Secrets Of The Witching Hour


The Crimea's major second, self release, album burst on to the scene with a wave of publicity due to it's unorthodox distribution method. The album is available free, in it's entirity, from the band's official website www.thecrimea.net in MP3 format with CD artwork included. It's also currently available to pre-order in retail CD format from the band's official online store.
Regina Spektor was originally planned to be included as an intro part through one of Davey's poems that she recorded while The Crimea were on tour in the US in 2005. Unfortunately this didn't work out but you can still read Davey's account of the recording along with his own lyrics to the whole poem on his MySpace blog. A recording of the whole poem as read by Regina is available on the Opposite Ends (Live At St. Louis) track as part of the White Russian Galaxy single or downloadable on it's own.
The female backing vocals on Requiem Aeternam were sung by Amy May from the band Paris Motel.

Download Tracklisting:
All Conquering
The 48A Waiting Steps
Raining Planets
Man
Bombay Sapphire Coma
Don't Close Your Eyes On Me
Loop a Loop
Light Brigade
Several Thousand Years Of Talking Nonsense
Requiem Aeternam
Weird
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Intro - Full Version


If you sit there and think, Who am I ? How did i get here? What is going to happen when I die?
You can scare the hell out of yourself.
For all our science and philosophy,
nobody actually knows what happens after the last gasp
where we go? Or what we become? After the last gasp.

All of a sudden I find myself hurtling through space,
with only the taste of your lips as evidence
that i once battled against your chronic indifference.
When we couldn't go the distance, I was left crippled,
you lose some, you get thrashed in some,
the bruises became uniform, the leather belt worn.

I struggle to think of a beastlier beast than the beast you became
upon crossing sword with the use of stimulants,
driven only by the herculian desire to fill your body
with anything which helps you forget its a body in the first place.

Haunted by the uncontrollable urge to have sex,
for which i sometimes fear the only cure is castration or murder,
but you were still my colditz, I still your truckstop whore.
If this is it? If this is all there is?
I don't wanna play anymore.

Beneath a searing bookend of the earths reptilious skin,
we painted a picasso of gore
the rocks below ,soften our fall.
We take no prisoners, leave nothing only ghosts,
creeping down the silk road, from the third world to the fucked up world,
kill everything that moves.

Yes I was a fool, and yes you were a fool
but who can name a penny that has not been in the pocket of a fool.


All Conquering

If we don't believe we are all conquering
how shall we conquer?
If we don't believe we can decieve
what can we achive?

Our love is blown to smitherines.
The future bleeds
broken dreams.
The agony and ecstasy,
the inbetween,
no man's land.
Our love is...

If we don't believe we are all conquering
how shall we conquer?
If we don't believe in ourselves
who else is there?

Our love is blown to smitherines.
The future bleeds
broken dreams.
The agony and ecstasy,
the inbetween,
no man's land.
Our love is...

Our love is blown to smitherines.
The future bleeds
broken dreams.
The agony and ecstasy,
the inbetween,
no man's land.

When hell freezes over,
suddenly everything's clear.
Our love is...


The 48A Waiting Steps


Born loser.
Born free,
with two left feet.
Born stupid.
Born drunk.
Born different,
to my fellow earthlings.

Born beneath that wondering star,
though I dont feel alone,
though I dont feel alone.

Way out where the ocean meets oblivion.
On a seat beside the pretty girl on the bus back home,
on the bus back home.

Born frightened,
born scared,
born in dispair.
Born writer
that time forgot.
Born out of sin
with my fellow robots.

Swore I'd never get this far,
though I won't give up hope,
won't ever give up hope.

Way out where the ocean meets oblivion.
Drunken conversation, vicious undertone.
When you past your stop three quarters of an hour ago,
on a seat beside the pretty girl on the bus back home.
I won't, I won't I wont,

I won't feel alone,
I won't feel alone.


Raining Planets


Currently residing in the 'Where Are They Now' file,
burnt out and in denial.
Throwing shapes at the mirror with your hair brush, singing along
to 'Ever Fallen In Love' by the Buzzcocks.

End up working in the Domino's Pizza,
shades on, incognito.
Turned down for the managers position for carrying on.
Where the Fonz left off in the sixties.

They're freaking me out,
vultures are circling now.
The end of the world,
it's only the end of the world.
There's no need to start freaking out.

Last seen holding up a Seven Eleven,
strung out, disheveled.
They could tell it was a water pistol, the cops turned up
before you drew any blood, but that's just your luck.

They're freaking me out,
vultures are circling now.
The end of the world,
it's only the end of the world.
There's no need to start freaking out, it's just the end of time.

They're freaking me out...

Accident, emergency, just talk to me,
smile if you still can.
Don't let the bastards get you down,
theres more to life than Tequila,

girl, these visions of your name in flowers.
Smile for deliverance.
Happy fucking Christmas soldier,
long time no forgiveness.

It's raining planets,
it's only the end of the world.


Man


The Hunt for Red October, ain't over
Tornado Alley relax.
The nightmare they call Summer
ain't coming this year or the next.

On a mission,
Mission Impossible.
What if you don't come back?

Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?

You should have seen the other canine
if you think I look beat up...
From one dog to another hound,
this is more than puppy love.

On a mission,
Mission Impossible.
What if you dont come back?

Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?

When armagedon comes,
when time begins again,
will you still work the earth,
will I still be your man?

When there is no more us,
when everything is dust?

When there is no more us,
when everything is dust?

Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?
Will i still be your man?

I never wanted to hurt no one,
I never wanted to hurt no one.
I never wanted to hurt no one,
I never wanted to hurt no one.


Bombay Sapphire Coma


Wanted to go to the white fluffy
clouds in a Bombay Sapphire coma.
Been several shades of broken
ever since I disowned her.
I wanted to be with my woman in a sensimilia haze,
I wanted to go to the white fluffy clouds
and start the happy days.

I was just a has-been, gone there and done that, got the t-shirt.
She laughed when I told her
I was seriously hurt.
She said, don't want your money, pain comes free
You hooked up with pain when you hooked up with me.

Wanted to go to the white fluffy clouds,
Utopia granted my wish,
but when I looked under the blanket
I saw the legs of a fish.
I wanted to be with my mermaid, trapped under the waves.
I wanted to go to the white fluffy clouds
and start the happy days.

I was just a has-been, gone there and done that, got the t-shirt.
She laughed when I told her
I was seriously hurt.
She said, don't want your money, pain comes free
You hooked up with pain when you hooked up with me.

It's a beautiful day to die.
It's a beautiful day to die.

She said, don't want your money, pain comes free
You hooked up with pain when you hooked up with me.
Don't want your shadow shadowing me,
you lost everything when you hooked up with me.

It's a beautiful day to die.
It's a beautiful day to die.


Don't Close Your Eyes On Me


When the lights go out in the land of the free,
all that I have is a need, all that I need is unclear to me.
And it's all downhill once you learn how kids are made,
even the dogs on the street have a little more dignity.

Hell
is a frozen lake
breaking up in spring,
changes everything.

Don't close your eyes on me.
You can dream,
but everyday wake up again.
Don't slip away from me,
you can dream
but you can't have everything.

when you find yourself beyond the point of no return,
think of the chances you missed, think of the years you were out of it.
As the Limbo bar gets lower and there's less Limboists.
Disaster stands on my doorstep, a Lucky Strike in her white lips.

Hell
is a crowded room.
Heaven's just got you
naked on all fours.

Don't close your eyes on me.
You can dream,
but everyday wake up again.
Don't slip away from me,
you can dream
but you can't have everything.

Through it all, never surrender.
And through it all, I'll never surrender.

And you can't stand up anymore.
Never surrender.

Don't close your eyes on me.
You can dream,
but you can't have everything.


Loop a Loop


Wanna start again.
Be a kid again,
'cos baby I'm not that person
you pretend.

Damn girl gone loop,
loop a loop a loop.
loop a loop a loop a loo.
Damn girl gone loop,
loop a loop a loop.
loop a loop a loop a loo.

Wanna start again.
Wanna change my name,
cos baby I'm not an angel
you cannot be saved.

Damn girl gone loop,
loop a loop a loop.
loop a loop a loop a loo.
Damn girl gone loop,
loop a loop a loop.
loop a loop a loop a loo.

Just like Hamburger Hill...

Throw another small child on the fire.
I'm trying to build an empire.
One steps forward, baby, two steps back,
moonwalking beneathe that (?) (?).

Damn world gone loop,
loop a loop a loop a loop a loo.
Damn world gone loop loop a loop a loo,
loop a loop a loop a loo.

AS we fall through the hoops
going loop a loop.
AS we fall through the hoops
going looooooooop.


Light Brigade


We take no prisoners, leave nothing, only ghosts.
Now everybody knows,
we take no prisoners, leave nothing left alive.
Don't understand who I am or how it all began.

Send in the couch potatoes,
those common denominators.
Bring down the hit parade,
send in the Light Brigade.

We are not alone, there was footprints in the snow,
Now everybody knows,
we are not alone, there was sightings of you at (?).
Don't understand who I am or how it all began.

Send in the couch potatoes,
those common denominators.
Bring down the hit parade,
send in the Light Brigade.

Jerusalem, Nazareth, Paris,
Huston, Mexico City, Berlin,
Madrid.
Then all your cities, your precious cities
will be destroyed.

send in the Light Brigade,
send in the Light Brigade.
send in the Light Brigade,
send in the Light Brigade.

Send in the couch potatoes,
those common denominators.
Bring down the hit parade,
send in the Light Brigade.


Several Thousand Years Of Talking Nonsense


For endless posibility,
for food inside my belly.
For hands that do as I say,
for the beached whale that sings beneath my Atlantic duvet.

For never giving up,
for something approaching happiness.
For Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream,
for the one woman in a thousand whos got a thing about guys with missing front teeth.

I thank my lucky stars,
I thank my lucky stars,
I thank my lucky stars
For landing on the moon,
for Fairy Tail in New York.
For two world wars,
sixty years on and we all seem to have conviniently forgotten.

We must thank our lucky stars,
thank our lucky stars.
Thank our lucky stars,
thank our lucky stars.

Thank our lucky stars,
thank our lucky stars.

when all is said and done, we are not worthy
of this world we do our damndest to destroy.
But its not over yet, there is still time to repent
for several thousand years of talking nonsense,
for several thousand years of talking nonsense.

For all the broken hearts,
we thank our lucky starts.
Millions of broken hearts,
we thank our lucky starts.

Some people can't take their eyes of the prize,
just believe it's a god given right to survive, to have life.
Some people don't know how lucky they are.


Requiem Aeternam


When your eylids flicker
and liquor is your oldest friend.
When you dream of silence,
silence on which life depends.
When the full moon won't leave you alone,
watches you stagger all the way home,
stares in through your bedroom window.
Love, love, love.

Love, it comes in strange disguises.
All through the night
I was seventeen again.
Love, 'til requiem aeternam.

When I feel her heartbeat,
Boom.
When she tells me secrets,
secrets of the witching hour.

When the full moon's there all afternoon,
all smiles when your lips turn blue,
backflips when they try to revive you.
Love, love, love.

Love, it keeps the goldfish swimming.
Saw basic instinct
when I was seventeen years old.
Love. Still got the scars to show.

I need you like a siamese twin,
I feel you like a broken wing.
Like floating down from outer space,
like falling on to helicopter blades.

Happiness is possible,
just keep rolling the snowball up the hill.
Love. Concentrate on survival,
your ship will come in, just keep on stumbling.

Love, towards requiem aeternam.
Love, 'til requiem aeternam.

God rest her soul.


Weird


Terodactyls take on the helicopter gunship.
Brace yourself, this is the appocolypse.
Two worlds colide before my eyes,
in a blaze of black and white the moon explodes in the dark, dark, dark night.

See this cave, see this canyon,
See this black hole, see this casm.
See the storm brew, feel the Earth move,
take a quantum leap with all the other freaks.
It's not easy being weird in a world with no idea how.

Rapunzel above me, recieving chemotherapy.
Throw down your... oh, sorry, how stupid of me.
I'll never say you name again,
there's no going back now, we made our choice and we'll go down guns blazing.

Gone the sun, need a miracle. Hear the gospel, see the raging bull. See the storm brew, feel the Earth move,
take a quantum leap with all the other freaks.
It's not easy being weird in a world with no idea how.

Terodactyls take on the helicopter gunship,
Terodactyls take on the helicopter gunship.
As your life flashes before your eyes, alone, we face the appocalypse.
The ghost of Christmas past, the Gods of war, and the bastard that made us all.


All lyrics (p) & 2007 The Crimea.
All lyrics interpreted and transcribed by Christopher Friend.
As they were worked out by ear they may be wrong in places.