Songs From The Moony Boom

by Skinny Alley

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Skinny Alley recorded this CD in the “Moony Boom”, a 12’x12’ rehearsal space in Gyan and Jay’s home, on a soon-to-be defunct 8 track machine; live, loud and totally lo-fi. Needless to say, the neighbours were not too pleased. The CD was mastered by Eddie Miller (Prince, Action Figure Party, Metric, Kylie Minogue etc.) in Los Angeles. In keeping with the ethos of the rest of the album, of course, he didn’t get paid.

The songs on the CD somehow fit the manner of recording. They are real and raw and many emerged out of jams. One tune, Shape Your Life, was created as the band played to get recording levels and we decided to keep that very cut without any kind of editing. Only the vocal was added later.

The CD is being released by Counter Culture Records which the band feels great about, as the CD has a pretty “counter culture” feel to it.

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released January 1, 2007

Jayashree Singh - Vocals
Amyt Datta - Guitar, Keyboard
Gyan Singh - Bass
Jeffrey Menezes - Keyboard
Jeffrey Rikh - 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: Only Human
1 ONLY HUMAN 3:56 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

EVERYTHING IS LAID OUT FOR YOU, YOU KNOW THEY ALL ADORE YOU
BUT YOU DON'T GIVE A DAMN YOU'RE JUST OUT TO GET WHAT YOU CAN
ALL YOU NEED IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE,
MAYBE THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SO CYNICAL
I'VE NEVER EVEN HEARD YOU SAY THANK YOU TO ANYONE

I'VE TO TO TELL YOU THAT ITS DANGEROUS
YOU'LL SOON FIND OUT THAT YOU'RE JUST ONE OF US,
I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU THAT ITS DANGEROUS, YOU'LL SOON FIND OUT

IT'S ONLY HUMAN YOU ARE, ITS ONLY HUMAN YOU ARE
IT'S ONLY HUMAN YOU ARE, YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN

YOU TAKE THE ADULATION FOR GRANTED
WHEN YOU'RE ALONE YOU JUST CANT STAND IT
YOU'RE HOOKED ON LIVING YOUR LIFE IN THE PUBLIC EYE
GET OFF YOUR PERCH AND COME DOWN
SOON THERE'LL BE A NEW KID IN TOWN
AND YOU'LL BE DISCARDED LIKE YESTERDAY'S NEWSPAPERS

I'VE TO TO TELL YOU THAT ITS DANGEROUS
YOU'LL SOON FIND OUT THAT YOU'RE JUST ONE OF US,
I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU THAT ITS DANGEROUS, YOU'LL SOON FIND OUT

IT'S ONLY HUMAN YOU ARE, ITS ONLY HUMAN YOU ARE
IT'S ONLY HUMAN YOU ARE, YOU'RE ONLY HUMAN

DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU CRAWL, DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU FALL
Track Name: Swunk
2 SWUNK 8:06 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

I COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT I COULD FEEL EQUAL PARTS OF DESIRE AND DREAD
BUT WHEN I MET YOU I COULD FEEL CIRCUITS GOING ZAP INSIDE MY HEAD
AND THOUGH THE HAIR ON MY ARMS KEEP STANDING,
MY PULSE KEEPS DEMANDING
THAT I CIRCLE YOU LIKE SOME UNTHINKING SATELLITE
I'M REPELLED BY THE WAY YOU TALK TO THE CHICKS,
BUT I'M TOTALLY ATTRACTED TO THE SHAPE OF YOUR MOUTH
I REALLY HATE YOUR MACHO TRICKS
IT'S YOUR SENSITIVE FINGERS I CANT LIVE WITHOUT
AND THOUGH MY HEAD SAYS THIS IS ALL WRONG
MY BODY SAYS THAT WE BELONG
AND I CIRCLE YOU LIKE SOME UNTHINKING SATELLITE

I WONDER WHY YOU'RE STILL HERE WHEN ITS SO CLEAR
THAT NOTHING ABOUT ME PLEASES YOU
I WONDER YOU HAVENT LEFT AS YET I BET
IT'S YOUR FEAR OF DOING SOMETHING NEW

I WONDER WHY YOU HANG ON I COULD BE WRONG
BUT I THINK YOU'RE AFRAID OF BEING ON YOUR OWN
I WONDER WHY YOU'RE STAYIN, WHY'RE YOU STAYING
WOULD HAVE THOUGHT BY NOW YOU'D BE LONG GONE
YOU DON'T LIKE MY POLITICS YOU DON'T LIKE MY CONVERSATION

BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO BE FREE, ALL YOU WANT IS SECURITY
YOU DON'T WANT TO LEARN TO FLY, ALL YOU WANT IS THE BOTTOM LINE,YOU DON'T WANT TO BE ALIVE ALL YOU WANT IS TO SURVIVE

I WONDER WHY YOU'RE IN MY BED, WHEN YOUR HEAD'S IN SUCH A DIFFERENT SPACE
I WONDER WHY YOU COME HOME AT NIGHT, AM I RIGHT
TO THINK YOU'RE SHIT SCARED OF THE RACE
YOU DON'T LIKE MY FASHION SENSE, YOU DON'T LIKE MY CHOICE OF FRIENDS

CHORUS
Track Name: Go Figure
3 GO FIGURE 3:39 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

FREE TO FALL, FREE TO FLOUNDER, FREE TO CALL ON WHO YOU WANT
FREE TO FLY, FREE TO FROLIC, FREE TO GO IN PURSUIT OF THE SUN
YEAH, YEAH YEAH X 4
FREE TO FAIL, FREE TO FINISH, FREE TO SAIL ON ANY SEA
FREE TO HOLD, FREE TO SURRENDER, FREE TO BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE

ON YOU OWN NOW, IN YOUR ZONE NOW, ON YOUR OWN NOW
GO FIGURE

FREE TO FISH, FREE TO MINGLE, FREE TO WISH YOU WERE NOT YOU,
FREE TO MARRY OR BE SINGLE, FREE TO LIVE WITHOUT A CLUE
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

FREE TO FIGHT, FREE TO FADE OUT, FREE TO HIDE INSIDE A HOLE
FREE TO FOOL AROUND FOREVER,
FREE IF THAT'S WHAT'S IN YOUR SOUL
ON YOUR OWN NOW, IN YOUR ZONE NOW, ON YOUR OWN NOW
GO FIGURE

THERE'S SO MANY THINGS I WISH I COULD ENSURE FOR YOU
BUT AT THIS TIME I CAN ONLY THINK OF GOOD TEETH
I KNEW I HAD A LIST SOMEWHERE BUT DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA
OF WHERE IT MIGHT BE NOW,
HAVE I COMPLETELY LOST IT?
Track Name: Child Bride
4 CHILD BRIDE 7:37 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

SHE KNOWS THAT SHE'S CEASED TO BE
WHO SHE WAS WHEN SHE WAS FREE
NOW SHE'S TRAPPED BY BRUTAL DESTINY
ALL SHE FEELS IS ANGUISH, AGONY
SHE THINKS OF HER WEDDING NIGHT
HE COMES IN DRUNK AND TRIES
TO SET HER ALIGHT
SHE HAS NO RECOURSE BUT TO TAKE THE KNIFE
SHE HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO TAKE HIS LIFE

ONLY FIFTEEN AND SHE'S LOCKED INSIDE
BEWILDERED AND SO TERRIFIED
SHE CANT RUN AND SHE CANT HIDE, CHILD BRIDE

I PUT THE MAGAZINE DOWN IN DARK DESPAIR
AND THINK OF GIRLS LIKE HER EVERYWHERE
EACH LIVING HER OWN VERSION OF A NIGHTMARE
THAT'S TOO MUCH TO BEAR, TOO MUCH TOO BEAR

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE TIED
AND TORTURED AND SO TERRORISED
VIOLATED, VICTIMISED, CHILD BRIDE

IT SHAMES ME THAT WE LET THIS CONTINUE
SURELY THERE MUST BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO

HOW THEY'RE TRAPPED BY BRUTAL DESTINY
ALL THEY FEEL IS ANGUISH, AGONY

THOUSANDS OF YOUNG GIRLS WHO ARE TIED
AND TORTURED AND SO TERRORISED
VIOLATED, VICTIMISED, CHILD BRIDE
Track Name: Fool for Free
5 FOOL FOR FREE 5:20 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOURE LONELY WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOURE BLUE
WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOURE DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO HOLD YOU
WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOUR SELF ESTEEM IS LOW
AND YOU WANNA BE MADE TO FEEL GOOD AGAIN
WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOUVE GOT A RAGING FEVER
AND YOUR BODY IS WRACKED WITH PAIN

WHO'S THERE NOW TO HOLD YOUR HAND WHO'S THERE NOW TO TRY AND UNDERSTAND

YES I KNOW THERE'LL NEVER BE ANYONE LIKE ME
YES I KNOW THERE'LL NEVER BE ANYONE WHO'LL AGREE
TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU DEMANDED OF ME
YOU WONT FIND ANOTHER FOOL FOR FREE

WHO TELLS YOU NOW THAT YOURE THE GREATEST
AND MAKES YOU FEEL POWERFUL AND STRONG
WHO SAYS IT'S OKAY WHEN YOUR LATEST
MANIPULATION GOES TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY WRONG

WHO'S THERE NOW FOR YOU TO CALL WHO PICKS UP THE PIECES WHEN YOU FALL

YES I KNOW THERE'LL NEVER BE ANYONE LIKE ME
YES I KNOW THERE'LL NEVER BE ANYONE WHO'LL AGREE
TO GIVE YOU WHAT YOU DEMANDED OF ME
YOU WONT FIND ANOTHER FOOL FOR FREE

NOT INTO SELF-FLAGELLATION, I'M NOT INTO SELF-ABUSE
NOT INTO ANY MASOCHISTIC PRACTICE, BUT I'D STILL COME RUNNING BACK TO YOU
Track Name: Hot And Cold
6 HOT AND COLD 6:04 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

I WONT DENY YOU COULD MAKE ME FLY
BUT YOU ALSO DRAGGED ME WAY DOWN
THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I'D BE SO HIGH
BUT SOME DAYS I'D BE ON THE GROUND

YOU COULD MAKE THE EARTH MOVE FOR ME
BUT THEN YOU'D BE SO COLD, YOUR LOOK COULD FREEZE

YOU COULD IGNITE ME WITH A GLANCE
AND THEN LEAVE ME ALONE TO BURN
YOU'D PUT ME DOWN, PUT ME DOWN, GIVEN ANY CHANCE
I BET YOU THOUGHT THAT I'D NEVER LEARN

YOU COULD MAKE ME FEEL DEEP DESPAIR
BUT YOU ALSO WERE A LOVER BEYOND COMPARE

HOT AND COLD THAT'S HOW YOU BLOW
AND WHERE I STAND I'LL NEVER KNOW
REPEAT

YOU COULD SAY I'VE BEEN CONFUSED
BUT NOW I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO BE USED BY YOU ANY MORE
DONT WANNA GO UP AND THEN GO DOWN
SPIN ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND
JUST WANNA GET MY FEET BACK ON THE FLOOR

THE TIME HAS COME FOR ME TO DO MY THING
EXCUSE ME WHILE I JUMP OFF THIS SWING

CHORUS
Track Name: Hard to Forgive
7 HARD TO FORGIVE 4:32 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

THE CITY WAITS IN SILENCE UNDER AN ANGRY SUN AND A SULLEN SKY
NO CHILDREN PLAYING THE WINDOWS ARE SHUTTERED AND NO BIRDS FLY

A TEMPORARY PEACE FILLED WITH UNEASE
ANY SUDDEN SOUND MAKES THE YOUNG MEN LOOK AROUND
OH THEY KNOW THEY'VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE
IT'S SO FRAGILE

THERE'S SOMETHING WITHIN IN THE HEARTS OF MEN
THAT WONT LET THEM JUST LIVE AND LET LIVE
A HUNGRY BEAST INSIDE IT WONT BE DENIED
MAKES IT HARD FOR MEN TO FORGIVE

THE WOMEN ARE SO TIRED
NO STRENGTH TO EVEN SING THEIR LULLABIES
THEIR SHOULDERS ACHING FROM THE TENSION THEY JUST WANT TO GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES

BUT UNDERNEATH THE BRIDGE MADNESS STILL EXISTS
ANY TIME IT CAN TAKE THE LIFE OF ANOTHER MAN
OH THEY KNOW THEY'VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE
ITS SO FRAGILE

CHORUS
Track Name: Who Are You?
8 WHO ARE YOU? 9:02 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

EVENING FINDS ME AT MY WINDOW, WATCHING YOU
WONDERING, WONDERING, I'M WONDERING
WHY I STAND HERE EACH NIGHT
WAITING FOR YOU

MYSTERY SILHOUETTE BECKONS, ACROSS THE BAY
MOVING, MOVING, YOU'RE MOVING
AND I STAND HERE EACH NIGHT WAITING FOR YOU

WILL I KNOW WHO YOU ARE
YOUR NAME WILL YOU TELL
WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK ACROSS THE WATER DO YOU
SEE ME AS WELL AND DO YOU MAYBE SOMETIMES WONDER
WHO I AM, WHO ARE YOU?
Track Name: Drag
9 DRAG 5:41 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

THERE'S HEAVEN AND HELL DIFFERENCE
IN WHAT YOU SAY AND WHAT YOU DO
IT'S LIKE YOU'RE TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE
DONT KNOW WHICH ONE'S REALLY YOU
SO I SPEND ALL MY TIME
TRYING TO SEE WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND

CHORUS: IT'S A DRAG ITS A DRAG ITS A DRAG
AND IT MAKES ME SO MAD

SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT BY NOW
I WOULD HAVE HAD SOME CLUE
OF WHO YOU REALLY ARE
BUT I'M STILL SO CONFUSED
AND I'VE WASTED SO MUCH TIME
BUT THIS IS THE END OF THE LINE

CHORUS

GUESS I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND
YOUR AGENDA YOUR PLAN
BUT I'M NOT WAITING TO SEE
WHAT YOU EVENTUALLY TURN OUT TO BE
NO MORE SPENDING ALL MY TIME
TRYING TO SEE WHAT I CAN FIND

CHORUS
Track Name: Shape Your Life
10 SHAPE YOUR LIFE 6:12 / Skinny Alley : Songs From The Moony Boom

FITTING IN THE RIGHT WORD
PUTTING ON THE LIGHT BULB
SETTING UP THE RIGHT GROOVE
CALLING ON THE RIGHT MOVE

CHORUS: SHAPE YOUR LIFE

DREAMING OF THE RIGHT DREAM
TAKING ON THE WHITE QUEEN
BEING ON THE RIGHT SCENE
GETTING ON THE RIGHT GREEN
PUTTING ON YOUR TIGHT JEANS
LICKING OFF THE ICE CREAM
PLAYING ON THE RIGHT TEAM
DREAMING OF THE RIGHT DREAM

CHORUS

SLIDING TO THE RIGHT NOTE
WALKING ON THE TIGHTROPE
HOLDING TO THE RIGHT HOPE
PLAYING ON THE RIGHT MODE