Mermaids & Whiskey

by Vanessa McGowan

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Recorded live at The Bunker, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand on May 29th 2012

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released November 1, 2012

All songs by Vanessa McGowan, except “I Could Cry” lyrics by Nicole Saltz, music by Vanessa McGowan

With thanks to

Russell McNaughton and Matt Stone (live recording engineers)
Olly Harmer at The Lab (mix engineer and mastering)
Roger and Hilary at The Bunker
Lissy Mayer (cover art production, costume designer and makeup artist)
Garth Badger (cover photographer)
Chris Winstanley (graphic designer)
Nat Torkington (live video)

Produced by Vanessa McGowan and Cy Winstanley

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Vanessa McGowan Auckland, New Zealand

Vanessa McGowan is an acoustic bass player, singer and songwriter from Auckland, New Zealand.

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Track Name: Mermaids & Whiskey
Why are you sad my little sailor
Do you miss the open sea
Are you dreamin’ of mermaids and whiskey
When you’re layin’ here with me

What can I do my little darlin’
Your gloomy mood darkens my day
Your return is like an ocean squall in my calm and quiet bay
What can I do to send your clouds away

I smell the salty air on your whiskers
And the taste of sunshine lingers in your kiss
But home ain’t the only place you can leave your heart
And I’ll stay with you until yours catches up with us

And when you go (and when I go)
On your next adventure
It won’t be so hard
If you just remember
That when you’re back (when I come back)
And there’s black ice on the road
The sun will shine again, so…

Don’t be sad my little sailor
The big blue sea ain’t going anywhere
And when the whiskey’s gone and the mermaids have left you
I will be right here
I will be right here
Track Name: New Familiar Town
Searching for a new familiar town
We didn’t travel west we sailed south
The highlands were our dust bowl the ocean was the road
And in the sky the Southern Cross showed us where to go

With orange brick and weatherboards daddy built the town
Mamma stayed up late into the night singing old Celtic songs
Christmas now in summertime snowfall in July
Highlands now a memory as we built this brand new life

I can feel a heartache just the same as an Appalachian mountain girl crying in the rain
A city heart breaks just as sure as a heart raised on the plains

Everybody here has come from someplace
There’s hardly no one left can stake a claim
We travel from afar with our songs and loves and miseries
Age-old family recipes as we wrote new histories

I can feel a heartache just the same as an Appalachian mountain girl crying in the rain
A city heart breaks just as sure as a heart raised on the plains

I can feel a heartache just the same as an Appalachian mountain girl crying in the rain
A city heart breaks just as sure as a heart raised on the plains

I can feel a heartache just the same
Track Name: Foreign Body
He tastes like smoke and wine
Like being seventeen
It’s good wine and it flows so free
But the smoke still tastes as cheap

His leg touches my thigh
His fingers brush my arm
I’ve known the same caress so long
I don’t know how to start

Kissing him is strange
His lips don’t taste like yours
The way he moves his mouth on mine
The roughness as he pulls my clothes

It’s a foreign body laying in my arms
But you’re still on my mind
It’s a foreign body laying in my arms
But it’s not about love tonight

I wanted butterflies
I wanted sinful touch
I wanted someone who wants me
Like you did when we fell in love

But I know you can’t be
All that I’ll desire
And true love shouldn’t have to be
A lifelong battle of willpower

It’s a foreign body laying in my arms
But you’re still on my mind
It’s a foreign body laying in my arms
But it’s not about love

Not about love

It’s a foreign body laying in my arms
But you’re still on my mind
It’s a foreign body laying in my arms
But it’s not about love tonight
Track Name: Sing A Song
Go to sleep frightened child, through the night lying alone
You won’t get rest tonight, with thoughts you cannot hold

Growing up with fabled tales, take no comfort there
Not good enough to hold to faith, when the truth’s too hard to hear
Truth’s too hard to hear

Sing a song of endless time, edge of what I know
When my candle burns its final hour where will my song go?
Where will my song go?

Sing this song of a godless life, take comfort in your blues
With knowledge gained there is the loss, of what you thought you knew

Sing a song of endless time, edge of what I know
When my candle burns its final hour where will my song go?
Where will my song go?

Ooooooo

Sing a song of endless time, edge of what I know
When my candle burns its final hour where will my song go?

Sing a song of endless time, edge of what I know
When my candle burns its final hour where will my song go?
Where will my song go?
Where will my song go?
Track Name: I Could Cry
I could cry but I'd only be fooling you
Pretending I felt anything but the truth
He made off with all the hope in me
And I don't mind but I can't be that kind of thief

It gets cold before winter arrives
I feel it in the way you promise those lies
I know you have faith you have so much to give
But I've been cleared out; the walls are all I've got left

You want love to be light as a butterfly
But my love's hard it's been fossilized
It's still and calm so it gets brutalized
It can't fly, can't run lord knows how I’ve tried

I could cry but I'd only be fooling you
I don't mean to bite but I've got such a sweet tooth
And your hearts just like candyfloss
For pretty girls and beautiful debutantes

You want love to be light as a butterfly
But my love is hard it's been fossilized
It's still and calm so it gets brutalized
It can't fly, can't run lord knows how I’ve tried