The Revenge Of The Lawn

by Steve Lane

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1.
Camber 03:36
CAMBER this old love has seen many days from a simpler time with less complicated ways but we’ve learnt how to drive it and I’d never trade that there’s a whole lotta k’s left in us yet we’ve got the camber just right we’ve got the camber just right this old love not faded or forgotten has required maintenance as it’s got older and it’s true we are crazier than when we first met but in that instability we’ve found great depth we’ve got the camber just right we’ve got the camber just right when we’ve got the camber just right we’ve got the camber just right Steve Lane 2015
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MONSOON HEARTBREAK (words: Steve Lane/John Holton. music: Steve Lane) when the rain came down upon us like curtains drawn surreptitiously against a grey summer sky a monsoonal casualty and I still remember flailing in the menacing sea helpless as flotsam and jetsam too late for mutiny wave after wave crashing o’er conspiring… divining for fault And it’s said the sea hates a coward Drives truth through a man like salt and I still remember flailing in the menacing sea helpless as flotsam and jetsam cast away like tidal debris with laughing and wailing together the wind wild with hopeless love flinging our hearts out to the ocean and our souls to the vexed skies above
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There Is Light (words: John Holton/Steve Lane. music Steve Lane) some days we are bags of light overflowing so much to say so much insight ever-knowing to cut the conversation short is like ripping out an intravenous line there is light there is light but history has shown we will always find each other like moths to flame sister to brother no matter how dark the horizon or when smoke haze breeds a blood red sun there is light there is light
4.
Dot Point 03:56
DOT POINT (words: John Holton/Steve Lane. music: Steve Lane) we are all of us spiralling some inwards to eternity whether clockwise or anti it’s circling that will save us from inertia and the incessant march of history whilst love existed always at the core nothing less, always the same, nothing more there’s a dot point from which it all began the source of all this energy too complex to understand it’s a life choice and it’s sparked not by demand it exists because it does better catch it while you can coz love existed always at the core nothing less, always the same, nothing more love existed always at the core nothing less, always the same, nothing more
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Motherland 03:29
Motherland (words: john Holton/Steve Lane. Music: Steve Lane) Saw his earth for the first time A shining penny through the eye of Vostok 1 No bigger than his own thumbnail The place where he drew his first breath The motherland hears, the motherland knows Where her son flies, the old song goes The motherland hears, the mother land knows Just where he goes That glowing disk and sidekick moon Flung into space like cosmic two-up And that lowly foundry man now cosmonaut Possessed a smile that lit up the cold war The motherland hears, the motherland knows Where her son flies, the old song goes The motherland hears, the mother land knows Wherever he goes The motherland hears, the motherland knows Where her son flies, the story goes The motherland hears, the mother land knows ‘Poekhali! Let’s go!’ But he didn’t see any God out there
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JUICE BAR GIRL (words: John Holton/Steve Lane. music: Steve Lane) she always smiled through red eyes I thought she was allergic to mangoes but in the end she cried so many tears that the sweetest of fruit tasted like bloody marys would you like a little lime? because your lips are looking dry and I don’t think it will rain do you? some kale to make it green and swamp the brown it seems to go on forever don’t you think? she always works on a wednesday and the sun it never shines in that concrete shrine and I always see the same faces standing in the queue for that taste of melancholy always gets you through would you like a little lime? because your lips are looking dry and I don’t think it will rain do you? some kale to make it green and swamp the brown it seems to go on forever don’t you think?
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C’est Tellement Mysterieux (words: John Holton/Steve Lane. music Steve Lane) it’s so mysterious this land of tears those words read to me from the little prince when I was still young enough to believe that all of life could be sorted and feelings were something to be controlled like traffic c’est tellement mysterieux I don’t feel frightened by not knowing choosing to shed arrogance in favour of abandon stand in awe of love and its perplexing beauty for all we have is mystery and only through madness is the soul revealed c’est tellement mysterieux one sees clearly only with the heart if you think too hard it all falls apart
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Reap What You Know words: John Holton/Steve Lane. music: Steve Lane I’m not one for philosophy To quote facts is beyond me But some words we always hold dear Like the oracle of delphi The ultimate selfie Is not about proving you’re here You reap what you know not what you show It’s a shout for understanding Not just facts I’m demanding I’ve got me some kind of hunch If you truly know thyself The sow takes care of itself Fuck that’s deep for a Sunday lunch Cos You reap what you know not what you show Maybe now I just made it all up Either way, somehow You reap what you know not what you show If I knew tomorrow I’d have no use for today And all of the mysteries it contains Would I evade sorrow? Eliminate pain See only black and white not the grey
9.
Zebra 05:04
ZEBRA (words: John Holton/Steve lane. music: Steve Lane) Don’t you ever lose your stripes, she wrote Knowing that I wear mine on the inside Safe from the eroding sneers of the world Revealed when the time is right But she has stripes of her own Guarded safely, strangely familiar Painted in words and pictures That only a like soul could recognize She placed a plastic zebra on my monitor all alone With its countenance as bewildered as my own And that plastic zebra, sits there all alone Worth more than the finest gold Sometimes all you need in the trenches Is an ally with markings like your own So fly the flag batten the hatches We’ll ride this plastic zebra home She placed a plastic zebra on my monitor all alone With its countenance as bewildered as my own And that plastic zebra, sits there all alone Don’t you ever lose those stripes she wrote…
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Cocoon 05:14
COCOON (words/music: Steve Lane) there’s been many years to say what should be said are the words just empty shells resonating in your head vowels and consonants lost in neural pathways still I feel your absence today we’ve long lost transmission out of your own volition it’s never too late, too soon to come out of your cocoon we’ve been losing you for more than two turns of seven I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy this slow life cycle regression and I wonder if you’d been home when your head hit the piano would we have let you slip, slip slip away let you go we’ve long lost transmission out of your own volition it’s never too late, too soon to come out of your cocoon

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There’s a vulnerability and an intimacy heard on record that is undeniable" - The AU Review

"The start of a new and exciting chapter in the life of one of Australia’s most loved songwriters" - Rhythms

"Revenge Of The Lawn is going to be one of those albums that all Australian Music fans really connect with, Steve's managed to take his head out of the equation and just use his heart" - Graham Ashton Footstomp Music

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released July 7, 2017

Steve Lane: vocals/guitars/trombone
Jacob McGuffie: guitar/slide guitar/vocals
Kai Lane-U’Ren: bass
David Williams: drums
Nkechi Anele: vocals
Lauren Jennings: cello
Cally Bartlett: violin/cello
Jack Michael: keys

Recorded by Steve Lane and David Carr at Rangemaster Studio (The Patch, Victoria) and Trouble Waters Studio (Emu Creek, Victoria)
Mixed by David Carr at Rangemaster.
Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering (Thornbury, Victoria)

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