Steve Towson

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A solo one take guitar and vocal album released in 2009

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released January 1, 2008

Steve Towson - guitar and vocals
all songs written by Steve Towson

recorded at Zero Interference, Brisbane Australia
Produced by Bryce Moorhead and Steve Towson

Artwork by Ashlee Middleton
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: 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: 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: Who Do You Believe
Who do you believe?
(Steve Towson)

well they locked me away
for the duration of the period
while the powers that be
marched on in to blow our minds away
saying it's ok to prosper
off the poor in our society
but soon the parasites they will learn that
those who fuck with fire
they will burn

so who do you believe?
the government, press or your friends?
who do you believe
the government. press or friends?

you know that I've been searching
for a way
to try to save this place
and there's two things that I've learnt
so listen to what I say

you've gotta listen to your family, listen to your friends,
talk to your family talk to your friends,
for what we need is peace not war
I say what we need is food not bombs

well the rich they may fly high
high upon their private planes
but sooner or later they will land
and it ain't safe
when it rains

so who do you believe?
the government, press or your friends?
who do you believe?
the government, the press, the rich
your family, your friends?
Track Name: When the Revolution Comes
When the revolution comes
(Steve Towson)

when I look out my window
I see things are going fast
I see my people their faces
are getting blurred by their past
for too many lies and deciept
have stopped our true unity

for when the revolution it comes
we shall create our freedom

I talked to the preacher
he said I must bow before God
the politicians
they believe that we will obey unjust laws
for it is we I say
who hold the power we are a force
to be reckoned with

for when the revolution comes
we shall create our freedom
i say sweet freedom
Track Name: Postcards from Rocky
Postcards from Rocky
(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

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: I Want the Blues
I want the blues
(Steve Towson)

I try to sleep with you
but I'm so down
so blue
that every touch is like a thousand knives
every look just pierces my eyes
oh I'm so tired of laying my love
into you

so i tell you
I want the blues
out of me

your kissin lips once
moistened mine
but we no longer touch
we've got no time for what we had before
no time for our sweet lovin
anymore

so I tell you
I want the blues
out of me

now I wait for you at the middle of the stairs
just hoping you might meet me there
but you won't meet me half way you won't meet me at all
you don't wanna talk of Rome and its
inevitable fall

so I tell you
I want the blues
out of me
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
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: 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: 15 Minutes of Your Love
Fifteen minutes of your love
(Steve Towson)

I say
15 minutes of your love
is all that I can have today
for the police they are on their way
on behalf of their companies

for the debtors they come and the debtors they take
what the company wants as profit
but 25.7%
is not business
it is piracy on the financial seas
for they saw this vessel stricken
marooned high on the beach
and they came and they plundered it
yes they plundered it for all that I was worth
leaving nothing at all for me

I say
15 minutes of your love
is all that I can have today
for the police they are on their way
on behalf of the company

so wrap me deep inside your love
for soon tomorrow it will come
and I must be somewhere else
to repay their ransom demands

15 minutes
15 minutes of your love
is all I can have today
for the police they are on their way
on behalf of the companies
as soon as they get out of bed with the companies
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: Ngombi's Not Dead
Ngombi's not dead
(Steve Towson)

petrol explodes at 9:15
cars are left helpless
stranded on the street
and I'm just standing here
watching this world the hive
watching the machine as it struggles to survive

but oh no
Ngombi's not dead

well men and women look
all around
trying to find someone to
bring on down
to their level of contentment at their life's achievements
wanting all to feel their bereavement
for our souls
the trees have all gone long ago
how long for survival
no one knows

but oh no
Ngombi's not dead
I say oh
Ngombi's not dead

so breathe on deep while
you still can
let the gases rise up and
fill your head for
while you put your faith inside of your tv
the whole world it is fucked
and so are we
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