Nature's Little Game

by Kate Rowe

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1.
I saw you in the cafe I loved you at first sight You’re hot, you’re smooth and you’re sublime You’re my first thought in the morning My last desire at night You’re in my veins I want you all the time Chorus: Coffee coffee you make me want to scream Ooh my blood is thumping like a jungle in a dream Coffee coffee I don’t want no other Oh coffee my lover I don’t like it instant Loving should be long When you sit and brew a while You get all hot and strong I am thirsty for you All the long day through When it’s time to drink you down Lord you know I do Chorus They say I’m addicted They say you’re bad for me They say you keep me up at night But I sense their jealousy My caffeinated lover you make me so delighted When your scent is in the air I get so excited Chorus
2.
I love it when you wear that dark blue T-shirt You look as gorgeous as the sea It gives me cause to think about the depths in you And about the depths in me Caves and colours, oysters, pearls, silence and commotion Every stripey fish a new idea, a new emotion If you were a documentary by Jacques Cousteau, my friend It would be called Beauty and it would never end Chorus: Deep blue sea Reflects the starry sky above Made of everything we ever were, and ever now will be Deep blue sea Deep blue love Each of us is one entire ocean Connected in the flow but not the same Made of salt and water every one We wash together but we each have our own name Though I admire the treasures of your heart Your pretty sea is yours and mine is mine I know where you end I know where I start And that is all there is And that is just divine Chorus
3.
Oh Frank we’re finished we’re through I’ll never know your embrace We almost blind-dated But our friends hesitated So we never got to first base Oh Frank I’m sorry it’s over But it’s all in the hands of our friends They’ve been right through it They say we can’t do it And that’s how our love affair ends Oh Frank my darling farewell It’s over before it began I’ll never know what it’s like in your arms/bedroom/bathroom/panel van I don’t remember the light In your blue/brown/hazel eyes When you stroked my face/dog/ego On that day of our final goodbyes Chorus: Oh Frank I’m sorry it’s over Before it was love at first glance I won’t forget you cause I never met you It’s sure been a whirlwind romance We could have been sharing our tea and our toast But we never got past that old starting post Of all the men that I’ve never loved I’ve never loved you the most We haven’t been through so much together Just think of the things that we’ve missed You never ran off with a waitress/postman I never got angry/pissed We never had kids, we never so much as kissed I don’t even know if you know I exist Frank you’re a mystery And so is our history Frank you’re a mystery to me Chorus
4.
Circus Song 02:16
Oh the world seems greyer today Men with brooms sweep confetti away Breakfast in a cafe’s just not the same The circus has left town Living in the morning after The elephants have all gone home The posters curl they’ve lost their glue But I’m still here thinking of you The world seems smaller today The big top’s gone They took it away I try to like my coffee But it’s not the same when you are not around Living in the morning after No acrobats to make me smile The music’s gone, the magic too But I’m still here thinking of you And that day in the big top we suddenly met And music shook the town And the sun and moon flew trapeze And the weathervanes spun round and round Oh this town is empty Oh it’s so damn quiet Oh the feast is over, baby And now I’m on a diet Oh the world seems greyer today Men with brooms sweep confetti away Breakfast in a cafe’s just not the same When you are not around
5.
Dusty Room 03:44
Take a good friend to your dusty room The one with the ghosts, strange candelabras and mirrors of gloom She’ll pore over maps, she’ll sigh at the ash where the phoenixes did not care to rise Let her look at it all with new eyes CHORUS Let her open the windows Let her come with her buckets and broom She’s seen it all before Let her see into your dusty room She’ll laugh in her good-natured way And talk about seasons and tides You’ll see that it is kind of funny and normal besides All that dust will never make diamonds No matter how hard you hold on Never make sense, and it’s taking the place of what is to come CHORUS And you’ll understand something grand A vision of people and rooms Bless us, we all have dusty halls, treasure troves, closets and tombs Treasure troves, closets and tombs And at last you will see that you are not the only one Nothing too special, nothing new under the sun And this you’ll see is good, and makes you feel relief You don’t need to suffer, you don’t need this old grief And the only thing left will be light from the moon When you take a good friend into your dusty room
6.
The Tent 04:00
A tent is only nylon walls and rope Strong in wind and safe from rain we hope Carving out from empty air a space that wasn’t always there A tent is only nylon walls and rope A tent’s supposed to guard you from the night But through its pores comes seeping in that underwater light Until you’re dreaming helplessly underneath a starry sea Underneath the night At 3am our tents are breathing shells They swallow us like Jonah on the brine Ominously lurking in the morning gale You in yours and me in mine Sleeping humans in our tents Keeping up our pale pretence That we are safe, separate, apart Sleeping humans in our tents Keeping up our frail defence Against the beating of each other’s heart In the belly of the whale Marooned with you Nothing else exists and all the world is blue I live for those waves along my skin The thrill of being suddenly let in And when it ends, as end it always must A tent folds up and all that’s left is empty air and dust There was no room there were no dreams Nothing’s ever what it seems All that’s left All that’s left is empty air and dust
7.
They say life is not a dress rehearsal It makes my blood run cold Cause when was the dress rehearsal And why wasn’t I told This cannot be the final show It’s too messy to be true Surely this must be the first run through CHORUS So take your joy when you find it in your hands Bury your face in roses while they bloom for you So what if you fall it’s only practice after all Never mind it’s just the first run through There is no cure for foolishness There is no cure for new Everybody stumbles in the first run through But moments of sheer beauty happen When you let them in You don’t have to be perfect You just have to begin CHORUS Say yes, say yes, don’t wait Taste the feast that life has heaped up on your plate Take your joy when you find it in your hands When life holds out his hand across the crowded room for you There’s nothing here to prove Go ahead and bust a move You might as well, it’s just the first run through
8.
If only If only you knew That I drink the thunder down when I look at you If only If only you knew I’m a summer storm waiting to fall over you CHORUS Ooh I’m black and golden rolling cloud Lit within by summer sun All unsaid, all undone If only If only you knew That something blue-white in me goes snap When you walk in the room If only If only you knew It’s like a thunderclap hoping to happen to you CHORUS I would say a red storm steams in a silver cup As rich and dark as mulled thunder wine I’d tell you that it curls exotic in my blood And melts away in time Darling the rain The rain slips wasted, away Down the window like these days do Without you Oh my love If only you knew
9.
In West Australia grows a little orchid Drakonorchis barbarossa is its name Bizarrely, in a far out twist of nature The female Thynnid wasp looks and smells just the same The male wasp is fooled by the orchid He tries to mate and gets the pollen stuck to his head Next time he meets an orchid he passes pollen on And this is how the Dragon Orchids spread I was watching David Attenborough explain this Marvelling at nature’s little game When all at once it hit me Oh my God, my love life’s just the same CHORUS Oh darlin’, you are my Dragon Orchid I’m the wasp who’s always hanging round I fly in singing love love love But I can’t seem to get it off the ground All those times I struggled to fly off with you Wondering what the hell was going wrong I thought you were the perfect wasp for me But you’ve clearly been an orchid all along CHORUS Science calls it sexual deception But I would call it unrequited love It cheers me up to think my failed romances May have some greater purpose that I can’t conceive of So next time, oh next time that you fall in love And the object of your love will not respond Check very carefully the back of your head Cause there’s some weird pollination going on
10.
We’re like satellites Shining silver all night Circling the sweet smooth edges of each other’s light But now that we’re dancing in rhythm Now that I’m breathing with you The look in your eyes tells me you’re feeling the way that I do CHORUS Oh lover, lover come closer Closer to me There’s space and there’s time And there’s you and there’s me You make it so easy Oh you make it so easy Lover, lover come closer Closer to me We’ve been around an orbit or two We’re burnished by time down to a beautiful sheen I’m in love with our scars The hard-won souvenirs of the far flung places we’ve been The touch of your hand tells me That you know what I mean CHORUS
11.
I woke up in the morning, I wanted cereal I went into the kitchen to get myself a bowl And while I sat there eating, there was a flash of light Suddenly in front of me appeared a freaky sight They looked like normal rabbits except that they were pink Wearing little space suits, standing in the sink, they said Greetings Earthling we come from Brocklevoons Do not try to stop us we’re here to take your spoons CHORUS Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons Landed in my kitchen because they needed spoons Space Rabbits of Brocklevoons Landed in my kitchen because they needed spoons Oh bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce Bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce Left left right right round and round and pounce! Hey! Bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce Bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce Left left right right round and round and pounce! Hey! I gave them all my spoons they took me in their ship We travelled through the universe very very quick Their little eyes were worried, their little eyes were grave They said: We’re in a hurry, cause we’ve got ducks to save! CHORUS We got to Brocklevoons, we landed by a lake I could see the rabbits had made a big mistake They’d tried to make a place where they could jump and hop They’d turned the lake to jelly so they could bounce on top But no one told the ducks and all the ducks got stuck Stuck inside the jelly, what awful rotten luck We had to eat the jelly, we had to set them free We took our spoons and got to work, the space rabbits and me CHORUS The ducks were very cross, the rabbits said: Don’t worry We won’t do it again, we’re very very sorry! The ducks forgave the rabbits and it began to rain Everyone was happy, the lake filled up again And then they took me home and gave me back my spoons And told me I was welcome anytime on Brocklevoons My cereal was waiting but after all that jelly I couldn’t fit another thing into my big fat belly CHORUS

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released July 30, 2010

All songs written by Kate Rowe © 2010
Album credits:
Kate Rowe (guitar, vocals), Brett Hirst (double bass, fretless bass), Julia Day (drums), Marcello Maio (accordion), Phil Slater (trumpet), Paul Cutlan (clarinet), Andrew Evans (piccolo trumpet), John Stuart (electric guitar), Ryan Morrison (ukulele and harmonies)
Brass and wind arrangements by John Stuart
Produced by John Stuart, Ryan Morrison and Kate Rowe at Sound Heaven Studios www.soundheaven.com.au
Mastered by Michael Lynch at Sound Heaven Studios.

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Kate Rowe Perth, Australia

Quirky songs for adults and kids. Topics include space rabbits, coffee, the Big Bang, blind dates and talking dogs.

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