Not Kings

by Candy Says

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1.
03:33
I’m not myself, feel less than anything And what we have is not what it seems We are the vices waiting for the virtues We’re not kings, we are not kings Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes We are the lost, waiting for the sun The beautiful things that we have done I can feel the rough edge of your tongue I’m on my knees, I’m on my knees Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Everybody wants you to be somebody else Everybody wants you to be somebody else If I could draw a diagram of our love Then I would want a different kind of buzz There’s not enough love to weigh us down But it’s all I’ve got, it’s all I’ve got Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes Gotta get out before my heart explodes I crave a different kind of I crave a different kind of I crave a different kind of I crave a different kind of Everybody wants you to be somebody else Everybody wants you to be somebody else
2.
You catch me, I escape you You could break me, porcelain eyes We’re running and we’re running and we’re trying to climb A ladder in the sky to a place we can hide Where I can catch you, hook and line You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You hold me, I forget you I can’t leave you, porcelain eyes We’re running and we’re running and we’re trying to climb A ladder in the sky to a place we can hide Where I can catch you, hook and line You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na Love, it’s like an addiction Love, it’s like a stab in the heart Love, let’s make it our fiction Love, give me conviction You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na You’re my favourite flavour Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na Na na na nah na na, na na na nah na na
3.
Woo hoo hoo, woo hoo hoo hoo Woo hoo hoo, woo hoo hoo hoo Empty my glass of red I no longer count Sat here for hours looking out over Oxford The city I no longer know You told me everything was getting better That we would kiss without a shudder C’est pas comme ça, non non non, qu’on m’aime C’est pas comme ça, non non non, tu regarde les autres Tu joue le jeu des mensonges C’est pas comme ça, non non non, qu’on m’aime Woo hoo hoo, woo hoo hoo hoo Woo hoo hoo, woo hoo hoo hoo Sat in this old room Stories we lived and told Give me somewhere that I long to escape to Somewhere I can belong You told me everything was getting better That we would kiss without a shudder C’est pas comme ça, non non non, qu’on m’aime C’est pas comme ça, non non non, tu regarde les autres Tu joue le jeu des mensonges C’est pas comme ça, non non non, qu’on m’aime I hung both arms around your neck My head resting on your shoulder “Toute un petit rien” tu dis Tu es très loin, les yeux très loin Les yeux, ton coeur, sans echo Tu es ma conscience, ma poséssion C’est pas comme ça, non non non, qu’on m’aime C’est pas comme ça, non non non, tu regarde les autres Tu joue le jeu des mensonges C’est pas comme ça, non non non, qu’on m’aime C’est pas comme ça C’est pas comme ça C’est pas comme ça C’est pas comme ça Tu me prends la tête
4.
The night in my bed of dark The chain hanging on my throat If Jesus isn’t there What’s the cross that is his home? He beat his drum Like he did at feasts I sang we danced on water There was quiet and we were full of peace We howled truth like the first Prophet of joy who dared to say no sin When it gets cold we’ll take a moment And head for California I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake The wind was drunk There’s a cold wet sun I had to ask I’d loved so long To hear you singing out A place I cannot touch Mixture of poison and treacle I walk towards you with a nervous smile We howled truth like the first Prophet of joy who dared to say no sin When it gets cold we’ll take a moment And head for California I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I’m not your only lover I’m not your favourite lover I’m not your candy girl And I’m not your sinner I’m not your only lover I’m not your favourite lover I’m not your candy girl I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake I am the lord’s mistake
5.
04:34
I’m looking for a god, one that I believe in The stories that he tells divine I’m looking for a god, help me find peace of mind A worthy resolution mankind When did I stop waiting for you? Hummingbird, come back Speak to the one who has failed you Before love itself is gone too Hummingbird, come back Speak to the one who loves Let’s gather up our hearts and go Nothing like the song from my radio box We tried to make the best of our lives We get used to what we have then we don’t want it any more There’s nothing in our stomachs but wine Hummingbird, come back Speak to the one who has failed you Before love itself is gone too Hummingbird, come back Speak to the one who loves Let’s gather up our hearts and go One day I will leave without turning back I will resist the cold, resist the wind I will walk à pas lents And that today will make me become someone else I will be someone else Another world is possible Another world is possible Another world is possible Hummingbird, come back Speak to the one who has failed you Before love itself is gone too Hummingbird, come back Speak to the one who loves Let’s gather up our hearts and go
6.
03:32
I stood naked in the dark 
Waiting to begin a thousand other nights 
My heart stood still 
It’s too late to be afraid There had been worse times 
There had been close times 
Pot times junk times 
In that moment my life didn’t fail me My will is stronger than my flesh 
And if it can destroy you it can save you too Help me out I’m losing time 
Help me out I’m losing time We are dreamers 
We are believers 
We are dreamers 
We are future 
 You are ignorant of all it takes For me to stand here 
Hate for you drinkers 
You talkers 
You glass tappers 
Sing-alongers 
Foot pounders The eager 
The bored 
The hip 
The square 
All those who paid and expect value in return 
I gave you a vision once 
And you expect me to have it still? Like a birthmark or a scar 
I’m a victim of my past Help me out I’m losing time 
Help me out I’m losing time We are dreamers 
We are believers 
We are dreamers 
We are future 
 I am here 
I utter my truth in the half dark 
In the thronged rooms where everyone’s breath Tastes of cigarettes and alcohol 
Where people leave the day behind them at the door I stand with you sensation hunters 
Impervious to shame or pride Now I look out 
Over a wall of weakness 
My pride has nothing left to wound but myself I’m too old to walk away 
Too drunk to make it 
Too sick to be afraid 
One has to destroy something to create something new 
 And you are my friend more than anyone Candy, will you dance with me? We are dreamers 
We are believers 
We are dreamers 
We are future 

7.
Stare at me so I can stare you out In my heart of hearts I think I like you You’ve been baiting that hook, fiend hidden in a cloud Why should I have to beg you? Laying on my back, my hands behind my head I slip into the pit of the night Music scratches shadows on the wall A bizarre ballet hypnotise us, hypnotise us Everybody turn back time and start all over Lovers screaming sunset evening turn, turn, turn Watch us melt into the sun Now that you’re in my boat we can rock it together Stare at me so I can stare you out In my heart of hearts I think you like me I choose a certain kind of life above that of words So that we can feel fear for the last time My body stirs with ache and with heave Will you take my hand, baby? You can make my day, make me good for a moment Invisible eyes hypnotise us, hypnotise us Everybody turn back time and start all over Lovers screaming sunset evening turn, turn, turn Watch us melt into the sun Now that you’re in my boat we can rock it together 1, 2, 3, 4, I’m gonna come knocking on your door 1, 2, 3, 4, I’m gonna come knocking on your door 1, 2, 3, 4, I’m gonna come knocking on your door Now that you’re in my boat we can rock it together Everybody turn back time and start all over Lovers screaming sunset evening turn, turn, turn Watch us melt into the sun Now that you’re in my boat we can rock it together Everybody turn back time and start all over Lovers screaming sunset evening turn, turn, turn Watch us melt into the sun Now that you’re in my boat we can rock it together
8.
03:03 video
Not much of a morning Looking out on the beech trees You were always the best thing I did some sketches Falling forward to the earth again Rush of gold to the head It’ll do me good to see you again I’m cut off from the moon and stars and… CHAD You dance like a robot CHAD You’re moving at the speed of light CHAD Spinning like a satellite CHAD Meet me at the disco lights Sleep late in the morning Will my name be spoken? Never going to be beautiful Til I’ve been broken Won’t let the music make me sad again I’ll keep my head in the clouds I’ll meet you later at the picture house Hold out I’ll get to you somehow CHAD You dance like a robot CHAD You’re moving at the speed of light CHAD Spinning like a satellite CHAD Meet me at the disco lights
9.
Reading comics and chewing gum I pull the streams of smoke down into my lungs Young face in alcohol flames I was dead on arrival I wish I had your voice at the end of the line I’m a postcard waiting in forgotten time I shiver on the floor of broken glass I was dead on arrival Took off my shirt, kicked off my shoes I was twisting in a movie that I’d left for you I said “throw me a cigarette”, I was king of the world But dead on arrival I’m blocking out the pain again Don’t know how to start again Life on the road holds nothing but lost sleep When a woman, can be alone With her weakness or sin How does she write the sickness out of her heart? Hooked and sick now we’re dust and done So I said my goodbyes, good luck and so on Trembling hands, I must be insane But I was dead on arrival I was dead on arrival I was dead on arrival I just don’t know, where I come from I just don’t know, where I can be found Said it’s plain to see, I’m stuck on you You don’t remember You don’t remember You don’t remember You don’t remember I was dead on arrival I was dead on arrival I was dead on arrival I was dead on arrival I was dead on arrival
10.
La nuit tomba en moi Je n’ai plus rien que mon souffle Je n’ai pa du, être gentille J’ai besoin de toi pour exister J’ai besoin de toi pour m’accrocher J’ai besoin de toi pour m’allumer C’est ma façon Understand the night Understand the cold Understand my tears so we can get along Understand the sun Understand the other Understand my skin so we can get together Tous existe mais rien n’est vrai J’ai perdu quelque chose My words, they hurt like needles J’ai besoin de toi pour exister J’ai besoin de toi pour m’accrocher J’ai besoin de toi pour m’allumer C’est ma façon Understand the night Understand the cold Understand my tears so we can get along Understand the sun Understand the other Understand my skin so we can get together I’m looking at your shoes but I’m thinking about your eyes In my head my mind goes crazy I’m looking at your shoes but I’m thinking about your eyes In my head my mind goes crazy I’m looking at your shoes but I’m thinking about your eyes In my head my mind goes crazy I’m looking at your shoes but I’m thinking about your eyes In my head my mind goes crazy Let’s go to a place where nobody makes any noise Understand the night Understand the cold Understand my tears so we can get along Understand the sun Understand the other Understand my skin so we can get together
11.
You say you feel my pain You keep me there, you keep me there You say it’s time to change I want to feel, I want to feel Inside myself again I let you in, I let you in We touch our hands our hearts I don’t know why, I don’t know why It’s such a new sensation It’s such a beautiful feeling It’s such a cool sensation Somebody knows who I am I’m slow and sick I try To talk myself round, talk myself round Don’t want to leave this place Get me closer, get me closer It’s always raining when You’re feeling sad, you’re feeling sad I hide my animal eyes I’m just like you, I’m just like you It’s such a new sensation It’s such a beautiful feeling It’s such a cool sensation Somebody knows who I am Sleep is impossible I’m going with it, I’m going with it Sleep is impossible I’m going with it, I’m going with it So good, so good So good, so good So good, so good You are the best best thing It’s such a new sensation It’s such a beautiful feeling It’s such a cool sensation Somebody knows who I am It’s such a new sensation It’s such a beautiful feeling It’s such a cool sensation Somebody knows who I am
12.
04:38
You lean your back against the fridge and say that You want to turn the sky upside down and swim through the clouds with me Take aim, take heart We are not taught to die Nor to be born, nor to burn with love We are not taught to die Nor to be born, nor to burn with love You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You say you are, you are You are the things you say you are You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You see the reason that my hands are shaking You say I shouldn’t keep emotion to myself, I need to work things out In my own way We are not taught to die Nor to be born, nor to burn with love We are not taught to die Nor to be born, nor to burn with love You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You say you are, you are You are the things you say you are You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You say you are, you are You are, you are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are, you are You are, you are, you are, you are Yuo are the things you say you are You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone You say you are, you are You are the things you say you are You only ever call me up, Camilla When you feel alone

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** AS SEEN ON NETFLIX!! :) **

Lots of songs from this album were used in the film “Burn, Burn, Burn” which is now on Netflix worldwide (except for the UK where it will have a cinema release in October before hitting the ’flix). We wrote the rest of the score for the film with Marc Canham (marccanham.bandcamp.com), and we're working on an official soundtrack release. Follow us here on Bandcamp to be notified the literal nanosecond it’s available.

“This is pop music for people who don’t listen to the radio, it’s pop music for those of us who can’t work out exactly why all the Indie Kids they grew up with are all suddenly huge Katy Perry fans – this is pop music that remembers that Kate Bush, Burt Bacharach and The Beach Boys made pop music too. It’s a delightful and genuinely lovely listen.”
— GoldFlakePaint

“If Juju was always one of Oxford’s finest ever singers, her versatility has increased in proportion to the band’s stylistic expansion, switching from sultry French torch song to puppy dog yelp in a split second; partner Ben Walker’s deceptively elaborate arrangements making it all sound like a minor riot in a toy shop at times – playful even in its rare autumnal moments. A homemade mini masterpiece.”
— Nightshift

“We’re big fans of their homemade pop, Spectoresque wall of sound and electronic melodies.”
— The Guardian Music Blog

“Clean, distorted, electric, acoustic, loud, quiet and everything in between, Not Kings is a record from a pair of musicians free to do whatever the hell they want to.”
— Culturefly

“It takes brilliance to make music that’s simultaneously this laid-back and compelling.”
— By Volume

Watch "Candy Says Relax", the entirely fictional behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of the album, on YouTube: ihm.gs/relax

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released May 28, 2014

Lyrics by Juju Sophie
Music by Ben Walker & Juju Sophie
Recorded in the garage
Mixed by Narco
Cool Sensation mixed by Stéphane Papin
Mastered by Ian Shepherd at Mastering Media Ltd
Produced by Juju Sophie

Thanks...

...on the record: Elisa Zoot, Mike Monaghan, Liset Alea, The Candy Choir (Tamara Parsons-Baker, Abe Davies, Jen O'Neill, Katherine O'Neill, Dave Callier, Dave B)

...off the record: Anne-Marie Heslop, Tony Heslop, John Walker, Jennifer Walker

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Electronic pop trio.

“Pop music for people who don’t listen to the radio” —GoldFlakePaint

“Possibly the most endearing pop duo to come out of the UK since Slow Club” —The Music Ninja

“A perfect example of how great pop music can be when produced by people who are creative, intelligent and passionate about what they do” —Von Pip
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