Writer's Mix (Vol. 2)

by The Kellaways

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Once again embracing the traditional limitation of what will fit on a CD, this was a difficult set of choices and many songs were regretfully overlooked. I have to admit to passing over some songs that I really think are good ones, because I don't think I sang them well enough - particularly from the first two albums. Overall though, this is a more eclectic group of songs than Volume 1, ranging across the full Kellaway stylistic territory.

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released October 6, 2012

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Track Name: Been Away
BEEN AWAY

Been away a while now
Had a long time to think about everything I lack
And let me tell you I found plenty
It's good to be back

Been away a while now
I've seen places I wouldn't want you to go
Been fighting off these demons
Progress was slow

But when I saw the ending, I was not afraid
I knew the grand illusion, my fear was of the pain
An end or beginning, but surely not in vain?

Been away a while now
My mind, it wandered, right off track
Some strange warp I've been in
It's good to be back

Been away a while now
Living in a novel with no plot
The boring central character
Finds out all that he is not

When you feel the power, of someone else's game
You are just a problem, just another name
And when the hour cometh, control must be regained
And when my hour cometh, how will I stay sane?
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: 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: 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: Never An Adult
NEVER AN ADULT

Tell me how do you feel when there's no-one near
To hear your tale at the end of the day
It's a hollow kind of feeling
And how do you feel when your childhood dreams
Are torn to pieces in every which way
It sends your mind a-reeling

And how do you feel when you face the fact
She won't be back, the end is the worst
A love that once had sparkled
And how do you feel when deep brown eyes
Show no surprise, you thought you'd be first
Instead you wind up startled

And you cry-y, cry-y, you cry without a sound
You cry-y, cry-y, like a baby so helpless and down
A-ll the way down

You cry-y, cry-y, you cry in selfish grief
You cry-y, cry-y, you cry for lost belief
Cr-y, just for relief

And how do you feel with an old friend gone
You must go on, you thought you'd first
And you think of your achievements
And how do you feel, looking back -
The total lack, with time now the curse
You are your own impedance

You cry-y, cry-y, you cry without a tear
You cry-y, cry-y, like a baby your focus is near
Your focus on death and on fear

You die-ie, die-ie, you die without a sound
You die-ie, die-ie, and one more time, you go around
Like a baby, at last you go down
From a baby it's all the way down
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: 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: 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: It All Fell Down (Now and Then)
IT ALL FELL DOWN (Now and Then)

We had a blue and I blamed it on you
Then it all fell down
A stupid sick row when I think of it now
But it all fell down
And I think of you now and then
Think of you still, as a friend
We shared a love but were baying for blood
When it all fell down

We had it wired but we seemed to grow tired
Then it all fell down
We’d never flirt then you suddenly hurt
And it all fell down
And I miss the occasional look
Glancing away from your book
Then the eyes went so vague, barriers raised
And it all fell down

Down, like the Berlin wall
Foundered, on the siren’s call
Now and then I feared a fall
But the wall came down

Now in a dream a familiar old scene
As your hair fell down
Calm and so warm with no sign of a storm
Then the rain fell down
And I think of you now and then
Think of you still, as a friend
We shared a love but were baying for blood
When it all fell down

We shared a love but were baying for blood
When it all fell down
We shared a love but were baying for blood
When it all fell down
We shared a love but were baying for blood
When it all fell down
Track Name: The Battle of the Sisters
THE BATTLE OF THE SISTERS

She wandered alone in the courtyard
She thought of her love gone afar
Banished to wait, for she was just a woman
The tide of our times was astir
The rights of each side soon to blurr

And they suffered into suffrage
And the sisters carried on
Utterly against the odds
Still the sisters carried on
Through their liberation
The sisters seemed so strong
But none foresaw the turncoats
The shoulder pads and fur coats
None believed that it could happen to them
The turncoats proved better at being men
Than men, at being men
Better than men, at being men

She wanders alone in the unit
She thinks of her love on the rig
Banished to wait, for she is just a woman
The scream of the child flips her lid
The pressure, the bills and the kid

They have suffered through their suffrage
Yet the sisters carry on
Utterly against the odds
Still the sisters carry on
Through their liberation
The sisters seemed so strong
But none foresaw the turncoats
The shoulder pads and fur coats
None believed that it could happen to them
The turncoats proved better at being
Turncoats prove better at being
Turncoats prove better at being men
Than men, at being men

Better, than men, at being men
Better, than men, at being men
Better, than men, at being men
Better, than men, at being men
Better, than men, at being men
Better, than men, at being men
Track Name: Something Good To Wear
SOMETHING GOOD TO WEAR

We are poor, never sure where our next meal's coming from
We are poor, never sure where our next meal's coming from
But never mind, I will find you something good to wear
Never mind, I will find you something good to wear

And you will have your hair cut in the latest style
Elegant dress to match your beautiful smile
Our own dreams, we won't fall apart
You are a person with heart, I can follow

Who is poor?
I am sure, I don't need to score
Who is poor, I don't need to score

They are poor, never sure which of thirty shirts he should wear
They are poor, never sure which of thirty skirts she should wear
But never mind, you will find they look immaculate
But never mind, every time, they look immaculate

'Cause they will have their fair share of the taxes they paid
Super plans, neatly laid
Their fair share of the illness this brings
Cling to a life that has long become hollow

Who is poor?
I am sure, I don't need to score
Who is poor, I don't need to score
Who is poor, I don't need to score

And never mind, I will find you something good to wear
Never mind, I will find you something good to wear
And you will have your hair cut in the latest style
Elegant dress to match your beautiful smile
Our own dreams, we won't fall apart
You are a person with heart, I can follow
And never mind, you will find, something good to wear
Track Name: You Don't Have To Go Home
YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HOME

Tragic patience you display, will you deign to look my way
I guess I should explain it, though, expect it hardly matters if you know

You don't have to go home
You don't have to spend another night alone
(You don't have to go home)
You don't have to go home
We don't need to live in a mindless stone
You don't have to go home

Why you stay I cannot tell, should I sway you with hard-sell
Instantly my prospects soared, now you've mastered looking bored
Weight of silence hard to bear, you just give a vacant stare
I go on rambling, you're amazed, I don't catch on 'cause I am fazed

You don't have to go home
You don't have to spend another night alone
(You don't have to go home)
You don't have to go home
We don't need to live in a mindless stone
You don't have to go home

Irretrievably faux pas, talk was where I'd been a star
Desperate for relief that's due, I couldn't say I thought you knew
Slow to sink into my head, realized with loads of dread
I blew my rave and so the night, you can't save me from my plight

You don't have to go home
You don't have to spend another night alone
(You don't have to go home)
You don't have to go home
We don't need to live in a mindless stone
You don't have to go home

You don't have to go home
You don't have to spend another night alone
(You don't have to go home)
You don't have to go home
We don't need to live in a mindless stone
You don't have to go home
Track Name: Recurrence
RECURRENCE (SKIN & BONES)

I'm in circles, running circles
I'm in circles within time
Endless sequence, so frustrating
All is shifting and the thread is fine
You can find me, by the water
Near the fountain of your youth
Don't deny me, if I've caught her
On the mountain speaking truth

You'll be waiting, ever-waiting
You'll be waiting for all time
I'll be searching, ever-searching
Always searching for a sign
Then I'll glimpse you, through the doorway
Down the corridor I run
In a room there, on the floor lay
Your 'kerchief in a shaft of sun

Take the water down the valley, to the graveyard, wash the stones
Heaven help you, if you dally, they will have you skin and bones

And the dream goes on, goes round and round
I know my role and I have to lose
The thread runs through, a soulful sound
I rendezvous but the object moves away
I rendezvous but the object moves away

'Cross the river, my destination
I need to swim, but the current's strong
Paralyzed, procrastination
The moon rides high, night wears on
So many times I've tried and blundered
On this quest that I've begun
I am frightened, crashing thunder
Don't be angry if I run

Take the message to our leaders, every hope depends on you
We believe that you can free us, God knows we believe in you
Take the water down the valley, to the graveyard, wash the stones
Heaven help you, if you dally, they will have you skin and bones

And the dream goes on, goes round and round
I know my role and I have to lose
The thread runs through, a soulful sound
I rendezvous but the object moves away
I rendezvous but the object moves away
I rendezvous but the object moves away
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: 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 Spreader
THE SPREADER

He was a handsome dude, with a one-track mind
A piece of tail, wasn’t hard to find
When the morning came, they were cast aside
A minor sleight to his boundless pride

She was a lonely girl, in a foreign place
When the morning came, a smiling face
Though cast aside, a fast joyride
She couldn’t hide, she didn’t mind

And some called him a sinner
Most thought he must be bad
This man was close to saintly
The best friend that you could have

And the secret’s in the eyes I see - he treats all people equally
His attention comes for free, the only way he can be

It was a crowded train, on a two day haul
When Benares came, he’d had the call
In the morning shade, not a promise made
A ghost is laid, a path repaved

And some called him a sinner
Most thought he must be bad
This man was close to saintly
The best friend that you could have
And some called him a sinner
Most thought he must be bad
This man was close to saintly
The best friend that you could ever have
Track Name: Morgan's Tale
MORGAN’S TALE

He came out to the gold-fields, from the green hills of old Wales
Suffered on the journey, becalmed and withstood gales
Could scarcely believe where his wish to be free would now lead
Across the sea

Onward past Benalla, saw the mighty Ovens flood
Dug into a valley, spent his heart, his sweat and blood
Who would’ve thought of old Morgan’s Wandilagong reef
Beyond belief

A god-fearing man of the Methodist clan
He hit pay-dirt
A god-fearing man who gave not a damn
For the money, or a new shirt

Sing now Morgan, sing to the warm wind of fate
Sing now Morgan, sing to the sun, the earth, the stars

Esther found it just right, and she headed back to town
Settled into Brighton, where she partied from sundown
She said that Morgan’s rich vein was the first of a few
She said she knew

Morgan stayed a bushman, the lights he loved were stars
A digger in an era of no phones or fancy cars
He knew that one strike was more than enough for his dream
A simple scheme

A god-fearing man of the Methodist clan
That was Morgan
A god-fearing man who gave not a damn
But his poor wife, she was mourning
Track Name: Lore of the Land
LORE OF THE LAND

They first sent Cookie in a ship
Bligh and Phillip had a dip
Thus began the old land's trip
Far from its primal state

First they were, at first sat back
Tried to bargain, tried attack
Thus began the old land's sack
The forests and the plains
Would never be the same

It's the law of the land, you cannot hope to save
Your old lore of the land , it’s the white law to the grave

First the rivers then the beach
Poisons oozing toxins leech
Forests dying, out of reach
The old land will fight back

First they were, last they'll be
When land is darkened, they’ll still see
Dream and wait 'til land is free
The land will take them back
Their land will have them back

It's the lore of the land, you cannot run away
It's the lore of the land, and she has the final say
It's the lore of the land, you cannot run away
It's the lore of the land, and the users, are sure to pay
It's the lore of the land, you cannot run away
It's the lore of the land, it will always rule the day
It's the lore of the land, you cannot run away
It's the lore of the land, she has the final say
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
Track Name: Heroine
HEROINE

This is a novel way to start a story
'Bout a laid-back lady who gained her glory
She never was wasted, she never was spiked
She always tasted and knew what she liked
She was the heroine, she always stayed calm
Purest heroine, gave me a shot in the arm
The heroine, who could fix anything
Lovely heroine, she always rushed in

Where angels and saints fear to tread
All men have to face her with dread
The spear is the key to her art:
To pierce the stoutest man's heart
She's the heroine, she stays on the tracks
Hero's heroine, she repels all attacks
The heroine, who is never asleep
Magic heroine, she can stealthily creep

Into dreams or to moments more real
A lover who lives by her feel
She works with a needle and thread
For sewing the souls of the dead
She's the heroine, who denies all distress
Perfect heroine, she's the ideal mistress
Fearless heroine, both rider and horse
Oh heroine, inexhaustible source

My heroine, wondrous heroine
Ah, heroine, my heroine
Heroine, purer than snow
My heroine, I go where you go
Heroine, gentle and slow
Heroine, I know yes I know
Heroine, purer than snow
My heroine, I go where you go
Heroine, heroine, heroine, hero-ine
Heroine, heroine, heroine, hero-ine