The Railway Prince Hotel

by Tullycraft

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released February 8, 2019

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Tullycraft Seattle, Washington

Tullycraft is an indie pop band from Seattle, WA who formed in 1995. They have been associated with the genre of twee, in fact, they are considered to be one of the forefathers of the American twee pop movement alongside Black Tambourine, Tiger Trap, Honeybunch, and Beat Happening. They are renowned for their DIY ethic, only releasing records on independently owned and operated record labels. ... more

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Track Name: Midi Midinette
In captivating dishabille / and glowing like a glockenspiel / dancing indiscreet to a stuttering beat that was willfully obscure in detail / it’s kerosene when you’re around / just enough to burn it down / cleverly composed or the icing exposed either way it was on us to fail

The mood of conversation it could change direction that’s for sure / lonely for so long but not so certain that you ever were / just another tongue-n-twist / I think I’m done with this / I never knew that you could be cruel

An unintended idle perk / the radio it’d rarely work / Midi Midinette on a kissy cassette like a bough that wouldn’t break only bend / things we said but never meant / a template ready argument / Anorak or worse and surprisingly terse when it came to you describing the end

The mood of conversation it could change direction that’s for sure / lonely for so long but not so certain that you ever were / just another tongue-n-twist / I think I’m done with this / I never knew that you could be cruel (x2)
Track Name: Passing Observations
They’re simply symptoms of routine / turn up the bass and tambourine / we’ve heard enough and we don’t care / much less concerned with who you know / we all sang “Lotsi Go Go Go” / we told our friends that we don’t care / we didn’t sing so much as howl / we didn’t talk so much as growl / we’ve said enough and we don’t care / I’m just a charm around your wrist / the mash potato do the twist / it’s fair enough and we don’t care

This ship is sinking I can tell / passing observations from the steerage deck and I say it’s just as well (x2)

Time tested markers of a whim / we always said we’d learn to swim / not soon enough and we don’t care / despite dispersions in the past / we kept it simple built it fast / it’s well enough and we don’t care / a moralist or libertine / or something almost in-between / we’ve heard enough and we don’t care / we lost Kenickie straightaway and said the words we couldn’t say / still not enough and we might care

This ship is sinking I can tell / passing observations from the steerage deck and I say it’s just as well (x2)
Track Name: We Couldn't Dance to Billy Joel
It’s not as if the pencil test was planned when you stole the attention that was meant for the band (I didn’t) I didn’t know you but I… wished I had with my hands in my pockets and my hands in my pockets (say) / standing sheepishly against the wall with the bones and the breaks and the breaks and the fall (we had a) book of matches and the wherewithal and our hands in our pockets and our hands in our pockets (say)
We started a house on fire and convinced these flames to grow / but we couldn’t dance to Billy Joel / beginnings were much too fast and the world was ours to owe / but we couldn’t dance to Billy Joel

Again an almost happy happenstance when I tossed you a glimpse and you threw me a glance (you caught me) you caught me nervous in those orange pants with your hands in your pockets and your hands in your pockets (say) / we sat alone with the thoughts we confessed and how that Pulp had determined how danced and we dressed (cause we were) unapproachable and unimpressed with our hands in our pockets and our hands in our pockets (say)

We started a house on fire and convinced these flames to grow / but we couldn’t dance to Billy Joel / beginnings were much too fast and the world was ours to owe / but we couldn’t dance to Billy Joel
Track Name: Goldie and the Gingerbreads
Hard not to argue that your signature it resonates / a sentimental mix of celebrated simple shapes / we’re like molasses till the Raelenettes would simply go / a second offer seldom waits / just barely once removed and almost cautious only when / we took the time to doubt our paths would ever cross again / You always made me feel like dying when you sang along with Goldie and the Gingerbreads

Ships don’t stay / I was just half way when you told me

The thought had never taken hold (x2) / words don’t stand a chance since the last time I saw you

The thought had never taken hold (x2) / days spent counting days wouldn’t last and we both knew

Drunk on wedding cake you slayed them up in Alpental / in crooked rabbit ears snow shoes and a baby doll / a little lost because we didn’t know we didn’t care and Breanna Belle you stung us all / they shot their disapproving glances like a Gatling gun / I couldn’t vocalize the words that rested on my tongue / you never let yourself forget that this was passing (bop-bop) I’m sure you’re not the only one

Ships don’t stay / I was just half way when you told me

The thought had never taken hold (x2) / words don’t stand a chance since the last time I saw you

The thought had never taken hold (x2) / days spent counting days wouldn’t last and we both knew

It was long ago and it was far away and it was so much better that it is today
It never felt so good, it never felt so right and we were glowing like a metal on the edge of a knife
Track Name: Has Your Boyfriend Lost His Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?
Let’s write it down before we both forget / arresting photos but these stories are the language that we speak / we wrapped ourselves in borrowed attitude / you and me we’re the same / a brief collision then we clipped our wings / we traded tapes you sent me “Blood on Brighton Beach” from ’96 / then every consonant became a vowel / it’s not so easy to blame

At least I’m finding out (x2)

Tell me what you wanna do / our friends think that we’re reckless and we both think that we’re done – we’re singing – tell me what you wanna do / listen this car’s gonna crash – there’s nothing we can do about it

Some kind of nervous till the tension breaks / and then instinctively you reaffirmed the fears I thought I’d beat / we counted paces but we’ve yet to draw / unmistakably styled / we’re running out of days I need to know / has your boyfriend lost his flavor on the bedpost over night? / perfectly appalled and unimpressed with barely more than a smile

At least I’m finding out (x2)

Tell me what you wanna do / our friends think that we’re reckless and we both think that we’re done – we’re singing – tell me what you wanna do / listen this car’s gonna crash – there’s nothing we can do about it

When every other routine fades away / it’s just another day without us
Track Name: Beginners at Best
We shared a cigarette twice before I noticed your shoes / it should have given me pause instead it’d given me clues / you caught me staring but still we didn’t talk about it / I didn’t mean what I said when I told you you missed / a long goodbye at the airport an improbable kiss / a toneless song and a drink we didn’t talk about it

Jinx – lights / taking this beginners advice / we heard a knock on the door twice
Don’t go checking replies / don’t wanna talk about it / I’ve seen the look in your eyes / no we don’t talk about it / still sinking now and then / turn it on and off again / you weren’t built for indecision I just didn’t know it then

Navigating the storm by the stars on your chest / you bite your lip and it bleeds it reads beginners at best / you said we’d glitter when mixed but we don’t talk about it / insomuch as I blame you for the problems we knew / I can’t imagine the shambles or the parties you threw without your signature sneer / but we don’t talk about it

Jinx – lights / taking this beginners advice / we heard a knock on the door twice
Don’t go checking replies / don’t wanna talk about it / I’ve seen the look in your eyes / no we don’t talk about it / still sinking now and then / turn it on and off again / you weren’t built for indecision I just didn’t know it then (x2)
Track Name: It's Not Explained, It's Delaware
Virginia shocked us throwing stones in desperation / it was like we didn’t know you anymore / you kept your glasses in a box when I first met you and you asked me if I’d ever bombed before / soon enough you’d taken spray paint to the school yard in the quiet of the car the evening loomed / at the most it was an esoteric moment at the least I should have known that I was doomed

It’s not explained it’s Delaware / and it’s enough to make your friends think that I’m smug but I don’t care

It’s not explained it’s Delaware / Disco Caesar Rodney shouting turn it up and turn it up / but no / don’t don’t

Before you asked if you could color me for Wednesday I’d have never thought you’d ever look my way / a different tone / a different trend / a different look / a different week / a different boy / a different day

It’s not explained it’s Delaware / and it’s enough to make your friends think that I’m smug but I don’t care

It’s not explained it’s Delaware / Disco Caesar Rodney shouting turn it up and turn it up / but no / don’t don’t

Deeply droll and mostly raised on false assumptions in a fossil mix of punk and lemonade / you wore the socks but you were still less optimistic and eventually the easy days would fade / I hadn’t noticed all the records you’d been playing except for Nervous Twitch “You Met Somebody Else” / that’s when Rehoboth caught me squarely on the shoulder it’s the fickle heart that almost always melts

It’s not explained it’s Delaware / and it’s enough to make your friends think that I’m smug but I don’t care

It’s not explained it’s Delaware / Disco Caesar Rodney shouting turn it up and turn it up / but no / don’t don’t

Pratt tie / rinse dye / with eyes on Bedford Stuy / we don’t recognize Virginia
Hearts cling / hips swing / ill-at-ease we sing / we don’t recognize Virginia

A charming invitation in a hold me tight creation years ago
Track Name: Lost Our Friends to Heavy Metal
Well you were dressed like Shirley Temple I was James Dean / we were ex-lion tamers we were seventeen /

we lived for Rodney’s English Disco and the diamond dogs / they called us young and disaffected in fact we’d /

we’d taken once inside / and once inside of Rodney’s everybody’s a star / we stood up when Sidney shouted this is not who we are / make a list of disappointments failures cities and trends as the thrift store ballerinas feed us / we thought the years would save us

Both of us had settled lost our friends to heavy metal (x2)
Track Name: Hearts at the Sound
Pass it off and we decide the Disco Punk Rebellion’s died / stylish but without much appeal / patience almost always slips with band aids on our finger tips / the cuts they never quite seem to heal

Gruesome lights / gruesome nights / more than we could possibly know
kiss em’ off in Morgantown / push em’ up and tone it down / attention spans remarkably low

Dame Bassey sang “It Could Happen To You” before the plane hit the ground
Dame Bassey sang “It Could Happen To You” Before the wave hit the town
we’d thrown our hearts at the sound / those nights and days and days and nights they’ll turn you round (x2)

Emily you’re just in time there’s insufficient sassy lime / we stood around and waited for hours / letters that you shouldn’t send in lipstick and a marker pen a fleeting glimpse inflates and devours

Gruesome lights / gruesome nights / more than we could possibly know
they’ve told us it’s a turnaround / basement shows in college towns / Stacey wants her punks in a row

Dame Bassey sang “It Could Happen To You” before the plane hit the ground
Dame Bassey sang “It Could Happen To You” Before the wave hit the town
we’d thrown our hearts at the sound / those nights and days and days and nights they’ll turn you round (x2)
Track Name: The Cat's Miaow In a Spacesuit
Dark as night / apart from the dayglow / it didn’t feel just how I thought it might feel so / I stood in line and watched a cosmonaut trip over her moon boots / it started slow / just you and me and a cat nap / I think we almost always fell into the same trap / a dress rehearsal and our cravings for attention would follow

The Cat’s Miaow in a spacesuit / unlikely we’d ever make due / I never thought I could hate you /

I guess I was wrong

Kitty up and go / who’s next in the turnstile / approximations of a love that wasn’t worth while / you’re just a cautionary tale and I’m a phase and a footnote

The Cat’s Miaow in a spacesuit / unlikely we’d ever make due / I never thought I could hate you /

I guess I was wrong (x2)
Track Name: The Railway Prince Hotel
You’re fairly gifted at attracting strays / turn around we’re spending four full days and summer nights / mostly on bad advice / you found a novel way of nicking a glance / you know we always heard that mods won’t dance with rocker boys / not without making noise / almost always unconvincing / a hopeless flirt / a Pastel’s shirt / an air raid siren’s howl

This room reminds me of you / black out the windows at the Railway Prince Hotel / we couldn’t sleep but we tried / this room reminds me of you / black out the windows at the Railway Prince Hotel / the Better-Offs were singing “Dance, Dance. They Won’t Tell” / we couldn’t sleep but we tried

You told me things you thought I wanted to hear / a string-a-long mistake it’s all too clear you had to know / I told you I had to go / you’re always over thinking-thinking it all / eyeliner pencil on a postcard scrawl from any town / occasional runaround / almost always unconvincing / a frequent guest / a hornet’s nest / a false alarm in tights

This room reminds me of you / black out the windows at the Railway Prince Hotel / we couldn’t sleep but we tried / this room reminds me of you / black out the windows at the Railway Prince Hotel / the Better-Offs were singing “Dance, Dance. They Won’t Tell” / we couldn’t sleep but we tried

almost always unconvincing / a gang’s dispute / an absolute / territory feud

This room reminds me of you / black out the windows at the Railway Prince Hotel / we couldn’t sleep but we tried / this room reminds me of you / black out the windows at the Railway Prince Hotel / the Better-Offs were singing “Dance, Dance. They Won’t Tell” / we couldn’t sleep but we tried
Track Name: Vacaville
Debbie Sang with Rodney and the new brunettes / iconic combinations gave them fashion not in fashion yet / across the narrow courtyard you could almost hear the neighbors complain / Vincent crowed that Desmond was a Bowie fan / took Judy from the Mudd Club and dressed her up in marzipan / fortune favors daring / but the rising tides encourage disdain

What’s your favorite band and who taught you to kiss that way / we’re running out of days in Vacaville and we can’t stay

Shelia made a Pantone pallet wardrobe guide / a handful of Excedrin helped her ring the days of Factsheet Five / a chapter spent in Paris that she’d reference almost daily for years / Gordon saved his photographs of Dolly Read in neatly labeled notebooks with the covers wrapped in Harris Tweed with Girl One and the Grease Guns playing softly sabotaging with tears

What’s your favorite band and who taught you to kiss that way / we’re running out of days in Vacaville and we can’t stay

Echo the names from behind us / dodging the ghosts that remind us / these are the days that would find us lost at sea and drifting aimlessly

A minor move when Sharon signed to Cherry Red / twee pop relic wordsmiths selling fables stuck inside our heads / a band of woolly mammoths where we dubbed our own extinction a treat / waking up I found myself in Arkansas / a Tuesday night in Reno with the Vegas Beat at Jabberjaw / your head was tilted slightly and the earth had shifted under my feet

What’s your favorite band and who taught you to kiss that way / we’re running out of days in Vacaville and we can’t stay (x2)

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