Nobody Ever Leaves

by Tracy McNeil

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Nobody Ever Leaves is the third solo release for Tracy McNeil.
Out JULY 1, 2014.

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released July 1, 2014

Produced by Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Recorded by Steve Frasier at Little Gold Studios, Brunswick
Mixed by Shane O'Mara at Yikesville, Yarraville
Mastered by Ross Cockle at Sing Sing Melbourne
Distributed by Vitamin Records

The GoodLife:
Tracy McNeil / Acoustic Guitar, vocals
Matt Green / Guitar, bv's
Bree Hartley / Drums, bv's
Luke Sinclair / Guitar, bv's
Rod Boothroyd / Bass, bv's

All songs © Tracy McNeil 2014. All rights reserved.
Photography by Tajette O'Halloran
tajetteohalloran.com

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Tracy McNeil Melbourne, Australia

“McNeil’s ability to conjure emotional fisticuffs is a truly magnetic thing.”
Americana UK – 29/10/14

AUSTRALIAN ARTIST/BAND OF THE YEAR / Rhythms Magazine 2014

Nobody Ever Leaves: Nominated for two Age Music Victoria Genre Awards (Best Country Album and Best Folk/Roots Album)

"...a rising roots music star. Tracy McNeil has arrived.
Sam Fell – Rhythms Magazine
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Track Name: Wildcats
WILDCATS
Folding like a table with a broken leg
I give you all I got but the weight it aches
I’m something that you need I’m something that you take
And when it comes down the house of cards will shake

So you kick it to the curb
You hang out with your friends
You tell yourself you’re never coming back again
But time’s running like cheap ballpoint pen
A sketched out line straight line to the end

When we fall into pieces
We scatter with the wind at night
We fall into pieces
Just fragments of our hearts’ delight

Wildcats bleeding on the open plains
We give it all we got on an empty stage
You’re running from your town
I’m running from your heart
Your love it takes me right back to the start

When we made it good
When we made it bad
When we cherished every little thing we had
But time’s running like a cheap ballpoint pen
A sketched out straight line to the end

Can we ever go back to the way things were
How did we ever lose track of our love that burned
Track Name: City Lights
CITY LIGHTS
You were a wide-eyed love struck dynamo
With a gunpowder kiss and a ticket to roam
Said you were heading for nothing but good times
And I wanted something more

You took me by surprise
I was caught up in your disguise
One could say there was magic in the air
Where everything looks small from up there

Take a little of my heart baby
Take a little of me my friend
Take a little of my heart baby
Maybe we will meet again

We went running through the night
Chasing down the city lights
You whispered in my ear last call
We stumbled into the early morning din
Where the birds of paradise call

I swore to everything I could find
That I would change if you were mine
But that’s not how the story goes
So I keep it true but between me and you
I never learned to love and let go
No I never learned to love and let go

You were riding on the sea
I was tied to a dream
You were riding on the sea
And I was tied to a dream
Track Name: Swinging
SWINGING
I follow you down to where the street unfolds
To where the darkness calls and the wild wind roars
On the long green grass we lay down our swords
Call a truce on open land with a handshake
We call a truce on open land with a handshake

And then down we go again
Down we go again
Down we go again
Swinging for the last time

You follow me up to where the city meets the sun
Windows on fire till the day comes undone
Where the prophets never sleep
And the weary lose their feet
In the dead end dying day to day
In the dead end dying day to day

And then down they go again
Down we they again
Down we they again
Swinging for the last time

We lay on our backs in a wallpapered room
A dresser on each side of a bed made for two
Minutes turn to days and we drift off to the moon
Just long enough to hear that lonesome call
Just long enough to hear that lonesome call

And then down we go again
Down we go again
Down we go again
Swinging for the last time

I follow you down to where the street unfolds
Where the darkness calls and the wild wind it roars
And In the long green grass we lay down our swords
Call a truce on open land with a handshake
We call a truce on open land with a handshake
Track Name: Learning To Run
LEARNING TO RUN
My love is like a falling star / Burning through the night out into the dark
I don’t need what you’re feeding me / But I drink from the cup till it runs empty
My mind is like a steam ship / That’s sailing on a water that just won’t quit
Your eyes they ain’t fooling me off into the dustbowl of misery

Love won’t save us anymore
It leads us through the cellar door
Where blood and bones of memory’s stored
To haunt us in the night and take us out by light

My heart beats like a tom drum that’s played by a child while she’s learning to run
Your days keep filling up with lies that lead you astray out into the night

I know what you’re thinking now
How can we keep this from tearing us down?
Well I’m gone before the sunrise
I’m sailing on the wind with no goodbye
I’m sailing on the wind with no goodbye
I’m sailing on the wind with no goodbye

Love won’t save us anymore
It leads us through the cellar door
Where blood and bones of memory’s stored
To haunt us in the night and take us out by light

My love is like a falling star
Burning through the night right into the dark
Track Name: Last Place I Looked
LAST PLACE I LOOKED
In the last place I looked
You were standing right in front of me
Couldn’t see you for the burning trees
Roaring like thunder

In the last place I looked
Couldn’t tell if I was holding on
To the thing that keeps me going on
When the day goes black

In the last place I looked
There were faces staring back at me
Giving me the third degree
With no closure

You can tell me where to find gold
And we all need someone to hold
You can tell me how to live before I grow old

I can tell you how to cut it loose
Break the shackles free the noose
I can tell you how to love me till the pain goes

In the last place I looked
I was trying to get my words out
A tongue-twisting roar and shout
Always fighting for air

In the last place I looked
I was pining over something I
Saw in the blink of an eye
And it was gone for good

In the last place I looked
I was neither near nor far
From the heart of where you are
But I could feel you coming

But I’m a long way from getting it done
I keep my distance from the sun
With both feet on the ground I walk to the sound of tomorrow
Track Name: Sleep In Your Eye
SLEEP IN YOUR EYE
Sleep in your eye you’ve been up all night / how you going to make it till morning light
Take all you can from the buck and the gin / You don’t need to know where the bottle’s been
Draw a line in the sand walk like a man / You’re heading for the big-time again
No more dragging your bones against the wind / You’ll be shooting like an arrow straight as a pin

Time you were only waiting for time / Love you could never see it flying right straight past you
Time you were only waiting for time / Love you were always a beat behind / Waiting for your number

Days go by faster than light / temperature’s rising the sun’s too bright
And so flies the crow by your window side / just let it go past you’ll be alright
Keep digging in land where treasure’s been/ till dirt on your hands turns gold again
Take all you can from the buck and the gin / you’ll be shooting like an arrow straight as pin

Time you were only waiting for time / Love you could never see it flying right straight past you
Time you were only waiting for time / Love you were always a beat behind / Waiting for your number

You were only waiting for the stars to align in a little way
To light up where you are and to shake away the grey
Sleep in your eye
Track Name: Luxury Liner
LUXURY LINER
I’m on a luxury liner
But I remember the days when we made ends meet
Born with an itch for adventure
I climbed aboard without looking back

And I should be coming home
To be by your side so you’re not alone
In the night when the light in the kitchen’s blown
And you settle for warmth of a memory
They say those you love you must let go
I should be trading my gold ticket for a bus back home

Often lost without you
You’re my rock in an emergency
But pulled by the rolling water
And her wicked grace and majesty

And I should be coming home
To be by your side so you’re not alone
In the night when the light in the kitchen’s blown
And you settle for warmth of a memory
They say those you love you must let go
I should be trading my gold ticket for a bus back home

I’m on a luxury liner
But I remember the days when we made ends meet
Born with an itch for adventure
I climbed aboard without looking back

And I should be coming home
To be by your side so you’re not alone
In the night when the light in the kitchen’s blown
And you settle for warmth of a memory
They say those you love you must let go
I should be trading my gold ticket for a bus back home
I should be trading my gold ticket for a bus back home
I should be trading my gold ticket for a bus back home
Track Name: Tooth To A String
TOOTH TO A STRING
Like a tied up tooth to a string you’re pulling on my every word
Taking all the advantages digging up forgotten dirt
And I don’t know why
You’re telling me to go when I’ve already said goodbye

Days go by like an owl sitting on top of the world
Waiting you hunt for pray taking what’s seen or heard
And I don’t know why
You’re telling me to go when I’ve already said goodbye

Midnight rambling fights on the lawn with you
Silver tongued, we come undone
And the heartache sticks like glue
And I don’t know why
You’re telling me to go when I’ve already said goodbye

And I don’t know what’s right or wrong
But everybody says that we’ve come to the end of our song

And we all fall down

Eggshells crack I’m stepping tiptoe over to you
Context taken out of a sky that’s faded blue
And I don’t know why you’re telling me to go
When I’ve already said goodbye
You’re telling me to go when I’ve already said goodbye
And I don’t know why
Track Name: A Little More Like Love
A LITTLE MORE LIKE LOVE
Gonna stroll into that alley
With my sleeves rolled up high
And my minds made up, there’s gonna be a fight tonight
Gonna put our tune on the jukebox
Just to get my courage right
Gonna take a shot to help me see through the night

Cause you been dancing with the devil
And wishing on a star
And you’re watching her fall through this hole in the wall bar
And she’s laughing, and you can’t get a word in
And it’s starting to shape up into something a little more like love

You’re going down tonight honey you say
And she smiles politely
As he’s pulling out her chair and buying her the next round
And she tosses her hair back lightly and rolls a cigarette
And your pride takes a dive as she is puts it to his lips

Cause you’ve been sitting with a thief
And she’s running with his heart
And you watch it disappear through this hole in the wall bar
And he’s laughing and you can’t get a word in
And it’s starting to shape up into something a little more like love

When your glass is empty and your heart’s all run down
And the night is flying so fast it nearly knocks you out
When the tune you’re humming takes you back to a love you found
So real and strong that how could it be breaking now?

Head her off on her way to the ladies
Spin around under burnt out footlights
And your mind’s made up you’re gonna take her down and try her on for size

But you been drinking like a champion who’s running late for the race
And you’re stumbling down trying to save some face
And she’s laughing, and you can’t get a word in
And It’s starting to shape up into something a little more like love