Cherry Smoke Empire

by The Bastard Sons of Dennis

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Cherry Smoke Empire by The Bastard Sons of Dennis.

Cherry Smoke Empire is an album of original songs by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. The name of the album comes from an arrangement of fridge magnets at the house of Q. Wim and his family.

The Bastard Sons of Dennis are a duo which features Q. Wim Lijkkes, who plays acoustic guitar and sings, and Yuri Nation, who plays acoustic guitar and grunts. Alleged additional musicians on the Cherry Smoke Empire album include Sylvia Dulverton on black triangle, Ptolomy Bishops-Lydeard on second bassoon, Horatio Williton on bass clarinet and Cornelius Luxborough on French horn.

We began recording Cherry Smoke Empire with The Bastard Sons of Dennis in 2011. The first track we finished and released was Losing Feeling, and the final track to be completed, Good Times, was finally released in 2017. Besides a number of their live favourites, there are two musical gems on the recording that were a part of the duo’s repertoire for many years, yet were never performed live. The two songs that fall into this particular category are The Cruelest Dream and Pieces of Me.

All of the different parts of The Furniture have additionally been combined and released as a single. You can download or simply enjoy listening to this particular musical masterpiece in its entirety on Bandcamp as well as its own page here at Wud Records. Besides being a brilliant piece of musical strangeness and tomfoolery, The Furniture can be used as a great teaching aid for students learning English or Spanish, as there are a number of interesting linguistic points to be discussed within the lyrics.

There were two other original tracks that the Bastard Sons of Dennis performed live on various occasions which are not included here. They are both instrumental tracks, called Second Act and Green D-8, and are both part of Flicker’s repertoire. Both tracks will be appearing on Flicker albums in the future.

Sometimes and Smile were co-written with Terry Bickers from the band Levitation when he was at university with Q.Wim in the early 1990s. Both of those songs appear on Levitation’s highly acclaimed 1992 Need For Not album. The arrangements of Sometimes and Smile that you can hear on this particular recording are by The Bastard Sons of Dennis. Sometimes is called Resist in the Levitation catalogue.

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released June 1, 2011

Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered at Wud Records Studio One, 2011-2017.

Album artwork by Blueprint Studios.

Copyright © 2017 Wud Records.
Copyright ℗ 1992-2012 Explicit Music (see individual tracks for details).

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Track Name: The Furniture (part 1: overture)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Donde esta mis muebles de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis muebles de los hermanos?
Se pierden, se pierden

Where is the furniture of my brother?
Where is the furniture of my brother?
It is lost, it is lost.

Donde la guaderropa, la tabla?
Donde la silla, es banera?
Donde la gabineta, la oficina
Se pierden, se pierden
Los incontrareos

Where is the wardrobe, the table?
Where is the chair, the bathtub?
Where are the cabinet and the bureau?
They are lost, they are lost.
We will find them!

Creo que esta perdido por siempre
No! Los incontrareos

But I believe they are lost forever!
No! We will find them!

Donde esta mis guaderropa de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis guaderropa de los hermanos?

Where is the wardrobe of my brother?
Where is the wardrobe of my brother?
Track Name: Good Times
GOOD TIMES
This has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down to it
Don't wanna be the spoke in your wheel if I can help it

Well excuse while I tell you what I saw the other day
I met a man with a life to hide and bridges burnt behind him
He had a fleeting glimpse, a breath of freshness passed him
Like he didn't have a chance to catch it when it settled upon his lip
I don't suppose so

This has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down on it
Don't wanna be a spoke in your wheel if I can help it

Well I came across your garden when your flower was unfurling
May I relieve you of the burden of your innocence
Your aura's tantalising, your scent is mesmerising
When I'm near you I have to slip into a realm of fantasy

This has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down to it
I don't wanna be the spoke in your wheel if I can help it

Well excuse me while I ask you what's your name and where you've been
Cos you look so damn familiar like a painting, a rocket
A reflection of my sin

(Take it down)

I see a hint of roses smiling on your face
I don't mean to make you catch your breath
I couldn't make you if I tried

I see a hint of roses smiling on your face
I don't mean to make you catch your breath
I couldn't make you if I tried

And I came across your garden where the walls were gently fading
And the blossom was exhiilerating as it spoke to me
My universe expanded and my questions became answers
As I laid upon the earth and it accepted me

And this has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down on it
Don't wanna be the spoke in your wheel if I can help it

This has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down on it
Don't wanna be a smoke in your wheel if I can help it

This has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down to it
Don't wanna be the spoke in your wheel if I can help it

This has gotta be the good times
No more bad
No more in between for a while
I wanna get down on ya
I'd like to be the seat upon your bike if you would let me
Track Name: The Furniture (part 2: the wardrobe)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Aha! La guaderropa!
Pero el abuelo defecado en al guaderropa.
Pero el abuelo defecado en al guaderropa.
Como irrita.

Ah, there is the wardrobe!
Grandfather has defecated in the wardrobe.
Grandfather has defecated in the wardrobe.
How irritating.

Donde esta mis tabla de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis tabla de los hermanos?

Where is the table of my brother?
Where is the table of my brother?
Track Name: Sometimes
SOMETIMES
Read it young and so it spun
A web of madness on my screen
Expressions led me to a place
It's not the world I'd intended to be in
Sometimes I feel like everyone knows

People believe in your lies
People believe in all our our lies

And who we are the Fates did ask
Can't believe the sentence passed
Sometimes I feel like everyone knows
Sometimes I feel like everyone knows

People believe in your lies
People believe in all our lies

Read it young and so it spun
A web of madness on my screen
Expressions led me to a place
It's not the world I'd intended to be in
Sometimes I feel like everyone knows

People believe in all our our lies
People believe in my lies

Sometimes... I feel like everyone knows
Sometimes... I feel like everyone knows
Sometimes... I feel like everyone knows
Sometimes... I feel like everyone knows
Track Name: The Furniture (part 3: the table)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Aha! La table.
La table ha sufriedo ponderosa mente en las manos de piratas.
La table ha sufriedo ponderosa mente en las manos de piratas.

Ah, there's the table!

<translation unclear>

Donde esta mis silla de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis silla de los hermanos?

Where is the chair of my brother?
Where is the chair of my brother?
Track Name: Ten Years Later
TEN YEARS LATER
When I was just thirteen
She said that I could take her...
Where could I take her?
And now it's ten years later...
Is it over?
Tell me when it's over...
Is it over?
I'd like to think it over...

I like to get the best of the changes
I'd like to get the best from the re-arranges
But if we get much closer
There's a danger we'll start over
Now I take it there's no-one left to shake you from your tree

Is it over?
I'd like to think it over...
Is it over?
I'd like to think it over...

I like to get the best of the changes
I'd like to get the best from the re-arranges
But if we get much closer
There's a danger I'll fall over
Now I take it there's no-one left to break you from that scene

Is it over?
Tell me when it's over...
Is it over?
I'd like to think it over...
Is it over?
Track Name: The Furniture (part 4: the chair)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Aha! La silla!
Alguien fijo el fuego a la silla.
Alguien fijo el fuego a la silla.

Ah, there's the chair!
Somebody has set fire to the chair.
Somebody has set fire to the chair.

Que se ardia cuando llegue...
¿Por qué usted no llamó al departamento de bomberos?
Mi teléfono barato tiene solamente los números cero a ocho.
Tire el otro que hace las campanas atar.

It was like that when I arrived...
Why did you not call the Fire Brigade?
My cheap phone only has the numbers zero to eight.
Pull the other one, it has bells on.

¿Cómo llegaste a todos aquellos vinculados a la pierna?
Bueno, no fue fácil y tardó algo más de una semana, pero lo logré al final, como se puede escuchar.

How did you manage to get all of those attached to your leg?
Well, it wasn't easy and it took just over a week, but I managed it in the end, as you can hear.

Donde esta mis banera de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis banera de los hermanos?

Where is the bathtub of my brother?
Where is the bathtub of my brother?
Track Name: Smile
SMILE
Smile, for the experience is here
Smile
Wash away your tears today, smile

And if you find time
And if you find time
Smile

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instinct, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

In the cauldron of worn ideas
How many might follow this lost feeling
Instincts, revelation
Your life stops here
And how many tomorrows can you see

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instincts, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

Smile
Smile
Smile

So let me take you there
They're going to strip you bare

Smile, for the experience is here
Smile
And if you find time
And if you find time
Smile

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I've cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instinct, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

Smile
Smile
Smile

So let me take you there
They're going to strip you bare

Smile, for the experience is here
Smile
Wash away your fears today, smile

And if you find time
If you find time
Smile

I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I've cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Instinct, revelation
Your life starts here
And how many tomorrows can I see

I pick up all the pieces that I left
Pick up all the pieces that I left
I pick up all the pieces that I left lying around
I've cast them to the wind, yeah
There is no sound
Track Name: The Furniture (part 5: the bathtub)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Aha! La banera.
Una morsa con una erupcion repugnante se esta recuperando en la banera.
Una morsa con una erupcion repugnante se esta recuperando en la banera.

Aha, there's the bathtub!
A walrus with a nasty rash is recovering in the bathtub.
A walrus with a nasty rash is recovering in the bathtub.

Oh no, no otra vez.

Oh no, not again.

Donde esta mis gabineta de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis gabineta de los hermanos?

Where is the cabinet of my brother?
Where is the cabinet of my brother?
Track Name: The Cruellest Dream
THE CRUELLEST DREAM
Did you remember me that morning
The things that I said
As the sun crept up your body
As you lay in your bed
Well my feet barely touched the ground
In the daylight the night time sound
That enveloped my tired and weary head

Awakened by a sunrise a glow of delight
And I knew that I had kissed you, I knew it felt right
While I deciphered the way it seemed
I had cried at the cruellest dreams
And you enlightened my soul with mouth to mouth

While I followed you excited, I wasn't prepared
For the energies created, the things that we shared
I began to believe in you
From the forests of love anew
Comes the screaming of heart's desire released

But my symbols were distorted, your eyes held the truth
Had I looked I would have noticed the sign of his hoof
My invocation was part undone as I cried for the setting sun
And the mother I held the love frowned down
Track Name: The Furniture (part 6: the cabinet)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Aha! El gabineta.
El gabineta se ha utilizado almacanar pescados.
El gabineta se ha utilizado almacanar pescados.

Ah, the cabinet!
The cabinet has been used to store fish.
The cabinet has been used to store fish.

E so es razonable.
Eran abadejos?
No.

That’s reasonable.
Were there any haddock?
No.

Donde esta mis oficina de los hermanos?
Donde esta mis oficina de los hermanos?

Where is the bureau of my brother?
Where is the bureau of my brother?
Track Name: Losing Feeling
LOSING FEELING
So I lost that feeling
I don’t know what I can do now
Losing feeling
I don’t know what I could have done
To stop me feeling
I’m losing the feeling I love
I don’t even know your name
It’s backwards and forwards the same
I’m falling backwards again

And so I
Lost that feeling
I don’t know what I could have done
Losing feeling
I don’t know what I can do now
To stop me feeling
I’m losing the feeling I love
You don’t even know my name
It’s backwards and forward the same
And I’m falling backwards again

Why don’t you get over yourself
There’s not enough hours in the day
Why don’t you get over yourself
Leaving the last words unsaid
There’s simply a hole in your heart
Try to let somebody in

And so I got to thinking
I’d better go home instead
Have a wank and some biscuits
And then I’ll get pissed with my friends
And we’ll talk of Eastenders
And who won X-Factor in the end
You don’t even know my name
It’s backwards and forwards the same
And I’m falling backwards again

Words by Andy Richardson. Copyright (c) Explicit Music 2010.
Track Name: The Furniture (part 7: the bureau)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Aha! La oficina.
La oficina ha sido picotiada por muchos pollos
Y la puertas se han caido.
La oficina ha sido picotiada por muchos pollos
Y la puertas se han caido.

Ah, the bureau.
The bureau has been pecked by a great many chickens
And the doors have fallen off.
The bureau has been pecked by a great many chickens
And the doors have fallen off.

Eran una cortina agredable del marron.
Pense que eran horrible!
Usted tio el es porke usted neude espantoso.

That’s a shame, they were an agreeable shade of brown.
I thought they were horrible!
You would and that's because you smell appalling, uncle.
Track Name: Pieces of Me
PIECES OF ME
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I tell you but you don't want to know
You made your mind up you want to go
But then from the cold icy stare come the words "I care"
I care

I don't want to wait around this time
I don't want to wait for things to go wrong
I've waited too long
I've waited too long

I need to have you now
I need your release
I need your peace before I tear myself in two
I want to want you now
I want that release
I want your peace
Before I tear myself in two

Pieces of me, pieces of you
We're beads on a worry bead threading us through
I want your commitment
I want your delicate hand in mine
Oh babe please say yes this time
Oh babe please say yes this time
Track Name: The Furniture (part 8: finale)
THE FURNITURE (LOS MUEBLES)
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Ahora hemos encontrado todos sus muebles tio,
Ahora hemos encontrado todos sus muebles tio,
Ahora hemos encontrado todos sus muebles tio,
Qué le hacen para decir, tío?
Qué le hacen para decir, tío?

Now we have found all of your furniture uncle,
Now we have found all of your furniture uncle,
Now we have found all of your furniture uncle,
What do you say, uncle?
What do you say, uncle?

Oh... bueno.

Oh... good.
Track Name: The Furniture (epilogue)
THE FURNITURE (PART 9: EPILOGUE)
Plop!
Hee hee hee!

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