Side by Side

Side by side we’ll take it,

In our lives we’re wasted,

We had a good life but it turns out to be,

The shadows we’re chasing were just you and me,

Side by side so easy,

In our lives completely,

We were for always,

Was always to be,

But I couldn’t take it,

And now that I see,

Where are you,

Did you always,

Side by side we’ll take it,

Give us half a chance and we’ll make it,

Starting behind you,

It was so clear to see,

I’d never catch you if you ever caught me,

So I kept on running,

We were drunk on the speed,

The world fell behind us,

It was just you and me

Now where are you,

Did you always,

Were you always

Tea with Paul

words/music (c) matt ralph 2000

Only with the things we know,

Can we make our lives a little brighter,

Only with our family and friends,

Can our lives shine like the sun,

I find no use praying to the sunrise,

Making offerings to the moon,

The Gods that make my life worth living,

Are often just sitting back at home,

I sat behind a man on a train,

And he softly told me again and again,

That the time was eleven fifty three P.M.

On the twenty sixth of July nineteen ninty seven,

His voice was gentle,

Like a babies high and slurred,

I played some guitar for him but I don’t think he heard,

But one woman did relate at the Newtown Station,

She sat down to ease her guts and gave me an explanation,

Her two friends had killed themselves,

One shot and one stabbed,

She asked me to sing for them,

But got dragged off by her man,

So I’m not praying to the sunrise,

I’m having tea with Paul,

And I’m not wishing ona moon beam,

I’m having sticky date pud with Clare,

And when I’m in bed with fever,

And the pains bashing my head,

I’m not kneeling to imaginary stars,

I’m calling Natalie instead,

So with God,

As my witness,

In the eyes of my friends,

We put our faith into each other,

And in return we’re strengthened,

And all my family have been my Gurus,

I’ve got their photos on my wall,

And all the learning and hurt we’ve suffered,

Has been together,

And til the end we’ll share

So I’m not praying to the sunrise,

I’m having tea with Paul,

And I’m not wishing ona moon beam,

I’m having sticky date pud with Clare,

And when I’m in bed with fever,

And the pains bashing my head,

I’m not kneeling to imaginary stars,

I’m calling Natalie instead,

Orange Lady

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words/music (c) matt ralph 2007

For a year our Dad started building fulltime,

And traded our Kombi in for a red Holden ute,

And I remember the day that our car left the drive,

The feelings that we all had as we waved it goodbye,

We’d had that Kombi since it was new,

Been to the North and the South,

From perth to FNQ,

We were riding in the orange lady,

We were riding,

We wre riding in the orange lady,

We were riding in the orange lady,

She hosted our parties and carried our trees,

We saw the North and the South,

All at low speed,

But their was no other choice and we had to sell,

So we all stood back and watched,

Her roll down our hill,

We’de had that Kombi since it was new,

It took our family of six from Perth to Timbucktoo,

We’d go riding in the orange lady,

We’d go riding,

We’d go riding in the orange lady,

We’de go riding in the orange lady,

We tell the story to our friends,

How Dad made some calls to try,

To buy it back again,

And the curtains were gone,

And they made him pay more,

But we waited all together til we heard,

Her chugging back once more,

We’ve had that Kombi since it was new,

Been to the North and the South from Perth to FNQ,

We go riding in the orange lady,.

We go riding,

We go riding in the orange lady,

We go riding in the orange lady

Yesterday’s Gone

I’ve got a feeling and it won’t let go,

It’s all around me it’s my late night show,

I’ve got love coming down over me,

I walk the dark path through shady streets,

There’s a cool wind it’s blowing back to me,

All the love coming down over me,

I hear it calling,

My slide show’s starting,

There’s a projector stands against my wall,

I move my paintings  and I let it fall,

And let love come down over me,

I’ve got my music,

Got my favourite track,

Turn down the lights,

And then I just sit back,

And let love come down over me,

Yeh I hear it calling,

My slide show’s starting,

Cause yesterdays gone,

And it won’t be back again,

The moon is yellow up against the sky,

I’ve got a picture of it in my mind,

The air is heavy and my heart is light,

I swim the rivers and I walk the tides,

And let love come down over me,

I hear it calling,

My slide show’s starting,

Cause yesterdays gone, 

And it won’t be back again