Writer's Mix (Vol​.​1)

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This first collection of Kellaways/Dwarf Band material may not necessarily be the best songs we did, depending on the criteria adopted. The songs probably don't reflect sufficiently the diversity of the band either. However, as the songwriter, these are the ones that I felt worked best and captured our sound most distinctively. I stopped at 18 tracks because tradition demands it could be no longer than would fit on a CD.

My bias is also towards songs that are of personal significance, in terms of my experience and outlook on life: my history, politics, heart and general yearning for a fairer and better world. The songs draw fairly heavily from the Kellaways' middle bracket of albums, when our recording technology, sound and method was fairly established and some of the rough edges had been knocked off the songwriter's vocals.

Alf (2012)

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released October 2, 2012

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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: 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: 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
Track Name: The Passing of the Elves
THE PASSING OF THE ELVES

I tell of the passing of the Elves
First were here then faded away
As men we think first of ourselves
Won't get some wisdom in the way

Three fatal unions, human and elf
Faced with the devil's favourite choice
To live for the future or live for the self
They chose with a knowing, confident voice

Oceans beckoned constantly
The Havens waiting for the sign
Three rings fading, the fourth age raging
Time to cross the one-way line
Time to cross that one-way line

Long ago they'd come ashore
From Valinor, forever young
To wrest back the jewels proud Morgoth wore
They stayed to keep the world in sun

Now they are thin, maybe gone (just light)
Faded in spirit, shadows just there
The songs of the ages, still there are songs
They were the light in total despair

Oceans beckoned constantly
The Havens waiting for the sign
Three rings fading, the fourth age raging
Time to cross the one-way line
Time to cross that one-way line

They are the wonders of their time, Rivendell, Lothlorien
Now but a shadow of their prime, the third age is ebbing slow
And men are bred to grow, men are bred to grow

Elrond with Vilya, heart of the three
Galadriel shimmers, in Nenya's white light
Gandalf , fire burning, red Narya we see
And Frodo and Samwise, an incredible sight
With Cirdan and Bilbo, who gave up the rings
The humblest are most truly blessed
The last great elves are heading west
The last great elves are heading west
The last great elves have all gone west
The last great elves they've all gone west
The last great elves they've all gone west
The last great elves they've all gone west
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: 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: Straitsman
STRAITSMAN

Bass Strait wind, it blows from the south
Ice on the eyebrow, salt in the mouth
I wonder if we'll ever see Franklin in one piece
(We are the Straitsmen)

White-cap leaping, crash on the bow
Night is approaching, the sea is in cloud
I wonder if the nightmare of darkness will ever cease
(We are the Straitsmen)

Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman
Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman

Working from daylight, spreading the net
Far from the inlet, further south yet
Antarctic lies sleeping, waiting to throw you something new
(To throw at the Straitsmen)

Heading for home now, moon on the wax
Franklin in sight, the Strait at our backs
The inlet a pond, so easy forgetting what we went through
(We are the Straitsmen)

Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman
Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman

Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman
Together they stand, Straitsman, Straitsman

Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman
Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman, Straitsman
Track Name: Don't Cry For Me
DON'T CRY FOR ME

I have never been so lonesome, all the while spent on my own
Sometimes I think I'll slide into the floor
My existence is a habit, all the while I fail to grab
It seems to me my own self I deplore

But don't cry for me, I have no delusion
Don't cry for me, I avoid intrusion
Don't cry for me, or offer your solution
Don't cry for me, just leave me be
(Just leave me be)


I have always seen your laughing sideways looks and glancing half-
Intentions, I had never thought to fake
My reaction, no prediction sideways step and furtive shifting
Mental state wrought solely for my sake

But don't cry for me, and give me your confusion
Don't cry for me, and help me paint illusions
Don't cry for me, I'll find my own solutions
Don't cry for me, just leave me free
(Just leave me free)


I have never been so lonesome, all the while spent on my own
Sometimes I think I'll slide into the floor
My existence is a habit, all the while I fail to grab
It seems to me my own self I deplore

But don't cry for me, I have no delusions
Don't cry for me, I avoid intrusions
Don't cry for me, or offer your solutions
Don't cry for me, just leave me be
(Just leave me 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
Track Name: The Man With No Name
THE MAN WITH NO NAME

Nobody knows my name and I doubt if I'll ever tell
I'll keep on playing my game
Don't care even if they know me well
I like being a mystery in keeping with history
My mind is a well-sealed book
Anonymous person
They have to judge me by my look

Don't call me, I may not answer you
Or you won't hear me and what I say won't be true
Don't make me speak to reveal myself
Don't you force me, I'll tell you I'm someone else
Don't call me, don't force me, don't ask me
For my name

I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same
I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same
Don't ask me, for my name

Friends drop by and ask me, how are you going boy
I ask who they refer to
To answer with pain or joy
The eagle who's flying, or a lizard who's lying
Hiding there under his rock
They look so strange
I know I have to take stock

Don't call me, I may not answer you
Or you won't hear me, and what I say won't be true
Don't make me speak to reveal myself
Don't you force me, I'll tell you I'm someone else
Don't call me, don't force me, don't ask me
For my name

I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same
I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same
I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same
I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same
I'm the man with no name, I'm the man with no name
Call me what you will, to me it's all the same

I'm the man, the man, I'm the man with no name
I'm the man, the man, the man with no name
I'm the man...tell me friend, tell me what you think of that
Tell me what you think of that, I've got no name
I'm the man, I'm the man with no name
No name, no, no, no name brand, no name brand man that's my style
Oh yeah yeah, I'm the man, the man, the man with no name
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: Wise Men
WISE MEN

Three wise men were big in dealing opium
Took a flat-top caravan to Bethlehem
Somehow they got caught up in a scene
We don’t know what these crazy people mean
We haven’t got a clue what’s going on
It might be cool if we just play along

Taken to a stable and a gathered throng
Smile and try to look as if you know their song
I cannot pick a single word they say
Soon we will be free and on our way
This isn’t such a hefty price to pay
They think we’re Kings, so we are today

They think we’re Kings, who are we to disappoint them
Think we’re Kings, we’d better bless this baby here
They think we’re Kings, they don’t know we’re frightened dealers
Think we’re Kings, and they think this kid’s a seer
(Ha, look regal gentlemen)

The payment for the hundredweight of opium
Smuggled very carefully into Bethlehem
Leaf of gold, frankincense and myrrh
When revealed created quite a stir
Don’t give too much we need to keep a stash
If the O is cheap we can buy some hash

They think we’re Kings, who are we to disappoint them
Think we’re Kings, we’d better bless this baby here
They think we’re Kings, they don’t know we’re frightened dealers
Think we’re Kings, and they think this kid’s a seer
They think we’re Kings, who are we to disappoint them
Think we’re Kings, we’d better bless this baby here
They think we’re Kings, they don’t know we’re frightened dealers
Think we’re Kings, and they think this kid’s a seer
Track Name: Idiot News
IDIOT NEWS

What's on the news, what's on the idiot box
Look at his tie, what colour are his socks
What's on the news, what's on the pacifier
Thousands of channels, none ever satisfies you
They're not concerned with finding the facts at all
They have to keep to ensuring the ratings don't fall

Look at her hair, she sure looks good tonight
Dazzling teeth, she never looks a fright
He's so urbane, house-person's superman
They needn't know, he's one guy she cannot stand
They're not concerned with knowing the facts at all
They are absorbed, ensuring the ratings won't fall

Ah, the TV - set the people free from this slavery
Kill the TV, let the people see, the fraud, that's the TV

What's on the news, look here's another monster
We'll cross there live, first we'll cross to our sponsor
Why turn to crime: reporter to wanted man
I'll do my time, you wouldn't understand
You're not concerned with finding the facts at all
You'll do your time, ensuring the ratings don't fall

Ah, the TV - set the people free from this slavery
Kill the TV, let the people see, the fraud -
Kill the TV - set the people free from this slavery
Ah, the TV, let the people see, the fraud, that's the TV
Track Name: Warhorse
WARHORSE

I’ll tell you a story, for that is my role
May be a tall one, may not even fit into the whole
I am a warrior, an ancient of fame
Fought with the Trojans, Goths and Vandals trembled at my name

A war-weary general, mercenary pure
In every battle, I participate and I endure
I’m propaganda, constant of war
Say it again now, I have said it many times before

And I can justify any action, any lie
I can dress the Devil up so fine
Name the place and time, and who it is must die
I can make arrangements down the line
Among my kind

I travel on wires, and work from behind
I make the myths now, I have redefined the real front line
Adaptive to changes, cowboy of tech
Guided by lasers, weakness I am certain to detect

I’m propaganda, timeless and great
You think you control me, I have appetites you cannot sate
I’m propaganda, deceitful and bold
Give me a run-down, then you do exactly as you’re told

And I can justify any action, any lie
I can dress the Devil up so fine
Name the place and time, and who it is must die
I can make arrangements down the line
Among my kind
Track Name: Rat Race
RAT-RACE

Any one of many cities
Summer heat and dust and fumes
Sun is baking without pity
Expressionless, a blank face
Urban jungle forms
Fighting for their small space
On the long march - of the rat-race hordes

Any bus or train or tram-car
Nearly splitting at the seams
People milling in a stockyard
Straining for a hint of air
Grabbing at the cords
Wanting to be anywhere
But not a part - of the rat-race hordes

Marching to the rhythm of the moguls in the wings
Encouragement is given for the progress that it brings
Rats don’t know the wheel goes round
But they don’t change their place
They say it’s done with mirrors
It’s a real rat-race

There’s the boss, you hardly ever see him
He’s the keeper of the cheese
He will feed you when you weaken
Morsels of stale cheddar
Furtive, small rewards
Never getting better
On the long march - of the rat-race hordes

Marching to the rhythm of the moguls in the wings
Encouragement is given for the progress that it brings
Rats don’t know the wheel goes round
But they don’t change their place
They say it’s done with mirrors
It’s a real rat-race

They say it’s done with mirrors - it’s a real rat-race
They say it’s done with mirrors - it’s a real rat-race
They say it’s done with mirrors - it’s a real rat-race
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: 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