Common Ground EP

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released October 18, 2015

All Songs Written by The Transcendents 2015

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The Transcendents are based in Christchurch, New Zealand. The second full-length album - Dirt Songs - is OUT NOW! Download for free or grab a 12" heavyweight gatefold vinyl copy while ya can!

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Track Name: Doppelganger
Six years old, divorced and moving south
The exact same day across the road the Keith family moved into their house
Simon was the same age as my sister, Chris was the same age as me
We were instant friends with the same name playing all day on weekends
Run across the road saying hi to Gail and Roger,
and then Chris and I would walk off to school together.
It wasn't far, but we talked about everything on our journey around the corner,
Transformers, Bullrush, and girls like Elizabeth and Olivia
Then one morning, Mrs Keith told me that Chris had already gone
I was really puzzled and I missed him that morning and afternoon
He had karate after school so I didn't get to see him
The next day I went a little bit earlier, but he had left again

Chris must have decided I wasn't cool or something. Anyway, I figured he didn't want to walk to school with me anymore. We were still schoolmates, but we didn't hang out like we used to. We drifted apart. It happens. I took it on the chin.

I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
No no no no
I haven’t seen him since

Neil told me his best friend at school was another guy named Neil too
He was staying over at his house when they had a bit of a blue
They didn't really speak much after that and he never stayed again
But he’d see him when he helped his dad deliver firewood around to their place
Years later Neil and his girlfriend Wendy were driving along
And he saw Neil and a woman in the opposite direction
He did a U-turn and followed flashing his lights
The other Neil pulled over and the other woman was his wife
They chatted for a bit and it turned out her name was Wendy too
Well fancy one Neil and Wendy meeting another two

Neil told me they invited them around for dinner the following week and things went pretty well so they asked them to come and stay a couple of weeks later in his cousin's caravan down the coast. After the first night of their 3 night stay the two Wendy’s weren't getting on very well so the following morning Neil told him that he and Wendy were heading back home.

I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
I haven’t seen him since
No no no no
I haven’t seen him since
Track Name: Polly's Running Out Of Patience
Prog rock shock jock, gotta stop to watch the clock
Old habits new friends, Never found our feet again
Big splash hockney style Gotta say it’s been a while
Peach Pit poor fit, really wouldn’t stand for it
Eighty seven Free fall, Trying hard to play it cool
Good times bad lines, all the rules redefined
The big scare was all hot air,
You can find your own way there

High time - wise up
Open - eyes up

Deep space time travel, watching your life unravel
Thumbnail pacific trail, everyone expects to fail
Doffed cap treasure map, might be time to have a nap
Sold out to fair trade, gotta say we’ve got it made
Gas station Elevation, Polly’s running out of patience
On par but off course, You’re just a spent force
Stand in line and wait your turn
Some people just don’t fucking learn

High time - wise up
Open - eyes up
Track Name: Solvent Blues
I didn’t tell you my problem in the hope you would solve it
The weight I carry isn’t yours to shoulder
I dealt my own hand and I’m gonna fold it
I’ll look after myself
You look after yourself

Recollect
Reconnect
Sodajerk space cadet

I couldn’t tell you my problem because you weren’t listening
The louder I shouted the softer I was whispering
I can’t stand the heat when it’s blistering
I’ll look after myself
You look after yourself

Recollect
Reconnect
Sodajerk space cadet
Track Name: Best Guess
Got a second hand version filtered from the third person
Damage control, kicking the conversion
Pulling the plug before it worsens
Sometimes when you’re down you gotta keep going
Pick up the pace if it is slowing
If the fights worth anything it’s worth throwing

Hey hey - If you ask for an estimate
Hey hey – You’ll just get a best guess

I never knew the details but I got the gist
Shane’s stepfather did things he never shoulda did
Hanging from the rafters thinking ‘bout the kid
With a little luck we could probably get back on track
Drop our defenses, load our attack,
Readdress things and revise the map

Hey hey - If you ask for an estimate
Hey hey – You’ll just get a best guess

Face up to each other give up the pretence
Back to earth after time on the fence
Try and find some common ground among the common sense
Doomed to failure we can accept our fate
God only knows it’s been worth the wait
Even if we’re too far gone and far too late

Hey hey - If you ask for an estimate
Hey hey – You’ll just get a best guess

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