Set in Stone

by Sam Newton

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1.
Kick my feet against the sand, I’m leaving this prison as a free man. I’ll comb my hair and shine my boots, find my girl, my poison fruit. She’s waiting for me so she said, I’ll buy her flowers when I sell my cigarettes. Pretty soon my time is up, they’ll set me free with a fifteen second shock. Then I will be on your side. I’ll give my love, they’ll take my life. Speak my sins confess my heart, tell me preacher, “Will lightness follow dark?” Forgiveness as a cruel man’s tool, it’ll cut your chains then scorn you as a fool. I’ll close my eyes and count to three, flowers lay beneath my fastened feet. Pretty soon my time is up, they’ll set me free with a fifteen second shock. Then I will be on your side. I’ll give me love, they’ll take my life. Dead man walking and these feet are slowing down. I’ll own this crime, I’ll wear this thorny crown.
2.
The sky was dark and the moon hung low Cold enough to shake your bones I sat amongst the fireside From here I heard my baby cry Soldier pines they towered above And shuddered like some demon shrub The only sound to cross my mind Was the howling as the wolves took flight I looked for her till I lost myself My throat grew dry from the wishing well I ventured forward, hands as eyes To brush out webs and choking vines With a head so light and heart so low I felt that I was losing hope Why would she have gone away She must have walked and lost her place I hoped her feet would guide her here I'd hold her close, expose my fears I came upon a torn up rag Tied around a tree to help keep track A cotton trail brought me home My baby'd come and left a note It said "Bill, I love you so much more My eyes have opened, my heart is torn I've seen you there with those girls I've given myself to the gates of pearls"
3.
I’m hitchin’ on a Freeride Train, Zoomin about as fast as I can go I’m headin’ in the opposite direction from safety and love and my perfect idea of home You know this was no choice of mine, my feet and my head have never been all that close Will you think of me when the morning has come and you’re all alone, all alone? It’s drizzling through this boxcar door, my smokin hand is stirring up a cloud I’ll peer right in and see a future, now and then are both filled up with doubt Wish that you had given me reason, something tangible to glue me down It’s too late to change your mind, this Freeride Train’s my only lover now When sun comes up and train slows down I’ll close my eyes and open them again Breathe the smell of summer rain, this sticky air is welcome as my first No more heartbreak, no more pain, my soul is new my mind forgetting you The Freeride Train has brought me home, I’ll never be alone, never be alone, never be alone.
4.
Set in Stone 04:44
Tell me what you’re thinkin about Tell me when you scream it out, it’s coming through the clouds Baby can you feel the doubt? It’s pouring in your ears, and coming out your mouth Remembering the weeks before The days they pass, the hours are spread across the floor I was once set in stone and you know Came the sun and I fall over you Think of all the things you would say Calculate the cost of my love, is it worth what you pay? Nothing goes according to plan I want to grab the light but the sun keeps on burning my hands Close your eyes and follow the wall Deepened cracks will escort your hands to an uncommon shore I was once set in stone and you know Came the sun and I fall over you Heading to the end of the road Tires are thin and time is running real slow Feet are feeling weak as a stray Baby can you carry me home I was once set in stone and you know Came the sun and I fall over you
5.
Goodbye Son 03:34
Sitting on a hilltop, Looking down on a town, she is covered all around In a giant silver blanket, From her head to her toe, clouds have come from below The cold, it make me weary. Like i make my decisions in the foetal position I am just about to open my eyes. See the beauty then I’ll say goodbye Goodbye son, goodbye son, goodbye son, bye. My mother's waking up now. “Can I pour you a cup, you can tell me when to stop.” People wearing layers. I am covered all around and I’m freezing in this town. Wish that I could tell you that I travel to your home and I want to stay long. But the life I put on standby won't keep me safe, keep me free from responsibility Mum and Dad are finding what they want to say "Make sure you ring me, Sam, I wish that you could stay." Goodbye son, goodbye son, goodbye son, bye. This is not your home. Make it on your own my baby boy. We're only shelter when you get lost. Watch you slip away. Goodbye son, goodbye son, goodbye son, bye. Goodbye son, to my son, goodbye son, bye.
6.
The weather’s getting wetter by the day Drowning birds and swallowing the sky I’m building me a boat and leaving this place I will be my own Shelter from the cold I thought I saw a lighthouse on my way Waited until twilight came and passed It was something of an image in my mind Searching night and day Only empty space I'm looking out the window of my home Myst and rain is filling up my soul Empty out the basin go to bed I will be my own Shelter from the cold
7.
I’ve been having dreams About a man who is ready to believe That ghostly shadows will save the day In a world so empty, in a world too empty And fast paced Freeze frame for me now Open my gaze I want to see whats laid out This traffic in the city is keeping me up all night The curtains are so blurry, the darkness is filled with light If only I could be there In the dreamscape from my mind Take those ghostly sort of figures To the world where people sigh I’m lagging Freeze frame for me now Open my gaze I want to see whats laid out There's a man with a suitcase leaving his wife behind Woke up in the morning, he’d been sleeping for most of his life When a line can lead you to safety And a circle will leave you behind Conflict of interest is all it comes down to Enjoying the small things in life The calvary saves the day Freeze frame for me now Open my gaze I want to see whats laid out
8.
Cannonball 02:46
I’ll speak these words from deep within my heart. Like a typical poet, I’ll yield myself and this I will not fight. I know it’s taken me so long. Think this song like a simmering stew. The time is right to sing it for you. I will protect you from the things that fly, Use myself as a human shield and hold you tight. Wake you from the night terrors that haunt your dreams, Sing you songs and send you drifting back to sleep. My love is like a cannonball in the deepest ocean, blue. Don’t you know it baby that it only falls for you. To tell the truth, I think of you night and day. Not a single moment passes when I’m not wondering if you’re OK. You are my red and green and blue. Don’t you understand my girl, my world is colourless without you. I will protect you from the things that fly, Use myself as a human shield and hold you tight. Wake you from the night terrors that haunt your dreams, Sing you songs and send you drifting back to sleep. My love is like a cannonball in the deepest ocean, blue. Don’t you know it baby that it only falls for you.
9.
I don't wanna be your baby, I just wanna be yours Try and be the only of person that you ain't lookin for Send me to a lonesome place and throw away the key Stuck inside forever more, here is where I'm free I'll choose I never wanna lose With you I trade My sense of space Try and hold me all the time, you'd think I need to breathe I still like to keep you close, my freedom is a sea The boat is small and I am tall, I need to stretch sometimes I wish that you had brought your own, this here boat it is mine Selfish when I return to shore You will steal my oars sometimes I like to drift Think I hear a pleading, it's coming from below The bleeding of your heart my girl, its spread across the floor Pick it up and put it back I hope that it will stay Hoping's what I don't do best, this thread is gonna break I pray Come a day that I will feel the same You will know my name It'll be yours too
10.
Sink into my bones I will fill you with my whole As we drift towards an open sky, Planets track and stars ignite Technicoloured dreams Of my only flowing free I’ll be the words you be my melody Emanating softly on a moonbeam stream All I want for you Is an easy reason to choose An open space where you belong Hold your breath it won’t take long Embers rise and fall From the fires of our souls Our sleeping spirits face a lengthy fall The morning seeping through an open door All I want for you Is an easy reason to choose An open space where you belong Hold your breath it won’t take long All I want for you Is an easy reason to choose An open space where you belong Hold your breath it won’t take long
11.
Let me tell you a story about a time from long ago. Guns were the law and the people were on their own The cops were bent like rubber and the judges all paid off. Justice was as worthless as the value of life and love The nights were getting darker and the days forever long, Blood was on the street-signs, someone had to take action The gods.. They abandoned this place Let's isolate a man who never did no wrong. Wrongly accused for killing wife and daughter and son. They threw him in the blackest cell with windows painted on. Three long years of torture leaked the name that did him wrong The King. This conjured up a fury that would build and build and build. Breaking through the shackles on a rampage that would never yield. He said "I am but a man who is searching for the King. Bring him to my feet or you will feel my sting. I'm cleaning up this town and I'll avenge my own. Step into my way and I will tear your bloody soul.” The priest, the judge, the jury, they were all upon his list. Interrogated one by one. A voice inside him whispered: ”guilty" The pocket of one brutalised revealed a torn up note In it smudged directions to a hidden place an hour up the coast He came upon some men, they tried to pull him limb from limb. The cracking of thunder. All of them met their end. "Unstoppable" they called him. Smell the fear upon the breeze. Criminals were pleading with the man they called the King. He burst open the door. A battle cried out from his lungs. He picked off all the henchmen: one by twenty-one. He screamed "I am but a man who is searching for the King. Bring him to my feet or you will feel my sting. I'm cleaning up this town and I'll avenge my own. Step into my way and I will tear your bloody soul." The bodies scattered everywhere with one arm stretching out. Pointed at the lonely figure standing with his arms by his side. His face began to lower and his mouth began to move, The final words to exit were as liquid sticks to glue He said, “Kill me if you think your pain will disappear. Death may be what I deserve, my conscience is clear. I found the chalk and made my mark now that's only fair." A single shot of silence brought the end to that man there.

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The debut album from Australian Singer-Songwriter Sam Newton, Set in Stone is a crowd funded project two years in the making.

It is an eclectic mix of softly spoken narrative dreamscapes, brass-backed electric guitar anthems, harmonic strings and pedal-steel soaked ballads.

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released October 18, 2014

Produced by Pat O’Grady and Sam Newton
Engineered by Pat O’Grady
Mixed by Pat O’Grady with Sam Newton
Mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock Mastering
Artwork by Sarah Eddowes 2014

All tracks written and arranged by Sam Newton
Except for Dead Man Walking, co-written by Pat O’Grady
Featuring:
Al Goodman - Organ
Alison Avron - Vocals
Anthony Marsden - Trombone
Beatrice Carey - Cello
Cameron Henderson - Electric Guitar
Jason Walker - Pedalsteel, Dobro
John Clancy - Electric Bass
Kelly Tang - Violin
Kyle Taylor - Upright Bass
Matt James - Electric Bass
Misa Yamamoto - Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Partridge - Trumpet
Pat O’Grady - Piano, Rhodes, Sound Effects
Sam Newton - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonica
Zane Banks - Banjo, Electric Guitar
Zeke Ruckman - Drums, Percussion, Congas

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Sydney country-folk songwriter Sam Newton is an artist who has clearly studied the greats, listening to and learning the meticulous craft of combining words and melody, mood and emotion, with raw and poetic honesty.

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