Ribbons Patterns

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released April 9, 2010

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Track Name: Ribbons Patterns
RIBBONS PATTERNS / here I stand in a perfect pose under the ceiling rose / and there you watch with both lungs full / and you're blowing out the meaningful / let’s see how long it lasts / let’s see how long it lasts / and so we walk under the lamps / you’re slowing us down to the false romance / and now we’re here / we’re staring in at the ribbons, at the patterns life brings / let’s see how long that lasts / let’s see how long that lasts / cuz it’s not enough to have, just on some days, your eyes on / c’mon, at least for my sake / at least for my sake / so take my arms and grab my legs / if you don’t, you’ll smash my heart / don’t smash my heart / let’s see how long it lasts / let’s see how long it lasts / cuz it’s not enough to have, just on some days, your eyes on / c’mon, at least for my sake / don’t smash my heart / don’t smash my heart / don’t smash my heart / don’t smash my heart
Track Name: This Is The Road
THIS IS THE ROAD / tonight I looked over a thousand faces strong / you always said I’d still be standing / I was shaking from the cold / I had my stomach burning down / you were watching from the back and in my head you were wanting to shout / this is the road, this is / this is the road / this is the start / so let’s run with it / tonight I ran a thousand smiles maybe more / you were the joker on the level / but when London hung you out and poured concrete in your heart, you painted it well / when it went hard, you were laughing it out / this is the road, this is / this is the road / this is the start / what can you do but laugh at it? is that what I do when these chattering and flapping flocks of doubts are still scratching around in the roof? someone get me an umbrella / get up there with a broom / they’re hanging round just cuz I feed ‘em / well tonight I think they’re better left to the road / and this is the road, this is / this the road / this is the start so let’s run with it / just run with it
Track Name: Veta's Laughing
VETA’S LAUGHING / door slams / no wallet and no key / a fine rain on an icy wind and no way back in / and somewhere high above there’s Veta laughing / salt fish signora / I promise no long distance calls / I would not interrupt your tearing those icing holes but you don’t know how back at home Veta’s laughing / I can’t stand to lose one minute more / oh god, give me a wrecking ball / now, patience I say / patience I say / I know the spares are coming / it’ll be okay / this fine rain on an ice wind / are you sure there’s absolutely sure there’s no way back in? now I know they can hear every fluted note I sing / god, they must dread the ballast dumped from my heart / bang, in the middle of sleeping hour / I’ve never been more aware than when I can hear Veta laughing / there she goes again / Veta’s laughing
Track Name: Rain Rain
RAIN RAIN / rain, rain / umbrellaless muddle / laughing to herself from a second storey window / train, train / hope they make the cancellation / who can change their tack if they can’t change a tyre? / you gotta keep one toe grounded when you clip these high flyers / they’re all the same same / I wouldn’t tear a coaster with any of ‘em / you know, I see more overtime than they see accidents in a day / oh, if I have to be everyone’s shining light / they could at least up the pay / it’s when the ice-cream arrives that the vegetarian shame truly disappears / along with all the washing up / nothing builds up around here / gotta keep fingers crossed when you walk with the liars / put on your best smile when you talk with buyers / we’re all the same, same / wouldn’t get toasted with any of ‘em / if calamity doesn’t strike me down tonight / I just might make the 8:35 / and I won't have to fake a cancellation / what can I say? rain, rain / I know I’m trouble / you don’t go through life without stepping in a few puddles, hey / that’s just my pain / now why would I share that with everyone?
Track Name: Larry
LARRY / he came in one night, sleep walking / got into bed with his shoes still on / on came the light, and he woke with a fright / a hard thing to do with your eyes already open / dressing gown around her, she threw back the sheets and withdrew like a storm seeing his feet / but love, he cried, it was a terrible dream / we lost the house, the cars and the plasma tv / she came in from the refrigerator with a juice and a thing or two to say on the matter / oh Larry, I can see something's going on / now don't wake the children / oh Larry, you're working too hard and too long / and I can see something's going wrong / she drove him down to an all-night doctor / two minutes they were told to wait and two hours later came a man with fatigue in his stride, a white collared shirt and plum coloured eyes / I don't see a problem, he said, all clear / flipped down a pill and said, well why are you here? you know, you're not the only one falling behind / I've got one patient waiting out there for every star in the sky / oh Larry, I know you think you’re working too hard and too long / but don’t worry, we're all working hard and too long / don't worry, nothing's wrong / she grabbed his hand and said, I think we'll see you later / I wouldn't trust a doctor who looks like he's falling over, no / no Larry, I can see something’s going on / but it's not about your children / oh Larry, we’re all working hard and too long / don’t worry, nothing’s wrong
Track Name: Too Bad
TOO BAD / tell me, what are you thinking? / are you sad? there’s no need to look at me like that / tell me, what's going on? / I know, I know I’ve taken too long to understand / don't say that’s too bad / tell me, what are you thinking? something wrong? I’m not gonna look any brighter when the lights come on / so tell me, what will you do? by the time you've taken the time to think this through, I'll be gone / I'll be gone / tell me, what are you thinking? are you sad, are you sad? there’s no need to look at me like that / just tell me what's going on / I know, darling / I know I've taken far too long to understand / don't say that’s too bad / don't say that’s too bad / don’t say it / that’s too bad
Track Name: This Wave Better Have My Name On It
THIS WAVE BETTER HAVE MY NAME ON IT / all the young mothers / pushing their prams / they’ve done it hard / they’ve done the yards / they can sit back / or they can drive on / if they want / in their husbands cars / this wave better have my name on it / this wave better bring a change / all the young girls / they walk home from school / so relaxed now that there’s nothing left to do but dance / step out and take their chance / this wave better have my name on it / this wave better bring a change / and if the tide gets to high in my heart / there'll be a wave I can ride back to shore / this wave better have my name on it / this wave better have my name on it / this wave better bring a change / better bring a change / better bring a change
Track Name: Full Of Lead
FULL OF LEAD / she walked one shoe-width away from the law / making her money breaking lots for loans / slips on a child-suit and tangles her hair / no-one ever gets that phone in the morning / she said I feel so full of lead / I took the fire at our empire’s burning / sure I did have a plan in my head / don’t tell me I didn’t try to make it stick / he steps on and over the stains on his floor / this man full of purpose with a bird-bone jaw / a twelve-step hen, cocktail molotov / he grinds up his dreams and drinks them fresh in the morning / he said I’m not so full of lead / still they fire, still they keep missing / sure I did have a plan in my head / gotta remember there are times to make it live / but if she’s on the line all drunk and dancing then… / they walk down to the plane from the car / he says nothing, she’s throwing up stars / slips on and over the stains on his past / and sleeps through the phone cuz it rings like a warning / she said I feel so full of lead / still I fire at him, I keep missing / sure I did have a plan in my head / I tried everything and nothing seemed to stick
Track Name: Butchered Heart
BUTCHERED HEART / you look like a man who could use a drink / you look like a man who would tell me what he thinks / I'm in need brother / I’m in need / you look like a man who's seen everything / a man who's been stung / a man who can still yet sting / I'm in need my friend / can you help me? I'm weakest in the parts hardest to see / and I'm in need brother / well it's a rare kind of bird that can fly on one wing / a rare kind of world that's swung on the end of a string / you look free, my friend / are you free? cuz I'm weakest in the parts hardest to see / weakest in the parts hardest to see / well I know there's nothing more ugly than a sob story / the butchered heart left outside / raw, stinking and rotting / and for that, I'm sorry / it’s just I'm weakest in the parts hardest to see / weakest in the parts hardest to see / where other people smile, I can only bare my teeth / it isn’t me brother / it isn’t me my friend / it isn’t me
Track Name: Harry Baker
HARRY BAKER / if anyone knows Harry Baker / if anyone has any news / I can still see him up on the hammer bringing it down, plum / all eight pounds / with me on the tap, I didn’t know what hard work was until I came by cattle truck to Hintock / my captors’ lives were the question mark in the dirt / didn’t I cop the bamboo for being smart / if anyone knew Harry Baker / they knew the asset that he was / I could never work out how a Queensland cane-cutter could turn his hand so easily to drilling rock / but now that cutting, it towers above me / and where mud ran in rivers is solid ground / you’d think the dysentery and disease of ’43 could have been washed from the world by now / so if anyone knows Harry Baker / tell him he helped pull me through / if anyone knows Harry Baker / tell him Tom Uren says hello