Took A Shine

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THE dwarf band / KELLAWAY SAGA (continued from 'Nothing To Wear')

Took A Shine saw Alf finally take responsibility for the ‘incidental’ elements of song-writing (you know, the intros, solos and endings) and also saw a swing to more diverse arrangements. The advent of fully structured, demonstrable, 'complete' songs coincided with John taking some time away from the recording process. A core of more rock-oriented songs and quirky ballads was thus assembled, as the dwarf band operated in duo (actually solo) mode. Consequently, the album has rare examples of Ken taking over acoustic duties (as well as all others) on a song or three.

A holidaying Alf then sustained a throat injury, which looked for a time to have cut short an album in the making. But recovery came eventually and, by demoting the key of a few contending songs by a semitone or three, the last tracks made it onto tape. (The key changes proved to be fairly permanent and some would say the world was henceforth mercifully spared Alf’s attempts to soar vocally).

Meanwhile, John returned into play to put some trademark harmonies and Matonesque flourishes across the album. The final sweep of Took A Shine is a range of songs reflecting relationships, travel and life-shaping influences, deriving from a fortunately rich well of experience.

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released November 1, 1996

Songs and vocals: Alf Davies

Backing vocals, lead vocals on 'Sufficient Cause', acoustic 6 & 12 string Matons, mandolin: John Dean

Acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, backing vocals, engineering & arrangements, all aspects of production: Ken Stephenson

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Track Name: Like The Proverbial
LIKE THE PROVERBIAL

I worked for fifteen years, I never made it pay
I never got the buzz, that made some others rave
But I'm not going to play by those rules
I'm not going to stay here like a fool
I'm off, like a chop, on the rock'n'roll - rock, rock'n'roll

I talked and talked for years, I never made it pay
I never hit the mark, despite what others say
But I'm not going to talk as before
I'm not going to walk back through that door
I'm off, like a chop, on the rock'n'roll - rock, rock'n'roll

Rock, rock'n'roll, so good for your soul
Once beloved dole, now rock'n'roll - rock, rock'n'roll

I've thought and thought for days, I still can't make it pay
Yet something's shining through, emerging from the haze
And I'm not going to sleep all the time
I'm not going to keep repeating rhyme
I'm off, like a shot, on the rock'n'roll - rock, rock'n'roll

Rock, rock'n'roll, so good for your soul
Once beloved dole, now rock'n'roll - rock, rock'n'roll
Track Name: Glad I Knew You
GLAD I KNEW YOU

I heard today that Jerry's gone
An era long has faded away
His jolly face though old and grey
Not in the way and cannot be replaced
I want it said, he did me good
Misunderstood by all who were not heads
He lived like hell, the wildest rider
Higher than a kite with tales to tell

And I was glad to know you rider, glad you showed me, rider
From dark star into medley, St. Stephen, oh so deadly
Glad to be a fighter, a smokin' tokin' rider
And I'm sad to see another dead is grateful
I'm sad to see another dead is grateful

The Fillmore just a dream
A trip or two in future
He stretched across the sea
And reached out through the mushroom cloud to me

The skull is veiled, the rose will die
We didn't fly the starship has sailed
A ripple spreads, the pond remains
A world has gained but our man Jerry's dead

And I was glad to know you rider, glad you showed me rider
From dark star into medley, St. Stephen, oh so deadly
Glad to be a fighter, a smokin' tokin' rider
And I'm sad to see another dead is grateful
I'm sad to see another dead is grateful
Yeah I'm sad to see another...

The King is dead (another grateful dead)
The King is dead (one of the faithful dead)
The King is dead (another grateful dead)
The King is dead (one of the faithful dead)
The King is dead (another grateful dead)
The King is dead (one of the faithful dead)
The King is dead (another grateful dead)
The King is dead (one of the faithful dead)
Track Name: Took A Shine
TOOK A SHINE

At a party one night
He left her talking to another guy (at a party one night)
He went out walking in the moonlight (at a party one night)
The other man was very keen
He thought he'd get between them
He took a shine to her, he took a shine to her
He took a shine to her
But she was not impressed ( not impressed)

Later on that night
They left to travel home by car (from the party that night)
Stopped at a store, it wasn't far (from the party that night)
The man behind the counter grinned
He knew he was right in
She took a shine to him, she took a shine to him
She took a shine to him
Slipped him her phone number (her phone number)

Then the weekend came
He went out drinking with the boys (when the weekend came)
Lifting himself above the noise (when the weekend came)
He saw his girl walk hand-in hand
The store, the face, the man
She took a ride with him, she took a ride with him
She took a ride with him
And she never returned (never returned)
She never returned (never returned)

And as two lovers share the shine
The siren blows, it is half-time
How could he miss, oblivious
He missed the shine, missed the shine
Track Name: Save Your Skin
SAVE YOUR SKIN

British bulldog in the shelter shed, eyeing off the big white Angus
Forces gathered 'cross the football field, new ways for playing dead
Too bad I'm playing dead

Magic mushroom floating in her head, old man, the Tolkien wizard
As he nattered down the path he led, what she saw, not what he said
She heard not what he said

Running away, flying away
One thing is certain, your skin you will save
Your skin you will save, your skin you will save

Fear it creeps along your skin
There's no way out and you don't want in
Fear it creeps along your lip
Nervous twitch and inadvertent slip

Backed up against a dingy bed, Inspector Moustache taps his cane
Concentrate at once on every word, agree with all you think he said
Freaking out inside your head

Now a meeting with a long-time friend, and the silence can't be filled
Grasping wildly onto any strand, any fragile single thread
Of the dangled, tangled web

Running away, flying away
One thing is certain, your skin you will save
Your skin you will save, your skin you will save
Your skin you will save, your skin you will save
Your skin you will save, your skin you will save
Your skin you will save, your skin you will save
Your skin you will save, your skin you will save
Track Name: Elementary (Dear Ag)
ELEMENTARY (TALE FOR AG)

I said to the silver-tail, your kind never fail
Every cloud is silver-lined, you triumph every time
Never seen a silver-fish, you spit into a silver dish
Winner of a silver medal
Quick-silver lies you peddle

Brought up with a silver-spoon, too rich too soon
Blessed with a silver tongue, oh yes a polished one
Never eat silver-beet, or pick up silver in the street
Go collect your discreet silver-fox
Dig into your fur-lined silver box

Silver tongue, silver-tail, all coked up and deathly pale
Wonderin' when you'll get your silver bullet
Silver-tail, a silver pervert, silver-plated silver-service
That is how you'll get your silver bullet

As the dashing young man turns to silver-grey
His magical powers seem to slide away
His silver tongue slips, and between his legs
The silver-tail dips into the dregs
The silver-tail hangs his head and begs

Silver tongue, silver-tail, all coked up and deathly pale
Wondering' when you'll get your silver bullet
Silver-tail, a silver pervert, silver-plated silver-service
That is how you'll get your silver bullet

Silver tongue, silver-tail, all coked up and deathly pale
Wonderin' when you'll get your silver bullet
Silver-tail, a silver pervert, silver-plated silver-service
That is how you'll get your silver bullet
Track Name: Twitchy
TWITCHY

Kaleshnikov, the AK47
Shotguns with an action made in heaven
An auto 22, can blow a hole through you
So just beware

If your neighbours give you a hard time
Fix them up with booby-traps and land-mines
Firing squads can judge, all those clowns with drugs
(Not booze or smokes)

Hold off on that trigger
You feel it, it makes you strong
Hold on to that barrel
He's grasping at straws
All he has to keep him hanging on

And if your woman's stepping out of line
Talking of careers and work part-time
A gun can do the talk, later she might sulk
(And burn the toast)

Hold off on that trigger
You feel it, it makes you strong
Hold on to that barrel
He's grasping at straws
All he has to keep him...
Hold off on that trigger
You feel it, it makes you strong
Hold on to that barrel
He's grasping at straws
All he has to keep him hanging on
Keeps him hanging on
It keeps you hanging on
Hanging on
Keeps you hanging on
Hanging on
Track Name: The Moon Is Blue
THE MOON IS BLUE

She gives him her love, it's a part of her
Never quite sure if the feeling is returned
He gives her a smile, and it's part of her
Never relaxed that lessons have been learned

And the look in his eyes, vast and clear-blue skies
Someday he'll be free and riding on
And the look in his eyes, a river roaring wild
One day she will wake and he'll be gone

He'll be leaving me soon, it's all he knows to do
He swears he'll be true, yeah when the moon is blue

She gives him her heart, and that's all of her
Challenging fate and ready for the pain
He gives her his best, it's enough for her
Years fly past and yet he still remains

And the look in his eyes, vast and clear-blue skies
But eyes no longer focused on the view
And the look in his eyes, one he can't deny
He'll be moving when the moon is blue

Once in a blue moon, he gets a spark in his eye
Once in a blue moon, on a dark winter night
Once in a blue moon, he gets a spark in his eye
Once in a blue moon, on a dark winter night
Track Name: Sad End (Rodney's Song)
SAD END (Song for Rodney)

Rodney was a rustic who had come from a farm
He went to boarding school where he'd come to no harm
Rodney was expelled, he didn't make the grade
This was the first error Rodney made

Rodney's number came up in the national draft
They sent him overseas to a total bloodbath
Rodney hadn't asked about the price he'd pay
This was the next error Rodney made

Rodney didn't come home (come home)
Rodney didn't come home
Rodney didn't come home (come home)
Rodney wasn't ready to die
He found a new ally
Rodney split for Chiang Mai

The buddha sticks, trips and rocks
The good-time King, Penang, Bangkok
His every vice and wish bizarre
Rodney thanked his lucky star

Rodney had a system that would never fail
Couriers of Rodney never went to gaol
Rodney didn't notice the long, thin blade
This was the last error Rodney made

Rodney didn't come home (come home)
Rodney didn't come home
Rodney didn't come home (come home)
He didn't come home again
Rodney met a sad end
Rodney didn't come home (come home)
Rodney didn't come home
Rodney didn't come home (come home)
He didn't come home again
Rodney met a sad end
Rodney didn't come home (come home)
Track Name: Snowblind (Eric's Song)
SNOW-BLIND (Eric’s Song)

Take a trip, to test the snow
On a ridge, a moon-walk slow
From the lip, our hearth below, in the snow

Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Crystal snow

Daylight is fading, shadows grow long
Sudden panic, where has Eric gone
Nightmare finish, a trip gone wrong, in the snow

Keep your eyes peeled for Eric, in the snow
Keep your eyes peeled for Eric, in the snow
Keep your eyes peeled for Eric, in the snow
Crystal snow

Wading in a white and awe-filled wonder
Worry is unwelcome in your mind
A situation for misjudgement
And Eric's blind, blinded by snow
He wouldn't know

All heads are counted, the trip turns 'round
Whoever doubted our memories were sound
Black-ice gullies all the way down, deep in snow

Keep your eyes now on Eric, deep in snow
Keep your eyes now on Eric, deep in snow
Keep your eyes now on Eric, Eric no
Eric no (no no no)

Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Keep an eye out for Eric, in the snow
Track Name: Made Their Day
MADE THEIR DAY

She bought her ticket at the station, departure time near noon
A decade she had wasted, she couldn't leave too soon
A note to her ex-lover, a man she'd married green
The last straw he had loaded, and her anger split the seams

He took an old tram to his office, as on any normal day
Not a glimmer in his manner, of what he was to say
When summoned to a meeting, with Directors, Lords and Peers
He gave them both his barrels, they never thought they'd hear

I'm not the one to save your bacon
In fact I'd prefer to see you pay
This mess is another of your making
So go ahead and make my day

He was the twelfth man of the faithful, the one you couldn't miss
A realist and thinker, with the power of the kiss
In the garden after supper, he took his boss aside
I've always been straightforward, and this I will not hide

I'm not the one to save your bacon
In fact I'd prefer to see you pay
This mess is another of your making
So go ahead and make my day

I said I'm not the one to save your bacon
In fact I'd prefer to see you pay
This mess is another of your making
So go ahead and make my day
Track Name: Got Away
GOT AWAY

A sign stood there alone, near Byron Bay
Land for sale near town, it was auction day
Twenty thousand down is what you had to lay
Acres on the outskirts of Byron Bay
Life among the leisured, a life of play, in Byron Bay
Byron Bay, the one that got away, Byron Bay

In the paddock on our knees beneath the sign
Fungus punching through and it was harvest time
Down the hatch with honey in a sticky slime
Off our scones on psylocibes in Byron Bay
Life among the leisured, a life of play, in Byron Bay...
It got away...Byron Bay

Wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be
Innocence was what I planned to lose that day
Life among the leisured, a life of play, in Byron Bay

Back inside the tent to watch the rain in sheets
Time to ponder futures, incomplete
Thinking of the gold mine sitting at our feet
And wealth it came to dominate our thought
We were nineteen thousand, several hundred short, in Byron Bay
Byron Bay, the one that got away, Byron Bay...
It got away...Byron Bay

Wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be
Wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be
Wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be, wasn't meant to be
Track Name: Short-Sighted
SHORT-SIGHTED

Years ago he studied holes in the ozone
Altogether the weather wasn't fine
Whoa they said, too early for predictions
We will find solutions in good time
Now we're running out of Amazon
Sahara just keeps rolling on

Later on he wandered in the third world
Saw himself the pain and misery
Borrow here and maketh in our image
All we fashion in our industry
Now they owe so much and nothing's changed
The army still holds both the reins

My-opic, my-my-my-my my-myopic, my-opic
There's none so blind who will not see
But I am them and they are me
The problem is we can't say we, only me

Then one day he ran into a woman
Just the perfect blend a mystery
He was too slow and indecisive
She was gone before he looked to see
Hesitated, missed his line
Now he wears glasses all the time

My-opic, my-my-my-my my-myopic, my-opic
There's none so blind who will not see
Blind as bats could ever be
Myopic, I'm hoping; myopic, eyes open
Myopic, I'm hoping; myopic, eyes open
Myopic, I'm hoping; myopic, eyes open