The Things I Make Book…


I’ve just finished writing this book this morning. It’s called The Things I Make; Selected six by seven Lyrics.

The way I decided to write the book was to pick 50 songs from beginning until present and write about each one; writing out all of the lyrics, looking at the meaning of the lyrics and also including stories about the band, recording processes and anything else that I thought would be interesting and relevant for fans to know about.

I basically copied Billy Bragg’s book called A Lover Sings.

As well as a very personal account of my life through the words I’ve written, it’s also an explanation of the history of the band, it’s members and what happened along the way as these songs were being written. It goes much deeper than I expected and I really enjoyed writing it because it was so therapeutic looking back at these songs and deciphering their meaning and talking about how they came about. It opened my eyes to a lot of things I never even realised where there. The time was right to do it now.

My lyrics have always been survival mechanisms to help stop me from going mad or even killing myself. The song For You for example is a song about suicide, there is a lot of death in my songs and I’ve tried to work out why, after all, I’m not a Goth.

When I wrote them I often didn’t understand what I was going through. Mostly I would write without thinking too much about what it was I was trying to say, I would just write it down and think about it later. I wrote a lot of stuff down and then would write the lyrics in a massive frenzied burst of energy. For example, all of the lyrics to the album The Way I Feel Today were written in one day.

My words have always been highly personal and always motivated by the things going on in my life or the things going on around me that sometimes, so it would seem, I never even knew existed and were affecting me. I think that’s what makes these stories and lyrics interesting.

I’m going to self publish it in hardback through Kickstarter in the coming weeks.

Here are the songs…and yep, if you read it you will find out what 88-92-96 means! Never before revealed. 🙂


  1. A Beautiful Shape
  2. European Me
  3. Candleight
  4. For You
  5. Something Wild
  6. Spy Song
  7. Brilliantly Cute
  8. Oh! Dear
  9. 88-92-96
  10. Your Town
  11. Get A Real Tattoo
  12. July, August Winter
  13. Always Waiting For…
  14. Eat Junk Become Junk
  15. Sawn Off Metallica T-shirt
  16. New Year
  17. 10 Places To Die
  18. England And A Broken Radio
  19. One Easy Ship Away
  20. Another Love Song
  21. Don’t Wanna Stop
  22. Slab Square
  23. 100 And Something Foxhall Road
  24. My Life Is An Accident
  25. Overnight Success
  26. So Close
  27. IOU Love
  28. All My New Best Friends
  29. Karen O
  30. Anyway
  31. The Way I Feel Today
  32. American Beer
  33. Cafeteria rats
  34. Bad Man
  35. Speed Is In / Speed Is Out
  36. Fraggle Rock
  37. ‘Untitled’
  38. Bochum (Light Up My Life)
  39. There’s A Ghost
  40. Leave Me Alone
  41. Around
  42. Ocean
  43. Sailing Around The Horn
  44. Enemy
  45. CHANGE
  47. TRUCE
  48. MORE
  49. The Rise ANd Fall And Decline Of Everything
  50. COLDER
  51. Fall Into Your Arms



    1. If it’s hardback it will have a dust cover etc. and would cost you £14.99. Is that too much? Would you prefer it for £7.99 in softback?
      Would be interested to know what people think.

  1. Legit excited for this. I’ve always liked your lyrics and often wondered if there were stories behind them.

    I personally like softbound- easier to carry around, read on planes, etc. I like reading lyrics and songwriting process stuff, so I would do that with your book. That said, I get why collections like this are hardbound- read it once, then prop it up in a place of distinction. Something for the ages! So, I would buy either version. Hmm, I guess that didn’t help at all.

  2. Hardback please and no £15 is very reasonable and I second Robs idea.
    Now my theory and have been always thinking of it, knowing you will never tell me anyway, hatched when I came up to watch you at the Maze gig. There were cabs buzzing around with there numbers lit up on top of their cars, strangely very close to said song also I saw some flats in town housey style buildings and the numbers were on the wall in that kind of list.
    But of course it could be bollocks and be linked to West Ham in some sort of way!
    Can’t wait to find out now.

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