The Duellists

by Morello vs Masaru Mitsu

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about

Cultures collide and musical sparks fly in this unique collaboration between Morello, aka British songwriter/producer Malcolm "Sir Mal" Cross (drummer for Pete Yorn/The Olms, Minibar and Spiritualized), and Japanese multi-instrumentalist Masaru Mitsu (Chocolat, Northern Light, Cymbals). What began as a long-distance online friendship cemented by a mutual love of "obscure guitar bands and 80's synth-pop" blossomed into a creative partnership, as early demos bounced back and forth between their respective cities of Los Angeles and Tokyo. When the Fukushima disaster happened in 2011, "Masa San'" took an extended vacation to California, and plans were formed to finally meet in person and record in L.A. with engineer John Would (Fiona Apple). The resulting sessions yielded this celebratory record -- chiming guitars, old-school synths, R&B horns, and songs about "modern life and modern love."

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released April 14, 2015

Malcolm 'Sir Mal' Cross: Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Drums
Masaru Mitsu: Guitars, Synthesizers, Good Vibes
Darrin Tehrani: Guitars, Mouth Harp, Danger
Pierre Martin: P-Bass, Sophistication

Written and Produced by Sir Mal
Recorded by John Would at Stanley Recordings, Echo Park
Mixed by R Walt Vincent
Mastered by Bernie Grundman

Cover Painting by Emilie Cross / Design by Zachary Gibson

www.morellomusic.com

P + C 2015 Big Bar Publishing/ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

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Track Name: In-A-City
In-A-City (M.Cross)

You gotta walk tall when you live in a city
Your back's to the wall when you live in a city
Gotta walk tall when you live in a city
The weak's gonna fall when you live in a city

Put your hand on your money when you live in a city
Your hand's on your money when you live in a city
Handle your money when you live in a city
And don't get funny 'cos you live in a city

You get lost in a big enough crowd and

That's Life In A City
I Live In A City

You don't look me in the eye 'cos I live in a city
I don't look you in the eye 'cos I live in a city
Asking me why when I live in a city?
I don't wanna die 'cos I live in a city (Don't wanna die no no no no)

It's just a form of self preservation

That's Life In A City (you gotta walk tall when you live in a city)
I Live In A City (the weak's gonna fall when you live in a city)

All I wanted to be, far away from these streets (safe at home with a nice cup of tea)
All I wanted to be (All I)
Far away from these streets (Wanted was)
Safe at home where it's just you and me (To be honest with you)
All I wanted to be, far away from the streets, safe at home with a nice cup of tea
Working on new beats (I got that beat)

The concrete goes on and on and on and on and on

That's Life In A City (you're asking me why when I live in a city?)
I Live In A City (I don't wanna die 'cos I live in a city)

And we're older now, s'posed to know what it's all about?
Track Name: Some Families
Some Families (M.Cross)

(Here we go again)

Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to you (dutiful)
Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to you

Keep well, play well, talk well, act well
Feel well, seem well and if you're hurt, well, don't tell
Being uptight makes it alright

Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to you (on the phone)
Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to you
Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to the ones who got folks that talk
I wasn't talking to you

Church lunch, garden centre, did you get the card that we sent ya?
Oxfam shop, National Trust, if something's wrong please don't make a fuss
Showing no heart is a fine art

Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to you (on the phone)
Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to you (all my life)

Some Families never do, I wasn't talking to the
Ones who can sit and communicate directly
Generation gaps can be matched, honest conversation
When your folks don't talk I wasn't talking (to you)

I can't decide how to speak my mind (on the phone)
And now I can't decide how to speak my mind (all my life)
I wasn't talking to you
Track Name: European Ride
European Ride (M.Cross)

Everybody wants to own a European Ride...

It's automatic, you'll find all that you need
In the lap of luxury, built for comfort not speed
But if you really find yourself in a hurry, call my name
We'll put the pedal to the metal and all the other drivers to shame

When they thought they could thrill you just by being fast (being fast, being fast)
But couldn't go the distance, instead of this instance
When I'm tryin' to be the one to finish last girl

Everybody wants to own a European Ride
Everybody wants to own a European Ride
You can forget your American whips when you're going on a luxury trip
Let your shyness slip and won't you care to try
This European Ride?

Let's go drivin' and not come back today
Are you tired of the city? I think you need to get away (ooh)
We'll let the sunroof down, let the sunlight play in your hair
You know what's good to do alone is nearly always best to share...

I'll help you zip up that Chanel dress before we go out (out out)
And later, when I zip it down on the backseat (ooh!)
I want to hear you shout in agreement that

Everybody wants to own a European Ride
Everybody wants to own a European Ride
You can forget your American whips when you're going on a luxury trip
Let your shyness slip and won't you care to try
This European Ride? (yeah)

Ooh, rev it up girl, that's how we do it

And if you find four wheels really ain't your style
You still don't have to lose, we'll make our next moves (our next moves)
On a pair of Italian motorcycles girl

Everybody wants to own a European Ride
Everybody wants to own a European Ride
Everybody wants to know you Europ...ean Ride
Everybody wants to own you Europ...ean Ride

Yeah, everybody wants to know
So if you want to have a good time
Let's take it to the back seat
Of this European Ride
Track Name: Delicious & Delightful
Delicious & Delightful (M.Cross/M.Mitsu)

Oh, Oh (you can't live with it, can't live without it)

Hey over there, what's your name?
Don't know your sign but you sure got game
Well let me tell you from one player to another
I think you're searching for a different kind of lover

Go ahead, I don't make the first move
Take a chance, you got nothing to lose
Unless you're talking inhibitions we don't need them
Are you denying we like the same things, we want the same things?

You're so Delicious & Delightful, so Delicious & Delightful
I wish I didn't have to go (go, go)
I wish I didn't have to go

Your heart's racing and there's no denyin'
The way you're feeling but you're running out of time
Past midnight, still so much unspoken
Another round of shots to keep the spell unbroken

A little voice is saying 'something ain't right'
And there's a reason that this happens at night
A straight reaction to what happened all day
Are you denying we want the same way, we lie the same way?

You're so Delicious & Delightful, so Delicious & Delightful
I wish I didn't have to go (go, go)
I wish I didn't have to go

If it's gonna be a game then it's gotta have rules
Gonna be a game then it's gotta have rules
I wish I didn't have to go
Track Name: Won't Get Me Down
Won't Get Me Down (M.Cross/P.Martin)

Won't you give me a...

Oh, I thought I told you (I thought I told you)
Who was counting the kisses when I gave you showers?
You said give me a minute and we'd be talking for hours
When you were out of my sight you know, I was going out of my mind
You never asked how much

But This Won't Get Me Down (now I say no stress is important to me) I say
This Won't Get Me Down, no no, the ish won't get me down

Oh, What did he tell you?
Is it only the phoneline or are we starting to breakup?
And I was having such a nice dream I never ever wanted to wake up
And now I'm stepping outside looking down from a great height
You cannot brace that much

You say This Won't Get Me Down (now I say no stress is important to me), I say
This Won't Get Me Down, no no, the ish won't get me down
It Won't Get me Down
This Won't Get me Down, no no no

How do they tell you? (No no no)
Facing off in the bedroom or maybe over the grapevine
I'm so sick of the half truth - you think I couldn't handle a straight lie?
When this is all worked out I'm still findin' out if something's broken
Or is it really tough love? Well...

What you want me to say (I can't put a brave face on it if I'm starting to crack)
Why you starting to doubt (we ain't going out, this fire we're takin' it back)
Yeah
Going back, going back, going back, we're takin' it back
Going back, going back, going back, takin' it back
This Won't Get Me Down (now I say no stress is important to me), I say
This Won't Get Me Down, no no, the sh*t won't get me down
Track Name: I Wanna Be Bad
I Wanna Be Bad (M.Cross/D.Tehrani)

I Wanna Be Bad, I Wanna Be Bad
If I Wanna Be Bad I'm Gonna Be Bad
I Wanna Be Bad so bad so bad

I Wanna Be Mean, say something obscene
I Wanna Be Mean, do something obscene
I Wanna Be Bad so bad so bad so bad so bad
I Wanna Be

Don't push me around I'm not doing what you tell me
Screw you I'm not doing what you tell me
Push me around I'm not doing what you tell me
Screw you I'm not doing what you tell me

I Wanna Be Bad...
I Wanna Be

Tell me not to go there I'm surely gonna go there
Tell me not to do it I'm surely gonna do it

I Wanna Be Bad...
Don't push me around, don't push me around
Stop trying to control my life
I'm not doing what you tell me
Track Name: The Time To Know You Well
The Time to Know You Well (M.Cross)

Here's to a fine weather friend, seems such a crime to pretend
To keep holding you at arm's length
From finding the truth
Don't I have to be the boy that you met?

I Want to know you know you know it's only you can know me well
You say I owe you owe you only know The Time To Know You Well

And all of the time that we spent trying to hide what we meant
In all of the world we two met
Now which of the words
Do we have to say before we regret?

I Want to know you know you know it's only you can know me well
You say I owe you owe you only know The Time To Know You Well

What's the point of holding on to the past (to the past, to the past)
You want sand not the glass?
Put the pride before the fall
All alone
Track Name: Doo Doo Song
Doo Doo Song (M.Cross/P.Martin)

Oh yeah (one two one two, good times in the studio)
Put 'em up, put 'em up, put 'em up

Do you really mean to put me down?
I support you, don't you know that I really support ya?
Mm

Are you really tryin' to brush me off?
When I want you? Don't you know that I really

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo...(hey)

Do you really mean to cut me out?
When I need you? Don't you know that I really need ya?
Mm

Are you really tryin' to break my heart?
When I love you? Don't you know that I really (wooh)

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo...I said
Do you still Love me? (do you girl?)

When did 'I do' become 'F you'? Me and you turn into doo doo?
(Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)

Do you think you're on the losing side?
Well take it all and I'll throw in my pride
I confess to you, Lord knows that's the best I can

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo...I said
Do you still Love me?
Do you still Love me girl? (c'mon c'mon)
Do you still Want me? (I wanna know) I'm saying
Do you still Love me, do you Love me?
Track Name: Singing My Life
Singing My Life (M.Cross/M.Mitsu)

I'm Singing My Life for you

Wake up I got things to do, gotta feed the cats and get tea brewed
Online do an an email check, by eleven o'clock I'm a nervous wreck
A cat growls on the window sill, when the mailman comes ain't nothing but bills
I leave the house to clear my head, with the traffic now I'm better off dead

I'm Singing My Life for you

All my money's gone on taxes to send my brother to war I guess
Well now he's back, not a broken man but still in one piece more or less
East coast sis is doin' her best, single mother of two and a court case due
And those debts keep piling up, I'm wondering will they ever stop?

I'm Singing My Life for you
I'm Singing My Life, it's true
In this world nothing is easy but we'll make it through
I can see past all of the bad times if I share them with you

I'm Singing My Life for you
I'm Singing My Life all, all for you

Never had a chance to tell you, I never spent a day without you
Not thinking about you girl
It's all, all for you, mm mm
Don't you know, don't you know?
Never spent one day, not thinking about you girl
Never met no one like you baby (baby I want you doo doo doo)
Don't you know baby, yeah?
It's all, all for you
Track Name: Keys, Wallet, Cellphone
Keys, Wallet, Cellphone (M.Cross)

Keys, Wallet, Cellphone: holy trinity
In this modern lifestyle you're going to need all three
Don't even think about leaving the 'ouse in the twenty first century
Without your Keys, your Wallet and your Cellphone: the holy trinity

(A 1-2-3-4-)

You don't need me to remind you not to forget your keys
Now you locked yourself out and your Mum's gone to Belize
You go round to your friend's house, you start to curse and yell (oh)
He's sitting on his front step: he's locked himself out as well (wot?)

(I say I say I say)

You don't need me to remind you not to forget your purse
Now you've gone and lost your keys your day's gonna get much worse
You might feel suicidal and want to buy a gun but
Your ID's in your wallet and you don't look twenty one (oh)

(I say I say I say - you wot?)

You don't need me to remind you not to forget your phone
Now you lost your lifelines, go figure this out alone
You check your inside pocket, it's safely there inside (aaah)
You turn it on and the screen goes blank
The battery's f-ing died

(A 1-2-3-4-)

Keys, Wallet, Cellphone: holy trinity
In this modern lifestyle you're going to need all three
Don't even think about leaving the 'ouse in the twenty first century
Without your Keys, your Wallet and your Cellphone
Don't be leaving your home without your Keys, Wallet, Cellphone
The holy trinity
(And that's all folks)