Raise Our Sunken Ship

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1.
There's a fire in the hull there's no getting out of this one The cracken clenched his fist never made it out alive a thousand souls or more upon a coral shore tears in the brine are often hard to find Raise our sunken ship I've got people to be and places to see the FTSE will fall the end of us all relies on me Raise our sunken ship this women's with child the father must know it's barely got got eyes to wittness demise and currents that flow There's no second chances under these seas the last thing through your iris was a hue of regrett Raise our sunken ship the cathode ray has little to say what little I've done the nothing becomes my everything Raise our sunken ship how can I die when my heart resides somewhere inland to a girl I once loved and who once loved me? There's no second chances under these seas you're bludgeoned by the bedrock in the mid atlantic rift there's no second chances As the plates fuse overhead and I'll sleep amoungst the authors and hope to find you there because all you left were questions naunced by your wake the sound of your voice I pray I don't forget and the bottle in your hand well it dies with you and I'd pour these pills away for just another minute with you.
2.
I am the tin man my arms are of lead with wool for my heart and your fingers on the thread I am the tin man and this heart beats a weave a black and tangled mess from whenever you leave the further that you get the more it will unfurl because I am the Tin Man and you were my girl and I weep until I rust and try to carry on but the cry of my joints is our threnody song I walked until the morning as I followed the sun because I am the Tin Man and I am undone I strayed to the forest just to see what I would see but the animals were frightened and they ran away from me I came to a village where the children they did scream because I am the Tin Man and I am obscene I held out my arms but they held out a gun and they said battles must be fought and wars they must be won they tore off my limbs and they smelted me down pressed me into bullets and they shipped me out of town I am the tin man and I'm fighting in your war but it wasn't me that started it and i don't know what it's for I fly through the air and into you skin and it's all you remember from all we could had been I am the Tin Man but what is there left you took apart my body and gave away my best I am the Tin Man and my heart beats a weave you took what you wanted you look and then you leave.
3.
You remembered my name and wrote your digits on my palm but I ran nervous sweat and these hands they regret and now you're just a pen smudge on my arm You'll wondered why I never called because true love never waits to fall it happens in an instant comes crashing through your door and makes you wonder what I'm waiting for and maybe you moved on but I don't want to write that song because I saw the perfect dress for you and a place where we could live and a thousand other things that I could give so I walk the streets of the places that we met looking for your face or for a second chance but all i find are couples and regrett You found man and he's ok you're getting older by the day they'll put you out a pastour so carpe diem and with every kiss you move further away But I always dressed may best with every day like the rest Waiting for a train I didn't know had left on a platform empty, with a hole in my chest Now you've changed your name cutting off the final vein Like a number in a phone book the calling cards aflame and now you're just a tumour in my brain Now there's nothing left of what there used to be Eleven digits wasted lost somewhere in the fold I'll drink a death, you get happy and grow old because I never moved on what good is second best when she couldn't do the things you could or at least that's what i'll say because you'll always be the one that got away you'll always be the one that got away
4.
Never choose a window over open doors you never know how far you'll fall never sew seed in the middle of winter never eat a wind fall apple if one happens upon your way because what's easy for you is easy for him Never leave a penny in a broken glass because a penny is a poor mans will and the blood on his hands will mark you still Never teach a Lion that it's something it's not it's only gonna last so long Because a Lions heart is always a Lions Oh little brother the things that i have seen well I hope you twain will never meet and the grass is always green Oh little brother It doesn't all seem real my friends are dying in my arms I hope you never find out, just how that feels Never fall in love on a second date Because your heart's too quick and your brain's too late Never Tear a doc leaf that you don't need never take a rifle that you haven't made the fights not yours and it's not your spade to dig with get out of that hole Oh little brother the things that I have seen well I hope you twain will never meet and the grass is always green Oh little brother It doesn't all seem real my friends are dying in my arms I hope you never find out, just how that feels Oh little brother I can only say so much you'll have to find your own way but I hope you keep in touch
5.
04:56
These nights draw quicker than the last and words clot thicker than the past Shuffling chairs upon the deck I'm making up the numbers now I wish I had something to say I wish I had something to say Black ice teeth into the night a clipped sedge bound and out of flight Lost touch and slowly lost the line blame cadasil, empty will, god, then covet equine I wish I had something to say I wish I had something to say I wish I had something to give I wish I had something to give We're not getting younger we're not getting younger.
6.
Father said you cut yourself today when'd you go and get that way? Mother says you're running out of town I really miss you Father says these bills are still unpaid now he's just the bearer of the spade mother says look what you've done to us and throws the dirt down I will take this penny from you and throw it in the well Father says you never seem to call ripped the socket from the wall mother says you're hiding in the earth I sure hope so Saw you turning tricks to reddest light promise that that ghost will sleep tonight bit my tongue against our fathers grace Jesus Christ I miss you But I will take these pennies from you and put them on your eyes.
7.
08:33
As I cast your ashes to the sea I hope the tide The tide will bring you back and put you back together again Your powders and your iodene the psirens burning down from the bathroom shelf well i guess I'll never understand and i guess I'll never hold your hand again the kids they never seem to write but i know they're doing well I know they're doing well but forgot your name again today I didn't mean you harm everything just starts to slip away There's blood inside the bathroom sink I prey to god it's mine. The doctor says it's operable I guess that's what you'd want but you're not here Can't get about the house these days so they put me in a home but it's no home without you near Every memory falls aways the only thing that lingers is the pain I don't know what's worse inside, the cancer or the carcinogen Can barely lift a finger now can barely tell its there but they say i'm doing well well how can they tell I miss the things like waking up and walking out the door just walking out that door out that door. Remind me how that saying goes, if you love someone enough to let them go and hanging from a saline drip, I'm killing time and keeping death in tow Just let me go just let me go.
8.
There's a sunshine in my veins that's bleeding out like a gutter in the summer of a drought there's rumours that it's dying but I'm not sure it was alive Can I keep you for myself until I'm sure? There's a sun bleached vignette sat upon a sill I can barely make it's memory out, oh well A spider takes her home with her and settles on the breeze While we tie ourselves to abstract Geographies There's an apple in the attic of her eye a stowaway of love that slowly dies the best of times the worst of times, I find it hard to tell A City's not a compass or a Well There's ataxia in the patterns on the wall I'm pasting up the corners but they'll fall I'm sorry if your sentiment got list inside the fray A smile is not a forecast for a day
9.
Big fish in the little sea I know you never noticed me but left my tributary behind with my heart to fortune find Now I'm older I can see happiness abandon me I can't love but I can weld a fickle heart can little tell I told my mother I would write but I'd ink the blood and not the fight and tarried to my circumstance I never stood a fighting chance Big fish in the little Sea won't you leave some out for me? My hour's long as long as yours but you are rich and I am poor I'm slaking on the Lethe now just one last time beneath the bow I will sink and you will swim I will lose and you will win some get silver some get gold some are lucky getting old you get richer I'll get grief yet you're the king and i'm the thief Big fish i did what you said but still i can't afford the bread you left me in the open sea my hunger it surrounded me Big fish I'm not doing well I can see the gates of hell won't you help me back upstream where air was good, and water clean I can't be held responsible for what you say and do but if you pass that buck along the line I'm happy for a dollar or two Big fish am i going to die? This salts too much for such a fry turn your back and I'll rope my head Ixtab take me to my bed
10.
06:58
I saw you in your sunday best with that look upon your eyes well set them up and knock them down the points before the prize Your body's in the river now The flashing lights and calling cards the perfume in the air the stranger's foot depress the rug where someone else was there Your body's in the river now The Polaroids and nitrate seals the F stop where I end The spaces in our parlance dear Where you say we should be friends your body's in the river now your body's in the river now your body's in the river now your body's in the river Your concrete brogues and ruptured lobes but it's not enough it's not enough the acid bath the chalk line graph the dentin crack and don't look back with quicklime thumbs and doused in rum an unstuck match splints and thatch I'll roll your corpse I'll roll your corpse down into the ground
11.
08:44
The boarders shut forever and the markets fell to spoil from the pith into the earth the world turned to rot She found you in the bike sheds head tilted from the fall staring at the loose paints that coats your children's walls well I guess you won't be needing them I guess you won't be needing them I guess you won't be needing them anymore The summer on my back as leaves fracture the sun shining light where there once was a one and staring at east my hands began to quake as the bell began a herald its mistake and I didn't know your face and I didn't know your face and I didn't know your face from my own and I didn't know your tears how could I know your tears? I didn't know your tears what's to come. Physics stopped it's toying and the air refused to move repose where days had chose to hold their breath I couldn't hear a heartbeat or the siren on the hill the only thing you left me was the still and the patterns on my eyelids the patterns on my eyelids the patterns on my eyelids you are gone and I should have cut you down I should have cut you down I should have cut you down just to know you could still fall but blue rope is strong blue rope is strong blue rope is strong blue rope is strong and if blue rope can hold you head then blue rope can hold my heart.

about

Written and recorded across 2011/12 in a flat astride a Strip Club, Casino, and twenty four hour loading bay.

Released on May the 7th 2012, the anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.

There are many hands and voices that led me here. Here are but a few.

I'd like to thank my parents and family for their love. Joe Williams for putting up with me. Rebekah Whitlam for her undying faith and love. Natalie Walter for her constant friendship and support. Tom Morris, Sophie Green, Michael Love, Thom Corah and others for getting me here and giving me the confidence to do music and finally start singing at the age of 24, and being my best of friends along the journey. Jeremy Boughton, Nick Hill, Andrew Hugill, and John Richards for inspiring, teaching, supporting, and encouraging me despite my failings. Stuart and Jenni Alexander for making the World a brighter place. Anthony Hopkins for all the free Beer and kind words, and everyone else who I see from week to week. Without the kindness of others I would have wilted away long ago.

credits

released May 7, 2012

Adam Weikert : Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Double Bass, Mandolin, Recorder, Piano, Musical Saw

Sophie Green : Violin, Backing Vocals (The One that got away)

Nicole Robson : Cello (Brooch)

Dave Dhonau : Cello (Raise Our Sunken Ship)

Nick Zala : Pedal Steel (Little Brother)


Mixed, Recorded and Mastered* by Adam Weikert

*Tracks 1 and 3 remastered by Tom Dodds


Artwork by the superb Miss Anna Henderson

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