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1.
Loser 04:54
I am the loser Pushed back into his mother To ensure he was born His father left For a family he didn’t abhor I am the loser A dreamer of dreams A liar of lies No use to anyone No reason to aspire I am the loser The lesson to be learnt An observation in failure Whose plans come to naught I am the loser In all that you see Take from this what you want But don’t be like me
2.
Was it your breeding Or the boarding school That set you on this path That turned you into a fool You put aside reason
You put aside logic Bending every fact To fit the story as you want it Was it a way to survive Was it something you learnt Was it hardwired in your brain Or are you just that absurd No self-awareness With a blind spot you can see You find yourself adrift On a self-made ocean of misery Why can’t you stop Just give it a rest You don’t have to be always right You don’t have to turn everything into a pissing contest You live just to breath And you breath just to win Because life makes no sense Without a self-satisfied grin Living to score the point Every conversation shows Your expensive schooling To put them in their place Now was it your genes Were you always this way They beat you at school Just to put you in your place But you couldn’t understand What it means to be a man So you put on this show Just to prove your own self worth A mistake, a mistake And what did you become? Then you wake to find You’re alone in your mind With no emotions left to feel An emptiness of the unreal So you put your money down To pay for therapy But no matter how much you spend You can never buy back your humanity Now what did you become Can you unpick the knots Of self-believe that lead you here Or are you doomed to repeat yourself again and again and again? You have your education And everything nepotism brings But you’ll never sip from the cup of humility Or be comfortable in your own skin Why can’t you stop Just give it a rest You don’t have to be always right You don’t have to turn everything into a pissing contest You live just to breath And you breath just to win Because life makes no sense Without a self-satisfied grin
3.
I remember when he left It seems so long ago now Ancient history to be forgotten But another invisible scar That never healed And I could never leave you like he left me I would tear the world asunder to be by your side To see another smile, the tears and times gone by I was always there, same place The number never changed Waited for the call that never came Birthday cards of platitudes, signifying nothing And I could never leave you like he left me I would go to the end of the world To keep you safe and sound Building bridges only to be burned No connection could be made And I would have been there If he’d called me to his side And I could never leave you like he left me I would smash myself apart If I ever left you in the dark But when it comes down to it The facts are there to see Maybe you were right all along We were just strangers you and me Just strangers Nothing more Strangers You and me
4.
You’re never prepared for goodbyes Or the many tears in your eyes And the scars it leaves behind It catches you by surprise All the people that you know Are just a part of the rodeo We’re on the same old road A one way travelling show I’ll come back and haunt you Hiding around every corner A breath on the breeze The god rays through the trees You’ll never know that I’m there But you’ll sometimes be that aware I’ll be travelling down the wires With my electromagnetic disguise You’ll never see me I’ll be just memory But I’ll be by your side To keep you safe and sound And though I’ll be gone Life might seem very long But it is gone in a dash Like a camera bulb flash Be sure of the path you take You can learn from my mistakes Remember the smiles we had Even when the times were bad I’ll come back to haunt you Hiding around every corner The knock at the door The creak in the floor You’ll never know that I’m there But sometimes I’ll catch you unaware I’ll be whispering in your ear Chasing away all your fear You’ll never see me I’ll be frozen in memory I’ll still be by your side To make sure your safe and sound Nobody wants to say those goodbyes Nobody wants to really die But we’re just energy Drifting on the cosmic sea So wipe the tears from your eyes Remember you are born to die You can’t escape it if you try So enjoy life while you have it
5.
Some Men 03:36
Some men want to rule the world Some men never learn Some men want what you’ve earned Others want it to burn Some men want to break you down Some men want to die Some Men can’t see themselves Others want to fly Some men put their value in gold Some men in the value of friends Some hold onto their privacy But it all slips away in the end Some men put work right at the top Some just follow their greed Some find solace in religion But I don’t know what to believe Time passes by You live then you die Laugh and cry Love with a sigh Some men forget when to smile Some men forget to cry Others can’t see the passage Of opportunities going by Some men greet the world with a fist Others with a smile Some just hold on forever Never understanding why Some men value their property Over family and friends Some would kill you for all you got It all means nothing in the end Some men stand above us all Some are just here to feed Some men put faith in justice But I don’t know who to believe Time passes by You live then you die Laugh and cry Love with a sigh
6.
It was so easy to understand But as time has passed All reason lost command What was right is wrong And what’s left is disconnected How did this happen This was not to be expected Words lost their meaning Subtlety extinct Intelligence trumped by feeling Nuance indistinct While there’s more communication The less we talk Put down the device and go out for a walk Pick your side Fight for glory You need to be On the right side of history No room for discussion No time for debate Just push your narrative And feed off the hate Pick your side Swallow the story Justify your truth Digital purgatory No room for reason No time for facts Just join the army And carry out the attack The age of the pointless Communication has passed The culture of cancel Its flag nailed to the mast They eat themselves wholesale Safety in the circle jerk Just another experiment that can never work The media isn’t social Unless you’re towing the line The left think they’re right And the right’s left behind They’re both cheeks of the same stupid arse Desperately wanting not to be left in the past Pick your side Fight for glory You need to be On the right side of history No room for discussion No time for debate Just push your narrative And feed off the hate Pick your side Swallow the story Justify your truth Digital purgatory No room for reason No time for facts Just join the army And carry out the attack
7.
The Puzzle 03:55
You are my puzzle That I can never solve Every time I try to figure you out The rules change once more You want your secrets But I am not the man To let you keep them I need to know, know your plans You are my puzzle You want to communicate And reach out there But you never want to talk to me, please talk to me, that’s all I want I wish it were so easy But the future can be seen so clearly now Can you understand I only want to keep you safe from harm
8.
Children, My Children Children, my children I can’t believe How you’ve helped me grow Children, my children I never wanted To be a father, you know But you’ll never see How you are The best thing to happen to me And you’ll never know Just how much I love you so Children, my children You make me live You make me soar Children, my children You gave me meaning Where there was none And you’ll never see How complete You’ve make me And you’ll never believe The difference You’ve made to me And you’ll never feel This way until you have A child of your own Children, My Children The greatest creation I ever made Children, My Children I wish you hope. And joy and love And I know You think I’m daft A bit silly and a laugh And I know That I know you Better than you know yourself Children, My Children I hope you’ve heard This silly song Children, My Children It’s not far to go Because here’s the guitar solo…
9.
Man Down 03:39
Another year passes You’re life’s a mess You look in the mirror And see the distress Nobody warns you About the toll it takes But it’s all mapped out In the lines on your face You remember the plans You never made All the pointless things That got in your way You’ve worked yourself Half to death All that time wasted And it makes no sense Another year older Another permanent frown Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another step closer Another irritated scowl Another nail in the coffin Another man down You used to think It would all make sense But as the time goes by It made no difference So much for all that experience You can’t get it up It just gets you down The hairy nostrils The disgusting jowl Can you remember when It wasn’t that long ago You were young and virile The top of the show But time is cruel And time don’t care But at least you don’t need a comb If you’ve got no hair Another year older Another permanent frown Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another step closer Another irritated scowl Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another nail in the coffin Another man down Hey hey, isn’t it a pity No one warned you About the nitty gritty Hey hey, isn’t it a pity No one warned you About the nitty gritty You’re all alone Without a pally Watch out son You’re in snipers alley Watch out son You’re in snipers alley Your marriage is fucked You’re back on the shelf You couldn’t satisfy her You can’t satisfy yourself Nothing is fun Nothing is appealing You’ve got to the point Where you’ve got no feelings Can’t turn back the clock To a different time When things where better You knew your own mind You’re stuck in the now And your clothes don’t fit So you lose some weight But your breath still smells like shit Another year older Another permanent frown Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another step closer Another irritated scowl Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another nail in the coffin Another man down You want to be interesting You want to take a hobby But the garden needs weeding And that’s so fucking boring Maybe you’ll find love On the internet But there’s only catfish there To get your ding-dong wet Then you realise All your friends are dying They’re the same as you But they’re no longer crying Going to funerals Singing their praises It won’t be long Before you’re pushing up daisies Another year older Another permanent frown Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another step closer Another irritated scowl Another nail in the coffin Another man down Another nail in the coffin Another man down Hey hey, isn’t it a pity No one warned you About the nitty gritty Hey hey, isn’t it a pity No one warned you About the nitty gritty You’re all alone Without a pally Watch out son You’re in snipers alley Watch out son You’re in snipers alley
10.
There are no written lyrics as this was improvised...
11.
I Miss You 03:15
Grief is love that never dies It fades slowly like a scar But still prickles deep inside And what I would give For another hour with you To tell you stories that have been All those things you’ve never seen Reminisce those old days When we were all here And how I miss you I miss you I miss you I miss you And always will Time is fleeting like sand Washed through your fingers in the sea Passing like the sun through cloud And sometimes you just don’t see How precious the present can be Nothing ever stays the same There’s always constant change All I hope is that I’m missed As much as I miss you all And how I miss you I miss you I miss you I miss you And always will
12.
I thought that I was just a coward But I have to fight for what I believe Go and try and bring the battle to me But you should wisely choose your enemies It’s not how many times you get knocked down It’s how many times you get back up Every setback’s a new opportunity Every letdown’s the day’s free lesson Fear is the mother of ignorance But nescience is the father of your confidence Then you realise there’s only ever one error That’s the failure to learn from your mistakes I always believed I was weak As life scared me into many pieces But now I can’t give up that easily And persistence only tempers my resolve It’s not how many times you get knocked down It’s how many times you get back up Every setback’s a new opportunity Every letdown’s the day’s free lesson Fear is the mother of ignorance But nescience is the father of your confidence Then you realise there’s only ever one error That’s the failure to learn from your mistakes All I want is to exist in my own space But you just keep getting right in my face Cross me again and I promise it won’t be funny History shows God pays debts without money

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This is the first time I've put out an album of sing-songs since I first started mucking around with a four-track tape recorder in 1992. I'm 50 years old this year and this is a follow-up to "The Luckiest Man in the World". A dozen songs about love, life, death, family, masculinity and the confusion that comes with getting older but no wiser.

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released February 21, 2021

Darren Lock: voice, lyrics, guitars, basses, drum programming and hand claps.

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