Tricks Of The Trade

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released September 23, 2014

All songs written by Hans Roofthooft and F.O.D.
Produced, recorded and mixed and Dirk Miers, De Studio - Asse
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, New York
Artwork by John Meloche
Label: Funtime Records, Effervescence Records

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F.O.D. Lier, Belgium

F.O.D. is a four piece Belgian punkrock band.
The band is notorious for its catchy vocal harmonies and short melodic songs, all wrapped in their own authentic sound.

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Track Name: Random Thoughts On A Saturday
RANDOM THOUGHTS ON A SATURDAY

I think I’ve had enough today
I need to get out
These broken wings can’t fly away
I’m stuck without a reason
I feel like burning all inside
If you could run, you’d hide

I know you don’t take care of your own
Fall down and then you put the blame on the others

I’m sorry it came down to this
A draining and a Judas kiss
I feel like burning all inside
The reasons you put forth
The confidence you tore
You always wanted more
A fair amount of regret I deplore

And if I stay here, I will most likely break and close (off) myself to what you say to me
I know I won’t be able to positively join you in the things you do
Though I’m trying, so why can’t you
Track Name: My Daily Valentine
MY DAILY VALENTINE

As I got in the bathroom yesterday she passed me by, all naked,
she just blew me away
With a little smile she made everything worthwhile
Happy thoughts to get me through today

You know, my knowledge of the English language is
quite insufficient to completely, thoroughly, explain what this means to me
and how I’m amazed she likes to be close to me
She knows what heaven is

And she’s to me my daily Valentine
She and me are wasting precious time
I still can’t believe it’s true, after all I put her through, that she loves me too

We got married many years ago
We did what couples do: we got a house,
three kids that grow up to be just like mom and dad
So satisfied
Life as we know it is bona fide

She forgives me when I fuck up, keeps me sane
She covers up when I’m the one to blame
She understands me when I’m drifting in a million different ways
She always stays
Track Name: Welcome To The Show
WELCOME TO THE SHOW

There’s a place where I go to now and then
Filled with only decent people, some of them have become friends
And if you think ‘that’s where I want to be too’
You’re always welcome here

There’s a place not always frequented by many
Possibly Sammy, Joëlle, Finger, maybe Little Moon or Pee
Or Werner, whose name sounds weird in English
And all the members of the bands I look up to

Welcome to the show
Welcome to the show that leaves me feeling better, makes me wanting more

There’s a place where there’s always someone I know
Maybe Fie or maybe Katrien (who once said for 50 dollars she would blow,
of course that’s minus taxes and a tip)
That’s what Canada can do to you

Now that I mentioned I’d like to take the opportunity to thank mister Ryan
And all the people that have booked us and came to see us play
I hope you’ll always feel welcome to the show
Track Name: Not Even For One Day
NOT EVEN FOR ONE DAY

Have you lately talked about regret?
Have you thought about leaving here instead?
There is nothing left to prove, you can go on

You’re quite familiar with the feeling there is nothing left to do
There’s no shame in admitting no one’s understanding you
To think they really care, you’re probably wrong

If you leave, you’re all alone
Maybe you’ll do better on your own
And though you’ll feel more peaceful then
Still you have to understand you’ll need to go out sometime

If you leave you’re all alone
Maybe you’ll do better on your own
I hope you’ll feel more peaceful then

Sometimes you feel like you’re hanging by a thread
They force you to push yourself instead of stepping out, go your own way
When there is nothing left to say, you’ll never be a king, not even for one day
Track Name: Sing Along
SING ALONG

Why don’t you try to sing along to this one?
I’ll narrow down and only keep what’s really useful
I’ll make sure it won’t last long
Heart inspired and based on everything I make up and recall
For anyone who likes it, I will gladly take a bow
But I’m the one who has to like it first, right here and now
Track Name: Dear Grace (Free download!!!)
DEAR GRACE

Dear Grace
I’ve been thinking about this for a long time now
I saw, by mere coincidence, your pictures and I found myself staring at the screen for a while, feeling numb and wondering how anyone could do this to anybody else and voluntarily ruin lives
Dear Grace

Dear Grace
I really do admire the way you give back hope
I can’t imagine how much strength it takes for them to pose for a photograph, there for all the world to see, and so taking back control of the words once used against them

All these messages that hit me like a stone
It was long ago that I’ve been hit so hard
And the platform you provide for people you don’t even know
Helping to survive and healing them through art

Dear Grace
I hope you’re not at all offended by this song
You’ve created something bigger, something strong
Dear Grace

Note :
Project Unbreakable was founded by Grace Brown in 2011. You should check it out at projectunbreakable.tumblr.com. It is definitely worth your attention.
Track Name: History Will Prove Us Wrong
HISTORY WILL PROVE US WRONG

Destination is unknown
But the feeling something’s wrong still grows
That the day will come this all will end
No one knows when

Nations built on well-sold lies
Self-importance rises, welfare dies
And conceived what’s lying underneath
Facing defeat

Great minds think alike consuming life and breathing space
Strange how they decided what’s to keep and what’s to erase
History will prove us wrong

Blame me for being unaware
But the more I see, the more I care
As I get more conscious every day
Well, so should they
Track Name: Tricks Of The Trade
TRICKS OF THE TRADE

By the end of the week we’ve got to start to reflect on all the songs we did create
for an album we might call ‘Tricks Of The Trade’
It took a year to write forty minutes of music, carefully chosen and approved
And I’m confident to say it’s the best we could do
Intended to be faithful and sincere
Like the record we put out last year

Want to sit down and write again … Let go! It’s finally today!
Leaving behind what might have been and go! It’s finally today!

I know that I’m gonna doubt, I know that I’m gonna think:
”No one’s gonna like this! No one’s gonna care!”
And at the same time I’ll be quietly walking on air
I’ll be writing again sometime next year

Just a way to pass my time, enjoying what I do
Maybe we’ve improved, maybe we just can’t live up to expectations
Track Name: Homeward Bound
HOMEWARD BOUND

I could use a little hideaway sometimes
Whenever sensory overload might arise
A little place of my own where I slowly kill my time

I wanna go home
I wanna go home now
I wanna go to a place where I know there is peace to be found

For a moment I was biting off more than I could chew
But there is only so much you can really do
You want me to do it all and there’s a chance you’ll disapprove

I wanna go home
I wanna go home now
I wanna go to a place where I know there is peace to be found
In the end I am homeward bound

I know that I can’t do everything you want me to
I’ll try and keep up like before
I hate to let you down
It’s not that I’m not trying to
You’ve never noticed that I couldn’t do more
I’ll decide what to do
And I’ll never be like you
Track Name: Little Princess (For Lente)
LITTLE PRINCESS (FOR LENTE)

She’s been jumping up and down the room
It’s almost like she’s dancing all the time
She’s poetry and I’m as proud as can be

She’s up for having lots of fun
When bothered she will try to keep her calm
She’s so much like her mom, I’m glad she is, too

She’ll probably sing this song and won’t go out of key
I’m always amazed ‘bout what she does at the age of three
She’s making up songs as she goes along
Creative and full on
We’ve agreed she’ll always be my little girl

I wonder what she’ll do when she stops playing with dolls
I think she’ll graduate as a princess after all
I’m proud of everything she carries out
She’s fun to have around
Guaranteed she’ll always be my little girl
Track Name: Nevermore
NEVERMORE

Once and nevermore
Everything you might have heard before
I’m merely trying not to repeat
The feeling it’s impossible to impress or improve
You can change your point of view

I could not care less
No surprises, no way to pretend
It’s obvious, I lost it along the way
Average (or below?), well, that’s the price I have to pay
I’ll take this day by day

Now let me just analyze the quality of what I’ve got
I’m entitled to reject or like a lot
Knowing not or caring about the efforts made or how straight from the heart,
the blood and sweat, the tears that stain, I tear apart
I’m ignorant to whatever’s hidden there between the lines
I’m not on the losing side

Never made for you
Passing phases I observed, went through
I knew you’d try to really understand
I don’t want to explain it all
It’s time for letting go
What’s past is gone, you just don’t need to know
Track Name: Cease To Exist
CEASE TO EXIST

Funny how the mind evolves in time
Some memories have faded and others (are) standing tall
How we tried to reach for higher ground
Not knowing where to look for and often not looking at all
No one there at curtain call

This is the last one
Nobody’s waiting
All is said and done
We’re getting way too old for this
A legacy lying forgotten and collecting dust
We cease to exist

Promises were broken, decisions made
And nothing for the better
Nothing more and nothing less

And yes, I really think this has potential
But you should add a little more of something I can’t grasp
The quality we’re looking for: essential
A troubled mind and a walk on broken glass
Track Name: How Can You Leave Me If You Never Let Me Stay
HOW CAN YOU LEAVE ME IF YOU NEVER LET ME STAY

I’ve been trying to convince you I’m the only one
And I’m sure that you will need me when I’m gone
Instead of making me your muse, you leave me doubting and confused
When you tell me: “How can I miss you if you never go away?”

You say you’re gonna hit me in the face if I get close to you
Humiliate me in front of my two friends
You would hurt me from the start, walk away and break my heart
Oh baby, how can you leave me if you never let me stay
How can you leave me if you never let me stay?
Track Name: Mine To Me
MINE TO ME

So I’ve heard you’ve been talking behind my back
Telling people this band sucks and that we do lack
What is needed to be punk according to you and your rules

You’ve been wondering where this band did come from and why
We played all these shows, few did turn a blind eye
I honestly can’t tell you because the mystery Is equally big to me

Tell me have you ever been judged without cause
You’re so keen on getting your ideas across
It’s insecurity

Tell me have you ever been judged without cause
You’re so keen on getting your ideas across
Is this integrity?

I know that I shouldn’t care, I should turn around and leave
But there’s an awkward feeling lurking underneath
I’m not gonna join this charade, I’m up and away
Yours to you, leave what is mine to me
Leave what is mine to me
We cannot all agree
I was blind but now I see
Just leave what’s mine to me
Track Name: She
SHE

It’s alright to state that I’m not the nicest person you could hope to meet
Hey, it’s one of those days

She should have known
There’s a mood swing here and there and back and forth and up and down
She should have known

To run away, it’s an option to consider before it’s too late
To change her mind

She should have known
In the end she should have gone for improvement, a little more than this
She should have known

Contemplating, so frustrating
Bail out or move on
So elated, overrated
Who would care if you were gone

Not everyone grows up to be an ass but I think I’m standing out
I perfect the art

She should have known
Silent waters may run deep, the risk of drowning’s there, she knows
She should have known

She should have known
After all is said and done, she chose to stay around with me
She should have known
Track Name: Something More
SOMETHING MORE

Got a job I don’t mind doing every day
But I want something more, I want something more
Keep my family close, they make me feel okay
I want something more, I want something more
Why not sports? They keep you in good shape
Beating other people isn’t my way to escape

I know some prefer to sit and watch TV
I want something more, I want something more
Watching sitcoms doesn’t seem to appeal to me
I want something more, I want something more
I found something I can understand
On my way to start a punk rock band

You say I should really act my age
What’s the point? No good comes from getting on a stage

And I want something more
Track Name: Soundtrack Of My Life
SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE

I put ‘‘Til It Kills’ on repeat yesterday
I had some time on my hands, so long ago that I played this one
And suddenly I found myself slightly going back to my college days when I had this one on tape

There is a song, it hasn’t aged for a bit
There is a song, can’t put my finger on it
But it gets to me every time
This is a part of the soundtrack of my life

So now I’m playing all these records again
The ones I got to know when I was in my teens
And I spent every cent that I saved on the ones I would play till I knew them all by heart
I knew them all by heart

And now long gone are the stores where I bought ‘Everything sucks’, ‘The Daily Grind’
Do you remember ‘4-Wheel Vibe’?