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1.
Every morning when I wake up I try to recall your face If you don’t come home real soon I will forget your taste The lines in the dust Are lighter than they used to be And the footprints Blow away all too easily Do you still have that Lock of hair of mine Do you still have that lazy eyed stare When a woman is crying When you coming home I have to choose between Our dirty workers here Just to keep from being So lonely Some of them are kind Some are good lovers too Some of them will hold me But none of them are you Do you still have that Lock of hair of mine Do you still have that lazy eyed stare When a woman is crying When you coming home Who shall I love tonight Who shall I love next time Well there’s Peter and there’s Robbie There’s Susan and little Tony There’s Jane And there’s Eury Remember you have a son Pencil marks on the door frame Oh he’s gained a little height Remember you have a wife Who will hold me through the terrors at night
2.
I know my mother was just another lover to you But when the fighting stopped I saw another side to you I guess the quiet life A wife and a son Was just a little too much action I’ve been told you were A loving man once But I’m gonna have to Take their word for it Another day bashing The dust from my legs But not another word From you yet I’ve finished school Kissed a girl Learned to cook Drive as well Four harvests A thousand bowls of gruel I’ve grown so tired of hating you Just come back I need to know Are you still alive or are you a cherry ghost I’ve been told you were A loving man once But I’m gonna have to Take their word for it Another day bashing The dust from my legs But not another word From you yet
3.
Tears, heartache and sighs Burning logs of juniper Crackle in the fireplace The flames dance and flicker and light up your face I think tonight darling We should talk for a while My soul pours down my cheeks Hits the ground and dies Tears, heartache and sighs Looking across the sea With streaming eyes You’re gonna find a man who loves you And you’re gonna love him too Tears, heartache and sighs I am so thankful and my heart fills with gratitude That you found me Fed me And gave me a bed too But even as your tresses cascade down your face I simply don’t love you There’s just no-one that can take her place Tears, heartache and sighs Looking across the sea With streaming eyes You’re gonna find a man who loves you And you’re gonna love him too Tears, heartache and sighs
4.
Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight When you’re three hundred K’s from home And you’re missing your sweet lady You got heart that’s stretched around a wheel But you don’t want to keep her waiting Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight It’s a mellow fruit honey sweet And just what you know I need Unscrew the bulb put the head on the door Put your mind where your mouth is Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Fellas do you know why I left I’m still trying to remember My sweet mother’s face appears Apparently she’s somewhere near here Gimme that leaf That sweet relief Again and again and again Eat the lotus Eat the lotus Eat Eat the lotus She saved me once you know Blood soaked the back of my hair I was thrown against the wall And a gun against my temple She had a knife across his throat That’s the war baby Eat the lotus Eat the lotus Eat Eat the lotus And now hey I am pouring out of my skin And I am a puddle And the golden curtains yellow The greens gave the blues my hand And it’s got me on my knees in the sand And it's pouring on my face and in my eyes and in my hair Eat the lotus Eat the lotus Eat Eat the lotus She rubs me oil sleek with her braided tresses dangle gravy Eat Eat the lotus Ease into the harbour with the pallor of vigour Eat Eat the lotus She tame tiger mount my bed she cryer Eat Eat the lotus Eat the lotus Eat the lotus Eat Eat the lotus And my companions on the journey They stick their noses in the trough And there’s squabbling And there’s squealing And there’s rolling in the mud And my mighty sword is gleaming And cuts down her magic wand Eat the lotus Eat the lotus Eat Eat the lotus Woke in the afternoon Velvet curtains Crystal wine glass Sandpaper mouth I don’t recognise the room But I remember what happened here And I know she does too My my braided lover Commands me to kiss her with my lotus mouth I had fun now woman From what I remember I had fun now woman From the the things I remember But now me and the devil walk side by side Just to do what I came here for She said baby you ate the lotus Did it help you find your way Baby you ate the lotus Sometimes that helps you find your way But all I had jackhammer in my head And the kind of aching sadness That I knew was here to stay Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight Eat the lotus now baby Eat the lotus tonight
5.
I had to pay a ferryman To take me up the river Four days watching bodies float by Just to go to see my mother die She sat in the garden Her hands on her lap Said you remind me of my son Haven’t seen him since before it all began He was a man finding himself I hope he’s done that now And if we reunited I would say to him When you have what you need Even if it wasn’t what you wanted Reach out your hand And hold on and don’t let go And if you look into her eyes And yet look over her shoulder Hold on to her hand just a little longer You might change your mind My mother looked at me Mottled paper skin She smiled at the nurse Took her medication She said the nearness of death Has a way of clarifying But now that it is here It is no less terrifying When you have what you need Even if it wasn’t what you wanted Reach out your hand And hold on and don’t let go And if you look into her eyes And yet look over her shoulder Hold on to her hand just a little longer You might change your mind Reach out your hand And hold on and don’t let go And if you look into her eyes And yet look over her shoulder Hold on to her hand just a little longer You might change your mind
6.
[instrumental]
7.
So you say you’re always tired And your legs have lost their spring There’s only so many ways to break your own heart And still have something left I knew you who you were the moment I heard you close your eyes and sing You need to leave us behind for your home But there’s one thing you should do first Mix the wine in the bowl And hear what the heart has to say If you won’t take this woman Who looks at you with kindness in her eyes Who moves through the fair Life in her step and a beauty not yet touched Then what awaits you must surely be worth Soaking your clothes in tears Come join us on the dance floor tonight Sometimes that’s what you need Mix the wine in the bowl And hear what the heart has to say Tomorrow I hope you will let The rosy fingers of dawn awake you There’s a boy who needs his dad And a woman who awaits as well It’s hard to watch you blindly Moving through the fog of war But tonight honeyed wine is fine To slip it from your mind Mix the wine in the bowl And hear what the heart has to say
8.
Late in the arvo about a quarter to three I was sitting in Nighthawk’s in my usual seat The man in the corner asked if I was satisfied I said with what He said life I said who are you to speak so bold to a stranger He said I’m not as strange as you may think Last time you saw me You were in the kitchen I was walking away You were standing at the sink Oh father where have you been You’ve missed the worst years of my life He said I’ve shaken hands at fires all over the nation I said yes But you missed my graduations He said I bested the one-eyed killer using my mind and my hands I said you don’t understand You may be my father but you don’t who I am You want your lover You’ll have to fight a dozen bad men And if you die I am not sure who will care Cos for people round here it’s just more news from nowhere Oh father where have you been You’ve missed the worst years of my life
9.
I don’t think I’m a good man but I’ve held my boy’s hand As we crossed the road I don’t think I’m a bad man but in certain situations You find it necessary to ignore the blood in the dust Well I opened the gate and drove up the long driveway Coming home at last After four harvests and a thousand bowls of gruel And my boy was in the passenger seat but he was a man now Ready to crucify me Ready to deify me And he told me of the men Who waited for me in the farmyard Picking at the bones of my good woman’s patience And I can’t say I blame them But it was time to come home Time to come home to the Blood in the dust Hey you look who’s returned Hey you blood in the dust Hey you your fate is sealed Hey you blood in the dust I opened the Charger door Set my foot upon the ground of my home And that’s when I met the first blow to the back of my head While my forehead hit the open door and I lay in the dust As I met Penny for the first time In the garden at her mother’s house And she wiped her hands on her jeans and smiled And my son was born and grew old The first battle The first time I killed My mother in the garden and the lotus And the blood soaked the back of my hair Blood in the dust Hey you look who’s returned Hey you blood in the dust Hey you your fate is sealed Hey you blood in the dust When I came to they’d already started the party without me A little while later my boy Tele was emancipating The cable ties on my hands when they saw us I rubbed the wrists a few times stood And made an experimental jab in the air to warm up The first one came with a right hook and a wrench I benched that wench and he took a sleep on a nearby svench One two made a feint on three she made no complaint Just stared at the ceiling Tele made his mark his Fists flew true I could see him in the corner as I stood toe to toe with the last rat Anitonus Tried to knock me down with a stool It was a prearranged provision, body punch with precision Sack of potatoes in the dust Unanimous decision Hey you look who’s returned Hey you blood in the dust Hey you your fate is sealed Hey you blood in the dust
10.
I've waited to see you long enough So let’s pour mellow wine into our cups Gone are the last five years of yesterday It's time to make the olive branches sway Let's stamp our feet by the fire in the dust And pour mellow wine into our cups One day we should say what has been unsaid But first let the olive branches sway You wore the troubles in the lines of your smile And in the heels of your boots but I thought you were a good man Who is this with bruised knuckles and a dusty brow You have the same face But are you the same man I saw five years ride away I have felt the hands of many a man But the strength in yours always remained I've waited to see you long enough So let’s pour mellow wine into our cups Gone are the last five years of yesterday It's time to make the olive branches sway Let's stamp our feet by the fire in the dust And pour mellow wine into our cups One day we should say what has been unsaid But first let the olive branches sway I take no pleasure in icing my hand Stacking them by the door wasn’t my plan I came back to see if you would let me Make new lines in the dust for you to see At night do you still walk side by side With the devil in the silent streets Cos I can reach out and feel for your hand And together we can ride those streets again I've waited to see you long enough So let’s pour mellow wine into our cups Gone are the last five years of yesterday It's time to make the olive branches sway Let's stamp our feet by the fire in the dust And pour mellow wine into our cups One day we should say what has been unsaid But first let the olive branches sway

about

What if Homer’s Odyssey was set in an apocalyptic post-civil war Australia?

The Holy Rollercoasters' Andrew Garton and Jimi Beavis imagined exactly that with their futuristic indie soul retelling of the classic poem.

In the opening act our protagonist’s wife Penelope expounds her heartache ('When You Coming Home?') and their son Telemachus ('Not Another Word From You'), his teenage angst over an absent father. Finally Otis (our Odysseus), prepares to leave his temporary love and head home ('Tears, Heartache and Sighs'). 

Act II recounts Otis’ sorry tales of absence, with 'Eat The Lotus'’ psychedelic misdeeds, the underworld and morbid exploits of minimalist gospel-blues in 'Hold On, Don’t Let Go', and seafaring terrors in the kaleidoscopic instrumental 'Sirens, Perils and Pleasures'.

In Act III, after Otis partakes of advice-in-60s-soul-song from his first trustworthy friends ('Hear What The Heart Has To Say'); begins the final leg of his journey with Waitsian sadness, where he reunites with his son ('The Worst Years Of My Life'), violently confronts the people who have been pilfering his home in his absence in the spoken word hip-hop punk of 'Blood In The Dust' and finally reconciles with Penelope with the jazz/soul of 'Let the Olive Branches Sway'. And we conclude with the slight hint that human nature dictates this could happen all over again…


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released February 8, 2023

Jimi Beavis - vocals, tambourine, harmonica
Andrew Garton - baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, percussion
Bobbie Murphy - trumpet
Alex Price - tenor saxophone
Benjamin van Jole - piano, organ
Chris Bancroft - guitar
Blake Lonie - bass guitar, double bass
Chris Evans - drums

with Tanja Hafenstein - congas, etherea


Songs by Jimi Beavis and Andrew Garton

Produced by Andrew Garton and Jimi Beavis

Recorded and Mixed by Andrew Garton

Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound

Art by Elijah McNeill

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The Holy Rollercoasters Brisbane, Australia

Inspired by the masters of rhythm and blues, the ecstasy and tragedy of love and the beauty and gothicism of the bible. Performed by non-religious soul, blues and jazz-worshipping Brisbanites. It shall be wild and you shall snap your fingers and wiggle your hips. And ye shall be healed. ... more

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