Ten Years At The Table

by Sime Nugent

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This is a solo album, recorded in single takes direct to tape. It is a contrast to the previous album. It features new songs, Slow Road and Company We Keep, a cover of Irving Berlin’s, Walking Stick and selected songs from the first four albums. The idea was to show just the singer and the songs in a straight shooting manner.

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released January 5, 2010

Recorded by Jamie Trevaskis at Junkship recordings

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Track Name: Somewhere By Now
Somewhere by Now

Honey I'm tired of being in fashion
Sick of going out
Talking and not listening
Standing in the crowd

These people make me lonely
These drugs make me a prick
I'm so tall and loud and funny
that I can't hear the music

Ain't you gotta be somewhere by now
Ain't you gotta be somewhere by now
Ain't you gotta be somewhere else

I'm worried about my parents
Aching for my kids
Longing for a conversation
that's gonna mean something

Tomorrow when our heads are full
of all that molten broken rock
Tomorrow when the daylight breaks
and just don't let up

Ain't you gotta be somewhere by now
Ain't you gotta be somewhere by now
Ain't you gotta be somewhere else

I'm sick of all the hurry
It's here that I step off
No-one's gonna notice
in the uber groovy mob

I'm gonna find a place somewhere
and shut the hell up
I'm taking all my bacon
and I'm climbing from the trough

Ain't you gotta be somewhere by now
Ain't you gotta be somewhere by now
Ain't you gotta be somewhere else
Track Name: Gentle As She Goes
Gentle as she Goes

You snuck up on me and
We took off our wings and
We made something
That was built for two
I know that you meant it
I sure didn't mind and
At the time
We were both talking true

Now I don't know that I loved you
As well as I could
I was loving you for good

It was never an easy road
We had our share of trouble
But we had something special
That's what people knew
We always seemed to work it out
We were fierce then humble
Then one day babe you told me
You were shooting through

I will wait right here
with my best intention
I will set my jaw
I will keep my good face on

And my faith in you

So darlin' you can have your wings
Let them take you where you go
Where you go
You can take a piece of me too
See what the days bring
See what the time holds
And what the days before
Grow to meant to you

I will wait right here
With my best intention
I will set my jaw
I will keep my good face on

And my faith in you
Gentle as she goes
Track Name: Slow Road
Slow Road

I was awake for too long
I was awake for too long
When I get home I'll be there soon
I'll be awake for too long too

When I got here I was so tired
When I got here I was so tired
When I get home I'll be there soon
When I get I'll be too tired too

I wanna take a slow road down
Take it to the silent ground
I'm lookin' for some ease of mind
Take me to the place
Take me to the friend of mine

I'll be your goal if you'll be mine too
I'll be your goal if you'll be mine too
When I get home I'll be there soon
Out on the lawn I will meet you

I wanna take a slow road down
Take it to the silent ground
I'm looking for some ease of mind
Take me to the place
Take me to the friend of mine
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: Company We Keep
Company We Keep

It depends on who you're talking to
Who’s awake and who’s asleep
Some say we're only as good as
The company we keep

It depends on if you're speaking up
If and when you don't agree
Some say we're just as good as
Good company

The company we keep

Where it is you stand on
This accumulated heap
Holding up the compass
To the company you keep

What they're gonna do is
Either run or stay and weep
It's all gonna come down to
The company we keep

The company we keep

We ain't got no holy answers
This living curve is steep
The knowledge that we’re reaching for
is the company we keep

The only real exception
To the blood that runs so deep
Is the river of acquaintance
With the company we keep

The company we keep
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: The Funeral
The Funeral

When the people showed up at the funeral
And the best friend got up to speak
He kind of looked out at the people
And out of kindness looked down at his feet

There were people there who he hadn't seen since long ago
There were some there that he didn't wanna see
So he shuffled in his suit and he cleared his throat
Then he said I wish it were me

I wish I was the one who was dead and gone
I wish it weren't her and it were me
Now I don't know that I can do this thing alone
Oh no baby please

When they drove into the car park to buy alcohol
And the hideous light was shining on the street
They were numb enough by now to be joking some
Then someone said I wish it were me

I wish I was the one who was dead and gone
I wish it weren't her and it were me
Now I don't know that I can do this thing alone
Oh no baby please

When the papers came out in the morning
With the law notes and the news of the dead
They didn't sing a note for you my darling
They didn't sign a word for you my babe

I wish I was the one who was dead and gone
Because she would have made a better speech
Now I don't know that I can do this thing alone
Oh no baby please
Track Name: Happy Man
Happy Man

I'm gonna take the highest road to the glory coast
Sit in that promised chair, wait til things blow over
Take a look at everything differently
Starting by looking at the sand from the sea
I’ve been waiting patiently for something new to come over

If I could take you there I would tell you something
That I'm not just channel surfing no no no
So give it a chance babe and make me a happy man
I can't make you but I'm hoping that you're gonna stick around

Because I don't want to walk alone
Just like every man and every woman
I'm just hoping I go down gracefully
When that feeling comes over me

Walk with me until when I will be a happy man
You can try and stop me saying how beautiful the view
Give it a chance babe make me a happy man
Walk with me until when I stop being so damned interesting

Because I don't want to walk alone
Just like every man and every woman
I'm just hoping I go down gracefully
When that feeling comes over me
Track Name: Any Day
Any Day

Know the pretty thing hold it close to you
All the magic, wonderous and the true

All the lonely roads
Right there for you
All the suffering
Is yours to choose

There are youthful dreams in the eyes of the old
So keep your precious hold on everything
You're never gonna know

All the lonely roads
Will be lonely anyway
The soothed soul could be yours
Any day