Protagonist

by Kar Stanton

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released October 8, 2016

All songs written, arranged and performed by Kar Stanton
Engineering and mixing by Matt Musial at The Burrow Bournemouth, except 'The Body Count' which was mixed by Lola Demo at Strudel Girl Studios on Ithaca, Greece
Mastering by Pete Maher
Photography by Monika Koclajda
All instruments were played or programmed by Kar Stanton, except for the drums on 'In The Darkness' and the arpeggiator synth on 'New Year' which were played by Matt Musial

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Kar Stanton is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist songwriter.

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Track Name: She Can
She'll create a beat that will make you weep
She can do it right now standing at the station
She can make you cry reading black and white
Turning up the colour and turning on the light
I can see you brother on the other side of the world
Give me a smile and tell me you're alright
Cos now that everybody's got a story starring the girl
She can, she will

She can, she will, watch her

She'll create...

She shot a video of you
Spinning in slow motion
Shopped it and filtered it just right
And then you were floating

She can, she will, watch her

Her gifts don't tick your boxes
She'll never excel your exams
Her skills won't fit your audit
She's making moves that you can't understand

Her gifts don't tick your boxes
She'll never excel your exams
Her skills won't fit your audit
She's making moves that you can't understand

Her gifts... (She'll create...)

I'll create a beat that will make you weep
I can do it right now standing at the station
I can make you cry reading black and white
Turning up the colour and turning on the light
I can see you brother on the other side of the world
Give me a smile and tell me you're alright
Cos now that everybody's got a story starring the girl
I can, I will
I can, I will, watch me
Track Name: New Year
We're going out, we're going out
Oh we never go out anymore
We're dressing up, we're dressing up
Oh we never dress up anymore

But tonight, tonight,
you know we feel more alive

What the future holds, I don't know
And how the year unfolds, I don't know
So I will hold you close, for a moment
Tonight we live in hope,
There's a purpose to all of this

I'm cleaning out, I'm cleaning out
Cleaning out the clutter
I'm clearing out, I’m clearing out
Clearing out the old year

Cos tonight tonight
You know I feel more alive

And what the future holds, I don't know
And how the year unfolds, I don't know
So I will hold you close, for a moment
Tonight we live in hope,
There's a purpose to all of this

He knows, he knows how it goes

We're going out, we’re going out
Oh, we never go out anymore

He knows, he knows how it goes
Track Name: The Body Count
I hear the body count
An enquiry's being announced
I can't feel anything at all
Couldn't cry if I wanted to

The radio plays on
With all the songs to take you home
To a place where I can rest
Another person pays the price

And when you wake up you need to get up too
And don't you come to your senses then let consciousness suffocate you
Pulling the covers over you
Saying leave me alone
Won't you leave me alone

In the warmth
In the sinking sand
In the warmth
With the curtains drawn

I don't want your tears
I don't want your disease
I don't want to hear your pleas for help

And when you wake up you need to get up too
And don't you come to your senses then let consciousness suffocate you
Pulling the covers over you
Saying leave me alone
Won't you leave me alone

I need my anaesthetic
I need my entertainment
Turn on the comedy channel
Turn on the music channel

(One day it's gonna go off like a bomb
I'll see clearly what I should have done
Everything I've been ignoring
All the things I've been avoiding)
Track Name: Overcome The Monster
The pasts not gonna change
Leave it in its place
You didn't know what you know now
You were not full grown, no

I dream you are taking a
masterclass
You address every question with
compassion and tact
It's a difficult subject
But you can handle it, you can handle it

You will overcome the monster that's robbing your future
You will overcome the monster that's telling you it's over
You will overcome, you will overcome, you're gonna get better
You will overcome, you will overcome, overcome the monster, the monster

I dream there's a party
With all of our friends
You know that your ok
Cos you looked forward to this
You are standing so comfortably
In their company
You talk so easily


There is a monster that's robbing your future
A horror that's telling you it's over
But you will overcome the monster
you will overcome the monster

There is a monster that's taken the last three years
Stolen away great swathes of your life
But you are gonna do something great
with what remains, with what remains

You will overcome the monster that's robbing your future
You will overcome the monster that's telling you it's over
You will overcome, you will overcome, you're gonna get better
You will overcome, you will overcome, overcome the monster, the monster
Track Name: A Simple Life
Can you get your brain to slow down for long enough to forget the lists
Bring all your thoughts to a bed of rest
Demands detach relax collapse upon the course
And the playing fields transform to a bed of grass
A raucous symphony drops to a single line of melody
All your ambitions wait patiently

I want a simple life

It seems like another world
It seems like another girl
The things I used to handle
A bundle of trouble
But no-one will bother me
No responsibility
I might be a coward
It's all I can manage

I want a simple life
Get it where you can
Cos responsibility finds you easy enough
Track Name: In Sickness
I'm just waiting for the money to run out
I'm just waiting for the money to run out
I'm just waiting for a change to come around
For whatever's in your brain to work its way out

For richer for poorer
For better for worse
In sickness and in health

For richer for poorer
For better for worse
In sickness and in health
There's nowhere else that I would be

And I don't know how long it will be
Til I become so bitter
Like a stain that never lifts
Like a debt that can't be paid

And I'm just waiting for you to remember I'm here
To remember I matter
To remember you care

I'm just waiting, I'm just waiting
For the black dog to leave
Cos everything is different
Everything is different when he's away

I'm just waiting, I'm just praying
For the black dog to leave
Cos everything is different
Everything is different when he's away

For richer for poorer
For better for worse
In sickness and in health
I'm not gonna leave

For richer for poorer
For better for worse
In sickness and in health
You'd do the same for me

Never lose hope
Track Name: Youth In Bloom
We use boys for wars and girls for whores
Boys for wars and girls for whores

She's new, she's youth in bloom
Her blood's redder, her skin's softer
She is the vigour, She is the colour

She's new, she's youth in bloom
You do what you do to feel as good as you can.

We pulled her from the ground she grew up in
Shook off the soil and cut right through the stem
And she was new and beautiful
And displayed in our home

We use boys for wars and girls for whores
And your sons and daughters are our dolls and toy soldiers
We use boys for wars and girls for whores

We pulled her from the ground she grew up in
Shook off the soil and cut right through the stem
And she was new and beautiful
And displayed in our home

Make room for the fresh flesh
you came home with the fresh flowers

And I want a new skin
And I want a new everything
Track Name: Back To Reality
I took myself to a meeting with another me
She spoke a soothing delusion, told a comforting story
I'm on the radio, I'm an expert
I'm in the studio, I'm an artist

Tell me another story
Tell me another story
I and me and she and we, rewrote my autobiography
Paint me another picture
Paint me a self-portrait
My face set with meaning like I'm someone important

I've been hiding out of time
Living in another place
Let's get back to reality, back to reality now

In reality we are weak, you and me
And in reality you are not always easy to live with
And in reality I'm not as pretty, I'm not as witty
But in reality I love you, and you love me

I've been hiding out of time
Living in another place
Let's get back to reality, back to reality now
Track Name: In The Darkness
I'm tired of everything
I'm tired of everyone
My time it never came
I've not done anything
I've achieved nothing
And when I try I never get very far

In the darkness

Tomorrow's coming for me
Tomorrow's out to get me
I never had much strength
I was never the brave one

If you would stay with me
So I am not alone
As I lay with the dead fruits
As the teeth come down

In the darkness
In the darkness
In the darkness
There is a light
Track Name: Kids
If we had met, when we were ten
I think we would have been best friends
If we had met when we were ten
I think we would have been best friends

I was singing splendid nonsense in the back seat of the car
I'm in the space ship, I am the captain
And all my crew have names like sycamore
We're drawing pictures, we're drawing spaceships
Were telling stories were making words up

If we had met when we were ten
I think we would have been best friends

We would have been best friends
We would have been best friends
But we've seen a lot of life since then
Now everything is closing in

Now we are grown ups
Now we are useless and used up


If we had met when we were seventeen,
I think we would have been best friends
If we had met when we were seventeen
I think we would have been best friends

I was painting, trees and faces
City landscapes, street lights and pavements
We went to the gigs, we knew all the words
I'm making mix tapes, you're making mix tapes
If we had met when we were seventeen
I think we would have been best friends

Sometimes you say you wish we were still young
That those were the days, those were the good ones
Everything stretched out before us
Everything we could want and more yes
Sometimes you say you wish we were still kids
With all of the day, all of that promise
Everything stretched out before us
Everything we could want and more yes

Now let's do a video, I'll do the tune, you do the cartoon
Tonight lets go to a gig, discover the best band in the world

And we can still believe the future is possible
And we can still believe the future is beautiful
And we can still believe is me and you... Me and you
And everything good

Be my best friend, be my best friend for the rest of my life
Be my best friend, be my best friend, for the rest of my life.