Happy Hour

by Sime Nugent

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Compositionally, this is the largest sounding album in the catalogue that utilized the full scope of the Spicerack Studio facility and personnel. The album references some of the lush, wide screen music of the earlier releases but also brings something new. There are choirs, horns, electric guitars and a rockin' party going on here in songs about survival and pushing back.

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released January 5, 2007

Recorded at Spicerack Studios by Tim Spicer, Roger Bergodaz and John Castle
Produced by Time Spicer and Roger Bergodaz
Players – Sime, Steve Hesketh, Roger Bergodaz, Amos Sheehan, Garret Costigan
Guests – Steve Grant, Matt Walker, Dan Luscombe, Clare Kildae, Craig Woodword, Ben Gillespie, Richard Burns, Tim Spicer, John Castle, Sarah Liversidge, Talei Wolfgram, Eden Mae Nugent

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Track Name: Alcoholic
Alcoholic

Points to the sky for as long as he can remember
Sorry he didn’t do more when he should have
He had a reason he’s been trying to forget it
and it started off this habit

On the day that he woke up and things had become difficult
Sorry to be reminded of himself
Sick to the stomach at the thought of it now
Way up and high in the alcohol
He packs his own parachute

and he falls and he falls and he falls

The understanding he has is gone
Will you put it up again
Since you’ve never been hungry
I doubt it my friend
You might stay in your home
Till the streets have all been cleansed
You’ll be laughing then
Out of embarrassment

You’re on the other side of the road
Where the coffee gets sold
To all of the fearsome customers
Of everything under the sun
With your sense of humour intact
And your warm, warm coat

You’ll be laughing then
Out of embarrassment
Track Name: Only One Water
Only one water

In the name that I was given
There is little that I know
There’s only one water
For my friend or my foe

In the name that I was given
I know it to be true
The truth can keep a man
From getting kind of obtuse

There’s only one water
Only one water

You see the truth is I know nothing
But I'm here and here it goes
There's only one water
For my friend or my foe

The town where I was born
Is called the Catchment Overflow
I introduced the poison
To that dirty, dirty hole

There’s only one water
Only one water

In the name that I was given
and in my final breath
There's only one water
and you've only got yourselves to blame

You should be ashamed

You see the truth is I know nothing
But I'm here and here it goes
There's only one water
For my friend or my foe

I tied it to the camel
I made a bed of salt
I opened up the bible
And I read the words of God
Said there is only one water
Only one water
Only one
Track Name: The Believer
The Believer

Drowning on an empty street
There are things that you could not have seen
Where other strangers almost meet
On every other day

Never to have known you once
What’s mine was yours, what’s ours was lost
I heard the words I had the gut
And my blessed anonymity

Like a single passing note
Unchanging not actually
The way that I remember you
And my swollen steps upon your shore

Yeah I know it could be beautiful

I’m going home
To the bloody mind of ownership
Whatever I say
To whoever will believe me
My memory is gone
My anonymity
I’ve got damaged goods to sell
And unattended baggage now
I’m on my own with half a house on a truck
Through this broken place
Where has that lady got to
If she lived here we’d be home by now
But we have never met
I am no one

Over rated empty street
Speak to me
You can tell me anything
And I will believe

Speak to me
Track Name: Hullo Belle
Hullo Belle

Hullo Belle it’s me and I’m calling you
I need to talk to you about something
It doesn’t need to take too long
I won’t go on and on
Because you never did like it that way
But Belle I’ve got something to say

I’ve had time to think about the two of us
I’ve had time and I’ve had time
Tried to find a place so I could keep you there
Out of sight and out of mind

But if you don’t know by now
Then you never will
That I wish you’d let me go
When I gave it to you

Cos Belle I’m just getting through

Honey I’m not even sure what I am asking for
People say it’s not yours to give
Though I keep my distance Belle it leaves me cold
Making plans on tender chills

Do you plan to let me go any time soon
Because I’m trying to move on without you
And if you don’t know by now
Then you never will
That I wish you’d let me go
When I gave it to you

I try to stay amused
Belle I’m just getting through
Track Name: I'm Afraid For This Town
I’m Afraid for This Town

A moment stirred the great unrest
We tried to hold it down
The weeks and years could not attest
Humanity was drowned

Embittered hearts, embattered bones
We tried to hold it down
Now I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid
I’m afraid, I’m afraid for this town

It started out innocuous
And rattled down to gore
Before we knew as if we could
Our people were at war

Then in our homes the trouble started
To show it’s shapeless form
The troubled part, the troubled whole
It was yours, it was yours, it was yours

We did not vindicate ourselves
Or justify our call
The nation stands recalcitrant
In a hole, in a hole, in a hole

Embittered hearts, embattered bones
We tried to hold it down
Now I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid, I’m afraid
I’m afraid, I’m afraid for this town
Track Name: Hullo Belle
Virginia

Well I got a job and I’m a few hundred dollars clear
It’s just a job and I’m not really paid to think
So while I’m working just to shit ‘em I’ve been thinking

I’ve got a car, it’s not a fashion statement
I paid a guy to fix it up for me
He says he don’t think I should drive it out of here

Virginia it’s been nearly five years

I made some friends and I think they like me enough
On Fridays we drink but I don’t drink scotch
Because it makes me talk and I always seem to say too much

Virginia it’s been nearly five years
I don’t know how to keep you alive from here

Your mother’s alright and I’ve been paying nearly half of the rent
I’m going to clean up as soon as I stop breaking everything
If you want to call the phone’s on but it don’t seem to ring

Virginia
Track Name: World Records
World Records

Oh no now here I go
Breaking word records on the long ride home
There are people there
And they know more than my name

I’ve been high and low
Looking for an answer up at the end of the road
I was at heaven’s gate
And I should have been taking a photo

But people do the strangest things
And everybody’s in the paparazzi
So why should I pretend to understand
When you didn’t come with instructions

That’s not even close to true, let’s just say that
I’m heading on back through what I know to what I knew
I can remember the start of a plan
Something about the road to hell and good intentions

I’m not afraid of the future honey
I’m just afraid of the past
All of your ghosts are they with you darling
I’m telling you that you’re looking at it

So I’m heading on home to you
I’ve got a novelty hat and a worn out shoe
And whatever I decide to do
Hell I don’t know

When I’m back in the promised land
And everybody’s drunk and getting out of hand
That’s when I’ll be dreaming
Of the road

I’m not afraid of the future honey
I’m just afraid of the past
All of your ghosts are they with you darling
I’m telling you that you’re looking at it
Track Name: Find Our Way
Find Our Way

Let your wall down low
Bridges on the mend
You are growing younger
And stronger every day

We will find our way

When the road is closed
And the daylight fades
We will rest and know
That time is on its way

We will find our way

When the war is over
And the dead are sent
We’ll be growing closer
And closer to ourselves

We will find our way