Handheld Torch

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released January 1, 2003

ALL SONGS WRITTEN by Matt O'Donnell
with contributions from Steve Paix: tracks 1, 4, 7, 8, 10. Joe O'Donnell: tracks 1, 3, 8.
Nick Seymour: tracks 1, 4, 6.

Produced by Nick Seymour
except track 10 - produced by Steve Paix, Matt O'Donnell, Sean McVitty
additional production: Matt O'Donnell & Steve Paix all tracks, Sean McVitty: tracks 2, 5, 9, Lawrence Maddy: tracks 5, 10

PLAYED BY
Matt O'Donnell: vocals, guitars, piano, keyboard, trumpet, percussion
Nick Seymour: bass, piano, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Sean McVitty: guitars
Paul Hester: drums, percussion
Steve Paix: keyboards, saxophone, tinwhistle, backing vocals

ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS
Strings: Michelle Wood, Ash Wood, Zolton Balaz, Lisa Reynolds: tracks 1, 7, 10, Phillip Healy: track 2
Ken Muray: nylon string guitar tracks 8, 10, Ken Stephenson: lap steel track 5, Pui: Additional percussion

Brian Crosby: Mellotron track 4 (courtesy of Universal Records), Lawrence Maddy: trombone track 5, melodica track 9
Christopher Coe: programming track 10

STRINGS arranged by Steve Paix with Matt O'Donnell, conducted by Kevin Purcell, recorded by Hayden Buxton
HORN arrangements by Matt O'Donnell with Steve Paix

RECORDED AT
Melbourne: String Theory Productions, Villa Mondo, Goldsmith Street, Sunshine Studios, Salt Studios, Metropolis Audio
Dublin: Exchequer Studios
RECORDED BY Matt O'Donnell, Nick Seymour, Steve Paix, Sean McVitty, Markus Ingram, Lawrence Maddy

MIXED BY Rob Feaster, assisted by Hayden Buxton at Metropolis Audio, Melbourne
MASTERED BY Tony 'Jack The Bear' Mantz at Sing Sing, Melbourne

THANK YOU Debra, Lewis & Rose, Joe, Moira & Ian, Fiona, Stewart Harries, Chris Shorten, Louise Hall, Will Castles, Dean Jones, Damien Kelly, Penny Fenton, Angela Ho, Steve McKenzie, Lucina Calwell, Nicola McCutcheon, Greg O'Shea, Tony Faranda, Kevin Purcell, Jane & Ray, Kim Simon, Robert Styles, Christopher Coe, Ken Murray, Pui, Ken Stephenson, Brian Crosby, Kevin O'Byrne

COVER ART Louise Hall

DESIGN & LAYOUT Debra Yung Design

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Tarmac Adam is the studio creation of Melbourne, Australia-based songwriter Matt O’Donnell and co-conspirator, multi-instrumentalist Steve Paix.

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Track Name: Too Much Time
If I had a voice I'd scream
I could find a way in between
Make it narrow make it wide
Don't change my mind

If I had a voice I'd scream
Make them listen make them talk to me
I could find a way in between
This ambiguity
Politics of green
Finding it out

Too much time to think
Too much to say
Too much time to think
Too much to say

If I had to take a stand
Sell it to them loud and clear
I can't always trust my feet
Not to run away and disappear
Possibility of finding out

Too much time to think
Too much to say
Too much time to think
Too much to say

Carry me down
Bury me deep under the ground
Hide my away
Come back another day

Too much time to think
Too much to say
Too much time to think
Too much to say
Track Name: Secret
I won't tell anybody else
Your secret's safe with me
How you lost yourself
In places where you've been
Turn the lights out
I'll listen while you dream
Don't scream don't shout
Just hold onto me

And let's be optimistic
Let's lie in bed til three
Forget the sadistic
Thoughts that you keep

Don't you see
A little bit more than nothing
Will help us be
A little more than closer
And still be free
To think what you want to
And know it's me who'll listen intently

I won't tell anybody else
Your secret's safe with me
How you tried yourself
Tried so hard to be
So optimistic
Let's try not to deceive
Beware of what's addictive
Your secret's safe

Don't you see
A little more than nothing
Will help us be
A little more than closer
And still be free
To think what you want to
And know it's me who'll listen intently
Track Name: Rest Easy
The things we've seen
In countless magazines
The things we've done
I guess we're having fun
But I don't get it
At least I don't quite yet
Perhaps we worry
Too much about regrets

Rest easy
We're blessed believe me
It's just crazy

We talk too loud
To stand out in a crowd
And when we're seen
Oh man it's such a scream
i missed that fashion
Perhaps I fell asleep
I have no passion
For getting in too deep

Rest easy
We're blessed believe me
It's just crazy
Lets stay being lazy if you could be lazy
Leave going crazy to someone else
Someone else
Track Name: Sentimental Holiday
Better than a tired clock waiting
Better than eight hours to go
Better if you told me to slow down
Better if I happened to know

Sentimental holiday
I have to go I cannot stay
Best to leave before it gets too late

Better than a sleepless relenting
Better than consuming regret
Better than more wishful thinking
Better than to second guess

Sentimental holiday
I have to go I cannot stay
Best to leave before it gets too late

Maybe I'm just a little restless
For a room with a view and a seat
By the window

Sentimental holiday
What's the time I'm on way
Track Name: Blind
Waters to swim in
Beds to sleep in
Houses to live in
My shoes I walk in

How do I give in
Sometimes blind but I see things

Dreams that I run in
Fires I burn in
Bottles I wish in
Sand I sink in

How do I give in
Faultline that I fall in
Sometimes blind but I see things
Track Name: Handheld Torch
Write it down so I remember
Say it loud and I won't forget
My mouth's dry I will temper
This time I just might regress
Moments caught in an ember
Fires glow and then fragment

With a handheld torch
On a backstreet walk
Saw a man fall gives stores stand up and talk

This time it is different
This this time it will make me cry
This time I will say so
This time I won't let it go

With a handheld torch
On a backstreet walk
Saw a man fall five stories stand up and talk

He said, trust me but be patient
One small step and you're on your way
No time for resentment
Landing fast it's a brand new day

With a handheld torch
On a backstreet walk
Saw a man fall five stories stand up and talk
Track Name: Vice or Virtue
On the back of
Another man's virtue
It's a sad thing
Can't find the words to
Believe him
Can't say it isn't true
It's in mixed up water
Makes it hard to choose

Vice or virtue

On the bank of
A river is turning blue
In blind heat
Stops me walking through
With kind deceit
Happens to be true
It's in mixed up water
Makes it hard to choose

Vice or virtue
Who is who and what is what
Vice or virtue
is it true or is it not

Vice or virtue
Who is who and what is what
Vice or virtue
Is it true or is it not
Vice or virtue
What do with all I've got
Vice or virtue
Is it through can I stop
Track Name: Vanity Eyes
She's been spying on the neighbours
Laughing with all of her friends
Ambitions to be famous
Perfect in all she pretends
Girl of the moment
Belle of the ball
Eyes for the rich man
Fly on the wall

Vanity eyes currency lips
Melt in a rainstorm
Hurts you to bits
Fall off the list
Told it's your own fault

Talks to everyone just to hurt you
Can't you keep hands to herself
Poisoning her perfume
She glows with unnatural health
Man on the mantle
Men on the run
Poster boy placemats
Under the thumb

Vanity eyes currency lips
Melt in a rainstorm
Hurts you to bits
Fall off the list
Told it's your own fault
Say no surprise
Cannot decide
It was the wrong choice

Don't imagine she would notice
If you faded away
You're the monkey on the organ
Dancing to music she plays
Track Name: Let It Go
Ten past seven in the morning
I'm waiting I'm waiting for warnings
Not enough sleep but not too much of anything else
Tea and toast and I think to myself
I'm only as slow as I go
I think that one I might know how to wake up
Be in a place I can grow
Want less for more than I cannot afford

'Cause it's so easy
Let it go
It's so easy

Can I whisper and let it be heard
A clock is not all that it seems when it's ticking
TIme on a one way road
Travel way too fast and forget about limits
Concrete it melts with snow
Fingers are stuck and I think it's bad luck
Weather man he tells me so
Better to suggest and try hard not to guess

'Cause it's so easy
Let it go
It's so easy
Don't you know
Track Name: Swim
If I wish for more than I can adore
I'll break in two
Have to forget about you

Don't want to love too much
So this time don't touch me
When I frown and I'm lying down
Alone when with you

Swim with you

When a wheel starts to burn
Any my fingers they turn around
Hold your hand to help me stand
Alone when with you

Swim swim as fast as you can
Swallowing water swallowing sand
Swim swim as fast as you can
Far from the shallow far from the land

Swim swim as fast as you can
Swallowing water swallowing sand
Swim swim sad the fish to the man
Far from the shallow far from the land