Knuckled Brass And Bone

by David Ross Macdonald

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1.
Til I'm Gone 04:01
‘Til I’m Gone (words & music David Ross Macdonald) Sorry’s not a word that likes to pass these lips Every time it does it loses teeth Hollow as a bell, or a washed up shell That sings because the ocean breathes a spell And you’re the only one who knows enough to care The only one I trusted not to tell The only one who knows how a shadow grows Across the path we try to make out own And you hold me till I’m gone And were sleeping for a dream that fears the light of day Like waking within a strangers arms Warmer than her breath or the day you left And now a chill to stir me from my charms But you hold me till I’m gone Stranger than the lines you draw into your skin And darker than the eyes I now recall But this wonder is a wound and scars will turn to gold Never to forget the day I fell, never to forget the day That you hold me till I’m gone
2.
Shoulders Brown (words & music David Ross Macdonald) You don’t know how lucky you are You don’t show no pain And there you go hurrying away Itchy feet don’t like to stay And you have no idea this ended long ago When I held you near and you said let me go Ever since that day when you lay me down All I see is you shoulders brown And you don’t know how lovely you can be You don’t hide you don’t game And when you called your mother on the phone I listened in And you have no idea this ended long ago When I held you near and you said let me go Ever since that day when you lay me down All I see is you shoulders brown Some say that time, be the healer of all wounds I’m not sure that I agree These feelings here don’t seem to want to rust And I’m not sure that I want them to And you don’t know how funny you can be There’s more to laughing than out loud These’s more to you than seeking company Or standing out in the crowd And your friends, I’ll miss them half as much For every one I miss you two I know I said I will keep in touch, but I won’t And you have no idea this ended long ago When I held you near and you said let me go Ever since that day when you lay me down All I see is your shoulders brown
3.
Paper Crane 03:56
Paper Crane (words & music David Ross Macdonald) Paper crane, my paper crane with wings so frail, wings so frail You want to fly, fly away Paper cup, my paper cup, you fill it up, fill it up To the top Paper heart, my paper heart will never start, never start With folded hopes torn apart So my paper crane, paper crane with wings so frail, wings so frail Fly on home, home today Double Bass – Brett Canning Drums – Sleepy Silver Tricone Reonator – Jeff Lang Electric Guitar / Backing vocal – Shane O’Mara
4.
Old Joes Cane (words & music David Ross Macdonald) Corner racked against the wall, surest sign that Joes at home Never steps outside alone without his knuckled brass and bone And with each step without a thought he recalls the memories caught Between the cracks that vein and fork beneath the rhythm of his walk Be my companion dear, steady my step and I’ll hold you near With leather on stone I’ll weather you alone with my knuckled brass and bone Half a mile out of town, half a smile half a frown Shadowed steeple rakes the ground you leave a flower on her crown You were my companion dear and you steadied my step and I held you near With leather on stone, I weather you alone with my knuckled brass and bone Lucky if he beats the rain, lucky of he meets the train Lucky if he makes it home, lucky knuckled brass and bone Finer than her wedding gown, china or the letters found Echoes is the crystal sound, Joes cane upon the cobbled ground Be my companion dear, steady my step and I’ll hold you near With leather on stone I’ll weather you alone with my knuckled brass and bone
5.
We Don’t Live Forever (words & music David Ross Macdonald) Turn out the light, come to bed let me light the candles in your head let me glow there Feel my breath against your skin before it ends let it begin Closer than the thought of you now as one where once was two in hiding The pale of moon comes from the sun the heart of you is hardly won by this fighting We don’t live forever At the spring and to our knees we quench the summers arid needs never humble But from this fall it’s comes to pass that winters will is in her grasp like the fable We don’t live forever Before you leave take this much I give to you what time won’t touch Before the breath before the moon for the weakening winters noon a letter We don’t live forever
6.
Easier Said 04:18
Easier Said (words & music David Ross Macdonald) Forgive forget forever more, from your rib remove a thorn and take her picture off the wall And never give this dog his day, leave him sleep just where he lay, catch the dream he chased away Draw the blood out from the stone take a heart out from the home a shadow nobody owns Hold the candle to the storm, here and now what’s long been gone remembering a childhood song Easier said than done Make of it what you will But hold the camera still A thousand words to fill Easier said than done Judge the book with cover gone sideways glance a jacket torn he’s twice as shy his teeth are worn Iron fist into a palm, do unto despite this turn mine to keep a lesson learned Easier said than done Forgive forget forever more from your rib remove a thorn take her picture off the wall
7.
Waltzing Matilda (traditional , arrangement David Ross Macdonald) Once a jolly swagman camped by a Billabong Under the shade of a Coolabah tree And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled "Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?" Down come a jumbuck to drink at the water hole
Up jumped a swagman and grabbed him in glee 
And he sang as he stowed him away in his tucker bag
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me'". Up rode the Squatter a riding his thoroughbred 
Up rode the Trooper - one, two, three 
"Where's that jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?", 
"You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me". But the swagman he up and jumped in the water hole 
Drowning himself by the Coolabah tree, 
And his ghost may be heard as it sings in the Billabong, 
"Who'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me?" A.B. (Banjo) Paterson
8.
Gibson Blues 05:07
9.
Who Have a Dream (words & music David Ross Macdonald) Like a friend you thought you’d lost when the price becomes the cost There’s a chill before the frost, but then there’s light When April took a King to the songs that children sing The truth will always ring for those that listen Have you heard how a poor man shames us all And how the junkies in the subways are canaries in our souls Who have a dream And it may come undone when there’s nowhere left to run But were greater than the sum this much I count on So gather up your things and cut those binding strings And take the path that brings with it your dreams Have you heard how a poor man shames us all And how the junkies in the subways are canaries in our souls Who have a dream So gather up your things and cut those binding strings And take the path that brings with it your dreams Cause it may come undone when there’s nowhere left to run But were greater than the sum this much I count on

credits

released January 1, 2006

Produced by Shane O'Mara with David Ross Macdonald

Engineered & Mixed by Shane O'Mara ( Yikesville Studios, Melbourne, Australia )

Additional tracking by 'Sleepy' Silver ( EH Garage Studios, Melbourne, Australia )

Mastered by Ross Cockle ( Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne, Australia )

Art Work by Jordanna Rachinsky ( jordannarachinsky.com )

David Ross Macdonald - vocal, guitar

Brett Canning - double bass
Jeff Lang - national guitar, mandolin, tri-cone beeton guitar
Daniel Farrugia - drums (who have a dream [coda], we don't live forever, gibson blues )
Tony Floyd - drums (who have a dream, shoulders brown )
'Sleepy' Silver - drums (easier said than done, paper crane), piano

Shane O'Mara - electric guitar, dobro

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