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'88 is Elephants 2nd album.
It is a fly-on-the-wall concept album about time travel and regret.

"A bittersweet masterpiece *****" - 5 Stars, The Irish Times

"The Dundalk native embraces Eighties-influenced sounds for this quietly dazzling collection" Sunday Times

"88 is an album about life itself" - 9/10, The Last Mixed Tape

"An Irish masterpiece on so many levels" - Remy

“Album of the Month” – John Loftus, 8 Radio


released July 20, 2018

Songs written by Shane Clarke a.k.a. Elephant
Recorded by Joseph Edwards, Peter Baldwin (Black Mountain Studios) & Shane Clarke
Produced by Joseph Edwards
Mixed by Marc Carolan
Mastered by Aidan Foley
Artwork by Taine King


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Elephant Dundalk, Ireland

Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke has taken a turn to a darker alternative-pop sound with his new album, titled ‘88’.
OUT 20/6/18

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Track Name: Summer
The closest that I came is knowing I will never feel the same way

I tried to figure what I did wrong
Inside I'm laughing, in here I belong
There's a village in my head, I hung it from its legs
and it bled out and now Im dead
My bones are soft and porous and I chose to ignore it
and I'll never get ahead

I ran away from the happiest Summer
Great grandmother prayed for me last night in a dream
I ache for my friends, I long for that feeling

In the pit of my stomach to the backs of my ears
I eat to remember, I drink to be theirs

I long for that Summer

But the closest that I came is knowing I will never feel the same
Track Name: On Bended Knee
Dress me in your Sunday best and sip the cup from your own breast
I can't depend on your forgiveness
Little lamb; I need to witness love

Dress me in your Sunday clothes and strip the dove and sell for gold
My weight is measured in my actions
Not in favours, not in fashions, in love

I can't live on bended knee
My knees are too weak
Track Name: Waiting Game
I wish my house was haunted it would make sense of the voices that I hear
I wish my eyes could focus but all I ever notice is my fear
Turn up the television, I don't want to listen to myself
It's to quiet in my bedroom, I ought to try out someone else's

Open up your heart, be honest; did you ever really call us in the end?
You said you'd stop you promised, how many gin and tonics have you had?
Turn up the television, I don't want to listen to them yell
It was a sunny afternoon, are you less partial to a sunny spell

But soon I'll be moving on, this is just a waiting game
Who would play this just for fun? I need to know who is to blame
There's the man; afriad of bridges
How does he cross over water?

Burn it down, burn it down

Are you flammable? Supernatural?

Soon I'll move on, this is just a waiting game
Track Name: Living Alone
If you had a boat but couldn't tie knots
And the tide made it float right out of the docks
You should never give up

You're lost on the salt, blistering skin
exhausted from hope and feeling so thin
You should never give up

Crusty eyes open, scratching the ground
You have beaten the ocean but no ones around
Well don't ever give up

Lighting a fire for the angels to notice
Fighting the dire state that you call this
It's just living alone

Taste your bones breaking, spilling the marrow
Such a waste all this aching, drilling for sorrow
Mining the misery and mourning the morrow
Because I'll find myself bitterly awake
Track Name: Happy (feat KT Ball)
Happy birthday
Is it your birthday?
It's not your birthday

Look that's okay
I got my days wrong
I sung the wrong song
So, so long

Happy to see you
Though I don't want to
I'll do it for you

So long
Waiting for so long
For you to leave again
What's different between now and then?

I am happy
I am lost
Track Name: Lie Fallow
Nothing ever changes in my place
And that's the way I like it here
People look the same way backwards, pages read upside down
They're belly-flopping in the backpool
Maybe we've already drowned?

Because nothing ever changes in my place
Kissing strangers in the street
My tongue is getting tied up, my knees are getting weak
I feel like I should say something before we fall asleep

Maybe my need to sympathize makes it hard to say goodbye
But I don't wan't to live forever
So maybe I should go, lie fallow

Because nothing ever changes in my place
And that's the way I like it here
Keeping out of trouble, so safe inside this bubble
But it's getting hard to breathe now
I think the air is running out!

Paying off the boatmans hand and praying for a promise land
I don't want to live forever
Maybe I should go, lie fallow
Track Name: Mirrors
I watched a tiny river flow into a massive ocean
I expect that all things living in it died upon exposure
To the salt and sharks and coral and the dirty oily spillage
That tends to turns the surface of the water into a giant mirror

We stared into the ocean to see each other’s faces
I remembered how I met you
We cared for each other and if I had a bit more patience
I’d remember why I loved you

We walk along the shore, my shoes were full with sand and gravel
Forgetting where you come from is a useful way to travel
Regret is for a Sunday morning sick from all the intake
I don’t regret the walking but I do regret the mistakes

We stared under the covers to see each other naked
I remembered how I met you
We cared for each other and if I had a little more patience
I’d remember why I loved you – I remember why I loved you
Track Name: Human
I'm only human, or close enough
Following baby into the dark
Sing me a lullaby, tell me a song
Stories for bribes when the boatmen come
I'm only human

I'm at the river with no shoes on
Holding my silver under my tongue
Hoping that winter won't last too long
Following baby into the dawn
I'm only human
Track Name: Waiting Game ptII
Bury me next to my master, I want to be his only one
Sweet Mary's late so call me after, I can't come home my works not done
I'm burying bones out in the garden because I don't need them anymore
If you're alone I beg your pardon, was only greed that wanted more

A heavy load makes for good passage, you need some grit between the lines
So I bestow to you this baggage if you bequeath to me your time
If I could only beg your pardon for all the blood and all the wine
I'd put you in a better passage, if I just believed your lies

Do you remember everything that you never done for me?
And everything I said I'd change for you?
Just let me be, so I can then use it just to get through it

I fell in love, but I haven't got enough time love
Track Name: Stay With Me
Been changing with the seasons, not fast enough to fall
You know I've got my reasons
Hanging round with ghosts and wiry looking crows and in
Winter I was freezing
Paying for my problems and praying for a fame
I miss you when its Autumn
So why do you blossom and I fall down and
Turn into something rotten?

Stay with me darling, stay with me

The book about an old man high up in the tree and
He's looking for his old hat
He finds it in the densest thicket of the branches
Extends his arm in reach
Buried under kingdoms and more than one opinion
What sense is there in stories?
The old man and his glory had time enough to teach
Track Name: Time Will Tell
I'm good at keeping secrets down at the deepest
Part of my underside, down with my own designs

I keep them safe from others, even my mother
Happy to just take part, see I don't have the heart

Too old to just take chances, too old for romances
Only seventeen...

I would have died for you, I love you, I love you

I'll stop the sun from rising, stay in the night
And only time will tell if it will rise again

The colour in me is fading, it's started decaying
My roots are less curious, much less arboreous

Dont wake me in the morning, I am in mourning
And only time will tell if I will spring again
Track Name: All These Dragons
Mary I still want you

I don’t want to leave without my satchel
Couldn’t grieve this fragile fashion
I don’t know what you know

Tried to wait inside your chapel
Wait for something more to happen
But I don’t know what you know

Mary I still want you; I want you to be happy, so forget me

Have a meaningful encounter
Get the answers that I’ve paid for
But it’s the same old tired examples
Only lesson is to be faithful

You’re the good and bad in battle
I’m the gravel on a new grave
Yet, your light's so fucking fragile
We just sit and stand and behave

You’re afraid of all these dragons
I’m afraid of never living
Couldn’t grieve this fragile fashion
I can’t do it, please forgive me

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