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lyrics

SMOKE AND MIRRORS
(D Walker/G Young/M Smith)

G
They moved to the coast about five years ago,
C G
set up in a shack set back from the road.

He was a junkie spat out by St Kilda,
C G
She was a dancer who waltzed her matilda

And they had a baby who was plagued by their vices,
C G
A baby that came to pay the price for them, their lot, the cost of neglect,
F C G
That child was an albatross hung about their neck.
C G C G
Salt in the blood, life grows thinner
C D G
He makes the smoke, she breaks the mirror.

Sound of the waves from over the road, she don’t like the feel of sand between her toes.
He stays at home cos he can’t leave the green that grows in the place where the neighbours can’t see.
The days are all screaming and yelling and anger, the nights are all TV, bourbon, pills and ganja
That poor child is crying remembering soul
He just ignores her, she’s passed out cold
Sleep without dreams
Days are no clearer
He makes the smoke, she breaks the mirror.

[Middle Section in D, finishes on a Bb over D]

Early next morning the baby awakes
Crawls through the mess and into the day
Moves through the lounge room where they’re fast asleep
Wisp of a memory, voice from the deep
Heads out the door to the crashing of waves into a peace that they can’t take away

She said, she was my angel I’m not to blame
I loved her so much now she’s gone away

Summertime white
Hot road shimmer
He makes the smoke and she’s just another generation that don’t get any nearer 
He makes the smoke, she breaks the mirror

credits

from Fake Hotel, released February 8, 2016
Amanda Masayama backing vocals
Greg Hunt mandolin, five string violin
DW vox, guitars, keys

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