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1.
02:44
join the party if you're feeling lonely beat it slowly and whistle it lowly i'll be trotting along, i'm not getting in the saddle and there is no sweat on the back of my camel no sweat on the back of my camel your baritone and your clock's cuckoo you can't take them with you i'm not ridin' a donkey like a prophet in the bible but i've got no silver on the back of my camel no silver on the back of my camel now if you lose me somewhere along the line don't you worry 'cause i'll be doing fine i know my way now, i'll be stayin' out of trouble with nothing but love on the back of my camel nothing but love on the back of my camel the cops are coming let's run away
2.
03:20
at Hogan's in Darlington i was drinkin' a pint inside, but underneath the skylight when God himself turned the light on and i knew i was going to Brighton oh i've lost and i've learned i've never returned burn, burn burn, bridges, burn i got on the train like one two three no-one even looked at me connected in London swiftly and got to Brighton in a jiffy hey Stephanie, what's up? 'want some chips and ketchup? let's take a walk , drink some beer and watch the birds over the West Pier don't let me spend the night alone right above the funeral home i need company at night like i need the tobacco in my pipe
3.
my, my, dear me where will you be when the sun goes down and there's no-one around i wish, i wish, i wish you liked me i wish you liked me ever so slightly out of your sight i'm lost in a mist i'm like an electron, you could say i hardly exist i wish we were supernaturally connected we'd meet all the time, even when we don't expect it we'd see each other every day and when you spin, i'd spin the other way thinkers underestimate matter they don't even know what they're after your figure to me is more than divine it sets fire to my mind
4.
02:46
it was cold in the morning when i left Berlin but last night's drinks had kept a fire burnin' in my heart so i needed the chill and the dim white light of the sun on my sallow skin before we even get a chance to choose we are already forgiven we are already forgiven we are older than the world we live in you can't be early, you can't be late it's not a city, it's a state it's not a city, it's a state, an island secret, secluded and excitin' in the bars they're aloof but they keep an open mind smoke inside and drink outside smoke inside and drink warm lager beer it's the freedom, it's the freedom that i love down here
5.
02:56
you gave me nothing but hope a few laters and a lot of maybes no substance, no dope no truth out of the mouths of ladies you said "so long" once more then "ciao", and then "good day" but peered back from behind the door and almost started to say i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you and you are gonna love me too with all the men in the city groveling at your feet you could spot stupidity in a heartbeat i shouldn't have let you choose that was unfortunate i should have put myself in your shoes instead i put my foot in it but i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you, i love you and you are gonna love me too
6.
03:53
tell me that you love me if you think you do but don't tell me if you know it's not true and if the taste of my kiss gets bitter on your tongue run along, run along, run along i think you're a beauty and i like your company but i wouldn't wanna keep you where you don't wanna be in the palm of my hand, like King fucking Kong so run along, run along, run along and i don't know what's on your mind is it just one of those days, or have i been unkind? i wish you could tell me what is wrong run along, run along, run along oh it was such a nice day and the stars are out this is the start of a beautiful night but i see tears at the end of the song run along, run along, run along
7.
THINK ABOUT YOU going down the river i found some had swum and some had drowned i tied my boat and waded ashore knowin' i'd never see you anymore knowin' i'd never see you anymore there are miracles yet to explain in the shadow of the house of my name in the tall yellow grass i found my camel and my ass i found my camel and my ass my ass, my camel and i will go where oats and beans and barley grow there'll be nothing there for me to do but drink and think about you but drink and think about you
8.
i've got a girl she's trim and slim she moves her legs like butterfly wings goodbye, my love, goodbye one of these days and it won't be long i'll call her name and she'll be gone goodbye, my love, goodbye there's an achin' in my heart every time that we're apart goodbye, my love, goodbye my tears are falling down like rain but oh i cannot stop the pain goodbye, my love, goodbye if i had wings like a turtle dove i'd spy my girl from up above goodbye, my love, goodbye once i loved a girl so sweet she would watch upon my sleep goodbye, my love, goodbye now her love has gone away and i am cryin' everyday goodbye, my love, goodbye
9.
02:22
it rained all day in Leeds so i was at the pub all day, just hangin' out but you fulfilled all my needs in Wakefield that night you fulfilled all my needs in Wakefield that night you said you'd meet me at the station if you could you'd get off work early somehow you make me feel so good and Wakefield knows me now you make me feel so good and Wakefield knows me now we strolled up the hill to the cathedral and sat on the steps for a while our love like a shield against all evil and Wakefield on our side our love like a shield against all evil and Wakefield on our side
10.
03:55
i used to write whatever went on in my brain one day i tried to read it all again i had to throw all that rubbish in the bin oh i've been leadin' with my chin i've been leadin' with my chin the dice can roll, the wheel can spin i'm out of the game, i can't win i've been leadin' with my chin the days got shorter, it was getting me down and i got tired of hangin' around so i took a plane and left Berlin oh, i've been leadin' with my chin you were waiting for me in bed and i spent hours at the bar instead chain-smoking and drinking gin i've been leading with my chin
11.
rain water down the drain old rivers flowin' in vain i have no lessons left to learn i'm going back to my island in the sun back to my island in the sun where you couldn't run if you wanted to run back to my island in the sun where livin' is easy, and livin' is fun ten years and i'm still an outsider sitting still, lurkin' like a spider the dust has settled and the web is spun i'm going back to my island in the sun no more wrecks upon the shore no wilderness left to explore no bridges i would need to burn i'm going back to my island in the sun
12.
03:35
there is nothing new in here Magic Malta makes me wanna drink beer they had the same songs on last year Bah Bah Bah Balluta the fir-trees are growing upside down Johnny here will get the next round there is laughter and i like that sound Bah Bah Bah Balluta i will end up in the sea and you are even drunker than me how many trees? one, two, three? Bah Bah Bah Balluta even if you tell me you love me i'm not gonna move, i'm sorry i'm sticking to the island of honey Bah Bah Bah Balluta

about

"...rich in a variety of sounds and original structures." Loud & Quiet

Stanley Brinks is joined by The Wave Pictures for their new record ‘My Ass’, the follow up to last year’s ‘Gin’, and their fourth album together.

After ‘Gin’ Brinks wasted no time in taking The Wave Pictures straight back to the studio, bright and early, the morning after the final show of their tour, to ensure they lost none of the fire still burning in their hearts from the final night’s drinks. Three playful days and twelve loose, jazzy, tracks later, with Brinks making salubrious use of his new penny-whistle and the assembled studio choir of friends hanging out, embraced into the recordings, he had his camel, ‘My Ass’.

‘My Ass’ is an album born out of Brinks’ life on the road, life as an outsider. It is a celebration of new drinking companions, in new bars, in new towns, every night. The memories of loved ones left at home, of places you can smoke inside and drink warm beer through the night. The shows that you wish could last forever. That island in the sun that keeps bringing you back.

Stanley Brinks was born in Paris, France, in 1973. He studied a bit of biology and worked as a nurse for a while. Half Swedish, half Moroccan, strongly inclined to travel the world, he soon began spending most of his life on the road and developed a strong relationship with New York. By the late 90s he’d become a full time singer-songwriter – André Herman Düne – as part of three piece indie-rock band, Herman Düne. Several albums and Peel sessions later and after a decade of touring Europe, mostly with American songwriters such as Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson and early Arcade Fire he settled in Berlin. The early carnival music of Trinidad became a passion, and in the early 21st century he became the unquestioned master of European calypso, changing his name to Stanley Brinks. Under this moniker he has recorded more than 100 albums, collaborated with the New York Antifolk scene on several occasions, recorded and toured with traditional Norwegian musicians, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures.

The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing lots of original material.
They have since released six studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. Interest generated from these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Düne.

"...an interesting and occasionally excellent collection." Drowned In Sound

"....lo-fi delight, with cutesy low-key ballads and pop classics.."  - The Line Of Best Fit

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released October 2, 2015

Songs and artwork by Stanley Brinks
Recorded at Soup Studios, London, March 2014 by Giles Barrett, Simon Trought and David Holmes
soupstudio.co.uk

Stanley Brinks: lead vocals, sopranino saxophone, penny whistle, rhythm guitar
Dave Tattersall: vocals, lead guitar
Franic Rozycki: vocals, bass guitar
Jonny Helm: vocals, drums
Simon Trought: vocals, shaker

Allison Murphy, Tasha Vorontsova, Freschard: backing vocals.
Tom Ashton, Simon and Giles also sing backing vocals here and there. Simon plays the conga drum and Freschard the woodblocks or shakers on a lot of the songs. Giles plays the piano on With My Chin. Freschard plays the banjo on Fire To My Mind.

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