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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1.
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
2.
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
3.
See My Bones 03:01
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
4.
Moondarra 04:05
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
Giovanna 04:34
8.
Two Towels 03:11
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
9.
Gentle Giant 03:13
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
10.
Hoard Away 03:23
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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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Drummer, guitarist songwriter and singer from Melbourne Australia.

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