Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes Night Of The Wolverine

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NIGHT OF THE WOLVERINE

Cd released mid 1993 on ID/Mercury.
Produced by Dave Graney, the Coral Snakes and Tony Cohen. Recorded at Metropolis and Atlantis, mixed at Atlantis, Melbourne. Cover designed by Tony Mahony.
Video for "you're just too hip, baby" devised and directed by Tony Mahony.

Track listing:
"You're just too hip, baby"
"Mogambo"
"Night of the wolverine 1"
"I'm just havin' one of those lives"
"I held the cool breeze"
"I remember you (you're the girl I love)"
"three dead passengers in a stolen secondhand Ford"
"That's the way it's gonna be"
"Maggie Cassidy"
"you need to suffer"
"Night of the wolverine 2"
"Out there in the night of time"

We began playing with Andrew Picouleau on the bass and also without him as a semi acoustic four piece (Myself, Clare Moore, Rod Hayward and Robin Casinader). We called these performances, "the soft'n'sexy shows".
We played all through 1991 and 1992 in this fashion. Predominantly at the Lounge and the Punters Club and the Esplanade in Melbourne and the Hopetoun and the Annandale in Sydney. We never played outside these two cities.
Clare, Rod and Andrew also played many shows backing Robin doing all his material. This was known as "the Vanishing Lady". We seemed to build up a little momentum as, first "I was the hunter..." came out and then, "the lure of the tropics. "
On Saturday December the 19th we played at the Lounge, on the Sunday we recorded 9 songs at Metropolis, on the Monday and Tuesday we recorded two more songs and then mixed the whole lot at Atlantis.
Adam Yazxhi, who had worked at MDS, who imported "My life on the plains" and "I was the hunter..."into Australia, was now setting up a small label at Mercury and wanted to put the cd out. The title track was an attempt to make something in the style of Lou Reeds' "street hassle". That was a long story song which featured a sweet middle section where Bruce Springsteen came in to read a few lines of lyrical stuff. In the middle of ours, Tex Perkins from the Cruel Sea came in and did something similar, "the king of Adelaide".
Tony Cohen was a physical wreck as he was simultaneously working on the Bad Seeds live album and the Cruel Sea's "Honeymoon is over".
As this record came out we began to play outside the inner cities of Melbourne and Sydney, opening for the Hunters and Collectors through a national six week tour. We then did the same with the Cruel Sea and then by ourselves.
We did about 85 shows around Australia through 1993. "Night of the wolverine" was re released in 1996 in Australia with a different cover. It was also released in 1996 with the new cover in the UK on the label "This way up".
Two singles, "3 dead passengers" and "you're just too hip, baby" were released.

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released January 7, 2019

Produced by Dave Graney, the Coral Snakes and Tony Cohen. Recorded at Metropolis and Atlantis, mixed at Atlantis, Melbourne. Cover designed by Tony Mahony.
Video for "you're just too hip, baby" devised and directed by Tony Mahony.

Dave Graney- vocals
Clare Moore - drums, percussion, glockenspiel, backing vocals
Robin Casinader - piano, violin, mandolin
Rod Hayward - guitar.

Amanda Brotchie - backing vocals on teh title tracks.
Tex Perkins special guest spoken word on the KIng Of Adelaide section of the title track.

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dave graney and the mistLY are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore were once in the Moodists, singer and drummer respectively.Then there was the Coral Snakes and the Dave Graney Show and the Lurid Yellow Mist and now the mistLY.
Stu Thomas on bass since 2004 and Stuart Perera on guitar since 1998
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Track Name: You're Just Too Hip, Baby
you're just too hip baby
uh huh
how did you get so detached?
talkin a mouthfull of cash
you're just too hip baby
uh huh

you take a feather from every bird you see
you'll never fly
you're just too hip baby

I can't wait for you any more
I can't carry you anymore
you dont cast a shadow
you cant work a mirror
you take a feather from every bird you see
you'll never fly
you're just too hip baby

youre fadin fast baby
there's nothin to you baby
the lights are on
the front doors open
the furnitures on the front lawn
there's noone home at all

you take a feather from every bird you see
you'll never fly
you're just too hip baby
Track Name: Mogambo
shit you could really wear a white towel
the mysterious woman from out of town
a swaggering pirate
a rolling stone
a wild girl
you saw my ship
my life was a storm
I felt you move with me along tehshore
I'd hear things about you
people would talk
got a kind of phantom picture of you

I heard your nickname
what you were called by the crowd
I heard what your mother called you in a conversation about
Mogambo

walked around pickin up your trail
pickin our your shape
lovers and catfights overlaid teh map
treaure island
Mogambo

I was like a private eye who couldn't move couldnt ask a question
Phillip Marlowe waiting for another door to open by itself

I heard your nickname
what you were called by the crowd
I heard what your mother called you in a conversation about
Mogambo
Track Name: Night Of The Wolverine 1
saturday night
golly gee
monday mornin
what does it mean?
night of the wolverine

all is reflection
all is gone
all around me
an open road

yeah up here on the 25th floor with my feet in the clouds

free beer and chicken man, and hotel rooms
hired cars, alligator boots
a scarf over the lampshade
black tape over the window
one strong suitcase
goin to bed in the morning
breakfast in the afternoon

love ya! oh next time I'm passin' through

night of the wolverine
I cant know what you mean
know what I mean?

yeah I put a hump on my back so I could walk straight in the world
I'm a song and dance man
Esmerelda
yeah I put a hump on my back so I could walk straight in the world
work with me girl!

yeah I'm dreamin of a quiet life
say a minor role in a re-run soap on a pirate channel
in an obscure Portuguese colony

I cant know what you mean
know what I mean?
night of the wolverine
Track Name: I'm Just Havin O' Of those Lives
wouldn't it be nice?
If I was just havin one o those lives
Wallace Beery was right
when he looked from the screen that night and said
"I ain't gettin outta bed today
nothins gonna happen anyway
I'm just havin one o those lives"

pay no mind
its my time of the century
I'm just havin one o' those lives
wouldnt it be nice?

every now and then I get the feelin
everythin I do is wrong
most times I get the feelin I'm right

pay no mind
its my time of the century
I'm just havin one o' those lives

wouldnt it be nice

yeah yeah yeah

maybe it'll be better next time
Ill come back as a three toed sloth
a multi couloured macaw
a sickly kitten
everybody has to love

yeah yeah

wouldnt it be nice
Track Name: I Held The Cool Breeze
I was a born stranger
I'd run along with the scene
go home and write and dream of other days
yeah I'd be sittin at a table
somebody'd be talkin to me
I couldn't make it back in time
I held the cool breeze

yeah i was your son
I was your brother
I was your lover
I was nothin but trouble
then I sold a story
I could make a scene
I held the cool breeze

I couldnt feel anything
I was empty
I was drifitng
birds circled in the sky
it was complete night
I was in the back seat
being taken to Bordertown
there was nothing for me there
I pulled the window and let my hand stray
I held the cool breeze
Track Name: I Remember You (you're the girl I love)
laying back smokin
watchin you
in the mirror in the window
brushing out your hair
lookin somewhere i could never be
you couldn't belong to anybody

I remember you

puttin a line around your eye
dusting your cheek
you did this once before coming to meet me
I didn't have a chance

I remember you
you're the girl I love
I chase

before the bright lights
before the low life
before me
before her

I remember you
you're the girl I love
I chase
Track Name: Three Dead Passengers In A Stolen Secondhand Ford
Three dead passengers in a stolen secondhand Ford
outside of Keith, near the border
wrapped around a tree and thrown across the road
tyres spinning like a Ferris Wheel at the Easter Show

the papers said
your couldn't tell who was drivin
nobody had a licence
they were all wearin gloves and wrap around shades
Three dead passengers in a stolen secondhand Ford

somebody said he called everybody "sport"
smoked cigars and kept to himself
another was wearing white flared trousers and a red and green checked Miller shirt
last seen makin to drag a Holden at the lights and laughin like fools as they reversed into the night

she lived in a shed behind her parents house
she collected model guillotines
theres a picture of Serge Gainsbourg on her wall
Three dead passengers in a stolen secondhand Ford
Track Name: That's The Way It's Gonna Be
she kneels down with a balled up tissue in her hand
spits in it
wipes my chin
I smell lipstick and tobacco
catch my legs in the spokes of a wheel
Phillip carries me home from church on his shoulders
I fall asleep
listenin to him breathe
thats the way its gonna be
thats the way its gonna be

I was born in a town that hugged the side of a mountain for dear life
everybody
my brothers and sisters
we flew
as quick as we thought we could
thats the way its gonna be
thats the way its gonna be

I don't go in there
where all the people get together
really out there
i live here
all the people I know are too busy livin to make the world a better place for their own kind
you know whats goin on in the world
who, what, when and where
you're the sort of persom who used to be called a square
till you all decided it was so unfair

thats the way its gonna be
thats the way its gonna be
Track Name: Maggie Cassidy
before i was the loathsome king of the beats
before they laid a childrens crusade on me
I was a football player for the only team
I was meant for Maggie Cassidy

before i lost myself in conversation and followed any words anywhere
never dreamed of walkin in a circle
or dreamed of anyne who couldn't be here

dead drunk in a bright tv studio
flaked out on the floor of a timber shack
just out of the city
not quite in the woods
I was meant for Maggie Cassidy

before i stoped collecting my reflections
before i didn't want to know
before i tried to put the sea into words
I was meant for Maggie Cassidy

she's got a life of her own boys
she keeps walking through a doorway in my mind
I sit and drink beer with my mother
I speak old french at the tv

I was meant for Maggie Cassidy
I was meant for Maggie Cassidy
Track Name: You Need To Suffer
you need to suffer
you need to straighten out
you're gonna kill yourself livin the way you do

you need to suffer
you need to know what a good time is
you need to suffer
you're always puttin on other peoples shoes
you're surrounded by lives you just want to wlk into
you need to open up your eyes
you need to realize
you've come to a lonely and still place
you've been blessed with a bad memory
none of your friends would ever remind you
life's been very kind to you
you need to suffer

the universe?
wahts in it for you?
planets move like they do
a single cell on a distant shore
burns, rises and falls
assumes human form

you need to suffer
Track Name: Night Of the Wolverine 2
I passed an old friend
he was lyin in the gutter with an ear full of rain
I remember him sayin
he was gonna prevail
ohif I could've staye dhome

he was everything an artist should be
poor and dirty and ugly
oh if I coulda stayed home

yeah hed go for days without a change of clothes
live without a shower
smoke a lot of dope
if I could have stayed home

meanwhile the prince of the underworld sits by his penthouse pool
champagne cool in the sauna
his children search for him down below
if I coulda stayed home

to be at the centre
to be at the scene
to be seen to care to be seen
to have a drink in your hand
to know the score
to flick the blood from your lapel and yawn
lord, if I coulda stayed home

what you gonna do?
who you gonna be?
where you gonna go?

there's this friend of mine
his idea of a good time is to set an exotic table in his back yard
slow down and savour a flavour nop on else will ever know
out there on his own
closed
out in the hot sun as he pleases
closed
360 degree
closed
the King Of Adelaide
lord of you and me
of all we were and yet could be

you could always make the band laugh
you just got to wear it
its not the sort of thing you could put up in lights
you got to decide whether thats good or bad
you got to work out who you're living for

the band, they're gonna be changin
just like the people out front
but they're gonna be stayin
and you're gonna be movin on
someone else will get the job of standin in between
someone else will make the rules stand up again

The people at the front tables walked during the first set. They'd go home to tell their kids about this guy down at the club who thought he was funny. You liked to think those kids really wanted to come and see you.
The kids and the band, they kept you going. All the bad gigs, the drunks, the cheese and the ham. You could sellp - rough - but you could sleep. Talk yourself out, talk yourself back in. Knowing you could make sense somehow, maybe not right now but nobody knew just what yu were worth, you just had a little cash flow problem, a lack of liquidity. You were payin the price, sewing the seeds, dealing an alien currency.

All the others who went before you? Were they playin for you?
Someone light years removed?
What is it? A closed circle? A funky queue?
Track Name: Out There (In The Night Of Time)
I got away from it all
I was sittin on the bonnet
layin back on the windscreen
you were behind the wheel
the wind rushin loud and raw
engine racin down below
a bottle of beer, darkness
overhangin trees
a way nobody is gonna be
a place nobodys gonna go

layin awake at night and waitin for the wind to come back and belly your sails
walkin out to the middle of the runway
layin down and waitin
i watched you walk away through the window
holdin each other through the traffic in the rain
you looked so great
laughin together
so fine and good
a place nobody is gonna be
a way nobody is gonna go

I had a dream about you
about you and me
i woke up feelin bad and feelin good
we were ridin a bicyle up a hill together
I could fell my arms about your waist and your breath upon my neck at the same time
because I could
because I was dreamin
out there in the night of time

you know how you get an idea in your head
who knows how?who knows when?
but all of a sudden you cant look at the world in the same way
somethin is gonna happen
somethin has changed
you imagined a reality
but just by lookin at somethin
the light you shine
your shadow
causes the scene to change dramatically

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