Monsoon Heartbreak

from by Steve Lane

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What started life as a poem inspired by two cartoon birds, evolved to become a grand scale homage to the power of the ocean and its influence on the history of this land. What are the central characters of this ill-fated journey fleeing and what are they seeking? Our history is full of journeys like this, people fleeing persecution, seeking peace in distant lands – from the convicts of old England, to the Italians, Greeks, Vietnamese… it continues today.


(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


from The Revenge Of The Lawn, released July 7, 2017
words: Steve Lane/John Holton. music: Steve Lane
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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