it's just a phoney war
That is free to diet for me

Have you seen these hungry people diet?

One cent down
And they're on their knees
It's hip to cry "help!"
But it beggars belief
The rich get fed
Fattened up for the slaughter
Slavedriver bloodshed flows like firewater

They say there's nothing real
They tell us not to feel
It's just a phoney war
That is free to diet for me

Have you seen these hungry people diet?

The sweetest sensation
To watch the landlords cry
A glorious liberation
We're free from all of their lies
They plague many people
The rich sands sunny drains
Despised like a waif in your own backyard
The locusts feed from your food-filled face

They say there's nothing real
They tell us not to feel
It's just a phoney war
That is free to diet for me

Have you seen these hungry people diet?
Have you seen these hungry people diet?
Have you seen these hungry people diet?
Track Name: Dressed in Water
Chaparral the world
Exocet your freedom
Firebrand the fora
Patriot to the last

Bowled you a semyorka
Grouse about your house
Topoling the state
Patriot to the last

Destroy all the meaning
To our helpless words
Teach me how to lie to yourself
And convincing me I’m wrong

Fade away to cyanide
Drinking all the Kool Aid
The cunt who’ll take no quarter
While we are dressed in water

And we are dressed in water
Cool and grey
Wet and dirty
In a pocketful of air
There’s always one

Pyrotechnic rise up
A hellfire of peacekeepers
Where cardinal honest John
Has made his wise decree

His feet scorched on the white sands
Although they tie and cut his hands
Talking to the pointy end
They keep setting fire to his ass

Destroying all the meaning
To our empty words
Teach me how to lie to yourself
And convincing me I’m wrong

Fade away to the cyanide
The Kool Aid stockpile’s all drunk dry
The cunt who’ll take no quarter
Welp, he don’t drink the water

And we are dressed in water
Cool and grey
Wet and dirty
In a pocketful of air
There’s always one
Track Name: Kiss Me
I hitched a ride on a Voyager
An odyssey to Jupiter
Where I had the prophet’s ear
A rogue-like prodigy is fear

I brought back a virus of note
But I took his antidote
A noxious concocted act
I’m still in orbit after the fact

Oh, kiss me
Someone kiss me
Darling, kiss me
Oh, someone kiss me
Darling, kiss me all night long

I caught a predator
Who killed 2600 former friends
I stole his monopoly
Good karma it still waves to me

I want to sleep with Andromeda
At liberations I’d meet her
She’s a tempestuous wasp
A transcendent someone better lost

Oh, kiss me
Someone kiss me
Darling, kiss me
Oh, someone kiss me
Darling, kiss me all night long

Wire the music straight into my head
Wire the music straight into my head
Wire the music straight into my head
Wire the music straight into my head

Oh, kiss me
Someone kiss me
Darling, kiss me
Oh, someone kiss me
Darling, kiss me all night long

Oh, kiss me!
Track Name: Little Island/Safe Place
Going to my safe place
A calmer state of mind
Little island to find my sunshine
She’s my wonderland

A bygone age of youth
I should cast about happier times
I’m sure I can remember one
If I think about it hard enough

Time to put my life on pause
With all the dear things she adores
Little island to hide my sugar
She’s my honey trap

At the age our comforts heat
The lava lapping at my feet
She’s burning all my days away
Set the hallelujah rain

She’s my hurricane
She’s my history
And if you noticed what she meant to me
You’d run and hide there too

Going to live my life here
My safe place by the shores
Little island to live in music
Oh, she’s my melody

Gone to my safe place
Where I know I won’t mistake her
For a love evaporating
On these deserted, deserted sands

She’s my hurricane
She’s my history
And if you noticed what she meant to me
You’d run and hide here too
Hide here too

Little island, little island
It's my safe place
Track Name: Always Wiping the Same Slate Clean (Winchester '74)
What a season to be sorry
There’s no time like the present
We’re taking everything for granted
No time to give or receive the love

I’m always wiping the same slate clean
There’s always roads to travel
I’m always wiping the same slate clean
Watch my lives unravel

If we start over again
We’d want to be somebody else’s friend
I’ll be whoever you want me to be
Whenever you want me to be them

I’m always wiping the same slate clean
There’s always roads to travel
I’m always wiping the same slate clean
Watch my lives unravel

What do you know about people?
What do you know about grief?
What you know about disciples?
What the fuck do you care about me?

We’re creatures of comfort and longing
We’re creatures of comfort and longing

We’re creatures of comfort and longing
We watch the world flow by
We’re creatures of comfort and longing
We try to find our place in it
Track Name: If I Had Known Then What I Know Now
I wish I could be in the past
And change the things I should've done
Reap the rewards for things I hadn't done
I lay awake every night
Thinking about a life I should put right
If I'd only told her I loved her

If I'd only told her I loved her

If I had known then what I know now
If I could have said those things somehow
If I could relive those days again
I'd confide in you and tell you everything

I wanted to be by your side
To cry with you when we die
But I kept all those words to myself
I should have not cared who would laugh
And spent so many nights alone
If I had done it right the first time

If I'd only told her I loved her

If I had known then what I know now
If I could have said those things somehow
If I could relive those days again
I'd confide in you and tell you everything

If I had told you who I was
Would you have turned your back on me?
Where would we be,
If we had been with each other, now?

If I had known then what I know now
If I had known then what I know now

If I had known then what I know now
I'd confide in you and tell you everything

If I had known then what I know now
I'd confide in you and tell you everything

I'd confide in you and tell you everything
If I had known then what I know now
Track Name: Is This All That There Is?
Chalk it down to experience
You can’t talk me down from my sky
I’ll tell you all about it, dear
When I see you on the other side

Why don’t you come with me, Alice
I won’t escape tonight with my life

Help me to live a little longer
Expect good news, but it never arrives
Was that really all there was
To trying to keep myself alive?

Why won’t you come with me, Alice
I won’t escape tonight with my life
Oh, is this all that there is, Alice?
I was expecting there to be a little more

A little more money for a little more fun
A little more love for a little more sun
The home hosted dinners that all tasted grey
The sum of the hours we frittered away
It’s time that we wasted all growing up strong
From sat navigators that turned us out wrong
Never taught us to manage but only to coast
Now we’re at a crossroad but three lanes are closed

Why won’t you come with me, Alice
I won’t escape tonight with my life
Oh, is this all that there is, Alice?
I was expecting there to be a little more

They told us there would be more
Then they threatened us with cake
They told us there’d be cake
They promised us cake
They turned all our heads
But they took away our bread
They turned all of our heads
They took away our bread
Our bread!

Oh, is this all that there is, Alice?
I was expecting there to be a little more
Oh, is this all that there is, Alice?
I won’t escape tonight with my life

Is this all that there is?
Is this all that there is?
Is this all that there is?
Is this all that there is?

Oh, is this all that there is, Alice?
I was expecting there to be a little more
Oh, is this all that there is, Alice?
I won’t escape tonight with my life