Hot Pink Flamingos

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'Hot Pink Flamingos' is the follow up album to 2009's 'What If We Had No Moon'. This time Steve played all the instruments on the album as well as writing, arranging and producing the record in his home studio in Liverpool.

Marc Joy, the producer of 'What If We Had No Moon' returns to master the album.

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released February 5, 2014

Steve Stroud: Vocals, Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitars, String and Brass Arrangements, Drum & Percussion arrangements, Piano & Synths.

All Songs Written by Steve Stroud © Steve Stroud 2014

Produced, Arranged and Engineered by Steve Stroud
Recorded at Eslington Street, Liverpool
Mastered by Marc Joy

Cover photograph 'Sunrise; Urban Silhouette' by William Cockram
© William Cockram 2012
www.william-c.com

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Steve Stroud Liverpool, UK

Steve Stroud is a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from Liverpool, England.

He has released three solo albums 'What If We Had No Moon? (2009), 'Hot Pink Flamingos' (2014) and 'Lavalamp' (2016).

Aside from performing his passion is song-writing and recording.

He runs a production studio 'Big Cloud Productions' in Liverpool.

He lives in Liverpool with Sarah, his guitars and his beautiful son Harvey.
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Track Name: The Ant People Are Coming
Am/F C/Em/Am/F G/G7

It started like another rainy day, my body ached with life
Within an hour I'm somehow dressed and obediently in line
You could almost smell the restlessness of the mobile phone fuelled hate
Everywhere was hot and white with a noticeable absence of delight

And it’s the end of it all and it’s almost a relief
At least they don't have claws. Hey, have you heard the news?
Now we’ll never win the league, ‘cause our stadiums too small, but all our players are gone
So what does it matter?

The Ant People Are Coming

A wild faced fox displayed his grief, he was happy with his government
Haunted and scarred by repressed urges, dreaming of discos in the burnt out churches

And it’s the end of it all and it’s almost a relief
They’re only 4 foot tall. Hey, have you heard the news?
You know, I never went HD
will the Interest rates now fall? Well, all the banks are gone…
so what does it matter?

The Ant People Are Coming

Straight away You knew they were smart, ‘cause they did it on a Monday morning
Not a single living soul could be bothered defending their planet on a Monday morning
They didn't bother with ships, they sent up flares, as we looked to the skies they came up skirts
We finished our lattes and filmed our fall, before sharing the footage on our Facebook walls.

And it’s the end of it all and it’s almost a relief
Hey, have you heard the news? We’re headed for a Fall
Our appetites were light and our plans were much too small,
Now the moon is gone, so what does it matter?

The Ant People Are Coming

“They ignored the capital buildings, they hit the sandwich shops and retail parks with an incredible vengeance.
When Orion dominates the winter sky, the ant people are deep in their centrally heated caved
living beneath us, making plans, heating soup and watching Frasier.
They discovered a land fat with violence and greed, everybody had electric eyes, soda breath, they had no choice. Today is the day of judgement kidda”
Track Name: As The Light Hits Liverpool
G/C/D Am/D

It’s hard to be unlucky on the waterfront
grieving as we're blinded by the evening sun
But people won’t stop dreaming of your Golden sky
you can drown here in your city as the birds fly by
It feels like the end of time
Feels like the end of time

This city gave me angels when I had no moon
It gave me a guitar I never had to tune
This city made me proud to be a peasants son
& if you're looking for a lover It’ll give you one
It feels like the end of time
Feels like the end of time

Why don't I belong?
I’m tired of being withdrawn
So I say...

It’s hard to feel this lonely in the summertime
It’s colder on the inside, but you get more time
I’ll never start believing I'm the chosen one
But least we'll be together when this evening drops
It feels like the end of time
Feels like the end of time
It feels like the end of time
Feels like the end of time

But I don't wanna be without a friend tonight
As the light hits Liverpool
Track Name: The Attack Of The Merman
D/Bm Gm/Bbm/F
F#/Bb/Eb/F/
Bb/Gm/ Eb/F7/Gm/Eb/Eb/Eb7/F/F7
F/Eb/Bb/F C7/F/C7
Fmaj7/Bbmaj7

I lived underground in a mechanical tint world
I was swimming circles and inside nothing ever hurt
I was all alone and it was fine
I was all alone and it was fine

I had so many daydreams I was never feeling sad
I lived all alone, but I owned everything I had
I was all alone and it was fine
I was all alone and it was fine

The day I cherished you, I searched the horizon for the key.

At first glance this sunset's appealing, just feel around and you'll soon find a new meaning.
Should I worry that the sky is on fire? And all the crazy people think they can fly.
All I've got you own, all you’ve got you stole, you can fit in or you can decide to be free

And when the sky is falling down on your best friend
And they're begging you to be afraid.
And where the ocean meets the tree lined avenues, we will stand again

And as the rain falls down, I will be around.

Before you go, know I'm not the same, because I can’t break your heart.
Track Name: Better Than Dreaming
F/Bb/F/Bb/C7

Something’s are better than dreaming
And something’s you won't understand
But If your daydreams keep leaving you bleeding
It might be time to become a man

And when you will fall for a million miles you’ll cry
“all I want is someone’s love”
A military boot takes up residency on your soul, so we must be bold.

Something’s are better than lying
and some lies you won't understand
Today I give you the mountain
Tomorrow I'll await your command

I wish we could dance for a million miles and cry
“all I want is someone’s love”
Yesterdays gone and all of his agents are old

And when you’re dreaming, your soul is swimming free
And I want to be free.


And when you’re dreaming, your soul is swimming free
And I want to believe

Just breathe and be free
Track Name: Jack Frost Hat
C/Em/F/G F/G/Am/Bb/A7

Bb/B/C C/B/Bb

She’s the kind of girl who’ll skin you a hare for Christmas
The kind of girl who’s shaking when she tells you that she’s an enigma
So I'm reaching for my Jack Frost Hat

I’m tired of being too scared to sleep, I dance the night my soul to keep
And it feels like my throat is swelling shut, even though my throat isn't swelling shut
It feels like my eyeballs are on fire.

Maybe she don't know? Maybe she don’t know?

It’s so funny now I can't even see her face anymore,
It’s so funny how I can't even feel my legs anymore.
So I'm reaching for my Jack Frost Hat

I'm striding into the biker bar and I feel like I own the bar,
but then it also feels like my eyeballs are actually on fire

Maybe she don't know? Maybe she don’t know?

(Love it, lets love it, lets love it, I think we've gotta love it, lets love it, lets love it, I think we've gotta love it)
(Love it, just love it, just love it, I think we've gotta love it, just love it, just love it, I really gotta love it)
(Lay me down I’ve been before)
(Maybe she don’t know what’s going on from one life to another)

Maybe she don’t know? Maybe she don’t know?
Track Name: If You've Really Got To Be Remembered
F/Em/Dm Dm/Em/F

Dm/C/Bb/ Bb/C/Db/Eb / F/Dm/Bb/ Bb/C/Db/Eb

F#/E/B/F#

If you've got to be remembered for what you became
I hope the beasts of good fortune
Host a feast on your name
And If you've really got to be remembered
You shouldn't tolerate shame

‘Cause I won't fight you
‘cause I can't right you
So I won't light you
I won't light you

If your heart is ever racing at the thought of your fall
Don’t make an enemy of progress
Just take an match to your soul
And If you've really got to be remembered
Just hope they don't remember it all

‘Cause I won't fight you
‘cause I can't right you
So I won't light you
I won't light you

& it’s because of your soul that I have forgiven it all
They felt decades of pain were more than a fair reward
& your diseased heart is the reason I want you to live
So I can watch you erode ain't Karma a bitch?

‘Cause I won't fight you
‘cause I can't right you
So I won't light you
I won't light you

It’s always the same, your soul is the same.
Track Name: Drunks & Whores
A/D/E/G/A/E
D/A/D/B/C/E
E/G/A

We're all drunks, we're all whores, whoever you are.
Would you prefer it any other way?
We're all broke and we're all flawed, pretending we’re stars.
It makes it easier to turn away.

You're shaking in your Cadillac car, your brains all over the place.
If you really have to lie to yourself, you've gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta lie with a straight face.

Yeah we're all drunks, we're all whores, in the beginning
Would you prefer it any other way?
We're all insane, we're all dying, pretending we’re stars
Must make it easier to face the day.

Hey now, what you saying to me, am I not on your mind?
How much I owe you for that bottle of wine, I need to tell you something, but you gotta, gotta give me more time.

We're all drunks, we're all whores, whoever you are.
Would you prefer it any other way?
Yeah we're all broke and we're all flawed, pretending we’re stars.
It makes it easier to turn away.

You're shaking in your Cadillac car, your brains all over the place.
If you really have to lie to yourself, you've gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta lie with a straight face.

Yeah we're all insane, ‘cause we're all dying, pretending we're stars
Would you prefer it any other way?

Would you prefer it any other way?

Would you prefer it any other way?
Track Name: Chainsaw
E/Esus4 B/E E/Abm/Dbm/ C / D / E

You were standing there like a chainsaw
We were towers of ice & exquisite corpses
I believe that your son will shine

You were wearing down like a chainsaw
We were hanging out, why I'll never know
I believe that your son will shine

Judges will judge and the chaste will chastise
every heart isn't old and wise
People in pain often close their eyes
But don't let your soul be compromised


I believe that your son will shine
Track Name: Try
F#/Db/B/F#/Db B/Db/B/F#/Db B/Dbm/B/F#/B

I try to be diplomatic
I strive to be less dramatic
you know its fine to be undogmatic
But try to be less operatic

If you want to say prayer or be someone else,
A millionaire Isn't a millionaire anymore.

But try to be less sarcastic and try to be less automatic
If you wanted the best, then be the best,
If you can’t be the best, then just give it a rest cause it’s alright
But try to be less of a dick.

I made my life less traumatic
I so hard to be democratic
But I worry I’m still far too erratic
And at my worst I'm just bureaucratic

If you wanted clean hair, a dress that won’t tear
a questionnaire, about free dental care then it’s alright

But try to be less sarcastic and try to be less automatic
If you wanted the best, then be the best,
If you can’t be the best, then just give it a rest cause it’s alright
But try to be less of a dick.

I failed at being charismatic
I try so hard to be enigmatic
My current balance is symptomatic
Of not being born to aristocratic stock

But try to be less melodramatic
downgrade your head to semiautomatic
If you wanted the best, then be the best,
If you can’t be the best, then just give it a rest cause it’s alright
But try to be less of a dick.
Track Name: Vacuum
A / A7 D/F/G/A E/D/A

(I’m not the same as all the rest, ‘cause I was born without a care)
A prophet needs to eat, a prophet needs to sleep, a prophet needs to sell advertising spaces weekly

An emotional jungle, kiss the killing field, machete at the ready, are you ready to feel?

My heart is bleeding baby, ‘cause I’ve never been happy. The Sky spits thunder at the universe laughing

The wind in my hair framed the perfect silence, I could be a god tonight.
Whilst the west silver sun lights humanity’s fall, we could be gods after all.

With my feet in the grass and the rain in my eyes, I could be a God tonight.
‘Cause anyone could be a God after all.

Anyone could be a God after all.
Anyone could be a God after all.
Track Name: Loaded Dice
F/Bb Bb/Bb(A)/Gm C/Bb/F

Look at the dice she rolls, the six sides seem uncrooked in her hazel eyes,
I’ll be coming back, I’ll be coming back here

You saw the summer days unfold the way you dreamed, I never pleased for her majesty
‘cause I’ll be coming back, I’ll be coming back

I spat on the dice you rolled, threw them to the sea
But under the delta ray, I'll be coming back again someday
You relaxed your gun control and emptied the seas
You tear up the Milky Way
But I’ll be coming back, I’ll be coming back here

It’s not enough to break my heart, this fear is a work of art
So it’s not enough to see me cry “I’ll be coming back”, I'll be coming back


A criminal lack of self-control awaits me, I look up from the fret board
I’ll be coming back, I'll be coming back here

I spat on the dice you rolled, threw them to the sea
But under the delta-ray, I’ll be coming back again someday
You relaxed your gun control and emptied the seas
You tear up the Milky Way
But I’ll be coming back, I’ll be coming back
Track Name: Communicate With Dragonflies
D/D7/G/G7 D/C / Bb/ C D/Dmaj7/ G / Gm

We made a boy
Wasn't so tough,
Then he made us
Yeah he made us…

(Don't Stop, keep it together)
Are you a mighty God child? Are you my Karma king?
When you opened your eyes today
Did you see everything? Did you see everything?
Communicate with dragonflies & Visualise the dead
I only heard their footsteps
Do you see everything, do you see everything?

Now I’m not alone,
or ever will I be
Now every soul that ever smiled
is understanding me yeah

Are you a mighty God child? Are you my Karma king?
When you opened your eyes today
Did you see everything? Did you see everything?
Electricity, people and Lions and Tigers too
Do you know what’s coming?
Do you see everything? Do you see everything?
You better watch your manners, Try & live with grace and style
You won't see them coming no,
You can't see everything. You can't see everything.
All you righteous winners, painted with city lights
Dancing to the music
You don't see everything, you don’t see everything

I, I was scared of the dark and I still am
I was scared of the light and I still am
I was scared of myself and I still am
I was scared of dying and I still am