Readers Wives

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released March 29, 2008

All songs written by Niall James Holohan *
(*except 7 by Holohan/Morrin/Massey)

Recorded by Steve Lynch and Marc Aubele at Stellar Sound, Dublin.

Mixed by Niall James Holohan and Marc Aubele for Megafone © 2008.

Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, L.A.

Produced by Niall James Holohan *
(*except 4, 8 and 9 by Niall James Holohan and Flytrap, New York).

© Megafone Records, 2008

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Readers Wives

Formed in Dublin in 2008, Readers Wives were an independent rock band named after a British soft-core pornographic magazine.

Their self titled debut album received widespread critical acclaim and their second album 'Rachel's Apartment' was named among the top five Irish albums of the year in 2011.

They disbanded in 2012.

Niall James Holohan now lives in London and performs as a solo artist.
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Track Name: Home Sweet Home
Set free your crows
Fly my little pretties
Twinkle your toes
Click your heels
Three wishes
Goodbye to this city

The cars pull over
The stars fall in
What Spartan dog seeks smog over might
And I lurch up the street vomiting

They’re kissing in Whitechurch and making thieves see the apple, the eye
Listen to the last of the pop stars bleed love dry

Oh, it’s nice to be alone
Home sweet home
Again

Protected by Checkers
Stencilled upon a print shirt
Stop me before I kill again
And fade to nothing now
The dirt by the drain
And remain there
In the piss water remains
Call it your home
When they study you years from now, they’ll see you as they see the puddle beneath the hole in the dome in the Pantheon in Rome

Oh, it’s nice to be alone
Home sweet home
Again


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Advertising Heroin
Some skinny girl
She’s retching over a filthy cistern
She’s too thin to even bear a child
Just like her dead sister

And they’ve pouring over papers advertising heroin
Swallowing the text whole
The only thing that’s passed their lips since 1995
When one died and the other O.D.’d

Some crazy, sad and vapid pallor
My androgynous hermaphrodite
That’s the girl I’m after
There’s nothing more attractive than a woman with no appetite
I mean, talk about a cheap date

Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin

Yes our drummers on the smack again
We’re real worried ‘cause he’s got a problem
Still while he’s got the shakes and going through withdrawal hell
We should put out a press release, we’ve got the sell the album

Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin

I run a cold bath for my friend
Pour a tequila
For I will not see her again
No, I never will
There’s nothing glamorous, it turns out, when all’s told
About dying face down in a pool of your own vomit, you know

Shame on muppets selling self-destruction to the college kids
Who know no better
If they had a brother doing crack just like the paper says
They’d fuck it off
They’d fuck it off
They’d fuck it off

Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising heroin?
Heroin
Isn’t it so cool the way they’re advertising, advertising
No alarms and no surprises
Heroin
Oh heroin
Oh yeah


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Cavan Cola
How we get stuck in our ways
Spitting out an angular word
You don’t even understand the nonsense of a sentence like
“Look at you, you faggot, with your bird”

Moja mała polka
Drinking Cavan Cola

How you stuck in your ways
Courting your fear of the unknown
We all eventually, where we used to pick blackberries
There will be apartment blocks and roads

Moja mała polka
She love me come what may
Moja mała polka
Drinking Cavan Cola

You’ve got to give your love your blood and money, babe
Without a passion, man is clearly dead
Or mundane
What’s the difference?

We’re falling in love and pairing off
But no one’s really happy for us
They’re too busy thinking of themselves and how it’s nearly 12
And where to get the bus

Sitting on the neighbourhood wall
As the sun goes down over a row
You’d have thought that the council would have got their act together
And towed those burned out cars away by now

Moja mała polka
Love me come what may
Moja mała polka
Drinking Cavan Cola

Moja mała polka
She love me come what may
Moja mała polka
Drinking Cavan Cola


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Sexually Attracted To Myself
I
When I see myself
I see myself golden
And covered in feathers

I'm better, I imagine, than you could ever imagine yourselves being
I think I might be gay lads
Will you still be my friends?

I am sexually attracted to myself
I'm sexually attractive
And for that very reason
Sexually attracted to myself
I am sexually attractive
I'm sexually attracted to myself
And for that very reason
I think I might be gay lads
Will you still be my friends?

I have seen the light, my love
And I know now it shines out of me
I'm rare and exotic like saffron
I am beautiful
I don't want you to hate me

I am sexually attracted to myself
I'm sexually attractive
And for that very reason
Sexually attracted to myself
I am sexually attractive
I'm sexually attracted to myself
And for that very reason
I think I might be gay lads
Will you still be my friends?

I am sexually attracted to myself
I'm sexually attractive
And for that very reason
Sexually attracted to myself
I am sexually attractive
I'm sexually attracted to myself
And for that very reason
I think I might be gay Dad
Will you hold the closet door?


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: The Cat's In The Bag & The Bag's In The River
Marshall police
Waiting for your early release
Waiting for to show you all these piss-y little icons
Shit yeah

Captain and crew
They're fearless in their mocking of you
Fearless cause they know you will do what you're told

If I say I'll keep a secret, you know I will deliver
The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river

From Pol Pot to Karl Rove and on
It's just another cancerous fraud
Just another whisper
You know it's safe with me

Oh no, dear God
You all show know better than anyone
That what you are sowing abroad
You'll reap at home

If I say I'll keep a secret, you know I will deliver
The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river

If I say I'll keep a secret, you know I will deliver
The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide
Shame on - on you baby
‘Cause you could have spent this evening dancing
With me, your Beatrice, your conscience, your soul
I don’t know wonder what it is I’ve tied myself to this time, then
No, I know

So I’m fictive, down the wire
A little kiss, tell you ‘be thankful for what you’ve got now
And feed a stray cat once in a while'
But something in me is siphoned every time I hang up my phone
I mean, really, besides Nietzsche, mother
Who wants to be alone, my lover?

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Love, I espy

Oh my pretty baby
When you’re done and you can’t come to conclusions
Or be angry
I’ll be frank if you’ll be thankful
But it’s hard while I’m trying at the same time to ignore these women everywhere
There’s women everywhere

C’mon, You say "C’mon
‘Cause we’re so not like everybody else here
At least no one we know"
C’mon
You say "C’mon
Unless we stop believing in each other, admit the rest of folk’s lies and fodders
And let our dreams destroy each others’"

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Love, I espy

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Love, I espy

The light behind life shines loud and undeniable tonight
I wish you were here to separate these things
You say you know you can’t make it off and away with this shame that you’re feeling
For missed opportunities and centre folds

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Love, I espy

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide
Love, I espy


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: One Two
One Two

I’ve already lived, I’ve already lived several lives
I’ve been a travel agent and a reader’s wife
But you know what it’s like when you go working 9-5
Everything’s a joke to these guys

But not with us
Not with us here tonight
Not with us
Not with us here tonight
Not with us
Not with us here tonight
One Two

One Two

I had a jug of atomic water
I had a lot of your lovely daughter
But you know what it’s like when you go working for these people
Everything’s a joke to these guys

But not with us
Not with us here tonight
Not with us
Not with us here tonight
Not with us
Not with us here tonight
One Two

One Two

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Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Are You Coming For A Drink After Work, Princess?
Here comes every night, babe
Where I wanna die, babe
I don’t know why, babe
I treated you so bad

Why is it that …
The possibilities are endless
And still nothing will ever change or end?

You want to be loved and to love too
I want the same thing
I’m just like you

Oh, it’s get lonely
You move slowly
Under the hedge
And yes, I’ll bet you heads
You’ll fall for me
And in off of that ledge

Are you coming for a drink then after work, princess?
We can kick ‘round old times and why you’re still not a success
You won’t feel so tragic when you’re out of that dress
Are you coming for a drink then after work, princess?

I wouldn’t lie to you
Even though you give me every reason to
And as you consoled me in my time of need, baby
I’m yours this Thursday night
Are you coming for a drink then after work, princess?
We can kick ‘round old times and why you’re still not a success
You won’t feel so tragic when you’re out of that dress
Are you coming for a drink then after work, princess?

Oh, you move slowly
You look lonely
You don’t know me yet
But yes, I just want to cheer you up
Have a laugh
A few drinks
What do you think, princess?
Yeah, I will go then prince

Are you coming for a drink then after work, princess?
We can kick ‘round old times and why you’re still not a success
You won’t feel so tragic when you’re out of that dress
Are you coming for a drink then after work, princess?



Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: The Pot's Still Boiling On The Stove
Sky is falling (sky is falling)
Monkey’s calling (monkey’s calling)
Working on a tree (what you got?)
Working on a tree (what you gonna do?)

Said you got to do right
Shut your bloody mouth
When you come around here
I’m passing everything out

‘Cause the pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling

Cook me up some mushrooms
Well, you don’t say
If you’re not taking up the rake man (relax!)
You’re not wanted around here

Dancing in the aitch bone
Climbing up the wall
Parade around with the birds, now
You’ve got to climb in and row

‘Cause the pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling

Sky is falling
And that monkey’s calling
And we’re chopping down a tree
Working on a tree

Said you got to do right
Shut your bloody mouth
When you come around here
I’m passing everything out

‘Cause the pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling on the stove
The pot’s still boiling

Eat it all up
Eat it all up
Eat it all up


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Have You Seen The Moon Tonight?
She’s falling out of love with me
And why’ll remain a mystery
Now God knows what lies between her thighs
Have you seen the moon tonight?

Have you seen the moon tonight?
Judging everyone in sight
Yeah, it’s over but don’t say a word
I’ve been falling out of love with her

Your ribs will soon be like a bloody wooden bead loom
With my lungs strewn across it’s strings
My voice will crack
And I’ll never, never ever get it back
But at least, you’ll have a pretty new pair of earrings


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: I Don't Need To Be Seduced
You flick your eyes
I'll fantasize
In tantalizing fascination

Your hands entice
You pull the blinds
And with your lips ..

You know, babe
How you're remembered
Spirited and tender
I'll always be sweet on you
I don't need to seduced

Your feet are loose
And fancy free
You bait and strangle
You play the angle

And I'll make you cry
If I decide
That that's what's missing from our night

You know, babe
You know, babe
How you're remembered
Something spirited, something tender
I'll always be sweet on you
I don't need to seduced

I don't need the platitudes
I'll appreciate your candor
I'll always be sweet on you
I don't need to seduced


Words by Niall James Holohan
Track Name: Victor's Mother Juliet
What ails you
What has failed you
And what you never should have tried
I believe in pathologies
You say optimist
Am I so easily defined?

People are as easily led to beauty as deceit
Joy to sorrow
Life as death
Yes
So say all of us here
With Victor’s mother Juliet

Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet!
You know it by now

The old guard
The fire guard
And the avant garde, the same tooth
It is vital if not wise, I say, to be dissatisfied in your youth
I’m not going your way
OK?
Sinking ships are not my responsibility yet
I prefer to make my own death bed
So say all of us here
With Victor’s mother Juliet
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet!
You know it by now

Outcasts
Inmates
Self made men and women I know
They’re on their feet
They can talk without these quarrels
Morals
What’s a moral?
Do you know?

What ails you
What has failed you
And what you never should have broke custom and said
So say all of us here
With Victor’s mother Juliet

Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet! Juliet! Juliet!
Juliet!
You know it by now


Words by Niall James Holohan