Songs & Stories (Special Edition LP)

by Fergus Maximus

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Myself Again She got something in her shoe But she can’t stop Too much for her to do And it’s so hard Trying to remember All the details of the emails That she should've sent but hasn't written Presentation’s due at ten But it’s not done And it won’t be done by then And so she joked (or maybe she was serious) She’d just wing it likes she always does And hope nobody’s concentrating But as she left her desk that day Sure they heard her say I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again Be my … be myself again Do do do do do do ... da da ... They seemed to be all right Got on okay Maybe they just didn't fight In a public place But she was always yearning Till the moment when she wandered off On restless legs that wouldn't settle And as she closed the door that day Sure he heard her say I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again Be my … time to be myself again By my … time to be by myself again Do do do do do do ... da da ... She wasn't ever really sure Exactly what she’s looking for Who knows what she’ll find? I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling that it’s time to be myself again I've got a feeling I've got a feeling She got something in her shoe but she can't stop She got something in her shoe but she can't stop She got something in her shoe but she can’t stop Do do do do do do ... da da ...
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One O'Clock It’s always one o’clock When I start the car It’s always one o’clock When it’s time to go It’s always just a little bit later Than I expected it to be Maybe that says something about me It’s always one o’clock Grinding through the gears It’s always one o’clock Driving home to you It’s always just a little bit after What I told you it would be Baby you know plenty about me You know that I’m … Always late Always late Always have been Always will be, I suppose ... It’s always one o’clock Stumbling up the drive It’s always one o’clock Fumbling at the door And like always I’m Surprised when I find That you've been waiting up for me Baby you should really get some sleep You know that I’m … Always late Always late Always have been Always will be, I suppose You know that I’m always late Always late Time’s like money I don’t know where it goes Time’s like money, honey I don’t know where it goes
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My Heart Effigy’s just one of Many places I've been burned I left my love there somewhere But it never was returned My heart was on my sleeve When she took me to the cleaners They even got the stain out With some shots of Mr Meanor's* But that’s all right It’s okay ’cos I didn't really need it anyway Well that’s all right It’s okay ’cos I never really used it anyway My heart My heart Once upon another time, Back when I had my shirt She rolled my heart in honey Then she stomped it in the dirt I asked her why she treated me So good and then so bad She smiled and said that It was just this hobby that she had But that’s all right It’s okay ’cos I didn't really need it anyway Well that’s all right It’s okay ’cos I never really used it anyway My heart My heart My heart My heart My heart My heart Every now and sometimes When I think I’d like it back My memory repeats for me Her signature attack She’d throw down the gauntlet And when I bent to retrieve it Her knee would meet my mouth Encouraging my teeth to leave it But that’s all right It’s okay ’cos I didn't really need them anyway Well that’s all right It’s okay ’cos I never really used them anyway My heart My heart … * Mr Meanor's Patent Tonic and Stain Remover
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Regrettown Coming back to Regrettown Might not have been my smartest move Looking back on it now Don’t know what I was tryin' to prove But the Want Ads were so enticing And I missed my favourite beer Settling back into Regrettown I can see your house from here I can see your house from here Shouldn't be too surprised How little things have changed It’s only been a dozen years Since I went away All the same familiar faces Trapped in the same old fears Cobwebs grow in Regrettown I can see your house from here I can see your house from here The place we hooked up has burned down The one where we disengaged is still goin' strong And I find I’m kinda glad it’s not the other way around ’cos even the waffles in Frankie’s Diner don’t taste like home … Getting out of Regrettown Take Frankie’s menu as a souvenir Glancing back in the mirror I can see your house from here I can see your house disappear
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Derek (Live) 03:08
Derek I keep getting phone calls and letters People knocking at my door Can you pass on a message? Tell him that we called? His pile of bills Spills onto the floor But all that I can tell them is Derek doesn't live here any more We haven’t spoken in ages He left late last year No idea where he’s staying Somewhere else but here I think that Jenny Got a postcard from Nepal But Derek doesn't live here … Haven’t seen him for months and I don’t know where he’s gone But the rest of his stuff is clogging up the hall And I wish that he’d come back again ’cos Mr Mittens is costing me a fortune On the weekend in the city I met his mother in the mall She said, “I think that you knew Derek” Then I saw her face just fall Didn't talk about the details Guess the memory’s too raw But Derek doesn't live here He doesn't live here Derek doesn't live here any more (Mr Mittens misses you but he’s gonna be ok ...)
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Under New Management He been staring at the screen ’til the numbers don’t mean Anything Any more And he been listening to the clock Waiting for the final 'tock' Sending him Out the door Well there’s rumours of war in the boardroom But he just doesn't care any more ’cos it’s the same old, same old It’s the same old, same old And who can tell that we’re Under new management? Was just the start of her career But somehow she’s still here Seven years Slipped away Another client on the phone But she’s thinking of home Struggling to Concentrate Well there’s rumours of war in the boardroom But she just doesn't care any more ’cos it’s the same old, same old The same old, same old And who can tell that we’re Under new management? Yeah it’s the same old, same old It’s the same old, same old No way to tell that we’re Under new management
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It’s All Wrong It’s all wrong And I tell you Disassociation’s got me reeling It’s all wrong As we go through The motions of emotions without feeling Maybe you’re hurt How would I know? ’cos you’re not really here And I don’t know where you've gone It’s all wrong It seems now My company’s become unappealing It’s all wrong Yeah I've seen how In intimate embrace you watch the ceiling Maybe I’ll stay Maybe I’ll go Well would you really care? Would you notice that I’d gone? Can you tell me why You turn away? ’cos it’s all wrong ... It’s all wrong ... Running late For dinner at your parents’ place I’m pacing in the passage While you’re fixing up your face When I see the reflection Of my bitter self-obsession In the mess of your mascara ... It’s all right It’s ok Honey, I don’t know just how we got here It’s all wrong But I want to Find a way to navigate this nightmare Can you tell me why You turn away? Is there something I can do or say? ’cos it’s all ...
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It’s All Wrong It’s all wrong And I tell you Disassociation’s got me reeling It’s all wrong As we go through The motions of emotions without feeling Maybe you’re hurt But how would I know? ’Cos you’re not really here And I don’t know where you've gone It’s all wrong And it seems now My company’s become unappealing It’s all wrong Yeah I've seen how In intimate embrace you watch the ceiling Maybe I’ll stay Maybe I’ll go Well would you really care? Would you notice that I’d gone? Can you tell me why You turn away? 'cos it's all wrong ... It's all wrong ... Running late for dinner at your parents' place I'm pacing in the passage while you're fixing up your face When I see the reflection of my bitter self-obsession In the mess of your mascara ... It's all right It's ok Honey, I don't know just how we got here It's all wrong But I want to Find a way to navigate this nightmare Can you tell me why You turn away? Is there something I can do or say? 'cos it's all ...
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This Time I saw you meet him at the bus stop The way you used to meet me Okay, okay, I know it’s over I have to just let it be Good thing … that’s easy for me Deep breath … count 1, 2, 3, 4 … 73 I’m not gonna let it get to me Not gonna let it I’m not gonna let it get to me This time I’m stuck here idle at the stop lights Willing them to turn green I can’t, I can’t, I can’t stand sitting watching The lovely romantic scene But I … just ... can’t turn away Deep breath … count 1, 2, 3, 4 … 108 I’m not gonna let it get to me Not gonna let it I’m not gonna let it get to me This time Breathe in, breathe out Breathe in, breathe out [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 …] The idiot behind is beeping Hurling abuse at me And then of course I stall the engine Hope that you didn't see As I … tear off down the road Deep down … I know … I gotta let go I’m not gonna let it get to me Not gonna let it I’m not gonna let it get to me Next time … I’m not gonna let it get to me Not gonna let it I’m not gonna let it get to me Next time … Maybe next time … Maybe … Maybe …
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All Around The Room Babies floating all around the room Disconnected, adrift like balloons Always wondered if one of them was you I remember how bright colours hid the clouds Your heart fell off your sleeve And wandered through the crowd Your eyes and ears were open wide And all you seemed to want Was just a quiet place outside Babies floating all around the room Disconnected, adrift like balloons Always wondered if one of them was you I remember muted colours creeping in How China changed your palette As it seeped inside your skin Your eyes were sometimes screwed up tight And all you seemed to want Was just a quiet place inside Somewhere you could hide ... Babies floating all around the room Disconnected, adrift like balloons Always wondered if one of them was you And we missed you at the gallery That day you caught the train We missed you and we’re missing you … What else is there to say? Babies floating all around the room Disconnected, adrift like balloons Always wondered if one of them was you Babies floating all around the room Disconnected, adrift from the womb Always wondered if one of them was you Can’t help thinking maybe that was true
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Just A Minute Or Two Another pair of feet go past me on the city street And I’m sitting and I’m singing to the knees as they go by I sing to shopping bags, to briefcases and black umbrellas And every now and then someone will look me in the eye But I won’t get on your case If you don’t cross mine with silver And between us anyway I’m sure we’d agree gold would be better I know … those shoes are made for walking … and I know … there’s so much that you've got to Do do do do do do … Take one … look at this here glorious day … and Come on … stay for just a minute or two Do do do do do do … Well you should hear the band That’s rocking out inside my head Maybe you might pick them up if you listen in real close Bass is pumping and guitars are getting funky I hope you catch a little of that rhythm before you go I won’t get on your case If you don’t cross mine with silver But unfortunately My EFTPOS machine is at the repairer I know … those shoes are made for walking … and I know … there’s so much that you've got to Do do do do do do … Take one … look at this here glorious day … and Come on … stay for just a minute or two It’s not just about the money Although I never would reject any generosity This is one way to connect the dots between us Still trying to change the world one song at a time So if I see your feet go past me on the city street I’ll sit and I’ll sing to your knees as they go by I sing to shopping bags, to briefcases and black umbrellas And I won’t object if you look me in the eye I won’t get on your case If you don’t cross mine with silver But seriously Notes are okay if you fold them up small I know … those shoes are made for walking … and I know … there’s so much that you've got to Do do do do do do … Take one … look at this here glorious day … and Come on … stay for just a minute or minute or I know … those shoes are made for walking … and I know … there’s so much that you've got to Do do do do do do … Take one … look at this here glorious day … and Come on … stay for just a minute or two Do do do do do do …
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Fish (Live) 03:39
Fish A fish with colours that dance in the painter’s eye Saw a fish with patterns that make the dressmaker sigh This fish, been swimming along, alongside of me This fish … it turned and, gazing quizzically, Said, ‘This is my tail, these are my fins Just doin' the best, the best that I can’ ‘Tell me what you’re lookin' at Tell me what you’re lookin' Ain't no secret mystery I’m just a fish’ Met a woman with a welcoming laugh and a twinkling eye A woman with a generous heart but I don’t know why This woman, been living along, alongside of me This woman … one day she turned and, gazing quizzically, Said, ‘This is my heart, these are my hands Just doin' the best, the best that I can’ ‘Tell me what you’re lookin' at Tell me what you’re lookin' for Ain't no secret mystery I’m just a woman’ But I know She’s a fish
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My Baby My baby, she don’t sleep It’s enough to make a grown man weep My baby keep me up all night Come on, baby, won’t you treat me right My baby, she don’t sleep Seven days really makes one weak My baby wants to play all night Come on, baby, won’t you treat me right It’s not that I don’t love her No, she’s a beautiful child And I would never leave her I just wish she’d let me get some rest for a while My baby, she don’t sleep It’s enough to make a grown man weep My baby keep me up all night Come on, baby, won’t you treat me right

about

Fergus Maximus has been a frontman for 20 years but until late 2014 hadn’t performed solo. The Adelaide-based singer/songwriter (known to his mother as Andrew Ferguson but more commonly simply as “Ferg”) explains, “I was perfectly happy singing, playing sax and performing random acts of percussion but felt I didn’t have the guitar skills to be a solo artist”.

So what changed his mind? Maximus attributes it to a chance encounter with an old friend. In July 2014, the day after he and his a cappella gospel quartet had sung with Clare Bowditch at The Gov, Maximus bumped into irrepressible local legend Ronnie Taheny. Singer/songwriter Taheny had recently returned to Adelaide after 20 years of relentless touring around Europe and she reportedly urged Maximus to consider performing solo. “Bullied” is the word he uses but Ronnie is having none of that, saying, “Ferg’s songs are full of intelligence, wit and surprises. I just reminded him that for a storyteller it’s not about the guitar; it’s about the stories.”

“And she was right,” adds Ferg. “I really needed to change my mindset about solo performance.”

Despite that acknowledgement, "Songs & Stories" is not the album he planned to make. “This EP happened quite accidentally during preparation for the first Fergus Maximus studio album. It was recorded live at my first ever solo show—a SCALA [Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association] set at the Austral Hotel in November last year”.

While he’d originally planned to do the gig with his band, Ferg claims he heard a Taheny-esque voice in the back of his mind, telling him it was time to take the solo plunge.

That SCALA show proved two things:
1. 20 years as a frontman only goes part way to preparing someone for sitting on stage alone with a guitar for the first time
2. Noni Espinosa is a terrific sound engineer—the live mix went straight to Noni’s hard drive and when Ferg heard it back he realised he had serendipitously recorded his first album.

After some minor post-production edits by Noni and Ferg, the songs were mastered by Pete Maher in London (“because The Internet”).

The Songs & Stories EP has six songs. The Special Edition LP version has the whole, hour-long SCALA show (“with twice the songs and at least 33% more mistakes”).

credits

released May 29, 2015

Fergus Maximus told some stories, sang some other stories and bashed the guitar

Noni Espinosa did the live mix and some minor post-production

Peter Maher did the mastering

Daniel Ralph directed cameras on the night and then used magic and electrons to create the video for "Derek" that you can find on YouTube

Deborah Ralph ran cameras on the night

SCALA (the Songwriters, Composers & Lyricists Association) hosted and promoted the gig

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Fergus Maximus Adelaide, Australia

Fergus Maximus is that guy with his headphones on long after the playlist has finished, completely oblivious because there’s always music in his head anyway. Ferg's unapologetic pop songs encompass all the important things: love, loss, mistakes, surprises and people’s astonishing capacity to miscommunicate. In these songs and stories you'll find some extraordinary snapshots from an ordinary life. ... more

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