One Small Step [EP]

by Better Than The Book

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released 23 December 2012
Written, performed, produced, and drawn by Nick Standing [Jabun]
Guitars and Backing Vocals in “Woof Woof, Nag Nag” - Andy Forman
Gang Vocals provided with help of Andy Forman
Additional Gang Vocals in “Leaving Home” provided by Eamon, Jasmine and Alix
Special Thanks to Martin for help in the mastering process

This is for everyone who believed in me

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Better Than The Book Burgess Hill, UK

Better Than The Book is Nick Standing (Aka Jabun)'s Skapunk project. I hail from Burgess Hill, UK and play bass for Lights, Camera, Attraction! While BTTB is a recording project, some of the material is played in LCA, so if you like this, please follow LCA for gigs and Live awesomeness! Better Than The Book was a very close to the heart project to me. I hope you all enjoy it! ... more

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Track Name: Intro [Just A Step]
"That's one small step for (a) man,
one giant leap for mankind"
Track Name: Leaving Home [Paper Planes and Bottled Ships]
When I left home, mum said “we’ll miss you,
“remember to phone us,
“you know we’ll be around.”

Stepped out the door, and dad said “you’re a man now
“go fight the world son,
“I’m sure you’ll do me proud.”

Slip in the car, and brother says “you’re growing up,
“seems just like yesterday,
“you had the top bunk.”

And as the only home I’ve ever known,
Fades around the final corner
I’ve no idea where I’m going

And all my dreams flew out
Like lies on paper planes
A thousand paper cranes that we folded for luck. Oh well.
I’m just staring into headlights
Of what we can never understand
And we’ll never understand ‘til it’s too late

Another year gone, no memories faded
The countless good times
It seems like another life

Some friends have moved on, but a lot are still with me
The best I could wish for
I love them so much

Talk with my dad, and his words hit me real deep
At my age he met my mum
And started this family

But what of me, I haven’t grown up at all,
No girl, dead job
I just can’t help but feel that

My ship set sail from its bottle, so long ago
I’ve forgotten where it came from
Or where it’s even heading
I’m just standing in this spotlight
A place I’ll never understand
And we’ll never understand ‘til it’s too late

But this is my life
This is my life
And we’ll just keep on running

(I’m just overwhelmed)
(why can’t I be what I wanna be)

And all my dreams flew out
Like lies on paper planes
A thousand paper cranes that we folded for luck. Oh well.
I’m just staring into headlights
Of what we’ll never understand
And we’ll never understand ‘til it’s too late

But this is my life
This is my life
And we’ll just keep on running.

This is my life
This is my life
And we’ll just keep on running.
Track Name: Watching Airships
As I stand here staring
Off the tallest building in town
I look out at the beauty
While my life flashes before me

And on the streets below i hear
People screaming don’t jump
But it’s ok, I don’t want to
I just came here for the view

People said i was a troubled child,
But wasn’t everyone at one time?
There were nights i swear i screamed so loud,
Even the man on the moon could hear me
Now I don’t whether this worlds against me
Or maybe I’ve just lost my way
I’ll take each day a step at a time
That’s what it means to be me.

As I sit here watching
Airships sailing through the clouds
It’s like the world is spinning past me
Trying to keep up’s getting to me
Track Name: Woof Woof, Nag Nag [Ft. Andy Forman]
When i first met you everything seemed so great
I’d count the days from now ‘til our next date
And even after our very first special kiss
I never realised that I’d signed up for this
For a while I tried to just put up with it
But then I realised that you didn’t give a shit
And now being with you is like a constant test
Just for once could you please give it a rest

Sure i’ll put down the toilet seat,
But this relationship isn’t a one way street
You keep saying i’m the one who’s lazy
But your backseat everything is driving me crazy

I can’t stand this any more
How ‘bout we break up
Avoid another tragedy
Before we’re shaken up
And i scratch my head
For where i’ve heard your voice before
That’s when it comes to me
You sound just like the dog barking next door

That’s the last time that you’ll tell me what to do
I’m sick of having my life run by you
All those times that you acted like a bitch
That’s just another thing i’m not gonna miss
And all the things you do to keep on breaking my heart
It’s all the proof i need that we’ve drifted apart.
So perhaps i should say that i’ll end it all here
And it hurts me to see that you won’t even shed a tear

Maybe i’ve just misunderstood
It’s been a while since we even had something good
You want me to be somebody else
Then you can just get out and go and find him yourself

Woof!... Ahwoof!
Track Name: Backseat Phobia
HEART BEATS like a military drum,
As i step outside of these 4 safe walls,

OUTSIDE is the scariest place ,
It’s like the whole world’s out to get me,

IN A CROWD and my pulse is rising
Deep breath, DEEP BREATH, stay on your feet kid

I’VE LOST, my mind is racing,
When did this even happen, I don’t understand it!


When did I lose my head,
Heart’s racing at a hundred miles an hour
Didn’t think that it could get much faster.

When did I give in?
And let
Fear be the gunner in my back seat
Fear be the gunner in my back seat


TRAPPED IN, I hate the feeling
My home is my prison and I’ve lost my confidence

JUST GET OUT I know it’s hard
But it’s for my own good, I can’t stay like this

TAKE A PILL and they say it’ll be ok
I don’t know but might as well try anyway

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN
Don’t even ask that question, I hate to think about it!
Track Name: Leaving Home [Radio Edit]
"That's one small step for (a) man,
one giant leap for mankind"

When I left home, mum said “we’ll miss you,
“remember to phone us,
“you know we’ll be around.”

Stepped out the door, and dad said “you’re a man now
“go fight the world son,
“I’m sure you’ll do me proud.”

Slip in the car, and brother says “you’re growing up,
“seems just like yesterday,
“you had the top bunk.”

And as the only home I’ve ever known,
Fades around the final corner
I’ve no idea where I’m going

And all my dreams flew out
Like lies on paper planes
A thousand paper cranes that we folded for luck. Oh well.
I’m just staring into headlights
Of what we can never understand
And we’ll never understand ‘til it’s too late

Another year gone, no memories faded
The countless good times
It seems like another life

Some friends have moved on, but a lot are still with me
The best I could wish for
I love them so much

Talk with my dad, and his words hit me real deep
At my age he met my mum
And started this family

But what of me, I haven’t grown up at all,
No girl, dead job
I just can’t help but feel that

My ship set sail from its bottle, so long ago
I’ve forgotten where it came from
Or where it’s even heading
I’m just standing in this spotlight
A place I’ll never understand
And we’ll never understand ‘til it’s too late

But this is my life
This is my life
And we’ll just keep on running

(I’m just overwhelmed)
(why can’t I be what I wanna be)

And all my dreams flew out
Like lies on paper planes
A thousand paper cranes that we folded for luck. Oh well.
I’m just staring into headlights
Of what we’ll never understand
And we’ll never understand ‘til it’s too late

But this is my life
This is my life
And we’ll just keep on running.

This is my life
This is my life
And we’ll just keep on running.