Handheld Torch

by Tarmac Adam

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1.
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
2.
Secret 04:12
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
3.
Rest Easy 03:11
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
4.
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
5.
Blind 04:19
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
Vanity Eyes 04:51
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
9.
Let It Go 04:22
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
10.
Swim 03:54
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

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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 Melbourne, Australia

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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