Coat Tails

from by Jane McArthur

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Track #8 of the compilation album 'Ephemeralogica' - a 12 month 'song-per-month' recording project in 2015 - original songs by Jane McArthur produced with various musicians, in various studios with various producers across Melbourne and Tasmania.

lyrics

Sitting on a blanket of pepperberry
Soft pink fading to dust
Your words might melt some other girl’s ice-cream heart,
But cause the wounds in this steel heart to rust.

It’s been 12 thick months since love packed up
And quit this city like a breeze
The past loses its form just as soon as it’s born
But love’s shape is still whispered by the leaves.

And it’s all you can do
Just to hold onto
The coat-tails of time, as it hurries on.

Talking about the time we drove out west
Chasing the sun across to Perth.
I think we thought we were happy with all we might have
At least we hoped so, for all that it’s worth.

We’d never seen so much sky all at once
Meet the flat land with nothing in between.
But couldn’t see what was told in the silence
Unfolding around us, like madness in a dream.

But it was all we could do
Just to hold onto
The coat tails of time as it hurried on.

You still catch yourself crying.
It happens at strange times –
Not Sunday afternoons or Monday night.
You still catch yourself crying
You never see where it’s coming from.
They say ‘what doesn’t kill you….’
But you don’t feel strong.
So for now, just carry on.
Just carry on.

The sun’s sinking low as you can trust it to
About this time of day, this time of year.
And your eyes betray all the things you’ll never say,
Building pressure like a storm between your ears.

It’s a lonely point of view, just the weather and you,
Like you’ll never feel the sun on your skin.
But stop caressing the past, keep one ear pressed to you heart
You’ll hear the rumble of the warm front rolling in.

‘Cause all you need to do
Is just hold fast to
The coat tails of time as hurries on.

credits

from EPHEMERALOGICA, released February 25, 2016
Acoustic guitar: Jane McArthur
Electric guitars: Jane McArthur, Luke Plumb
Bass: Ben Franz
Drums: Yen Nguyen
Rhodes: Luke Plumb
Engineered: Luke Plumb
Mixed: Yen Nguyen (10 Kinds Of Handsome)

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