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First full length album by Steve Towson and The Conscripts.

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released January 1, 2006

All songs by Steve Towson except "Billy Hughes Army" which is an arrangement of a traditional anti-conscription Australian song.
Steve Towson - guitar, vocals, piano, percussion, organ, drums
Ness Glenn - cello and backing vocals
Andy (Choppa) Peachy - drums except tracks 4 and 9
JR - didgeridoo
Scotty Brique - drums and piano
Paul Thompson - sax on "All the Lords and Ladies"

Recorded at Zero Interference Studios in Brisbane Australia
Produced by Bryce Moorhead and Steve Towson

Artwork by Hannah Suarez
Photography by Silvana Macarone

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Track Name: The Straits of Gibraltar
The Straits Of Gibraltar
(Steve Towson)

I'm waiting to receive a confirmation
So I can live with you
But something is wrong
Something is broken
My message it ain't getting through
So I pull these lips up to the receiver
But there's no connection there
And all of the while
The cycle continues
To spiral to despair

Oh but the straits of Gibraltar
Keeps on calling me to cross
The straits of Gibraltar
My hope lies beyond those rocks

Life and death, fear and security
All depend upon that sea
As the sands of chance keep on rising
Filling up the best of me
Ice white moons keep on moving
Casting shadows down in the path
Of the range of waves that I keep on climbing
How long can this treatment last
How long can the treatment last
How long can I last

The straits of Gibraltar
Keeps on calling me to cross
The straits of Gibraltar
My hope lies beyond those rocks
Track Name: Long Drive Through Ipswich
Long Drive Through Ipswich
(Steve Towson)

Cause it's a long drive through Ipswich
Long drive through town
Long drive through Ipswich as the sun is setting down
On me

I can see the look of anguish
Written across your face
As I lay down your weary hand
I can see you've reached the end of your race

For the poison it lies within your blood
The poison's in your belly
I can hear the banshee as she howls
Moving through the corridor

For all of your life you vested your trust
In the hands of those driven by lust
For convenience
Financial reward
Until at last you severed the cord
Track Name: If This Is What It Means
If This Is What It Means
(Steve Towson)

I met her on a Monday, she was battered and bruised
And I said what the hell has been happening to you?
She said, don't you ever fall in love with a man
Who only solves problems with a hit from his hands

And if this is what it means to be in love
She said, I don't wanna deal with it
If he doesn't love me anymore
At least he could respect his own kids

Some said it must be the power of the drink
But I said, it's just the way that the arsehole thinks
You fell in love when you were in your teens
I think he just grew cold bitter and mean

For a real man he doesn't punch holes in walls
Real men they don't pretend to be strong
Real men they don't make you feel small
For a real man will make you feel like you're his world

I met her again after a year had past
She said, I've been seeing a guy who details cars
He's been so kind, sweet and loving to my kids
He says he loves me and I think I've fallen for him

And if this is what it means to be in love
She said, I wanna die while I'm deep in it
How much better could life simply be
Than finding someone who loves you and your kids
Track Name: Billy Hughes' Army
Billy Hughes' Army
(Traditional/Steve Towson)

Why don't you join Billy Hughes' army
With ten bob a day and nothing to eat
Great big boots and blisters on your feet
Why don't you join Billy Hughes' army

Why don't you join Suharto's army
With a gun in hand sent overseas
To kill for family companies
Why don't you join Suharto's army

Why don't you join little George's army
The son of a king, he's a fraud in the ring
Telling to kill in the name of peace
Why don't you join little George's army
Track Name: Tonight We Storm the Bastille
Tonight We Storm The Bastille
(Steve Towson)

Right now it is one for all
For an attack on one is an attack on all
We'll dig our way underneath the prison floors
While others scale over the barbed wire walls
To free the innocent locked inside
For tonight we're taking no more of your lies

For tonight we'll break their barricades
Yes tonight we'll make them watch
For criminals have a hold of this country
And they're squeezing it for all that it's got

No more drowning lies or cheap politics
Some say you're liberal but I know you're sick
For feeding your greed from the desperate in need
Is not what I'd call a safe society

So the stage is set and all the names have been cast
The whole world's seen the colours of their hearts
So come storm the Bastille with the cry one for all
Those with belief, religion or any law
That speaks of human dignity
The sanctity of life
For this system needs fixing and it must be tonight
Track Name: 6 am
6am
(Steve Towson)

6 am
I'm alone
Again

How are you?
Where are you going?
I want you
I need you

I miss you
Like a hole I can't fix
I want you
I need you

6 am
I'm alone
Track Name: The Remains of Us
The Remains Of Us
(Steve Towson)

The smell of you was on my pillow
When I woke up without you today
Before I met you
I was so lonely

Oh the summer nights
To lie next to you and just to feel your thighs
The sweat runs down and stings my sight
On the long summer nights

The thought of lying in your arms awhile
And basking in the pleasure of your smile
All the things that you sent me
Made me feel like I'm wanted
They made me feel like I'm needed
They made me feel like I'm wanted

The remains of us were on the window
Where we pressed ourselves against the glass that day
Too much talk
So much confusion
No affection
So much confusion

Is all that remains
Of the summer nights
To lie next to you and just to feel your thighs
The sweat runs down and stings my sight
On the long summer nights
Track Name: No One WIll Do You Any Harm
Noone Will Do You Any Harm
(Steve Towson)

Never before was such sorrow seen
As I see on your expression today
Please believe I never meant to leave
But circumstance drove me away

So please take your pill, I will take mine
Hold me in your arms
For while we are together nothing can go wrong
Noone will do you any harm
Track Name: All The Lords And Their Ladies
All The Lords and Their Ladies
(Steve Towson)

A burning sun is setting down
Behind a crowded beach
And something in this tropical scene
Feels so obscene
I get the indication
It's the colour of my skin
That makes me feel so out of place
So alien

And the lords and their ladies walk on by
Staring down from their pedestals at me
Sometimes I wish I could swallow every single lie
So they let me be

I take a look to the right
See the rising of white pride
As goose-step gutless brownshirts
Return calling for genocide
They make their saints from our demons
And their leaders from madmen
Backed by big business
Religion and so-called gentlemen

And the lords and their ladies walk on by
Staring down from their high horses at me
Sometimes I wish I could swallow every single lie
So they let me be
Track Name: A Love Like Water
A Love Like Water
(Steve Towson)

I drink in your beauty and I bathe in your words
But that is not enough to satisfy the thirst
The desire, the longing to be alone
For that is just the way that evolution goes

A love like water
Seeping through my hands
A love like water
Beyond my command

I know I shouldn't want you but there's something infectious in a smile
That keeps me wanting safe harbourage to anchor for a while
So I step into the cyclone of a love to plant myself the seed
In the hope it might mature in time to shelter me

From a love like water
Seeping through my hands
A love like water
Beyond my command

And as I build my home in the middle of the ocean
Water mixes with my mortar
Bricks they get swept away
Taking all my foundations

A love like water
Seeping through my hands
A love like water
Beyond my command
Track Name: Your Tears Mean Nothing To Me
Your Tears Mean Nothing To Me
(Steve Towson)

Don't bother wasting my time
Telling me how hard your life is
At least you know at your all-time low
You've got somewhere to go
You've got somewhere to be
You've got somewhere to live

Your tears mean nothing to me
They mean nothing at all to me
They mean nothing to me

You just degrade those who are different to you
But how'd you feel if you were forced to live
In someone else's shoes?
You just give but you can't receive
You just give but you can't receive
You just give but you don't receive
Track Name: A Beautiful Murri Girl
A Beautiful Murri Girl
(Steve Towson)

From across the dance floor her eyes hooked on me
Dragging me into her world
I knew I was falling in love with a beautiful murri girl
Well everything the racist media dictated it smashed upon love's rocks that day
When I stared into her eyes I knew all racists are full of shit

You're my beautiful Murri girl

Well Nova set my heart alight when she started talking equal rights
The struggle for equality
For all,
Beauty, love, life and desire

You're my beautiful Murri girl

And no, one nation can't make me stay away
One nation won't make me stay away
I will make all the racists pay for my beautiful murri girl

You're my beautiful Murri girl