Album 'Earthman'

by Simon Hudson

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released September 4, 2015

All songs performed by Simon Hudson Band
Simon Hudson - electric & acoustic guitar, vocals
Oscar Poncell - electric guitar
Andrew Arnold - Rhodes, Hammond, BVs
Tom Krieg - upright and electric bass except Do Me a Favour
Geoffrey Worsnop - drums

All songs written by Simon Hudson except Something Real co-written with Mark Lang. Additional arrangement on New Religion & Song About Us by Oscar Poncell. Simon Hudson plays a Fender Telecaster & Alhambra nylon-string.

Special thanks to Anita Quayle for advice, joy, and a whole lotta love. My loving family Nicky, Geoff, Sarah, Nina & Anna Hudson, their partners & amazing children. Our awesome Pozible supporters - we couldn't have done it without you! My songwriting mentors Greg Arnold & Charles Jenkins. My djembe teacher Epizo Bangoura. Alison Joy Greig, a true stalwart and a joy to know, who pledged for a Pozible launch pack. Dedicated to Jethro Adams - his light lives in all of us.

All songs copyright control Simon Hudson © & ℗ 2015
simonhudson.com.au

Additional credits
Anita Quayle - cello & mbira on I Know You’ll Be Alright
Mark Grunden - pandeiro, cuica, repinique, caixa, whistle on Gone A Long Time + reprise
Dave Hall - surdo, repinique on Gone A Long Time + reprise
Simon Hudson - djembe, percussion & BVs on most tracks. Arturia Minibrute analog synth on Shot In The Dark & Song About Us
Oscar Poncell - percussion on New Religion & Do Me A Favour
Mobile Phone Love shouting - Geoffrey Worsnop, Andrew Arnold, Simon Hudson
Salvador Persico - congas, bongo & bells on New Religion & Shot In The Dark
Omid Shayan - tenor sax & Paris Gadsden - trombone on Do Me A Favour, New Religion, Something Real & Gone A Long Time. Tristan Ludowyk - trumpet on New Religion, Something Real & Gone A Long Time.
Andrew ‘Westy’ West - bass on Do Me A Favour

Do Me A Favour recorded by Jason Torrens at Debasement Studios. Co-produced by Simon Hudson & Jason Torrens.

All other songs recorded by Tristan Ludowyk at The Aviary and co-produced by Simon Hudson & Oscar Poncell. Studio assistant - Henry Jenkins.
Additional recording on Do Me A Favour, Never Knew Why, New Religion, Something Real, Rolling & Song About Us by Oscar Poncell at The Kitchen.
All songs mixed by Tristan Ludowyk at The Aviary, except Do Me A Favour, New Religion & Song About Us mixed by Oscar Poncell at The Kitchen.

Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering. Cover artwork by Holly Dowding.

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Track Name: Do Me A Favour
It’s driving me crazy
Being apart from you
It’s breaking me down now
But what can I do?
I finally realised
How I feel for you
The way I’m feeling right now baby
It’s breaking my heart in two

I’m not loving it baby
Without you in my life
No I just can’t take it
I want you in my life
And what am I supposed to do
With you so far away?
The way I’m feeling right now baby
Oh what more can I take

Oh do me a favour, and
Tell me that you care
Girl I just can’t take it
Girl I want you there, and
Do me a favour
Tell me that you hear
Girl I just can’t take it
Girl I want you near
Track Name: Never Knew Why
I don’t know why I called you that night
I had the feeling that something wasn’t right
My Valentine’s plans were falling through
And all the while, I was making plans to see you

I never knew why I let you go
Didn’t realise just what I didn’t know
And now what’s happening with you and me
Oh baby please just let me dare to dream

It’s been such, such a long time
But you have always been on my mind
Now we’ve come together in the same town
I can’t help wondering if something’s going down
Track Name: Shot In The Dark
You’ll find me walking in my mind
Trying to find
Traces of sense between the lines
What had slipped behind

Was that a shot in the dark
That I just heard
Coming from the house next door?

Find fame but watch your luck
Here comes the rain
Emerge on the other side scarred and used
But they’re snapping up their next prey

Was that a shot in the dark
That I just heard
Coming from the house next door?

You better pray today that soul will survive
Another day, but if it doesn’t hey
When today’s work is done
What is left can trigger despair

Was that a shot in the dark
That I just heard
Coming from the house next door?
Track Name: New Religion
That’s the way the world is, the way it always will be
Though the style of suit may change the glint in the eye remains
When the fox is money, the hounds abound
In their redoubling eagerness to please the lord

Slip into a new era, more comfortable
More easily able to rid you of your cash
Strip you of your bucks, entice you in a headlong rush
To the shopping mall ahead of the throng

Up with the rest, gotta have the best
Surf the tide of the new religion of easily impressed

Corporations seek fresh new life to consume
To make their own size grow
Can’t we stop upsizing our McDonalds meal-deals
And downsize our own appetites

All in a rush for the mall ahead of you
Track Name: Something Real
I was walking in the city, and something came to me
What’s the point of living, if you can’t be free
Mama always told me, all things change in time
And the only thing worth giving, is what you can’t leave behind

Gotta be something real, got the fight to live to feel

So why are we so foolish, we buy up all these things
We get so damn addicted, to all our golden rings
Now I don’t know my purpose, and I don’t know my pain
But there’s only just one thing, that keeps on pounding in my brain

You may say I’m falling for the same old shit I fell before, but
You wouldn't say that every single soul will knock on the same door, and
You could say I’m feeling in the dark for something that I need
You would help me if you only knew exactly why I bleed
Track Name: I Know You'll Be Alright
When I wake in the morning light
And I reach over to you lying by my side
And I know, and I know, I know you’ll be alright
But I didn’t have the heart, to fight your fight

You’re alone in this old world
And you need someone to say

I know you’ll be alright x2
Sometimes it seems so dark but
I know, you’ll find your light
I know you’ll be alright

It came around to the middle of July
And I needed all the help that you could provide
And I knew, oh yeah I knew, I knew you’d want to stay
And I didn’t have the heart to send you away

Cos we’re alone in this old world
And we need someone to say

Cos time and again, you mend me
When I’m at my end, you save me
Track Name: Mobile Phone Love
So there I am sunk at home no ladies and my
Money’s blown writing lyrics thinking about stuff never
Realising it would get so rough
Ring ring goes my telephone
And she’s saying that she’s all alone
Easy easy ain’t that sweet
And now she’s saying that she wants to meet

Mobile phone love
It’s messy but it’s fun
Mobile phone love
Your world could come undone

She’s saying she’s itchy all over
And she’s moaning and panting like rover
I can hear her getting off her gear
It’s clear come knocking like a four-leaf clover
Opportunity rare
But I’m already there
Telling me what she needs to feel complete
I’m thinking how that would be such a treat
She needs me to help her along
Now speak to me down the telephone
You can complete what I started
Now she’s getting excited

Call me up from another state, cos she was starting to contemplate
That she didn’t want to be alone, and so she rings my telephone

She’s looking around found a bucket of ice
Damn you know that would be nice
I want to take her all the way
On the phone baby that’s how I want to play
She’s in on the game she starts telling me
Saying my name I’m going crazy
Temperature is searing ice is disappearing
She says it’s kinda cold but her boiling point is nearing
She’s begging me please saying freaky things
I’m going crazy making her phone ring
I can tell she’s melting she’s taking a belting
No clothes on but she sounds like she’s sweltering

Found out what she never knew
No no no she never had no clue)
Oh we both found out what we never knew
Mobile phones can be good for you
Track Name: Rolling
Rolling down the road towards a place that once I thought I’d call my home
Now the only thing that matters is a place to bury your next bone
All the critics tell you that the best thing that you’ve done’s been done before
And all the pretty vultures wait around and bide their time and file their claws

I know what’s combing ash for me
I know what’s been a smash with me
I know what's been an extra dose of just another crush for me
I know the only time when something really mattered all that much to me

Heading back towards a place where once there was a heart and soul for me
And all these pretty debutants they make a pass but clearly they can’t see
That there is no-one still who holds a candle, holds a torch to what we’ve been
And things that once made sense, make me confess that now I’m blinded completely

Well I know what’s been the best for me
I know what stands the test for me
I know what lights the fire and what denies the funeral pyre for me
And what becomes of those who go on living though they’re yearning to be free?

And all these paths I chose
And all these signs I know
And all these faults my own
And all these ways back home
Track Name: Gone A Long Time
Gone a long time, where does it go
Gone a long time, who do you become
Can you forget, who you are?

Won’t you bring me back, to where I was?
Cos I can barely think any more, what for?

Gone a long time, where does it go?
Gone a long time, gone a long time, now and then I know
Can you become something new?

Gone a long time, where does it go?
Gone a long time, gone a long time, now and then I know
Can you become something new?
Track Name: Song About Us
I’m not going to write, a song about us
Cos try as I might, the words get mixed up
And all of my songs, are messy breakups
So why would I write, when things are looking up?

Seems like bad luck

It’s not going to be, the same as last time
When all of our trials, end up in matched rhymes
The only time, that I write a song
When all that we had, has all gone wrong

May as well write a song

I thought that it could be, different this time
And I could write a happy song, and say what’s on my mind
Now I’m seeing roadblocks, right on up ahead
Looks like I’m going back to writing sad old songs instead

I flicked through the book, of happy endings
But I couldn’t find a single one that fit
I don’t want to be, some sad-ending guy
So that’s why I say please don’t ask me to try

It just won’t fly
Don’t ask me to try
It just won’t fly