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1.
Can't Stay 03:02
Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m back inside the womb Everything is upside down and I can’t get out too soon I gotta tell you honey
I really lost the plot
I’m laughing at my own jokes I’m barking at the dog I get up in the morning
and then I fall asleep
 Don’t ask me what I’m doing it’s just god’s great mystery Besides I ain’t got time to tell you Now all I do is wait
 The clocks are counting backwards The hour’s getting late In the evening when I go outside I’m looking down at the stars wondering why
 How did we ever even get up here? There’s no space left between the moon and I I didn’t want to go
but I know that I can’t stay I didn’t want go
but I’m leaving anyway
 I didn’t want to go
but I know that I can’t stay I never said a word
but I mean every word I say
2.
Dates 05:40
I don’t like birthdays, too much fuss All the candles, what a waste With no birthday I don’t age yearly I watch my life slip away
in the evenings I need parades & winter solstice The shortest day in the year Daylight savings, federal elections
 I need new glasses with thicker lenses Winter fell on me so quickly
now I need new socks Suddenly I can’t remember
what summer smelled like
 Like a school bus buzz Drive in the country, I see the cows They seem happy eating grass
 They have four stomachs but no weekend When does their weekend?
On a meat hook
 All the insects live life quickly
 They get the point – get to the point! Live in the wild, sing in the night time They don’t take up so much space I need a date, to keep me going To work towards, to see an end To light the tunnel, I see a pinhole It’s just a train light up ahead In my office the time goes slow
 I see computers losing value
 The water cooler slowly empties When it’s empty will there be another? I need new plates, a dining table
 I want home dinners, I eat out everynight I eat sushi, I eat souvlaki
 I’m sick of eating my food in a roll
 I want roast chicken, fillet steak
 I want it rare to taste the blood
 we need more hangings
 & public stonings, crucifixions good ways to kill the time
3.
Susan 04:27
Susan rolls the hall While gold and red leaves fall She dreams that she could run through the autumn sun but she can’t walk anymore Richard was the one
 Her one in one million When the rear breaks failed behind a semi trailer
 he was buried in the autumn sun Now at night he comes
 To the sound of conga drums He wakes her from her sleep Susan throws off the sheets & they’re dancing on the one When you see the light, hold on tight Tonight’s the night
 Come dancing with your baby Roll the dice, pay the price Say good night
 Come dancing with your baby Morning Susan wakes
 A feeling so sedate
 Richard was here, I felt him kiss my ear We were dancing cheek to cheek He told me to up my dose That way we’d always be so close Mix the vicodin with the methadone No more sad days on our own When you see the light, hold on tight Tonight’s the night
Come dancing with your baby Roll the dice, pay the price Say good night
 Come dancing with your baby I need her love like the wind
 To blow autumn leaves – Start again
4.
I.N.M 03:58
Levitation is easy
 if you know how to pull some strings Breathing fire is simple
 if you’re drinking kerosene
 I built my house of wood
I set it up in flames
 Now I’m a man of steel
 I melted in the rain
 The more I see
the harder it is to believe in... Magic, it’s not magic
 You know it’s really nothing
 If it’s not magic it’ll make you sick I know how to disappear Look! I just close my eyes When the coast is clear
I commit the sacrifice Anyone can fake some love But it won’t get you anywhere Just look deep into his eyes with that thousand-yard- vacant-parking-lot-stare The more I know
I think I’m gonna blow... What about Siegfried and Roy?
 By their own tiger Roy was mauled Bloody white silk on The Mirage stage & nothing poor Sieggy could do at all The more I see
the harder it is to believe in...
5.
Blue Mirror 03:53
Blue mirror
 My sad empress Indigo fly on the wall of a cruel world Blue mirror Your mood reflects Blue grey plumes of a last breath Iceberg candle Cobalt flame Egyptian blood on the wall It’s a shame, such a shame Will we ever meet again? Will we ever meet again? You promised we’d be friends If we ever meet again Will we ever meet again? You promised we’d be friends Till the end Blue mirror Drinks cornflower wine Tells sapphire lies
in a world of steel
6.
Give me the truth like a hammer Hit me upside the head
 I need to know Are you coming or going?
 Is our garden dying or growing? O what’s the use In this decorative fruit? Are you trying to break through the habit? Don’t run away like some frightened rabbit
 You’ll be caught by the snare Tell me like it is honey You tell it like it is Don’t beat around the bush Or sugarcoat the facts This silence couldn’t grow any bigger Are you willing to pull the trigger? It’s cocked at my head My heart sinks like an anvil Our love is a door with no handle Won’t you kick it down Before we both drown Are you searching
for a new sense of freedom
 Or trying to set fire to our kingdom? Please draw the bridge
 and let me out Tell me like it is honey You tell it like it is Don’t beat around the bush Or sugarcoat the facts Tell me like it is, honey
 I want to hear it from the horses mouth You tell it like it is
 Don’t beat around the bush Are you looking to break through the habit? Here is my heart beating reach out and grab it Or flush it in the can Because you can
7.
White Flag 05:21
When you took me from my home How I struggled to be free
 Now out here on our own
 I’ve found in you most everything I need We sing our prison songs
 You feed me to keep me strong You’re my captor, you’re my best friend Set me loose and I won’t run again I surrender, surrender to be free In your chains is where I’m gonna be I surrender
 & this love goes on forever Wait, is this some kind of joke? One hundred times you’ve tried escape I wake alone in a cloud of smoke and have to track you down across the wild plain We sing our prison songs
 You whip me, right me when I’m wrong You’re my captor, you’re my best friend If I cut you loose I know you’ll run again I’ve got no fingers left to cross Each time I leave you cut one off We left my family, burned my town I’ve got no place left to be
 so for you I’ll wear your crown We sing our prison songs
 We’re making love all night long You’re my captor, you’re my best friend Say you’ll stay and never run again
8.
Another year up in smoke Moving on not losing hope You think we’d hang ourselves with this much rope 
But I feel brand new Every moment heaven sent Dream together, pay the rent & never seem to save a cent Still I feel brand new Ooh la la la ooh la la
 Tell me why did it take so long To find out the sun never sets We just keep moving on and on You ask me why I cannot see the love that stands in front of me O that’s some incurable disease I just... well, I feel brand new So many lives, so many more 
It feels so good when you hit the core Behind this door is another door 
& I feel brand new Ooh la la la ooh la la 
Tell me why did it take so long To find out where the money went Now we’re moving on Ooh la la la ooh la la 
Tell me why did it take so long To find out the sun never sets We just keep moving on and on Will you and me in the miracle? Now we’re moving all night long Will you and me 
OR 
Will you kiss and tell?
9.
Love, my heart is shaking each breath is anticipating waiting for your merciful reply Now another night is falling
 all my troubled dreams come crawling only you can send a
merciful reply O won’t you please let me know should I stay, should I go
 I don’t know, what’s the use waiting for
 a love who ignores One week since I wrote you You don’t know what I go through waiting for your
merciful reply O won’t you please let me know is it yes is it no?
 all the lies I’ve been sold waiting for a love who never shows One year since I wrote you You don’t know what I go through waiting for your
merciful reply

about

Blue Poles is the fifth album from one of the most singular characters in Australian music. Sentimental and mournful, sardonic and surreal. Jack Ladder brings that towering and tender baritone to bear on tales of beauty, love, hope and redemption. A master of musical narrative, he conjures lyrics that celebrate the absurdity and sincerity of the human condition in songs that groove in subtle ways.

Once again a crowd of musical influences – the kitchen sink drama of 60’s Scott Walker, the frenetic assault of early Brian Eno, the existential country of Will Oldham and the cold confidence of ‘I’m Your Man’ era Leonard Cohen – combine on the album to form an idiosyncratic sound that could be only his.

Burke Reid produced HURTSVILLE (2011), Kim Moyes shaped Playmates (2014), but this time Jack Ladder takes total control of his creative process. “Blue Poles is the most melodic thing I’ve ever done”, he reflects. “I really pushed myself into some uncomfortable places.”

credits

released May 4, 2018

All songs written and produced by Jack Ladder.

Blue Poles was recorded at Oceanic Studios in Sydney.
Engineered by Tim Whitten.
Mixed by Noah Georgeson.

The Dreamlanders are:
Donny Benet - Bass Guitar
Laurence Pike - Drums
Kirin J Callinan - Guitar
Ben Hauptmann - Guitar

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