Car Boat Sail

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released October 10, 2009

Written by Gord Matheson
Performed by Gord Matheson, Avril Smart and Michael Lennie, with Dan Faichney and Ross Middlemiss

Recorded and mixed by Ross Middlemiss

Track 5 adapted by Gord Matheson from traditional lyrics and music by Jim Delahunty.

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Track Name: Walkabout
the golden spinifex brushed hard against my legs
scratches scarring on my skin
a martian landscape beckons, there's nothing else on my horizon
we're driving in the distance

let's go

there's nothing out here save for unearthly rock formations
and the rusted hunks of stone
a thousand shadows own the land that we all walk on
but they've always been alone

let me say hey, can you feel it now?
we all want to go walkabout

it's hard to lose your way with no forks in the road
but it's easy to lose your mind
the devil kept his marbles here for one good reason
he thought they'd be too hard to find

let me say hey, can you feel it now?
we all want to go walkabout
Track Name: Oh, Georgie
i picked you up at an underground market
you were dressed head to toe in dark blue
the sellers told us where we could park it
but i knew i wanted you

you looked a little rough around the edges
but superficial gets you nowhere at all
and i'm grateful that you made your promises
not to drive me up the wall

we hit the road in the spirit of travellers
everything we ever needed in tow
chose a town on a map of the east coast
and indicated we were ready to go

road markings cruised beneath us
and we camped under the stars every night
and in the times we stopped to catch our breath
we were breathless at the sights

oh georgie, you really set me free
free as i'd ever been, it's alright
i don't mind that you're unclean

i knew you carried some baggage
on rare occasion you simply broke down
and breaking was never your strongest suit
as we cruised from town to town

but every journey has to end somewhere
and we parted on the spot we first met
and even though i never had control of you
your first car you never forget

oh georgie, you really set me free
free as i'd ever been, it's alright
i don't mind that you're unclean
Track Name: Where Do We Go When We Die?
where do you think we go when we die?
are we off to meet jesus, in a big old place in the sky
why don't the aeroplanes see us, whenever they fly by
tell me, where do we go when we die?

what's gonna happen to us when we die?
vishnu came back as a turtle, a sage and a dwarf but will i?
i'd like to think i'd remember if i used to be a fly
so tell me, where do we go when we die?

where do you think we go when we die?
what is it you're so afraid of, that you concoct all of these lies?
at the end of it there's no heaven, no summerland or surprise
there's nowhere for us to go when we die

so why'd we have to go somewhere when we die?
can't we just fade away gracefully, til we're gone in the blink of an eye?
i'm happy just to be a memory in the corner of your mind
that's where i want to go when i die

yeah, that's where i want to go when i die
Track Name: Te Moeka O Tuawe
i saw drifting down
ice all drifting down
the mountainside
the mountainside

twelve thousand feet high
air and skin collide
caress the sky
caress this guy

lake reflects the hills
late in morning i'll
forsake my name
for my namesake's fame

and i know in this place i belong
but i can't stay very long

caves are underground
case in point you found
a new pursuit
a new pursuit

hanging by a rope
indisposed i smoke
and settle down
i'll settle down

and i know in this place i belong
but i can't stay very long
Track Name: Across The Line (The Sailors Way)
i've traded with the maoris, the yankees and chinese
i've courted dark eyed beauties beneath the kauri trees
i've travelled along with a laugh and a song in the land where they call you 'mate'
rainbow beach and home again for that is the sailors fate

across the line, the tasman
i've been in nelsons bay
rainbow beach and home again for that is the sailors way

i've ran aground in many a sound with no pilot aboard
longboat lowered by lantern light, pushed off and gently oared
row-lock creak and a thumping swell and a wind that'll make you ache
who would sail the seven seas and share a sailors fate?

across the line, the tasman
i've been in nelsons bay
rainbow beach and home again for that is the sailors way

we've sailed away to northward, we've hauled away to east
we've skimmed our sail by the teeth of a gale and stood the calmest seas
we've set our course by a southern star, by stewart through the straight
westward round by milford sound for that is the sailors fate

across the line, the tasman
i've been in nelsons bay
rainbow beach and home again for that is the sailors way

hey!
Track Name: The Canterbury Association
now it's time for their ships to come in
and they'll finish where others begin
a new life away from home, it can't be bad
and they called their town christchurch, 'cos jesus was all that they had

the settlers, they came for no silver or gold
on their faces was the rain which came down hard and cold
but they were spirited, not cynical, and swollen with pride
and they called their river avon, for the one that flows into the clyde

don't leave us now, we're not coming home
don't leave us now, we're not good alone
(repeat)
Track Name: A New Jersey Affair
met her in new jersey on a blank september day
told me that she wanted to see the palisades
i said okay, so we jumped in my car and drove

she asked me lots of questions as to what i was doing there
i said a scotsman in the states is hardly shock of the year
she said i'm just trying to break the ice

and i looked over at her, and thought that was nice

we wandered for an hour through a blanket of autumn leaves
she said she thought the rocks looked just like rows of trees
i thought that was cool, cos that's what the indians said

and when we drove back into town she took me to bed

woke up in the morning with the sunlight creeping in
holding on to her and trying to hide a grin
when she woke up, and told me i had to leave

'my father is quite strict and he'll be home in half an hour'
talk about a morning that went from sweet to sour
i got out of bed, and dressed to save my life

she said 'it could be worse, i could have been someones wife'

so i'm driving to my hotel on a blank september day
didn't think i'd ever get to see the palisades
the windows are down, i'm breathing in the autumn air

and when i think of jersey i'll be sure to think of her
lying next to me as i stroke her silky hair
and i know for sure, this town will never look the same

and it's the damndest thing, but i don't recall her name
Track Name: An Ocean And A Continent Away
hand me a cigarette
tell me another story
what pictures did you take today?
how long before you go away?

i really like that dress you're wearing
i can't believe the other folks aint staring
pulling out your polaroid
i think it's warm enough to stay outside

i'll send you a postcard
when i get back home
that night in toronto made me feel like
feel like i'm not alone

i thought that i'd run out of things to say
or that you'd turn and look the other way
but when you walked me to the subway station
i couldn't bear to end the conversation

i really hope that when i'm gone you'll miss me
and i regret you didn't get to kiss me
i'll make a promise to come back someday
but you're an ocean and a continent away

i'll send you a postcard
when i get back home
that night in toronto made me feel like
feel like i'm not alone

i'll make a promise to come back some day
but you're an ocean and a continent away
Track Name: Three If By Air
i've packed all my bags
it's time to be leavin'
way up in the sky
it's what i believe in

and you know you can't go wrong by turning right
but it's hard for me to go without a fight

slept under the stars
and camped by the roadside
jumping out of a plane
and learning to hang-glide

and you know you can't go wrong by turning right
but it's hard for me to go without a fight

it's one if by land
and two if by sea
but it's three if by air
(that one was me)

and you know you can't go wrong by turning right
but it's hard for me to go without a fight

i'm going home
Track Name: The City Feels Different Without You
the bars are still open til midnight
and the smokers still bask in the streetlight
and it all looks the same
as i walk down memory lane
but the city feels different without you

well the statues still stand in the square
and the makeshift world market is still there
and the seagulls still squawk
as i go for a walk
but the city feels different without you

and the ships are still watertight, it would seem
and we still play on magdalen green
and it's hard to forget
on the bridge the sun sets
but the city feels different without you

and it all looks the same
as i walk down memory lane
but the city feels different without you
Track Name: End Of The Road
the setting sun casts shadows
the setting sun casts shadows
on the desert floor
not long ago, there was so much more

and i never knew
but it's hard to be confused
with all the places we've passed through

the pier it stands alone now
the pier it stands alone now
i wonder if it knew
that was where i fell for you

and i didn't know
as the geyser starts to blow
what our footprints had to show

and i always knew
it was time for something new
but there's days i still miss you