The Fire Is Out

from by Andy Gordon

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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

credits

from New Albion, released September 10, 2015
written by Andy Gordon and Syd Green
Syd: Drums, Banjo, National Tri-Cone, Acoustic Bass and Electric Guitar.
Andy: Omnichord and Vocals

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