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Musically this one's where my love of REM shows through - I wanted a World Leader Pretend kind of vibe, but we don't know anyone with a pedal steel so we used synths to get the slide guitar effect.

Lyrically it comes from an article about the building of The Shard, a skyscraper in London; someone who lived nearby was interviewed and described how the building had taken away his view of the moon. With so much expensive property owned by outright villains, the idea that someone with stolen money would go on to steal the sky was too good not to use. The "sheets of glass" is from news reports of another London skyscraper whose glass frontage reflected sunlight onto the street and melted cars. It's a little revenge fantasy, one of the darkest lyrics I've written, I think.

lyrics

This is the place where my children played
where big plans were made
that doesn't matter to you
it's just part of the view
warm memories and happiness
this is the place I love best
but you don't care about me
I'm nobody

You stole your money and stole the sky
you took the moon one brick at a time
and you will know my name
you will know my name

Sheets of glass in a summer sky
reflections burn my eyes
but you don't care about me
I'm scenery
I walk the streets that your car shoots through
the doors locked as you do
the windows dark as can be
security

You stole your money and stole the sky
you took the moon one brick at a time
and you will know my name
you will know my name

I am not one of the one percent
but I am not insignificant
I breathe the air you do
I am a shape in your living room
a dark shadow in the evening gloom
I wait
I wait
for you

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from Battle Bruised and Broken Hearted, released February 12, 2016
Words Gary, music Gary/David

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DMGM Glasgow, UK

DMGM are David Marshall and Gary Marshall. Yes, they're related. DMGM make poppy rock music and rocky pop music, influenced as much by Pet Shop Boys and Robyn as they are by Eels and Elbow.

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