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released May 4, 2018

Recorded by Dylan Adams in Coogee, Sydney, Australia
Mixed by Chris Teti at Silver Bullet Studios, CT, USA
Mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio, NY, USA

Backing vocals on ‘Home Again 2’ and ‘Nicole’s Express’ by S. Petersen and T. Bowatte - recorded by H. Lilley at The Stomach, Palmerston North.
Cello on ‘Ma’ and ‘Extended Family’ by O. G. Wilding -
recorded by T. Lambert at Brokedown Palace, Wellington.

Invaluable advice by Miles Sutton
Album art by Nicole Gaffney
All songs by Nicole Gaffney and James Stuteley

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Track Name: Fake Meat/Real Friends
in a Grey Lynn backyard
for once I can see the stars
with no mediation
completely open and hoping out loud

wrapped in jackets close to dusk
with words too intensely felt
we can see you overflowing
come of age but keep growing
Track Name: It's been a rough year
Resilient you’ve got this right
Don’t listen to parent’s advice

You’re in control
You’re not alone
They’re getting old
Surpass them all

You’re in control
You’re not alone
They’re getting old
Surpass them all

Setbacks hard times
Ahead and behind
Power through this shit
Give yourself credit

You’re still here
It’s been a rough year
You’re still here
It’s been a rough year
You’re still here
It’s been a rough year
You’re still here

You’re in control
You’re not alone
They’re getting old
Surpass them all

Resilient jaded and sore
Don’t listen to them anymore

Resilient you’ve got this right
Don’t listen to parent’s advice anymore
Track Name: Home Again 2
What do I call home
What do I call home
Where do I call home

I am I am I am I am I am
Not giving this up
I just I just I just I just I just
Enjoy it too much
Playing with my favourite bands
Going to Disneyland
Making friends around the world
Escaping the New Zealand cold

What do I call home
What do I call home

What do I call home
What do I call home
Where do I call home
Who do I call

(I am I am I am I am I am)
I am not giving this up
(I just I just I just I just I just)
I just enjoy it too much

You want me to settle down
Find a job, make money
Stop fucking around
You want me to settle down
Find a house, a husband
Have a child
All these expectations
(All these expectations)
All these expectations
(All these expectations)

(I am I am I am I am I am)
What do I call home
(I just I just I just I just I just)
What do I call home
(I am I am I am I am I am)
Where do I call home
(I just I just I just I just I just)
Who do I call
Track Name: Man Says
Anything but ordinary
I’m not like the others
Convince them I’m different
but pretend I’m not coloured
Blend in, but stand out
Be tough, but stay soft
Be one of the boys
Get hurt playing guitar

I’ll assimilate
I’ll fit around you
I’ll blast hybrid theory after school too
I’ll bleach and straighten
Get a fringe
I’ll even talk back to my parents

Can’t wait to grow up
Work in a vintage store
You wouldn’t even recognise me anymore

Nikki has been waiting patiently
To turn seventeen
To get out of south Auckland
Find her true calling
Blend in, but stand out
Be tough, but stay soft
Stop me I’ll act out
Tell you to get lost

I’ll assimilate
I’ll fit around you
I’ll blast hybrid theory After school too
I’ll bleach and straighten
Get a fringe
I’ll even talk back to my parents

Can’t wait to grow up
Work in a vintage store
You wouldn’t even recognise me anymore
Stand on my bed
Yell out my heart
Pray my accent doesn’t blurt out
Track Name: Nicole's Express
not leaving my routine I might break
I’ll work on my resilience today
twenty-six and overdone
hard enough to even learn where I’m from

forgive yourself a break
take a moment it can wait
forgive yourself a break
sometimes learning’s the best thing you can do today

only half a page, seven coffees deep
scrolling constantly, don’t forget to breathe

absorbing everything I’ll stay awake
might not get it straight away
grow in moments, glowing screens
I’m not ready to take the lead
but I’m here I’m listening
take a deep breath before I scream

don’t forget to breathe
don’t forget to breathe
Track Name: Ma
of her sheltered youth 

she tells me 
everything she never knew 

about the world 
about men 



I hope that I’ll be able to dance as proudly and deliberately as her 

I hope that I’ll be able to laugh as proudly and deliberately as her 



I laugh when she writes on my band’s page,
how proud she is 

she wants me to sing at her 80th birthday 

if not, her funeral 



I’ll make sure that I’m there before that 

that I don’t show up, hungover again 

late fresh off a plane, walking foolishly 
towards her empty casket 



I hope that I’ll be able to laugh as proudly and deliberately as her 


I took her for granted 
she cleaned my teenage room 

she never said much I try not to think about her 


I wish that I had the chance to talk to her as an adult 

I really sucked as a preteen 

I wish that I had the chance to talk to her as an adult 

I really sucked as a preteen 


as a preteen 



we’ll never know 
she refused to tell 

we urged her to write down our family tree 
on her deathbed
Track Name: Overcompensate
teeth falling out for a second time
what a prank, human life
I still repeat mistakes I made at 17

getting older, getting wise
is being content as your body dies
getting older, getting wise is
being happy as your body slowly dies

but meeting teenage dreams
a decade late is still satisfying
not exactly what I want now
pretty funny that’s how it turned out

I just overcompensate
overcompensate
overcompensate
I just overcompensate
Track Name: Annual Leave
In the articles, I've read
common thought on the deathbed
wish i didn’t work as much

55 sick days in the bank
sorry you missed my 23rd
I’ve heard
you're pretty busy 40 hours a week
I spend Monday mornings alone at the beach
maybe see you at the next anniversary

all the things you wanted to be
buried under a 40-hour work week
with everything you wish you could see

25 years at a fixed rate
sorry but Glenfield’s not that great
your coffee capsules save 2 hours a week
you're always catching up on sleep
maybe see you at the school jubilee

out of alignment
out of alignment
out of alignment

in the articles, I’ve read
common thought on the deathbed
wish I didn't work as much
all the things you wanted to be
wish I didn’t work as much
with everything you wish you could see
wish I didn’t work as much
Track Name: Extended Family
In a rural front yard
I couldn’t climb that high
Carved my initials in the side
that tree is still alive

I only see you annually
Live with your stories all the time
Rum and coke at the jazz show
Goodbye at the airport as you cry
I only see you annually
Live with your stories all the time
A moment you’ve already been
Same setting sun forty years between
Track Name: Mitimiti
In this new cycle
Leaving these islands
Routine overseas

We don’t go away
to get away
We don’t go away
to get away

Frost and fog won’t stop a swim
the misty forest calls us in
playing with our food
and these ever-changing moods
frost and fog won’t stop a swim
taharoa calls us in
amalgamate all our best parts
thanks for giving me a chance

the smiles we exchange
full of teeth, reserved only for real friends

frost and fog won’t stop a swim
taharoa calls us in
amalgamate all our best parts
thanks for giving me a chance

swerving through gravel roads
crawling through small towns
this wild west coast

yelling songs out the car
dargaville before dark
people who mean the most

gather on stolen land
a few days unplanned
on this wild west coast

giving me a chance
to learn who you are
people who mean the most

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