No One Wins

by Shank Godley Butcher

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Best of the demos (2003 - 2013)

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released March 20, 2014

Shank plays mainly acoustic bass, a little bit of acoustic and electric guitar, programs drums and strings, and tries to play percussion

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Shank Godley Butcher Sydney, Australia

An infamous master of acoustic bass, demigod of dulcet crooning and lyrical leviathan, Shank's twisted tunes have attracted compliments and complaints since 2003. A prolific artist, Butcher has recorded over a 100 tracks and will cap off a decade of disturbing dirge by releasing a compilation of demos on Bandcamp. It promises to be as handsome as the man himself. He may have written his own bio. ... more

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Track Name: No One Wins
No One Wins

It’s a lose/lose situation no one wins
When the post project analysis begins
And there’s no use trying to audit all our sins
The only truth is what we meant
But was it all an accident?
Was it all an accident?

I lunged, I gripped, I squeezed, I slipped
You fell away
I swear I didn’t mean it
I dived, I strived, I promise you I tried
You fell away
I swear I didn’t mean it
But lately I’ve been thinking that I did

Our intimacy just got in the way
All those honest cruel confessions
Whispered in the old days
The revelations, instigations
Forgiven not forgotten
One real truth: our intent
It wasn’t all an accident

I lunged, I gripped, I squeezed, I slipped
You fell away
I swear I didn’t mean it
I dived, I strived, I promise you I tried
You fell away
I swear I didn’t mean it
But lately I’ve been thinking that I did
Track Name: A Matter Of Love
A Matter Of Love

I could hide here in the warm folds of the distance
I could survive here in the spaces between two instants
There’s no one else here, no more laws here in the numb
There’s just one pulse here, no applause here
For the deaf and the definitely dumb

I guess I never left a trail back home
I’m never coming back to you
But girl, it’s not a matter of love

I didn’t stroll here, I didn’t wander to the dark
I was pushed here by the soft hands of a love
Now I must stay here with this armour around my heart
Please don’t come here, don’t invade me
You’ll find the end is waiting at the start

I guess I never left a trail back home
I’m never coming back to you
But girl, it’s not a matter of love

I could drown here in the thunder of a breath
Lightning strikes here on the same place on my chest
And it’ll crack down until there’s simply nothing left
But I survived you, so this torture
Is something that I’ll readily accept

I guess I never left a trail back home
I’m never coming back to you
But girl, it’s not a matter of love

A matter of love
Track Name: Run
Run

You are lost and you think
That you've found a home in me
I guarantee that I'll break it in the end

Its a spell
Just a trick
And it seems the jokes on you
You shake your head
But I'm afraid that its all true

And if you knew what was good for you
You would

Run

Kill the love
When it dies
You'll be free
It might seem like bad promotion
But if you're looking
Don't choose me

Fuck your heart
Let it break
As long as it breaks clean
While you're at it
Cut your losses
And get away from me

Cause if you knew what was good for you
You would

Run

You perceive something sweet
Something hiding in the deep
A feeling I've forgotten
Something growing where it's rotten

Once I'd search for what's hidden
But I'm simply tired of digging
Can't you see that this strange romance
Has got no chance of living

If you knew what was good for you
You would

Run

You would run
Track Name: At The End Of The Line
At The End Of The Line

Calm down, it’s fine
You got yours, I got mine
And at the end of the line
You’ll be sure that I got mine

I got what I deserved

Calm down, it’s fine
Blow your nose and have another line
Then wash it down with white wine
Dream of the day when I get mine

I’ll get what I deserve

Calm down, it’s fine
I’ll get mine

I’ll get what I deserve
Track Name: Harmonise
Harmonise

Got a pain at the back of my eyes
Ringing all those warning bells
Is it the drugs or my natural demeanour?
Lately it’s been hard to tell
I think society’s as sweet as a song
It’s just that I can’t harmonise

Harmonise

Got to maintain a thousand lies
They’re like children living their own lives
Artificial angels or natural devils?
Lately it’s been hard to tell
I think the truth is as sweet as a song
It’s just that I can’t harmonise

Harmonise

Got to blame what’s behind the eyes
All my personalities are riding high
We even convinced that psych
But every single one of us are liars
I think sanity’s as sweet as a song
It’s just that I can’t harmonise

Harmonise

Gotta blame what’s behind the eyes
Track Name: Humanity (Bring Me Down)
Humanity

I got a white angelic skin hiding a black soul underneath
Sunshine in my smile but there’s a storm locked in my cavities
I like to think I stand for good but I keep bad company
I got a feeling I personify humanity

Bring me down
Dethrone me
Disown me

I got a God-given flair for charm and a goddamn knack for grief
I’d change but we all know there’s only two sides to each leaf
And if I’m here to hang and rot, I’m going to poison this whole tree
Damn each twisted branch of your humanity

Bring me down
Dethrone me
Disown me

I’m bound to leave my mark; will it be peace or misery?
Will I choose to love my maker or hang with Mephistopheles?
And with a cold hand on my heart and my fingers crossed behind me
Come judgement day I’ll swear I love humanity

Bring me down
Dethrone me
Disown me
Track Name: Success
Success

I've successfully subtracted me from all I see
I'm in blessed insignificance

So call on me
Call me often
Call me daily
As if it makes a difference to me

I've successfully subtracted me from all I see
As if it makes a difference

I've successfully enacted all my fantasies
So where the hell's my happiness?
So call on me
Call me often
Call me daily
It's got to make a difference to me

I've successfully subtracted me from all I see
As if it makes a difference
Track Name: Beautiful
Beautiful

The neon eyes of night are focusing on you
Don’t worry
They cover lying lights and the darkness shines right through
Paint over memory ‘cause what you need is something new

You’ve given it your best
For so many years, your life seemed like a test
And that’s no way to behave
When you could be so beautiful
When you could have it all

Do-gooders prop you up, they call you everyday
Don’t worry
They’re all drinking from the cup
When optimism fades
They’ll turn to see that you have found a better way

And you’ll do it on your own
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find your home
So stay with me
Resist your instincts
They’re all lying
Just tell me you’ll keep trying

Are you lost?
Are you hiding?
Are you safely locked away?
Hidden in black, scared of each day

Are you trapped?
Is there a key?
Do you already know the way out?

The town’s infecting you
You’re feeling every ache
Don’t worry
It’s just a sympathy, it shares your misery
This city’s countless heartbreaks and scarlet history

The city, night and I
We have a faith in you
We believe you could be so beautiful
You could have it all
Track Name: Mean
Mean

You're afraid of being mean to me
You're afraid of being mean
This isn't my first
Sure won't be my last
So say just what you mean, to me
You can say just what you mean

I'm well aware that this thing's ending
No need to be so condescending
I was the love of your life
Yet here we are at goodbye
So say just what you mean to me
You can say just what you mean

I hear it's happening all over
Got a feeling I'll survive
I must say you're cute
Cute won't save my life
So say just what you mean to me
You can say just what you mean
Track Name: You Cannot Destroy Me
You Cannot Destroy Me

An interesting development, news has come to hand
With facts and figures the statisticians are helping me understand

I hope it wasn’t hard for you
Were you cringing under each caress?

Inadmissible evidence; the facts are on remand
Hindsight delivers a hundred shivers
I finally understand

And in the distance I can see another you
Another hurt, another joy to get through
I’ll take it on with no recourse to any law
You will not destroy me

A line of mucus sediment; a hair though just a strand
It’s the sound of a finger rubbing a trigger
I’d rather not understand

I wish I wasn’t hard for you
I’ve been cringing under each caress

And in the distance I can see another you
Another hurt, another joy to get through
I’ll take it on with no recourse to any law
You will not destroy me

An interesting development, news has come to hand
With facts and figures the statisticians are helping me understand

I wish I wasn’t hard for you
I’ve been cringing under each caress

And in the distance I can see another you
Another hurt, another joy to get through
I’ll take it on with no recourse to any law
You will not destroy me

You cannot destroy me
Track Name: One Chance
One Chance

Just a whisker from the black
I pushed myself into the light
I’m not here to be alone
I’m not here to say I’m sorry

I fled the terror, I won’t go back
I want fire, I need it bright
I’m not here to be unknown

A whisper through the trees
A hostile voice of love
Inferno slowly breathes
Bitch-slap from the gods
Fishing from above
Drags me from my knees

You have one chance left
One chance

My account was in the red
I begged for one more line of credit
There’ll be time to be alone
There’ll be time to say I’m sorry

I dodged some horror, I’m back on track
No puzzles now, I think I get it
There’ll be time to be unknown

A whisper from the sea
Hostile voice of love
The darkness slowly leaves
Sharp rap from the gods
The spirits playing rough
Drags me from the deep

You have one chance left
One chance
Track Name: The Same
The Same

You ran away to be an ancient mystery
My conscience holds you here, you’re hardly history
You left a lasting mark, distinctive imprint
Not just a jagged heart, you left a scar

And late at night, girls ask me what it is
And when I tell the truth, they run their fingers down it
And you know what, you bitch?
Sometimes when I’m alone
Got this house to my own
I do the same

I still do the same

You ran away from me and just left pity
An air of bitterness; what did you think you’d taught me?
A year of wondering; two years of second-guessing
As for the introspection, hardly a lesson

And late at night, girls ask me why I’m drinking
And they’d be horrified if they knew what I’m thinking
Cause even in their arms, even inside them
Despite their pretty words, I can’t feel the same

I can’t feel the same

You ran away from me
I can’t feel
I can’t feel the same