Words

BOXES

Everything we gathered everything we gained
All in boxes or throw it away
Not looking for another four walls to break
We never really had much anyway

All that we try
(to keep a hold of)
Is holding us down
(honey we should know by now)
Oh it gets lighter and lighter
Each and everyday
None of it was sacred no
But for the love that we made

Everything we said or what we meant to say
And all these boxes to tell us the way
But honey you know know we don’t wanna run that race
We never knew where we were going anyway

Down where we lie down

 

THE LIGHTS

Young
And light
We’ve time
While we’re still young
Wide
Fields wild
These nights
As clear as the water

All these years flight
To reach your eyes
Behold, The Lights

Days
To nights
We find
One or the other
Once
Your eyes
And mine
Fell into each others

All these years flight
To reach your eyes
All these ruins lie
Til each one dies
Behold, The Lights

We
We’re right
Untied

 

FRAMES

Worry she’s a giver she’s a lover she’s a violent friend
I understand who I’ve been
Chaos is a cover its a brother to the detail
Its never just what it seems

And I can see
Everything as it has been

Colour in the empty to the edges to the outer frame
And let me be wild again
Out in to the ever to the ether to the outer space
The heavens sing to hear your names

And I can see
Everything as it has been

Everything goes in the end
But only starting again
Everything goes in the end
but only starting again

 

LOW.

Older we grow, this I know
Learning slow the art of letting go
Still we long, to hold on

Proud, I wish I could pull it down
All my wasted days, where are they now?
Still I long

We lay down where we lay

Oh love we know, keep low
Looks like losing
But feels like letting go
Oh we long

We lay down where we lay
Under starlight we wait

One day, we let go

 

GRAVES

Speak child
Don’t hold
You alone must find
Your own
Seek child
But know
That it’s all about
Letting go

Speak child
Be low
You’ll be high
And you will be low
Look child
For love
Is alive and well
In the darkest holes

So we walk
Towards
Graves
But behold
Our lord
Raised

 

SLEEP

Once our eyes said it all
Now my flesh it bullies
Well it pricks and preaches
And we sleep in tangles
All these ghosts surrounding

Once our eyes said it all
Now satisfaction lingers
Hell it tricks and teases
When it comes and goes
But the fear is filling
And we cling so careless
Onto what we’re holding

Still my blood wanders
In its circulating
As we wait for glory
Or to find some slumber

 

HOSTS

City I will always find a home
Asleep within your sleepless bones
Listening to your rhythms I have grown
Like rain upon your restless roads

Mother I can always find a place
To lay beneath your weightlessness
To stand under city lights and know
I have place wherever you go
To belong

Spirit I delight in what you say
You tell me who I am and who i’ll be
And I can’t define your ageless ways
But you whisper and you sing to me again
You belong
You belong

Olivia is with me when I wake
We stand upon the promises we make
And until my body starts to fade
I give her my devotion

 

KEEP ROLLING ON

I remember thinking about all the things that I would do
It’s funny how quickly that boy became you
Sitting here drinking away all the things that I’d have done
While the moments slip away and another one comes

And the years keep rolling on keep rolling on like a beating drum
They dont blink an eye or go back for anyone
The weirdest part of growing old is still feeling so young
While the years keep rolling on keep rolling on keep rolling on

I rememeber understanding I don’t understand it all
But knowing its all going somewhere and I’m part of that force
These days my heart say you dont know nothing at all
while the moments fall away and another one falls

And the years keep rolling on keep rolling on like a beating drum
They dont blink an eye or slow down for anyone
The weirdest part of growing old is still feeling so young
While the years keep rolling on keep rolling on keep rolling on

 

OH CHRISTINA

Oh Christina, My heart is in it,
is yours? I can’t tell anymore

You shut all the windows you shut all the doors
And the cracks in the ceiling they’re mine and they’re yours
And the the water is are rising there’s no where to hide
Like a lighthouse but when did we shut off the lights
The wheels are still spinning the wood is still warm
Theres a hole in the floor that we never saw

Oh Christina, my heart is in it
is yours? I can’t tell anymore
Oh Christina, are we beginning to fall?
I can’t tell anymore

These black in white halls and all of these walls
And the shadows they’re throwing remind me of yours
As you’re tiptoeing in and out of my heart
Like you know it but you just don’t know where to start
And the wheels are still spinning the wood is still warm
But these holes in the floor just wont hold us no more

Oh Christina, my heart is in it
is yours? I can’t tell anymore
Oh Christina, are we beginning to fall?
I can never be sure
I can’t tell anymore

 

THE CLIMB, THE FALL

Miley, I can understand why
You’d wanna be somebody else for awhile
You’ve been so many people for so many years
All things ruin, crack and mold
New things grow then we call them old
But we’re all looking for a lie that we can share

Did you feel the limelight slipping away from your hold
Did you feel the darkness sinking into your soul
Glowing isn’t easy and nobody wants
To feel forgotten, to be forgot

Amy died running through the night
Trying to hide from the quiet inside
But you never can, you never will, it’s yours
Takes it’s toll all that rock’n’roll
It takes another little piece of your heart and soul
We’re all looking for the climb but not the fall

Did you feel the limelight slipping away from your hold
Did you feel the darkness sinking into your soul
Glowing isn’t easy and nobody wants
To feel forgotten, to be forgot

Can you see the names
in the flickering lights they’re gonna fade
Cos’ we are all the same
With the voices in our heads lingering
We just want to be someone somebody else wants to be
Did you believe Hollywood was gonna set you free

Did you feel the limelight slipping away from your hold
Did you feel the darkness sinking down into your soul
Glowing isn’t easy and nobody wants
To feel forgotten, to be forgot

 

LIKE A RIVER TO THE SEA

All the years
Roll together
Like the beat of a drum
Like the beating drum

All the waters
Run together
Like the rain falling free
Like the river to the sea

And we run, like a river to sea

All the years
Fold together
Like the turning of a page
Like a slow turning page

Hold onto nothing
But for your love
It will come undone
It’s all coming undone

And we run, like a river to sea
Yeah we run like a river to sea
Where my heart will be free

 

ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA

I was young when I set out
I can hardly remember
Oh the tales that I could tell you
If I only could remember
And the fog it is drumming
And the new world is coming
Oh this song I will be humming
When the words wont come out

On a slow boat to China
I will be, I will be
In the sea, when we get there
We will see what will be
On a slow boat to China
I will be, I will be
We will see when we get there
What will be

Now I’m old I am weathered
my beard is long and white
I have seen many crawling winters
on this sleepy ark
still we go for our fathers
and we go for the lost
still we go ever on
into the common dark

 

 

DARKNESS & THE WAY WE ARE

I could blame my wandering heart
Darkness and the way we are
I could say its where I’ve been
Put it on the faults I’ve seen

Underneath the falling rain
People sit covered in names
Just trying to understand themselves
Figure from for where they fell

I wanna lie down upon some solid ground
I need some reasons now that lead my wandering
To something i can keep
I’ve found nothing I can hammer down
Nothing i can figure out
For all my wandering
I’m still looking for a name
and a thesis I can tame

I could blame my heavy hands
darkness or the way I am
but can you hear the children play
ain’t they just as free as any brand new day

I wanna lie down upon some solid ground
I need some reasons now that lead my wandering
to something i can keep
Ive found nothing I can hammer down
nothing I can figure out
for all my wandering
I’m still looking for a name
and a feeling I can claim

 

 

FOREIGNERS

oh night
We are the waiting and the stolen
we are the foreigners the wandering
we are the ghost upon the road, and
we are just listening to the pale night
on the way to God
bones and all
until the weight is gone

oh night
we are the citizens of nowhere
we are the guests in our own homes here
we are the listeners the lonesome
we are the weariest waters
where the waves lie broken now
bones and all
until the weight is gone

 

 

WALLS

Oh the earth shakes
It shivers and breaks
and the walls that we build up
Fall down and take
It’s the walls that we build up
That fall down and take from us

Oh the earth breaks
It quivers and quakes
and the borders we build up
Divide and they break
and the more that we put up
The more it will take from us

Who am I to question when she does
Who am I to question when she does
cos’ all of these walls
Will eventually fall away

So enjoy what you have while you have
Eat and drink, dream and think
Love and be loved but hold nothing as safe
cos’ all of these walls will eventually fall away

 

NO REDEMPTION

Well I don’t believe in anything I see
‘cos I don’t see anything at all
and I don’t believe I’m living for myself
when all I ever do is fall
and I won’t believe I’m swinging here
suspended like a picture with no wall,
so sure to fall
There’s no redemption here

ain’t it strange that when we come here
we’ve got nothing to deny or to defend
ain’t it strange even the greatest man of all
could be a madman in the end
ain’t it true no matter how many I love
I’m gonna die alone again
the way that I began
There’s no redemption here

I cant pretend I’m giving anymore
when all I ever do is take
and I cant pretend I give a damn
when all I ever give is for my sake
and I can’t just sit here singing
‘cos if singing’s all I do then I’m a fake
make no mistake
There’s no redemption here

Sure I want to say someday I’ve got
the questions and the answers figured out
sure I want to know the reasons
know the secrets no one’s telling me about
and I want to find the cure for
the hunger here that swallows me in doubt
and then surely I’ll get out
There’s no redemption here

Well I dream about the end
and I can see that I’ve got nowhere I can hide
yes I worry about tomorrow
and I wonder about yesterday and why
and I know for every evil thing I’ve done
I’ll have to look you in the eye
wearing no disguise
There’s no redemption here

 

 

GREEN GREEN GRASS

The hills here roll like rhythms in my mind
the leaves fall gently down in their own time
its clear out here there’s nothing on repeat
forget the noise and lose your memories

Maybe I’ll just stay here
and watch the seasons pass
you can tell them this if they ask
that I’m gone gone to green green grass

The river runs like melody to me
and resonates as far as i can see
its drowning out the bitterness, the fear
I’m thinking maybe baby ill just stay out here

Maybe ill I’ll just stay here
and watch the seasons pass
you can tell them this if they ask
that I’m gone gone to green green grass

 

 

STRIDE BY STRIDE (written by Tim Hart)

Make your mark and stand out on the street
while they measure you in feet
call you in and cut you loose to try another day
write as if a shadow of yourself
drink to goodluck and good health
then smoke a hundred cigarettes on top a Friday high

I don’t mind it all the same
and I never would complain
just set a steady walking pace and go
leave the shadows to themselves
they’ll dance upon the rocks and shells
we are not late for we have nowhere to go

The builder builds his building to a plan
then we all work there for the man
sit in offices, surrender what we could have been
until the day we’re useless to the cause
then we’re quietly shown the door
we’re not needed anymore just servants of the crown

And I, I am learning how to roll
Take my time less the time spent takes its toll
all my life I’ve been pushing along this road
Stride by Stride one step closer to my goal

The market leaves me wary of the world
the oyster wary of the pearl
the workman wary of the never ending jungle rise
As if to wish the winter well away
the sun is careful not to burn
It just waits there for its turn before the burning starts

 

 

SOLOMON’S SONG

Babe, you’re
listening to the morning come again
It’s nothing new
Babe, you’re listening to
the daylight breaking through
It’s nothing new

But where does it go, do you know
can you tell me anything at all
What is it for, and whats more
does our love mean anything at all
In all of this
nothingness
sleep

Babe, you’re listening to
the morning come again
It’s nothing new
Lay your body beside me
this is all we are
and its all we have

But where will it go, do you know
can you tell me anything at all
What is it for, and whats more
does our love mean anything at all
In all of this
nothingness
dream

 

 

THE FOREVER SONG

You were laying there still in your lazy blue dress
you were lingering, longing, your mind was a mess
saying come to me babe with your eyes and your nod
as we fell to the night were we laying with God

and I wont pretend that could stand in our way
we’re more than these bones than this head full of weight
I know forever’s some place I let go
some place I remember some place that I know.

I remember that meeting, that colourful place
that whole thick direction, that thin hollow space
Where the walls were like nothing, where cold was like hot
was that you in the garden, playing with God

and I wont pretend that could stand in our way
we’re more than these bones than these walls and mistakes
I know forever’s some place I let go
some place I remember some place that I know.

I followed my heart the best that I could
I fell and have fallen but you knew that I would
it was ruined and holy the road that I trod
But looking back now was I walking with God

If life is a lesson its simple and straight
Its easy, its violent its love and its hate
but this soul and the planet were made to go on
to be lost to be born to gambling with God

and I wont pretend that could stand in our way
we’re more than these words than the things that we say
I know forever’s some place I let go
Some place I’ve forgotten but somehow still know

 

 

PENNY FOR THE BOATMAN

By waves of wind and water
his steady oar to cross
when all you’ve left to carry
will be worth its weight in love
to be old but without aging
to hold his flashing gaze
a penny for the boat man
to carry you away

So throw your sorrow to the graveyard
with your pyramid of sins
your jacket and jewellery
you got to throw it all in
don’t fear what walls have fallen
don’t linger for to wait
a penny for the boatman
to carry you away

Back on this side of the forever
where the weary wish and wait
oh this city she’s a lover
but this river she’s my fate
and we are still bound together
we are still the same
a penny for the boat man
to carry me away

 

 

WATER

I am the stranger in the shadows
I am the sleeper at the wheel
Am I the choice & the anonymous voice
That says none of it’s real
I’ve heard the footsteps of the hungry
I’ve heard the breathing of relief
I heard the scream of a mother in a dream
But that could have been me

water, oh water

I walked out to the grieving ocean
I lay down by the thirsty sea
I found a man there dying without water
He looked just like me
I have come from the walls of worry
I fled the wounded streets of war
I walked a thousand miles in the wrong direction
But what was it for?

water, oh water

I am a chorus of the guilty
I am the water on the ground
I am collectively the face of the lost
Who long to be found
We drink to love and to deception
We drink to charity and greed
We drink to numb the very thing we’ve become
when its water we need

water oh water

 

 

MAKE MY GRAVE WHEREVER I FALL

There’s no country I would die for
there’s no land I call my home
there’s flag I can salute
no endorsement I have known
and if soil I must believe in
then I have no home at all
make my grave wherever I Fall

So tell me what should I believe in
come now tell me what is right
in a world thats built with empty words
words to confuse wrong and right
and if home is where the heart is
then it should be plain to all
to make my grave wherever I fall

Sure there’s beauty in the mountains
Its there in the breaking dawn
I have seen it in her eyes
and in the city I was born
But I’ve known nothing that can last here
nothing great and nothing small
so make my grave, wherever I fall

So if all living is a circle
and we’re all drifting in the wind
Some will drown while others drink
and some will sink while others swim
But through all the educated guesses & religions pretty dresses
There’s really nothing sacred here at all
so make my grave, wherever I fall

Or you could lie with my Father, to be for ever after
but that makes no difference at all
So make my grave, wherever I fall

 

 

THE VOICE OF REASON

When your days are cold your sun is rising low
when it goes against the balance that you know
all the words we use to colour, all the dreams we use to dream
and I have come to listen while you sing

When what you are feels more like what your not
when what you owe is more than what you got
The voice of reason finds you and it tells you where to be
I have come to tell you to be free

When the words you been given ain’t being got
and the footsteps you been walking got you lost
when your feeling small inside is there still something to be given
I have come to beckon you to listen

And the morning calls your name and says noway
when winter falls on every word you say
when you know its not your time but you’re so damn ready
I am come to tell you to be steady
I have come to tell you to go on

Its the fearless hope inside you keeps you free
with one foot at the pavement the other lost at sea
and you only know the realness when the tears are in your eye
I have come to listen while you cry
I have come to give you this goodbye

When your walking into clouds you cant see through
when the windows and walls conspire against you
when there’s nobody to listen is there something still to say
I am here to tell you, its okay
I am come to tell you to wait

So ill step out of my body and my voice
evacuate so I can hear the noise
if I am not me, you are not you we know not what we know
I have come to tell you to let go

 

 

AS A MOUNTAIN STANDS

We give our bodies to each other in the night
we give our hearts over to him without a fight
we give our hands to the rich and not the poor
but brother is it worth the weight we store

We give our voices to the loudest voice we’re hearing
we give our fears to the one who keeps us fearing
we give our lonely hearts to anyone who’ll stay
but why do we give it all away

But I believe in a time
when all and every wrong will be right
we’ll stand tall as a mountain stands
and i’ll be with you again

We give our bodies to each other so blind
we give our hearts over to him without a fight
we give our hands to the strong and not the weak
but I believe someday we all will see

I believe in a time
when all and every wrong will be right
we’ll stand tall as a mountain stands
and i’ll be with you again
I believe in a place
where the weight of gravity is erased
we’ll stand tall as a mountain stands
and i’ll be with you again
We’ll be together again

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Released 15th July 2016
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FRIDAY MAY 5th
The Vic Theatre (Devonport)
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SATURDAY MAY 6th
Vinyl Destination
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THURSDAY MAY 11th
Walton Street
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SAT MAY 13th
Meow
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