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The Flood

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Back on Tallow’s beach, South of Cape Byron, my favourite beach, I’ve written many things walking up and down those 7k’s of fine sand. We’d driven north from Sydney through the onslaught of rain that brought widespread flooding to the eastern coast. I was but a spectator as you always are on the road, wending my way through the carnage, worried still by my own problems. The rain didn’t stop for days, driving off the ocean in malign slanting sheets, I cowered in my tent and dreamt of sunnier times…

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released January 12, 2012

Dava | singing & harmonica
Garry | guitars, banjo & singing
Ed | guitar & trumpet
Alf | bass
Alex | drums & acoustic guitar on paradise
Tim | percussion and jokes

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Swindlestock celebrates the life of the itinerant soul. Country, Blues and Folk tales from the byways of the world, seen from two wheels at speed or more slowly by feet, here are songs of place and the people we meet...

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Track Name: High Dive
High Dive

She said she dreams of falling
From cliff tops high
Her mother says it must signify
A lasting love that will satisfy
But I heard I f you dream you fall
If you hit the ground you die

I work alone in these woods
Cutting down the trees
Her mother says she won’t tire of me
Though I can’t be what I long to be
I heard a woman with big ideas
Is a woman who’s hard to please

I’ve been in love twice
This time and the time before
They say love can always come knock once more
If you don’t lock your door
So don’t you lock your door

They talk of loss and anger
Of shame and of pride
You can’t always run you can’t always hide
Nor live alone inside one’s mind
I heard the man who acts with patience
Will see the turning of the tide
Will see the turning of the tide

She said she dreams of falling
Near as every night
Her mother says it must signify
A lasting love that will satisfy
Now I heard if you dream you fall
There’s a chance you just might fly
There’s a chance you just might fly

I’ve been in love twice
This time and the time before
They say love can always come knock once more
If you don’t lock your door
So don’t you lock your door
No don’t you lock your door
Track Name: The Flood
The Flood

Are you pining for me?
Do you know how to be?
A long distance lover we shall see
I can’t understand
How she slipped through my hands
But the rain keeps coming in off the sea

Tear my heart asunder
It seems we made a blunder
When we built things up
And said they’d last forever

The rain keeps a driving
Sweet summer she ain’ t arriving
People focus only on surviving
They can’t understand
How life has slipped through their hands
But the rain keeps coming in off the sea

Tear my home asunder
It seems we made a blunder
When we took
Mother nature for granted

Please don’t cry for me
I don’t deserve sympathy
There are far worthier causes for your energy
I still don’t understand
How time slips through the hands
But the rain keeps coming in off the sea

Tear it all asunder
The lightning closes on the thunder
The levees gonna break
And we’re all headed under
Cos the rain keeps coming in off the sea
And who are we
To ask
For sympathy
Track Name: Paradise WIll Seduce You
Paradise will seduce you

Gold flecked water lapping at your toes
Bright little fish swimming getting oh so close
Sound of kids singing, blowing on the wind
Paradise will seduce you

Blonde sand kicked up by an unruly dog
Tattooed men paddling a hollowed out log
The sun behind a cloud for a minute or two
Paradise will seduce you
They say paradise will seduce you

I could be in heaven if you were only in this dream
We could be such golden fairies we could be a team
I am here in paradise I wait only for you
Staring at the blue

Tree bearing doves rising out of the blue
Waking in your tent to the early morning dew
Mosquitoes snapping at your slowly tanning legs
Paradise will seduce you

Roadside vendors sizzle under star lit night
Cockerels screaming hoarse to the early morning light
Coral cuts stinging as you hike the dirt road
Paradise will seduce you
They say paradise will seduce you

I could be in heaven if you were only in this dream
We could be such golden fairies we could be a team
I am here in paradise I wait only for you
Staring at the blue

Slugging iced beer under the shade of palms
A little girl riding high in her daddies arms
Bright flowers dancing in a valley of green
Paradise will seduce you

Cruising on your bike with the funny buckled wheel
Looking in the mirror to see your shoulders peel
The sign says sixty you can only manage ten
Paradise will seduce you
They say paradise will seduce you

I could be in heaven if you were only in this dream
We could be such golden fairies we could be a team
I am here in paradise I wait only for you
Staring at the blue

Green jagged peaks rake the azure skies
Peace shattered only by exotic bird cries
Foreign voices mingle in the heat of the dusk
Paradise will seduce you
Paradise will seduce you
They say paradise will seduce you
Paradise will seduce you

I could be in heaven if you were only in this dream
We could be such golden fairies we could be a team
I am here in paradise I wait only for you
Staring at the blue