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The Heart Of The City

by Nathan Seeckts

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Old Blood 03:17
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
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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
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Sirens 04:02
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
10.
Houselights 05:18
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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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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