Putting on the Dog (2011)

by Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters

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Australian roots music – it’s a sense of place. In the world reflected in the dead setters new album you’ll encounter ghosts of the past & yearning spirits of the present, making themselves known in a variety of familiar locales, including a faded milk bar in inner-western Sydney (Shopping Town), wasted youth drag racing on Sydney’s Great Western Highway (Whitewall Tyres), and a lonely man obsessed with a long gone Australian silent movie star (Until She’s Mine – Lotte Lyell’s Blues), together with a motley cast of misfits & dreamers who could fit in just about anywhere there’s people & stories to tell.
Mark’s fourth album with long-time collaborators, the dead setters, sees a return to the Laughing Outlaw family (his first two solo albums were label releases in the 1999 & 2001), bringing with him a band with a reputation for delivering dynamic live shows drawing from a broad and earthy palette, but never straying far from the narrative tradition & some pithy observations on life & humanity. Not unlike contemporaries such as label-mates Perry Keyes & Jason Walker, they’ve discovered that’s there’s a rich vein of life in their home-town.
“This guy was born to write songs that you’d want to hear on your car stereo as you hit the road”
–Brent McKean, Revolver
“A seamless mix of country & folk from Down Under…encapsulates perfectly the appeal of the true singer-songwriter.” ****–MM, Maverick Magazine (UK)
“...the Sydney troubadour himself…Terrific songwriting and musicianship…Sydney’s answer to Townes van Zandt and Robert Earl Keen.” -Bryen Willems, Radio 2RRR
“a near perfect musical setting for these distinctly Australian tales of restless souls, ghosts of the past, desert vistas and suburban angst.” - Kim Cheshire in Country Update Magazine

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released March 31, 2011

Produced by Michael Carpenter & Mark Lucas

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Australian roots music – it’s a sense of place. In singer-songwriter Mark Lucas' word picture world you’ll encounter ghosts of the past & yearning spirits of the present, making themselves known in a variety of familiar locales, together with a motley cast of misfits & dreamers who could fit in just about anywhere there’s people & stories to tell. ... more

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Track Name: Love's Highway
She made me sit up
She made me smile
She made me curse the wasted years
She made me laugh at time
I’d been living in a heart of darkness
Till the day I realized
That I’d been driving down loves highway
With her headlights in my eyes

Now there’s a summer breeze blowing
Across these winter nights
Sometimes it seems even the farthest dreams
Are close enough to blind
Beauty is no stranger here
Just a little harder to find
And I’ve been driving down loves highway
With her headlights in my eyes

And I’m burning all my bridges now
And bathing in the light
Driving down loves highway
With my darling at my side


Now the open road smells of clean hay
As it falls before the scythe
And even the hands of time are smiling
Across a mackerel sky
And I want you to be here with me
Because I know you cannot read the signs
As you’re driving down loves highway
With her headlights in your eyes
As you’re driving down loves highway
With her headlights in your eyes
Track Name: Shopping Town
Capo 2nd fret

E
The lights are down for good in the Hollywood Café
Bm A
And the Olympia Milk Bar sign is faded and grey
Gm A
But he still sweeps the pavement down
Gm A
Part of the rhythm of this town
E A
And the people have moved on round
E
To shoppingtown

The old men used to gather here to spread the news
Like they used to gather and brag back in their youth
They’ve seen the old world change
Still the more some things remain the same
But is there life there in the concrete heart
Of shoppingtown

A D
In spite of it all
A D
Even mountains will fall
E
You can’t hold anything
A D
But as long as we’re here
A D
The message is clear
E
Love changes everything

Now the convenience store’s open ‘till 9 most days of the week
Amy Than was born in Vietnam but her olives are Greek
She’s doing the very best she can
Making a new life in another land
But everything’s so planned
In shoppingtown

In spite of it all etc



Amy’s lived here for 20 years and this is her home
But policies of profit and greed just make her feel more alone
And while the wheels of industry turn
We get the politicians we deserve
And live our lives at full discount
In shoppingtown

In spite of it all etc
Track Name: Firewater
Em A
BITE MY TONGUE I’M IN TROUBLE AGAIN
Em A
BEEN IN TROUBLE SINCE I DON’T REMEMBER WHEN
C D
BUT THERE AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW
Em
I’M BACK IN THE GAME

THIRD TIME LUCKY, THAT’S A FACT
DARE ME TO DO IT I’M READY TO ACT
THERE AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW
I’M BACK IN THE GAME
C A
HER KISSES TASTE LIKE FIREWATER
C A
I KNOW I’M THINKIN’ SOMETHIN’ THAT I REALLY DIDN’T OUGHTA
Em C
THE SUN IS BLUE AND THE SKY RED OCHRE
D
AND I’M LOVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE’S DAUGHTER


MADE UP MY MIND, I AIN’T WORRIED
GOT A BOTTLE OF WINE- DUTCH COURAGE
I DON’T NEED YOUR HONEY-TALKIN’
ANYHOW

YEAH I MADE UP MY MIND I’M WALKIN’
NOBODY’S POODLE SO DON’T DOG ME
I’M FAR FROM THE HUNGRY HEART
OF THIS UNHOLY TOWN

HER KISSES TASTE LIKE FIREWATER

SHE SAYS I DRIVE TOO FAST AND I DRINK TOO MUCH
SEEMS I GOT TOO CLOSE TO THE HEAT AND I’M TOUCHED
BUT THERE AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ ME NOW
I’M BACK IN THE GAME
Track Name: Whitewall Tyres
Danny’s got a new girlfriend
She sings in the Hills church choir
She comes on sweet and innocent
But she loves his whitewall tyres
She loves his whitewall tyres

Danny Brown was a Joey’s boy
But those days are good and gone
He lives for his footy and his old red Ford
And he loves his Bundy rum
He loves his Bundy rum

It’s a dark and humid Saturday night
Out on the Great Western Road
Danny’s got the hammer down
He’s shouldering the load
He’s shouldering the load

Now Danny’s got a mongrel streak
He’s no stranger to the law
And when he fishtails past that unmarked car
He’s got his foot flat to the floor
He’s got his foot flat to the floor

Oh there’s now escape from the hand of fate
And it’s catch as catch can
And Danny lost the race of life
Running from the man
Running from the man boys
Running from the man

It’s a dark and humid Saturday night etc

Young Danny never amounted to much
Just like they said he never would
But I’m inclined to think that given a chance
Danny could’ve been good
Danny could’ve been good

Now he’s lying in the cold cold ground
And he drives on the other side
His girl still sings in the Hills church choir
But she dreams of whitewall tyres
Track Name: Until She's Mine (Lotte Lyell's Blues)
I live in a room above a store downtown

And I’m in love with a girl I’ve seen around

I watch her every night between the hours of 6 & 9

And I won’t be myself until she’s mine

She lives inside a dream and it’s her world
Somewhere in between a woman and a girl
Like butterfly’s new wings she spreads her smile
And I won’t be myself until she’s mine


But she don’t even know I breathe
As she makes her magic on the screen, I sigh
Ah, I won’t be myself until she’s mine

Solo/ Rpt bridge

She’s a real time woman but she’ll never grow old
She wears her heart on her sleeve but never her soul
She don’t have time for small talk but I don’t care about time
And I won’t be myself until she’s mine
Track Name: Rainbow's End
Look out your window baby
You’ll see the sun talking to the moon
Saying “How’d you come to be so blue lately
Maybe there’s a way we can work this thing through
‘Cos the world turns and the tides follow you”

Now step out your doorway darling
You can feel the breeze on your skin
That’s just the wind whisperin’ to you sweet ‘n’ low
Saying “Baby won’t you let me on in
‘Cos when you breathe me I’m one with you.”

You bring me sunshine, sweet gentle rain
Lover be my best friend
Colour my blue skies with your hand
Be my rainbow’s end

It’s the steamy rain rattle on a tin roof rising
It’s the corrugated crack of the noonday sun
It’s the scent of jasmine, children laughing
It’s the radio next door playing old love songs
It’s the long lazy shadows on the wall

You bring me sunshine, sweet gentle rain

You know your heart is a muscle and it holds your soul
And there’s more to this world than we know
Time is a measure it traces your skin
With the lines of the love held within
And only love holds the key to it all

You bring me sunshine, sweet gentle rain
Track Name: Standing on a Bridge
WE’RE STANDING ON A BRIDGE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO FLOW
WE’RE STANDING ON A BRIDGE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO FLOW
WE AIN’T GOT NO WATER
AND MAN WE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO

HEARD A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE
TALKING ABOUT THE RISING TIDE x 2
CAN’T SEE NOTHING
AIN’T NO REASON TO CRY

WE’RE STANDING ON A BRIDGE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO FLOW x 2
BUT YOU KNOW THERE AIN’T NO WATER
‘COS WE SOLD IT ALL TO MAKE THE COTTON GROW

GIMME ALL MY WINNINGS
AND GIMME MY WELFARE CHEQUE TOO x 2
I GOT EVERYTHING I NEED
BUT THERE’S STILL A WHOLE LOT MORE THAT I COULD USE

WE’RE STANDING ON A BRIDGE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO FLOW x 2
GOT MY IRON-CLAB ALIBI
BUT THE TRUTH IS YOU JUST NEVER KNOW

WELL YOU CAN’T EAT MONEY
AND YOU CAN’T DRINK GASOLINE
I CAN TELL YOU WHERE WE’RE GOING
BY THE STINK OF ALL THE PLACES THAT WE BEEN

WE’RE STANDING ON A BRIDGE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO FLOW x 2
BUT THE WATER AIN’T COMIN’
‘TILL THE DAMS THEY ALL GET BROKE

WELL I LOVE YOUR DIRTY MOUTH
AND THAT TATTOO OF THE DEVIL ON YOUR THIGH x 2
I CAN HEAR THE MONEY TALKING
AND I CAN TASTE THE JET-TRAILS DRIFTIN’ ‘CROSS THE SKY

WE’RE STANDING ON A BRIDGE
WAITING FOR THE WATER TO FLOW x 2
WE AIN’T GOT NO WATER
AND MAN WE GOT A LONG WAY TO GO
Track Name: Sweet Corinne
I heard your footsteps echo down the hall
If I dreamed where you were coming from
Could I breach these walls?

I’ve gotten kind of used to this, this other side of life
Even if they let me out of here
I’d still be locked inside

You lead me down the hallway baby
But you won’t let me in
I know how love ends
Show me how to begin
My sweet Corinne

When we were young and innocent didn’t we risk it all?
Now time comes rushin’ on like some clockwork wrecking ball

Used to be the price of love was written on my sleeve
But how is it now when I arrive
You’re just getting ready to leave?

You lead me down the hallway baby

You show me where your heart is darlin’
And I’ll give you mine
If we float on into that tunnel of love
Who knows what we’ll find

You lead me down the hallway baby…
Track Name: Price of Love
Countdown to the borderline
She gets hers and I get mine
The whole shebang comes down today
We both go our separate ways

It’s like we just woke up from a dream
We bought the whole package lock stock and magazine
There ain’t no cupid shootin’ arrows from above
It’s time to pay the price of love

One step forward and two steps back
It shouldn’t be this hard to keep it on track
The stakes are high but the cards were marked
You can make the down-payment but the yards are hard

I got all I need now tied in a box
I learned my lesson in the school of hard knocks
You got your hearts and flowers but when push comes to shove
It’s time to pay the price of love

Spent two solid days out here on the road
With my thumb in the air and my back to the cold
She said you need to find yourself someone who cares
I said I don’t know where I’m goin’ but I’ll know when I get there

Now I don’t mind telling you that I think it’s a shame
This reality TV life is just a game
Nobody stands for ideals any more
Even my generation votes for greed and war

There are places in heart that even angels fear to tread
We’ve seen the signs but we ain’t been there yet
There’s room enough to fly between the hawks and the doves
It’s time to pay the price of love
Track Name: Wall of Death
I invented myself in her arms
And the world turned around us
I dreamed we were young without shame
Eden green surrounds us

I ride the wall of death
My world is spinning round
I ride the wall of death
My feet can’t reach the ground


Lying awake in the dark
Night wings beat above me
My lover feels strange in my arms
Her nakedness confounds me

I ride the wall of death…

The song of the breaking of day
Brings me to my senses
Darling don’t leave me this way
Now you’ve rendered me defenceless

I ride the wall of death…

Love has no pride
Pray we’ll make it in time

I ride the wall of death…