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by Stephen Gerard Hiscox

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Recorded sporadically over the last three or four years using GarageBand at home in Vienna. I played and sang everything.

Also includes a video I made for my song "Rearview Mirror".

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released May 12, 2012

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Stephen Gerard Hiscox Wien, Austria

I'm from Sydney, Australia, I live in Vienna, Austria. I write songs, record them at home, and sometimes I make videos for them.

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Track Name: Precious Into Worthless
Trying to navigate the waves
But we can barely keep afloat.
The mad captain's at the helm
Of the burning boat.
He's saluting all the passengers,
He thinks he's still in charge
While the water's pouring through the holes
In this rusty, leaky barge.

The weather's looking threatening,
We're heading for a storm.
The crew are all crossing themselves,
Wishing they'd never left the port.
Meanwhile in the captain's lounge
He's bursting into song.
The wine is going to his head
And he thinks there's nothing wrong.

You can turn a pearl into an oyster
And a diamond into dirt.
Precious into worthless,
A butterfly into a worm.
No matter what you turn your hand to
Bad turns into worse.

Now the debts are piling up
And the bills keep rolling in.
The people want what they are owed,
Their patience wearing thin.
But you're ignoring all the warning signs
And it just won't sink in.
You just carry on regardless
Until you've lost everything.

You can turn a feast into a famine
And a harvest into drought.
Abundance into deficit,
Till everything runs out.
We know that it will all go wrong,
The only question is just how.

You can turn a limousine into a hearse
And turn a rainbow grey,
A thing that once was precious
Into one you couldn't give away.
Now we're salvaging what we can save
Before it all goes down the drain.

A pearl into an oyster
And a diamond into dirt.
Precious into worthless,
A butterfly into a worm.
No matter what you turn your hand to
Bad turns into worse.
Track Name: Go Quietly
It's the line of least resistance,
It's the point of no return.
You have to make your own mistakes
If you're ever gonna learn.
If you want to go forward,
If you want to get somewhere.
Well I can safely claim
That I've made more than my fair share.

It's the worm that eats the apple,
It's the locust in the corn.
If you venture out into the night
You have to dress up warm.
It's the evening that creeps up on you,
It's the night ahead you fear.
The curtain descends once again
And it gets so dark in here.

It looks real from the outside
But I just feel like a fraud.
So I guess I'll just go quietly,
Leave no mark upon the world.
Go quietly, go quietly, go now.

It's the devil in the detail,
It's the dirt under my nails,
It's the medicine I depend upon
And the cure that never fails.
It's the skin that I keep shedding,
It's the lines drawn on my face,
It's the things I never missed
Until they were gone without a trace.

Now the papers rise like pigeons
As they're lifted on the breeze,
And I depart discreetly,
Close the door behind me.
Go quietly, go quietly, go now.

It's the pages of the calendar,
And the turning of the clock.
It's the slowing of the engines
And the grinding to a stop.

I once did this for pleasure
Now it just feels like a chore.
So I guess I'll just leave quietly
And softly close the door.

It looks real from the outside
But I just feel like a fraud.
So I guess I'll just go quietly,
Leave no mark upon the world.
Go quietly, go quietly, go quietly, go quietly, go now.
Track Name: Aether
The waves roll in and kiss the sand,
The they roll away again
And say good-bye to the land.

We'll pour all these moments into a bottle and keep them,
Save them for later
And take them out when we need them.

We'll send a tune out into the aether
See if it finds an ear.
It can tell us all about all the things that it's seen
If it ever finds its way back here.

I'm sitting here and soaking up all I smell and hear and see.
Imprint it on my mind
And turn it into memories.

Why did you have to go when you did?
Things could have been different
If you'd waited a little bit.

We'll send a tune out into the aether
See if it finds an ear.
Throw it into the water like a message in a bottle
And see if it washes up somewhere.

We'll send a tune out into the aether
See if it finds an ear.
It can tell us all about all the things that it's seen
If it ever finds its way back here.
Track Name: Mulberry Tree
The blinds are drawn against the heat.
The backyard path can burn your feet.
My grandfather's praying while Grandma listens to the races.
We creep out the backdoor, not leaving any traces.

Past the trees all ripe with peaches, we steal three or four,
Down to the ones where nothing grows anymore.
The daylight it can blind you, but it's cool and dark in here,
In amongst the brambles and briars where no-one else comes near.

Where the grass won't grow
Where no-one else goes,
We hide underneath the mulberry tree,
The mulberry tree, the mulberry tree.

Down at the end of the yard, where we're not meant to go,
By the broken fence where they tethered the goat.
He's bucking and braying and tugging on the line,
He's watching us close with his one good eye.

We don't have a name for the thing between us.
Forgive us our mortal sins and all our misdemeanors.
When the heat lets up and the sky turns black,
As the rain starts to fall we hurry quickly back.

Where the grass won't grow
Where no-one else goes,
We hide underneath the mulberry tree,
The mulberry tree, the mulberry tree.
Track Name: When the Light Goes Out
The televisions flash like lightning from behind the curtains.
The world's chaotic and nothing's certain.
When the ground keeps shifting under your shoes
And you can see the way out but it's hard to get to,
When everything you believe in gets eaten by doubt
Just hold my hand when the light goes out.

When you keep looking backwards it gets hard to see.
Nostalgia's not quite what it used to be.
Time gets ahead of you and you can't keep up,
You lie curled up in bed like a question mark.
When the moon disappears behind the clouds
Be near me when the lights go down.

You're neither here nor there but somewhere in between.
You feel like you're stuck in someone else's dream.
You go back where you came from to find out why you left.
You start out full of hope and you end up bereft.
Now the memory is fading but something remains,
Stay with me while the light fades.

When the moon disappears behind the clouds
Hold my hand when the light goes out.
Track Name: Come Down
There's a storm building up
The sky's as black as a bruise.
There's a crackle in the air
Like the flash from a fuse.

The atmosphere's so thick
You could cut it with a knife.
It'd only take a spark
To set the whole thing alight.

So come down, come down, come down, come down.
Lie down on the grass in the shade on the ground.
Come down, come down, come down.

We go chin to chin
And pound for pound.
We step into the ring
And we go fifteen rounds.

Now we're black and blue
And bloodied and battered.
We fought it out to the end
And none of it mattered.

So come down, come down, come down, come down.
Take a walk in the quiet evening streets of the town.
Come down, come down, come down.

Watch the sun sink into the sea
Till it boils.
Watch the colours swim
Like a rainbow on oil.

You built yourself a wall
Now it's grown far too high.
The world's caving in
Till it could bury you alive.

Everything is in spiral
And it's dragging you down,
Let me throw you a line
And turn you around.

So come down, come down, come down, come down.
Find the stillness at the centre, while everything else spins around.
Come down, come down, come down.

So come down, come down, come down, come down.
Lie down on the grass in the shade on the ground.

So come down, come down, come down, come down.
Find the stillness at the centre, let everything else keep spinning 'round.
Come down, come down, come down.
Track Name: Crotchets and Quavers
The birds on the telephone wires
Look just like crotchets and quavers.
The evening's about to arrive
And I'm afraid there is nothing will save us.
Now I know what it's like
To be cut down to size
And everything's finally clear
And I had honestly no idea.

I'm sorry for all that I've done
And for all of the things that I should have.
I let everything come undone
And I didn't patch it up when I could have.
Now when the sadness subsides
There's a hole left inside
And outside I can hear the birds call
As the snow starts to silently fall.

Now it's cold and quiet at home
But I hope that it's warmer where you are.
You can get used to being alone
It's forgetting that seems to be so hard.
Would you recognise me
If we passed on the street?
Will you think of me now and then
When the weather turns warm again?
Track Name: Rubble and Dust
Like Christmas and the seasons
It keeps on coming 'round.
The fragile tower we built up
All comes crashing down.

Clouds gather in the distance
The wind's announcing trouble
And all that's left for us to do
Is to clear away the rubble.

The rooms are getting emptier
And it's all wasting away,
But sometimes a sudden death
Is better than a lingering decay.

And it's so hard to hold yourself up
And keep yourself alive
When you depend on someone else
And all you get is lies.

I tried to put my faith in you
Now I don't believe a word
And everything you swore was true
I'll pretend I never heard.

Now we're sifting through the wreckage
And scraping off the rust
But just perhaps there'll be a diamond
Buried in amongst the dust.

Sometimes sometimes precious
Is worthless to someone else
And when it all gets thrown away
You lose a small piece of yourself.

And it's so hard to hold yourself up
And keep yourself alive
When you depend on someone else
And all you get is lies.

Sometimes sometimes precious
Is worthless to someone else
And when it all gets thrown away
You lose a small piece of yourself.
Track Name: Potholes and Pitfalls
From the penthouse to the pavement,
The boulevard to the backstreet,
It's a long, long way to fall,
You can only hope you land on your feet.

When all your stocks have plummeted
And all you ever had is gone,
Everything that was valuable
Ain't worth the paper it's printed on.

The road is strewn with obstacles,
Pitfalls and potholes.
There comes a time when you have to pay
For every single thing you stole.

From the champagne to the sediment,
From the caviar to the stew,
You watched the others stumble
And you never thought it would happen to you.

From the bungalow to the barrio,
The upper deck to the underpass,
You find out where you've ended up
When the dust settles in the aftermath.

The road is strewn with hindrances,
Potholes and pitfalls,
The higher up that you can climb,
The further you can fall.

The road is strewn with obstacles,
Pitfalls and potholes.
There comes a time when you have to pay
For every single thing you stole.

The road is strewn with hindrances,
Potholes and pitfalls,
The higher up that you can climb,
The further you can fall.
Track Name: You Know and I Know
I thought I'd stop by
To see what I'd been missing.
But my biggest wish
Is to just stop wishing.
I wanted to find out
What I'd been waiting for,
But nobody knows how to wait anymore.

But you and I
We're not as young as we were,
And it takes longer and longer
To get anywhere.

You and I
We're not so young anymore,
And everything looks different
From the way it did before.

This is where I come
To get away from myself,
This is where I come
When I want to be someone else.
I've got too much to think about
And nothing to say.
I'm just anxious and angry
And a long way away.

You and I
We're not as young as before.
In fact I'm starting to wonder
If we ever really were.

You and I
We've been gone for years.
In fact I'm starting to wonder
If we were ever really here.

You and I
We're not as young as before.
The past is catching up with us
And the future's getting shorter.

But you know and I know
It's not so bad getting older
If you've got a firm hand to hold
And you can lean on a shoulder.

You and I
We're not as young as we were,
And it takes longer and longer
To get anywhere.

But you know and I know
It's not so bad getting older
If you've got a shoulder to lean on
And a firm hand to hold.

You and I
We're not so young anymore,
And everything looks different
From the way it did before.

But you know and I know
It's not so bad getting older
If you've got a firm hand to hold
And you can lean on a shoulder.

You and I
We don't need much these days,
We just want to see the horizon
With nothing in the way.

But you know and I know
It's not so bad getting older
If you've got a shoulder to lean on
And a firm hand to hold.

But you know and I know
It's not so bad getting older
If you've got a firm hand to hold
And you can lean on a shoulder.
Track Name: Wave
Climb on our bikes by the side of the shed,
Follow the track beside the shallow river bed.
Over the bridge at the edge of town
The first glimpse of the ocean and the road carries us down.

The river slows down and spreads out to inlet,
The ocean calls louder, the nearer that we get.
We dive under the waves and gasp for air as we swim,
The current is strong and it drags us in.

Salt in our eyes,
Sun on our skin,
Sand on our feet,
And the waves call us in.