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album: "Safe" (2009)

Prelude lyrics - Dan Bull

Candlelight flickers across these hands that write
I sit and ponder the past and life
Just wishing and wanting an answer tonight

And so I am thinking and wondering asking why
Do things go wrong when they have been right
Where we used to frolic and laugh, we cry

Life's past its prime, I wish I could stop the hands of time

The end is nigh, a tick and a tock and the sands of time
Slip from the clock as they pass us by
As I'm sitting and watching the passers by

Stranded high, imprisoned and locked in the land of my mind
The living monotony hanging by
To limit and smother a man this shy

And to describe it's impossible though I can but try

And now as I lie, a shiver runs ominous down my spine
As a vision, a prophecy clouds my sight
I predict an apocalypse happens tonight

Clandestine, Our figurative god has cast the die
Has triggered the goal of his grand design
And the bigger the bomb is the faster we die

Abandon fright, and give up the worry and anger and spite
The difference is none if you stand and fight
So sisters and brothers hold hands, unite

While Dan says hi, and sings you a song as his last goodbye

Bye bye bye

Summer lyrics - Dan Bull

Some of the happiest days are when the sun rays cascade
Over your back in the most naturally placid of ways
You don't have to ask whether perhaps it'll rain
And the centigrade never strays past twenty eight
It's fantastically great kicking back with your mates
And knowing no, you don't have to act to your age
You can snack on a Flake or take a basket of cakes
But make sure you've got some factor eight splashed on your face
And the ladies make daisies attached in a chain
While the lads entertain them with a basketball game
And then after we're knackered and the match has been played
Grab a glass of lemonade and relax in the shade
We'll bask and just laze in the grass's green blades
And sit back and just gaze at the paths of the planes
Nothing matters today, you can chatter and play
Playful antics under blankets of immaculate haze

Once upon a summer
The sun plays across the lawn
Once upon a summer
The air is sweet and warm

Once upon a summer
Heavenly and calm
Once upon a summer
It's never been this fun

It's ace when you're tipsy and playing with a frisbee
There ain't been better days in the pages of history
And though your hay fever itches and makes you be sniffly
It's blatantly plain that you'll savour and miss these
Great times when they're gone, days lying in the sun
Bathing, misbehaving and playfighting for fun
They might have been some of the days of your life that you'll always
Be reminded of when your time to pass away finally comes
And as the day becomes night and the sun goes down
The shadows grow slow and cloak round your home town
There's no sound but the bees and the birds
And slowly but certainly the season returns
You turn down to the ground and there's leaves on the earth
Turning brown and allowing the trees to rebirth
There's a breeze in the air and it breathes through your hair
And that's it - summer leaves for the year

Summer's come and gone
The day's no longer young
Summer's come and gone
But the memory lives on


My Catharsis lyrics - Dan Bull

I'll get in my submarine
Set sail to somewhere remote
I'll wait until World War III is over
Then go and live with the victors and

Sing
Sing
My catharsis

Look, never again will I put down my pen
The best method I know to let stuff out my head
Yes, I'm aware of the notion I must sound a bit dense
But I'm just letting you know there's nothing round to contend
When stressed then I focus on jotting down a lament
Introspectively composing what comes out from within
Whenever you feel hopeless, down, depressed
I suggest getting a note book out and venting
Whether wrecked or sober muck round with the text
Get depression focused, confront the doubt and dread
Instead of letting them roam or shutting them out your head
Don't ever repress emotions, push them down, pretending
You never noticed them sucking you down to death
You could suffer a thousand deaths together alone
Getting ever more low 'til you couldn't get up out of bed
So yes, my best weapon's prose, and I'll love sound to def

My catharsis

Sometimes you need to sit and vent your heart
Even if there's a fair chance some prick'll tear it apart
But I don't care, it's a farce
So I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve eager to share it with half
Of the people that care when I start with my speech
Harp through my teeth
About seemingly meaningless things mithering me
And I mean it's difficult to say what's really on your brain
Without thinking what friends think of your frame of mind
cos they might think you're a little bit insane
But if you wanna break from the cycle of pain
Then you might wanna change up your mind and its frame
You're neither to blame nor liable for saying
Any lines on a page that's inscribed with your name
They're right when they say pen's mightier than sword
So remember that fact then write and record

My catharsis


Cut lyrics - Dan Bull

And I don't know what it is but I think I like you
And I think I'd like it if you liked me too
And I don't know what it is but I think I like you
And I think I'd like it if you liked me too
And I don't know what it is but I think I like you
And I think I'd like it if you liked me too

Things are different since that you're there
This must be that thing they call love
My vision shift from grey to colour
This must be that thing they call love
Things are different since that you're there
My vision shift from grey to colour
This must be that thing they call love
This must be that thing they call love

It's been four or five years since we talked now but I
Never thought so high of any girl in all of my life
I thought you were gorgeous, warm and bright
You taught me all sorts and brought me to life
L'amour and more besides
When you spoke to my folks you were always polite
Though you always tried to hide that you were awfully shy
And how you'd always call me gorgeous was nice
I saw in your eyes I was more than just like
Some sort of ordinary guy of the ordinary type
It all just seemed right when you joined me at night
Then lay nattering, chatting and talking 'til light
I was that infatuated I could fall for you twice
We'd take lonely walks in August with Spice
Make phone calls and talk 'til morning sunrise
You were so great I thought you must have fallen from the sky
I couldn't wait for the day I could call you my wife
And gaze at your face through morning and night
Safely sailing away with my glorious bride
It's a shame that my mates didn't warn me in time
You were faithless and fake, it was all just a lie
You gave no warning, or a goodbye
You just stalled me, ignoring my calls and the like
So inform me - were you always unkind
Or did you morph to this poor form, absorbed in your spite
That liked to torture me with scornful calls, taunt me with guys
Flaunt them right by me and causing these fights
You were warping my mind with all of your lies
But I bet your side of the story's forty leagues from mine
Sure, you just sort of got bored of me, right?
Once the source of your light, now a thorn in your side
I'm a cautious guy so it tore me inside
It floored me forlornly cos I thought we were tight
I missed most of sixth form, withdrawn from my life
Spent all my nights smoking draw, drinking wine
When I saw you I'd go maudlin and cry
When I thought of you lying with some poor other guy
I had violent thoughts of all different types
And all through the times you would call me up crying
You didn't even inform me you were poorly or why
So of course I had a reason or a cause to be frightened
I thought I'd be caught in causing your suicide
So I pray for your sake that you sorted your life
But Christ, falling for you was an unfortunate choice
And yeah, I've been a wanker, I've been an arsehole
But leave it at that and the track's only half told
When I'm an old cold man with a hardened soul
I'll look back on the past as that when I had a heart of gold
But in my heart there's a hole
That you made, and it's taken ages to get the heartache controlled
It'd taken a hold, Taken its toll
Making me wholly incapable of attaining my goals
The strain of the whole weight on my shoulders
Is aching, my composure is breaking, I'm going insane, oh god

You were mine
And mine forever
A minor error
You were mine


Blocked lyrics - Dan Bull

Somewhere along the way, I lost my aim
Somewhere along the way, I lost my aim
Somewhere along the way, I lost my aim
I struggle along in vain, just to not quite make it

It's late at night, I'm awake, surprise surprise
Trying to find some kind of way to write
It's a shame, I fail to find a blatant line
Between original art and what's plagiarised
It's vague and effectively makes playing a fresh
Melody impossible, I often wanna lay it to rest
I say with regret cos I love making music
Taking beautiful soothing sounds to make tunes with
Creating a groove and arranging and looping it
But usually it screws me straight up, I feel stupid
I need a tea break to replace my fuses
But my main mistake is that I keep making excuses
The truth is I can blatantly do this
But my brain just refuses to obey so I lose it
Thus making me choose to take painkillers and booze
Just to change up my mood plus maybe induce
A thrust of creative boost to raise me up from this place of wasted youth
And enable me to embrace my muse
Taste the fruits of the great musical roots
That grew from the days of slaves playing the blues

Somewhere along the way, I lost my aim
It's come and it's gone again I've lost my aim
Somewhere along the way, I lost my aim
My colour is gone and drained, I just might faint

So hold me so tight
Make me feel alive
Blocked out, locked out
Please, please, please not now

To find the right line to write's quite a painful paper chase
Sometimes it takes ages, other days I get it straight away
That's the main way I ever can create
But take away my aspirations and my brain's a vacant place
I hesitate for days in an attempt to make a serenade
And say something amazing to set the grade in clever ways
But fate never plays fair therefore I'll stay this way forever
Never creating 'til the end of days
Seven eighths of the time when I'm trying
To think of a lyric, picture an image or write a nice rhyme
I'm willing my mind to fill up with brilliant ideas
Bring them to life, like they were written in my tears
I fear it's quite clear I'm living a lie here
Eyes dried up but I wish I could cry, hear
Is this a signal or sign my mind's fucked up?
Cos if isn't I'm just blocked

Blocked out, locked out
Please, please, please not now

Something is wrong today, I'm not quite sane
Suddenly dropped from grace, and lost my train


Misfit lyrics - Dan Bull

Oh, sod it, it hurts but I'll reveal the truth
Sometimes I'd like to curl up and be a recluse
I mean it, it isn't simply an excuse
I'm really feeling too weak to deal with you
Do you see what I've been reduced to?
A shadow of myself with the bleakest future
I zone out, open myself
And only hope someone else knows what I'm about
It's lonely when you've felt so low you can't help
But want to go for broke, and throw in the towel
Go to the cabinet, open the tablets
Overdose and lay comatose in the bath with the tap running
That's not what I planned when I had hope though
I once was the man in the photo
Laughing with no load on my back and no hassle
And the path to my happiness, that was still open
In the past had I known that all that was over
Perhaps I'd have known how to claw back those years
I was sober, no drugs, I had a girlfriend
But now I'm a loner that hopes the world ends
How did I fall into all this torment
I never portended this result then
I wanted four kids, a mortgage, a crib with all the fittings
But all I'm getting's more bored and morbid
According to laws of physics actions all cause others
Yeah? So howcome I don't have some sort of lover?
It's all just rubbish, all religions and philosophical offerings
Of knowledge on the source of our suffering
It's just a thing thought up by people who lie to decieve
All the world to lie at their feet
So I'm actually beginning to believe
That perhaps it's time for me to leave

Cos I'm a misfit - I'm not an alpha male
Misfit - my health's too frail
I'm a misfit - worn out and pale
Misfit - I'm bound to fail

I'm a misfit - your inane conversation
Misfit - puts a strain on my patience
I'm a misfit - please take me away from all
Misfit - this pain and frustration
I'm a misfit

Do I freak you out with what I speak about?
Like I'm not even allowed to reveal myself
Cos it breaches how people seem to chat
It seems they really don't want to hear the real Dan
But piss off, I'm just not interested in small talk
I'd much more discuss thoughts on Bush, war and such
All the fuss all you fucks all get flustered with football
Means fuck all to me cos it's just sport, and that's all
Don't you ever sit and think about the bigger things
And how to figure things out that aren't just physical?
The little bit of history we fit into
How we're writ into it, and what it means to us
I feel I don't ever belong, what a misfit
But see, don't get me wrong, I'm not a thick kid
Cross my fingers, I've got witnesses of this
I think it's some kind of condition or sickness
That inhibits my ability to fit in with hip kids
Sit and sip drinks without feeling ridiculous
Is there something I've missed, is this all just a trick?
Can you all just admit that you're being pricks
For shits and giggles? It itches and niggles
This list of questions, riddles and things
That fill my head and inner sense with visions of maliciousness
With this malevolence I'm stripped of my innocence
The pinnacle thing beginning my wishlist's
A vision in which I'm just hindered with less stress
So if I sink into and addiction and alcoholism
Can I be forgiven for wishing to skip this
Abyss of decisions? This piteous pit
Full of pissy and shit citizens
Cos if this planet I've seen's the epitome of existence
Then shit, you can literally sit and spin on it

I'm a misfit - I'm not an alpha male
Misfit - my health's too frail
I'm a misfit - worn out and pale
Misfit - I'm bound to fail

I'm a misfit - your inane conversation
Misfit - puts a strain on my patience
I'm a misfit - please take me away from all
Misfit - this pain and frustration

Cos if this planet I've seen's the epitome of existence
Then shit, you can literally sit and spin on it



Thistopia lyrics - Dan Bull

The dystopia
Gets slowly worse
Over the years
We're going to burn

And I'm sorry for making you scared
But it's a sorry state of affairs

When man's a virus with shoes, a violent abuser
Of the planet he resides on and relies on it too
I want to do something to change it
But I'm afraid it's inside us, entwined in our nature
You and I should face it - the primary trait that
Unites the races is the way we use nature and rape it
I'm trying to find pride in my nation
But I'll die waiting for higher civilisation

Sorry for making you scared
But it's a sorry state of affairs when

The dystopia
Gets slowly worse
Over the years
We're going to burn
Dystopia
Gets slowly worse
Over the years
We're going to burn

And I'm sorry for making you scared
But it's a sorry state of affairs - listen

The class system of a past Britain
That still runs fast and thick through the innards of every last citizen
If you're from Pakistan, black-skinned, or just act different
You'll be asked questions and blacklisted
The fact is we're attached umbilically
To a fetid capitalist trap full of misery
But that isn't what gets me, the ignorant hegemony
But the fact that we're happy to live with it

The disaffected youth are in effect living proof
That respect is reduced to a reckless abuse
Of the ends where they grew through the stem to the roots
They will step on your shoes then expect you to move
Flipping heck, next thing they'll do's
Have you hanging in a hood, neck through a noose
So whether you accept or you're scared of the truth
Say your prayers cos we're due for a desolate future

The dystopia
Gets slowly worse
Over the years
We're going to burn
Dystopia
Gets slowly worse
Over the years
We're going to burn

After Life lyrics - Dan Bull

When you're old and run down, what happens when you die?
Not your soul but the dust and the ashes and the like
After that time you've passed on and they're scattered and they lie
Under the grass in a casket for time
Until the last of your atoms has gone back to the matter
That it had been a part of when the planet was gas dust
At the instant you're officially a corpse
This list of sick things begins kicking in with force
The tempature of your body's inner core falls
And this event is called algor mortis
It's thought this happens cos your pulse has flattened
So it halts the passage of the warmth and that
But if you thought that that was a nauseous fact
Then I ought to inform you what also happens
The muscles in your ass pack up and relax
So that all of that crap just stacks up in your pants
Your blood runs back under the gravitational pull
Then thickens and begins to coagulate plus
Skin pallid, limbs all stiff
This is called rigor mortis

When you die
Don't even bother thinking about floating to heaven
When you die
You won't burn in hell but you might roast in an oven
When you die
Don't even bother thinking of eternal paradise
When you die
You'll just be fertilising grass in this so-called afterlife

After twenty-four hours or so
You actually eventually swell up and bloat
The gases inside you can't come out so they only
Keep amassing 'til you're either really fat or explode
But don't laugh, cos I mean it, that isn't a joke
It'll happen to the Queen and the average bloke
Bacteria starts devouring both
Flesh and fat from your anatomy, out of your clothes
Then it's down to the crows to come down and carry on
Lunch out on carrion down to the bone
Now you should know that even bones decompose
If you leave them over an aeon or so
There will be no trace of your dead corpse
You'll be feeding potatoes and absorbed
Dug up and eaten off a plate with salad raw
I'm sorry to say I'm afraid that's the law
Actions have reactions so it has to stop
Every man since Adam's travelled back to the cosmos
Rock to iron to steel and back to rust
Ash to ash and dust to dust

Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust
Ashes to ashes
And dust to dust

When you die
Don't even bother thinking about floating to heaven
When you die
You won't burn in hell but you might roast in an oven
When you die
Don't even bother thinking of eternal paradise
When you die
You'll just be fertilising grass in this so-called afterlife

St. Ebbs lyrics - Dan Bull

Tell me - do you believe in fate?
Do you believe that we each have a fee to pay
And a leaving date with no hope to deviate
That our breathing rate ceases when we reach this age?
Where do we go when we leave this place?
Is it nowhere where nobody can see your face?
There's no need to kneel on your knees and pray
Cos seasons change so it may be today

Looking back on the one life I've had on this Earth
This planet, this world, I sit back and I ponder
I have become fond of the fact I've lasted this long
Though in the past I've done wrong and my battery's gone
Will things be any different here after I'm gone?
Will anybody listen to my tracks or my songs?
You're asking the wrong chap I know as much as you
So I'm just confusing matters but it has to be done
It's a factor in all the planet's mass populace
That we're asking for knowledge but lack what we want
There's certain facts that we won't actually know
We lack the composure to relax and just focus on absolute calm
And that can do harm so we have to succumb
To the fact that after we're gone we're transmitted back to the cosmos
And after the storm the pattern goes on
So you have to be strong, cos that's where you belong

But I want you to see what it's like to be me
And I want you to remember me

I want to be remembered when I enter into heaven
The day I die then greater than September the eleventh
But then again when in the history of men
Has there ever been an event that we never will forget
Eventually everything tends to irrelevance
'Til we're left with an ebb that can never be filled
Everything built inevitably will
Descend into a stillness until the end of the world

Seasons will change
Empires will fall

Don't panic, our planet's to vanish
You've had a few chances and now it is happening
Man, he has managed to damage the planet
So bad that it cannot be fixed
But the bigger the bomb, the quicker we're gone
So I quicken my rhythm and finish the song
I sit in the dark and picture a part
Of my heart but it's hard cos I ripped it apart
Split into half with all of our smarts
Sick of the starkness but I can't start
On a mission to start building an ark
Filled with the spark of a star that is dear to my heart
And here I depart


Outbound lyrics - Dan Bull

May I be allowed to voice my opinion to you
Today I feel like I made a choice
And now there's no turning back

Isn't it great when you're a failure in life
And all that you've aimed for's gone away from your sights
Whilst your top eight mates are plain sailing through life
It's grey when you're bright but unable to quite
Make it through the day without evading the strife
I stay awake through the nights, lay in wait for the light
Brain vacant despite the debates in my mind
Like maybe my plane may have strayed from its flight
Failed to pervade and faded from the sky
Dan Bull's a candle with no flame to ignite
It's painful to write, I strain just to type
A page full of lines and I've drained all my pride
Eyes dry, I'm unable to cry
Time flies and I trail behind
You may say it's my fault, maybe you're right
Maybe it's myself to blame for my plight

I overdose and close my eyes
'Til I'm comatose and slowly rise
Over rows of roads and signs
Flows, tides froze in time
From lows to highs until there's only skies
No lonely lives cloaked in phony lies
No disguise, the skies are open wide
It goes as no surprise
No surprises, no alarms
No-one cries, I'm going calmly

I'm dazed, I seem to spend my days in a daydream
I've been this way way before the day I was eighteen
Haters say to me I waste the space to breathe
wait for the train to Leeds with my claims in my case and leave
Please, believe me, I'd say I agree
Let them eat cake? I'll take it and eat it
Jeez, even taking a beating's a great deal easier
Than waking up each day in a place full of fears
And praying for amnesia with a faceful of tears
The pain's so severe that it aches and it sears
Peel away the veneer, the real state's revealed
I've been patient for years, just waiting to hear
Someone say that it's OK, that I'm safe cos they're here
But it's blatantly clear that that day's nowhere near
I hate to tempt fate but I'd be grateful for either
The faith of a believer or to fade away and disappear

I overdose and close my eyes
'Til I'm comatose and slowly rise
Over rows of roads and signs
Flows, tides froze in time
From lows to highs until there's only skies
No lonely lives cloaked in phony lies
No disguise, the skies are open wide
It goes as no surprise
No surprises, no alarms
No-one cries, I'm going calmly

So I'm closing my curtains and making my bed
Cos no-one on earth knows the pain in my head
No-one knows of the hurt or the strain or the dread
Though I'm over the worst I can't face things ahead
I'm escaping instead, I'm leaving this place
Erasing my thread and I'm cleaning my slate
Safe now I've fled, serene and sedate
There's no waking the dead when they beam into space
I've seen into space, shaken hands with the stars
And the feeling's great when you're landing on Mars
Dreamy and weightless in ambient dark
Only hearing the sweetness of transient harps
With my hand on my heart I assure you it's bliss
Soaring back to the starkness before you existed
Before you were born, before you were kissed
Before you were torn from the immortal abyss

I overdose and close my eyes
'Til I'm comatose and slowly rise
Over rows of roads and signs
Flows, tides froze in time
From lows to highs until there's only skies
No lonely lives cloaked in phony lies
No disguise, the skies are open wide
It goes as no surprise
No surprises, no alarms
No-one cries, I'm going calmly

I'm at the last act
No now amount of dark can harm me


Safe lyrics - Dan Bull

I've hungered enough for the humblest stuff
From running the country to just someone to love
But enough is enough, I'm done with the world
So I'll succumb and return us to the substance we come from
We see bubbles above the submarine
As I plunge us deep, three-hundred leagues under the sea
There's a feeling of release as as our feelings are released
And we feel immediately at peace
It's less easy to see as the light fades
And my face is emblazoned with night's shade
I wait as the sides of the ride shake
And vibrate like they're portraying my mindstate
I'm inside, safe, encased in a cocoon
But soon it'll take my life away
But I made the choice to die today
So I may aswell enjoy the ride

Man, you are spoiled and you've
Thrown your toys out the pram
It's these moments of silliness
That spoil it for every two one

No longer am I looking into the sky
I'm seeing into your eye


Winter lyrics - Dan Bull

Sleep through nuclear winter
And rest
Heal, reinforce, hold on
And rise

Welcome to your kingdom
Your paradi
Welcome to your kingdom
Your paradi

Bye bye bye

In heaven everything is fine
In heaven everything is fine
In heaven everything is fine
You got your good things
And you got mine
In heaven everything is fine

album: "Face" (2011)

New Leaf lyrics - Dan Bull

I have found a way out
I have found a way out
It's a dark and desolate path
It will take everything that I've got
But I have found a way out
I have found a way out

Daniel
Oh Daniel Bull
You are such an awkward boy
Why do you do it
Daniel
Oh Daniel Bull
You might be the death of me
But I love you

I put my life on the line, didn't I?
I pegged it up for prying eyes
It was a fresh CD
A clean sheet leaves me high and dry
But try as I might
I can't find the fight to retire, no
So it's time that I livened up
Took a stride to the light and strut

I got a clean new opportunity
To produce CD two beautifully
Would you believe I'm in a super-human league
I mean, who else can do what I do to beats musically?
As soon as D.A.N. B.U.L.L. spells trouble
Then you can leave
Meanwhile please stay glued to your seats
So you can see the ace up my new sleeve

I didn't decide to pick up a biro, no
Didn't decide to pick up a microphone
Woe betide my open eyes
So I've opened my soul, and lo and behold
Ive broken the mould
Try as I might
I can't find the fight to retire, no
So it's time that I livened up
Took the mic and said "hiya chuck"

If I was a peg (which I'm not)
I'd hold you
But I have found a way out
I have found a way out