Deviation Road

by Nathan Seeckts

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released October 27, 2011

Nathan Seeckts: Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica, Keys

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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: Deviation Road
Well I used to work the cement works
Til they closed in 2001
Then we spent most our days at the Western
Backing last place at 40 to 1.
You worked the bar and the tables
Your cheeks flushed with red when you’re near
As you leant in real close, and whispered so low
That I was the only one to hear

I just want you by my side
For now and forever more
Down by the reservoir
We drank til quarter to three
And swore that we’d run away
From this town one day

Your mother was not too approving
Your father was too drunk to care
He’d not been the same since he’d been retrenched
A shell of a man unaware
But we were so young and so foolish
Wrapped up in our own little world
Knocked sideways by news at the doctors
That in eight months we’d welcome a girl

I just need you by my side
For now and forever more
Down by the reservoir
We talked til quarter to three
And swore that we’d run away
From this town one day

But this ain’t no fairytale
As life never is
They said “There’s complications,
Your wife didn’t make it….
But your daughter did…”

I’ve got our girl by my side
For now and forever more
Down by the reservoir
She’s asking questions of me
Bout the lady who passed away
So that she could stay
Track Name: Don't Lie To Me Boy
Mother used to be caring
Mother used to be so kind
Til she started dirty dancing
To pay for food and clothes and wine
Father left us Christmas morning
Father’s never coming back
He left us with no warning
I heard he dies of a heart attack

Don’t lie to me boy
Cause I ain’t no time for tales
Don’t cry to me boy
Cause I got troubles of my own

She said “I’m going out and I might be back today
I’m going out to dance at Summer Rains."
She said “I’m going out and I might be back today
So sing aloud and put them kids to sleep."

Buster ran that dirty strip club
We called him uncle now and then
He never raised his hand but he messed her up yeah
He got her hooked on crack cocaine
And as the oldest of four children
It was my job to protect the rest
Make sure they never saw our mother
Strung out like a fucking mess.

Don’t look at me boy
Cause I know that I have failed
Don’t cry to me boy
Cause I got troubles of my own

She said “I’m going out and I might be back today
I’m going out to dance at Summer Rains."
She said “I’m going out and I might be back today
So sing aloud and put them kids to sleep."
Track Name: Hard Time
We used to dance out in the court
With our heads held high
We used laugh at the poor
Kids out on the street
As we passed them by
We used to plan to grow old
Disgracefully
But the night I got caught
You were nowhere to be seen

So lift your head now
And listen to me
I’ve got soul now
Like you wouldn’t believe
And maybe this time
Baby girl you’ll save my soul
Coz in five years theirs parole

We used to press hard on the glass
For hours at a time
Memorized lines on your face
Where the only thing that helped me get by
Guess I didn’t know you at all
Your dishonesty
Its been three years since the call
Where you said I’ll see you in a week.

So lift your head now
And listen to me
I’ve got soul now
Like you wouldn’t believe
And maybe this time
Baby girl you’ll save my soul
Coz next week I’m up for parole

So lift your head now
And listen to me
I’ve got soul now
Like you wouldn’t believe
And maybe this time
Baby girl you’ll save my soul
Cause I just heard they’ve revoked parole.
Track Name: Out Past The Waves
Over the seas
And out past the waves
She waits for me
So strong and so brave
I rest on the sand
My head on my knees
I whisper her name
Into the breeze

There’s miles between
The oceans and land
She took me a boy
And made me a man
As the sun sets out low
At the end of the day
Well for once in my life
I’ve got something to say

She’s the heat in my blood
She’s the fire in my veins
She’s the woman I trust
She’s the one I can’t tame

Over the seas
And out past the waves
She waits for me
So strong and so brave
Track Name: Whiskey Drunk
Something tells me tonight
That this bottle that we’re sharing feels right
My head is all twisted severe
And I’m so glad that I’ve got you here
3 sheets to the wind and star crossed
Just like lovers from tales long lost
You’re my partner in crime and my crutch
And I hate that I love you so much

You’re my reason to breathe
But you’re like poison to me
You pick me up, when I’m whiskey drunk
You’re my reason to breathe.

Someone tells me tonight
That this barfly routine just ain’t right
We’ve all had our fill its been fun
But isn’t it time to move on.
The coffee they serve up is hot
Blank stares as you line up the shots
Well I won’t kick the habit for long
Cause darling I just ain’t that strong
Track Name: Gone Baby Gone
I sit here silent on this fence
Barbed wire sticking into my legs.
Look out towards the horizon
Wonder where them good times went
Question if you miss me
Or the roar of that Honda between your legs
Skin tight stretched body
Holding on to me like I was all that’s left.

Darling come on home
Coz I can’t spend these drunken nights alone
Through empty rooms I stumble
Searching for the answer to questions never known
Darling come on home
I’m sorry for my sins, I’m trying to atone
Down empty streets I stumble
Searching for the porch light you said that you’d leave on

But it’s gone

There’s still some clothes of yours in the wash pile
Causing your scent to hang around
And those dents in the hallway
From where you dragged your suitcase along the ground
And as I look out the dirty window
To canola fields where we used to lay
And I spun you empty promises
About just how much that I swore that I could change

Now this drunken mess
Is all that’s left
Hello darkness my old friend

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