Folk Romantic

by Sainthill

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credits

released May 27, 2018

Tom Larkey: vocals, guitars, bass, synths
David O'Brien: piano
John Lee: drums

Mostly recorded by Tom Larkey at Trinity Lodge
Drum recording by John Lee at Phaedra Studios
Mixed by John Lee at Phaedra Studios
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal

Thank you: Derz, Tam, Seth, Matty B, KChan, Gen & Sla, Tom & Broz, John, Joe, Annika, Graz, Amelie, Mum & Dad, Melbourne Musos, New Haveners past & present

Special thank you & love: Alicia

Cover art: Annika Koops 'Flush' 2017

Hawkmoth records 2018
All songs by Tom Larkey aka Sainthill

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Melbourne-based Sainthill make shoegazing dream-pop with a nod to post-punk and the goth romantics

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Track Name: Oh My Ghost
I found my ghost
Up on my old walking track
Used to sit up there with a book
And work on my plan of attack
He looked young and scared
At least he did to me
It was likely I was seeing things
The spectre taking on my fears

My ghost
Oh my ghost

Left the track and went back to town
Would my old haunts be at all sublime?
They just confirmed that life moves along
Nostalgia buried in the soil of time
Now I’m a spirit in the night
Hollowed of love, of craft
So I push the flesh of fingers
To write as the day goes dark

My ghost
Oh my ghost
Track Name: Johnny & Joe
Joe and Johnny for twenty-three years
Had a semblance of a partnership
On their anniversary, Johnny’s gift:
A gold ring with topaz and a tiny chip

Joe he said "If anybody messes with Johnny
I’ll turn around and then I’ll tell ‘em they’re done"
Then the landlord came over ranting and raving
And he was scared that she’d won

Johnny got in her face with the papers she wanted
But then she fell back against the wall
She broke her leg somehow, and now
Johnny and Joe would meet their downfall

Joe looked on as Johnny kept her quiet
And caressed his topaz and gold
They’d lay low at the motel for a time
And watch each other grow

A tale of woe?
Not so, not so
Johnny and Joe
Blow by blow
Track Name: Picture of a Bear
We drove, we drove, deserted roads
Feared the night would vanish
I had to wait in the car while you got your stuff
And your wary neighbour eyed me

You came back in tears and said “Let’s go”
We went to a motel
Blocks away, a holiday

You looked good in the nude
A couple of tattoos
And the air was cool

You didn’t want me to stop
I brushed away a teardrop
We passed out in a knot

And a picture of a bear on the wall
A picture of a bear on the wall
A picture of a bear on the wall looked on
A picture of a bear looked on
Track Name: Alice Unending
Alice, I want you Alice
I want you unless
You don’t want me

Alice, I dreamed about you
And the world was blue
You had the face of another

Alice, everything’s a damn mess
And I can’t sleep unless
You’re here with me

Alice, you’re in a rock band
And I was staring at
The other girl

Alice, you told me her name
That night she almost came
In the blue dream like you had

Alice, I want you Alice
I want you unless
You don’t want me
Track Name: Swamp Song
The close heat reminded me
Of pulled shutters in New Orleans
Of ice buckets and the humming dream
Beyond the balconies
Another life eluding me
Ten thousand hours on repeat

The dream is
Next door
Next town
There’s more

Saw a drunkard punch a mule
The driver came on cottonmouth cool
And knocked the coward right down to the ground
All the while a chorus speaks
From gator mouth and egret beak
It’s the swamp song hanging in the air

The dream is
Next door
Next town
There’s more
Track Name: The Lightning Lake
You are my good luck charm
Hold my hand now keep me from harm
If my luck runs dry
I’ll come for you by and by

When things are grim or unfair
(Like when you fell down the stairs)
Where was your sway over me?
How could you let me just languish at sea?

Why won’t you bless me no more?
Is it starting to become a bore?
Let me ditch my grief, my back rod
A prayer of complaint to you, my god

Wrote a letter how I felt about you
So I’d remember and your mind could chew
Does it lay unopened, a stone asleep?
Did you read it and laugh, or read it and weep?

Good luck, good luck, good luck
The lightning lake will keep you thunderstruck
Track Name: Love Song for a Forest
There’s just not time
Time enough to take in your sigh
I could lay forever in that melody
Drink each note like whiskey

The view of leaves raining

Dark descends on your skyline
And I ascend every time
Your feat is the play of light
Boughs and glades inviting

The view of leaves raining
Track Name: The Last Chord
Didn’t seem I could outrun the vision
The silent movie of the decision
The memory imposed as I woke
And hovered in the bathroom air as I soaked

It was there when I played the last chord
When I knocked off work and walked out the door
It was on the horizon as I drove away
I gave hope, but no it was there to stay

The ground opened up while I was asleep
A rift so angry, so sad, so deep
A maelstrom wrenched, devastating
The wavering dream disintegrated

Don’t burn
Don’t rage
Don’t rave
Be away

Don’t burn
Don’t rage
Don’t rave
I'm away

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