Black Across the Field

by Lucie Thorne

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released March 2, 2009

All songs written by Lucie Thorne.

Guitars and singing by Lucie Thorne, with

Hamish Stuart --- drums and percussion
Dave Symes --- electric and double bass
Chris Abrahams --- piano and keyboard (1,3,4,6,9)
Stephen Magnusson --- guitar (2, 4)
Heath Cullen --- guitar (4, 6)
Stu Hunter --- keyboard (5, 8)
Robyn Martin --- singing (2,3,4)
Kim Dellavedova --- singing (2)

Recorded by Shane Fahey at Megaphon
Additional recording by Lucie at Bimbaya
Mixed by Bob Scott / Mastered by William Bowden
Produced by Lucie Thorne, Hamish Stuart and Dave Symes

Artwork by Rachel Stone


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Lucie Thorne Melbourne, Australia

"exquisitely impressionistic... poetry in motion" (**** Rolling Stone)

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"Australia's PJ Harvey... possessing the punch of Cat Power and the wise words of Joni Mitchell" (The Courier Mail)
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Track Name: As You Find It
As You Find It

I'm gonna follow this track
Through the scrub and down to the road
I've got the wind at my back
Got my collar up against the cold

Gonna race straight down
Through the scrub and down through the lot
And in less than an hour
I could be standing right there by your door

Heading out in the dark
Gonna stand up and strain as I pedal hard

Take it as you find it
Track Name: Alice

She liked to think of them as creatures
Lining up along the road right there on display
Sometimes she would tell them secrets
Lean her head against the frame, watching them sway

Or watch the back of his neck

She collected sounds and pieces
Of what she heard behind the door in the darkened hall
Crouched beneath the phone, in shadow
She kept a careful list of what she might use them for

Oh light of mine
Looking like she means it
Oh light of mine
Like you know she feels it
Oh light of mine
Track Name: When The Lights Go Down
When The Lights Go Down

I'll be there, out there in the crowd
I'll arrive alone, and I'll be by myself when I leave to go
When the lights go down, I'll be staring out
I want you to know this feels like my private show

Course I know all the words
And I know just how that pretty mouth of yours
Whispers and curls
Swaying gently along
Under my breath I'll sing harmony to my favourite songs

Well I'm hardly shy, but when it comes to this
If I could make you see, you'll be glad I did

So I'll dream of this as I watch you play
Honey I'm oh so sure we're gonna meet some day
Track Name: Northern Town
Northern Town

There's a boy in a northern town
Street lights shining all around
Thinks to himself what he's missed
He says I just want to tell you this

There's a girl out there that I've known
And it's her that I'm thinking of
Kicks himself for what he could've had
He says I just wanna see you so bad

There's a girl in the countryside
She's looking up in to a starry night
Singing no-one's gonna pin me down
But I'd sure like you to come around
If only you could come around
Track Name: Under the Night
Under The Night

The blinds are up, I'm watching the sky
I can't sleep, it's been the longest night
Replaying what you said
It churns with the chop and whir of the fan above this bed

I'm on fire
I wanna be by your side

We were stretched out under the night
High above the heavy traffic and the sirens screaming by
Stayed up to meet the light
Held me in your arms that time and you said
Oh what would it be like

Driving down these thoughts of you
Another lousy night in another noisy room
But that 'what would it be like'
Keeps clamoring underneath
all these other people's dogs and cars and fights
Track Name: Over in Threes
Over In Threes

Wind is whipping this place apart
Rattling windows and a rattling heart
Birds are flying over in threes
Lighting up briefly in the trees

You know it's nasty and you know its name
The question's ugly but the fact remains
Just standing there in broad daylight
He takes another kick from the right

Streaks of grey across a white-wash sky
You don't forget the first big lie
Just like you don't forget the first big hit

This fella's mean streak is a mile wide
You can bet he'll burn it up tonight
Swig from cans behind his bright headlights
You can bet he's saddled up to ride

The question's ugly but the fact remains
Track Name: Please Don't Lets Begin
Please Don't Let's Begin

Letters carved out with a blade
Left and right, a circle made
Two names scratched here
Charred branch, ten years

Left and right, a circle formed
Would come apart but for this warmth
Left alone will come undone
You can't rely on winter sun

Oh the time it takes
First unravels, then it breaks
Please don't let's begin

Untended gardens fall
Prey to weeds and undergrowth
Then through a drought nine seasons long
The shock of rain, a flood's begun
Track Name: The Basic Rules
The Basic Rules

Could you send me away to join a traveling show
One where people pay to go to see terrifying displays
Of derangement and will
Cos I reckon I've got one that'd top the bill

Oh I'd stand before the crowd,
Baby let me show you how
And how they'd roar -
She's really gonna do it for sure!
I'll tear myself apart
It's a woman breaking her own heart

I'll keep pushing trouble and strife
Till something gives in
When I can't make the pieces fit

As you crash against the news
Then you tell me what you want me to do
So tell me how
And what we're s'posed to do with this now
As I fall against the thought
That I've just gotta shake it off

You keep pushing trouble and strife
Till something gives in
When you can't make the pieces fit
Track Name: Before the Cold
Before the Cold

please, no
please no not you too
please not both my sons
not both at once, like this

come back
come back and see this town
come and lay down your arms
i beg of you

how come
how come you're drawn to this
i find it hard to recognise
these soldiers of mine
how can you reconcile yourself to this

hold on
i hold on to the past
before the cold crept inside
you had the clearest eyes
your father and i
watched you wonder, laugh and cry
for gentler things
Track Name: Open Sky
Open Sky

I'll leave you with the crowd
and the coloured lights
All the happy noise
the drunken laughing shouts

Tonight I'm just a broken girl
I can barely trust even my own self
So I'm warning you, I'm telling you straight
I have gotten lost along the way

So keep a hold of those birds
and the key
I'm not sure you understand
that I'm not what you've hoped I could be

Tonight I'm stuck a lonely girl
Who can barely face her own sorry self
So I'm warning you, I'm telling you plain
I don't know how it happened but I got lost along the way
I'm not yours, you're not mine
And I don't think that feels like
Any kind of open sky

It's painful but it's true, I'm no good to you
And anyone can see that this is no good for me
Cos I'm not yours, you're not mine
And I don't think that feels like
Any kind of open sky

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