Tasman Bridge

by Pete Pascoe and Paul Dredge

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1.
HALF LIVED DREAMS - LYRICS P. PASCOE Middle aged woman at the train station in her socks Did she lose her shoes with the plot? Bet she never saw that coming Or maybe she did and thought: so what? Don’t let your half lived dreams drag you down Pack up your memories and head out of town For there’s a road that waits, somewhere beyond the half moon’s smile Well they made a Ferris wheel built for folks to fly Now it’s broken white skeleton Almost touching the half moon in the morning sky Near the invisible stars we wished upon..... Passing by half built buildings; some are half torn down Winter’s half way here in this half loved town Ring nosed teen, when we see your smile we see your despair We see it in your eyes and your chemical blue hair As you farewell your uncertain friend with a nod to lonely fear And jump on half a train, out the window you stare Don’t let your half lived dreams drag you down Pack up your memories and head out of town For there’s a road that awaits, somewhere beyond the half moon’s smile Don’t let your half lived dreams drag you down Pack up your memories and you can set out from this town For there’s a road that awaits, somewhere beyond the half moon’s smile Can you breathe with your half lived dreams, there’s a walk that may take a while
2.
(NOT) THE NEXT JESUS - LYRICS P. PASCOE Well we found someone to listen to, to follow and to hound We wonder: is this him or her - what have we found? We echo back the joys, then discard them like used toys The second they drop the ball. Well the newspapers and internet proclaim they’re gods -got fantastic voices, wives and bods We’d love to look like them, so special, 10 out of 10 Uh oh, here’s a poppy, oh so tall. Then we knock em down to pieces frustration doubt increases What more to do to please us? When we find out they’re not the next Jesus Who’d raise their head above the mob To risk them finding out this guys not god – he’s bob He’s got a favourite cat, doesn’t look great in a hat Especially when he takes a fall Damned and drugged and dragged across the coals Only there’s no resurrection-only more disaffection not the next Jesus Then we knock ‘em down to pieces frustration doubt increases What more to do to please us? When we find out they’re not the next Jesus
3.
Dawn Chorus 05:09
DAWN CHORUS - LYRICS P. PASCOE Hundreds of voices bringing us out of the night dawn chorus singing in the light This morning song, welcoming the day Not for all that long, as if just to say another magic day awaits Hundreds of voices singing out in play Dawn chorus greets the magic day It awaits us all; we all get equal amounts of the sun Upon the bird’s call we’re getting around to getting things done Could this day be the one? Hundreds of voices bringing joy to my ears dawn chorus wash away my cares ‘Nothing's wrong’, ‘everything is right’ Another song, each one a new delight the melodies lift the weight Fragile bird on the branch I catch your eye For a brief moment, we connect & then we cry For the lost connection the line’s still down The trust is gone, nature’s sure left town Watching the night drift away washed into blue Letting go of the grey in the new light of day Hundreds of voices wipe away all my tears dawn chorus a new day appears
4.
Blue Sky Day 03:52
BLUE SKY DAY - LYRICS P. PASCOE Well it’s been so many years could’ve been a short nap All my worries, all my cares like a dripping tap I’m away from my friends; I’m a lone bird away from my flock Fishing on a lonely shore, waves lapping at the hard rock, hard rock It can cut your knees, your heart if you slip Well I’ve been on the run now I’m stretched out in the sun I reckon it’s nearly time all the plans I’ve floated on the wide open sea Blue sky day blue sky day Now the tides turned once again.... Blue sky day, a new promise in the morning Blue sky day, I’ll heed every warning Blue sky day blue sky day It’s been so many years
5.
TODAY IS A GIFT LYRICS P.DREDGE I met a man on a lonely stretch of road and he offered to help me with my load The day was dull and the night was setting in so I pitched my tent and then I asked him in I talked all night while he just sat and heard about my past, he listened to every word I told him of my half empty glass then he just smiled and said all things will pass He said yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift The next day we both up and left that town and he asked me why I always wear a frown He told me that troubles and trials don’t last and it doesn’t help to dwell upon the past. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift Next day we camped beside an unknown hill we talked of loss and love; no time to kill I asked him what to do and what might be he just smiled and said you must believe Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift Now I walk with my head held high and I smell the roses, walking by In good times and bad, I don’t know how I just smile and think about the now.
6.
NOWHERE / NOW HERE LYRICS P. PASCOE On a steel grey sky day My children and I play on the beach I dig a boat shape in the sand They climb in and sail to places just out of reach I lay back watch the sky As I fly to the horizon and back Past the fishing boats And a yacht going nowhere Hey I was once going nowhere All action, no focus, no gain But on this beach I am now here In the lightly falling rain I think how we’ve all come so far Feet pushing into the sand Will I still catch my star? As the words fall from my hand Most of us are merely half asleep, on our memory train Blind to the signs in our dreams, lost in our quiet pain How many promises do we keep, how many answers remain? How many half truths do we seem to tell again and again and again?
7.
These Bills 02:40
THESE BILLS - LYRICS P. PASCOE Well I’m lying here tired on a fine Wednesday night On a bed that’s been on fire, a bed that’s seen a fight And I just can’t believe how I’m too tired to grieve But these bills won’t take care of themselves I’m waiting for dinner and my mate’s got it right For its food for a sinner, down to the last bite For a man needs sustenance like a man needs romance But these bills won’t take care of themselves Well I’m thinking of a woman and I’m dying inside Problems, I don’t ‘em, but I’m trying in spite To tie myself up, drown in someone’s cup But these bills won’t take care of themselves I’m happy and lonely in the same breath I’d love to know only I’m not near my death And I’m pretty sure when I walk out that door These bills won’t take care of themselves Well I’m planning a long and musical life With hundreds of songs and one day one wife But for now there’s just me, far too busy to see These bills won’t take care of themselves I just got the call; she wants to see me tonight And it’s not hard to tell things are from right Well she likes being in power, tells me I crushed a flower - what the hey? But these bills don’t take care of themselves.
8.
SUNSET JOURNEY (REVISITED) LYRICS P.PASCOE Took the journey at sunset to where the charcoal met the flames With the crescent moon mirrored in the wet sand Where the stars said ’morning to the night again Took a walk down the silent beach Apart from one voice singing in the waves And the black swan flew northward a winter’s reward for the brave The ocean and sky were one the mist gone and the masks were undone Clouds became birds and the sand was glass our eyes followed the sun Took the walk down the silent beach Apart from one voice singing in the waves And the black swan flew northward a winter’s reward for the brave Like a dawn in the evening the rebirth of the Milky Way The cool sand spoke beneath our footsteps The beginning of the end of the day And with a lone cry of the seabird we turned toward the land Started the next leg of the journey we’re just beginning to understand Took a walk down the silent beach Apart from one voice singing in the waves And the black swan flew northward a winter’s reward for the brave
9.
GET IT OVER THE LINE - LYRICS P. PASCOE Last week was so good I’m ready to go back and do it all again Not that I would, think I’ll duck in out of the rain You know you can muck around forever These lazy summer days are fine I’m looking forward to wrapping up, whatever You know soon we’ll get it over the line Strange to think it’s already been and gone I was looking forward to it all along Now I’m gonna slip away and think upon: the fact I’ve been too busy for too long I’m gonna have to watch my tongue Sometimes feels it’s not really mine I know it’s not all fun But I’ll get it over the line The cattle here are painted beside valleys and the stream The trees are looking foggy, like some kind of dream The trains leading me on its good to be moving along Gets me outta my skin, I’m gone into some other space, like a movie Sometimes I wonder about the path I’m talking About - feels like I’m starting to get behind I could do with a spot of river walking But you know someday soon I’ll get it over the line When I’m casting a line when I’m writing this line
10.
BIRTHDAY SONG (Kindness Found It’s Home) - LYRICS P.PASCOE Kindness has found its home in you, plain to see, I’d say Love shines bright round you, as easy as the day You’re my cool glass of water on a burning afternoon My shelter from the freezing rain You’re the missing notes in my stumbling tune The answer to my prayers, soothing my pain Kindness has found its home in you, plain to see, I’d say Love shines bright round you, as easy as the day You remind me of a happy holiday That never seems to end Fun and laughs along the way More just around the bend I take your hand and carry on, lead me where you will We’ll make new plans and to lead us on over the next hill
11.
Lost Silence 03:38
LOST SILENCE - LYRICS P. PASCOE Lost silence lost silence We’ve forgotten it - a lost colour, a misplaced thought Not letting things breathe, ideas too quickly bought And so we cover every moment in our rush Skipping the study, reaching straight for the brush Lost silence, lost silence The security of the womb of the womb left behind A bright clinical foreign world’s what we find Only a glimpse, just a few words coming through Only in silence can those echoes find their tune Lost silence lost silence TVs internet mobile phones, the white noise of our times Radios DVDs headphones contradictory noisy mimes Lost silence lost silence You lead the way, your call louder than a train lost silence Calm the day, language of wind and rain lost silence
12.
Lone Tree 03:10
LONE TREE - LYRICS P. PASCOE If you left me I’d be the lone tree on the top of the cliff A silhouette against a lonely sky What you gave me a reflection, constant company, what if You left me wondering why All those years, passing by in the blink of an eye With a wave of a branch In the middle of another stormy afternoon All that we shared, sheltered our path through the years And with a nod to our past: Another muddle of fading memories Without you I’d be a lone tree, lost in contemplation All that lives must die If you left me what you gave me Without you I’d be a lone tree

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The majority of these songs were composed recently by bouncing them back and forth across the Tasman Sea - a bridge would have helped.

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released August 1, 2012

Words and Music by Pete Pascoe and Paul Dredge
except * By Paul Dredge and ^ By Pete Pascoe
Recorded and Produced by Pete Pascoe

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