Pilgrim

by Ashleigh Southam

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05:49
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04:51
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05:23
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05:13

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For a long time I have been captivated by the great jazz and soul albums of the past. These albums were all recorded in a live setting, the musicians all together in one room vibing off each other. This is not often done these days, but that' what I set out to do. Get all the talented people I knew, and some that I didn't, into one big room and play.
It was to be about the actual experience, about the songs themselves, about the people and about the ride. Music is a pilgrimage, we have to enjoy every step.

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released April 4, 2011

Ashleigh Southam, Anthony Douglas, Greg Dempster, Damon Keys, Emma Rodda, Hamish Paterson, Alyssa Kennedy, Melissa Mackie, Brae Grimes, Miles Izzo, Jamila Brogan, Ben Sheat, Devon Mason, Paul Rigby, Peter Anderson, Emily Paddon-Brown

Choir: Emily Greenaway, Sarah Croser, Louise Woolley, Alexandra Erougian, Ashlee Zaharin, Georgia Kennelly, Jessica Vellucci, Dee Algate, Brittany McNiel

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Ashleigh Southam Melbourne, Australia

I am a Melbourne based composer, instrumentalist and vocalist. My influences range from Nina Simone, Mahler, Rufus Wainright and Miles Davis. My music is best described as lyrical and romantic. I use classical instrumentation, jazz improvisation, music theatre forms and an indie rock rhythm section. I gig around Melbourne solo or with larger ensembles ... more

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Track Name: Who are you
Who are you
to be telling me we're through
Who are you
You float down from the sky
never telling me why just no, no.
Who are you
Some foolish labour
My sweetest favour

You float
I crawl
You know
I adore you so

Who are you
The sun opens with your name
putting my heart to shame
Who are you
To be telling me with your eyes
your heart's not mine

You float
I crawl
You know
I adore you so

So far so bad
Is that all you thought we had?
So much for this
foolish and cheap trick
Track Name: Bup Bup
Like a beetroot stain on my fingers I can't remove
those pictures of those worlds that mean
nothing to me know but yet somehow we will drag it
all down and bring it up

What life could be
So full of misery
I call my own bluff
I'll treat you now to better stuff
It feels so good to feel so bad
All you have and all you had
Swimming behind you pulled by a string
Down the street bringing you in

Like a hurricane building off show I can see you
pulling up for miles to come crashing in on my
soap box let me preach of the end of everything

What life could be
So full of misery
I call my own bluff
I'll treat you now to better stuff
It feels so good to feel so bad
All you have and all you had
Swimming behind you pulled by a string
Down the street bringing you in

It comes as no surprise we are fools to miss
the glimmer and the spark beats
where the drama and the heart meet
Track Name: Down the river
This is drowning in the baggage
Our pockets are wearing thin
This pessimism creeping
Letting anger in
A picnic made of secrets
A battle no one wins
as we go drifting onwards
past the lives that we admire

Once again I found my oldest friend
Down the river
with a gun and a lover
Once again I found my oldest friend
Down the river
with a gun and a lover
Track Name: My only one
Hear this
my only one
I'll be fine
when you're mine

Hear me
my lonely song
calling you on
to come home

For all your faults
I'll have five
For all your smiles
I'll be so kind
If you just come home
Please just come home
to me

Hear this
my sweetest dove
I'll be so patient
for your love

It's scary
how much I need
you next to me
when I sleep

For all your faults
I'll have five
For all your smiles
I'll be so kind
For all your faults
I'll be so fine
Hurry my love
it must be time

For you to come home
Please just come home
to me
Track Name: Escape like trains
Trapped inside
the heat of spring
These feelings die
waiting to begin
The greatest trick
the Devil pulled
We believe in our
immunity

Come
Leave
with me
You will see
there's nothing wrong with me
We'll have all we need
In trailers by the sea

Our tongues divide
these tragedies
into wrong and right
We never had
this humanity
Leave out thoughts and fears
in castles by the sea

Come
Leave
with me
You will see
This place will shatter like glass
We'll escape
like trains to the sea
Track Name: Caught
Trapped inside
the heat of spring
These feelings die
waiting to begin
The greatest trick
the Devil pulled
We believe in our
immunity

Come
Leave
with me
You will see
there's nothing wrong with me
We'll have all we need
In trailers by the sea

Our tongues divide
these tragedies
into wrong and right
We never had
this humanity
Leave out thoughts and fears
in castles by the sea

Come
Leave
with me
You will see
This place will shatter like glass
We'll escape
like trains to the sea
Track Name: Beautiful friend
I miss my beautiful friend
she had to go and give it up again
Now all the meaning of
this sin is all I have to give

Did you knock knock knock at my door
Did you leave your troubles by the bedroom or hall
Did you run baby run run away
I left the back door open
so you didn't have to say
that I can't take this and I can't
fake taking the blame

I need my beautiful friend
to hide me from the way things end
Now all the fools get their touch
you turn to faith and you miss their sucker punch

Did you knock knock knock at my door
Did you leave your troubles by the bedroom or hall
Did you run baby run run away
I left the back door open
so you didn't have to say
that I can't take this and I can't
fake taking the blame
Track Name: One by one
Sister if you sell all your belongings
he will follow them all
Brother if you've chased all your ghosts away
you should give him a call
Father I'm still learning your story
is still under my pillow
Mother if you can here me rest your tired head tonight

Baby there's a hand that rests in mine
the fingers one by one
We're so lucky to be filling time
but I miss my family one by one

Sister if you live in all these hurricanes
you will be blown away
Brother we're not a child now we're so wise now
we should talk some more
Father if you need me I'm sorry
I'm still in these streets
Mother you still have such strong bones
you will carry us home

Baby there's a hand that rests in mine
the fingers one by one
We're so lucky to be filling time
but I miss my family one by one
In this city we're all so angry all the time
the minutes one by one
So baby let's drink back this wine
we're call our families
One by one
Track Name: Don't fear
You are a pillar so you'll know
everything in me must flow
down into my feet
and through my bones
even if its bad I can't say no

So
Don't fear
So
Don't fear
Sleep in peace we'll light up what's hollow

Don't you forget that I can't cope
All through the night your words they float
a wire across my chasm
so I'll know
to hold onto my sweet starving hope

So
Don't fear
So just love
Sleep in peace we'll light up what's hollow
So nothing is clear
So we have nothing to fear
nothing to fear
Track Name: Dove II
Filled up on autumn sun
open like rivers tongues
I wanna swim in pools of flesh and all comes down to this

These words they can't explain
what's buried beneath you veins
I see it in the curves and thighs and silentness
of you sighs

Such a pretty thing
I have found
I will follow the sound
Such a pretty thing
a thousand kisses on my frowns
Such a pretty
I will follow the sound

The pages we have bound
our hands are in the ground
planting a thousand kisses down in every room of the house

I heard your finished call
lying naked against it all
Sink my sweet in memory let this things form in our sleep
Track Name: Lou
I'm moving on
Past your flame
and you bodies

Please hear the sound
It's my last
I'll wear it like a crown

It's on each tongue
I'll be swallowed
by the worms

Dressed in my suit
He's my friend
bury me my son

Buy a ride
There's still time
This blood will freeze and I
won't blink
an eye

Turn back
and wave goodbye