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MAN IN A BOILER SUIT (M Laurent) There’s a man in a boiler suit he’s working for the captain of a foreign line he’s going to be leaving soon strolling the dock for one last time it must be nice to sail away new horizons every day I have no money or I would pay Seagulls sitting along the pier flap into the air as I go by nothing particular keeps them here there but for fortune go I it must be nice to fly away new horizons every day I have no wings so I must stay unless you can take me Take me to the water side find me a boat that I can ride take me to the water side I go travelling in my dreams but nothing’s quite the way that I expected strange companions and fleeting scenes dreaming always feels kind of disconnected it must be nice to float away new horizons every day if I could only make the dreaming stay Take me to the water side I’m not afraid though it looks so wide take me to the water side.
2.
Image 03:18
IMAGE (M Laurent) I don’t want to write good songs I’m trying hard to write bad songs ‘cos that’s the way to be popular these days it’s no good to have a positive expression big frown, aura of depression it’s so twee to be happy anyway and I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image to think about. In the magazines and on the tv people tell me the way I’m supposed to be You’ve got to wear this and you’ve got to drink that Well I’m committed, I’ve got the passion but I don’t have the budget to keep up with the fashion I’ll mortgage my house for that new pair of jeans ‘cos I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image to think about. But who made the rules? Who made the rules? Well if it wasn’t me, I think it might’ve been you. So here I am on the big stage though it might not appear that way I’m stepping out like it just might be And I wonder what you might be saying about my hairdo, about my playing Oh what in the world does the world think of me? ‘cos I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image to think about I’ve got my image. but who made the rules? Who made the rules?
3.
One Tree 03:14
ONE TREE (B Liddiard) I've heard some say it's just a tree But it was more than that to me It has always been standing there I could see it from everywhere Now there's no tree on One Tree Hill No more tree to kill No tree to feel the chill Of the west wind blowing ill.
4.
Happy 02:53
HAPPY (M Laurent) Outside my window sun shining down outside my window there’s this bird flying around & around someone up there smiling down on me o happy day. I hear the stories this is not a happy place just makes me thankful for moments of grace someone up there smiling down on me o happy day. Outside my window hear the people in the street I hope they all can find moments like these someone up there smiling down on me o happy day.
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The Listener 05:03
THE LISTENER (B. Liddiard) I don't know why the world has to be such a sad place sometimes And I don't know why life has to show such a hard face sometimes I don't know why bad things happen to good people I don't know why. Sometimes I feel cast adrift on a crazy ocean Out of control, tossed and turned in perpetual motion Searching for something to hook my anchor into To hold me tight, to hold me tight. Then you come to me You hold me in your arms You comfort my fears You let me speak them out You may not have the answer You needn't even try Just to have you listen Makes everything alright.
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NOT THE ONLY ONE (M Laurent) I never thought that I’d be one of those people With wrinkles around my eyes Thought my hair’d always be golden And not six shades of white Did my youth get stolen Or was it washed out with the tide? Sometimes it makes me anxious. I never thought that I’d be one of those people Who’d stop to catch my breath I used to run like a crazy down the mountains And never think of death I said “Time is an illusion” Now there’s not quite so much time left And mine is halfway over. But I’m not the only one… I never thought that I’d be one of those people Who’d learn to settle down Get a job, raise a family And buy a little house in town Go to the same place every summer holidays Well, somehow, I’m doing all that now - But that’s OK. Because I’m not the only one… I never thought that I’d be one of those people Who’d stay home on Saturday night I said “There’s no such thing as too much chocolate” Now my waistline says there might be And “I’m sorry, darling, but I’m just not in the mood tonight, Do you still think I’m alright?” Well I’m not the only one… I never thought that I’d be one of those people Ah, but wouldn’t you know The moment you turn the hour glass over Sand begins to flow And we’re all just the same And that’s a comfort, I suppose Heaven knows, and anyway… I’m not the only one.
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SONG OF THE FOREST (D Braucli/B Liddiard) Open your ears to the song of the forest the sound of the wind in the leaves the rushing of water flowing over the stones every small creature that breathes hear the birds sing as they play with the wind up in the branches so high know if we don't change the way that we're living all of this beauty might die. Open your eyes to the sights of the forest a cascade of colour and form and every new place that you look around a new kind of beauty is born see the tall trees reaching up to the sky the seedlings that spring from the earth we are the ones who now must decide how much is this really worth Open your hearts to the cries of the people who have nowhere else they can go for countless years they have lived in this forest it's rhythms are all that they know loggers and miners could drive them away destroying all in the path but we could help them find a way to survived and this is all that they ask.
8.
Refugee 04:10
REFUGEE (M Laurent) I’ve got a little house in the middle of town crystal hangs in the window where the sun goes down fireside in the winter is a mellow space I really don’t want to have to leave this place A man’s home is his castle, or so they say shut the door, draw the curtains, keep the world at bay secret garden right outside my kitchen door I may never get to come back here at all Well I tried being angry but that doesn’t help and if you want to cry, got to keep that to yourself just keep moving, don’t let them see it’s the loneliness that really terrifies me Is there somewhere, anywhere that I can rest? I’ve been on the road so long I got a little depressed any pokey little corner would be fine by me being homeless is misery… And I don’t want to be a refugee.
9.
Lipstick 02:51
LIPSTICK (B Liddiard) Some days I wear lipstick Other days my mouth is naked I'm not making any statement It's just that every day is different. Some days I'm just lazy Or running late as usual Some days any attempt at disguise seems Ridiculous and futile. So I'll just be me Just be me What you're getting is what you see It's just me. It's funny how you never know who you'll see when you look in the mirror How you're feeling has nothing to do with Who'll be looking back at you. Some days I wear lipstick And other days my mouth is naked I'm not making any statement … Some days I wear lipstick Some days I wear lipstick
10.
IT’S ONLY LOVE (M Laurent) Once I was young, once I was small Now I am none of these things at all The world which seems so solid today Tomorrow could all fade away Leaving me nowhere else to fall. And it’s only love in the end, that’s all It’s only love in the end, that’s all There’s just one thing in the end That makes any difference, my friend It’s only love in the end, that’s all. We walk by faith, we live in hope But sometimes there’s nothing there to hold Behind the dream of the world There’s a shadow moving, I’ve heard There is an answer if you call. And it’s only love in the end, that’s all It’s only love in the end, that’s all There’s just one thing in the end That makes any difference, my friend It’s only love in the end, that’s all. When the kingdom finally comes And every other cord is undone There’s only love in the end, that’s all.
11.
South 05:01
SOUTH (B Liddiard & M Laurent) The road steams where the hot sun hits the wet tar the weather can't seen to make up its mind and the road keeps winding South. Clouds pass, ethereal vehicles shadowing the Buller road and the weather can't seen to make up its mind and the road keeps winding South. It's the kind of day that makes you feel that you could drive forever I'm watching the hills disperse and gather and the towns slip behind us in the rear view mirror South. Then the lakes arrive with their mirror pictures so cold and clear it hurts I'm watching the hills disperse and gather and the towns slip behind us in the rear view mirror South. And the one-lane bridges seem to say there's only one way to go the one-lane bridges seem to say there's only one way to go South. The road steams Where hot sun hits the wet tar the weather can’t seem to make up its mind and the road keeps winding South. Clouds pass, ethereal vehicles shadowing the Buller road and the weather can't seen to make up its mind and the road keeps winding South. The weather can’t seem to make up its mind and the road keeps twisting South. And the one-lane bridges seem to say there's only one way to go the one-lane bridges seem to say there's only one way to go South.

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This is our 2001 album which was originally titled Trebox. Because I couldn't find any high-enough quality cover graphics for Trebox, & because about the same time we released a now long defunct compilation called Background (which did have a good cover) I've married the two projects. All the songs that would have been on the original Background appear on one or another of the other albums we have here.

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released March 27, 2018

Brenda Liddiard; guitar, mandolin, vocals
Mark Laurent; guitars, harmonica, Rowan lute, vocals
Eddie Orange; bass on South
Brian Fergusson; bass on Man In A Boiler Suit, Happy & Not The Only One
Steve Garden; drums
Susie Earnshaw-Ness; bvs on Happy & Not The Only One

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Mark Laurent Auckland, New Zealand

I've been a professional guitarist/singer/songwriter for 40 years, & I've recorded & worked on many albums. I'm also an author with 4 collections of poetry & an illustrated children's storybook published, & I've written articles & reviews for various magazines. I live in Auckland, New Zealand. As well as cafes, concerts & churches I also do a bit of busking to keep in touch with the 'real world'. ... more

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