Where Night Birds Call

by Lucie Thorne

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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”
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"Atmospheric, innovative... brilliance” (**** Sydney Morning Herald)  

"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: The Upfield Line
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
Track Name: The Movies
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
Track Name: Great Wave
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
Track Name: Home Sized Town
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
Track Name: Walking Late
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
Track Name: Five Years
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
Track Name: Night Drive
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
Track Name: Shot in the Dark
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
Track Name: I Have Been a Soldier Too
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
Track Name: Winter Sun
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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