We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $10 AUD  or more

     

1.
IT’S ALL IN THE WAY (Bridie) It’s all in the way that you carry yourself Ever so slightly you lean to one side Each moment moves slowly the colour’s more defined And I don’t want it to change Yeah it’s all in the way you glide when you’re walking Your feet fly in motion they don’t touch the ground And it’s all in the way that you’re mine It’s all in the way we go out night walking The skipping girl vinegar she skips all through the night Everything is effortless and out of control And I don’t want it to change at least not for a while And it’s all in the way that you’re mine And I’m just dreaming here in this silence Lying down like an old dog Lying down here in the grass taking my time thinking other things It’s all in the way you lie when you’re drinking You tell me all kinds of improbable things The old house feels empty and cold and uninviting and lifeless when you’re not around It’s all in the way your eyes stare straight through me I don’t get away with one miserable thing And it’s all in the way that you’re mine Yeah it’s all in the way that you’re mine
2.
I GUESS IT DON’T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS (Bridie) I sit at the window and I can’t see a thing We’re not looking closely we’re just giving in When they spin the wheel of fortune we all clap and dance And we drink and we laugh and we sing It’s a hope we hang on to dearly The chances of winning are grim And I guess it don’t get much better than this All the time I feel fine Do we settle for some ordinary bliss All the time I don’t mind This little country it’s little again We never caught on to the old vision thing But we’re fools if we sit back and stare at the ground While the weasels and analysts sing If we want our place in history We can’t let the frustration drive us to fashionable drinking again And I guess it don’t get much better than this All the time I don’t mind Do we settle for some ordinary bliss All the time I don’t mind It’s all in the family well it must be if they say I’ll take the pills on the couch and then sleep it away We all fake it in fine style we’ve still got our pride And we talk and act tough like we win The way that we keep our heads up While they’ve been stripping away every gain that we’ve made Oh it’s much too easy And I guess it don’t get much better than this All the time I feel fine Do we settle for some ordinary bliss All the time I don’t mind
3.
LEAVE (IF YOU WANT TO) (Bridie) If you want to leave just walk away I’m tired of the uneasiness everyday We wouldn’t have it any other way We wouldn’t have it any other way There are mostly lies in times of war our battle’s the same stupid one as before how bout we say we’ll take this crap no more Let’s take this crap no more For I’m gone ba da de da da de da So if you want to leave just walk away I fall for indecisiveness everyday I wouldn’t have it any other way i wouldn’t have it any other way We drive until the car is broken down We wait until we’re five hours from town and it’s only then there’s not the slightest sound If you want to leave well that’s ok I’m tired of the indifference anyway I wouldn’t have it any other way just any other way For I’m gone ba da de da de da I'm gone... walk away any day walk away MUA!
4.
Weep 03:31
5.
I LIKE IT LIKE THIS (Bridie/Phillips) Walking over the ocean shore A glass reflection on the floor And all the waves are falling as before I could dive right in Tall city buildings they reach the sky, and it grows darker and so do I And no one sees the passers by but everybody stares And I like it like this I like it like this Everyday the light grows dim And she lives on her own again and this is where that it all begins the mutual distrust Watch the lights off in Fairyland they’re far away don’t you understand little changes and nothing’s planned and everything goes wrong And I like it like this I like it like this I get so tired that I cannot see, My feet are sore my eyes bleary I wonder if I will ever be with contentment Can you hear me nevermind I’m weary and I’m colourblind and my eyes are failing everytime patiently And I like it like this like it like this and I like it like this
6.
THE MANGROVE SONG (Bridie/Barker) Inside the reef line the ocean is calm The deaf one is a fisherman he’s working alone on his own He’s working alone Don’t you go out there when the tide’s coming in The ocean it will smash you it will cut up your skin let it in It’ll cut up your skin oh yeah There’s a place you may go When the tide is so low There’s a place you may go A blanket of insects the water is still Down in the mangrove swamp there’s creatures that kill if you will there’s creatures that kill The mud crabs at moonrise crawl out in the night Quiver with secrets and nothing is quiet in the night Yeah nothing is quiet, oh yeah There’s a place you may go When the tide is so low There’s a place you may go I don’t know any ol’ place where the sun gets down so low I don’t know any ol’ place at all The roots ‘neath the mangrove trees crawl through the sand Just like a hunting bird at all times prepared they’re prepared at all times prepared No don’t you go out there when the tides coming in The ocean it will cut you it will cut up your skin Let it in it’ll cut up your skin There’s a place you may go When the tide is so low there’s a place you may go There’s creatures that kill
7.
Muckheap 03:51
8.
Swirl 04:27
SWIRL (Bridie/Phillips) One hundred wildflowers grow out in the desert They’re sharp and bright coloured tough, rugged and dry I thought that I’d never find these hideaway places A glow in the darkness a place you can dream The sun’s like a razor it lives without mercy It sucks all the water right out of your bones Its a land without luxury, cold hearted and ruthless on small talk Just listen it’s still it’s something quite still. Your heads spinning just swirl you just swirl The man with a yearning lives over the mountain He’s harbouring convicts inside of his heart When the night is dead quiet he’s awake and he’s listening he shouts to the hidden monsters out there in the sky Your head is spinning you just swirl you just swirl away away away Down there in his soul Listen its all around Wrapped around your heart Like rusted barbed wire
9.
10.
Malolo 04:07
MALOLO* (Bridie) Your head’s light and breezy but your thinking is slow Everything’s just wait a little bit not go go go The sun shimmer it’s a lazy one it burns on your skin You’re smooth loose and tired now it’s beginning to kick in Malolo don’t you care less for the things that they say Malolo The big sky on top of the deep sea below They join there in the middle it’s as far as it goes You wait here for hours but you don’t mind a bit The bus that you’re waiting for won’t come til next week And when it arrives you may find there’s no seat Malolo don’t you care less for the things that they say Malolo malolo stay The fishing boats huddle close out on the bay The Egg Head prime minister he’s a long way away And nothing like him is going to ruin your day Just wait for the rain to come Malolo don’t you care less for the thing that they say Malolo malolo stay *tok pidgin for ‘doing nothing, rest’
11.
12.
KELLY KWALIK COUNTRY (Bridie/Barker) The dark valley glides out from the rain clouds Come late in the afternoon end of the day Can you hear the murmuring the fire talk the whispering of his name This is the country that belongs to him The fighters are out mostly young boys and dreamers They slide and they stumble they sing as they go The Morning Star shines from the flag that they carry And it leads them to hopefulness against the odds In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country See the old woman they whisper though caked mud Watch them all gesture they know where they are These are the gardeners the planners and thinkers Been working these mountains for thousands of years In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country Kick box Bahasa spit polish and blades The discipline wanders away from the town The Free Lease gold mine and the Coal mine protection Punchak Jaya Mountain the blood Massacre In Kelly Kwalik country Kelly Kwalik country
13.
Curious 04:15
14.
MORE HEART THAN ME (Bridie) She comes every morning at least three times I walk the dark side just for you You know my fault lines all so well every look every word every thing I can imagine With you I got the nerve for anything at all By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be She’s graceful, she’s forthright, she’s stronger than me She’s a fighter, she’s headstrong, she’s got more heart than me I change my flight path just for you I copy strange behaviour if you want me to So high up I may never land So confused I don’t understand With you I’ve got the nerve for anything at all By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be She’s graceful she’s forthright stronger than me She’s a fighter, she’s a brainstorm, she’s got more heart than me You hold me when I’m falling down You help me float when I almost drown I’ll even climb the highest climb Head on straight right into the windstorm I’ve got the nerve with you for anything at all By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be She’s graceful, she’s forthright, she’s stronger than me By god I’m grateful for that’s how it be She’s a fighter, she’s a brainstorm, she’s got more heart than me She’s graceful, she’s forthright, she makes me look better than I really be She’s a fighter, she’s a brainstorm, she’s got more heart than me

credits

released January 1, 2002

Mixed by Christian Scallan at The Soft Centre
Produced by David Bride, Helen Mountfort & Christian Scallan
All arrangements by MFTCC
All lyrics David Bridie

Recorded by Christian Scallan at Woodstock & the Enormodome, Melbourne Nov-Feb 2001-2002
Assisted by Sean Grupetta
Additional recording by Adam Rhodes
Mastered by Franc Tetaz at Moose

All tracks published by Mushroom Music Australia.
Lyrics reproduced with permission.

Thanks to: Winnie & Stella Bride, Darren Steffan, lan James & Mushroom Publishing, Bruce Butler, Stuart McPhee, David Bates,
Bill Bennett, Jo, Kyla & Jess, Simon O" Brien, C.T, Gordo, M & Edie, Bernadette Ryan, Will Larnach-Jones, Simon Polinski, Darren & Magic Bike, Violet & Steve C, Jatz, Ishti & Sniffy, Michael & Jackson, Polyglot Theatre, Chris Gough, Mary Callahan.

Front cover dolls' house "Howard's Battlers' by Lynne Hamilton (thanks Emily & Gabby for sacrificing their dolls' house).
Photographed by Lisa La Barbera.

Design: Lynne Hamilton.
Band photos: Lynne Hamilton (Speigeltent) & Nguyen Huu Bao (Hanoi).

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

My Friend The Chocolate Cake Melbourne, Australia

Their name alone should have ensured a quiet life. No one dreamed of ARIA awards, two years of sold-out Edinburgh Festival dates or the kind of ageless and eternally devoted audience. Somewhere within the unlikely union of kitchen sink piano tales, vivid chamber orchestration and hell-raising instrumental shenanigans, the Melbourne band has carved out a 20 year, seven album history. ... more

contact / help

Contact My Friend The Chocolate Cake

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

My Friend The Chocolate Cake recommends:

If you like My Friend The Chocolate Cake, you may also like: