Your Vacant Eyes​/​One More Drink

by Penny Orchids

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From the forthcoming album Worse Things


released April 1, 2014


Penny Orchids are:

Phil Whaite – saxophone and vocals

Tom Harrison – drums and percussion

Dominic Green – bass and vocals

Kate Dornan – piano and vocals

Sam Astley – lead vocals and guitar

Also featuring:

Melissa Reardon – trumpet

The Ha'penny Orchids (Ciaran McNamee, Emmeline May, Kate Whaite) – chorus and percussion

Dave Draper & Pete Adams – shouty voices

Your Vacant Eyes
Words by Dominic Green, music by Sam Astley & Dominic Green

One More Drink
Words & music by Sam Astley

Arranged by Penny Orchids

Recorded by Dave Draper at Tower Studios, Worcs, and by Sam Astley and Dominic Green at various locations in London.

Lead vocals recorded by Mark Allaway at Miloco, London.

Mixed and mastered by Dave Draper

Cover design by Phil Whaite using artwork by Rachel Freire & Sam Astley

Produced by Sam Astley and Dominic Green with Penny Orchids



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Track Name: Your Vacant Eyes
There was a man who crossed a line
He was once your Valentine
Now he's nothing of the kind
You could see him after dark
Waiting in your local park
On the train as you disembark

He's a sodium light in an underpass
A worm-eaten corpse under wood and grass
A husk of a thing with vacant eyes
Missing you with evil on his mind

There was once a man who had been wronged
A man who thought that he belonged
Until a pain became prolonged
You see, he answered to a call
Now he's just a wrecking ball
For a spirit that you can't forestall

He's a sodium light in an underpass
A worm-eaten corpse under wood and grass
A husk of a thing with vacant eyes
Missing you with evil on his mind
Track Name: One More Drink
We packed the Claire Celeste on a Friday
Left harbour on December 31st
With our cargo of gold, tobacco and rum
Headed home with enough for our thirst

We didn’t see the stranger til the island
Was a speck flung back far behind the wind
With his shock of blood red hair and immutable stare
He didn’t speak as the dark clouds gathered in

And as the waves tore up the sides like a tonne of dynamite
And tore a grin through the side of the hull
The crew hung on for life while the stranger took his knife
And he strode the deck while whistling low

He struck the captain right beneath the jawbone
Who twisted as he fell to the floor
Bloodied, limp, rolled off the side as we heard the masts collide
As sailor followed cargo followed oar

“Throw the bastard in after the captain”
Hollered crewmen as the water upped and sprayed
“Take a whip to his hide and a spear for his side
So he’s a handhold as he’s thrown amongst the waves’”

But no sooner had we spoke, the stranger jumped up on the bow
Pulled an hourglass from under his coat
And slammed it on the deck of that bloodied, splintered wreck
And as we lay dumb he spoke

“Carve my initials on a grain of sand
And throw me out onto the wave
Then watch my shadow crawl ashore like a miracle cure
Has pulled me back from a watery grave

"I told your captain he would have his cargo
I swore to god that he would never drown
But he was dead upon the deck with my knife in his neck
You see my good side’s from the antlers down."

And as the ship went down
We were hypnotised (hypnotised)
We were hypnotised (hypnotised)
We were hypnotised (hypnotised)
We were hypnotised (hypnotised)

One more drink and I’ll be gone…