Like Greta Garbo EP

by Miss Danby & The What

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Miss Danby & the What are a four-piece band hailing from Newcastle upon Tyne assembled by local musician and singer/songwriter Miss Danby. The line-up is completed by Stu Coles on lead guitar, Fran Knowles on drums and Alex James on bass/vocal harmonies.

With an alternative indie sound; shades of shoegaze, punk rock and a riot grrl edge, MD&TW have already recruited admirers and won plaudits with their darkly charming, honest and nuanced take on post-punk - played with “all the panache of Siouxsie Sioux on a long weekend break with X-Ray Spex." (The Crack Magazine).

Their latest release on Clarty Cat Records, ‘Like Greta Garbo’, bursts, fizzes and sparks to life with ‘Who Needs Enemies’, a searing and breathlessly brutal appraisal of human relationships whilst ‘Stop Giving Me Butterflies’ flutters sweetly and gently between the feelings of love, longing and loss. ‘Like Greta Garbo’ is a six-track punch to your face, at once both sweet and harsh, with soft kisses to soothe the bruises.

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released October 31, 2017

Song Writing Credits:

Tracks 1, 5 and 6 written by B. E. I. Danby
Track 2 written by A. T. James, S. J. Coles and B. E. I. Danby
Tracks 3 and 4 written by S. J. Coles and B. E. I. Danby

All songs written and performed by Miss Danby & the What 2017

Miss Danby - Vocals, Guitar
Stuart J. Coles - Guitar, Effects
Alex. T. James - Bass, Backing Vocals
Francesca Knowles - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

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Track Name: Who Needs Enemies
You call yourself a friend
You call yourself a friend
You should be ashamed of yourself
Ashamed of yourself

RPT over

When you roll
Like pigs in the dirt all day
There’s no need to be clean
Why pretend to be nice
And smile to my face
With all that filth up your sleeve
They say who needs enemies with friends like these
I say who needs enemies with friends like you


You’re damned if you don’t
You’re damned if you do
Some people will believe what they want about you
Even if it’s not true
Oh it wasn’t true

I know the things you said
I know the lies you spread
All those lies, lies, LIES
Have you got no self respect?
Oh you’ve got no self respect

You call yourself a friend
You call yourself a friend
You should be ashamed of yourself
Ashamed of yourself

When you roll
Like pigs in the dirt all day
There’s no need to be clean
Why pretend to be nice
And smile to my face
With all that filth up your sleeve
They say who needs enemies with friends like these
I say who needs enemies with friends like you

Oh it reminds me of the Black Dinner
Where invited was my ancestor
He acquired varying stab wounds
And a splitting Headache
Via an axe in his “pin up” face

Life is too short
Too short for this

Oooh life's too short
Too short for this

Life is too short for bullshit
Now cut the crap!

You’re damned if you don’t
You’re damned if you do
People will believe what they want about you
Even if it’s not true
Oh it wasn’t true

I know the things you said
I know the lies you spread
All the lies, lies, LIES
So it wasn't just your legs then
In your sordid affairs!

When you roll
Like pigs in the dirt all day
There’s no need to be clean
Why pretend to be nice
And smile to my face
With all that filth up your sleeve
They say who needs enemies with friends like these
I say who needs enemies with friends like you
Track Name: Across The Hall
There was a man
And he lived
Across the hall
Behind a hole
Who drilled the hole in the bathroom wall?

There was a girl
Only sixteen years old
And she moved
Across the hall
From the man behind the hole

In haste she left her family home
To sort out her teenage angst
To deal with the pain from the past
Is that too much to ask
And she only vanted to be alone
Like Greta Garbo

When bath-time came to call
Something was stirring across the hall
It imagines her skin like porcelain
Smooth, milk-white and innocent

The tap it it drip dripped
The tap it it eerily dripped
The girl she nearly slipped
Girl get a grip
Don't you slip
As the tap it dripped
It eerily dripped
And the tap it dripped
It eerily dripped
And the tap it dripped drip drip drip drip
And it drip drip drip drip drip drip drip dripped
And then it dawned

He drilled the hole in the bathroom wall
He drilled the hole in the bathroom wall
Track Name: Lemon Seed
If I was to swallow the lemon seed
Would there grow inside of me
The bitter tree
Roots travel deep within the deep
Bruised black and green
Fades into sleep

With every second ticking by
It makes no sense here as I lie
Alive to the deep
But dead to the world
Was the tree that was once a girl
There's such fragility

There's such a fine line
Between real life and fantasy
Is this what it seems
Is this life a dream
Is this life a dream

If I was to swim into the sea
Would you follow me
Beyond the shore
Amid the misty furore
Like the grains of sand
Falling from my hand
All lost at sea
There's such fragility
There's such a fine line between real life and fantasy
Is this what it seems

Such a fine line between real life and fantasy
Is this life a dream
There's such fragility
Is this life a dream

Is this
Is this a dream
Is this life
A dream
Is this life
A dream
Is this
Is this a dream
Is this
Is this a dream
Do the androids only dream of electric sheep?
Track Name: Humdinger
You are just
about
the
most
despicable
human

You make me wanna hum

Scourge of sub-humanity
Enraptured by your vanity
You know you are a

You really are a humdinger
You make me wanna run

Rotten to the core
I've never come across before
Don't think I pity thee
In your everlasting ennui
You really are a humdinger

But it's not all doom and gloom
Because oh baby you're so cool
Gallery Of Wonder skulls think too
Because since you have walked into my life
And my cheeks they ache from an army of smiles
And it goes on for miles and miles
And they beam on for miles and miles and miles
And miles and miles and miles
You really are that cool!
You're really not a humdinger

Scourge of sub-humanity
You're the scourge of sub-humanity
Rotten
to
the core
a whore
I have
never come across
That before

You really are a humdinger
You really are a humdinger
You really are a
You really are a humdinger
Track Name: Stop Giving Me Butterflies
It was fine
For a while
We were floating
In a little love bubble
Moving with the tide
Until I
Saw you
And you made
Me feel like my heart
Had an extra beat
You gave me butterflies

It was fine
For a canny while
Oh we were floating moving towards unknown
Stormy skies
And then I
Saw you
You passed me by
Like a ship
Like a ship
In the night

And if you
Don’t want me
In your life
Please stop
Stop giving me butterflies

Ain't it funny how
Someone can make you feel
That your heart has sank
Into your stomach
And it’s like
They don’t even know
That you exist

Flutter by
My papillon
Flutter by
My beautiful one

And if you don’t want
Me in your life
Please stop
Please stop
Please stop
Please stop
Stop giving me butterflies
Track Name: Your Spirit's Still Alive
I watched you walk the shore line
From the sand dunes in Blyth
You left your footprints in the sand
They told the weight of your life
Although you’re dead my friend
Your spirit’s still alive
I know you’re dead my friend
But your spirit’s still alive
Still alive

Deep within my heart
Is where the truth lies
It’s hidden behind my eyes
And is as riddled as the tide
Although you’re dead my friend
Your spirit’s still alive
I know you're dead my friend
But you’re spirit’s still alive
Still alive

I wanna run
I wanna run
I wanna run
I wanna run
I wanna run
I wanna run
I wanna run
With you
Again

I wanna run with you again

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