Imagine you are Driving

by James kenyon

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released October 7, 2016

All Songs written by James Kenyon
Produced and Engineered by Nick Huggins
Recorded at Pocket Full of Stones Studio, Victoria, Australia
©James Kenyon 2016

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James kenyon Melbourne, Australia

James Kenyon was born and raised in South Australia, but now lives in sunny Melbourne. His song writing is a view from a car or a busted metal bridge or a window in a hall.

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Track Name: The Motorbike Song
A few months after you died
I loaned a motorbike and I headed west
I caught up with your daughters
But they've got kids
And they were distracted I guess
And I guess going through
Pretty much what I was going trough too

I've got some friends on the coast
Said I'd be there in three days, maybe four at the most
It took me more than a week yeah
I got water in the motor trying to cross a flooded creek
And they'd left the day before
Note in the letter box and a key to the front door

But I find I miss you more
Not less, as the years they progress.
Yeah I miss you more and more, not less
As the years they progress
Oh Elizabeth

The road was so damn hot
It looked like oil was coming up through the asphalt top
I was worried the bike would slip yeah
But the bloke at the servo said "nah ya just get more grip"
And so I gunned it, I leaned it over
I leaned it so low the pegs hit the rumble strip

But I find I miss you more
Not less, as the years they progress.
Yeah I miss you more and more, not less
As the years they progress
Oh Elizabeth
Track Name: Ships
I had a romance
In the shadows
We used to slow dance
While you were all asleep

On the off chance
That you were watching
We’d wear our hats low
And talk softer than the breeze

Some days
We spun out of the shade
Some days
We moved across your gaze

Later,
We moved far
From the water
and across a mountain range

I played my guitar
And tried to make that sound
Of the bells and boat calls
That came across the bay

Some days
Were tore across the sky
Some days
We’d never leave the room

Like wind through the pepper tree leaves she
drifted off of me
But I can still hear the bells across town

She’d put her finger on my lips
And whisper “quiet, can you hear the ships singing
Out across the bay?”
Track Name: Out on the Wire
We rolled on down the road
We'd been driving for hours
the summer air flowed
through the windows unwound

The radio was on
it was playing Neil Diamond
Then a late night quiz show
then nothing at all

We passed a back marker
I looked over my shoulder
At the precise moment
It was caught in the lights
of an oncoming road-train
which lit up the driver
and the fella beside her

She was gripping the wheel
you could tell she was crying

Then the truck dipped its lights
and she snapped back to black
And we were quiet after that

What is it that makes
a person a liar?
The curve of a thigh or
numbing old aches
The panic of ageing,
covering mistakes

We walk out on the wire,
and just like they said
we make it in the end
we make it in the end

yeah just like they said we make it in the end
yeah just like they said we make it in the end
yeah just like they said we make it in the end
Track Name: A Tribute to Graham Gill
They got me a house in Hectorville
I’ve got pictures of my kids and my kid’s kids
On the window sill

I’ve got a good view from the second floor
And a on a good day I can see all the way
To the port

The streets in this town are flat and wide
And they’re all pinned down
With poles and wires

And the streetlights at night they flicker and they glow
Oh they glow, how they glow

So I sing Blow those horns,
Blow those horns,
So I sing Blow those horns,
Blow those horns

Oh when I was a kid off to mass I’d go
And they taught me about a city called Jericho
That somehow pissed off the Israelites
And they circled the city for seven days and seven nights
And they blew the walls down

So I sing Blow those horns,
Blow those horns,
So I sing Blow those horns,
Blow those horns
So I sing Blow those horns,
Blow those horns
Track Name: Silverwater/Long Bay
The girls were singing along to a Kanye West song
hanging out of the car, screaming at the stars
The speedo was dialling up, think I was spooked by a truck
I didn't lay any rubber down I heard it later from the crown

I don't remember, I can't recall
I have bad dreams if I sleep at all
Silverwater Long Bay, such pretty names

On Fridays in my town everyone is down
at the Railway or the Royal; to whichever they are loyal
If I'm going to go out, I'm careful who's about
you know alcohol is a breech of my parole

The judge was gentle, but young folks died
They're going to need a tooth for that eye

Silverwater Long Bay, such pretty names

I could not look them in the eye
surely heard them softly cry
Silverwater Long Bay
Such pretty names
Track Name: The Truckie's Dream
I'm at the yard late
I'm locking up the gate
It's cold and the stars are out

I put the radio on
mmm mm mm
I need a tune with a beat
to keep me from falling asleep

It feels like I am dreaming
Are they headlights or white posts?
I didn't hear any tyres squealing
it feels like I've seen a ghost

I turn the rig around
and look for broken trees
is that somebody's voice?
or just wind in the trees

And the ambos have come from town
and one of them's kneeling down
Blue and red flashing lights
bounce in to the night

and It feels like I am dreaming
Are they headlights or white posts?
I didn't hear any tyres squealing
it feels like I've seen a ghost

She looks like she is sleeping
at home in bed
just the slightest hint of bleeding
a cut on her forehead

It feels like I am dreaming
Are they headlights or white posts?
I didn't hear any tyres squealing
it feels like I've seen a ghost
Track Name: Marie
Last time I went driving
I got myself lost
I pulled over off the road
And I called my daughter up

I could hera the worry
and frustration in her voice
she told me to stay still
and came and got me with her bouys

Oh Marie
Why are you so good to me?
O Marie
Surely you're mocking me

Well I never really gambled
And I rarely drank too much
I was just you're average prick who liked
people less than stuff

And I missed your first communion
And I missed your broken hearts
I barely made your 21st
and I never fixed you cars

Oh Marie
Why are you so good to me?
O Marie
Surely you're mocking me

Oh I had a dozen lovers
and another dozen toys
and I skipped over the surface
like so many other boys

But now the dream is over
and My life's coming to and end
It's pretty clear that she's a better woman
than I am a man

O Marie
Why is she so good to me?
O Marie
Surely she's mocking me
Oh Marie

Why are you so good to me?
O Marie
Surely you're mocking me