A History Of Houses

by The Siren Tower

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A History Of Houses is the debut album from Australian band, The Siren Tower.

Management/bookings: contact@thesirentower.com

Publicity: brooke.thomas@sarbmedia.com.au

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released June 29, 2012

Produced by Forrester Savell, Grant McCulloch & The Siren Tower

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Track Name: The Banishing Of William McGuiness
You’ve got a hot right hand so settle down
You’ve called him out and he’s coming ‘round,
she says
You’d better listen

There’s so much trouble here looking for you
He’ll cut you down if you don’t shoot through,
she says
You’d better listen

My son, slow down, there’s so much hurting
in this dead horse town
My boy, leave now, there’s so much murder
in this one cunt town
If you don’t think that we’ll make it tonight,
if you don’t think it’ll be alright,
my son, leave now

He killed him two Chinese in Bendigo
They sent him north should the mine explode,
she says
You’d better listen

The man will lose no sleep over killing you
That dirty badge is more black than blue, she says
You’d better listen

My son, slow down, there’s so much hurting
in this dead horse town
My boy, leave now, there’s so much murder
in this one cunt town
If you don’t think that we’ll make it tonight,
if you don’t think it’ll be alright,
my son, leave now, my son, leave now

Oh kid you’ll come undone,
all my lessons forgotten
Oh kid you are young
and he feeds on the bottom

My son, slow down, there’s so much hurting
in this dead horse town
My boy, leave now, there’s so much murder
in this one cunt town
If you don’t think that we’ll make it tonight,
if you don’t think it’ll be alright,
my son, leave now
My son, take the horse and forget all except you were loved
Track Name: Floods
It’s a question of faith, not a question of breeding
It’s one moment abstained in a lifetime of feeding

Every night when I close my eyes
there’s a feeling I can’t describe

Floods, floods are coming
But all questions will be answered;
you’ll be left alone with time
Floods, floods are coming
But all questions will be answered;
only character survives

It’s not a question of want, it’s a question of needing
It’s one moment of strength in a lifetime of kneeling

Every night when I close my eyes
there’s a feeling I can’t describe

Floods, floods are coming
But all questions will be answered;
you’ll be left alone with time
Floods, floods are coming
But all questions will be answered;
only character survives

Have you been left all alone,
have you been left on your own
Have you been left all alone,
have you been left on your own
‘Cause some people promise the sky,
you gotta let ‘em go

Floods, floods are coming
But all questions will be answered;
you’ll be left alone with time
Floods, floods are coming
But all questions will be answered;
only character survives

Have you been left all alone,
have you been left on your own
Have you been left on your
Track Name: King River
Edi smells sweet tonight,
cradling me and I forgo the fight
I know you’re awake tonight,
waiting for a change to come

King River sounds sweet tonight,
bathing me here in this last ever light
I know you’re awake tonight
just waiting for a change to come

I said, how long Edi can you hold the waves
from crashing around you and me
I can hardly breathe
I said, how long Edi can you hold the waves
from this thing between you and me
Only so long

The valley feels sweet tonight
My fingers touch the air in this passage, this rite
Thank gods for you tonight,
‘cause I’m dying for a change to come

I said how long Edi can you hold the waves
from crashing around you and me
I can hardly breathe
I said how long Edi can you hold the waves
from this thing between you and me
Only so

We’ll wait for something here; we’ll wait too long
Too scared to stay but more scared to move on
This weight resonates like some lost song
Broken we alone, we alone sing along

I said how long Edi can you hold the waves
from crashing around you and me
I can hardly breathe
I said how long Edi can you hold the waves
from this thing between you and me
Only so long
Track Name: Last Apple In The Big Man's Orchard
She was closer to God in 1942,
before Kokoda had lost her son, Baby Blue
Now she’s left with a man
who cashed out long ago
in a farm house with land
where nothing seems to grow

She says I’m alone now, even though you’re here

And he was closer to God in 1975
Before the cancer had come to visit with his wife
He would cry by her side
in those final nights
Her last words broke the man,
“Honey, will you be alright?”

He says, I’m alone now, even though you’re here

Can you feel it taking over
Can you make this go away
I feel younger, but I’m older,
and I fear it’s gonna stay
Can’t you feel this breaking my faith dear, in you

We were closer to gods in mid 2001
Before the anger in man damn near scorched the sun
And we were born of the kings
who caused this to be done,
Who gave us fire skies
and a war that can never be won

We’re alone now, even though you’re here

Can you feel it taking over
Can you make this go away
I feel younger, but I’m older,
and I fear it’s gonna stay
Can’t you feel this breaking my faith dear, in you

Why lay by the river when the river’s dry

Can you feel this breaking my heart, dear
Have I been away for too long
Have I been away for too long, dear
Track Name: For The Common Stock
Dressed to nine stranger, no one would know
you’re the loneliest heart in the room
Baby wants nothing but the hunger remains
like the grief of a bastard child might do

And some people say you forget what you’ve got
And take time to breathe, you can learn quite a lot
‘Cause over and over we cry from the top
But you wouldn’t trade down for the common stock

Drowning in precious the punch line just stares
at the fat kid sat eating his hands
Rest a while brother, I think I may know
how I can resurrect us both

And some people say you forget what you’ve got
And take time to breathe, you can learn quite a lot
‘Cause over and over we cry from the top
But you wouldn’t trade down for the common stock
Track Name: The Road
It was ’85, I was working North Mackay,
pushing trucks through the night... I wanted to die
Hallelujah for the drugs, they can cure ya,
but ya gotta wait for a while
Then I met this girl, had a two month whirlwind romance,
it went down in flames
Hallelujah, well a child will mature ya,
I learnt that the hard way

Baby don’t go
Don’t leave your old man for a life on the road
Don’t go, don’t leave your own story untold
Daughter you say you don’t know me at all,
before you came along there was nothing to know
Bella don’t go

Then by ’89 we were down near Jindabyne,
I’d work, your mother drank, we started to fight
Hallelujah for the bastard that screwed her
probably saved my life
She walked out the door turned and said, “She’s all yours,”
God I’ve tried, I’ve made some mistakes
Hallelujah for a love that can move you
Don’t let that go

Baby don’t go
Don’t leave your old man for a life on the road
Don’t go, don’t leave your own story untold
Daughter you say you don’t know me at all,
before you came along there was nothing to know
Bella don’t go

Baby before you go, it’s long hard road to walk alone
Baby before you go, it’s long hard road to walk alone

Baby don’t go
Don’t leave your old man for a life on the road
Don’t go, don’t leave your own story untold
Daughter you say you don’t know me at all,
before you came along there was nothing to know
Bella don’t go
Track Name: La Rosa
He was a man who’d seen the world, loved a thousand girls,
all while travelling in the one direction

A rose adorned his arm, he said it kept him out of harm
and it stopped one thousand men who would have killed him

I believed that was what it meant to be free
I believed La Rosa, he was truly free

He would stare across the bar, his gaze so dead and far,
trying to recall his lovers’ faces
The rose upon his arm, it would blind him to their charms
and keep each woman out of his good graces

I believe that man wanted to be me
I believe La Rosa wanted to be me
Track Name: All Things Will Change
Mother, ease your mind
knowing your children are fed tonight
He’s gone but he was gone when around
It’s the same old fight except he’s in the ground

And someday all things will change
Until then things stay the same
Everything’s moving, collapsing, improving
Yeah someday all things will change

Old man rest your feet,
you’ve lived a life of unfair misery
Each scar, a branch in time
You’ll be repaid further down the line

And someday all things will change
Until then things stay the same
Everything’s moving, collapsing, improving
Yeah someday all things will change

Don’t let them hold you back,
don’t let them hold you down
So calm down, broken little soul
Soon you’ll have the answers, enough for this hole
And stand fast, hold your nerve
‘Cause we will be here waiting
You’ll always be a friend of mine

And someday all things will change
Until then things stay the same
Everything’s moving, collapsing, improving
Yeah someday all things will change
Track Name: City Of Light
Well it’s an amazing road to nowhere
that I’m driving with you
Such an amazing time to be anywhere,
we’ve always been two
Well I know you’re leaving but I no longer care
It’s such an amazing time to be anywhere, anywhere with you

We’ve only got ourselves to blame
We’ve always been ahead of the game
We’ve only got each other to tell
We really put each other through hell
And you, you know this will drag me in two but I,
I know you’re leaving but I don’t care

Well it’s an amazing road from somewhere
that I’m crashing with you
Such an amazing town that we’ve found ourselves,
in which to fracture this two
Well I know this city of lights, well it don’t care
Well it’s an amazing town but I’m unaware of what I’m gonna do

We’ve only got ourselves to blame
We’ve always been ahead of the game
We’ve only got each other to tell
We really put each other through hell
And you, you know this will drag me in two but I,
I know you’re leaving but I don’t care

We’ve only got ourselves to blame
We’ve always been ahead of that game
We’ve only got each other to tell
We really put each other through hell
And you, you know this will drag me in two but I,
I know you’re leaving but I don’t care,
No I don’t care, no I don’t care, no I don’t
Track Name: The Sharp End
There’s something in the way that you move
There’s something so unique about you
I can’t stand this, having to walk away
may be something I can’t do
There’s something in the way that you move

And now she cries a broken-hearted goodbye
I touch her hair before the lions watch me die

There’s something in the way that we choose
to be without each other, but it’s no use
And I can’t fight this, I can’t say her name,
thoughts of her must be contained
There’s madness in the thing that we choose

And now she cries in the morning sunrise
I touch her hair before I go back to the sky

I’m singin’...
I need these questions answered before we walk away

There’s something in between lose and win
A never ending cycle that spins and spins
Understand that I only walked away
so that you could do the same
There’s something in the way you move

I’m singin’...
I need these questions answered before we walk away
Track Name: I Could Tell You Things That Would Break Your Heart
Alone with my only friend
She can separate the oceans and raise new lands
Frozen phoenix in my hand
I would love her here forever if her heart would stand
Alas we part again

And you don’t know what it feels like,
no you don’t know how this feels
To spend your life believing in something unreal
And you don’t know what it feels like,
no you don’t know how this feels
Not like I do

Alone with my greatest foe
We are deep beneath the cold white sheets and far from home
Forlorn phoenix in my arms
I would love her here forever and erase this harm
Alas we part again

And you don’t know what it feels like,
no you don’t know how this feels
To spend your life believing in something unreal
And you don’t know what it feels like,
no you don’t know how this feels
Not like I do
Track Name: One More Drink Than Needed
One more drink than needed
and back to thoughts of life
Contemplating 50 years, contemplating strife

Will I find somebody,
will my children be at my side,
or will some stranger bag my cold body at the site

This foothold feels uncertain,
this view is low on light
Never knowing what’s ahead keeps me awake at night

That by which I define myself
seems fragile now and old
It feels like I could slip away and nobody would know

How will I make my money
if this nothing job it ends
Would all my friends move right on If I had to start again

Some days it feels I’m losing
the ground on which I’ve built
some bullshit inflated perception of myself

I feel that’s hurt connections
with loved ones throughout the years
And now instead of a family I’m left with sand seizing the gears

They say that nothing’s written
and all will come to pass
So I’ll carry on existing as I charge this lonely glass

One more drink than needed
and back to thoughts of life
Contemplating 50 years, contemplating strife

Will I find somebody,
will my children be at my side,
or will some stranger bag my cold body at the site

One more drink than needed
and back to thoughts of life
Contemplating 50 years, contemplating strife

One more drink than needed