A Negative Loss

by Bill & Bob

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It could be said all good cliffhangers need extraordinary resolves. That being the case, two years after drummer Bill Pippen's death, Robert Heart presents a posthumous follow-up to 2005's epic swan song, "Bill & Bob" [aka Untitled].

History had not been kind to the 'Negative Loss' project. Recorded 1982-'85 it was prematurely brought to a halt by the duos (first) break-up. Written in its entirety by Heart for, what was originally conceived to be, his half of a double album. The songs were infamously scrapped by a then power-hungry Bill, usurping Bob to release (exclusively Pippen-penned) 'The Pulp'. The band split and the tapes were cast aside, left mostly incomplete.

The Deluxe Collection remixing process inspired Heart to revisit these tapes and finally present the complete 'A Negative Loss' album as it was (almost) meant to be heard.

It may not indicate what could have been post-2005 but time-travelling back to the '80s gives us chance to reaffirm the legacy of Heart's McCartney to Pippen's Lemon. Inspirational stuff.

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released August 25, 2008

All words & music by Robert Heart

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Track Name: A247
Sound of horns
Shouting people
Endless queues
Frustrated passengers
Warning signal
Screaming engines

The groaning of a queue
The starting of peoples tempers
Endless red lights
No peace tonight
An endless city
Filled with cars
No bloody silence
It the A247

A man climbs…
Out of his car
One after one
A person joins him
They march down to the riverside

[Chorus]

No way out
No way in
Gotta go stay there
Wait your turn
Not like the old days
When people were happy
Got to stay there
Wait you turn

[Chorus]
Track Name: I
I am a witness to a terrible crime
The thoughts I hold are purely mine
My fingers quake as does my mind
The pain is so much I’d rather be blind

I’ve seen a murder, a murder of ones knowledge
You deny it, but you can’t hide it
Put it under a veil but you can’t cover your emotion
I want to break out from these rusty shackles, that have been holding me prisoner

I went down to the chapel
To tell the lord
Everything is better now
He’s answered my calls
I don’t feel trapped no more
I’m free as a bird
Everyone is happy now
I’m no longer frustrated by the moment that really gets on my nerves...
Track Name: Van Der Lubbe
Some people don’t know, what defines a madman
Ask me I’ve known a few
Would you stay in a room all alone
Trust me, you don’t want to

How do you tell if a baby is evil?
Cut it’s fingers off see if it cares?
I’ve found a passageway in my mind
That answers all the questions!

I climbed to the top of mountains
And the earth has quaked below my feet
But do I really know who’s evil,
Do I care, do I know?
Is a person really evil
Or do they get tricked by people?
Van Der Lubbe!

I found a place in my head
Where all my questions are answered
I searched for days, but still…
I could find no answers

When you choose to buy a house
Whose to know its haunted
I certainly could not decipher
The good of our community from the bad.

[Chorus]
Track Name: Dragon Man
Sitting in a cheap one star motel
There are lice in the carpets
Pondering the worlds inhumanities
Ignoring the wasps nest above me

How does it feel to be a dragon man
Firey breath, CLAWS OF DEATH!
How does it feel to know you can
Defeat a warlock, LET THERE BE ROCK!
DRAGON MAN!

Rolling around in lots of cash
But I still can’t avoid the crickets
Wishing I had a magic coat
To keep away the demons

How does it feel to be a dragon man
Smelly breath, TEETH OF DEATH!
How does it feel to know you can
Defeat a warlock, LET THERE BE ROCK!
DRAGON MAN!

How does it feel to be a dragon man
Firey breath, CLAWS OF DEATH!
How does it feel to know you can
Defeat a warlock kill a witch!
How does it feel to be a dragon man
Burning Flesh, OW IT HURTS!
How does it feel to know you can
Defeat a warlock, LET THERE BE DEATH!
Track Name: Alone As The Man In The Moon
Nobody tells me what’s going on
In this town today
There’s people screaming and jumping
I’m getting in their way
It happens all the time
I think I might be hated
Will someone please tell me…
what’s going on today?

I’ve got no friends,
I’m all alone
Will somebody help me?
I’m all alone
I wanna’ be young again
Back in school
Will somebody help me?
Will somebody help me?

I walk down the high street
To get some money out
To feet my addiction
There’s nobody about
This side of town is silent
People are staring at me
They’re talking about me
What can I do?

[Chorus]

I don’t know what has seemed to cause this!
My eyes are seeing things that aren’t actually there
I feel so great, I’m on top of the world
I’ll take another hit and maybe everything will be better
Yeah!

Yeah,
Yeah...

[Chorus]

I want a life
Out of this city
I want to get away
From the glare of people
I hate it here
I might go mad, if I had to stay
I’m leaving tomorrow
Good riddance, farewell
Oh, I won’t miss you
I’ll be out of this hell!
Track Name: A Negative Loss
A space man screaming in his ship
As it spirals towards the sun
Another worthless life
Another family gone

A boy on top of a cliff
Falls to his death
Another young one gone
Another heartbreak

Another life gone
Another chosen one
Another broken heart
Another unsung art
It’s not a positive thing
But in some people eyes
It’s not a terrible thing
It’s just a negative loss

A gambler sitting on the floor
Tying to scavenge for more
Another lost soul
Another empty hole

A postman on the floor
Blood dripping from his head
Another angry man
Another Heartbreak

[Chorus]

You say it’s not true but I know it is
You say you’re the one but I know that you’re not
You’ll take my money and steal my house
As soon as those blank cheques have passed
You say that you’re for me but you sleep with my mother
You took the silver bullet but you left me your Bill
Hairy old man
Hairy old man
Hairy old man

[Chorus]
Track Name: Sikh On The Run
Cries in the school yard
A prisoner, insane
Deathly sound of gunfire
One gone, two insane
Daughter of a wonderful man
Lying in her grave
Billowing smoke and acid rain
One gone, many dead...

WHAT’S THE REASON WE’RE ALL FIGHTING FOR
ANOTHER BATTLE IN THIS ENDLESS WAR
A WAR IS RAGING IN THE HEART OF MAN
BUT THIS WAR CANNOT END

Tears in the temples
Killers on the run
Another of Gods children
An angel in the sky

WHAT’S THE REASON WE’RE ALL FIGHTING FOR
ANOTHER BATTLE IN THIS ENDLESS WAR
A WAR IS RAGING IN THE HEART OF MAN
BUT THIS WAR CANNOT END

India was your country
Never will it be the same
Death to the chosen one
India went insane
Ronald Hurchacof
And Amy his wife
Go fishing daily
And put themselves through strife
Norman and Glenda
Doncaster’s your home
How will you ever forget?
India went insane

Why do the good have to die?
Track Name: The Burglar
There’s a burglar in the building
I don’t know who let him in
He must have climbed through the window
Like a cat through a flap
Who left the door open?
He must have come through there
Why did no-one lock the garage?
There’s valuables in there!

There’s a burglar in the building
So you better hold your bags
There’s a burglar in the area
Better watch your backs

There’s a murderer in the room
Better not let him stab you
She must have come via the lift
Why did no-one see her
I warn you in the concert hall
don’t die here tonight
Imagine the price we’ll pay
For the insurance bill

[Chorus]