The Mother Back To Strong Down

by Gavin Burgess

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The Mother Back To Strong Down - Best Understood as Four EPs on one CD.

The Mother: Four tracks from the lost Forms Of Escape album. Originally intended as rough mixes, these are all that remained of these songs after a well intentioned computer technician "cleaned up" the hard drive on which the multitracks resided. With the exception of I Feel Good and Darker the live tracks included on this CD are also songs originally included on this album. A further three demos from this project accompanied Some Girls Wander By Mistake on the Sasquatch Sessions EP, an early version of another song, When Alice Dances, can be heard on 1999’s Muster compilation CD, and a Demo of Hero was released on the Demos 'n' Jams album. One other song, Prophet's Lament, remains unreleased in any form.

Back To: Some Girls Wander by Mistake from the Sasquatch Sessions EP and live tracks from Whangaehu Music Festival Feb 1997. We played two sets. An evening set at around midnight with a malfunctioning monitor system and an afternoon set the next day under the effects of severe sleep deprivation. It wasn't our best gig but it was filmed - on SVHS tape - with the audio taken directly from the camera’s built in microphones. In 2004 I took a copy of this audio to Neil Maddever who produced masters for a full length live CD. My plan was to release this as a companion CD to the Forms Of Escape album but subsequent events rendered this impossible. In '06 I found a better copy of the source audio. The four tracks included here are taken from this.

Strong: Three songs from an acoustic solo performance at Blue Note in 2002. The lead guitar on Ancient Love was added later at Sasquatch. Darker is a track from an already written but as yet unrealised album project of the same name. Those with keen ears will be able to discern the background conversation between myself and a very drunk member of the audience who was determined to join me on stage.

Down: Waiting was written in 2002 and performed live only once – with Andrew Vincen at The New Bodega that same year. In 2006 Andrew and I found ourselves once again living in the same town and took advantage of the opportunity to record the track. Arahi Hagger, who in 1996 was briefly a member of the G. B. Band, played drums and percussion. Down to Daisy was written in the mid nineties. In 2002 I arranged the song for string quartet and this was performed as part of a composition class run by Clive Cockburn and joins a long list of those performances to which I wish I had taken a recording device. The '60's pop' version included here is closer to the original concept and was recorded at Sasquatch in 2006. Nigel Bateman added the drums during a session in 2007. This was never performed live by the GB Band as when I first demo'd it to them our then bassist, Warwick Hill, said "You've got to be kidding" - and that was the end of that. In hindsight I think it's one of my better songs from that era - but there's no accounting for taste….. In 2011 The Gavin Burgess Band reformed, performed a couple of gigs, and recorded The Girl On Hospital Hill. I reworked the vocals for this and mixed the track early in 2012.

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released December 11, 2012

Performed by Gavin Burgess with David Rogerson, Neville Messent, Simon Shaw, Andrew Vincen, Arahi Hagger, Nigel Bateman, Murray Loveridge, Phil Fahey, Craig Thurston, Bert Whitcombe.

All Words And Music written by and copyright © Gavin L. Burgess except: Neville Meets The Aliens written by and copyright © Neville Messent. I Feel Good © Naomi Neville (Allen Toussaint).

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Gavin Burgess is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, studio engineer and producer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has performed and released music with bands including ‘Top Secret’ and ‘The Gavin Burgess Band’. He records and releases through his own independent ‘Gavland’ label. ... more

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Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - Stay Away
Girl I just wanna be there, wanna hold you again
Wanna kiss you one more time, no, wanna kiss you all night

Wanna hold your hand and walk with you by the sea
Wanna take you in the sand on that old blanket someone gave to me

But I know, I know
I just gotta stay away (ah ah)
Gotta stay away (oh oh)
Gotta stay away (yeah –eh)
‘Till the moment is come, ‘till the moment is come
Gotta stay away (Ah ah oh oh)

Wanna wake up at age ninety-five and find you growing old next to me
Wanna be with you tomorrow girl and never ever have to leave

But I know, I know
I just gotta stay away (ah ah)
Gotta stay away (oh oh)
Gotta stay away (yeah –eh)
‘Till the moment is come, ‘till the moment is come

Gotta stay away (ah ah)
Gotta stay away (oh oh)
Gotta stay away (yeah –eh)
‘Till the moment is come, ‘till the moment is come
Gotta stay away (Ah ah oh oh….)
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - Millie
In the early hours of an August morning
You turned the latch on a forbidden door
You stepped right through like it was nothing
What did you do that for?

And if you thought you'd become an angel
Did you not know you already were
Now a hundred songs seem to echo your goodbye
We all loved you. We still do.

You left too soon - nobody knew
It's like the joke was on us somehow
And you just left the room

And now there is no coming back for you
Who the reaper takes will not return
But I still wonder who was in your head
And was there something I could do?

You left too soon - nobody knew
It's like the joke was on us somehow
And you just left the room
Gone too soon - I wish I knew
Why I feel like the joke was on us somehow
And you just left the room

That's right, That's right,
You just left the room, left too soon,
That's right, That's right,
Do not, do not, do not open that door.
What did you do that for? What did you do that for?
That's right.
Left too soon, left the room, left too soon,
One hundred songs but you are gone,
That's right, That's right.
Just left the room, left too soon,
What did you do that for?
Now you will bring me rum no more.
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - I'm Not Mad
I worry sometimes about my mind.
I get such strange ideas sometimes.
So I come out to play to chase my thoughts away
And the things I see bring it home to me

That I'm not mad at all
Oh no - I am not crazy
I'm not mad at all
I'm not mad, I'm not mad at all

I have a friend
He has a piece of paper in a frame that says he's sane
It was a great relief to him
To know that he was normal in a way, so very strange - He said

I'm not mad at all
Oh no - I am not crazy
I'm not mad at all
I'm not mad, I'm not mad at all

If I told you my pet hates you'd understand just why he bites
And if I told you all my dreams they would give you hellish nights
So many little creaking sounds exist only in our minds
I'm sitting in an empty room and counting fly-spots on the blinds

And I'm not mad at all
Oh no - I am not crazy
I'm not mad at all
I blame it on my TV
I'm not mad at all
Oh no - I am not crazy
I'm not mad at all
I'm not mad, I'm not mad at……
I'm not mad, I'm not mad at……
I'm not mad, I'm not mad at all!
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - Breathe
Well sooner or later, gonna quit this mortal coil
Gonna step out of this tired body like I'm going for a Sunday stroll
No big deal it's easy. No big deal it's easy

'Til then gonna keep on dreaming
'Til then gonna keep believing in the things that make me breathe.

Well some men choose religion and still don't see the truth
And some men pay the dealer 'til they're no earthly use
These forms of escape come easy
So many forms of escape come easy

But I'm gonna keep on dreaming
And I'm gonna keep believing in the things that make me breathe,
The things that make me breathe. (x3)

My heart beats, my eyes see, blood in my veins, faster I breathe
Hear me shout, hear me scream, hear me breathe - Breathe.


Well sooner or later, gonna quit this mortal coil
Gonna step out of this tired body like I'm going for a Sunday stroll
No big deal it's easy. No big deal it's easy

'Til then gonna keep on dreaming
'Til then gonna keep believing in the things that make me breathe.
The things that make me breathe. (x3)

Breathe….
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - Some Girls Wander By Mistake
You've a pretty smile my love.
It can take you anywhere, anywhere you want to go my love.
Go with me love.
You've a pretty smile my love, smile my love, smile my love.

What are you doing here my pretty one?
What are these clothes you're putting on?
I fear the battle you're preparing for will bring the devil to your door.
See if I didn't warn you.

Some girls only speak lies
Some girls got jezebel eyes
Some girls know how to fake
But some girls wander by mistake.
Some girls…..
Oh….Uh-oh…
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - I Wish (Live)
I can’t keep my eyes off ‘a you
and I can’t help myself, or what I do
I just gotta watch the way you move
And I just gotta touch, would ya like me to.

I,I,I,I,I,I,I…….

Wish all the other songs had been for you
And I wish that the sky was always blue
And that our hearts would never be that colour too
I wish, I wish

Now I surrender, at last I surrender
I never felt this good before standing at an open door
Now I surrender, at last I surrender
I never felt this safe before with my head in a blender

I,I,I,I,I,I,I…….

Wish all the other songs had been for you
And I wish that the sky was always blue
And that our hearts would never be that colour too
I wish

And I wish all the other times had been with you
And I wish that my wishes would all come true
For you and I and me and you
I wish, I wish

I,I,I,I,I,I,I…….

Wish all the other songs had been for you
And I wish that the sky was always blue
And that our hearts would never be that colour too
I wish

And I wish all the other times had been with you
And I wish all the songs I’ve sung were sung for you
If I’d known you then I would have wanted to
I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish, I wish.
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - Breathe (Live)
Well sooner or later, gonna quit this mortal coil
Gonna step out of this tired body like I'm going for a Sunday stroll
No big deal it's easy. No big deal it's easy

'Til then gonna keep on dreaming
'Til then gonna keep believing in the things that make me breathe.

Well some men choose religion and still don't see the truth
And some men pay the dealer 'til they're no earthly use
These forms of escape come easy
So many forms of escape come easy

But I'm gonna keep on dreaming
And I'm gonna keep believing in the things that make me breathe,
The things that make me breathe. (x3)

My heart beats, my eyes see, blood in my veins, faster I breathe
Hear me shout, hear me scream, hear me breathe - Breathe.


Well sooner or later, gonna quit this mortal coil
Gonna step out of this tired body like I'm going for a Sunday stroll
No big deal it's easy. No big deal it's easy

'Til then gonna keep on dreaming
'Til then gonna keep believing in the things that make me breathe.
The things that make me breathe. (x3)

Breathe….
Track Name: When You Get Home (Solo Live)
Saw an old man in his rocking chair
Sitting on his front porch on his own.
Sun goin down on this grey old town
Sitting on his front porch on his own - on his own - he said

Baby, when you get home
You're gonna find me waiting at the door
And baby, when you get home
I'm gonna show you what I've been waiting here for.

His old photos show a pretty face
Fell from his hands like he fell from grace
He always hoped and prayed that she'd be back some day
He's still sitting on his front porch all alone - all alone - he says

Baby, when you get home
You're gonna find me waiting at the door
And baby, when you get home
I'm gonna show you what I've been waiting here for.

Oh - she walked away so many years ago and she felt nothing for him then
And no-one ever thought to let him know that she passed away in 1997

Baby, when you get home
You're gonna find me waiting at the door
And baby, when you get home
I'm gonna show you what I've been waiting here for.

Baby, when you get home
You're gonna find me waiting at the door
And baby, when you get home
I'm gonna show you what I've been waiting here for.
Track Name: Ancient Love (Solo Live)
I have only known you for a little while now
And as you keep reminding me it's far too soon to tell
Yet girl it somehow seems that you've always been with me
And I've reason to believe that we have an ancient love

Instinctively we know our lines in this medieval play
Pity how our worried minds stumble in the way
You and me babe got an ancient love
You and me babe, we got ourselves an ancient love

I can only hold you for a moment now
You skip away on contradiction confusing me somehow
One foot in the future and one foot in the past
Make the best of both worlds now your compromise can't last

I wonder will you be there in my darkest hour
You're making me no promises so it's comforting to know
You and me babe got an ancient love
You and me babe got ourselves an ancient love
You and me babe got an ancient love
You and me babe, we got ourselves an ancient love

I promise you a future far better than the past
I promise you devotion and a love that's gonna last
I could choose my dark side too but it has a bitter end
I'd rather lead you to the light. Let's kiss and make amends.

Darling let me love you
Let me show you how
Don't keep your door on its safety chain when you know you wanna open it now. Yeah.

You and me babe got an ancient love
You and me babe got ourselves an ancient love
You and me babe got an ancient love
You and me babe, we got ourselves an ancient love
Track Name: Darker (Solo Live)
I don't need bitter sweet memories of better times.
I don't need buried guilt for yesterday's crimes.
I don't need another betrayal, lest my darkness steals another inch of me.
Dirty secrets buried deep, in sleep they rise, in dreams I flee.

Now the light is a little darker,
and the sun is a little lower,
and life is a little shorter,
like breath.

One day it may happen that my demons and I make our peace,
But for now they scratch at the door and twitter in my ear.
Through the cracks around the windows their soiled claws appear.
Now that my body is grown older no-one comes to lullaby my childish fears.

Now the light is a little darker,
And the sun is a little lower,
And life is a little shorter,
And my blood is a little colder,
And the night is a little longer,
And the son hangs a little lower,
And life is a little shorter,
Like breath.
Track Name: Burgess, Vincen, Hagger - Waiting
I think of you
You speak to me
And it seems you feel more, more than you say
Your actions give you away

You listen when I speak
You're frightened but you're never weak
You tell me the things you plan to do
You're pretty, but there's so much more to you

You've known me long enough to know
I wouldn't speak a lie to you
You're laughing when I'm trying to be for real
You're sighing when I tell you how I feel

Girl, don't keep me waiting…..

Girl it all comes down to you.
Track Name: Down To Daisy
Take me down to Daisy
For a cup of tea
Take me down to Daisy
Man I love her knees

And all the pavement walkers
Like to stop and smile
While they watch Miss Daisy
Pouring chamomile

And no-one knows where she goes in the summertime, in the summertime
No-one knows where she stays in the summertime, in the summertime
Take me down to Daisy

Take me down to Daisy
For a cup of tea
Take me down to Daisy
Man I love her knees

And all the pavement walkers
Like to stop and smile
While they watch Miss Daisy
Pouring chamomile

And no one knows where she goes in the summertime, in the summertime
No-one knows where she stays in the summertime, in the summertime
No-one knows where she goes in the night time, in the night time
No-one knows where she plays in the night time, it's the right time
Take me down to Daisy
Track Name: Gavin Burgess Band - The Girl On Hospital Hill
I gotta see the girl on Hospital Hill
I gotta be with her before I am through
Eyes that shine so wide, a clear and open view
And when those eyes align with mine the universe stands still

She’s not the kind of girl who’s easy to win
She won’t let just anybody walk right on in
And if I get too close I know she will
Retreat into the tower that she’s built
On Hospital Hill.....

If I could start a landslide under Hospital Hill
Tilt that tower under her and catch her as she spills
And as her walls fall down, all tumbling down the hill
I’ll catch her in my arms and hold her safe and still
On Hospital Hill.....

Girl it all comes down to you.