Esk

by Jack Carty

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“These songs have a purity of spirit and certainly an openness
of heart... You should own this - ★★★★"

— Bernard Zuel, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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released September 26, 2014

All songs written by J. Carty/A. Gardiner/S. Felton, except: “The Joneses” written by J. Pyke/J.Carty. “The Universe” written by J. Carty/K. Noonan/Casual Psychotic/N. Saxon. “Honey Do You Know The Way Back Home” written by J. Carty/J. Millar/A. Gardiner/S. Felton. “And The Ass Saw The Angel” written by J. Carty/Casual Psychotic. “If I Am A Candle, You Are A Spark” written by J. Carty/Casual Psychotic/A. Gardiner/S. Felton. "Summer In New Zealand” and “My Replacement” written by J. Carty.

String arrangements by Gus Gardiner.

All songs recorded and mixed by Gareth Stuckey at GPHQ Studios, Surry Hills Australia except “And The Ass Saw The Angel”, “The Universe” and “If I Am A Candle, You Are A Spark” engineered by Casual Psychotic & Gareth Stuckey. Assisted by Travis Keir, Todd Dixon, Josh Morris, Ben Richards, Owen Hankin & Damian Herbert. Additional recording by Jack in his bedroom and Casual Psychotic at Schreber Studios.

Mixed by Gareth “the gigpiglet” Stuckey.

All songs produced by Jack Carty and Gareth Stuckey except “And The Ass Saw The Angel”, “The Universe” and “If I Am A Candle You Are A Spark” produced by Casual Psychotic & Jack Carty.

Mastered by Rick O’Niel at Turtlerock Mastering.

Original artwork by Natasha Saba: www.tashii.com

Manufactured and distributed exclusively in Australia and New Zealand by Inertia Pty Ltd. www.inertia-music.com

© 2014 Jack Carty, (p) 2014 Gigpiglet Recordings

Musicians:

Jack Carty - vocals, guitars, piano, other sounds
Katie Noonan - vocals (track 5)
Angus Gardiner - electric bass, double bass, cello, piano
Sophia Felton - drums & percussion.
Jordan Millar - electric guitar
Gabby Huber - vocals (Tracks 3 &14)
Dan Parsons – Pedal Steel
Natasha Saba - leaves, radio, vocals
Liisa Pallandi - violin
Emily Long - violin.
Heather Lloyd - viola

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Jack Carty Sydney, Australia

Award-winning, independent Australian songwriter.

"The recently married Carty might well have found his happy place" ★★★★ — THE SUNDAY STAR TIMES.

“These songs have almost a purity of spirit and certainly an openness of heart. You should own this" ★★★★ — THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

“A sensational sophomore album. It marks him as a man to watch" ★★★★ — THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN.
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Track Name: Honey, Do You Know The Way Back Home?
Tell me the way back home dear, I’ve had enough
A Sisyphus with reverse Midas touch
Come and see the noble struggle on!

Honey, do you know the way back home?

Whatever works
It's not like you owe me
But I thought you were really smart and pretty
Whatever works.

You can wear your best dress every night
And do your makeup in the rear-view as we drive
Keep your watch set on a time you know

Honey, do you know the way back home?

Whatever works
It's not like you know me
But I thought you were really smart and pretty
Whatever works.

I could be your stable home-base boy
Make meals and excuses for you to enjoy
And never hunt another pot of gold

Honey, do you know the way back home?
Track Name: Be Like The Water
Tumblers of tonic and boxes of wine
To medicate maladies and buy you some time
Before the world crashes in like a shot up the spine
Spinning
Like a planet in an empty sky

Don’t forget to write
From the place you spent the night
Never fear
Be like the water my dear
Be like the water my dear

The hills you remember from when you were young
They are still standing tall like the day you were born
But in ten thousand years they will likely be gone
By the water worn

Don’t forget to write
From the place you spent the night
Never fear
Be like the water my dear
Be like the water my dear

You are an arrow shot from a womb
You are destined for things that a destined for you
There’s a quivering wind and some fighting to do
So keep your eyes open and pray that your aim is true

Don’t forget to write
From the place you spent the night
Never fear
Be like the water my dear
Track Name: If I Am A Candle, You Are A Spark
Surrounded by light in a bar by the seaside
I decided to play the cards hid up my sleeve
A string of goodbyes and a gaping divide
Cut the things that I want from the things that I need

Forget what you know about me
I’ll write songs in a major key
So tune your antennae
We're notes in a symphony

A man needs a muse like the forest needs fire
Or a river needs floods to help it change its path
You’re no good for me, but I swear you could be
Like a rain-check, a friendship, a shot in the dark

Forget what you know about me
I’ll write songs in a major key
So tune your antennae
We're notes in a symphony

You learn when your life is a string of goodbyes
That the further you wander the fonder you are
There’s a quotable phrase running ‘round in my brain
Says “If I am a candle, then you are a spark”
Track Name: Lay Low
You can fight your battles on your own
Kiss the boys all knocking on your door
Forget it all if you can find a way

But I am gonna want you all the same

Bite my tongue to stop words falling out
Take my pride and blood, swallow it down
Seven girls since I’ve been in your space

But I am gonna want you all the same

Lay low
Steady as you go
I don’t want to know

H.M.A.S Caesar all aboard
Hot knives in your back is the reward
Words are weak when honesty brings shame

And I am gonna want you all the same

Lay low
Steady as you go
I don’t want to know

Wasting all my youth on you again
Time will take your beauty and your friends
When you’re alone and your features start to fade

I am gonna want you all the same
Track Name: The Universe
All the world
In the palm of a hand
A tiny grain of sand
In a giant cosmic landside

It still takes a day
To get yourself as far away
As it's possible to be
When you live on a spherical sea

The Universe gave life to earth
So it could learn how to sing

The hurt that we cause
Remembering you will get yours
A Governments laws
Who you working for?

The Universe gave life to earth
So it could learn how to sing

I swear we could be
Formidable, friendly and free
If love was enough
And our pockets are empty

The Universe gave life to earth
So it could learn how to sing
So sing at the top of your lungs.
Track Name: Summer In New Zealand
I woke up under mountains that were rugged proud and steep
I jumped out of a cable car with a rope around my feet
I flew across the Tasman so I could see things more clearly
And work out what the hell’s been going on with me.

And everywhere I’ve been it seems essentially the same
The light just hits my eyes in slightly different ways
But I saw beauty in a sunset, so I think things are gonna change
Oh what the hell’s been going on with me?

I jumped into a harbour that was forged by ice and snow
I swam out through the waves I held my breath and went below
And as I came back up I made a vow to let it go
What it is that’s going on with me

I drank beer beside a lake as we sat camping in the rain
I told my friend “I’m loosing it, I think I’ve gone insane”
He said “you’ve gotta keep on moving, no you can't go back again”
Oh what the fucks been going on with me?

Every view
It has a postcard charm
Perspective is my own personal game
So if the worlds a painting
I’d better see it through a different frame

I met a girl in Arrowtown, she had hair of amber red
And I took her out to dinner, then I took her to my bed
And I never felt so lonely as when she looked at me and said
“You make me feel there’s something wrong with me”
Track Name: What Am I Gonna Do With All Of My Love Now?
Skipping stones on open water wasting time
Revolving door of ditzy, shiny valentines
This city's just a constant drone with some fluoro lights
But you slipped in through the cracks and now you never leave my mind

Drinking tea and watching Return Of The King
I like the way the gates are guarded but they still sneak in
And I don’t get no weekends, only days that I don’t sing
But I’d like to spend my time with you on every one of them

I was saving it for you
Before you cut me out
What am I gonna do with all of my love now?

Hanging on your porch after laying ‘round all day
I like the way you get real close and then you pull away
Waking in the dead of night to a ball of flames
Some kids will burn their boredom down because they’re so afraid

I was saving it for you before you cut me out
What am I gonna do with all of my love now?

Policeman asks me if I’m heading home
I just say “man, I don’t really know”
Pour everything I have into a breathalyser blow
He waves me on says “kid, you’re good to go”.

If there’s honour in defeat I don’t think it’s worth the pain
I’d rather die a coward buried in an unmarked grave
I suppose it all depends on the heights at which you aim
And you’d better take it in the chest if your gonna play the game

From the space between my ribs it keeps on pouring out
What am I gonna do with all of my love now?
Cold hands, warm heart, taxi rides in a dressing gown
What am I gonna do with all of my love now?

What am I supposed to do with all of my love now?
Track Name: Esk
I’d been running like a river down the path of least resistance
When I got caught in the eddy’s of your deep calm pool
I was thinkin’ i’d keep moving till my body gave out
And my knee’s began to tremble at the sight of you

Meet me when I make it to the outer south
On that tiny island you won't get away
Following the river through it’s changing seasons
Till we find a place we can stay

Is it just in my imagination; all this longing?
I have heard that everything is always as it must be
When you’ve only got a little, you’ve got more room for moving
And for carrying the friends you find along the way

Oh my god
Where am I going?

Meet me when I make it to the outer south
On that tiny island you won't get away
Following the river through it’s changing seasons
Till we find a place we can stay

You said it must be lonely when you’re always moving
But there’s comfort found in doing what you’re born to do
I had always thought that I was born for singing love songs
But I’m thinking now that I was born for loving you

Meet me when I make it to the outer south
On that tiny island you won't get away
Following the river through it’s changing seasons
Till we find a place we can stay

I was like a wave upon an endless ocean
'Til I found a shore on which I could break
Track Name: Be Brave
Bleary eyes
And something passed me by
Passed me by
It had feathers blowin’ around
And I wasn’t sure if there was something wrong
Something wrong
Or there had been until now

Stay kind as the spindle unwinds
Every one of us the same
Spinning blind forward in time
Know you’re lucky and be brave

I know a girl who holds a steady calm
Steady calm
And she lives in her own way
She tell’s me about the good in slowing down
Slowing down
And she wants me to be brave

Stay kind as the spindle unwinds
Every one of us the same
Spinning blind forward in time
Know you’re lucky and be brave

The sum of all the suffering I’ve seen
That I’ve seen
Comes to visit me sometimes
Track Name: The Joneses
Every day I’m walking in my sleep
Running a race at a pace I can't keep
No matter what I tell you I cant help but give a fuck about the Joneses

Every night I’m waking in a daze
Sweating it out while my dreams wash away
And staring at the ceiling I can’t help but give a fuck about the Joneses.

Life is long
You can’t write the future like you write a love song
If you lie awake waiting for the sun
It’s never gonna come

The black and blue is fading from my jeans
It’s rubbing you up wrong / sticks on me
I can feel I’m getting callous from the pressure of my fingers on the strings

Life is long
You can’t write the future like you write a love song
If you lie awake waiting for the sun
It’s never gonna come

Don’t the days go slow?
Out here on my own
Put a record on
Goodnight Mr Jones

Life is long
You can’t write the future like you write a love song
If you lie awake waiting for the sun
It’s never gonna come

Life is long
You can’t write the future like you write a love song
Die awake waiting for the sun
But it’s never gonna come until you put your shit to be and run

And no matter what I tell you I can't help but give a fuck about the Joneses
Track Name: Yes, I Am Insane
Well, I’m just trying to keep up with the endless ebb and flow
But life seems to keep happening even when my eyes are closed
If I were to go blind I’d probably never even know
I mean I see the world through melodies and I feel it through my toes

People are like X-rays or like sturdy aeroplanes
I don’t know how they operate but I trust them all the same
When I come crashing down I’ll only have myself to blame
You told me it would happen and I just thought you were insane

Well I’m insane
I’m insane
I studied for a test that I was never going to take
Believe the lies it’s easier that way
A handshake and one month’s severance pay

I have a friend called Angus he’s the best there’s ever been
Proficient on the double bass and arts/philosophy
He tells me what my chords are called, and when I’m out of key
I love him like a brother and I hope that he loves me

Either way
Either way
I’d take a bullet for him with a smile on my face
A comrade I can trust to set the pace
Makes me feel like everything’s ok.

A government for the people is what they sell you when you’re young
But they forget the part where millionaires and miners come along
And try to sell us all the fucking rug we’re standing on
Whilst telling you which kind of love is right and which is wrong

Seems insane
When the future's facing backwards better turn the other way
And I suggest a subtle change of name / From government
To GOD DAMN WASTE OF SPACE
Track Name: My Replacement
Would you let me in on your secret?
I waited around
But the other boy you were seeing
Well he won out

My nerves scream I should forget you
And my friends say the same
My sister, she thinks your just young
And in a lot of pain

Does he follow you around?
Does he slow your thinking down?
Does he make you feel like everything is new?

It was crowded at the stage door
But I could see your frame
Cutting awkward silhouettes
Across the crowds mêlée

I had one hand in my pocket
The other on my phone
Trying to make out I wasn’t waiting for you on my own

Does he know that you get frightened flying in aeroplanes?
Or that every single time you lie your eyes give you away?
Does he mumble when he’s sleeping?
Does he make your body shake?
Does he wrap himself around you when it’s late?

Oh my God
There’s a pit inside my stomach and it’s eating me alive
Oh my God
I’ve never felt so used and disrespected in my life
Oh my God

The last in line to find out
The last in line to leave

Are you kissing in the photos?
Do you like it when he’s mean?
Do you tell your friends that he’s the most beautiful boy you’ve ever seen?
Does he love you like I loved you?
Joyful, young and endlessly?

Is my replacement far better than me?

So you let me in on your secret
Track Name: And The Ass Saw The Angel
Oh my darling don’t whimper
Please be not afraid
Toil with sickle and hammer
Toward the dawning day

Stay quiet
Wipe the sleep from your eyes
Stay quiet
Never say a word

Back bent, buckle your belt babe
Stalk the rustling cane
Angel sits on your shoulder
Asking you her name

Stay quiet
Wipe the sleep from your eyes
Stay quiet
Let actions tell your tale

Big black boxes burn brightly
Sick smoke stings your eyes
Throw your love and your memory
Into the towering fire

Stay quiet
Let it dance in your eyes
Stay quiet
Slowly slip away
Stay quiet
Let it dance in your eyes
Not a word
Never say a word