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by Lake South

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released August 2, 2019

Postcard images by Nick Salmon, except Royal Oak by Komako Silver.

All songs written, arranged, recorded & produced by Lake South.

Mastered by Rich Morales at Super Fine Audio.

All sound made by Lake except:

Alistair Deverick: recorded and performed live drums and some percussion.

Phill Jones: bass on 10
backing vocals on 2,4,5,9,10,11
marimba on 1, 4
electric guitar on 2, 11, 8
keyboard solo on 11.

Penelope Esplin: backing vocals on all tracks.

Charles Davenport: cello on 1.

Tristan Carter: violin on 1.

Vorn Colgan: backing vocals on 2,4,11.

Ben Tolich: piano on 1,2.

Andrew Hayes: piano riff on 1.

Invaluable advice and direction from Vorn Colgan and Phill Jones.

Thanks to the Home Alone Music team.



Track Name: Brock & Dundas (Debt/Doubt)
You know our mate from school?
He's got a kid
And a family home just before Karori West

Me I'm still the same
I'm never gonna let up
Made a resolution to be my best in years

I’ve got one hand to hold on
Another one to reach out

Still got that debt
Still got that doubt
Still got regret talking me round

Another temporary job
Come to an end
And now I'm questioning if I'm worth a buck again

Spend all my days on a screen
And all my nights on another
Tell me take life easy, there’s comfort in TV

I’ve got one hand to hold on
Another one to reach out

Still got that flat
Still got that shirt
Still got your back ‘cause you and me work

I don’t even know where we’re going
I am never gonna let up

We all fled the harbour
For to live it up
Gotta leave it to love it, you feel it can be enough

Now I'm just the same
I'm never gonna let up
Made a resolution to be my best in years
Track Name: Mount Victoria/Tangi-te-keo
You stayed for the summer
Looking back it was a good one
And I miss all my flatmates
There are good people everywhere

It was just round the corner
From my parents’ heartache
Took wine from the downstairs
And drank at the Basin

Mt Victoria

Felt everything strongly
And crying came easily
When you fall it's forever
But you must fall together

We stood in the backyard
And I asked how could it end like this mate?
I was so glad to hear you say
There are good people everywhere

Mt Victoria
We ran to the summit, cried for our lovers
We drank to a future, long been forgotten
We watch what it is coming, and feel what is blowing
Stand there defiant, in the gales of the Cook Strait

You moved to Melbourne
I took the tunnel
And tried for the nth time
To sort all my shit out
Make mother proud now
Life could be simple
Life could be beauty
You and I are passionate
But there's a mountain between us

Mt Victoria
Track Name: South Coast
Bloody nice to see you
after all of these years
Heartbreak and healing
And fleeing the fear

Breathe in that harbour
we know the weather
Talk shit bout friendship
never knew better

Oh I know your mind
oh i know the night
And we all got secrets covered

Oh I know your mind
oh i know the night
funny what you keep alive

Bloody good to know you
time makes these things heavy
Drive to the south coast
all that smoke and worry

and we never risk it
peace in a parked car
Pull your head in pākehā

Never forget the ocean
never regret a swim
and we all had secret lovers

Scream that we always loved it
The first place we got high
it's funny what you keep alive

We are history love
We intertwine
Track Name: Island Bay
I can hear music
As I walk without grace through back blocks of gorse
I’m nothing here

I know the hills
I know the wind
I feel it blowing me

I found a path
Steep and unclear
I climb it to comprehend


It took me so long to realise happiness
So long to get a grip on this
Finally I learned to look back
And know the good in that

I can hear Saturday
Cheers in the fields
Of mud, boots and battles inherited

I know the game
A clash in the dirt
The liniment lingering

Body on the line
We keep it inside
The quiet of the car


A window at Island Bay
We’re warm as we watch
the storm throw the ferry across the waves

I knew the truth
I buried it deep
In the cold iron sand of the beach

I fear the tide
Even now in my prime
I’m more cold than kind
Track Name: Ellice Street (One Story)
Must be around 6
it’s grey outside
A confusing light
A confusing night
I’m all stuck in a loop
Why’d I say that shit?
Good friends forgive
and drunk friends forget.

Now I wander down Mt Victoria
Tried to sleep but I’ll never get peace like this.

You only get one story.

I’m creeping slow I’m walking funny
This isn’t right I’m so alone
Something's changed I cannot deal with it
Something’s gone I can feel it
Was this trip a filter for clarity and what do we do everything that gets stuck?
Skip to an apartment in Canada
I can see you talking but I’m think I’m falling!

You only get one story.

Mike won’t wake up and where did you go?
Weren’t we all in this together?
And I can still feel the anxiety
Of that morning in my home city
I wish I could love unconditionally
And tell all my friends what they mean to me
I wish I was stronger and less afraid
I wish it’d worked and I wish we’d stayed.

We've only got one story.
And we tell it again and again.

I go back and lie in my bed on the floor
I close my eyes and return to it
When I hold on I hold on too tightly
When let go I let go too quick
I was so sure we uncovered truth
I just can’t recall why we cared
Now I’m searching for meaning in moments gone
But they meant nothing, there’s nothing wrong
Track Name: Wellington/Te Whanganui A Tara
You’re like me, you’re just hanging on till Friday
It’s been a long week, it’s been a long year

Good friends share and good friends keep a little back
Snow’ll fall tomorrow, never let the wonder go

I left everything I built to crumble
Wasting in Wellington
Let it go

Been thinking ‘bout Dad & everyone living on a fault line
It’s all so clear when life shines through the internet

Let’s lie here and talk a little ‘bout Auckland
We took your mother’s car and drove it out to Piha beach


And work’s been rough, but we got something to talk about
I will whisper you to sleep my love, with words of gratitude and warmth

There’s a certain kind of weight that brings you down on a Sunday
There’s a beauty in it though, it’s a cosy kind of sorrow
Track Name: Holloway Road
There is sun on the south side of the valley
There’s a magic at dawn
The karaoke closed so we head to the hills, got to keep this thing going

In your eyes I saw
Where’d you get to that year?
Shit got kinda dark but it was sacred at the start
When I held you up like that

And we watch from above
There’s a magic with height
There was meaning and warmth on those hills in the light, we were close
We would welcome the day as we hid from our jobs and the fear

I’ll reply to your email
Where’d you get to my friend?
I took a path I regret, you wish you took it too friend
Yours looks good on paper, mine looks good on screen

Now I’m running up that track behind Holloway Road feeling lighter
Track Name: Parliament (We'll All Go There Again)
Old Man South, he will not go out in the rain
But he loves you, and he’d love you, to love as well

Just let your friend get some rest before the game
We’ve all been there, and we’ll all go there again

You have been following the news on the online
And it makes you cry, you feel sorry inside

You must not scroll, it will only cause you pain
We’ve all been there, and we’ll all go there again

On your laptop in your room you are yourself
We’re afraid of almost everything offline

Except the things that matter, the lives that shatter away

Write this day off, Old Man South would do the same
We’ve all been there, and we’ll all go there again
Track Name: Royal Oak (Grown Up)
I'm a bit different
Don't like to talk that much
But I like to hold you
Let me sleep like that

You get up early
I like to lie and watch you wake
Dress in artificial light
We’re still both a little shy

You taught me gratitude
Now I thank you every single day
And I hold my head up
Let me walk like that

Worried ‘bout friendship
Worried ‘bout future and all that shit
I can't control this, aren't we still kids?

No we’re grown up
And we’ve grown up here

Smell the summer rain
On the asphalt road
Don’t ever go back
And you can keep it

Show me skateboard scars
Talk of Royal Oak
We can share it
We can keep it
Track Name: Makara
I hate to ask it but will you hold me?
The circle is breaking
I woke with smokes in my pocket, I’m losing it love
The circle is breaking
These hands are old
Are these hands mine?

All your hopes like skimming stones
Now rest beneath
Take your mind to Makara
And let it breathe

We left that house, we left it all behind there
New place new start eh?
I cannot speak, it’s all become so strange to me
These people are lonely
Track Name: Karori Park (You're On Your Own)
Can you blame us?
We are tired
And we have lost belief in dream
Will you show us?
We are stumbling
And we will take these times to heart

It was in the crypt that we wrote the script
We could see the truth in the coloured smoke
It’s an ancient rite so the future spoke
We would lose a home and gain a hope

Hang on you’re on your own now
Hang on you’re on your own now
Hang on you’re on your own
On your own now buddy

Brother told me
You create love
And it all begins anew
I saw words sprayed
At the Valve bar
I would learn those lines by rote


In the weekend we woke up
In search of some substance
In great fields of silence
We screamed to the suburb
You have swallowed our father!
You have taken our mother!
We were subsumed by boredom
But soon we will go!
Soon we will go!
And ride the bus down to the sea

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