All Tip, No Iceberg (the James Packer EP)

by Southend Rainbows

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Southend Rainbows have unashamedly plundered rock's past to arrive at a rare, refreshing and ruthless sound: always passionate, endlessly atmospheric. An antidote to the lacklustre works polluting the airwaves. Shaking off 30 years worth of rust and decay, the James Packer EP is very likely the most inspirational rock music ever heard in this country. Midnight Oil meets Mykki Blanco. The lead single, "Australian Sun", is an ode to the cosmopolitan inner-city suburb of Manly, with a heady and nostalgic video using Super-8 footage from the Hawke years.

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released October 8, 2014

Giacomo Beyonchino
Luke Midworth
"Jeremy Elphick"
Hamish Dobinson
Charles Rushforth

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Track Name: No Strain
this morning i took my coffee
with an extra an extra shot
can’t even start to think how i
got where i got
i didn’t care if i was torn
limb from limb
but i knew that i needed the water
i had to swim

but if it’s no strain on you
then it’s no strain on me
i don’t know what to do
but i know that i miss you

sometimes i cry
as i do up my tie
it’s a beautiful lie
in this life that i lead
can’t get what i need
tormented by thoughts of you and i
in the sweetest circle of hell called bondi

a fistful of dollars
and a headful of steam
i’m a straight talking suit
and i say what i mean
i can’t recall the last time
i went downtown
but i knew being far from the beach
would only bring me down

but if it’s no strain on you
then it’s no strain on me
i don’t know what to do
but i know that i miss

sometimes i cry
as i do up my tie
it’s a beautiful lie
in this life that i lead
can’t get what i need
tormented by thoughts of you and i
in the sweetest circle of hell called bondi
Track Name: Coward Era
do you remember?
all the children swimming in the ocean
down around the north of Australia
‘cause they had nowhere else to go

do you remember?
all the people
left out of a job
by so called work choices
they didn’t have the choice to work at all

that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we threw up with
whoa-oh whoa-oh

do you remember?
how they mined the blue sky
so it had no tears left to rain
they wouldn’t stop til all the rivers ran dry

do you remember?
how our calls for justice
rang loose on deaf ears
as thousands starved
on the march from darwin to hope

there’s a picture
of a smiling little boy
on a mantlepiece
on the main street of lismore
not a care in his eyes

how could he know
that darkness lived
seven hours away
in old kirribilli
i’ll tell you, cause that boy
he was me

that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we threw up with
whoa-oh whoa-oh

that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we grew up with
that’s the shit that we threw up with
whoa-oh whoa-oh
Track Name: Australian Sun
i was surfing today, out in manly bay
as the sun sang and burnt the ground
i didn’t have much to say
it’s the australian way
not to make a sound
shut your mouth
and catch the wave

i’ve got something to say
it’s the australian way
i’ve got something to say
it’s the australian way
x2

i bought the telegraph this morning
a cup of tea and that stops the yawning
throw the cup in the sink, then i’ll go for a run
i can’t help but think
this is australia’s sun
the sun is australian

i’ve got something to say
it’s the australian way
i’ve got something to say
it’s the australian way

it’s been three long years
but i still barely hold back the tears
the ref was a fraud, a liar and a cheat
it was his dud call that got them beat
he was out of line i told my mate
he said luke, calm down, have a smoke, you’re years too late
but i won’t stop til justice is served
my team didn’t get what they deserved

i’ve got something to say
it’s the australian way
i’ve got something to say
it’s the australian way
Track Name: Nut It Out
have you forgotten when we took the blanket down to double bay
kris and johnny had called to tell us that they were getting engaged
and i looked in your eyes to find you staring back into my face
but then the winds of fate
soaked our dreams in local chardonnay

do you remember going to down to leichardt every friday night
to watch the boys and let the kids run feral underneath bright lights
back then it felt as if we were playing for the winning side
but even better teams can crack under the weight of little lies

(chorus)
we can work it out
we can nut it out x2

i remember the last time that i thought we might be okay
sat outside the oval watching boats and talking about the game
i was a younger man still hungry for the series and for change
but ive grown up since then and all i want is for things to stay the same

(chorus)

is there a better way to say that i’m not ready for the end
than standing underneath your window with my pockets full of sand
we can beat this thing into shape just like the bonnet of my van
we can even nut it out tonight, or leave here just as friends
Track Name: Shire Straits
woke up in a town
where the trains come to rest
last night was a nightmare
i put myself to the test
in the southern heart of sydney
i’m australia’s gun for hire
but i pick my weapons up
for the glory of the shire

baby put your hands in mine
baby put your hands in mine
baby put your hands in mine
put your hands in my hand baby, baby

the papers they lie through their teeth
they don’t want to tell the whole story
of how we fought for cronulla
til the blind hours of the morning
from sharkies up to northies
we spilled out into the sea
and walked as one human body
marched, hand in hand

baby put your hands in mine
baby put your hands in mine
baby put your hands in mine
put your hands in my hand baby, baby

i did what alan told me
i did what i thought was right
with my fists and a chunk of cinderblock
i carried on the fight
reeling in a drunken stupor
trying to fight my way out of my mind
where in a haze of racist paranoia
my demons and i reside

baby put your hands in mine
baby put your hands in mine
baby put your hands in mine
put your hands in my hand baby, baby

i towards one i hate
ready in my madness to knife him
i ascend from the moon
i ascend from the night
of the moon that descends
the sowing twilight

i did what i thought was right
hand in hand
i did what i thought was right
hand in hand