Majesty and Misery

by Tom Dickins

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This was my debut EP - recorded in Missoula, Montana in 2007 and released to the world via the magic of Myspace. This is the first time it has been available for digital download.

Re-releasing it is part of a wider change in my world. I've jumped in at the deep end and quit my day job to try to make a living as an artist. I believe this is possible. And vital. By buying Majesty and Misery online you are donating directly to keeping my life and limb together - thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and I hope you enjoy it.

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released November 11, 2007

Guitar, Piano and Vocals - Tom Dickins
Guitar on "Bones" - Daniel Roach
Bass, Drums, Harmonica - Blake Bickel
Backing vocals on "Two Worlds Apart" - Karly Bickel


Recorded, mixed, mastered and produced by Blake Bickel, Dynamic Sounds

Artwork by Ange Devery

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Tom Dickins Melbourne, Australia

Musician. Maker of things. Breaker of other things. Sometimes alone. Sometimes with co conspirators. Most recent album with the Punintentionals.

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Track Name: Modern Day Ole Fashion Man
I'm an Australian man
If I have a reputation
I'll disprove it if I can
I'm real good at good
But you should see my bad
As hot as yo mumma
And as cool as... your dad...

Chorus:
I'll give you all
All that I can
I'll be your modern day ole fashion man...

I'll take you in the morning
And of course I can't leave you alone at night
I'll give you flowers every time that you lose a fight
Yes, I am a smart-arse
This I cannot hide
But I'll let you see me
I will let you see inside...

Repeat Chorus

I may not have claim on all of your time
But while I do
I want the world to know that you're mine
Because I can open jars
I'll give you jackets when you're cold
I'll give you good times
And a hand to hold...

Repeat Chorus X 3
Track Name: Green Wings
Your bag is in my hallway
Your photo's on my wall
But I can't see them clearly
In fact I can't see at all
Maybe you're at his place
Maybe he's at yours
And maybe I'm more broken
Than I've ever been before

Chorus:
This is not me speaking
No, this is someone else
Someone regretting
That he had ever felt
What a waste of money
Down this old wishing well
But I hear no splash
I hear no splash

So I've got my new green wings on
To fly me 'round the world
What a handy anaesthetic
To numb me from that girl
And though no tears are falling
They gather in my throat
All tied into a knot now
They surround me like a moat

Repeat Chorus

Please collect your things
They're waiting for you at the door
Please collect your things
'Cos I can't be here anymore...

So I've taken out your picture
From the sentimental frame
You really haven't changed much
And I look just the same
There's no clouds in the background
'Cos they were all ahead
All hidden from my eye-line
By all the things you'd said.

This is now me singing
My voice coming back
I can hit a high note
And it probably won't crack
What a waste of energy
On a love that won't come back
You won't come back
You won't come back
You won't come back
You won't come... back.
Track Name: Two Worlds Apart
I lie there
You just lie
I cry out
You just cry

We came from strange directions
But arrived here just the same

You're caught up
I've come undone
They want a daughter
But I'm not the one

You came from strange directions
But arrived here just the same

I say:
Come on, come on,
You say:
Come on, come on
They say:
Hold on, hold on.

I love you
You love me
But they are terrified
Of setting you free

Its a sad, sad situation
Two kinds of love
Two worlds apart.

I lie there
You just lie
I cry out
You just cry

We came from strange directions
But arrived here just the same

You're caught up
I've come undone
They want a daughter
But I'm not the one

You came from strange directions
But arrived here just the same

I say:
Come on, come on,
They say:
Come on, come on
Now you say:
Hold on, hold on.
Track Name: Bones
Baby, there's not much left for you to take tonight
I've got twenty dollars and a pack of cigarettes
And Ma, she's not that far away now
But far enough away to seem a comic tragic figure

And Dad's not that much older than me tonight
And landlord knows that he's no richer
And I'm not ready for this close-up, Mr De Mille
Oh but I'll fill every corner of this uneven picture

Take these bones and break them to make me wings
That I can fly away on
Take these empty veins and fill them with wind
That I can sail away on.

This dot-to-dot life is no longer connected
The optimist in me has retired
And everything's broken like glass; or waves; or girl's hearts
And I don't take plastic anymore, so cheque in with me

Take these bones and break them to make me wings
That I can fly away on
Take these empty veins and fill them with wind
That I can sail away on.

Make me make sense again
Kindly won't you wake me when
I don't have to blindly drive on
Rent me a new lease on life
A slightly smoother landing strip
Than I can land alive on
Give me something concrete
Or maybe something to believe in
A slightly happy end
Or just buy me one more ticket
To some place we've never heard of
Where we can be free again...

Take these bones and break them to make me wings
That I can fly away on
Take these broken wings and put them in my bones
That I might rest my life on
Take these sailing winds and put them in my blood
That I might shed some light on me
Take these bones and break them to make me wings
That I can fly away on...
Track Name: My Battle Axe
There's always one
Who think that they know better
Who think they have a right
To know and to judge
And I never
Draw the line
I let it fester and swell
And get the better of me
Not this time... not this time

Because this time I've got my battle axe
Sharpened and swinging
Heads will roll tonight

High School heads
Uni heads
Workmate heads

It's come to this.

Different people
Always asking the same questions
Do you think I haven't asked
And found my own answers
You undermine
Everything
With insipid chatter
It shouldn't matter.

But this time I've got my battle axe
Sharpened and swinging
Heads will roll tonight

Australian Heads
American Heads
English Heads...

...It's a coalition I'm willing to break...

There's always a way
To make your life seem better
Without making mine
Your front-page news

So leave me be
And don't make me
Ashamed to be
All that I am.
Track Name: Ready To Heal
I have all my wounds sewn up
And all my bandages undressed
I have all my resources packed now
In my brown satchel-bag I carry my life inside

I'm ready to heal

I have all my questions in columns
And all my answers fit in the lines
I have all your songs in an album
And all your pictures ready to fade

I'm ready to heal

I have all that I need
With my extended family
You have no right to make me bleed
To make me bleed

I have an older sister who'll kick your arse
If you hurt me one last time
I have a younger sister who's got my back
Who helped me get myself back
From the edge where you left me.

I'm ready to love again