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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1.
Aprils Fool 03:55
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
2.
Magical 04:12
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
3.
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
4.
Ransom 04:07
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
5.
She Glows 05:27
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Fall 04:24
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
9.
Tightrope 03:43
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
10.
Square 06:38
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

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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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