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The Lights of Te Atatu

by Dominic Blaazer

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1.
We were young, we believed our love was strong Still just kids, make it up as we went along. Talked about the future with youth upon our side I made a call, packed a bag, got to build a better life Sky so clear, looking from my window seat My goodbye, I know I’m gonna find my feet, and … The lights of Te Atatu shine for me They look like diamonds through my tears and jewels on the sea If I ever make it back, will she still be there for me Or have I wasted everything on a dream that might have been? Tried so hard to get her on the telephone So remote, I shoulda never left her on her own Then somebody else came along and showed me my mistake There was nothing I could do from far away That letter was hard to take I was lost, no matter how hard I try Memories will haunt me til the day I see … The lights of Te Atatu shine for me They look like diamonds through my tears and jewels on the sea If I ever make it back, will she still be there for me Or have I wasted everything on a dream that might have been? Maybe I was running to the place where I’m going to be me But I haven’t begun Got a little busy in the city and I never looked back Having too much fun Time rolls on, while other people come and go There’s no love, nothing like I used to know Buried myself in another life, working seven days Spend my nights with an old guitar, play my pain away If I could I’d sing this one for her Side by side we’d walk along the shore, where … The lights of Te Atatu shine for me They look like diamonds through my tears and jewels on the sea If I ever make it back, will she still be there for me Or have I wasted everything on a dream that might have been?
2.
Baby, what can I say, as I turn to walk away from you Baby, what can I say, as I turn to walk away Baby, what can I say, as the night wraps its arms around me As I step out into the cold, black air No-one could see that this was coming So someone told you love was fair. And she laughs and she cries Why is it so hard for you to love me? Why is it so hard for you to care? Baby, what can I say, to make it seem like life carries on To make the loveless disappear To leave you able to trust again To leave you free from fear And she laughs and she cries Why is it so hard for you to love me? Why is it so hard for you to care? When you give me love dressed up like pain it isn’t easy Put a different picture in this frame and make it go away Baby, what can I say, as I turn to walk away from you Baby, what can I say, as I turn to walk away
3.
The first time it’s a dream The second time, seduction I feel like breaking free before it feels like function But look at you, you don’t look any older, maybe it’s just the light Here we go again, crying on the wrong shoulders Never lose sight of the deal we made. Hey, I never said that I’d be true And you, you knew that you would never stay After all these years what are we doing here? Let’s put the past behind us Keep the future clear There’s nothing like a memory for bringing up the fear But look at you, you don’t care about heartbreak, baby that’s not my style Here I go again, coming on like a lightweight with a sucker-punch fixing to fly Hey, I never said that I’d be true And you, you knew that you would never stay After all these years what are we doing here? If it hadn’t have been for you I wouldn’t have discovered What I needed to know about those other lovers So why do I stay when there’ll be nothing to show At the end of the day except a heart that broke But look at you, giving in to desire, maybe I need to try Here I go again, intellectualising when I should have just said goodbye To the deal we made. Hey, I never said that I’d be true And you, you knew that you would never stay After all these years what are we doing here?
4.
Gang Brawl 03:03
Gang Brawl, Gang Brawl Promoter’s on the run The bands don’t wanna come There’s never been a better time to think of number one But number one is drunk He knows his record stunk He’s hanging out with younger kids and dressing like a punk. Gang Brawl, Gang Brawl Imagine all the fuss They’ll make of all of us We’ll tell 'em thanks for nothing, you can stick your magic bus. But what about the rights? Give up without a fight? There’s gonna be a movie they’ll get me and you to write But we all get stagefright From too much limelight You better get over it now Or we’ll perish as performers And lose our rights to boogie It’s gonna get mean When you’re setting up the scene for Gang Brawl, Gang Brawl And now the scene has grown Start looking to your own We’d love to make a deal but we’re not waiting by the phone You’re playing hard to get It’s not like we just met We’ll take it on the chin and have you got a cigarette Gang Brawl, Gang Brawl, we’re the only ones to trust Gang Brawl, everyone else has gone bust
5.
Hey Babe, it’s been a while Since I saw your smile If you need a place to be, come on by We’ll talk like we used to do in the sunshine My friend, don’t be sad now Things can’t be that bad now If you need a place to hide, that’s okay babe. Maybe somewhere you can cry, far away babe And when all’s said and done, if you know they’re the one Whether here, whether there Remember the darkest hour comes before the light And sometimes to save the things you love, you’ve got to fight There may be words you need to say, don’t be vain Forgive and forget, don’t worry about the blame My friend, spread your wings now Be true to your dreams now If you need a place to cry, it’s okay babe After all that you’ve been through, night or day
6.
Ain’t no sentiment describes how I feel Maybe no word for it but it’s so real I bear witness I bear the scars Offered you everything took only my heart Everybody has a right to love someday Nobody’s business to stand in their way That’s the reason I care for every woman out there Who looked in your eyes and fell in love with you. For every heart that you held in your hand You made a desolate place without a promised land. Another lover same old scene They’ll get lonely and desperate or somewhere between Smart money says, take the smooth with the rough Then you realise your best is never enough That’s the reason I care for every woman out there Who looked in your eyes and fell in love with you. For every heart that you held in your hand You made a desolate place without a promised land. Like a raindrop no-one can hold you Like a sunset leaving a loving glow Another home-bake Casanova Your heart's a desert where no love can grow Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to. Every time you feel you win there’s always going to be another loser But as you always said, “c’est la vie.” That’s the reason I care for every woman out there Who looked in your eyes and fell in love with you. For every heart that you held in your hand You made a desolate place without a promised land.
7.
Simple Love 04:17
Young love, sold love Taut love, bought love Old love, learned love Fraught love, burned love These are the things I know, this is the way I show Why love, where love Try love, care love High love, enough love Goodbye love, tough love These are the things I know, this is the place I go Bad love, ghostly love Son of a bitch love, I’m gonna kill ya love Dirty love, free love Over love, all over love Cool love, anxious love Bold love, fractured love Blame love, golden love Daily love, not beholden love These are the things I know, this is the time to go
8.
Sunday morning and lovers walk home There’s people in corners who breakfast alone And I don’t care if they find out That I’m in league with those who know You’re not going to get there by worrying Or living the life of a saint So get out there and live, boy You’ve only one chance To lay all those old ghosts to rest Damn it and hope for the best Sunday morning, that dangerous day When those who have answers are leading the stray Though some of us choose an alternative way To lay all those old ghosts to rest Damn it and hope for the best Misfortune’s a weight on your chest you don’t need Oh, and it feels like I’m falling into her arms Feels like I’m falling into her arms Oh, and it feels like I’m holding something so warm Feels like I’m holding something so warm That I need Oh, and it feels like I’m falling into her arms Feels like I’m falling into her arms Oh, and it feels like I’m holding something so strong Feels like I’m holding something so strong That I need
9.
Dreamed of you the other night Face to face, it was a beautiful sight We talked about the lives we could have had together. How many times did I say to you So many ways to show my heart is true But tables turn and fingers burn Nothing lasts forever I’m only happy when I’m thinking of you My inspiration when I’ve got to get through It isn’t easy but it’s all I can do to feel alive I never asked you for any guarantees I’d sacrifice everything except my liberty To hear you whisper the sweetest things to me in the night Walking through your neighbourhood Head held high, feeling good With every step time falls away, it’s easy to forget her. When the winter sunshine turns to snow I hold on to my rosy glow This history is part of me Nothing lasts forever I’m only happy when I’m thinking of you My inspiration when I’ve got to get through It isn’t easy but it’s all I can do to feel alive I never asked you for any guarantees I’d sacrifice everything except my liberty To hear you whisper the sweetest things to me in the night
10.
Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares It’s early in the morning, the key turns in the door I hide my face in the pillow Is this my evermore? Another way you test my patience, every time you come home late Slide in under the covers But you know that I’m awake Then I remember the very last thing she said And I remember there’s a sunrise up ahead Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares Nothing you can tell me I ain’t heard before Somehow I believe you When you walk in through that door Say you’re out there working, just taking up the slack I find you’re deceiving You’re never coming back Then I remember the very last thing she said And I remember there’s a sunrise up ahead Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares If you really loved me you’d be there for me To hold me in your arms and care for me, be there for me Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares Baby says she loves me, baby says she cares

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The debut solo album by Dominic Blaazer, formerly of A Riot of Colour, The Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist, Smoothy, currently moonlighting in The Loving Arms.
This sequencing mirrors the vinyl release: tracks 1-5 are Side A and 6-10 are Side B.

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released January 30, 2018

Dominic Blaazer with guests:

Earl R. Robertson III (Aires) Drums
James McCarthy (Libra) Percussion
Jon Cook (Pisces) Flugelhorn
Alison Dunlop (Leo) Oboe
Davey Beige (Sagittarius) Electric guitar
Ed Geddes (Pisces) Saxophone


String arrangements by Jon Cook
Performed by The Black Quartet, led by Mahuia Bridgeman-Cooper


Recorded at multiple locations and mixed by Karl Apao, Soundkard Productions.
Cover photo by Cindy Walsh, artwork by John Pitcairn at opuslocus.
Thanks to John Eady, Stevie, Gary Daverne and Cindy
Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones at Gearbox and pressed at Optimal.

Available on 180g vinyl at www.dominicblaazer.net

© Dominic Blaazer 2017

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Dominic Blaazer Auckland, New Zealand

Dominic Blaazer; singer/songwriter

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, found myself in London then matured in Auckland.

A Riot of Colour, C86-era John Peel session and three 12" singles. The Chills, The Peter Stuyvesant Hitlist, Pet Rocks and Smoothy. Also quality-time alongside SJD, Don McGlashan and The Clean.

I've absorbed much along the way so welcome to my own world of music.
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