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Calm Down Dad

by HELEN LOVE

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She’s been going steady with a boy called Eddie Staying out late every night Her dad’s going mad and her mother is sad ‘Cos they can’t sleep at all ‘cos they’re uptight Says she likes to dance to MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE She’ll be dressed in black from head to toe Standing by the fire she looks like a Vampire Says Uncle Stan to her Aunty Flo Calm Down Dad I’m growing up real fast I know what I’m doing I’m a teenager in love Calm Down Dad Nothing ever lasts I don’t care what you’ve been told I’m still young and you’re still old And The Clash were 30 years ago She believes the NME and everything they write They say London’s the place to be She’s gonna get a flat by STEVE LAMACQ With holes in her settee She said her boyfriend Eddie knows people off the telly And they wanna talk to me So see me in a nice frock on NEVERMIND THE BUZZCOCKS I’m gonna be on TV Calm Down Dad I’m growing up real fast I know what I’m doing I’m a teenager in love Calm Down Dad Nothing ever lasts I don’t care what you’ve been told I’m still young and you’re still old And The Clash were 30 years ago Gonna sing like Kate Nash In a cockney accent Even though she talks posh ‘Cos I know where it’s at There’s nothing better in life than a snakebite And a kebab with chilli sauce And I’m not gonna work cos work is for jerks I’m a punk-rock girl with electric force And I’ll travel round the world on a ten pound note On a silver black phantom bike And I’ll sleep with a boy and I’ll sleep with a girl And I’ll decide which one I like Calm Down Dad I’m growing up real fast I know what I’m doing I’m a teenager in love Calm Down Dad Nothing ever lasts I don’t care what you’ve been told I’m still young and you’re still old And The Clash were 30 years ago
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I skipped school for the afternoon I caught the bus in at half-past two I feel all hot and I feel all cold Taking my demo to the John Peel Roadshow She met a boy with a Pastels badge A demo tape and a record bag He wouldn’t dance ‘cos it was a drag There’s no way I’m dancing, no way And I gotta give my demo to John Peel I hope he loves my band And I gotta give my demo to John Peel I hope he understands Take a chance Be brave Don’t be scared Give him your tape “Hey” he told her he was in a band And he’s gotta get his demo in John Peel’s hands But he felt all nervous did she understand? She said “I’ll put it in his record box for you” And I gotta give my demo to John Peel I hope he loves my band And I gotta give my demo to John Peel I hope he understands Take a chance Be brave Don’t be scared Give him your tape She met him at the John Peel Roadshow Oh what a beautiful night She met him at the John Peel Roadshow With the stars shining bright outside She met him at the John Peel Roadshow Oh what a beautiful night She met him at the John Peel Roadshow With the stars shining bright outside Late November 1989 Stars were shining such a special time What a roadshow What a night And I gotta give my demo to John Peel I hope he loves my band And I gotta give my demo to John Peel I hope he understands Take a chance Be brave Don’t be scared Give him your tape Give your demo tape to John Peel
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See that boy walking down the street He looks so good, he looks so good to me All the girls in the neighbourhood Well they would if they just could Every day when he goes downtown There’s a five-mile queue just following him round On the first day of summer, the last day of school They’ve all got it planned what they wanna do They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They just hunger for your Candeelips They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They wanna plant a kiss on your lips And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you See that boy walking down the street He looks so good, yeah he looks so sweet Long curly hair and stripy cons All the girls just wanna switch him on HOT HOT HOT all summer long They want BOOM BOOM BOOM from his punk rock songs They want YEAH YEAH YEAH from his shiny tongue They want everything from his sunshine baby They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They just hunger for your Candeelips They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They wanna plant a kiss on your lips And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you And the boys don’t know what the girls all see in you See that boy walking down the street He looks so good, he looks so good to me All the girls in the neighbourhood Well they would if they just could Every day when he goes downtown There’s a five-mile queue just following him round On the first day of summer, the last day of school They’ve all got it planned what they wanna do They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They just hunger for your Candeelips They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They wanna plant a kiss on your lips They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They just hunger for your Candeelips They couldn’t love you any better than they do right now They wanna plant a kiss on your lips Candeelips

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FORMATS: 7" Single [Limited Edition 500 copies] [Orange Colour Vinyl] / Digital Single

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We’re in luck - HELEN LOVE are back! Our favorite Bubblegum-disco-punk group is better than ever and they have a splendid collection of new songs that half the planet is going to go crazy over. “Calm Down Dad” is the first advance single from the flaming new album, “Stick It”, that will soon be released on Elefant Records. While we’re waiting for that moment to arrive, and to ease the long wait, we have this appetizer with three great songs. “Calm Down Dad” is pure energy, catchy indie-punk-pop that talks about the differences between a father and his daughter. She wants to have fun, go out at night, sleep with a boy, dress up like a vampire without being looked at strangely at home, travel the world, try new things and even sing like Kate Nash, but with a more working class accent. Like a mix between Jilted John and THE WAITRESSES, on this limited edition, orange colored vinyl single HELEN LOVE jump from punk to pop to indie, with realist, sarcastic and fun lyrics. The melodies are as sweet as candy, but an orange flavored candy that’s as bittersweet as real life.

The single is finished off with two fast-beat, punk-pop songs. “John Peel Roadshow” talks about how to work up enough courage to give your demo to a radio show host. HELEN LOVE, loved and supported throughout the years by John Peel, recorded a “Peel session” in 1997, which was, for them, one of the high points of the group’s history, as was the summer afternoon on which John Peel, after playing “Does Your Heart Go Boom”, said with a sardonic laugh, "That's HELEN LOVE... the sarcastic bastards"'. “Candeelips” closes the advance single with a sweet story about a boy with the sweetest and most desired lips in the neighborhood!!!.

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released February 2, 2009

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