More About the Benefits of Hindsight

by Sime Nugent

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This is the first album by Sime Nugent and the Forefathers. The songs and accompanying photos were compiled over the previous few years while travelling with music in Australia, Europe and America. There weren’t a lot of people playing this kind of wide-screen pastoral music at this time in Australia.
This album came out of the blue for a lot of reviewers – “Devastatingly powerful, highly listenable roots music.” Rhythms.

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released January 5, 2002

Recorded by Ang Andrianakis at the fabled Adelphi Studios, Fitzroy. Australia
Players - Sime, Steve Hesketh, Roger Bergodaz, Amos Sheehan
Guests – Sarah Liversidge, Al Barden, Dave Sheehan, Steve Grant, Pete Martin, Laurence Maddy, Adrian Deakin, Marnus Panday

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Track Name: Host
Host

I will let these words fall
On your ears
But I am not so loud you know
As the deletions

I’ve been thinking so much better of us both
Since we side-stepped the issue here
This roof is low
At this stage I am tall

I am the big fish you know
I’m the one you heard about
I was born yesterday
But I’m grown up and I’m here now

Words fail at some point you know
And for my next trick
I’m gonna turn to stone
Turn to stone

I’ll slip into a comfy tune
Just the one you’ve heard before
There are others just like me
And with us you can build a wall

So you never need to hear talk of accidents
So you never need to hear at all
There are more discrepancies
Than you’ll ever know
Pay no attention from now on
Because I am an elaborate hoax
And I am your host

I am the big fish you know
I’m the one you heard about
I was born yesterday
But I’m grown up and I’m here now
Track Name: Porno Star Wars
Porno Star Wars

We kiss like porn stars
Wipe the smiles from each other
And we consume most of it
Scratch our backs and then we play dead

And when I washed you off
I recall what we spoke of
About something much more involved
And I wondered should I hold on

To my window seat where I watch you weeping
And I tell myself that I should say nothing
But I held you up for a while and I burned us both
And I ran into the night, into the night

Did she do it to herself
Like you say you will
Is this your only promise
And every day you make it

To your window seat where you watch me weeping
And you tell yourself that you should say nothing
But I held you up for a while and I burned us both
And I ran into the night, into the night

I’ve stood here before and before that I stood here
This learning curve is it taking me nowhere
Track Name: Tongue
Tongue

The words come off your tongue
I can only hear the drug
You promise to pay me soon
But who the hell are you

The money is not the point
I would give you my shirt
If only you were cold
I would give you it

It found out your name
And took you away
It was the first to hear
You say it out loud

You got it on you now
Like a hole in the head

I know you feel afraid
You got some might hungry veins
But everyone and everything
Is drifting away

It is eating your name
And your eyes are not your own
But I can see you there
A long way behind them

You got it on you now
Like a hole in the head
Track Name: Bitterful
Bitterful

Heard the voice raised for the first time
Felt the bitter, broken man
The damage that the years had done
From his gut to mine

His education’s over
And he knows that now
Bitterful, the memory still
Grows old and mild and sour

Bitterful

In a house upon a hill
The family against his will
The land around his recompense
As he pissed in the creek from one year to the next

His education’s over
And he knows that now
Bitterful, the memory still
Grows old and mild and sour

Bitterful

So hide the wireless under the bed
Wash the sink with old champagne
Three dogs will be better than one
As you rise and face up to another day

His education’s over
And he knows that now
Bitterful, the memory still
Grows old and mild and sour

Bitterful
Track Name: The Cleaner
The Cleaner

I will clean the room
after you've gone
take out the vacuum
and I'll turn it on

I get my uniform washed for free
That pleases me, that pleases me
And I get sensible shoes
But I don't get the chance to choose

After you've gone
I will clean the room
I will change the sheets
I will wipe the phone clean
I will check for damages
The remote control
Refill the shampoo
and wipe off the soap

I get my uniform washed for free
That pleases me, that pleases me
And I get sensible shoes
But I don't get the chance to choose

In the early afternoon
When the new guests will be here soon
I will lie down before you
And I will wonder what to do
I might clean this fucking room
I might kick off my sensible shoes

And check out your rubbish bin
For anything that's interesting
That might just have fallen in
I'm gonna make it cleaner that it's ever been

I get my uniform washed for free
That pleases me, that pleases me
And I get sensible shoes
But I don't get the chance to choose
Track Name: No Summer
No Summer

It was the year that there was no summer
The sand bags on the damn wall had broken down
It didn’t seem so bad at the time
But easy to see when we were dry

While there are things I’m gonna miss about floating
I’ve been to the feast and now I’m happy to starve
There are things I’m gonna miss about floating
I’ve been to the been beach and now I’m ready for Mars

They moved the money tree to higher ground
We waited all year but they never did bring it back down
The only one who watered the damn thing
Died when he crashed in his little broken dream

While there are things I’m gonna miss about floating
I’ve been to the feast and now I’m happy to starve
There are things I’m gonna miss about floating
I’ve been to the been beach and now I’m ready for Mars

Now I’m ready
Track Name: End of Hype
End of Hype

These clearance sales
they’re going on and on
You can see it in the eyes
of the customer assistance girls

I go for my cheque book
Took it out of my pocket
Took a look at my last day
I saw it all and I forgot it

There is a sign on the wall
A ghost of the world that we once knew
Now that world is gone
And the story so far is an illusion

I bought an experience
I said any one will do
I am an animal
But I bight and I can not chew

There is a sign on the wall
A ghost of the world that we once knew
Now that world is gone
And the story so far is an illusion

I pray for the master race
But I stay for the chorus
I’m just here to watch the chase
That consumes all of us

I bought a golden truck
And I filled it up with red carpet
Now I’m on the way on up

I had everything that I needed
But I picked the wrong
Mountain top