New Albion

by Andy Gordon

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All tape distortion, analogue compression, analogue anomalies and hiss, buildings, hallways, rooms, doors, traffic or environmental noise or anything unusual you may hear is intentional and has been crafted carefully into this project.

Big thanks to Ellie and Atticus for the writing space and love. 
Katrina thank you my love.
To the librarians at The State Library, you get to see it all, thank you for your patience. 
Thank you to The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tours. I recommend this to anyone who wants to start the journey.
Aunty Loretta Parsley, Trevor and family. Thank you for welcoming me into your fold. 
Nardi and Kaleena for your support, ideas, stories and love. When you're sailing you need people with you who can navigate and swim. You made me feel safe, ngiya ngai. 
Syd and Elhi thank you for your unwavering support. Syd, it's fair to say this is our project, not mine and I'm happy about that. 
Stan Mobbs thank you for the Gibson Hummingbird, we loved it.
Kane Dennelly thank you for the Taylor acoustic and the National Tri-Cone which really framed the last track.
Tania Bowra thank you for your love, care and enthusiasm. 
Amanda Roberts you are a force of good in the world. Long may you stride ahead so the way forward is clear. 
Paul Greene thanks for dropping by at short notice and adding some vocal love. 
Karella thanks for the beautiful cello work.
Thank you John Kane for your mandolin work, that was a lovely morning.
Glen Phimister thank you for the U47. What a joy!
Rick O'Neil you are the sonic master and all round great guy. 
Jo Stirling I think I am happiest when you are looking after how it looks. 
Thank you to Tania Morandini, Gabrielle Anderson and the creative space at the Shoalhaven Arts Centre.
Dom Fraissard so great to reconnect after all these years. Eddie Fraissard you helped out when we really needed it, thank you.
Richard Davidson sorry we didn't get to do it this time but I enjoyed our chats immensely and look forward to working together at some point in the future. 
Christina I know how to fly now.
To friends, family and fans thank you, you make me a happy man.

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released September 10, 2015

Engineered and Produced by Syd Green
Recorded at MonoNest, Nowra
Studio Assistant: Michael Cable
Mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock
Artwork by Jo Stirling at Morf Design
© 2015

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Track Name: Lieutenant Dawes
The day has finally come.
Thursday we begin our run
down to St Helens
and then out to sea.
My love I don’t want to leave

Invoke the kindest breeze,
leave like January leaves.
I hate the roll
of the salt ocean sea.
Darling I don’t want to leave

Can you hear me Patyegarang
hear me calling your name.
My head in the stars
and my heart in your hands
hear me Patyegarang

Loneliness is part of me
my life has been on the sea.
There’s no disguising
a fear in your eyes
in the way you look upon me

Your people are calling you back
Patye, don’t leave just yet.
The banks of the rivers
known only to song
and he who has lain among.

Hear me Patyegarang
hear me calling your name.
My head in the stars
and my heart in your hands
heal me Patyegarang

Hear me Patyegarang
hear me calling your name.
My head in the stars
and my heart in your hands
hear me Patyegarang
Track Name: Circle In The Sand
You drew a circle in the sand
but what you didn’t understand
you got nothin’ in your hands
just a circle in the sand

sit and watch someone
wait for crumbs
from the back porch
must have been a sight
to see the light
of a thousand dreams
wide open

Drew a circle in the sand
and you made them understand
a ruler of the land
with a circle in the sand

to start something anew
up to you
what were you thinking?
and if we turned the clock back now
would this be how
we’d do it all again?
we’d do it all again.

a loss of liberty
opportunities
misunderstandings
where has gone your heart
it was the start
would you do it all again?
would you do it all again?

He drew a circle in the sand
what he didn’t understand
you got nothin’ in your hands
just a circle in the sand
just some writing in the sand
Track Name: Always Hungry
I never said, never did nothin’ wrong
never said that I could’ve done better
and nothin’ goes too right for me
I find myself always hungry

Black was the ribbon they swear I stolen
it would’ve looked fine in my long black hair
it was my word on hers and you know who the jury heard
I find myself always hungry

On the Lady Penrhyn with a child on my breast
sailing the stars and the 40th parallel
I never been this far from home
And still I am always hungry

A tall Scottish Sir tells me he loves me
Rosanna is also to his pleasin’
he helps where he can but he can’t help that much
we find ourselves always hungry

Almost one year the fishin’ gone thin
blacks all around us is starvin’
I dream of my home, I feel so alone
It’s the curse of us all, always wanting
Rosanna and I always hungry
Track Name: Yoo-Lahng
You are saltwater people you are strong
all the answers you need to survive you just look around
it’s there all along

I see a woman out fishing she’s got young ones by her knees
she’s got a fire in the bottom there cooking
something for them to eat

Tar-ra, Tullagalla

A new mother she’s just given birth, has her child beside her
she ties a piece of her own hair
on the little finger

After some time the tip drops off. It is a gift to the sea
When that daughters goes fishing for the first time
her first fish is a gift for that fee

Tar-ra, Tullagalla


When the boy’s getting older, steps on into the light
Cammeraigal man comes from the north
he does the law right

All the men have one front tooth, the other one’s gone
they’ve got scars on the bodies now
drawn before dawn

Yoo-Lahng, Wokamagully

The old line of the foreshore, it’s down there by the Quay
it winds it way under the concrete and feet
for those who want to see

And the stories are beautiful now, If you’re lucky to hear
Just find someone who is willing to share
someone to walk you round there

Tar-ra, Tullagalla
Yoo-Lahng, Wokamagully
Track Name: Patye's Song (Wild Mountain Thyme)
Summertime is coming
the trees are sweetly blooming
wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather
will you go Patye, go?

and we’ll all go together
where the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather

I’ll build my love a bower
near yon pure crystal fountain
and on it I will pile
all the flowers from the mountains
will you go Patye, go?

and we’ll all go together
where the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather

If my true love she were gone
I would surely find another
I would sail across the ocean
till I found the blooming heather
will you go Patye, go?

and we’ll all go together
where the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather

A silence had descended
‘till White started whistling
“Marlbrooke gone to war”
and you all sang along
will you go Patye, go

and we’ll all go together
where the wild mountain thyme
grows around the blooming heather
will you go Patye, go?
Track Name: Ngiya Ngai
Up on the water’s edge
Feel the tide slowly coming in
Red bloom she opens up
Show gawura where to swim

They’re coming up
Ngiya ngai

I’m on the water’s edge
My long heart slowly melting
I have the sun in my eyes
But I can clearly see

They’re coming up to Mel Mel
They’re coming up
Ngiya ngai

Ganu, shells that wash upon the shore
Ganu, shells that wash upon the shore
Ngiya ngai, Ngiya ngai

Look to the sand and stone
To where he sits alone watching
I’ll throw my hook and line in
You know just what I’m thinking

We’re full up
Ngiya ngai
We’re full up
Ngiya ngai

Ganu, shells that wash upon the shore
Ganu, shells that wash upon the shore
Ngiya ngai, Ngiya ngai
Ngiya ngai, Ngiya ngai
Track Name: Spear
A cool head and a cool heart
you need those things to start with
walking a fine line to stay
in charge of all the madness

there’s a price to pay and all will
meet the maker in the end
to ask for mercy maybe beg
you’ll get what’s coming for you

A spear in the thigh
an eye for an eye

Arthur he did row
into Manly Cove
just three men, their weapons in the boats
left on the shoreline

Banelon he tried to tell you
you were here on trial
it was you who would be soon to feel
a spearing in the thigh

You can’t deny
an eye for an eye

You didn’t know that you could dodge
a spear it just won’t err Sir
till your safely back at camp and with a doctor
at your side Sir

If they wanted to they could
have killed you right there in cold blood Sir
At least you understood that
it was justice on their mind Sir

A spear in the thigh
an eye for an eye
Track Name: The Fire Is Out
No lines in the sand
you know this place like, the back of your hand.
The men are proud, look out to the sea
looking for signs, signs, signs that only they see
Kameygal man, salt water lore
saw your arrival, there on the shore
Islands that float, masts like the trees maybe
sailors like possums, hung with white leaves.
Not so long, till you’d learnt to say please.
So hard to get up when your down on your knees

You are the ghost, you are the ghost that
I thought was going to leave
You should not have seen another day
but you been another day now you should leave

Shells of your middens crushed by hand
lime for the mortar mixed with stone and sand
you’re not invited, time is ignored
lives set aside, left outside, for another year
One man left, he begs on his own lonely moan
South Head road is now his home.
No people left, gone to Galgalla (smallpox)
people throw coins that land in the gutter
Gadigal man, his people were strong
Home in this place ‘till the whites came along

You are the ghost, you’re the ghost that
I thought was going to leave
You should not have seen another day
but you been another day now you should leave


Are songlines gone now? When the last man dies
who sings him up strong do spirits live on?
Does an eel still mean what it once meant to you?
will a mischievous women come out of the blue?
will she creep around evening, when the kids are in bed?
or are these dreams woken and now they are dead?

You are the ghost, you are the ghost
who I thought was going to leave
All hope is gone, the fire is out
Gwíüng boalá, the fire is out

You’re the ghost, you are the ghost that
I thought was going to leave
You are the ghost, you’re the ghost that
I thought was going to leave