Where Night Birds Call

by Lucie Thorne

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1.
the upfield line coming home from three weeks on the road i'll walk the two blocks from the station smile with anticipation, and i'll be tired, excitable and wired there'll be spaghetti on the stove and motown on the stereo, and you will dance me round the kitchen and out in to the hall i will press you up against my body and the wall love it comes in close, love it comes and goes love it comes in close
2.
The Movies 02:18
The Movies she gets up early in the morning takes the bus to the video store she works the arthouse and the foreign language hums the soundtracks as she walks the floor its kinda dark inside but she quite likes that works the checkout and recites the lines on quiet days she watches all her favourites she's seen the leopard a thousand times she's worked here for four years now more really if you count the summers before she knows its only temporary she's got big plans that she's working towards she's working on a movie already knows what its gonna be called she's picked out who'll play the leading lady and hums her theme song as she walks the floor
3.
Great Wave 04:20
Great Wave You push your change around the counter I push my knees up under the bar We've gone beyond the call and favour Like we're watching from afar The colours bleed out from the hills The hills turn black across the field It's a great wave that's coming down Nobody's paying that close attention To the races on the TV screens I pick your change up off the counter And head over to the cigarette machine I've seen that way your eyes drop to your glass Like there was a mile behind The way your eyes weren't meeting mine Oh it's a great wave coming down
4.
home sized town i can't help but look twice at every car that looks a bit like yours in this home sized town these falling fences steep streets and the river gums and that rambling rose everybody knows your business here everywhere i go i'm reminded dear it's just that time of year i'll take these supplies up to my second floor room and close the blinds it'd be alright if i didn't always feel this tired is what i've found i don't know how long i'm gonna stay maybe if i'm feeling better i'll try and call if i can think of what to say
5.
Walking Late 03:30
walking late i wonder what you'd say to me now wonder what you'd have to say to me about it all it's not that everything's so bad it's only i wish i had a way to keep this down darling till i work it out you know it's gonna be a long time going sleeping late in to the day keep crying all around the place everybody tells me it'll pass i'm telling you isn't this what everybody does so as part of this escape i've taken to walking late at night pretend you're by my side and let you whisper that you'll be a long time going you're gonna be a long time going
6.
Five Years 02:09
five years the calves are calling for their mothers across the field tonight i'll go inside and pull up blankets turn off the light all the what ifs that follow me around if i could shut them out then i would shake these thoughts of intimacy when i watch your mouth you told me five years you told me all of this is working its way out all the what ifs that follow me around if i could shut them out then i would shake these pictures of you that keep on rolling round
7.
Night Drive 03:10
night drive i stop to fill the car up on the road out of town and smile as i take the change and say yeah it's good to see some rain i'm not in a hurry, and i've already come this far wet night, big trucks rolling past should've known it from the start could've guessed i'd fall this hard you'd brush back my hair we'd drive out past the city streets watch the sky rush past go down to the river in the summer heat with my head in your lap and your hands on me all these things left to remind me of the way it was all these memories that i come across i still feel your hand in mine even after all this time you'd brush back my hair we'd drive out past the city streets watch the trees rush past go down to the river in the summer heat with my head in your lap and your hands on me
8.
shot in the dark take a walk down to the all-nighter cut across the block at the corner and then round to the right light flickers, i squint my eyes hot night all the lights up bright there's your sturdy arms, your steady legs, your steadiness take a shot in the dark, make me call out take a steady look, then lean ahead
9.
i have been a soldier too i have been a soldier too, buried in the meadow i have been a soldier too, buried in the street i have been a soldier too, buried in brackish water i have been a soldier too, buried in the sea i have had a peasant girl, buried in the meadow i have had a factory girl, buried in the street i have had a fisher boy, buried in brackish water i have had a sailor boy, buried in the sea
10.
Winter Sun 03:34
winter sun start my day with bitter coffee in a patch of winter sun i'll clear away the books, the bottles, from the night just gone i came here with one hand open the other holding on to find a place to work, be quiet, see what comes when i'm alone i'll be careful, i'll be strong each night around the stove i am keeping warm sing the words that make it grow don't stay away too long i came here with one hand open the other holding on and i know that if the hold is gentle we can keep pushing on don't you stay out there too long

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released March 5, 2007

all songs written by lucie thorne except night drive and soldier too by lucie and tom hall.

played and sung by lucie thorne and heath cullen. phil collings played drums, frank di sario played double bass, tom hall played guitar, rohan drape played wurlitzer, sasha and talia and briar and pippi sang some

recorded by lucie and heath in bimbaya with additional recording by steph o'hara in melbourne, and by tom hall in cambridge.

artwork by rachel stone

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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”
(****The Age)

"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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