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released April 7, 2017

Music by Tiger
Recording by Tim Harbour
Mastering by Ivan Oberholster
Artwork by Nicolas Williams

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Tiger Johannesburg, South Africa

Tiger is a four piece experimental rock band from Johannesburg, SA. The band was established in January 2015 by a group of experienced musicians of diverse yet complimentary musical backgrounds, with a goal to create something original and unique, yet accessible and sincere. Tiger's sound is best described as a smooth, jazzy, casually progressive rock with the occasional heavy metal outburst. . ... more

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Track Name: old friend
I know you're becoming quite popular now
but you know that I've always had a thing for you
with your flaws and all
I don't belong to the old school
that knew you in your prime
I've only ever known you weathered,
left for dead but quietly filled with life

As the sun sets on a rooftop in Fairview
and the newcomers sip their champagne
I reflect on the hardship you've seen
and how it stains the concrete
Give the others their mountains and forest
as we walk through the dirt and the grime
see a light turning on in the distance
and I know this city is mine

What a privileged position to be in
beginning of good things to come
but for now it remains a secret
shared by those who see the gold beneath the dust
We've read about the past
but we choose not to let it haunt us
This time and this place are too precious to waste

As the sun sets on a rooftop in Fairview
and the newcomers sip their champagne
I reflect on the hardship you've seen
and how it stains the concrete
Give the others their mountains and forest
as we walk through the dirt and the grime
see a light turning on in the distance
and I know this city is mine
Track Name: smooth sailing
We're going sailing
You be the skipper, swing into the jibe
No room for baggage
we'll have to stow the supplies
See where we're headed,
don't wanna speak too soon because

loose lips sink ships
But what do I know?
I'm no sailor anyway

We'll move along at our own pace
and pray there's no
monsters or deep sea fish
that could get in our way
Watch my back and I promise
I wont be afraid

Our vision clouded,
the night approaches
rises with the swell
laps at the surface
and then proceeds to swallow us whole
We'll bide our time here
and try to hold our tongues because

loose lips sink ships
But what do I know?
I'm no soldier anyway

We'll move along at our own pace
and pray there's no
monsters or giant squid
that could get in our way
Watch my back and I promise
I wont be afraid
Track Name: shongololo
LYRICS

I'd been walking down a lonely road
almost all of my life
when I looked down and I saw you in the gutter... you said,
"Why not come down and play?
The way you're going ain't the only way...
I could show you a thing or two
I've got all day.
No need to be afraid"

So I heard you recycle the melodies, well
hey man don't we all?
Academics will worship in Latin
but in secret they revel in slang

I'll stop chasing after foie gras
give that spaghetti a taste...
Hey it may not be the finest dining
but might just taste better that way.
Guess I'll come down and play...
Give me that sweaty new vernacular and
I'll forget which direction to take
Track Name: distractions
We see in ultraviolet
we sing a longing song
drawn towards the neon
and other such false gods

Our brothers guard the daylight
we belong to the dark
hovering in shadows
covered in silver dust

Our compasses distorted
we stray far from our paths
softly bang our heads
'till this fleeting life burns out
Track Name: trip
Absorbed in our ambitions
a meditative state
for some chosen, others suffered
never ending either way

I think we should break the water
swim like otters on our backs
we'll breathe in deeply and observe
We'll travel somewhere far away
devoid of propaganda
read the land and weather
wake up with the sun

We'll dream the night away
and wake up with the sun

Come away with me
we'll move in packs, our hearts displayed
lay in unembarrassed silence
watch our bodies changing in the light

I think we should break the water
swim like otters on our backs
we'll breathe in deeply and observe
We'll travel somewhere far away
devoid of propaganda
read the land and weather
wake up with the sun

We'll dream the night away
and wake up with the sun

We'll dream the night away
and wake up with the sun

And one day, when we are old and grey
we'll be beautiful old people
'cause we chose never to stay in the same place
Track Name: nightmare
You should never sleep;
you could lose your face

The many voices that haunt us
are echoes of our own...

The fires that burn inside us
will never be put out...

Wingless, we will fly
to the end of night
Favoured hunting grounds
a thousand maiden flights