The Heart Of The City

by Nathan Seeckts

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released March 29, 2019

Recorded in June and July of 2018 at Union Street Studio in Melbourne
Engineered and mixed by Roger Bergodaz
Produced by Nathan Seeckts and Roger Bergodaz
Mastered by Amy Marie at Yes Master in Nashville
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All songs written by Nathan Seeckts
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Nathan Seeckts - Vocals and guitars
Sean McDonnell - Guitars
Matt Dietrich - Bass
Mark McLeod - Drums and percussion
Rory Millar - Harmonica
Kat Chish - Violin
Nathan Barrett - Backing vocals
Gretta Ziller - Backing vocals
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Photography by Lucinda Goodwin
Artwork by Annie Walter

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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: Old Blood
I tried to capture glory
Sang songs in every bar
You make it in your hometown
You think that you’re a star
The only stars round here played football
I wrote songs ‘bout gettin’ out
We’d all wind up in those bathroom stalls
‘Til the bouncers kicked us out

I used to brag I’d messed around
With every girl in town
I used to rule these streets of mine
Oh yeah, once upon a time

And I’ve been holding on so long there’s nothing left
But the distant taste of youth upon my breath
Surrounded by the ghosts of all my long forgotten friends
Now I’m just old blood and regret

With time the bars I played in
They started shuttin’ down
And pretty soon well I became
The king without a crown
The stories they got taller
As friends all slipped away
Nights alone with the TV on
And drinkin’ through the day

I tried to capture glory
Sang songs in every bar
You make it in your hometown
You think that you’re a star
Track Name: Beast Beneath The Bed
Now I haven’t seen you in forty days and nights
And I’ve trouble sleeping when I turn off all the lights
I’m drinking and eating but my clothes still don’t fit right
And every morning, well I’m waking overtired

And there’s a hole within my chest and nothing can fill it
Yeah there’s a beast beneath my bed and nothing can kill it

My head’s full of lightning. I’m a stripped and tangled wire
My heart keeps on beating and my blood is filled with fire
I focus on breathing and continue to perspire
Now I’m over thinking for half the goddamn night

And there’s a hole within my chest. I wish I could fill it
Yeah there’s a beast beneath my bed. I wish I could kill it

I’m worn out pretending that everything’s alright
I’m over explaining why I always seem uptight
So I’m doing something that’ll help me to rewrite
The words that I’m singing and continue to recite

And there’s a hole within my chest. I’m trying to fill it
Yeah, there’s a beast beneath my bed. I’m trying to kill it
And there’s a hole within my chest and I’m gonna fill it
Yeah there’s a beast beneath my bed and I’m gonna kill it
Track Name: Sirens
The sirens cut through the city
As the phones all start ringing out
The air tastes so sweet and sticky
Leaves a bad taste there in your mouth

How long before she had enough?
Most people would have given up
There’s only so much pain that she could take
Face down upon the kitchen floor
The kids screaming through the bedroom walls
Well he beat her until all she could was break

She started swinging for the fence
God damn it was only self defence
So she hit him hard and then she hit again

They all said that he was one of the boys
But the neighbourhood all heard the noise
Turned their TVs up to drown out all the sound
Not one of them was checking in
Shootin’ daggers at her torn up skin
Then they passed her by while staring at the ground

Her face was worn down by the tears
Of being beaten down for years
So she hit him hard and then she hit again
Track Name: Moonlight Creek
They found her body out beyond the pines
Near a cyclone fence under some power lines
Her mother hadn’t heard from her in weeks
She’d been meeting up with friends near Moonlight Creek

She was stripped of all her grace
From her feet up to her face
The sun it turns to red as it starts to settle down
On the remnants of a broken southern town

They picked her boyfriend up outside his house
They questioned him for almost fourteen hours
He offered up a solid alibi
Well he was interstate the night they said she died

They brought in more suspects they could not hold
It turned into a case no one could solve
The rumours were the killer passed on through
And wasn’t someone that she even knew

She was stripped of all her grace
From her feet up to her face
And the sun it turns to red as it starts to settle down
On the remnants of a broken southern town
And the sun it turns to red as it finally settles down
On the remnants of a broken southern town
Track Name: All Night, Hold Tight
The devil he’s taking cues from me
But he won’t take these blues from me
I wrapped them up in a melody
And laid ‘em down and set ‘em free
So we could sing along side by side
In bar rooms every Friday night
A little drunk, a little high
We fall in love under neon lights

All night, all night long
All night, all night long
All night, hold tight, you got me feeling just right
All night, all night long

We’re switching off the outside world
And stealing kisses from doe eyed girls
She looks like trouble through those bright red curls
But surely one little dance won’t hurt?
Then they go and switch the houselights on
But everyone you seem to know is gone
So the barman puts some Otis on
You raise a glass and you sing along
Track Name: Thunder and Rain
Sweet caressing at the break of dawn
Trace the early rays of light on your arm
Holding on with my everything
Before you click your heals and leave me again

Singing
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-oh-oh

Give the world if I could read your mind
Figure out what made you so unkind
Tried to shower you with all my love
Then you’d tell me it was never enough

As I call down the thunder
As I call down the rain
And I retrace your footsteps
Through the heartache and pain

Well I was never good at reading signs
Should have known that you were never mine
Getting tired of the games you play
So I won’t stop you as you walk away

There’s something in the way you’re always calling me “baby”
It sounds so good but it is tearing me up deep inside
There’s something in the way you’re always driving me crazy
That keeps me coming back like a cork on the edge of the tide

Singing
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
Track Name: Three Soldiers
Three 13 year old soldiers
That’s what we thought we were
It was always us against the outside world
A stronger bond than brothers
Even when we hurt
Yeah nothing came between us
Til time it came between us and split us up

We saw less of each other
As the years they ticked along
I heard that Dave had moved up to Sydney with his mum
Jimmy stayed round local
While me I headed west
And I got into some trouble
It was always me in trouble, unlike the rest

I never found new friends as I grew up
I searched in every bottle and every cup
I never had friends like I did
When I was a little kid
And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one

I found out Dave got married
And Jimmy got real sick
But they caught pretty early luckily
I just hit twelve months sober
I thought of reaching out
Would they even recognise me?
Man, I barely recognise who I am now

Three 13 year old soldiers
That’s what we thought we were
It was always us against the outside world
Track Name: I'm Your Queen
Slept the night on a mountain of cigarettes
Woke up swimming in a pool of gin
I wandered lost through my apartment
And started packing up your things
I had a song inside I wish I could forget
And some ink that was fresh and new
I thought about the nights on the south side
Where we broke in our dancing shoes

You said “I’m your queen. You know me.”
You said “I’m your queen. For all to see.”

Paced around the nights you were never there
Trying to find out where you’d been
Prayed to god I wouldn’t find you all alone
With a needle in your skin
Some nights you’d come around when loaded
Desperation raw and thick
You’d lock yourself inside my bedroom
As the withdrawal made you sick

The first night that we met I knew I’d fall in love with you
But you weren’t the kinda girl you just pick up
You had torn up denim jeans and your shirt said Sonic Youth
But I thought that maybe I could be enough
Track Name: Whiskey Drunk
Something tells me tonight
That this bottle that we’re sharing just 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 tales from lovers long lost
My partner in crime and my crutch
I hate that I love you so much

You’re my reason to breathe
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
Hey man this barfly routine just ain’t right
And we’ve all had our fill it’s been fun
But isn’t it time we moved on
So the coffee they serve up is hot
But there’s just stares from you as you line up shots
And I won’t kick the habit for long
Cause I’m telling you darling I just ain’t that strong
Track Name: Houselights
I’ve spent so many nights singing to strangers
Wonderin’ if they care for what I do
Stealing lines and chords from all my heroes
But that’s secret only known to me and you
I’ve sailed through a sea of empty bottles
I drank to fuel this fire in my guts
Writing songs of love and loss and desperation
And prayin’ to god that it would be enough

When I’m long gone before the dawn
Bring the house lights on
Cause I am gone

I’ve tried my best to make through the daylight
Slinging cans and curses at the sun
Til someone shouts out what’s with all the sad songs?
Why don’t you play more happy ones?
And as I’m packing up this guy comes up to tell me
I would’ve bailed out if not for you
You know that song you wrote ‘bout driving down the Port Road
Well it’s the only thing that helped me make it though

When I’m long gone before the dawn
Bring the house lights on
Cause I am gone
When I’m long gone before the dawn
Bring the curtains down
Cause I am gone
Bring the curtains down
Bring the house lights on
This is my last song
Before I’m gone

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