The Old Dog

by The Animators

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    Artwork by Gerard Russo.

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released July 22, 2010

Track 1,2,5,6 by D. Cuthbertson & A. Linklater.
Track 3 by D. Cuthbertson, A. Linklater & S. Michalski.
Track 4, 7 by D. Cuthbertson.
Strings on track 3 arranged by Ollie Mcgill. Played by ‘Silo’ string quartet - Aaron Barnden, Andrea Keeble, Christian Read and Caerwen Martin.
Horn section on track 1 arranged by David Cuthbertson. Played by Nick Wilkins, Emily Mould & Ben Hughes.
Guitar on track 3 & 5 by Simon Michalski.
Recorded, Mixed & Produced by David Cuthbertson @ SoundFarm. Additional recording by Chris Braun @ SingSing Studios. Mastered by Ross Cockle @ SingSing Studios.

Anthony would like to thank:
Julie and Quinten for their support. Sam and Pat for encouraging me to strike objects with sticks.

David would like to thank:
Mum, Dad, Ellen and the rest of my family for their constant support and encouragement during this process. Pid for making it about the music. Every person who has been part of the journey so far, from stage managers to sets of ears in the studio, again, without you this would not be.

The Animators would like to thank:
Ollie and Sub for getting inside our songs and bringing them to life. Ben Smithett, Kirk O’dwyer & Gerrard Russo for the inspiring visual artwork and design. Andy, Cam & Chris for your awesome live mixing. Brett Campbell for your video genius. Kathleen O’dwyer for your wordsmithing. Beau Miles for your support and hard work on the road. Kaj and Jude @ SingSing for your wonderful hospitality. Our fans, friends and gig buddies for making the past 12 months such a great experience!

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Track Name: Theme
[Turn around, A dog a bone, It’s just a bribe. You make it. It’s in her vibe, put down the phone, it’s just your pride. You make it. She always gets what she wants as she falls to her knees, she always gets what she needs because you make it so easy. You make it so easy.]
Track Name: On Fire
[So everyone said write a happier tune, one where the good guys win, one where the bad guys loose. So I thought, I’d sit myself down here and crack the top off a beer, see if I could please your ear. But I just want to set you on fire, I want to set you on fire. // It’s not my fault I can’t write two lines, straight lines, great lines, without spitting hate rhymes about crossed lines and confused times. I did it. It’s just me to take the alternate route, to find a point of dispute, to go and make it all emotional. Because I want to set you on fire, I want to set you on fire. Fire. // So I stop, take a look at my life to see the good things I like, to hope it brings you delight to see that I have everything I need. There’s nothing I couldn’t do, there’s nothing I couldn’t be. Except I want to set you on fire, I want to set you on fire, fire. FIRE.]
Track Name: The Old Dog
[And how do you see straight through me? And is it a calming place inside your head? Now I’ll listen you won’t open up. And I’m not waiting. Watch out, with your eyes on the road. The old dog’s tricks don’t work no more. But it’s not over until it’s over. It’s not over until it’s over, It’s not over until it’s over.]
Track Name: What Should Never Have Been (Old Dog version)
[So hold on and breathe me out. Breathe me now, breathe in how it’s gonna be. Create me, animate me somehow. Believe this dream that you wanted to be in, this hell that controls me and you take control. // Shout it out, without a doubt it’s gonna be history repeated. Repeat after me. They take him down for making sounds. You only hurt yourselves and this chance is slipping away… So hold on and breathe me out. You wanna breathe me.]
Track Name: What I Know
[The words and the actions, contradictions of themselves. And the meaning of the feelings, now becomes trapped inside. So I’m left here counting teardrops as they fall down your face. And I wonder as we sit here, could there be a better place for you and me? // You fall from heights that you can’t even climb to. You make it hard so you can’t be broken. But you say goodnight, with a tear in your eye again. // And I know the spaces left between us will quickly be filled, but the spaces left inside of us are otherwise occupied. And I know, what I know, that I know, when I know, then you’ll know the same thing, too.]
Track Name: Pianoforte
[Fall in, Fall out.]