Your Anniversary

by Elana Stone

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Triple J Next Crop artist ELANA STONE (also Jackson Jackson, Hermitude), returns from a victory at Rockwiz to launch her new album 'Your Anniversary'. 'Your Anniversary' explores a huge range of genres and emotional dynamics but is essentially Elana Stone's pop debut. Elana's songwriting centres around her powerful, flexible voice, which ranges from blazing, Janis Joplin style soul, rock and roll, and Joni Mitchellesque piano balladry. The band is ferociously capable and endlessly creative.Your Anniversary

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released June 1, 2009

Vocals and keys – Elana Stone
Songwriter – Elana Stone
Bass, Backing Vocals, Drums – Zoe Hauptmann
Drums, Backing Vocals, Bass – Evan Mannell
Guitar – Aaron Flower
Cover, Photography – Daniel Boud
Cover – Brian Campeau
Mastered By – William Bowden
Mixed By – James Kadsky* (tracks: 2 to 6, 8 to 11)
Recorded By – James Kadsky* (tracks: 2), Richie Belkner* (tracks: 3 to 6, 8 to 11)
Recorded By [Coda Strings Recorded By] – Jared Underwood
Recorded By [Horns Recorded By] – Brian Campeau (tracks: 9, 10)
Recorded By [Piano Recorded By] – Brian Campeau (tracks: 2)
Recorded By, Mixed By – Ryan Hazell (tracks: 1, 7)
Tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 + 11 recorded at Free Energy Device studio and mixed at The Vault
Track 2 recorded and mixed at The Vault
Tracks 1 + 7 recorded and mixed at MVM studios
piano on track 2, and horns on tracks 9 + 10 recorded at MVM studios
Coda strings recorded at the Coda studios

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Sydney songstress Elana Stone returns in 2013 armed with hindsight and big hooks. Her new single ‘Sleep Doesn't Come’, produced by Zebra Zap, articulates this.
This release is an outpouring of soul channelled through a collection of Casio keyboards and vintage synths.
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Track Name: New Life
NEW LIFE

Well I’ve packed my old suitcase
And I’m ready to take off
At a moment’s notice I’ll be gone so don’t analyse the cost

And I haven’t changed since you saw me last
So don’t expect too much
But I’ve got plans for you

And I know that I’m naive
But I’m trying hard to change
And this city churns and burns me out but I try and try again

And I know I may not be the one
To give you what you need but I’ve got plans for you
I’ve got plans for me too

I know you’ve lost your faith in me
But I’ve got so much more that what you can see

I’VE GOT A NEW LIFE
I’VE GOT A NEW LIFE
I’VE GOT A NEW LIFE
AND THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST, THE BEST
IS YET TO COME
Track Name: Tugboats
TUGBOATS

Have you got a lot on today?
cause I’d like to see you
if that’s ok

You’ve been sending
Postcards in the mail
Pretty things and words with strings
and I’m picking up the trail

Are you sure that what you’re doing is real?
I can’t afford for you to love me because you’re bored
I’ve got too many mouths to feed

You said that my head’s been floating through your galaxy
I’m just a girl - susceptible to all kinds of strange flattery

Always sending tugboats
With messages inside
Keeps my ship from sinking
Keeps my hopes alive

Tugboats chugging in the shape of hearts
Creeps towards in the dark and makes me feel like a fool
Tugboats chugging in the shape of hearts
Creeps towards in the dark I’ll do what you want me to
Tugboats chugging out to sea
Tells me you’re gonna be with me and helps me find my way through
Tugboats chugging out to sea
Take me with you - I’ll take you with me
Track Name: Guilty Feet
GUILTY FEET

Well I tried to write you a letter
Cause it was too hard to talk
I said I wanted to make things better
Cause it was too hard to walk
Along the street
When I’m walking on guilty feet

So I took my peaceful
Right to your door
And I asked you for forgiveness
Can we try to get a little more humanity
Between you and me

Well I guess that you read it
Because you seemed to understand
But that sharp and deadly hatchet
Was only buried in the sand
And not very deep
Just beneath our guilty feet

So I’m gonna take this hammer
I’m gonna hammer into your head
I’m gonna try to remember
Remember every little thing you said

So I showed up at your party
My pride swallowed down
Yes I felt it pressed beneath my chest
But I decided to hang around
Just to see if I could shake it free

Well I may be a sinner
But my heart’s not made of stone
And I used to be a singer
But I cannot find the tone or the beat
Now I’m walking on guilty feet

And you can push me
And I can push you
And you can hate me
Lord I hate you
But what are we gonna do with it?
But what are we gonna do with it?
I can’t go through with it

So I’m gonna take this hammer
I’m gonna hammer into your head
I’m gonna try to remember
Remember every little thing you said

I’m gonna build a fortress
You know I never wanted to
Cause you made your choices
And now there’s nothing left for me to do

So I’m gonna take - this hammer
I’m gonna hammer into your head
I’m gonna try
I’m gonna try
I’m gonna try
I’m gonna try
Gonna try to remember every little thing that you said
Track Name: Kosky's Song
KOSKY’S SONG

Her heart is made out of cotton
I know it well
It’s white with lambs wool at the bottom
I live there as well

He walked right in and put his feet up
His boots were muddy from before
They both pretended not to notice
The trail leading to the door

Oh! Oh!

His heart is made out of leather
With metal parts and wooden beams
His life to me was pieced together
From bits of cut up magazines

He was a very savvy sailor
With all his clever knots and lines
He was a father and provider
She didn’t want to know it at the time

Oh! Oh!

They went to bed and drew the curtain
On the things they could postpone
and grinned like fools who think the darkness
Is all you need to be alone

But all the while a silent figure
Was waiting in the wings
With a finger on the trigger
And all the things the daylight brings

The walls are thin so keep it quiet
The very threshold seems to sigh it
They’re playing Koskys’ song outside
And you couldn’t stop them if you tried

Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!
Track Name: The Bottom Line
THE BOTTOM LINE

California is burning
Somehow the world is still turning
There is a flood in New York City
People fled to Time Square to for an anti flood committee

A bird flew into China
It’s sure to kill us if it boards an air or ocean liner
The ground is opening beneath us
We might still have time
To finish off that game of who’s to blame

Nothing will ever be the same
The galaxy won’t administrate
Your insurance claim
And nothing can stop the progress that we made
Cause dinosaurs and meteorites are figments in our brains
And if they were here today they’d say

I BELIEVE EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE
SURELY SOMEONE MUST BE KEEPING AN EYE UPON THE BOTTOM LINE
AND THE FUTURE LOOKS DIVINE
IT’S HOT AND IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT
BUT ONCE YOU’RE IN YOU GET USED TO IT

A small boy claimed responsibility
For drawing glasses on the statue of liberty
It caused a breach in security
Now forces occupy the west bank of the Mississippi

If you are a broker or a begger
You will be saved by Arnold Swartzenegger
From a silver pool of mercury
He will return to pluck you from the jaws of history

Nothing will ever be the same
The galaxy won’t administrate
Your insurance claim
And nothing can stop the progress that we made
Cause dinosaurs and meteorites are figments in our brains
And if they were here today they’d say

I BELIEVE EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE
SURELY SOMEONE MUST BE KEEPING AN EYE UPON THE BOTTOM LINE
AND THE FUTURE LOOKS DIVINE
IT’S HOT AND IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT
BUT ONCE YOU’RE IN YOU GET USED TO IT
Track Name: Slippery Slidey
SLIPPERY SLIDEY

Lying next to you is like beautiful torture
As my heart tries to beat itself out of it’s cage
If my eyes had fingers I would hold them against you
I would feel your skin with a lingering gaze

You got a little bit of love
Won’t you lay it upon me
Cause your eyes making promises your body can’t keep

I can’t sleep tonight
I can’t sleep tonight
With the smell of your skin upon my sheets

Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!

I’m a textbook in human behaviour
My mind is alive with the chemistry
You’re the devil’s chauffeur
You could be my saviour
You’re body is firework factory

You gotta little bit of love
Won’t you lay it upon me
I can turn it on
I can be discreet

I can’t sleep tonight
I can’t sleep tonight
Till the smell of your skin is on my sheets, yeah!

Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!

Oh Holy Moses
You got anything to help my disease?
Oh Holy Mary
Got anything that will help me release?
Oh Holy Devil
Can you put my mind at ease?
Oh God! Oh God!
I just want a little peace
Track Name: The Long Run
THE LONG RUN

When I was a young man
Anything was possible then
For me to escape from this lonely world

Everything was part of a plan
Every plan was part of a grand scheme
That would culminate in my success

So it was that I came
To understand that life is a game of snakes of ladders
Sharks and battles of love

So I came and I saw
And I conquered what was before
The times were changing
I was amazing

When I got to what I thought was the top
There was still so much further I needed to go
And I realised that I forgot
What I started trying to know

Suddenly it all fell apart
I found myself right back at the start
Alone watching movies in my underpants

Couldn’t complete the simplest task
Couldn’t even bring myself to ask
Someone, a friend to please take care of me

But as my eyes became accustomed to the dark
There was still so much further I needed to go
And I realised that I forgot
What I started trying to know

And I thought surely I won’t be on my own too long
Surely all this bad luck come out better in the long run
Surely I’m gonna make my own way home
And I’ll show all the snakes and the take take takes that I’m
Better in the long run
Track Name: Pirate Song
PIRATE SONG

You mean more to me than all the starlight in the world
And if you should go away,
I'd be a lonely girl

You bring joy into my life in so many ways
That if I should try to thank you
It would take up all my days

Now the ice caps are melting
And the world is growing thin
And people can't decide whether,
To sink and drown or swim
And you're the only life boat
In this great big world of sin
But I'm a fool

And is it written in the sand,
or etched inside my mind?
Will the winds of change stir up the words
And leave no trace behind
Or is it decided by all the powers that be
That we will live like pirates in a boat upon the sea
With all our friends beside us
We'll have all we need to be free
And how long will you be angry with me?
Track Name: Bobilee
Bobilee

Bobbi, we’re all just lesser versions of the people we hoped we would be.
If you’re feeling weighed down, it’s because you’re free
And freedom, is just a wooden horse called responsibility
His eyes are like saucers
He makes you feel guilty

You don’t have to change the path you’re walking
Cause I’m on either side to stop you from falling
When we met
On Spencer Street
I didn’t sign up for the day

Oh Bobilee
You’re heart is open for
All to see
You’re naked in the hall of fame and greed
You wish you had a love in which to believe
But in the meantime,

Bobbi, you don’t strike me as a girl who wants to be
Somebody’s plaything
For to take or leave
So before you
Choose the path of least responsibility
Think for a moment
Of where you want to be

Cause all around you now are false deities
Who couldn’t clean the sheets in their home cities
Now it’s TIME
Time to bring your washing in
Save your favourite dress
For when we celebrate

CHORUS

I will offer all my love to you
We’ll sail right through these times
And if you agree to come with me
You’ll never change your mind

Chorus (repeated with ad lib)
Track Name: Beautiful Sound
BEAUTIFUL SOUND

Beautiful songs are like lovers
They make you shiver and sigh
Drenching your dress in new colour schemes
In with your ear
Out with your eye

Beautiful voices like hands
Moulding my bones into clay
Turning my face
Away from the day’s
Disappointing trivial things

That I say, things that I do
Take them away
Start me anew
Starting today
Wash all my sins
Bleach out the stains
that are lurking within

Music gives angelic voices
To people with devilish minds
Pure and contained
or broken and strained
Once it begins to lure you in

Then you feel slightly unreal
Beautiful sound starting to heal
Making its way
Changing in form
Leaving a trail
Of simmering warm

Give him a love
Give her some time
Turn your ship around
Bring him back home
Give me a song
Just for a while
Make me forget about myself
Give him a love
Give her some time
Turn her ship round
Bring me back home
Give me a song
Just for a while
Why don’t you make me forget?
You know I want to forget
Track Name: Your Anniversary
YOUR ANNIVERSARY

On this day
I stay in bed
Clean out my head
Sort through the garbage

Into the grey
Things once thought dead
Have grown and spread
And now are thriving

I’ll have you know
It’s a place I rarely go
It isn’t good
To encourage the termites in the wood but

On this wretched date
I celebrate your anniversary
Though I wish you well
Can you not tell?
You’re my adversary

Cold winds start to blow blankets of snow
Are what you gave to me
God this time of year
Reminds me dear
Of when you went from me

What can I say?
I’ve done my best
My new friends would attest
To my good behaviour

Lately I’ve felt something change
And something rearrange
In my heart’s furniture

I’ll have you know
It’s a place where honeybees go
All through the year
Just when you thought they’d all bit disappeared

On this wretched date
I celebrate your anniversary
Though I wish you well
I tripped and fell
You were no friend to me

Cold winds start to blow blankets of snow
Are what you gave to me
God this time of year
Reminds me dear
Of when you what you gave to me

Let these chords ascend
Let them have no end
Wrap me up and bury me in music

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