Best Kept Lies

Losin’ myself nightly
No-one’s tellin’ me just where you are
Got me like a fever
And movin’ like you’ve got too far
Used to shine so brightly
All is fadin’ now as time goes on
Just when I think I hear you
I look around and you’ll be gone

You got this thing for leavin’
Just as I’m about to really know someone
I’d like to help you with your searchin’
Don’t you know you’re not the only one

Hangin’ all alone
With your best kept lies
Say you’re comin’ home
Give it one more try

You let me know discretely
I ain’t nothin’ when you’re not with me
Once I’d have to call ya
Now all that’s left’s a mystery
Sayin’ goodbyes only
Gonna leave me wonderin’ endlessly
Were you really here
Or someone I am
Yet to see

Cheap Wine

Once I smoked a Danneman cigar
Drove a foreign car
Baby that was years ago
I left it all behind
Had a friend, I heard she died
On a needle she was crucified
Baby that was years ago
I left it all behind for my

Cheap wine and a three-day growth
Cheap wine and a three-day growth
Come-on, come-on, come-on

I don’t mind takin’ charity
From those that I despise
I don’t really need your love
Baby you can shout at me
But you can’t meet my eyes
I don’t really need your love, I got my

Cheap wine and a three-day growth
Cheap wine and a three-day growth
Come-on, come-on, come-on

Sitting on the beach drinkin’ rocket fuels Oh Yeah!
Spent the whole night breakin’ all the rules Oh Yeah!
Mending every minute of the day before
Watching the ocean, watching the shore
Watching the sunrise, and thinkin’ there could never be more
Never be more
Anytime you want to find me
I ain’t got a telephone
I’m another world away
But I always feel at home, with my
Cheap wine and a three-day growth . . .

Choirgirl

Looking like a choirgirl
Crying like a refugee
Looking like a choirgirl
Crying like a refugee
One nurse to hold her
One nurse to wheel her down
The corridors of heeling
And I’ve been trying
But she’s crying like a refugee

Loves me like a sister
Loves me like an only child
Loves me like a sister
Loves me like an only child
She’s my connection
I’ll hold on
And never, never, never let her down
Cause she’s alone
And she loves me like an only child

Suffer little children
Send that little child to me
All day the doctor
Handles his responsibility

Looking like a choirgirl
Crying like a refugee
Looking like a choirgirl
Crying like a refugee
She’s my connection
I’ll hold on
And never, never, never let her down
Cause she’s alone
And she’s crying like a refugee

Four Walls

They’re calling time for exercise
Round her Majesty’s hotel
The maid’ll hose the room out
When I’m gone
I never knew such luxury
Before my verdict fell
Four walls, washbasin, prison bed

Well the Bathurst riots ended
When they clubbed the rebels down
And in every congregation
There was silence
You can hear the Angels singin’
When Christmas comes around
Four walls, washbasin, prison bed

I love to march while some Nazi calls the time
Who’d wanna go home

I can’t see
I can’t hear
They’ve burnt out all the feeling
I’ve never been so crazy
And it’s just my second year
Four walls, washbasin, prison bed

Ita

Every night when I get home
I settle down to prime time limbo
When all the boys are gathered around
Shouting Ita’a on TV
And though the roaches are thick on the ground
Somebody goes to close my window
Keep the noise of the city down
Get a dose of integrity

Every week, in every home
She got wholesome news for the family
I believe, I believe, in what she says
Yes I do
I believe, I believe, at the end of the day
Her magazine’ll get me through

Ita’s tongue never touches her lips
She could always be my godmother
And though the desk-top hides her hips
My imagination’s strong
She’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen
I’d like to take her out to dinner
But when I think about the places I’ve been
I’d probably hold my fork all wrong

Every day and every night
She’s the only one we can depend upon
I believe, I believe, in what she says
Yes I do
I believe, I believe, at the end of the day
Her magazine’ll get me through

To every housewife through the land
There is no-one else they can depend upon
How could I not believe, when Ita tells me too

My Baby

My Baby, My Baby
My Baby, My Baby

I know this little girl she’s quite a picture
I do my very best oh boy to keep her
She’s got what it takes to warm my soul
Maybe it’s because she wears no makeup
Doesn’t think she’s got the legs that shape up
She can’t rock but boy she can roll
I know I got

My Baby, My Baby

She’s all that I need
Hanging around
She’s all I need
She makes my world feel so good to me
We turn on in the most peculiar places
Many people turn with bowed red faces
We don’t care what they say all the same

I got this little girl she’s quite a picture
Ain’t no-one anywhere ever gonna steal her
She has won my heart I love her so

My Turn To Cry

Well I was pretty young
She was young and pretty
I was so naive
It was such a pity
I said now baby don’t you waste your time
Just cryin’ for me
I gotta go away for a while
And you can be free

And baby, baby, it’s my turn to cry
Baby, baby, it’s my turn to cry

I found a job
And you found a lover
He’d been married before
But you needed the shelter
When I told you to have a good time
I think you took me all wrong
Next thing I know you’re engaged
And a kid is coming along

(I’m sittin’ at home, watchin’ the walls
My mouth is parched, my stomach’s tight
You said goodbye, you turned you back
I guess you know what’s right . . .
I’m sittin’ at home, watchin’ the walls
Birdcage mouth, I lost the fight
You said goodbye, you turned you back
I guess you know what’s right . . .)

I found a job
And you found a lover
He’d been married before
But you needed the shelter

And baby, baby, it’s my turn to cry
Baby, baby, it’s my turn to cry

Never Before

Lay down your head and weep mama
Lay down next to me
Till you cross the borders of sleep mama
Lay down next to me
Wish no words of sorrow
Nor whisper words of spite
Let the darkness in your heart
Melt into this night

Oh-oh Never Before, Never Before did it break like that
Oh-oh Never Before, Never Before did it feel so bad

Drink some more of my wine mama
Take some more of my bread
There’s a million songs to be sung
But not a word to be said
If I call on the angel of mercy
If I call on the angel of light
I’m way outa line but there ain’t much time
Storm gonna break tonight

Lay down your head and weep mama
Lay down next to me
Till you cross the borders of sleep mama
Lay down next to me
Send a prayer up above to the pure white dove
Flying so high
I think the angel of mercy
Must have heard you cry

Rising Sun

She just jumped on a plane
Paid no attention to me
Gave me no notice
But her goodbyes sure were sweet
Said she’s gonna write
Maybe call me up
She checked her bags
And then she broke my heart
She kissed my cheek
And told me not to keep in touch

I said the Rising Sun just stole my girl away
The Rising Sun just stole my girl away
The Rising Sun just stole my girl
I’m gonna catch a plane and steal her back again
The Rising Sun just stole my girl away

Now we’re apart
I think about her everyday
Well the scuffle of little feet
All round the bed
I’m gettin’ no cards, gettin’ no mail
Tokyo Rose is on the radio
If she don’t come home
I know that’s where I’m gonna go

They’re buying our beaches
Sellin’ transistors
Them little folk look real big
If they think that they can take her away
I’m gonna steal her back again . . . Shake!

I said the Rising Sun just stole my girl away
The Rising Sun just stole my girl away
The Rising Sun just stole my girl
Gonna catch a plane and steal her back again
The Rising Sun just stole my girl away

Standing On the Outside

Standing on the outside lookin’ in
Standing on the outside lookin’ in
Oh-oh, I never strayed outside the law
Standing on the outside lookin’ in
Room full of money and the born to win
No amount of work’s gonna get me through the door
When I go walkin’ down Bluewater Bay
Surface in the city at the end of the day
Oh-oh, I got a bad case of the benz
Standing on the sidewalk you can see
Somebody everybody wants to be
They got the means to justify every end
I had a friend broke through illegally
Pulled a job on a small-town T.A.B.
Five grand down on her own piece of Eden
And I know . . .
And I know . . .

The first thing I do when I get into town
Is buy a twenty-two and cut the whole thing down
No amount of work’s gonna buy my way to freedom

I’m on the outside lookin’ in
Standing on the outside lookin’ in
Oh Yeah!

Star Hotel

All last night we were learning
Drank our cheques by the bar
Somewhere bridges were burning
As the walls came down at the Star
Squadcars fanned the insanity
Newsteams fought through the crowd
Spent last night under custody
And the sun found me on the road

At the Star Hotel
At the Star Hotel
They better listen cause we’re ringin’ a bell
Ain’t no deals, we got nothing to sell
Just a taste of things to come at the Star Hotel

(Here lies a local culture
Most nights were good, some were bad
Between school and a shifting future
It was most of all we had)
Those in charge are getting crazier
Job queues grow through the land
An uncontrolled Youth in Asia
Gonna make those fools understand

Tomorrow

Into the nightside, the city rolls
Rivers of light, a million souls
I’m three days out of Parramatta jail
City of hearts is out of control
Newspaper men are using my name
They hold the power, I hold the blame

An’ I know no love runs deep enough to hide you
When military minds are closing in
I don’t wanna know about tomorrow
I don’t wanna know about tomorrow
I don’t wanna know about tomorrow
Oh no

All last week, I was clutching at straws
Facing the future, forcing the doors
I got death in the hour, life on the run
Or twenty more years under the gun

There’s an eighty dollar hooker
She’s asleep on the bed
TV weather’s on
But the sound is dead
Out in the shadows
They’ve got us in their sights
But I don’t wanna know about tomorrow
She set me free tonight

East

Released in 1980.

  1. Standing On The Outside
  2. Never Before
  3. Choirgirl
  4. Rising Sun
  5. My Baby
  6. Tomorrow
  7. Cheap Wine
  8. Best Kept Lies
  9. Ita
  10. Star Hotel
  11. Four Walls
  12. My Turn To Cry

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