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Who Is Synthia?

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In April 2013 The David Nelligan Thing released the album 'Dark Matters', a staggering indie-pop-folk-country-rock mishmash accompanied by some surreal and charming home-made music videos. This E.P. of new synth and beat-based songs was released in August 2013, strikingly different from 'Dark Matters' and other previous releases in style and tone. These synth/beat/loop-based songs include an exhilarating musical reinterpretation of Shakespeare's poem 'Who Is Silvia?' which, along with the keyboard-led arrangements, provides the inspiration for the E.P. title 'Who Is Synthia?'



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released August 2, 2013

Arranged, performed, recorded and produced by David Nelligan.
Written by David Nelligan except 'Who Is Silvia?' words by William Shakespeare.

Thanks to James Eliot Taylor, Andy Wilson, Joe Cusack, Rory Dillon, Noel Howard, Dominika Walachowska, Ronan Leonard, Dave Knox, Ronan McCann, Emmet O'Brien, Max Skewes, Chris Dunne, Edel Barry, Sara Levy, Sarah Carr, Katrina Foley, John Synnott, Edel Meade, Gary Meyler, Sample Studios, Plugd Records, Wingnut Records, Coughlan's (Cork), Olivia Nelligan (and Mike, Rhys & Jamie), Paul Nelligan, Colm Nelligan, Shane Nelligan, Patrick & Breeda Nelligan, Pishkin (cat).

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Track Name: I Can't Make You (On Friday)
Obviously I am biased, I'm an interested party.
But you won't know until you try it, no one knows as well as me.

I can't make you see things my way,
I can't make you understand.
Tell me where you'll be on Friday.
Everything is second-hand.

It's easy to be dismissive, try to keep an open mind.
You'll find I can be persuasive when the sines are thus aligned.

I can't make you see things my way,
I can't make you understand.
Tell me where you'll be on Friday.
Everything is second-hand.

With ideas above our stations, stationary we are not.
Take a given situation, give it everything you've got.

But I can't make you see things my way,
I can't make you understand.
Tell me where you'll be on Friday.
Everything is second-hand.

I can't make you see things my way,
I can't make you understand.
Tell me where you'll be on Friday.
Everything is second-hand.
Track Name: Bodies at Rest (Potential Energy)
Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?
Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?

Just apply what you know, there's an ample supply.
Simple science although it goes easily awry.
Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?

When the particles dance and the party begins,
all of life can be expressed in a few equations.

Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?
Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?
Just apply what you know, there's an ample supply.
Simple science although it goes easily awry.
Would the knowledge...
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?
Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?

Would the knowledge of the potential they possess
give some energy to all those bodies at rest?
Track Name: Who Is Silvia? (By William Shakespeare)
Who is Silvia? what is she,
That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admirèd be.

Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindness.
Love doth to her eyes repair,
To help him of his blindness,
And, being helped, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.
Track Name: Genius Geneticist (In My DNA)
In my DNA and in yours too
there's a code for everything we do.
Whether you evolve is up to you.

Some necessities can mother us
if we prove we're inventive enough.
Life's a challenge to be taken up.

Adaptations stem from our desires,
reaching, ever-reaching ever-higher,
growing just as tall as we require.

We mutate into whatever works,
whatever can survive on this earth,
sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth.

I'm no genius geneticist,
I'm just lucky enough to exist
consisting of all that we consist.
Track Name: Embattled (When Your Cage Is Rattled)
In the end there's just a couple of things,
a couple of things I would change.
But when you go and change a couple of things
everything else has to be rearranged.

When you cut your losses
and you run for cover,
every compromise is followed by another.
When you cut your losses
and you run for cover,
every compromise is followed by another day.

You could say we are completely absorbed by the fabric of time and space.
You could say.
You could say that a bolt from the blue
doesn't seem odd to you,
doesn't seem out of place, no.

When you are embattled
you should count your blessings.
When your cage is rattled,
have you learned your lesson?
When you cut your losses
and you run for cover,
every compromise is followed by another day.

In the end there's just a couple of things,
a couple of things I would change.
But when you go and change a couple of things,
you know everything else has to be rearranged.

When you cut your losses
and you run for cover,
every compromise is followed by another.
When you are embattled
you should count your blessings.
When your cage is rattled,
have you learned your lesson yet?