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THE OVERLAND EP

Lyrics

Trying to Wake the Dead

I dreamed this dream for you

I wrote the words and hummed the tune

It was like that then and it still rings true

You’re always asking what I meant

If you don’t stop talking sense

Gonna’ have to end the suspense

 

I walk these streets alone

Looking for my house my home

Here’s where it used to stand but now it’s gone

I lost you somewhere along the way

For all these houses look the same

We can’t go back the way we came

 

And when the night goes quiet

I sit awhile

I put the world on hold

Return to the fold

We were just children then

We’re older now

We should know better than

Going round trying to wake the dead

 

Our old stomping ground

I can still hear it now

Seems much clearer to me this time round

Oh what sleight of hand is this?

To make me long for something I don’t miss

Like an unfaithful lover’s kiss

 

And when the night goes quiet

I sit awhile

I put the world on hold

Return to the fold

We were just children then

We’re older now

We should know better than

Going round trying to wake the dead

Half A World Away

You’re not the type

Who should be playing with fire

I know that you’ve been burned before

You’d be a fool

If you tried to scale this wire

There are lesser lights that have tried and failed

               You come hear beating at my door

But you already know the score

Asking your questions

Needing to know why

My heart lies

Half a world away

 

I used to kneel down and pray

At the altar of your love

Eating from the palm of your hand

But all this time

I’ve been thinking up little reasons while

You’ve been busy making other plans

It pains me to be so unkind

But there’s no room for you in mine

So I’ll take the blame

Feel the fury of your shame

So long as I’m

Half a world away

 

I don’t know if it’s just me

But for a long time it’s seemed

That this thing has been heading south

Long swallowed my pride

But I can’t meet your eyes

As the words tumble out of my mouth

I fell for the traveller’s romance

But you know I never gave myself the chance

Well it might sound strange

But in my own silent way

I’ve been a long time

Half a world away

 

There are some ties

That can never be broken

No matter how far down the track

Now I might play it cool

In the company of others

But you know me better than that

Just a black figure through the fog

He’s been trailing me like a dog

Well the shadow of our love

Spans the distance between us

I can still feel it from

Half a world away

 

Now I’m kicking my heels

On the cobblestones

In a home away from home

Licking at my wounds

In this cold dusty room

Reaping the seeds that I’ve sewn

Soon I’ll cross the line

Daylight savings time

I don’t know if you’re sleeping

Or how my heart’s been keeping

You know I left it

Half a world away

 

No I don’t want to be remembered

As some first-time offender

Or as the one who got away

Think of me the way I out to be

Coming good

On those promises I made

Railway Man

Lord lead me not into harm’s way

For I can get there on my own

Keep me warm and keep my dry

‘Til I hear that lonesome whistle cry

Make the train and then set sail

Clinging to that silver rail

I’ve crossed this country from coast to coast

Always pulling such a weary load

 

Cause’ I’m the railway man

And I’ve strayed so far from home

No matter where I am

Such a long way left to go

 

See the scenery shift and change

Through towns of rust, bent stalks of grain

From my window I can see

A hollow figure staring back at me

There’s someone else behind the wheel

Telling me how to think and feel

Behind a veil pulling on my strings

I’ve got a restless heart but it just won’t sing

 

Cause’ I’m the railway man

And I’ve strayed so far from home

No matter where I am

Such a long way left to go

 

If I had a dollar for every time

I lost my way as the rail unwinds

This copper coin don’t bring me luck

It’s just a souvenir from the place I’m stuck

Lay it down upon the track

A heavy head of steam and I won’t look back

Come and meet me round the bend

For I’ll never set foot in this town again

 

Cause’ I’m the railway man

And I’ve strayed so far from home

No matter where I am

Such a long way left to go

I took the long way round

And I won’t slow down no, no

Cause’ I’m the railway man

And I’ve strayed so far from home

Early Hours of Morning

In the early hours of morning

My head is heavy from the load

I see my life flash before me

And I’m sinking like a stone

You’re living somewhere in my memory

And I don’t remember a thing

But I know

I’m not alone

For tonight

The world is mine

 

Throw these blankets from my body

Cast these shackles from my feet

Close my front door behind me

And I’ll go walking down my street

The city shines like a diamond

For a moment I feel like a king

Yes I know

I’m not alone

For tonight

The world is mine

 

I see no light on in your window

No sign that you even exist

If I ever came to lose you

It’s your guiding light that I’d miss

But I am not afraid of darkness

For darkness is my friend

Yes I know

I’m not alone

For tonight

The world is mine

Famous Last Words

I am not an honest man

There’s more to me than you can see

Let he who is without sin

Pass their judgement over me

I was born to modest circumstance

Though I claim a noble ancestry

A man is free to dream up his past

Suit himself and serve his own needs

 

I’ve lived in every country town

From Flinders Range to Charters Towers

I drank em’ dry, I wore the women down

Fled the early morning hours

There is no rider that comes close

No brumby that I cannot tame

I’ve got the knack for breaking a horse

That’s how I got my name

 

I’ve always had to have the last word

These famous last words

 

The year 1900 I heard the call

Queen Victoria and her mighty drum

The motherland is going to war

To take back what belongs to her

I enlisted, landed in South Africa

I fought bravely, strong and true

On horseback I led the attack

Showed them Boers a thing or two

 

Found fame and notoriety

Amongst the Transvaal officers

Toasted the Queen with English gentry

They mistook me for one of them

Served under Captain Percy Hunt

As finer man who ever went to war

He was killed in a morning raid

So I started hunting down Boers like they were sport

 

Yeah I had the last word

These famous last words

 

It’s a fact well known far and wide

But hard for me to understand

How the life of a colonial

Is worth half that of an English man

Kitchener said “take no prisoners”

Lay waste to the countryside

Now it’s me in the firing line

A scapegoat of a once great empire

 

So shoot straight you bastards

Don’t you make a mess of it

Let my death be swift and quick

I won’t think you any less for it

Keep in mind as you cock your gun

That I am not an honest man

You can strip me of all I’ve done

But in death my name will go on

 

Yeah I’ll have the last word

These famous last words

Yeah I’ll have the last word

These famous last words