The Skunk-Boy Project

The Skunk-Boy Project

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" Breathless, bouncy and catchier than chlamydia ..........
Splicing strands of hip hop, indie and R&B into something that doesn’t really resemble any of them is a skill in itself, but tossing wry lyrics and fiendishly hummable tunes into the mix is, quite frankly, taking the piss." The Monograph.

Biography

Self-titled EP (released summer 2012)
'4th On My List Of Loveable Evil Dictators' chosen by Tom Robinson for BBC Introducing Mix Tape.
Shortlisted (1 of 19) for Breakthrough Act @ Larmer Tree Festival this year.

A final year Cardiff Uni. student, Nate Swettenham (The Skunk-Boy Project) broke onto the Leicester music scene in 2012 winning a competition to perform at Summer Sundae Weekender. A charismatic solo onstage figure, who quickly holds his audiences spellbound with his ukelele voice combo and keyboard skills. With apparent nonchalance he sings for you. Songs that combine intelligence and wit, a rare combination, drawing you in with the cleverest of lyrics woven through toe-tapping melodies.

Influences: Some of the 'old great' songwriters and some of the 'new'.
Eels, Bombay Bicycle Club, Fat Boy Slim, The Cat Empire, Randy Newman, James Taylor and Paul Simon.

Lyrics

4th On My List Of Loveable Evil Dictators

Written By: Nate Swettenham

You’d be hot as a fox if you weren’t cold as steel
If you had a little love you’d have some sex appeal
Your effortless repellent is no match for a mortal man
Self righteous in your rights crush any man in sight
You can turn a light debate into a full on fight
With an army at your hands I’m sure you’d have battle plans.

Your fourth on my list of loveable evil dictators
After Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler, you’re the greatest
And if you yearn, to learn what earned you this status
You’re a cynical, clinical all round satirical sadist.

Heart in a jar, no mercy no charm
A look almost cruel, yet so close to calm
Suspicious and malicious and frankly all kinds of rude.
Emotionless or so claim the rest
To feared to go near and put it to the test
On a mission for positions of power to rule the world.

[Chorus]

Follow the march, or feel the wrath
Of her secret service police
Politicians on a mission seem to disappear
Some say released, some say deceased.

There’s posters on the wall about 10 feet tall
Just a cue that she’s watching you
Don’t be a pest, fall in line with the rest
Don’t stand out whatever you do

[Chorus]

I Do It For Your Love

Written By: Nate Swettenham

I was naive in my youth
the first time I recognised that I loved you
Searchin’ for your face tryin’ to catch your eyes
It was at that moment I recognised

I'm alive, I never really used to be a simple lad
A head mixed up with a thousand bad
Ideas my hopes my fears
Back when I couldn't bare to hold in my tears

I know you like a cup of tea first thing
and I know you never really liked that fake gold ring
when you sing I feel on top of the world
And I know the way I cling to you is so absurd but

I do it for, your love
I do it for, your love
I do it for, your love
I do it for, your love

Didn't take to long for a full sized flower
a blossom of love beats a blossom of power
and by the hour, you'd got me wrapped around your thumb
And I knew it but screw it I never did play dumb

It's a stream lined fiend with speed obscene
Love is a vehicle like you’ve never seen
it's only fit for two but some think three
and then you go and wonder why you lost me

You were so cute when you tidied the house
you got such a strict system that I can't work out
You love the still chill come september
all of these things I'll always remember

I did it for your love...

Friday marks the end of the week
and society marks the end of the meek
and us well trust the end was a must
But I loved you long past the end of us

cos I know you always got the same ringtone
set to Kiss just cos I hate Tom Jones
You got a funny knee when you walk too far
And you feel self conscious when your in small bars

Firemen fight fires and police prevent riots
Doctors help you heal but not how you feel
when it's real, the pain that breaks my heart
It only took us to finish what cupid started

I did it for your love...

Just A Friend

Written By: Nate Swettenham

You only know me as a friend but I think I’m in love with you once again.
I know it’s wrong but everything you do, well, it just turns me on.
You only know me as a friend but I think I need you close once again
And though I don’t have a chance well I can’t help thinking maybe we could last.
I know you don’t have a clue, the way I truly feel about you.
I can see it in your eyes, it makes me laugh that you don’t even recognise.

You only know me as a friend but I think I’m in love with you once again.
I know its wrong but everything you do, well, it just turns me on.

Well I met you through your friend, who met you through your brother
And we spent the night passing drinks to each other
And the moment I walked through that door, well, I’ve been loving you more and more.
And I know you’ve got some baggage but I think I can manage
And I promise that I’ll be your own personal bandage
‘Cos I know you’ve been hurt before, but I’ll heal you if you’re sore.

I won’t tell you ‘til you tell me first but I’ve got a feeling that I might burst
And I try to tell you subtle but it never works
And I guess I’m trying to tell you every time I rehearse but

You only know me as a friend but I think I’m in love with you once again
I know it’s wrong but everything you do, well, it just turns me on.
You only know me as a friend but I think I need you close once again
And though I don’t have a chance but I can’t help thinking maybe we could last.
I know, you don’t have a clue, the way I truly feel about you.
I can see it in your eyes, it makes me laugh that you don’t even recognise.

You only know me as a friend but I think I’m in love with you once again.
I know it’s wrong but everything you do, well, it just turns me on.

Well I know I’m not your type but the feeling’s ripe and if I wait too long I’ll be here all night
I gotta feeling you’ll never know that the thought of you makes me glow
And normally when I know it, well I choose not to show it
‘Cos I trust my love about as far as I can throw it
But with you it feels so clear, darling I need you near.

I won’t tell you ‘till you tell me first but I got a feeling that I might burst
And I try to tell you subtle but it never works
And I guess I’m trying to tell you every time I rehearse but

You only know me as a friend but I think I’m in love with you once again
I know it’s wrong but everything you do, well, it just turns me on.

Dear Lord

Written By: Nate Swettenham

Dear Lord, I don’t like the way I look
And Lord, I don’t like the way I act
And Lord, I don’t like the things I do
So Lord make my life easy.

He said Boy, I made you the way you look
And Boy, you don’t have to act the way you act
And Boy, you don’t have to do the things you do
You can make your own life easy.

So I say Lord, make me quit smoking
And Lord, make me quit drugs
Lord, find me a girlfriend
Oh Lord, make my life easy.

He said Boy, you just gotta do what’s right
Boy, you can quit any time you like
And Boy, I introduced you to every girl you know
So you can make your own life easy.

So I said, you lazy, lying lover, you make pretend brother
You never give me what I need
I’m brick-a-brack broken I’m trying to be out spoken
All I’m asking is for you to fix me.
He said, you hear but don’t listen
You’re fixed, you’re forgiven
But still you choose to play these games
Turn the cheek seek understanding, no misunderstandings
Before you speak to try and shift your blame.

So I said, Dear Lord why don’t you ever talk to me?
Dear Lord, why don’t you ever listen to me?
And Lord, you never really did a thing for me
So you should make my life easy.

And he said, Boy, all you gotta do is let me in
I’m always here, I’m always listening
And as you live and breathe I gave you everything
So you can make your own life easy
Or you can make your own life hard
But if you ever need a helping hand
You can ask instead of demand.

Nostalgia

Written By: Nate Swettenham

When I think of the past, things that never did last
and I trace all the scars of my heart
A particular scent or a song that relents,
all the conscious laments of my past.
The future is long, songs have yet to be sung,
songs that tender my memories wrong
Whether ecstatic, erratic or a future of panic,
it seems manic to push life along.

Live for today and evade your sorrows
but you may not leave to much for tomorrow
And why kill the buzz when you can steal, beg or borrow
a King for today, a pauper tomorrow
If you’re living in the past, you waste your days
and then what kind of past have you got to save.
If you live for today, tomorrow’s yesterday
becomes a beautiful memory to be stored away.
Don’t loose yourself in yesterday, it’s easy to do, to be carried away by a familiar day,
take me away.
Don’t loose yourself in yesterday, it’s easy to do, to be carried away by a familiar day,
take me away.

You can live as you please seize and sail the breeze
but live attentively to your soul
And though it may bother you that anxiety follows you,
don’t let it swallow you whole.
Don’t wish for success above happiness,
discontent can demolish one’s health
And so often if tortured and wracked in misfortune
the problem lies within oneself.
And the answer is in there as well.

Live for today and evade your sorrows
but you may not leave too much for tomorrow
And why kill the buzz when you can steal, beg or borrow
a King for today, a pauper tomorrow
If you’re living in the past, you waste your days
and then what kind of past have you got to save.
If you live for today, tomorrow’s yesterday
becomes a beautiful memory to be stored away.

Don’t loose yourself in yesterday, it’s easy to do, to be carried away by a familiar day,
take me away.
When I think of the future, the things I could have,
the things that are waiting just for me to grasp,
The things I could loose if opportunities pass,
the correct thing to say to anything they could ask,
Things seem good now but how long could they last,
Please can we slow down I’m moving to fast.

Discography

Self-titled 5 track EP The Skunk-Boy Project. 05/06/2012

Single Release '4th On My List Of Loveable Evil Dictators' 16/10/12