THE EMBER AND THE AFTERGLOW

by Jed Rowe

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1.
Castlemaine 04:15
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
2.
Bloodlines 04:27
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Violet Town 04:09
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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

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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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