The Simplest of Things

by Kate Rowe

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released November 1, 2007

All songs by Kate Rowe © 2007
Album artists:
Julia Day (drums), Andrew Ireland (double bass), John Stuart (guitar)
Produced by John Stuart at Sound Heaven Studios www.soundheaven.com.au
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound

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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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Track Name: Family Outing
Young Jack Roberts is a pirate’s son
His dad takes him out for fresh air and fun on the weekend
They sail the high seas at leisure
And search for treasure
But Jack hates the boat and hates the sea
And all the pillaging of villagers makes him feel queasy
He dreams of icecream he’s never had
But he wouldn’t like to disappoint his dad

Chorus:
Yo ho yo ho la da da
Da da da da da da da da

Little Sally Roberts is a pirate’s daughter
Who hates the waves, hates salt water
T he family outing gives no pleasure
To daddy’s treasure
Sally hates parrots Sally hates gold
All the pillaging of villagers makes her feel cold
She’d rather walk on a mountain top
But she’d never dream of disappointing her pop

Chorus

Wild Man Roberts is a pirate bold
Or at least he was, before his heart and hook got old
Marauding makes him tired, he’d rather
Stroll in the city, but he says a good father
must think of his kids
cause every kid dreams about the pirate life
and I’d hate to disappoint them

Chorus

So the boat goes up
The boat goes down
Fish swim by
The world goes round ...
Track Name: Catacombs
My brothers always were fascinated by the sight of skulls and bones
So we went to see the catacombs
There on display six million Parisians lay in ordered rows stacked on the floor
The graveyard couldn't hold them anymore
Visitors are greeted by cheery signs in every room
Encouraging you to consider your own impending doom
And here and there amidst the gloom you wander through the chilly tomb
And you look at all the bones arranged — it’s really strange

Chorus:
And my brother said:
If I knew that one day I’d be in that line
Under a sign, I think I’d find that very depressing
And my other said: m
Makes me wonder, six feet under isn’t bad
Who’s got time to be sad
It’s a heartbeat away

Well I was freaking out because we were enclosed
You know I’ve always been a major claustrophobe
And no matter where you tread an unnamed liquid drips upon your head
And it smells of dusty marrow
There are guards to lead the wake they’re chatting through a rusty gate
It’s very Hamlet, they sure seem well at ease
I’ve heard of underground soirées and laughter in this gloomy haze
But oh my God — just get me out of here please

Chorus
Track Name: Talk To You
Let sleeping dogs lie, they say that it’s best
But ten thousand words lie locked in my chest
I’d be wrong not even to try
To shake the bars of the cage of the how and the why

Chorus:
Can we talk this over can we see it through
Can I lay everything down on you
Can you melt down to me a moment or two
Can I talk to you
Talk to you

Just for once can we be straight up and real
Can I please, please know how you feel
I've got a lot on my mind and I’m so damn confused
Can I talk to you
Talk to you

If you ask how I am, I’ll just say that I’m fine
But I mean bittersweet, I ache and I shine
I can’t find the words but I’m trying to
Can I talk to you

Chorus
Track Name: Don't Kiss Me
Please don’t kiss me if you’re not gonna stay
I’ll be alone but I like it that way
Don’t explain it, there’s nothing to say
Don’t kiss me if you’re not gonna stay
I don’t see the good in goodbyes
I’d give twenty sunsets to get a sunrise
I just can’t take it like a grownup today
Don’t kiss me if you’re not gonna stay

Chorus:
Cause I’m tired of seizing the day
Only to feel it fade away through my fingers
It makes me colder, more than before
To feel what I’ll miss when you walk out the door
I’ve got no time for pining away
Don’t kiss me if you’re not gonna stay

Please don’t tell me I’m pretty and nice
If you have no intention of seeing me twice
I won’t believe a word that you say
Don’t kiss me if you’re not gonna stay
I don’t see the good in goodbyes
I’d give twenty sunsets to get a sunrise
I just can’t take it like a grownup today
Don’t kiss me if you’re not gonna stay

Chorus

Please don’t kiss me if it don’t mean a thing
I need my heart for the songs that I sing
And if you’re leaving at the rise of the day
Don’t kiss me cause I’m not gonna stay
Track Name: Fred the Dog
Have you heard about the brand new Japanese machines
That translate for your dog so you know just what he means
I strapped one to the collar of my faithful kelpie Fred
I asked him if he felt all right and this is what he said

Chorus:
I’m hungry I’m hungry I’m hungry rub my belly
What’s that noise what’s that noise
Schmacko*, Schmacko, walkies kick the ball
I’m hungry I’m hungry I’m hungry rub my belly
What’s that noise what’s that noise
Schmacko, walkies kick the ball

I took Fred for a walk cause we both had itchy feet
And soon enough we met a lady walking down the street
She said that Fred was lovely so Fred told her she was pretty
And when she screamed and ran away he sang his little ditty

Chorus

Then Fred asked me questions he’d often thought about
Like why do humans change their skins when they are going out
What happened to your tails and how do you open gates
And without a real good sniff how do you recognise your mates
And by the way...

Chorus

Fred became quite learned, he really got quite pesky
Always wanting me to read him Freud and Dostoevsky
And when I asked him what he thought of everything I’d read
Fred looked up and winked at me and wagged his tail and said

Chorus

Fred went into politics the people loved him dearly
Soon there were new flaps in all the doors at Kirribilli
And when he made his maiden speech the people cried for more
They’d never heard such honesty from a PM before

Chorus
* Schmackos is a registered trademark of Uncle Ben’s of Australia
Track Name: Kitchen Shop Romantic
Love burns like that cook’s blowtorch— the big one that costs fifty bucks
It’s deep and whole like a mixing bowl, and sweet, like those forks shaped like ducks
Love has been on my mind a long silken time
Like a damask tablecloth with the same soft shine

Love’s in the air of the kitchen shop, it’s there in the simplest of things
In the stamp for your toast that says I love you the most
Or in the heart-shaped teacups and egg rings
Food for your love is food for your soul so let it fill you up
Like a white china teapot fills a green teacup
Track Name: Jindabyne
My brothers and I felt it was time
To make the trip we had to make to Jindabyne
The countryside was beautiful, I’d never been before
I said I wish, and stopped myself, and said no more

Chorus:
And the road is clear and the weather’s fine
And we’re driving down to Jindabyne
I don’t recall the last time we all went away alone
Just one night to spend and just one place to find
Then we’ll all come home from Jindabyne

We fought on the way down about something really small
The hotel gave us dinner but we couldn’t eat that much at all
We spoke of everything except what still lay in store
I said I wish, and stopped myself, and said no more

Chorus

We got up very early, none of us complained
My little brother took the wheel, our conversation was restrained
I looked at them all grown up, all strong and kind and wise
I said I wish, and stopped myself, and tears came to my eyes

Chorus

At last we found the river, we knew it was the one
It sparkled and it tumbled like a river ought to run
We let our father’s ashes go in water clean and clear
We looked around and said he would have liked it here

Chorus:
And the water’s clear and the weather’s fine
At the river near to Jindabyne
I wish there was another reason why we’re here alone
But it’s all okay and the sky is blue and we’ve done what he asked us to
And now it’s time to all go home

Chorus:
And the road is clear and the weather’s fine
And we’re driving back from Jindabyne
On the first time we all went away alone
Just one night to spend and just one place to find
Now we’re coming home from Jindabyne
Track Name: Safe
They want a piece of you
They can’t find in themselves
Hungry wolves who never wondered why
Shelter in this simple place
Tell me if you need more space
I’ll climb a tree, watch the clouds go by

Chorus:
You are safe here
Let your heartache disappear
Put down the load you carry for a while
Breathe easy
You don’t have to please me
You don’t even have to smile

The trees are still
The sun is warm
They don’t need you to perform
The river tells its stories to the sky
Inside every song is a place where you belong
Where it’s safe to take the time to wonder why

Chorus

How long have you been running
Do you remember when it started
Were you born the day
They left you broken-hearted

Chorus
Track Name: The Frog
There’s a frog outside my window
In a tiny pond alone
It croaks all night until the day
But I wasn’t sleeping anyway
Its faith is just amazing
No one answers, yet still it calls
And at last another frog turns up
And they fill the pond with tadpoles
Chorus:
They’re singing:
You have a choice
So what do you say
Will you dance down the street
Or be dragged all the way
You might think you’re lonely
But baby it’s just a brand new day

There are tadpoles outside my window
In a solstice ‘tween tadpole and frog
Two legs then four, their tails disappear
But they don’t seem to feel any fear
Chorus:
They’re singing:
You have a choice
So what do you say
Will you dance down the street
Or be dragged all the way
You might think you’re dying
But baby it’s just a brand new day

Tadpole, to frog, to tadpole again
The seasons together make one
The cycles spread out from the earth as it spins
To the planets circling the sun
Take heart, they sing, on the blackest of days
Who knows where you are on the wheel
Maybe one day you will look back and say
Those bad times made the good times more real

There’s a frog outside my window
In a tiny pond alone
But I know for sure it will be all right
So I turn and sleep through the night, singing:

Chorus:
I have a choice
I know what to say
Rather dance down the street
Than be dragged all the way
And when the night is over
It’s a brand new day
A brand new day

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