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Friend Ship

by The Phoenix Foundation

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1.
Guru 04:23
Guru Music Scott // TPF Words Scott I don’t need a guru, maybe you do Maybe voodoo? Could be the thing I need to cut the body from the brain I don’t need a leader, sleazy healer, bottom feeder No I’m dubious and I know that you’re dubious as well I don’t need a favour in lieu of good behaviour I’m no saviour, I’m no student of the soul Don’t you understand? Your head is in the sand Ain’t you curious, ain’t you curious of this? These disappointments weigh heavy on the souls Who breach the darkness with their eyes closed The rhythm of hypocrisy Is steady as a clock you see I’m furious and I know that you’re furious as well And it’s not reciprocity Or just a curiosity No I’m dubious yeah I’m dubious of this I don’t need a guru Maybe you do Maybe voodoo? Could be the thing I need to get my heart out of my hands What don’t you understand? Your head is in the sand Ain’t you curious, ain’t you curious at all? These disappointments weigh heavy on the souls Who breach the darkness with their eyes (eyes, eyes) closed
2.
Miserable Meal With the NZSO Arrangement by Claire Cowan Additional brass by Toby Laing Music Buda // TPF Words Buda Somebody is in my kitchen Cooking up a miserable meal They hide themselves in shame, but I know them It ain’t hard to recognise yourself All aboard the SS Shithole Listing now for several years The Captain says we’ll make it But I disagree I’m packing my bags and I’m jumping ship What a time to find out I don’t know how to swim Will someone throw me a line and pull me back in? I guess I’d rather go down with this wreck than fade out alone Out on the sea Back aboard the SS Shithole The water’s pouring steadily in We’re bailing out the ballast Before we go down A little comfort in our moment of doom What a time to find out I don’t know how to swim Will someone throw me a line and pull me back in I guess I’d rather go down with this wreck than fade out alone Out on the sea
3.
Hounds Of Hell With Nadia Reid Music Scott // TPF Words Scott God bless the moment When the morning hits your eyes We’ll be together When the boiling oceans rise You won’t be alone When the sunlight turns to fire You won’t be alone when the falling skies are burning out our eyes God damn, the falling man The way it went, he’ll never land The hardest thing to understand Is what we’ve seen reflected You won’t be alone When the sunlight turns to fire You won’t be alone when the falling skies are burning out our eyes I’ll see you in the second circle In the body of the deepest well You were following the broken hearted… Now you’re running from the hounds of hell I can’t tell I can’t tell anymore Where we are I can’t see you at all
4.
Decision Dollars With Hollie Fullbrook Music Buda // TPF Words Buda // Scott This decision was ours To party hard and stay up late Now the morning is turning sour Don’t wanna get up today Cause we’re feeling sorry now Yes we’re feeling very sorry now We could’ve taken it easy Imagine how that would feel Fresh as a summer’s breeze on the Pyrenees You’d wanna get up on that day But we’re feeling sorry now Yes we’re feeling very sorry now The only thing left to say “I’m never going to drink again” Hey man I think you’re dreaming It’s so hard to keep from falling It’s so hard to keep from falling down Could somebody please bring me some water And be so kind as to close the door Maybe an ice cold Coca Cola Could help to get me off the floor But I’m feeling sorry now Yes I’m feeling very sorry now The only thing left to say “I’m never going to drink again” Hey man I think you’re dreaming It’s so hard to keep from falling It’s so hard to keep from falling down
5.
Transit Of Venus With the NZSO Arrangement by Hamish Oliver Music Scott // TPF Words Scott The Transit Of Venus we watch it from the kitchen The planet between us The gravity is pulling me in two By the way we feel It’s animal, It’s animal Animal, any more of you Could pull me through… To the new dawn While doing the dishes I find myself howling at the moon The language between us When nothing’s said, it says a thing or two But the love we fear It’s animal, It’s animal Animal, Animal, It’s animal Animal, any more of you Could pull me through… To the new dawn The Transit Of Venus We watch it from the kitchen While doing the dishes Yeah we watch it from the kitchen To the new dawn
6.
Tranquility With Hollie Fullbrook Jeff Henderson on Clarinet Music Wedde // TPF Words Buda I remember a life Left far behind the borderline A different time When the children were free They carried no screens When the water was clean And we ruled the machines My mind was a pool of tranquility before the age of anxiety got its grip on me Won’t you take me back
7.
Landline 03:52 video
Landline Music Scott // TPF Words Scott When the city falls I will take your calls I can feel your voice Buzzing through the walls I’ll give you the number to dial And I’ll be here a while I will answer when you call me On the landline Call me on the landline In the blue light You dial “1-800 R U ALRIGHT?” We could float away Off to All Day Bay But when I’m in the blue I fear you can’t get through We need a connection to make it And I’ll never break it, I will answer when you call me On the landline You call me On the Landline In the blue light You dial “1-800 R U ALRIGHT?” (ring ring ring ring) Is this the real world? What it’s like to be a human being I want to hear something new Ringing in my ears Coming down the line You live in the clouds I’m still on the ground So call me on the landline, you call me on the landline In the blue light You dial “1-800 R U ALRIGHT?” (ring ring ring ring) Is this the real world? (is this real?) What it’s like to be a human being I want to hear something new Ringing in my ears Coming down the line Landline Why don't you call me on the Landline? Yeah on the Landline You call me on the Landline, landline
8.
Former Glory With Anita Clark Music Buda // TPF Words Buda I was born in darkness Behind the Iron Curtain Lining up for flour Drunk on people power And vodka Yes. They gave vodka to a child I came across the ocean On a wave of mixed emotion Found a kind of Eden Now I’m high on personal freedom But I’m drowning in debt Learning to talk again At the age of almost ten I had to fight for justice I had to fight Darryl Cause he took my lunch My sandwiches And he stomped on them Hey Darryl! You got exactly what you deserved (You got a bleeding nose man) This is no made up story About my former glory It’s a little exposé I guess all I’m trying to say is It ain’t easy to find your way For the immigrant Things got cool in high school I got a cherry strat and it totally ruled And just hanging out in the weekends Started a band with my best friends And it was this band (Been going for a while now) This is no made up story About my former glory It’s a little exposé I guess all I’m trying to say is It ain’t easy to find your way For the immigrant
9.
My Kitchen Rules Music Wedde // TPF Words Wedde // Scott We came on the wire We were blinded by All the new flavours High above the rising of the signal tide Buzzing like a new lawnmower taking over In the living room of your favourite neighbour On the edge of your seat… We came on the wire We were blinded by All the new flavours Watching people judging people on your own High above the rising of the signal tide People watching people on their best behaviour In the dining rooms of Human strangers (In the dining rooms of human strangers) We came on the wire We were blinded by All the new flavours All the new flavours All the new flavours
10.
Trem Sketch 04:32
Trem Sketch With Tom Watson on trumpet Music Wedde // TPF Words Scott Do you remember what we’re playing? Something ‘bout wildcards and diamonds Then the thud of the needle breaks the spell As the record stops playing Ain’t you got a flight in the morning? Coz it’s morning now baby And you’ll miss it maybe I’ll miss it maybe If you don’t miss it baby Then I get that sinking feeling That I could be wrong Yeah I get that sinking feeling That I’m wrong Here comes that sinking feeling That I’m wrong Here comes that sinking feeling That I’m wrong Here comes that sinking feeling That I’m wrong Tell me what you want Tell me how to feel, I can deal Tell me who to be What you need I’ll be anyone Anyone that comes to mind A different face, a different time I’d rather be That, than be a shell of what I was When what I was wasn’t all that, you see? It’s not a part of me, no Then I get that sinking feeling That I could be wrong

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released October 16, 2020

FRIEND SHIP

Produced by
The Phoenix Foundation

Mixed by Lee Prebble at The Surgery, Wellington 2019.
Recorded by the band in their sheds, garages and bedrooms. Additional recording by Samuel at Roundhead Studios (with Hugh Porter) and Red Wagon Studios (with Kerry Furlong), and by Lee Prebble at The Surgery.
Mastered by Mike Gibson at MUNKI

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich. Orchestra recorded by Graham Kennedy at the School Of Music studios Massey University.

Cover photography
Ebony Lamb

Design and Layout
Paul Johnson

Management
Craig Pearce

Huge, heartfelt thanks to our friends and families. Specific thanks must be extended to Nadia Reid, Hollie Fullbrook, Amelia Murray, Anita Clark, all the players and crew at the NZSO, Hamish McKeich, Claire Cowan, Hamish Oliver, Tom Watson, Toby Laing, David Dobbyn and Jeff Henderson for joining us on the record. Also; Craig, Lee, Graham, Bernie Gruschow, Neil Finn, Michelle Velvin, Paddy Hill, the team at Universal NZ, Olli Dutton, Will Lawrence, Ollie Labone, our friends at Memphis Industries, Ryan Prebble, James Milne, James Coyle, Rob Scott, and the mighty Brett Stanton.

Made with the support of NZ On Air.

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The Phoenix Foundation Wellington, New Zealand

Since 2015’s GUYD The Phoenix Foundation have been writing, recording, touring with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack for Hunt For The Wilderpeople, building shrines to light, creating scores for VR, producing other artists and baking sourdough. Now they are ready to release some more music into the swirling oblivion that is 2020. ... more

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