A Man Possessed

by Nathan Seeckts

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Recorded & produced by Nathan Seeckts at The Hills, Geelong in early 2016.

Artwork by Annie Walter


released June 24, 2016

Nathan Seeckts: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Pete Lawrey: Electric Guitar
Chris Black: Electric Guitar
Alister Turrill: Resonator
Kat Chish: Violin
Bec Stevens: Backing Vocals
Andrew Swift: Backing Vocals
Jimmy Bennett: Backing Vocals
Mark McLeod: Percussion


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Nathan Seeckts Geelong, Australia

Nathan Seeckts is a powerful singer songwriter who effortlessly fuses the sounds of Americana, folk, country and blues, delivered with a commanding voice that is equal parts gravel and passion.Taking inspiration from the songbooks of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Lucero and Steve Earle, his songs could find him comfortably at home in any bar from Melbourne to Memphis. ... more

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Track Name: Tigerlily
Found my first love on a holiday
At a campground half an hour’s drive from Apollo Bay
Just a couple of kids simply splashing round
Til the shore break hit and you grabbed my arm as I almost drowned

Cause I’ve been throwing out your name into the sea
Cause I’ve been carving out your name within the trees
Cause I’ve been calling out your name into the breeze
For years it seems

Your dad passed on back in 95
I watched you medicate with alcohol just to survive
Tried pulled you back when you went too far
When you found yourself in the backseat of some stranger’s car

You only get one first love in your lifetime
I’ll never forget you no matter how hard I try

I saw you last night, what a way to meet
I was halfway drunk and singing songs on Brunswick Street
You were all dolled up, didn’t have time to stay
Just a quick hello and something about your wedding day
Track Name: Wheels Up
Flying out across the water looking out across the sea
There ain’t no one in my row of seats or right in front of me
But there’s a tightness in my chest
I shut my eyes and try to rest and get some sleep

I left everything behind me, I packed up and headed west
I got a some work up in Kalgoorlie, where they put me to the test
I only lasted 90 days
And I drank away my pay like all the rest

Will this old hunk of metal take me home
Or on into the sunset and unknown
Or am I cursed to always fly alone

I’ve always been a traveller, driven on by wanderlust
And a deeply rooted fear of who to love and who to trust
I go by many different names
And the blood within my veins is desert dust

I heard that if you keep on moving you won’t gather any moss
But what they failed to mention is the underlying cost
Of moving on from place to place
The disappointment in the face of those you’ve lost
Track Name: Lean Into Me
And I wrestle with this aching gut
As you’re staring up to me
Are you lost amongst the tidal waves?
Of loss and misery
Do you want some place to call your own?
On a road that never ends
Or do you want me to just shut my mouth?
So we can start again

Come on brother
Come on soul
Come on and reach out for me

But time just seems to linger on
And I just wanna save the day
But I realise 'cause I’ve been right there
There’s nothing I can say
So I’ll be here til the break of dawn
And I’ll never say a word
I’ll never be the one to judge
Yeah just 'cause I have learned

So if you ever need a friend to call
I’ll stop my life and I’ll be there
'Cause this road you’re on is not one way
In case you weren’t aware
Track Name: A Man Possessed
Hard and full of pride
We were shooting the breeze on the day you died
Out by the paper mill
Where the river flows past the Queens Park hill
All quiet with a slight south breeze
Sweat on our hands and dirt on our knees
And I tried to not let go
But I hadn’t the strength and man I moved too slow

Some mistakes can’t be undone
So you carry the weight like a loaded gun
Some mistakes you can’t make right
And they’re the ones that keep you awake at night

No one could meet my eye
Your father was pale and your mum just cried
My folks they tried their best
They held my hand while you were laid to rest
While the crowd gave sideways looks
I stood at the grass while my legs just shook
The tears began to fall
As I dropped to my knees and began to bawl

Too young to face arrest
So I carry the weight just like a man possessed
I carry the weight like a man possessed
I carry the weight like a man possessed
Track Name: Ghost In The Fog
I see the sunset over the rise
It’s dropping little cannonballs deep in disguise
And I know it might be the last one that I’ll ever see

I hear the sirens from out past the bridge
They’re singing my name 'cause they know what I did
And I know that they’re gunning, gunning for me

But there are dogs out on my trail
I’ve got the hounds of hell on my tail
Will they catch me when I hit the fence?
Man I swear it was self defence

I hear a train blow and pierce through the night
If I can make it past the highway maybe I will be alright
And I know I’ve gotta keep moving if I wanna be free

I see the sunrise peek over the hill
I’m stained with the blood of the man that I killed
And I know I’ve gotta become the ghost in the fog
And I know I’ve gotta become the ghost in the fog
Track Name: Holding On
The first town she stopped in
She decided to stay
Probably wasn’t one of the smartest of moves
But she didn’t care either way
Got a job slinging coffee
At the road house just north of town
Back to back shifts for only a couple of bucks
Still she knew that she couldn’t turn around

A shitty new town to begin in
A place where her kids could forget
Changed their names like she changed their location
Dyed her hair from golden blonde to brunette
While the record spins over and over and over

She’s holding on for the little ones
She’s reaching out for something real tonight
She’s told herself I don’t need anyone
She’s sung that song so many times
She’s starting to believe in it

She woke in the morning
To a sharp knock on the door
She swore she’d made all the payments
Oh but still they cried out for more
She tiptoed back through to the kitchen
A four square of Lego jammed deep into her feet
She bites her tongue before screams to high hell
Cause she don’t want to disrupt their sleep

Pokes her head through doors of their bedrooms
She glides in and then kisses their cheeks
Oh the credit card can wait another fortnight
Just as long as there’s some food to eat
While the record spins over and over and over

She sings the songs back to herself
While the record spins round in her head

(Only the lonely )

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