Inoperable

by The War Elephant

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about

For your listening curiosity, The War Elephant presents its debut album - Inoperable. An eclectic mix of upbeat catchy pop songs firmly planted in electronica. With influences like Peter Gabriel and David Bowie through to the Chemical Brothers and Orbital, Inoperable is a collection of songs based on a lifetime of observation and a few moments of frantic programming.

A special thank you to Tom McKay, David Williams and Tony Rabalao for their patience while doing some pretty out of the box recording sessions. I could not have done this without you.

This album is 'name your price' but please understand that in order to create music it takes time and money for any artist. Please support the arts by donating what you can.

Thank you, and enjoy.

Charles Balderston

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released 29 February 2012

All tracks Written, Performed and Produced by Charles Balderston

except tracks 4, 7, 9, and 11 which were Produced by Charles Balderston and Tom McKay and performed by Charles Balderston, Tony Rabalao, David Williams, and Tom McKay

All tracks recorded by Charles Balderston and Dan Kircher at various locations except tracks 4, 7, 9, and 11 Recorded at Canterbury Studio with Jeremy Darby and Sam Ibbet. Thanks for the tea!

Mixed and Mastered by Dan Kircher
Artwork by Adam Wood

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Track Name: Keep Breathing
What, what what what what what what
what have I been doing and...
What, what what what what what what
what have I been thinking

You think about me all the time,
funny cause I’m always on my mind
You decided way to young I was free
Asked myself too many questions
forgot it was me
I’m waiting, I’m hoping, I’m praying
you’re listening to me
These walls that I’ve built up
they haven’t done much about me

They say just keep breathing
They say just keep breathing
What the hell does that mean?
They say just keep breathing
They say just keep breathing
What the hell does that mean?

You wish I had been this before
but my darling, I just noticed the floor
its hurts the sound my foot fall makes
as I push off the ground and your heart breaks...

They say just keep breathing
They say just keep breathing
What the hell does that mean?
They say just keep breathing
They say just keep breathing
What the hell does that mean?
They say just keep breathing
They say just keep breathing
What the hell does that mean?
They say just keep breathing
They say just keep breathing so
What the hell have been doing?

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Ha Ha Ha
Sitting in the sea, I see the sea
But I’m looking in the mirror telling lies to me
Don’t think I don’t know whats going on
Its this sabotaging mission that can’t go on
I’m putting up a fight that’ll be one day
I’m saying I’m done with that old way
I’m growing thicker skin ‘cause maybe tomorrow,
At this rate there won’t be too many tomorrows

I’m immune to me,
I’m immune to me yeah,
I’m immune to me...
at least I used to be.

Sitting in the sea, I’m getting cold
Reaching all around for something to hold
Try to understand this emotional slaughter
Looking to see all I get is water
Are you trying to be a friend, are you trying to quick?
I’d better watch your stroke, I might get kicked
looking straight down and theres nothing below
I am swimming in the love I never got to know.

I’m immune to me
This thing I’ll never see
I’m immune to me...
I don’t see what you see...

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Signed Ms. F
So today I walk away from this
to get a better hold of what I think is bliss
I’ve sent this postcard, can you read the words I’ve sent before?
Signed Ms F - 1924

Chemicals they subside and we both realize its gonna die
Who are we to deny as we both lie inside...

Now and then I wish I hadn’t been the man you were
Getting tighter on the numbers that you said before
I give you this, I’ll give you that, and will give for me?
Signed Miss N F - 1923

Chemicals they subside and we both realize its gonna die
who are we to deny as we both lie inside
Chemicals they subside and we’ve both gotta open up our eyes
who are we to make a fuss when its standing right there in front of us

I like your sound, I like your style, I think you’re right for this
and I can see the kids they tap their toes in notice
This is my hope, this is my dream, I’ll give this all to you
Signed Misinformed - 1922

Chemicals they subside and we both realize its gonna die
who are we to deny as we both lie inside
Chemicals they subside and we’ve both gotta open up our eyes
who are we to make a fuss when its sitting right there in front of us

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Us Three
Oh look at him in the corner
Not talking to anybody but his glass of beer
Wonder what he’s thinking and
I wonder why he’s so weird
How do I get him to notice me and
Talk to me and be with me
All I want is someone who
Can keep up intellectually

So I’m in my little room
You have to go leave to your friends
(we all know)
Laugh at me when I’m not
Looking at them or talking to them
Slap a smile on my face
Not pleased at all
Why do I have to like them anyway
I don’t know I don’t care
I’m gonna leave, I’m gonna leave
My head for a moment

Step right up ladies and gentlemen
Experience the man who thinks he’s better then he is.

I wish I had an addiction that I could abuse
Then I’d sit back and relax and say its my excuse

Its never ending or I’m never trying
Hard enough to see
I don’t know what is wrong with you guys
Cause there’s nothing wrong with me!

That is a lie, I can deny
The truth you project on me
Fact still remains you think I am insane
But the truth is you’ll never see

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Solfege
Talking notes, making records
Time to find you, undiscovered
I will guard you, keep you wholesome
Take your breath away, you can do the same
Take your breath away, you do the same

Ten guys they come marching in,
Maybe nine of ten haven’t got a friend
One in two know what they’re gonna do when they find you
Three in four they want plenty more
They’ll make you shine so bright
And thats ok tonight
I am the sum of these different parts
And I am counting on each and everyone

I am wondering where my head’s at
I’ve been touching you in my head
In the spaces we breathe
Find a healthy reprieve
I have found you

Take my breath away I’ll do the same
(I’ll do the same)
Take my breath away I’ll do the same
(I’ll do the same)
Take my breath away I’ll do the same
(I’ll do the same)
Take my breath away I’ll do the same
To you, I’ll do the same to you

I know this may feel a little funny
But thats ok
Don’t be afraid
I’ll do the same to you
I’ll do the same to you
I’ll do the same to you
I’ll do the same to you
I’ll do the same to you
...

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Time and Space
Take a seat on the floor,
We haven’t got a couch anymore.
To be on your toes, and nobody knows
To be on your guard and make it look so hard

Anybody know what I should do?
Does anybody know, what I should do?
(my heart it hurts)
Does anybody know what I should do
(my heart it hurts)

Leaving many traces over the years
Like simple little clues or cogs for my gears
I’m putting it together, I don’t know what it means
But I’m looking very closely at the things that I’ve

(but my brain is good)
(my heart it hurts)
(but my head is fine)
(my heart it hurts)
(oh but my dreams are clean)
(my heart it hurts)
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts
My heart it hurts...

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Talking Walls
If these wall could talk
Oh the screams we’d hear
If these doors could feel
Vengeance we would surely fear

But please, open up my door and have a look inside...

Shag rug on the floor but
Hard wood down below I
have stories you would not believe (baby)
Red brick on the wall (baby)
Not deep, just for show (baby)
I’ll line my way into your heart

And if these lights never shine
Its cause they could see
And if this house were human
It’s be as jaded as me

But please, open up my door and have a look inside...

Shag rug on the floor but
Hard wood down below
I have stories you would not believe (baby)
Red brick on the wall (baby)
Not deep, just for show (baby)
I’ll line my way into your heart

I don’t have to wait for you to show me how
To make this house so much better, sweetie I already know
Just paint over these cracks, I’m sure that they’ll heal
And with these corner-store fixes, I will no longer feel

But please open up my door and let the sun pour in
The warmth will loosen up my paint and dislodge my sins
And dislodge my sins...

(baby)
Shag rug on the floor but (baby)
Hard wood down below (baby)
I have stories you would not believe (come in)
Red brick on the wall (baby)
Not deep, just for show (baby)
I’ll line my way into your heart (come in)
(baby, baby, come in)

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Howl
Don’t worry about me now.
Don’t worry about me now.

Take away these broken wings...
I’ve learned to fly on other things.
And take away this broken heart...
I’ve learned to feel in other parts.

Don’t, don’t worry about me now.
Don’t, don’t worry about me now.

My illness goes as far as you,
You know what to do to make me well.
I think to much, to much indeed,
Its my decent, its my disease
Something inside is tricking me
It makes believe what I can’t see
And so I wrought, I wrought inside
Make all these rules, which you’ll deny.

But neither you nor shall I
Know whats real, why even try.
Its getting late, my body’s sore
So lets slow it down and think some more
I wanna believe, we are one in the same
Want to believe that I’m not insane

And so my thoughts came to a close
If they made any nobody knows...
I look at you, I get it now...
I see you tripped, but I fell down.

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: 3 in Front
I didn’t say it to make you blush, I didn’t say it to make you smile
I didn’t say it to make you see that its been killing me a long long while
I didn’t say it make you cry, I didn’t say it to give you hope
I didn’t say it to make you mad, I guess I said it to make you go

I didn’t mean it to break you heart, I didn’t mean it to make you see
I didn’t mean it to get you closer, it didn’t mean anything to me
I didn’t mean it to make you think, I didn’t mean it in any way
I didn’t mean it to close the gap, I guess what I mean to say...

Is ‘I don’t know myself at all..’

I’m content to wear this face, I’m lost without
Three in front and two must go, I’m lost without
confidence a distant glow, I’m lost without
These things I feel, but I won’t show, I’m lost without

I didn’t say it to get in your head, I only said it cause it had to be said
I didn’t say it to make you feel, I only said it cause I learned it was real
(lost without)
(lost without)
(lost without)

Words and Music by Charles Balderston
Track Name: Overturned
I, I’m alive
This skin through which I feel
is how I survive
Thoughts, these are the strangest things
I think it so its true at least that
what my head sings

But I can’t change any part of you...

I’m what my mother said, I’m a lesson learned
I’m what my daddy did, I’ve been overturned
I’m so afraid of the truth I’ve yet to tell
I’m what you’re thinking, you may think I must be doing well

You had to see
I was too small to walk that road
Couldn’t you come with me?
Oh, it was to hard for you
So you closed me out,
and that i learned to do.

But I will change this part of me

I’m what my mother said, I’m a lesson learned
I’m what my daddy did, I’ve been overturned
I’m so afraid of the truth i’ve yet to tell
I’m what you’re thinking, you may think I must be doing well

And through darkness, I see the lies you told
I feel it every day, its all i have to hold
its getting late, and i’m afraid you’ll never see
the great conclusion that i shouldn’t be ashamed of me

Words and Music by Charles Balderston