From Shore To Shore

by Scoddy

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1.
Toothpaste and gin Arranging my feathers on the floor By letting them lie where they land With faith in the wind and the water That I’ll come to a stop where I stand, because I was singing Look at the corner I’ve painted myself in This is not the world I should be living in I need a new life to save my skin Escape from timesheets, tablecloths, toothpaste and gin I'm finding my feet on different streets But letting them follow my nose With faith in the wind and the water And trust in the currents and the flows, because I was singing Look at the corner I’ve painted myself in This is not the world I should be living in I need a new life to save my skin Escape from timesheets, tablecloths, toothpaste and gin I'm wondering if there’s still time for a miracle I'm wondering if there’s still time for a masterpiece Or some peace of mind at least
2.
The Love Bank I was standing in line Trying to get some credit When the universe said Son, you just don’t get it You’ve got to put some love in the love bank If you want to make a withdrawal So I opened it up On account of the time Yes, I opened it up I used my last shiny dime, because I found You’ve got to put some love in the love bank If you want to make a withdrawal Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, In your cloud of certainty Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, There is no guarantee You’ve got to put some love in the love bank You’ve got to put some faith in the faith bank You’ve got to put trust in the trust bank You’ve got to put some love in the love bank If you want to make a withdrawal
3.
River 04:30
River water flows through the river but the river is still there floating downstream sleep passes through the dream but the dream is still there floating downstream floating downstream floating downstream don’t trouble yourself with too much thinking let your mind be strong the wind will blow thoughts one way or another we cannot know everything the river stays while the water travels on and is gone
4.
Guernsey Girl Well her hair was in her face And a tear was in my eye Before we pulled away from shore I kissed the Guernsey girl goodbye Well the song was in my heart But my heart was on the wind And before we missed the tide I kissed the Guernsey girl goodbye From year to year, from shore to shore From time to time, from door to door On the wind, in the night, I recall And her face is in a heart That I wear upon a chain And before my time is done I’ll see the Guernsey girl again.
5.
Doing what needs to be done Got your message this morning I hope what you’re saying is true Doing the things that you have to Doing what you gotta do Doing what needs to be done Doobedoo, doobedoobedoo Got me thinking of carousels Violins, camels and rain All the things that don’t just happen You’ve got to keep on doing them again and again Doing what needs to be done Doobedoo, doobedoobedoo Five four three two You gotta do what you gotta do Four three two one Doing what needs to be done Doobedoo, doobedoobedoo Dance off the wings of an aeroplane Walk off the end of a pier Bury my heart at Wounded Knee Grinning from ear to ear Doing what needs to be done Doobedoo, doobedoobedoo
6.
Stuck inside of Phnom Penh with the Memphis blues again (It’s not the Mississippi, it’s the Mekong) There’s a whole lot of wats, and a whole lot of whys And long hot nights under tropical skies There’s rivers in the east, they put the court out in the west Some got a lot, the rest got all the rest But I’ve been watching American TV All seven series on one DVD And I don’t know much, I haven’t been here long I'm trying to play the blues but it comes out wrong Same same but a different song It’s not the Mississippi it’s the Mekong I got myself a Lonely Planet, I took myself to Tuol Sleng I got a Tintin tee shirt, I ate spiders at Romdeng Got a two dollar haircut near Wat Phnom Left my shades in a tuk tuk out on Kampuchea Krom Still got my health, as far as I can see I got Dengue Fever, but only on CD The riverside is full of Madison, and the lake is full of sand The markets are full of all sorts of things that I don’t understand I can say awkun, I can say moi tiet I can say sok sabay, the rest I forget There’s a whole lot of vodka, and a whole lot of beer Sometimes I think I’ll stay forever, sometimes I think get me out of here I learned the hard way, you won’t get too far Trying to tune a Vietnamese guitar
7.
Phnom Penh Driving School Phnom Penh driving school – meep meep Pot chweng, pot sdam – meep meep Phnom Penh driving school – meep meep We’ll teach you all you need to know To drive your car or to ride your moto How to keep moving forward until the traffic’s all jammed in tight How to cut the corner if you’re turning left or turning right How to keep the lights off when you’re driving late at night And how to ignore the traffic lights How to make sure you’re always on the phone How to park your Lexus so you cause a traffic jam all on your own How to use your moto to carry a family of six and some chickens and a pig and some leafy greens and a mirror and a mattress and a large cardboard box held together with string and a dog and a bone And how to ignore the traffic lights, advanced How to drive on the other side of the street How to drive down the middle of the street How to drive on the pavement instead of the street And how to ignore the traffic lights, Masters degree
8.
Who is the greater fool? One version of me wants to see you every day One version of me wants to run far away One version of me wishes I’d never seen your face One version of me wants to get down on my knees and beg for you. Who is the greater fool? One version of me wants to hold you forever One version of me just can’t see us together One version of me wishes you would get out of my dreams and leave me alone One version of me wants to get down on my knees and beg for you. Who is the greater fool?
9.
Gambling heart My heart’s a traveller It'll be moving on soon Next tick of the clock Next phase of the moon I'm not the worst I'm not the best I'm glad I got this off my chest My heart's a traveller My heart's a traveller My heart’s a gambler The thrill of the chance Nodding at fate The blossom of a glance I'm not the best I'm not the worst Who's on next? Who's on first? My heart's a gambler My heart's a gambler My heart’s a tramp A creature of change Following the risk Likes a bit of strange I'm not a zero I'm not the one It's too late, it's all been done My heart's a tramp
10.
Better Man 02:48
Better man Slow to argue, slow to judge Don’t keep pushing if it don’t budge When you’re in too deep, stop digging When you’re going through hell, keep going I keep making little edits Building up my credits and someday I know I’ll be a better man someday I know I’ll be a better man Loving the struggle, most of the time Trying to avoid the obvious rhyme Quick to forgive, but not too forgiving Working on practicing the art of living I keep making little edits Building up my credits and someday I know I’ll be a better man someday I know I’ll be a better man
11.
The Long Division She got The Killers, I got The Strokes, she got the Sabbath, I got the Zep She got Nirvana, she got Hole, I got Elton John and Billy Joel She got The Smiths, I got the Ramones 
I got the Beatles, she got the Stones She got the Queen, I got the Prince, sShe got the 'Retha, I got the Duke She got ELO, she got ABC, I got XTC and OMD
 She got Tom Waits, I got Rickie Lee Jones. I got the Beatles, she got the Stones I got the Waterboys and the Beach Boys and the Pet Shop Boys and the Choirboys She got the Indigo Girls, the Spice Girls and the Dixie Chicks We each got an Elvis, I got the smart one. We each got a Sinatra, I got the pretty one 
 And Dylan is an argument waiting to happen 
 She got Dirty 3, I got Jackson 5, she got Nine Inch Nails, I got Heaven 17 I got Zappa and Zombies and Magazine She got Rage Against The Machine She got Iggy Pop, I got Grace Jones 
I got the Beatles, she got the Stones She got Deep Purple, I got Yello, she got Dave Gray, I got Jackson Browne She got Al Green and Barry White, I got Deacon Blue, King Crimson and Black Night She got the Velvet Underground, I got the Undertones 
I got the Beatles, she got the Stones I got the Waterboys and the Beach Boys and the Pet Shop Boys and the Back Street Boys She got the Indigo Girls, the Spice Girls and the Barenaked Ladies We each got an Elvis, I got the smart one; we each got a Sinatra, I got the pretty one 
 And Dylan is an argument waiting to happen She got Madonna, I got Jesus Lizard, she got David Sylvian, I got David Bowie I got Sky, she got Air, she got Talking Heads She got And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead She got Ben Folds, I got Norah Jones I got the Beatles, she got the Stones I can’t get no…. oooo!
12.
Lost along the way In the days when nights were long And all of life was captured in song Sharing coffee and wine Strings of precious pearls of time And what happened to you – Did you get lost along the way? Did you hear what happened to me? I got lost along the way We bared our souls and we shed our skins Slit open our youth and let the darkness in Blamed ourselves for guiltless crimes And could not believe in wasted time And what happened to you – Did you get lost along the way? Like what happened to me – I got lost along the way And youth might be wasted on the young But wisdom gets cheaper each passing day And now I'm older than Elvis ever was And what happened to you – Did you get lost along the way? That’s what happened to me I just got lost along the way
13.
In my dreams 03:07
In my dreams The cars are made of flowers And elephants roam the streets And cigarettes taste like strawberries and cream I never miss a sunset I never miss a beat And there’s somebody exactly like you in my dreams In my dreams In my dreams In my dreams Exactly like you Exactly like you Ducks on every corner And trees on every street And my shirts are woven fresh every morning from moonbeams We all fly when we laugh We all fly when we sing And there’s somebody exactly like you In my dreams In my dreams In my dreams In my dreams Exactly like you Exactly like you And never is heard a discouraging word A discouraging word, a discouraging word In my dreams In my dreams In my dreams Exactly like you Exactly like you

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New from Battered Hat Creations, Scott Bywater's first album in 30 years, featuring full throated rockers, gravelly folk, tasty grooves and some silliness. "I think of this as a sort of greatest hits 2007 - 2013, songs that have stood the test of time through live performance in Cambodia, in France, in Australia. I've been blessed with wonderful performances and support from both musicians and the production team and I hope, dear listener, that it agrees with you."

Note: for Cambodian residents with no online money, or just those who still have a CD player and like something in hard form, CD copies will be available with the full launch.

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released January 4, 2018

All songs written by Scott Bywater except River (Khmer lyrics and melody contributed by Kak Channthy)

Recorded at Links Music Cambodia studios, Phnom Penh, May – July 2017
Engineered by Adrien Gayraud and Pierre Lenormand
Produced by Scott Bywater with assistance from Adrien and Pierre
Links Interns: Jean Kevin Laverdure and Adrien Halfon
Mixed by Mario Raux at MGS Production (Paris, France) and Pierre Lenormand (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
Mastered by Mario Raux at Kobbiprod Studio (Paris, France)
Graphics/Layout by Mike Priest

Photography by Steve Porte

Battered Hat Creations

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Singer/songwriter, once of Tasmania, now resident of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Well crafted songs from rockers to lullabies, happy to sad, looking forward and looking back.

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