4​/​40: URSS

by Grant Sharkey

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about

The fourth album in 'One man, 20 years, 40 albums' project.

In between 3/40: FREE NUGGETS and 4/40: URSS - I had both of my wrists operated on to cure the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome I'd had for 8 years previously. Whilst handless and unable to gig, I started to make notes on my phone about what to stick on this album.

From the sound of a news feed to the invention of money, pop music's extreme lyrics, jelly people, being able to play squash again and a song about all the bad stuff in life -I'm very proud of the songs here.

PLUS a couple of Jams with Jay Havelock, the drummer from Toupé and Dan Parkinson.

PLUS: the Typewriter Edit - where we've put the whole of URSS on to one track so you can hear it in it's entirety, as I intend it to be listened to.

credits

released November 5, 2014

Recorded on the 4th October 2014.
Mixed and Mastered on the 5th October 2014.
At Wooden Heart Production Barn, Anna Valley, by Dan Parkinson.

All songs written by Grant Sharkey (c) Grant Sharkey 2014. Except 'Theme From 'GRIZZLY' written by Grant Sharkey and Jay Havelock and 'Karl Evans' improvised by Grant Sharkey, Jay Havelock and Dan Parkinson.

GRANT SHARKEY: Double bass (w/ fingers, stick or bow), drums, drum loops, kazoo, ukulele, hand claps and vocals.

JAY HAVELOCK: Drums on 'Theme from 'GRIZZLY' and 'Karl Evans.

DAN PARKINSON: Hand Claps on 'Gimme, Gimme UR <3' and Guitar on 'Karl Evans'.

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Grant Sharkey UK

No agents, no PR goons, no record company. Seeing how far me and my double bass will get in 20 years.

On a mission to release an album every 6 months between 2013 and 2033. 5 down, 35 to go.

RELEASE: 1st May and 5th November every year.
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Track Name: Borborygmus
You've had your nice hot dinner,
Now it's wriggling around in your innards,
Squeak and thump, grumble and groan,
Stop your moaning and listen,

Broken down in to tiny pieces,
All of the gasses and all of the faeces,
Winding, sliding: All the way down,
It's inevitable.
Borborygmus - the shit is coming!
Borborygmus - the shit is hot!
Borborygmus - the shit is coming!
Borborygmus - this shit is hot!

Will you sink or will you swim?
Track Name: URSS!
I am man - I stand before you,
The pinnacle of evolution,
it too 200,000 years to perfect me.
I am strong - i could defend you,
Defy me, I will destroy you,
Remember: Compromise is the art of getting what you don't want.

Rah - sha - URSS!
I'M AN ANIMAL!

Hey girl - I've killed some dinner,
Make a fire and cook my dinner,
In my cave, we'll make a love that's oh so sweet,
Under stars, we'll have so many questions,
Naturally, we live in harmony,
Rightly, I only kill the things I need,
I am one with everything around me,
I am one with everything that's around me.

Kicking back, I decide to dig a hole,
Rummaging for stuff to eat amongst the soil,
What's this? A rock of shiny shining rock,
Oh my! I really feel like I'm in love,
FUCK YOU - you can't have my shiny thing,
FUCK YOU - you can't have my shiny, shining thing.

Now I'm king - I have the shiny thing,
My people sing 'All Praise the Shiny Thing!'
They will do anything I ask,
For a piece of my shiny thing,
Take a stick - and draw a circle in the sand,
Take a stick - and defend my my sacred land,
I am God of everything around me,
Now I own everything that's around me.
Track Name: Gimme Gimme UR <3
Girl – Please don’t think I’m crazy,
I need you to be my baby,
So I followed you home from school.
Girl – I really love the way you smell,
I haven’t got the courage to tell you I went back to school
...and I’ve stolen your stool.
Oh girl, Slavery’s frowned upon in our modern times,
But I need to make you all mine!
For ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever
And for ever and for always...and for eternity!

Girl – you will always be my baby,
Your love is the thing to save me from the darkness,
Inside my heart.
Girl – I’m never gonna make you cry,
I’m not like the other guys,
Now get in the car...and SHOW ME YOUR LOVE!
If you say ‘no’ I will probably die,
You wouldn’t want that, I’m sure,
I know it’s a lot of pressure but don’t ever say ‘goodbye’,
And if we can make love to night, we’ll be together for ever more.
Girl – gimme, gimme your heart.
Girl – gimme, gimme your heart.
Girl – we will never be apart.
Girl – gimme, gimme your heart.


[Kazoo solo]


We’ll be together for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and always and ever and ever and ever and ever more ever and ever and for eternity...YOU ARE MY DESTINY!
Girl – gimme, gimme your heart.
Girl – gimme, gimme your heart.
Girl – will never be apart.
Girl – gimme, gimme your heart.
Track Name: Jelly Peeps
We’re riding the travelator
To the sugar dome,
Stocking up on ‘betes,
Then ride the travelator back home,
In time for the game shows,
We’re the people who choose,
ITV2 and being covered in drool
Instead of hanging out with you,
Cuz you’re not as cool as,
ANT AND DEC!
How does that make you feel?
To be worse than Ant and Dec?
Does it fill you with dread?
WOAH!

We don’t like change,
We don’t like strangers,
We get outraged when we see a stranger
Take control of their future,
IT MAKES US SICK!
Don’t they know,
They should stay at home,
And continuously moan,
The state of the country,
As portrayed on the TV.
IT MAKES US SICK!
So we’re rooting for Nigel,
Oh yeah, he can sort it out!
Because, he’s nothing like the others.
Absolutely nothing like the others.

We follow Jessie J on twitter.
Jessie J is so real on Twitter.
Jessie says she loves us on Twitter.
We say WE LOVE YOU TOO on twitter.
One day we really hope to meet her,
It would be so great to actually see her,
Maybe she’ll get a job on one of those shows.
Where they decorate Jelly People’s homes.

We are perfect...
SQUIDGY CITIZENS!
We don’t cause trouble,
Because we’re so happy,
In front of the TV.
It’s not creepy!
Sedated and harmless!
In our medical hoists,
Plugged in to the future,
We’re gonna live for ever,
Right here on the sofa
For ever and ever!
Don’t need hope,
Don’t need soul!
Remote,
Controlled!

Put on the Onesie. Looking good!

It’s so much fun being JELLY PEOPLE
Why don’t you become these JELLY PEOPLE?!
Track Name: A Good Place To Start
The Jihadis,
The celebrities,
The bravery,
The slavery,
Put them all together - the world seems so confusing,
But come with me,
And you will see,
NOBODY HERE KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING!

There are those who speak,
With authority,
That what they have,
Is what you need,
To work they need a base of people who believe them,
To achieve all that,
They prey on the fact that
NOBODY HERE KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING!

And it's ok.

Have empathy,
Integrity,
Dignity
Community.
Some times you'll stand alone and look to be insane,
But you don't need help,
Just say to yourself:
I'M MUST ADMIT I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING!

NOBODY HERE KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING!

(and that's a good place to start)