The North Pole

by James Kenyon

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1.
Oh Boy 03:06
Oh Boy Oh boy, this one’s gonna be long Oh boy, this one’s gonna be long You don’t know what they’re saying Or to whom they’re praying Or why the stars are shining this one’s gonna be long Oh boy, you don’t know what went wrong Oh boy, you don’t know what went wrong It was over before you knew it Before you even drove through it Before the crowd had gone You don’t know what went wrong Oh boy, you don’t have be strong Oh boy, you don’t have be strong Don’t get out of your bed Don’t clean up what you bled Don’t sing a new song You don’t have to be strong Oh boy, you’re gonna fly away Oh boy, you’re gonna fly away High above the clouds High above the rain Way up in the sky it’s a blue day Oh boy, this one’s gonna be long Oh boy, this one’s gonna be long You don’t know what they’re saying Or to whom they’re praying Or why the stars are shining this one’s gonna be long © James Kenyon 2007
2.
Another house burned down on fifth avenue it glowed and all the kids stood around and the watched it burn I don't know I don't know I don't know I don't know I don't I'm pulling pages out I'm preparing for the show I'm pulling colours out I'm not letting go I don't know I don't know I don't know I don't know I don't
3.
35 Degrees 04:01
Must be 35 degrees outside Blinds drawn, clock says half past five I’m not playing dead, and I’m too old to hold my breath no tears were shed, I swam in rivers instead Out there, over the ocean Sometimes, maybe I can hear you Sighing at the stars, as they drift up off the ocean Or maybe in a bar, sipping on your poison I heard an older man once say Love like a bird flies away Last time I saw it it was thumbing a ride But I was going the other way And out there on the western highway Cars drift out of the horizon Oh out into the blue, Driving with their lights on Oh out into the blue I’m so tired of loving you. I heard an older man once say Love like a bird flies away Last time I saw it it was thumbing a ride But I was going the other way
4.
Like Old Sundays The strangest smile I ever, saw was like a river arcing slowly across your jaw you looked like a king who’d just lost faith in everything your power and glory myth and story but all glass is liquid and a pane slowly drifts on down again I know the reason for your lack of disbelieving when you were a boy you had to make a choice you bound yourself, ornaments on all your shelves books and journals, rites and rituals all your Sundays did become the story of a father and a son you know this morning I awoke before the dawning I woke up smiling I woke up smiling we were sitting ‘round the table we were laughing it was like old Sunday’s, like your Sundays oh, in dreams it’s still allowed I saw here smile and she was proud James Kenyon 2010
5.
Yellow Leaves when the yellow leaves start falling and trees become dead wood that lines the park I started to wonder whether us being together as never more than a spark while waiting on the shape to form I have been worn down to the ground eroded now, if I wanted to I couldn’t hold on to you if I’d asked you earlier before the stars had turned further than their mark would you have turned from me and returned us to the start I’d hazard a guess that your blood never flowed freely from your heart the piece of you gave to me was surely the smallest possible part the best time to leave is just before the first rays of the sun lest you be pierced in place and sold the myth ‘that it all can be done’ Oh and the trains still come, and the busses go on and/ on Oh the flags still fly high Oh and the night still comes, and the streetlights still turn/ on Oh and the plains still fly high
6.
The North Pole I never really thought you were going to be able to lay your cards down at the table and rest your head in anothers Soul small tears in the sky, well they only got larger and the breeze that blew in was So much warmer and slowly it dawned that the world Was much bigger and I can feel it peeling off me Like old clothes I remember what I said I just couldn’t find a way to divorce you from my head so I threw in a grenade that blew our world to shreds and out a path was paved and I’m going to find out everything there is to know the first rays of dawn Refracted through my window and began to light my room, and settled on my skin though the feeling was warm I knew I must begin so I’m going to walk half way To the north pole The north pole
7.
Red Wine 05:12
8.
The Calder 03:49
You'll be alright as you head off down the highway and as the sun goes down you'll be halfway down the Calder And the stars were out like all the happy soldiers were drunkenly flung about and laughed until they smoldered Oh I will push your crown from your head onto the ground watch it roll away while you look the other way Oh like a silent crowd like solitude in concert and your smiling frown the weir that holds the torrent And I caught you out your hand was on my shoulder and i turned around so as to better hold you Oh I will push your crown from your head onto the ground watch it roll away while you look the other way
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10.
Warooka 04:22
I was over in the Easter Trying to find a way back in The green and gold canola Was playing with the wind I was talking to my father Staring at the hills Still don’t know what I’d rather Richter’s squares or the sound of bells And way up in the sky Jet trails drift on by Don’t fade on me Don’t fade on me Don’t fade on me now It’s been raining in the belfry That’s why you can’t hear the bells And the water’s running down the aisle And the colours run as well I was standing in Granada The Alhambra on the hill, But right now I feel like driving To Warooka from Magill And way up in the sky Jet trails drift on by Don’t fade on me Don’t fade on me Don’t fade on me now
11.
Flying High 04:33
Flying high on an arc of gold and silver sparks and falling into nothing The last place it was seen was a cathedral of green and golden I guess you just walk away and stop blowing on the ashes But I know it’s a long long way home Oh the death of a dream And everything in between It all turns to nothing Two years and a day Since I looked up to pray And thought of you unfolded The girl who cried love Is now flying high above me And in the big summer sky I can see the whites of her eyes So let the rain tumble down And let the fires all drown And let us not leave a trace That we took up space In the very same place And let the roads all turn around And the inn remain unfound And of the bells on the hill Let them all lie still And the air remain unfilled

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James Kenyon's début album, released in 2013 through Vitamin Records Australia.

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released November 12, 2012

James Kenyon- words, lead vocals, guitars
Al Macinnes- banjo, guitar, electric guitar, vocals
Sez Wilks- double bass, vocals
Luke Richardson- double bass
Jason Bunn- viola
engineered by Mark Woods

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James Kenyon was born and raised in South Australia, but now lives in sunny Melbourne, Australia

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