Inner North

by Cat Canteri

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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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Track Name: The Only One
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
Track Name: Out of My League
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
Track Name: Fitzroy Bowl
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
Track Name: Pentridge Wasteland
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
Track Name: Stand Up and Be My Man
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
Track Name: How Crazy I've Been
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
Track Name: Remember The Time
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
Track Name: Bridget Agnew
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
Track Name: Tram Stop
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
Track Name: Take Me Away
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
Track Name: Make Up Your Mind
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

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