Into The Blue

by Neil Porter

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about

My 4th collection of original songs. A fuller, rounder sound than my previous 3 albums. Available as a digital download or a CD in a thinline case with 4 sided colour insert.

I'm pleased to have a number of international collaborators on this one - Fran Dagostino on guitar, John Libby from Boston on keyboards, Anne Cozean from North Fork California on backing vocals and Mike Watkins from Virginia on drums - some familiar names there if you have the "Neil Porter Collection" :) I'm also very happy that I have a "live from The PBGB Shed" song here, featuring Chris Ralfs on fretless bass and Peter Reid on drums. Finally, Jan Porter joined me on backing vocals on "Money To Burn" - very glad that Jan was ready to join in again.

You'll find reggae, some interesting time signatures, RnB and acoustic rock here - plus something a little harder :)

The last song, "Eggshell Walk", is an "homage" to the late, great Fran Dagostino from Boston, USA who plays all the astonishing guitars. Although I never physically met Fran, we Skyped a couple of times and he was good enough to play lead guitar on a few of my tunes for me. From all reports, Fran was a seriously good guy. He is very much missed, even here on the other side of the planet.

I really hope you enjoy this one.

Happy 2015 to all, and .... cheers from Oz!
Neil

credits

released 01 January 2015

Anne Cozean - backing vocals on "Dream For Dream"
Chris Ralfs - bass on "Something She Said"
Fran Dagostino - guitar on "Doing The Eggshell Walk"
Jan Porter - backing vocals on "Money To Burn"
John Libby - keyboards on "Doing The Eggshell Walk"
Mike Watkins - drums on "Doing The Eggshell Walk"
Neil Porter - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming,
Peter Reid - drums on "Something She Said"

All recording and production done at "jigumastudio" (except "Something She Said which was recorded at "The Shed") at Pambula Beach Australia

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Track Name: Some Days Will Be Like That
SOME DAYS WILL BE LIKE THAT
©2014 Neil Porter

Verse: |Am|F7/4|Am6|F7/A| x 2
Chorus: |G|Dm|C|C|G|Dm|C|D|
Bridge: |Em|Bm|Dm|Am|

You got your set glued to A.M.
Get your opinions from the devious boys
They load the words and you spray ‘em
You add your voice to all the negative noise

Ooh ooh
Some days’ll be like that
Ooh ooh
Some days’ll leave you flat

You got no time for reflection
You got no time for all that serious stuff
Your life’s been full of rejection
You do OK but it’s not good enough

Ooh ooh
Some days’ll be like that
Ooh ooh
Some days’ll leave you flat

Won’t you take a good look at yourself?
Couldn’t things be a whole lot better?

SOLO

Ooh ooh
Some days’ll be like that
Ooh ooh
Some days’ll leave you flat

You trash the world as we know it
Taking us backwards at the speed of light
You just don’t think and you show it
The sun is setting on a long dark night

Ooh ooh
Some days’ll be like that
Ooh ooh
Some days’ll leave you flat
Track Name: Dream For Dream
Dream For Dream
©2014 Neil Porter

He was dark side
Eyes open wide
He was studying the moon
She was out for air
She didn’t care
Was she giving in too soon?

So they talked straight
And they stayed up late
And she matched him dream for dream
And the time flew
And no-one knew
She asked him where he’d been
And the moon shone
He was almost gone
Things seemed just what they seem

Dream for dream
She matched him
Dream for dream
Dream for dream
She matched him
Dream for dream

Two hands brushed
The lady blushed
The sky was full of stars
And there was Saturn, Venus, Jupiter
Did she think there’s life on Mars?

So they walked late
And they got on great
And he matched her dream for dream
And the time flew
And no-one knew
He asked her where she’d been
And the moon shone
She was almost gone
Things seemed just what they seem

Dream for dream
She matched him
Dream for dream
Dream for dream
She matched him
Dream for dream

His hopes were high
When they said goodbye
Some good things end too soon
He was dark side
Eyes open wide
He was studying the moon

Dream for dream
She matched him
Dream for dream
Dream for dream
She matched him
Dream for dream
Track Name: Blood Red Moon
Blood Red Moon
©2014 Neil Porter

You say it doesn’t matter
So why’d you cover your tracks?
It’s been way too long
And I won’t look back

Chorus:
You’ve been sneaking in at night
Coming on so bright so soon
Then you’re trying to explain
The stain of the blood red moon

Don’t want your words of wisdom
Secret handshakes and signs
Don’t want to hear no more
Of the company line

Chorus:
You’ve been sneaking in at night
Coming on so bright so soon
Then you’re trying to explain
The stain of the blood red moon

Refrain:
What if none of this is real?
What if none of this is true?
If it is the joke’s on me
Or is the joke on you?

SOLO

You know I’ve been thinking
I’ve been doing my sums
How come I never see you
When the morning comes?

Chorus:
You’ve been sneaking in at night
Coming on so bright so soon
Then you’re trying to explain
The stain of the blood red moon
You’ve been sneaking in at night
Coming on so bright so soon
And I’m trying to explain
The stain of the blood red moon
Track Name: Don't Go In The Water
Where The Wild Things Are
©2014 Neil Porter

I've been where the wild things are
I've been up where nothing sleeps at night
I've been where the wild things are
I've been where the wildlife likes to bite

Don't go in the water there
Don't go in the water there
I've been where the wild things are
Don't go in the water there
Don't go in the water there
I've been where the wild things are

Up north it can get so hot
Up there you don’t get to sleep
Up there it can get so hot
Beauty that’ll make you weep

Don't go in the water there
Don't go in the water there
I've been where the wild things are
Don't go in the water there
Don't go in the water there
I've been where the wild things are

It’s another world up north
Wilder than my wildest dream
It’s another world up north
More beautiful than anywhere I’ve been

Don't go in the water there
Don't go in the water there
I've been where the wild things are
Don't go in the water there
Don't go in the water there
I've been where the wild things are
Track Name: You Lied About That
you lied about that
©2014 Neil Porter

Well you can say what you want
And I don’t have a problem with that
You can call a spade a spade
There’s no worry ‘bout that
You’ve got to do what you say you’ll do
You know that its true
You’ve got to do it day by day
Whatever you do

But when you change what you say
The very next day
There’s sure to be a problem with that
And when you do what you do
It won’t go away
There’s gonna be a problem with that

You lied and you lied and you lied
And then you lied about that
You’re there under false pretences
People care about that
You might think that I'm naive 
And I’m sure that you do
I just know what I believe
And I know that’s not you

And when you change what you say
The very next day
There’s sure to be a problem with that
And when you do what you do
It won’t go away
There’s gonna be a problem with that

You lied and you lied and you lied
-
You lied and you lied and you lied
-
You lied and you lied and you lied
-
You lied and you lied and you lied
-
Track Name: Flashback Jack
Flashback Jack
©2014 Neil Porter

Flashback Jack was no-one’s hero
Someone saw him hangin’ ‘round
His goodwill stash was close to zero
Flashback Jack is back in town

He left a string of bridges burning
And his second chances stretched up to the moon

Jack’s been singing all his sad songs
All his heartfelt lost and found
Pumping out the “done me wrong” songs
Flashback Jack is back in town

He left a string of bridges burning
And his second chances stretched up to the moon

Too much time away
Coming home too soon
Running out of second chances
Coming home too soon

INSTR

He left a string of bridges burning
And his second chances stretched up to the moon

Flashback had a voice like honey
Minstrel mind and broken heart
Sang his songs for love not money
Flashback needs another start

He left a string of bridges burning
And his second chances stretched up to the moon

Too much time away
Coming home too soon
Running out of second chances
Coming home too soon
Track Name: Everybody Cries
Everybody Cries
©2013 Neil Porter

It’s 44 in the shade today
Heat that takes your breath away
I’m hoping this north wind will stop
There’s burning trees on the mountain top
Gumtree smoke on the late night air
We’re not going anywhere
Bad news coming every way

We’re counting on a fire break
I’m thinking of my last mistake
I’m thinking of our family
Thinking most about you and me
Gumtree smoke on the late night air
We’re not going anywhere
Bad news coming every way

Everybody lives
Everybody dies
Anybody here can see
The heartbreak in my eyes
Everybody loves
Everybody cries
Is anybody listening?

SOLO

Everybody lives
Everybody dies
Anybody here can see
The heartbreak in my eyes
Everybody loves
Everybody cries
Is anybody listening?

A bit too late for “best laid plans”
That fire truck’s in the street again
Keeping cool, I’ve got the blues
Things look bad on the midnight news
Gumtree smoke on the late night air
We’re not going anywhere
Bad news coming every way

Friends cut off on the north of town
Hope they left before the sun went down
Fire’s up and the wind is too
I close my eyes and think of you
Gumtree smoke on the late night air
We’re not going anywhere
Bad news coming every way

Everybody lives
Everybody dies
Anybody here can see
The heartbreak in my eyes
Everybody loves
Everybody cries
Is anybody listening?
Is anybody listening?


For Ed and Lisa and Joe: "The 'roos have all disappeared into the shade of the bush". It didn't quite make the cut - a scanning issue :)
Track Name: Into The Blue
Into The Blue
©2013 Neil Porter

It’s not how we planned it
But it might have to do
It’s not on the record
But we could put it there too
It’s not what we needed
But it gives us a clue
It’s not what we wanted
But it might have to do

Into the blue
Out of my hands again
Into the blue
What can you do?
What can you do?

I’d rather not stay here
But that’s what you do
And getting away
Might be good for you too
It’s not what we needed
But it gives us a clue
It’s not what we wanted
But it might have to do

Into the blue
Out of my hands again
Into the blue
What can you do?
What can you do?

If nothing can save us
Make us shiny and new
Can something I say
Get me out of this zoo?
It’s not what we needed
But it gives us a clue
It’s not what we wanted
But it might have to do

Into the blue
Out of my hands again
Into the blue
What can you do?
What can you do?
Track Name: Jump Right In
Jump Right In
©2013 Neil Porter

Going down to the river
Gonna jump right in
Feel it cool and wet
On my burning skin
I can shut my eyes
I can swim down deep
I can ride the tide
Right out to sea

Heading north for winter
Get some Queensland sun
Got some folks to see
Get some thinking done
If I shut my eyes
If I dig down deep
I can sit it out
I can get some sleep

Gonna walk in the forests
Gonna hug some trees
Breathe real deep
And do what I please
I can shut my eyes
I can turn away
If I help you out
That’d make my day

Those days of summer
Where do they go?
Want to find a beach
Keep my profile low
I can shut my eyes
I can’t ask for more
I can ride the waves
Right into shore

When I get to the end
That’s the point of course
And when I get there
What’s mine is yours
And I’ll shut my eyes
And I’ll swim down deep
And I’ll feel the waves
Wash over me
Track Name: Money To Burn
Money To Burn
© 2009 Neil Porter
Capo on 3
I spent a lot of money
On a big, big house
I put a lot of dollars
In a bad, bad plan
Too much money
Going down the drain
I owe a lot of money to a bad, bad man

I spent a lot of money
Buying shares and things
I blew a lot of cash
Buying diamond rings
I flew around the country
In my flash jet plane
I owe a lot of money to a bad, bad man

I had money to burn
It can’t buy love
I had money to burn
Don’t grow on trees
I had money to burn
You can’t take it with you
I had money to burn
It just isn’t everything

I work all year
At an all day job
I spend a lot of time
With the folks I rob
I lost a lot of money
Way too much money
I owe a lot of money to a bad, bad man



I had money to burn
It can’t buy love
I had money to burn
Don’t grow on trees
I had money to burn
You can’t take it with you
I had money to burn
It just isn’t everything

Had a wife and kids
That I hardly saw
They spent all my money
And they wanted more
Too much money
Going down the drain
I owe a lot of money to a bad bad man

I spent a lot of money
On some big, black cars
I drank a lot of money
In my favourite bars
Too much money
I just threw it away
I owe a lot of money and its time to pay

Money to burn
Money to burn
Money to burn
Money to burn
Root of all evil!
Track Name: News Is Gonna Break
Something’s gonna to happen
Some news is gonna break
Someone’s just about to give in
Sometimes you have to give in
Watching your reflection
Is keeping me awake

I’ve missed you like sleep
I need you like water
Bad news is gonna break

Going down the water
For a midnight swim
Taking notes and writing
About the state we’re in
Taking in the droplets
On your moonlight skin

I’ve missed you like sleep
I need you like water
Bad news is gonna break

Scanning the horizon
For some give and take
Someone’s just about to give in
Sometimes you have to give in
Seeing what you’re doing
I watch you hesitate

I’ve missed you like sleep
I need you like water
Bad news is gonna break

There’s no misunderstanding
There’s icing, not much cake
There’s rules you gotta follow
And there’s rules you oughta break
Nobody’s gonna notice
That you’re giving them a shake

I’ve missed you like sleep
I need you like water
Bad news is gonna break
Track Name: Something She Said
Something She Said
©2014 Porter

Somebody’s going out tonight
Dressed to kill, got a deal in the pocket
They’re loading up tonight oh oh, oh oh
They’re on a roll and you’re not gonna stop it

The other side of tinsel town
Shot of Mule, ‘n a chemical rocket
Somebody’s loaded up tonight oh oh, oh no
They’re on a roll and you’re not gonna stop it

Was it something she said
Now you’re over your head
Going into the red

Somebody’s hit the ground tonight
They fit the bill, some kind of thrill, it isn’t right
Somebody’s loaded up tonight oh no, oh no
They’re on a roll and you’re never gonna stop it

INSTR

Was it something she said
Now you’re over your head
Going into the red

Somebody’s on the run tonight
Did the crime, now they’re not gonna drop it
They’re locking someone up tonight oh no oh no
They’re going down and you’re not gonna stop it

Was it something she said
Now you’re over your head
Going into the red
Track Name: All Fall Down
All Fall Down
© 2007 Neil Porter

I’ve always been an open man
I wear my heart here on my sleeve
I always try to make things work
I try to say what I believe
You might disagree with me
But I’ll try to understand

If you want to talk to me
You’ve got to say just what you feel
You’ve got to leave my options open
You’ve got to tell me something real
I’ve heard it all before
And I’m hearing it again

If you’re making promises
You don’t plan to keep
Don’t even plan to try
If you stack them all together
They all fall down

You want my approval
Do you want something else from me?
Something unconditional
That’s a bit too much you see
You burnt me once before
And you’re coming round again

It’s coming ‘round again
Like a mark upon a wheel
You try to win me over
You try to cut a deal
You might disagree with me
But I’ll try to understand

Stack them all together
They all fall down
It pays you to remember
They all fall down
Stack them all together
They all fall down - crashing in a pile
You just can’t forget it
They all fall down

INSTRUMENTAL

If you’re making promises
You don’t plan to keep
Don’t even plan to try
If you stack them all together
They all fall down

If you win another round
It won’t change the way I feel
Just have to spend another year
Shoulder firmly to the wheel
It’s happened times before
And it’s coming round again

I’ve always been an open man
I wear my heart here on my sleeve
I always try to make things work
I try to say what I believe
You can disagree with me
But try to understand
Track Name: Up To You
Up To You
© Neil Porter 2005

The new year turns, I think of
How our lives are written in the sand
As each new day goes by
I try my very best to understand

Bushfire burns across the bay
Sometimes things happen that aren’t planned
As each new day goes by
I try my very best to understand

Ch
What can you do?
Go with the flow
It’s up to you
Which way you go
World needs some help right now
It’s really up to you

The earth keeps spinning
As we make our lonely way around the sun
As each new day goes by
I think of all the crazy things I’ve done

Maybe I’m living in the past
Maybe my memory’s finally gone
As each new day goes by
I think of all the crazy things I’ve done

Broken things make me ill at ease
That clock that’s waiting on the wall
These times have got me on the run
Dylan said “a song is like a dream”
This is my first dream of the year
I’ll simply smile when it is done

INSTRUMENTAL

Ch
What can you do?
Go with the flow
It’s up to you
Which way you go
World needs some help right now
It’s really up to you

I saw King Kong this afternoon
It made things strangely seem so clear
As each new day goes by
I find the time to shed another tear

This world I’m living in just isn’t how I
Thought the world would be
As each new day goes by
I shed a tear for many things I see

Ch
What can you do?
Go with the flow
It’s up to you
Which way you go
World needs some help right now
It’s really up to you

Broken things make me ill at ease
That clock that’s waiting on the wall
These times have got me on the run
Dylan said “a song is like a dream”
This is my first dream of the year
I’ll simply smile when it is done

The new year turns, I think of
How our lives are written in the sand
As each new day goes by
I try my very best to understand

Bushfire burns across the bay
Sometimes things happen that aren’t planned
As each new day goes by
I try my very best to understand

Ch
What can you do?
Go with the flow
It’s up to you
Which way you go
World needs some help right now
It’s really up to you
Track Name: Doing The Eggshell Walk feat FRAN DAGOSTINO
Doing The Eggshell Walk
© 11/2005 Neil Porter

We lie awake at daybreak
And you ask me how the world gets on outside
Another shattered marketplace
Another scattered day of broken lives

Chorus
I’m scared to turn the news on
In the morning
Don’t know what might happen
In my sleep
They’ve got you and me
Doing the Eggshell Walk
Doesn’t seem like
Freedom much to me

Streets of Paris burning
Someone else’s city, could be yours
A signal of frustration
With the growing gap dividing rich and poor

Chorus
I’m scared to turn the news on
In the morning
Don’t know what might happen
In my sleep
They’ve got you and me
Doing the Eggshell Walk
Doesn’t seem like
Freedom much to me

They send ‘em home in body bags
2000 already, there’ll be more
We don’t count the other side
30,000 people, that’s the score

Chorus
Getting scared to wake up
In the morning
Anything could happen
In your sleep
They’ve got you and me
Doing the Eggshell Walk
Doesn’t seem like
Freedom much to me

Refrain
You put one foot forward
And you look around
You shade your eyes
And you test the ground
You jump at shadows
And you shy at sounds
If you wonder why you’re dancing
You’re doing the Eggshell Walk