It's Nothing Personal, It's National Security

by The Social Services

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The Social Services' debut album, It’s Nothing Personal, It’s National Security, was released in late 2008 on London-based label Stereo Test Kit Records. Comparisons were made to Regina Spektor, Saint Etienne, the Television Personalities and early Cardigans with a touch of the melancholy of Mogwai.

Here’s what some critics had to say about it:

"Put you in mind of the best bits of The Divine Comedy, Camera Obscura and British Sea Power...playful but bittersweet. There’s even space for politics and moments of sweeping melancholy that give this album more depth than the rambunctious surface vibe might first suggest."
The List (4/5)

"Sweetly comic, unexpectedly poignant"
The Skinny (4/5)

"Rich in wit and vocal harmonies”
Clash magazine

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released June 10, 2008

Artwork By [Design] - Agustin Moreaux , Anders Orrberg
Bass, Piano, Organ, Accordion, Harmonica, Vocals - Emma Naismith
Cello - Gustaf Spetz (tracks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11)
Drums, Bass, Glockenspiel, Zither, Vocals - Martin Frödén
Mastered By - Jeff Mortimer
Mixed By - Gustaf Spetz
Music By, Lyrics By - Social Services, The (tracks: 1 to 8, 10, 11)
Photography - Staffan Axelsson
Piano, Bass, Saxophone, Clarinet, Melodica, Vocals - Lucy Cathcart
Producer - Gustaf Spetz

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Track Name: The Baltic Sea
Oh, Sweden I'm sorry to say that you're tedious sometimes
Your Natural Beauty is unsurpassed
Your children are healthy and ruddy
Your recycling facilities are second to none
You're and ethical peace-loving nation
You design such great furniture and storage solutions
And mass-produce them too

But nobody smiles back at me
On the underground on my way to work
You're as cold as the Baltic Sea
And you close your doors so readily

But your lakes are so clean for swimming in
Your mountains so white for skiing on
Your forests are so full of blueberries Your summer are cloudless skies

But nobody smiles back at me
On the underground on my way to work
You're as cold as the Baltic Sea
And you close your doors so readily

I can be your friend, I'll come round for tea when your all alone
I can make you laugh, chat to you all night long on the phone
We can be your friends
We can be your friends
Track Name: Folkan
The stage has been empty for a number of years
It was here that Greta Garbo spilled her very first tears
It was October and so cold when we climbed into the gods
And took a journey through the stage mechanisms and cogs

This house is just like a drug
I'd tear out my soul just to tread on it's boards
But the swines are tearing it down

We slipped in unnoticed down a ladder to the stage
We stepped back in time to a forgotten golden age
We saw the costumes and the glamour
Heard the laughter and song
knew that one day every soon all tgrace of this would be gone

This house is just like a drug
I'd tear out my soul just to tread on it's boards
But the swines are tearing it down
Track Name: Up in Arms
We got to war to liberate
Seek only to emancipate
But in reality it's just kill
And take take take.
The planes that land so secretly
Then go off on a torture spree
If this is what you call democracy
You're crazy.

You might put your gun to my head,
Beat me till my blood runs red
But i'm not joining your army.
There must be some other way
Life's too high a price to pay
For not finding an answer.

A boy of only eight years old
Was given a gun and some drugs and told
Kill your family or we'll kill you.
While little girls are brutalised
We close our apathetic eyes.
Then war breaks out
And we say it's no surprise.
Track Name: Hailstones
Eating dried mango in Notting Hill with a sister of mine
Battered by hailstones and hangovers on Monday afternoon
Having a luxury crisis
about what to do with our lives
so many choices it is dizzying for our small minds

But this is enough, we have all we need
But this is enough, we have all we need

The silence is only broken by the phone and the coffee machine
In this white room, so far removed from the life we knew
I sit so obediently wondering how I ended up here
Thinking of what could have been I shed the occasional tear

But this is enough, we have all we need
We are alive, we are warm and safe
we are loved this is enough
Track Name: Everyone's Breathing at the Same Time
It's not without regret I warp my fingers round this apple
And opening the window, throw it down at your head
It's the colour of your skin
I really don't think you fit in
It's nothing personal
It's national security
If you would only listen then you would hear that I was born here too
And I work at the airport so it could have been me burning there not you

Under the same grey sky
Everyone's breathing at the same time

I read about your kind in the paper everyday
I'm not afraid to be a hero
In fact I'd be proud to say
That I helped clean up this country and I did it my way
So take your bags and bombs and kid
And get out of my city
Your son hangs out with my son after school every day
He doesn't tell you because he is scared of what you'll say
He's only 9 years old but he's 100 percent sure
that this is our home as well as yours

Under the same grey sky
Everyone's breathing at the same time

It's the colour of my skin
It's the city we live inn
It's my patience wearing
Track Name: Garmoshka
We're sunbathing and we cover our eyes
We sit by the fire and look to the sky
You can't find the words
But I realise I couldn't put it better if I tried

Why don't we just take there fold-up chairs
Your red shoes and my black hair
And wonder till we're lost somewhere

A marble under your tongue
There's a space where words should have come
Pounded by the beating of my own heart
I turn my back and depart

Why don't we just take there fold-up chairs
Your red shoes and my black hair
And wonder till we're lost somewhere
tomorrow will come too soon
Track Name: Seven Dwarves
This song if for seven people who I know
You're all quite small just no but you will grow
And before you're getting all old
There are some things that I want you to know
The world is a terrible and wonderful place
To live here well we all need courage and grace
What ever life holds, whatever awaits
Meet it with a smile upon your face.

Not one of us is perfect
Not even me and not even you
If we forgive and forget
We won't end up bitter and blue

Do something that scares you today and every day
Talk to that person who you really fancy
Because they might, you know they just may
Say yes and be your best friend all your days
Sometimes the sin will shine on your plans
Life will roll along and feel like a dance
Other times you'll fall and you might feel small
But angels pick you up each time you fall

Not one of us is perfect...

You are all beautiful and funny and kind
You score all the goals and have the cleverest minds
You can go anywhere you can do anything
Follow your dreams and see what you find
Track Name: Medium Pop Ballad
When you close your eyes
what's the first thing that you see
The car you bought last week
or your new plasma screen tv
The next thing that you'll buy
To fill the aching hole inside
The worlds that we'll consume
Too much too soon
We'll all l live on a landfill site

It's not your stuff that makes you you
It's not your clothes your posh hairdo
Just be yourself that's what you were born to do.

We slap on lots of make-up
And we straighten our curls
We worry that we won't fit in
When the next new trend unfurls
We have to get that beach body
Because skinny will set us free
And forget to see that
We are beautiful already
Track Name: La Belle Angele
Take me to the Belle Angel
Before it burns down again.
Take me to the Belle Angel
Before it burns down again.

We're all feeling the strain, except you
You're feeling a stranger
And I didn't think that was in the rules
When you kissed me this morning.

We've been spending our nights
With fireflies in our eyes
It's no surprise
We're feeling the strain.

Take me to the Belle Angel...

The smoke has blown away
And the music is still
But it's friday untill
Our hearts stop tripping and dancing
Track Name: Electric Brae
Well I'm so far away
if I keep going I'l be back
I'm as drunk as I've ever been
The sky is cracking
from the weight of this storm.
So long my dream.

So long Electric Brae
From the land of my father
You used to make me laugh
Now you're so far away
So long Electric Brae.
So long Glasgow town
It's been a while since I've been around.
I miss you red skies and your gracious frowns.
So long Glasgow town

Well I woke up this morning
Mistook the rising sun
For my electric light
I burned my fingers trying to pull it out
And then I begged for the night.
I've crossed three oceans
Walked for eight days straight.
Just to lose the faith that you gave me.
But as the sky cracked open and the sky fell in the sea
I realise I'm only passing though.

So long Electric Brae..