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Oh, oh, what's the matter
Oh, oh, what's the matter
Everything breaks
Everything breaks
like my tape recorder
like my tape recorder
I've lost the means
To make demo tapes
But here comes Mr know-it-all
Saying to be stoical
Smell roses more

“Maybe it's
A blessing that's in disguise
Listen to the testament of the wise
It's good you can't record your stuff yet
You know it doesn't sound good enough yet
Maybe it's
A blessing that's in disguise
Benediction in affliction's guise
When you get to record your nuggets
They'll be more likely to cut it”

But everything's breaking
Yes everything's breaking
My freezer door
Just will not close
And all that was in it
In store for my dinner
Has come unfroze
Has come unfroze
My stereo has croaked
My boiler's up in smoke
My vacuum choked

“Maybe it's
A blessing that's in disguise
You'll eat more fresh food and fewer pies
Instead of messing 'round on the internet
You could read Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Maybe it's
A blessing that's in disguise
Cut off from your musical supplies
You'll be forced to learn accordion
Gain the band a whole new audience”

I hear it, the motion you propose
Silver linings in my tattered clothes
But there's one misfortune I suppose is
Unquellable by smelling roses
The girl I love more than the sea
Has decided not to be with me
She's left me in abject misery
Oh woe is me

“Maybe it's-”
Don't tell me
It's a blessing disguised as a curse
'Cause you know sometimes the more things go bad
The more they actually get worse!

Maybe it's
A curse disguised as a blessing
Disguised as a curse
Double bluffing
Maybe the silver lining is just tin
The famous roses are paper and thin
Maybe it's
A wolf dressed in wolf's clothes
An ill wild just blowing its nose
Every cloud has a silver razorblade
Life gives me lemons but no aid


from The Seven Inches Test Their Mettle, released May 13, 2016



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The Seven Inches Leeds, UK

The Seven Inches have long been heroes amongst Leeds’ indiepop and DIY scenes, winning hearts everywhere with their bizarre onstage props, trumpets, synths and cardboard keytars. If this makes them sound like some self-conscious novelty act, rest assured that nothing could be further from the truth – The Seven Inches play it from the heart every time. ... more

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