You Can't Have Everything

by Flat Back Four

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Flat Back Four's second full length album, recorded by Joe Fossard in Backburn (with some live sessions in a suitably dingy room downstairs in a pub in Birkenhead) in Summer 2013. Released on Antipop Records.

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released October 7, 2013

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Flat Back Four Saint Helens, UK

Flat Back Four are a punk band from St Helens in England, formed in 2004. They play fast, aggressive songs that combine punk and metal influences, with plenty of melody and sing-along hooks.
They released "Ste's Mum Calling" in November 2016, and celebrated with a tour taking in England, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
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Track Name: This Time Next Year
This time next year I’ll be living far away
King for a day, fool for a lifetime
This time next year I’ll be where I want to stay
I think therefore I am, believe me

I am a millionaire

I’ll take you with me, don’t worry
There’s no hurry, after all this time
You can come too, I promise
This time next year, we’ll be happy

I am a millionaire

Who am I kidding? We’ll still be here
No emperors, no new clothes
What does it matter? We’re together
I think we are rich already

I am a millionaire
Track Name: Fail
What a man really needs is someone to love
If you can’t give him that, give him some form of hope
If you can’t give him that, give him something to do
If you can’t give him that, then you’re fucking fucked.

There’s danger everywhere, I know but I’m not scared
As nothing that we do means anything
But ‘til my dying day, I swear

I won't fail

A man’s got to do what man’s got to do
Get off your horse and drink your milk

There’s danger everywhere, I know but I’m not scared
As nothing that I do means anything
But ‘til my dying day, I swear

I won’t fail
Track Name: The Man in the Mirror
I look into the mirror each and every morning
And quite a few times every night
When I’m drunk I pose, sometimes with no clothes
And give my neighbours quite a fright

Mostly, I like the bloke smirking back at me
Ste, he seems to say, we’re alright
But today I swear, he shot me quite a glare
As if he knew I’d done him wrong

Do I know the man in the mirror?
Though I see him every day
Do I really know the man in the mirror?
He looks just like me

He’s got the wrinkles etched into his forehead
Where he screws his hat down tight
He likes to drink, I think, judging from his figure
Well don’t we all, I tell myself

Do I know the man in the mirror?
I know I see him every day
Do I really know the man in the mirror?
He looks just like me

He likes the same old jokes as me
He knows what I used to be
After all, he is me

He sees straight through me
Like he always knew me
Mirror mirror on the wall

Do I know the man in the mirror?
I know I see him every day
Do I really know the man in the mirror?
He looks just like me
Track Name: Splendid Isolation
We’re all alone together
Indoors – don’t care about the weather
In splendid isolation
Dutifully manning our station

It was a time of love and happiness
Not a care in the world, until I said
Will you miss me when I’m gone?

I’ve had enough, it’s too much
Nothing I do seems good enough
It’s one thing then another
You’re acting like my mother

One day I’ll walk, walk away
One day I’ll walk, away

Will you miss me when I’m gone?
Track Name: Unbelievable
I dreamed a dream of happiness drifting on into the night
Having known the pain of loneliness for large parts of my life
It seemed so real I did believe that we would be alright
Just for a while hope did prevail, that morning would bring light

Then the nightmares did return and I knew that I was right
I woke alone, in darkness

Could be, could be not, I’ve got things on my mind
Fighting like a beaver to get my similies in line
Three steps forwards two steps back, dodge the landmines on the way
Life is like a pantomime, with a matinee each day

Then the nightmares did return and I knew that I was right, and I woke alone in darkness
The more I practice, the luckier I get
What you see is no mystery, it’s unbelievable

I dreamed a dream of happiness long into the night
Having known the pain of loneliness for large parts of my life
Could be, could be not, I’ve got things on my mind
Fighting like a beaver to get my similies in line

Then the nightmares did return and I knew that I was right, and I woke alone in darkness
The more I practice, the luckier I get
What you see is no mystery, it’s unbelievable
Track Name: I Am One
Once upon a time I wanted chaos in my life
Each day an opportunity to be lived like the last
Freedom meant the liberty to choose a different pub
To pick my every battleground and decide when to run

I am one, you are too
Equal in our hearts, with our different points of view
I am one, we are two

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, each waking day the same
The pain remains
Freedom meant the liberty to try some different grub
Pick my way through battlegrounds and try to stand not run

I’m what I want to be
I’m what I need to be
I’m where I want to be

Once upon a time I wanted chaos in my life
I’m one at last
Freedom meant the liberty to choose a different club
To pick my every battleground and decide when to run
Track Name: Dear Self
Dear self
I’m ghost of yet to come
When all the things you’ve said and done
Return to haunt your every waking move

And convince you I was right
With the benefit of hindsight
I warn you must repent
Or die a thousand deaths

I’m a slice of Dante’s hell
This is real, I tell myself
You’ve had your second chance
It’s the final warning

I could take you with me now
I don’t have to warn you anyhow
I’ve paid for your mistakes
What I am, you will become

I enjoyed forbidden fruit
Stretched my youth until it broke
The ties that bound
My time misspent
I died, my parents cried
My end has come, my task: to make you mend your ways

Now you are my only hope
Lost again, you’re in control
Now I live again through you
Listen to me now, dear self

This talk of hell means nought
I tell myself, I’ll live again, in a better place
Laugh all you like. I know your type
Please heed this haunted smile, I beg
My future is in your own hands now
Paradise, now lost, awaits my own dear self
Track Name: Success
After all this time, have I really come so far?
Was it worth the lonely nights, first dates with old guitars?

I dreamed a dream of happiness, contentment yet unknown
For all the things that could have been, I still live on my own

I want success, it’s deserved I surely know
If I ever have the chance, I’m not sure I could say no

I dreamed a dream of happiness, contentment yet unknown
No jealousy - no honestly – I still sleep on my own

Success, I want you
Success, et tu

I want success, at least a part of me thinks so
If I ever have the chance, I ‘m not sure I could say no

I am success, I know it
I am success, I’ve seen it

Can you feel it? Can you see it? Can you Hear it?
I am success.
We are success.
Track Name: Recessional
Every time I explain myself
I feel I’m wrong, after all
A simple touch brings healing
Lest we forget that we belong

Sometimes, I forget myself
And the promises I made
A sudden smile brings feeling
Lest we forget that we are one

If I should stray far from the path
Let each mistake yet be the last
Lest we forget that we belong

Lest we forget, we’re only human
Our time as flesh a passing phase
That doesn’t mean there’s no meaning
Maybe we’ll find it in the grave

You’re not just anyone to me
I’ll be the best that I can be, mostly