Not Kings

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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

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...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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Candy Says Oxford, UK

Candy Says is a lo-fi chic pop Oxford collective created by Juju Sophie (Little Fish).

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

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

“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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Track Name: Not Kings
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
Track Name: Favourite Flavour
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
Track Name: C'est Pas Comme Ca
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
Track Name: Lord's Mistake
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
Track Name: Hummingbird
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
Track Name: Dreamers
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
Track Name: Melt Into The Sun
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
Track Name: Chad
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
Track Name: Dead On Arrival
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
Track Name: Understand The Night
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
Track Name: Cool Sensation
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
Track Name: Camilla
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