Your Anniversary

by Elana Stone

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1.
New Life 03:33
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
2.
Tugboats 04:42
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
3.
Guilty Feet 04:44
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
4.
Kosky's Song 04:56
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!
5.
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
6.
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
7.
The Long Run 03:58
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
8.
Pirate Song 04:46
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?
9.
Bobilee 03:58
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)
10.
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
11.
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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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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Elana Stone Sydney, Australia

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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