The Continental Drift (2016)

by Mark Lucas & the Dead Setters

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Hard on the heels of his recent solo outing “Little Town Blues”, local troubadour Mark Lucas is back with a new offering from his stalwart band, The Dead Setters.

Originally from the UK, Mark spins tales of the ordinary and beyond armed with a dry wit and a well-travelled if world-weary take on the human condition. Add Jake Lardot (Belgium) album producer & one of Australia’s most respected guitar players (check 14 years on the road with Lee Kernaghan), John Lee (Georgia, USA) fiddle & mandolin, Steve Gunning (all over the place via Woodford) drums (former sideman to Vicky O’Keefe, Grace Knight amongst others), and Chris Mearns (the not-so-token Australian) bass, who’s been plying his trade longer than most have a right to, and you’ve got a multicultural take on country roots music, embracing folk, country and blues with a foot in the past and ear to the future.

‘The Continental Drift’, the band’s fifth release offers gritty observations on life and love driven by a bunch of musicians schooled in everything from punk to bluegrass, but all with a taste for tale well told and a melody that hooks you in.

"... finds the group loosening their shoulders and opening up into a more eclectic Americana sound. The country-rock roots still remain but now they are enhanced with soulful touches, rousing rock'n'roll, languid atmospheric wanderings and an inherent Australian sun-kissed warmth on yet another strong release from Lucas and band." Chris Familton - The Music

“The recipe seems pretty simple: creeping, easy on the ear melodies, songs written with ingredients from the store where Tom Petty and Elliott Murphy shop, a voice which is very akin to that of Gerry Rafferty, guitar sounds emerging from the strings of Bonnie Raitt ... well, enough parts to make the great record that this CD has become.” Dani Heyvaert – rootstime. Belgium

"They're there to indulge their own interest in genuine country and folk roots without ego - to serve the song. And The Continental Drift is perhaps their clearest distillation of that to date." - Martin Jones, Rhythms Magazine

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released February 15, 2016

Words & music all rights reserved Mark Lucas

Band tracking at Linear, Leichhardt 10th April 2014 by Chris Vallejo
Additional recording & mix May 2014 to July 2015 by Jake Lardot
Produced by Jake Lardot
Mastered by Rick O'Neil at Turtlerock

Mark Lucas - vocals, guitars
Jake Lardot - guitars, keyboards, percussion
Chris Mearns - bass, vocals
John Lee - fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Steve Gunning - drums, vocals

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Mark Lucas Sydney, Australia

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: It's Not Me That's Blue
Sometimes I wish you’d just go soak your head
Take a long walk off a short pier hey you make me see red
You know desperate times call for desperate measures
Such a fine line between pain and pleasure

Things aren’t always what they seem
What you heard ain’t what I mean
Babe you’re always going to extremes
It’s not me that’s blue it’s you that’s green


Do you really listen or do you just hear
The punchline is lost and the fool is in tears
First time, second time, third time lucky
I’ve laughed so hard that it ain’t funny

Things aren’t always what they seem etc


I’ve seen the world in a waitress’ eye
Search for the exit, reach for the sky
First love to last rites mid life crisis
If I went you’re all that I’d miss
Track Name: Walking in Her Dreams
I been talking in my sleep
I been walking after midnight
I been out there counting sheep
Stumbling into daylight
Now my head can’t work my feet
She got me walking in her dreams

It’s been raining cats & dogs
I should fix my leaking ceiling
But when I look up all I see
Is the shadow of her leaving
Is this victory in defeat?
She got me walking in her dreams

I close my eyes & I can feel her beside me
I’m all at sea adrift on her tide

When I can’t tell night from day
When the sun is lost in shadow
There’s a moment as it fades
Where I can feel my heartbeat follow
And I can hear the silence breathe
She got me walking in her dreams

I close my eyes & I can feel her beside me…

I been talking in my sleep
I been walking after midnight
I been out there counting sheep
Stumbling into daylight
Love is all & talk is cheap
Now I lay me down to sleep
Now my head can’t work my feet
She got me walking
She got me walking
She got me walking in her dreams
Track Name: Slip of the Tongue
It’s a quarter to eleven
And I’m waitin’ on a train
I’m thinking ‘bout my baby
I didn’t mean to cause her pain

The moon is slowly rising
I can see it through the haze
And everything is different
It’ll never be the same

Well you did it this time boy
Got Cupid on the run
Hung yourself right out to dry
On a slip of the tongue

You can’t unsay what’s said
And you can’t undo what’s done
But you can make a bad thing better
You know you’ve only just begun

And the world keeps getting smaller
You can’t just hide away
Got to face up to the night
Got to make it through another day

Yeah you did it this time boy

I used to be a dreamer
Till I learned to play the game
Now I know myself a little better
Through all the mistakes I made

I know that loneliness is laughter
With no one there to share
Life is just an empty space
Without someone who cares

Well you did it this time boy
Track Name: Full Time Man
I’ll be your full time man baby
Walkin’ across the water to your side
I’ll be your full time man baby
Nothing can stop me this time
Maybe an ocean in between
But there ain’t nothin’ gonna stop you being mine

Went down to the station
Got me a ticket on that line
Went down to the station
And I got me to the water on time
Got an ocean to cross
Left all of my salty tears behind

I left my mama and all of my friends
Gonna start a new life gonna make amends
I’ll be your full time man baby
Walkin’ across the water to your side

Gonna move to the country
Leave this crazy city life behind
Yeah I’m goin’ up the country
Baby ‘cos this livin’ feels like dying
Gonna tell everybody
It’s your sweet lovin’ makes me feel alive

I’ll be your full time man baby
Walkin’ across the water to your side
I’ll be your full time man baby
You pull me like the moon pulls the tide
I held you in my dreams
Now I’m comin’ home to make you mine
Yeah I held you in my dreams
Now I’m comin’ home to make you mine
Track Name: All the Bonnie Birds
I’ve never been to New York never seen those Northern Lights
I’m down here under the Southern Cross and I feel alright
But I saw the way you looked that day with your baby blues so bright
Through those eyes I could see the world but now you’re drifting out
of sight

All the bonnie birds have flown
The lights are going down
There’s no place like home
And I need you now

You were always the fastest at everything and babe you wanted it all
Tryin’ to live for tomorrow before tomorrow called
But it’s closing faster than you know I can hear the clarion call
They’re callin’ in the debts & closing down the malls

All the bonnie birds have flown

You see I like it right here I think there’s something in the wind
You might have the world at your feet but without this you’ve got nothing
I see you in that faded summer dress I hear you in the walls
Think I got the measure of your wanderlust but I can’t follow you at all

All the bonnie birds have flown

We come from the same side of the same street we just went our separate ways
But when all you got out there dries up what thoughts are gonna fill your days
Who’ll be there inside your heart to find the truth in you
Who’ll be there to hold you close when the song you sing is through

All the bonnie birds have flown
Track Name: Don Quixote
Don Quixote was a friend of mine

We rode the same horse drank the same wine

Chased the same rainbow’s end

But oh the world was so much younger then

Don Quixote was of another time
When men were men & laughed & cried
Before the carpetbaggers came
Before the banker ran the game


Take me to the river’s edge

I need to wash my hands at my mother’s breast

Then leave me here to make my bed

Believe I’ve run my time & I crave my rest

Don Quixote was as mad as the moon
But his heart was big & his aim was true
The more I listened the more I learned
About the hearts of men & the ways of the world

Take me to the river’s edge

Don Quixote chased windmills
In a world before love could kill
Before we walked before we ran
Before green fields reeked of man

Take me to the river’s edge
Track Name: Libere Su Corazon
He said I’m getting a little slower son maybe I’m somewhat past my prime
But I’ve forgotten things you don’t yet know & I’ve stood the charge of time
You can sit back, take a number & wait before the gate
Or you can step right up to that sentry bell & give it a damn good shake


Let the bones roll let the cards fall
Ain’t no use in fighting them all
Pick the ground you stand upon
Libere su Corazon


There’s two types of man you’ll come upon on this steady rollin’ ball
There’s the man who gives the best he’s got & there’s the man who wants it all
Tread lightly in your dreams my friend they say the future is foretold
Well I’m going down to the toll-road tonight & let the devil take my soul

Let the bones roll let the cards fall

Yeah we know what evil lurks in the hearts of men
We can watch it unfold nightly on 7, 9 & 10
From the bent cops, shock jocks, priests & corporate whores
Where you can’t tell left from right & the middle ain’t there at all

Let the bones roll let the cards fall
Track Name: Highway Signs & Whiskey Jars
BABY I KNOW YOU’RE NOT ALONE
BUT I JUST HAD TO TELEPHONE
THERE’S A THING OR TWO I HAVE TO SAY
BEFORE WE GO OUR SEPARATE WAYS

YOU THINK YOU GOT ME RUNNING BLIND
BUT I KNOW WHO YOU ARE
THESE DAYS I’M TAKING MY OWN SWEET TIME
‘TWEEN HIGHWAY SIGNS AND WHISKY JARS

BABY I HOPE YOU REALISE
THAT I’VE SEEN RIGHT THROUGH YOUR DISGUISE
WIN OR LOSE IT’S ALL THE SAME
YOU PLAY THE ODDS, I KNOW YOUR GAME

YOU THINK YOU GOT ME RUNNING BLIND ETC

AND I’M LEARNING TO BE DISCERNING
WHEN I’M CLOSE TO LOSING HEART
TO THE INFLUENCE OF SPOKEN WORD
OR THE SUM OF MOVING PARTS
YOUR EYES MAY SHINE
BUT YOU CAN’T BE MINE

YOU SAY YOU WANT ME TO BE FREE
BUT YOU KEEP LOVIN’ BEYOND YOUR MEANS
WHY MUST THE PLEASURE COST THE PAIN
DESPITE THE SUN THERE FALLS THE RAIN

YOU THINK YOU GOT ME RUNNING BLIND
Track Name: Only You Can Set Me Free
I got your number in the hall

Writ in red lipstick on the door

Right next to where you said to me

Only you can set me free

Now I sit here by the phone
Should I call or let you go
Now there’s no-one here but me
Only you can set me free


Something tells me that it’s time

The signs are good the stars aligned

Open the windows & the blinds

To let the warm sun shine


I took the mirrors off the walls
Cos I can’t stand to me fall
I should never have believed
Only you can set me free

Solo verse
Rpt bridge

It’s getting late & I’m still thinkin’
And this ain’t tea that I’ve been drinkin’
But through the foggy haze I see
Only you can set me free

I take my 12 gauge off the wall
Now I don’t feel a thing at all
Pretty soon we will all agree
Only you can set me free
Track Name: Saturday Night Special
Getting close on midnight
Falling rain’s the only sound
A telephone rings but he hears nothing
Though the television’s down
Another cup of coffee fights the pills to calm the nerves
Another shot of red-eye and the blood begins to surge

Saturday night special
(Pawnshop bullets and old war medals)
Saturday night special
(Cold heart hot blood and warm gunmetal)

Now the rental’s way too high
So he gambles on a loan
He loves to play with money
She ain’t too good alone
So she broadens her horizons while the kid’s out under cars
And her old man hears the rumours as they’re passing down the bar

Saturday night special


Out here on the edge it’s another time and place
Where the struggle for survival is writ on every face
She said “Honey I could die for your love”
She never knew it would be the case

Saturday night special

The hour before dawn is dark
The ambulance is white
The rain dirty back streets
Spill the blood-red light
The morbid crowd have come and gone, all’s quiet beyond the crime-scene tape
It ain’t beauty killed the beast my friend, but it’s love that sealed his fate

Saturday night special
Track Name: Whiskey Dents
I GOT WHISKY DENTS IN MY OLD FORD TRUCK
TYRES WORN THIN SO’S MY LUCK
I’M FRESH OUT OF PETROL ALL OUT OF CASH
GUESS I MUST’VE BROKE THAT LOOKING GLASS
I’M MOVIN’ ON
KEEP MOVIN’ ON

TELL ME NOW ‘COS I GOT TO KNOW
WHEN YOU’RE GONE BABY WHERE DO YOU GO
I ONLY SEE THAT EMPTY CHAIR
THE GHOST OF YOUR SMILE AND YOUR LONG DARK HAIR
YOU’RE MOVIN’ ON
KEEP MOVIN’ ON

WHERE DOES IT LEAD
WHAT DOES IT MEAN
WHEN THE LAUGHTER DIES AWAY
WHY DOES IT STEAL OUR DREAMS

NOW I’M STARING ON THROUGH THE RAIN
THERE’S A QUIET CHILL WIND BUT I FEEL A HURRICANE
IT’S ALL TOO REAL BUT IT DON’T MAKE SENSE
NOW WHO’S TO SPEAK IN LOVE’S DEFENSE
I’M MOVIN’ ON
KEEP MOVIN’ ON

I CAN TELL YOU NOW ‘COS YOU’RE NOT HERE
OF THE FALLEN LEAVES AND THE GOLDEN YEARS
OF THE TIME WE SPENT AND THE LOVE WE MADE
BETWEEN THAT HEAT ‘N’ DUST AND THESE RAINY DAYS
MOVIN’ ON
Track Name: Something Wicked
Things have changed since I was young

Now we don’t walk out in the noonday sun

Mad dogs and Englishmen are told

Lucky old sun ain’t lucky no more


Kissed by the sun touched by the moon

I think we need a little more Johnny & June

Guess we hit the nail right on the thumb

Something wicked this way comes

Lately things ‘ve got so bad
Think I’ll buy myself an ice-cream van
Drive it all around the world
Spread the love to every boy & girl

Kissed by the sun touched by the moon

Now I don’t know but I been told
The truth lies on the grassy knoll
Five for silver, six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told

Kissed by the sun touched by the moon

Now it’s getting late I think it’s time to go
Barkeep that’ll be one for the road
I’m going out where the killings done
Believe it’s out on Highway 61

Guess we hit the nail right on the thumb