God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye

by Two Steps on the Water

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God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye is a collection of 9 emotion punk/heavy folk songs whose lyrics deal with themes of trauma, transness, violence, sex and sadness.

It was recorded between February and April 2016. Recording took place at Bakehouse Studios in Richmond with Simon Grounds, at RMIT with sound engineering students Bonnie Knight, Jonathan Baird, Lauren Squire, Nathalie Pavlovic and Troy Sheehan, and at Simon’s studio.

The album will be released digitally on July 29th and then as a vinyl record (edition of 300) on August 19th.

Album artwork by the incredible Lee Lai (lee-lai.tumblr.com)

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released July 29, 2016

June Jones sings and plays guitar on all songs, and she plays bass on Shaving Cut.

Sienna Thornton plays violin on all songs but Dirge (where she plays viola), and sings on all songs but Baby and the Bicycle.

Jonathan Nash plays drums on all songs, bass on Baby and the Bicycle and Shaving Cut, organ on Ships in the Night and YoYo, piano on Decade of Disrepair and Words in My Mouth, and sings on all songs but A Little Bit Scared and Baby and the Bicycle.

Charlie Woods plays trumpet on A Little Bit Scared and Baby and the Bicycle.

All lyrics written by June Jones between 2015 and 2016. Certain lyrics have been borrowed from various sources, most notably the beginning of the chorus of YoYo, which is taken from the song Cloudbusting by Kate Bush. The song also features a recontextualised lyric from Paul Kelly’s From St Kilda To Kings Cross.

All mixing and mastering was undertaken by Simon Grounds, who was an active participant in the making of this record from start to finish.

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Two Steps on the Water are a Melbourne-based emotion punk/heavy folk trio making sad music that "really rocks"

9-song album "God Forbid Anyone Look Me in the Eye" to be released July 29th.

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Track Name: A Little Bit Scared
I’m a little bit scared
I’m a little bit scared
If it’s on my sleeve it’s in the air
I’m a little bit scared

But I want you
to hold me tonight
My funny skin
in your clutches so tight
Our queer girls’ lips
reinventing the terms
we were banned from
‘cause you’re too femme
and I’m too firm

Oh, not tonight
You say that I’m beautiful
and I think I know you’re right
Oh, equals in fright
Will I still be beautiful
even when I leave your sight?

I’m a little bit scared
I’m a little bit scared
If it’s on my sleeve it’s in the air
I’m a little bit scared

But I want you
to find me out
Pull on my tit
and spit in my mouth
I feel childish
like we’re rolling in dirt
An adult from 14 years old
so I guess I’ll have just dessert

Oh, oh tonight
You say that I’m beautiful
and I think I know you’re right
Oh, I grow in your light
Will I still be beautiful
even when I leave your sight?
Track Name: My Medusa
The whole outside world is my medusa
God forbid anyone look me in the eye
‘Cause I’ve got places to be
I’ve gotta find air to breathe
and I’ve got smoke in my face from your fire

Jump in, jump in
Just ignore my existence
I’d love to be invisible
to everyone but a few
No room, no room
Lest I hold my body twisted
Unless I hold my face
until my breath turns blue

Don’t look me in the eye
I need to breathe
Don’t look me in the eye

Blue denim jeans over a hot pink skirt
The coldest July in 20 years
I’ve internalised all of your loathing
No disconnect between body and clothing
and there’s no smoke in your face from my fire

Jump in, jump in
Just ignore my existence
I’d love to be invisible
to everyone but a few
No room, no room
Lest I hold my body twisted
Unless I hold my face
until my breath turns blue

Don’t look me in the eye
I need to breathe
Don’t look me in the eye
Track Name: Baby and the Bicycle
Baby slices down side streets
Circle, triangle, circle, gone
The sun beats down fists of fire
Baby’s got her pink skirt on

And there’s singing in her ear
And there’s new love in the air
And her heart’s as fast as a red car
Red circle, red rhombus, red square

I don’t wanna talk about what I am
I just wanna throw some shapes around
I’m not always happy with what I am
Some times I wanna be
wind, wifi, or sound

Just leaving the house is political
Baby wants a form that’s neutral
Her king’s forehead and her queen’s lips
Sometimes the mirror is brutal

But on the bike that keeps her safe
She can ride as fast as she wants
And you can watch Baby fade away
Until your finger no longer knows where to point

I don’t wanna talk about what I am
I just wanna throw some shapes around
I’m not always happy with what I am
Some times I wanna be
wind, wifi, or sound
Track Name: Shaving Cut
You asked me if I was wearing blush
It’s just foundation in my shaving cut
You asked me if I was wearing blush
It’s just foundation in my – 1, 2, 3, 4

You asked me if I was wearing blush
It’s just foundation in my shaving cut
A constellation of dark red dots
It’s just foundation in my shaving cut
You asked me if I was wearing blush
and I was in fact wearing blush
You asked me if I was wearing blush
It’s just foundation in my shaving cut

Can I kiss you, will you kiss me back?
Forgive the prickle on your lip
Pin me down with your porcelain claws
and captain my body like a ship
And it’s so sexy to not give a shit
And if only I could just exist
Without a body, without a hitch
As if, as if, as if
Track Name: YoYo
When your face was forming
and the world was reddened mud
All around you felt like all inside you
though I guess it always does

You’re like a YoYo
that glows in the dark
What makes you special
makes you dangerous

I wanted to
write you a song
So I pulled a few apart
and made them into this one

When the sky was falling
and you couldn’t ask for help
You were sure there was one person to blame
and that person was yourself

You’re like a YoYo
that glows in the dark
What makes you special
makes you dangerous

If the world don’t love you
then the world is wrong
If the world don’t love you
then the world is wrong
You’re so sad
but so damn strong
If the world don’t love you
then the world must be wrong
It must be wrong
Track Name: Decade of Disrepair
The eighties live on in my shoulders

I don’t know how that happened
Born in the early nineties I
was a scrawny little teen
Pushing purple fists through plaster I
was furious sad and so scared
Unaware that my walls would fall
into a decade of disrepair
A decade of disrepair
A decade of disrepair

Nine nights
Burned in my memory
Nineteen nights
Burned in my memory
Ninety-nine nights
Burned in my memory

When I was sixteen or seventeen
I opened a bottle of champagne
A celebration of walking
A hundred meters in the dark, and
Trauma can live as a silent beast
Mine avoided naming for seven years
And on my very being it did feast
But I’ll starve the beast to death

Now I’ve got a handful of stories
I’ve got my personal mythology
and I recognise the gods that sheltered me
through a decade of disrepair
A decade of disrepair
A decade of disrepair
A decade of disrepair
Track Name: Ships in the Night
When I see someone that looks like you
Do you see someone that looks like me?
Ships in the night, the water's on fire
Out of the frying pan and into the sea
But I'm told this is what I want
This is love, beautiful love

I don't wanna be in
I don't wanna be in love
I don't wanna be in love anymore

Am I loving you?
Am I loving you?
Are you loving me?
Are you loving me?
When I see someone that looks like you
Do you see someone that looks like me?
Ships in the night, the water's on fire
Out of the frying pan and into the sea

I don't wanna be in
I don't wanna be in love
I don't wanna be in love anymore
Track Name: Words in my Mouth
You put
words in
my mouth

I wasn’t
hungry
You put
words in
my mouth (x 2)

Scrunch me up like an onion skin
and throw me in the compost bin
Leave the tabula rasa
Every word a lie, a sin
I was called a teenage boy
I named myself a girl
You tore me up, buttercup
I was a threat to your whole world

CHORUS x 1

Your taxonomy has failed me
All the bones you found were fake
I’m the scraps in the adjacent lot
Leaving flora in my wake
And I’ll lie here forever
And anybody can come in
Just leave your eyes, your ears, your mouth, at home
Every word’s a lie, every word’s a sin

Every word a lie, a sin
On the library scrawled in paint
Blue letters on a red brick building
Blackened matches at the base
And June Jones is sat there sobbing
Crying not just tears, but words
“If I could be one simple thing
I’d be the compost in the dirt”

CHORUS x 2
Track Name: Dirge (digital bonus track)
My mother's birthday I
cried in her arms
Just like the baby I
said I wished I was
My mother, lifegiver
First forest, first river
I am so sorry for the
nature of my thoughts

Sometimes I think about death
Even when I sleep I don't rest
It's just something I need to confess
Sometimes
I think about death

My mother's birthday her
self-centred daughter said
"Why can't I be
clouds or dust, a tree?"
My mother, spark lighter
I sob louder and I hold tighter
Sometimes a human
is a terribly sad thing to be

Sometimes I think about death
Even when I sleep I don't rest
It's just something I need to confess
Sometimes
I think about death