Everything Changes

by The Speed Of Sound

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    Limited edition, signed and numbered first pressing, heavy 170g vinyl LP with glass pressed double CD set
    Plus - a 297x297mm insert poster, a double-sided A4 poster and a full colour inner sleeve with the lyrics to all twenty songs.
    LP run time 34’:04” total CD run time including bonus songs 76’:46”

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Everything Changes is a hybrid format album comprising 170g heavy black vinyl LP with ten songs running to 34'04"and also containing a glass stamped CD insert with those ten songs, plus an additional ten bonus tracks. The total CD run time is 76'46".
There is full colour inner sleeve with the lyrics and also printed inserts.
The digital version has a pdf lyric booklet.

Everything Changes.

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released December 6, 2016

The Speed Of Sound are:
John Armstrong - guitars/vocals
Anne-Marie Crowley - guitars/vocals
Kevin Roache - bass guitars
Paul Worthington - drums

Thanks to:
Lucy Power for the flute on Little Miss Restless and to Lord Litter for being our DDR Border Guard on Checkpoint Charlie.

Special thanks to:
Staggy and David Wilcox for repeated use of their immense mixing expertise and advice
The Miller Centre University Of Virginia (for allowing use of JFK on Checkpoint Charlie)
Maxine Green for the hand drawn sketches of the band and their gear on the insert sheet
The Sandstorm Sharkfin Plectrum (without which many more guitar strings would snap)
and to Maria Garduno Chaves for tireless behind the scenes assistance.

And also: thanks to all our friends and relations who have hardly seen us for the last year or more while the album has taken physical form
And to EVERYONE that buys it and supports independent music.
Keep it real.
Play loud and play often.

All songs © John Armstrong
Recorded between 1 September 2015 and 18 January 2016 at Seed Studios Manchester
Engineered by Raul Carreno
Additional recording at Bryn Elwy
CD Bonus Songs recorded at:
Seed Studios (Engineered by Raul Carreno)
SSR (Engineered by Sarunas Raudonis)
and Riverside (engineered by Zachary Whittaker)
additional recording on the CD bonus songs at Bryn Elwy
and also at Pariser Str. 10179 Berlin
Post production mastering by Adam Crossley at Pro-Rec

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The Speed Of Sound UK

"atmospheric alternative rock".
John Armstrong guitar/vocals, AnnMarie Crowley - vocals/percussion, Kevin Roache bass & Paul Worthington drums, based in Manchester UK. Unfettered, unchained & independent since 1989.
They frequently play live in Manchester and elsewhere.
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Track Name: Shut All The Clubs
Shut All The Clubs:

Business invests and business infests
The developers dream runs wild
Bohemia shrinks the public blinks
The city is restyled
A glass fronted gym and retail opportunities
Make up the empire of the bland
The heart of the city beats its last as computers boot up
The developers rub their hands
The artists move out as rents shoot up
Atmosphere makes its final stand
The heart of the city is replaced with empty offices
The development goes as planned
Business invests business divests
The developers dream runs wild
Bohemia shrinks the public drinks
And the city is defiled
Corporatise, sanitise, big it up with PR lies,
Shut all the clubs tear down the pubs
Sear it all and cauterise
So that we can have more luxury flats
'Cos living in the city - thats where its at
Track Name: I Can't Say
I Can't Say

I can’t say what I feel today
But when the wind does blow
It makes the branches sway

I can stay among this decay
With the carrion crow
That feels betrayed

Are we just clay
For the gods at play
And will all human toil just fade away

Like the leaves that fall
In the autumn rain
They have no choice and they feel no pain
Track Name: Maid Of The Grey
Maid Of The Grey

Intangible; ephemeral, she’s moving in white mist of mildew
Beckoning, she calls you in, the soft soft cloud, but will you?
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey,
Maid of the grey

Step into the swirling breath and draw down deep the damp miasma
See her looming in the fret, coiling tendrils whirl around her
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey

You see her, but not now you see her and she fades away
You see her and she fades away
She fades away
She fades

From phantoms grey stone granite forms as Medusa turns her head
And holds her gaze while serpents writhe; where has the future fled?
Monochrome girl – carved out of the grey
Monochrome girl
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey, maid of the grey
Maid of the grey
Track Name: Only Everything
Only Everything

Temptation reaches out an open hand
Erase the future erase all the plans
In the heat of the moment the steering goes
Into the rapids there’s no control
The cataract and maelstrom devour all
As the world tips over and begins to fall
There’s only one thing one thing perceived
You’d better scratch that itch until it bleeds

Temptation waiting behind the closed door
Turn the handle let it grip with its claws
There’s no danger give in to the call
Lose sense of balance lose sense of it all
There’s no use resisting so go ahead
Relax oh what it is to be mislead
There’s only one thing one thing perceived
You’d better scratch that itch until it bleeds

Temptation only offers everything
Go on go on walk right in
Spinning round in the ever swirling flow
Dragged down in the undertow
There’s never a choice so answer the call
Swept over the edge of the waterfall
There’s only one thing one thing perceived
You’d better scratch that itch until it bleeds
Track Name: Little Miss Restless
Little Miss Restless

Little miss restless lying on her bed
Rain hits the window like the thoughts in her head
Drops come together and run down to the sill
She wants to move and she wants to stay still
Her legs want to run and her mind wants to sleep
She can’t concentrate the waters run so deep

Little miss restless sitting in her room
Spins another record because now is too soon
Distracted putting eyeliner on
She can’t think about what's on what’s going on
She wants to stamp her feet and to curl round and round
She wants to relax and wants to shake the town

Little miss restless is dancing; dancing in her mind
Living alone in her head the only peace she will find
Little miss restless is dancing; dancing in her mind
Living alone in her head the only peace she will find

Little miss restless going out for the night
Shuts the door behind turning out the light
Always searching looking for something
She doesn’t know what it could be anything
She’ll know it when she finds it and then her soul will sing
She’ll know it when she finds it and then her soul will sing

Little miss restless is dancing; dancing in her mind
Living alone in her head the only peace she will find
She’ll know it when she finds it and then her soul will sing
She’ll know it when she finds it and then her soul will sing
Track Name: The Moment Is Now
The Moment Is Now

We move through the darkness with nothing else there
No ground to stand on, no seat or chair
The future is with us the past will recede
The moment, the moment is now

Compressed then stretched out watch time run slow
Nothing happened before this nothing else to know
Sparks fly from our fingers fusion everywhere
The moment, the moment is now

The moment, the moment is now, the moment the moment is now
With nothing else to know; the moment, the moment is now

Expanding at light speed Einstein is law
To fill all the spaces until they distort
Dark matter and white light pulsing in waves
The moment, the moment is now
Track Name: Girl On The Roof
Girl On The Roof

Stop all the traffic there’s a girl on the roof
There’s no convincing her she won’t accept proof
She’s above it all she’s looking down
Happy on the ledge just hanging around
Above the cars above the streets
Sitting on the ledge she’s swinging her feet

She’s looking down, she’s looking down
She’s looking down, she’s looking down

Stop all the traffic there’s a girl on the roof
Waving and pointing will be no use
She’s above it; she’s looking down
She seems to like this view of town
Wave and shout through your megaphone
Nothing to see here so - move along

She’s looking down, she’s looking down
She’s looking down, she’s looking down

She doesn’t need a reason to explain
This is her world this is her domain
She knows everything she see it all
Watching everything she’s not going to fall
But if you ask her why she’s there
Really she just wants to be closer to the sun

Stop all the traffic there’s a girl on the roof
She’s not going to jump; she’s just looking for truth
She’s above it and she’s looking down
She wants to stay above the ground
We’re not going to find truth down there
Got to get up got to get up those stairs – right now

Come on
I’m running up the stairs going to meet her on the rooftop
Get up the stairs
Get on the roof
Track Name: Seen It All Before
Seen It All Before

I have seen it all before
And I know before it’s started what’s in store
No surprises anymore
Jaded and callous to the core

There’s more to this than meets the eye
More than words can describe
They shriek like harpies in the sky
Above a land so arid and dry

I have thrown it all away
Drove through the night to hear you say
There’s nothing left of yesterday
Only the future and today

I have seen it all before
But this is different I want more
I have seen it all before
But this is different I want more
Track Name: Karin B
Karin B

The tide will change
But she stays the same
Karin B she roams the sea
The moon will change
But she stays the same
Karin B she’s coming back to me

Cursed as a wanderer she can set no foot on land
With a shrouded cargo and a crew of the damned
If no one will take her she’ll disappear
Into the sea mist and deepest fear
Forgotten she’ll wander decay and corrode
Harbour the peril of her unknown load

The seasons change
But she stays the same
Karin B she roams the sea
The fashions change but she stays the same
Karin B she’s coming back to me

No welcome land fall where she can go to ground
Her position a blank chart she’s lost and not found
Rest on the seabed as one more ghost ship
Gone and unthought of until her secret slips
Bursting seeping spread beneath the waves
No one will ever find her unmarked grave
No one will ever put flowers on her grave
No one will ever find her unmarked grave

The tide will change
But she stays the same
Karin B she roams the sea
The moon will change
But she stays the same
Karin B she’s coming back to me
The seasons change
But she stays the same
Karin B she roams the sea
The fashions change but she stays the same
Karin B she’s coming back to me
The tide will change
But she stays the same
Karin B she roams the sea
The wind will change
But she stays the same
Karin B coming coming back to me
Track Name: Always Seems To Fall
Always Seems To Fall

A rapid blur of moments memories entwined
The past becomes the future leaves itself behind
Hourglass sands run out of sight time speeds they are gone
Inverted they fall again repeating ever on

Darkness falls out of the sky and wraps around the passer by
Splashing trough deep pools of light running home all through the night
On a night like this it always seems to fall
Splintered colours and fractured lives I see it all when I look outside and
On a night like this it always seems to fall

A constant swirl of motion an ever changing flow
A circuit of chaos the city is always go
A circle of transit running day and night
Unceasing movement a never ending flight

Darkness falls out of the sky and wraps around the passer by
Splashing trough deep pools of light running home all through the night
On a night like this it always seems to fall
Splintered colours and fractured lives I see it all when I look outside and
On a night like this it always seems to fall
Track Name: Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie

Guten Tag Ihren Pass bitte
Ja und auch die Zoll und Devisenerklärung
Was ist der Griund der Einreise in die DDR?
Ich bin ein Berliner
Track Name: I See You Everywhere That I Go
I See You Everywhere That I Go

I see you everywhere that I go
And I hear you every place I am at
Its no good I can't gt away
I see you everywhere that I go

I see you everywhere that I go
Its your voice on the radio
You're looking at me from the TV screen
You're there on the cover of Magazines
I hear you every place I am at
You surround me its a basic fact
Where ever I look you're sure to be there
Its tearing me up but you don't care
I see you everywhere that I go
There's no secret that you do not know
Where ever I am I'm here in your sight
I feel your eyes on me right through the night
I hear you every place I am at
Your voice finds me and it knocks me flat
I see you everywhere that I go
I hear you every place I am at
Its no good I can' get away
I see you everywhere that I go

Is no good I just can't get away
I look at you, you look at at me and it stays that way
You smile and wave but its not OK
You're watching me I'm watching you and it stays that way

I see you everywhere that I go
I hear you every place I am at
Its no good I can' get away
I see you everywhere that I go
Track Name: The Wargame
The Wargame

Silently searching cruising fifty feet down
Sealed orders are opened as the sweep hand reaches high
In the darkness of ocean a wargame has begun

Submariner crouches over green glowing screen
Watching, listening
In the darkness of ocean a wargame has begun

Far from alone the headphones are alive
Echoing with herring shoals as the order to dive
is relayed and obeyed

In the darkness of ocean a wargame has begun

A trawler catches an oversize prize and is gone
A trawler catches an oversize prize and is gone
Track Name: Chalk Circle
Chalk Circle

I've drawn a chalk circle right around me
I'm going to stay in it I a never going to leave
It going to keep you out its going to keep you away
I'm on my own in here and that's how I want it to stay

I put out the light and I stay inside
Sometimes its hell just staying alive
You can't touch me you can't even get near
I cant see anything that you describe

I know what it is to be so far down
There's no doubt about it I am underground
I see no evil I hear no pain
Nothing can reach through my chalk surround

I listen to the rhythm within me
I hear only sounds in my head
I do not move I seldom bother breathing
I sometimes wonder if I am dead
I sometimes wonder if I am dead

I am empty just an echoing jar
Remote and untouchable as the north star
My memories are fading into the past
I am now completely insular

I send out no signals, I get none in return
I can not remember the things I have spurned
The turmoil is gone and I know only peace
I can not go back for the bridges are burned

I listen to the rhythm within me
I hear only sounds in my head
I do not move I seldom bother breathing
I sometimes wonder if I am dead
I sometimes wonder if I am dead

I know what it is to be so far down
There's no doubt about it I am underground
I see no evil I feel no pain
Nothing can reach through my chalk surround
I sometimes wonder
I sometimes wonder
I sometimes wonder
If I am dead
Track Name: Day In Day Out
Day In Day Out

Morning claws above the rooftops
Overcast and stale it rears
Through curtains twilight comes again
The tired grey dawn peers in
Silent figures languish while their freedom ticks away
As bottles chink outside another day begins

Untried dreams will die unperceived
As life is slowly marking time
Austere severe and cold
Echoing with the reprise
Of yet another day spent suffocating
In its routine

Count the minutes
Watch the clock
Clock in, clock out
Day in day out, day in day out, day in day out,
Day in day out, day in day out,

And so another weekend
Brings its warm tender embrace
Sink into its famiiarity
Relax in its grasp
Comforting release from the turmoil for a while
But too soon its coming round again

Day in day out, day in day out, day in
Track Name: Checkered Land
Checkered Land:

Step through the mirror in your living room
And enter the gardens that you'll never leave
those rooted voices are calling your name
Will you ever see your little Dinah again
Will you ever come to understand
You've cried those tears before but they're made of sand
Now you see in red and white
You shall be queen before the fall of night

As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there

You hear of a man who is in the cells
You will find out you have met him before
He's guilty now but he has done no wrong
You could join him there before too long
You could be the one who is judging him
What is this place that you are in
And where's the queen has she changed to you?
Don't you think you'll be changing too?

As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there

From the narrow wall things are explained
Now its your move so its off to war
The feuding mascots drum you away
Like the leaders of the day
You were taken prisoner on your way
The white night came and rode away
You take the queen, you shake and shake
She purrs so loud until you awake

As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there
As you pass from square to square and as you move from here to there
Track Name: The Changes
The Changes

I don't know what I'm thinking anymore
My mind runs in spirals and crashes on the floor
I pick up the pieces and put them away
At the back of the draw where no one can see
But I can feel the changes creeping over me

I don't know where all this is going to
I'm just spinning round wearing out both my shoes
I try to go forwards but my feet walk back
To those places I know where no one can see
I can feel the changes creeping over me

Something is changing its altering me
I don't feel the same I just feel the change in me

I don't know what I'm trying to lose
I collect all my things and watch them for clues
I sit up in the dark and push at the walls
One day they might move but still they can't see
But I can feel the changes creeping over me

I don't know what I'm looking at now
I don't recognise it but feel I should somehow
None of this is mine I don't know where it came from
Why can't they see?
But I can feel the changes creeping over me
Track Name: Uhrwerk
Uhrwerk

I lose myself in side your world your cold steel finger grind me down
I've got no time to stop and think no time at all to call my own
We are the pieces in your jigsaw
You fit us into shape and you take our minds
So that we can't see you've stolen our time

If you want to go forwards then go twice as fast
You'll need that pace to keep standing still
We live the nightmare of your dreams
And as I awake the alarm bell screams
I look at the clock and the time it says is not my own but yours instead
Track Name: Sit By The River
Sit By The River

Fallen leaves float down the river
Sweep the past aside
The weeping-willow cries discreetly
Tears for our lives
The grass that sways in lazy sunshine
Never asking why
As afternoon drifts into evening
Through my half-closed eyes
The setting sun is slowly sinking in a blood orange sky
The shadows reach my fingertips and hover for a while

I'm going to sit by the river where the swans glide by
I'm going to sit by the river or maybe lie
I'm going to sit by the river and close my eyes

Darker shades of summer madness
Drifting through my mind
Filling me with thoughts of sadness
Of things I can not find
Water glides past stepping stones
Not holding back the flow
The river goddess singing softly
To the cooling meadow
Watching colours in the sky
As visions come and go
The clouds slide by as silent watchers
Of the play below
Resting in the mellow evening of your afterglow
A gentle breeze sighs through the trees leaving me alone
Track Name: There's No One There
There's No One There

It seems there's nothing that I can depend on
There's no one I can rely on
I can't even try to escape
I know I'm trapped and I know I'm alone
There's no one there

I can't do anything in the state that I'm in
It'd help to talk but no one's listening
I know I'm slowly losing my mind
I can't stop it I'm on my own
There's no one there

There's no way out
From this abyss
There's no escape
In this dreamscape
There's no release
From this quagmire
There's no rescue
Because the fates conspire
There's no one there

Depression has got a hold over me
Nothing I can do to set me free
I'm tired of living in confusion
But there's no way out and I'm alone
There's no one there