Afterlife on Earth

by Corners

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released 13 June 2012

gareth edwards/corners

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Track Name: Soldiers' Babies
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it's a week of rain
rolling down the coast
headed our way

we all go home alone
walking, singing songs
for no-one

brother
do not be ashamed
of the ways you cope
in absence

we all go home alone
walking, singing songs
for no-one

soldiers' babies left behind
you won't fill my restless life
sad to see him go
in a cloud of swirling blue
sing to your stomach

we all go home alone
walking, singing songs
for no-one

sing to your stomach
it kicks
it kicks
Track Name: Stumbling
bus stop
sun's hot
it is only eight o'clock

teenagers
school bags
trudging, silent
up the back

i'm stumbling
through the morning
i'm stumbling into forty

i think of you
out in the country
after everything
it was the best place to be

at the next stop
i see a mother with three
sleeping
begging
talking constantly

i'm stumbling
through the morning
i'm stumbling into forty

golf course
in the nice suburb
i remember that club
spinning through the air

fuck it, you say
i hate this fucking game anyway
let's head back
get a drink
and go home

i'm stumbling
through the morning
i'm stumbling into forty

here we are now
the terminal
time to pick up all your stuff
and let go
Track Name: Skull Rock
let's go up to skull rock
stand inside the eyes
you can take the left
and i'll take the right

we'll look out over this rare and precious place
the waterslides, the racing cars and the scary rides
this is the last day that we will spend together
this is the last thing we'll do

before i move away
to the bigger city out east
and you'll go back to school
to finish everything i'm not worth leaving for

in the castle of mirrors
i see you stretched in every way
on the tower of terror
i'm smudged and broken
into the fabric of the day

the sun falls
behind the hills of fibreglass and steel
a cold shadow falls in our wake
silent and unreal

i come back, alone
they shut it down years ago
the water mountain is now
lined with new trees and houses

humming
where the skull used to be
a substation looms
and watches nobody
Track Name: Tends to Machine
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in-excused
earplug and screen
tends to machine

steam train driver
aeroplane flyer
telegraph operator

you want to let go
but these things can't drive themselves
would you really lose so much
to let it all seize up?

here it is
a life
stored and ignored

sidewalk writer
your messages obscure
crush your chalks
and walk

you want to let go
but these things can't drive themselves
would you really lose so much
to let it all seize up?
Track Name: Ghost World
a cold wind
pushes hard along the river
the hot wind
flows fast beside the freeway
in ghost world

i pull in
to the car park by the jetty
watching people
paddling their hired canoes
in ghost world

to live behind a screen
what i pay
to sing about the things i've seen everyday
in ghost world

fishing
on the bridge behind the hospital
won't catch nothing
but catfish and eels
in ghost world

in the cool, black folds
between the fig tree roots
under a flimsy roof of spit and dirt

a hole inside a hole in time
dreaming at the apex
of a life lived
and lives undone

to live behind a screen
what i pay
to sing about the things i've seen everyday
in ghost world
Track Name: The Long Drive
waking up
back of the van
full moon shining
through my hands

gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be all right

three a.m.
last petrol station
breath hanging in the air
as he fills her up

gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be all right

kangaroo
broken by the bull bar
he drags it by the tail
red dust blood trail

gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be all right

rolling
through the mountains
into adelaide
city lights below us
starting to fade

sister
i know
you don't belong with us
and you'll find a way out
soon as your big enough

gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be a long drive
gonna be all right
Track Name: White Sigma Blues
your mother hides in the kitchen
on the day that he comes home
your brother always manages
to find somewhere to go
you lay on the bedroom floor
hoping i'll come over soon
to take you away
before the hurricane hits

but things are not better for me
i am terrible company
here he is now
pulling up the drive
the crunching and grinding sound
of sand beneath his tyres

the house is like a vacuum
when he steps over the threshold
but the beer is plentiful here
and it is cold

i'm still half an hour out
flying down the freeway
you're pulling all your shit together
for a speedy escape

the television
flickering on the back wall
he yells at us
we say nothing at all

through the front door
fall into the car
but i've got nowhere to take you now

through osborne park
to north beach
driving through the dark
we could get something to eat

a sad and silent moment
when you reach out for my knee
we know that we can't take this forever