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"small town tales of mythical PORTACORTES," is a collection of songs both historical and fictional, written and recorded between my hometown of Port Fairy and my surrogate hometown of Anacortes (from June-September 2008).
A first version was finished and installed as part of a gallery show at the end of my Artist in Residence at the now-defunct Department of Safety in Anacortes (September 2008), then re-mixed and packaged as a CD-R release in 2009 when i returned to play What The Heck Fest #8 in Anacortes.

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released July 17, 2009

RECORDED by GUS FRANKLIN for SHEAHAN DRIVE recordings BETWEEN 2006 & 2009.

MOSTLY RECORDED AT THE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY, ANACORTES, WA. in SUMMER 2008.

OTHER LOCATIONS:
PORT FAIRY LIGHTHOUSE, PHILIP ST, BASS STRAIT, GLENLYON RD, CRANBERRY LAKE, MR.ERIE, CAP SANTE.

PEOPLE:
KARL BLAU SINGS THE MAIN VOCAL ON "ALL AT SEA," AND PLAYS FLUTE & SAXOPHONE ELSEWHERE. TARA SHACKELL, PHIL ELVERUM, GENEVIEVE CASTREE, KARL BLAU, KEVIN ERICKSON, OLIVER WHITE, AZURE AKAMAY, ALEX NIEDZIALKOWSKI, PAUL BENSON, NICHOLAS WILBUR & ROB BOY McGREGOR ALSO LENT VOICES & PLAYED THE PART OF THE SAILORS IN "3 DAYS AWAY."

THANKYOU'S: TARA, KARL, P&G, KHAELA, RACHEL, WARREN TAYLOR & ALL AT THE MELBOURNE MUSEUM OF PRINTING, MARTIN SYME FOR HELP WITH THE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE ONGOING CONTRIBUTION TO PORT FAIRY, TERRY SLOTEMAKER AT THE ANACORTES MUSEUM, BERNADETTE RYAN, BEN O'CONNOR, HAIMA MARRIOTT, AIH, JONA, CLAIRE, MELANIE & HEATHER, DIRK, ROB ROY, MITCHELL, GHOST GADGET, AND ALL THE DOS SUMMER '08 DUDES!

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Track Name: ...AND THE SEA...
I KNOW HER SOUND, WHEN SHE STIRS
IN THE NIGHT, SENDING BIRDS
FLYING OUT, OVER LAND, CALLING WARNINGS

IT'S AN OLD-FASHIONED TALE,
OF HOW OCEANS PREVAIL,
AND THE SEA WHEN SHE YAWNS IN THE MORNING

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whistle along
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NIGH ON 10 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN
TENDING LONG, BURNING BEAMS
BEARING OUT OVER WA-TERS(E) AND TURNING
SUBTLE SEA, SOLDIER ON,
FOR THE DARK WILL SOON BE GONE
WITH THE SEA WHEN SHE YAWNS IN THE MORNING

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whistle along
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AND THE STRAIT LIES LONG,
WHERE THE CURVE CHASES THE SUN
AS A BLANKET - BLUE - RACES THE LIGHT
I KNOW IT WON'T BE LONG, 'FOR THE FOGGY MORN' IS DONE
WITH THE SEA WHEN SHE YAWNS IN THE MORNING
AND THE SEA WHEN SHE YAWNS IN THE MORNING.
Track Name: ALL AT SEA (feat. Karl Blau)
Stick a song inside your head
And sing it to me one time,
Cos i've been getting sick of land,
Since who knows how long anyways

I'll meet you there but i'll probably be late
So cast off now and i'll navigate

ALL AT SEA

So beyond the sight of land
That's where cold secrets gravitate
And no matter your co-oords
The sea will whisper anyways…cos it knows…

(that) Night it comes and we might drown
While singing on the bow, star-bored

ALL AT SEA
(leagues of sea-spray in the air, these lonely nights won't stutter our resolve)
ALL AT SEA
(underneath the canvas cloud the rolling green to keep us on the bay)

Night it comes and we might drown
While singing on the bow, star-bored

ALL AT SEA
(You and me for hours and days, the sight of land a figment on the brain)
ALL AT SEA
(underneath these deathly clouds, to keep us here will take a huge display)
ALL AT SEA
(and where we end up who could tell, but we are drifting on as we will again)
ALL AT SEA
(and again and again and again and again and again…)
ALL AT SEA...
Track Name: SQUALL SONG (wishart's safety)
When you find your way in the eye of the storm,
could never dream a more placid un-winters' day

And though you could believe that it might come back soon,
you wouldn't want to leave, for sake of breaking calm...so stay...

Jim tried to make a break between the strait and shore,
and heading west for sure he thought he spied a port

But tonight...(tonight tonight tonight)....
we'll see our lonely lives...(for what they are)
It's alright...(tonight tonight tonight)...
we'll drink inside the star (for what we are)

I wish away the wishart's wait to seize the reins,
this town in it's heyday...could be the finest part

Forget the valley when the sea becomes the walls,
that's when you'll know the end to all this mystery...

So Tonight...(tonight tonight tonight)...
we'll see the southern lights, for what they are...
And the night (the night the night the night)...
will usher in a slight and salty air before...

death....
Track Name: YOUR SHADOW
Your Shadow, over the Sante
And i would walk the roads to you
No-one else would ever do

Don't know what,
What i am doing
Though i should have known it all along
No-One else could sing these songs

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But time, time can reveal
The people you revere
and hold them in the light to cast their shadows

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Set down with, steadier people
In one boom year they'll all be gone,
As winter comes along

There's smoke out, over the straits now
and hell could reveal itself tonight
how could we turn our backs to light

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When space, space shows no shadow
All is revered, and hovering to never be known human.

OOH…OOH OOH OOH OOH OOHOOH...
Track Name: SOMEWHERE
Somewhere, out on the sea bed
the ocean is wailing,
demanding the name and
the title of the terrestrial, and present inhabitants,
To warn of their methods,

The warmings, the warnings, they're few and far between
But listen, or miss them…go

oooh...

Elsewhere, under the osprey,
the vents they are venting
the freshest new specimens
A sideways take on the viral,
to take out the landlings,
and earthen-bound bandits,

In cycles, revival, we'll find our future form
Sing blindly, our anthem…go

ooh...
Track Name: LISTEN TO THE OCEANS
Do you hear the sound,
The sound of breaking backs which now resounds,
in the shipyard

All the tyranny of town,
the gossip growing louder on the ground,
where the creeks bear

The weight of all that's come to pass right here,
The passers-by all seem to disappear,
And you might hear the ghosts of yester-year,
If you can tune right in.

And up inside the light,
I can sing myself to sleep with all my might
But come bedtime
We'll be waking from the sound,
surrounding no escape from all the white,
It's astounding.

No sleep for months and days, it could be years…
and coupled by our consummated fears
but we can try to find,
the loneliest lanes away,
and never will find our way home.
There is no home for one who chooses not to hear, so…

LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
if you can't hear the ocean
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
the small-town commotions
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
and sing with your one voice, the only sound you own
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
the small-time commotions…

…They will wither, and turn into the talk that takes the town on the way down to depths of knowing that there's never a way out of here…and there's only one lane to choose…and only one way back home now…don't be afraid of what the future is…just

LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
if you don't know what's going on
(then open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
if you can't hear the earth vibrate
(open up your ears)
LISTEN! LISTEN! LISTEN!
Track Name: AMOS' SLUMP & THE WINDS OF TIME
Amos cried out in the dark;
Said "it's time for us to leave,
This old town has forced my hand,
too many times."

Amos cried out to himself;
"It's too late for us to leave
too many people on these streets,
who know my crimes,
and hear my cries."

And i told him that i always would give him time.
But he was over time, and we were losing mind.

Amos cried into the black,
up a beat and lonely trail,
and started for the shore
and out into the sound,
a soul amongst the brine,
never will be found
we will join in time.

and we will join in time
cos we were over time, and we were over tired
this town in which we tried, watch over every night
We will all return, we will over time, we will all return
as the ghost of Amos tells me now.

that We will all return
We will over time
We will all return,
and we will over time.
Track Name: 3 DAYS AWAY
Though only 'round the headland sail
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
My bonnie girl will (be)'gin to wail
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
The growth will grow, the rain will hail
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
But i'll reach port on starward sail
3 DAYS & ARRIVE IN THE MORNING

Haul ashore at break of day
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
Haul the oars and hear me say
3 DAYS & ARRIVE IN THE MORNING

My bonnie girl she wrote to me
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
The script it blew into the sea
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
Our guts will bloat, our backs might break
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
Tell her i'll be the odd year late
3 DAYS & ARRIVE IN THE MORNING

So haul the oars to Belfast town
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
Haul the oars and hear me say
3 DAYS AWAY IN THE MORNING

And Haul the oars to Annie's court
3 DAYS AWAY (x2)
Draw a line between two ports
3 DAYS & ARRIVE IN THE MORNING

Though only 'round the headland sail
Three Days Away in the the morning
Track Name: SHEARWATER SONG
Who knows how long it's taken to be set
And who are we to say then that it is
But those birds appear here every single year
And the ways from end to end appear quite clear

Even facing for days endless conquering seas
Sight of land will come and with it pain will ease
And from coast the coast will guide from strait to sur
Always onwards and around to that corner.

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My dear departing one, i will return
All At Sea for hours, then onwards to the stern
With hungry dangered mouths at home to feed
We'll reach beyond horizons' length and speed

I would race you there if i could ever find
Your only call, the voice the ties the bind
And if we come to know that we have made a loss,
You keep it warm 'cos i'll be on the horizon singing, crying my eyes out and…

woo-ooh…woah…etc
Track Name: KEEP ON THE BREEZE
Keep on the Breeze,
And i'll find our way through the islands,
to the seven seas.

No want to leave,
but i'll find my way through the backwoods and to make me be at ease...
I can stare into the eye of Fidalgo for days…
And our faith in just ONE BUBBLE will be assured at the lake.

Keep on the Breeze,
I will send you all of my springness, through the falling leaves
And i'll send you the warmth of my world, though the winter's long
And beyond goodbyes we will be around as this goes on (and on, and on, and on, and...)