When I Was On The Moon

by Charles Jenkins

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1 Do Not Disturb Do not disturb the boat on the river Do not disturb the waterline Do not disturb the lovers together Do not disturb them this time Let the tide turn itself in Let the tide turn out again Let the lovers kiss their way through this Do not disturb the hidden treasure Do not disturb what is not lost Do not disturb their lips locked together Do not disturb at any cost Let the fish below them swim Let the birds above them sing Let the lovers kiss their way through this
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2 When I Was On The Moon When I was on the moon the earth hung high Time would slow when you’d slip by And gather ‘round the globe Twist itself until We could kiss and time stand still When I was on the seas the seas were high With waves as black as black as the sky I’d raise a tattered sail Hold the wheel with all my will For when we kiss time stands still When I was on the land the land did shake The wind did blast the boughs did break I’d cross a crooked mile Climb a broken hill For when we kiss time stands still And now I’m in your arms and the earth rests The seas are calm and I’ll do my level best To silence your alarms Fill you full of daffodils For when we kiss time stands still
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3 Fairfield In The Rain Just like the river that will not flow Just like the horn that will not blow I had no idea what to do or where to go So I ended up here what do you know? They’ve been calling for volunteers for the South Pole Not many have come forward there must be something else I don’t know ‘Cause I could have done with the ice and the sleet and the snow But I ended up here and you said “Well where else would you go?” I could’ve gone to Paris and then gone on to Spain But I ended up in Fairfield in the pissin’ rain I’ve been thinking about an island no particular one in mind Just a place I could walk around in circles see what I might find One step in front of the other is the only thing that seems real Everything else is buried treasure or chained to a broken wheel Any place that I’ve been crossed I just erase it from my mind I’ve lost entire cities I lost a whole country one time And so the world keeps getting smaller and see if I care I did what was asked of me by all the people that lived there I could’ve gone to Casterton and then gone on to Coleraine But I ended up in Fairfield in the pissin’ rain A round ricocheted of the bullet-proof limousine and struck the President I went to the Tivoli Hotel later and I saw the Residents I was with a petite woman with a tempest of curly hair She drank her drink then drank mine then she disappeared into the air I’ve been driving ‘round shopping centres making out I’m looking for a park I’ve been diving down escalators deep into the dark Until the rivers started flowing and the horns began to blow They summoned me they carried me they knew exactly where I should go
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4 Every Beat Of The Drum There’s so much to be done in every beat of the drum When I’m with you Then so much to be said on every inch of the bed When I’m with you Y’know you got me flying And sighing There’s so much to be done in every beat of the drum When I’m with you There’s so much to explore and a world to ignore When I’m with you There’s so much to behold and I don’t feel so old When I’m with you Y’know you got me flying And sighing There’s so much to be done in every beat of the drum When I’m with you
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5 Monday Nights At The Retreat Hotel On Monday nights I wonder Who is coming under Out of the rain and thunder like me? Tuesdays are best forgotten And so I do my washing Separating colours and cottons naturally Wednesdays are for the gamblers The lovelorn ramblers The emotional baggage handlers lost at sea The rest of the week plays out down a familiar path I do a bit of shopping and on Sundays I draw a bath So Mondays are for the winners And very clean folk singers The saints and the sinners The bar flies the beginners Stretched across the front bar like me At the Retreat Hotel
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6 A Wedding Waltz The sun sets so each regret Can make peace with the moon The sun will rise so lovers’ eyes Can meet across the room Girl for girl Boy for boy Upon the dancing bay Here’s to someone who Makes you happy too And clouds can roll away Some are told which heart to hold In very strange lands The plain thing about wedding rings Is they fit every hand Girl for girl Boy for boy Upon the dancing bay Here’s to someone who Makes you happy too And clouds can roll away Yes yes yes
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7 Tubby Spiderman Tubby Spiderman in old Madrid It’s not what you’re doing it’s what you once did With headphones full of Veedon Fleece And a backpack full of Belgian cheese I went out through the fields Trying not to sink I spoke with the birds And they told me what they think There’s a house with a thousand windows looking over the canal It’s warm and dry and high above the smell And in the Duke’s Forest with chocolate and cream I had no idea where I was going or where I’d been I went back through the fields Trying not to sink I spoke with the birds And they told me what they think How long can you spend dying at the desk Instead of flying through the wilderness? Tubby folksinger up on Northcote Hill It’s not what you did it’s what you’re doing still
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Hastings 02:36
8 Hastings If it were wild wild it would be in Hastings If it were wild wild it would be in Hastings If it were wild wild it would be in Hastings If it were wild wild it would be in Hastings Before I sail off to sea before I sail off to sea Oh my little baby won’t you marry me in Hastings? The sun was up and the moon was down in Hastings I sat on the rocks ‘til they swapped around in Hastings I talked my troubles out walked my worries around Hastings I threw my fears up I sang the stars down in Hastings Before I sail off to sea before I sail off to sea Oh my little baby won’t you marry me in Hastings? The fisherman’s wife knows what to feel when the world don’t spin The fisherman’s wife knows how to deal with a world that stings The fisherman’s wife knows which knife cuts through thick and thin The fisherman’s wife knows what to do when the boat don’t come in Before I sail off to sea before I sail off to sea Oh my little baby won’t you marry me in Hastings?
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9 Beware The Gates Of Heaven Beware the gates of heaven For there’s new security outside They puff up tall and are so mean and small ‘Bout who gets in the line They got their jobs just like anybody gets their jobs Connections family ties It’s not what you know St Peter told me so He thanked me for the drink Said I need time to think And he set off for the wild blue yonder… Beware the mouths of old men Who fly on the public purse Their platforms raised and their gods praised And the science reversed They got their jobs just like anybody gets their jobs Connections family ties It’s not what you know Superman told me so He took off his cape He took the fire escape And he took off for the wild blue yonder…
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10 Ravenswood And Serpentine We were at fingertips But felt like distant ships Stretched across slow time Sailing into Serpentine Below any mountain pass Beyond any boulevard Some roads conceal their signs Like the one into Serpentine The sun wandering off from the sky The young careless with all their goodbyes By the light of the silvery moon She splashed a new perfume And sang Gentle On My Mind As we packed for Serpentine The sun wandering off from the farms The young wrapped in each other’s arms We were up to no good When in Ravenswood And we’d planned to leave it all behind When we got to Serpentine

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A one mic, one guitar, and one voice affair.

“It’s like we’re listening behind the full-length mirror in the singer’s spare room…the sound of a man taking stock is as plain as the birds singing outside his window” Michael Dwyer (The Age/SMH)

“The album’s simplicity belies its power” Jeff Jenkins Rhythms Magazine

“Sometimes beautiful, sometimes lightly rising beautiful, sometimes just straight out beautiful” Bernard Zuel

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released March 31, 2019

Written, performed and recorded by Charles Jenkins at home Dec 2018. Edited and mastered by Colin Wynne at 30 Mill Studios Jan 2019. Album photography by David Wayman. Design by Ash Oswald @ Hey There's Me www.heytheresme.com

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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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