KITTY & FRANK

by Lucie Thorne

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1.
Golden Plains They’re coming in by foot and wagon coming in from every place you can catch the scent of the fever no wild rain can wash away We’ve never seen nothing like it things are changing every day it’s turning up in the dirt and gravel flashes in the riverbeds and the clay They say it’s wild the veins keep stretching out, over and down, it’s rife with fortune shifters One for frost, two for fire fine bright golden flooding plains I climb up through the granite boulders and watch ‘em come in droves now everyday They say it’s wild there’s more I know it more, it’s turning me bold and wild the plains are golden I was born down at Merriganowry I’ve been along the Lachlan all my life and just like my sisters before me I’ve been made somebody’s wife I’m still a child though I’ve seen plenty Oh but this heart is wild and future heavy There’s more I know it more, it’s turning me bold and wild the plains are golden
2.
Thief 03:00
Thief I keep real quiet bringing fuel in for the stove I’m gonna feed this fire so that you can see the smoke I reckon mama’s known it right there from the moment you walked in That moment when your eyes held mine I’ve never known something make me shine so bright I can’t think straight, I’m in whirl this thief of horses gonna steal my world I can’t think straight, I can’t eat my heart is charging and I sure can’t sleep I’ve never known nothing like this charge and spark this thief of horses gonna steal my heart And while they’re sleeping I listen for that sound I wanna hear that rumble I wanna know just what we’ve found I know mama’s seen it and I’m sure not what I used to be I can’t concentrate on nothing else I can’t think straight and I can’t help myself that voice those hands, I’m in a whirl this thief of horses gonna steal my world A fire is burning and it’s in my blood caught red-handed in a flashing flood I’ve never known nothing like this charge and spark this thief of horses gonna steal my heart
3.
Wheogo Hill 04:57
Wheogo Hill Blankets drawn against the sun but still there’s sun on skin shadows dance in the light let it in, let it in Been watching the hens scratching over frozen ground oh how I’ve been dreaming since you’ve been coming round One wild-wind night you chanced to call and if you call this thunder then let it roll, let it roll
4.
Nothing Comes Close My sister Biddy came by today talking what she's talking lately wondering if she'll go or if she'll stay and so much crying about the babies Oh my little sister I'm troubled too you know I've been down with sorrow  but it feels like things with Frank are true it's got me thinking about tomorrows   You know they'll keep being on out there mustering and we'll keep toiling under I look out across the rise for him and my ears strain for hooves like thunder, like they’re straining now The way I've sailed me out to sea gone n swept myself right off my feet everything else you can have it back Oh nothing comes close to me and my Frank Of course I know he's a wild one course I know the troubles he's under but in his arms a light lets in a flood of hope and wonder  They're flashing eyes, it's a wicked grin and the way he says so sweetly  the things I love to hear him say you know I think i'm gone completely, yeah I’m a goner now The way I've sailed me out to sea gone n swept myself right off my feet everything else you can take it back Oh nothing comes close to me and my Frank I wonder how long it could stay this way and what of you and Jim and Henry Biddy, Frank's been talking about far away talking just me and my Frankie It's a rough scrub it's a rocky soil  that we keep toiling daily one of the days we might get away one of these days just maybe
5.
All The Love 03:15
All The Love Mares stirring out across the yard heart churning as the night grows dark  me and Frankie got the stars to guide pretty soon we're gonna run not hide We'll have all we gotta have running rivers, got the heavens above we have all we wanna have me and Frankie we got all the love We'll be careful, we'll time it right next dark moon in the dead of night me and my baby and the guiding stars it's now or never I’ve come this far I'll take all I gotta take roll the blankets, tack her up to ride I'll break what I gotta break gonna make it 'cross that great divide You’ve known escapes and you've done em hard like back in '51 when you rushed the guards or down in Reid's Flat - such a terrible fight you get some wrong but you get some right  We’ll take all we’ve gotta take roll the blankets, tack her up to ride we'll make what we wanna make gonna make it 'cross that great divide We'll be careful, we'll time it right next dark moon in the dead of night  me and my baby and the heavens above me and Frankie we got all the love We'll have all we gotta have running rivers, got the heavens above we have all we wanna have me and Frankie we got all the love
6.
Catherine Christie Yeah we got what you need got flour, got tea and gin yeah we got what you’re after got sugar, lumber, nails and tin yeah we got what you need got picks and shovels, we got rum keep rolling up from the harbour all hoping they’ll be the lucky ones Me and my loving comrade we found our treasure, love is king and we made a chance to start it all over, over again here I can be your Catherine Christie here you can be my loving man we turned it in a new direction living this big love in a big new land Yeah we got what you need got rope and canvas by the pound keep rolling up from the harbour through Apis Creek to the Peak Downs yeah we got what you need got picks and shovels, we got rum keep rolling in from every place all hoping they’ll be the lucky ones Me and my loving comrade we found our treasure, love is king and we made a chance to start it all over, over again here I can be your Catherine Christie here you can be my loving man we turned it in a new direction living this big love in a big new land
7.
Apis Creek 03:22
8.
Darlinghurst 03:23
Darlinghurst They work us to the bone for sure brothers, fathers, lovers, all it’s a wild wild thing to see that petty crime and poverty could lead you here Held in sandstone cut from hands like mine a chink of light, the weight of time it’s a wild wild thing is fear oh Kitty I don’t know if i’ll ever make it out of here And most, it’s true, I’ve seen before but in Darlinghurst I’ve seen it all it’s a wild wild thing to know the iron clang and hammer blow yeah I’ve seen the best and worst of men but will I ever get to see you again
9.
Valley 03:17
Valley Climb here from the valley below wait until it’s dark ’til that heavy roll of thunder starts Storm coming to the valley below I climb here above it all high above the mud and brawl Been down in a festering hull and it plagues me every night all those wish-I’d-never-seen-em sights Been numb, I’ve been black and blue and I’ve never been so sad nor known of men so mean and mad It’s no living in that valley below yes I’ve been beaten night and day and the rest I hope I’ll never say Cold wind blowing in that valley below just a streak of silver light as morning sneaks up on the night One more time from that valley below the sky is grey across the land your silver pistol in my hand
10.
Barbary Coast Down by the pier, been coming here for years it’s where I talk to you and in the spring, when the fog rolls in in to the afternoon and there’s nothing like the show the sun puts on from just below throwing fire across the sky And in the fall, when the wind whips all sweet darkening clair de lune Who’d’ve thought that it’d be me left here instead of you, staring out to sea There’s not a smudge across the sky I’m gonna hold that blue in my head, and in my dreams at night you’re still here by my side beneath a rising moon in you I still confide who’d’ve thought that it’d be you
11.
Twilight Star Sunday morning creeping San Fran saloon Jim’s fumbling dimes and nickels he’ll be stumbling homeward soon Joe leans across the counter one lazy eye, whiskey-slack grin says come on Frankie tell us some of them tales of yours again Of hold-ups, gold and horses of cops and fires and fights of Gilbert, Hall and O’Meally racing with you through the night And when the last of them have spilled out to the dawn I’ll turn the latch and bolt it sweep up the floor Let my old mind wander rinse the tumblers, wipe the bar it’s you I still dream Catherine you’re my twilight star

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Lucie Thorne's new album KITTY & FRANK
Release date: 26th August 2019
Contact: lucie@luciethorne.com
Media enquiries: clarempublicity@gmail.com

Find out more about Kitty & Frank: luciethorne.com/albums/kitty-and-frank

Tour Dates: www.luciethorne.com/tour

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released August 26, 2019

All songs written, arranged & produced by Lucie Thorne

Lucie Thorne: vocals, synthesisers, guitar
Chris Abrahams: piano, synthesisers
Hamish Stuart: drums, percussion
Dave Symes: bass

Recorded by Simon Berckelman, Golden Retriever Studios, Marrickville
Additional recording by LT, Reservoir
Mixed by John Lee, Phaedra Studios, Coburg
Mastered by Lachlan Carrick, Moose Mastering, Richmond

Cover painting by Jonathon Throsby
LT photo by WILK

Special thanks to Craig Lawler - operator of Blind Freddy Bushranger Tours - for all the stories. Read Craig's Liner notes to the album here: luciethorne.com?p=albums/kitty-and-frank/lawler

(C) Lucienne Thorne | Little Secret Records 2019

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Lucie Thorne Melbourne, Australia

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

“some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear”
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"Atmospheric, innovative... brilliance” (**** Sydney Morning Herald)  

"Thorne conjures a simple narrative flow that, like a Raymond Carver story, transforms everyday life into high art" (Canberra Times)
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