When I Was In My Room

by Charles Jenkins

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I released my When I Was On The Moon record last year, and I wasn’t expecting this follow up album to come out so soon, or again in such a similar, sparse format. Surely this time around, the songs would have orchestral strings attached, heavenly choirs incorporated, more birds in the background. But things happen, like pandemics. And so instead of the record becoming a more lush, layered affair, it went even further the other way. Still one mic, one guitar, one voice, but finding myself alone in a single room in a new house with no internet, meant that the recording became an even more pure distillation of the songs. No outside influences, no collaboration, no tinkering... just me - When I Was In My Room

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released April 20, 2020

Recorded at home, Melbourne, Australia. All songs by Charles Jenkins except The Sun Is Always Drinking - written with Nick Frewen. Mastered by Justin Rudge, Madrid, Spain, 2020. Artwork by Ash Oswald.

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Charles Jenkins Melbourne, Australia

Charles Jenkins is a Melbourne songwriter/musician, producer and performer with more than 30 years experience in the Australian Music Industry.
He has released 14 albums, toured Europe and the USA several times and been nominated for two ARIA awards with the Icecream Hands. In 2014, his sixth solo album Too Much Water In The Boat won the AGE/Music Victoria award for best folk/roots album.
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Track Name: The History of Scotland
Oh I met myself a wild one
A wild one with wild eyes
Much to my surprise
I met myself a wild one with wild eyes

My father was a small man with the heart the size of a mountain
My father was a small man she said a ballad singer with the heart the size of a mountain
My mother was a large woman with a very clever mouth
When he said we should go north
She said we’re going south

My parents they were always fighting the War of Independence
My parents she said they were always fighting the War of Independence
Until my father became gravely ill
And my mother would throw him over her shoulder
And carry him up to the top of the hill
Up to Jones Park
She would sing him songs
Until it got dark

I once met Joe Strummer out the back of a Big Day Out
She said I once met Joe Strummer out the back of a Big Day Out
And later on we drank cans of vodka and cranberry juice
Dispensed from 44 gallon drums
On the lawn no on the bank of the Royal Perth Yacht Club

Come home with me she said I’m reading The History of Scotland
Come home with me she said let me read you The History Of Scotland
Underneath my mother’s very large quilt
Inside a small house my father built

There are so many different kinds of love
The first love the fleeting love the only love the mother’s love
All of the above
It’s the unheard songs that are so sweet
It’s love’s promise that sweeps us off our feet
Track Name: I Used to be a Ghost
I used to be a ghost
I used to be the one who scared me the most
Hanging about my head
Banging about my bed
I used to be a ghost

I used to ride the breeze
I used to be the one who’d make me freeze
Rattling down the hall
Hanging off the wall
I used to be a ghost

I got no reason to scare anybody anymore
I got no reason to scare anybody anymore

I used to drive the train
I’d only bring it out in the wind and rain
I’d make the engine shriek
Up and down my street
I used to be a ghost
Track Name: Overwintering
I’ve been sleeping
Overwintering
I’ve seen no hill dressed in snow
No cloud come and go
I’ve been sleeping

I’ve been dreaming
Overwintering
I’ve seen me skate upon the lake
Even though I cannot skate
I’ve been dreaming

I’ve been grieving
Over loved ones leaving
I’ve seen them getting smaller by the day
Up until they fly away
I’ve been grieving
Overwintering
Overwintering
Track Name: Bless this Table
Bless this table bless this home
Set up a place for strangers give the dog a juicy bone
Remove the trouble from the day and the peaches from the stone
Bless this table bless this home

Bless this table bless these friends
Get the greens from the garden and the eggs from the hens
Serve up all the laughter that you can let the old wounds mend
Bless this table bless these friends

Bless this table bless this wine
Let the garlic and the beans and all our dreams combine
And drink for all of those that have left us but in their children they shine
Bless this table bless this wine
Track Name: The Sun is Always Drinking
The sun is always drinking
Lapping up the water like a thirsty lion
The sun has been known to be drunk
In its own sunshine

The moon is always trembling
Worrying over what it did the very night before
The moon has been known to go knocking
From door to door

The earth is always aching
Aching to be left all alone
The earth wants to pick up its bat and ball
And go home

Shake off the world tonight for me
Shake off the world tonight for you
Shake off the world tonight so we can see what is sound and true

When so many people call you
Why do you call the ones who won’t?
When so many people love you
Why do you recall the ones who don’t?

Shake off the world tonight for me
Shake off the world tonight for you
Shake off the world tonight so we can see what is sound and true

The sun is always drinking
Lapping up the water like a thirsty lion
The sun has been known to be drunk
In its own sunshine
Track Name: Hear No Bell, See No Train
In the love letters that you find
In the thoughts that never crossed your mind
In the pent-up low-pressured air
In the grey receding hair

In the hurt that hurt people deliver
In the deserted house down by the river
In the lines around the eyes
In the tunnel of lies

Hear no bell
See no train
Innocence lost is never regained

In the moments you used to treasure
In the sky that once went on forever
In the darkness without a sound
I up and left town

Hear no bell
See no train
Innocence lost is never regained
Track Name: Don’t You Know the Night?
Don’t you know the night
Swims in stars?
In washed up streets and sodden bars
In broken chords spilt by cheap guitars

Don’t you know the night
Paints the square
With laughter thrown high into the air?
From inside the fountain as you tie up your hair

Don't you know the storms will come and go?
With lightning strikes and a rumbling show
And when you're lost…

Don't you know the night
At its best
Puts the darkest of days to rest?
In a simple turn with a slow caress
Track Name: A Room I Can Call My Own
I got a room I can call my own
It’s at the top of the stairs
I can sit and watch the world stand still
By my table at my chair

I ain’t looking for the world to spin
I’m kind of trying to stay out of sight
I ain’t looking for much of anything
But I want to know that you’re alright

I got a room I can call my own
I can sit here in the light
I can sit and watch the moon go by
Each and every night

I ain’t looking for no Sea of Rain
I ain’t looking for no Ocean of Storms
I’m just hoping to see you again
And I’m hoping you’re safe and warm

I got a room I can call my own
It’s at the top of the stairs
I can sit and watch the world stand still
By my table at my chair
I got a room I can call my own
It’s at the top of the stairs
Track Name: So Hooked
Like the poet beside the babbling brook
Like the painter searching for colour everywhere they look
Like the writer wringing out the blood into the book
I’d do anything for you I am so hooked

I followed you across the river
I lost you so soon
Everything you lose
Ends up on the moon

So I bought myself a space ship
And a space suit
I'd do anything for you
I am so hooked

I followed for you across the stars
I did all it took
Everything you lose they say
Ends up in the last place you look

So I bought myself a space ship
And a space suit
I'd do anything for you
I am so hooked
Track Name: See You in the Stars
All the world’s an actor
All the world’s a stage
We find in the footnote
What we lose on the page
I’m guided by the voices
Up along the stave
I’ll see you in the stars tonight

All the world’s a card game
All the world’s been trumped
By little hands
And a very big rump
I know we deserved a kicking
But we got thumped
And we’re seeing stars tonight

Falling falling far from home
Falling falling on your own

All the world’s in trouble
All the world’s gone wrong
Still I thought we
Could get along
I know we’re not together
But we’ve yet to cross our Rubicon
I’ll see you in the stars tonight

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