Cardboard Castles

from by Duncan Gillies

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Cardboard castles and sticks and stones
I’m beating my drum with a dead man’s bones
The captain set sail on a sea of stones
Said nobody sleeps till the dead man moans

Bad luck boys and a crab apple crow
Evil wind blowing, half moon hanging low
Picture in my pocket of a girl I used to know
Heading out into the waters where the dead men go

It’s a cold dark place where nobody has a friend
And if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again

Six days at sea sailing in a straight line
Wind began to howl and the waves began to climb
Captain he cracked, drank himself blind
Singing songs about the dead men and the life he left behind

Seasick sailors and a bottle full of flame
Wind screaming like a siren in apocalypse rain
The captain’s overboard, the vicar’s insane
And I’m saying my prayers in that pretty girl’s name

When you’re hanging on to life it seems the fight will never end
But if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again

It’s water for the weak, a word for the wise
A penny for your thoughts and a dollar for your lies
I longed for a life between a perfumed pair of thighs
To drift off to sleep to a pretty girl’s sighs

The sinner can’t be saved no matter how he tries
The saint’s fate’s sealed, it’s written in the skies
The sailor’s lost at sea among the dead man’s cries
I lost my heart in that pretty girl’s eyes

I told her I’d be back, I just didn’t tell her when
And if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again

Seems I’ve travelled so far from my maker’s guiding hand
How I ended up alone I don’t completely understand
Am I just a passing thought in some grand majestic plan
Another drifting soul a thousand miles from land

I could say I’m not scared, I could try to pretend
But if I make it home alive I’ll never leave that girl again


from The Stick Figure Saints, track released April 27, 2013
Duncan Gillies: guitars, vocals, percussion. Angel Joseph Gordon: bass.



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The Stick Figure Saints Auckland, New Zealand

My name is Duncan Gillies and I have written these songs. I have recorded them in a home studio set-up and have been helped along the way by multi-instrumentalist Angel Joseph Gordon. The tracks were mixed and mastered by Nick Taylor at Sosol Sound and Lance Powell. ... more

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