Human Veins

by Alex Hallahan

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released October 14, 2011

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ALBUM CREDITS:

Alex Hallahan
vocals, acoustic guitar, electric rhythm guitar, harmonium, baritone guitar, resonator, Nashville guitar

with The Woodland Hunters
Cam Prestipino – electric bass
Ross Richard – lead electric guitar, lap steel, Nashville guitar, dobro, additional acoustic guitar
Ben Smart – drums, percussion, congas, vibes,
Lachlan McLeod – additional vocals

and special guests
Anna Struth – vocals (tracks 5, 7, 8, 11)
Cilla Jane – vocals (track 2)
Andy Picker – cello (track 2)
Stretch Teakle – organ (tracks 9, 10, 12), Wurlitzer (track 5, 7)

Additional vocalists:
Justin Bernasconi (track 5, 7), Cat Canteri, Gen Finnane and Rosie Haden (track 1, 5, 7)

Craig Pilkington played additional electric guitar (track 1, 2, 4) baritone guitar (track 11) and organ (track 9)

Written by Alex Hallahan
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Craig Pilkington
Arrangements by
Recorded at Audrey Studios, Coburg, Melbourne 2010/11

Cover Art by Jean-Louise (aka Sleepy Jean)
Illustration by Alex Hallahan
Design by Painted Street

© Alex Hallahan 2011

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Alex Hallahan NSW, Australia

A little lo-fi,
A little hi-fi.
A melodic embrace to recline your weary soul upon.


"A voice with both fragility and confidence, a songwriter with enormous depth and variety."
- John Carver, PBSfm


"The first thing you notice about Hallahan's music are the lyrics - each track is more like a story than a song."
- Beat Magazine
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Track Name: Orbiting
LYRICS
Old day, my mind just drifts away under the sheets
It’s a long way, from the ground up into the sky
The highway beyond my reach
My rocket stands, a ruin in a vast land
Of which I call my home

And if I should ever go back to where I came from
I’ll see the city lights burning brightly back at me
And I’ll miss these starry nights, which guide me gently
Oh, they guide me gently

Old friend, I know we’ve shared a lot but this I learn alone
So I will send, you a letter just to let you know
I’ll be round again
And though I know, you’ve changed a lot
Please know, I’ve changed some too

And if I should ever go back to where I came from
I’ll see the city lights burning brightly back at me
And I’ll miss these starry nights, which guide me gently
Oh, they guide me gently
Track Name: I'll Be Walking By
LYRICS
Don’t you think it’s time to leave your light turned on in the window? Just to guide me for a while. The trees that line your street are bare as I walk through the shadow fold, the road is long when the night is cold.

Locked out in the winter
Bleak stains on the street
A fever overcomes me

Don’t you hold so tight to the plans you’ve made for us to follow, so little time for you and me. I will walk your street alone, I will climb your winding stair and your burning light will guide me there.

Locked out in the winter
Bleak stains on the street
A fever overcomes me
Won’t you leave your light turned on neath the cover of the winter sky and know that I’ll be walking by

Don’t you worry now, the night is young and the moon is high, above the clouds that rush the sky
Oh I will call your name aloud, I will climb your window stair
Your burning light will guide me there

Won’t you leave your light turned on?
Neath the cover of the winter sky
And know that I’ll be walking by

Won’t you leave your light turned on?
Neath the cover of the winter sky
And know that I’ll be walking by

Don’t you think it’s time to leave your light turned on in the window?
Track Name: This Field of Mine
LYRICS
I don’t mind if a train comes, it won’t take me away
I give my time to the sunshine, in this field of growth I lay

I’m just workin’ here planting seeds
I won’t plan my life ahead
I’ll let it grow instead

I don’t mind if the night sky throws shadows on my bed
I leave a light out in the field so I can watch the livin’ dead

I’m just workin’ here planting seeds
I won’t walk that road ahead
I’ll take my shoes off instead

I don’t mind if I lose time, it won’t sweep me away
I greet the lights in the night sky and the early mornin’ day

I’m just workin’ here planting seeds
I won’t see my work ahead, I’ll live my life instead

Ooh, I’m watchin’ the world turn round
I’m planting my seeds in the ground
I’m far, far away

Ooh and I don’t mind
If I stand out of line, workin in this field of mine
well I feel fine….

No, I don’t mind if a train comes, it won’t take me away
I give my time to the sunshine, in this field of growth I lay
No, I don’t mind, I don’t mind, I don’t mind
Track Name: Midnight Radio
LYRICS
On my way home, travellin’ down my street
There’s a cool breeze blowing above the heat
The lights are out
But my mind’s switched on
My radio is playing all night long

I keep my sidewalks free of sheep
I disappear as the city sleeps
I tune in and I let go
To midnight radio

On my way I meet a businessman
He’s too preoccupied with shaking my right hand
He’s asleep but his mind works on
My radio is playing all night long

I keep my sidewalks free of sheep
I disappear as the city sleeps
I tune in and I let go
To midnight radio

I find a place in a neighbour’s tree
A branch to hold a radio and me
I tune in and I let go

To midnight radio
I tune in and I let go...
To midnight radio
To midnight radio
Track Name: Any Way You Look At it
LYRICS
Is it wrong if I leave my number?
Ain’t it wise if you contact me?
Is it true that you’ll give no answer
If it’s not the way you wont it to be?
If I phone will you know what is ringing?
Do you know about receive and send?
Oh, I can’t pretend that this line isn’t broken
When I know it’s just as easy to mend

If this is why, you couldn’t count on me
If these are your reasons, you gotta let it breath
There’s no sense in playing a tired game - oh, no, no, no

If I talk will you know how to answer?
If I write will you follow it on?
We can brake down all these walls in between us
and we can try, try to get along?

If this is why, you couldn’t count on me
If these are your reasons, you gotta let it breath
There’s no sense in playing a tired game
oh, not there’s - no sense in playing a tired game - oh, no, no.
Track Name: Ballad on the Run
LYRICS
I steady my hand, I hear a shot, I’m running across the land full steam ahead though I’m racked in guilt and in a year I’m bound to be dead.

I bid farewell, to an old rusty sign that looked about the way I felt, I said my tomorrow is gonna come. With just a book in hand, I made my way across the land stealing a meal from time to time

I travelled the summer breeze and ate from the apple trees, working as a picker for a while, I made a river bank my home. Careening into my world was a young girl, she talked about a wishing well. I left that river for the road.

I moved on through the wintertime crossing so many borderlines, I didn’t know where I belonged, I rested in a town with no name. Whenever evening came, I thought about that wishing well and with morning’s sweet song I made my way again.

I was out on the very road, minding my own load, was walkin’ forever at a time, when I saw a man shot - cold dead. I stayed well hidden, I stayed out of sight for I was just a stranger when this country began to fight

I turned my heels around and made for the higher ground for a view to see where I could run, no army at my side and with no gun. Deep in the woodland I saw a young man, just as afraid as me. Griped in arms, he sang a sad song - "life don’t pass me by."

I steady my hand, I hear a shot, I’m running across the land
Full steam ahead. though I’m racked in guilt
and in a year I’m bound to be...
Track Name: Not the Devil, Not the Nun (feat. Anna Struth)
LYRICS
Pots and pans, intuition,
She’s got a storm brewing in her kitchen
Her thoughts turn to what’s in between
The kitchen table isn’t all it seems
She looks around and the walls close in
She drops to her knees and pleads
Oh my lord, what have I done?
I’m not the Devil but I’m not the Nun
I fall shadow and I succumb
I crave the silence but it never comes

Pots and pans, intermission
The draws are full of the past she’s hidden
Her memory serves just to hold her down
It’s in her kitchen were she’ll soon be found
She looks around and the walls close in
She drops to her knees and pleads
Oh my lord, what have I done?
I’m not the Devil but I’m not the Nun
I fall shadow and I succumb
I crave the silence but it never comes

She twists the dial and the gas turns on
She’s on her knees as she sings her song
She’s on her knees as she sings her song
Oh my lord, what have I done?
I’m not the Devil but I’m not the Nun
I fall shadow and I succumb
I crave the silence oh when will it come?

I’m not the Devil, I’m not the Nun
I crave the silence oh when will it come?
Track Name: Mother and Child Gone
LYRICS
Maybe this time things will be different for you and I
She said to him, in the back of a car
And maybe in light I can see the changes in you and me
But for now we’ll bury them down

Strangers in the night
A mother and child her only friend
Bad water’s running through town
They’ll try not to drown

Maybe next time I will see the roadblock in front of me
And I’ll take another turn, maybe I will learn
Cause sorrow don’t mean a thing
When tomorrow brings a new day
She turned and said, with a smile instead

Strangers in the night
A mother and child her only friend
Bad water’s running through town
They’ll try not to drown

Bad water’s running through town
They’ll try not to drown
Track Name: Fire If You Want It
LYRICS
She said, "I’m not going forwards, I’m not going backwards, I’m going round in circles, I’m going round the bend. I listen to my heartbeat and I take my broom and I sweep my street"

So I Listened with my eyes wide, I listened with my hands tied
Helpless and lost for what to do. I said, "I’m fire if you want it babe,
but I’d rather be the best of luck to you"

She said, "I’m not growing inward, I’m not growing outward, I’m running like a river, until I meet the end. I’ve stumbled out of season and it’s not getting easier to breath. Not getting easier to breath!"

So I Listened with my feet still, I listened with my mind ill
Helpless and lost for what to do. I said, "I’m fire if you want it babe
But I’d rather be the best of luck to you"
Track Name: Mind The Times
Wind's been blowin through my hair
There’s silence in the breeze
You’ve been in my head
Been walking round these smiling streets finding insecurities.

My Mother was a child of sea
My Father lay in fields of green
They longed for the warmth of sun
Rain came but they carried on.

Time’s been fooling round with me
My mind is in the bed
She’s been sleeping in
No way to find my liberty
In places I have never been.

I’m asleep but I’m crawling on
Finding my hallways
I’ve been flagged as misbehaved
Because my mouth has run away.

My Mother was a child of sea
My Father lay in fields of green
They longed for the warmth of sun
Rain came but they carried on.
Track Name: Nothing Stops the Rain
LYRICS
“I feel a little lost today, never mind the blues or what it is you’re going through” she said to me in pain, falling in and out of sleep, “I’ll find in there a day that doesn’t hurt me."

"I think I need a change of space, on these city streets the pavement
stays the same and nothing stops the rain”

“I found a little luck today, I’ll spend it wise and make it last the wintertime.” She said turning away, lying on an empty dream, “My mind has seen the best and worst of me."

“I’ll loosen up around my hands, then my feet will dance and my eyes will see the light again and I’ll never lose my way”

“I think I’ve had enough in here, though the walls are bare, the windows
share the world with me” She said framing the day, Walking out on the street, “Though I’m still in pain, I’ve found a bit of myself again. I think I need a place to be, on these city streets my tears have washed away
but nothing stops the rain.”

Beating like a drum. “I am younger then I feel, but I’m a little lost.”
Signs that stay the same. “For what it’s worth time has changed,” and she said “I’m moving on.”