Shipwreck Dawn

by L.W. Major

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released May 1, 2017

Shipwreck Dawn was written recorded and produced by L.W. Major
Vocals, guitars, banjo, bass, drums*, harmonica, melodica by L.W. Major
*Drums on track 7 by Rhyan Clapham
Tracks 1-7 mastered by Peter Holz at Damien Gerard Studios
Tracks 8-10 mastered by Adam McElnea at Sonamax
Cover graphic design by An Pham

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L. W. Major Sydney, Australia

L.W. Major is a Sydney based songwriter and performer. Influences include The Violent Femmes, Tom Waits and Louis Tillet and authors such as Denis Johnson, Peter Temple and James Leo Herlihy. Find out about current gigs at www.facebook.com/l.w.major37

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Track Name: I was a fool to leave
The shops are all boarded up and covered in dust
And there's a burned out car half way down New Hope Road
I wander out in the afternoon
And I sit on the sand and wonder where to go

And I look out at the sea
And down the road I came
I don't know what it was
That I thought I did believe
But darling I was a fool to leave

I fell to picturing lands so wide
But now my world's just gotten so small
In the old tavern on the hill you always stay little bit more
'cause you know loneliness sits patiently outside the door

And I look out at the sea
And down the road I came
I don't know what it was
That I thought I did believe
But darling I was a fool to leave

I keep thinking of the night when I first met you
And how our eyes met when you walked through the door
And your gentle ways, the light in your smile
A girl to drop everything for

But now I look out at the sea
And down the road I came
I don't know what it was
That I thought I did believe
But darling I was a fool to leave
Track Name: Free Day
The morning air is sweet
With eucalyptus and last nights rain
The sun's shining
It's a glistening wide day

Jess'll be up soon
Her loving eyes shine bright
It's a free day
We can make it as we like

I don't want to drift into
Sadness and worry
Where it's just dark skies
Across the land
I'm gonna turn my mind
To all that's fine
Life's riches
Are close at hand
Track Name: All for Them
She lives in a slum down by the train tracks
In a shack made of old fence posts and rusted tin
A neat swept space with a cooker and a bed
And a Lilly growing in a jar

Back in the village the land lies bare, the fields are left to blow away
And it gets so they're living on field rats and corn
The men just stagger around drunk and useless
And the kids are all getting high on speed

She drags her cart out to the highway every day
And spends those long hours in the heat and dust and grime
And it keeps her going through the days
Knowing she's doing it all for him

She loves him so much
with a love that's calm and pure
He's thirteen now and he studies so hard
And he wants to go all the way and finish school

She drags her cart out to the highway every day
And spends those long hours in the heat and dust and grime
And it keeps her going through the days
Knowing she's doing it all for him

But she's not only doing it for him
She sees it all clear and true
She's not only doing it for him
But for his children too

They're gonna break
They're gonna break
They're gonna break
That strangle hold
Track Name: Dreaming of You
Maybe it's the light in these warmer days
Or the songs the radio still sometimes plays
Or maybe it's the way some girls now wear
Frangipanis in their hair

but I fall to dreaming of you

It felt so sudden that you had gone
And all over town you'd gone
And then you think that you've moved on and it is no more
To find that you only closed a door

I fall to dreaming of you

Leaning 'against a window sill on a quiet afternoon
Or in this empty house when the cold air gets on through
Or sitting at a bar alone on another Friday night
Or singing to the midnight air as I stumble through the night
The world once again grown wide,
dreaming of you
Track Name: Island Haze
The mornings are bright and full of hope
But just drift into despair
And the island's gotten so small
But it feels so far to go somewhere

And rising into the air
And drifting across the day
It can get so hard
To see through this island haze

I wander through the streets
Drink too much coffee down by the pier
I break my heart over a girl on a bicycle
With a pink umbrella and shining black hair

And rising into the air
And drifting all through the day
It can get so hard
To see through this island haze

It was only the other day
I felt on top of it all
I should go and meet some people
Be talkative and secure
The old stories in my brain
They all start up again
I go through em again and again
but I just can't ever quite seem to win

And it gets so hard
To see through this island Haze

A cracked and dirty ceiling
A rattling fan up on the wall
In a cheap room on a thin old mattress
Nothing to do anymore

But at the latest hour the rain comes sudden
big drops hitting the roofs
With a gathering sound
Like horses down a road
Track Name: Darling, it's Alright
The lights bleed
Down the glass in the rain
A cold Tuesday night
On a slow evening train

The past is a whirlwind
The future just falls apart
And you're stranded
alone in the dark

But out across the night
Will come that new dawn light
Darling,
It's Alright

Things all twist out of shape
The night can get so full of threat
It all crowds on in
Just can't see the way ahead

Wanna turn round and run
Go back to Istanbul
And contempt folds its arms
Sits watching from across the room

But a clear new day will come
No matter how dark the night
Darling,
It's Alright