The Lost Tracks

by Screech Owls

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These tracks are pre-production working tracks. They were recorded on 4 analog tracks. Perfection & quality were not the point but it gives a good idea of how the band was sounding like in 1996.

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released April 4, 1996

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Screech Owls :

Matthieu Maurel : vocals, guitars
Brieuc Maurel : drums
Olivier Durand : guitars, bv's
Christophe Paillette : bass
Emmanuel Molinero : organ, piano
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All songs written by Matthieu Maurel except :
Mr Pigman (Matthieu Maurel - Matthieu Maurel / Emmanuel Molinero)
Ballistic Missile (Matthieu Maurel - Matthieu Maurel / Emmanuel Molinero)
And Your Bird Can Sing (Lennon / McCartney)
Screaming (Hervé Lemaitre - Matthieu Maurel)
Rainclouds (Anonymous - Matthieu Maurel)

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Track Name: Guttersnipe
Well I can hear them sneer at me
Their insults resound like a scream
Their hate inexorably sticks on my skin
Retorting has always been my Achilles heel

I would like to turn it upside down

I'm just a tiny scrawny boy
Who brings the other to a boil
A guttersnipe is only a heavy burden
So I'll forever roam under the drizzle

I'm gonna turn it upside down

I'd like to find comfort
To ease my heart
Caroline you left to soon
Why should I keep on walking … without you ?

And I will leave these rotten streets
Where indifference is a queen
I'll cut myself, I'll put an end to my pain
Stop lightning my candle Pete my friend

I'm gonna turn it upside down
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Track Name: Mr Pigman
They're everywhere you stare
You'll have no respite from pain
They're coming 'round
They're dragging 'round to steal your money

They nearly missed you
With your innocent look
Hunted by lights
You didn't appear quite bright, you silly guy

Mr Pigman, we want all of you
Mr Pigman, you're burning too
Mr Pigman, you know what to do
Mr Pigman, you're not out of the wood

You couldn't think straight
Pushing you down in a nightmare
They wanna get you, they wanna get you to steal your fucking money

Mr Pigman, we know all of you
Mr Pigman, you're burning too
Mr Pigman, we're all watching you
Mr Pigman, you're not out of the wood

Mr Pigman, we know all of you
Mr Pigman, you're burning too
Mr Pigman, we're all watching you
Mr Pigman, you're not out of the wood
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Track Name: Ballistic Missile
Allright that was funny
That's what you tried to tell me
But I started to cry

That was not so much your story
But the trick you played on me
That resounds like a shriek

And when stare with your vicious eyes
It suddenly came as a ballistic missile !

Anywhere and anyhow
Your tricks are betrayal
As sharp as a knife

Through the night
Through my mind
Won't you gimme no respite

And when stare with your cheating eyes
It suddenly came as a ballistic missile hence !

Your silence is golden
Your brain is a weapon
Then you whispers : "Hold on …"

The gear is engaged
Engaged to irradiate
Grinded are my words
Anyway, I've never loved your world

And when stare with your double dealing eyes
It suddenly came as a ballistic missile !
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Track Name: Compulsive Sin
Memories pulse ahead inside of me
Carry on your stupid dreams
Reinforce my weakly veins
Inject me with your, inject me with your jive

Give the future back to me
I'm becoming dolly
Give me something to believe
My heart can't help bleeding

You'll never know how painful it is
Whenever I breathe, my heart misses a beat
My heart murmur intensifies, shall I die ?

Memories slowly smash to smithereens
Sparkling over my closest twin
You've been reported missing
Since the I.R.A. stormed that fucking day

You'll never know how painful it is
Whenever I breathe, my heart misses a beat
Shall I wake up the next morning ?
My heart murmur intensifies, shall I die ?
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Track Name: And You Bird Can Sing
You tell me that you've got everything you want
And your bird can sing but you don't get me
You don't get me

You say you've seen seven wonders
And your bird is green but you can't see me
You can't see me

When your prized possessions
Start to weigh you down
Look in my direction
I'll be round, I'll be round

When your bird is broken
Will it bring you down ?
You may be awoken
I'll be round, I'll be round

You tell me that you've heard every sound there is
And your bird can swing but you can't hear me
You can't hear me
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Track Name: Cock'n'Bull Story
Let me, let me know where have they gone
Let me, let me hear them once again
Please let me know
No I don't want to feel outside

You know one night I'll come upstairs
And the truth will appear to me straight
Stop telling me cock'n'bull stories

Got to keep my tears instead of watering
Even if my road is full of twists
Oh I'm falling
Daddy, mummy, you're slipping away from me

You know one night I'll come upstairs
And the truth will appear to me straight
Stop telling me cock'n'bull stories

Daddy, I'm walking on a rope
Mummy, I'm overcome with fear
Daddy, I'm fitting to drop
Mummy, I wish you were here

You know one night I'll come upstairs
And the truth will appear to me straight
Stop telling me cock'n'bull stories
Track Name: Disaster Zone
Sometimes we feel getting down
Lost in the dullness of this town
The streets are empty
The weight of silence is so heavy

Yes we're in a great distress
Our land is in a mess
No more trees in sight
Just ... in the coldness of the night

It's not a nice place to hide
There, nothing you will find
You wander all alone
In a disaster zone

The buildings are destroyed
And there's no life anymore
Shall we strong enough
To face the desire to get off

We're not sheltered from a setback
From theses shakles on our backs
No more hope in sight
Just some coldness of our hearts

It's not a nice place to hide
There, nothing you will find
You wander all night long
In a disaster zone
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Track Name: Ripperland
Somewhere in the deepest Ripperland
Buried in the hollow of your hands
All the sprites a re coming back
When all the children begins to sleep tight

We need a brand new hero, Scare -
Crawl into the golden, nice den of Scarecrowl
We need a brand new hero, Scare -
Crawl into the delight dream

This story happened one winter night
In the holy kingdom of the Tawny cat
Everybody there was fond of him
Except his enemy the sickly Swift

We need a brand new hero, Scare -
Crawl into the golden, nice den of Scarecrowl
We need a brand new hero, Scare -
Crawl into the delight dream

If you take a look at this story
You may think the verses are too easy
Keep in mind a Scarecrowl hero is something to be

We need a brand new hero, Scare -
Crawl into the golden, nice den of Scarecrowl
We need a brand new hero, Scare -
Crawl into the delight dream
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Track Name: Rainclouds
The fire darkens
The wood turns black
The flame extinguishes upon us

God sets out
In search of sun
The rainbow sparkles in his hand

And the bow of
The divine hunter
Heard the lamentation of his children

He walks along the milky way
He collects the stars
With quick arms he piles them into a basket

Song for the Sun
Disappearing behind the Rainclouds

Piles them up
With quick arms
Like a women that collects lizards

Piles them into her pot
Piles them until the pot overflows with lizards
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Track Name: F.L.Y.
We heard that in the daily news
They managed to needle you
Your story had to fizzle out
You couldn't had made it out

You felt unshakeable with your faithful guns
But you haven't got a leg to stand on

What does it mean to you to find
Yourself on the wrong track ?
To be flat broke, to weep at night
To lead a common way of life

You may feel quite uncomfortable
But there's nothing to shout about

Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
I will carry out my plans
But I also need more time

You're just a bird of ill-omen
Jeering at the established government
Stuff and nonsense is your motto
So why don't you leave and go ?

We don't need libertines in our society
I'll question your standards of livings

Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last

You thought me bad
The role in which you confined me was inadequate
With my leaving, I'll purge your air
Even so I'll try to blow your cares away

We don't need libertines in our society
I'll question your standards of livings

Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
You became famous overnight
Your downfall happens by right

Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly fink like you can't last
Cowardly F.L.Y. can't last
Cowardly F.L.Y. can't last
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Track Name: Strike It Lucky
Oh I feel unshakeable with my faithful guns
Whether it's night, whether it's day
Whether it shines, whether it rains
Nobody meddles with me, they're too cowardly to make it
I think I strike it lucky, to make myself respected

Oh I'm bored stiff when my pint's empty
Before waking up, after dressing up
Before falling asleep, after eating
The salon seems to be packed
And there's a brawl about
Some guy oversteps the bounds
The tone is getting high, the tone is getting high

My schedule is shock-a-block full
And everybody's got to respect the rules
I think I strike it lucky
No one is sheltered from stumbling someday
I'll make them go into the right way, the right way