The Undertow

by Sime Nugent

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The second album by Sime Nugent and the Forefathers. The album was recorded shortly after the debut release and features some stellar guests. The band were playing a lot of shows at the. The Undertow is more of a domestic travel log than a global one. The song, Football Boots tells the story of an aboriginal man who was told to get leather shoes and a suit for his court appearance and showed up to court wearing football boots as they were all he had. To some people this has become an anthem of sorts.

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released January 5, 2003

Released in 2003
Recorded at Adelphi and Yikseville Studios
Produced by Shane O’Mara
Players – Sime, Steve Hesketh, Roger Bergodaz, Amos Sheehan
Guests – Shane O’Mara, Dan Luscombe, Mia Dyson, Sarah Liversidge, Eugene Ball, Ben Gillespie

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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: Football Boots
Football Boots

In my football boots I went to court
There was a charge against my name
The charge he read was trespass
I said you took my sky, my family, my land

So come on ask me a question
I wanna see you work it out
I wanna watch while you choose your words
I wanna watch you hear my answer

Oh

So leave me to my empty space
and I will give you forest fires
I will leave you to your ignorance
of all this empty space of mine

I will die with my wisdom
In your city looking out to sea
You will search for meaning
In the air around you your meaning will be me

Oh

You wanna travel to the stars
My people could have given you time
I will say sorry for the both of us
and take this sentence of mine

You, my sweet pariah
You and you whole clan
Though I might have missed ya
You're the misery, you're the money man

Oh
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: Simple Things
Simple Things

When I'm old and tired of being this way
Will you touch my hand, tell me it's okay
Like it always is like it always was
I'm here and baby I will have been yours

If I lose my legs in this big old game
Will you tell things, love me just the same
Like you always did like it always was
I'm here and baby I will have been yours

Simple things to say I know
It won't all be easy
But right here
Something's come to rest
In the only piece of silence
Where I know no I've been hold my breath

Take me back again to the part about the long grass
And that thing about your grandad
And that old swinging tyre rope
Let's make stories of our own

I wanna see the last thing from your writing hand
Oh babe do I wanna be your man
Like it always is like it always was
I'm here and baby I will have been yours
Track Name: The River Tells
The River Tells

We cannot cross the river
River she loves us so
People they know us there
Down on the other shore

There is another story
Made out of private truths
And though we've said our sorrys
These are forbidden fruits

And we see it in their eyes
When they say we have lied
We keep hanging on
When the talking cheapens our song

Out of this frailty
Taking it day by day
The forging of you and me
It is no counterfeit

River she tells a story
River she has two sides
Track Name: The Undertow
The Undertow

They say that things come and that they go
Oh that conversation's growing old
It's dried me out to my very bones
My suspicions haven't served me well yet

I think you better go
Cause I can feel the undertow
You better go
Cause I can feel the undertow

How does everything get so inside-out
When all we do it pray and watch it grow
There are difficult things that pass us by
Is it the water is it undertow

Water in the undertow

Trouble comes in many small loads
And for every deed there is a toll
Babe I hope that you remember
There was water in the undertow

Water in the undertow

There's a sadness in me that I've always known
And it's just waiting for some vehicle

Water in the undertow
Track Name: Not Your Man
Not Your Man

Not your man anymore
I'm not the one to call
If you wanna borrow money
If you need your car towed

If you're looking for a friend
To tell your troubles to
I'm not the one
I'm not the one for you

Not your man anymore
Not your man anymore

I'm not the one
I'm not the one for you
Track Name: The Bus
The Bus

The nigh-time bus driver pushes on closer
When I talk to him he doesn’t answer
I thought I heard him say ‘you are nobody here’
Just as she stepped on he did not register her

She climbed up the stairs with her hair and high heels in her hand
She didn’t look at me looking at her sitting down
The driver had not been one for too much conversation
I don’t know what I said but when she spoke I listened

(she said) Trust in everything that I don’t say
What is it that you think of me
Every thought you’ve had of this time is mine to wear home
Sometimes I am just too curious

She said my body is bought and sold just across the border
With each and every purchase I cross that line a little further
Tell me everything that you think that you know
About a night that is long
I’ve just had myself one
and I’m going home
I’m going home

Trust in everything that I don’t say
Think what you will of me
Every thought that you’ve had of this time is mine to wear home
Track Name: Betrothed
Betrothed

I am betrothed
To the innocent and unborn
I am a slow moving target
With a dumb song
Help me believe in a better way
Something to keep afloat
I’m walking distance from you now
Betrayed by what I’ve learned
About the water

Sorry about your mum and dad
Fighting for space in this hessian bag
You grow on up like a magic bean
Using my eyes to look at me
In a dream I met a man
He looked at me as he shook my hand
Smiled and said don’t you worry son
Everybody struggles
Everybody comes undone

Take some consolation
You are not alone
Track Name: The Ice
The Ice

I fell through the ice
I was looking for a wife
Opening my eyes as she expired

Now I am surrounded by
Biblical proportions while
Shadows nearly form then fall away

Plastic bags are loaded guns
Loaded guns are lead balloons
And choking is my way of knowing you

And you there
I lost you for a moment
Can you hear
This weary footsoldier
Come up for air
In need of one shoulder
Are you there
Are you there
I’ve been into the darkness and unknown
Nothing is as it was before
If I told you what I saw
Would you tell my daughter
‘Cause she’s gonna need to know
Would you tell it all to her
Would you tell her then I’m gone
Would you tell