natural life

by Oberon Carter

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This second album by Oberon Carter sends his folk noodlings to a whole new level with gentle accompaniments of piano, accordion, fretless bass, ukulele and a range of percussive sounds. The album takes a reflective path around themes of birth and personal redemption and seeks to express the value in living a simple, natural life.

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released January 1, 2011

Produced and recorded by Andrew Smyth in 'the red room', Huon Valley, Tasmania. Mixed and mastered by Andrew Smyth.

All songs written by Oberon Carter.

All songs performed by Oberon Carter and Andrew Smyth.

Amy Kendall sings backing vocals on Embrace the Flow, Natural Life and What was Me.

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Track Name: birdsong in the morning
He was born the son of dreamers,
Hanging on to the morning dew,
He traced his path by the glittering seas,
Looking for the truth,
Feel the breeze, the sweetest breeze,

She was seen in the glorious sea,
Shining like a sweet discarded dream,
He loved her grey and ragged mystery,
But she fled past like the fading moon,
No more dreams, no more dreams,

Freedom borne from grains that tumble,
Wait a thousand years to move on,
Searching the past on his hands and knees,
Will the future ever show,
No more dreams, no more dreams, no more dreams,

Just a birdsong in the morning... (repeat and fade)
Track Name: bottle me up
When there is no-one to turn to,
No-one to say whats a lie,
You bottle me up with your secrets and blankets,
Run to my body and fly,

The bruises of history are fading,
Undone in the fullness of time,
Till the hurt on your face is relieved in one moment,
That sends you to leap up to fly,

When memories stick like a splinter,
And boast to the blood cells inside,
You defy the odds and a love becomes steady,
So you can now learn how to fly,

Locked inside are all the feelings,
Hold them tight until they're screaming,
Please release them now...
Track Name: twilight sigh
A pale blue sky,
In this light I catch your eye,
It's a feeling I can no longer describe,
To one as cold as you,

And as the night turns wild,
From these streets I hear your sounds,
Not something I would want to analyse,
I’ll leave that up to you,

Oh is that the way its gonna be tonight?
Oh is that the way that I should see you now?

In this twilight sigh,
There’s nothing worse than having heart to try,
To give you reasons why I think you’re always right,
Knowing none of them are true,

Oh it’s a thin disguise,
When all you have is filled with lonesome cries,
So you start feeding the lies,
Through the tears that I can see through,

Oh is that the way we're gonna' live this life?
Oh is that the way that I should see you now?
Oh is that the way we're gonna' live this life?
Oh is that the way that I should see you?

What are you hiding from?
You think one drink will fortify,
Oh is it the way I’m drawn? (repeat and fade)
Track Name: embrace the flow
Flow, flow, flow - towards the blessing inside,
With belly eager, you sway this way through the night,
Harness that discomfort,
Into power,

Slow, slow, slow and the morning wakes to find,
Dignity under low, low light,
Cradle that sensation,
Gently, gently,

We flow and watch the world unfold,
We’re home, it's where we naturally belong,
Embrace the low, the low, low light,
With power,

Roar with power,

Embrace the low - Skin to skin,
Embrace the high – Euphoria,
Embrace the low - Skin to skin,
Embrace the high – Euphoria,

We surrender,
We surrender to you.
Track Name: disbelieve
You will disbelieve in me, as I do
No-one’s set you free, that’s true,

For we are the love-less ones,
We were not chosen,
And I am just a quiet man,

You will try appeasing me, but I hurt still,
So I’ll see you be, unfulfilled,

For we are the love-less ones,
We were not chosen,
And I will be a silent man,

Baby you know I’m not strong,
Give me years,
And maybe I’ll find I belong,
With you here,
Maybe I’ll find I belong,
With you here.
Track Name: natural life
Triumphant, we've become,
Two of the lucky ones,
When I feel like I can't go on,
I just turn to you, and think of what we've done,
Our two girls playing in the sun,

So lie down, for a while,
I'll take care, of that child,
When you feel like you can't go on,
Please turn to me, and I'll make right all your wrongs,
So that nothing hurts for too long,

Shade with me beneath this natural life,
And if it rains it won't wash wrong from right,

Oh angel, yet to come,
Born into warmth and love,
When you feel like this worlds too big,
I will cradle you, and agree that it is,
I will hold you, and say "it's everything to live",

Oh darlin', please don't cry,
I will sing you a lullaby,
When you feel like, you've lost your way,
We're always near, so you know that its okay,
Don't fear, just play (repeat and fade).
Track Name: what was me
There are a few things I must say,
Just so you know I won’t fade away,
I’ll fade into you as Hope used to say,
So here comes the night old Young and I play,

So look around empty words spoken,
It's more than the phrases I’ve shown,
Just think back to when in my eyes you saw what was me,

Re-kindle the fire, put coal back to flame,
Then burn it all down with ashes to waves,
You know I keep strong the sparks that I’ve saved,
I’ll release them all and with each you’ll say…

So look around empty words spoken,
It's more than the phrases I’ve shown,
Just think back to when in my eyes you saw what was me,

Let's carry this on way past today,
Not languishing back in hollow charades,
I turned when I should have learned not to stray,
So losing my soul is the price that I pay,

So look beyond empty words spoken,
It's more than the phrases I’ve shown,
Just think back to when in my eyes you saw what was me.