Paradise : Lost

by The Kellaways

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      $7 AUD

     

1.
04:01
2.
3.
4.
03:17
5.
02:52
6.
03:06
7.
03:51
8.
9.
03:02
10.
11.
03:09
12.
03:50

about

THE KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Warhorse')

After almost 20 years, the dwarf studio was not so small in capability any more; in fact, the gap between commercial and home studios had become but a bee’s dick. And in the parallel football universe a new phenomenon had emerged. Ken’s beloved Tigers included two brothers – Duncan & Andrew - both broadly placed in the category of ‘Back Pockets’.

In football-speak, back pockets are not full forwards, not star goal-kickers like Plugger, Roachie or Huddo. No, back pockets are the glue that holds good teams together, the unsung heroes. From time to time though, the team discipline that they exemplify is shrugged off and the back pocket makes a run down the wing, baulks and feints, shrugs a tackle, shows the ball, sells the dummy, takes a bounce, straightens up and puts it through from beyond the 50. Then reality sinks in and he sprints back past bemused celebrating team-mates to the familiar territory of the back half, whereupon he resumes standing on his shamed opponent’s toes. In music-speak, Back Pockets don’t fill stadiums and aren’t Lennon, Mick or Keef. They beaver away, year in, year out, always looking for improvement, refining the technical side of their games. Their occasional hits lack only one or two minor ingredients - airplay and tinkling cash registers.

And so Paradise: Lost became the first Back Pocket production, honouring this distinctly Australian flavour, with songs of the local environment and other home-grown issues. John returned to regular attendance at band training sessions and Ken continued on his merry way. This album heralded the emergence of the high quality Back Pocket studio from its humble dwarf origins, as well as the one and only Kellaways, Back Pocket brothers-in-arms.

credits

released September 1, 1999

Songs and vocals: Alf Davies

Backing vocals, acoustic 6 & 12 string Matons, mandolin, percussion: John Dean

Guitars, keyboards, bass, stand-up snare, drums, backing vocals, engineering & arrangements, all aspects of production: Ken Stephenson

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

The Kellaways Melbourne, Australia

contact / help

Contact The Kellaways

Streaming and
Download help

Track Name: Summer Storm
SUMMER STORM

Singing in soaking warm rain, my pain is an open field
I peeled off the outer skin, found thin inner beauty there
A fair sunny day and a glass of champagne then remained
The anger had gone as a fierce summer storm, I refrained

Reading a book in the rain, the drain full of paper cups
And up in the sky the brown haze, is razed with a single swipe
Of Mercedes' new blades, mirror-max shades still remain
The anger is there but the clean breath of air, I refrain

The wind blowing hard in my face
Sleet driven sheets cross the bay
Trees arc and flick back in place
Blow away the words, I'm glad I never say

Waiting for a tram in the rain, the sane and the less so collect
Like insects at night round a flame, blame isn't easily pinned
The sinner is swift with the gift of the gab he remains
My anger is gone as a brief thunder storm, is contained

The wind blowing hard in my face
Sleet driven sheets cross the bay
Trees arc and flick back in place
Blow away the words

The wind blowing hard in my face
Sleet driven sheets cross the bay
Trees arc and flick back in place
Blow away the words, I'm glad I never say
Track Name: Paradise / Tall Trees
PARADISE (Under the Tall Trees)

Thigh-deep, sticky mud
Leeches, specks of blood
Pleasure, could it be this?
Mossies, loving kiss
Where are we going now
Did I hear you say, we're going down?
To paradise, under the tall trees
Under the tall trees

Wire grass, rotting logs
Contours, lead to bogs
Blind bluff, tricky ridge
More mud, swordgrass thick
Where are we going now
Did I hear you say, we're going down?
To paradise, under the tall trees
Under the tall trees

Nettled, scratched and wrapped
Swamp-gums, a gully trap?
The wall parts, alluring gap
Tall Beech, on no map
Where leads this easy way
Did I catch a glimpse of a Mountain Grey?
And an Ash in light, such a tall tree
This is paradise, under the tall trees
Paradise, under the tall trees
Paradise, under the tall trees
Paradise, under the tall trees
Paradise, under the tall trees

TALL TREES

They grew far away in a foreign land
No one had seen them, not first-hand
But everybody knew, the south was where they grew
Blue sky all day in a foreign land

Then came the men, the axe and the saw
The tall trees watched a cancer taking more
Every sapling knew, its time would soon come due
They grew straight and proud in this foreign land

People saw the photos, trees wider than a house
Standing on the trunk and look no bigger than a mouse
These wonders of the world reached up
To meet a clear blue sky, so high
They’re all gone, all gone

First they took the tall trees close at hand
Then word filtered through of a bigger stand
Started a new push, deep into the bush
They grew far away in a distant vale

Then the forests heard the deathly sound
The screaming chainsaw ripping big ones down
A sad and sorry fact, can’t find an alpine ash
They grew far away in another time

People saw the photos, trees wider than a house
Standing on the trunk and look no bigger than a mouse
These wonders of the world reached up
To meet a clear blue sky, so high
They’re all gone, all gone

They grew far away in another time
They grew far away in another time
They grew far away in another time
They grew far away in another time
Track Name: Elrond's Song
ELROND'S SONG

Once deep in Frodo's time
There were orcs and Elves sublime
Rangers walked in barrow downs
Ancient Ents in hallowed grounds
And Gandalf weaves, the wisdom magi
Triumph springs from imminent tragedy
The good guys will prevail

Sauron dwelt in Mordor dark
Fashioned beasts not on the Ark
Gollum, trolls, wights and wraiths
He made no match for Frodo's faith
And Gandalf weaves, the wisdom magi
Triumph springs from imminent tragedy
The good guys will prevail

And deep in shade, in deeper wood
The Elves are long misunderstood
Not frail and fey but tall and strong
Striking black and grey and blonde
And Gandalf weaves, the wisdom magi
Triumph springs from imminent tragedy
Gandalf creams them all
The good guys have a ball
Bilbo stokes his pipe
The good guys all get high
And Elrond came to say
Hey Gandalf, we can't stay
Track Name: Innocent
INNOCENT

I didn't do it, I swear that it's true
For all my shortcomings, I'd never hurt you
The last thing I'd do

I didn't say it, though I said enough
I could've abused you, but I'm not that rough
I'm more off the cuff

I heard nothing, I saw nothing
I said nothing, I am innocent
I heard nothing, I saw nothing
I said nothing, I am innocent

I didn't hear it, if I had I'd say
Now I hear rumours, of your night-time play
My feet set in clay

I didn't even think it, my brain not in gear
Faithful, unblinking, for more than a year
Now I have paid dear

I heard nothing, I saw nothing
I said nothing, I am innocent
I heard nothing, I saw nothing
I said nothing, I am innocent
I heard nothing, I saw nothing
Track Name: Ever Clever
EVER-CLEVER (WONDER GIRL)

She’s a wonder girl
Who could wrap any man around her finger
She’s a wonder girl
Just a look, but now somehow it lingers

And I called her Eva Clever
I called her ever-clever
I thought I knew her better

She’s a wonder girl
Languages and travel come so simple
She’s a wonder girl
Ageless, smooth, the ever-present dimple

And I called her Eva Clever
I called her ever-clever
I thought I knew her better

She’s a wonder girl
No more bloom of youth, but still so gracious
She’s a wonder girl
Others self-destruct in lives rapacious

And I called her Eva Clever
Yes, she was ever-clever
And I, it seems, was never
Track Name: Forgotten
FORGOTTEN

Nineteen-twenty, a Tiwi island in the sun
A little baby boy was born to laugh and run
No-one could have guessed his life to come
On that timeless isle, in the tropic sun
(Stopped the Dreaming)

He went down to Townsville cutting cane all day
Outside the pub he’d blow his meagre pay
That was where he was on that fateful day
Heard someone say: ‘Darwin’s blown away’
(You stopped the Dreaming)

He stood there in line, an enlisted man
Maybe now the whites would understand
His people were prepared to declare their hand
Fight evil swarms, from the Asian north
They’d stand and fight

He was fighting for acceptance and integrity
Fighting as a man who’s told he’s free
Welcomed to the army as an equal man
They’d make a stand, protect the land (yhes we will)
(You stopped the Dreaming)

Fought bravely in New Guinea as a daring scout
Shot by chance the day before they shipped him out
Now they say there’s certainly some doubt
If he served at all, no honour roll
Who counted blacks?

He’s still fighting for acceptance and integrity
Fighting as a man who’s told he’s free
Welcomed to society an equal man
When equal is, all relative
He’ll stand and fight (yes we will)

He’s still fighting for acceptance and integrity
Fighting as a man who’s told he’s free
Welcomed to society an equal man
When equal is, all relative
(Just a little justice, just a little justice …….)
Track Name: Thin Air
THIN AIR

A little boy on his knees in the hall
Playing marbles, his own game of football
A quiet girl in a corner of the lounge
Reading, and waiting for free space
Where's the other one, who had the cheeky grin
He went up a tree, into thin air
Vanished into thin air, into thin air
Vanished into thin air, into thin air

A young man with adventure in his eyes
Straining the leash, out at the limit
A woman with a changing life in mind
Cut down, both in a cruel way
Where're those other ones, who shared the carefree smile
They have gone to ground, into thin air
Vanished into thin air, into thin air
Vanished into thin air, into thin air

A dream of a better world lay there
On the slope, under the tea tree
Rock pools in the bay of clarity
Sold off, in the after-shock
Where's the central one, so warm and wise
Truly vulnerable, went to thin air
Vanished into thin air, into thin air
Vanished into thin air, into thin air
Track Name: Til I Gain Control Again
‘Til I Gain Control Again
(Rodney Crowell)

Just like the sun over the mountain top
You know I'll always come again
You know I love to spend my morning time with you
Like a sun-dance lightly on your skin

I’ve never gone so wrong as a-tellin’ lies to you
What you see is what I’ve been
There ain’t nothing I can hide from you
You can see me better than I can

Out on the road that lies before me now
There are some turns where I may spin
I only hope that you will hold me now
'Til I can gain control again

Just like a lighthouse, you must stand alone
To mark the sailor’s journey’s end
No matter what seas, I've been sailing on
I'll always roll your way again

Out on the road that lies before me now
There are some turns where I may spin
I only hope that you will hold me now
'Til I can gain control again

Out on the road that lies before me now
There are some turns where I may spin
I only hope that you will hold me now
'Til I can gain control again
Track Name: Snowy Flow
SNOWY FLOW

How long since the Snowy flowed all the summer time
How long since the Snowy flowed through the summer time
How long must the Murray stop
In the sand dunes near Victor Harbour
How long must the Lachlan slow
To a trickle, up 'round Oxley

How long must the algae bloom in the Darling Downs
How long must the algae bloom in the Darling Downs
How long must the Murrumbidgee choke
On carp and boats and other scum
Don't mean to harp but it's about time
That something's done

The rivers run, into somebody else's pocket
The rivers run, through somebody else's cotton
The rivers run, and nobody needs a docket
Where rivers run

How long must the water spout from the Nullarbor
Artesian shame and waste lets the water pour
How long will the Murray cod
And the blackfish swim our streams
How long 'til the rivers run
Alone, in Koori dreams

The rivers run, into somebody else's pocket
The rivers run, through somebody else's cotton
The rivers run, and nobody needs a docket
The rivers run, into somebody else's pocket
The rivers run, and nobody wants to stop it
Where rivers run
Track Name: Please Expline
PLEASE EXPLAIN

My name is Hanson, not the famous pop band
Though it's true I'm not as handsome
I'm still Hanson nevertheless
I'm Pauline, (I'm Pauline), not fish and chips (please expline)
I'm gourmet seafood

I went to Canberra to parliament, I tell the fat boy how it is
I give 'em fried dim sims with minimum chips
I give 'em four day old crab sticks
I'm Pauline, (I'm Pauline), not fish and chips (please expline)
I'm gourmet seafood

We're one nation, we like our coffee white
(not au lait or latte)
We're one nation, we like our linen white
(in bags over the head)
We're one nation, we do everything right
(hard right, as far as you can go)
We're one nation, and we're really bright
(orange - dumb and dumb and dumber)

I rote learn my brilliant speeches, in my new pad on the ranch
The smell of chips is just a distant waft
My stakes are raised for higher calls
I'm Pauline, (I'm Pauline), not fish and chips (please expline)
I'm gourmet seafood

We're one nation, we like our coffee white
(Maxwell House or Nescafe)
We're one nation, we like our linen white
(in bags on the head with little slits)
We're one nation, we do everything right
(hard right, beyond Genghis Khan)
We're one nation, and we're not that bright
(just orange, dumb and dumb and dumb and dumber)

We're one nation, (dumb and dumb and dumber)
Did you hear, did you hear the thunder?
We're one nation, (dumb and dumb and dumber)
Did you hear, did you hear the thunder?
We're one nation, (dumb and dumb and dumber)
Dumb and dumb and dumber
We're one nation, (dumb and dumb and dumber)
Track Name: Market
MARKET

I’m talking about a new generation
Partners in a new kind of war
Drilling us with new explanations
Of why we need more rich and more poor

They tell you of the game played by markets
How level are the new playing fields
Everyone can have their free parking
If they make the right kind of deals

They’ll tell you it’s fair, everyone benefits
We all get our share of the big chocky cake
Look at you square, somehow you’re not convinced
Rather than share they know how to take

I’m talking about the large multi-nationals
Homogenize the people and place
Grabbing at the new and the fashionable
Lifting up your skirts and your face

Driven by their positive mantra
That losers have their fool selves to blame
Success is just a matter of banter
If the school you went to had the right name

They’ll tell you it’s fair, everyone benefits
We all get our share of the big chocky cake
Look at you square, somehow you’re not convinced
Rather than share they know how to take

I’m talking about the haves and the climbers
They say it’s what you know and not who
Full of all these empty one-liners
That make them think they’re talking with you

I’m talking about the haves and the have-nots
Talking about the haves and the have-nots
Talking about the haves and the have-nots
Talking about the haves and the have-nots
Track Name: Curiosity
CURIOSITY

I know a thing or two about you
I know all the little things that you do
I know how to make you pout
All the things you can’t do without
I’ve had a think or two about you

I know just what it is makes you tick
I know every move, nuance and trick
I know how to draw you out
All the things you could do without
I know a thing or two about you

I know you, you have a friend in me
I know you, I’m not quite what you see
I know you, through curiosity
I know you, I hope that you know me

I know your idiosyncratic ways
I know how you like to fill your free days
I know what you think about
All your fears, all your nagging doubts
I know a thing or two about you

I know you, you have a friend in me
I know you, I’m not quite what you see
I know you, through curiosity
I know you, I hope that you know me

I know you, you have a friend in me
I know you, I’m not quite what you see
I know you, through curiosity
I know you, I hope that you know me

I know a thing or two about you
I know a thing or two about you
I know a thing or two about you
I know a thing or two about you