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Headquarter Café

by Barton Hartshorn

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My first album. That's me on the sleeve running away from the place I grew up in and was named after by ill-advised parents. I was in my ukulele phase but don't let that put you off. There's a beautiful string trio, a brass section, some thumping drums, drifty piano and solid bass all played beautifully by the wonderful musicians I'm fortunate enough to hang around with. Thirteen tracks of folk-pop steeped in the english countryside. It would seem I couldn't entirely run away from that...
Recorded in an old wooden lined theatre in the Paris suburbs over 2 hot summer weeks...

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released July 1, 2015

Headquarter café credits...

Barton Hartshorn – Lead vocals, Ukulele, Piano & keys, Guitar, Bass, Drums & Percussion.
Adele Parker – Vocals and backing vocals.
Dr Vince – Bass on A plague of UFOs upon you, Safe from your danger,
Hello Mr Moon, I am collapse & The Outer sound. Also Fender Rhodes on
A plague of UFOs upon you & keys on Hello Mr Moon.
Shinobi – Drums on Hello Mr Moon.
Julien Guy – Banjo on Hegira.
Mathias Schubert – Organ on Hegira.
Nietzche Cave – Piano on Could it be true?
Xavier Lapeyroux – Double bass on Brought up in the letdown.
David Lewis – Trumpet and Horn. Also organ on The Outer sound.
Bobby Rangell – Saxophone and flute.
Noémie Poumet – 1st Violin.
Laure Boissinot – 2nd Violin.
Celia Boudot – Cello.
Mimi Sunnerstam – Cello on I am collapse.

String and Brass arrangements by Guy Folligrey.

Recorded and mixed at Headquarters by Barton Hartshorn & Guy Folligrey.
Additional recording done at Le Poisson Barbu by Léonard Mule
& Musicopré by Thomas Demarle.

Mastered at Translab Paris by Benjamin Joubert.

All songs by Barton Hartshorn except:
Safe from your Danger – B.Hartshorn/Dr Vince/Shinobi

Artwork Photography by Steve Roberts
Drawn artwork by Nietzche Cave

A Pagloni press production. Copyright Barton Hartshorn p&© 2012

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Track Name: A plague of UFOs upon you
Count me in but don't sing my tune
I'll be round for some time
& when I'm down I won't disappear
I turn into myself

So don't lead me on then expect me to follow
I don't believe in your better tomorrows
For every truth that you feel but can't prove
I will wish a plague of UFOs on you

Find yourself your own winding road
Tangled trees & a cross
'cause when you're with me you're on your own
With a little boy lost

So don't lead me on then expect me to follow
I don't believe in your better tomorrows
For every truth that you feel but can't prove
I will wish a plague of UFOs on you

Tell the world I need your love...

So count me in but don't sing my tune
Evening calls me to song
It's round about now I disappear
& find a place to belong

Don't lead me on then expect me to follow
I don't believe in your better tomorrows
For every truth that you feel but can't prove
I will wish a plague of UFOs on you
Track Name: Hegira
Calling your attention to the ending of the sea
Down where all the gaping dragons be
daily I'll be waiting at the far end of the beach
If you're scared of my attention don't be

Leave your careless brooding & your sentimental heart
your lover & the keys to your car
In your coral necklace & your birthday finery
You'll have my attention you'll be...

Calling from the masthead, a golden figurine
Tempting all the sailors from the social submarines

We are gold colombines with a voice for our times
We are two weeks away from the find of the age

We'll beat up all the skeletons like jason and his crew
We'll listen to the sea & know the truth
Your politicians taught me that a man is never free
They set this bomb ticking in me

We'll run it all like clockwork, we'll do it right as rain
We'll be the irrigation to the outward lying plains

We are gold colombines with a voice for our times
We are two weeks away from the find of the age

If the crowning of my vision is a longing to be free
I'll turn out to be lousy company
& should I found my kingdom on camaraderie
A mob will drive me back into the sea

Take greyhounds to my funeral & stand right at the back
Applaud them as they throw in lime & tie me in a sack

We are gold colombines with a voice for our times
We are two weeks away from the find of the age
Track Name: Cold Ibiza
Pour on water, bathe alone, bathe alone
The whole volcano's in the stone, in the stone

It's all your fault, cold Ibiza's in the sun
Better all round if cold Ibiza's left alone

Roll your nightclothes in a ball, heed the call
For silent dancing in the hall, in the hall

It's all your fault, cold Ibiza's in the sun
Better all round if cold Ibiza's left alone
Track Name: Safe from your danger
I've been watching you at night
The sleep collecting in your eye
I see no reason to deny
Lips I cannot claim for mine

Somewhere up in outer space the satellite of our lust
is looking down as Chrysler buildings spring up all around us

I'm safe, I'm safe, I'm safe from your danger now
I'm safe, I'm safe, I'm safe from your danger now

Overheating from thinking all the time
Draw more water & pass it up the line

'Cause I cannot control explosions any more than blushing
The magnets in our bones are pulling 'till our knees are touching

I'm safe, I'm safe, I'm safe from your danger now
I'm safe, I'm safe, I'm safe from your danger now

I've been watching you at night
I read the freckles on your thigh
They tell me I'm a fool if I
Think I can up & leave you anytime

'cause somewhere up in outer space the satellite of our lust
is looking down as Chrysler buildings spring up all around us

I'm safe, I'm safe, I'm safe from your danger now
I'm safe, I'm safe, I'm safe from your danger now

You & me, are safe from all the diggers
& the dreamers & the baggage of belief
Time & tide, are suitably mysterious
But nothing's more delirious than life
Track Name: The Outer sound
I was brewing up the potions, I was hemmed in by the laws
Of the periodic table & the Einsteinian cause
Then I got the call

They were looking for the outer sound
Could I let then know if it came round
I was needed in the out of bounds
Join up, join up

It was cold & I was rowing on a one-man-armada sea
With a rifle & some posters to better claim my legacy
The voices they promised me...

I was looking for the outer sound
& my secret mission's going down
If you dream you're fame & glory bound
Join up, join up
When you're looking for the outer sound
There's no use delaying, beatin' round
You'll be no-one in a one horse town
Join up, join up
Track Name: Blood bubbles up through the heart
In this old cold soggy universe, things tend to go from bad to worse
When you're planning on expanding she slams it into reverse
If I had to hazard at a guess I'd say you labour under her duress
I am one up-standing man but I'll fold none-the-less when...

Blood bubbles up through the heart
it's an end & it's a start
She knows how to bleed me dry
I will crack, it's only a matter of time

I'll get away my funny valentine, I've got my reasons & a lot of rhyme
for I've been planning on caravaning my way out for quite some time
I'll play my tunes sat out in a field, imagination's all I know for real
I'll fill my lugs with sweet lavender grass & I'll be everlasting when...

Blood bubbles up through the heart
it's an end & it's a start
She knows how to bleed me dry
I will crack, it's only a matter of time
Track Name: Brought up in the letdown
Love lies in my memory & I have no alibi
You burst my capilary when you kissed me by surprise

Brought up in the letdown so how could a letdown come as a surprise
Brought up in the letdown so nothing but letdown will now suffice

Cast off my identity & you hung me out to dry
This floor show is my malady, now I'm walking on a wire

Brought up in the letdown so how could a letdown come as surprise
Brought up in the letdown so nothing but letdown will now suffice

Love lies in my memory & I have no alibi
You scewed my telemetry when you kissed me by surprise

Brought up in the letdown so how could a letdown as surprise
Brought up in the letdown so nothing but letdown will now suffice

I have a dream but I'm not a doctor
& I can hear you saying, Let me stop you right there !
Before you put me & every one else in the room to sleep
you should know you are in no way, no way unique
Let's take that one you had about the girls & the boat
& off they float into the blue with an owl & a goat & a pussy cat & you
Well there's this bloke in Kentucky had the very same one last week
& give or take a few details I grant you : the girls had more clothes on
but he's a minister I mean they're bound to !
& every seventh wave threw up showers of pearls
so his was more showy ; less content, more frills
But you see what I'm saying, it's a model, a template
it's meat & two veg rearranged on a plate
Ahh you say, that old chestnut, but chestnuts don't float
& when was the last time you got in a heart shaped boat ?
That boat trip is dream 5179 with a new improved soundtrack
& some girls on the side
Our reveries aren't one-off bespoke tailored dreams
They're the same old shit served up with different ice cream
Track Name: The Gambler's suite
Morgan Stick was a professional winner
who'd lose from time to time
Deliberately
& through some hard times & molehill mountains
Emerged the other side
Triumphantly
& when he did badly he did very well
& when he did well they cried
& mumbled softly
One day Morgan in his finite wisdom
will fall off the winning side

I'll take the gambler's suite it's on the 14th floor
But I don't want it known that I am here at all
For there are those who feel that I should be repaid
& you can't be too careful these days

Drowning headfirst in my own just deserts
I've had a bellyfull
I'm sick of it
An old dog barking at the futures market
Devoid of dignity
I'll be rid of it
I want to so badly I'd do anything
But ego has grabbed the key
& swallowed it
Come storm this palace where a lonely Tzar
Is unable to walk free

Come take the Gambler's suite it's on the 14th floor
We'll change the locks and put your name upon the door
& that will be the price you will have to pay
& you can't be too carfeul these days
Track Name: We are all men
We are all men headed for the sea
We hug the coast in diesel boats
surfacing to breathe
We are all men

We are all men headed for the sea
We hug the coast in diesel boats
We are off key under middle C
We tell ourselves that we'll be well
Until all is achieved, we pull back...

To reveal the ouline of ourselves
Fools the man but leaves hollow the shell
Girls on fire are all just passing through
Should we give thanks to you ?

We are all children with cigarettes
Leather chairs & opium dens
Spitting our names in a foreign tongue
We tell ourselves that we'll be young
Until all is achieved, we pull back...

To reveal the ouline of ourselves
Fools the man but leaves hollow the shell
Girls on fire are all just passing through
Should we give thanks to you ?

We are all men headed for the sea
We hug the coast in diesel boats
Track Name: These tears are not fit for high seas
I'm coming down with breakbone fever
& all viruses at once
Sweating out my family through the pores
I drip into the sea

These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are my foot soldiers
These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are lonely

I'm a canibal on a desert island
Sucking on a leaf
& cursing all the restless pioneers
who didn't bother to come discover me

These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are my foot soldiers
These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are lonely

In my prayers I hum like bees
& bob like lemons on a coal black sea
All my kisses bring my lovers to their knees

Here I sit like Cleopatra staring at a wheel
I could analyse from every point of view
but still not know what to do with you

These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are my foot soldiers
These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are lonely children
These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are my foot soldiers
These tears are not fit for high seas
These tears are worthy
Track Name: Hello Mr Moon
Hello Mr moon
I've come to play you some old tunes I found inside a wooden box
They were adressed to you but lost somehow

This one says you helped undress her
Then did things she regrets later
& she says that you made her crazy with love
For some unworthy

Hello Mr moon
Do you understand your influential pull on everything?
Well you're a twenty eight day new sensation

This one sings of you his saviour
You cut through banks of fog like razors
& led him safely back home on the tide
Though so unworthy

Hello Mr moon
Mr Armstrong says you're powdered lightly
What else would he know from a touchdown on your tranquil sea

How long have you looked down on us?
& are we destined to get beyond this?
& what makes you so sure we'll improve
On such a small step for a man
Such a small step
Such a small step
Track Name: My name is Collapse
My name is collapse, I'm your dark star
My fuel on the fire got you this far

The folks back home say "one in a million" of you
But you need to be no one in the middle of a crowd

My dear puppeteer, my destiny dog
The flea in my ear, the ghost in my fog

You're folding down the days
Go hide your errant ways in the middle of a crowd

You're drinking gin & soda, you're jumping just to show her
That you're a shaker mover, that they don't come no cooler
Well I hate to disappoint ya' but for you it's all over
Time for your prescription fill, I will implode now it's all over

You fine limousine, you'll leave on a bus
Sucked in by machine, big bang in reverse

Don't fret, ne soit pas triste
Go lick your wounds, your lips, in the middle of a crowd...
Track Name: Could it be true?
Could it be true, could it be true, could you really want me
If it is so, if it is so, give in to me now
None of your games, none of your games, listen...

Cursed I am to always get what I desire
If I have you by my side, oh I won't be the one denying
that I've been bought so cheap, woe is me
Your chemistry is calling me, tracking me down

To move against you, move against you, move against your body
Is more than I can, more than I can, more than I can take
Coming unstuck, coming, I'm stuck on you

Cursed I am to always get what I desire
If I have you by my side oh I won't be the one denying
that I've been bought so cheap, woe is me
Your chemistry is calling me, tracking me down

Better for you, better for you, if you never know me
Ring alarm bells, call a head count, get out while you can
It's gettin' ontop, gettin' ontop of me...

Cursed I am to always get what I desire
If I have you by my side oh I won't be the one denying
that I've been bought so cheap, woe is me
Your chemistry is stripping me, breaking me down

Could it be true...