Black Dog

by Oscar Lush

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Black Dog is a record mostly about people. It's about changing and whether we do or don't recognise the way we've changed. There's also a lot about accepting things we can't change. A fair bit about death and loss, and some of the things we go looking for and never find.

It was written on two different sides of a river. On one side the grass wasn't necessarily greener, it was just different, longer, somewhere cool to lay ones head for a while. In folklore the black dog appears as a ominous figure, but it's also a symbol of great loyalty and steadfastness. Someone once told me that Great Danes were bred to stand by chamber doors and keep their owners company. Well, the dog has been at my door and I have written this album for them.

Black Dog was recorded over five days in May of 2017, with engineer Alex Bennett at Sound Recordings in Campbells Creek, VIC. It was recorded analogue to tape - mixed to tape - and mastered to tape.

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released July 15, 2019

Recorded & mixed by Alex Bennett at Sound Recordings
Campbells Creek, VIC, Australia

Mastered by Joseph Carra at Crystal Mastering
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Featuring:
Oscar Lush - Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica
Matthew Colin - Bass guitar
Ben McAtamney - Drums
Craig Mattingley - Piano, Organ
Glendon Blazely - Trumpet, Saw

Cover artwork painted by Georgia Spain
Design by Matthew Colin & Oscar Lush

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Oscar Lush Melbourne, Australia

Oscar Lush is an Australian songwriter and music maker based on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

A baritone voice, lots of words, and a tinge of alt country bleeding into many other things are most likely what you'll find here.

The new record 'Black Dog' comes out Monday July the 15th.
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Track Name: Pheasant Country
Out here it's pheasant country. They raise the young ones for the hunting.
And with their rifles locked and loaded, they show them a freedom short and sweet.
Maybe that's how all freedoms should be.

And one winter the river flooded and washed away all of the ducklings.
And the same with their mother, and their father was seen in town.
But no ducks have lived on the river for years now.

I heard Scarlet broke the towel rack, up in the famous pink room.
Climbing through the window, mud on the carpet;
at least that's what your grandmother believes.

But you've got a different story - for every room, another glory.
Days wasted on the front lawn, playing crochet.
Hiding thimbles in strange places in the living room.

And though some of us are gone now, from this life and from this old house.
All your words they bring them right down, till their right here--
right beside us. Till they're swinging in the park.
Track Name: Kind Living
Living out here, I think it's changed me.
I ain't dreaming about dying all the time.
Listen for the creek flowing by my door,
and all through the night I hear the great bats soar.

Living out here, I think it's changed me.
My heart was drowning when I left the big city.
We were living like prisoners up on the second floor,
as if I'd never seen that great blue sky before.

Come and see me sometime.
Out here, where the living's kind.

Living out here, I think it's changed me.
The grass ain't greener but it's wide and moves for miles.
I think I'll stay here till my sun's gone down.
Beneath a coat of stars, with the darkness all around

Come and see me sometime.
Out here, where the living's kind.

I've lived in cities most of my life,
till I let myself forget what the world really looks like.
Living out here - I think it's changed me.
I ain't thinking about leaving all the time.

Come and see me sometime.
Out here, where the living's kind.
Track Name: Game Show
Had a game show dream. Mumma won it all.
From the living room I watched white linen on the lawn.
California palms, all that red wood pine.
Why do they wait so long? For the old tears to shine

Blue light breathing neath my window.
Where she calls me, I cannot go.

Had a new years dream down at festival hall.
Everywhere I looked, faces plastered to the wall.
Still you haunt my dreams, after all this time.
But your skin is thicker - couldn't spread my arms so wide.

Blue light breathing neath my window.
Where she calls me, I shall not go.

Had a game show dream. Papa lost it all.
From the living room I watched white shadows on the lawn.
Track Name: Stubborn Fool
Stubborn fool, stubborn fool, gotta let go sometime.
Why do you hold to the rose till the handle's all but broke?
Suffocate, suffocate, until you fall where hard waves break.
Don't expect to be saved - you stubborn fool, you stubborn fool.

Stubborn fool, stubborn fool, well your father was the same.
And your mother was a saint, but stubborn hearts - they hold like chains.
Heart of gold to heart of stone, you taught him hate - that's all he knows.
You took that babe into your arms, you held him hard and broke his heart.

Stubborn fool - stubborn fool! Dark sea's rising, ain't got long.
You'd stand and watch your daughters drown before admitting you were wrong.
Stubborn fool - stubborn fool! The world will burn and they will choke.
What will you leave the ones you love? A suffering so long and slow.

Stubborn fool, the blinds are down. And by your feet - hecate's hounds.
Now you've watched the ones you love, watch them dry their eyes and leave!
What have you left you stubborn fool? What to show for all your faith?
A life of grief, a life of pain. A life spent chasing after rain.
Track Name: Port Jackson Cypress Pine
Port Jackson Cypress Pine; like snowflakes in the springtime.
In the backyard, growing wild.
From my window I've seen the world gone by.

And it's days like this I think won't be long now. Won't be long.

Cherry blossoms in the park. Falling down in white spring.
And the earth is cold and covered.
What terror will their kindness bring?

And it's days like this I think won't be long now. Won't be long.

Dead by weather, ironbark. Set in silence, set in stone.
It's at midnight I will walk through strange houses on my thrown.

And it's days like this I think won't be long now. Won't be long.
Track Name: Black Dogs
Everybody lies. Don't know who you are most of the time.
Everybody lies. Behind closed doors; out of sight and out of mind.

Everybody lies. Don't know who I am most of the time.

I try to be the best I can, but I'm chasing black dogs in the dark.

Everybody lies. So hard to be the same person all the time.

They say today to be like them, and tomorrow to disappear.
They say today to be like them, and tomorrow to disappear.

Everybody cries when they realise what they had ain't what they had at all.
Everybody drives through the dark blue night with nowhere to go at all.

You tried so hard to be like them, so hard to disappear.
I tried so hard to be like them.

But I'm chasing black dogs in the dark.

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