Middle Child Syndrome

by Ken Burke

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    01. Aprils Fool
    02. Magical
    03. Mrs. Friendly
    04. Ransom
    05. She Glows
    06. Fourletterword
    07. Beautiful Mess
    08. Fall
    09. Tightrope
    10. Square

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Middle Child Syndrome was recorded over the period of one year between Dublin and Mannheim, Germany. It is the first physical release from Ken Burke with the songs chosen spanning almost a decade. It was produced by Konstantin Gropper (Get Well Soon) and features Verena Gropper (violin/vocals) and Maike Rosa Vogel (Vocals). Some songs have featured on various independent short films (Whatever Turns You On, Veronique) as well as an 8-part TV series (The House). It was released on April fools day 2010.

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released April 1, 2010

Konstantin Gropper - Producer, Guitars and Programming
Verena Gropper - Violin and Backing Vocals
Maike Rosa Vogel - Vocals

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Track Name: Aprils Fool
Drama queen I've licked my wounds
Since falling from my pedestool
Thought everything we had was cool
But now I feel I'm aprils fool
Its not that I'm unqualified
Its just I'm over rated
I'm never ever satisfied
and end up more frustrated

When I stopped jumping through the hoops
Thats when I started sinking
No longer feel I'm bulletproof
All logic gone from thinking
Cause I thought you were camoflauge
But you were just transparent
And I smashed every piece of glass
To work out whats apparent

Don’t let the stones and the sticks hit my bones
I know I’ll never heal
I think I’m losing
All of my appeal

Watched all weekend for a sign
But I didn't you coming
Still felt completely genuine
But a jury backed the woman
Now I'm not saying your paranoid
Its just you feel forgotten
But I swore to keep you by my side
Until my corpse is rotten

Drama queen I've licked my wounds
Since falling from my pedestool
Thought everything we had was cool
But now I feel I'm aprils fool
Track Name: Magical
I wish I had your wicked look across my lips
I wish I held your velvet body in my finger tips
I wish we could lie together and share our souls
Let the world revolve around us in our control

Cause you are what we call - Magical
You are what we call - Magical

You were just a fairytale when our room stood parallel
I would always hold a candle in the orchard and the well
When you were burning I was cold - looking for a place to fold
Then our sun began to shine - once upon a time

Cause you are what we call - Magical
You are what we call - Magical

We used to spray our names in aerosols
We'd turn our days into carnivals
And then we'd jump into the deepest waterfall
When you were burning I was cold - looking for a place to fold
Then our sun began to shine - once upon a time

Cause you are what we call - Magical
You are what we call - Magical

You don't have to shine to be a star
Cause we know you already are
You don't have to shine to be a star
Cause we know you already are
Track Name: Mrs. Friendly
Hello misses friendly I forgot your name
I’m sure I wrote it somewhere but I lost the page
It happens to me often I’m as guilty as sin
But I’m sure if you refresh me we can reminise
Didn’t we meet while I was playing the field
Sowing wild oats among roses and weeds
Didn’t you say we should be more discreet
But I laughed when you followed me

So won’t you stay a little while
I’ll make it worth the gamble
I hope you never have to leave

Misses friendly would you like to see the menu
There’s something here to suit you
I know you like to browse
Misses friendly we’ve luxuries a plenty
There’s something here to suit you
I know you like to browse
I know you like to browse

So tell me misses friendly what’s it going to be
A cocktail in exchange for your charity
I must admit I thought about you more than once
And if you’ve got new tricks then I’ll become your audience

So won’t you stay a little while
I’ll make it worth the gamble
I hope you never have to leave

Misses friendly would you like to see the menu
There’s something here to suit you
I know you like to browse
Misses friendly we’ve luxuries a plenty
There’s something here to suit you
I know you like to browse
I know you like to browse

Now misses friendly you’re a lady of your word
Or is this just a rumour that I overheard
You promised there’d be thunder in the hurricane
But I’ll settle for the showers should you bring the rain
Track Name: Ransom
Take back the distance I’ll never move
Take back the logic I have to prove
Take back the furniture left in the room
Take back the silence I’ll always hear
Take back the tantrum I’ll be sincere
Take back the miserable pose of the year

Cos I can’t keep on loving you this much
It’s out of the question
So just take the ransom
Cos I can’t keep on
Wanting you so badly
Based on assumption
That you’re here for the ransom

Take the confusion - leave it aside
Take all the effort – I never try
Take back the memory frozen and dry
Take all the images only you own
Take the illusion - if only I’d known
Take back the bad seed now overgrown

And we’ll march until the heels cut through
The soles of our shoes
And we’ll argue til our faces turn blue
But somehow we’ll slowly lose our direction
Abandoning the troops
On lonely paths we choose

Cos I can’t keep on loving you this much
It’s out of the question
So just take the ransom
Cos I can’t keep on
Wanting you so badly
Based on assumption
So just take the ransom
So just take the ransom
So just take the ransom
So just take the ransom
Track Name: She Glows
That was your mother just called, She’s wondering how
You’ve have made no attempt , To come contact by now
In your absence she’s sleepless, And terribly frail
Have you lost your way?

She’s sure you hide secrets you’re willing to tell
Do your nights give you shelter, Your days feel like hell
You’re a million miles from the nearest hotel
Won’t you please come home, the prodigal heir to the throne

You’ve taken for granted all you were shown
You’ve sold all your rainbows and squandered your gold
You’re burning your bridges without even knowing
Every time you smile she glows - Every time you smile she glows

That was your mother just called, She’s wondering why
You are being so reluctant, To bother to try
To make peace; to see reason – say where you are
Has this gone so far?
Cos’ surely you’ve done enough damage to know
Your values are worthless: you’re credit so low
And you walk like a time bomb waiting to blow
Won’t you please come home
The prodigal heir to the throne

You’ve taken for granted all you were shown
You’ve sold all your rainbows and squandered your gold
You’re burning your bridges without even knowing
Every time you smile she glows - Every time you smile she glows
Track Name: Fourletterword
Sometimes a day can feel like a year
Sometimes a year can just be enough
Sometimes enough is all I can take
Sometimes I take more than I should

But I never thought that someday you'd go
Of all of the things that I miss the most
Is you in a room holding the world
I learned it all through a four letter word

When November weeps and calenders fall
The shadows beneath are forced to dissolve
We hope for the best but fear for the worst
We live by the tides but no longer thirst

But I never thought that someday you'd go
Of all of the things that I miss the most
Is you in a room holding the world
I learned it all through a four letter word

I used to be pure but now I'm a fake
I live to endure every mistake
The gemini twin laughs in the womb
It's burgundy skin covered in wounds

But I never thought that someday you'd go
Of all of the things that I miss the most
Is you in a room holding the world
I learned it all through a four letter word

I learned it all - I learned it all
I learned it al through a four letter word
Track Name: Beautiful Mess
Oh! dear - what can the matter be?
You're still single and I'm still free
Well nobody said it was going to be easy
To find us a remedy
I can’t help but wonder where all this will end
Without the confusion or suffering
But I won’t just sit back and watch you pretend
That you can’t see what’s happening

But you don't have to look so surprised
It's clear that you're still in disguise
and two wrongs won't make it right

Well you stepped into the shade
Why you hide there is anyones guess
Cos you're strange, you're wild, you're something erratic
Oh! woman - you're a beautiful mess
Woman - you're a beautiful mess

Oh dear! What can the matter be
You’re still shrouded in mystery
And without any reason you’re destined to be
Another bruised casualty

So you don't have to look so surprised
Its clear that you’re still in disguise
Cause two wrongs won't make it right

Well you stepped into the shade
Why you hide there is anyones guess
Cos you're strange, you're wild, you're something erratic
Oh! woman - you're a beautiful mess
Woman - you're a beautiful mess

And gravity just pulls me closer to you
With each passing day I feel battered and bruised
I can’t figure out but if only I knew
I’d give away all of my secrets and follow this through

Well you stepped into the shade
Why you hide there is anyones guess
You're strange, you're wild, you're something erratic
Oh! woman - you're a beautiful mess
Woman - you're a beautiful mess

Oh! woman - you're a beautiful woman
You're a beautiful woman
You're a beautiful mess
Track Name: Fall
He came to me with notions – he came to me lies
He came to me I noticed – the tears already dried
She told him it’s all over – she never told him why
She said she had to go away – for a little while
She claimed sophistication – it hid her ignorance
She couldn’t play a mother role – to her: her life came first

I know what you’ve gone through
Where you’re coming from
Where you’re going to

So if you’re gonna fall – fall my way
If you trip at all – trip this way
But if you’re gonna lay down – don’t
You wanna make it go away but it won’t

They had a conversation - they drank some alcohol
In a small club in a small world – she heard it all
She’d have to break it to him but he’d go off his head
They tried to change the subject – but she went home instead
She cried I know her reason – why she had to go
She still had part of you in her – she had to let it go

I don’t know how I feel he said - I don’t know if I care anymore
I suppose I’m a little freaked - But I’ve every reason to be
I just needed an opinion - I needed somebody to listen
I needed to talk to someone - To help me find a solution
I want what you have - But this situations way out a hand

So if you’re gonna fall – and if you’re gonna break
If you’re gonna run – if you’re going to erase
If you gonna trip – if you take a dive or slip
If you keep it in – cos you’ll never lose or win
If what they say is true – what’s it gonna make you do
I guess you’ll never know – so you’re caught in 22
Just remember if you fall - Just remember if you fall
Just remember if you fall - Just remember if you fall
I’m here to catch you
Track Name: Tightrope
When you come back I’ll stop the traffic and I’ll
Grow my hair long and we’ll share the sofa I’ll
Burn some ying-yang and I’ll read your tarot I’ll
Tell your fortune and we’ll wake up sober

But don’t try to get too close
Cause I’m all out of room on this man-made tightrope

When you come back I’ll dig your pony and I’ll
Serve you cocktails and we’ll practice karma I’ll
Bore you stupid and we’ll watch the grass grow and I’ll
Count your blessings and we’ll wake up sober

But don’t try to get too close
Cause I’m all out of room on this man-made tightrope

When you come back I’ll draw blood from this open wound
When you come back I’ll draw blood from this open wound

When you come back I’ll face the music and I’ll
Watch you tumble and we’ll paint our eyebrows I’ll
Keep your secrets and I’ll soothe your sunburn and we’ll
Break the habit and then wake up sober

But don’t try to get too close
Cause I’m all out of room on this man-made tightrope

When you come back I’ll draw blood from this open wound
When you come back I’ll draw blood from this open wound

When you come back I’ll steal your thunder and I’ll
Spread the rumour and we’ll share our sorrows I‘ll
Grant your wishes and we’ll scream the chorus and I’ll
Win you over and then sell your soul

When you come back I’ll draw blood from this open wound
When you come back I’ll draw blood from this open wound
Track Name: Square
There's no sadness in your tears
There's no danger in your fears
There's no bitterness in this - you won't betray
There's no wanting in your needs
There's no hunger in your feast
There's no blood and still it bleeds - complusively

You're just following the herd
A frightened calf just running scared
This world will never be round
When all you see is square

There's no penance in your sins
There's no smile behind the grin
There's just emptiness within - That won't be filled

You're just following the herd
A frightened calf just running scared
This world will never be round
When all you see is square

You thought that I was colourblind and couldn't care
But yesterday is gone and you're still holding on
Cos all you see is square

You're just following the herd
A frightened calf just running scared
This world will never be round
When all you see is square

You won't betray, You won't betray