Everything Means Nothing

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Recorded between April and October 2016 by Michael Amos. For more information about KIVA and upcoming gigs, see our website at www.kivaband.uk

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released November 12, 2016

KIVA are:

Annie Kingsbury
Laura Middleton
Anna Shackleton
Tim Isherwood
Ben Simon
Michael Amos

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The KIVA Band Oxford, UK

The KIVA Band are a British recording indie/folk band based in Oxfordshire.

They write original material that draws on traditions as diverse as folk, pop, indie-rock, and classical music. Their songs twist and turn in unexpected directions yet always keep melody at their heart. Their words explore life and love, by turns funny, sad, lost, and found. ... more

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Track Name: Boneshaker
So, I’m told there’s a plan
The Almighty has a path for me
To lead me from my past to somewhere
I can call freedom

Well, I can’t find my way, I can’t find my way
I just see what I want to see so I can’t find my way

And he moves like the wind
Like the shadows dancing on the sea
Like a whisper through the falling leaves
But I cannot see it

And I can’t find my way, I can’t find my way
I just see what I want to see so I can’t find my way

I’m just an old boneshaker
Just a mess of mistakes and excuses
And I’m no saint for my bed is a state
And my heart is less than useless
So I’m falling at his feet
‘cause I’m just an honest thief
And I could use a little help here on my way
I could use a little help here on my way

So should I go or should I stay?
I take the measure of each word you say
For every faltering, fumbling, stumbling step
On this stage

And I can’t find my way, I can’t find my way
I just see what I want to see so I can’t find my way

I’m just an old boneshaker
Just a mess of mistakes and excuses
And I’m no saint for my bed is a state
And my heart is less than useless
So I’m falling at his feet
‘cause I’m just an honest thief
And I could use a little help here on my way
I could use a little help here on my way
Track Name: Come On Marvin!
Are you stuck on the blues?
Are you stuck on pain?
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh,

Was she a force majeure?
Was she a hurricane,
That did not see you?

Greyed out, you mannequin
Fade out the paladin
Did you notice everything,
Her grace, her lines, her all?

That voice you’ve got within,
That voice, it’s got you pinned,
Gives no peace for anything,
It’s got you in its noose,
You’ve got to shake it lose,
Come on Marvin

Are you all alone?
Do you have no friends?
Does no one like you?

Across the Rubicon
Where there are no amends
You bitter corkscrew

Played out, its so unkind
Fade out and left behind
Twisted, gristed tourniquet
You really must unwind

That voice you’ve got within,
That voice, it’s got you pinned,
Gives no peace for anything,
It’s got you in its noose,
You’ve got to shake it lose

Come on Marvin, get the rhythm
Come on Marvin, get the beat
Come on Marvin
Those boots won’t get to walk
Unless you learn to use your feet
Come on Marvin
You’ve got to shake the blues
If it’s all you do
Don’t let your life slip past
Turn your don’ts to do-s
Put on your dancing shoes
Don’t let your love slip past
Come on Marvin

Did she say something wrong?
Oh, did she criticize
And so upset you?

Is the voice so strong?
Does it gnaw inside
Of all that you do?

So blind, you cannot see
So blind, it’s clear to me,
All you are is beautiful,
Just let yourself be free

That voice you’ve got within,
That voice, it’s got you pinned,
Gives no peace for anything,
It’s got you in its noose,
You’ve got to shake it lose

Come on Marvin, get the rhythm
Come on Marvin, get the beat
Come on Marvin
Those boots won’t get to walk
Unless you learn to use your feet
Come on Marvin

You’ve got to shake the blues
If it’s all you do
Don’t let your life slip past
Turn your don’ts to do-s
Put on your dancing shoes
Don’t let your love slip past

You’ve got to shake the blues
If it’s all you do
Don’t let your life slip past
Turn your don’ts to dos
Put on your dancing shoes
Don’t let your love slip past
Come on Marvin
Track Name: The White Hare (a lullaby for the faithless)
So did you think
You’d find solace in wine
From the blood on your hands
And the blood in your line?
You thought that you’d put a
Rope round my neck
You wished me to hell
But I’m not there yet

That white hare that’s running
Wherever you creep
Will shadow your nightmares
And won’t let you sleep
And my venom and vengeance
Will close like a net
‘Cos you wished me to hell
But I’m not there yet
Yes you wished me to hell
But I’m not there yet
Yes you wished me to hell
But I’m not there yet

I’m your white hare baby
Wherever you creep
I’m your nightmare baby
And I won’t let you sleep
Deep down inside
You’re so shallow you see
So I won’t let you sleep

You turned your back
On your lover
Turned your back on me
NSAFWB
Deep down inside
You’re so shallow you see
So I won’t let you sleep
No I won’t let you sleep

This debt will be settled
With restless unease
You’ll drink ‘til you’re sodden
Yet find no release
And your life will unravel
On the promise you broke
You’ve made your own gallows
And I hope you choke
Yes you’ve made your own gallows
And I hope you choke
Yes, you’ve made your own gallows
And I hope you choke.

I’m you white hare baby
Wherever you creep
I’m your nightmare baby
And I won’t let you sleep
You’re feckless and faithless
And hollow and cheap
So I won’t let you sleep

I will haunt your nightmares
Whatever you do
I will taunt your conscience
And never be soothed
Deceiving myself
That this curse will get through

Because you meant the world to me
And I meant nothing to you
I meant nothing to you
I meant nothing to you
I meant nothing to you
Track Name: Autmun Rain
There’s a fallen queen
Treat her heart tenderly
Her passions blown
By the storms you weave
Her restless heart
Like autumn leaves
But she still sails to your breeze

And your song she knows
This course she charts when she is lost
And to the mast
She is always tied
And to your tune
She is obliged

And she will notice every word
And she will pay
She knew that it meant nothing
But she loved you anyway
Ooh, ooh ooh,
Standing in the Autumn rain

And she will yield her heart
For one small sign, one small call
What you conceal
Can she fathom?
Can she sound?
And to your whim
She is slave, she is bound
And she longs for any word

And she’s dead inside
This hollow girl, this jilted bride
For she is blind
And love is cruel
Drunk on grief
You are her all
And she wails against the wall
And she will pay
She knew that it meant nothing
But she loved you anyway
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
Standing in the Autumn rain

It’s all illusion
Just imagined conversations
Breaking her apart
Taking her through change upon change
Until she gets back to the place where she starts

It’s all illusion
This lonely bag of hopeless
Reparations and amends
Mistakenly believes
If she’s your punch bag
Then she must also be your friend

So she will set her face
To this Autumn rain
This Autumn rain
For one more year
She will stay the same
For one more year
For one more flame

And she will hold onto your name
And she will pay
She knows you never loved her but
She loved you just the same
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
She loved you just the same
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
She loved you just the same
Ooh, ooh, ooh,
Standing in the Autumn rain
Track Name: Everything Means Nothing
I know this guy
With a hunger inside
It consumes every cell
And it blinds him and dumps him in hell
Which doesn’t end up so well

He says…
Don’t take me for a punch-bag
Don’t take me for a ride ‘cos
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side

I know this girl
And she says FML
And she grinds down her teeth
In the place she tries so hard to sleep
She’s just trying to get some peace

She says…
You’ve got me on your chain gang
You’ve got me Southern Fried ‘cos
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side

Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side

Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side
I know this guy
And he thinks he is dry
And he thinks he done
And he does not consider this as fun
There’s no race for him to run

He says…
You took me for a monkey
You cheated and you lied but
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side

I know this girl
And she’s tired of the world
And she’s tired all the time
And she’s tired of you making her cry
But she just cannot say goodbye

She says…
I ain’t got no choice babe
And I ain’t got no pride ‘cos
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side

Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side

Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
Everything means nothing babe,
If you ain’t by my side
Track Name: Deep Down Inside
There you go again
There you go again
Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep
Down inside
You’re so shallow, just a fake
Just a disguise

Live off the women all your life
Called them whore and called them wife
Time to pay your over-dues
The ones you left, the ones you hurt, the ones you used

There you go again
There you go again
Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep
Down inside
You’re so shallow, just a fake
Just a disguise

Time has come for you to fall
Karma watches you in thrall
Playing dirty, playing mean
The ones you left, the ones you hurt, and those between

There you go again
There you go again
Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep
Down inside
You’re so shallow, just a fake
Just a disguise

There you go again
There you go again
Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, deep
Down inside
You’re so shallow, just a fake
Just a disguise

There you go again…
Track Name: Goodbye
Maybe I am getting far too cut
Maybe I should tape my mouth shut
I don’t want anyone to see me like this
With my heart on my sleeve
And my life on its knees
Oh no please

Maybe I’ve just got it wrong
For no one seems to stick me very long
I am indulging the story of lack
With my life on its back
Attracting the flack
I’ve just got the knack

Goodbye, goodbye, so long, and fare you well,
Goodbye, goodbye, my friend, let’s sound the bell,
You won’t be seeing me again
So you won’t see me cry
Goodbye my friend, goodbye

I’ve got this lens that I see through
And I can see just where I stood with you
And there’s a million things that somehow I just do
If there’s a tear you can lend
I am losing all my friends
I’m at the end

Goodbye, goodbye, so long, and fare you well,
Goodbye, goodbye, my friend, let’s sound the bell,
You won’t be seeing me again
So you won’t see me cry
Goodbye my friend, goodbye
Track Name: The Moon And Back
I love you to the moon and back
So we’ll find a way to sing
My darling, my darling, my darling, my darling
You mean everything
I’m wishing on a shooting star
Shining silver in the black
My darling, my darling, my darling, my darling
I love you to the moon and back

I will not cry for you,
I will not shed a tear
For where then would we get to
In the tally of our years?
We will learn to stand
On this mire of shifting sand
And we’ll make our own foundations
In this broken promised-land

I love you to the moon and back
So we’ll find a way to dance
Oh my darling, my darling, my darling, my darling
I know there’s no second chance
I’m wishing with this broken heart
On all the stars of the Zodiac
Oh my darling, my darling, my darling, my darling
I love you to the moon and back

I will not cry for you,
I will not shed a tear
For where then would we get to
In the tally of our years?
We will learn to stand
On this mire of shifting sand
And we’ll make our own foundations
In this broken promised-land

Be my starlight in the summer
Shining silver in the black
Be my hope my darling shooting star
‘cos I love you to the moon and back
Track Name: The Craic
There’s a broken rhyme
In a tinhorn band
There’s a car-crash poet
With a rose in hand
Could you believe in me?
Would you believe in me?

There’s halting faith
In a broken prayer
There’s a ship-wrecked preacher
In a Merlin chair
Could you believe in me?
Would you believe in me?

If I’m the only one to care…

I'm ready for the beat,
I'm ready for the song
I'm ready for the melody, the energy
That might just happen along

I'm ready for the line,
I'm ready for the craic
I'm ready for the songs you sing,
The noise you bring
For to take me back
Come on, take me back

There’s a paper heart
From a broken tree
On Gingerbread looking
For a place to be
Could you believe in me?
Would you believe in me?
There’s no middle path
In this muddled-age
Just a bottle-full of words
For this fading page
Could you believe in me
Would you believe in me?

If I’m the only one to care…

I'm ready for the beat,
I'm ready for the song
I'm ready for the melody, the energy
That might just happen along

I'm ready for the line,
I'm ready for the craic
I'm ready for the songs you sing,
The noise you bring
For to take me back
Come on, take me back

Would you believe in me?