Little Bear

by Nothing Rhymes with David

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released October 3, 2012

Little Bear was recorded in Falls Creek, New South Wales; except: “Swords Dance," recorded in Jaspers Brush, New South Wales; and "Convict Maid," recorded in Cambewarra, New South Wales.

Recorded, mixed and produced by Blake Weyman, except: "Swords Dance," recorded, mixed and produced by Anastasi Kotoros; and "Convict Maid," recorded, mixed and produced by Nothing Rhymes with David.

Words and music by Nothing Rhymes with David, except: "Convict Maid," trad. arr. by Nothing Rhymes with David.

All vocals and instruments by Nothing Rhymes with David, except:

“Ray Martin Fights a Pig” contains a drum sample of “Fly” by Nantes.

“In Love with This Girl, and with Her Town as Well” contains a sample of a performance by Justice Yeldham from 2007 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Convict Maid” contains samples of a recording of “Convict Maid” from “The Restless Years” in 1967, performed by Tina Lawton.

Front cover photo originally taken by Nick Kenrick.
Digitally edited by allthecolor Photography.
Used under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic license.

Back cover photo originally taken by Joshin Yamada.
Digitally edited by Nothing Rhymes with David.
Used under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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Man there said "Come back some other day.
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Track Name: Swords Dance
And as the taxi pulls away
And headlights start to blare
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
And long after the alcohol
Has left a carpet stain
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
And as the line goes through the number
To end another day
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
And as the preacher says on Sunday
That you will be saved
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains

And as the masses stand as one
To sing Amazing Grace
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
And as we sit in silence
And we continue to wait
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
And as you move into the light
To find another way
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
And I will find you, lover
And I'll promise to your face
I am all that still remains
I am all that still remains
Track Name: Ray Martin Fights a Pig
Took it all in your stride
You were weak at the knees
You said “How kind of you
to take the best of me”
There were no mistakes between
What was said and meant
You had boarded a plane
To another state
An attempt to plot another great escape
But we lost it all
And only gained regret

One would suppose
That's just the way it goes
One would suppose
That's just the way it goes

For all we knew then
For all we know now
There's still so much
We have to talk about
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down
Here we will stay
And here we wait it out

You were in my town
You were down my street
You waited for weeks
To accept defeat
And I'm sure you couldn't understand
What it means
You see, something stood
Where the pathway shook
It shattered the foundations
And rewrote the book
Like the fool I am
I let it come between

One would suppose
That's just the way it goes
One would suppose
That's just the way it goes

For all we knew then
For all we know now
There's still so much
We have to talk about
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down
Here we will stay
And here we wait it out

Took it all in your stride
You were weak at the knees
You said “How kind of you
to take the best of me”
Track Name: Maintaining Care
You needed time to think about it
The months would pass, but you needed more
You got everything you wanted
Expecting something in return

And it's not clear what it is
To persuade you either way
But it's clear to see
You wanted time and space
But all this time
You never wanted me

In galleries we talked of others
Connecting their lives to their own
We played games for seven hours
You kept me safe inside your home

The question was put to you
At a time when it made sense
But the answer never came
Perhaps it was naïve
To come close to belief
You may come to feel the same

When it's such big love
But no-one wants to carry the load

No matter how the situation turns
I cannot hold this flame as both ends burn
Thought I knew you better
Things go away and they don't come back

And so, this white flag flies
And I hope you decide
What path will lead you right
I don't want to write
About you anymore
I just want to be right about you

Such big love
But no-one wants to carry it
Track Name: Julia Stoned
Forgiveness is easy
When it comes down to you
Friend, you've got nothing to be sorry for
Forgetting is harder
When it comes down to me
All I've got is rejected calls and closed doors

Angels on your shoulder
Can only tell you
So many times
Just how proud of you we are, my love
Angels on your shoulder
Can only tell you
So many times
Before the devil knows you're dead

Love is so easy
When it comes down to you
We've seen how much you have to give
Loss is much harder
When it comes down to me
I've spent my days wishing my life was his

I wish you the very best
I wish you life's finest
I wish I didn't let this
Get the best of me
For no matter how far
We get past the line
You still cast a shadow
You still cast it further

I'm staring you down
From the 56th floor
I came through the window
For the wolves at the door
And no matter how long
I avoid and deny
You still cast a shadow
You still cast it further

You still cast a shadow
You still cast it further
Track Name: A Quiet Word
And of course
You're not alone
It kind of makes me question
Why I ever thought you were
Track Name: In Love with This Girl, and with Her Town as Well
People who've never seen my face before
Feet walking across unfamiliar floors
Hands opening unopened doors
But it all makes sense
Passing by in a flash

Watching the buildings rise
From views in the sky
I'm someone else tnight
And we haven't met
At least, we haven't met yet

Let me in
Let me find a home
Won't play to win
Just don't want to be alone

No longer locked inside a web
Of familiarity and a breed of contempt
Won't make this a year to regret
I can make this work
I can bless this curse

Even the pavement lines
Leave me so happily defined
Cross past the brightest lights
And we haven't met
At least, we haven't met yet

Why worry?
Why wait?
Why hurry?
Why delay?
Track Name: Convict Maid
Ye London maids attend to me
While I relate my misery
Through London streets I oft have strayed
But now I am a Convict Maid

In innocence I once did live
In all the joy that peace could give
But sin my youthful heart betrayed
And now I am a Convict Maid

To wed my lover I did try
To take my master's property
So all my guilt was soon displayed
And I became a Convict Maid

Then I was soon to prison sent
To wait in fear my punishment
When at the bar I stood dismayed
Since doomed to be a Convict Maid

At length the Judge did me address
Which filled with pain my aching breast
To Botany Bay you will be conveyed
For seven years a Convict Maid

For seven long years oh how I sighed
While my poor mother loudly cried
My lover wept and thus he said
May God be with my Convict Maid

To you that hear my mournful tale
I cannot half my grief reveal
No sorrow yet has been portrayed
Like that of the poor Convict Maid

Far from my friends and home so dear
My punishment is most severe
My woe is great and I'm afraid
That I shall die a Convict Maid

I toil each day in grief and pain
And sleepless through the night remain
My constant toils are unrepaid
And wretched is the Convict Maid

Oh could I but once more be free
I'd never again a captive be
But I would seek some honest trade
And never become a Convict Maid
Track Name: Tomorrow and Tomorrow
It's those midnight movies
On hospital TVs
And the way they set the mood
More than they would ever dare intend to

The films they screen
Long-forgotten and bleak
How similar, my word
How similar are we

Whatever happened to?
And what became of it?
Do the hours passing keep us?
Do they keep our secrets?

These little lines
Crossed in the wires
This moment in time
Tangled and entwined

And I watch my brother
Who quivers in his sleep
The rise and fall of his chest
Means more than he would ever dare believe

Pictures that bleed
Into indelible imagery
Left to long for home
Or even further away

Talking in-between
Of accidents and happenstance
Of consequence and circumstance
Paths that lead to second chance

Would that you were here
And these patterns would change
The credits roll
Yet here we are
The same
Track Name: Either I or Both of Us Must Go with Him
I swear that it was you I saw
In the town the other day
Must have been across the street
Or working in some cheap cafe
Didn't see me standing there
And yet I realised somehow
Despite how very close we were
I feel so distant from you now
Calling back to ancient days
Differences became too great
Geography just took its place
Treasured smiles became awkward waves
I walked away from where you were
Didn't look back as I left
For if it really was you there
I'd say something that I regret

Strange the way we found ourselves
So close to giving up the ghost
Surely you should know by now
It's impossible to be alone
So afraid of simple things
The complications they supply
Strung the words and lead them on
As you did with what was implied
Wherever your light was shone
In bars and across city nights
Brightness in a blinding love
To my dismay and your delight
Innocence, we plead so well
Oh my darling, do pray tell
What could make your house a home?
What makes heaven feel like hell?

Let me paint a thousand words
Let me talk until I can't
Take what's said and keep it close
Don't forget where it comes from
I've been told I care too much
I've been told I can't connect
Told I cannot empathise
I speak a different dialect
From what I've experienced
Love is foreign currency
Rich in wealth to many more
Yet here I am in bankruptcy
I have learned so many things
Since the days when I was fourteen
But above everything else
I have learned what unrequited means

Politics of opposites
Definitions so unclear
That very word, it lingers so
It's you, my love, that keeps it here
It waited on your bedroom floor
On the front seat of your car
Outside of your father's house
Across the garden to the park
Though the prints all still remain
Every other trace is gone
Those places mean nothing now
You act as though there's nothing wrong
Now, we live our separate life
Wake inside our separate room
Cross paths accidentally
And say that we should do this soon

You travel a southbound road
I get on a northbound train
We only speak in past tense now
Never addressing the name
I'm not on fire anymore
So why do I still hold this flame?
If my mind has erased you
Why did I come back again?
All these things just make me sick
Rub in salt until it hurts
Pick the scab till blood reveals
I just want to make matters worse
Truth be told, I miss our way
Truth be told, these wounds won't heal
Truth be told, I was lonely then
Truth be told, I'm lonely still

Gave as much as I could give
Wrote as much as I could write
Felt as much as I could feel
Fought as long as I could fight
But now it's done, it's gone to waste
Wasn't worth a single thing
Were you here to see me now
You might ask where I have been
I've been moved, I've been through hell
I'm probably going back again
Except you're no longer the guide
No longer are you the brightest light
But these thoughts remain behind my lips
For it's unsure when you will be seen
You'll be with people I don't know
In places that I've never been

The shadows aren't the only ones who know
This places is filled with all our ghosts
But as they leave, I'm asking you
If it's possible to be alone