Fire after Flood

by Ken McDonald

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Michael Holden The North Wind is a fantastic track with such feeling. Favorite track: The North Wind.
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Man on the Land With the eyes of a king and the hands of the earth He’s the only one who knows the lands true worth Stands like a statue in the windmill shade He’s the owner the producer a working crusade Chorus He’s the man. He’s the man on the land And he stands, cradling earth in his hand His wife sometimes wonders how much he can take He’s the man on the land make no mistake Drives into town with old blue dog in the ute Wears the beaten bush hat and the RM Williams boot Talks about the weather the Government and sales Back home to finish work ... work never fails Chorus Every generation’s battled on before The kids move to the city he’s left to fight the war His hopes are for the future ... his spirit put to test The man with his woman … a great divide from the rest Chorus (cradling hope) Yeah he’s the boss man trying to read the sun Had his disappointments but he sticks to his guns Love to have that wayward weather under control He owns the land but it owns his body and his soul Chorus
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Seven Mile Creek Young man came to town, dead on his feet Not for long when the lady said “Hey boy trick or treat?” “Don’t know what you’re thinking but you got me intrigued” She’s thinking “ I like your smile, I’d like to shake your knees” “I’ll take you down to a mystery place, We can dance the night away in open space Moon can be the spotlight, trees our audience That sandy bed is gonna feel our presence” Chorus They had a little treat in Seven Mile Creek Nobody knowing their secret They had a little treat in Seven Mile Creek Nobody knowing their secret Dancing in the moon shadows, kicking up the sand His knees were shaking as she took him by the hand He was tangled in a mystery, tangled up in time Some time untangling his body and his mind Chorus Bridge Years roll by and the man remembers How one April it felt like December On a single night with a mystery lady Sometimes, somehow, wished he could a stayed there A melody on replay, smile on his face Singing I love that place, I love that place, I love that place and that open space Singing I love that place, I love that place, I love that place and that open space Old man left the town, shuffling his feet Memory rewinding … “Hey boy trick or treat?” On the Warrego Highway the man at “7 Mile” Thinking about the lady dancing with his smile Chorus Singing I love that place …
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The North Wind So long to the office and 9 to 5 Where the daylight glows from a tube So long to the crash of the traffic lights And the crush of the big city blues Bring me the sigh of a desert dawn The touch of a star filled sky Send me the hush of a warm north wind Tell me the reasons why. Outback in the soul of an ancient land Eternal stands Uluru Timeless as the dream time song Of Mutitjulu, Mala, Anangu And I walk the rock in the lonely haze And wonder at a world turned colder When down the rock rolls a warm north wind That settles on my shoulder. “The north wind blows forever The soul of the bush in the air” Kings Canyon where down the gorges glides The graceful grey strike thrush And far off purple mountains pose For Namatjira’s brush In the shadow of the rock like a synagogue stand The domes of Kata Tjuta As desert oaks and spinifex pose For the wide eyed camera shooter Have you seen a town like Alice? Have you seen a desert rose? Have you seen the wide brown river Where the water rarely flows? I’ve seen a town like Alice Watched the doctor flying home Where the teacher sees the children Through an HF microphone. “The north wind blows forever The soul of the bush in the air” I’ve swum in the lush of Mataranka Springs In the warmth of the secret river An oasis in a dryland woodland Just beyond the never never And I fell in love with Katherine Gorgeous in orange robes What are those sounds in the soft evening light? Only Nitmiluk knows Have you been this close to the milky way? Have you heard a star shed a tear? Reached up and touched Venus on a clear outback night? God how I wish you were here. Yet somewhere in the dance of the dry desert haze In the starfilled night so clear Wafting soft in that warm north wind I feel your hand still near "The north wind blows forever The soul of the bush in the air” The red centre rolls back as the top end rolls in Under Capricorn’s tropical skies Gagadju calls down Kakadu’s walls From Nourlangie, Namarrgon strikes Lotus lillies laze on Yellow Waters green Bee-eaters swerve and swoop Sea eagle rules from his throne on high Crocodile stalks Jabiru When I dream of Darwin on cold southern nights Cool beer on a balmy beach Where Bougainvillea blooms heal Tracy’s wounds Along a warm Arafura Sea. When I’m back in the bustle, the rush and the hustle With traffic lights yelling at me Then let the traffic lights yell. I’ll just wait. I’ll be dreaming of the Territory “The north wind blows forever The soul of the bush in the airr ...”
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Hazel Eyes Her eyes are like fire in the night Her eyes are like candles burning bright Her eyes can turn you on Her eyes make you feel so strong Her eyes are like fire Burning on and on and on Chorus. My little lover with the hazel eyes I’ve learned to love you like Melbourne skies The sun is shining then turning grey And then another long raining day Her eyes can turn a misty shade of grey Her eyes can be nightime in the day Her eyes can fade away Her eyes are like moonshine day Her eyes are like rain clouds That never go away Chorus. My little lover with the hazel eyes I’ve learned to love you like Melbourne skies The sun is shining then turning grey And then another long raining day My little lover she can turn you on Kindle your fire … you’re burning strong Then suddenly the flame fades away And then another long raining day
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Black Cloud – Ken McDonald There’s a storm on the horizon. There’s a black cloud in the sky There’s a storm on the horizon. There’s a black cloud in the sky You know if it ever comes near you, run and hide You know if it ever comes near you, stay and fight You know if it ever comes near you, run and hide You know if it ever comes near you, stay and fight There’s danger on the horizon. There’s a black cloud getting high There’s danger on the horizon. There’s a black cloud getting high You know if it ever comes near you, You know if it ever comes near you, You know if it ever comes near you, You know if it ever comes near you, Is it time, is it time, the thunder run? Is it time, is it time, the wet begun? Is it time, is it time, for the bulls to run? Is it time, It’s time … When the dogs howl … when the dogs howl, When the dogs howl … when the dogs howl There’s a storm on the horizon. There’s a black cloud in the sky There’s a storm on the horizon. There’s a black cloud in the sky knock you down turn you round knock you down turn you round
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Sunrise Sunrise in the morning lift my spirit to the sky Take away the moonshine and darkness of the night Lending reassurance of never ending light Sending out the people who like work in the daylight Now I know why the sun goes down every day Now I know why the sun goes down every day Now I know why the sun goes down every day Now I know why the sun goes down Instant rearrangement in appearance of the land Trees standing boldly near waves washing the sand Wind begins to whisper climbing on the land Seabirds out patrolling now their chances are at hand
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When They Ring the Golden Bells There’s a land beyond the river That they call the sweet forever And we’ll only reach that shore by fates decree One by one we’ll gain the portals There to dwell with the immortals When they ring the golden bells for you and me Don’t you hear the bells they’re ringing Don’t you hear the angels singing Tis a glory halleluliah to believe In the far off sweet forever Just beyond the shining river When they ring the golden bells for you and me We shall know no sin or sorrow In that heaven of to-morrow When our hearts shall sail beyond our silvery sea We shall only know the blessing Of our father’s sweet caressing When they ring the golden bells for you and me Don’t you hear the bells they’re ringing Don’t you hear the angels singing Tis a glory halleluliah to believe In the far off sweet forever Just beyond the shining river When they ring the golden bells for you and me When our days shall know their number When in death we sweetly slumber When the king commands the spirit to be free Never more with anguish laden We shall reach that lovely Eden When they ring the golden bells for you and me When they ring the golden bells for you and me written by Dion de Marbelle 1887
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Shazam Rain is pouring down Waiting all these years Keep her coming Hughey Music to my ears Frogs have gone beserk Croaking up a storm Look at all the raindrops Dancing on the lawn Answer to a prayer After all these years Think about the fires Think about the tears Think about the people Moving off the land Now a transformation A billion raindrop band Chorus. Shazam the drought is broken Shazam the drought is broken Shazam it doesn’t rain it pours Shazam it doesn’t rain it pours Shazam it doesn’t rain it pours Keep her coming down Music to the frogs Drumming on the tin roof Raining cats and dogs Hero in the thunder Drummer in the sky Ah we sit in wonder All the reasons why
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Old Grey Man Old grey man with the gunny sack Stationed himself by the railroad track Plays for a zac on an old tin fife Days of glory – days of life Old grey dog by the old tin can Wearied of life – wearied of man Suns himself by a bottle tree Knows about you – knows about me War came along like a lightning rod Fires the soul and the soldiers plod He sinks to the bottom of the sea Out of reach for you and me In the river of life they don’t seem much Two specs of silt we do not touch Playing for a zac by a bottle tree Out of reach for you and me Old grey man with the gunny sack Stationed himself by a bronzed Anzac Making a quid on an old tin fife Days of glory – days of life Some of them old diggers yeah they paid a price Remembering mates bringing freedom with their life
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Desert Heart Never seen nothing like it before in your life They say don’t come and work here it can cut like a knife You could wind up in a truckload of strife Drinking your way into a dog trailer life Chorus Some people love it while it tears some apart Living in the heat of the desert heart Some people love it while it tears some apart Living in the desert heart Look all around you and there’s nothing…no trees Makes you wanna fall down to beg on your knees The rain if you’re lucky will come along once every year Just enough to make you think it looks queer Chorus You gotta get outa the sun … your eternal friend Flies sticking around ya friend to the end People living out here can make it worthwhile Just get a load of them boomerang smiles Chorus
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Outback Out there in the outback Things are cool and quiet In the nightime, in the nightime Out there in the outback Things are getting heated In the daytime, in the daytime Out there in the outback Mountains stand defiant When the sun goes down Sun comes up Sun goes down, sun comes up Refrain Think about you daily Dream about you nightly When the sun goes down Sun comes up Sun goes down, sun comes up Ancient rusting mountains Standing in defiance Of a billion raindrops, billion years Zillion sunrays, million tears Refrain In the year of the outback It’s the year of the mountain Standing there in lonely defiance Standing there ever reliant
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released May 16, 2012

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Ken McDonald Music Brisbane, Australia

G’day, I am Ken McDonald, a singer songwriter who has been writing songs for over 40 years. I started recording albums for fun about 10 years ago. I have completed five albums, some with the help of family and friends.

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