Inner North

by Cat Canteri

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1.
The Only One 03:55
I woke up thought I could have you back In my life wash away the black Your love was real all those years ago Still fills me up, thought you ought to know You’re the only one I’ve ever loved Those cat and mouse games I played so long Wore you down, I didn’t know it was wrong To mess around such a fragile thing Now you won’t have anything to do with me You’re the only one I’ve ever loved My heart belongs to you My heart belongs to you But time waits for no one I can see you’ve moved on You’re the only one I’ll ever love My heart belongs to you My heart belongs to you
2.
Were you always out of my league? Tall dark and handsome, full of intrigue Love at first glance, love at first touch But I could never let you know how much You were always bolder, would I pass the test? If you became bored of me would you creep to another’s bed? So I keep my deepest secrets hidden in my mind If I never lose my mystery your love will never die I gaze as you get ready against the bathroom door Shirt and suit neatly pressed ready for the tour No words that I possess will return the sparkle in your eyes You say my fears have worn your spirit down and made us blind Were you always out of my league? Tall dark and handsome, full of intrigue Love at first glance, love at first touch But can you ever let me know how much? Our kids are smiling at me from the pictures on the wall The passing years were cruel to me but not to you at all If there ever was a test, perhaps we can agree The bitter truth that greets us can’t all be blamed on me Are you thinking you’re out of my league? We're smiling along, there's darkness underneath No matter how we fight there's no getting past These walls that we’ve built were made to last
3.
Fitzroy Bowl 04:51
Shared many stories at Fitzroy Bowl Edinburgh Gardens, both 9 years old Hung out in the grandstand at every game Skating and footy, those were our days You lived in the high rise up Brunswick St Your Mum had skitzed out on bad LSD She was always too freaked out to get you to school So you jumped on your board, rode on down that hill Your Dad moved back in, you just had to go He smashed up your stuff, wasn’t safe to go home I begged my folks to take you in We can’t interfere son it’s just one of those things A few months went by, you were hardly at school I heard you’d been fostered near Clifton Hill You weren’t at the bowl, you weren’t at the game Did we drift apart or did you drift away Last time I saw you was in All Nations Park Collecting those soft drink cans after dark Pushin’ your trolley down Merri Parade Past Rushall Station to where the homeless stay But they don’t understand you, avert their gaze Just an angry young man a tattoo on your face You’ll never tell ‘em what you’ve been through Cause men don’t talk, boys don’t cry Trucks on the coping, skate hard or Men don’t talk, boys don’t cry Trucks on the coping drop in and fly
4.
You sit out on the curb by the cold concrete drain By your Pentridge apartment smashed out of your brain Hard times are comin’ for what you’ve been through They’ll call your name, take the stand, prove what he did to you Skateboards in the mornings, Nintendo in the afternoon Water fights, BMX, things kids get up too Down on your corner friends played their games His eyes followed you around, drinkin’ the day away Cricket in the summer, Footy in the spring He was another friendly neighbour, you asked him to join in When the game was over he gestured to your friend Disappeared together toward Merri Creek Parkland Third week of December, school holidays When he rang your doorbell, knew your parents were away They said never talk to strangers, cross at the lights Walk against the traffic; don’t stay out late at night In the back of your mind his words like a bore Your parents will be angry you dirty little whore He smiled at your father, they spoke down the street Joked about the cricket and what’s on TV Never talk to strangers, cross at the lights Walk against the traffic; don’t stay out late at night Never take a ride with a man that you don’t know Don’t open the front door when you’re left home alone Now you’re under the palm trees by Coburg Lake You watch from the rotunda, your kids play their games You know you’re a survivor, others didn’t make it through There’s no one else to testify it all comes on you Never talk to strangers, cross at the lights Walk against the traffic; don’t stay out late at night Never take a ride with a man that you don’t know Don’t open the front door when you’re left home alone Never talk to strangers, cross at the lights Walk against the traffic; don’t stay out late at night Never take a ride with a man that you don’t know Don’t open the front door when you’re left at home Cause down on that corner kids still play games
5.
Tried so hard To make you stand up and be my man But every day turns out the same You turn your head and look the other way We rarely see eye to eye I don’t know how to fight your kind of fight I’m always in the wrong and you can’t see The things you hold dearer than me Took you by the hand To help you from your knees The day I said I’m leaving Tried so hard to make you stand Stand up and be my man Why won’t you see the words written on the wall? I don’t love you anymore
6.
I saw a picture, three of us singin’ Back when we used to be friends Songs and the whiskey never stopped flowin’ Till the sun came up again Feelin’ so low drivin’ the highway Wishin’ that you’d stayed cause Nothing compares to that good time feelin’ When we used to play You’ve both forgotten the magic that happens Right up there on the stage I wish you’d remember what you’re both missin’ And what we’re throwin’ away It doesn’t matter if I stole your lover Write it down in a song cause Fans who love country love all the heartache It’s what keeps em comin’ along Nobody cares that you don’t like me No one cares you’re mad You don’t have the guts to go it alone or Make it without my band You’ve both forgotten the magic that happened Night after night on the stage I wish you’d remember the high times you’re missin’ And what you’re throwin’ away Cowboys can solve all their trouble With beer at the end of the night but Women like us never forget those Shit things you said in a fight I’ve been pretending it’s not my problem I stabbed you in the back I shoulda known all those years ago Not to treat you like crap With rose coloured glasses I looked back across Those years we spent on the stage If only I’d seen how crazy I’d been You wouldn’t be walkin’ away
7.
Do you remember the time, We took cocaine to ride, Into to dark, under the stars? Do you remember those days? Two girls in the spring rain Cool mountain air I still wish we were there But your father said no You were destined to go Back to your home Where you sleep alone Do you remember the road, How it lightened your load? Weighing you down That white satin gown Your ruby red hair The ring that’ll you’ll wear As leaves fall in May On your wedding day Don’t you remember those times, We drunk whiskey and wine? At the old look out spot With no eyes on the clock But those days are long gone We did nothing wrong Should we be satisfied With what others decide? Don’t you remember those times, We danced through the night? I said you had to choose But I knew I would lose
8.
Still morning, Wattlebirds warbling My babes ate their bread and butter in bed A dull ache lingered on the side of my head From your fist and these words you said “If you’re going to leave that’s fine You know to leave our babies behind” Quite, calm, you’ll hear no alarm and Never see them again Their struggle so brief, the silence so deep Their bodies lay still ‘neath the water Their flesh came from mine, no time to cry Our souls will be freed of my torture - We traveled to visit our neighbour Who was in the family way A small pile of cloth lay beside their well, so My son pulled our cart up with caution Fishing the bundle with a stick My breath drew a pain so fast and so thick Ran to the Agnew house, no one was found Two babes and a mother are drowned Their struggle so brief, silence so deep We dragged them all from the water Murder you knew Bridget Agnew To heaven with the children that fought you - My workday dragged on, I long to be home I feel that I must make amends This morning I said goodbye, you gave no reply I understand, we don’t fight that often If you’re going to leave that’s fine You know to leave our babies behind As you turn to leave the paddocks of Preston The rest of your life you’ll find Their struggle so brief, her silence so deep My girls lay still by the water Their flesh came from mine, forever entwined I’ll never be free of this torture
9.
Tram Stop 03:02
At the tram stop under the broken streetlight The city feels so lonely tonight Feet pound the pavement down Flinders Lane Since I hurt you it hasn’t felt the same Never as alone as we are now Tryin’ to turn it round somehow Got us tickets to go but you’d already gone Can’t you take us to where we belong? Counting, collecting all your mistakes Controllin’ the way we relate Fighting your corner was an endless chore Doin’ it my way or you’re out that door Never as alone as we are now Trying to win you back somehow Got us tickets to go but you’d already gone Take me back to where we belong At the tram stop, under the broken streetlight At the tram stop, so lonely tonight At the tram stop, already gone Never as alone as I feel now Trying to turn my life around Got a ticket to go but I can’t move on Won’t you take me to where we belong? Never as alone as I am now Tryin’ to turn my life around Got a ticket to roll but I can’t move on Won’t you take me to where we belong? At the tram stop, under the broken streetlight At the tram stop, so lonely tonight At the tram stop, already gone
10.
Take Me Away 03:52
Swore this time I’d do it right, do right by me Not compromise things that I need Still I came to your city high on Guy Clark Moved into your house We wrote songs in the dark You take me away You take me away We played shows on the weekend Lived in the bars, but from Monday to Thursday I’d never know where you are Who you’ve been with or what to expect When you’re home in the evening We never connect Won’t you take me away Won’t you take me away Up on the stage I see that look in your eyes I’ve been yearning to witness Through the weekdays and nights But it’s not me you long for but our trusted friend All my pain and confusion as we come to an end Won’t you take her away Won’t you take her away Won’t you take her away Swore this time I’d do it right, not do it wrong What do hearts know of promises Broken for so long
11.
There’s a hole in your soul Where a child’s suppose to grow What will you leave when you are old? Songbooks of tunes nobody knows Inward spirals your pain Swallow against the grain There you go back on the run He’ll never know he fathered your son All the scenesters moved on When the drugs were all gone What will you do to pass the time? There’s more to life than Staying home with your child Make up your mind

credits

released May 18, 2018

Produced by Jeff Lang
Engineered and mixed by Jeff Lang at the Enclave Recording Facility (Melbourne, Australia) Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering (Melbourne, Australia)
Photographs by Tajette O’Halloran
Design by Les Thomas

All songs written by Cat Canteri except, Out Of My League & Remember The Time (Cat Canteri/Justin Bernasconi/Les Thomas), How Crazy I’ve Been (Cat Canteri/Justin Bernasconi/Chester Cooney), Take Me Away (Cat Canteri/Les Thomas), Bridget Agnew (Cat Canteri/Justin Bernasconi)

For Allie and Carlo

Thanks to Justin Bernasconi, Justin Olsson and Ben Franz your outstanding playing on this record, to Les Thomas and Chester Cooney for your contribution to the songs, to Jeff Lang for your patience and humour, to Allie, Carlo, Giulius, Rhonda and Justin for their love and unwavering support in my creativity and music.

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Drummer, guitarist songwriter and singer from Melbourne Australia.

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