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Originally expected to be a concept album about a turn-of-the-century love triangle with a murder sub-plot, the Big Friendly Corporation's 3rd album "Nocturne" evolved into a frenzy of musical styles and lyrical subjects. From indie to punk, BFC drift in and out of historical song genres, as well as take chances on different soundscapes. Songs like "Bad Taste" and "Whirling Dervish" see Big Friendly going in a more experimental direction, while "The Watcher" and "I Got A Girl" keep them firmly planted in their roots.

One key difference between "Nocturne" and Big Friendly albums of the past is a Beatles-esque approach to lead singing and song writing. Before, Ryan Marth was the primary lead singer/song writer. With "Nocturne," the duty is shared with everyone equally to delightful avail. In fact, half of the album is written by drummer, Mike McDonald.

Some of the concept album ideas are still present in songs like "Tonight" and "Sunrise (It's All Over Now)." But a larger portion of the album covers different subjects like betrayal ("Outerspace") and astrophilia ("The Watcher").

This is the second album that the band recorded with friend Brian Garth (Black Camaro). And the first to be recorded in Garth's new studio in downtown Las Vegas provocatively called Chrome Werewolf.

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released January 28, 2012

Ryan Marth-guitar
Melissa Marth-keys
Jeff Ford-guitar
Timothy Styles-bass
Mike McDonald-drums

Recorded by Brian Garth
Chrome Werewolf-Las Vegas, NV
Except "He Needs Me"
Recorded by Jeff Ford
BFC Studio B-Las Vegas, NV

Mastered by Michael Lavin

Album art by Jennifer Kleven

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Track Name: Tonight
Hold tight, my heart is beating
While we share my bench seat, the night
Approaches us so slowly can’t come fast enough
Inch uphill it’s slow-going
Sun won’t set it’s arc shows tonight
We’ll be on top, I bet that we can make the world
Forget about the past and all the pain, it starts

Tonight
It’s just me, you, and I
We’re waiting for the moment
When the stars come out and shine
Nevermind
All the things that make you cry
We’re waiting for the moment for the moon to rise
(Waiting for tonight)

So if your heart stops beating
Just know that we had fun tonight
(Even if you think that things don’t turn out right)
Remember life is fleeting
Mistakes don’t mean a thing
So just trust me and I will show you a way you can
Forget about the past and all the pain, it starts

Tonight
It’s just me, you, and I
We’re waiting for the moment
When the stars come out and shine
Nevermind
All the things that make you cry
We’re waiting for the moment for the moon to rise

Seventeen miles out of town
Where you will never be found
Digging my way slowly down
Several feet underground

Softly, slowly, I brought you so far up
(But you are so far down)
Softly, slowly, I brought you so far up
(But you are so far down)
Softly, slowly, I brought you so far up
(But you are so far down)
Softly, slowly, I brought you so far up
(But you are so far down)
Track Name: Bad Taste
She was only six
She was only six
She was only sixteen
I was in the know
Into getting known
Getting known is what I mean

How come any girl want a boy like that girl
How come any girl want a boy like that
How come any girl want a boy like that girl
How come any girl want a boy like that

Red shirt, blue shirt
Where'd you get your skirt
Smiling faces all around
With your talk of preservation
And your little smile
Did you think you'd wear a frown

How come any girl want a boy like that girl
How come any girl want a boy like that
How come any girl want a boy like that girl
How come any girl want a boy like that
Track Name: The Watcher
I perched myself upon a hill
Where it’s dark and very still
I’m alone, she’s far away
The Autumn air gives me a chill

My lenses clean and dusted
My azimuth adjusted
I hope she’s in full view tonight
My love is shining bright

I’ve never felt this way before
And I can’t wait for what’s in store
So thank you, Kepler, for this gift
The heavenly body I adore

My lenses clean and dusted
My azimuth adjusted
I hope she’s in full view tonight
My love is shining bright

I just can’t believe that this
All burned out in the abyss
Never could have foreseen
How things could go so amiss
Spent my life looking at stars
And a little time watching Mars
Oh, God, it seems this love of mine
Has been such a farce
Track Name: Weight of the World
He tried so hard to make it turn out right
They weren't going down without a fight
So he pressed his pants
And he told his sycophants
You'll be working late again tonight

That's the weight of the world
It's only hard to lift it on your own
But if you try you'll break your back in time
That's the weight of the world

Illuminated by the morning light
She sips her coffee, pulls her laces tight
But she doesn't know
He sees her through the window
She won't be coming home on time tonight

That's the weight of the world
It's only hard to lift it on your own
But if you try you'll break your back in time
That's the weight of the world
Track Name: Whirling Dervish
Make your way across to me
I never wished an enemy
It's no big deal just how I feel
They want us all to kneel
Spin around up front and see
I always make some time to flee
You want to live, I want to give
This world is but a sieve

Every Sunday we all pray
Coming Tuesday's holiday

Take yourself away from me
We always need some empathy
I wanta show you how to grow
It's gonna be so low
Run around and let it be
I'll always be the enemy
We're gonna die, fly to the sky
This world just makes me cry

Every Sunday we all pray
Coming Tuesday's holiday
This next Monday we all slave
Then on Wednesday dig our graves
Track Name: I Got A Girl
I got a girl who likes to twirl
To rock n' roll records
And drink chocolate swirl
She never never asks me where I've been or where I am going
Townshend and Moon told me sometime 'round noon
I should keep her around and become a cartoon
I have never understood exactly why I'm animated

I got a bomb to bring you down
I got a bomb to turn you 'round
I got a bomb to drop on you if you don't come

My girlfriend's keen on Frankie and Dean
And she swears up and down
I'm the hottest cat she's ever seen
And if she was blind then maybe I would believe her
Ringo and Paul told me we don't fall
In love with another, especially their mother
I've never understood a reason why I should be knighted

I got a bomb to bring you down
I got a bomb to turn you 'round
I got a bomb to drop on you if you don't come

I got a girl who likes to twirl
To R & B records and drink strawberry swirl
She never asks me where I have been or where I am going
Richards and Jagger, with cocksure swagger
Say that when you're in love it won't even matter
If you're knocked down with your face in the ground

I got a bomb to bring you down
I got a bomb to turn you 'round
I got a bomb to drop on you if you don't come
I got a bomb to bring you down
I got a bomb to turn you 'round
I got a bomb to drop on you if you don't come
Track Name: The Summer of Our Ignorance
I'm sure that there is much to fear
From a liberal agenda
He with ears let him hear
This has to be the end of days
I'm sure that's what God is saying
In so many ways

So if we have to we will fight
To keep this country holy
Make people do what's right
And they would let our elders die
And when I think about
I get so mad I could cry

Now what do we do with all this pain
Disinformation makes our mob insane
We're frozen in fear of a creeping government
For now is the winter of our discontent
This is our land

So we will never turn and run
When our black Muslim leader
Tries to take our guns
And make the white race disappear
As thousands of little brown babies
Will anchor millions here

Now what do we do with all this rage
And searing hate which facts cannot assuage
We're slowly going mad with cognitive dissonance
And basking in the summer of our ignorance
This is our land
This is our land
Track Name: I've Never Played The Game
Seems like yesterday
Had your love and that love kept fading
Never had a lot to say
Silent hearts make this life so grating
Oh, it's a lot to learn
Oh, and you know it's burning

Today was dull and grey
Little things add up to yearning
Regretting keeps us all at bay
Had this world, but this world keeps turning
Oh, it's a lot to learn
Oh, and you know
Oh, I don't have to turn
Oh, now you know it's burning

Don't say it's true
Don't say goodbye
Don't make me blue
Don't make me cry
When light is day
When dark is dawn
We'll see the way
Into the sun
Don't say it's true
Don't say goodbye
Don't make me blue
Don't make me cry
Now that we've gone
Into the night
Now that we're on
This endless flight
Track Name: Open Book
He holds his backpack as the red sun goes down
Walking north, gotta get out of this town
Arm held wide trying to thumb a free ride
A car slows down the driver invites him inside

There isn’t a conversation
Some part of this situation
Has happened before

At the tracks waving the driver good bye
Drawn off some place but he doesn’t know why
He finds his way as if by precognition
Seemingly not of his own volition

Without any hesitation
Something in this strange location
Has called him tonight

A small cross and some dried up flowers
Tucked in between broadcast towers
Inscribed in his name
Track Name: He Needs Me
He needs me and every time he's said
I think that you're the one
I know that you're the one to wed
He needs me, he wants me, tonight
Ooh, tonight

He wants me to be more than everything
Wants me to learn, to grow
And he wants me to sing
He wants me, he flaunts me tonight
Ooh, tonight

Every time he walks in a room
And every time he smells my perfume
It makes me red
Every time he smiles, I'm done
I want to make myself into a better person
He makes me feel special
He's so influential
And I'm just good enough.

He flaunts me to everyone we meet
Everywhere we go
He wants the world to think the world of me
He flaunts me, he makes me, tonight
Ooh, tonight

Never dreamt I'd be a wife
I never thought I'd want to share my life
It's such a rush
When everything is said and done
My cynicism's gone and it makes me blush
I make him feel special
I'm so influential
Thank God he's good enough

I vow to be everything I can
As long as you promise to hold my hand
You say you need me more than you do
But I'm gonna live my life to make it true

He makes me into everything I am
With him in my life I will do everything I can
He makes me
Make him need me tonight
Ooh, tonight
Track Name: Outerspace
Fire is what they're calling on me
Worthless is what I seem to be
So I try and I try and I try and I try
I try and I try it again
Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I just can't see you again

Cause when I seen your face
I want to blast you to, smash you through
I blast you to outerspace

It happened before her little eyes
Pressure, it only makes me die
So I try and I try and I try and I try
I try and I try it again
Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I just can't see you again

Cause when I seen your face
I want to blast you to, smash you through
I blast you to outerspace
To outerspace
Cause when I seen your face
I want to blast you through, smash you to
I blast you to outerspace

Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
I try and I try it again
Well, I try and I try and I try and I try
I just can't see you again

Cause when I seen your face
I want to blast you through, smash you to
I blast you to outerspace
To outerspace
To outerspace
To outer...
Track Name: Sunrise (It's All Over Now)
Sunrise, how'd you get so true
Midnight, how'd you get so blue
It's all over now
It's all over now
It's all over now
You were only by yourself

Big Eyes, why are you so sad
Summer nights make you feel so bad
It's all over now
It's all over now
It's all over now
You were only by yourself

It's all over now
(Now it's all over)
It's all over now
(Now it's all over)
It's all over now
(Now it's all over)
It's all over now
(Now it's all over)