THE EMBER AND THE AFTERGLOW

by Jed Rowe

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The second album by The Jed Rowe Band, produced by Jeff Lang.

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released July 6, 2012

Performed by The Jed Rowe Band:

Jed Rowe - vocals, acoustic, electric & weissenborn guitars, harmonica.
Michael Arvanitakis - electric & upright bass, vocals, electric piano, violin on track 3, viola on track 10, cello on track 5.
Michael Di Cecco - drums, tambourine.

With help from:

Jeff Lang - guitar on tracks 5, 6, 8, 9. Vocals on tracks 2, 3, 5. Various sound effects.
Suzannah Espie - vocals on tracks 6, 8.
Liz Stringer - banjo on track 3.

Strings on tracks 4 & 9 arranged by Jed Rowe, performed by:

Aaron Barnden - violin.
Andrea Keeble - violin.
Jason Bunn - viola.
Helen Mountfort - cello.

Recorded July 4th - 12th, 2011 at The Enclave, Melbourne VIC by Jeff Lang.
All songs written by Jed Rowe.
Produced by Jeff Lang.
Mixed by Colin Wynne at 30 Mill Studios, Melbourne.
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering, Melbourne.

Photography by Lisa Sorgini - www.littlebrownsuitcase.com
Back cover features a detail from the painting “Wandering Nomad” by David Rellim.
Art direction by Jed Rowe.
Layout by Jean-Louise at Painted Street.

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Track Name: Castlemaine
CASTLEMAINE

Three long days ride
hounds and horses
are thirsty and tired
and chilled to the bone
my husband and I
we ride through the winter
in the wilds of Victoria
we travel alone

Lay me on the ground
with my babe beside me
lay my body down
in Castlemaine Town

I'm heavy with child
chillblains and fever
have gripped me since Melbourne Town
but onward we go
For the child will be born
any day I fear now
far from the comfort of
hearth and home

Lay me on the ground
with my babe beside me
lay my body down
in Castlemaine Town
To lie down with the child
that grew inside me
lay my body down
in Castlemaine Town

My husband he wipes
sweat from my warm brow
all through my labour pains
but never a scream
is heard from the child
blue and still-born now
we lay in a shallow grave
on the edge of a stream
For I did succumb
to my broken heart now
I lasted not through the year
now I suffer no more

They buried me in the ground
with my babe beside me
laid the body down
in Castlemaine Town
They buried me with the child
that grew inside me
laid the body down
in Castlemaine Town
Track Name: Bloodlines
BLOODLINES

You're a rumour on the still night air
you're the menace in a hard black stare
you're a smear on the midday sun
you speak in riddles and you talk in tongues
You're the swirling of the hurricane
you bring the wind and the drowning rain
hear a calling that you can't ignore
and come swinging like a wrecking ball

And you fight
for your bloodlines
older than your father's name
but all of this time
our bloodlines
run from the same source
we bleed from the same vein

You're a shadow on the bone-white wall
you're the hammer and you're ready to fall
and though the walls of your city may shake
you'll never bend till the day you break

And you fight
for your bloodlines
older than your father's name
but all of this time
our bloodlines
run from the same source
we bleed from the same vein

Blue eyes that never saw you come
lie open in the withering sun
blood congeals in a shock of red
strange elation in your head

And you fight
for your bloodlines
older than your father's name
but all of this time
our bloodlines
run from the same source
we bleed from the same vein
Track Name: Across The Water
ACROSS THE WATER

May the daylight
rise to meet you
may the warm wind
lead you on
when you're traveling
across the water
when you're traveling
over Jordan

Don't lay down
lost and weeping
while this burning
takes your soul
when you're traveling
across the water
when you're traveling
over Jordan

Your back's up against the wall
see them come
just to watch you fall
counting down the moments
of your time
Take these precious things
a peaceful mind
and a heart that sings
and turn the dirty water into wine

Come back mother
come back father
long lost children
and friends you've known
When you're traveling
across the water
when you're traveling
over Jordan

Your back's up against the wall
see them come
just to watch you fall
counting down the moments
of your time
Take these precious things
a peaceful mind
and a heart that sings
and turn the dirty water into wine

When your memory
has been forsaken
and your body
is brittle as bone
and you're traveling
across the water
when you're traveling
Over Jordan
When you're traveling
across the water
when you're traveling
over Jordan
Track Name: This Love Divine
THIS LOVE DIVINE

Lay all the madness of the world aside
fortunes and failures of your life and times
drink from the cup of this ageless wine
and feel now this love divine

Lay down your sorrows and your appetites
turn from the darkness to the blinding light
shine like the stars of a thousand nights
and feel now this love divine

Things you've found along the way
and things you've left behind
fade like echoes in the empty space
When you lay your heart open wide
lay your heart open wide
lay your heart open wide

My love I'm praying for your grace tonight
can't seem to feel you in the place inside
where all your angels and demons hide
feel now this love divine

Things you've found along the way
and things you've left behind
fade like echoes in the empty space
When you lay your heart open wide
lay your heart open wide
lay your heart open wide
Track Name: Waiting By Your Side
WAITING BY YOUR SIDE

I've been waiting for the sight of you
like a light shining through the dark
I've been longing to get lost in you
but you've been living in a world apart

And love is like a season
it turns you round again
till you can't help the feeling
that you're changing like the wind

In the morning when you wake
when you open up your eyes
and the sun comes shining in
I'll be waiting by your side

I've been waiting for the sight of you
like a bird in the blood red sky
I've been sinking in the loss of you
like a boat on the turning tide

And loss is like a season
it turns you round again
till you're stumbling and reeling
as the walls come crashing in

In the morning when you wake
when you open up your eyes
and the sun comes shining in
I'll be waiting by your side

In the morning when you wake
when you open up your eyes
and the sun comes shining in
I'll be waiting by your side
Hear the laughter on your breath
clear as water now it runs
I'll be waiting by your side
I'll be waiting when you come
Track Name: Good Thing Gone
GOOD THING GONE

From one mess to another
you turn your tail and run
but I got news for you brother
the sky is black and the rain will come
The past has a strange old habit
of catching up with you
you said you'd changed for the better
but I don't see no sign of a change in you

One day you're gonna wake up
and find your good thing gone
You'll hang your head and wonder
but you'll never know what went wrong
oh you never know
when you find your good thing gone

Down by the ink-black water
where you meet your Monday girl
the same age as our daughter
with a bleached-white smile like a chain of pearls
All our years together
and all your sacred vows
have dried like oil on leather
and there you stand, a stranger to me now

One day you're gonna wake up
and find your good thing gone
You'll hang your head and wonder
but you'll never know what went wrong
oh you never know
when you find your good thing gone

But none of your good time lovers
gonna miss you when you're gone
you'll make way for another
like a throwaway line in a old love song

One day you're gonna wake up
and find your good thing gone
You'll hang your head and wonder
but you'll never know what went wrong
oh you never know
when you find your good thing gone
Track Name: I Wonder Why You Hide
I WONDER WHY YOU HIDE

I wanna take this worry of mine
& lock it away in the dark
where the light of the morning sun don't shine
but it's under the skin, can't leave it alone
I gotta know if it's into the blood
If it's down to the bone

Sitting here beside you on the early morning train
I come around to thinking that it's all some wicked game
you stare out the window like you've never seen the rain
and you won't look me in the eye
I wonder why you hide

Lord knows how I've tried
but it's hard to relax
when you live on the edge of a knife
cos nothing I say is getting through
& nothing I do ever seems good enough
honey there's no pleasing you

I'm tired of waiting now the night is getting late
harsh light of the Seven Eleven shining in your face
I want the truth I've only got one life to waste
come on darling, please don't lie

I've seen it in your face
felt it in your cold embrace
like a black cloud in the sky
I can't reach you in that place
now I've fallen from your grace
come on darling, please don't lie
I wonder why you hide

Once your voice was the brightest thing that I had ever heard
sweet whisper coming down the line like a softly singing bird
now it seems every time you speak I'm waiting for the final word
if it's over tell me tonight
I wonder why you hide
Track Name: Violet Town
VIOLET TOWN

Morning bird sings
out in the grey
above the lonely rumble
of the Hume highway
I've been breaking
your golden rules
I've been swimming in circles
'round your ship of fools

I don't wanna be tied down
I'd be living in the belly of the beast
if I stick around
I don't wanna be tied down
Oh mamma I ain't never coming back
to Violet Town

All eyes on main street
oh they're looking my way
a young unmarried girl
in the family way
sets a small town talking
Oh they whisper my name
But I feel no cause
to hang my head in shame

I don't wanna be tied down
with all these hints & accusations going round
I don't wanna be tied down
Oh mamma I ain't never coming back
to Violet Town

There ain't nothing certain
in this life that we lead
but that feels doubly so
for the likes of me
Now city lights bleed
like wounds in the night
and I lay awake and listen
to the heartbeat of the baby inside

I don't wanna be tied down
I'd be living in the belly of the beast
if I stick around
I don't wanna be tied down
Oh mamma I ain't never coming back
to Violet Town
Track Name: Planets Round The Sun
PLANETS ROUND THE SUN

It was a short romance
the wedding is framed in black and white
sweet and polite
back in the day
your heart is a dark unknown
try to call you on the phone
but the signal's failing
dinner's due and the kids are wailing
I got no time to talk

And we never touch
because we're spinning in our orbits
just like planets round the sun
planets round the sun

So I beg for grace
and I wear my bravest face
but my hands are shaking
Round the yard the dog is pacing
begging for a walk

And we never touch
because we're spinning in our orbits
just like planets round the sun
planets round the sun

Withered and white we grow
where does a lifetime go?
And the night is waiting
now you're just a face in fading
pictures on the wall

And we never touch
because we're spinning in our orbits
just like planets round the sun
planets round the sun
Track Name: Looking Through The Devil's Window
LOOKING THROUGH THE DEVIL'S WINDOW

Mamma says "Girl, if you give it away
you'll never never get it back again
heaven is a place for those who wait
don't you go and let let temptation in"

Daddy thinks I'm still a little girl
even though I'm seventeen
He's trying to keep me from the real world
trying to find out everywhere I've been

Oh Yesterday
I was pure as the driven snow
but I'm liking what I see
looking through the Devil's window

I say I'm gonna stay at Loretta's house
early one Saturday
I ride on the bus round to Billy's
my heart thumping all the way

Now here we are lying on a single bed
shivering in the morning air
clothes on the floor and tangles in the sheets
and hands going everywhere

Oh Yesterday
I was pure as the driven snow
but I'm liking what I see
looking through the Devil's window
carry me away to where the fire burns below
cos I'm liking what I see
looking through the Devil's window

Well the sky it didn't fall down on my head
and the sun came up the same
lightning didn't flash and strike me dead
and the Lord he didn't curse my name

Oh Yesterday
I was pure as the driven snow
but I'm liking what I see
looking through the Devil's window
carry me away to where the fire burns below
cos I'm liking what I see
looking through the Devil's window
Track Name: When The House Shakes
WHEN THE HOUSE SHAKES

When the house shakes
I know he's home
he climbs the stairs
and slams the door
and my mother will get
what she's asking for

When the calm breaks
I know he's home
his feet pound
on the hardwood floor
and my sister will get
what she's asking for

If he comes breathing down my neck
whiskey sour smell on his breath
bloodshot eyes right in my face
I might lose control
I might break

I would stare him down
and swing my fist
I'd hit so hard
I nearly break my wrist
and my daddy would groan
as he fell to the floor
I'd tell him that I'm
not a child no more
my daddy will get
what he's asking for
my daddy will get
what he's asking for