Beyond The Pale

by The Kellaways

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THE KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Paradise: Lost )

Viewed objectively, a band at the peak of their powers and the last album put together with the full Kellaway method. With Alf’s satellite studio now in good shape and his guitar playing reaching career best form, this one came with Logic-recorded demos, including some fully fledged listenable cuts. The transfer to nascent songs was therefore rapid and the album took shape efficiently, despite the frequency of training runs diminishing.

This was the season in which the consummate back pockets marauded into the midfield and raided down the flanks, seeking sausage rolls. Fists pumping, the Kellaways had crossed the demarcation line of the Pale and moved well beyond the imaginary centre-line – into the territory of more renowned goal-kickers. When all the recordings were done, Ken went to work, took his time and spared no efforts in honing this fine production. Coincidentally, the period of gestation for BTP was a one of brief renaissance for Hawks and Tiges, whose efforts took them simultaneously beyond the middle rung of the parallel footy pale, after years in the doldrums. Goes to show, you are only as good as your back pockets. The good seasons don’t last that long.

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released December 1, 2002

Songs and vocals: Alf Davies

Backing vocals, acoustic 6 & 12 string Maton guitars, mandolin: John Dean

Guitars, dobro, keyboards, bass, percussion, backing vocals, engineering & production: Ken Stephenson

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Track Name: Beyond The Pale
BEYOND THE PALE

Going down a lonely road now
Going to the end of the line (beyond the pale)
Opened up a racial window
Looking back to earlier times (beyond the pale)
The drums of mindless hate are beating loud
An ignorance of which the owner’s proud
We love a fair go – my head is bowed (beyond the pale)

Opened up Pandora’s worms here
We will pay for hundreds of years (beyond the pale)
You could call it our blackest moment
Resurrected, archaic fears (beyond the pale)
The condescending private schoolboy smirk
The problem is they just don’t want to work
Give ‘em just a sniff – they go beserk (beyond the pale)

Mandatory jail (for kids and mums, the sick)
Mandatory fail (at school, relationships)
Mandatory live with less (of what we all have)
Mandatory early death (we always take the very best)

Once you go here you can’t turn back
Alabama’s surprisingly near (beyond the pale)
Some had better stay in the outback
While we shed our crocodile tears (beyond the pale)
The patronising fake indignant claim
I’m OK and I’m surely not to blame
The same old excuse – pathetic, lame (beyond the pale)

Mandatory jail (for kids and mums, the sick)
Mandatory fail (at school, relationships)
Mandatory live with less (of what we all have)
Mandatory early death (we always take the very best)

Beyond the pale, beyond the pale, beyond the pale, beyond the pale
Track Name: English Missed
ENGLISH MISSED

He walked alone, down an English lane
Dusk was drawn, through a mist of rain
He looked up, into the laden clouds
Saw the one that he would be without, for evermore
He roars...

I see you, in the distance
But you are all a-shimmer
I peer through, swirling mists
And you’re there, but getting dimmer, now (dimmer now)

He walked on into the deepening night
His mind running over, his lovelorn plight
A dog’s lone bark, then a curious sound
Could that be her, he spun around, in surprise
He cries...

I hear you, in the darkness
I call my words are smothered
I hear you, I hearken
I move but I am covered

He waded on into his personal hell
Big macho man now a pitiful shell
Reality seeping, determinedly wet
A simple picture, he couldn’t get, into his head
He wept...

I see you, in the distance
But you are all a-shimmer
I peer through, swirling mists
And you’re there, but getting dimmer

I hear you, in the darkness
I call my words are smothered
I hear you, I hearken
I move but I am covered over

It’s over, yeah, it’s over, mmm, it’s over, it’s all over
Track Name: Dark Haunt
DARK HAUNT

I see, where you’re going to
I think I know, where you’re coming from
I’ve walked through passes, with snow caps all around
Wondered if I would ever come down

I’ve been, into outer space
I’ve seen into, the calmest place
I’ve fought through snow, cold, deep to the waist
Wondered if I’d ever see your face

And I tried so hard to find you
I was buried deep
On my mind – I’d lied to you
Wading through a secret, I couldn’t keep

I know, all my darkest haunts
I’ve thrown the towel in, had lowly thoughts
I don’t deserve you, somewhere high above
Wonder if I’ll ever find your love

And I tried so hard to find you
I was buried deep
On my mind – I’d lied to you
Wading through a secret, I couldn’t keep
Track Name: The Linemen
THE LINEMEN

I am a lineman for the local shire
Searching for the coming thunder storm
My job is just another to be privatised
I’m looking for a new line and new form, (out of form)

I am a lineman for the local band
The mirror and the razor are my tools
Running practised eyes over pretty fans
Making sure they know who makes the rules

And the Wichita Lineman is still there, online
The Wichita Lineman is still there, online
The Wichita Lineman doesn’t know that time
Passed him by, passed him by

I am a lineman on a tuna boat
We use the long lines of both kinds
Pointing our noses into the Great Bight wind
Looking for the silver streak in our minds

And the Wichita Lineman is still there, online
The Wichita Lineman is still there, online
The Wichita Lineman doesn’t know that time
Passed him by, passed him by
Track Name: Missing
MISSING

I hear you, but I don’t listen much
I hear you, but I often lose touch
Thinking back now on the times that we shared
All of those pleasures could never be bad
We did nothing wrong, we tried and we cared
Lost the perspective on just what we had

I see you, but I miss many things
I see you, from the shadows you spring
Remembering too, all the edges too rough
The task we attempted was really too hard
We did nothing wrong, the going was tough
When a full house was needed, we had no cards

To play, then the day came to part
We played, then the house fell like cards
Replayed on the strings of the heart

I hear you, but I don’t listen much
I hear you, but I often lose touch
Memories fade, the face shows the time
Passing so quickly, like ships in the night
We did nothing wrong, in fact we were fine
Tired of our selves we head for the light

To play, then the day came to part
We played, then the house fell like cards
Replayed on the strings of the heart

I hear you, I see you, I hear you, I see you
I hear you, I see you, I hear you, I see you
Track Name: S11 Holes
S11 HOLES (Hit Me)

Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole

Left a yawning hole, in what’s left of my faith
Left me feeling cold, things I can’t replace
Took away my answer, deprived me of my share
Symptom of a cancer left me feeling bare
Can’t repeat it, not anywhere

Left a gaping hole, right in my backyard
Sliced into my soul, found it wasn’t hard
Didn’t need the cutters, just walked right in
Took the bread and butter, pulled away my pin
Left a creeping feeling under my skin

Hit me where it hurt most, blew me away
Found a fatal weakness, left me feeling grey
Hit me with the questions, what I would’ve done
Flashing through a fast rewind, video rerun
Rerun, and we run

Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole

Left an aching hole, in all of my plans
My fortune had been told, taken from my hands
Cut me too the quick, then plunged on down
The feeling in the pit, with darkness all around
Hit me where it hurt most, I heard no sound

Hit me where it hurt most, blew me away
Found a fatal weakness, left me feeling grey
Hit me with the questions, what we could’ve done
Flashing through a fast rewind, video rerun
Rerun, and we run

Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Hit me where it hurt most, left a hole
Track Name: Mallory's Song
MALLORY'S SONG

One more tragedy, a man meant to die
Scott and Mallory, too far, too high
Too far, too high

The poles and the oceans, all mountain peaks
Faster or further, oxygen free
Oxygen free

Mallory, lying in the snow
Pearl white back, almost aglow
Oates all alone, the blizzard closed in
Crawls to the south, consumed by the wind
Mallory, Mallory
Where did it take you, did you ever see?
(We believed in you)

Many have followed - their mess in the snow
Oxygen bottles, a frost-bitten toe
A new tale of woe

Undoubted courage, the Sherpas must show
Why fight a blizzard when we already know
We already know

Mallory, lying in the snow
Pearl white back, almost aglow
Oates all alone, the blizzard closed in
Crawls to the south, consumed by the wind
Mallory, Mallory
Where did it take you, did you ever see?
(We believed in you)
Mallory, Mallory
Where did it take us, will we ever see?
(We believed in you)

Everest / K2 / Kanchenjunga / Makalu /Dhaulagiri
Nanga Parbat / Annapurna / Gasherbrum / Gosainthan
Nanda Devi / Rakaposhi / Kamet / Ojos del Salado / McKinley / Kilimanjaro / The Matterhorn
... Kosciusko

(Can't we just learn to look?)
Track Name: Remember
REMEMBER

I used to sleep at night, never toss and turn
Went out like a light, but I never learned
Then I met a man, and he said to me –
Do you remember your dreams...?

So I took a break, thought I’d have a try
I was heading straight, in my bed I’d lie
I remembered well what the man had said
Try to take care of your head...

I don’t believe I can dream anymore
I've stopped retrieving, can't read the score
No longer dreaming, I lean...a little more

I wake up in the morning
My eyes are all red
Wide-eyed in the dawning
With my dream world, all blackened, and dead...

Slow and steady now as the dreams return
Though I’m sometimes down, there’s one thing I’ve learned
As the wise man said, when it’s time to go
Dreaming can help you, ride the blow...

I keep trying, to dream again
We are all dying, dreams are our friends
No good relying, on life...in the end
No good relying, on life...in the end
No good denying, your life...in the end
Track Name: Juliet
JULIET (FLEW THE COOP)

He went around to make the peace, but she’d already gone
Standing in the freezing wind, the solo street lamp shone
She’d never been the travelling kind
She had a flight to Cairns at nine
She hadn’t stopped to think, she just flew the coop

Juliet, I’m a hopeless mess
Juliet, I can’t redress
All the pain and the grief
I’ve given you, Juliet

He jumped into a Silvertop, he’d catch her by the Domain
Told the cabbie, drop her flat, it began to rain
Grazed a lamp post, clipped a sign
Missed a tram by the finest line
Burst into Tulla, like a Lotus at Le Mans

Juliet, I know my past
Juliet, I only ask
That you stay, and you’ll see
My word is my deed, Juliet

He dashed to the departure lounge, he caught but a glimpse
She took that plane to sunny Queensland, he hasn’t seen her since
She never wrote or rang or surfaced
A disappearance almost perfect
He still lives alone, his heart set in stone

Juliet, I would’ve died for you
Juliet, if you’d seen it through
Then you’d turn and you’d run
To my open arms

Juliet, I would’ve died in vain
Juliet, ah, the endless pain
Juliet, I’m still in love with you
Juliet, I would’ve seen it through
Juliet, still in love with you
Juliet, still in love with you
Juliet, still in love with you
Juliet, still in love with you
Track Name: Cucumber Salad Days
CUCUMBER SALAD DAYS

Heading out east, just an hour and a half
Going back down a familiar old path
Cool and The Cucumbers, minus a bass
Bat all alone will be setting the pace
Lucky to play in a venue so neat
A man from Neilson appears on the beat, on the beat

And the band kicks tight
It’s a Gippsland night
At the Royal in Loch – it’s vintage stock

Up on the balcony some reminisce
Thinking back now on that big string of hits
Cucumber madness gripping the floor
A gender imbalance we choose to ignore
Engine room harnessed like Ken never left
Kim pulls out strapless, a vanishing set, so deft

But the band plays on
To the chook yard throng
At the Royal in Loch – it’s vintage stock

Memories warm, after the storm
Time heals, we realign, all start in time

And the band plays on
And the bond is strong
At the Royal in Loch –let it rock

And the band kicks tight
It’s a Gippsland night
At the Royal in Loch – it’s vintage stock

And the band plays on, and the band plays on
And the band plays on, and the band plays on
And the band plays on, and the band plays on
And on, and on, and on….
Track Name: Flat Earth
FLAT EARTH

Columbus sailed into the west, went further than the rest
Heard the rumblings of the crew, it was 1492
And he cried to them: just listen to the mate
And show some faith in me
I say we’ll make it through

Hear the pounding of the drum, the edge is getting near
Sounds of tragedy to come, the smell of rising fear
Hear the whistle of the wind
And the whisper of the rig above
The edge is getting near, can’t you smell the fear

And I believe in God, do what the captain told me
But is he losing hold, I fear the cold
The chill of death

Stalin never counted cost, no matter what was lost
Heard the rumblings of the true, it was 1952
And he thundered out: your understanding’s wrong
I am too strong for you
You know you are too few

Hear the beating of the drum, the edge is getting near
Model communists to come, the smell of rising fear
Hear the howling of the wind
In the salt mines wearing thin and weak
The edge approaching

Bush has such a little mind, yeah even for his kind
Hears the rumbling of the earth, but how much is it worth?
And he lectures us:
Don’t listen to the propaganda handed out
I tell you now we won’t be hurt

Hear the beating of the drum, the edge is getting near
More catastrophe to come, the price of progress dear
Hear the whistle of the wind
And the whisper of the trees at night
A shell held to the ear

Hear the pounding of the drum, the trend becoming clear
More catastrophe to come, a meltdown drawing near
Hear the warning of the wind
And the crying of the trees at night
The edge is getting near, can you smell the fear
The edge is getting near, can you smell the fear