1 Shot At Freedom

by Steve Towson

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Written, recorded and released in 2002 reflecting the mood of the beginnings of the global crackdown on civil rights and the escalation of military engagements in many zones. The album shows the germination of Towson's unique and sincere unashamed Australian subject matter in his music

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released February 28, 2014

Steve Towson - guitar and vocals
All songs written by Steve Towson
Photos by Aprel Baldey
Produced by Steve Towson and Richard Miller

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Track Name: standing enflamed
Standing enflamed
(Steve Towson)

Standing here on this high rise side
I can feel the sun as it starts to rise
Burning all that lay
At my feet
Burning the path to my
Destiny

Well I use to think that we were
All so fine
Until I saw the meaning behind your eyes
Now I know I must take the stance
And fight the right evil throughout
This land
Track Name: poem to sensualness
Poem to sensualness
(Steve Towson)

I've been drinking
And I've been smoking too much of late
That I haven't had a dream
But last night I had a vision
I had myself a mental movie
In it I saw sweetness
In it I smelt loveliness

I was walking along the beach
Where the waves came crashing in
Over and over
Again on me
I walked to the shore
Lay on my side
I saw sweetness

For last night I wrote
A poem to
Sensualness

Yes it is true
I have been drinking
And I've been smoking
Too much too
But last night I had a dream
I had myself a mental movie
In it I saw sweetness
In it I smelt loveliness

We were walking along the creek
Sun was shinning
Birds were singing
Yes it was one hell of a dream
I opened my eyes
I saw
Sweetness

For last night I wrote
A poem to
Sensualness

2 months is too long
for a love
to be gone
Track Name: postcards from rockie
Postcards from Rockie
(Steve Towson)

sitting in a public bar
on such and such a street
I am drinking away my money to escape this stinking heat
but the more I keep drinking
the more I keep thinking
of you
as I write you these postcards from Rockie

well the road it winds miles miles north
flirtin' this way and that
swingin with the shore
but tonight I know I shall revive from this drive
slowing down my senses in homehill
in homehill
in homehill

I can see the clouds they are building
building and building

and then the creeks they arise
making it hard for me to drive
but I don t want to stuck here
miles away from you
no I don t wanna be miles away
no I don t wanna be miles away from
no I don t wanna be miles away
Track Name: so long a winter
So long a winter
(Steve Towson)

Shortly the girl will grow up
She'll be come the sailor
Become the crook
Soon the boy he'll come home
From his killings all alone
To a farmer without the seed
To a baker without the heat
All is swept beneath the seams
All for trinket needs

For it's been so long a winter
So long a winter
Yes it's been so long a winter
We've been living in the middle of

Well there's fire in the flour
Pain in the sheets
I don't know why it's had to have been like this
But I know that I don't feel so good
Nothing feels the way it should
I am so young but I feel so old
The whole world is growing
So cold

Cause we are realizing
Yes we are realizing that
It's been so long a winter
So long a winter
We've been living in the middle of
Track Name: we don't need this
We don't need this
(Steve Towson)

my baby she's been working hard
down at the cross
she's been working
walking the streets
and it's killing her
killing her feet
killing her and me
but yesterday when she came home
she said to me

well it's just insanity
if we live for consuming
all the useless shit that we don't need

she said
baby you know that
we don't need this
we don't need that
we don't need that
we don't we don't know no no
we don't need it

but this morning when she woke up
she turned to me
she said
when people see me
they don't see the love
I can give
they don't see the love I need
they see my profession
they see my profession
but I said baby
you've been working hard
Track Name: corner of blues and jubilee
Corner of Blues and Jubilee
(Steve Towson)

blues street winds its way among these buildings
blending with the cars and the concrete
I can see my people
as they hang outside their windows
staring down on this tragedy
they can see my ticket perched inside my pocket
as I go down
blues street

so I duck my face inside my jacket
hiding from the eyes that are peering at me
peeling away all the barriers
to my conscience
making me feel remorse
for the fact that I left you
a flee in a hurry
now I must wear the people's scorn
as I go down
blues street

for my baby said I want to talk of our future
and the prospects of our own family
you can earn more money in a factory
than you can ever earn
from your dreams
and so now
the clouds have been called in
and I wonder
wandering down
blues street
Track Name: twisting love
Twisting love
you slither inside of my soul
and I feel you
what do what you want
aren't you content with my sorrows?
with my sorrows?

but only a twisting girl brings twisting love
my twisting girl brings twisting love

I want you
I believe you know it all too well
I feel like that fool that I am
and I know it is the pain
the agony

that only a twisting girl brings twisting love
my twisting girl brings twisting love
my twisting girl brings twisting love
my twisting girl brings twisting love
twisting love twisting love
Track Name: my time will come
My time will come
(Steve Towson)

they put me in a prison cell
cause I stole my woman's heart
oh for her mother and her father
they didn't like it
cause I am from a different class

oh but she said
I want to be with you
I want to sleep with you tonight
I want to be beside you

so we packed and tried to run away
got married in a harbour town
oh but we got caught trying to stow away
trying for tasmania

oh but I know that soon my time will come
and I'll be home
soon that day the time it will come
and I'll be home

they put me in a paddy wagon
then put me in this prison cell
with four concrete walls surrounding me
oh but your photo has kept me hanging on

oh cause I know
oh but I know that soon my time will come
and I'll be home
soon that day the time it will come
and I'll be home

oh karma's coming
karma's coming sailing
back to them yeah yeah
karma's coming sailing

oh cause I know
oh but I know that soon my time will come
and I'll be home
soon that day the time it will come
and I'll be home

just you me and our son
just you me and the sun
just you me and our son
Track Name: death of a runner
Death of a runner
(Steve Towson)

one more run to make
until all is repaid
one crash could tear it all apart
and it's back to the start
again

as the wind wraps the weathered pane
the pressure it builds inside
one smooth run is all that I need
to reclaim my life

desperation makes acquaintances
allies from opposing sides
but this engine is strong
body is able
capable of keeping it tight

but the wind it wraps on the weathered pain
as the pressure it builds
yes the pressure it builds
the pressure it builds inside
one smooth run is all that I need
to reclaim my life

then there are pigs to the side
vultures to the front
I can feel these legs as they start to run
but the end it screams into my thighs
as I hunger for shelter to hide
the beasts they take delight
as my run for freedom it dies
Track Name: it's ok, it's alright (do you think)
It's okay, it's alright (do you think?)
(Steve Towson)

you lie
and you lie
why is everything you say or do a lie?
but it's ok, it's alright
cause i've got my soul
to guide through your lies

you ride
and you ride
over everybody
everything that gets in your way
so you can have it easier
every minute every hour
every day
but it's ok, it's alright
cause I've got my soul to guide me
through the lie of your life
Track Name: earlier this evening
Earlier this evening
(Steve Towson)

earlier this evening when I walked you to your home
the smell of lavender was all along the lawn
I tripped up your stairs as I walked you to your door
needing to know
if tonight there is something more than just a kiss
or if I must knock one off the wrist
I'm needing to know if tonight this it

for tonight I feel like we've got the time
in this constant constraint that we call life
to quantify the truth of the lie
for we've got tonight

so I'm concentrating on some confirmation
I need some kinda sign some kinda indication
of whether this love or this is lust
I'm needing to know if my feelings will be justified
tonight

for tonight I feel like we ve got the time
in this constant constraint that we call life
to quantify the truth of the lie
for we've got tonight
Track Name: jackie jackie packer
Jackie Jackie Packer
(Steve Towson)

the packer said to the tv queen
I only drink in places where the people are clean
I don't like crusty people
they are so obscene
the way they're always making
fun of me
they won't bow to me their master
for I am the lord
who has created the clauses
within their laws
so that I can escape responsibility
so that I can have immunity
from all of the shit that I keep producing

but dear Jackie
Jackie Packer
if you house it is made of sticks
you'd better tend to your own
for when the wind it blows
yeah the wind it blows
from the pacific

but I am so sweet
I'm so sweet and pure
I do good things and you shall hear them all
each day and each night
each night and each day
there's just no way that you can escape

but I'm not gonna take it Jackie
not gonna take it Jackie no more
no more no
I'm not gonna take it
I'm not gonna take it
not gonna take it
no no more

so to all you little Jackie Packers
your time it is a running out
your temples are a crumbling down
your false idols are are a tumbling around you
and the wind it blows
yeah the wind it blows
from the pacific
Track Name: chris and tony
Chris and Tony
(Steve Towson)

I'm just one stop from your train station
and I'm coming home to you tonight
I can hardly keep my eyes open but if I miss this stop
I shall surely die

It's been three month since I saw you
and my heart has bled a riot
my mind is filled with the corpses
of those I left behind

my eyes bleed transparent drops from my soul

words are not worth the paper
it is written all things must die
but your image it can never
for it is carved within my mind

my eyes bleed transparent drops from my soul
Track Name: when the devil wields a pen
When the devil wields a pen
(Steve Towson)

I stood before her that day
as she dictated how to behave
just like I was in school
but I said I'm not just anyone
I know what I've seen and done
I ain't nobody's tool

for here I chip away at night
working with my words my knives
cutting at Sarina's state
for once you cross the bottom line
you can never compromise
you're chained to Sarina's state

I had a meeting with a group
they said "we know what you're going through
for we all live there
for inside of this beaurarcy we are parts of the machine
desperate and disposable"

but I know it'll change
it has got to change
it is gonna change
someday

for in pursuit of power, wealth and sleaze
she will bring all to their knees
begging for her to care
but the more the hearts that are stacked
closer draws the final fate
the collapse of Sarina's state

for here I hack away at night
working with my words my knife
cutting at Sarina's state
for once you cross the bottom line
you can never compromise
you're chained to Sarina's state

but I know it'll change
it has got to change
it is gonna change
someday
Track Name: madness of king george
The madness of King George
(Steve Towson)

george
the mother of millions
father to the futile
waves his arse for the world to kiss
he thrusts his arms for us to worship
but he is no messiah
no he is no god
he'll never be my judge
my jury
or executioner

because he is mad king george
the insane
mad king george
corporate fucking
bought and sold
yes he is the mad king george

but I say george
be careful what you may eat
because it may bring you
to you knees
and no matter how well you may train your dogs
death it will come to one and all

because you are mad king george
the insane mad king george
Kyoto protocol
the UN
fuck it all over
you are the mad king george

and george wants us all to chant
USA USA USA
USA USA USA
but we all know his sugar daddy
was once the head of the
CIA CIA CIA
his sugar daddy was once head of the
CIA

I said I believe in peace for the world
I believe in peace for people in the US of A
but I know peace won't come under george

for at night in front of your propaganda screen
into your mind george will creep
talking of increased profitability
linked with corporate interests
in the global
war
machine