Escape The Roar

by Skinny Alley

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Skinny Alley's debut album is an Indian album with an international sound. It was the first completely english language album by an Indian band to have been released on a major label (EMI).

The songs combine the sensitivity of the east with the sensibility of the west. Jayashree Singh, who has written the lyrics, likes to call the songs "short stories set to music". The decidedly meticulous production and luminously textured vocal-driven songs reflect the many textures and tastes of the way our life is. Sweet, sharp, sad.

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released January 1, 2003

Jayashree Singh - Vocals
Amyt Datta - Electric, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard
Gyan Singh - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Paul DaGamma - Keyboard
Jeffrey Menezes - Keyboard
Ranjit Barot - Drums

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Skinny Alley Kolkata, India

Skinny Alley is the latest mutation of a continuum of Calcutta-based bands helmed by Gyan and Jayashree Singh since the late 1970s. This is the band that helped spawn the indie scene that many musicians now call home. 2003's Escape The Roar (EMI) was the first English language release by an Indian band on a major label. ... more

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Track Name: Fence
FENCE - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

There's an old man, sitting on a fence
You know he thinks of all the things he did
And all the things he didnt do, way back when
Thinks of lost chances, lost opportunities,
Now he feels like he's chained to this fence
To his memories

Maybe, someday, someone will come
And he'll know just what it means
To be free, to be free
But for now... he's sitting on a fence

There's a big sky, like a bowl above his head
He can see so many stars like all the dreams he used to have
In his lonely bed
Now the dreams are gone, only stars remain
And he wonders, yes he wonders
If he'll ever have those dreams again

Chorus
Track Name: Debris
DEBRIS - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Helene lay down with a stranger on her last night
In that beautiful town, it felt so right
He had an air dark and mysterious
He had something else infinitely more serious
He never told her
She went back home to Paris feeling gorgeously rested
When a minor infection, had to get her blood tested
The doctor called her into his office and he said
Ma chere, you are HIV positive
No one to hold her

When the walls come tumbling down
When the walls come crumbling down
See the pieces of your life
Lying scattered shattered on the ground

You know, Joshua loved his lady like anything
He worked so hard to give her what she wanted
He took her on a vacation to the island
Where she met a rich man and said "Josh,
I'm not coming home with you"
There was nothing he could do

Chorus

There's one thing they don't teach
At any university
It's how to deal with
Debris
Track Name: Universal Plan
UNIVERSAL PLAN - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Next door the baby's crying again,
Suddenly something snaps inside of her
She tells him, cant take it one more night
Let's move to the mountains
And now they're packing their bags at midnight
Sleep on mattresses on the floor,
Five o'clock she makes them some coffee
By sunrise they're out the door

They say truth's at hand
You've got to look and you will find
You will understand...

He thinks of the house on the mountainside waiting for them in the sun
They'll take some time talk to the trees
A glass of wine when the day is done
They'll walk hand in hand down to the market place
Buy themselves a loaf of bread
Walk through the grounds of the old English church
So many thoughts inside their head

Chorus

Car radio's on through this early ride
Songs of betrayal, songs of hate,
But the song that's playing in their hearts
Is the song that's gonna stay

Chorus
Track Name: Used To Be Mine
USED TO BE MINE - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

A family of four sits down at the table next to me
And I'm shamelessly eavesdropping on
Familiar conversation
"Can I have a double order of french fries,"
The younger girl says
While her father looks around with more than a touch of impatience

Other families, in other cafes
Other families...

The woman's talking too fast
Deep lines are etched around her mouth
He seems to be listening
But keeps glancing at his watch
I used to be like that I think
Always so pressed for time
Handing out my company, like some precious gift

To another family, in another lifetime
Another family... Used to be mine

Had a family of my own, but now I'm quite alone
We've grown so far apart
May as well be living in different countries
Made a sacrifice on the altar of ambition
All I do, all I do is watch
Other families in other cafes,
Other families... in other cafes...
Track Name: Hey Hey
HEY HEY - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Hey Hey, when I was young, we didnt
Talk about no politics, about no holes in the ozone
Hey Hey, was so simple then, life was
Comics, composition, lights out at ten
Trees were trees, meant to be climbed
No ecological matters occupied our minds
Had other things to do with our time

Hey Hey, when I was young, we had no
Cosmic conversations about the origin of the sun
All we cared was the sun should shine
Upon our adventures in that little yard behind
Had other things to do with our time

It's gotten crazy and as each day unfolds
It's all so complicated for our eight year olds

No multimedia, no cd drive
All we knew was the joy of being alive
Had other things to do with our time
Track Name: How Can I
HOW CAN I - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Turbulence hits the aircraft and my baby's crying
She's just discovered a sudden fear of dying
And she clings on to me, how she clings on to me
I tell her it's okay to be scared, everybody is
It's how you deal with your fear that matters
Cause death is everywhere
On the ground and in the air

How can I tell her what she wants to know
How can I tell her why we came and how we'll go
Does anybody know?

Silence in the cabin as we plummet through the skies
Everyone shares the terror in my daughter's eyes
And I pull her to my breast, I'm just as scared as all the rest

How can I...

And then the voice from the cockpit saying
Sorry about that but it's over now
And we fly through the night
While my baby sleeps by my side

How can I...
Track Name: Little Sister
LITTLE SISTER - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

You're taking what is mine, though I tell you all the time
You never listen
It's always been this way, you keep lookin over my shoulder
To see what you're missing
You're daddy's little princess, but you're still so insecure
You're just a greedy little girl
Wanting more and more and more and more

I never understood it,
What is it about the things I own
That the moment you see them, you feel that you need them
Like a dog cravin a bone.

I let you have your way but this time I've gotta say
That it matters
Not gonna sit back this time and watch
While my heart shatters
Who do you think you are
Who do you wanna be
Arent you happy being yourself
Why do you wanna be me

Why dont you, why dont you
Get a life of your own? (repeat)
Little sister...

Who do you think you are
Who do you wanna be
Arent you happy being yourself
Why do you wanna be me...

Keep taking what is mine
Though I tell you all the time
You never listen...
Track Name: Pleasures Of Suburbia
PLEASURES OF SUBURBIA - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Hear a woman calling out to her daughter all day
"Kirra, Kirra, where are you Kirra"
It drives me crazy, feel like screaming at to the girl
Answer your mother, for God's sake
On the other side is this guy, who's into yogic chant
Nothing personal against mantra
But do I have to hear him pant
And while he waits for salvation, I can surely tell
So consumed by thoughts of murder that I'm
Headed for hell.

Ah ah ah, the pleasures of suburbia

Moved out from the city to escape the roar
Of ambulances and police cars and buses that ignore
All the regulations, thought I'd find myself some quiet
Here I am, slap, bang, in the middle of
Another kind of riot

Ah ah ah, the pleasures of suburbia

Brings to mind an old uncle, who'd always say
There's no use, little one, in running away
If any good has to come to you
It has to come from within...
Track Name: Helium
HELIUM - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Climbing the mountain, feeling the wind upon my face
Watching people, down there, little ants
Running their endless, endless race
That I don't want to enter
Competition never nourished my soul
And I'm through with pretending that
I'm not a square peg in a round hole

How I yearned to be me
Think I just learned to be me

Seems like I'm filled with helium and now
I am a big balloon
Untethered and soaring
Onto the planets and their vivid moons
No weight on my shoulders
My spine as light as light as thistle down
I'll go where I want to yet
I'm not tied down to that greedy ground

Chorus
Track Name: Clumsy
CLUMSY - SKINNY ALLEY / ESCAPE THE ROAR / 2003 / Virgin Records

Good God, I've done it again
I put my foot in it, put my foot in it
And just when things were going so well
I go and put my foot in it, put my foot in it
You know some mothers have clumsy, clumsy children

I drop everything I pick up,
Spoil anything I touch
Drop everything I pick up
And what is whole I break
Into half

Good God, I hurt you again
When you've been so good to me
So kind, so patient with me
I should have known just how you would feel
I went ahead and had that fling
A silly, one night thing
You know, some mothers have careless, callous children

Chorus

Cause I'm angular, angular,
Dropping and breaking and hurting and bruising
So blind to what I am losing

I drop... I spoil
I drop and I spoil, everything I touch

Chorus

Ah ah ah ah, there I go again