When We Were Young

by Cat Canteri

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Gavin Hellyer Backtracking on Cat since her fantastic 'Inner North' album from this year has enabled me to discover this excellent debut from 2014. Yet another outstanding Melbourne artist. Favorite track: Here for now, In Your Head.
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Produced by ARIA award winning Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios, ‘When We Were Young’ was recorded and mixed over 2012, and 2013.

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released September 5, 2014

Canteri performs drums; guitars; and keyboards on the majority of the album, as well as enlisting the help of highly regarded musicians: Ben Franz (The Waifs, The Stillsons); Stevie Hesketh (The Drones, Jet), and Justin Bernasconi (The Stillsons).

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Cat Canteri Melbourne, Australia

Drummer, guitarist songwriter and singer from Melbourne Australia.

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Track Name: When We Were Young
When we were young
We didn’t think
We’d get any older

When we were young
We liked to drink
We liked to think
That we looked older

But the time had come to change all that
Yeah the time had come for change

When we were young
I would hold your hand
You would hold my hand
When we young
I liked to smoke
You liked to toke

But the times will come to change all that
Yes the times will come to change
Yes the time will come to move on up, and Move on out

Now the time has come to change all that
Yes the time has come to change
Yes the time has come to move on up, and Move on out

Move on out
Move on out
Move on out
Move on out
Track Name: St Patrick's Day's Night
I feel a lot like crying, and
I don’t know why
I am here alone, and
You are by her side

You’ve left me alone
You’ve left me high and dry
Alone, I cry tonight
You’ve left me alone
You’ve left me high and dry
Alone, I weep tonight

Looking into you,
I am the sun, I am the sun
So tell me if you please
Why do I run, why do I run?

You’ve left me alone
You’ve left me high and dry
Alone, I cry tonight
You’ve left me alone
You’ve left me high and dry
Alone, I weep tonight
Track Name: See My Bones
Can you see my bones?
I know you can
I’ve worked real hard
To nurture them
I know you’re scared of
What’s happening to me, but
I’m finally beautiful
Why can’t you see?

They brought my meals
Into my room
There are lots of nooks
To hide it good
Your hand reached out
I recoil in shame
Retreat within
To purge or abstain

I know your heart is tender
You want my surrender

The food has gone from my hidden shelf
Sister found and buried it herself
She’ll keep safe my secrets within
But I can feel her rage
I’m sure getting thin

I know your heart is tender
Erase this dread of gender
I’m glorified, no splendour
You want my surrender

Can you see my bones?
I know you can
As your eyes swept past
My fragile hands
My mind has slowed and
My body’s cold
I’m totally
Out of control
Track Name: Moondarra
There’s a place that I know
Where we used to go
Along the back of the hill
Where the gums would grow high
The river ran dry
We’d lie and wait for the rain

Our shack’s out the back
Down that old beaten track
At the edge of the mountain we’d climb
So I’d sit, and I’d wait
For Bluey my old mate
To come back and see us again

The years have past like nothing
They’ve all travelled by so fast, but
The gums never change with so little rain
On the edge of the Jacobs my dear

There’s a place that I know
Where I used to roam
And I’d find you waiting alone
By that little old shack
We built out the back
On the edge of the valley we’d find

The seeds that we’ve sown
And the crops that we’ve grown
Have slowly worn us away
On this plateau of earth
We’ve drunk, dried and birthed
All that we’ve come to know

The years have past like nothing
They’ve all travelled by so fast, but
The gums never change with so little rain
On the edge of the Jacobs my dear

The years have past like nothing
They’ve all travelled by so fast, but
The gums never change with so little rain
On the edge of the Jacobs my dear
The gums never change with so little rain
On the edge of the Jacobs my dear
Track Name: Haven't Been Alive
Another ten years
You’d wait for him to change
Like a fool who waits starvation
By sitting round in chains
Serving all his needs
Aren’t yours worth fighting for?

Oh, you haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years
You haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years

They say that where there’s hope
You’ll always find a fire
But the grace of your heart
Has come captive of your mind
Still you’re swept around town
As you grieve the absence of your child

Oh, you haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years
You haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years

Another ten years
You’d wait for him to change
It makes it hard to be your child
Watching you in so much pain
Still you linger and you swear
The mercy of your lord

Oh, you haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years
You haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years

Oh, you haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years
Oh, you haven’t been alive
You haven’t been alive for years

They say that where there’s hope
You’ll always find a fire
They say that where there’s hope
You’ll always find a fire
They say that where there’s hope
You’ll always find a fire
They say that where there’s hope
You’ll always find a fire
Track Name: Here for now, In Your Head
Before I realise, another week has gone
Before I know where I am
I don’t know what’s going on
Before I realise, another week has wasted away
So we’re hiding today and
Pretend we’re all replaceable

I am not afraid, I’m here right now
I am not afraid, I’m here for now

Before I know how you feel
Before I know where you stand
You’ve jumped on the train to Sydney
With my thoughts and my words

In your head, in your head
In your head, in your head

I am not afraid, I’m here right now
I am not afraid, I’m here for now

In your head, in your head, in your head
In your head, in your head, in your head

I am not afraid, I’m here right now
I am not afraid, I’m here for now
Track Name: Two Towels
I know when you come to me
That you’re not always free
To say what you feel inside
It’s cool you like to hide

And I know when I hang with you
I tell tales not being true
Escape my other life, it’s cool
I like to confuse the situation
Confuse the situation in my mind

So we sit inside all night
Recording, drinking wine
I know you like to take a little time

It’s time to hit the sack
In your shitty little flat
I crash on the floor
Two towels to keep me warm
Confusing situations in our minds

So we sit inside all night
Recording, drinking wine
You know I like to take a little time

Tell tales, not being true
When I hang around with you
If I had a little girl
She’d live inside our world
Confusing situations in my mind

So we sit inside all night
Recording, drinking wine
I know you like to take a little time
You know I like to take a little time
Cathryna likes to take a little time
Track Name: Gentle Giant
You are the gentle giant of the east
A beautiful creature
That has come to comfort me
A Cleopatra among men
You are my father, and my friend

You have taught me so much
In my short life time
I have not always heeded
Or listened to all of your advice
I cry looking into the southern sea
To think that one day
You’ll no longer be with me

Into your arms I fell when I was born
And I can remember you saying
How lucky you are to have a baby girl
I know the day will come
When we will say goodbye
And you will drift off sweetly

Into the night sky
Into the night skies
Into the night skies

You are the gentle giant of the east
A beautiful creature
That has come to comfort me
A Cleopatra among men
You are my father

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