The Sunset Junk

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This album was composed and recorded between 2011 and 2014.
Every week we would get together in the evenings to write songs, drink wine and eat chocolate. Pretty soon we started recording as well. We are lucky enough to own two pretty cool studios between us and lots of friends used to drop in to lay down parts and join the fun. We really think you will love this collection of original songs. Please enjoy.
NOTE: Please be aware that the tracks are intended to be enjoyed within the album context and many crossfade into each other. We urge you to download the album as a whole, although you are welcome to download individual tracks if you prefer.

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released May 13, 2014

Recorded and mixed at 'The Sauce Factory' Woolloongabba and
Burford Studios, Moorooka, Brisbane, Australia
Mastered at Matthew Gray Mastering
Cover Art by Emma Boreland

Thanks to everyone who contributed so much to this album, most particularly the wonderful musicians, Alex Fidel, Stephen Caruana, Steve Francis, Nigel Kimber, Neil Wickham, Paul Hudson, John Robinson, Mick Melit, Christian Tadina, Shannon Marshall, Dale Rabic and Karen Anderson. Special thanks must also go to graphic designer Emma Boreland, Olivia and Roger at Media Two web design, Steve Pratt, John Smykowsky, and all our families and friends for their endless patience, help and support.

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The Sunset Junk Brisbane, Australia

All originals from Brisbane Australia, The Sunset Junk is a musical gumbo of classic songwriting with a slice of lime and a dash of tabasco. At the heart of this delicious, sophisticated, sonic concoction is soul singer songstress, Alina Williamson, jazz funkster, Dr Bob Harley and progressive composer, Ross McLennan. ... more

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Track Name: Let's Start Here (Williamson)
If I cross my fingers one last time,
Say I am I will I can until I’ve crossed that line,
Will the clouds open up?
Will a voice shout down, “You can’t go wrong.
Just don’t take long,
This life’s not waiting?”

I think I found the path,
It’s only taken years and one strong heart.
The journey it’s not clear, there’s no mistaking.
Let’s start here.

If I show up to the page everyday,
Will I see what I can be - no more fading away?
Will my head be strong?
Will my mind come along? I still don’t know
Which way to go but this life’s not waiting.

I think I found the path,
it’s only taken years and one strong heart
The journey it’s not clear, there’s no mistaking.
Let’s start here.

There is more than one way, but the best way is up
You could sit around and wait, but things don’t just show Find the rhythm make it tight and enjoy that ride,
Don’t let it fly by.

I think I found the path,
It’s only taken years and one strong heart
The journey it’s not clear, there’s no mistaking.
Let’s start here.
Track Name: Lady of Shalott (McLennan)
Fresh as any flower in its isolated ivory tower I feel
Squandering daylight hours safe inside the inner sanctum of my warm steel mouse wheel
Locked inside my box inside my microchip inside the great machine
West into the future I drift into the darkness with the day
But tomorrow I’ll be gone
As another silent stranger treads the warm steel wheel and quietly grinds himself away

And all I know of Life is melted snow
It’s such a waste behind my window
I know the sun is shining in the sky
For I am living in its shadow
And all my pain and all my fear
I know is locked away in here beside me
And all I have to do is step outside this life and walk into the sea.

See the Lady of Shalott’s got lots of melancholy on her mind
Floating in her boat she knows her days are done
Her flames are down to two flames
One flame
Leaving Life behind her she escapes she stows away She swiftly fades
West into the future she drifts into the darkness with the day
But her sorrow will live longer
As another silent stranger treads the warm steel wheel and quietly grinds herself away

And all I know of Life is melted snow
It’s such a waste behind my window
I know the sun is shining in the sky
For I am living in its shadow
And all my pain and all my fear
I know is locked away in here beside me
And all I have to do is step outside this life and walk into the sea.

See the Lady of Shallot’s got lots of melancholy on her mind.
Track Name: Eleanor's Daughter (Harley - McLennan)
Eleanor’s Daughter was sick of the fame,
For nothing more than being born of someone ordinary,
The journalists caught her sniffing around the grave
And laying flowers where she’d found her real mother lay
She was only sleeping and keeping a little of the money she’d made (in the motortrade)
But the papers showed her weeping and called her by a different name
It was a case of accidental fame

Born on a Tuesday, her mum couldn’t make ends meet
So Miss Rigby signed away the right to rub those little feet
A family in Reading took her into their home
And for 16 years they loved and she was their very own
Then one Wednesday morning she’s creeping and leaving the family she’d known (now she’s leaving home)
And the papers showed them weeping, now everybody knows their name
It was a case of accidental fame

They say ahhh, look at all the money she’s made
They say ahhh, look at all the people she’s played

She was going to write a book but she got tired of all the effort it took,
So she might put it in a blog
But before she wrote it out she stopped to think about
That once it is out it’s out
Eleanor’s daughter is sick of the fame
But she needs the daily bread she’s fed from the talk show to her bed
The journalist caught her sniffing cocaine
And her lover form the motor trade ran off with a meter maid
Then the papers lost her number and everyone forgot her name (was it Mary Jane?)
So she’s heading back to Reading, she’ll give her boy a different name
It was a case of accidental fame

They say ahhh, look at all the money she’s made
They say ahhh, look at all the people she’s played
She says ahhh, as she turns the back door key
She says ahhh, steps inside she’s free
Track Name: The Way You Want (Williamson)
Can’t you tell its filtered sound
drowning out the burning heart?
So you see the restless spirit
waiting underneath that spark.

Don’t you push the way you want, the way you want
The string will snap the spell will break
I’ll walk away, I’ll run away.

The storm breaks the rain falls
washing all that need ashore
See the words as they wash over
telling you there’s so much more

Don’t you pry the way I want, the way I want
The fear will be for all to see
I’ll walk away, I’ll run away

Can you find another way
to get the in that’s in outside?
What are you afraid to find within?
Your heart knows every time you lie

Will you push the way I want, the way I want
through the fear I know I’ll see?
Will you pry the way I want, the way I want?
The fear will be ok with me
I won’t walk away won’t run away




Alex Fidel - Drums
Track Name: Every Day You're In Me (McLennan)
Used to get so high
Used to be so easy
Now I'm running dry without you with me
Used to be so blind
Every day I'm growing older
As the days are growing colder without you with me
Every day you're in me
Every day you're in my mind
But there's no way that I can hold you
I'm used to peace of mind
Now my mind is blown to pieces
As my sanity decreases without you with me and me beside you
Used to be so high
Now I'm so low I can't get lower
Every year the heart beats slower Without you with me and me beside you
Every day you're in me
Every day you're in my mind
But there's no way that I can hold you to me
Used to get so high
Used to be so easy
Now I'm running dry without you with me
Every day you're in me
Every day you're in my mind
But there's no way that I can hold you to me
Track Name: I Aint Got the Blues Today (McLennan)
I get it every second day
But I aint got the blues today
I’m drinkin from a half-full cup
And all the world is lookin up
I dunno just how it came’
But happiness is here again
I woke up in the pourin rain
Without my normal aches and pains
My eyes were clear my soul was light
I wonder what I smoked last night
Cos although the sky is dark and grey
I haven’t got the blues today
I been down such a long long long time
Waiting for this day to come
I been towin the wrong wrong wrong line
Couldn’t see the light for the sun
Yeah I get it every second day
But I aint got the blues today
I’m stepping out and feelin good
And doin things I know I SHOULD
Things I never thought I could are easy to do
Somehow all this happiness is all because of you
I been down such a long long long time
Waiting for this day to come
I been towin the wrong wrong wrong line
Couldn’t see the light for the sun
I get it every second day
But I aint got the blues today
I’m drinkin from a half-full cup
And all the world is lookin up
I dunno just how it came’
But happiness is here again
Things I never thought I could are easy to do
Somehow all this happiness is all because of you
Track Name: Happiness (Williamson - McLennan)
Come take me to
The happiness
It falls on my bed
On the space that you left
As the day is waking
Turn up the sound
Let the music play loud
Let it linger around
In a happiness cloud
I’ll pour me a cup
Of all that stuff
That you left behind
Mango sliced through the rind
I’ll sit in my chair
And stare at the sky
Cold cup in my hand
Yeah I’m taking my time…
Time is a song
It lingers so long
But is gone in a moment
It’s moments like these
When my mind is at ease
When the moment slows
My happiness grows…
Now I got no regrets
Got nothing left to say
I forgot what was said
Can’t feel sad anyway
I sit in my chair
And stare at the sky
There’s no lookin back
Caught in the happiness trap
Track Name: Falling (Williamson)
Baby please don’t leave
I’m begging you to stay
Even though I know you don’t love me anyway
Baby if you leave don’t take my heart just give it back to me
I might just need it again some day

Maybe I’m falling out of your love
Maybe I’m falling, You make it so tough
Maybe I’m falling out of your love
But it’s not enough

Baby now I need you to take my hand,
Look into my eyes make me understand
That in time I’ll see there’s another place
And I won’t be the only one reaching for the sun,
Maybe I’m falling through the sky
And you bring it all crashing on down
Gonna blow it sky high won’t let it touch the ground
Track Name: Near (McLennan)
Seems like my love has left me dry
Nothin to do or say so I
Am singin my love away today
OOoooOoooOoooOOooo

Every time I touch you I
I can’t decide to laugh or cry
Or maybe I’m too high to try
OOooOOoOOoOO
And all I wanna dOOOOOO
Is just see you every single night
And to breathe you in and hold you tight
The only time my mind is clear is when you’re near…
My love is wearing me down
Waiting at home til you come round
Or hoping by the phone alone
OooOooOooOoo
Every moment is an hour
When I’m with you I’m in your power
And all you need is love it’s true
OooOooOooO
And all I wanna dOOOOOO
Is just see you every single night
And to breathe you in and hold you tight
The only time my mind is clear is when you’re near…
Seems like my love has left me dry
Nothin to do or say so I
Am singin my love away today
OOoooOoooOoooOOooo
Track Name: Naked (McLennan)
You lie naked, cold and alone
Lying awake by the phone
Love is somebody else's song
He's gone and nothing can go your way
Waiting, hating, praying to the moon
Singing your innocent tune of love
Like it's somebody else's song
He's gone and nothing can go your way
With your eyes closed and your lips frozen
You're naked and cold and alone
Daylight, morning, warm like the sun
Blue sky day has begun
But love is still somebody else's song
He's gone and nothing can go your way
With your eyes closed and your lips frozen
You're naked and cold and alone
Track Name: Linoleum (Williamson - McLennan - Harley)
I’m down but I know I’ve been up all night
Day has drowned before I even chance the light
Grey ash falling from the black black sky
At the end of another unknown high
The day is just a waiting game
I say I’m living frame by frame by frame
Why can’t I see it’s just the same
Same old same old same old same old same?
Face down on the cool cool linoleum
The world is black and white and night is day or day is night
Can’t shut my eyes or stop these lies
They circle round and round and round me
Am I lost or have I finally found myself lying on the ground?
Last night dance floor, tonight linoleum
One hour could take forever now
I’ll peel myself off the floor and head for the door
Tell me which way is up?
White snow falling from my mind’s eye
Crawling out from another unknown high
Track Name: What Goes Around (Williamson - McLennan - Harley)
When I saw you, the whole world fell away - so young, so pure, so small the world back then
No such thing as, lovers only friends
Won’t you hold my hand and I’ll hold yours too?
Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?
Try as I might, I can’t get back to that innocent place
Surely what goes around, comes around?
When I saw you, the whole world fell away - so rare, so wonderful yearning and burning so much to learn
No such thing as the world outside
Won’t you hold me, and I’ll hold you too?
Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?
How many times have I found myself riding this merry-go-round? Searching for love with my heart in the clouds but my head underground
Waiting for something so perfect to show
Waiting for something or someone, to grow
When I saw you, the whole world fell away - so young, so pure, so small in my arms
Got no questions
Suddenly the answer’s clear to me cos that’s the way it will always be Cos I’m back at the start again
Found that innocent place in an innocent face
Surely what goes around, comes around?
Track Name: Kicking it Back (McLennan)
When you’re coming
And you know it
Cos you been coming in time for years
And you’re thinking
That you notice
You been fakin it all for fear
Just know
I’ll be there
And know
Ill be holding on to you
And know
That out there
You’ll keep on kickin it back
Kickin it back
Now you’re gone
Now you’re travelling on
Now you’re leavin it all behind
You’re good lookin
And you’re lookin out
You’ll be lookin ahead this time
Just know
I’ll be there
And know
Ill be holding on to you
And know
That out there
You’ll keep on kickin it back
Kickin it back
Now you’re older
And youre wiser
Cos you been wisin it up so long
You remember
And you’re smiling
Cos you known you know what went wrong
Just know
I’ll be there
And know
Ill be holding on to you
And know
That out there
You’ll keep on kickin it back
Kickin it back
Track Name: Without Words (Williamson - McLennan)
Only one glass in and the clock is slowing
As the sun is setting the page is glowing
And I’m moving into the place of knowing
The air is still - the grass is tall
And I’m hidden and I’m nothing at all
Don’t know where I am but the river’s flowing...
Without words
Can a song exist?
Without words
Is there meaning?
Without words
How can I feel
Without words?

Walking towards the edge of sleeping
Creeping forward lost in feeling
Now I’m falling into dreaming
The moon it laughs
The stars they sing
Stroke by stroke the page begins...
Without words
Can the page be filled?
Without words
Can I find my way?
Without words
Can I remember still
All my days?
Dawn breaks and the pages sigh
Well chosen words fallen to the floor
The song is there
And there is no more...
Without words
Can a song exist?
Without words
Is there meaning?
Without words
How can I feel
Without words?