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Archive: Demos, out-takes and one-offs 1995-2000

Lyrics:
 
Dizzy Edge of Freedom

Penelope Swales

I see you
Standin' on
The dizzy edge of freedom
But it takes courage to take the leap
On the edge
I hold my breath
To see you soarin', but
Will you do it?

Here's a story
'Bout a very talented man that I once knew
Who could write song and tell stories
That put all the hardest things
About life into words for me,
And every time I saw him I felt
New worlds opening up before me
I wished the world could hear him sing

He played guitar and sang in a band
That played in a town that some people call a city
And sometimes worked his nine-to-five
And sometimes schemed his unemployed schemes
And came from a culture that said
Tryin' to live for music is a foolish dream
And you must be stable and serene

I saw you standin' on
A stage that I'd just stepped from
"Who's the spunk with the guitar?"
We both thought
I drove miles
Out of my way to drive you home and
You said, I'm sorry, It's not to be,
I've been well and truly caught

And you said
"As my thirties yawn before me
I'm getting edgy.
I've always dabbled, but never done
I have stayed safe,
Stayed close to the hearth
Close to love
Ah, but something's gonna have to give soon."

I wheeled wide, far in my
Orbit of the East Coast
The next time through, I cocked my ear
A hunted smile, a matter of time
You said "I love her
But I can't keep shedding these tears"

Gossip and debate were raging
'Bout your behaviour
Then Rome crumbled in a day
Amid the cries of accusation
The condemnation
We took our chance
In the warm afternoon,
For one sweet hour we lay

I held my breath
To see what you'd do next
Would you take the chance and fly away
To where opportunities lay
You were making plans
That changed and changed and changed again
In the unexpected fragile dawn of a new day
I think you were realisin' you were
Gonna have to go away

I saw you
Wrestlin' with a
Stage that I have been through
I takes courage to follow dreams
Livin' with the
Fear of failure
Takes getting used to
To leave your home and what that means

Amid all your intoxication
The exhilaration
I could see the fear of freedom in your eyes
In your moment of doubt and hesitation
There was somebody waiting
And she took the chance to secure her prize

The next I heard,
The new word was
- well, maybe next year
And I knew next year would never come
And I hear your
New lover
Don't like to share you with the music
she's gonna feed those fears
And keep you close to home

Darlin', love is not always the answer
Sometimes it's a cancer
You can swap one prison, one lover
For another
On and on and never have to
Face your life

I saw you
Standin' on
The dizzy edge of freedom
But it takes courage to take the leap
On the edge
I held my breath to see you soarin', but
You didn't do it

Here's a story
'Bout a very talented man that I once knew
But like so many others of us
When he got the chance to make his dreams come true
He hesitated, deliberated
Liberation is scary and new and well,
He didn't do it

It's just a story
'Bout a very talented man that I once knew
Who could write song and tell stories
That put all the hardest things
About life into words for me,
And every time I saw him I felt
New worlds opening up before me
And I wish you could have heard him sing



Ocean

Penelope Swales

In the ocean of emotion
I was a small boat
He was my mooring
But he let me drift away
When the rope fell in the water
He made no move to retrieve it
It didn't happen quickly
I watched the distance grow between us
So you see, I set sail by default
Straining for his reaching fingers
But they never came

In this ocean of emotion
I am directly in the waves
You are the sand beneath my feet
Ever present, ever changing
The shoreline dark and dangerous
Embodies all my past experience
That I must navigate by
But not too close, Because it's treacherous
Sometimes I'm well out of my depth
But you know I get a toehold when you smile.

Dry land is deceptive in its safety
The clash between the shore and sea
Is where my lust for living takes me

My feelings come up like the tide
You are the rocks so sure and stable
But sometimes the waves hide you
You could be my shelter for the storm
Something to cling to and hold onto
You could be the cruel surface
I could be dashed to bits upon you
Safe harbour I still sometimes need
We all know the hard part is gliding in between the reefs

Dry land is deceptive in its safety
The passion between the shore and sea
Is where my lust for living takes me


Amy's Okay

Matt Radford

Amy's very bored
She's skint and feeling so bad
Because she's unemployed
She wants to play bass in a real speed-metal band

Amy's got a new haircut
Didn't make her feel a whole lot better
When her boyfriend tried to break up
He couldn't say it to her face so he put it in a letter

Amy spends her day
Walking 'round St Kilda
Where she always says "g'day!"
To all the people that she meets that's why they think she's so peculiar

Chorus:
But she's so strong
When she gets her head together
But it hurts to see that sadness in her eyes
She's so strong
But she changes like the weather
And it's hard to find the confidence inside

Amy needs her friends
So she meets them at the Espy
In the small cafe at 10
Amy reads their future in their peppermint tea

Amy tells her friends
About her major new disaster
Well the guy's run off again
And her friends agree with her when she says all men are bastards

Repeat chorus

Amy wants to change
So she writes five affirmations
And she chants them every day
But her attempts at meditation always end up in frustration

Amy's sick of tears
And she's tired of all the fighting
Well, she wants to cut her fears
She hates playing the game, but it makes it more exciting

Repeat chorus

But Amy's okay, Amy's okay
Amy's okay, Amy's okay
Amy's okay, Amy's okay
Amy's okay, Amy's okay.

Madness, Mines and Mortgages
Penelope Swales

With my head down and my bum in the air
I'm getting on with my life
While all around me, those profiteers
Are creating more mess and more strife
I know so many good people
And we're all doing the same
Just staying abreast of daily life
While greed and chaos reigns

Way in the North of our Southern land
A handful of sanity fights
To stop a mine that nobody wants
And protect all our obvious rights
Meanwhile down in the cities and towns
No-one gives it a thought
Oh, yeah we all know that it's madness
At least that much we've been taught

It's madness, madness
I tell you, we're all mad
And those little men in those great big companies
I tell you they're all mad
The money and the machinery
The greed of the nuclear industry
You'd have to be both brave and crazy
To pit yourself against that
But the ones that do and the only sane ones
And everyone else is mad

We're selling our souls for the simple things
Like a house and a family
Then we're stuck in a mill of paying the bills
And don't it keep us distracted and busy?
While the young and the wild with no mortgage or child
Are left to save our land and our oceans
Branded as fools with no money or tools
Facing the fight on their own

It's madness, madness
I tell you, we're all mad
And those little men in the Westpac offices
I tell you they're all mad
The money and the machinery
The greed of the nuclear industry
You'd have to be both brave and crazy
To pit yourself against that
But the ones that do and the only sane ones
Everyone else is mad

The intelligent poor who know what the score is
Are trying to wake up our intellect
While the media tells us the Kooris and ferals
Ain't got no facts or respect
Being pushed around, it's tough on the ground
When you don't look like the locals do in the town
But they're the only ones that can see what's coming
And the rest of us are too bogged down

It's madness, madness
I tell you, we're all mad
And that little man on Parliament hill
I tell you he's stone mad
The money and the machinery
The greed of the nuclear industry
You'd have to be deaf dumb and crazy
To pit yourself against that
But the ones that do and the only sane ones
Everyone else is mad

And that's the only explanation
I can find for the crap that goes down in this Nation
Just a few tryin' to find a solution yeah
And everybody else is mad
Being hypnotised by our daily lives
And don't that make me mad?


Steel-Hearted Annie


Kath Tait


Steel Hearted Annie came home from work
Through the park in the dark where the rapist lurked
Behind the bushes and about to attack
With the cold wind whistling across his back
He pounced on Annie coz she was slim
Coz she looked so frail and feminine
But he wouldn't have done it if he only knew
That she was a master of Kung Fu!



Chorus:

Steel-Hearted Annie with an iron will
Looks about as frail as a daffodil
But you don't take a chance with a small slim dame
With a punch like a piston on a steam train


Steel-Hearted Annie don't like to pose
Like a trembling victim in a movie show
She gets mad when she's in distress
Like an animal in the wilderness
There's nothing she wouldn't do to survive
Got a strong desire to stay alive
And she looks cute in pink or blue
But she is a master of kung fu

repeat chorus


Steel-Hearted Annie lived near a jail
Where a psycho-killer was released on bail
He crept stealthily through the night
Broke into her house to give her a fright
And the cold wind whistled through the window frames
Made a sound like ghost rattlin' chains
But the psycho-killer ran for his life
When he saw Annie comin' with the carving knife!


repeat chorus

Steel-hearted Annie told all her friends
Ya gotta stand up to violence
She went to classes and learned to fight
Now she's not afraid to walk around at night
She's a great big shark in a little tin can
A little firecracker with a great big bang
So just be careful what you do
Coz Annie's now a master of Kung Fu!