Sheffield Shanty II / Groucho

by Monkey Swallows the Universe

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To celebrate 10 years since the release of their first album, 'The Bright Carvings', Monkey Swallows the Universe present new versions of 'Sheffield Shanty' and 'The Secret Word is Groucho'.

The full folk-pop five-piece also performed an Easter Sunday resurrection gig at Queens Social Club, Sheffield, on 27 March.

See the video for Sheffield Shanty II here: youtu.be/KXVgMsxKZgo
Photo by Joe Binks
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released February 26, 2016

'Sheffield Shanty II' written by Nat Johnson
'Groucho' written by Kevin Gori
Produced by Dave Sanderson
Recorded at 2Fly Studios Sheffield

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"Sheffield's loveliest band" - The Guardian

MSTU are: Nat Johnson, Kevin Gori, Cate Tully, Andy George & Rob Dean.

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Track Name: Sheffield Shanty II
Avast! They're leaving town two by two
As the rain pours down and we're all soaked through
And as they march away, two by two
It's like we need an ark for the rest of us

So I'll cut my hair short
And I'll make a flag from an old black dress
That I'd have worn if it hadn't rained so much
That the seven hills became seven seas
And I'll sail my house from Broomhill to Walkley

Pretty Polly is a pigeon
She's got a gammy leg and she'll eat anything
I've got an eye patch with a hole in
Cos I don't need to navigate by stars - I use the road signs and the Arts Tower
Still, the rains come

So I'll cut my hair short
And I'll make a flag from an old black dress
That I'd have worn if it hadn't rained so much
That the seven hills became seven seas
And I'll sail my house from Crookes to Don Valley

You can be my cabin boy and I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Eddie
And Eddie when you call me you can call me Captain

So I'll cut my hair short
And I'll make a flag from an old black dress
That I'd have worn if it hadn't rained so much
That the seven hills became seven seas
And I'll sail my house from Fulwood to High Green
Track Name: Groucho
You love me like a fashionable liberal loves an Eastern European dissident
You love me like an existentialist loves an empty room that nobody can see inside, that nobody can see inside

You love me like a nihilist loves absolutely nothing at all
You love me like Roderick Usher and I'm locked up now
As the walls are falling down, the walls are falling down

(Ahhh)

You never got the hang of oral sex
The whole procedure was a pain in the neck
Never got the hang of awkward silences
Never read those looks of keep your distances
Of keep your distances

In this light you look like Odysseus lashed to the mast of your own creation
In this light you look like Yossarian bandaging my arm as my guts are spilling out, my guts are spilling out

(Ahhh)

You love me like David Cameron loves discretion as a trait in an abbatoir tour guide
You love me like a nihilist loves absolutely nothing at all
Looks to me like all the newspapers seem the same as last decade's newspapers
And you love me like a market researcher loves to ruin my day