Ghost Town

by The Dead City Lights

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On this recording, The Dead City Lights were:
Nathan Seeckts - Vocals, Guitar
Chris Black - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Dunning - Bass, Vocals
Mark McLeod - Drums

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Callum John Barter at Bakehouse Studios in North Fitzroy, September 2014.

Artwork and layout by Nathan Seeckts.
Photography by Sharon Boyle.

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released September 25, 2014

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4 piece rock/alt-country band from Victoria, Australia.

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Track Name: Bricks and Mortar
Well I pulled down this building, each stone and each brick
And I cleared out the rubble so nothing would stick
I’ve got dust on my fingers and blood in my lungs
I’ve got the sun on my neck and the salt on my gums
Alright
Alright
Whoa alright

And my head keeps on pounding like a forty gallon drum
While my legs start to buckle under the weight of it all
With a rasp in my throat and rust in my breath
As I push out the debris ‘til nothing is left
Alright
Alright
Whoa alright

It was only bricks and mortar
But I built it with my hands
Now there’s an empty patch of gravel where I stand
What was solid stone foundation
Has now drifted into sand
I was once a proud and foolish little man

Now I stand in the centre of the ruin and the fall
Write my name in the dust in a childish scrawl
I lift up my head as the rain thunders down
And it soaks through my chest and into the ground
Alright
Alright
Whoa alright

It was only bricks and mortar
But I built it with my hands
Now there’s an empty patch of wet gravel where I stand
What was solid stone foundation
Has now drifted into sand
I was once a proud and foolish little man

And I trapped my heart
Between Masonite walls
And I lose my love
Every time the wind blows
Track Name: Shelby
As I leaned on the hood of your daddy’s old car
I positioned one hand outta sight
He said “Son make sure you take good care of her
Bring her back safe at the end of the night”
“Yes sir”, I replied with a skip of my heart
“For I am an honorable man”
He said “I wasn’t talking about the girl you little fool”
As he shoved those car keys in my hand

He sang Oh-La-La-La, Oh-La-La-La, Oh-La-La-La-Oh
As we drove that old Ford right down the Port Road
Straight on into the night

Well I noticed the look and the mist in your eyes
As the dust settled onto the track
You’d been trying so hard for year after year
Just hoping his love would come back
But his heart was too cold and his words were so rough
They worked their way under your skin
So we boosted his car and stepped on the gas
And we found a new place to begin

We sang Oh-La-La-La, Oh-La-La-La, Oh-La-La-La-Oh
As we drove that old Ford right down the Port Road
Straight on into the night

But that baggage you carried was stronger than steel
It followed us from town to town
And no matter how hard, I tried to lift it
It insisted on weighing you down
‘Til there came the evening you gave up the fight
And took that long walk on your own
And at 7am, the sun slowly rose
On your body weighed down by the stone

You sang Oh-La-La-La, Oh-La-La-La, Oh-La-La-La-Oh
As we drove that old Ford right down the Port Road
Straight on into the night

As I leaned on the hood of your daddy’s old car
Saw nothing but black sky and lights
I scattered your ashes over the bay
And I prayed that you’d sleep safe tonight