After Work

by Dog On A Swing

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1.
I'm trying to breathe Evenly Keep my hopes From getting tangled In anxieties I thought I forgot What to feel and how to speak But then I remember... She kissed me She kissed me, yeah As the bus arrived There was no Second to linger But she kissed me She kissed me She infuses me With an instant sense of ease Yet alone I panic And I wonder If it was real But the brush of her hand Rests my busy mind And then I remember... She kissed me She kissed me, yeah As the bus arrived There was no Second to linger But she kissed me She kissed me, yeah As the bus arrived There was no Second to linger But she kissed me She kissed me She kissed me She kissed me Yeah
2.
When I'm tired When I'm at my second-last best Will you hold me Even when I've picked a fight? When I've done My personal worst I tried and tried but set My personal worst If everyone on the bus Is talking shop When I escape Could you please pick me up? When the sight of one more person Fills me up with bile Can you help me spit it out, Spit it out? When I'm at My personal worst I tried and tried but set My personal worst But in return, I'll see To your every need Let us savour The quiet nights inside When you're at Your personal worst You tried and tried but set Your personal worst Can we switch off our phones and dim the lights?
3.
Mingling 02:26
I need a meaning to be here I need a reason to talk to people My purpose has expired And my feet are tired Mingling is The most unnatural thing For me The hungry young clap their beaks And food floods back The hungry young clink their drinks And make contacts Watch where you stand Don't get in the way Of the furniture Mingling is The most unnatural thing For me There's a social deficit I know it's real With consequences I too keenly feel I wish I could mingle I want to chat to strangers But I can't make small talk I sink my drink and go home
4.
Carpe 03:39
Seizing the last few hours Of this brief weekend night Get your polite request To fuck- do you want a fight? I will behave However I want to Carpe arsehole I seize it And I seize you Carpe arsehole Sick of taking orders From bosses and the public Stuck all week at work Now I’m the biggest cock And I will behave However I want to Carpe arsehole I seize it And I seize you Carpe arsehole Don’t stop me now I get very angry Let me get what I want I get very angry Face flushed beet Let me repeat I get very angry I get very angry Mate. Well, I will behave However I want to Carpe arsehole.
5.
Attrition 04:58
His leaving do was like a wake With the guest of honour living We drank into the night And sent our final blessings He played bass in a covers band Every note pre-written But his gnarled hands Could no longer hold them Some people knew, some were unaware Some people cared, and some didn't I guess that's the best you can expect From a quiet retirement
6.
Find zen in knowing So many are arseholes And the best you can do Is sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and smile A sigh is a sign of inaction And this time it means 'relax' Slide back in your bus seat, Wring out a wry grin to... Sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and... [Oh-a-ohs] Don’t glance at the traffic It’ll only stress you out Spot the tiny kindnesses Amongst the rush-hour ruffians And please remember to... Sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and smile Sigh and smile.

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released May 25, 2015

All songs written by Ed Ritchie
Other musicians: Emily Kelly, Graeme Mearns, Sandy Power, Martyn Rollo, Heidi Ryter, and James Whyte (individual credits on each song page).

Produced, mixed, and mastered by Graeme Mearns: graememearns.com
Recorded in June and July 2014

Artwork by Nicole Strachan: nicolelovesart.com

Love and thanks to everyone previously thanked for On Love plus: Lach, Donald J Makin, Alan Godsell, Darren Wilkie, Nick Cole-Hamilton, Alison Rose, Michael Clift, Joel Thomas, Adam Donaldson, Billy Watson, Ian Sullivan, Faith Eliott, Miss Annabel Sings, Billy Liar, Mayor Stubbs, Our Smallest Adventures, The Jellyman's Daughter, Salon Venn, Depot Arts, Andy Crowther @ Advosound, Craig & Noru Innes @ Loch Leven Hotel, Claire @ Blue Sky Pilates, and the amazing musicians/artists who helped me make this.

Bookings/press: contact Ed via dogonaswing[at]gmail[dot]com

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Dog On A Swing Edinburgh, UK

3-minute(ish) pop(py?) songs.

Dog On A Swing is the pseudonym under which Ed Ritchie writes and plays music. Sometimes just him, he likes to bring in other musicians on a fluid and flexible basis.

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