Stumble On Home

by The Northern Folk

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1.
Well, the weather’s far too cold If the banks stay firm and hold, we’re safe here If the levee starts to burst We best expect the worst and race, dear Oh, I need this bed to float now Take my leave, go on and row down stream Just leave me be Oh, the river gonna bring me down Oh, the river gonna bring me down Well, the weather starts to change As I put that mountain range behind me As I drifted through the port I lost the fleeting thought they’d find me Oh, each day this river widens Oh, I’d see the change inside her now If I turned around Oh, the valley gonna pull me in Oh, the valley gonna pull me in Never saw a sign of shore ‘Til I hit the ocean floor and lay there Though boring half the time I’ve more than half a mind to stay there Oh, these skies are growing dark now Seas will rise and fall, this tide we ride It rules us all Oh, the thunder gonna roll on in Oh, the thunder gonna roll on in
2.
We’re watching the stars, they’re watching the moon We all wait for the sun to come break up the gloom And the wolves they still howl, for the day will break soon So we stumble on home, kicking bottles and stones We stumble on home to our room Well I draw your smile, and you draw the shades We’ll wait here a while for the sunlight to fade And evening arrives as the wolves start to bay The moments will pass and shatter like glass And leave us at last where we lay So lay down your sword and come in from the rain Kick off your boots and shed all your chains You can stay there all night, still the wolves will remain I’ve twice checked the locks, I’ve my gun in my socks And this door can hold more than the strain
3.
I could not see this going this way, no I could not imagine this showing on your face the way it does I could not hear you speaking of this, no I could not imagine you telling me the way you think it is Hold on tight, I was not prepared for you Your tongue you should bite, cause if you feel the same way too Then darling, we might find out what we need to do, But oh, give it time, cause I’m into you, oh I could not see this going this way, no I could not imagine this showing on your face the way it does I could not hear you speaking of me, no I could not imagine you seeming so comfortable and free Hold on tight, I was not prepared for you Your tongue you should bite, cause if you feel the same way too Then darling, we might find out what we need to do, But oh, give it time, cause I’m into you, oh Oh she said, the days grow long my dear Oh he said, if it’s so wrong why I am still here He said, when I’m with you my dear Oh he said, I feel the same way too
4.
Amy, go put on your coat I promised I’d build you a boat And I pray each day that it may stay afloat Amy, go put on your coat Amy, this wind is too still And we’ve got a sail to fill I’ve not a doubt, further out, that it will Amy, this wind is too still Darling, there’s rocks to the west Oh and I can’t shake this ache in my chest Morning is dawning, it comes without warning It’s best that we’re going now, better start rowing now Amy, let’s drift out to sea And trust there’s a gust in the breeze Leave both the oars on the shore when we leave Amy, let’s drift out to sea Amy, we ain’t coming home I’ve packed up the things that we own If anyone rings there’s a note on the phone Saying Amy, we ain’t coming home Darling, there’s rocks to the west Oh and I can’t shake this ache in my chest The morning is dawning, it comes without warning It’s best that we’re going now, better start rowing now
5.
I need whiskey (You need Jesus) I know it’s risky But I'll do whatever pleases me I know she'll love me, I know she'll love me either way I know she'll love me, I know she'll love me either way He's so good at listening (She don't stop talking) We'll still be dancing When we're too old for walking But I know he'll love me I know he'll love me either way I know he'll love me I know he'll love me either way Well, I ain't tactful (Subtle as gunfire) But its a fact that, That you're the one, I I'm gonna love babe I'm gonna love you either way I’m gonna love you I’m gonna love you either way He buys me jewellery (She rathers roses) Well I thought he knew me That's how he shows it But I know he'll love me I know he'll love me either way I know he'll love me I know he'll love me either way Well, I'm hardly a heartthrob (I'm mostly a hot mess) I fear my heart's stopped 'Til she’s in that white dress And she says she loves me She says she loves me either way She says she loves me She says she loves me either way
6.
Libertine 04:47
She’s always had a passion for anything like fashion But thinks it looks better on the floor And for someone who knows everything about clothes Well she barely wears a thing anymore She says that something’s missing when we get to kissing Cause she doesn’t like the lights turned out So she throws open the curtains, tears off her shirt, And turns to candles when the sun burns out Married to the preacher man, faithful ain’t a feature And I promise that she’ll eat you alive She says darling quit your stressing, just give me your blessing It’ll be the best thing you survive You don’t know where you went, you don’t know what you spent But you can smell her scent on your shirt It’s all for the best, take your heart from your chest And the rest is all going to hurt No, you’ll never love her but you see it through The kind of girl your mother wouldn’t want for you She’s gonna love you ’til you’re black and blue Frozen through, your heart in two Black and blue Everybody’s needing a story to proceed ’em But I’m worried that it’s happened again Cause every time you’re here, I just start to fear That you haven’t even told them your name Everybody’s saying you’re simply just playing around You’ve got a mind of your own But even just by playing, you’re basically saying That you’re really scared of being alone No, you’ll never love her but you see it through The kind of girl your mother wouldn’t want for you She’s gonna love you ’til you’re black and blue Frozen through, your heart in two Black and blue
7.
Stupid child, the streets are wild And they lied when they said the world was better You called to the night, your voice out of sight And you were thick to think that he felt it Foolish child, These games are far too hard Mind your heart next time Foolish child, Watch your bones fall apart And boys can't put them back together Velvet voice, your car the only noise As you soothed the creases from my brow All my fears that I've harboured all these years Were forgotten by the end of the hour Foolish child, These games are far too hard Mind your heart next time Foolish child, Watch your bones fall apart And boys can't put them back together Watch your step, 'cause your soul's all you've left When you're lying deep in the ground Watch your step, 'cause your soul's all you've left When you're lying deep in the ground Watch your step, 'cause your soul's all you've left When you're lying deep in the ground Watch your step, 'cause your soul's all you've left When you're lying deep in the ground

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The Northern Folk's second LP, Stumble On Home, was recorded with acclaimed producer Adam Rhodes at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne. Adam has previously worked with such artists as The Cat Empire, Paul Kelly and Angus Stone. “Stumble On Home” is available via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more.

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released October 28, 2016

Engineered and Mixed by Adam Rhodes at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Mastered by Ross Cockle at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Artwork by Alison Percy
All songs written and performed by The Northern Folk



Paul Dyason - Vocals, guitar, percussion
Georgie Currie - Vocals
James Eggleston - Guitar, drums, backing vocals
Jayden Dunne - Keyboards, backing vocals
Edward Caunt - Bass
Will Carey - Drums, guitar
Alex Cameron - Clarinets, backing vocals
Khayl Picard - Alto sax, backing vocals
Renn Picard - Tenor sax, guitar, backing vocals
Michael Parker - Trumpet, backing vocals
Grace Hornsby - Trombone, backing vocals

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The Northern Folk Melbourne, Australia

The Northern Folk are a collective of ten musical ambitionists spreading their unique brand of folk/pop/stomp/rock into the roots of small towns and big cities alike, featuring trademark dual vocalists, roaring horns and a strength of performance second to none. ... more

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