Dust Songs

by Nicole Skeltys

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There's a bee singing hard at a flower There are cows leaning two by two There's the rain deep down the horizon There's a message coming through There's a cricket starts to hum down the hallway There's a powerline that falls off the roof There's an angel detained by barbed wire There's a message coming through Just like a bird Circling round and round with nowhere to land You've probably heard Most days you'll find me with a drink in my hand There's a message coming through There are long forgotten feelings There are drive-ins in disuse There is dust upon your picture There's a message coming through There's a message coming through Just like a bird Circling round and round with nowhere to land You've probably heard Most days you'll find me with a drink in my hand There's a message coming through On the road to work each day I feel my feelings drain away Yes, I have the luxury Of being my worst enemy But when I look up high I see A signature Scribbled over me.
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Turning Back 04:30
Its alright We're turning back Its all too much We must retract Reverse these days of darkness to a time before the tears To a different life in a distant year To a distant life in a different year I lent on your gateway I learnt your song Swept along We lost sight of The dreams we had Seeds gone bad Its alright We're turning back Its all too much We must retract Reverse these days of darkness to a time before the tears To a different life in a distant year To a distant life in a different year The life we've led Will all unwind We'll fall in love Just like the first time No longer blind Don't remain in tears and shame The meaning lost We will regain Reverse these days of darkness to a time before the tears To a different life in a distant year To a distant life in a different year
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You still try day after day To make them see what they desecrate Alone in your house upon the hill They shot your dog and they're logging still I'll bear witness to you You think no-one cares But I do Toil hard and long Suffer 'cos you care So often you feel Caught in a spider's web Struggling to release Everyone in there Night comes in the desert sky Kinds inhale whatever gets them high You keep the stories of your land alive Try to give them some hope and pride I'll bear witness to you You think no-one cares But I do Piece rates, casual pay Bus to work takes hours each way Always broke but I've see you give Your last dollar to your friends in need Toil hard and long Suffer 'cos you care So often you feel Caught in a spider's web Struggling to release Everyone in there I'll bear witness to you I'll bear witness to you
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The Child 04:11
Its a child that you hold in your arms Stroke my hair, whisper to me Keep me safe from harm I'm the dew that runs across the branch and waits Such is the perilous journey Of my hand across your face Is it wrong to play in ruins Of shelled and blackened lands? Do I run too hard, do I frighten you With my eager, groping hands? In my eyes you'll see The years lying down like lambs Touch my heart and what you feel Is everything I am I offer you streets at twilight The feelings of sparrows silently in flight I've committed crimes to keep your lips against my eyes To curl around your body Through the unflinching night s it wrong to play in ruins Of shelled and blackened lands? Do I run too hard, do I frighten you With my eager, groping hands? In my eyes you'll see The years lying down like lambs Touch my heart and what you feel Is everything I am See the sunflower rise Follow you across the sky You just need to recognise Whats in front of you All's revealed to you In my eyes you'll see The years lying down like lambs Touch my heart and what you feel Touch my heart and what you feel Touch my heart and what you feel Is everything I am
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Set Apart 05:49
Set apart Its a mystery deep inside your heart Its a feeling there right from the start All alone, set apart All alone, set apart Once it felt good to look with scorn To lie in wait for the fool's remark To wear with pride your crown of thorns To be set apart Set apart Its a mystery deep inside your heart Its a feeling there right from the start All alone, set apart All alone, set apart But times have changed and bullets rain While TV's roar in suburban dark Their hands are shaking and its you they'll blame 'Cos you're set apart Drink up my darling stranger Drink with me into the night The morning will bring danger But for now your smile is bright Set apart Its a mystery deep inside your heart Its a feeling there right from the start All alone, set apart All alone, set apart
6.
If I met you now I wouldn't choose to be with you If I met you now I wouldn't choose to be with you I wouldn't choose you I wouldn't use you I wouldn't lose you Never left home Never got the pas out You keep bringing me back to square one I need a new job I need new money I need to make contact with you The man the boy could have been You keep bringing me back to square one You keep bringing me back to square one If I met you now I wouldn't choose to be with you If I met you now I wouldn't choose to be with you I wouldn't choose you I wouldn't use you I wouldn't lose you Looking for the best of me In other people you will find The best of me will hide their flaws For a while you'll be free Until you turn to face the mirror once again Need to make love so I can feel You love me Fool myself into believing So that believing is real Until I turn to face the mirror once again
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I breathe your indrawn breath I feel your tears across my face I close my eyes and see your Darkness I open them and see your Stars You and I have been here many times before Of that I'm certain, of that I'm sure This breath that rises like mist in the dawn Drew me to you the day you were born You abandoned me But I followed you through your wanderings I hid behind your every thought Then I returned to you, back to the Source You imagined me And here I am, filled with ecstasy Your call became my echo Your life became my dream
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The fearful dogs are prowling Round and round my gate I've fought against my memories I'm scarred by love and hate I've run away from a world I can't face I fall down beside you Praying for grace The fire of the burning altar Has torn my thoughts apart Broken wings, bones, old things Lie gathered round my heart A rose without thorns you may find But you won't find a love more true than mine I am just poor soul Wandering in sin I know the crooked melodies Of candles falling dim I ache with your promise The quiet in your eyes To see this slow unfolding Is the reason I'm alive Fire, fire Fire, fire The fire of the burning altar Has torn my thoughts apart Broken wings, bones, old things Lie gathered round my heart A rose without thorns you may find But you won't find a love more true than mine Fire, fire Fire, fire
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Cotton Seeds 05:12
I lept right across what remained of my years And saw we'd reached redemption in that last year Listen closely to what I say This is your voice anyway These are your thoughts, these cotton seeds Dance round you every day I didn't have to go like my Daddy did He took himself away from all this No, I had less but I had more I knew what the pain was for All the walls had fallen down God's eyes gazed down from every tree And suddenly we all could See I felt the love in each Embrace A great murmuring filled my ears Of wind in meadows and ocean breeze The purring sands and the fire on leaves And the rivers thanked us endlessly Listen closely to what I say This is your voice anyway These are your thoughts, these cotton seeds Dance round you every day

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released January 7, 2007

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Nicole Skeltys London, UK

Nicole Skeltys has released 12 albums in styles ranging from electronica, psychedelia and folk rock. This page hosts her folk rock/folktronica output including with the Melbourne based Dust Revival Band and the London/ Los Angeles based The Disenchanted. Latest LP 'Deal With Your Disenchantment' is a 21st century woman's response to Dylan's classic albums of '60s/early 70s, all originals. ... more

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