Grass Clippings from a Sunday Afternoon

by Paul McManus & The Mayblooms

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released May 28, 2015

Produced by Davin Pidoto
Recorded at Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne, Australia
Assisted by Matt Neighbour & Justin Bodanac
Additional recording at Denmark Studios

Jim O’Neill – Piano, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer
Andrew McManus – Bass
Lee Daniel – Drums, Percussion
Michael Briggs – Guitars

Garrett Costigan – Pedal Steel
Dalys Mithen – Vocals track 2
Dominic Mithen – Vocals tracks 5 & 8
Jack Mithen
Will Mithen – Vocals track 1, 3, & 4
Daniel Papak – Vocals Track 7
Darius Papak – Vocals Track 7

Thanks
The Mithen Family, Jay Lisle, Damian Cafarella, Frank Murphy, Luke Legs, Jude & Kaj, Alannah Weir, Ben Ehrenberg, Jim White, Kate Sallai, Sam Johnstone, Denise Hylands, The Bridge Street Crew, Rob Grasso, Nice Boy Tom, Kate Walker, Goji Berries & Cacao beans

Mixed by Davin Pidoto @ Sing Sing Studios
Additional Mixing @ Denmark Street Studios
Mastered by Joseph Carra @ Crystal Mastering


This album is dedicated to the life and music of Dominic ‘Dom’ Mithen

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Track Name: Indian Summers Dreaming
Too much of nothing gets you down
Drifting so slowly through the clouds
Dreaming of Solace, a quiet end
A heaven sent angel to be my friend.

Late summers dreaming from my window
Of Californian sunsets that soon will go into
A cold winters evening where the rain falls so deafening
And the ocean keeps breathing but is never seen.

And even if my life is going nowhere
there is a comfort knowing I am still around
‘Cause all these dreams locked up here in my head keep saying
“Oh friend of mine don’t let me down,
Because you’re all we’ve got, and without you there’s just nowhere left to go”.
Track Name: You Saw Me Cry
Where do we go now it's over
When will we sit by the harbour again, just you and I?
Cause this time emotions they seem real
Yet I can't comprehend how I feel for her
But i'm sure I will in time.

Cause tonight I watched you fly away from me
Today... You saw me Cry

Now every now and then i'm feeling,
Like some other planet is calling me
Cause this ain't the way it's supposed to feel

Cause tonight I watched you fly away from me,
Today...
All of the things that I tried to say slipped by me
And today...
You saw me cry

Now I'm sitting alone in a restaurant
And i'm asking the waitress to bring me what you once got.
And if it seems a little crazy then I guess I am
Because I want to believe that you'll be coming out tonight
That you're a little late home from work, (You'll be here in Five)
Oh I must be as crazy as I sound!

Cause tonight I watched you fly away from me
Today...
All of the things that I tried to say slipped by me
And today...
You saw me cry
Track Name: Summer's Gone
Summers gone again,
Back to Melbourne City I watch them come floating in
Someone’s screaming out
Of their window “Come on! We can work it out”

And rain falls like Diamonds on streets filled with motorcades
That last a mile long.
And Loves that you thought would last through the year disipate
Behind a Karaoke song...

Summer’s gone again.
Another time to start over but you're not sure where to begin.
And you're left wanting more.
More of the smiles and faces you can't ignore

Now every commercial that’s selling you hopes and dreams
From a product no one needs.
Could be forgiven for producing still imagery
Of a world that's never seen.

And there's always more to say of yesterday,
Then there is of tomorrow.
And there's always more time to play, come ten months away
When summer is here again.

Summers gone again
From a twelfth story window I’m contemplating suicide
My Friend....
Track Name: End Of The Day
On a Moonlight Summer Night
I used to feel alright.
I used to feel alive.

But now my hands are looking old
And all the Kids have left home
Guess I'm just feeling alone for a while

But I really couldn't stop it
I should have known it was coming
Days sometimes do
When at the end of the day, when all the fussing is through
At least (ya know) I’ve still got you

And now I’ve given up the drink
But there's too much God damn time to think
About what went wrong through the years

And now retirement's gone to shit
Well since the 'GFC' has hit.
I guess it's back to work for a few more years.

But I really couldn't stop it.
I never knew it was coming.
Days like these sometimes do.
When at the end of the day, when all the fussing is through
At least (ya know) I still got you

Yeah I've got you to keep me warm when the wintertime turns so cold
And the Snows falling all around, on the ground, in my mind
Yeah I've got you to be the one, when all I wanted was a lazy day in the sun.
With you my dear

Well on a moonlight summer night
I used to feel alright.
I used to feel alive...

Copyright P.McManus 2011
Track Name: Sunshine For The Mind
10 years of waiting. 10 long old years of waiting.
An all I ever found was broken homes.
And bleary eyed confusions, and a girl with such illusions
She could take your heart and believe it was made of gold.

Now all I need to find is a little sunshine for the mind
A place where awkward people go.
Yeah all I need to find is a stable place where I can rest my head
Without feeling so alone

Cause with all these aspirations, with little call for celebrations
Could you forgive a man for feeling blue?
Because I've heard all of the stories, but I’ve never felt the glories.
So I pour myself a drink and toast to dreams I never knew.

Now all I need to find is a little sunshine for the mind
A place where awkward people go.
Yeah all I need to find is a stable place where I can rest my head
Without feeling so alone.

So I'm sending out a message hoping somewhere out there someone hears my call.
Anyone at all...

Cause all I need to find is a little sunshine for the mind
A place where awkward people go.
And all I need to find is a stable place where I can rest my head
Without feeling so alone.
Track Name: Long Way Home
It’s been a year and now I’m losing myself
I feel this city bearing down on my picture of health.
You come in clean but you sure do not leave
Without a piece of your mind fucked up and left at the scene.
Now it’s a long way home
Yeah it’s a long way back home
Yeah it’s a long way home
from here where I stand.
Now suicide just aint an option for you
when you’ve got nothing to believe in
no one waiting for you.
You’re feeling sick, you’re feeling ugly and old
and all the records you’re playing
there not doing what they’re told.

Man it’s a long way home
Yeah it’s a long way back home
Yeah it’s a long way home
From here where I stand

Because I’m sure there’s something left for me here
I haven’t finished what I set out to begin
And as much as I like peace and tranquillity
You know it just aint me sometimes

Man it’s a long way home
Yeah it’s a long way back home
Yeah it’s a long way home
From here where I stand
Track Name: Stalled
Every Morning when the suns at my door
And once again I find her clothes on the floor
I sometimes wonder why I bother at all
It’s a long way down when I fall

But every evening when she closes her eyes
And her body weakens from her head to the thighs
I pray to heaven that if her bones shall break
May I be her cloud when she wakes

Cause it you I am fighting for
It’s you, I am dreaming of
Only you
But you’re the reason I’ve stalled

For every Halo that gets thrown to the ground
She’ll find another and it won’t make a sound
Some people ask me why can’t I let her go
Cause she gives me the feeling of home

And it’s you I am Fighting for
It’s you I am dreaming of
Only you
But you’re the reason I’ve stalled

yeah it’s you I am Fighting for
It’s you I am dreaming of
Only you
But you’re the reason I’ve stalled

She’s like a fire burning out of control
The falling embers well there burning my soul
I scream for mercy but I scream to late
She’s consumed my whole fucking fate

And it’s you I am Fighting for
It’s you I am dreaming of
only you
But you’re the reason I’ve stalled

Yeah it’s you I am Fighting for
It’s you I am dreaming of
only you
But you’re the reason I’ve stalled
Track Name: Johnnies Cafe
Two miles south, straight off the highway
We roll past the river down to Johnny’s Cafe.
Michelle's by the door. She will be here till ten
To hear that sweet Creedence again

Now round six o'clock, the doors they will open
To let in the good folk of town.
And I’m standing here, by the bar just thinkin'
How this place could ruin this town,

‘Cause nobody knows where they're going ‘round here.
The jukebox is loaded for joys and for tears.
And every day we'll just wake up and take,
The long road down to Johnny’s Cafe.