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Milkteeth

by Douglas Dare

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1.
I Am Free 05:42
It's too late, I found the door catch me if you can. I've seen the sky, the thin blue line I'm getting out of here. And it pulls me in, then it pulls me up pulls me in, then it pulls me up pulls me in, then it pulls me up pulls me up. I am free and I can feel your love I am free. Then you pull me then you take me then you take me high. You can try to tempt me back but I've made up my mind. Games down here on the ground don't compare to flight. Then you pull me in, then you pull me up pull me in, then you pull me up pull me in, then you pull me up pull me up. (I feel love, I am free) I am free and I can feel your love I am free. Then you pull me then you take me then you take me high. (I feel love, I am free) I am free and I can feel your love I am free. (I feel love, I am free) Then you pull me then you take me then you take me high.
2.
Red Arrows 03:19
Where do you take me, Mama? Where do we go tonight? Why are we crouching, Mama? Are we hiding in sight? Why're we running up Denhay Hill? Why're we running up there? Where we'd watch the Red Arrows, but can't see them at night. Baby, we're not running we're not running away. Baby, we are catching we are catching the day.
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A ball of light fills my room dances in without a tune, but banging drums overhead pin me down upon my bed. Open up my mouth to scream, are my parents proud of me? Mother, Father can I lie between your bodies tonight? Are the Gods just playing games, rolling stone down sky lanes? Count the seconds one, two, three miles away but coming for me. Open up my mouth to scream, are my parents proud of me? Mother, Father can I lie between your bodies tonight? Can I grow up, be a "man"? It's been like this since time began. Maybe if I hum along it will soothe me in to song. A ball of light fills my room, if I danced would it dance too? And with the sheets from the bed I could scare the storm instead. Open up my mouth to scream, are my parents proud of me? Mother, Father can I lie between your bodies tonight?
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Mother's in the kitchen washing plates, father's with the animals and sure to be late. Brother, cousin won't play with me. Uncle, auntie they're not free. But I see you and I love our silly games. Yes I see you and I love our silly games. Silly games, silly games. Mother's in the kitchen drying tears, father's on the outside and won't come near. Brother, cousin they rule the land. Grandma, grandpa won't understand that I see you and I love our silly games. Yes I see you and I need our silly games. Silly games, our silly games, our silly games, silly games.
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Sarah, you were five years old when the ceiling fell from its walls. Do you remember your height on the wall? You'd be taller now with further to fall. Sarah, this is where you were born in this room on the night of a storm. Do you remember the thundering sound? And how you'd cry if I put you down, how you'd cry if I put you down. Sarah, I see you every day and though I age, you stay the same. How I remember the joy in your eyes that joy's still in me and keeps me alive. Oh it keeps me alive and it keeps you, oh it keeps you alive.
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You were my best friend, knew all of my secrets. Gave up your coat in the cold, laughed at all the jokes I told. My mother loved you like one of her own. With you I was never alone. Oh where are you hiding? Come out wherever you are, wherever you are. Where has my friend gone? What do they do for a job? They had the most beautiful hands, I dream of his hands. Oh where are you hiding? Come out, come out. Oh where are you hiding? Come out wherever you are, wherever you are, wherever you are...
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The Window  01:17
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I love the playground where you can spin round, where you're allowed to shout. Scream in the playground, no one will call you out. You're just a child only for a while, one spin of the dial takes you a mile away. Give us a smile, if you're feeling wild you'll be a child today. I love the playground, the lights of the fairground, the lightness of our hearts. Don't tell me to slow down I've got to let it out. Shall we go dive in the pool, so inviting? Are you just surviving or are you still thriving too? Won't you take delight in the fact you're a child in a world in which nothing's new? Where is the playground? Nowhere to spin out, I shout but there's no sound. I've lost the playground, is this a blackout? We are a child only for a while, you spun the dial and I flew a mile away. Give me a smile, I wanna be wild. Can I be a child again? Can I be a child again? I love the playground, I love to sing out, where is the playground? It's calling me now.
11.
Run  03:50
If you're reading this I've run away, I'll be long gone by today. I'm not playing, not playing your game. If you're reading this then maybe you care, you ask for the truth but I am a Dare. I'll not return, no I'll not return. Run, run, run, run, run, run. Run, run, run, run, run. I've already taken all that I had in to my blue binocular bag. Yes I've only seen to the end of the road, but watch as I run into the unknown. Run, run, run, run, run, run. Run, run, run, run, run, run. If you're reading this I've run away.

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English songsmith Douglas Dare returns with his third and most stripped back studio album to date, Milkteeth, released on 21 February 2020 with Erased Tapes. Produced by Mike Lindsay — founding member of Tunng and one half of LUMP with Laura Marling — in his studio in Margate in just twelve days, Milkteeth sees Douglas become confident and comfortable enough with his own identity to reflect on both the joys and pains of youth. In doing so, he has established himself as a serious 21st century singer-songwriter with an enduring lyrical poise and elegant minimalist sound.

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released February 21, 2020

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Douglas Dare London, UK

Douglas Dare is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the coastal town of Bridport, South West England. The son of a piano teacher, Douglas began composing instrumental music from a young age but it was not until studying popular music at University in Liverpool in 2008 that he began songwriting. ... more

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