The Hit World Of​.​.​. Marthas & Arthurs (1st album)

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    "a pastoral Abba or Belle & Sebastian backing Mamas & Papas"
    -The Guardian
    "swooning and sumptuous, deserves a hit or two"
    -Q Magazine
    "rather brilliant" - Jarvis Cocker, BBC 6 Music
    "hot tracks - child-friendly harmony-based folk" - The Sun
    "beautifully played and unobtrusively sung, 'The Hit World Of...' is really quite the tonic. Mesmerising" - Record Collector
    "way better than Abba" - Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music

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released April 16, 2012

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Second album
'More International Hits' now on general release, CD & download.
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First track 'Farlow' available as FREE DOWNLOAD.
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First album, 'The Hit World Of... Marthas & Arthurs' still available on CD & download.
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Track Name: I Won't Stop
I Won't Stop

Gather round and there'll be tales for you
Gather round and there'll be tales
It's never awkward as long as you pay
Gather sun and there'll be hay for you
Gather sun and there'll be hay
Plus expenses and various bills
I don't believe in sugaring pills

Did you ever see it this way?
You could never bring me to say
It's weighing me down but I won't stop
It's weighing me down so beware
It's weighing me down but I won't stop
Please read me your prayers

You wrote your book down in the safe house
Wrote your book down where it's safe
It's the page turns you know I can't bear
Cash your chips and I'll be there for you
Cash your chips and I'll be there
Oh in an ice age you know I'll be there
In an ice age you know I'll be there

Did you ever see it this way?
You could never bring me to say
It's weighing me down but I won't stop
It's weighing me down so beware
It's weighing me down but I won't stop
Please read me your prayers
Track Name: Ape On A Train Called Jane
Ape on a Train Called Jane

Scruffy as sin and bargain bound
Beer in her hand and eight lives down
On the night train, my my
Cheek on the glass, so far so good
She'll find out what her heart is beating for
In the night-time, Saturday

She'll rush through her thrills and burn out fast
If you knew what I know you'd turn around
She's crushed in her box
She's come she's gone, on her way

Find me the girl beneath the thief
No gods no cash no masters and no direction, my my my
Chin on her hand, so far so good
She'll find out what her heart is beating for
In the night-time, Saturday

Ape on a train
She's called Jane
Wearing pretty clothes
Some of them don't go
And her clothes are stole

She'll rush through her thrills and burn out fast
If you knew what I know you'd turn around
She's crushed in her box
She's come she's gone, on her way

Ape on a train
She's called Jane
Wearing pretty clothes
Some of them don't go
And her clothes are stole
Track Name: Counting The Colours Til Friday (album version)
Counting the Colours Til Friday

It's dangerous to go where the streets and jazz are free
It's dangerous to go looking for flowers there
I thought you should know you might fall apart
I thought you should know I already did
Fa fa so la tee doh
Fa fa thought you should know

Sometimes fall asleep at the wheel
Cos I'm counting the colours til Friday
You know, you know how it must feel
To be counting the colours til Friday

Can you hear them scream for more more more
They live in each others' fists, they live in the undersky
If music was made for those the slowly blind
For those with two ears struggling to hear
They'll run out of time

Sometimes fall asleep at the wheel
Cos I'm counting the colours til Friday
You know, you know how it must feel
To be counting the colours til Friday

Golden girl where did you learn
To tie your tongue like that?
Sometimes fall asleep at the wheel
Cos I'm counting the colours til Friday
You know, you know how it must feel
To be counting the colours til Friday
Track Name: Who Will Marry Me? (album version)
Who Will Marry Me?

So your moment came you were sitting on the loo
Thinking of the things you wished you had the balls to do
Your dark side was loud and clear deep down in the dumps
Picking over cracking bones and old breadcrumbs
Look at you you're just a joke with ketchup on your tie
Not to mention collars - they'd give the dead a fright
Your leather and your motorbikes won't help you know
But I've still got my poetry and you've lost your fake tan

And I see apes in the aeroplanes and fish in the trees
And when all is said and done who will marry me?

Meander here wander there just go as you please
That's no way to live your life as far as I can see
I thought I sent my form in to the powers that be
With your memory like a civet you probably sent a tree
I love the smell of morning in the morning when we rise
The market hates uncertainty so wake and hold on tight
Flat head, countersunk or just zinc-coated
I don't care just screw them all hard against the wall

And I see apes in the aeroplanes and fish in the trees
And when all is said and done who will marry me?

What the devil have you done to the jewel in your crown?
I bought a bird of paradise I put my payment down
I wish upon the satellites as good as all the stars
I wish upon the city lights and pushing taxi cars
My family trees a sorry tale I tell it in the pub
Except there's no-one listening just coin-collecting cubs
Some years ago I fell to earth and landed in the woods
Maybe you are half a tree with only half your goods

And I see apes in the aeroplanes and fish in the trees
And when all is said and done who will marry me?
Track Name: Sally Started It All (album version)
Sally Started It All

I just heard that Sally's getting married
It's no good saying I told you, I told you so
She'll dazzle, she'll dazzle like a diamond
With her eyes a-shining, I told you so
And her hand on the knife on the day
She'll cut her wedding cake

This much I know
Oh Sally started it all
And if she could she would be here singing now

It's three years since we were singing only
I keep the things she showed me
Not face the other way
I bet you that she'd be mortified
Her handbag by her side saying 'how can that be?'
And now she works in TV
In Washington DC

This much I know
Oh Sally started it all
And if she could she would be here singing now

You know how bees die after they sting you
It was a little bit like that
So we dug a hole and moved the whole nest
And found another patch of tree

This much I know
Oh Sally started it all
And if she could she would be here singing
This much I know
Oh Sally started it all
And if she could she would be here singing now
Track Name: Barberosophy
Barberosophy

Flies buzz around us
And we buzz around trees
And trees buzz around mountains
And mountains buzz around planets

And planets buzz around suns
And suns buzz around galaxies
And galaxies buzz around universes
So what do universes buzz around?
Track Name: Clamour For A Fudge (album version)
Clamour For A Fudge

There's a place I used to know
For the money men who watch their money grow
Never did much passing trade
So the place bled dry

They worked and they slaved and they hated their work
So they taxed and they shaved as their friends told them
Clamour for a fudge, just because

Flip your pillow to the cold side
Comb the wreckage for the missing girl who died
So you joined the high speed chase
With a skinful of beer

They carved and they cleaved suffocated their dreams
And they tore and they patched as their phones
Clamoured for a fudge, no such luck

So the towel was soon thrown in
Full of holes and wearing thin
Could have made the perfect shroud
If you're not too proud

All the graves had been dug so we strutted our stuff
All the strips had been torn and the war lately won
And the meaning supplied and their relatives informed
Of the fudge, nudge nudge

There's a place I used to know back before the war
Track Name: Hey Ho, Ho Hum, What Fun
Hey Ho, Ho Hum, What Fun

Something in the way and she'll never recover
To get back to where she was
They always said didn't they that life's for living
So go, soldier on
Never understand what she had in her hands
Never know how she crushed to death
The very thing that's true that was worth saving
Like a dead stuffed cat
So she whiles away her days...

Hey Ho, Ho Hum, What Fun
You know sometimes she wants her laughing gas
You know sometimes she drinks her beer and wine
If it's mine, especially mine

People never said it would be this crazy
A cat got all their tongues
Maybe they were trying to avoid a scene
By being so British
Every cold morning it's the same story
Always chilled to the tip of her toes
How's it going to be when she hits 40
A creature in a rucsac
So she whiles away her days...

Hey Ho, Ho Hum, What Fun
You know sometimes she wants her laughing gas
You know sometimes she drinks her beer and wine
If it's mine, especially mine
Track Name: Vine Leaves In Her Hair
Vine Leaves in Her Hair

I see you've become one of many
I see you reborn one of them
I couldn't care less if you're prevailing
My winds they will blow you all away

Can you hold back the river
Can you hold up the game
Cos when she's there she'll fill your head
With vine leaves in her hair

I know where you sat back in the classroom
Who talk you to talk, taught you to see
I know what you'll gasp as you're drowning
I know what you wish when you're in love

And you're so damn reasonable
And you're so brave and vain
But when she's there return her stare
With vine leaves in her hair

A crackpot is you, now that's your label
I couldn't resist putting it down
And visions of you as you're older
I scribble them down and set them all loose

If you can't see my mirrors
Then I can't see you
And then she's there bullish and bare
With vine leaves in her hair
Track Name: Awkward Holidays
Awkward Holidays

When I get home, I see you sit there
Oblivionize, what I have done today
And you, you make me see
You make it seem, oh it's nothing to me
With you, no more awkward holidays

When I am down, and it's hard to be me
You chase it away, what went wrong today
And you, you make it seem
You make it seem, oh it's nothing to me
With you, no more awkward holidays

Wild imaginations watching private celebrations
While the world unties
You supply the meaning, I'll supply the means
While the world unties

And you, you make me see
You make it seem, oh it's nothing to me
With you, no more awkward holidays